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From the Desk of Chief Editor

Dr. B. V. Raman
SUN in Politics

Bangalore Niranjan Babv

Muhurtha The jlrt of Time Management

Raman S uprajarama
Future of India in 2012

Dr. Bangalore Sureshwara

Ramayana guide to (Duties of Rings, Rulers, (Priests and Others


lyothisha Chinta Nidhi



Masamm MaRGAsinsosMi


William R. Levacy
Ashtama Guru


Dr. S. Madhavan
Commentaries on Brihat lataka


Venkata Giri Kumar

Astronomical Significance of Calendars


Dr. E. S. Neelakantan
Pancha Mahapurusha Yogas




K. Chandra Hari
Ancient Horoscopes, Zodiac and Yoga Rationales


This Year for You 2012




This Month for You JANUARY 2012


Sunrise and Sunset Timings for January 2012


JANUARY 2012 1

Lead Article


IN OUR LEADING article published in an earlier issue

pf the astrological magazine, we have endeavoured
to highlight the importance of the Sun in horoscopic
interpre-tation. According to the Austrian scientist Ernest
Mach, every particle of matter in the entire uni-verse is
interlinked with every other. Our planet is constantly
bombarded by a variety of radiant energy. The infra-red
and ultra-violet radiations, primary and secondary cosmic
rays containing high-energy electrons, gamma-rays, etc.
play no mean part in influencing terrestrial affairs. The
influence is visible and has a direct relation to inhabitants
of the earth.
To the Hindu sages of yore, the Sun was the visible god
Suryanarayanathe Soul of the uni-verse. To the
scientists of today the Sun is the chief symbol of life. Solar
flares, solar spots, etc, are caused by certain planetary
dispositions and this is now a recognised scientific fact. It
is again the declination position (Kranti) of the Sun that
seems to regulate the flow of corpuscular streams either
from the northern or southern hemisphere of the solar
globe. Whatever be the theoretical explanations offered
by the scientists for the influences on living beings
occurring through changes in the electro magnetic field
of the earth, there can be no doubt that just as the ancient
seers recognised, either by intuition or by study and
observation, the prime position of the Sun in its relation to
the earth, we shall witness in the very near future a fusion
of two most ancient sciencesmedicine and astronomy
this new branch of science going under the name of heliobiology.
According to some of the scientists, the gravitational pull
of the two massive outer planets. Jupiter and Saturn, when
they occupy certain geometrical positions from the Sun,
produce a gravitational 'jerk' capable of significantly
affecting human behaviour. This study of the Sun's
influence on terrestrial affairs had been developed by the
sages to a nicety that they could enumerate by means of


formulae how these mutual influences interweave with

beautiful and subtle complexity; and the result is the vast
astrological literature which we have inherited.
The Sun is the aristocrat He represents rulers, government
and those in high authority. He is the ruler of the father,
heart, blood circulation and vitality. He is hot and dry aiding
construction if unafflicted and bringing destruction when
much afflicted. His position in the horoscope is of the
utmost importance. He displays firmness and stability,
justice, dignity, achievement, unsullied diplomacy,
reputation, and generosity. He presides over what is called
atmashakti or soul force, personal magnetism, inspiration,
devotion, courage, honour, integrity; and right values, selfrespect, individuality and authority come under his sway.
He represents gold and bones in the body ; of medium
height, he is dark-red in complexion, and has broad
shoulders and a well-proportioned body. Siva's temples,
open areas, waterless regions, the eastern quarter, ruby,
copper, red colour, solstice, up-ward gaze, eye-sightall
come under his sway. The Sun also represents patrimony,
political and national influence, satwa-guna, morals and
religion, noble and sublime ideas, masculine power, windy
and bilious temperaments and hot or pungent taste.
If the Sun is well placed in a horoscope, i.e., if he occupies
the 3rd, the 6th, the 9th, the 10th or the 11th not joined by
Saturn or Rahu and the constellations of these two
malefics are not involved, we can declare the native is a
man of character and above board. When the ascendant
for instance is Capricorn and the Sun is in Libra, inovlving
Rahu's constellation, it is clear that the native's public life
and image can only be unfortunate. Selfishness will be
the motto. Not selfreliant but leaning too much on others,
he cannot succeed in his public or political life. Indolence,
dogma and conceit will mar his prosperity.
To differentiate between the various shades of influences
generated by the Sun's situation in different houses, signs
and constellations and in different aspectual positions with
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reference to other planets is simply impossible. Therefore
only generalisations can be made which can be duly
adapted to suit individual horoscopes in the light of their
own peculiar structures.

Hitler (Chart 1) has the Sun in the 7th house in the

constellation of Ketu associated with Mars and aspected
by Saturn, Yogakaraka. The Sun is the planet conferring
honour and authority. Hitler indeed gained honour and
authority as the dictator of Germany. The moral nature of
the authority given by the Sun was spoiled by his situation
in Ketu's constellation. With the solar and Kethu influences
mingling and augmented by those of Mars and Saturn
Hitler could only be a cruel leader, excessively aggressive
and delighting in human suffering and death, and daring
to exterminate a race of people. The Sun gave a driving
desire for power but the SUN also caused his destruction.
The situation of the Sun in the 7th is not generally
recommended. This makes one a sexual pervert unless
there are relieving features. One wielding power can be
a profligate having his evil eye on any good-looking damsel.
Saturn's situation in the 4th is not a desirable feature. The
authority and dignity generated by the Sun will be crippled.
In the case of Hitler this circumstance exists and the
affliction of the Sun invited on the German dictator the
wrath of the civilised world because of his own misdeeds.
The Sun's involvement with Ketu, i.e., by conjunction or
situation in the constellation of Ketu, tends to make one
over-ambitious, egoistical, proud, haughty, immoderate,
domineering, and one can only meet with disappointment,
mis-fortune and ultimate collapse.
Let us take the chart of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
(No. 2) and concentrate on the position of the Sun. As
lord of the 5th he is in the 10th aspected by Saturn and
associated with Rahu. The qualities which shaped his
career by virtue of Jupiter's aspect on the Lagna, and the
situation of lord of Lagna in the constellation of the benefic
Moon aspected by Saturnhighest impulses of patrio-tism
and lofty motiveswere entirely different from those that
shaped Hitler. The Sun, the planet of authority, occupies the
10th house and has digbala. But the Sun being echpsed by
Rahu and aspected by Saturn, echpsed Bose's political career.
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In other words the Sun is completely spoiled by the

combined influences of Rahu and Saturn. The Sun being
afflicted by Rahu has an explosive quality and tends to
the unexpected leading one to extremes. It indicates lot
of opposition, strange attractions, and abrupt endings,
besides making one restless, very independent, daring and
radical. If there were no Rahu in the 10th, Subhas Bose
would perhaps have wielded power like Prasad or Nehru.
Here what is to be noted is, while the position of the Sun
in the 10th is excellent, his affliction by Rahu and Saturn
has incapacitated the Sun.
The Sun in Virgo has a significant role to play provided it
happens to be the ascendant or the 9th or the 10th, the 4th
or the 7th, preferably the 9th or the 10th. When such a
Sun is associated with Rahu or Saturn and otherwise
afflicted, the Sun does not really lose his inherent power.
This appears to be a special feature of the sign of Virgo
only. Spiritual inclinations and the urge to delve into the
unknown appear to be a gift of this "affliction". The Sun
in Virgo gives discrimination arising from a fine
combination of idealism and realism, versatility, selfanalysis, self-discipline, analytic approach to problems but
slightly unfavourable to health until the age of 24. If
Capricorn is the ascendant and the Sun is in the 9th, there
is no political power indicated for the native unless Venus
is disposed in the 10th which should not relate to the
constellation of Jupiter. The horoscope* of Wells furnishes
an example for such a combination. The Sun is in the 9th
associated with Rahu and aspected by Mars and this gave
him practical idealism and an inclination for spirituality.
The Sun in the 9th gave success and honour, intellectual
development and prophetic power. Rahu's association
could have been adverse but for the fact the sign involved
is Virgo. The aspect of Mars on the Sun cum Rahu gave
him the capacity to project the revelations of his
subconscious mind. Usually the Sun-Rahu conjunction
afflicted by an adverse martian aspect occurring in the
9th tends to make one impulsive, rash, erratic, radical, fond
of risks, danger of scandal, disgrace and even fall. But
according to our studies and experience, the affliction
seems to get automatically diluted if the sign is Virgo.
The 10th house position of the Sun can be considered as
an ideal combination. Here again the nature of his results
depends upon the ascendant and the constellation the Sun
occupies. Unafflicted, the Sun can confer honour, success
and distinction, independent spirit, prosperity, good birth,
good breeding and ideal parents, positions of trust,
*The Sun, 157 52'; the Moon 300; Mars 76; Mercury 148 25';
Jupiter 271 64'; Venus 204 9'; Saturn 199 11 ; Rahu 162 15'; and
Lagna 273 16'.

responsibility and honour. He will be a man of character
and for him the means is as important as the ends. A man
of high moral standards, he cannot brook indecency,
indiscipline and unethical or immoral character. One born
with Sagittarius as ascendant with the Sun in the 10thcan
be considered a fortunate person. The native prefers
freedom of action, and happiness and duty are more
important than wealth. Consistent with the nature of
Virgo, he prefers scientific work and his ambition is to do
something original. The Sun in Virgo in his own star
favours success in politics, while in a constellation of the
Moon the goal will be more idealistic. Such a disposition
denotes success in business concerned with design and
production of scientific equipment of a high standard of
excellence. The same results can happen even with
reference to the Sun's position in the constellation of Mars
but greater self-discipline is required. Impatience and
irritability make one disliked by one's colleagues. Several
natives with this combination have produced astrologers
of intuition, who have attained a certain eminence.

power will enable one to overcome the most difficult

situations; but the forces of the Sun, Saturn and Mars
converging on the 4th and aspecting the 10th can only
bring about ultimate destruction unless a benevolent Jupiter
casts his divine eye. The lower qualities of the Sunvileness, cunning and crueltywill get the upper hand.
Consistent with the nature of Mars, one with the Sun in
Scorpio likes fighting and quarrels and is a dangerous
politician playing hell with his colleagues always wearing
the mask of innocence. If this combination receives also
the aspect of Mars, indomitable pride, arrogance and an
over-bearing attitude and a tendency to drop a person
quickly will highlight his nature. But an aspect of Jupiter
can work miracles. Throuh continuous fighting one can
get over obstacles. Despite this benefic touch of Jupiter,
if the aspect involved is an opposition, pseudo-leadership
and arrogance will be the hallmarks.

The Sun's situation in the 4th house in not favourably

considered by most of the classical works: no happiness,
no relations, no lands, no friends and no house but the
native will serve the State. When the 4th Bhava is
Scorpio no matter whether the ascendant is Cancer or
Leo (see Chart 3) a Raja Yoga arises and the native,
consistent with the strength and structure of the horoscope,
may attain high political

Here is another chart (No. 4) belonging to a British

statesman, an out and out imperialist, the Sun occupying
Scorpio, the constellation involved being Anuradha.
Leaving aside the configurations such as the disposition
of the intellectual planet Mercury in the ascendant which
conferred on him writing abilities of no mean order, it is
the situation of the Sun in Scorpio, in the 11th from Saturn
that is of relevance to us in this article. The Sun and Saturn
in the 11th and 3rd from each other is a desirable
combination as it confers statesman-like qualities,
doggedness and frequent threats to political or social
prestige. There are so many other factors such as Saturn
being situated in his own sign and in the constellation of
the Moon lord of the 10th, Mars, occupying the 11th from
the Sunall of which are to be considered for a full
assessment of the horoscope; but our concern is only the
Sun. The Sun in Scorpio has given almost all the results
ascribed in text-books, viz., egoism, tremendous will-power,
the fighting spirit, insensibility to the reactions of others
plain and blunt speech and ability to face critical situations.
But in this case, as the ascendant happens to be Libra,
the native had the ability to approach problems from a
practical point of view; unlike when the ascendant is
Cancer and the Sun is in Scorpio, the approach will be
ideological or Utopian, creating chaos where order exists,
creating misunderstandings where cordiality exists and
creating division where unity exists.

power but may fall down frustrated and persecuted. The

constellation of Anuradha ruled by Saturn is the most
undesirable place for the Sun to stay in, when it happens
to be the 4th house. The native will have "inhuman
insensibility" towards the feelings and reactions of others.
Stubbornness, ruthlessness egoism and tremendous will-

We have to make it clear to our esteemed readers that, in

these articles we simply propose to deal with the solar
and lunar influences and give some illustrations and our
discussions will have nothing to do with the other aspects
of the example horoscopes except in so far as they are
relevant to the subject under discussion. (FOR)

While the Sun corresponds to the individuality of the person,

the Moon is more particularly concerned with his personahty.
A person may have a well-marked individuality, yet be
possessed of a weak personality. An impressive facade but
nothing behind it is certainly not desirable.



Ascdt. 29


I Saturn

Sun 16

Ascdt. 17
J upiter


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The Jlrtof Time Management


I and destructive forces of time in Jyotisha is highlighted

in its manifestation as Kalapurusha. Apart from the
importance of time in the natal horoscope and horary chart,
we have its unique importance in Muhurtha. Any work
started at an auspicious time can many a time override
the limitations indicated by a birth chart. Muhurtha is that
instant of time when the invisible metaphysical celestial
energies work in harmony with the known and unknown.
When the energies work in disagreement, it means that
the forces embedded in the womb of time create
impediments and deprive one of achievement one's desired
object. Generally for electing a Muhurtha certain
guidelines have to be followed.
Constellation Compatiblity (Tarabala)
Compatiblility of the day's constellation with the native's
constellation is looked into. The number of days arrived
is divided by nine, (if the number crosses nine) and the
remainder obtained decides the compatibility or otherwise.
Remainders two, four, six, eight and nine referred to as
Sampat, Kshema, Sadhana, Mitra and Paramamitra

respectively are considered positive. As a rule avoid

remainders 3 and 7 referred to as Vipat and Naidhana.
Five Source Energy (Panchaka)
Though this is not important for day to day muhurthas, it
is necessary to check on the Panchaka for important
events like marriage, nuptials, house warming, etc.
Panchaka is defined as the planetary, stellar and zodiacal
energies. The lunar day, the day's constellation, the
weekday and the ascendant (counted from Aries) are
added and divided by nine. The remainders 3, 5, 7 are
said to denote good.
Lunar Strength ( Chandrabala)
The day's Moon should not occupy the 6th, 8th and the
12th from the native's Moon sign (Janma Rasi).
Strength of Constellations
Different constellations are recognized to have different
strengths. The following table identifies the strengths of
different constellations and their auspiciousness to certain

Constellation (Nakshatra)
Rohini, Uttara, Uttarashada, Uttarabhadra

Favorable for
Coronations (taking oath MPs, MLAs, MLCs!) laying
foundation, sowing and activities of permanence
New clothes, learning music, dance and fine arts, sexual

Chitta, Anuradha, Mrigasira, Revati

Aswini, Pushya, Hasta

Wearing new ornaments, games and sports, medication,

starting new factories and industries, travel

Moola, Jyesta, Aridra, Aslesha, Pubba,
Poorvashada, Poorvabhadra, Bharani, Makha

Not recommended

Sravana, Dhanishta, Satabhisha, Punarvasu,

Gardening, new vehicles, route marches and processions

Krittika and Vishaka

Assignments of day to day importance

Constellation Par Excellence

o Tueday with Chaturthi (4th) and Ekadasi (11th)

The most favorable constellation, Dr. Raman tells us, is

Pushya. It has the power to neutralize all imbalances
that arise due to unfavorable combinations. Texts say
that if there are a number of misplaced combinations in a
natal chart, selecting a Muhurtha, with Pushya as the
constellation, has the power to cancel the negatives of
the birth chart and assert its benefic character. Though
Pushya constellation is said to be par excellence for all
activities, readers are cautioned that Pushya
constellation is forbidden for marriage muhurthas.

o Thursday with Dwadasi (12th) and Trayodasi (13th)

o Friday with Chaturthi (4th) and Ashtami (8th) and

Avoid the last muhurtha (48 minutes - 2 ghatis) of

lunar days Panchami (5th), Dasami (10th) and Pournami
(15th) and the first muhurtha of Prathama (1st), Shashti
(6th) and Ekadasi (11th) going under the name

Avoid the first two degrees of Leo, Sagittarius and

Aries and the last two degrees of Cancer, Scorpio and

Avoid the last 48 minutes - 2 ghatis - of Aslesha,

Jyeshta, Moola, Revati and Aswini and the first 96
minutes - 4 ghatis - of Makha

Avoid Venus in the 6th, particularly for marriage


Avoid Mars in the 8th.

Muhurtha also speaks of many adverse evils
(mahadoshas) that need to be avoided for important
events. One of them Panchanga Suddhi tells us that the
five limbs - thithi (lunar day), vara (week day), nakshatra
(constellation), yoga (luni solar day) and karana (half a
yoga) have to be good. These limbs are said to represent
the five sources of metaphysical energies and when
properly selected contribute to good health, better harmony
and much happiness. Another dosha that should be avoided
while fixing a Muhurtha is Surya Sankramana. When
the Sun leaves a sign and enters the next sign there is
much disturbance of solar forces and fixing a Muhurtha
during this phase of change of sign is not appropriate.
Dr. Raman says that sixteen ghatis (6 hours 24 minutes)
before and after the change of sign should be rejected.

o This could be destructive.

For marriage muhurthas the ascending lagna should

not be the 8th from the birth lagna of the boy or girl.

Avoid the constellation occupied by the Sun at a given

o The preceeding and succeeding constellation also
should be rejected.

Neutralisation of Doshas

General Guidelines
While not going to other doshas, the following guidelines
in fixing a proper muhurtha can be taken into consideration.

Avoid two malefic planets on either side of lagna


Avoid the Moon in the 6th, 8th and 12th houses from

Avoid the association of other planets, malefic or

benefic, with the Moon.
o Take particular care of this while fixing marriage

Abhijan Muhurtha, Dr. Raman says, is Sarva

Doshagna - removing all doshas.
o Based on the day's sunrise and sunset

Tuesday's evil is minimized in the afternoon

Venus, Mercury or Jupiter in ascendant is said to

destroy all evil.

Moon or Sun in the 11th can nullify the muhurtha evils.

Exaltation of a planet nullifies the evils.

Imbalance created by an unfavorable weekday,

constellation, lunar day and yoga is removed with
Jupiter or Venus in a Kendra (quadrant) and malefic
Mars, Saturn and Rahu in 3, 6 and 11.

Reinforcement of Lagna and its lord can strengthen

the Muhurtha.

The lagna and the seventh house should be strong,

o Lords of Rasi lagna and Navamsa lagna should
occupy their respective lagnas and vice versa

Durmuhurthas should be avoided.

Weekdays coinciding with certain lunar days should

be avoided.


Sunday and Chaturdasi (14 lunar day)

o Monday with Ashtami (8th lunar day) and Dwadasi

(12th lunar day)

Saturday with Prathama (1st) and Dwiteeya (2nd)

Vastu and Time Management

We will now see how to manage time at various stages of
construction. Celestial time management or Muhurtha as
is generally referred to is needed at four stages of
construction. This apart orientations or main door

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placements can also be made compatible to one's
astrological signs.
1. Ground breaking or B hum! Puj a.
2. Digging well or drilling a bore, creating an underground
tank or a swimming pool.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are good


The Ascendant should be a fixed sign.

Generally entry into a new house is not recommended

when the lady of the home is an advanced stage of

3. Placing of the Main door.


Directions compatible to your Moon-sign

(Janma Rasi)

5. Compatible Directions

North Feo, Virgo, Fibra, Scorpio, Sagittarius and



4. Entering the New Home.

Groundbreaking or Bhumi Puja

Jyeshta, Ashada, Bhadrapada, Aswiyuja, Margasira,


East Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius,

Pisces and Aries

Phalguna lunar months are not recommended.

The lunar months of Chaitra, Vaisakha, Sravana,

Kartika and Magha are good.

South Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini,


West Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Feo, Virgo and Fibra

The constellations Rohini, Mrigasira, Chitta, Hasta,

Jyeshta, Uttara, Uttarashada and Sravana are good.

Sun on that day should be in a fixed sign.

All odd lunar days (except ninth) are favorable. Even

dates 2, 6 and 10 are also good.

Of the week days Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and

Friday are recommended.


Digging well or drilling a bore, creating an

underground tank or a swimming pool

The constellations Revati, Uttarabhadra, Hasta,

Anurdaha, Makha, Sravana, Rohini and Pushya are

Pisces, Cancer and Capricorn rising signs are



Placing of the Mahadwara or Main door

The Ascendant should be a fixed sign.

The constellations Rohini, Mrigasira, Uttara, Chitta,

Anuradha, Uttarashada, Uttarabhadra and Revati are


Of the week days Wednesdays and Fridays are


3. Entering the New Home

In the Uttarayana period when Venus and Jupiter are

exalted the day is good.

Of the lunar months Vaishaka, Jyeshta, Magha and

Phalguna are good while Kartika and Margasira are

Of the constellations Rohini, Mrigasira, Uttarashada,

Chitta, Uttarabhadra, Anuradha and Revati are good.

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Though, generally, North and East are the favored

directions, Vastu does not prohibit orientation to other
directions. Texts very clearly indicate that certain
directions are more compatible to certain moon signs or
Janma Rasis.
Time management or muhurtha at different stages of
construction will minimize the imbalances of Vastu
inappropriate construction and at the same time optimize
the positives of Vastu apt constructions.
Though a flawless muhurtha may be difficult, one can
work out a muhurtha with less doshas and more gunas.
Jupiter or Venus in conjunction with the ascendant or in a
Kendra and malefics in 3rd, 6th and 11th can considerably
reduce the doshas and strengthen the muhurtha. Fet us
see what my great grand father Prof. Suryanarain Rao,
and one of the greatest scholars in astrology, says :
"To despise to hold a bright lamp in darkness
indicates stupidity, while to try to secure it at
any cost and hold the same to shed light on our
future path really shows consummate wisdom.
Choose your own lot as you please, and either
control the planets and stand a victor in the
struggle for existence and comfort or yield to
their evil influences without personal exertion
on your part and be a miserable coward".
Concluding, a powerful muhurtha, worked out by an expert
(it could be you too!), can neutralize the afflictions of the
birth chart considerably and assist you to be healthy,
wealthy and wise!
Sarve Janah Sukhino Bhavantu!




of India
in 2012


TlHE ONGOING WINTER sessions are making a mockery of India. The political leaders, both
mling and opposition, are at loggerheads. The Congress and its allies are trying to hide the
recent scams that have got exposed, while BJP (also equally scammed) and its allies are taking
a chance to collapse the ruling party. How does the future of India look like? Are we, citizens of this
oldest and spiritual country, safe guarded? Are our interests taken care of? And can we citizens live
Political Parties and Future
Vimshottari style of time division allocates the Sun, Mercury and Rahu in that order, as the influencers
in January 2012. It is commonly referred in the astrological community as "having Sun Mahadasa,
Mercury Antardasa and Rahu Pratyantardasa" and denoted as Sun>Mercury>Rahu. The role of the Sun,
as the main influencer started as early as August 2007, when the NDA government was ruling.



In the Indian Independence horoscope, the Sun is the lord of the


fourth house and is located in the third house, in Cancer, a movable

sign. Being in an inimical sign, his influence on the ruling party to

Natal Chart

Sun venus

undertake immoral and unethical tasks of high degree, behaving

opportunistically and exhibiting hypocrisy has been clearly seen.
The ruling parties refer to those in center as well as the states. More
than 20 plus scams have been committed since August 2007 including
the 2G scam which looted money of the citizens, the commonwealth



games scam which caused shame in the international front, the

Bellary mining scam, Indian Black Money in Swiss banks etc. The
same has been the case with Jan Lokpal Bill. The promise by central

government to Anna Hazare is not likely to be kept. This unfavorable influence of the Sun on India's
political influence extends into 2012 as well. We will continue to see similar events and scams happening
in 2012 as well.
Mercury is the secondary influencer of the first three quarters of 2012. He owns the second and the
fifth houses of the Indian Horoscope, and occupies the third house as the Sun. Thanks to his influence
these scams were exposed in the second half of 2011. Watch out! More scams are going to get exposed
in the coming days. Mercury's effect will escalate the political debates addressed to sort out and find
solutions to various scams. Mercury however lacks support from the primary influencer, the Sun. He
will only be instrumental in exposing the scams and other unethical transactions of the political leaders,
but will not be able to bring about justice. The undesirable influence of the Sun will eventually prevail.


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In January 2012, a scam related to military and science is
likely to take place. We would caution the citizens and
urge them to look out for any such dealings that might be
undertaken by our political leaders. The Jan-Lokpal bill
activities might give out favorable side-shoots with a major
financial sector scam getting exposed in the last week of
February. A wikileaks cable or similar broadcasts could
be leaked exposing the role of certain state government
officials' unethical practices. However, with the
undesirable influence of Sun, the political leaders are likely
to get themselves a rain check from getting arrested and
sent to jail.
In April 2012, Ketu becomes the secondary influencer
and lasts till August 2012. As the ruler of Scorpio, the
seventh house, he is in Scorpio itself. He does not have
any malefic influence. His influence will trigger spiritual
leaders and freedom fighters to take up the cause of
corruption in India. We can see far more influential and
persuasive protests from Anna Hazare and his team, Baba
Ramdev and his team and similar people. They will be
able to effectively educate the citizens about the causes
they are standing for, and gather even greater support
from the citizens. In April, we might see the spiritual leaders
and freedom fighters coming together, and discussing their
strategy to eliminate corruption. May 2012 could see film
and sport celebrities joining the movement.
At around this time, there are certain
planetary patterns worth taking note of
from the May 22,2009 swearing-in chart
/" M ' "
of the current Prime Minister of India,
Dr. Manmohan Singh. In June 2012, the f
present political ruling will be under the J
primary and secondary influence of V ^
Jupiter and the Moon. Jupiter as the lord
of the third and sixth house is in the fifth
house and viewing the ascendant. The Moon, as the lord
of the tenth house is in the seventh. He is along with the
second and the seventh lord Mars.





Natal Chart


I The Moon takes the role of


first rate maraka. This

pattern of Jupiter and the
Ketu Moon is likely
J to create
problems to the ruling party.

The problem creators for the

ruling party are clearly
indicated as spiritual leaders
and freedom fighters. The

influence of the Moon will

be severe, perhaps life-threatening as well. The similarities
in the Indian Horoscope and swearing-in chart indicate
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destabilization of the ruling party with a few top leaders

going behind bars.
In July 2012, the tertiary influence of Jupiter kicks in. The
political leaders may twist the laws to their favor, and
even conceal certain facts from being exposed. They may
attempt to buy out top judges as well to stall or turn certain
cases to their favor. India could see the first version of
the Jan Lokpal Bill rolling out, with lower officials under
its radar in August 2012. The unfavorable position of the
Sun could help the top political leaders to negotiate
themselves out of the ambit of the Jan Lokpal Bill.
Venus takes the role of secondary influencer in September
2012. Venus as the ford of the ascendant and the sixth
house is in the third house. The anti-corruption activities
would have minimized by this time. The top political leaders
will happy that they were out of the Jan Lokpal radar. A
new issue arises and attention is focused to that. October
and November might see the political leaders occupied
by this issue. As the year ends, there would be state of
uncertainty pervading across the country.
2012 Legislative Elections
A few states have their ruling party's tenure expiring in
2012. Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Punjab,
Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand are due. The transit of
Saturn in Libra, Jupiter's transit in Aries and then Taurus,
and Mars' transit in Leo, Virgo, Libra and Scorpio, are
going to have a significant impact on the elections. India
represented by Virgo, will have Saturn in the second from
it. Jupiter will transit the eighth and ninth houses.
The B JP government in Guj arat
under the leadership of Mr.
Narendra Modi is likely to win
$ the elections again. In Mr.
C, Modi's horoscope, the Sun and
\ J")
Mercury influence his actions
in 2012. The Sun as the tenth
ford in the eleventh is a positive
combination and makes him more powerful in the political
front. Mercury, as the lord of the eighth and the eleventh
is in the eleventh, and will push Mr. Modi to take many
more economic reforms. Indications suggest that Gujarat
under the leadership of Mr. Modi could emerge a world
destination. His Prime Ministers role however, will have
to wait.

Free Panchanga
for January 2012, February 2012 & March 2012
with this issue

The Bahujan Samaj Party won
206 seats in 2007 election in Uttar
Pradesh. Ms. Mayawati became
the Chief Minister. In 2012, we
can expect a repetition. Mercury
as the primary influencer will help
Ms. Mayawati to emerge
Overall, the planetary patterns indicate an unfavorable
outcome for the Congress Party. Moon and Mercury are the
primary and secondary influencers for the party in 2012.
Moon, as the fifth lord is in the seventh, in maraka sthana
along with Rahu. Mercury as the seventh lord is the ninth
house. The Moon's gender is Female and Mercury is a
eunuch. The party's senior leader's end is foreseen.
Economy, Inflation and Markets
The Indian economy has been bad in 2011. Both the
Sensex and Nifty are down by 18% in the last one year.
Inflation is ending at around 9.5%, Benchmark Interest
rates are have increased from 5.5% to 7.5%, petrol prices
have increased by Rs. 10.00 per litre, both Industrial
production and Government Budget have dropped by 5.1 %
of GDP. Basic necessities have become dear. The
influence of the Sun is clearly seen.
Going forward, the first half of 2012 will continue to see a
downward trend. We can expect the markets to drop by
another 10%. Iron, Steel and other Metal Sectors,
Automobile sector, Oil and Chemicals sector, and
companies with government holding will move southwards.
Banking and Financial sectors, Power and Media sectors
will also move southward, but at a slower pace. We may
see a temporary relief in the months of May. The transit
of Sun into Aries is likely to build support levels, and the
markets gaining some strength. There could be an upward
growth of about two to three percent during this time.
Inflation can increase to around 11%, and two more
upward revisions of petrol prices can be expected, once
in January and then in February. The secondary influence
of Mercury, indicates an increase in benchmark interest
rates 50 basis points. Home loans and vehicle loans could
be very high. The transit of the Sun and Mercury in bearish
signs also suggest that the crops, pulses and other
necessities will become dearer.
By June 2012, the secondary influence of Mercury would
have subsided and Ketu's influence will begin. The markets
will drop further, perhaps to another 10%. However, the
benchmark interest rates are likely to reverse and likely to
reduce the home and vehicle loans. Inflation can also reduce
to about 8% and petrol prices can also stabilize. Throughout
the year, iron, steel and metal stocks may perform badly while
media and power stocks can be stable.

Other Mundane Indications

The new Samvatsara or lunar new year, Nandana,
commences on March 22,2012 at around 8 pm in the evening.
The first degree of Libra will be rising and thereby Vargottama.
With retrograde Saturn in the ascendant and viewed by Venus
and Jupiter, Nandana
(Mercury) Venus
appears to be a year of mixed
Jup er
results, both favorable and
unfavorable. The ruling star
Lunar Year
is Uttarabhadra, ruled by
Saturn and is an Amritanadi.
At the time of Solar Ingress
to Gemini in June 2011, Leo
^ rjsjng
MarS in
it. Jupiter and Retrograde
Venus occupy the tenth house and Saturn, the third. Rains
this year will be below the expected levels. Farmers need
to factor this or will end up facing problems. Amritanadi
effects can manifest with Government providing support
in the form of cloud seeding.
Further Events
There is a strange planetary formation taking place in
the last week of October. Jupiter and Ketu are in
conjunction in Taurus, and
,Jupiter (R)
Mars, Mercury
' and Rahu
are viewing the two planets
from Scorpio. Yogas or
J October 2012
taking place in Taurus
aggressively. In the case of
Mercuiy Ooti im
venus Scorpio, in addition to being
aggressive, they are
secretive in nature. The arrangement of these five
planets suggests terrorist activities or human
exploitation. The affected countries include one belt
from Guyana, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay and
another belt from Ukraine, Turkey, Iraq, Syria via
Ethiopia, Somalia and all the way to Tanzania. Planetary
heat map estimates indicate Kenya and Somalia to have
the highest influence.
With reference to India ruled by Virgo, Scorpio is the third
house and Taurus is in the ninth house. An unhappy event
is likely to take place and it could relate to religion. More
details about this event will be given in the coming issues
of our magazine.
The above predictions are projections only. We hope the
readers and governments take note of the planetary
movements and plan for greater good.

JANUARY 2012 11


Cjuicfe to (Duties of T<jngs<Ru[ers,


and Others


Dr. Bangalore Sureshwara has been
involved in the study of the application of
Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita
and Vedic Astrology in modern life. His
lectures and writings on Ramayana,
Hinduism, Vedic Astrology, "Ramayana
and Management" have been well received.
He was the principal speaker on Vedic
Astrology at The Second Parliament of the
World's Religions held in Chicago in
August-September 1993. Dr. Sureshwara
successfully predicted the victories in the
USA Presidential Elections of President
Bush ( 2000 and 2004) and President
Obama (2008). He has been a
distinguished contributor to The
Astrological Magazine, Asia's leading Vedic
Astrology journal founded in 1895 by
Professor B. Suryanarain Rao. The
illustrious Dr. B. V Raman was its Editor
from 1932 to 1938.
Dr. Sureshwara obtained Master's and
Doctorate in Engineering from the
University of Notre Dame, USA. He has
taught Civil, Structural and Mechanical
Engineering at undergraduate and
postgraduate levels at various universities
in USA. His varied and extensive industry
experiences cover Civil, Structural,
Mechanical andAerospace Engineering.

EVEN TODAY, I distinctly remember a conversation that I had in 1989

with my father Dr. B. V. Raman, wherein we concurred that I would
share with others my understanding and observations of the information that
is related to the various aspects of life as embedded in Ramayana. This would
encourage many to start reading Ramayana and benefit from the information
contained in the eternal book. Even before that memorable conversation, it
has been my passion and interest to continue to study, observe and understand
the many details and information that are contained in the eternal epic
Sage Valmiki's magnum opus "Valmiki Ramayana" covers the story of Sri
Rama. There are many popular versions and commentaries pertaining to
Ramayana. Some of them have segments of the eternal story, which are
somewhat different from Valmiki Ramayana. The modifications are possibly
due to the authors' views and the influence of the various environments that
existed in their lives. While respecting the contribution made by many authors,
many scholars consider Valmiki Ramayana as the original and authoritative
During the last twenty plus years, we have discussed, debated and differed on
various aspects of Ramayana. I hope it has helped us in better understanding
of the story and the events, as well their practical application and utility at an
individual, society and national levels. We are in the twenty-first century and
yet the enduring and the everlasting message of Ramayana is more relevant
today than ever in the history of humanity
Practical and Effective Message
Ramayana contains many stories of some individuals who exhibited
extraordinary sacrifices as they were exposed to dangerous situations. Others
exhibited greedy and selfish actions with practically every available opportunity.
The story of Sri Rama and Ayodhya is the story of mankind. Ramayana has
information that is needed to understand the strengths and weaknesses that
defines every individual. It has been said that Ramayana is not only an eternal
Scripture but it is also an encyclopedia covering the various aspects of life.
One is reminded about a statement attributed to a person of learning, knowledge
and wisdom .The wise person said "every saint has a past and every sinner
has a future." The words of the wise encourage everyone to let spiritualism
awaken the values and ethics that lay dormant in their fives.
The simple, but powerful and effective message contained in Ramayana, is
that ultimately good triumphs over evil in any conflict. This eternal message
unfolds throughout the various events covered in Ramayana. Yet, some while

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apparently comprehending this message are unable to

completely understand it in a way so as to put it to practical
use in their lives. No wonder, to-day's world is embroiled
in a variety of problems and conflicts.
Materialism and spiritualism constantly and continuously
challenge human actions and behaviors. It is important to
be aware that spiritualism and performance of religious
rituals/rites are not always synonymous. Ramayana has
shown that anyone who reaches the highest level of
spiritualism is a divine person. Sri Rama is a classic
example of divinity or a divine individual. On the other
hand, a person with extreme materialistic value, regardless
of the performance of religious and rituals or rites, has
limited spiritualism. Ravana clearly belongs to this
category. Sri Rama and Ravana define the "dharmaadharma" spectrum. The divine or spiritual end of the
spectrum is defined by Sri Rama and the materialistic or
demonic end by Ravana. A vast majority of individuals
fall somewhere between the two ends of the spectrum
but many need to put great efforts throughout their lives
to be as near as possible to the spiritual end.
Duties of Rulers, Priests and Others
Religion or faith need to inspire people towards embedding
spiritualism in their life. The turbulence of violence that
exists in parts of the world possibly indicate the unhealthy
influence of materialism and the challenges that spiritualism
faces in the society. The study of Ramayana helps to
bridge any gap that may exist in understanding the role
of spiritualism in an individual's life.
Many millennium years ago, the eternal hero Sri Rama
talked to Sri Bharata about the administration of a kingdom
and the corresponding qualifications and responsibilities
of the rulers and the various officials, based on time-tested
ethics and values. We find that Sri Rama's advice and
counseling to Bharata is as relevant today as it was during
the Ramayana time.
The earth shaking turmoil generated by the troubling
actions of Kaikeyi resulted in the self-banishment or
voluntary exile of Sri Rama from Ayodhya. Bharata
rejected his mother's desire and offer to make him King
of Ayodhya. He reaffirmed the role of values and ethics
in the Kingdom of Ayodhya. Bharata, accompanied by
brother Shatrughna, minister Sumantra and the army, went
looking for Sri Rama. Leaving the army near Chitrakoot
mountain to ensure that any hermits in the area are not
disturbed, he reached the simple hut in which Sri Rama,
Lakshmana and Sita lived. The four brothers had a tear
filled joyful meeting. The advice and instructions, based
on well-established ethics and values, given by Sri Rama

to Bharata is covered in Canto One-hundred in the

Ayodhya Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana. The dialog
between Sri Rama and Bharata covering the qualifications,
responsibilities and ethics required for rulers or kings,
secular and spiritual advisers and various officials of the
kingdom are given in the seventy-six verses contained in
the Canto.
A priest is one who performs religious rites or rituals and
provides spiritual information or advice. Sri Rama points
out to Bharata that a priest must have humility, extensive
learning, intelligence, skilled and well versed in the
procedure of conducting religious rites and who is treated
with respect by the king. "Atheistic" priests are not to be
patronized because they are capable of manipulating the
people's mind and leading them away from the right path.
The phrase "atheistic priest" in plain English indicates a
priest who is a "non-believer" in God. However, in practical
situations as indicted in Ramayana, these are the priests
who rarely perform religious rites according to the
established canons of worship but primarily use their
position to take advantage of the trusting devotees of God.
Some even conduct religious rites with pomp and glamor
that are often void of spiritualism. The term well-versed
in conducting religious rites that was so clearly and
eloquently expressed by Sri Rama appear to have little
relevance for some in the worship of the Supreme Being
today. It is not surprising that such persons, even if rare in
earlier times, have existed since the Ramayana period.
Perhaps, in these days, it is difficult to find priests and
religious leaders who truly satisfy the indicated

qualifications referred to in Ramayana. Yet in the midst

of the rubble and dust that surround the troubled religious
practices, today there are still many individuals and
institutions that quietly preach and practice spirituality with
humility. Many of them exist in our own towns and cities.
Ministers, as referenced in Ramayana, are also advisors
or counselors. Sri Rama indicates that a minister/counselor
needs to be one who is learned, honest, valiant and well
versed in politics. In today's world it is rare to find an
administrator or minister who meets the essential
qualifications indicated above and is fully interested in the
total welfare of the "kingdom" (city, state or country) and
its "citizens" (residents).
Sri Rama says that a ruler should provide daily audience
to the people. What a noble idea that He has given to
the rulers of the world. It is more valid today than ever
to implement the simple and yet the powerful message
of meeting the ruled by the ruler. Many rulers of today
have conveniently used the noble idea to benefit
themselves. They meet the public not to listen to their
problems, concerns, difficulties, etc., of the public, but
mainly to lecture them, may be few times during an
election cycle of 4 or 5 years and only to seek their
votes. Once an election is over, the public is just ignored,
if not entirely forgotten. Today "Ramarajya" of the
golden period has been replaced by its mere shadow.
Yet, the message of Sri Rama echoes all over the world.
It is refreshing to see that public apathy of the past is
slowly being replaced by public's outrage and demand
for rulers to observe and practice value and ethics
based administration. The rulers, it now appears, are
also slowly starting to hear this loudly increasing echo.
Positive changes are possible now.
Sri Rama's advice that the ruler's expenses should be
less than the income rings loud and clear around the
world. This is indeed a statement that is eternally valid.
Everyone reads and discusses Ramarajya and one
aspect of this learning is to merely adhere to the simple
economic principle at every level as enunciated by Sri
Rama. The balanced budget of a home, state or country
needs disciplined spending. Today the economic experts
only talk of balanced-budgets and never focus on its
real implementation. But the very fact that in recent
times there appears to be serious interest in
implementation of balanced budgets are a silver fining
to the dark cloud of financial management. Sri Rama's
temple of financial management is easy to build but
needs dedicated and determined efforts to make it
happen sooner than later.

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Sri Rama informs Bharata that a military general is one

who is talented, gallant and has spotless character. Sri
Rama also cautions Bharata that one should get rid of a
warrior seeking "kingly power". Thus Sri Rama affirms
that a ruler has to be aware of possible political or military
"coup d'etat". Even during the times of Ramayana, it was
recognized that sometimes wars are inevitable. A world
that has produced both Mahatma Gandhi and Adolf Hitler
cannot be free of peace or war for ever. Heroic warriors
who have participated in battles are to be treated with
honor. How often does one recognize heroic warriors
today? Are they treated with honor and dignity? Sri Rama's
words are strong reminders of the unfortunate reality.
Heroic warriors of today, at best, get their fifteen minutes
of fame and glory. And then they are often forgotten, not
only by the nation but also sometimes by their near and
dear ones. The rulers, on the other hand, too often climb
up on the back of these heroic warriors to achieve their
political ambitions.
In today's world, it is not unexpected to see a socalled good friend of a politician turn one hundred
and eighty degrees to achieve the desired political
power or position.
Sri Rama reminds that the tears from the eyes of falsely
convicted individual destroy the king. He recognized the
human fragilities of the mind and the body. An individual
may be well intentioned but, unfortunately, mistakes or
errors sometimes may happen. It is the duty of the ruler
to rectify the mistakes immediately. Hopefully no longterm damage results from the mistakes or errors.
However, as kings and rulers often have extraordinary
powers, it is their duty to ensure that false serious
charges never occur. Innocent individuals would not
be exposed to punishment and suffering in a Ramarajya
based justice system.
The information indicated here is an overview of the
material contained in the seventy six verses. What is
astonishing, but not surprising, is that the various
requirements and qualifications indicated by Sri Rama for
the rulers and others are equally valid even today. The
information in Ramayana is millennium years old and yet
its application is forever.
Ramayana is an Eternal Scripture and guide for rulers
and people. It clearly conveys that an individual can rise
to divine levels as in the case of our hero Sri Rama. It
also emphasizes that a bad individual will cause suffering
to the good people but ultimately will pay the price as in
the case of Rakshasa Ravana.
Continued on 17






Impracticable Combinations
Our ancient astrological treatises give us a plethora of
combinations of planets that can make or mar the
characteristics of a person. In analyzing any chart these
combinations can guide the astrologer to assess the quality
of the horoscope, most precisely, and help him to judge
the horoscope effectively. However, it must be noted that
not all such combinations found in our ancient treatises
can be taken up for their face value because some of
them can turn to be merely impossible or impracticable
ones. The scholars have taken note of all these anomalies
earlier and have discussed them threadbare. The present
effort of this scribe is just to alert the students of
astrology that all such combinations given in various
texts of yore cannot be taken for granted outright.
However, it must be noted that this is in no way meant to
find fault with those treatises that have given such
impossible combinations.
The students, in such rare cases, must take them seriously to
find whether such combinations are possible, feasible or at
least practicable. If such strange combinations found in texts
are found not reasonable, for our modem use, the only way
out would be that they need not be given any weight, in the
assessments. One need not sit on any judgment why such
inconsistencies have crept into these texts.
This can save a lot of trouble for the budding astrologers.
This present venture is only to whip-up support to those
students, who are interested to study the subject seriously.


The quarrels between husbands and wives are nothing

new and they ought to have exited perhaps from the very
ancient days. But it is strange that they have not damaged
the institution of marriage due to many of the social and
religious embargoes. However, one can see that such
instances quite common, now-a-days with many girls going
back to their home discarding their husband or seek a
divorce. Only then, the astrologer who had matched the
cases becomes the whipping-boy.


It is interesting to note that Phaladeepika gives a

combination to identify such girls who are prone to
quarrelling with their husbands and make the marriage a
hell or wreak it. It says that if the lords of Lagna and
seventh in a girl's horoscope are placed in shastashtaka
positions, (i.e., 6-8) the girl will pickup serious quarrels
with her husband or even break the bond.
One must not come to any hasty conclusions in such cases
where the lords of the Lagna and the seventh are placed
in 6-8 positions in any girl's horoscope. It may be true that
the combination could be ominous. Including the Moon,
there are some fast moving planets like Mercury and
Venus who come round the zodiac once in a month or at
least in few months. Let us take the case of Kataka and
Makara lagnas. In the first case where the lagna is Kataka
the lords of the lagna and the 7th are the Moon and Saturn.
In the case of Makara lagna they will be Saturn and Moon
respectively. Wherever Saturn could be, is it not a fact
that the Moon would occupy the 6-8 position, at least once
a month from Saturn? Like this, Mercury, Venus and even
the Sun can take up such positions frequently. Net result
would be that such quarrelling girls would constitute the
bulk of female population and en-masse we cannot brand
them as cantankerous. In short it is that such
combinations need not be taken up so seriously or literally
to make one apprehensive of a possible horror.
Royal Births
Again, in Phaladeepika we find a combination suggesting
a royal birth, if Venus is in the ascendant and in Aswini
Nakshatra and further aspected by all the other planets.
Evidently, this cannot happen, as at least Mercury and the
Sun will have to opt out, by all means. This is because
Mercury and the Sun can aspect the planet only from the
7th from it and in no way either of them can be so far
away from Venus.
A combination when the Sun and the Moon are in their
atyuccha or deep exaltation position is capable of ushering
in a great royal personage according to Maharshi Gargi.

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Can such a situation arise? It will be a good exercise for

the students to work out and find whether when the Sun
is in 10 Mesha, the Moon could occupy the 33.
Bhavatbhava Principle
While attempting to assess the quality of any bhava it is
of utmost necessity to look into many of the factors like
its strength, the aspects or associations of planets it gets,
the quality, position and strength of the bhaavaadhipa
and scores of other factors.

Going a step further, the results of any bhava can be

enlarged by taking it as the Lagna, from where its twelve
bhavas could be analyses and assessed. For example the
progeny of brother can be examined from the 7th, as it is
the 5th from the 3rd.
Bhavasya yassaiva phalam vichintyam
Bhavam cha tarn lagnamiti prakalpya /

Bhavatbhava is a special method of assessing the qualities

of any particular bhava, not only from the concerned bhava
but also from the house, counted as much, from the
concerned bhava, as the latter is from Lagna. Under this
scheme, the matters concerning father can be measured
from the 5th bhava also because it is the 9th from the 9th.
The logic is that while the 9th bhava can portray matters
connected with the father of the native, the 9th from that
bhava can elucidate it further.
Likewise the traits of the 2nd house can be considered
from the 3rd house also as it is the 2nd from the second
house. Likewise, 3rd can be gauged from the 5th which is
the 3rd to the 3rd; the 4th from the 7th which is the 4th from
the 4th and so on. This is the Bhavatbhava principle.


tadroopadhanaadhikaani //

Whenever the effects of any bhava are to be determined,

that bhava should be considered as the Lagna. The effects
of the twelve houses reckoned there-from should then be
examined and results arrived at.
There is another rule that prescribes the bhava
assessments from the position of the respective kanakas.
For example the progeny could be examined not only from
the 5th but also from the 5th house from where Jupiter, the
Putrakaraka is posited, in the horoscope.
The Bhavatbhava principle enlarges the scope for
assessments of various bhavas, making it more incisive
and insightful.

Ramayana, Guide to Duties of Rulers

(continued from 14)
The objective of the discussion is to help each other in

Everlasting Guide
We have only scratched at the surface of Ramayana.
The remarkable thing is that Sri Rama has provided the
)harma. Thousands and
essential ingredients for rule of Dharma.
thousands of years have passed since
ice the time of Sri Rama
but the information in Canto 100 of Ayodhya Kanda is as
valid today as it was during the Ramayana period. One
can enjoy the story of Sri Rama by reading Ramayana.
But reading it many times opens the door to go beyond
the printed word and enables one to grasp and understand
the vast knowledge and wisdom contained
:ontained in it. Devotion
provides the intuition to visualize the events as if they are
happening in front of our eyes. Byy the Grace of Lord Sri
Rama, the wisdom and knowledge contained in it is easily
available for anyone to imbibe, apply and use it.

sharing the story of Sri Rama and other characters. We

are plain and simple mortals in this vast universe, who are
trying to understand the message that Sage Valmiki has
provided through the pages of Ramayana. At any time
during the discussion, we do not have to always agree on
the various views, opinions or comments. The strength
of the discussion lies in the fact that they provide us an
opportunity to critically and objectively evaluate the events
and incidents contained in the story and then come to our
own conclusions. It is important to remember that any
conclusions arrived at must be based on a dignified
approach and devotion to Sri Rama.
May Lord Sri Rama and Sri Sita Devi Bless All.




William R. (Bill) Levacy holds a BA in Literature, a Master's in the

Science of Creative Intelligence, and a Master's in Education. Bill is
currently a PhD Candidate in Education at Capella University, with a
specialization in Human Performance Improvement (HPI). Bill is the
author of, "Beneath a Vedic Sky," "Beneath a Vedic Sun," and "Vedic
Astrology Simply Put." He is a recipient of the 2011 "Jyotish Medha
Pragya" award by the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences (ICAS)
in New Delhi, India. Bill is President of the American College of Vedic
Astrology (ACVA), and the ACVAOnline educational program at
www.acvaonline.ors. Bill has maintained an active Vedic astrology
practice since 1983 with thousands of clients around the world. Bill lives
in Southern California and can be reached at www.vedicastroloser. com.

MANY JYOTISH SHASTRAS indicate the sign of

Pisces, its ruler Jupiter, and the 12thhouse to be the
indicators of Moksha or liberation. Persons with strong
and favorable connections to the 12th house, and a well
placed Jupiter, often exhibit spiritual tendencies and have
a releasing disposition ... from material cravings to the
opening of one's spirit to unshakeable tranquility.
However, the examination of the charts of public gurus in
the last couple of decades reveals another set of criteria
for spiritual leaders, especially those who have worked in
the West. It is that of Scorpio, its ruler Mars and the 8th
house...the Ashtama Gurus who demonstrate
transformative vigor aimed at mystical transcendence, the
secrets of the Self, and life mastery.
This article will examine those indications of the 8th house,
Mars, and Scorpio and how they apply to the charts of
several modern Gurus. The favorable qualities of these
8th place indicators will be reviewed to help us understand
how the 8th house and its characteristics could lead a
person to assume the role of a guru or spiritual leader of
some fashion in these active, modern times.
Traditional 8th House Indications
As is the case in many classic texts, Laghu Parashari,
for example, indicates that the ruler of the 8th house due
to its placement of 12th from the 9th does not produce
good results. Traditional expositions of the 8th house tend
to focus on end-of-life matters, sexual and eliminative
functions, legacies, and the unknown. Parashara indicates
the concerns of the 8th house as indicative of "longevity,
wealth of the dead, and things that have happened and
are to happen (in the past and future births)." Parashara
also states that 8th house is an intuitive house in that it
gives a person the ability to know "that which is not stated."
Vyankatesh Sharma's "Sarvarth Chintamani," lists
"guyha" or hidden matters as an 8th house trait, along
with ayu (life) and randhra (bad). Bhatt Narayana's
Chamatkar Chintamani says that the 8th house is an
indicator for "occult matters, " The hidden influences of
the 8th can bring about trouble from servants and those

close by through revealing secrets. Rama Dayalu's

Sanketa Nidhi, calls the 8th , the house of mysteries.
Sanketa Nidhi also indicates the 8th house as representing
"fear from enemies, imprisonment, and acting in an
unbecoming manner." Symbolically, as well as literally,
Sanketa Nidhi identifies "crossing the river" as a trait of
the 8th house. The 8th house is concerned with matters
related to "crossing over" or death, perhaps even symbolic
death and rebirth. Mantreshwara's Phaladeepika while
mirroring Parashara's emphasis on longevity and death,
expands 8th house descriptions to include impediments due
to impurity, embarrassments, chronic indebtedness, and
all around sorrow. Mantreshwara also provides the rule
that "if the lord of the house under examination is in the
6th, 8th, or 12th from the Lagna, that house is destroyed.
The same will be the results if that house is occupied by
the Lords of the 6th, 8th, or 12th. As we will see in the next
section of this article, a benefic aspect on the 8th house
can mitigate some of the negative energy and can promote
the positive end of the scale.
The 8th House can be Favorable
Pandit Ojha, in Predictive Astrology of the Gurus,
(p. 110) states that "apparently contradictory matters, such
as longevity and death, happiness, and mental distress,
etc. are really not contradictory but represent the positive
and negative aspects of the same content."
Mantreshwara, alerts us that all rules of Vedic astrology
have a favorable and unfavorable dimension to them. In
the case of the dusthanas, including the 8th, if the house
concerned is aspected by a benefic, it will in fact flourish.
As such, Mantreshwara is making us aware that the 8th
house can also indicate the opportunity for an improvement
of a life condition. If one is beset with obstacles (vighna),
then it would be the recognition of obstacles, or creating
more discernment, that would allow an individual to
navigate around these barriers, setbacks, or delays (or
transcend them) and move forward. If a person had many
impurities (asuchi) that diminished their life force, then
the removal of those afflictions could lead to a healing
transformation and more vitality (life). If a person was
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confused and "mystified" then a benefic 8 house could
display the intelligence (pragya) needed to lead others to
clarity and true perception. It could create a disposition
for mastering the transcendental knowledge. The 8th, in
this regard could represent the discernment and skill to
lead others out of darkness and into the higher insights of
consciousness and good health. This is what gurus do.
They remove doubt and darkness. They are the captains
of consciousness that guide their followers "across the

Bhatt Narayana's Chamatkar Chintamani tells us that

the 8th house can indicate a person with "imposing
personahty, charitable, jovial, and learned." B.Suryanarain
Rao, Dr. B.V. Raman's grandfather, in his Astrological
Primer, offers another ray of hope from the 8th house by
calling it a place of "final emancipation," rather than strictly
a position for judging end of physical life or becoming
fatalistic about dealing with life's limitations. Rama
Dayalu's Sanketa Nidhi, lists the 8th house as a place of
both happiness and of misery, as well as a place where
diseases originate, (opening up the consideration for
diagnoses and cure). Dayalu also tells us that a benefic
8th house can "bestow wealth upon the native." Kalidasa's
Utttakalamitra identifies happiness as a quality of the
8th house. An astrological work from Kerala called
Prasna Marga (translated into English by Dr. B. V.
Raman), indicates that a benefic in the 8th can increase
health and longevity, make a person courageous, and give
them the capacity to acquire new houses and spiritual
residences. Venkatesh Sharma's Sarvartha Chintamani
indicates that "if there is influence of benefic planets on
the 8th house, there is no defeat for the native."
As described above, the 8th house is not always bad. As
is the focus of this article, the 8th house can be indicative
of those advanced characteristics. These can be seen in
the charts of dynamic gurus who teach us to transcend
life's challenges and take action towards inner and outer

The genesis of 8 house gurus can be seen more fully in

the descriptions of Scorpio, as 8th sign, and its ruler Mars.
Many of these astrological indications are generally
applicable to the favorable 8th chart position.
Indications of Scorpio: Transformation and
Dr. B.V. Raman in Hindu Predictive Astrology, tells us
that Scorpios are sensual beings yet will philosophize on
the merits of controlling the senses. They have a
philosophic disposition, like excitement, are friendly and
invite the goodwill of people around the world. Their
international capacity is expanded by their tendency not
to be limited by conventions and customs.
Dr. Bh. Satyanarayana Rao in A Text Book of Scientific
Astrology, describes many of the Scorpio traits that
empower 8th house/sign gurus. "Scorpio has many abilities
generally latent in him, but when aroused, or set into action,
is capable of attaining eminence. He has unusual activity,
vitahty, and recuperative power.
He has unusual interest
in all psychic subjects and mysteries of nature, and makes
an excellent research worker on original and novel lines.
His ability for occultism is immense. He breaks down
theories which are either antiquated or irrational, though
he has respect for time honored customs."
H. Majumder, in his book, Hindu Science of the Future,
lists some of the traits of Scorpio as, "does not care for
other's criticism and faces everything stubbornly and
challenges its critics. Anything that causes obstruction (his
tendency is) to fight; ...is an upsetter of existing ideas
and ways of living." Majumder lists the favorable
characteristics of Scorpio "to love, or be affectionate, to
arrange things, to adorn, to be alert, to guard, to act as the
Bala Bhadra's Hora Ratnam, describes the sign of Scorpio
as "a place of hiding," and a "hole" or "cave". Such
descriptions bring to mind the reclusive nature of a spiritual
seeker and the traditional factors of seeking caves and
remote places in which to nurture spiritual growth in infinite
Example Charts from Famous World Gurus

Fig. 1 Scorpio is the 8th sign of

the Zodiac, Ruled by Mars
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Fig. 2 The 8th house from any

Rasi Lagna, Sun or Moon will
carry the influence of Scorpio

The following "Gurus" led or are leading large organizations

around the world both in the West and the East. These
organizations are basically self-improvement/
transformational operations led by powerful and successful
leader-teachers. You will notice in examining their charts
that the 8th sign of Scorpio, the 8th house from the Lagna,
Sun, or Moon, and the planet Mars plays a significant role.
It is also interesting to note those situations where a node,

or "karmic point" occupies the 8th house or Scorpio in
these master's charts.
This article is meant to stimulate further research into
those planetary indicators that identify a person who has
the energy, capacity, and general wisdom to lead a large
group of people to a state of high evolution, health, and
happiness. As we know, while the indicators for spiritual
greatness are present in these example charts, the
individuals noted have various spans of time and depth of

reach in their spiritual destinies. They are in a sense

controllers of consciousness, researching the ancient
shastras (East and West), to help the masses transcend
the limits of mundane life. Due to constraints of space in
this article, biographies were not providedhoping these
persons were at least famous enough to spark your
memory about their place in the world. If you would like
to see a biography of each individual, you can search for
them on the internet, by name or in places like
Wikipedia.com or astrodatabank.

Summary of Astrological Indicators for Eight World-Gurus or Spiritual Leaders

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Commentaries on



(Born in 1940 Dr. S. Madhavan did his M.Sc. (Mathematics) and took his doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Kerala. He has
published several research papers in journals of international repute in mathematics, Indian astronomy, astrology etc. He retired as Professor
and Head of the Department of Mathematics, University College, Thiruvananthapuram. He also worked abroad for about four years. He has
attended several national and international conferences and guided scores of M.Phil, and PhD students. He studied Sanskrit and jyotishain
the traditional way. He is now translating the commentary Apurvarthapradarshika of his father, Sri A.N. Srinivasaraghava lyengar on Brihat
Jataka into English. Through his organization Mihira Astrological Center, he works for the promotion of astrology.)
' commencement of his commentary on Brihat Jataka


HHl ^HlWrl I I
This means,
"The three fold Jyotisha was propounded by the Sun.
Fearing that it would be lost in Kaliyuga the Sun took the
incarnation in the world as Varahamihira and expounded
the three branches in a short form. This is what people
with knowledge of salvation say. Obeisance to that Sun".
This statement is fully justified by the fact that
Varahamihira wrote monumental works on all the three
branches - Siddhanta, Hora and Samhita. In Siddhanta
he wrote Pancha Siddhantika. In Hora, he wrote Brihat
Jataka and Lag hit Jataka.
Brihat Samhita is
encyclpaedic in range and covers the whole gamut of
celestial and terrestrial phenomena. It deals with the
transits of planets, comets, architecture, weather forecast,
iconography, omens, qualities of men and women and a
wide variety of topics. He also wrote a work called
Samasa Samhita known only through quotations.
Vatakanika is a work dealing with omens. But it exists
only in a fragmentary form. On travels or what may be
called military astrology he wrote Brihadyatra,
Svalpayatra and Yogayatra.
On marriages he wrote
Brihat Vivahapatala and according to Bhattotpala he also

wrote Svalpa Vivahapatala. According to tradition the

authorship of more than thirty works is attributed to him,
but the authenticity is not certain. Apart from the global
sweep of learning he was a master of Sanskrit prosody as
is evidenced from his metrical extravaganza in Brihat
Samhita, while describing transits of planets. In fact no
other astrologer of India possessed his versatility.
Regarding his period several opinions prevail. Because
of his reference to 427 Saka in Paricha Siddhantika as
T01f%iA<vM<34 it is generally believed that he flourished in
5th century A.D. Amaraja mentions in his commentary
on Brahmasphuta Siddhanta that he died in Saka 509
which corresponds to 587 A.D. Because he named his
son Prithuyasas and reference to Prithu (which means
big or the name Prithu) in
1-4*11(6 J. 11.10) and tfMftT:
(B J. 11.15) it is likely that he was contemporary of Vainya
Gupta, Vainya being a synonym of Prithu.
He introduces himself thus:


3tMPd<+j J
This implies that he belonged to Avanti and Kapisthala
gothra. His father was Aditya dasa who gave him
knowledge. He was endowed with a boon from the Sun
and he wrote the beautiful Horasastra after going through
the works of the sages.
Brihat Jataka
Brihat Jataka of Varahamihira is great work on Hora. The
author has culled out much information from this literature
from hoary past and presented in an acceptable fashion.
He himself observes in Brihat Samhita thus:
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mft\ 11
The idea is this. The ancient sastras are like gems. The
gems are scattered and possess holes (^*T?r) and not
connected with a cord (^) and if they are connected by
new cord (Tti) became capable of adorning the wearer.
In this way the sastras are old, they are also scattered.

The commentator who was holding a high position in

Kerala Educational Service had the advantages of modern
and ancient education. He had a Master's degree in
Mathematics and standard traditional education in Sanskrit
in which he had learned several sastras. He has written
poems in Sanskrit, and published several articles on
Mathematics, philosophy etc. With the erudition of an
encyclopaedic nature he laid his hand on Brihat Jataka
and the product is really astounding.
First of all, what Varahamihira says is important:

They possess some defects (PST) and do not have

codification (^T) and they have to be removed and


endowed with new qualities Qpi) Then they are also

capable of adorning the possessor.
In Brihat Jataka he has clearly followed this principle.
The works written by the eighteen sages were practically
lost by the efflux of time. Varahamihira collected the
available materials and restored them in the best possible
way. In writing Brihat Jataka he has condensed the
materials covering several aspects of astrology by his
ingenious methods of suggestion.
Because of the greatness of the work, commentaries
giving the real import of the text were written by scholars.
According to tradition the great Adi Sankara wrote a
commentary named Jayamangala on the text. But it is
not available or it may be only a story concocted often
about great people.
Chronologically Bhattotpala's commentary comes first.
It was completed in the Saka year 888 which corresponds
to A.D. 966. It clears many ambiguities in the texts and
abounds in profuse quotations. These are very useful for
historical research. But it does not delve into the inner
meanings of the text.
Dasadhyayi consisting of commentary for the first ten
chapters was written by Govinda Somayajin (also called
Thalakkulathur Bhattatiri) makes an attempt to probe into
the inner meanings of the text. This was probably written
in 13th century A.D. Vivarana of Rudravariar, later
commentator covers the entire text and explains some
Paramesvara discusses some points overlooked by earlier

This can be construed thus:

For the sake of those who are frustrated in the attempt to
cross the ocean of the science of Hora, after having come
across many of works of authors well known intellect
endowed with knowledge of grammar and logic I am
writing this book which is concise, but possessing several
meanings and variegated metres.
He uses an imagery here. He refers to it as sastra-plava
and science-boat. The adjectives are meaningfully
couched. 'Svalpa' means small in the case of the boat
and concise while referring to the book. 'Vrittavichitra'
means strange with round shape in the case of the boat
and strange with metres in the case of the work.
'Arthabahula' means containing several materials in the
case of the boat and having several meanings in the case
of the work. Thus author of Apurvarthapradarsika has
shown that this is fully justified. He uses mainly the
following devices for interpretation.
1. Using grammatical devices in interpreting the text in
different ways.
2. Using Katapayadi System of numerals and interpreting
in different ways.
3. The name of the metre which suggests a new meaning.
This has been done for every stanza and this is unique
and this is unique feature of the commentary.
We shall give some examples for each.
We shall consider this:

Apurvarttapradarsika of Sri A.N. Srinivasaraghava

lyengar (1902 - 1979), by my revered father and guru,
excels all the earlier commentaries by the exhaustive
explanations on the verses in a very novel way. It is a
breakthrough in the interpretations of Varahamihira's text.
BJ. 1.6
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The literal meaning gives the leads ofrasis, in navamasa
and dvadasamsa.
bhavana) refers to Aries, Capricorn, Libra and Cancer
the commencement of navamsas for Aries, Taurus,
Gemini, Cancer etc. The commentator brings out the
details of various Vargas, supposed to be bypassed by
Varahamihira. Apparently Varahamihira describes only
the six Vargas, whereas the commentator establishes by
skill that all the sixteen Vargas and given by him.
Bhavanasamamsaka is interpreted thus. Bham means
rasi vana means water and hence four and thus
caturthamsa or division with four equal parts is given.
1. Sva means one, and graha means four. By counting
four successively we get the leads of quadrants, from
the rasi concerned for the caturtamsas. Also
bhavanam suggests four and the sages, Sanaka,
Sanandana, Sanatana and Sanathkumara who are four
years old are referred to.
2. Use of Katapayadi numerals we observe that
Varahamihira was aware of this. A commentator on
Aryabhama also says that Aryabhama was aware of
this, though he used Vargaksara System.
Varahamihira's son Prithuyasas also used this in his
work Horasara*.
It is generally believed that Varahamihira bypassed
Ududasa. But the commentator establishes that
Varahamihira suggested it. He uses the synonyms of
the various planets and achieves this. In the term Tfa:
(Ravih) Ra stands for two and VI stands for 4 and by
addition we get 4 + 2 = 6 (by using Katapayadi
numerals). Similarly the term
(S'as'abh0t) means
the Moon and also a bearer of S'as'a or here. But 6
by assignment of numerals and addition gives 5 +
5 = 10, which is the number of years for the Moon.
For Jupiter he uses the expressions
(JivoEgira% Suraguru%) we can take Jivo aEgi
rassuraguru% as his part rassuraguru% and by
assignment of numerals and addition we get 2 + 7 + 2
+ 3 + 2 = 16 which gives the number of years for Jupiter.
In this way the U udas'a year for all planets are given.
The author also skilfully derives Kalachakra Dasa from
B.J. 1.8
*See author's article "Origin of Katapayadi System of Numerals"
(Purnatrayi July-December, 1991 for details)

The use of metres is the most important device.

Sardulavikridita metre has caesura at 12 and 7 and thus
there is reference to 12 rasis and 7 planets is given. Thus
the rule can be extend or generalized depending on the
context. The metre pushpitagra suggests a Raja yoga.
We shall add one illustration.
. - -.-A - - n-.w
stSfSfRf tiw cT

BJ. 16.13
When the Moon is strong and the rasi occupied by it and
the lord are strong, it gives the results flawlessly. Other
planets can be considered similarly. This is simple. But,
inner meanings can be derived. The author employs the
metre called Kusumavichitra which suggests a bee
searching for new and new flowers. The bee with six
legs suggests six. Thus six kinds of strength, six Vargas
are referred to in the first instance.
The metre can also be viewed as matrasomaka which is
defined as

Matrasomaka consists of 16 syllabic instances in every

quarter with the ninth syllabic instant being short. Thus
the sixteen Vargas have to be looked into the navamsa
has the special status. Also every quarter has 12 syllables
and the modification of the results with the help of 12
rasis and 12bhavas is also included.
Since methods of explanation are often recondite, very
difficult kinds of interpretations are not included in the
The commentator's discussion of Manduka gati, Mrkata
gati and Simhavalokana with the help of metres is
ingenious, but not discussed here because of the intricacies
of prosody involved.
The first part consisting of 10 chapters of the work
Apurvarthapradarsika was published by Adyar Library,
Madras in 1951. I hope to publish the second part with
my English translation and notes in 2012.
The description of the eminent historian professor K.V
Rangaswamy lyengar as the "best commentary yet written
on the best known work on Jyotica by the greatest daivajna
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Significance of Calendars

AS WE MOVE TO THE NEW YEAR 2012 the first

thing which we do is to replace the old calendar with
the new calendar. The Calendar has become an integral
part of our life and due to the electronic revolution it is
available in many forms such as wrist watches, cell
phones, computers etc. Today Gregorian calendar is
internationally accepted civil calendar and is in use across
the globe. Though there are many advantages with the
other calendars which are traditionally in use in India such
as Hindu Solar Calendar, Islamic Calendars etc., it is the
Gregorian calendar which has become more popular in
day to day activities due to its own advantages. This
article focuses on providing the astronomical significance
of each of these calendars and explains their advantages
and drawbacks. The calendars are devised based on the
movements of Sun and Moon and are classified as Solar,
Lunar and Lunisolar calendars. The Solar calendar
considers only Sun and ignores the Moon. The lunar
Calendar considers only Moon and ignores the Sun. The
Lunisolar Calendar considers both Sun and Moon. Each
of the 3 calendars has its own way of organizing the units
of time such as year, month and day which is explained in
detail in the remaining sections of the article.
Solar Calendar
It is defined based on Sun and ignores the Moon.
According to this calendar the solar year is defined to be
the time taken by Sun to complete one revolution along
the ecliptic starting from one reference point to reach the
same reference point (though it is the earth which revolves
around the Sun, for all practical purposes it is fine to
consider the other way). If the reference point is
considered to be vernal equinox it is known as tropical
year (also known as sayana year) and the calendar as
tropical calendar. If the reference point is considered to
be a fixed star or a fixed point in ecliptic then it is known
as sidereal year (also known as nirayana year) and the
calendar as sidereal calendar.

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Mr. Venkata Giri Kumar works as a

software professional in Bangalore since
1993 after completing M.E atREC Trichy.
He says the initial astrological foundation
have been the books of DR. B. V. RAMAN. He
has been an avid reader of THE ASTROLOGICAL
MAGAZINE. His serious interests are studying
and analyzing the astronomical significance
of the various events in day to day life.

Tropical Calendar
The Gregorian calendar is the best example of the tropical
calendar and it uses the vernal equinox as the reference
point. We are familiar with this calendar as we use it
extensively in our day to day life but the significance of
the calendar lies with the alignment of the calendar with
the equinoxes and solstices. This has 12 months in a year
and the number of days in a year varies between 365 and
366 days depending on whether it is a leap year or not.
The additional day in the leap year is added to the month
of February which makes it 29 days from 28 days and as
a result the leap year consists of 366 days and the non
leap year has 365 days. The leap year is defined to be the
year which is divisible by 4 and not by 100. Also the year
which is divisible by 400 is considered as leap year. As a
result we have the following

The years 1600, 2000, 2400. . . . are leap years as

they are divisible by 400

The years 1700, 1800, 1900 . . . are not leap years as

they are divisible by 100 and not by 400

All the other years which are divisible by 4 such as

1704, 1708 .... are leap years.

The leap years are introduced to synchronize the calendars

with the dates of equinoxes and solstices which otherwise
drift backwards due to precession of equinox. As a result
Gregorian calendar is highly synchronized to equinoxes
and solstices. Also it is the only calendar which preserves
the knowledge of equinoxes and solstices.
The leap year calculations used by Gregorian calendar
are explained in detail in the article "Precession of
Uttarayana" (December 2011 issue of The Astrological
eMagazine). The equinoxes and solstices fall in the exact
dates every year as shown below
March 21
June 21

Vernal Equinox
Summer Solstice

September 21

- Autumnal Equinox

December 21

- Winter Solstice

This is also known as arithmetic calendar as it uses simple

arithmetic formulas to decide the number of days in a
year and does not depend on the astronomical data of the
planets. The years are named as numbers such as 2011,
2012 etc., which makes it easy to remember the years
and the chronology of events when compared with the
years having names. The length of the day is fixed to 24
hours and the start of the day is fixed to 12 o'clock in the
midnight. As a result it can be used across globe in all the
time zones without any modifications. This is the biggest
advantage with this calendar when compared with other
calendars which use astronomical events such as sunrise
to determine the start and length of the day. The drawback
with this calendar is that it does not provide the information
regarding the phases of the Moon which in India is
considered as the vital information for many of the rituals
and ceremonies. The number of days in a month is fixed
to 30,31,28/29 which does not seem to have strong logical
reasoning except that the total should be counted to 365/
366 days and probably it is the outcome of multiple reforms
of the calendar. Though it is not a serious drawback but
worth noting it down when it gets analyzed with other
Sidereal Calendar
The sidereal calendar also known as Hindu solar calendar
is followed by some states in India especially Tamilnadu,
Kerala and West Bengal. The sidereal calendar is best
understood with sidereal zodiac constituting 12 rasis (Aries
to Pisces). The solar year in sidereal calendar is defined
as time taken by Sun to complete one revolution starting
from a fixed point on the ecliptic and reaching to the same
point on the ecliptic. Typically first point of Aries, which
was coinciding with the tropical vernal equinox some time
back, is considered as the starting of the sidereal year.
The solar year consists of 12 solar months and the solar
month is defined as the time taken by Sun to traverse
from the starting of one rasi to the starting of next rasi. In
other words the Sun entering into a rasi is termed as
sankramana and the time between two successive
sankramanas is considered as one month. The number
of days in a month varies from 29 to 32 days as Sun's
motion is not uniform across rasis. The time between
sunrise to next sunrise is termed as a solar day. As sunrise
does not happen at the same time on every day, the length
of the day is not equal across days.
The Hindu solar calendar considers lunar phase (known
as Tit hi) in defining the days (such as padyami, dwitiya,

etc.) and hence there could be 29 to 32 Tithis in a solar

month. The advantage is that the knowledge of lunar
phases is integrated into the solar calendar. As sidereal
zodiac is considered for measuring the length of the solar
year, it is not necessary to add the days as it is done in
tropical calendar. The drawback of this calendar is that it
does not preserve the knowledge of equinox and solstice
points unlike tropical calendar. It needs to be obtained using
either tropical calendar or tropical zodiac. It has some
practical limitations using across different time zones. The
reason being the start of the day is measured with the
sunrise and it varies across time zones. It is extremely
difficult to synchronize the day and time with such
variations in sunrise timings. It is considered to be
astronomical calendar as it heavily depends on
astronomical data for determining the start of the day,
month and year.
Lunar Calendar
It is defined based on Moon and ignores the Sun. Islamic
calendar is an example of lunar calendar. The lunar year
consists of 12 lunar months. The lunar month is defined
as the time between two successive New Moons or Full
Moons and is also known as synodic month. A lunar month
is approximately equal to 29.53 days and a lunar year
constitutes 29.53 x 12 = 354.36 days and can be
approximated to 354 days which is 11 days short of a
solar year having 365 days. As a result the lunar year is
not in sync with the solar year and both are nearly
synchronized every 33 years. This can be understood better
by looking into the way the Islamic month Ramadan keeps
drifting away in the solar calendar. The lunar month
consists of 30 lunar days. The lunar day is considered to
be the time taken by Moon to traverse 12 degrees
(longitudinal distance) away from Sun and at the end
of the 30th lunar day Moon completes 360 degrees (12
x 30) and reaches the same phase with respect to the
Sun. The drawbacks and limitations of the Hindu solar
calendar are applicable to this calendar also. Another
drawback with lunar calendar is that it is out of sync
with the seasons and does not preserve the knowledge
of seasons.
Lunisolar Calendar
It is similar to lunar calendar in terms of defining the year,
month and day but in addition it defines intercalary month
(also known as adhikamasa) used to synchronize the
calendar to solar calendar. This calendar is followed by
some states in India especially Andhra Pradesh, Kamataka
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and Maharashtra. Chinese calendar is another example
of Lunisolar calendar. The lunar year, lunar month and
lunar day for the Lunisolar calendar is defined to be same
as the lunar calendar. The only difference is that the lunar
year will have 13 lunar months for some years and 12
lunar months for some years. As explained earlier lunar
year constitutes 354 days which is 11 days short of a solar
year and over a period of 3 years the difference
accumulates to 33 days which is more than a month.
Hence an intercalary month of 30 days is added after 3
years which bring the calendar as close as 3 days to solar
calendar. But the difference of 33 days being a non multiple
of 30 days adding intercalary months exactly after every
3 years will not solve the problem as the balance 3 days
will make the calendar out of sync again. The addition of
intercalary month needs to follow the 19 year Metonic
cycle wherein 19 solar years is almost equal to 235 lunar
(synodic) months with few hours difference as shown
19 x 365.2422 = 6939.6018 days
235 x 29.53 = 6939.55 days

Without intercalary months the 19 year solar cycle will

have 228 lunar months and by adding 7 intercalary months
in a 19 year Metonic cycle the lunisolar calendar is
synchronized to solar calendar. By following the principle
of Metonic cycle the intercalary months will be added
after either 35 months or 34 months or 28 months. The
Lunisolar calendar preserves the seasons with the help
of intercalary months whereas it does not preserve the
knowledge of equinoxes and need to take help of tropical
zodiac or tropical calendar. The lunar day in Hindu lunisolar
calendar starts with sunrise and hence the length of the
day is not uniform across the days. The lunar day is also
known as Tithi and the day is called with the name of
Tithi which appears at the time of sunrise. The advantages,
drawbacks and limitations of Hindu solar calendar are
applicable to this calendar also. The current Hindu
calendars known as Panchanga have integrated the
Gregorian calendar into them by effectively mapping the
lunar database to the Gregorian calendar. Hence it has
become easy to operate with Panchanga in day to day

Dr. Elavathur Subrahmanyan Neelakantan graduated from
Loyala College of Chennai with distinction in Statistics. As a
qualified Chartered Accountant, he is an Information Systems
Auditor. While his interest in Astrology was activated by going
through books of Dr. B. V. Raman, his formal learning of the
subject was from Prof. K. V Seshadrinatha Sastri, a renowned
scholar of Astrology and Ayurveda. Awarded with a Doctorate
by the Deemed Sri Chandrasekarendra University,
Kancheepuram for his thesis on Medical Astrology,
Dr. Neelakantan has been a regular contributor to The
Astrological eMagazine. His multi faceted talent also includes
proficiency in Vedic chants.

E'J OUR EARLIER WE discussed

n detail, the logical approach
towards planetary combinations. In
this dissertation we will try to
understand the inner significance of
certain planetary combinations.
Combinations come under special
rules of Astrology and as such can
run counter to general rules. For
instance Hydrogen is inflammable;
so is Oxygen: but combination of
Hydrogen and oxygen gives rise to
Water which puts out fire. So we
cannot conclude merely on properties
of Hydrogen and Oxygen, that the
resultant compound which is obtained
by their fusion will be similar in nature
to their individual properties.
Yogas are not just combinations of
planets. Their classification is not
merely restricted to planetary inter
relationship - it can also involve
houses. For instance, Ruchaka yoga
stipulates the condition of Mars being
in Aries, Scorpio or Capricorn.
Yogas fall under several categories;
some of them are:




In this article we will try to focus our

attention on a few of these yogas and
try to assimilate their significance.The
most important Yogas in Astrology go
Mahapurusha Yogas". They occur
when the planets giving rise to this
yoga occupy their own house or are
in exaltation and in a quadrant from
Ascendant .Some scholars opine that
instead of reckoning these yogas
from Ascendant, they could be
reckoned from the Moon, as well.
These yogas are mentioned in Table 1.
Name of the

Planet causing
the Yoga











Ruchaka Yoga
This yoga is formed on account of the
presence of Mars in a quadrant from
Ascendant, while occupying Aries,
Scorpio or Capricorn.


Bilious in constitution.

Enjoying good reputation.

Earning wealth through

courageous deeds.

Equal to a ruler.

Commanding an army or a fleet

of horses or conveyances.

For real effects of the yoga to fructify,

the planet must be strong. According
to dr. b.v.raman, "Areally powerful
yoga would be a rare phenomenon.
Emphasis is laid on the word balishta
so that if a planet is weak by
debilitation, association or aspect the
yoga does not operate in its real sense,
though nominally it may exist. Here
importance is attached to the de facto
rather than de jure presence of this
Bhadra Yoga
Bhadra Yoga is formed on account
of the presence of Mercury in a
quadrant from ascendant, while
occupying Gemini or Virgo. Please
note that Mercury is the only planet
whose exaltation sign also happens to
be its own house. Consequently this
is the rarest of the Pancha
Mahapurusha yogas because the
probability of the occurrence is only
about 67% compared to the rest of
the Mahapurusha Yogas.

Yogas for wealth.

A person born in Ruchaka Yoga will


Yogas for comforts in life.

Yogas which elevate people to the

status of king.

Good looking with beautiful


Slim in waist and lower limbs.

Yogas resulting in Misfortune.

Strong and courageous.


A person born in Bhadra Yoga will



Well- versed in occultism, sacred

texts and prayers.

There are more than four hundred

yogas discussed in textbooks on


Long lived, praised by learned and

of sharp intellect.

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Hamsa Yoga


Hamsa yoga is formed on account of

the pressure of Jupiter in a quadrant
from Ascendant while occupying
Sagittarius, Pisces or Cancer.

Undisturbed senses.

Tiger faced with the gait of an


Well versed in scriptures.

Devoted to befriending kinsmen

and well wishers.

Enjoying vast fame and wealth.

Possessed of Sattwa guna.

Characteristics of a person born in

Hamsa yoga are

Of independent nature.

Fair in complexion, handsome.

Protector of family.

Respected by good people.

Expert in handling weapons.

Blessed with a beautiful wife.

Sasa Yoga


Marks on his body or feet,

o Matsya - Fish

A person with Sasa Yoga will have

the following characteristics:

Strong and healthy.

o Ankusa - Goad

Will get good servants.

o Dhanus - Bow

Covets other people's riches.

Sankha- Conch

Head of a village or a town.

o Kamala - Fotus

Wicked disposition.

Interested in swimming or water


Fooks after guests with devotion.

Adapt in metallurgy and chemistry.


Dark complexion.

Physical and material pleasures.

Wealthy and righteous.

Frequents jungles, forts and other

odd places.

Sweet voice of a swan and honey

coloured eyes.

through his own

In case Mercury conjoins Venus in

Virgo, with Ascendant in Gemini(for
instance), Bhadra Yoga coexists with
Neechabhanga Raja Yoga.
For effects of this yoga to occur in
full, Mercury should be unaspected
and alone. Mercury in conjunction with
a malefic becomes a malefic. This
yoga can occur only for persons born
in common signs.
If a person has Bhadra Yoga, it may
also involve Mercury having
Kendradipathya Dosha. So care is
required in interpretation.
If lagna falls in Pisces and Mercury
is in Gemini, then also this yoga will
occur. But simultaneously the dictum
"Karako Bhava Nasaya" will get
involved. This means that a Karaka
in Bhava spoils the Bhava. I wish to
repeat what I said earlier- care is
required in interpretation.

While Hamsa Yoga is a spiritual yoga

per excellence, Malavya Yoga is a
yoga for materialism and for success
in obtaining worldly pleasures and
happiness. A person with this yoga is
adept in getting optimum pleasure out
of sensual pursuits.

Saturn represents masses and hence

this yoga can confer leadership

Malavya yoga
A person born in Malavya Yoga will
have the following characteristics:

Strong minded courage.

Wealthy, fortunate and happy.

Endowed with vehicles.



Well developed physique.

Concluding, an indepth study of the

peculiarities of the Pancha Maha
Purusha Yogas would reveal the
innate qualities of the planets which
give rise to these yogas.For anyone
to make a mark in life or to reach a
position of honour or achieve success
or distinction in their field of activity,
it is necessary to be blessed with at
least one of the five Mahapurusha
Yogas in the birth Chart.


Mr. V.R.Soundar Rajan, with a

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering,
has served Anna University, Chennai
for over thirty years. He has been
rendering astrological counseling for
two and half decades. Mr. Soundar
Rajan's training has been under
Pandit Asuri Venkatachary.



Mandi, an upagraha
(satellite), attached to Saturn
(also known as the son of Saturn) is
an invisible, rather a hypothetical
point. Its position is mathematically
ascertained for predictive purposes.
When the length of day and night is
30 ghatikas each (60 ghatikas make
24 hours), the position of Mandi on
weekdays, counting from Sunday
onwards, is at the end of ghatikas 26,
22,18,14,10,6, and2 during daytime,
and during night time, at the end of
10, 6, 2, 26, 22, 18, and 14 ghatikas
respectively. The following formula
helps in working out the position of
Mandi is very important in judging the
correctness of an ascendant, which
should conform to any of the following
positions, especially if Moon is not
strong in the natal chart:
1. Ascendant will be trine to the lord
of the house occupied by Mandi.

Indicative results for Mandi in

1st House j Thin, Built, Diseased j

2nd House I Harsh speech, Poor
3rd House I Good for Health,
4th House I Bereft of home
! comforts
5th House I Unstable mind, Pervert
thinking, Short life
6th House ii Good for Health
7th House jl Poor Intellect
8th House j Diseased Face and
Eyes, Short stature
9th House I Suffers deprivations of
, various sorts
10th House Not good for health,
Indulges in
unscrupulous deeds
11th House! Good for health
12th House 11 Miserable

In Chart 3, Mandi is placed in 11th

house. The lady has no elder sibilings.
Mandi in the 11th can cause an elder
sibling to die early.

Sun Saturn

I Jupiter (R) I

Mandi is in 3 house in Chart 1. The

native has no younger siblings.


3. Ascendant will be trine to the

Navamsa house of Mandi itself.


9.55 am


2. Ascendant will be trine to the lord

of the house occupied by the same
- in Navamsa.

Mandi is a dreaded malefic, but it

gives good results in the 6th and 11th
houses. Its association with a planet
makes the planet inauspicious. If the
lord of the house occupied by Mandi
is in a cardinal or a trine house with
reference to ascendant, it bestows
plenty of riches and fame on the

Sun I Murcury



10.20 pm


In chart 4, Mandi is in Aridra

constellation and Ketu in Swati which
is trine to Mandi and 5th house.
Progeny was affected twice during
Rahu bukthi.



2.55 am

Mercury (R

In Chart 2 too, Mandi is in 3r house

and the native has has no younger

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Chart 5 indicates how Mandi acted
as maraca (killer).Mandi is in the
constellation of Jupiter, Vishaka. He
suddenly collapsed during Rahu dasa
Jupiter bukthi and Mercury antara.
Rahu in pitrusthana is in 9th place
while bukthinatha Jupiter is in
debilitation with Mercury antara dasa
lord in the same constellation of
Mandi. Mandi is in the constellation
of Jupiter star visakha both on birth
and death chart.
Venus I Mercuiy

Saturn (R)
Jupiter (R)
The native of chart 6 died at the age
of 54 during Moon dasa, Saturn bukthi
and Saturn antara. Mandi is in the
constellation of Saturn, Pushya. At the
time of death, the Moon dasa was
running, which is in the constellation
of Pushya (Vakya Panchangam) with
bhukthi and antardasa lord Saturn also
in Pushya. Saturn is 8th lord too.


Venus . Mercuiy
In chart 7, Mandi is in Saturn
constellation of Anuradha. The native
suddenly collapsed in Mercury Dasa
and Moon Bukthi. Dasa lord Mercury
is in the constellation of Saturn,
Pushya. Bhukthi lord Moon is in the
house of Saturn, in his own
constellation, Pushya.

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Mars crossed Aridra constellation

with the result much mental suffering
affected the Manmohan Singh
Government. Mercury 8th lord and
Saturn crosses the constellation of
Rahu, Swati, which trines to Mandi's
constellation during October 2012
indicating imbalance to the Central
Swearing in Chart
Mandi is in 8th house in the
constellation of Aridra in the 2009
Swearing in chart of our Prime
Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh. The
eighth can be associated with "mental
and psychological
afflictions." Between 25th July 2011
and 9th September 2011, lagna lord

When malefic planets cross Mandi's

constellation and its trines, negative
results occur. When the dasa, bhukthi
and antara dasa lords connect with
Mandi and its constellation, fatal
results can happen. Generaly,
propitiation suggested is to visit
Tiruvalangadu Easwaran Temple that
houses Mandeeswarar - an hour's
drive from Kanchipuram.




Zodiac and Yoga Rationales


= A,tTropical
+ 8X where 8A, =
30.08+00.013825*Year number in BCE reckoning. This

Z"VHoroscopes remain the most controversial of all in

the eyes of modern science. Modern science has quite
valid grounds to maintain its skepticism on the underlying
principles and mechanism of horoscopes. But the ancient
records of horoscopes have been under careful scrutiny
and study by modern researchers to understand the
evolution of conceptions like Zodiac and the development
of observational and mathematical astronomy. Two
publications of great importance in this regard are:
Babylonian Horoscopes by Rochberg
In the form of horoscopes we have a strange bundle of
data from Babylon - a bunch of nearly 25 horoscopes
obtained on cuneiform tablets, the salient features of this
class of data may be summarized as follows:1
1. Chronologically the extant cuneiform horoscope texts
range from 410 BC to 69 BC.
2. All the texts contain astronomical data related to birth
of individuals and not the astrological class of contents.
3. The horoscope texts form a very small corpus when
compared to the huge corpus of other Babylonian
astronomical texts.
4. As noted by Rochberg, 'Babylonian zodiac was at
all times sidereaV and in the words of Rochberg, the
relation between the Babylonian and Modern longitudes
finds the following description:
"To compare modern computed longitudes against
those in a Babylonian source it is helpful to correct
for a systematic deviation in values that results from the
different methods of counting longitudes, i.e., modern
tropical versus Babylonian sidereal longitudes. This
systematic deviation represents the effect of precession
upon the sidereally normed Babylonian zodiac"
5. Rochberg accordingly has used the following expression
of equivalence between the tropical and sidereal systems:
* All references at the end of the article

expression had its genesis in the determination of the

mean 8A, for the year (-)100 as 4028' by P. Huber.
Accordingly for the year (-) 409 i.e. 410 BC, 8a thus
turns out to be 80.73 and nearly 70.5 at the beginning
of the Seleucid Era.

Greek Horoscopes by O. Neugebauer and

HB Van Hoesen

Data of about 180 Greek Horoscopes belonging to the

first five centuries of AD is available in the work and the
notable aspects of this data are:
6. A unique zodiac cannot be identified in certain data
like the zodiacal representation over Nimrud Daghin
view of the different norms of sidereal and tropical
used in erecting the horoscopes.
7. Babylonian sidereal zodiac is apparent in certain cases
while in others the tropical zodiac of Ptolemy is adopted.
Simultaneous existence of the sidereal and tropical
norms despite the role of precession point towards a
specific rationale underlying the sidereal norm i.e. fixed
zero point.
8. We have many remarkable examples that attest the
existence of a fixed zodiac despite the popularity of
Ptolemy and Almajest that placed the zero at vernal
As the present author has shown in a number of papers
published earlier2, the Babylonian and Greek data that point
towards a fixed or sidereal zodiac raises a number of
questions as to what their sidereal norm was or how the
zero point of the zodiac was defined or fixed by the
Babylonian astronomer-priests/ Greek astrologers of the
first few centuries of AD and what the rationale was in
choosing a non-seasonal mathematical frame for their
observations and measurement.
Babylonian Horoscope Longitudes
We can find a summary of the longitudes available in
several horoscopes in the work of Rochberg where in the
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same is contrasted with computed longitudes corrected
for precession
= L . , + 8A,
J the formula L . , .
where A, = 30.08+00.013825*Year number in BCE
reckoning. 8A as defined in die formula is very nearly the
same as the ayanmsa of Muladhara Cakra. - a contrast
of both the values in a few representative case is provided
8A Huber







texts 1 and 2 belonging to the 5 century BC, precise

statements of longitudes are not available but in other texts
belonging to years from (-) 297 onwards we have
longitudes precisely stated which attests the above zero
point and sidereal norm of the Babylonian Zodiac employed
in the horoscope. Detailed data and dating of the texts
are available in the works of Rochberg and A. Sachs.3-4
As the mathematical and astronomical location of the
Babylonian zero point and its sidereal norm stands well
illustrated in the work of Rochberg, the data is not
reproduced in the present work. The following features
of the work of Rochberg invites our attention:

No specific star or other identity is not available for

the zero point as described above in the sky - west of
vernal equinox by a few degrees. Obviously the
guidance in fixing the zero would have been some
astronomical phenomena like the occurrence of a
series of lunar phases.

Errors of 1 or 2 degrees in many cases when the

Babylonian longitudes are compared with modern
values as per the above sidereal norm. The following
data is typical:

This data in turn means that the zero point of the
Babylonian Zodiac was nearly 8.8 west of the vernal
equinox in 5th century BC. So far no explanation has
become available for the rationale or the method by which
the zero point was fixed except for the possibility of the
Muladhara Cakra pointed out by the present author. In

A Text

-262 April 4

01:00 UT

Oi H*

248 December29

16:00 UT

Sun = 130.5




Moon - 310

304 14'



Sun = 2195

275 15'

Moon = 312

304 14'

Above error can be ascribed to the specific

measurement method employed by the Babylonian
astronomer priests.

Babylonian Calendar and Zero Point

When looking at the features of the Babylonian Calendar
what strikes our attention most is the 19-year Uruk
scheme. Such a calendar could have given guidance for
the fixing of the zero point also. For example, in the above
cases of texts 5 and 9 the zero point could have been
based on a 19 year scheme such as:

In the year (-) 262, we can find the first quarter Moon
coinciding with the solar transit of the zero point precisely, the values are: First quarter Moon: (-) 262
March 19, 08:46 UT, Sun =354o20', Moon =84o20'.
Sidereal Muladhara values will be 361011' and910ll'.

For sunset at Babylon 1810 Zonal Time, thesun = 01026'

and moon =
Moon could be seen at zenith for
upper transit at 1822, taking place after sunset.

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A Tropical X Computed A, Mkldhra







Going back in time we can see on 18 March (-) 382,

0321UT the new moon coinciding with the zero point
at a tropical A of 352014, and sidereal at 0o45'. First
visibility of the crescent would have been on 19 March
with the sun nearly at 2 and therefore the reliance on
the luni solar phenomena to fix the zero point could
have caused the observed departure of the longitudes
from the Babylonian sidereal norm.
True Zero Point Calendar Scheme
The original calendar scheme that guided the astronomerpriests in configuring the zero point may be identified as
beginning with the new moon of 16thMarch (-) 409,19:18
UT, having the sun and moon at 350o30' - sidereal value
359023'. On 17th March the beginning of the calendar
with the first crescent visibility had Sun very nearly over
the zero point. Sidereal A at 1808 Zonal Time Baghdad
Sun = 351018'+08053 = 0011' and moon had sidereal A of
This sidereal sequence had a periodicity of 160
years and in respect of new moon recurrence. Phase

shifts by (-) 90 in 40 years for the
solar transit over the sidereal zero
point. In (-) 369 the last quarter of
moon would have coincided the solar
transit over the sidereal zero point
while for (-) 329, the full moon and () 289 had the first quarter and new
moon recurs for (-) 249.
Greek Horoscope Data
In the case of the Greek horoscopes,
the different norms employed makes
identification of general features and
derivation of a precise formulae for
8A very difficult. But still the following
factors are quite relevant in to the
context of our discussions on the
ancient sidereal zodiac:






216 56

d = -1306'

d = -13057'





00 00'



51 04'

02 44



140 20'

01 48'



227 57'

-01 32



155 53'

01 08'



235 37'

-00 29'

! -03039'




26 49'

-02 43'






H or Lagna




As noted by Neugebauer Star Is give a consistent 8k

1. Horoscopes from literary sources like Anthology of

Vettius Valens greatly outnumber those from original
papyri. Vettius Valens examples range from AD 37 to
188 and are quoted with the specific purpose of
discussing certain astrological doctrines. Later literary
sources cover a period up to AD 621.
2. Deviation 8A between the ancient and modern
longitudes remains essentially constant (particularly this
is evident in the case of slow and regular motion of the
sun and the ascending lunar node) within statistical
limits except for the errors and inaccuracies that have
crept in. Neugebauer has noted distinct trends in respect
of 8A of later texts and those of Vettius Valens - 8As
of later horoscopes stand in marked contrast to the 8 A
from the solar longitudes of Vettius Valens: whereas
the later literary horoscopes show a practically
constant deviation, the deviations in the texts from
Vettius Valens decrease continually at a rate
corresponding to precession. This shows that the
longitudes in Vettius Valens are sidereal longitudes
whereas the later authors operate with tropical
longitudes, obviously following the norm adopted
by Ptolemy and Theon.
What is said by Neugebauer above is contested by
Neugebauer himself in the following paragraphs of the
discussion at page 172 and Neugebauer concludes:5
"Let us assume that the longitudes were correct at the
time of Ptolemy (+ 150) and that his constant of
precession of 1 per century had been used until the
fifth or sixth century. Then in the middle of the fifth
century that resulting longitudes will be about 1 too
small, owing to the defect in the value Ptolemy's


Text: L 497


constant of precession. Actually, however, we find

values 1 or 2 smaller. Since Ptolemy's fixed star
longitudes for zodiacal belt have longitudes about Y20
too small, we are left with a deviation oflL'^for
which we cannot offer any plausible explanation"
(emphasis added by present author).
Neugebauer has presented an explanation, which is not
satisfactory to him self. To illustrate the situation a
horoscope of the fifth century can be considered:
No. L497: Date is 28 October 497 AD and time is seasonal
hour 7:12 at Alexandria i.e. 12:51ZT for JD (UT) =
1902887.95236. Planetary data of the text are:
Preceding Full Moon: 27 October 497, 0748 ZT at
35043' which according to the text was at 33o07' for
seasonal 6h20m in day - time of opposition in error by
nearly 4 hours.
Interpretation of 8X
a) Neugebauer has interpreted6 the 8A = 3036'of the
stellar longitudes given as representing the Ptolemaic
precession correction over an interval of 360 years
from AD 137 to 497. Of course it matches well
mathematically and as per Almajest but it perfectly
matches another possibility of a sidereal zodiac with
precession correction of 50" per year and whose zero
coincided vernal equinox in AD 238.
b) The extra decrement that Neugebauer noted of one
degree can be explained only if we suppose actual
precession correction relative to AD238/AD231, the
epoch at which the vernal equinox coincided the sidereal
zero point.
c) Even Ptolemy's stellar longitudes "V20 too small" as
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noted by Neugebauer finds explanation with the
sidereal zodiac, which needed a precession correction
of (+) l0inAD 160. If Ptolemy had his stellar longitudes
determined in AD 137, it is possible that he had as the
sidereal zero epoch of vernal point in AD 187 subject
to the inaccuracies in ancient measurement for fixing
the clima.
d) As introduction to the above Horoscope, we find the
"Let it be the year 214 from the beginning of the
reign of Diocletian which is the year 821 from the
death of Alexander the Macedonian, first (day) of
the Alexandrian month Athyr (III), seasonal hour
for Alexandria in Egypt 7; 12 of the day. For this
time and the said locality, that is Alexandria, we
compute accurately the positions of the stars and
the centers and put them without change because
thus it seems right to the godly Ptolemaios..."
It is therefore apparent that the positions are specially
determined with extra care.
e) Similar, zero point in the 4th degree of the tropical
zodiac, is the trend in most of the horoscopes of the
fifth century AD. Also, when we look across 100 AD
to 400 AD, we can see a remarkable shift in the sign
of text - modern 1, (8A), from +ve to -ve implying a
zero epoch for 8A in 3rd century AD. Emperor
Hadrian's Horoscope offer illustration of many related
24 January 76 AD, 0645 at Alexandria (assumed)1
Text L 76




302 38'



296 28'













296 32




343 58'






H or Lagna [




We see here a difference of +5 as against the possibility

of 20-30. The reason for this discrepancy may be the
tables used for computing the horoscopes - the way in
which the sidereal zero point was identified in ancient
times. As discussed above in the case of Babylonian
horoscopes, the guidance must have been from a Calendar
scheme and an earlier norm of the sidereal zodiac based
on - for example - the new moon of 16th March -74 AD,
1031UThad the first visibility and the year beginning on
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17th March at sunset with the vernal point in the 5th degree
and moon in 14th degree. Horoscope was based on a wrong
year beginning cum lunation identified as marking the zero
point. It is a well-known fact that the Greek Horoscopes
and sidereal zodiac that we see are subscribed from
Babylon and therefore the rationale of the zero point might
have undergone dilution during the course of such transfer
of knowledge.
3. Neugebauer has in the discussions on the Lion relief
ofNimrud Dagh summarized the different norms for
Zodiac that prevailed in the first century BC:
a) Constellation Leo from Cancer 15 to Leo 25
considered from vernal point
b) Scheme of Eudoxus according to which Leo is from
Cancer 15 to Leo 15 from vernal equinox -15 norm
for cardinal points.
c) Mesopotamian System A with Cancer 20 to Leo 20
considered from vernal point -10 norm for cardinal
d) Mesopotamian System B with Cancer 22 to Leo 22
considered from vernal point - 8 norm for cardinal
e) Norm of Hipparchus - 0 norm for cardinal points
Neugebauer8 has ruled out the possibility of 'any deeper
astronomical significance' in history of ancient
mathematical astronomy and has explained the above
norms as some accidental compromise arising out of the
replacement of the original irregular constellations with
regular signs of 30 each. But in continuation of such an
assessment, Neugebauer has made the following
a) We do not know what chronological relation existed
between these two norms (i.e., System A and B) and
what caused the difference.
b) We have no evidence for the knowledge of precession
in Babylon and no reason to credit the difference of
zero points in System A and B to precession.
c) Lixed sidereal longitude of the vernal point clearly
indicated that precession was unknown.
d) Computation of planetary or solar and lunar longitudes
was totally independent of the location assigned to the
equinoxes and solstices.9
In contrast to the above observations of O. Neugebauer,
Rochberg and Huber as already pointed out that
precession was the reason behind the difference between

Hadrian was born in southern Spain and so the time may be a little
different for H = 301 but 8k will be almost the same.

ancient and modern longitudes. In 'Greek Horoscopes'

while discussing the Vettius Valens, Neugebauer himself
explains the decreasing 8A as the consequence of
precession. This in turn brings to light a chronological
relation - Eudoxus scheme of 15 equinoxes pointing to
an antiquity of 850 BC for the zodiac.
Priestly Use of the Sidereal Zodiac
The last few centuries of researches into the origins of
science and astronomy have shown little concern into the
purpose served by astronomy for the astronomer-priests
of Babylon and also for those who pursued astronomy
for the religious purposes. It's a generally accepted notion
that the obsession of the people with astronomy in antiquity
was exclusively connected with the religion, irrespective
of the place. So behind the pursuance of astronomy, we
need to look for a universal religious principle, a common
purpose served by astronomy in aiding the spiritual
attainments of the people.
Luni - Solar Rhythm of Human Breath
We can find a remarkable depiction of the commonly used
astronomical observations in what is known as
'pranayama' - an occult practice dealing with breath
control in Tantra. In brief terms the basic principles of
'pranayama' having an astronomical or zodiac connection
are: 10
1. Every yogic body is tuned for 21600 breaths (hamsa)
a day, which means 360 breaths in 1 ghati of 24 minutes
or 15 breaths in one minute.
2. Breaths through the left and right nostril (connected to
nd.is Ida and Pingala) are controlled respectively by
the Moon and Sun vis-a-vis the luni-solar phenomena.
3. The bright and dark fortnights as well as the solar transit
from one zodiacal sign to the other exercise their
influence on the breathing cycle that alternates
between the two nostrils.
4. Bright fortnight of Moon begins with the Ida-breath at
sunrise while the dark fortnight begins with PiHgala
breath at sunrise and switch over takes place at 2.5
ghatis or at one hour intervals.
5. Switch over from one nd.i to the other takes place
also at the Solar transit into signs and thus arose the
need for reconciling the revolutions of both the sun
and moon and thus emerged the luni-solar calendar.
6. In observing the breath, the right breath of dark
fortnight is more dominant on Tuesday, Saturday and
Sunday while the left breath of bright fortnight is more
evident on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


Above tantrik precepts in fact reflects the principles with

which the sidereal zodiac, divisions of time and the
weekdays are configured. For example, the 21600
numbers of breaths decided the division of the ecliptic
into 360 degrees and 21600 minutes of arc. Caitra-[ukla
(1) coinciding with the solar transit of zero marked the
beginning of a breath cycle in harmony with the luni solar phenomena and the sidereal zodiac conceived as
Muladhara Cakra. We can see in Brahmapurn.am:
Caitramsi jagatbrahm sasarja prathameahani
Zuklapaksesamagram tattad skryodaye sati
Pravartaymsa tad klasya gananmapi
Brahma created the whole world and the year on the first
day of Caitra and instituted the calendar with the
conception of graha, nga, r.tk, msa, sam.vatsara and the
lord of sam.vatsara. When considered against the above
background of tntrik precepts, we meet here with the
conception of calendar year beginning with Caitra-[ukla(l)
and also the r[+ Mes.a with which the breath cycle and
the computation of time begins.
Coincidence of the initial point of 'Klacakra' and the breath
cycle is not accidental. The declared purpose of Tantra
and the ultimate objective of the 'prn.ayma' is
transcendence above time and as such all tntrik precepts
and observances have got a specific orientation with time.
Hat.hayoga-prad+pik 3 -3 says:
Pmasya [knyapadav+

tath rjapathyate

Tad cittam nirlambam tad klasyavancanm

"When the prna enters susumn, for the yatis the mind
is freed of my a and time ceases to exist"
In manipulating prn.a, the role of 'prn.yma' is explained in
G+t 4 -29 as:
Apne juhvat+ prnam prne apnam tathpare
Pmpnagat+rudhv prnyma paryanah
"Some devours apna with prna while some do it vice
versa, prna is dissolved in apna, adepts (of Yoga) thus
restraints both through prnyma"
Dependence and involvement of time in Yoga and
especially in prn.yma is therefore well evident and is the
foundation of tntrik precepts. Therefore it may not be
prudent on our side to consider the ancient sidereal zodiac
as an arbitrary astronomical construct. It may be noted
above that the breath cycle has 24 divisions a day from

JANUARY 2012 43

sunrise - the astrological 'hora's - with which the concept
of weekdays have evolvedn. Yoga basis of the Hora
concept may be further understood from the astrological
lordship of the Hora (two parts of a sign) by only Sun and
Moon representing the nd.is - sun having lordship over
the first Hora in odd signs and 2nd Hora in even signs
leaving the 2nd Hora of odd signs and first Hora of even
signs to Moon. We have only small pieces of information
available but the remarkable concordance of such pieces
with the zodiacal, astrological and Yoga precepts call for
detailed studies on the role played by Yoga in the
development of ancient astronomy.
Tntrik Principles Underlying the Sidereal Zodiac
In a number of papers, present author has described the
sidereal zodiac as Mkldhra Rhu-Zikhi Cakra having
the star Mkla (1-Scorpii) as fiduciary. This abstraction or
modeling of time is based on the Tantrik experience of
time as a sequence of the Panca-tattvas considered in
their macro to micro durations. Weekly scheme of the
Tattvas that is often used in prognostication may be
summarized as below:
Scheme of Tattavas
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesd
^30^ 12
i 30 gisa 30 ^ 24
f 24
"30^ 24 L. 30 30^ 30
12 f 30
24 ~ L 30 4 24
Ether L 30
12 18M[24^
6 1
1 6
p^i ^ 6 "
12 1 6
6 1 12
12 1 6
6 KjTH 12
6 1 12
Principles like this which configure time as an experience
of the breath and indicator of the quality of time could not
have originated from arbitrary guess work. Tantrik works
demands no faith and exhorts everyone to test and
experience the truth.
Jyotisha has a history beyond Lahiri's date of origin of
Zodiac (285 AD) or of the siddhantic dates of 5th or 6th
century when the Indian Sidereal Zodiac came into
existence as per the Calendar Reform Committee report.
Most of the people speak of Parasara and Garga of
antique times but labors little to know whether any of the
modern conceptions of Zodiac can be traced to such times.
Zodiac had a clear bio-cosmic rationale and experience
and the same is reflected in Tantrik terminology of
Microcosm from which the Zodiac can be inferred to be
the Mkldhra Rahu Sikhi Cakram.
44 JANUARY 2012

1 Rochberg Francesca, Babylonian Horoscopes, Trans. APS, Vol.
88, Pt. 1 has brought together the data of horoscope texts for the
first time.
2 Neugebauer, O., and HB Van Hoesen, Greek Horoscopes, Trans.
3 Rochberg - Halton, "Babylonian Horoscopes and Their Sources",
OrNS 58 (1989), 102-123
4 Sachs, A., Journal of Cuneiform Studies, 6, pp 54 - 57
5 Neugebauer, O., and HB Van Hoesen, Greek Horoscopes, Trans.
APS, p. 172
6 Neugebauer, O., and HB Van Hoesen, Greek Horoscopes, Trans.
APS, p. 153
7 Ibid., p. 152
8 Neugebauer, O., A History of Ancient Mathematical Astronomy',
I & II, Springer Verlag, New York, 1975
9 Pp.368 - 369 ofPart-I, above
10 Sivasvarodaya, Krishnadas Acaddemy, Varanasi, 1999
11 See for an explanation of the dependence of weekdays on Hora,
Dikshit, SB., History of Indian Astronomy, Part-1, Controller of
Publications, Govt. of India, New Delhi.

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(This article is reproduced from our old records specially since January 30th happens to be my great grandfather Prof. B. Suryanarain
Rao's Birthday - The sacred Ratha Saptami day. In rememberance, we are reproducing 'his genealogy' on page 27 of this issue.)
T^E GREATEST DISCOVERIES and inventions of
the modem generations, are already lying prefigured
in the unlimited ocean of Aryan Sciences, Acredit which
belongs to one nation for what it has achiceved should
not be grudged to be given to it if it makes good its claimsIndia has long been before the intellectual world. The
Vedas and Puranas the Yogas and the Sankhyas, the
Grammar and the Logic, the Mantras and the Tantras
are not the work of invention of any laterday priestcraft.
They are perfectly incapable of bringing into existence
that which with all the attempts of the world have not
been able to do Before the Mohome-dans came to India
the Greeks had already admired the wonderful literature
and sciences of India, Three thousand years ago or
more properly five thousand years ago, India showed
signs of intellectual decay while other nations were trying
to make a name in arts and sciences on the ruins of their
Aryan predecessor. After the war described in the
Mahabharata it appears certain that the Aryans in India
lost considerably their intelllectual and physical
supremecy. We can well account for this- Duryo-dhana's
fall meant the fall of a great and consolidated &
prosperous empire. In the ruinous war that was waged
for 18 days, between the Pandus and Kurus almost every
prince and chieftain of any pre-tensions in India must
have taken tome part or other in this famous war and

convolu-tions of this fearful war, and thus the prosperity

and intellectual pride of India attained through vast series
of generations must have received a rude shock from
which, we are of opinion, it never fully recovered. It would
be absurd, therefore, to say that India knew nothing of
physical sciences before the dawn of History,
Mahabharata, appears to be admittedly 5,000 years old,
and if this is taken for grantedas it must be then we
have an older and more valuable book in the shape of
Ramayana com-posedby Valmikibearing the proud
title of Muni-Pungava. He calls it adikavya or the first
epic poem and this must certainly have been immensely
old and highly respected when Vyasa wrote and
composed his Mahabharata, Brahma-tutras and his
immortal Bhagavadgita and the 18 Puranas. Vyasa's
acknowledgement of Valmiki's superiority, and his nondisputing the proud title ofAudikavi, given to Valmiki is
certainly the best testimony we have, and we can rest
assured that if Valmiki was duly appreciated and
respected by Vyasa, he must have been a most wonderful
personage to exact intellectual homage by its greatest
giant- Valmiki exhibits a profoundity of research into
terrestrial and celestial phenomena that is considered
almost impossible to guage the intellectual reach of this
great Rishi. Valmiki composed a work on the physical
sciences called Bhoota Tatwa Praka-sika. This work
is an exhaustive one and has been condensed into a book
although Pandus finally overthrew the legitimate Sovereign called the Tatwasagard by the learned scientist
Duryodhana they did so at a great sacrifice of relations
Kshiraswami. We have to go into some details before
and friends. Nations were ruined and there must have
the expressions used in these sciences could be
been anarchy for a long time which followed this epoch understood and the explanations will show the depth of
until an apology for peace and prosperity pre-vailed The the intellectual development which the ancient Hindus had
best men in arts and scien-ces must have perished in the attained at the very start of the Aryan invasion. It is alleged


that the physical sciences were most successfully

cultivated and brought to perfection by the Maharishis
and as the truths contained in these sciences did not reveal
to them the final causes of all phenomena! they plunged
into the most difficult branch of Yoga practice and thereby
secured a mental elevation, which dazzles those who can
see them in their stupendous intellectual flights.
Kshiraswami seems to have been a profound scholar in
these Bhoutikaii Bkoutikcx Sastras, and the following
seems to be the arrangement given by that scientist. The
Bhootas of the Hindus are certainly not the elements of
the Europeans as understood by the oriental dabblers. A
grander mistake than this could hardly be made. There is
a great deal of misrepresentation in these matters and
we ask our readers not to be led away by false
translations whatever European degrees may follow his
name. The PanchaMaha Sthula Bhootas are the sky
air, fire, water and earth. Hindus, who knew a great deal,
would not have saw that the earth is a simple element.
They knew it was a mixture of many metallic and nonmetallic elements, and hence they called it Vasundhara
or that which conceals and bears all kinds of minerals
and wealth. In the Yoga those who have some practice
in it assert that they know processes by which they caa
extract from the common air what they want and nourish
their bodies with materials from it directly. If air was
considered by them as an element pure and simple
there was nothing worth extracting from such a simple

element and if they did take the trouble of extracting

from it they would get the element itself and no other
article or substances from which they could make
provision for their bodies. They treated fire similarly
hinted that fire gets its energy fromn the Sun. These
Mahabhootas had Sookshma Bhootas. and they were in
their turn traced to still subtler influences and energies
which are lying concealed behind them It would, therefore
be the height of presumption to charge the Hindus with
ignorance on these matters when those who read their works,
betray the gross est ignorance in the laws of Nature as
explained and discovered by the Hindu Yogees They
resolved all substances into these Maha (big) Bhootas
(energies or forces) and then went on describing the
processes which brought on these Bhootas' and also the
sublte chemical proces by which these Bhootas could
amalgamated in the reverse order a make them into one.
Maha Bhootas are five in number: -(1) The Earth. (2)
The Water, The Fire, (4) The Air. (5) The Sky,
We do not think that these Engl: words really represent
what is understood by the Hindu adepts from the use
of terms like Prithivy, Appoo Thejas Yayoo and Akasa.
The last word Akasa has a most wonderful derivation
and means that energy which makes all objects shine
by its contact, Everyone of these has a splendid
derivative meaning. The word Mahabhoota means that
it has many Sookshma Bhootas. (forj



Property and



Bangalore niranjan B abu

VASTU AND JYOTISHA are inter-related and inter

dependent. Vasati Iti Vastu means the place in which
you dwell is Vastu. When we speak of a dwelling we
invariably speak of the directions and the five elements
of nature. When we speak of directions we speak of
rulerships. Vastu identifies the rulership of the four cardinal
directions north, east, south and west with Soma or Kubera,
Aditya, Yama and Varuna respectively. The four angular
directions northeast, southeast, southwest and northwest
are assigned to Easha, Agni, Gagana and Pavana
respectively while the central sector of an area is assisgned
to mother earth - Prithvi. Astrological texts assign the
four cardinal directions north, east, south and west to
Mercury, Sun, Mars and Saturn while the four angular
directions northeast, southeast, southwest and northwest
have lordships of Jupiter, Venus, Rahu and Moon
Fourth House
The fourth house relates to property - homes, sites and
ancestral, apart from habitational needs of peace,
happiness, mother, domestic life, conveyances, etc. With
this we see that the proper selection of conveyance and
property based on both Vastu and astrological aspects can

contribute to peace and happiness (to and from mother

too) and harmony in the home. Fourth house in one's
birth chart should be read with respect to the running dasa
and bhukti and transits thereof. Based on this the relevant
directions/sectors should be made Vastu appropriate to
minimize the effects of planetary imbalances and optimize
the benefic planetary strengths. This apart based on your
ascendant certain planets are benefic and certain malefic.
If your birth ascendant (in your vedic horoscope) is Taurus
(Vrshabha), Saturn is the best benefic since he is lord of
the 9th and 10th houses (trine and quadrant) and becomes
a yogakaraka . This means the importance of west as a
compatible direction is seen for the native. In fact Vastu
texts, referring to West, tell us Paschima
Pushtivardhanam - West is increase of prosperity and
welfare. Mercury - north, Mars - south and the Sun east, are also benefic. By giving West strength in terms
of heavy landscaping in the site and by way of thick walls,
heavy furniture, etc within the home and the room of the
native, negatives indicated by Saturn in one's horoscope
can be minimized considerably. When we consider the
ascendant Cancer (Karkataka - Sri Rama's ascendant),
Mars (5th and 10th lord, yogakaraka)
and Jupiter become the benefic
planets. This means the south and
northeast are the important areas
which one should strengthen.
Verbatim Use
Word for word use of book rules is
not right. For instance, if in your
horoscope, the fourth house is
occupied by Mars or Saturn, the
indication is that one will lose his
property. This means in the property
that you own, the two relevant
sectors of South and West,
primarily, and other relevant sectors
are to be made Vastu appropriate



so that during the malefic periods
of dasa, bhukti and gochara, you
tend to take the right decisions and
retain the property or have minimize
the losses. The general rule that
Sun in the fourth house indicates
inheritance and can also be a cause
unhappiness and worries can be
turned in one's favour of optimizing
and minimizing
unhappiness by allowing good
ventilation through the east of one's
habitation and one's room.
moving into a southwest room with
no ventilation from the east (or
north) does not make sense.
Benefic results are indicated when the lord of the fourth
house occupies the first, second, fourth, fifth, seventh,
ninth, tenth and eleventh. The benefic results can be with
reference to being learned, inheritance, respect, vehicles,
land and property, political success, real estate, etc. These
benefic (or malefic) results are tempered based on the
strength or weakness of the fourth lord. For instance
when the fourth lord having favorable aspects is in the
3rd, very little of property is indicated and loss of one's
assets is possible during his dasa/bhukti or transit. In such
cases it is necessary to strengthen the relevant directions/
sectors (and primary elements) so that the malefics are
minimized and the benefics are optimized.
Generally, when a Vastu analysis is made, the fourth house
lord and planets aspecting the fourth lord, aspects on the
fourth house, planets posited in the fourth house, planets
associated with the fourth lord, etc have to be reviewed
in association with the relevant directions/sectors. Suppose
the fourth lord is placed in a quadrant (Kendra) or a trine
(trikona), acquisition of knowledge, property and happiness
during the applicable major and minor periods of the fourth
lord are indicated. When this is the case, strengthening
the related directions or sectors by way of landscaping,
interiors, ventilations, etc could bring in the results indicated
Students of Jyotisha and Vastu can take note of the fact
that assets include both conveyances and properties. The
karaka for assets is Venus (who also happens to be kalatra
karaka) relating to the direction/sector southeast and the
primary element fire. By strengthening south, east and
southeast and activating fire in the right zone can benefit
the acquisition of assets. This could also be the reason
why generally the southeast sector is preferred as a


kitchen where the traditional housewife (kalatra) was

normally active.
Example horoscope*

Ve s






Ascendant and fourth lord

Jupiter (northeast - water) is
in the eleventh while fourth
house is occupied
J exalted
Venus (southeast - fire).
Considering from Moon
(northwest - air), the fourth
lord Saturn (west - pushti)
js jn the eleventh and the

fourth is aspected by Jupiter,

the 5th and 10th lord. This indicated much assets by way
of conveyances and property. By appropriate Vastu
strengthening of the relevant sectors and associated
primary elements, the benefic indications are optimized.
To conclude, we have to bear in mind that both the sciences
Jyotisha and Vastu owe their origin to the Vedas. While
Jyotisha is referred to as a Vedanga (limb of the veda),
Vastu (also called Sthapathya Veda) is said to be a Upaveda
(minor veda). It is foolhardiness on the part of teachers,
students and practioners of either science to highlight one
while putting down the other. My father Dr. B. V Raman
many a time gave me the following advice in his private
conversations with me: While the horoscope indicates
rain (a bad period) during a particular phase of time, Vastu
can identify a proper umbrella or a shelter to cover one's
head (minimize the malefic situation) during that period.
Sarve Janah Sukhino Bhavantu !
* Ref: How to Judge a Horoscope



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(Our senior contributor Yajnavalkya provides you, every month,

select astrological topics of interest )
Yamakanda and Yamakantaka: Which Is Correct?
Are Yamagandakalam and Rahukalam Mahaadoshas or
major afflictions? Opinions are different and diverse. While
some hold that these are to be avoided for electional
purposes others hold that they need not be given much
importance, dr. raman has also opined fully in support
of the contentions that they need not be bothered about,
too much.
By way of clarification some have suggested that
Yamaganda and Yamakantaka are quite two different
factors. They clarify that while Yamaganda is like
Rahukalam and is relevant in electional astrology,
Yamakantaka is an Upagraha like Mandi and is relevant
only to natal horoscopy.
Definite or specific scriptural sanction is found lacking to
clinch the difference between them. However, the popular
view held by scholars like late Mr. V A. K. Iyer is that
only Yamakantaka, with a faulty pronunciation, came to
be called as Yamaganda, in due course of time. While
there is no dispute to the fact that either Yamakantaka or
Yamaganda, in whatever way it is called, is accepted as
the son of Jupiter, (illicit or otherwise), the Yamakantaka
is held as good as Guru and taken as auspicious. On the
other hand, Yamaganda, by popular convention is held as
inauspicious and unsuitable for auspicious deeds.
Necessarily, therefore, only one of these contentions can
stand the test.
Phaladeepika speaks very clearly about the
auspiciousness of Yamakantaka in chapter 25 slokas 18,
19 and 21. Though later works like Kaalavidhana and
other Muhurtha Granthas give malefic attributes to
Yamaganda and its kala or period, it must be noted that
the earlier works mention only the good effects of

especially students - some succinct notes on

The problem arises because both the Yamakantaka and

Yamaganda periods coincide and there can be no one
period, which can be deemed as harmful as well as
beneficial simultaneously. It is reasonable that the average
reader may want to be kept informed of the correct
position. There is some strength in the argument of late
Mr. V A. K. Iyer that Yamakantaka is the correct term to
be used to signify the time periods attributed to it to dispel
the mistaken notion by calling it Yamaganda, which name
itself carries with it a specific malefic import. The views
of dr. raman also appear to be in conformity with this.
The argument is that Yamakantaka, being the son of Jupiter
can only be auspicious because Jupiter unquestionably is
a benefic according to astrological scriptures. Gulika,
deemed to be the son of Saturn, is termed as malefic in
horoscopy. However, its 'kala'or period is taken as good
for auspicious deeds. So, it goes without saying that the
nature of the Upagrahas and their role in natal horoscopy
are not in agreement with their benefic or malefic qualities
for their respective '/ca/<xs''orperiods of time.
Now, how can an average reader and believer in astrology,
get out of this confusion? Definitely he will have no other
option but to compromise with one of the following two
options. As a first option he can take the Yamakantaka
Kalas as good except on Thursdays and ignore the adverse
Yamaganda Kala results enunciated for the other
weekdays. Or else, he can stick on to the Yamaganda
Kalas, mentioned in the panchangas as bad and reckon
the Yamakantaka Upagraha for natal horoscopy alone, by
following its rising time schedules and ignore them for
Kala calculation.
With everything said and done, these Kalas of Muhurthas
are followed only in some parts of the land and their
importance is only strictly regional. On the other hand,
the Upagraha calculations have wider connotations, in
applied astrology.

What Is Katapayadi?

be written from right to left by writing the unit figure first,

Using the letters of the alphabet to denote numbers can

perhaps be traced back to Panini, of about 700 B.C.
Though no definite evidence of the extensive use
alphabetical notation is found, up to the 4th century, A.D.,
they have been found used in verses to denote numbers,
by different writers, in about those periods. Of the varied
systems employed, Katapayadi -{ Ka (op); Ta (5); Pad);
ya(4);} is the one system developed by Aryabhatta 1,
Here the consonants of the Sanskrit alphabets are used
to denote numbers 1 to 9 and zero. The system is found
used in Laghu Bhaskareeya as well. During the
successive periods it has got refined and reformed, and
used with four variants. It is because of these nonuniformities of notations, its acceptance for general usage
suffered, in the course of time.

the tens next and so on, following the dictum- anganam

vamato gati. Thus a word bha-va-ti ''-Mid would signify

Of the four variants, the first one defined in

Sadratnamala, an important work and it takes ka (op); ta
(E); pa (T); ya ("4); to denote one (1). The alphabets from

T - bha=4;

- va=4; and frT - ti= 6 or 644. [not 446]

Some salient rules to be remembered are:

Swaras have no numerical denotation. In ru only ra is
reckoned and not the oo. So garuda would denote TTT"5
- ga-ru-da- or T - ga= 3; ^ ru= (ra-T) = 2; and


hence 323. (from left to right)

In conjuncts the last letter denotes the numeral, gya CT)
or khya (7^1) would denote only 1 representing ya-fT);
the ga-andkha being ignored. Kya= 1 Kra=2; kla=3; kwa=4
and so on.
Let us take the word ayurarogyasoukyam, the last word
of the last sloka of Narayaneeyam, the immortal work
of Melpathur Narayana Bhattathirippad.

ka (op) to jna (?) represent 1 to 9 and zero respectively.

The letters are aa-yu-ra-ro-gya-sou-kyam

Likewise Ta (E); to na d) and so on - pa d) to ma d)

The denote in order 0-1-2-2-1-7-1

denote 1 to 5. Ya (T) to ha (T) denote 1 to 8 - la (vT)

The word represents 1712210.

denotes 9.

Apart from its contextual meaning of praying for long life,

health and comfort, it is stated that the word signifies the
Kalidina of 1712210 on sunrise of the day on which
Bhattathirippad completed his work. The day is reckoned
to be Sunday, the 28th of Vrischika, of Kollam 762
(MalayalamEra). Numerous examples of such dexterous
skills of ancient writers in employing the Katapayadi
notations in their works of poetic excellence, including
astrological treatises can be found. The study of the
development of varied numerical symbolism and
terminologies of ancient Bharat itself can be of extreme
interest to those aspiring students of astrology.

As there are slight variations of rules in the different

versions and to avoid confusion, the rules adopted in
general use are alone described below.
The following sloka details the scheme.
Katapaya varghabhavairiha
Pindanthai raksharairangaa:
Ne knje soonyam knjeyam
Thahta sware kevale kathithe
the deciphered numerals of letters of chronograms are to


Mr. VR.Soundar Rajan, with a

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering,
has served Anna University,
Chennai for over thirty years. He
has been rendering astrological
counseling for two and half decades.
Mr. Soundar Rajan's training has
been under Pandit Asuri





Unhappy is the man or the nation which, when the divine moment arrives, is found sleeping or unprepared
to use it, because the lamp has not been kept trimmed for the welcome and the ears are sealed to the call.
But thrice woe to them who are strong and ready, yet waste the force or misuse the moment; for them is
irreparable loss or a great destruction. - Sri Aurobindo
India's independence is such a period; our nation accepted the moment and welcomed the situation.
In India's independence chart, Lagna was Taurus and Moon sign is Cancer. Starting Dasa was Saturn
and sub dasa was also Saturn. Saturn Dasa was completely headed by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
During Mercury Dasa, the nation was led by Mr. Lai Bahadur Shastri and Mrs. Indira Gandhi. During
Ketu Dasa, it was Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. The complete confusion arose during Venus Dasa when Mr. P.V.
Narasimha Rao, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee and (now) Mr. Manmohan Singh were the popular Prime
Ministers. The table indicates Sun Dasa, for the independence chart, began in September 2009.






























Saturn (R)




The following table shows the details of Moon's constellation etc of our popular Prime Ministers and prime ministerial

Star lord

Sign lord










Jawaharlal Nehru









Indira Gandhi






Rajiv Gandhi







P.V. Narasimha











(Mars sub)
Saturn sub

Man Mohan Singh






Lai Bahadur

Venus end/


Prime Ministerial Contestants



Sushma Swaraj
Rahul Gandhi
Pranab Mukherjee






Sun end


Now let us analyse the popular Prime Ministers' horoscopes.

11.36 p.m

During Moon Dasa end Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru assumed

Prime Ministership and held the post till Rahu dasa,
Mercury Bhukthi. Rahu placed in the 12th assumed
maraka (and Mercury being maraka too), he died in Rahu
dasa/Mercury Bhukthi. Venus and Jupiter, 9th lord and
4th lord from Moon sign of DIG, exchanged their houses
and gave him great success. Mercury, though debilitated
positioned in 7th being the lord of 10th from Moon sign in
DIG caused stability in the career, and lasted for 17 years
from Independence.

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Lai Bahadur
6.20 a.m.

During Mercury Dasa, for a short period, he assumed

Prime Ministership. During his death, Mercury (dasa lord)
was in the 7th and (bhukthi lord) Rahu in the 12th from
Moon sign. In Dasamsa, it is similar to Nehru's Dasamsa
that Venus and Jupiter fromMoon sign of DIG, exchanged
their houses and gave him similar opportunity.
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Jup(R) I Kethu

I febu

Indira Gandhi
11.11. pm


5.11 am

Dsns mil
I fitoi


During Jupiter Dasa Mrs. Indira Gandhi took a lead the

country. Mid Jupiter to middle of the Saturn dasas she
held the post. During her death the dasa was Saturn and
bukthi was Rahu both are in maraka position to the moon
sign in D1 chart. In Dasamsa chart the Moon and the
Venus exchanged their houses and Moon with Yoga
Karaka Saturn conferred the highest position of the

Mercury Ascendant
Jupiter yjat^n
Sun /Venus
During the end of Rahu dasa and beginning of Guru dasa,
Atal Bihari Vajpayee held the post of Prime Minister. 7th
lord Venus and 9th lord Moon conjoined in the Lagna/Moon
sign and 5th lord Jupiter and 10th lord Sun in the 2nd place
in Rasi Chart and in DIG the yogakaraka of Moon sign
in the 10th place conferred him the position.




Rajiv Gandhi
8 11 m
- -P
I Saturn

During Rahu Dasa and Jupiter Bhukti, Rajiv Gandhi

assumed Prime Ministership and upto Saturn Bhukti he
held the post. Mars is in the 2nd in Rasi. At the time of his
death, Mars and Jupiter were in the 12thhouse. Exchange
of 5th lord with 10th lord from Moon sign of DIG, conferred
the position of Prime Minister.
P.V. Narasimha |
I Saturn
11.30. pm I Jupiter

Dr. Manmohan
2.00 pm

Ascerdant Moon



During Rahu dasa and Mercury bhukti, he assumed charge

as Prime Minister. Rahu dasa ends in 2014 and Jupiter
Dasa starts. Strong Moon with yogakaraka Mars in D1
and 7th lord in 5th and 5th lord exalted in D10 helped him to
climb the ladder. But Jupiter with Ketu in Rasi chart and
debilated in Dasamsa chart may deny him the coveted
post next. If the D1 Ascendent Sagittarius is certain,
position of Jupiter may help him.
Hitherto we have seen the configurations of past Prime
Ministers. Now we analyse the aspirants of both the
parties, Congress and B.J.P
Jupiter (R)

L. K. Ad van i
9.02 am
During Mars Dasa, P.V.Narasimha Rao took over as the
Prime Minister. 9th lord Mars and 7th lord Mercury
conjoined in the 4th house in Rasi and Venus, Mars and
Saturn mutually exchanged their houses, conferring him
the highest post.


Ascendant Mars
Saturn vlercury (R) Venus


. . E Rahu

The present Dasa is Saturn and bhukti is Mercury. From

Moon sign 4th lord Moon and 5th lord Sun aspecting each
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other and 9th lord Jupiter and 7th lord Venus aspecting
each other are good for him. In Dasamsa 9th and 10th
lords joined in the 6th from Moon. During this period the
badhaka lord Saturn in transit from Moon sign is in the
7th house (enemy's place). Transit Rahu and Ketu will
be in 1st and 7th and 12th & 6th houses may not permit him
to climb up.


Narendra Modi
10.11 am

Ascerfdantl Ketu
In Rasi chart of Narendra Modi, from Moon sign 5 lord
in the 4th place aspect the 7th lord Venus and 4th lord Saturn
is a yoga conferring configuration. Similarly 9th lord Moon
with 1st lord Mars in the Moon's sign is also good. In
Dasamsa from Moon sign 9th lord is strong in 5th house
and 5th and 10th lords, Saturn and Mercury in 9th place
shows some significant results. Moon dasa is to start in
2012 for Narendra Modi and also the dasa of the country is
Moon dasa. Though Moon is debihtated, moon sign lord
Mars with him nullify and may confer Yoga. Regarding the
debihtated Moon, it is worth knowing that Moon is debihtated
in the charts of Vajpayee and Abdul Khalam too.
Jupiter Asceridant



Sushma Swaraj




I Kalu

Now dasa running is Saturn probably Venus bhukti. Saturn

and Venus are well placed with Moon and aspecting the
10th house of Moon sign. 9th lord Venus in 4th , 4th lord
Jupiter in Bhavat Bava in 7th ,10th lord Mercury in 5th and
5th lord in Moon Lagna gives good clue to have a Raja
Yoga. Moreover 12th lord Sun in 6th also confers
Vipareetha Raja Yoga. In Dasamsa Mars the yoga
karaka of Moon sign placed in the 9th also confers good
yoga in career. Advani, if his candidature is ruled out, he
may prefer Sushma Swaraj instead of Modi. Since the
dasa of India will be Moon, her well placed Moon in
Dasamsa chart can give an edge.
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Jupiter I

Pranab Mukerjee has Venus Dasa running. From Moon

sign, Venus being 5th in own place and 9th lord Saturn in
his own place, kendra lords (without getting kendradi
dosha) being seated with Sun, signify him the chances of
the coveted seat too. Mars, the 6th lord in the 8th may
confer Vipareetha Raja Yoga. In Dasamsa, from Moon
sign the exchanges of 4th and 5th lords, Mars and Jupiter
also confirms the chances. Representation from East
Zone is long over due. The probable tussle may be
between East (Mukerjee) or West (Modi).



Moon I Mercury

Rahul Gandhi

Moon I Jupiter (R)

Mais | Jupiter


The present dasa of Rahul Gandhi is Moon dasa. In Rasi

chart, from Moon sign Mars, 6th lord in 8th (Vipareetha
raja yoga), 7th lord in 9th signigy meager chances - he
may be pushed up to the post for some time. In Dasamsa,
9th lord Jupiter in 7th and 10th lord Saturn in 9th may confer
Summing up, Narendra Modi tops the list followed by
Sushma Swaraj, Pranab Mukerjee, Manmohan Singh,
Advani and Rahul Gandhi in that order. Since the
Ascendants of these charts are uncertain, this scribe has
taken the Moon sign in Rasi and Dasamsa. The
conclusions, arrived, therefore are indicative.





whichever way you turn, you will
find invariably every other person
claiming to know Jyothisha, as
imperfect as possible. However,
those who have really mastered this
divine science of Jyotisha and more
importantly those who could really
predict are extremely rare.
Astrological prediction is a different
set of ball game. It requires specific
skills that can be acquired only by
divine worship or spiritual Sadhana
The truth is, Astrology is not only an
art as well as science but is also an
expression of spiritual evolution of the
Diviner or Astrologer .Our ancients
knew that very well. Gaining of
knowledge in Horas (Text books)
should go hand in hand with the
spiritual sadhana of the Astrologer,
if his prediction has to come correct
was the sermon preached by the great
Masters of yesteryears.
I would like to introduce our esteemed
readers to two gifted Astrologers,
who cared least for any type of
publicity and whom the world of
astrology should and must know.
Chellapan Aasan
Astrology and Kaniyar
In the entire world, only in the state
of Kerala, one can find a caste
assigned exclusively for the purpose
of casting and delineation of
horoscopes and for conducting
prasna. They are known as

In the caste hierarchy, Kaniyars

come in the low rung of the ladder;
nevertheless, even in those dark age
of "untouchables", the Kaniyars
were never denied access to the
house of the Royals and the chieftains
due to their profound knowledge in
Jyothisha with that of Sanskrit and
computational skills.
Kaniyars believe that they are the
chosen ones and learnt Jyothisha
directly from the mouth of Lord
Subramanya, the presiding deity of
Jyothisha. Kaniyars are now rechristened as "Ganakas" or one well
versed in computation. Anyway, the
new generation has distanced
themselves from Jyothisha activities.
Early Years of the legend
Chellapan was born in the Kaniyar
community. As is usual in his
community, at that time, he learnt
Jyothisha in the traditional way
starting with memorizing the slokas
of Brihat Jataka of Varahamihira,
popularly known as "Hora" in Kerala
and other texts like Prasnamarga and
of course some rare slokas passed
by one generation to the other
including that of Skanda Hora,
supposed to have written by Lord
Subramanya Himself and regarded
as the first text book in Jyothisha.
Appearance and personality
Chellapan stood apart in any crowd
due to his majestic appearance .He
was more than six feet, clean shaven
and with broad shoulders.

Practice and fame

Chellapan started practicing at the age
of 17 and it is said that he rose to fame
in 1950's,in a prasna connected with
a murder case. Lrom the horary,
Chellapan himself was able to tell one
very clearly for what one approached
him and his objectives.
It so happened that a Nair feudal
landlord after murdering his wife and
burying her in the backyard advertised
in the local dailies that apt reward will
be given to anyone who will provide
any information about his missing wife
and lodged a complaint with the
police. The man came to Chellapan
and did a prasna and the former
reportedly told him that he murdered
his wife and buried her in the backyard
of his house. Later when the defence
counsel examined Chellapan how he
could tell about the fact, Chellapan's
reply was that it was "through
The word "Aasan" is a title of
reverence and is synonym with the
master or teacher. Chellapan used to
be addressed as Chellapan Aasan. It
is said that Aasan did the matchmaking for more than 15,000 couples,
through, three generations, with
precision and infallibility.
This scribe is one of the very few who
knew the Aasan's uncanny ability in
"Mushti Prasna" You take anything
in your hand; close the fist and ask
him what the fist contains. With his
cowries (sea-shells) that he uses for
all the computations, within seconds,
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he would tell what the fist held.
However, Aasan never claimed he
had this rare ability or demonstrated
it, for publicity.
To test the ability of Aasan, someone
brought the horoscope of Kumbalath
Sankupillai, a great social reformer
and a Gandhian of the last century. It
is said that Aasan after quoting
certain slokas, within minutes, said
that the owner of the chart will have
white patches on his body. It will be
not congenital but will appear after a
certain age. (Mr Sankupillai had
leucoderma contracted during the last
stage of his life)
Birth time of Puppies
Another interesting incident that took
place few years back. One person,
after carefully recording the birth time
of his puppy took it to Aasan to corner
the latter and asked him to predict.
Aasan with a smile retorted that it is
a case of "Viyoni Janma" (animal
birth) and asked the fellow not to play
Aasan was the mainstay of several
people. Whatever he said was the
final, for many, be it marriage
proposal; going abroad; buying or
chemotherapy or starting a business.
His memory power, even at the age
of 90, when he died, was something
extra-ordinary. Few months prior to
his death, this scribe called on him and
was simply amazed by his command
in Sanskrit slokas. The subject of
Jyothisha was much sweeter than that
of a sugar candy when one indulged
in conversation with Aasan. Like
Niagara Falls, hundreds of slokas used
to come from his mouth and he would
explain them in simple language.
A Simple Life of Austerity and
Incessant Prayer
Aasan's life can be described in a
single sentence as it was nothing but

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of a continuous prayer. His habits

were exemplary. He would wake up
at 3 in the morning, no matter, whether
he was sick or there was an
inclement weather even though he
would have gone to sleep at 1 am.
He never used to shun his daily bath
and after the ablutions, would sit for
prayer at about 15 minutes to 4 am
which would continue up to 6.45 in
the morning
He was unmarried and lived with his
brother's family. The reason for not
getting married is understandable.
Some seventy years back one could
well imagine what remuneration one
would get from the profession of
horoscope reading. The insufficient
monthly income, despite his large
clientele, forced him not to enter into
a wed-lock. Chellapan never insisted
on any specific fees. This was
cleverly exploited by most of his
clients. On the other hand, whenever
some "Homa" was conducted under
his direction, he use to insist for
specific amount, since there will be
others with him
Aversion to Publicity
Chellapan Aasan never advertised
himself or attended any astrological
seminars. He never wrote any articles
on Astrology. Still he had lot of clients;
sometimes more than he could handle.
He would sit in a bamboo mat, on the
floor in the tiny room of a tourist
home, centrally located in the city of
Trivandrum, Kerala.
There is an interesting incident
connected with his office. The owner
of the tourist home was once a very
poor man. At that time, Aasan on
analyzing his chart predicted that he
will become very rich. With the
passage of time the man became a
liquor baron and immensely rich. As
a reciprocal gesture he had given the
room on a nominal monthly rent to

Aasan's View on Birth Time

Aasan was of the view that a given
time should be subjected to
Kundakhatha (longitude of the rising
degree multiplied by 9 should tally
with the birth star or 10th or 19th star
reckoned from the birth star.)
Analytical Approach
Predictive Success


He used only Vimshottari Dasa

Bukthi for his predictions. Though he
had no claims about the precision of
his predictions that were limited to
dasa and bukthi, his success rate of
predictions was quite high.
Ichaa Mrityu- Glory to Jyotisha
Even those who claimed to possess
supernatural powers and mastery of
many systems of Astrology could
not predict anything about their own
life, Aasan, through his devotion and
knowledge in Jyothisha could fix the
time of his death. He was healthy till
the last day of his worldly existence
and on his 90th birthday, he summoned
his nephews and told them that if he
remains in body for three more days,
prarabdha karmas won't allow him
to cast the body for the next three
years. He added that he would prefer
to let the remaining karmas to get
exhausted in his next life and added
that he is not interested in living
anymore. So saying he started
Aridra Nakshathra
Balance Rahu
of Birth
OS11 July 1921
Place of Birth
Amaravila Trivandrum Saturn

Longitudes: Ascendant 16 Leo 11; Sun 19

Gemini 50; Moon 14 Gemini 33; Mars 18
Gemini 06; Mercury (R) 24 Gemini 36; Jupiter
21 Leo 05; Saturn 26 Leo 53; Rahu 00 Libra
25; Ketu 00 Aries 25; Pluto 15 Gemini 46


Date of demise
. 2nd July2011

Longitude: Sun 15 Gemini 51; Moon 24

Gemini 44; Mars 13 Taurus 45; Mercury 05
Cancer 43; Jupiter HAries 04; Venus 03
Gemini 24; Saturn 16 Vigro 43; Rahu 28
Scorpio 38; Ketu 28 Taurus 38.
incessant prayers and exactly as told
by him on the second day, he left the
world in his praying posture. Let us
examine his chart for Astrological
The Rising Sign
Leo ruled by Sun, the marker of Time
appears as Ascendant.

uncanny ability in knowing what is

going on in the mind of others. It
may be recalled that Aasan had the
ability to tell within seconds, once he
conducts any Prasna the intent of the
querist. Mercury stands for brain and
its stationing in its own sign Gemini in
the company of Rajayogakara Mars
gave him a sharp brain that was fully
functional even at his ripe age.
Afflicted 7,h House
7th house falls in Aquarius. 7th is
spoiled because it receives the
combined aspect of both Saturn and
Jupiter, two dusthana lords ruling 6th
and 8th houses respectively. From
Moon sign, 7th lord Jupiter joins the
8th lord Saturn in 3rd house which is
considered as a hidden house. Venus
the planet of conjugal bliss is also
under the aspect of Saturn. No
wonder, native remained unmarried.
Discipline and Punctuality

Sun the Ascendant lord well placed
in 11thhouse, Moon in the 11thhouse,
the presence of Malavya Maha
Yoga and Saturn the causative planet
of longevity non-afflicted in the
Ascendant gave a life span of 90
The first point to be noted is that
Jupiter as fifth lord aspects
Sagittarius, the fifth house. In any
chart if fifth lord aspects fifth house
and if the native resorts to
Saadhana or Divine worship, it will
confer intuition of a high order.
Obviously, Jupiter as fifth lord
aspecting the fifth house conferred the
native high intuition. Jupiter's aspect
on fifth house also indicates Poorva
Puny am or meritorious deeds of past
When the eleventh lord occupies
eleventh sign, such natives are
often noticed to possess an


His strict discipline and punctuality

kept in personal life is due to the
placement of Saturn having the
lordship of 6th house, in direct mode,
in the ascendant.
Consultancy and the Role of
the 8,h House

house is in the company of Saturn, the

planet of restriction and limitation, he
got only meagre dakshina.
Amazing mode of death
Students of astrology may take a
sharp look here. 5th house is for
prayers and 8th house is for death.
For Leo Ascendant, Jupiter rules
both 5th and 8th houses. Jupiter
itself is the karaka of "prayer."
Jupiter is in the Ascendant (Self).
The native had given himself to
Interestingly, at the time of
transit Jupiter was
activating its radical position.
Further, eighth house is vacant and
devoid of any planetary influence.
Death in Sun/Saturn
Sun is the ascendant lord. Saturn is
masadhipathi (lord of 7th). It is said
that in the dasa of the ascendant lord,
the sub period of the enemy of the
ascendant lord will cause death. In
this case, Saturn the arch enemy of
the ascendant lord, in its sub-period
in the dasa of the ascendant lord
brought the curtains down fulfilling the
Pluto & Death

To be a professional astrologer in the

midst of literate public and that too
for more than 70 years is not an easy
joke. What is the Astro factor behind
it? Let us probe.

Extra-saturnine planets are ignored in

Jyothisha by many but studies reveal
they are of great importance and has
predictive value. Pluto rules death and
is modern co-ruler of sign Scorpio.

8th house indicates money from

others. To be successful in
consultancy, be it of any type, the 8th
house and 8th lord should be
favourable. Jupiter as 8th lord is in an
angle, identical with the ascendant.
Jupiter is also Dhanakaraka or
causative planet for money. So the
portfolio of 8th house coupled with
inherent nature or karakatwa of
Jupiter indicates receiving money
Nevertheless, since Jupiter, lord of 8th

Transit at Death

It may be noted with profit that

transit Sun, the ascendant lord
ruling the physical body as well
as the operating dasa lord made
a perfect hit to natal Pluto, the
planet of death on the date of


The sub period ruler Saturn was

in 2nd house, a marakasthana,
exactly in the equal house bhavamadhya (EBM)

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Neville Lang
It won't be a gainsaying to mention
that future of Indian Astrology to a
great extent depends on some of the
research oriented western scholars.
An Eastern discipline, be it Jyothisha
or anything else, to be beneficial to
humanity at large, the knowledge
base should constantly be updated so
as to address itself to the challenges
posed by modern life. Here comes
the mighty role of research, in which
the western scholars excel their
eastern peers.
Of late, the West has produced a
series of outstanding astrologers
proficient in Vedic Astrology, like
David Frawley, James Kelleher, Dr.
Dennis Harness, James Braha,
Richard Houck, Dennis Flaherty and
others. Neville Fang of Australia and
Das Goravani from USA belong to
that elite category of eminent
Neville learnt vedic astrology and had
a strong fascination for the systems
approach in Jyothisha, propounded by
Prof. V K. Choudary
immortalized the systems approach,
through his famous US retaliatory
prediction that came correct to the
minute - a must read for any student
of any system of Astrology. He was
also well-versed in Krishnamurthy
Paddhathi as well as the one going
on by the name SP Khullar system;
all stellar Astrology with roots in Vedic
Neville was highly interested in the
Keralite way of calculation of Gulika
and has written several e-mails to me
about it. He used to take regular
classes in Jyothisha in Australia.
I first took notice of Neville, when I
came across a mail written by him
about the impending Yod formation in
the heavens. This aroused my
curiosity and in my personal e-mail
correspondence with him, I found him
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to be very helpful and magnanimous

in sharing knowledge.
Neville, apart from being a
knowledgeable astrologer was an
efficient astronomer too.

predictions need to come correct

there should exist some connection
between Jupiter the planet of divine
wisdom and 2nd house (or 2nd lord )
of speech. One can see Jupiter
aspecting Saturn, the 2nd lord of
speech, in his chart.
Venus Dasa and Astrological

K v(R)


: Mercury
I n-Venus

Neville Lang: 30th Augustl949 at 12:15pm,

in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Latitude: 33:52:00 S[G], Longitude:
151:13:00 E, Ayanamsa: 23 9' 10", SID:
10:51:39, Bal. Dasa: Saturn 17 years, 11
months, 2 days.

Date of death
28th April 2011
' Exact time and



Interest in Astrology
5th house indicates natural inclination
of mind and Poorvajanma Vasanas
or acquired tendencies from past life.
Mars, his lord of 5th, of mind is in 8th
house, of occult studies. Neptune,
Mercury conjunction (wide) is
another factor that aroused his
interest in Jyothisha.
He had a sharp brain (Mercury).
When Mercury occupies the eleventh
either from the ascendant or the
Moon sign, it influences the 5th house
(mind) there from and obviously the
native is blessed with a sharp brain.
For Neville, exalted Mercury is in
eleventh from natal Moon.
For any Astrologer, no matter
however learned he is, if his

It will be instructive to note that, his

astrological life bloomed and
blossomed in the dasa of the fallen
Venus stationed in the constellation of
Moon, the ruler of 8th house of occult
He was teaching Jyothisha. He also
took interest in sports and used to play
golf, tennis and racquet ball.
Sagittarius, the fiery sign, that rises
at his time of birth accounts for
interest in sports as well as well as
his teaching ability (Jupiter, the
teacher and Sagittarius the 9th sign of
the natural zodiac that stands for
He released Astracadabra, an
astrology program for palm pocket
PC in 2004. It may be noted that his
major period lord Venus is in the star
Hasta (palm).
2nd Saturn Return and change
in Life Style
In mid-1999, coinciding with 2nd
Saturn return that usually heralds
significant changes in life, he moved
out of software programming to
internet marketing business.
Dasa Sandhi and Longevity
Venus is not a well-meaning planet for
Sagittarius ascendant. For Neville,
Venus is not only debilitated but also
is in the sub of Mercury, the ruler of
7th house (maraka, badhaka - licensed
to kill). Venus is lord of 7th (maraka)
from the Moon sign.
continued on 19





I belong to the Mulakanadu Andhra section of the Brahmin

Community, and descended from the stock of the venerable
Vasishta and claim that Gotra. Twelve generations ago my
ancestors resided in Walaja Nagar, under the patronage of
the Nawabs of Arcot and the neighbouring Polagars and
they had distinguished themselves by performing sacrifices
or Yagnas, by simple and holy lives and by the religious
fervour of their exemplary and virtuous lives. My family
records give me the following names of my ancestors:
1. Sarana Vatjhulu


Had performed Yagnas or


had to educate himself, as best as he could. He was of

slender build, energetic, strong and extremely active in work
which I have inherited from him to a large extent. My mother
Rukminiamma was an intelligent, quiet going and very
handsome woman and she died when I was about 10 years
old. My father could read and speak about ten languages and
filled various posts in the Ganj am District and became Manager
or Dewan of Parlakimidi Zamindari. He was an expert in Mantra
Sastras, and highly religious and obliging. He would never flinch
from doing an obligation and brought me up with great care
and love. The following is his horoscope :

2. KondaVatjhulu


3. Naga Vatjhulu
4. Mallava Dhanlu





.. .Religious and holy Brahmins

5. MallaBhadu


6. Lingappagam

Devoted themselves to
public and private business
and service.

This was my grandfather who was born in 1747 A.D. and
died in 1828 A.D. having lived 81 years. He married first
Narasamma and had two sons by her. After her death he
married Naranamma when he was nearly 60 years. He
commanded 500 horse and a suitable corps of infantry under
Hyder and Tippu and changing his life into civil, he was an
Amildar and became Peshkar of Kikkeri, Channarayapatna
and Devanhalli, in which last place Hyder first made his
political entry. My grandfather had two daughters and five
sons by bis second wife and my father Gopala Rao was the
third son and the most lucky among the lot. My father was
born on the 17thJuly 1816 on Friday, the lOthlunar day of
the dark half of the month Ashadha, at about 15 ghatis after
sunrise when the constellation Bharani ruled with the dasa
of Venus, He was only 12 years when his father died and
* Ack;Brihat Jataka published by Ms/: Motilal Banarsidass, New Delhi






Mark the positions of planets

in all the kendras. In addition
to his onerous duties, he

pleted the gigantic task

of completing with his own
hand, one crore and twentyfive lakhs of Rama Namas or
names of Sri Rama and

concluded the religious rites

connected with them four
months before his death. He died in his 76th year on the
morning of 27th August 1891 and was therefore 75 years
and 40 days according to English calculations. My mother
bore six children, four daughters and two sons, and I am
the second. My elder brother Jagannatha Rao entered Mysore
Service retired as an Amildar and died in December 1915.
I was born on the Rathasaptami, Tuesday, in the month of
Magha in Rakshasa at about 14 ghatis after sunrise at
Chicacole and my horoscope is given on the next page.
An incident occurred in my fifth year which has influenced
all my life to a. remarkable extent. My first Akshara-bhyasa,
education, began at Parlakimidi in my fifth year and I slept
that night with my father. I dreamt that I was taken to
Suryaloka to the presence of the Sun, made to sit on his
lap, and given some Payasam (wheat preparation) by his
wife Chayadevi and after a greal deal of love, the Sun putting
his hands on my head, observed that I would live long, be
happy and become a great scholar and author. I awoke and
related my dream to my father, who had already anticipated
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Jupiter I




Sun, Venus

some ideas of my future great-ness. In my boyish days I

was extremely intelligent, and possessed an excellent memory
coupled with a piercing intellect. But as it often happens
with intelligent boys, I was irregular in attendance at school,
careless of my studies, fond of running and other athletic
exercises and was mischievous to a considerable extent.
All the while I felt I would become a great man, and even
challenged my teachers with this idea. While I was in the
Senior B.A., class in the Central College at Bangalore, Mr.
Cook, M.A., its Principal r-ebuked me for my want of
attention to studies and for not writing notes which he gave
very copiously. I was ready with my impertinent answer. I
observed in a determined tone that copying notes forms the
part of dull-headed students and superficial teachers and
that bright students like myself need no such process. He
remarked that he was a student and amanuensis of Dr. Bains
of Psychological fame and that I should obey him. I told
him that I would become a greater man than both of them
with the result that I was turned out of the class for a day.
Mr. Cook was a generous Scotch gentleman. He sent for
me next day, and asked me whether my behaviour was
right. I said that his treatment of students should be different
as the intelligent and spirited could not bear calmly, re-marks
which dull boys may consider as their inheritance. When I
met him after publishing some of my works, specially
History of Vijayanagar, he had the nobility to address me as
a greater man than himself while I modestly acknowledged
his valuable instructions as the basis for all my scholarship
in English. I was intended to take the legal line and
accordingly finished my legal studies and practised for about
9 years. My astrological instincts were stirred up by a
Sastri while I was in the F.A. class and I picked up my
knowledge in it by reading books on the subject in Sanskrit.
I had no high opinion for English astrological publications
and never cared to them. My first work in Astrology* in a
diglot form (English and Kannada) appeared in 1882, and it
sold well. My collegiate studies gave me no leisure to
attend to astrological studies and my Self-Instructor in
English appeared in 1892. The second edition in 1893 and
third in 1900, the interval being taken up by my legal practice,
4th, 5th and 6th editions followed and the 7th is in print.
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Soon after my birth an Ooriya Astrologer by name Brahma

predicted my future greatness. I feel I am under the direct
grace of the glorious Sun at every important turn in my fife
and his presence in the 10th house along with Budha and
Guru has enabled me to hold the view that I am destined to
become a great man and write valuable works on a variety
of subjects. I married first my maternal uncle's daughter
by name Bhagirathi and she bore 10 children of whom four
died early in life. I have now 6 children by her, 3 sons and
3 daughters and after her death I married again Subbi. She
has one daughter now and I am leading a quite honourable
and religious life. My second son Lakshminarayana Rao is
a graduate of Philosophy and Logic and has entered the
Mysore Educational Service. My eldest son Nanjunda Rao
assists me in my office work. (Dr. B. V. Raman in his eldest
son.) I have now 4 grandssons and 6 grand-daughters. God
has been pleased to place me above want, and though my
earnings are great, my expenses have not been small. I
possess generous instincts and always take dehght in helping
others who are in need. I am an admirer of all talent in any
form in any man and my company is always pleasant and
instructive. I possess powers of speech and writing fluently
in almost equal degrees and my familiarity with various
Western and Eastern sciences, gives me a decided advantage
to lead the people wherever I may be. I am a great lover of
music and fine arts, and my residence is generally kept in a
very fashionable manner. My house is open to all classes
alike and I have never withheld my help in any charitable
cause when they sought my help. I have had audience with
Viceroys, Maharajas and Governors and all of them were
pleased with my behaviour, spirit of independence, and
capacity in conversation and discussion. I have had suitable
Khillats or presents from many Maharajas and the national
predictions I have made about wars, famines, deaths of
royal personages, epidemics, and other pheno-mena, have
been remarkably fulfilled. My prediction about the present
great Anglo-German war, six months before it happened, in
my The Astrological Magazine has raised my reputation
high and my works and lectures have always been
appreciated and recognised by the educated public. I am
now in my Guru Dasa and Sukra Bhukthi and hope to pull
through it and a portion of Sani, through God's grace. I
have been leading a religious life in this age of false
allure-ments, of false civilisation and have felt strongly in
my innermost heart that God protects all those who entirely
place their confidence in Him and my own independent Hfe
is a great illustration of that great principle which lays down
complete devotion to God and honest and sincere life under
His able and Omnipotent guidance. May He shower His
blessings on all and make the world happy and cheerful
have been my earnest daily prayers.





SINCE MACROCOSM and microcosm are two poles

of the same energy principle, our sages evolved a
technique which could connect the two through one
medium. They called it Mantra. Mantra is the first
principle which works in accordance with the cosmic
energy in ether. The Sanskrit word for contemplation is
Manana and the tool or medium for Manana is Mantra.
Mantra has also been called so because it is repeated in
the secrecy of one's mind and is capable of capturing the
source of infinite energy through chanting. It could be
said that Mantras are sacred utterances (syllables, words,
or verses ) that are considered to possess mystical or
spiritual power. Various mantras are either spoken aloud
or merely sounded internally in one's thoughts, and they
are either repeated continuously for some time or just
sounded once. Most mantras are without any apparent
verbal meaning, but they are thought to have a profound
underlying significance and are, in effect, distillations of
spiritual wisdom. Thus, repetition or meditation on a
particular Mantra can induce a trance like state in the
person and can lead him to a higher level of spiritual
awareness. Besides bringing spiritual enlightenment,
different kinds of mantras are used to work other psychic
or spiritual purposes, such as protecting oneself from evil
psychic powers.
There is wonderfully miraculous power in the mantras if
they are repeated in the proper manner and the injunctions
regarding the modes of their application and practice are
strictly observed. In all our rituals, chanting of Mantras is
an essential feature. The Vedas, especially the Rig-Veda,
contain thousands of mantras. These mantras, we believe,
are effective by mere repetition, if we even do not know
the meanings thereof. In fact, the literal meaning of the
words has nothing to do with regard to realisation of the
desires. Mantras have four fold powers and are considered
as four pillars of this shastra :

Power as the supreme authority


Power of yielding the desired results

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Amplifying the productive power


A comprehensive gripping capacity

The chanting of mantras stirs our nerves and awakens

them for suitable action in accordance with the desired
achievement. The system of grammar has perfected its
idea of sound as Brahman itself, the Supreme Being, and
the imperishable one. Classical works say that mantras
are sounds which originated from the five faces of lord
Shiva in different forms .The basics of mantra i.e, shabda,
is more ancient than anything which was subtle in form.
It could be said that shabda, the sound was born before
deity and human beings. It is said that sound leaves its
impact on common human being from heart to soul. In
philosophy of Paanini it was said that Sabda is Brahma.
Since Vedic times a lot of research has been done by our
seers on this aspect and discovered that creation of many
things is based on sound .Sound is classified as Sphota,
Nada, Anahata, and Ahata. Before the listener
experiences a mantra perfectly it has to pass four stages
known as para, pashyanti , madhyama and vaikhari.
These four levels of sound correspond to four states of
supernatural element in
experiencing consciousness.
It indicates sound is beyond
the perception of the senses.
Pashyanti represents the
intellectual consciousness
and considered to be the first
precipitate of speech where power of will exists.
Madhyama represents the mental consciousness and
power of knowledge. Vaikhari represents the physical
consciousness. To sum up, vaikhari is the gross quality
of the vocal organs, madhyama is the subtler quality of
the same physical organs, pashyanti is the quality of the
sub conscience, and para is the quality of the pure


Mantra, Yantras and Astrology are complimentary to each

other. It is said that astrology is the eye of Hinduism and
mantra is its heart. Astrology facilitates to look into the
problems, mantras invokes their remedies. No doubt, if
mantras are practised in letter and spirit, they give fruits
as per the devotees desires.
It is said that all human problems are created by the person
on his own, the basis of which is always his/ her Karmas
(deeds ). It is believed that mantras are a form of energy
which leads to attainment of God. Through mantras one
can obtain everything which one desires . It is the way to
invite almighty and tell him about the problems being faced
by the devotee. It is advised that the mantranusthana (
rituals) should be done strictly to reap the benefits. Mantras,
practiced diligently, can (control and) give relief from
Keeping desires in view and practice of mantras creates
deeper and deeper impression on the mental plane, viz.
conscious mind becomes saturated with impressions.
Thereafter the power of mantra moves to the subconscious
mind, hearing the sound of mantras in an uninterrupted
way. Breathing will also become thinner, which will create
an impression on subconscious mind. Correct
pronounciation of mantras is necessary.
According to tantra, mantras are categorised in three
genders - masculine, feminine and neutral. All of them
enjoy equal powers and are in no way inferior to each
other. If a Mantra ends with swah it is a feminine Mantra.
Such mantras are mostly used for menial aim and
considered best. Namah is suffixed at the end of the
neutral mantras.
In tantras it is mentioned that if the Mantra is having hum
phat at its end then the Mantra is automatically masculine
and if there is hum-namah then it is neutral.
Mantras are of two types - hot and cold. As per yoga
tantra when we breathe, only one of our nostrils is active.
When hot air is blowing through the nostrils exuberantly
then SuryaNadi is active during which hot mantras should
be chanted . Hot mantras are known as agneya and are
used for destructive purposes. When cold air is blowing
through the nostrils exuberantly then Chandra Nadi is
active during which cold mantras should be chanted which
are known as saumya and are used for good purposes.
The basic difference about these two categories of mantra
is their suffix. When any Mantra is ending with pranava
it is called agneya mantra and if the mantra is ending
with namah then it is saumya mantra. Saumya mantra
can be converted to agneya by adding phat at the end of

it while agneya can be converted into a saumya one by

adding namah at the end of it.
It is known that mantras are of different types . The
devotee is always found in a dilemma which mantra he
should practice to reap maximum benefits . Such cases
are seen that if an individual worships mantra he doen't
get success at all but instead of getting success he suffers
. So before practicing any mantra check on the compatible
mantra with a evolved person - Guru. Just as the world
is made up of five elements - air, water, fire, earth, and
sky - our body too contains these in some proportion.
Mantras can alter, increase or decrease these elements
and maximise or minimise benefit/harm.
Om, an enduring syllable is a mystic and prehistoric cosmic
sound. It is considered the most comprehensive, universal,
non- personal , holy- sound symbol and signifier of the
supreme infinite divine reality. It is the seed of all the
mantras. Combination of shiva and shakti is supreme power
and this power is very much present in the galaxy.
Mandukya Upanishad says that past, present and future
all that is Om. Om is combination of five elements which
are known as fire, water, air, sky and earth. When these
five powers combine, this universe is born. Om is the
mantra of Creation. It is said that it is used as synonym
for Brahma. Om is said to have originated from five faces
of Shiva.
Om manifests as the totality of existence, from the
external most physical to the internal most spiritual, on
four cosmic planes, macrocosmic as well as microcosmic
and can be further divided into gross, subtle, potential and
transcendental or meta - phenomenal which is the source
of the first three.

notice; only articles have been kept, useless pages and

publicity have been removed


Dr. B. V. Raman
Planets & Politics

lyothisha Chinta Nidhi

Dr. A. Sreekumar Menon

Ugadi - The Festival of Happiness

Bangalore Niranjan Bab u

Vastu Dimensions & Happiness

V R. Soundar Raj an
Muhurtha Analysis


E. S. Neelakantan
Fame & Notoriety


Dr. Jagannathrao
Rahu-Ketu Axis & Health Problems


The Key to Retrograde Planets


The Nandana Year & Venusian Influence


P unit Kumar Vohra

The Significance of Namaskar


The Astrological eMagazine Panchanga for March 2012


Sunrise and Sunset Timings for March 2012


This Month for You March 2012


Timings for Rahukafa, Gulikakafa and Yamakantaka


Lead Article


TtlE SUN IS THE fountain-head of all energies.

He is the visible God. Modern scientists declare that
but for the Sun, nothing could exist in this world even for
a single second. It is his influences that affect terrestrial
phenomena. Wars, pestilences, plagues, and ebb and flow
of human passions are directly traceable to the movements
of the Sun and other celestial bodies or planets, in the
signs of the zodiac and astrology deals with these details.
Hence it is the safest guide which enables us to appreciate
the trend of international events during the coming years.
It is not binding on man or nations to meekly submit to the
indications or influences of planets. Man is a free agent
and can never be said to be a pawn in the hands of a
merciless fate. Fatalism has no existence whatever
in the astrological vocabulary. Astrology gives the
greatest scope for the development and application of will
power in man so that, knowing in advance, trend of events,
individual or national, one could adjust or move
harmoniously with the forces of nature. Suppose an
earthquake or a war is indicated. It is not be possible for
us to stop the outbreak of a war or the occurence of an
earthquake, but it would certainly be possible to prevent
the colossal loss of lives and properties by taking
precautionary measures in advance. Herein lies the value
of astrological consultation. It it is indicated in advance that
prices of a certain commodity show an upward tendency in
a particular year, you can sell your old stock and make some
profit. If you did not know this you would perhaps buy a
further stock, and sustain heavy financial losses.
Astrology and History
Astrology is intimately connected with History. History
simply seems to be a repetetion of the problems of
adjustment and redjustmentof countries and the political
world. History must take cognisance of the ebb and flow
of human passions, for the rise and fall of nations and
empires can be traced to causes, embedded in the Womb
of Time which control human passions. Whilst these
causes elude the mental grasp of the historian, they
nevertheless identify themselves in the creation and
destruction of empires and nations. When once it is

admitted that historical events are adjusted by causes

contained in Time, then it could be safely concluded that
these causes are capable of demonstration by astrological
considerations. Thus astrology helps us to understand the
future trend of world events.
Planets indicate Karmic results. Astrological causes are
only the expression of the results of national and individual
Karma, National and individual evil Karma-accumulated
on a large scale, cannot remain without producing its
baneful effects. The punishments must come and will
come as a matter of sequence. Action must be followed
by reaction. The Sun is called Karma Sakshi or the
witness, who watches all activities, Kayaka or Physical,
Vachaka or Verbal and Manasika or Mental. As the
greatest glorious Witness of all Karma and as one who
produces the reactions of all Karma, the Sun speaks out
about these results through the positions, angles, aspects,
conjunctions, retrogrades, accelerations etc,, of the planets
and their endless movements in the zodiacal signs and
Planets and Portfolios
The Sun arranges the portfolios of the yearly Government
by his movements in the several signs and constellations
and thereby indicates the results for each year and even
for each cycle.
Who are the planets for politics and how do they indicate
the results for the years in question?
The Sun (Ravi) represents the Divine Soul and when he
is the ruler or holder of other important portfolios, he
determines the question of politics in that year. The Sun
represents also Royalty and ruling classes and therefore
he will have a large share in the moulding of that year's
general politics.
The Moon (Chandra) represents royalty and also the mind
of a nation. Where he is evil or has evil conjunctions the
national mind as a whole is debased and the activities of
such nations which are under his control will commit acts

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which are inimical to sense of honour, justice and fairplay.

Mars (Kuja) represents physical power and bloody
actions and when he is adversely affected he will make
the nations rush into bloody and destructive wars.
Mercury (Budha) governs all speeches and mercantile
speculations. They will progress well when he is
beneficially joined or situated. He will create quarrels,
litigation and losses in mercantile speculations when
he is badly situated and joins evil and poisonous planets.
Jupiter (Guru) represents Gnana or philosophical
wisdom and when he is well situated, conjoined and
aspected the results will be beneficial and prosperity reigns
supreme in such lands which are under his goverenance.
But where he is evil the results will be quite the reverse.
The nations will run into materialistic comforts, forget
divine observances, practice sinful acts and possess
atheistic tendencies,
Venus (Sukra) governs all sense pleasures and will make
the nations enjoy and possess all material comforts. But
where Venus is badly situated and otherwise gets evil
influences, he plunges the nations into material miseries,
takes away the comforts of ordinary life and makes them
suffer great privations.
Saturn (Sani) represents sorrows, troubles, and anxieties.
Where he is well situated all things go well and sorrows
and troubles will be minimised. When he turns out evil the
troubles, sorrows and miseries will have no end and the
nations will groan under wretchedness and political gloom,
prisons will open their doors freely, famines will have a
free play, diseases will commit havoc and the epidemics
will destroy the people in large numbers from one end of
the world to the other.
Rahu and Ketu have no houses or portfolios and give
evil results like Saturn and Mars.

Hindu Astrology attempts at foretelling future political,

commercial and economical events by a consideration of
the following important factors.
1. The solar ingress into the cardinal signs of Aries,
Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Each Solar ingress exercises
its influence for a period of three months; that is, till the
entry into the next cardinal sign takes place. For instance,
the entry of the Sun into Aries will influence the whole
world continuously for three months upto the time of
ingress into Cancer.
2. A chart is cast for the time of the lunation every month
and the results interpreted which hold good only during
that particular month.
3. A consideration of the planetary cabinet reveals most
interesting and useful information in regard to national
astrology. The planetary cabinet is formed once every
lunar year. Each planet will get portfolio over certain
important functions, e. g. when the Sun becomes the King,
political conditions are adjusted by his special influences.
Sometimes two or more functions will become combined
in the same planet, when a series of ethereal currents is
set afloat which introduces chaos and confusion in the
political affairs of the world. A consideration of the transits
of the planets in reference to zodiacal signs and
constellational points (Nakshatras), at the commencement
of every lunar year reveals interesting details. By this
arrangement of planetary cabinet the planetary portfolios
will be ever changing and consequently their indications
will also remain constantly varying. Planetary cabinet
means simply this. The seven planets will become King,
Prime IVlinister, Commander-in-Chief, Lord of
Vegetation, Lord of Minerals. Lord of Juices etc.
4. The times of the commencement of eclipses are very
important in predicting mundane events.
5. And the times at which important treaties are signed,
or the times of coronation, Declaration etc are also of
much import. (FOR)






What is Ayanamsa?
This is a great circle of the celestial sphere, which is
inclined at about 23 27' to the celestial equator. The
zodiac is an imaginary belt stretching about 8 to 9 to the
north and south of the ecliptic. It is within this celestial
belt the planets and the Moon move around, of course
apparently, as observed from the

It is quite probable that the night sky

with its bright stars, in groups
showing different and interesting
geometrical patterns, that resembled
some animal and other forms, could
have aroused the interest of the Solrtirt
primitive man, driving him to a habit

of constant observations. These

observations through the ages would
have helped the humans to identify
many of the stars, some of those
sufficiently bright. Only this effort
of constant observation, of those
stars both inside and outside the
Zodiacal belt must have urged those ancients to give them
individual names to many of them. It is only these
practices and efforts of observation, could have made those
of our ancestors to evolve a convenient division of the
Zodiac into twelve equal sectors of 30 each. They called
these partitions as signs, first being the present Aries.

Meshadi, a fixed point of reference that is tied upon to a

stellar background commencing from Aswini. This is our
'Zodiac of constellations.' Longitude so reckoned is called
Sidereal or Nirayana.
However, astronomically, the first point of Aries is not
a fixed point. It is the one of the intersecting points of
the ecliptic and the celestial equator. This has a
backward motion of about 50.2"
per annum in relation to the stars.
This phenomenon is called the
of equinoxes.
Necessarily, the intersecting
QtaM bt-w _ \
points of the ecliptic and the

celestial equator will be two.

,i * j
These two points are the Vernal
and Autumnal equinoxes. These
two, respectively mark the entry
of the Sun into the northern and
southern hemisphere. The vernal
equinox, taken as the reference
point for measurement of
. . _ .

celestial longitudes, is referred to
as the first point of Aries.
Consequently, it can be understood that this 'Zodiac of
Signs' must slip backward through the constellations.
This would make 0 Aries recede at the rate of little
over 50" per year from the Vedic Meshadi, which is
fixed. The longitude of any planet reckoned from this
moving first point of Aries, is called the Tropical or
Sayana longitude. Obviously, this will be greater than
the Nirayana or Sidereal longitude. This difference is
Vedic astronomers, who reckoned these divisions as rasis,
called Ayanamsa. In other words, Ayanamsa is the
did not identify them with any particular constellation or
distance between these two starting points of reckoning,
group of stars. They, as group of 27 nakshatras, (28 if
viz., the Meshadi, which is fixed and the astronomical
Abhijith is also reckoned) pervaded the entire zodiac of
first point of Aries, which is movable, known as Vernal
the twelve rasis, thereby making each rasi getting 2t4 of equinox.
the Nakshatra groups. However, this was what others,
outside India, did. They divided all of them into twelve
Ayanamsa Value
constellation groups synchronising with the twelve signs.
The determination of the value of Ayanamsa has given
Our ancients, calling the belt "Rasi Chakra," measured
to many controversies due to divergent views about
the celestial longitudes along the ecliptic, commencing from

Pkmsseon Circle "TI 1
^ 23d 27 m i ,

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the year of coincidence of the fixed and moveable zodiacs,

in the past. The result is that there are over a dozen
schools of thought, giving varying Ayanamsa values. Of
these, mostly those of Dr. Raman, Chaitra Paksha
(synonymous with Lahiri) and that of Sri Krishnamurthy,
are in general use. Astrological enthusiasts may remember
the efforts taken by Dr. Raman in conducting a symposium,
on this topic, during the sixties, in his famous
THE ASTROLOGICAL MAGAZINE. It carried a series of insightful
articles by eminent scholars and avid students of astrology.
Those articles will be useful and rewarding to the students
of astrology who want to know much more about the
"riddle" and "muddle" of Ayanamsa.
What is Prasna?
As a specialized branch of astrology, Prasna can help to
identify and solve many problems that become rather
elusive or difficult in interpreting natal charts. The
advantages of this unique tool of Prasna in prognostication
are many.
Prasna and natal astrology are mostly similar in form
and content. The position of planets transiting and the
ascendants are marked in both cases, with their
longitudes. Both are based on a definite time element.
The radical chart is based on the birth time of any
native. In the natal reckoning, the possibility of some
error in noting the birth time is likely. However, as the
horary chart is based on the exact time of the query,
the time of asking the query will be correctly marked
and calculated by the astrologer.
Horary astrology can give answers to any particular
point in the form of 'yes' or 'no'. Natal astrology has
a very vast canvas for observation and analysis while
the horary has a precise but perfect field for that. In
the horary the querist is connected with the place of
question and time of question. Anything under the Sun
can be made the topic of query, like when will the person
in exile will return, whether the stolen or lost articles
will be got back, etc. In Natal only limited topics can
be delineated.
Speciality of Prasna
A speciality of the prasna system is the reckoning of the
Aruda Lagna, from the position occupied by the querist,
in front of the astrologer. Aruda means mounted upon
something. Here the querist occupies a direction indicated
by a sign or touches a sign. Of course there are many
other modes of reckoning it.
Finding the Swamaruda is another interesting procedure,
inAshtamangala Prasna, when a girl child below 7 years
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of age will be asked, after conducting elaborate poojas

and procedures, to place the bunch of flowers and a gold
coin, given to her earlier, in one of the squares of the rasi
chakra, drawn specially for this. After invoking the Divine,
the astrologer, with a scuffle of cowries, derives the three
Ashtamangalya numbers to delineate the past present
and future problems of the querist. Further intricacies of
this unique process can be found in the delineation of the
position occupied by the gold coin in a particular rasi that
can determine its navamsa position also.
Though the general prediction is done based on the
position of planets, a compulsion of the omnipotent
and omnipresent cosmic force is taken into account
by noting down the various nimittas happening at
the time of the enquiry, which can add force to the
results. The birth of a child takes place as the life
energy is forced by the divine to come to this world
and so squeezed from the womb. It must be noted
that both the birth of a child and a query are
controlled by the cosmic force.
The usefulness of Prasna over natal analysis lies in the
fact that that favourable time found in natal analysis cannot
be too specific. A Prasna can say that, with utmost
precision, if the question is suitably framed.
Time and Space
In radical chart, only the time of birth determines the
ascendant. But in horary, the nature of the place is
also taken to account. Therefore Prasna or horary
is related to time as well as space. In horary a
questioner and his behaviour are subjected to close
scrutiny. The natal horoscope can encompass the whole
life whereas horary is limited to a specific time orb
that usually is one year.
It is of utmost importance that leading questions must
be avoided in Prasna.
The Prasna conducted at
Guruvayoor temple in the recent past was a good
example of a bad conduct of Prasna. The question over
the mode of dress to be worn by the women while
entering the temple was discussed and the verdict
arrived had to be overruled later.
General references on Prasna are available, among
others, in the following treatises: Parasara Hora,
Varahahora, Yavanajataka, Daivagjnavallabha,
Shadpanchasika, Prasnagnana, Jyothishabhushanam,
Prasnanushtana Paddhati, Prasnayana and many other
works. Those interested must take efforts to study
and master at least a couple of them.




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UGADI FESTIVAL IS AN Important Indian festival
celebrated in states of Karnataka, Maharastra,
Tamilnadu , Punjab and Manipur as New Year , as per
hindu lunisolar-saka calendar called 'Panchanga', which
is the Indian Calendar. This year (2012) it falls on 23rd
March. Nandana Nama Samvatsara begins on this date.
Ugadi (yuga and adi) is the beginning of an astronomical
cycle. It is also the first day of Chaitra, the first month of
the traditional Hindu calendar (followed in Andhra Pradesh
and Karnataka).
The word Ugadi is believed as the beginning of 'Kali
yuga' which started in 3102.BC, when Lord Krishna
shed his human body after establishing righteousness
on earth .
A New Year evokes in our mind expectations for
happening of new things, of course auspicious. It is the
time to renew the past for better. It heralds new hopes,
aspirations, material prosperity and peace in the year
ahead.. This day makes people optimistic about their future
and peps up their spirit. We act only when we are
optimistic and behind successful action, there should be
sense of optimism that is the feelings that things would
turn out to be the way we expect, belief in the capacity of
ourselves and our willingness to pursue a task till it is
completed successfully irrespective momentary hurdles
on the way. Ugadi is the day in which is to resolutions to
discard unhealthy habits and in place cultivate healthy
habits and correct past mistakes and follow right ways
for betterment of life, are to be made .
Ugadi is celebrated in Karnataka, Andhrapradesh,
TamilNadu as 'Puthanandu', Goa by Konginis,
Maharashtra as 'Gudi Padwa', Punjab as 'Baisaki' . In
fact all the communities in the world celebrate New Year.
West celebrates January, 1st according to Gregorian

Calender. In Kerala the Malayalam New Year called;

Chingam' which falls in September is celebrated as
'Vishu'.'The rituals followed vary from place to place.
Common rituals are observed in Karnataka and Andhra
On Ugadi day, family members get together promoting
the family bond .The day starts with people smearing
their body with sesame oil and taking bath early morning
and visiting temples for prayer and worship . Getting up
early in the morning and taking bath in cold water calls
for sacrifice of the cozy life one leads and brings about a
sense of discipline. The houses are swept and kept clean.
A layer of cow dung is laid in the court yard.. Cow dung
is found to have antiseptic properties. Lresh mango leaves,
used in all sacred occasions, are hung on a string in the
Beautiful floral and other patterns using different colored
rice flour are made with hand called rangoli on the

specially prepared spot in front of the house. The rangoli

reflects aesthetic appreciation, skills of dexterity of hand,
and grasp of geometric principles. The skill in its
preparation is passed on from generation to generation,
as a part of traditional culture.
On this day, minds will be filled with only holy thoughts
and be free from wicked ideas and feelings, ill- will and
mental agitations due to insatiable desires for material
comforts. They are also able to develop tranquility or peace
of mind by keeping away tensions and disturbing thoughts
and feelings of daily life by involvement in the sacred
Special feasts are prepared and shared with family
members and friends. Thus it is an occasion to serve
people or partake what food is left after giving it to others.
It is an occasion to follow the ancient saying Athithi Devo
Bhava. On this day there is a ritual of recitation of
almanac or Pachanga or Hindu calendar. A Panchanga is
used to find out the auspicious time for tasks undertaken
for successful completion. The include activities like
agricultural operations (planting, harvesting, etc), starting
new ventures, travel dates, marriages and more. A
Panchanga is a necessary tool that is a source of guidance
in conducting day to day activities in the Hindu households.
People assemble in a place such as temple premises. It
is an informal social function where an elderly or revered
person reads out the predictions regarding national,
community and personal lives. This is called Panchanga
Sravanam. Jyothisha or Astrology is one among Vedangas

or a limb of Vedas that dates back to at least 10,000

years . It is treasure of ancient wisdom
In Kerala where Vishu is celebrated, the village astrologers
visit traditional houses with predictions of the year written
in palm leaves and read out before a lighted traditional
bronze lamp and receive gifts. People are happy when
they hear from these astrologers that they have a bright
On the occasion, it is usual practice to arrange cultural
and literary events. Homes reverberate with rhythm of
percussion instruments, melody from traditional Indian
musical instruments and folk songs and visual treat from
traditional and folk dance forms like bharata natyam,
kuchipudi, yakshagana and other dances. Folk arts
are not mere entertainments; they are rooted in ancient
indian scriptures which enlighten people in their day to
day life. The occasion also provides ample scope for
budding artists to bloom. Perhaps we are reminded of
the need to promote arts and culture. .A special mix
called bevu bella is prepared by grinding neem leaves
withjagery that tastes bitter and sweet. Symbolically
the mix of bitter and sweet tells us that human life is
a bundle of different experiences - joy and sorrow,
gain and loss, victory and defeat, praise and censure all of which we should accept with a sense of
equanimity. We should never entertain very strong likes
and dislikes. Ugadi is a festival that has to be celebrated
in letter and spirit to bring joy and happiness to every
one of us.




Bangalore Niranjan Babu



Bof construction is the understanding of the

V_^measurements that are used to define the

building formulae that identify the length, breadth
and height of a structure.


The ancient masters of Vastu used the angula (%")

for the measurement of idols and the hasta (24
angulas or 18") or cubit for measurement of
residential buildings, temples and palaces. The

hasta was also used to measure conveyances

iyana), couches (sayana) etc.
Six types of measurements are described.

Measurement of
height or length


Measurement of breadth


Measurement of
width or circumference


Measurement along plumblines


Measurement of thickness


Measurement of inter-space

distance between the tip of the middle finger and

the top of the thumb of a fully stretched palm.
Manasara (essence of measurement) mentions
the following:
1 para man u

- 1 atom

8 paramanu

- 1 ratha dhooli (molecule)

8 ratha Dhooli

- 1 valagna (hair end)

8 valagna

= 1 liksha (nit or egg of a louse)

8 liksha

- 1 yooka (louse)

The Vastu text books also speak of the Ghanamdna

8 yooka

= 1 yava (barley corn)

(exterior measurement) and Aghanamdna

8 yava

- 1 angula or 3/4 of an inch

12 angula

= 1 vitasti

2 vitasti

- 1 kishku hasta (small cubit) or

twenty four inches

25 angula

- 1 prajaapatya (1 cubit)

26 angula

- 1 dhanurmushti

(interior measurement).
Mana is also used generally to mean measurement.
We also have Adimdna which means primary
measurement or comparative measurement.
Talamdna is the sculptural measurement. Here,
the length of the face from the top of the head is
the unit. This length can also be taken as the

4 dhanur mushti - 1 dhanda


- 1 rajju

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A rajju is the standard length of a rope and works out to
26x4x8 angula or 832 angula or 52 feet. A kishku cubit
(24 angula or 18") also known as hasta is normally used
for -measuring all objects.
(The %" measurement for angula is as given by Prof.
P.K. Acharya in his "Encyclopaedia of Architecture")

Length - Aya & Rksha


The angula is also defined as the middle phalanx of the

middle finger in Mayamata and the yava measurement
(8 barley grains placed side by side) works out roughly to
3 cms.
Building Formulae

Now, let us see how these formulae are calculated with

Certain formulae called Ayadi Shadvarga are

recommended by the ancient classical works of India
when building a residence or temple. These formulae
are said to ensure health, wealth and prosperity to
the people. These formulae are known as Aya, Vyaya,
Rksa, Yoni, Vara and Thithi. Certain texts also mention

specific reference to the text Manasara.

a as

V y


The ancients considered the dwelling as a living organism.

Whether it was a temple (Prasada) or a palace
(Rajagruha) or a residential dwelling (sala) or the image
(Chitra) or idol of a deity (Vigraha), perfection was the
word that they desired and looked for. The site (Kshetra)
and the dwelling (Vastu or Avastha) were considered
as having a rhythm and beauty which vibed perfectly with
Nature. Each site and building had life and there was the
necessity of building the structure to perfect proportions
based on certain formulae. When houses were built using
these formulae, they were said to give the residents health,
wealth and prosperity.
kuryathatra vichakshanowhu II
, . .
In this (matter of selecting the correct measure) the
expert (architect) should apply the set of six formulae
beginning with Aya (Manasara, IX, 74)

Length -Aya & Rksha

^ Rksha formulae
2' 'he length dimensions.
Width - Vyaya & Yoni
Vyaya and Yoni formulae


8'vc us the width dimensions.

Height - Vara & Tithi
vara an(i Tithi formulae
give us ^ height dimcnsions_

Aya (increase)
Vasubhirgunitham Bhaanu
(bhijrhaanyaayamashta-shishtakam 11
When the length 1 is multiplied by 8 and then divided by
12, the remainder is known as Aya.
[remainder = Aya]
The results attributed to the remainder are as given below.
Becomes poor

So, what are these formulae? The group of six formulae

to which a structure should conform is known as Ayadi
Shadvarga. These formulae are respectively Aya, Vyaya,
Rksa, Yoni, Vara and Tithi.

Ill-health to wife

Ayadi Shadvarga test whether the orientation of a

building is correct and whether the measurements
conform to the orientation. A variety of dimensions are
prescribed by the ancient treatises. These Shadvarga
enable the builder to select auspicious and proper
dimensions of the building.

Righteous desires becomes fruitful

Attraction of fortunes
Sudden surprises (pleasant)
Becomes spiritually inclined
Enjoys the good things of life
Acquires much wealth
Abundance of good
Name and fame

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If the remainder is zero, it is considered good for religious
We find that except for the remainders 1 and 2, the rest
indicate positive results.
Vyaya (decrease)
Navabhirvardhayet panktihi
(tya) hritvaa sesham vyayam (yo) Bhavet II
When the width (b) is multiplied by 9 and is divided by
10, the remainder is known as Vyaya.

Count the building constellation from the birth constellation

of the master. Divide the number by nine (if divisible).
Else, take it as it is. If the number or remainder
corresponds to 2,4, 6, 8 and 9, the two constellations are
said to be compatible.
Of course, you will do well to refer to Dr. B. V. Raman's
Muhurtha or Electional Astrology for finding out the
compatibility of the constellation (Nakshatra) of the
building with the constellation (Nakshatra) of the master
of the building.
Yoni (source)

[remainder - Vyaya]
The results are given on the next page :

Gunanaagam cha yonihi syadvriddhihaanya

When the width (b) is multiplied by 3 and divided by
8, the remainder is known as Yoni.

Achieves success

-[remainder = Yoni]

Will be victorius

The results are as given below :

Enjoys the good things of life

Yoni Table

Victorius over enemies

Problems of the eye
Acquires wealth
Is happy (contented ?) always
Has good friends
If the remainder is zero, it is conducive to happiness.
If the Ay a is greater than the Vyaya, it is good for all
round prosperity. If the Aya is less than the Vyaya, it is
said to be not auspicious. If the Aya is equal to Vyaya, it
is said to have no defect.
Rksa (Nakshatra)
Ashtarbhivardhite rksham hrutva kshapishyate II
Multiply the length (I) by 8 and divide by 27. The
remainder is called Rksa or Nakshatra. The odd
Rkshas are said to be auspicious and the even,
[remainder - Rksa]

[There is some ambiguity since Chapter LXIV of

Manasara refers to the 2nd, 4th and the 9th and also the
birth star-under which one is born as auspicious.]



Building to face













8 (zero) Kaka


Odd remainders are said to be auspicious and even

remainders, bad. If there is no remainder, the breadth has
to be altered.
The Yoni which is said to be an architectural formulae
has been given much importance by our ancients. The
remainder gained through it guarantees the suitablity of
the building and the well-being of the master and his
surroundings. A proper Yoni will ensure the qualitative
life of a structure.
Brihat Samhita calculates the Yoni in a slightly different
manner. The area (length x breadth) is divided by 8.
The auspicious Yoni defines the correct orientation of the
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From the Yoni Table above, it is clear that the ancients
wanted the buildings to face the four cardinal directions
only, viz., East, West, North and South.
The classical texts opine that Dhwaja Yoni is the best of
all auspicious Yonis.
Manusyalaya Chandrika states that
Yonihi Praanaa Eva Dhamnam Yadasmaad I
Grahyastatadyogyayoniprabhedaha 11
Yoni constitutes the life and breath of a structure,
particularly of a house :
Vara (solar day)
Nandavriddhayaa rishim (shina) hritva tacchesham
vaarameva cha I
When the circumference is multiplied by nine and then
divided by seven, the remainder is Vara (solar day).

[remainder - Vara]
Manasara refers to C as circumference or thickness or
height. Perhaps, we can take this as the height. I invite
scholars to throw more light on this point.


Day of the week


Not favourable




Not favourable








Not favourable

7 (zero)


Of the weekdays, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and

Friday are said to be auspicious for beginning the
Tithi (lunar day)
Navabhirgunithe trimshata kshepecchesham
tithirbhavet I
When the circumference is multiplied by 9 and then
divided by 30, the remainder is Tithi (lunar day).

-[remainder = Tithi]
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Not favourable
Not favourable
Not favourable
Not favourable
Not favourable
Not favourable
Not favourable

This formulae gives the lunar day on which to commence

the construction.

Summarising, the Shadvarga of the building and its

consequent results are as below.
Riskha =


For the building under reference :

Aya is 8 Enjoys the good things of life.
Vyaya is 3 Moderate.
Since Aya is greater than Vyaya, all round prosperity
is indicated.
Rksa is 23, odd, and so favourable.
Yoni is 1, Dhwaja, and is the best of all Yonis.
The building can face East. (Primarily it means that there
should be good ventilation on East, the direction of good
Vara is 2 indicating Monday and, therefore, good.
Construction can begin on this day.
Tithi is 12 or the 12th day (Dwadasi) and hence, favourable.


Reference to Vayas or age of the building is also made to in

certain texts.

Let us consider a building (not a site) of length 40 hasta

(or 60 feet), breadth 27 hasta (40 feet and 6 inches) and
height 13 hasta (nineteen and half feet).

The remainder obtained by multiplying the area of the

building (1 x b) by 27 and dividing by 100) is the Vayas or
age of the building.

Let us calculate as follows :

In the example worked above, the age of the building will

be 60 years.
(40 x 27) x 27


40 x 8

[Remainder - 8]


27 x 9

[Remainder - 3]




40 x 8

[Remainder = 23]


27 x 3

[Remainder - 1]



[Remainder - 2]






[Remainder =12]

* Manasara does not consider Pournima as unfavourable.


Remainder is 60 which is Vayas or age of the building.
Of all the Shadvarga, Aya, Vyaya, Yoni and Nakshatra are
extremely important. If the measurement of the building
conforms to these four formulae, we can assume that the
structure, more or less, is proportionate.
Manasara recommends 9 different lengths, 9 different
breadths and 5 different heights. Of these different and
varying measures, the right measure is selected by applying
the 6 formulae. By a verification of the measurements with
the respective formula, the risk of selecting improper
measurements will be eliminated. The ancient structures
which conformed to these Ayadi are even today standing
strong and tall.
The following slokas from Manasara are appropriate :
Yatra dosho gunadhikyam tatra dosho na vidhyathe I
Tesham adhikagunaam vaanamyaam
sarvadoshakaram bhavet I
Tasmatpariharedh vidhvan janamevam prakalpayet 11
Where there is more excellence than blemish, there is no
defect in it, but if the blemish is more than the excellence, it
would be imperfect; therefore, the knowledgeable (architect)
should avoid the calculation that is imperfect and follow
the practice that is current among the people.
Sarve Janah Sukhino Bhavantu !

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Air. V.R.SoundarRajan, with a

Diploma in Alechanical Engineering,
has served Anna University,
Chennai for over thirty years. Me
has been rendering astrological
counseling for two and half decades.
Air. SoundarRdjdlt S training has
been under Pandit Asuri

Dr. b.v.raman says " Muhurtha is much more

important. It gives valuable directions by following
which the person will be enabled to remove, neutralise,
counteract or overcome the evils indicated by the
horoscopic chart. Horoscopy is diagnostic. It merely
points out the ills but prescribes no remedies. Muhurtha is
prescriptive as well as preventive. It tells how by
undertaking ventures at auspicious times one can ward
off the evils and ensure success" (Muhurtha or
Electional Astrology)



We will analyse how certain ill muhurthas cause disaster.

Moon's constellation is 7 from bride's star. Moon is

with Mandi in the same consellation. The Moon in the
first pada of Hasta during day time formed Dina Mrityu
Yoga (inauspicious) Lagna was not aspected by any benific
planets. Lord of Navamsa Lagna was malefic and in
debilitation in D9.. Sun (in the constellation of Bharani)
kicks the Nakshatra of Hasta (Moon's constellation) forms
Latta Dosha, which causes loss of wealth. Moon is near
Mrityu Bhaga. Her husband died during August 2011
(40 years of age) and her child died during December
2011 (15 yrs).

Wife: 17th June 1969,22hrs in Chennai. Birth constellation

Punarvasu (Cancer)

I Mercury (R)| Venus

Husband: 25th July 1961 at 17.40 in Chittore. Birth

constellation Moola (Sagittarius)
Mercuiy I Sun


21st March 1959

19,h October! 946 Aaiu"

Saturn (R)
^nu Mercury

Saturn I Jupiter (R)


Moon's constellation of both husband and wife are same

- Aslesha
Mars (R)
Comparing these two charts, ascendants are in 2/12
positions, Moon signs are in 6/8 positions while the 7th
lords are in 2/12 positions. Lagna lord is in debilitation in
both charts. Let us see their wedding muhurtha.
Venus Mercury (R) / j
6th May 1990
Saturn (R)


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12th November
Saturn (R)
I Ascdt. . /
, VenLja^" I
I /Rahu

Mercury Ascdt/
Sun /Rahu

Moon is hemmed between malefics Mars on one side

and Ketu Saturn on the other side. Malefic planets are in
7th . Moon is in 6th . Lagna is Sunya Lagna. Lagna Lord
debilitated and near Mrityu Bhaga. The husband died
during 2000 at the age of 54.

Wedding Muhurtha of another girl of moon's constellation
is Aridra.

I Saturn (R)
: 14"'September
Jupiter (R)


The constellation of this girl is Punarvasu and the

constellation of Moon in Muhurtha was Hasta (7th from
natal). Lagna and 7th house are afflicted in Muhurtha
chart - Moon with planets. Moon is in Sunya Rasi and
end of the nakshatra. Ketu is near Mrityu Bhaga. The
husband died in 2001.
Next, we analyse the chart of Andhra Pradesh's former
Chief Minister Mr. Y.S.Rajasekara Reddy.


Ascot /

Moon in 3r pada of Sravana formed Dina Roga. Jupiter

is debilitated and Retrograde Saturn in Retrograde and in
the 7th. Lagna is hemmed between malefics.

Y.S.Rajasekara Venus
8th July 1949


Swearing in
20 May 2009


Lagna Lord Mercury is near Mrityu Bhaga. She lost her

husband in 2008.

9"' September

In the electional chart, the Moon with planets caused

Indu sagrah - Moon in Shunya Rasi. Malefic planet
in next constellation of Moon's constellation. Ketu
was near Mrityu Bhaga. Retrograde Mercury
caused his death.



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Dr. Elavathur Submhmanyan Neelakantan graduated from Loyala

College of Chennai with distinction in Statistics. As a qualified
Chartered Accountant, he is an Information Systems Auditor. While
his interest in Astrology was activated by going through books of
DR. B. V RAMAN, his formal learning of the subject was from
Prof. K. V Seshadrinatha Sastri, a renowned scholar of Astrology
and Ayurveda. Awarded with a Doctorate by the Deemed Sri
Chandrasekarendra University, Kancheepuram for his thesis on
Medical Astrology, Dr. Neelakantan has been a regular contributor
to The Astrological eMagazine. His multi faceted talent also includes
proficiency in Vedic chants.

If bom five witffame;

'Else 6e not 6orn at aCC
- Tiruvalluvar
THERE IS A BASIC TENDENCY in man to achieve
fame and it is only a few who manage to acquire it.
Having acquired it, it is even more difficult to retain it all
through one's life. In the whole of human history only a
handful of men like Shakespeare, Gandhiji, Einstein to
mention a few, can lay claim to everlasting name and fame.
It would be a real tragedy if a person who has become
popular by his good actions, should fall into disrepute. In
this regard there would be no dearth of examples. It is
commonplace to find so-called saints becoming sinners
overnight and though the converse is also quite possible,
it is nevertheless rare.
The foremost question that should now arouse our interest
is, what role do the planets play in our day- to- day lives
to bring us repute or disrepute? Let us now try to arrive
at an answer based on the rules laid down by the founding
fathers of astrology.

5. The inherent strength of Mars (mostly in fiery signs)

and the presence of Sasi Mangala Yoga (which
literally means Moon Mars conjunction) like MoonMars opposition or even the mere presence of Mars
in a quadrant from the Moon is necessary.
Here the logic is the Moon governs the "mind" while Mars
is the planet denoting action and aggression and this
influence enables one to attract the attention of the public.
These five rules may be applied not only to the Rasi chart
but also to all divisional charts. However, in this article
we shall confine our attention only to the Rasi and the
Navamsa charts.
Harshad Mehta
Chart 1: Born 29-7-1954 at 10.30 a.m. (1ST) with a balance
Of 18 years 9 months of Saturn Dasa.

Maujiy 1


Ju iter Ketl

P '



There can be no portrait without a wall. Applying the

wisdom of this maxim we can boldly state that unless
the Lagna and the Lagna lord are strongly fortified it
is difficult to acquire fame.


The 10th house plays a crucial role in elevating a

native to the Hall of Fame. This is stressed adequately
in all classical texts.


The 4th house governs the masses and the predominance of this house is the sine qua non for
attaining name and fame.


The mutual interaction between Saturn and Venus is

absolutely essential for popularity. This is all the more
true in the case of men who deal with the masses like
film stars, musicians and politicians. The logic is quite
simple. Saturn governs the masses and Venus governs
all mundane matters including worldly comforts.

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3E1. I AaddL



Chart 1 belongs to Harshad Mehta who shot into limelight

in 1992 and fell into disrepute following the securities
scandal. The Lagna lord Mercury is powerfully placed in
the 10th house. Thus an intimate nexus is formed between
the Lagna and the 10th house. Saturn occupies the house
of Venus in exaltation. The 4th house is a aspected by its
own lord. Mars is placed powerfully in Sagittarius, a fiery
sign while it occupies Aries Navamsa in a Kendra from
the Moon. We find that this is a classic case where all the
conditions stated above are fulfilled. The presence of two
powerful malefics in the 4th (theredy aspecting the 10th)
and the conjunction of the 10th lord and Jupiter with Katu
have brought ill-fame to native. It is to be noted that both

Mercury and Jupiter are afflicted with Kendradhipatya
Dosha while the other benefic Venus is placed in an inimical
sign in both Rasi and Navamsa.

Princess Diana
Chart 4: Born 1-7-1961
Jupiter (R) I Rahu I Mars

Monica Seles
Chart 2: Born 12-12-1973 at midnoon with a balance of 3
years 5 months 17 days of Jupiter Dasa at birth.






Chart 2 belongs to Monica Seles who created a sensation

in women's tennis and whose challenge to the supremacy
of Steffi Graf was nullified by an attempt on her life, an
act unheard of in the history of the game. The Lagna
lord is well-placed in Rasi and Navamsa while the 10th
house is occupied by a powerful Sun and the 10th lord is
strongly placed in Aries. Venus is placed in the house of
Saturn while the Moon is in quadrant from Mars, both
planets being well-placed.






Mars I Jupiter


Chart 3 belongs to the American pop star Michael

Jackson whose song-and-dance performances have
evoked world-wide admiration. The Lagna lord Mars
is powerfully placed in Aries and in the Navamsa of
Sagittarius in a quadrant from the Moon. The 10th
house is powerfully occupied by the sun while the
strong Saturn, lord of 4th is placed in Lagna in
Aquarius Navamsa. In Navamsa, Venus is placed
in the house of Saturn.



Chart 4 belongs to Princess Diana whose wedding

attracted world-wide attention. The Lagna lord aspects
Lagna from Leo. The 4th lord is rendered strong in his
own house in both Rasi and Navamsa. Venus occupies
his own house in Rasi while in Navamsa he is placed in
the house of Saturn. In Rasi there is an opposition between
the Moon and Mars.
John F. Kennedy
Chart 5: Ref: A.M. 1993, Page390.



Navamsa :
^ hixr

Michael Jackson
Chart 3: Bom 29-8-1958 at 6.09 p.m. GMT with a balance
of 2 years 2 months 15 days of Rahu Dasa at birth.



Astdl :







Chart 5 belongs to John Kennedy whose ascent to the

white House at a remarkably Young age evoked a great
deal of admiration and whose assassination by Lee Harvey
Oswald is well-known. He was born when the mercurial
sign Virgo was rising. Mars is powerfully placed in Aries
and in Sagittarius Navamsa. Venus occupied his own sign
Taurus and conjoins Saturn in Navamsa. It is to be noted
that the two strong planets in his horoscope, Mars and
Venus, own the 4th and the 10th houses from Chandra

Charlie Chaplin

Chart 8 belongs to Prince Charles, scion of the British

royal family. The Lagna lord is powerfully placed in the
10th. Mars is rendered strong in scorpio while in Na.va.msa.
he is in a quadrant from Moon. Venus and Saturn are

Chart 6: Ref: A.M. 1993 Page 706








Chart 6 belongs to Charlie Chaplin who delighted movie
audiences the world over and starred in such popular
movies as the Great Dictator and Modern Times and in
a host of TV serials. He passed away at the ripe old age
of 88. He was born when the fiery sign Sagittarius was
rising. The 101'1 lord aspects its own house while the benign
planet, Jupiter (lord of 4th and Lagna), is powerfully placed
in Lagna. Mars is powerfully placed in Aries while being
in opposition to the Moon.



Ketu V


conjoined in Navamsa. The 10 house is rendered strong

as it comes under the benign influence of Jupiter powerfully
placed in Sagittarius.
Boris Yelstin
Chart 9: Ref.A.M. 1994, page327
Jupiter I Venus

Richard Nixon
Chart 7:Bom 9-1-1913 at 9.30 p.m.(PST) at33N47, 117


Ketu | Mercuty |



Ascdt. I


Ketu |


Chart 7 belongs to Richard Nixon, former president of

the United States. The Lagna lord is placed Vargottama
in Sagittarius while Venus and Saturn (owners of 7th and
10,h respectively) are involved in an interchange of houses.
Venus is placed in the Navamsa of Saturn. The Moon is
placed in a quadrant from Mars in Navamsa. Mars is
placed in a fiery Sign, Sagittarius. All the three benefic
are afflicted- Venus due to Dosha arising out of
Kendradhipatya and Jupiter and Mercury by conjunction
with Mars -brought him disrepute.
Prince Charles
Chart 8: Bom 14-11-1948 with a balance of 2 years 5
months 2 day of Ketu Dasa at birth.

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Chart 9 belongs to Boris Yelstin, whose tenure coincides

with the termination of the Bolshevik rule in the Soviet
Union, after a long run of more than six decades from
1917. The Chandra Lagna is rendered strong as it is
occupied by its own lord. The Moon conjunct Mars gives
rise to Sasi Mangala Yoga. Mars is powerfully placed in
Scorpio Navamsa. Saturn and Venus are conjoined in Rasi
and in opposition in Navamsa. Venus as the 10th lord is
powerfully placed in Taums Navamsa.
continued on 21


Rahu Ketu Axis




FROM THE IMMEMORIAL the effect of Rahu and

Ketu has been known to man whenever the Moon or
the Sun comes in conjunction with these shadowy planets.
He has known that this conjunction known commonly as
eclipse has an effect on digestion and pregnancy - that is,
a pregnant woman was forbidden to see an eclipse. All
were supposed to fast until the eclipse ended.
The effects of Rahu and Ketu were thus far known to all.
But the ancient Rishis have attributed many other diseases
to these shadowy planets. For instance Rahu produces
phobias, stammering, chronic diseases like leprosy and
tumors, serpent bites, abortions, child deaths, etc., and to
Ketu are attributed low blood pressure, accidents, phobias,
worms, skin diseases, etc. Though the individual effects
of these planets have been studied by various authors of
the past and present, no exhaustive study of the effects
on health of this axis in the natal chart has been made.
This prompted me to collect for such a study, My findings
are mainly with regard to health also. I have studied the
effects in all the 12 houses and I have also noted the
findings of ancient rishis aad astrological seers of the past
and present and I present this paper for the benefit of
readers. The study is by no means exhaustive though I
have made a sincere effort to focus the effect on as many
aspects as possible.
Rahu Katu - axis in Lagna and the 7th
Before touching the effects on health it is necessary to
study the mental make-up of the person and other
environmental conditions that may effect health. Native
with this combination will have a peculiar nature and it
will not be possible to easily gauge the person. He may
suffer from inferiority complex, fear of being neglected
by near and dear ones and society; he also suffers some
deformity, may be in a minor degree. He will have secret
aspirations leading to frustrations. With such a complex
melancholia, depression, peptic ulcers, and even hysteria
may develop. As this axis falls in the 1st and the 7th, the
person is very passionate and suffers due to lack of sex
gratification. They may be difficult to get on with because
they are silent-and-difficult-to-please types. If there is a

full kalasarpa in these houses, it becomes a very

unfortunate condition and such people die in dire
circumstances. The susceptible ages the 7th, 13th 18th, 26th,
38th 45th and 60th years.
Rahu Ketu in the 2nd and the 8th
The native of such a combination is a victim of
circumstances leading to pecuniary troubles and
involvements in accidents and may be bedridden for a
long time. He may have stammering, and suffer due to
his foul tongue and quick temper. He develops blood
pressure and is disliked by his family members. At the
age of 12 years he suffers from pox which leaves bad
sears. He will have inferiority complex with regard to his
sexual ability. He is often cold and clammy to touch, he
suffers from high fevers and pains which mostly remain
undiagnosed. He has to spend a lot on his health and as
well as on his dependents. This further causes nervous
disorders and ultimately nervous breakdown. The effects
are mitigated if there is an aspect of Jupiter to this axis,
either to Rahu or Ketu. If there is complete kalasarpa
operating in these houses he ends up in an asyslum. The
susceptible ages are the 10th, 15th, 20th, 23rd, 42nd, 53rd,
and 59 years.
Rahu Ketu in the 3rd and the 9th
Persons having this combination are often misunderstood
by their own kith and kin. They are accussed of
ulteriormotives. They do not care for their health but are
highly susceptible to criticism and suffer blood pressure.
Their own kith and kin will cause troble and even the
father may disown such a person. They are fond of
wandering and suffer often due to breakdown of vehicles,
as they rickety vehicles. They pose themselves as rich
and powerful. If full kalasarpa operates. The end is
sudden. The susceptible ages are 11th, the 18th, 25th 31st,
40th, 47th, 50th and 60th years.
Rahu Ketu in the 4th and the 10th
The natives with such a combinations will often suffer
from cough and cold, fever due to frequent tours and
MARCH 2012 19

exhaustion. They also suffer much due to not taking

advantages of circumstances and thus suffer in mind. They
are quixotic in temperament; blowing hot and cold and
succumbing ultimately to pressures. This trait makes them
unpopular. They usually suffer from chronic diseases and
fevers. I have found many with such a combination
addicted to heavy smoking and developing bronchitis. If
full kalasarpa operated in houses, they may die as beggars
away from home. The susceptile ages are the 3rd, 10th,
18th, 21st, 31st, 41st and59years.

even for their own welfare. They however take extra

care of their health, but often get into minor accidents
and suffer broken bones. They are also quixotic in
teamperment and difficult to get on with and make bad
bosses and bad subordinates. They suffer much in services
of others. If complete kalasarpa, they are prone to bad
accidents and may end up in a rehabilitation home. The
suceptible ages are the 11th month, the 3rd, 8th, 18th, 25th,
3(k, 37th, 42nd, 49th, 50ih and 60th years.
Rahu Ketu in the 8th and the 2nd

Rahu Ketu in the 5th and the 11 th

People with this combination are quick in temper and often
regret their actions; this causes frequent bouts of high
blood pressure. They suffer from phobias; worrying too
much about their health which in turn causes peptic ulcer,
hyperacidity, indigestion, etc. They are peptic in
temperament meaning they are angry and intolerable when
hungry and after heavy meals become docile. They are
generous but their quick temper spoils everything. They
may be hair -splitting and difficult maters. Generally the
native suffers from gastric troubles, indigestion, dysentery,
etc. They are nevertheless lucky in many walks of life.
Rahu in the 5th causes worry due to frequent abortions.
Such persons have few children. They may even be
issueless; the try to uplift themselves spiritually, but they
often fail in their spiritual aspirations. If kalasarpa is
complete, they will become destitutes. Usually death is
peaceful, the susceptible ages are the 6 month, Wi 3rd,
18th, 20th 30th, 40th and 60th years.
Rahu Ketu in the 6th and the 12th
Such persons enjoy good health but they are very particular
as to what they should eat. Though keeping good health
they will have phobia of bad health. They suffer from
frequent headaches, specially migraine, eye and ear
disease. They also suffer from mictural troubles. Success
comes to them easy but there will be always opposition.
Though bold, they often succumb to threats. They become
highly corrupt and suffer consequently. If full kalasarpa
prevails, they often end up with quarrels and separation
from family. They are prone to leprosy and skin diseases.
The susceptible ages are the 5th, 10th, 13th, 20th, 29th, 35th,
41st, 49th, 53rd and 60th years.
Rahu Ketu in the 7th and the 1 st
Though this is the opposite of combination it does not mean
that the effects will also be just the opposite.
Natives of such horoscope are wanderers. Superficial in
their work and careless, they often revolt against
authorities. They are easy going and do not care much

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People with such a combination suffer from frequent

attacks of abdominal diseases. They are always sad and
often pedantic in outlook. They suffer mainly from want
of money and tact. There will be constant friction at home
causing unhappiness. Such people may even take to
debauchery and suffer from venereal diseases. If
incomplete kalasarpa, they suffer from heart disease and
diseases of the aoerta and become invalids for life. The
susceptible ages are the 12th, 18th, 24th, 30th, 36th, 40th,
46th, 51st and 58th years.
Rahu Ketu in the 9th and the 3rd
Natives of this combination often put up false appearance.
They are found to be religious outwardly but at heart they
shun their own religion. They may suffer guru-dvesha or
even curse. Their brothers and sisters are inimical to them;
they often cause mental injuries to others by their rash
action and then they suffer themselves mentally; they are
prone to epidemic disease like cholera, plague, etc.,; they
also suffer from high blood pressure and paralysis. They
become invalids for life if there is complete kalasarpa.
The susceptible ages are the 4th, 10th, 18th, 22nd, 28th, 32nd,
40th, 48th, 55th and 60th years.
Rahu Ketu in the 10th and the 4th
Natives of such a combination generally prosper outside
their country but are always on the toe. They suffer from
indigestion and cannot enjoy a good meal. They are often
subject to epileptic fits. Their fault being mainly a
suspicious nature, they suffer from loss of friends, they
may be attacked by burglers and suffer broken bones.
They suffer from low blood pressure and often suffer
from exhaustion. With complete kalasarpa, there is
danger of heart failure. It may be sudden or chronic due
to congestive failure. The susceptible ages are the 1st, 5th,
13th, 19th, 25th, 35th, 40th, and 50th years.
Rahu Ketu in the 11 th and the 5th
There will be disease in the legs and hands, mostly fungal;
such persons often are dirty in habits and do not care
much for personal cleanliness. They suffer from frequent

headaches and indigestion. They are prone to diarrhea
and dysentery. They worry much from small losses. They
are generally very stringy and suffer due to their
stringiness. Having means to enjoy, they do not enjoy life.
They are lazy and it complete kalasarpa is present, they
end up in jail. The susceptible ages are the 2nd, 6th, 10th,
18th, 24th, 32nd, 38th, 44th, 50th and 58th years.
Rahu Ketu in the 12th and the 6th
Such a combination often uproots the person from heart
and home in quest of opportunities. He may shine in many
fields but is often unreliable and makes more enemies
than friends. He suffers from boils, ulcers and diabetes.
Though active his activity has to be adjusted according to
health. Usually a chronic sufferer he maintains cheerful
outlook on life. He suffers from insect bites, malaria or
filaria in some cases. If complete kalasarpa is present,
he suffers from liver diseases due to drinking and dies

after much suffering. The susceptible ages are the 3r ,

8*, 13th, 19th, SS"1, 40th, 48th, SS^and 62 years.
As I have already remarked, the effects of Rahu-Ketu
axis described is not exhaustive individually Rahu and Ketu
cause certain diseases in certain houses which I have
dealt with in these columns in the past. Susceptible ages
for the effect or Rahu Ketu axis are worked out on case
histories and these ages cannot be treated as infallible.
The ages mentioned are only sensitive to the effects, but
actual suffering may be mitigated or nullified, if there is
an aspect of Jupiter to either Rahu, Ketu or Lagna.
Articles on kalasarpa yoga have appeared in these
columns. But I have mentioned complete Kalasarpa only
in relation to diseases and the end of the person. I propose
to deal with the problem in greater detail with illustrative
horoscopes. (FOR)

Fame and Notoriety

(continued from 18)
Zia Ul Haq

There is an interchange of houses between the lord of

the 7th and the 10th (Mars and Saturn) in Navamsa.

Chart 10: Ref A.M. 1993, Page 760.

, AsttlL

Sun I


The horoscopes of these noted personalities bear testimony

to the validity of the time-tested rules laid down by the
seers of astrology.




-.Wftitr I sat.

Jupiter I

Ketu I Moon

Chart 10 belongs to Zia Ul Haq, former president of

Pakistan. Venus as the Lagna lord is well-placed in the
Navamsa of Saturn. Mars is placed in the 10th and he is


In Three Hundred Important Combinations (by DR.

B.v. RAMAN) we come across a panorama of Yoga each
having a particular function. If we were to analyse each
chart keeping in mind certain parameters we can easily
establish the veracity of each specific rule.
In each chart we analysed so far we could find prominent
Yogas for popularity. But fame and ill-fame constitute the
obverse and reverse of the same coin. As we have seen
in chart 1 and 7 the same planets which brought the natives

MARCH 2012 21


The Key to




MOTION. But actually there is no backward motion
of planets in the skies; it is merely an apparent backward
motion. More or less all the classics in Hindu astrology
are silent regarding retrograde planets except for a few
hints here and there in a sporadic manner. Commentators
of classic and contemporary writers also do not seem to
be much interested in elaborating on the nature of
retrograde planets.

I shall reveal two special features of retrograde planets

as I have found in my experience. Retrograde planets
indicate always a sudden change or something strange
pertaining to the houses they own and occupy. The second
feature is that retrograde planets a adopt a novel process
known as give first and get back and take first and give
next with the result they become favourable or
unfavourable depending upon the signs they occupy and
towards which they are moving.

Jataka Parijata considers retrograde planets to be

generally strong whereas Saravali and Jataka Tattwa
say that a benefic alone in retrograde motion will give
health and wealth while a malefic causes evil. According
to Phaladeepika, retrograde planets are as strong as
exalted planets. Uttara Kalamrita has gone further into
this matter and states that a planet retrograde in its exalted
sign has only the strength of its debilitation; whereas in its
debilitation sign it has enormous power as an exalted planet.

Personally I do not want any retrograde planets in a

horoscope because that will lead only to a confused
state, not a congenial state. Secondly, in cases where
retrograde planets are present they must be in the
mood to take first and give rather than the give first
and get back.

If we ask ourselves a question if these dicta from classical

works vindicate their validity when applied to experience
in daily life we have no other alternate except to stay
quiet. Prof. PS. Sastri, in his article in the Annual Number
of the astrological MAGAZINE of 1989, states initially
the first part of the dictum of Uttara Kalamrita but
concedes finally that no satisfactory inference can be
drawn. It certainly does not mean the invalidity of the
dicta. It only means our lack of understanding of it.
As the last step in my efforts in this regard I referred to
the words of my Acharya DR. B.V. RAMAN as final and
binding, which according to me is Sruti. I have learnt
astrology only through the books of dr. b.v. raman
wherein he has elaborately elucidated all the classical dicta
and finally concluded that a particular method or dictum
seems to be better than the others according to his
experience. That particular dictum or method which
DR. B.V. RAMAN endorses is, forme, Gospel Truth.
However, I have not come across the views of
dr. b.v. raman regarding retrograde planets. In such a
situation I have to rely only upon my own experience.
22 MARCH 2012

Chart 1 (next page) belongs to a young girl. Her father

wished to perform her marriage at an appropriate period
with an orphan boy staying with them since many years.
The boy also seemed to be willing to marry the girl. But
due to an unexpected event occurring in the family, the
boy refused to marry her.
Saturn is retrograde in its sign of debilitation Aries in the
7th Bhava. Saturn as a Retrograde planet made the boy
Rahu I Saturn(R)





change his mind suddenly. But this was before the

marriage. What would have been the plight of the girl if it
had happened after the marriage? The former situation is
better then the latter. Why did this not happen after the

In order to find out whether the result of a retrograde
planet will be favourable or unfavourable, we have
consider the sign it occupies and towards which it is
moving. Here Saturn is moving from its debilitation sign
to that of Jupiter who is neutral to the former. So Saturn,
as a retrograde planet, is in the mood to take first and
give next.
In chart 2, which also belongs to a teen-aged girl, the
father planned to perform her marriage with her uncle,
younger brother of The girl's mother, who had been raised




Chart 3 is of the father of the native of Chart 1.

Jupiter is retrograde in Aquarius which is the 7th Bhava in
this chart. He is moving from Aquarius to his debilitation
sign Capricorn so here the retrograde planet is the mood
of take first and get back.




Jupiter is retrograde in
Pisces in the 7th Bhava. To
find out the mood of and the event to be stipulated by a
retrograde Planet, we have to consider its position only in
the Bhava chart whenever it is different from that in the
Rasi chart. Its occupation of its own house is certainly
better than its occupation of a friendly house. So
retrograde Jupiter hare is in the mood to take first and
give next.
In both charts, retrograde planets are in the 7th Bhava. In
the first chart, Saturn (R) in Aries is in its debilitation.
Due to this heavy affliction Saturn created a plausible
reason for the bridegroom to reject the girl. The native's
mother is solely responsible for this drawback as Saturn
is the lord of the 4th and 5th houses. In chart 2, Jupiter(R)
in the 7th in own sign has not given any specific reason for
the boy to reject the girl. But as Jupiter here is the lord of
the 3rd and 6th houses, the man involved in this case is not
a stranger but her own uncle.
It is important for us to note here that both the girl never
bothered about the boys refusing to marry them. They

Chart 3


from his childhood by him.


course successfully his and

started a nursing home with
the help of the girl's father.
Despite that he is not ready
to marry the girl.


Ven u s


The boy finished





Both boys only pretended to be willing to marry these

girls because of the help they were getting from their

Mod 11 Satum(R)

Chart 2


were ready to marry someone else chosen by their fathers.

So this occurrence was only a sudden change and not a
matter of challenge or a setback.

In sun Dasa, the native's wife eloped with someone

else regardless of the fact she had lived with her
husband for over 20 years and had 2 grown-up
In the first two chart one has Saturn (R) in the 7th
Bhava retrograde moving towards its neutral sign
whereas the other has Jupiter (R) in the 7th Bhava
moving towards its own house. Such a disposition of
retrograde planets which are moving towards their own
or neutral or friendly houses means positive process of
take first and give next will be activated. In the third
case, Jupiter is moving towards its debilitation sign from
the sign of Saturn who is neutral to the former. Such
disposition of a retrograde planet trying to get into its
debilitation or inimical sign means the negative side of
the process give first and get back will be activated.
Here we have to note that Aquarius has construction
and Capricorn, sense of honour, as their
characteristics. Both signs are of Saturn. Saturn is
neutral to Jupiter. But we have to remember that
Capricorn is the debilitation sign of Jupiter. So the
wife of the native did not care about her honour in
society and broke the marital bond of more than
twenty years in an instant. (FOR)

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ttfie Nandana Year




With a string of titles and awards given by different groups for his proficieny in astrology, Mr. Maniam is a Medical Officer by
profession. He has been honoured by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Baba and been the winner of the Nostradamus Award in 2010. He has
had his spiritual training under Swami Bramma Sri Sivananda Maharaj, Ponnamaravathi, Puthukottai Dt. istrict, South India, Mr.
Maniam, with an experience of over 25 years in the study of astrology, has contributed many articles to various journals on
different aspects of mundane astrology. He attributes his initial learning to Dr. B. V. Raman's books, later having studied under Mr.
Muthuratina Bharathi
O The King of the year - Venus.

Astrological finding

O The Minster of the year - Venus.


The new solar year of Nandana begins as the Moon

transits the constellation of Uttarashada 2nd pada and
the planet of the constellation, Sun occupies Aries
and becomes exalted.

The Birth of new solar year is on Friday ruled by


Saturn transit the sign of Venus at the time birth of

the new solar year.


O Jupiter transit Venus navamsa at commencement of

the year.

There is strongparivarthana between Mars and Sun.

Both own fiery signs and exchanges houses.


Both Sun & Mars not only exchange houses but also
occupy the constellation of Ketu - Sun in Aswini
(Ketu) and Mars in Makha (Ketu)


Jupiter becomes Atmakaraka as it has passed 22

06' in Aries and occupies Libra and aspects Aries.
Aries is protected by Jupiter both in Rasi and Navamsa

Nat 5.
Th 7.

Vargottama amsabecomes prominent as Sun becomes

Vargotamma, Moon, Venus and Saturn become
vargotamma amsa.


According to Brihat Samhita the new solar year of

Nandana is the first in the 6th yuga of Jupiter.
According to this text, the year Nadhana is beneficial.
The 6th yuga of Jupiter is ruled by Ahirbudhnya.


The new year begins on Friday, with the planet Venus

becoming the minister. The lunar new year Nandana
Prathiba begins on Friday, 23rd March 2012. Both
the King and Minister become Venus.

O Venus crosses the disk of the Sun in Taurus,

ascendant of Indian independence chart.

A Solar eclipse which afflicts the sign of Taurus

falling at 6:18 in the constellation of Kartika 3rd

Moon - GK
Mars (R) - MK
Venus - BK
Satura (R) - PK

6 Li 21' 04.51"
OArW 00.43"
9 Le 37 04.69"
3 Pi 15' 3223"
22 Ar OS 56.41"
2 Li 18'42.59"
11 Sc 54'53.93"
11 fh 54' 53.93"




April 13,2012
New Delhi

24 MARCH 2012



Md I (Saturn)
Ascendant ' Rahu
I Jupiter

The most important Sun and Moon sign dispositors

attain varga - Moon dispositor Saturn varga in Libra
and Sun dispositor Mars varga in Leo.
The solar year Nandana has Jupiter and Saturn in a
state of opposition. In Navamsa we have Saturn/
Jupiter/Rahu in association. Almost six planets are in
transit in Aries/Taurus/Libra and Scorpio. Similarly in
Navamsa too.


10. The transit of Venus will certainly influence the world
events. The position of Venus in previous Nandana
years was as below.

Venus Rasi



















11. In the 2012 Venus has transited further ahead of Sun

14 37' - more than Taurus Transit in 1892 and 1772.
12. Jupiter which attained the position of Atmakaraka as
per Jaimini transit Libra navamsa, has become the
planet in charge - Senathipathi - literaly means head
of the army. As Venus becomes King and minster
and Senatipathi occupies Libra Navamsa ruled by
Venus. The year of Nandana will see predominant
role of women leadership in many fields.
13. Jaimini Sutras says Labhe Vanijyam. If the
Atmakaraka joins Thula navamsa, the person will
make much money by merchandise. Jupiter's transit
will improve trade and business.
14. An annular Solar eclipse on 20th May 2012 will occur
in the sign of Venus - Taurus when Venus is in
retrogression and posited at 29 22' in Taurus in the
constellation of Mrigasira 2nd pada.
15. The Annular Solar
I Jupiter I
in the Nandana
Moon, Sun
year which afflicts the
sign of Taurus will
have planetary pooling
in the sign of Taurus.
conjunct and most of
the planets will be
combust. The eclipse will occur in Krittika 3rd pada
16. It is interesting to note during the annular Solar eclipse
Venus is in retrograde motion and occupying neecha
navamsa with Saturn.
17. The Solar eclipse falls on the ascendant of India. The
Solar echpse ascendant degree at Delhi will be 3p 57'
while the Ascendant of India falls at 7p 46'. The annular
solar eclipse point will be close to natal Rahu posited in
the Indian Independence chart at 5p 44'.
18. Venus as the ascendant lord in the independence chart
will be in retrogression in the eclipse chart and will also
occupy the ascendant in the cuspal degree 29p 23'.

19. Except for the eclipse the ascendant of Independence

India will be transited by Jupiter and the planetary
pooling will augur well as it is posited 11th from natal
moon of India.
20. Venus will cross the disk of the Sun on 6th June 2012
at 6.59 am (midpoint). Venus will be at 21p 43' in
Taurus with Sun in a similar degree. This falls in the
rising sign of Indian Independence chart. These
astronomical phenomena will greatly impact India.
Chart at Delhi on 6th June 2012 @6.59am.
21. Venus crosses the disk
Of the Sun during
SunD as a/Jupiter
bukthi/Rahu antara in
the independence
chart between 1st June
2012 and 16th July





Venus Ascendant


R u
22. The year Nandana
according to a saint
named Tdaikadar' in his Idaikattu Siddha does not
point out good and indicates great disaster. According
to him in the year of Nandana there will be lack of
rainfall (Maari Arum), there will be scarcity in the
country (Naadenggum Panjam ) Living being will
fall ill (Uyiri Noiyal Naliyume) The world will
experience falling of meteors such as Dhuma Ketu(
Meenu Uthirum Thumam Elum), there will be death
of kings (Kon Madivan ) and bad things happen
(Mikka Keduthi Uddam)

23. The year Nandana witnesses Saturn Jupiter in

opposition or Saturn in Vakra

9th April 1712 - Nandana/Chaitra Saturn and Jupiter

in Opposition Cancer/ Capricorn axis


10lh April 1772 - Nandana/Chaitra Saturn and Jupiter

in Opposition Leo/Aquarius axis, Saturn
11th April 1832- Nandana/Chaitra Saturn/Jupiter
opposition Leo/Aquarius axis.Saturn
12th April 1892- Nandana/ Chaitra Saturn /Jupiter
opposition Virgo/ Pisces axis, Saturn


13th April 1952 Jupiter in 3 degrees in Aries with

Saturn in Virgo. Saturn/Mars, Mercury

Wrapping up, the Nandana year will see severe climatic

changes. Downfall ofkingdomd (change of leadership) is
seen in some countries. Prominent celebrity and kings will
have their final days. Natural disaster will be on the rise. In
the midst of these, life will go on as usual. Jupiter's aspect on
Saturn from Aries and Taurus and Saturn's transit in Libra/
Virgo indicates progress in trade and industry.

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notice; only articles have been kept, useless pages and

publicity have been removed

Astrology, Vibration & Colors

lyothisha Chinta Nidhi

Human Nails & Diseases

MRS. Jayasree saranathan

The Mystery of Nadi Astrology

Astrology & Random Thoughts


Timing of Events


Horoscope of a Yogi


Lagna & Time Management


Chandrakant s. Kothare, m.a.

Planets & Dental Health



Yoga for the Spine


The Astrological eMagazinePanchanga for April 2012


This Month for You April 2012


Sunrise and Sunset Timings for April 2012


Timings for
Timings for Rahukala, Gulikakala and Yamakantaka



Lead Article





According to the Bhoutika Sutms or

physical sciences in Sanskrit the basis for the
manifestation of life activity in this universe is Sakti or
Force. Two kinds of forces are recognised, viz.,
Grahasakti or Planetary energy and Parasakti or Divine
force or Cosmic energy Matters can be classified into
five kinds of grades according to density and specific
gravity. They are: solids, fluids, gaseous, radiant and
ethereal. All these different grades of matter are
interconvertible and can be changed from one state to
another by lowering or raising co-related force, which
changes the motion of the constituent units of matter.
Hence a skilful manipulation and control offorce and
energy under the law of transmutation will cause form to
disappear and appear This is construction and disintegration
of form only. Nothing is destroyed, nothing is lost; only
there is a change of Vibratory Motion of constituent parts.
What we call physical matter such as iron, gold, oxygen,
hydrogen, etc, only differ to our sense-perpection by the
number of group-ing molecules and the motion of the
atoms of which they are composed. If force could be lost
and motion arrested matter as we know it today would
cease to exist. It is absurd to suppose that the atom by
virtue of its inherent motion should possess inherent
potentialities of highest known soul attributes, such as
intelligence or life principle which belongs to the realm of
Parasakti. The atom also consists of the ordinary
Grahasakti or planetary force.
We have referred above, to what is called Motion. Two
kinds of motions have to be recognised, viz., life-motion
and force-motion the former belonging to the category
of Parasakti and the latter of course to that of Grahasakti
to whose influence every terrestrial beingmineral,
vegetable and animalis continuously subjected. Lifemotion is a result of inherent soul-powers manifesting as
life in some kind of organic structure or form, the said
form being the immediate and direct result of this power
exhibited in growth, and various other activities of Will
and Mind, with an unmistakable evidence of intelligence
along lines of least resistance. This intelligence always

corresponds in degrees to the complexity of the organic

form or structure, which again corresponds to the stage
of development the individual soul entity may have attained
on the great spiral highway of evolutionary progress. The
force-motion is the result of inherent power of attraction
and repulsion. Whether it is force-motion or life-motion
vibrations are at play.
Leaving aside the life-motion for the present, the force-motion
or Grahasakti finds manifestation or expression through
(1) sound-energy, (2) heat-energy, (3) light-energy,
(4) magnetic energy and (5) electric energythe lowest kind
of energy being of course that of sound. Above and beyond
the electric energy is the Chichhakti or Parasakti or the Divine
force. The different kinds of energies differ from each other
on account of what is called vibratory activity.
Silent Vibrations
All vibrations are silent. When a stringed instrument plays
music, no sound is really produced. Amass of harmonious
or discordant silent vibrations are collectively produced.
Those vibrations that blend are harmonious, those silent
vibratory waves that strike crest against crest, are
discordant. These silent vibrations strike the ear drum with
a frequency of certain impulses per second, the ear-drum
responds with the same identical number of vibrations per
second. These impingements of silent vibrations are taken
up by the adequately arranged finks of bone connections
in the inner earMallens, Stapes and Incus which
transmit the silent vibrations to the sensitive and receptively
adjusted auditory nerve system, which receives and
transmits these same vibrations to the auditory nerve
centre in the brain. The central officethe minddefines
and interprets the number of impulses according to its
capacity and transmits the translated message to the realm
of consciousness.
Similarly are the processes of smelling, tasting, seeing and
feeling. We have now explained how man is subject to
Grahasakti and how this force operates in the shape of
sound heat, fight, etc., and how their operation is taken

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cognisance of by the senses. Incidentally the whole
explanation is based on motion or vibration.
Colour Vibration
The various forms of energies referred to above are due
to the movements of the planets including the Sun and the
different kinds of rays. On account of movement,
differences in planetary rays arise. The 'white' sunlight
when subjected to spectrum analysis reveals seven
colours, viz., violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and
red. In reality there is no such thing as colour in an object.
What we call colour of an object is really reflected or
radiated light vibrations from such object. Each one of
the seven colours referred to above has its own vibratory
motion. Thus according to A. J. Davis, 'violet' has a
vibratory motion of 720 billions per second while red has
458 billions per second. Now we find that 'colour' and
sound only indicate certain vibratory frequencies. And
hence we can find an analogy or a correspondence
between Music and Colour. In a way the seven
prismatic colours correspond to the seven planets and
the seven notes of the musical scale. Just as sound
emerges from silence, so also colour emerges from
darkness. It is a matter of common experience that
'perfumes' affect our emotional part of life as much
as does music. Colour (sight), music (hearing) and
perfume (smell) are directly interrelated with one
another. Every perfume has its own effect on optic
nerves. These afford an illustration of the harmony
underlying all manifestations that combine to make
human perception the measure of all things.
Having explained above the theory of energy we can now
say that colour vibrations directly affect the nerves and
emotional centres.
The colour rays of the spectrum are mani-fested in the
following order from lowest to highest:

Length of wave
Mill, of inch

per inch




per second

planets had in their minds the correspondence between

sounds, colours, metals and planets. According to the great
Mihira we come across the following classification:



Copper (Red) orange










Variegated colours



Red and Mars

Mars represents blood-red or red. The red ray is associated
with life-force, struggle and mastery. Red has the lowest
vibration - the lowest aspects of red are warmth, passion
and war, courage, strength and of course love. Mars rules
the red colour. One in whose horoscope Mars is powerful
either as lord of lagna or as lord of chandra lagna should
choose as his 'lucky' colour red. Since 'red' has the lowest
vibration his soul is ordinarily evolved and he must strive
for a higher evolutionary goal by overcoming the martian
vibrationsby means of Parasakti or soul-force which is
encased in the body predominated by Mars and martian
Orange and Sun
The orange ray is associated with physical vitality. The
Sun is the ruler and when the Sun is powerful the physical
vitality of the person will be strong and enduring. Orange
colour is cheerful and forceful having the Sun as its symbol
of life, spirituality and physical state. Red and orange are
masculine colours.
Green and Mercury
Green is the colour of Mercury. It is associated with
intelligence or buddhi and in a way with spiritual
development. It is a cheerful energising colour. It excites a
desire to grow, to do, create and to accomplish. It is also the
colour indicating success in worldly affairs. Its lower aspects
are envy and greed. It links nature and super nature.
Yellow and Jupiter
Yellow is associated with intellectuall power and mental
activity. Jupiter rules yellow.
Black, Blue and Saturn

Planets and Colours

The ancient writers on astrology such as Parasara,
Varahamihira and others, in ascribing colours to different
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Saturn rules black or dark colour, the Moon rules white

colour and Venusfairly white colour. The seven colours
continued on 7





Kalagnana of Our Ancients
NO HUMAN ACTIVITY is possible without the
framework of the time and space. Even a good act
can suffer sometimes, if done at a wrong time. Conversely
even a thoughtless act done at a time packed with the
invisible creative powers of the nature can turn to be a
phenomenal success. Generally for the success of any
activity the primary requirement would be some sort of
congenial atmosphere created by the flow of "Time".
Naturally one may wonder as to who is actually
responsible for creating such a concept of "Time". All of
us, who live on this earth, know that it is the Sun. Though
we know that the Sun is actually situated at an average
distance of 93020000 miles (149669180 km), we all know
that it is the Sun that causes the nights and days for us on
the earth. We know also that it is its perceptible motions
that cause the changing seasons. Really is it not the earth
carrying all of us on it, rotating and revolving around the
Sun, responsible for all these?
The importance of this 'Kala'or 'Time'was recognized
even by the primitive men, by their experiences. Our
ancients recognized the rising of the Sun in the east,
movement to the zenith and then the setting in the west.
They could observe the onset of nights causing darkness
that could at times be partially or fully lit by the Moon.
Perhaps they took the point, where they could see the
Sun rising, as the East. It was this interval between the
two consecutive risings of the Sun in the east that enabled
them to identify it as a day in their initial attempts to
measure the 'Time'
However, our enlightened seers of yore not only knew
the fact that the Sun never rises or sets in the real sense.
They were also able to perceive the Sun as a source of
life, intellect and enlightenment. They could perceive the
"Soorya" always - "sada pasyanti surayah, diviva
caksur atma. " Rig Veda proclaims the Sun as the soul
of all beings movable and stationary.
It is the illustrious Rigvedic Gayatri mantra that has
immortalized the effulgence of the Sun

Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah,

Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi,
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat
3^ 1^;

Liberally translated this would mean:

Oh God, the Protector, the basis of all life, Who is
self-existent, Who is free from all pains and Whose
contact frees the soul from all troubles, Who
pervades the Universe and sustains all, the Creator
and Energizer of the whole Universe, the Giver of
happiness, Who is worthy of acceptance, the most
excellent, Who is Pure and the Purifier of all, let
us embrace that very God, so that He may direct
our mental faculties in the right direction.
When we meditate on this Pratyaksha deva (a visible
God) who is the most beneficial and at the same time the
most vicious who can destroy all the felony, he can guide
our intellect along the path of self-realisation which in
fact, is the goal of our life. But for the heat of the Sun
and light even inanimate objects could not exist on this
earth. This is true for all living beings on the earth including
the human beings.
Surya Upasana
Some years ago, this scribe had the opportunity of meeting
and interviewing a person on the coastal Kerala who lives
for over three decades without taking any food and
sustains himself with the help of his training of performing
"suryopasana" by tapping the energy from the Sun. Swami
Rama has also narrated how those yogis living in the
interior Himalayan terrains have been living for many years
without taking any food or water but getting their energy
from the Sun alone. Great Yogis knew how to tap the

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energy from the Sun for their material and spiritual

requirements. Even modern science has devised methods
to harness the solar energy for heating, lighting and other
day-to-day needs.
Like the Sun the Moon also occupies a pre-eminent position
in our day-to-day activities. Our ancients knew that the
Moon represents the Cosmic Mind, which controls the
behaviour, social and personal activities of the humans.
As proclaimed by our seers, the Moon, occupying an
unsurpassed position in Indian Astrology, is born out of
the Mind' of the Purusha Chandrama Manaso Jatah.
It is pertinent to note that the 'Kala'or 'Time', literally
controlled by these two luminaries, for us on this earth,
has been recognized by the scientists, as the fourth
What is Panchanga?
Our ancients divided this 'Time' into five main constituents
that could be deemed as its foundation. It is through a
unique invention of a manual called the Panchanga they
helped themselves to assess the quality and specialty of
each day, ominous or auspicious. They were more
concerned with the day-night combine orAhoratra, caused
by the appearance, disappearance and then the
reappearance of the Sun.
Electional Astrology
Going further they defined the 'day' by its 'Tithi-VaraNakshatra-Yoga-Karana' components.
constituents helped them (and also helps us) to observe
the specific festivities on various days and to decide upon
what to do and what to eschew, on any particular day.
As mentioned earlier even a good work commenced in
the wrong time can suffer or even can turn out to be
ruinous. For this, one may have to be familiar with the
rules of Electional astrology, which is an important branch
of Vedic Astrology and for that, it would become
imperative to understand the basic components of the
In this effort of initiating the lay reader to the intricacies
of the 'panchanga' this scribe is well aware of the fact
that some repetitions of some familiar points could not be
avoided. Being conscious of the fact that the subject is
so vast, and that it would be incomplete without including
many important constituents, this scribe, reflecting for a
while, could envisage the enormity of information that such
an effort could marshal for the benefit for an average
reader. Emboldened that way, he proposes to give, in this
paper, a general overview of some of the important and
specific inputs, both beneficial and detrimental. These
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can help one to decide the selection or rejection of any

appropriate moments of time for the conduct of varied
functions that form an integral part of the Hindu way of
life. In the process, it would become inevitable to discuss
a few important festivals or fasts that depend on the
constituents of the Panchang and the calendar, both solar
and lunar.
Five Limbs
The five limbs of the day that constitutes the Panchanga
are (1) Tithi or lunar day, (2) Vara or weekday, (3)
Nakshatra or lunar Mansion, (4) Nityayoga based on the
combined values of the longitudes of the Sun and the Moon
and (5) Karana that is the half of the Tithi.
The lunar day or Tithi corresponds to the phases of the
Moon. Mathematically, it is the measure of the progress
of the Moon, in its orbit along the Zodiacal belt, over the
position of the Sun. At a particular point of time the
Moon will be conjunct with the Sun. This is known as the
NewMoonorAmavasya day. Then the Moon moves at
the rate of 12 from the Sun, every day, to come exactly
in opposition to it, after fifteen days. This moment is known
as the Full Moon day or Pournami. It will be interesting
to note that our ancient seers, who perfected their
calendar, named each of the lunar month after the name
of the constellation where the Full Moon would occur on
that particular month. This they did for all the successive
months. The Tithi for any moment is determined by finding
out the value of difference between the longitudes of the
Moon and the Sun. Dividing this value by 12 and adding
one to the quotient, we can get the Tithi for the day.
Therefore is clear that there would be 30 lunar days in a
lunar month comprising of two fortnights or Pakshas of
15 days each.
The fortnight commencing after the occurrence of the
Amavasya, when the Moon starts waxing or increases its
phases until its orb is full and complete, causing a full
moon, is called the bright fortnight or Shuklapaksha. This
is astrologically auspicious to perform select ceremonies.
The next fortnight commences after the occurrence of
Pournami or Full Moon and reigns until the next
occurrence of Amavasya. In this fortnight, the Moon
gradually decreases her phases or wanes, day by day.
Finally, after sacrificing all her digits, she is supposed to
arrive at the altar of Pitrus or manes, on the Amavasya
or New Moon day. This fortnight, called the dark fortnight
or Krishnapaksha is generally avoided, for any auspicious
event. However, the first five Tithis of Krishnapaksha
are considered good and the next five moderate while the
last five are discarded for sure, for auspicious functions.


Brihat Samhita lists the presiding deities of the Tithis in

this order commencing from the Sukla Prathama. They
are. 1. Brahma, 2.Vidhata, (Paraasara allots Brahaspathi),
3.Vishnu, 4.Yama, 5.the Moon, 6.Karthikeya
(Subrahmanya), T.Indira, (another version is Para),
S.Vasus, 9.Serpent, lO.Dharma, ll.Rudra, 12.Sun
13.Manmatha (cupid), 14.Kali and 15.VisveJ
. ,
devas for Pournami and again so in the same order till 30

with Pitarah for Amavasya. Parasara however, does not

make any difference as to
the deities
for the Pournami
and Amavasya. The names of the deities of Tithis
themselves are indicative of their nature. They are deemed
suitable or otherwise according to the nature of their
presiding deities. There is another division of the Tithis
into five modules. They are the Nanda, Bhadra, Jaya,

Rikta and Poorna. Pradipata, Shasti and Ekadasi are

Nanda Tithis. Dwiteeya, Saptami and Dwadasi are
Bhadra. Triteeya, Ashtami and Trayodasi are Jaya Tithis.
Chaturthi, Navami and Chaturdasi are the Rikta ones.
pooma xithis arc panchami, Dasami and Pournami or
Amavasya that are also called as Panchadasi. Of these,
, .
, .
f ,
some Tithis are good, some moderate and others harmful
. .
for the conduct of any auspicious functions. For example,
Chaturthi the fourth lunar day is inauspicious
as it is
Presided over by Yama- However, it is deemed good for
crue or
murderous deals. There are some other
classifications of Tithis, found expounded by varied
authorities, which we can discuss later,

Astrology, Vibration & Colors

(continued from 4)
are born from the pure white light or no colour upon the
physical plane, which in turn is born black. Thus black
and white are spiritually the same. Pure white is not known
upon this earth where it is always tinged with blue or
yellow. Jupiter is supposed to rule yellow and the Moon
white. These probably refer to the spiritual plane while
Venus ruling variegated colours refers to the earthly or
materialistic plane. Blue, violet and indigo belong more or
less to the realm of Saturn. Blue indicates devotion, serene
faith and mental poise. The indigo ray is connected with
the attainment of poise and harmony, the violet ray with
healing, Saturn is the binder. He gives true realisation.
Violet is what is called Raktaneela or blood-blue
bordering between red and blue.



Precious stone and its




Ruby (violet-red)



Pearl (white or
greenish white)


Coral (oily red)



Emerald (deep green)



Topaz (yellowish)



Diamond (bright)


Black (blue,

Sapphire (Bright indigo


Lucky Colours
Precious Stones and Colours
Precious stones contain in them the planetary energies
in a concentrated form. Know, by a careful examination
of the horoscope, your exact 'lucky' colour which
indicates what you must strive for. Wear a precious
stone appertaining to the colour. This will establish the
required harmony ensuring material as well as spiritual

All colours are produced by certain vibrations which differ

for each individual colour and your 'lucky' colour simply shows
your exact position in the scheme of evolution and enables
you to advance through the path of least resistance. By
knowing these 'fortunate colours' you can adjust your
behaviourmoral, physical, marital and financialtowards
other individuals in such a way that harmony prevails and
discordant elements are completely eliminated. (FOR)





BALZAC WROTE IN Louis Lambert, "When one

thinks that the line separating our flesh from the
growing nail contains the unexplained and invisible
mystery of the incessant transformation of our fluid into
horn, one must admit that nothing is impossible in the
marvellous transformation of the human constituting
elements". Nails indicate the conditions of internal nerves
and their changes. Nails show the quality, just as skin does.
In finely developed subjects, nails will also be fine, unless
some unfavourable development has destroyed the
appearance of nails. It is a well-established fact that with
a fine and smooth skin a fine and thin textured nail goes
well naturally; similarly a thick nail with coarse skin is a
concomitant. Chirognomical study of nails reveals a
number of diseases which man may possess and warns
about such development in advance. Nails take six months
to grow from roots to the tip and a graduation of the whole
nail accordingly tells the exact time and duration.
Long Nails
Nails are broadly divided into two categories, i.e., long
and short, which are further subdivided as long,
proportionate to thin, long, short and developed to critical
short. Long-nailed individuals are mild in their behaviour,
gentle in temper but inclined to take things in their own
way rather than factually and practically. Dealing with
such people does not require much tact but never put any
idea straight away to them unless they give a hint of being
subtle The large nail, broad at the tip, curving around the.
fingers and rounded at the base manifests a clear, sound
judgement and a frank nature. Such people dislike
hypocrisy and possess a broad outlook. In dealing with
such people, be clear in your statements and avoid any
reasoning that might be controverted easily. Long, thin
nails show a temperament of dullness. They have a low
degree of intelligence.
Short Nails
Short nails belong to the practical. They possess n critical
mind which goes on analysing, reasoning and investigating.
They cannot agree on a subject unless in possession of
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full data. Dealing with such people requires a careful

reasoning faculty. Put ideas to them with full details and
give them time to analyse them. But if the nails are very
short and hard, thay show a critical turn of mind. As
William G. Benham describes, "this nail gives almost a
clubbed appearance to the fingers. The skin seems to cling
to the nail, and loves to grow down on it until it can stretch
no farther and breaks. This generally results in leaving a
ragged appearance where the skin joins the nail. This nail
goes with a vigorous constitution, an active mind and a
very critical, pugnacious, argumentative disposition. This
shows a person who would rather argue than eat. He
disagrees with you on subjects when he knows perfectly
well you are right, simply for the delight, it gives him to
argue. He criticises everything, for in this way he can
best provoke contention and while he does not fight with
you physically, he loves the battle of the mind and will
bring to bear on the argument all his physical energy, until
he tries out an ordinary mortal, and wins a victory not
always of right, but of a hang-on, pugnacious, critical
disposition. In dealing with these people you are sure of
only one thing and that is that they will be on the other
side of the question as soon as they know which side you
take. Manifestly, this way to handle them is to be entirely
negative, giving no inking as to what you think." Nails cut
short by biting indicate a nervous disposition. Such people
cannot stick to a point and their mind goes on wandering,
a vacillating nature.
Disease Diagnosis
Judgement of disease by nail is an important aspect of
chirognomy. By seeing the nails we can judge the potential
disease and its development. It has been observed that a
particular shape of nails displays a particular type of
disease in latent state and can develop with carelessness
and worry. A nail is said to be healthy if its texture and
structure accords with the body, skin and is transparent in
colour. Texture means even and smooth in surface; the
grain of the nail which runs from top to base must be
smooth. Structure must be pliable, look alive and elastic.
continued on 18


The Mystery of

Nadi Astrology


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praciiiioxcr of asttotogy
pahtiisiry)for mmiy years. She is
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incHenwl grandfuihsr. KisazJuyur
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THE WISDOM or ANCIENT sa^es enshrined in ilie Nadi

man useripts Si HI remains asEnundLng and non-decipherable
io a greater csienL In ibis wriic-np I wish io focus on ihe
physical descriplion of the home syrrotmdings of the native about
which mosl Nadi scripts have something to say
Tiadilional wisdom gained from standard books docs give us some
idea about ihe place of birth, whether bom in fathers or moEher's
house and such other factors. But ihey do not always satisfy the
Nadi aphorisms thereby making us search for more infonmation.
One such information is related to
position of the
ascendant about which Dr BY RAiiAM has earlier written in
The Astrological Magazine. Tlie same ascendant in Rash wilh
ascendant position in different shashtyamsa gives different
predictions with regard to the physical suiroundings of the native.
This can be tested in the horoscope of Mahatma Gandhi. The Satya
Samhita gives the description of Gandhi with a noting on his place
of birth that he was born in a holy city near the ocean. The classical
texts contain clues to identify the places near water bodies. They
can be listed as follows.
Taurus - Field filled with water


Libra - River-side

Scorpio - River

Sagittarius - Pond or tank

Capricorn - River stream


Pisces - Ocean

Birth in own city and near or inside temples must have Saturn and
Sun connection to ascendant or Moon. The native is identified by
ascendant and/or Moon sign. I would also add Jupiter and Venus to
this list because Jupiter is considered as Jeevakaraka for men and
Venus for women. Saturn signifies native town and Sun signifies
temple. Seen from this perspective, we can justify Gandhi's birth in
a holy city near an ocean. His Shashtyamsa position is shown here.

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planets for birth at mother's place. For birth at father's
place, Sun must be powerful for day-time births and Saturn
for night-time births.

Chart 3
Shashtyamsa ascendant is Libra with its lord posited there.
This shows birth in own place / city which was near a
watery place. Moon is in Pisces, the sign for ocean and
is joined by Saturn. Thus both the ascendant and the
Moon sign are connected with a watery area which was
an ocean. The 9th house (paternal) is occupied by Sun in
mutual aspect with Jupiter which is a significator for
temples and deities.
This writer tested this in many horoscopes and found
that this works with 70% of the horoscopes. But the
planetary position is not completely text-bookish to be
true. There are mild variations that have to be
interpreted. For example, for birth in mother's place
which was located at a short distance from the ocean,
the conditions varied a little but decipherable as found
in the chart given below.

Chart 2

Shashtyamsa ascendant is in Cancer, signifying a watery

location. Saturn aspects the Shashtyamsa ascendant while
Moon, the ascendant lord is posited in the 3rd from
ascendant showing a little distance to the waters. The
birth was at night time and Moon was exalted in both
Rasi and Navamsa showing birth at mother's place.
Moon must be powerful for night- time birth and Venus
must be powerful for day- time birth if the birth were to
happen in mother's place. Though most births take place
in hospitals nowadays, in accordance with the tides of
time, we can say that the birth is supported by maternal
relatives / at mother's home town with the above mentioned
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The above shashtyamsa is that of a female born in her

mother's place which was right behind a Vishnu temple in
a city near sea coast. Shashtyamsa ascendant was in
Pisces, signifying ocean in the nearby area. The birth was
at night time and Moon was in debility in the Rasi chart.
However Venus is posited in the sign of Saturn in
opposition to Sun and Mercury occupying Cancer owned
by Moon. This indicates birth in mother's place which
was behind a Vishnu temple. Like this we can test the
shashtyamsa position to have better grasp of the Nadi
aphorism on birth near water ways.
Another intriguing information that we often come across
is the direction of the house and the direction of the street
where the house is situated. The shashtyamsa names
given in some texts are not easy to decipher as they do
not tally with the shashtyamsa that we know. Alternately,
I tried to analyse the aphorism from the Rasi itself. The
following is the chart given in Dhruva Nadi (explained
by dr B.V. raman in his article)

Chart 4



The native was born in his father's place near a river.

The house was facing east and the street was in the Northsouth direction. The birth was in Taurus and Moon was in
Pisces both signifying the place of birth to be near a water
body. Jeevakaraka Jupiter is in Aquarius, a watery sign
aspected by Saturn showing native place of the father.

For knowing the directions, we can construct the chart in
the following way.







mother's place. The manuscript says that it was a south

facing house in a street running east-west. The directions
can be analysed in the following way.
Jupiter is in the west and faces the east signifying the
direction faced by the house. This makes the street to be
north-south in orientation.
A similar explanation was feasible in another chart given
in Agasthya Nadi.
The ascendant was in Cancer with Sun placed in it. The
native was a male and there is no information on the place
of birth being father's or mother's. But the sign being
that of Moon with Venus posited there, getting the 10th
aspect of Saturn, it is deduced that the birth happened at

In this I have taken ascendant as the east and deduced

the directions accordingly (see figure on 27). This is
different from the previous chart. This is done to draw
logical connections for the given aphorism. Testing them
in a number of horoscopes is needed to get a better idea.
The native being a male, I have take in to consideration
the Jeevakaraka for male, namely Jupiter as it occupies
the same direction of Moon. This combine is placed in the
North, thus can be said to be facing the southern direction.
continued on 27



Random Thoughts

Astrology, Science and Intuition

THE TERM "SCIENCE" is commonly used for
subjects like physics, chemistry and other similar
subjects. Medicine, as is known today, is not considered
by some as "pure" science. Astrology has been a
fascinating subject from time immemorial. The foundation
of astrology is based on Karma, the universal law that
holds the individual accountable for his/her good and bad
actions in life. Some consider the field of Vedic Astrology
to be a synthesis of science and art. Many others, feel, it
is more appropriate, to consider Vedic Astrology to be an
"applied" science integrated with intuition. Regardless of
how Vedic Astrology is described or defined, intuition plays
a vital role in influencing mathematically based horoscopeindications. Intuition is a gift that one rarely gets at birth
or is instantaneously obtained. It is a gift from god that is
gradually achieved and fine-tuned over a period of many
years to an individual whose fife is based on spiritualism
and good values. Although astrological charts are
developed by the use of mathematics, the ability to extract
reasonably accurate information from the horoscopic chart
depends to a large extent on the level of intuition that
exists in the individual astrologer. DR. B.V. RAMAN, the
father of modern Vedic Astrology, has emphasized the
importance of intuition in applied Vedic Astrology. Location
of Jupiter in the ninth house covers intuition. An individual
has the power of free-will that may be used to finesse a
horoscope-indication based on mathematically derived
information and intuition.
Divine Grace, Fate or Luck?
People, regardless of whether they have faith in Astrology
and/or Supreme Being, are always imagining or dreaming
about a happy, successful, wealthy, healthy, etc., future.
More often than usual, the dreams approach the infinite
sky. All dreams are possible but the probability of their
fulfillment may be between nothing to one hundred
percent. One is reminded of a cricket player of making
a mighty hit. It is a six even if the ball narrowly escapes a
fielder's protective hand and a great catch if the fielder
catches even after he has juggled it a number of times.

With WLaCice

to None

The difference between an unbelievable six and a glorious

catch happening is often a split second or an unmeasured
small distance. In this situation, the ultimate result (six or
a successful catch) is attributed to divine-grace or "luck".
The simple example can be replaced by a larger-than-life
event that turns, possibly unexpectedly, favourable to the
individual. The word "fate" sometimes used by many
people to attribute or justify negative, difficult or unpleasant
events and experiences in fife does not belong in the lexicon
of Vedic Astrology.
Can anyone think of a larger-than-life or life-changing
event that happened beyond one's expectation or wildest
dreams? Does one attribute the event to divine-grace or
mere luck?
Based on limited knowledge of mathematics, below are
destiny-related equations that, if nothing else, may generate
endless discussion and, hopefully, not sleepless nights.
Potential Destiny = Operative Karma
(Prarabdha Karma) + Free Will
Possible Destiny = Potential Destiny + Divine Grace
Destiny = Possible Destiny
Fate in Vedic Astrology = 0 or less
Astrology and Rule-of-Thumb
In many technical fields, because of the cost factor and
time limitations, approximate values of a certain variables
are sometimes needed for an initial evaluation of an
evolving design, etc. The "Rule-of-Thumb" (ROT) is
defined as an approximate and practical approach,
procedure or rule, based on experience or practice, rather
than a strictly accurate methodology or process in every
situation. The ROT is often used by experienced engineers
and other professionals to obtain reasonable solutions to
variety of problems whose solutions involve applied
mathematics, experiements and/or observations. The
state-of-the-art used in high technology industries includes
cutting edge software and test equipment. The in-depth
analytical analyses and experimental evaluations provide
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the needed information. ROT provides sufficiently needed
information to proceed further in the design evolution of
parts or systems.
The method of evaluating a horoscope is primarily based
on a methodology that includes integrating time or
"quantity" related Dasas and Bhukthis with "quality"
based planetary or astrological combinations contained in
the classical texts. The integration helps the astrologer to
indicate the potential-future. However, many experienced
astrologers may have possibly developed ROT for a
preliminary or quick evaluation of a horoscope.
Life Span
Ayurdaya or the span of life is a topic of immense curiosity
and interest for many people. A well-versed astrologer
will avoid discussion and/or not say any inauspicious word
covering the span of life. A possible ROT covering span
of life is reviewed below.
Sages have defined life span into three categories, based
on astrological combinations and/or yogas. The three
categories are short (Alpayu), medium (Madhyama) and
long (Purnayu). The life span under each of the three
categories are 32,70/75 and 100/120 years, respectively.
Although one hears about people living for more than one
hundred years, the life span of one hundred years is
practically considered as a long life span. One can also
approximate the length of each category of life to one,
two and three multiples, respectively, of about 33 years
(100/3). Saturn stays in each rasi for about two and half
years. Thus, Saturn makes one complete revolution around
the twelve houses in about 30 years. Based on this, one
may consider the end of short, medium and long life spans
within the first, second and third rounds of Saturn,
respectively. That is why, it is considered not desirable,
whenever transit Saturn passes through the position
occupied by him at birth.
Another ROT if observed in the horoscope of well-placed
politician is that Saturn in the 10th house may help the
individual to not only rise to the top position but also results
in a quick sudden fall. The chart of Adolf Hitler is an
example. The ascendant in his chart is Libra and Saturn
is in the tenth house. Libra is the exaltation location for
Saturn. One can take a look at the charts of current
politicians and check to see if the above ROT is applicable.
Third house represents or denotes brothers and sisters.
In addition, it is important to note that third house also
indicates courage. Traditionally, Mars in the 3rd house
was not considered as a desirable location. However,

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astrological interpretations must be compatible with the

evolving and acceptable emerging traditions of the society.
A possible ROT in the case of a chart that shows Mars in
the 3rd house, the individual may be involved in sports,
athletics or activities that focus on courage. One can check
the location of Mars in a good cricket player's chart and
see if his courage of facing fast bowling has anything to
do with Mars ROT.
Malefic is not a "cool" Word
The term "benefic "and "malefic" are used in many
English translations of classical and others texts to
somewhat define the identity or/and to describe the
characteristics of the planets. Sun, Saturn and Mars are
traditionally considered as "malefic". The fact of the
matter is that, by and large, no planet by itself is entirely
positive/good or bad/evil. The location of the planet and/
or the relative geometrical influence of other planets on
it, defines whether the planet may be considered positive
or otherwise. As an example, "malefic" Saturn in Lagna,
identical with its exaltation sign may indicate that an
individual has the potential to rise to the level of a "king".
Therefore, the term "malefic" is not appropriate. The
terms "malefic" and "benefic" are confusing and possibly
misleading in the twenty-first century. Astrologers can
think about avoiding use of terms that give primarily a
negative impression. When an astrologer gives horoscopic
indication to an individual, the individual needs to be
encouraged and supported to use the free-will to the fullest
possible extent so as to minimize or eliminate any
undesirable indications. Good words help.
Two Helpful Things
The two significant and helpful things that an Astrologer
has to remember while evaluating a horoscope are i)
Retrograde planet in an enemy or depression Rasi or
Navamsa indicate effects similar to its location in the
exalted position and ii) Navamsa chart is as significant
as that of a Rasi chart.





Ttffi SUBJECT OF TIMING EVENTS is one of the

more complex topics in Astrology. There is no
disputing the fact that it is much easier to assess the
strength of a horoscope and predict probable events than
to predict the time at which those events would occur. In
fact, if they did not have to deal with "timing of events"
most astrologers would be able to consider themselves
fairly proficient in the subject. It is this fourth dimension,
the dimension of Time, that poses the greatest challenge
to an astro-loger and to his reputation.
In Hindu Astrology, events are timed princi-pally on the
basis of (1) Gochara and (2) Dasas. Gochara is a Sanskrit
word, a liberal trans-lation of which is "star-movement".
In common parlance, Gochara is understood to mean the
"transit of planets". In this article, we will define Gochara
to mean "the response of an individual to the dynamic
stimulus of transiting planets". While Gochara is at least
referred to in astrological texts of other countries, the Dasa
system is peculiar to Indian Astrology. "Dasa" in Sanskrit
means a "period or stage in life". The Dasa system
implicitly specifies that the human life span can be divided
into a number of discrete time segments, each under the
jurisdiction of a particular planet. And that, the events in a
person's life in any segment reflect the results of that
specific planet. There are a number of Dasa systems in
vogue but we shall restrict ourselves to Vimshottari, a
system that has proved itself to be eminently satisfactory
in practice. In this system the longitude of the Moon is
the sole determinant of the Dasa at birth. The other Dasas
follow one another cyclically.
We presuppose that the reader has at least a reasonable
understanding of the basic elements of Dasas and Gochara;
hence we will make no attempt to detail how Dasas are
computed. For readers who are new to the subject of
Indian Astrology we refer them to the chapters on Dasas
and Gochara in our book Hindu Predictive Astrology.
We had earlier defined Gochara as the response of an
individual to the stimulus of transiting planets. An
individual's response is basically dependent on his mental

make-up and it is no surprise that classical texts view

Gochara results mainly with reference to the position of
the Moon in the natal horoscope. Phaladeepika (stanza
1, chapter 26): says "Of all the Lagnas it is only the Moon's
Lagna that is most important for ascertaining the effects
of transits. One ought therefore to calculate and predict
the effects due to the transits of planets through the several
signs counted from that of the Moon. The positions of
transiting planets relative to the ascendant and to the
positions of other planets in a horoscope cause effects
which also are significant. Careful attention has to be paid
to these effects also.
A universally dreaded transit is Saturn's sade-sathi. This
is the seven and a half year cycle when he transits the
12th, the 1st and the 2nd from the Moon. Classical texts
say that his transit of the 12th generally causes loss of
near and dear ones; in the first he is said to cause weakness
of the body, humiliation and travel to foreign countries;
and in the 2nd he is said to cause loss of wealth and
property. Our experience indicates that these results should
not be taken too literally. If the ruling Dasa is good, sadesathi delays the good effects of the Dasa but does not
negate them. Further-more for Taurus, Libra, Capricorn
and Aqua-rius Saturn's negative effects are considerably
toned down. In many cases his seven and a half year
cycle mellows a person and gives some spiritual progress.
Jupiter's transits normally hasten the benefic events
signified by the ruling Dasa and Bhukti. His transit of the
5th, the 7th, the 9th and the 11th from the Moon gives a
person an optimi-stic twist. If transit Jupiter trines the 7th
lord and the latter's Dasa is in progress, marriage may be
expected. In an analogous fashion if Jupiter in his sojourn
trines the 5th lord (whose Dasa is in progress) the birth of
a child is likely.
The other planets do not seem to have effects as
significant as those of Jupiter and Saturn ; nevertheless,
they can be invaluable in zeroing in on the approximate
period of occurrence of an event. For instance if the 6th
house is afflicted seriously and the appropriate Dasa and
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Bhukti are operating, periods of maximum ill-health can
be predicted when Mars transits the 6th house. Similarly
if the Dasa is right and the major transits are favourable
for a job promotion, one can expect that the actual
occurrence of the event would be during the Sun's transit
of the 3rd, the 6th or the 11th house from the Moon.

Gochara (transits) should not be looked at in isolation from

the ruling Dasa and Bhukti. Malefic planets transiting a
dusthana (6th, 8th or 12th house) from the Dasa lord
may trigger the negative indications of a Dasa. Conversely,
benefic transits (like good Jupiter aspecting the Dasa lord)
can stimulate the positive side of the Dasa.

Though Rahu and Ketu supposedly reflect the results of

Saturn and Mars respectively, our experience is that the
effects of Rahu and Ketu are much more complex than
that. In interpreting Rahu-Ketu transit results it is important
to bear in mind that Rahu primarily affects the ego while
Ketu affects the subconscious mind. For example, if Rahu
transits the natal Sun political downfall will be due to one's
egoism. Ketu would also cause similar results except that
the downfall would be due to bad feelings caused among
one's associates due to an individual's lack of confidence
in them. It is as if a subconscious fear (or insecurity)
develops and takes total control of the native. If other
indications are present, Rahu's transit through sensitive
houses in a horoscope can generate a false and,
sometimes, a blind love for things "foreign" while Ketu's
transit can cause a false and blind love for things "native"
to his own cultural and social surroundings. In both cases
the common element is that the individual develops a
"distorted view of reality".

During its Dasa or Bhukti (sub-period) a planet gives rise

to a preponderance of effects which have to do with the
sign or house owned or occupied by that planet. For
instance, a planet owning or occupying the 10th house
can be expected to give rise to events dealing with
professional advancement, honours, etc. The natural
attributes of planets also are reflected. For example, Venus
is the natural karaka (significator) of the 7th house.
Marriage can occur during Venus Dasa or Bhukti even if
Venus is not directly related to the 7th house. If a planet is
in a certain constellation, the owner of that constellation
may make his influence felt through that planet. This is
especially true of Rahu and Ketu. The example horoscopes
that will be dealt with later will elaborate some specific cases.

In many instances the transits of planets do not by themselves

bring about positive and negative changes but they subtly
slant the mind into viewing things more optimistically or more
pessimistically. It is important to realise this because in such
cases it is not the transit but the attitude of mind that triggers
the event signified by the Dasa lord.
Phaladeepika gives us some excellent guide-lines in the
interpretation of transit results :



"A planet yielding unfavourable results, when

aspected by a benefic; or the one that gives good
results if aspected by a malefic; both become void of
effect. The same will be the case if they are aspected
by their respective inimical planets."
"A planet in an unfavourable Bhava, if he is in
exaltation or own house, will not do any harm. If in
such a favourable sign he should also occupy a
favourable house he will give full beneficial results to
the native during his transit of that Bhava."
"Planets in their transit through favourable houses
become void of effect if they happen to be at the
time in their depression or inimical sign or be in an
eclipsed state. But if the houses transited be also
unfavourable, they give bad effects and that too in
an aggravated form"

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The Bhukti lord in the 6th, the 8th or the 12th from the Dasa
lord generally gives rise to unfavourable results. The Dasa
lord transiting favourable signs augments the effects of that
Bhava, if he is strong. A weak Dasa lord, on the other hand,
negatively affects the specific Bhava (house) he transits.
In the following charts we will try to illus-trate how the
general ideas discussed previ-ously can be applied to
practical horoscopes. In Chart No. 1, the event under
consideration is the death of the mother of the native.
The death occurred in Saturn Bhukti of Jupiter Dasa. Note
that Bhukti lord Saturn owns
the 4th (denoting mother)
JU iter
and he is in bhashtashtaka
(mutual 6th and 8th position)
with Dasa lord Jupiter. The



latter is himself associated

(significator of mother)
Moon in the 8th house. At
the time of death, Ketu was

transiting the 4th house from

the ascendant and Saturn was transiting the 12th from
both himself and the ascendant.
The individual in Chart No. 2 got married in Venus Dasa,
Venus Bhukti. Venus, as lord of the 2nd (family) and
the 7th (marriage), is well disposed in his own
constellation and is qualified to bring about marriage.
At the time of marriage both Jupiter and Saturn were
favourably transiting the 11th house. However, because



Saturn was transiting the

12th from the 7th, marriage
could occur only after a lot
of initial stress and tension.


Chart 2

Chart No. 3 is that of a man

who went abroad in Rahu




Dasa, Venus Bhukti. The

potential for foreign travel is

there owing to the

disposition of the 9th ford
(denoting long journeys) in
the 12th (also an important
; house for travel) in a watery
sign. The Dasa ford Rahu is
disposed in the 12th from the
ascendant. Of the two
planets (Mars and Venus) in
Moon the 12th from the Moon,
Mercury s^n Venus is better qualified to
yield the desired results, due
to his ownership of the 7th house. The 7th house does
have something to do with travel though in a lesser degree
than the 9th and 12th houses. The actual event occurred
as soon as Saturn entered Leo and gripped the Moon in
elarata. Jupiter was favourably placed in the 11th from
Bhukti ford. Because of the shashtashtoka disposition of
the Dasa and Bhukti lords, the native left his home country
with a lot of mis-givings.
In another chart that of a young woman who has been
plagued with ill-health all her life. The ascendant is Virgo,
the sign ruling the abdominal region. Its ford Mercury (also
ruling bowels, abdomen, etc ) is in the 6th house and is
placed in the constellation of Rahu who himself is in the
12th from the Moon. Mercury also happens to be the owner
of the 6th house from the Moon. These horoscopic
indications are sufficiently negative to warrant generally
bad health in the form of severe abdominal pains and
chronic diarrhoea. During Saturn Bhukti of Rahu Dasa
her colon and rectum were surgically removed. Note that
Rahu is in Ketu's constellation, with the latter being in the
6th from the Moon, and Saturn is the 6th lord. On the day
of her operation 6th ford Saturn was transiting Virgo and
Mars (denoting surgery), Mercury (denoting her body)
and Sun (ruling vitality) were all tran-siting the 6th from
the ascendant. Further, ill-health, probably in a more
aggravated form, can be expected in Mercury Bhukti about
two and a half years from now.
It is not possible to do justice to such a vast topic within
the confines of a single article A thorough knowledge of
the inherent nature of each planet and an understanding

of what each house stands for will enable one to blend

care-fully the results of Gochara and Dasa and predict
the correct time of occurrence of an event with a high
degree of probability. It is important to remember that in
dealing with such a complex animal like the human being
there is no way to time events with one hundred per cent
probability. One of the criticisms levelled
astrology by self-styled "Rationalists" is that if Astrology
is a science everything should be predictable. Astrology
is not deterministic ; man has a certain amount of freewill and he can after his future within limits On the one
hand these "Rationalists" want Astrology to model the
world as a deter-ministic world, if it has to gain their
accep-tance. On the other hand they claim that science
has made them "masters of their destiny" and they scom
at the determinism, their limited understanding seems to
think, Astrology stands for. It is surprising that they never
stop to think of the dichotomy of their statements.
Another argument advanced by these "Rationalists" is,
"if Astrology is a science, tell us how planets can influence
us?". Any scientist, worth his salt, knows that science
does not have the last word on every subject. It would be
enlightening for the "Rationalists" to ponder on what
Professor Morris Kline. Professor Emeritus of
Mathematics, New York University, had to say about
mathematics in a recent interview with U.S. News and
World Report. In the Professor's own words "Using
mathematics, we can deduce where the planets are, but
mathematics cannot tell us why they are in those orbits
and what keeps them there. We say, 'Well, the Sun's
gravitational force maintains them in their paths'. But how
does the Sun exert a force on the planets? We do not know.
Newton himself could not explain what the force of gravity
is. He tried to give a physical explanation and then gave up.
In the end we just do not know why mathematics works as
well as it does. We are faced with a mystery" (Italics ours).
Wise words from a true scientist. (FOR)

Human Nails & Diseases

(continued from 8)
Grains must be made of single size filaments of even
surface. Transparency of the nail will give the true colour
of the skin which is the major factor in -deciding a
particular development. A nail which is brittle, fluted and
ridged shows some nervous disorder.

moon indicates excessive force of circulation, rapid

action of heart. These are common tendencies and may
be found with any shape of nails but if found with short
nails they are indicative of unfailing qualities. Such
subjects must be warned against over-excitement and

First Indication


The first indication of a potential disease is white spots

on the nails. They appear on the nails due to malnutrition
or sudden mental strain. Sudden rush of blood to meet
the moment's need also causes such formation. When
these spots grow all over the nail, then nerves are in
bad condition. Following this, ridge-formation may take
place thus making for a bad appearance of the nails
and soon fluted nails manifest themselves. This is an
acute stage of nervous condition and in such cases the
nervous system is more or less impaired. This condition
warns one to release alibis burden and take complete
, .
, .
rest. Least mental strain may cause paralysis and if
, .
such a nail is seen better advise the subject to take full
^ j.
r ^
rest for a few months. Watch
the further growth of
^ ^ ,
nails and if they return to normalcy, then the danger is
over. Formation of a blue base shows poor circulation
of blood and weak action of the heart whereas a big

Now nails as a whole show certain tendencies of a peculiar

disease and even if the persons themselves do not actually
suffer from the disease indicated, a little examination will
disclose that such a tendency has been in the family and
tdus may develop in the person also and is in a latent state.
Long nails tell a ddicate state 0f physical strength. Such
people may look robust but lack the actual strength.
Delicacy of chest and lungs is thus indicated Long? thin

^ curved nails indicate sore throat and weak respiratory

. .,
. . . ,
. .
organs. Short
nails point to heart trouble
and weak action
of heart. They, in general, suggest disease of heart. If

, ,
, ,
. ,.
the nails are flat and shell-shaped, they indicate danger

, . T
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of paralysis. Narrow nails suggest possibility of spinal
, ,
trouble. When the nails are broader than long
0 such

incline t0 be

fi^rrelsome and irritable and do

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not have a sound mind

Dr. Elavathur Subrahmanyan Neelakantan graduated from
Loyala College of Chennai with distinction in Statistics. As a
qualified Chartered Accountant, he is an Information Systems
Auditor. While his interest in Astrology was activated by going
through books of Dr. B. V Raman, his formal learning of the
subject was from Prof. K. V Seshadrinatha Sastri, a renowned
scholar of Astrology and Ayurveda. Awarded with a Doctorate
by the Deemed Sri Chandrasekarendra University,
Kancheepuram for his thesis on Medical Astrology,
Dr. Neelakantan has been a regular contributor to The
Astrological eMagazine. His multi faceted talent also includes
proficiency in Vedic chants.



Shivarudra Balayogi

SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL a galaxy of seers,

sages and spiritual savants have lived in India, a land
known as the karma bhoomi (land of karma). Being seen
also as a very sacred country, some
refer to it as the gnana bhoomi, yoga
bhoomi, moksha bhoomi, and punya
bhoomi. India is a nation of rivers and
abodes of holy sages.

In a spiritually rich family, Baba Shivarudra Balayogi was

born in Kolar at 9.54 AM on 20 September 1954. Kolar
was famous for its gold fields and at this place the spiritual
goldmine, affectionately known as
Babaji, too also appeared. From an
early age Babaji showed his
inclination towards spiritual matters.

Punya bhoomi refers to a land where

good things happen. For example all
the avataras of Maha Vishnu have
occurred only in India. Karma bhoomi
is a place where one does good and
bad deeds. All other nations (lands)
are bhoga bhoomi where people
execute karma, but nothing accrues
as karmic balance. They are the
places where people enjoy fruits of
past deeds and actions, but do not get
further accretion to punya (credit
balance of good deeds) through new deeds and actions.
Ascetic Yogas
What astrological combinations are needed for becoming
an ascetic?
1. Presence of at least four planets in conjunction in a
house, which is either a trine or a quadrant.
2. Presence of a five-planet combination in a quadrant
or trine
3. Moon in a decanate of Saturn aspected by Saturn.
4. Moon in a navamsa of Mars or Saturn aspected by
5. The lord of Chandralagna aspected by Saturn and by
nothing else.

Jupiter, Moon and Ascendant aspected by Saturn and

Jupiter in the 9th house.
Mars in the Ninth house aspected by a benefic.

The above list is illustrative, not exhaustive.


Babaji was mainly influenced by the

three titans of spirituality in India - Adi
Sankaracharya, Bhagwan Ramana
During his teens, Babaji pursued
Botany at the University of Mysore.
It was then that he met Shivabalayogi
Maharaj. This was the turning point
in his life. Babaji's spiritual pursuits
grew stronger every day, culminating
in the 'experience of enlightenment'
at midnight on the Kartika Krishnapaksha Ashtami day
of 1999.
Array of Planets
The array of planets apparent in the chart of Shivarudra
Balayogi proves adequately that Babaji was born, not just
to live a life for himself, but to guide the destiny of the
world. The lagna lord who is strongly placed forms a
conjunction with the exalted yogakaraka, Saturn. The
planet of divine grace is not only exalted in rasi but also in
navamsa. Jupiter occupies the ninth bhava - the seat of
good fortune and divine blessings. The exit of Babaji's
father is the natural outcome of the lord of Pitrusthana
(Mercury) and Pitrukaraka (Sun) getting relegated to the
house of loss (twelfth house).
On the subject of Pravrajya Yogas, Mantreswara says,
"When the end of a sign is rising and a benefic planet
occupies it and Jupiter is in a trine or a quadrant, the native
is sure to attain Moksha or Final Emancipation
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"(Phaladeepika, Ch 27, verse 1). The above is fulfilled in

Babaji's chart with the ascendant being in the end of Libra,
with Venus in the rising sign and Jupiter in the tenth house.
In Babaji's life, Rahu operated as Dasa lord in the first
ten years of his life. Rahu in the 3rd is a strong maraka
(killer planet) for his father and therefore separated him
from his father. In 1964, Babaji got into Jupiter Dasa and
it was this which kindled his spiritual inclinations. Jupiter
being a planet of learning took him to the stage of a
graduate, but beyond that point, text book learning did not
charm him. The sub-period of Ketu, which operated
between 1971 and 1972 sowed seeds of asceticism in
Babaji. Before long Babaji had met his Guru, Shiva
Balayogi Maharaj in Mysore.


Sun, Moon and Venus (as 10th lord in D?10) getting

strengthened in Dasamsa chart Ketu aspected by
Jupiter in D? 10.


The dasa-bhukti - antara belongs to Ketu?Saturn?Mars; all the three coming under favorable influences


Moon (Manas) and Mercury (Buddhi) coming under

the influence of Jupiter, the planet of divine grace.

Acouple of paranormal visions occurred in which Babaji's

Guru manifested himself to Babaji, while he was
meditating. Thus it could be said that Shiva Balayogi
Maharaj has chosen Babaji as his disciple and successor.
What was Guru Shiva Balayogi's message to his disciples?

Jupiter in the 9th house aspects both lagna and the Moon.
The 5th house ? Purva punyasthana ? comes under
Jupiter's aspect. The 9th house Mars, who is also the
yogakaraka is exalted. There is an interchange of houses
between Venus and Mercury, who rule over the karma
bhava and the labha bhava, respectively. The nature of a
retrograde planet is similar to that of an exalted planet. In
the 9th house, being the house of divine grace, there are
two retrograde planets, which are Jupiter and Saturn.
Under these favourable directional influences Babaji
attained enlightenment and since then he is living in this
world as a Jivanmukta.

Mahapurusha Yogas


The word Mahapurusha means a 'great person'. The

Mahapurusha yogas arise out of the placement of Mars,
Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn. Even a single
Mahapurusha yoga is enough to elevate a person to the
status of a great person. In Babaji's chart one can see
four out of the five Mahapurusha yogas (formed by all
the above mentioned planets barring Mars), out of which
three are from rising sign and one from Moon. No other
evidence is needed to prove the greatness of this chart.
The Mahapurusha yogas in Babaji's chart are: Sasa yoga,
Hamsa yoga, Malavya yogaand Bhadra yoga. While
Bhadra yoga occurs from the Moon sign, the remaining
three yogas occur from rising sign.

In this context, it would be necessary for us to understand

the life and message of Babaji's guru, Sivabalayogi Maharaj.

Clues to Babaji's enlightenment can be found in the time
of enlightenment chart (TOE chart). Babaji got
enlightenment at midnight on Karthikadi Krishna Ashtami,
when the ruling asterism was Makha.
In the TOE chart the factors which led to Babaji's
enlightenment include

Maha-parivartana or the great-interchange yoga

between the lord of 10 (karma) and lord of 11
(fulfillment of wishes)


Presence of Jupiter as fifth lord placed in ninth house


Exaltation of yogakaraka Mars


Presence of two retrograde planets in 9 (Jupiter and


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Sivabalayogi was born at Adivarapupetta (Near Kakinada,

Andhra Pradesh) in a family of weavers on 24 January
1935. On 7 August 1949, Swamijihad a strange experience
of enlightenment when Lord Siva, appearing as an ascetic,
touched Swamiji on his forehead, thereby taking him to a
blissful state. He did penance for 12 years, before attaining
self-realisation on 7 August 1961.
According to Yoga Shastra, a medieval Indian textbook
on the practice of yoga, a yogi is required to do penance
in each of the four directions and master them. This is an
austerity known as dikh tapas. Dikh Siddhi means victory
of that direction facing which penance is done. Siddhi or
accomplishment is very easy if penance is done facing
East. For ease of meditation North is best while South
confers neither benefit nor adversity. The most difficult
direction to do penance and win is the western direction
which gives tremendous mental obstacles and physical
afflictions. Shivabalayogi Maharaj attained dikh siddhi in
a little less than 8 years, while meditating 23 hours a day.
He mastered the east in four years, north in two years,
west in nine months, and the south in 15 months. At the
age of 22, Shivabalayogi Maharaj had attained the state
of self realization.
The horoscope of Shivabalayogi is a classic example of
the Ascetic yogas discussed by Mantreswara in
Phaladeepika. The first rule we discussed earlier in this

article on Ascetic yoga is fulfilled in the chart of

Shivabalayogi. Let us recapitulate this rule. 'Presence of
at least four planets in conjunction in a house which is
either a trine or a quadrant' is the foremost among Ascetic
yogas. In Sivabalayogi's chart, this rule is satisfied by
the conjunction of Sun, Saturn, Mercury, and Venus in the
9th house. Most of the planets in his chart occupy either
the 5th (purva punya sthana) or the 9th (bhagya sthana).
Shivabala Yogi's Message
Let us now discuss the teachings handed over by the
Maharaj to his disciples.
The message of Sivabalayogi Maharaj is what is found in
ancient works like Yoga Vasistha. When the ego of the
person develops, it starts its work of imagination. All
imagination belongs to the realm of the mind. A bubble
belongs to the ocean and a ray of sunlight is the Sun itself.
But in this process of imagination, the ego pretends to be
an entity different from the self. If the mind develops
enough power, it could go on imagining things endlessly
and this is the trigger for the birth-death-rebirth events.
Once the physical body becomes weak, death eventuates.
But the imagining mind is still not content with its dreams.
In the next birth, the same person continues his unfulfilled
journey and goes on and on, until enlightenment happens
in one particular birth and the journey ends.
Is the Individual's hard work, a cause of enlightenment or
is it due to divine grace? The considered view of Babaji is
that it is due to both. Consciousness wishes to possess a
person entirely. At that time, the aspirant makes an honest
approach to give up all his dreams of the future. The 'click'
occurs and the person realizes himself as Brahman (Aham
Brahmasmi). The individual gets out of the transmigratory
cycle when this click occurs. Is there a possibility of that
person being born again? Adi Sankara's answer is a firm
'No'. If butter is put into a vessel having butter milk, the
buttermilk will not become curd again. This is due to the
fact that butter will not mix with butter milk, even though
it originated from curds. Therefore, the dictum is 'Once
enlightened is always enlightened'. There is no possibility
of an enlightened person becoming ignorant. Evolution in
Nature moves towards perfection, not imperfection.
The philosophy of Shivarudra Balayogi - Babaji is in tune
with Hindu Philosophy, more particularly with the Yoga
Vasishta of Valmiki. The gates of Moksha (liberation) are
guarded by four sentinels, viz., peace of mind (shanti),
contentment (santosha), association with noble people

(satsangha), and self inquiry (vichara).One should study

the scriptures (shastras) especially those relating to selfrealisation (Atma Vidya). The world that one sees in
dream state (swapna avasta) is similar to the world in the
woken state (jagrat avasta). The only difference is that
the dream state is short and woken state appears longer.
Time and space are only mental concepts. A few thousand
years may pass off as a moment while in dream; a few
thousand years in dream state may equal a few hours in
the waking state. Objects perceived by senses are not
different from the soul (atman). The perceiver and the
objects of perception belong to Atmic realm, and
therefore are identical. The main obstacle to selfrealization is the pseudo-identification of the atman with
the body. In the true spirit of a Jivan Mukta (a person
liberated while living), one is advised to carry out his
duties, while remaining with the Brahman. To attain
self realization, constant practice (Abhyasa) and
detachment (Vairagya) are necessary. Only then the
mind gives up its habit of imagination. The best course
of action in today's world, to reach this state is to
practice meditation (or remaining in a thoughtless state)
for at least an hour every day. This practice, in course
of time, will certainly lead the practitioner to the state
of enlightenment in due course.
Just now as a human what you have as mind is a micro
speck potency of the original consciousness which would
have arisen to create in every birth . In subsequent rebirths
consciousness potency gets diluted by breaking it into
billions of layers. For example, if the potency of the present
mind is 100 units, then this mind had 100,000 units potency
at the start of creation. Whatever it would have resolved
as a dream or as a desire in its imagination, based on the
strength of focus, such a resolution would have become
the destiny of the present mind or Jivatman. In other words,
the present mind which has got individuality undergoes in
its imagination all such events as destiny. With self efforts
to untie such imagination one can overcome the effects
of such destiny and the mind (or consciousness) can
liberate itself from such experience of destiny in this life.
All the future events (which are linked to the concept
called time) would disappear making such a one as
Jivanmukta and until body exists as prarabdha ,the world
shall be benefitted by the experience of such a Jivanmukta
and eventually such a one attains Videhamukti when
Mahasamadhi is attained by dropping the physical body.
This dropping of physical body happens automatically and
not by any resolution of the Jivanmukta. A Jivanmukta
always remains consciously in the real Self totally contented
and in supreme peace.

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ONE OF THE BEST known sayings of Socrates is

"I only know that I know nothing". The
conventional interpretation of this remark is that
Socrates' wisdom was limited to an awareness of his
own ignorance. Once Socrates was seen in a market
- a place he seldom used to visit as he had few
wants. Someone who identified him was astonished to
meet him there but had the courage to go near him
and ask " Mr Socrates, you lead a Spartan life. How
come you are seen in this market, a place frequented
by materialists like us ?" In a cool tone Socrates
replied /'Actually I didn't come here with the intention
of buying anything. I just wanted to see how many
things are available in this market without which Man
can still be happy" (Thank God ! Socrates is not living
with us now - otherwise we don't know what he
would have to say about the retail outlets in the
metres that we have here in India!)
The wisdom of Socrates finds an immediate parallel in
contemporary Indian Astrology.The Panchangs
(almanacs) of India are like the " goods in market"
defined by Socrates without which everyone could be
happy. What is the reason? The main reason is these
Almanacs are not standardized. Movments of planets
conform to standard rules of Astronomy .In fact.every
town, every district, every city in India has a different
Panchanga as if to indicate that movements of planets
are based on subjective interpretation. No two
Panchangs in India follow the same rule. One of the
cardinal principles in fixing the Muhurtha for marriage
is " No Planet should occupy the Seventh House".
What the Rishis said was that a planet in the seventh
vitiates the marriage Muhurtha - be it benefic or
malefic. Even Jupiter in 7 is a taboo for marriage
muhurtha. Several panchangas in India do not follow
this rule.
Next comes the question of determining what Muhurtha
to adopt for which activity. In ancient times the known
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activities were agriculture, commerce civil construction

work, vedic functions, etc. But today the whole
complexion has changed. We have so many different
activities today.
Is there any fight at the end of the tunnel? I believe
2012-2013 introduced by Mr. Niranjan Babu should
change the whole complexion of the game.
Ideally it is an almanac which should find a place in
every house and in every place in the nook and corner
of our country and perhaps, all over the globe. It is
the most user-friendly Panchanga ever contemplated or
devised. All information relevant to a lay person for
taking a decision with the aid of Astrology finds a
place in the Panchanga. It is a maiden attempt - but a
bold one nevertheless. Future editions of this innovative
Panchanga may perhaps have the rising sign time
interval displayed thus helping a new parent to identify
the lagna of his/her child as soon as it is born.
Beginning from May 2012 issue of The Astrological
eMagazine we propose to carry a table of the lagnas
(ascendants) for the month. In view of the time
difference between various cities a small correction
factor of about 1 to 20 minutes would be needed to
get the lagna of the place where it is used. To ensure
that the lagna is properly used it is advised that
activities be done in the middle of the lagna duration
so that one can be sure that the full effects of lagna
are utilized beneficially for the activity in question.
The Prasna Tantra of Neelakanta (translated by
DR B V RAMAN) brings out the true import of lagna
when it says :
The Moon is always to be considered as the
seed, the ascendant as the flower, the navamsa
ascendant as the fruit and the house as taste of
that fruit (page 175,176).





I Saturn. As you all know Saturn rules all bones of the
body in general. Teeth being bones also come under his
rulership. The sign Aries controls the upper jaw and teeth,
whereas Taurus governs the lower jaw and teeth. There
is another sign which has an indirect bearing on teeth i.e.
Cancer. This sign provides calcium fluoride to teeth. Along
with Saturn, Jupiter also affects the health of teeth. So
the strength, size and shape of your teeth or for that matter
your entire dental health can be assessed mainly by
examining the position of the above planets, signs and
corresponding house viz. the 1st, the 2nd and the fourth.
If Jupiter and Saturn, Aries, Taurus and Cancer, the 1st,
the 2nd and the 4th are afflicted the dental health of the
person will deteriorate depending upon the intensity of
the afflictions. It is, therefore, possible by an examination
of the horoscope to decide the nature of dental health of
the person. If damage to the teeth is clearly indicated in
the horoscope, necessary preventive steps can be taken
to avoid the trouble. Now for example in the year 1981,
Jupiter will be in conjunction with Saturn thrice viz. on 1 st
January 1981, 5th March 1981 and 24th July 1981. This
conjunction, inter alia, will influence the health of teeth of
all those who are already having the conjunction in their
horoscope and those who will take birth on this planet
during the periods of these conjunctions. If you are
interested in knowing how the conjunction influences the
dental health please examine.
This is the horoscope (chart 1) of a female who has
suffered and even today is suffering due to dental troubles.
Her Jupiter and Saturn are in conjunction in Lagna. The
lord of the 2nd house Venus is in the 10th house aspected
by Saturn from Lagna. As a result of this combination the
following things have happened.
Chart I: Rasi: Aries -Ascendant, Saturn 16, Jupiter 17, and Uranus
21; CancerPluto 9; Virgo-Neptune 6 and Rahu 16; Sagittarius
Mars 11; CapricornVenus 28 and the Moon 19; Aquarius-Sun 12
and Mercury 16 ; and PiscesKetu.

Presence of Jupiter in Lagna gave her small and

otherwise good looking teeth.

(ii) Presence of Saturn in Aries spoiled the health of the

teeth and the same started decaying fast.
(hi) To add to the above trouble, Saturn afflicted the lord
of the 2nd house Venus in the 10th house.
(vi) The lord of Lagna Mars luckily escaped affliction but
the Aries suffered due to close conjunction of Jupiter
and Saturn. Consequently teeth of the upper jaw
started decaying first (Aries) followed by those in
the lower jaw (Taurus)
(v) Saturn is the planet of limitation. Presence of Saturn
in Lagna that too in Aries made her jaws small and
as such a couple of teeth sat on one upon the another
spoiling the natural alignment.
(vi) Jupiter in Lagna and his aspect on Lagna lord saved
her teeth from complete damage.
(vii) The Sun in Aquarius gives irregular teeth. In this
horoscope also the Sun is in Aquarius.
Decay of the protective enamel of teeth, irregular teeth,
breakage of teeth take place mainly because of the
affliction of Saturn. Those who are having Saturn in lagna
or Saturn's signs in Lagna usually suffer from dental
troubles. Even in horary horoscope if Saturn is in Lagna
you can be rest assured that the querent has some dental
trouble and if you find the querent an old person you can
safely conclude he is using dentures.
Irregular teeth are usually the result of the Sun. The Sun
in Saturn's house or the Sun otherwise afflicted by Saturn
gives irregular teeth. So also when Saturn is afflicted in
Aquarius or Pisces the person gets irregular teeth. Jupiter
in the 4th in a watery sign, particularly in Cancer or Scorpio
with Mars or Rahu or with Mars and Rahu, the incissors
are usually very big.
Jupiter in a watery sign along with Ketu or affllicted by
Saturn and. Mars the teeth become black and start
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decaying. Jupiter in an earthy sign spoils the whiteness of

the teeth and they become yellowish or spots appear on
them. Saturn in Leo in the 12th house in square with the
Sun developes atleast some sort of defects.
If Saturn is in the 4th, the 5th, the 6th, the 7th, the 8th, the
9th, or the 10th in Aries, Taurus or Aquarius and afflicts
Lagna, the Moon or the Sun, the person suffers from dental
pain during the periods of life when Saturn afflicts the
luminaries or Lagna by by transit. So also if Uranus,
Neptune or Saturn is afflicting the luminaries from Aries
or Saturn is posited in Aries or Libra in Lagna or in the
7th house or afflicts the lord of the Lagna from any of
these signs, the person suffers intensely due to dental pain.
If Mars is afflicted in Lagna or in Aries or Taurus by
Saturn or Uranus, there is liklihood of the person getting
his teeth knocked out either in a fight or in an accident.
The main reason for decay of teeth is too much acidity in
the body. Saturn increases the acidity in the body. So also
if the majority of the planets are in even signs or houses
viz. the 2nd, the 4th, the 6th, the 8th, the 10th or the 12th
acidity increases. Saturn, Neptune, Venus and the Moon
in angular houses or otherwise very strong in the
horoscope increase the acidity. Persons having the above
planetary positions should take utmost care to avoid
increase of acidity in the body or otherwise it will
eventually affect the health of their teeth.
Persons having teeth at the time of birth or not getting
teeth for a long time are rare.
Jataka Parijata gives the following axioms for judging
the possibility of a baby having teeth at birth.
Somyarkshamshe ravijarudhirau chet sandathoma jaatah
It means that if Saturn and Mars are in Gemini or Virgo
or in the Navamsa of Gemini or Virgo the child will have
teeth at the time of birth.
My observation in this regard is that it is not necessary
that both the planets be in the signs or Navamsas indicated
above. Even one of them would suffice to bring about the
results predicted.
In Chart 2 Mars alone is in Virgo Navamsa and yet this
man had two incisors at the time of birth. Doctor removed
them on 12th day from the birth.
In the horoscope (chart 3 of a person whose teeth refused
to grow out and had to be operated at the age of eighth.
Thereafter his his teeth came up and even today they are
intact. He is in his 54th year now.
It is difficult to explain precisely why his teeth came out
that late and that too after undergoing an operation. What
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is more difficult to explain is why he did not get milk teeth

which is normal. The teeth he got after the operation, are
still intact and as such cannot be milk teeth. His teeth are,
however, small and beautiful though slightly irregular. This
might be due to the presence of Jupiter and Venus in the
7th house. Slight irregularity must have come due to the
presence of the Sun. The difficulty in dentition can,
however, be explained, in the following manner.
Mars in Taurus shows difficult dentition In that if either of
the luminaries is also afflicted in a fixed sign the dentition
becomes all the more difficult. In the horoscope under
consideration both the above factors are present. Mars is
in Taurus severely afflicted by Saturn and the Sun in the
7th house in a fixed sign. Saturn opposition Mars clearly
shows the need to undergo operation for this purpose, It
is stated in astrological parlance that the movement of
Saturn in the 7th house starts the public life of a person.
It, as if, brings out the person in open-in to a public life.
Symbolically the same happened in the case of this man.
When Saturn moved in his 7th house, he was operated to
facilitate dentition and he got his present teeth.
In view of the discussion so far, I am sure readers must
have been convinced that armed with the knowledge of
astrology it is possible to make out almost precisely what
troubles one is likely to encounter in his future life, I am
doing research in astrology in general and medical
astrology in particular for some time now. For the purpose
of this research I require very large number of horoscopes
to study each and every facet of astrologic point. I,
therefore, earnestly request, lovers of astrology to send
me interesting horoscopes for my study. Horoscopes of
persons in whose life some sensational events have taken
place like major gains in lottery, major changes in career
bringing them great status and happiness, so also great
catastrophes like loss of dear ones at a crucial moment,
major financial or emotional crises, major accidents turning
the entire course of life, diseases like cancer, heart troubles,
leprosy etc., may please be forwarded to me. This will
help me in my studies and fruits of the research will
naturally be made available for the benefit of lovers of
Chart 2:Rasi: GeminiAscendant and Ketu 5; CancerUranus 045 and Jupiter 1 ; LeoPluto 1 ; LibraNeptune 3 and Saturn (R)
24; SagittariusRahu 5 ; CapricornMoon 18 ; AriesSun 29 and
Venus 29 ; and TaurusMercury 19 and Mars 28. Navamsa: Aries
Pluto : TaurusSaturn ; Gemini Moon and Mercury ; Cancer
Jupiter and Uranus ; VirgoMars ; LibraNeptune; ScorpioKetu;
and SagittariusSun and Venus.
Chart 3 : LeoAscendant and Neptune ; Scorpio Saturn ;
SagittariusKetu ; AquariusSun, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury ;
PiscesUranus; TaurusMars ; and GeminiPluto and Rahu. m

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Astrology & Conjugal Life


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Pakistan Airline Crash - An Astrological Analaysis


Puntt Kumar Vohra

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Sunrise and Sunset Timings for May 2012


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This Month for You May 2012


Timings for Rahukafa, Gulikakala and Yamakantaka


Lead Article





According to recent press reports, the

establishment of a high altitude astronomical
observatory on the Himalayas with an hundred-inch
reflecting telescope is being planned by the Indian
Meteorological Department. The observatory " when set
up will help in the study of the heavenly bodies, researches
on cosmic rays, astro-physics, geology, geo-physics, high
level meteorology, micro-biology, etc." Such an
observatory would doubtless be a valuable addition to the
extant ones in the other parts of the world. But a National
Government in India is expected to do something more
than merely add to the huge number of observatories
already existing.
The Government should do something to give a fillip to
the indigenous culture and indigenous sciences, not the
least important of which is Astro-Meteorology. It is a
fashion with some of the Western educated Indians to
refer to the achievements of the ancient Indian sages in
the realms of physical science including Astronomy and
Meteorology, let alone the superstitious subject of
Astrology, in contemptuous terms. According to them, the
ancient Hindus were only a set of hair-splitting
philosophers. Such a misconception is due to two factors,
viz., (1) the one-sided education they have received and
(2) pre-possession. It is evident from the remains of some
of the most important achievements of the Hindus that in
addition to Philosophy, Mathematics and Astronomy, many
other equally important sciences flourished in ancient India.
Chemistry, Dynamics, Meteorology, Physics and other
cognate sciences existed in a much more advanced state
than what we find them at the pfesent day. That there
were powerful telescopes in ancient India is doubtless a
fact. One is mentioned in Mahabharatha. It was given by
Vyasa to Sanjaya at Indra Prasta in order to witness the
battle going on at Kurukshetra. Coming to recent times
less than two centuries ago Rajaputana produced an
astronomer, no doubt the greatest of his time.
This astronomer was no other than the famous Jai Singh
of Jaipur. Raja Jai Singh constructed a set of observatories
at his capital Jaipur, Muttra, Benares, Delhi and Ujjain,

and "was able to collect the astronomical tables of De

La Hire published in 1702 A. D. The Raja left as a
monument of his skill, a star list collated by himself. It
must be noted that all these astronomical achievements
were intended for the good of humanity especially for the
benefit of the navigator and the agriculturist. The study
of astronomy could not be divorced from the study of
astrology, for the simple reason that according to the
ancients, celestial combinations always coincided with
terrestrial disturbances. This gave them a clue to pursue
the subject of astrology, astronomy and meteorology in all
their aspects and arrive at remarkable conclusions about
weather forecasting. Even now, it is a matter of common
occurrence that village astrologers are right in a surprisingly
high percentage of their weather predictions. Their rules
are simple and dispense away with costly apparatus and
laboratories. Observation coupled with experience enabled
the great sages of India to dive deep into the subject of
meteorology and discover the laws governing weather,
rainfall, storms etc., which are of utmost importance to
us. It must be noted that the ancients had been faced
with the same pro-blems that we are and they must have
therefore wracked their brains to find out solutions for
such problems. They had to study weather conditions and
guide the farmer in his agricultural operations. India being
an agricultural country, great attention was paid to the
study of astrology in its relation to weather forecasting.
There was not a sphere of achievement in which the
ancients had not made their mark. Whether in the art of
peace or warfare, economics or sculpture, laws or
languages, they had made their distinct marks. It is sheer
absurdity on the part of the modern scientist to arrogate
to himself the privilege of scientific enlightenment. The
ancients discovered a grand truth that every member of
the solar system exerts an important influence by
gravitation upon every other and that the Sun in particular
is the major arbiter of weather. Indeed the modern
meteorologists completely ignore the major factors
affecting the weather but considers only minor influences
with the result that they hardly succeed in making any
correct predictions.

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The present-day meteorologists who are patronised by all

civilised Governments have never cared to test the
valuable hints given by such celebrated savants as Varaha
Mihira. Many of them have the audacity to reject such
truths off hand as a subject that merits the attention of
the antiquarian rather than the scientist. Let a
dispassionate observer impartially follow the methods
suggested below and apply the test of practical experience
by keeping a diary of his investigations. He will soon find
that even if difficulties present themselves sometimes and
imperfections are occasionally revealed, there is certainly
"something in it".
The proposed observatory in the Himalayas can with
advantage start research work in the field of Indian astrometeorology and we are sure they will be able to discover
grand truths which will doubtless place the art of weather
forecasting upon a surer and a more comprehensive basis.
Whilst the forecasts of a meteorologist do not anticipate
events by more than a few hours, those of the astrologer
can supply a skeleton outline of the probable weather for
any period.
It is nothing but prejudice that has prevented the modern
scientist from pursuing investigations into the pretensions
of astrology in relation to weather forecasting. There have
been instances in the past of utter failure on the part of
the meteorological department to forecast the trend of
weather with the result great accidents have happened
jeopardising the lives of many. If a meteorologist fails in
his forecasts of weather, which are generally made but a
short time in advance, he is ignored, his failure being
attributed to some errors in observation or calculation.
Some years ago, there was an article in the Daily
Telegraph of London admitting that the Meteorological
Office had entirely failed to give any warning of a certain
severe gale (on 12th January of that year) and suggesting
that the funds of the Meteorological Office were
inadequate and that the Government ought to increase
the grant. But if an astrologer per chance were guilty of a
similar failure, a ripple of contemptuous laughter would
have swept over the country and all the newspapers would
have swooped over the unfortunate victim with all
vehemence charging him and his art with superstition. The
meteorologist and the astronomer are punished with more
grants while the astrologer is made the laughing stock of
the world, simply because the latter persists in his
recognising the interplay of planetary forces on the earth,
a truth which science is slowly beginning to realise. If
only the Government or public-spirited men could give
enough support to students of astrology,at least one
fourth of what is wasted on the Meteorological

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Departmenta higher percentage of successful

predictions regarding weather could certainly be given. If
a properly organised astro-meteorological office were
maintained by the Government, we should attain very soon
to almost perfect weather prediction.
The following details mainly culled from the famous Prasna
Marga deal with the methods of predicting ' When it will
rain and where'? Let scholars and sceptics study the
principles, test them and then arrive at their own
conclusions about the veracity of these principles. Let them
not be condemned a priori.
At the time of the Sun's ingress into Gemini if Venus
occupies the 2nd or 12th from the rising sign and when at
the same time, the Moon occupies a watery Navamsa in
any Rasi, there will be copious rains during the year in
question (Mesha to Meena is a year). When Ravi,
Chandra, Kuja, and Saturn and Rahu cross the watery
Rasis in transit and Budha and Sukra conjoin a sthula Rasi,
there will be very heavy rains.
When Ravi, Budha and Sukra occupy the same Rasi in
the same Navamsa, there will be heavy rains. But if these
planets occupy the same Rasi and Navamsa and they
happen to be watery signs, the rains will be all the more
When Surya occupies an earthy sign and Chandra, Budha
and Sukra occupy watery vargas, and at that time if you
perceive a rainbow in the Western side, then also there
will be plentiful rains.
In 'Varsha Ritu' (April-May) Rainbow in the Eastern side
does not give rain. In the other 'Ritus', a rainbow in the
East will bring in'Rains'. A rainbow in the West during
the Varsha Ritu brings in a pour.
When the mock Sun is visible to the North of the Sun's
disc, there will be rain; to the South there will be a tempest;
and on both sides, then a 'flood' will come in. To the top
of the Sun's disc means some danger to the king, and
below it will mean some calamities to the people.
When it rains in the New Moon days and the days
succeeding them (Prathipada days) there will be good
rainfall during that bright half of the lunar month. If it
rains on Full Moon days and the dark Prathipada days
there will be no rains in the dark half. In both Pakshas
when it rains during the first 15 ghatikas in Dwiteeya (2nd
lunar day) and the last 15 ghatikas in Prathipada (1st lunar
day) there will be copious rains during those Pakshas.
When it rains only little on those days, rains also will be
scarce during those Pakshas. If it does not rain then, there
will be no rain during that Paksha.
(to be continued)



Oiiiita Nidhi*


1 that much of the special Yogas and other factors, good

or bad, have their genesis in some selective combinations
of these five angas. They are collectively or separately,
either interrelated or independent. To appreciate them
effectively, a quick look into the technicalities of the five
angas or limbs will be helpful. The first limb - Thithi or
Lunar Day is covered in the covered previous issue.
Second Limb - Vara
Now let us go to the second component of the panchanga
namely the Vara or weekday. Of the seven weekdays
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are considered
auspicious. Some consider Mondays as inauspicious when
the Moon is weak. For specific purposes the weekdays
ruled by malefics like Sunday, Tuesday and Saturday are
admitted. Opinions vary with different authorities, over
the selection of weekdays, especially for various
agricultural activities. The lord of the weekday must be
strong along with the Kalahoras and the Arma lord rising
at the time selected, to make the day chosen, effectively
auspicious. Of the many restrictions and recommendations
for the acceptance of weekdays for specific purposes
prescribed by different authorities, the weekday spike or
Varashoola is generally observed and rejected for travel
in different directions, though exceptions come to the
rescue, in emergent situations. Monday and Saturday
have Soola towards East, Tuesday and Wednesday
towards North, Friday and Sunday towards West and
Thursday towards South. An extensive discussion on other
aspects of the Vara is however, is beyond our present
Third Limb - Nakshatra
The third limb is Nakshatra. Nakshatras are 27 in number
excluding Abhijit. Hindu astrology considers the zodiacal
belt as Kalapurusha comprising of 27 constellations (28
including Abhijit). It is in tandem, divided into 12 rasis as
well fitting 2.25 constellations in each rasi. Each
Nakshatra has its presiding and subsidiary deities. The
* continued from the April 2012 issue)

different Nakshatras represent the various parts of the

stellar deity. Generally, nine Nakshatras Bharani,
Krittika, Aridra, Aslesha, the three Poorvas, Visaka
and Jyeshta are rejected for auspicious functions. The
Nakshatras have many types of classifications that may
require by itself an elaborate dissertation. To mention a
few, there are classifications of males, females and
eunuchs; divine, human and demonic; urdhwamukha
(upward looking), adhomukha (downward looking) and
triyangmukha (straight looking) and others. They are
also divided into groups of chara-chala (movable),
kshipra-laghu (short-dynamic), mridu-maitra (gentlefriendly) dhruva or sthira (constant-fixed), ugra-krura
(aggressive-cruel), teekshna-daruna (ferocious-bitter)
and misra-sadharana (mixed-ordinary), An elaboration
is not attempted at this juncture. These varied
classifications help us to select the appropriate Nakshatras
for our specific and wide-ranging day-to-day activities
depending upon their purpose and practice.
Fourth Limb - Yoga
The next limb of the panchanga is the Nityayoga that is
nothing but the sum of the longitudes of the Sun and the
Moon. This value is divided into units of 13o20' to form
the 27 Yogas. It starts with Vishkumbha, when this sum
is naught and ends with Vaidhruthi, when again the sum
becomes zero.
Of these Nityayogas, Vishkumbha,
Parigha, Vyatipata, Vajra, Vyaghata, Vaidhruthi, Sula,
Ganda and Atiganda are generally spumed for
auspicious events. Nevertheless, there are several
Fifth Limb - Karana
The fifth limb is the Karana that is technically half of the
Tithi. So much so, the lunar month of 30 days will have
60 Karanas. They are mainly classified as sthira - fixed
or immovable and chara or moveable. The chara karanas
are seven in number and the sthira only four. The fixed
ones, sakuni, chatushpada, naga and kimsatugna can
be easily identified because these four are permanently
allotted to the latter half of the krishnapaksha
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chaturdasi, then to the two halves of the new moon and

to the first half of the shuklapaksha prathama, in the
same order. The remaining 56 halves of the tithis are
shared by the seven movable karanas commencing from
bhava for the latter half of the sukla prathama. They
are, in their order, bava, balava, kaulava, taitila, gara,
vanija and vishti or bhadra, forming a series. This series,
starting with the latter half of the Shuklapaksha
Prathama completes eight such cycles to finally end with
the first half of the krishnapaksha chaturdasi, allowing
then the four sthira karanas to take over the next four
halves of the tithis. The animal origins or yonis of the
movable karanas are lion, tiger, boar, donkey, elephant,
cow and dog and of the fixed ones are dog, bull, serpent
and cock. Bharadwaja allots Vishnu, Prajapathi,
Chandra, Gurus, Vasus, Manibhadra and Yama as the
lords of the chara karanas while Varahamihira takes them
as Indra, Brahma, Mitra, Aryama, Bhu, Sri and Yama
respectively. The lords of the four Sthira Karanas are
Kali, Vrasa, phani and maruta. Among the movable
karanas vishti or bhadra is considered to be of dreadful
consequences and the rest are good. Of the four fixed
karanas, naga is taken for permanent works, cruel deeds
and forcible and hateful activities.
The above narration of the five limbs of the panchanga is
only an attempt to give a kaleidoscopic view of the basic
components of our panchanga. They are in no way
exhaustive or elaborate. They have been furnished to
help the reader to have a better understanding of the
combined effects of some of these, which we are going
to examine, in some extensive patterns.
It could be seen that some of these nakshatras, yogas
and karanas have common presiding deities. This would
mean the admittance of whatever work is allowed under
a particular nakshatra, to the yoga or karana as well, if
the presiding deity is the same. For example as prathama
and Rohini have a common deity Brahma, it would mean
that the functions selected for performance under Rohini
could be admitted on the days of prathama as well.
Therefore, their combinations would also depict the pattern
of the common purpose.
Let us have a quick look into some of the special and
useful constituents that form a part the panchang. Let us
consider the limb of karana first and take vishti. The
occurrence of vishti and its duration is given in all the
panchangas. As explained earlier vishti or bhadra, is a
harmful karana capable of spoiling any effort embarked
upon, at a time when it rules that part of the day. This is
the last and seventh of the moveable karanas. It occurs
on the latter half of chaturthi, first half of ashtami, the
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latter half of ekadasi in the shuklapaksha and then with

the first half of pournami and the latter halves of the
triteeya and dasami and first halves saptami and
chaturdasi of the krishnapaksha. Thus, it takes its turns
eight times in a lunar month and rules for a time equivalent
to half the duration of its appropriate tithi. An easy way
to locate vishti is given below. Firstly, double the tithi
number, counted from the sukla prathama and then divide
it by 7. If it leaves a remainder of 1 or 2, we can conclude
that vishti is present. If the remainder is one, vishti is
identical with the latter half of the tithi and is coterminous
with it. if the remainder is 2, it rules the first half of the
tithi and commences with it. If the remainder is more
than 2, vishti will not be present.
Examples can make this clear. Let us take a day when
the tithi is sukla chaturthi. Then 4x2=8 and when
divided by 7 we get a remainder of 1. Therefore, we
know that vishti is current on the day during the second
half of the tithi. It would commence soon after the first
half of the tithi is over and end when the tithi chaturthi
ends. Take another day of pournami tithi. Then 15x2
= 30 and the remainder we get when divided by 7 will be
2. Therefore, vishti will rule the first half of the tithi,
commence with the tithi pournami and end when exactly
half of pournami is over. If the tithi is krishna triteeya,
we have to count from sukla prathama. It will be then
15 + 3 = 18. Then we have to calculate thus 18 x 2= 36.
The remainder, after dividing by 7, will be 1. This would
show that that vishti is present on that day. It would rule
the latter half of the triteeya on that day and end with it.
In the case of krishna chaturdasi, the calculation will be
15 + 14 = 29 x 2 = 58 leaving a remainder 2. Then vishti
will rule the first half of the tithi and commence with the
krishna chaturdasi.
Let us take a day of sukla panchami. The calculation
will be 5 x 2 = 10 and when divided by 7 we get a remainder
of 3. Therefore, we know that vishti is not present on
that day.
Apart from ascertaining whether vishti is present or not
on a particular day, we can also find out the particular
karana ruling at the end of the tithi of any day. For
krishnapaksha add one to the double of the tithi number.
The remainder obtained when this result is divided by 7
will indicate the karana ruling for the latter half of the
tithi. The order of numbers representing the karanas will
be l.bava, 2.balava, 3.kaulava, 4.taitila, 5.gara,
6. vanija and 7.vishti. Take a day of krishna shasti.
Then 6x2 = 12+ 1 = 13. When divided by 7 leaves a
remainder of 6. Therefore, vanija is the karana for the
continued on 25

Ms. Pragati Oswal is a complementary
and alternative medicine (CAM)
consultant, researcher and a wellness
coach. By combining the wisdom of
various forms of alternative therapies
(yoga, acupressure, sujok, guided
meditation, and energy healing), she
prescribes individual-specific
treatments and designs workshops on
Stress management, Pain management
and Wellness.

yy It's a long story, there are too

many complications and you are
confused or helpless. The situation may
be out of your control, but your breath
is not. So, Breathe!
Do you raise those eyebrows when
some one speaks bad? More often than
not you can't breathe away your
problems. You'll not find instant
solutions either. Neither will you
experience a "miracle". You can,
however, prevent and manage many
symptoms that sustained stress has
already made you vulnerable to. Also,
you might be pleasantly surprised when
your painful conditions get alleviated.
Do you have tense muscle groups
around your neck and shoulders? Is
your blood pressure on the higher side?
Does your back-pain worsen when you
are worked up? Do you have trouble
going to sleep? Are you prone to
indigestion in general? Then, you need
to check the way you breathe without
waiting for your symptoms to first
make their presence felt or worsen.
Physical as well as mental stress affects
the body the same way. The former is
characterised by fight or flight. In other
words, the body girds itself for
immediate action when danger is
perceived. Stress response leads to
automatically, involuntarily, inhibits the
digestive processes and increases
activities like our heart rate, blood
pressure, pulse-rate, respiratory rate
etc. When the danger subsides, the
body restores its original balance.
8 MAY 2012


Whereas our blood pressure and heart

rate are not in really in our control, our
breath is. Although we generally
breathe without awareness, we can, at
any given time, control our breath rate
at will. Breath acts as a bridge between
the involuntary and voluntary activities
in the body. Mental stress tends to
linger around longer. One can literally
experience the heart beating rapidly,
sweaty break-outs etc. under pressure
or due to fear and anger. Even
recollection of stressful or emotionally
charged events can trigger a similar
response in the body.
These can be stabilized by voluntary
breath regulation. By consciously
regulating your breath, you can
influence your blood pressure, heart
rate and the rate at which adrenaline is
being pumped into your blood-stream.
Once the breathing slows down the
body systems automatically switch to
the "relax" mode.


pattern and breathing speed, and by

regulating the same a few times a day,
it is possible to alleviate, manage and
prevent many symptoms of mental
stress. So, Breathe!
One can start with a simple, non
strenuous diaphragmatic breathing.

Sit comfortably preferably with a

straight back or lie down flat on
your back with feet slightly apart
and place the palms on the

Observe the movement of your

abdomen when you inhale and as
you exhale.

Start to consciously bloat your

abdomen when you breathe in.
Let the abdomen collapse and relax
as you breathe out. Repeat this
exercise about 5-6 times.

Once again, without manipulating

the movement of the abdomen,
focus on the rhythm of your
breath and observe the natural,
effortless movement of the

Now observe the slight expansion

of chest and the shoulders that
follows along as the abdomen rises
with the in-breath. Also, notice
how the chest and the shoulders
collapse effortlessly with the outbreath. The breathing would have
automatically slowed down by

Regulation of Breath
Pranayama is translated as rhythmic
regulation of breath. By regular practice
of pranayama one can reduce one's
breathing rate. Just like an athlete/
marathon runner has a lesser heart and
a pulse rate at rest compared to a
normal person, a pranayama
practitioner has a lower breathing rate
in general. At rest, an adult breathes
on an average, 12-18 times per
minute. With regular practice of
Pranayama one can reduce the number
of breaths to 7-11 per minute.
Consequently, one becomes less prone
to sustaining the stress response.
By practicing pranayama regularly,
keeping a check on the breathing

Try it a few times. If you feel refreshed

in less than 10 minutes, you know you
are doing it right. Whenever you feel
spaced out recharge your batteries with
this breathing technique. Happy



win Jupiter's Transit into


Benefit You?

(Jupiter enters Taurus on 17.05.2012 when the Moon is in Revati in Pisces. He becomes retrograde on 6th
October 2012 and assumes direct motion on 29th January 2013. He leaves for Gemini on 31s' May 2013)
He dons Suvarnamurtifor Taurus, Libra and Pisces. He assumes Rajatamurti for Cancer, Scorpio and
Aquarius. He has the attire Tamramurtifor Gemini, Virgo and Capricorn. He has the garb of Lohamurtifor
Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. For Suvarnamurti the results are splendid. For Rajatamurti good results are
experienced. The results are mediocre for Tamram urti and bad for Lohamurti. Jupiter gives good results
when he transits 2, 5, 7, 9 and 11 from the Moon viz. for the rasis Aries, Capricorn, Scorpio, Virgo and
Cancer. This has been adjusted with the murti and other transits. No rasi gets Suvarnamurti with afavourable

MESHA (Aries)
[Aswini, Bharani and Krittika 1]
Jupiter moves to a favourable place, but being Lohamurti the results are not well pronounced.
Results depend very much on other transits.
Though not very cheerful, the period gives some satisfaction. Many reverses you earher had
are now set right. There will be financial gains. Frustration and mental agony undergone
earlier may gradually vanish. In official career you get elevation, yet the position may not be very satisfactory. The
elevation is only in name and in effect may not be very desirable. You feel that despite the position you get, your
wings are partially clipped and the powers cannot be exercised freely. The proposals for marriage may click, but
there will be delay. The betrothal may take place, but marriage may be delayed because of some technical reasons.
The time may not be suitable for marriage or the bride or the groom may have to complete some work before
marriage. In the same way childbirth is likely, but there may be tantalizing moments making you frustrated. There
may be travels, but problems of visa and other official formalities cause delay. You can vanquish your enemies, but
the enemies are still powerful and the force you exercise turns out to be inadequate.
There may be some unexpected success. Even in general fife you will feel happy. The only problem is that all the
achievements you have give you satisfaction. But the circumstances do not make you enjoy these things properly.
Aswini: In the first part you meet with setbacks and some hindrances. In the middle part you gain in different ways
and you feel comfortable. In the third part you face setbacks.
Bharani: There will be favourable currents in the beginning. In the middle part, you are disappointed. In the last
part you have gains.
Krittika 1: There will be problems of health in the beginning. The second part gives you gains. In the last part you
will face setbacks.

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[Krittika 2, 3, 4, Rohini, Mrigasiras 1, 2]
Though the transit is in an unfavourable house, Jupiter assumes Suvarnamurti. Consequently,
even the machinations of your enemies turn out to be in your favour. There may be quarrels
in the office, problems relating to the service and bickering with colleagues and so on. But
you manage to solve these things. Even if you are transferred it will be to the place where you
wield power and influence and the dislocation you had gives you new contacts and connections,
which enhances your influence. You may get loan sanctioned without difficulty. The senior relatives who had been
indifferent to your matters now start liking you and favour you. Problems of health also gradually vanish. The various
investments you have made give returns, which are handsome, though many get diverted into different directions and
you may not enjoy the benefits immediately. The marriage proposals are not generally successful, but they may prove
advantageous later.
Those who are connected with education may feel disappointed in the beginning. But things change and they get
results far above expectations. If there are problems in conjugal life, they do not get solved immediately but some
seniors interfere and try to solve the matters peacefully. Students aspiring for higher education may find some
obstacles, but they get some unusual help to champion their cause. People in all walks of life face problems but they
get solved by providential grace.
Krittika 2,3,4: You have problems of health causing concern in the beginning. In the second part, you get wealth.
In the last part there will be impediments.
Rohini: There will be success in the beginning. In the middle part unfavourable currents cause dissatisfaction. In the
last part there will be financial gains.
Mrigasira 1, 2: In the first part you get the help of men of consequence. In the second part, you will be happy. In
the third part there will be problems of health.
MITHUNA (Gemini):
[Mrigasira 3,4, Aridra, Punarvasu 1,2,3]
Jupiter assumes Tamramurti which gives mediocre results and transits the twelfth house. In
general the results are not good but for some occasional results which cheer you up.
First of all you feel that you have lost the influence which you could exercise to achieve your
ends. You have several problems in the office, social circles and other fields of activity. In the
office you are not favoured. Even those who help you are rendered powerless and despite
your contacts and connections, you find things go astray to cause dissatisfaction. If it is promotion and you are
shortlisted for the post, there will be delay in the procedure. Your interview may be postponed or men at the helm of
affairs may not be in good humour to follow up the matter. With all these, you will win in the end. The hurdles you
have to cross are many and this practically extinguishes the enthusiasm you had in the beginning. In the case of travel,
also some technical hitches hold you back. If it is visa, you may have to struggle hard for clearing the irregularities.
The travel may ensue after great efforts. In the case of conjugal matters also your partner is indifferent. The life
partner is not very particular to have any settlement. But you have the help of some common friends who may help
you. Some seniors also may try to solve the issue. After Herculean efforts things may materialize as you wish. People
in every walk of fife find that their schemes meet with hindrances and after much effort they succeed or catch glimpses of
success in the end.
Mrigasira 3, 4: In the first part there will be favourable currents. The second part gives you great success. In the
last part there will be obstacles.
Aridra: In the first part many good friends let you down. In the second part, there will be favourable currents. In
third, you are successful.
Punarvasu 1, 2, 3: In the first part there will be favourable currents. In the second there will be unfavourable
currents. In the third there will be success.
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[Punarvasu 4, Pushya, Ashlesha]
Jupiter is in the 11th, a favourable position. He also dons the attire of Rajatamurti and the
results are good. On the whole this year will be pleasant.
First of all your position in the office, or social circles or the group to which you belong
becomes important. You may realize your long-cherished ambitions and get the position aspired
for. There will be increased income. You may also have inheritance. If any dispute is going
on your ancestral property, you win in the case. Though it may not be as you desired it will certainly be substantial.
Your plans for travel also now materialize and if the circumstances are favourable you may travel abroad and achieve
the end. It may be academic, professional or travel on mission. You get fame and wealth through them. Those with
chronic illness may find that the remedy for the malady that has been tormenting you is now available. Your health will
be restored. Those interested in religious matters may visit shrines and other places of religious importance.
Proposals for marriage easily click and aspirations for childbirth are also fulfilled. Acquisition of valuable goods and
friendship with men of consequence and the consequent benefits add colour to your life. The relation with your
paternal relatives will become good and if strained earlier, it will be restored. Your enemies keep a distance and make
overtures for peaceful settlement of the disputes. There may be occasional disturbances caused by various factors.
But these pale into insignificance.
Punarvasu 4: There will be favourable currents in the first part. In the second there will be impediments. In the
third, there will be success.
Pushya: There will be favourable currents in the first part. In the middle part, there will be success. In the third there
will be impediments.
Aslesha: There will be favourable currents in the beginning. There will be impediments in the middle. In the end
there will be success.
SIMHA (Leo):
[Makha, Poorvaphalguni, Uttaraphalguni 1]
Jupiter in the 10th with Lohamurti is not good in general. Because of other good transits and
the transit of Saturn the results are not totally bad.
You may find that many of your aspirations end up in a fiasco. In career despite your skill and
vaulting ambition you find that the odds against you are too many and give you dissatisfaction.
You may undergo dislocation and the new position puts you to hardship. If you are shifted to
another place, the internal problems of accommodation etc. may offer you a challenge. Loss of money, position and
comfort really causes you consternation, but you may get the help of some acquaintances to solve your problems. You
must take care of your health. If you have any chronic illness it may assume gigantic proportions. At any rate it will
cause concern. The investments do not generally give proper returns. Still some of them prove beneficial. There is
no difficulty in carrying on your day-to-day activities. Your children may cause some problems.
Those who aspire for childbirth find that conditions are not favourable. The proposals for marriage do not immediately
bear fruit. But there can be partial success in the April/May in these matters. The routine life goes on without hitch.
But denial of privileges and position may disappoint you. But there will be restoration of losses occasionally that
cheers you up. It is necessary that you recite Navagraha stotra to tide over the difficulties in the period.
Magha: There will be unfavourable currents in the first part. In the second part, you become successful. In the third
you face setbacks.
Poorvaphalguni: There will be favourable currents in the first part. In the second part there will be setbacks. In the
third you will be successful.
Uttaraphalguni 1: There will be impediments in the first part. In the second there will be financial gains. In the last
part, there will be unfavourable currents.

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KANYA (Virgo):
[Uttaraphalguni 2,3,4, Hasta, Chitta 1,2]
Jupiter is in the 9th, a good place, but dons the garb of Tamramurti.
In general good results manifest, but there will be some disappointment because they fall short
of expectations at times.
If you deal with real estate you do succeed, but the returns are not very good. When you try
to purchase property or other goods you get them. But the price you pay is not normal. It may
happen that you buy a house or vehicle at a cheap rate. Still you have to spend some amount more and ultimately you
do not gain much. In profession, you succeed, but the position does not fascinate you much. For the same emoluments
you get a position where you do not wield much power and influence. You may not be very cheerful. Promises may not be
kept though the conditions will be satisfactory. Your associates help you. But you cannot expect any extraordinary favour.
Your children make you happy. Proposals for marriage will click. You will have good relations with maternal relatives.
In social organizations, you rise to prominence, but you may feel a bit disappointed at the events that follow. People in
all walks of life prosper and acquire importance in the field, but the achievement will not be of the highest order. In
conjugal life, there will be happiness. But you may have a feeling that your consort does not show the affection you
Uttaraphalguni 2,3,4: In the first part there will be problems of health. In the second you get wealth. In the third,
there will be unfavourable currents.
Hasta: In the first part, there will be favourable currents. In the second there will be obstacles. In the third, there will
be financial gains.
Chitta 1,2: There will be success in the first part. In the second, there will be favourable currents. In the third, there
will be problems of health.
TULA (Libra):
[Chitta 3,4, Swati and Visakha 1,2,3]
Jupiter transits the 8th house and dons Svarnamurti. This is indeed a paradox and as a result
some good results manifest; but bad results get obliterated by the murti position of Jupiter.
Various kinds of problems torture you. It can relate to profession, family or relatives. Your
children may fall sick and give concern to you. But fortunately they get good treatment and
get a speedy recovery. Your relatives may engage in family feuds and make you the scapegoat.
But you can establish your innocence and ultimately emerge victoriously. In the office also your case is delayed for no
reason, but in case you succeed in bringing the act of injustice to the superiors, they may take care of you. Even in
travels there may be difficulties. You may get even stranded at a place due to technical hitches. But there will be
providential aid that helps you to overcome the difficulty. Your own health may deteriorate. But you can detect it
sufficiently in advance and timely treatment avoids prolonged illness and consequences.
Your venture also gets impeded because the machinations of your own associates. In this case you should not trust
people who just feign friendship and deceive you. There may be some new friends misleading you to make investments
which turn out to be unsuccessful. Here again, you should exercise caution in choosing the right counsellors. At times
your patience may be tested by the inordinate delay in getting things done, but you should continue to be patient. The
placidity and the perseverance you have lead you to success.
Chitta 3,4: There will be favourable currents in the first part. In the second part you are successful. In the third you
face problems of health.
Swati: There will be problems of health in the beginning. There will be favourable currents later. In the last part, you
face setbacks.
Visakha 1,2,3: There will be favourable currents in the beginning. There will be setbacks later. In the last you will
be successful.
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12 MAY 2012




Conjugal Life
(Born in 1940 Dr. S. Madhavan did his M.Sc. (Mathematics) and took his doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Kerala. He has
published several research papers in journals of international repute in mathematics, Indian astronomy, astrology etc. He retired as Professor
and Head of the Department of Mathematics, University College, Thiruvananthapuram. He also worked abroad for about four years. He has
attended several national and international conferences and guided scores of M.Phil, and PhD students. He studied Sanskrit and jyotisha in
the traditional way. He is now translating the commentary Apurvarthapradarshika of his father, Sri A.N. Srinivasaraghava lyengar on Brihat
Jataka into English. Through his organization Mihira Astrological Center, he works for the promotion of astrology.)
VEDANTA DESIKA, the celebrated Sri Vaishnavite
polyhistor observes in his Padukasahasra thus:


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God knows everything and what he has willed will

inevitably happen. But an astrologer does not know the
fate. He only approximates to truth and from his point of
view the combinations are not final. At times the evil
results get obliterated by remedial measures. It is said:


Dasaratha wanted to install Rama on the throne. Kaikeyi

wanted it for Bharata and truthful King gave it to Bharata.
But, what happened was the coronation of the sandals, a
thing which was beyond all expectation. It is difficult to
know fate which operates in its own way.
This drives home the idea that fate is indomitable and one
cannot know the inscrutable ways of the Supreme Being.
One question is this. If this is the case, what is the use of
remedial measures? They become irrelevant. But there
are people who view in a different way. For example
Yajnavalka observes:

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With dasa you consider the strong results. With transits

you consider the weak results. With combinations you
decide the results which are neither weak nor strong.
Thus from the astrological point of view, there are actions
the results of which cannot be altered. In some cases the
evil effects can be altered. In some they can partly be
changed. With all these things the fact remains the
Supreme Being who is omniscient executes his will.

The horoscopes indicate Prarabdha Karma. It is said,

The manifestation of the results of Karma is partly
controlled by Fate and partly by human actions. There is
also the statement,
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Just as a chariot does not move with one wheel, fate does
not operate without human effort.

Time selects a part of the Sanchita Karma accumulated

in different births and makes it act with the soul at the
time of birth. This is called Prarabdha Karma.

These things do not favour determinism. Astrological

combinations are indicative or astrology is a probabilistic
science and not deterministic. It is true that the omniscient

At times the horoscope becomes inadequate. The

experiences do not tally with predictions and we need the
horary methods.


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To give a confirmed opinion it is good to use horary

methods complementary to the horoscopic analysis.
Problems in Conjugal Life
What are the problems in conjugal life? The main idea of
married life is that the couple should live happily, get
children and grandchildren and see that the family tree
lives with pleasure. But these things do not happen always.
In the traditional Indian concept a man lives with his wife
who is devoted to him and helps him in his day-to-day
life. In modern days things are quite different. Marriage
at times degenerates into a connubial contract which can
be cancelled or renewed. In India we get a mixture of
the Indian and Western culture. Still there are people
who think a man should live with one woman. A girl, 28
years of age, told me that she would marry after enjoying
the life for some more time. According to her marriage is
not the field of enjoyment. Before marriage she is
independent, and nobody interferes in her matters and her
wings are not clipped. Many people feel and have reported
to me that the marriage of boy poses more problems as it
is difficult to meet the girls' demands. Still one cannot
generalize. In countryside the tyranny of the in-laws still
goes on.

the couple lead a happy life? How can astrology help in

this context?
First, one has to examine the basic nature of the
horoscope. There are combinations which delay marriage.
Sanyasa yogas can cause delay in marriage as evidenced
by experience.
One rule is that if four or more planets are in conjunction,
sanyasa yoga results. If any of them is in combustion it
becomes futile. But it can reduce the period of conjugal
life. Also the man concerned becomes detached and at
times conjugal life becomes miserable. There are
combinations indicating Kalatra dosha.
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When the debilitated Jupiter is in the 7th, one loses his

wife. Similar is the case when Saturn is in 7th in Pisces.
When Venus and the lord of the 7th are in dual rasi and
dual navamsa, there will be two wives.

With all these, there are many people who initiate the
process of comparison of horoscopes, complete other
formalities and fix the marriage at an auspicious time.
Astrology plays a role in these things. The basic things

When Venus is in Scorpio in the 7th the wife dies. When

Mercury is in Taurus in the 7th the wife dies. I have come
across many cases in which these are true. Either there
is death of wife, divorce or at times a miserable married


What are the indications for marriage? Will the person

remain unmarried?


Absence of conjugal harmony due to ideological


In a horoscope with Taurus Lagna with Venus in the 7th,

the wife died. Even after the second marriage there were
problems in conjugal life.


Chances for divorce.


The death of the life partner.


Problems relating to progeny.


Sexual disparity and consequent problems.

In the earlier days the wife did not have economic

independence and she had to obey the husband with a
sheepish sense of servitude. In some cases the husband
treats the wife as a slave. But there are cases in which
the husband is controlled by the wife. Occasionally there
are instances in which each helps the other according to
skill and ability. Sometimes the husband relies completely
on the advice of his wife. The problem is how best can
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There are some more important combinations. I shall

cite just two.

When Saturn is in Lagna and Venus is in 7th in gandanta

and the fifth is not occupied by a benefic, one is the
husband of a barren woman. When the malefics occupy
12th, 7th and Lagna and a weak Moon is in the 5th one
does not have children or wife.

The first combination occurs only when the Lagna is in
Capricorn, Taurus or Virgo. Konodaya can mean a corner
Lagna which means Virgo only here. In this case possibly
Saturn need not be in Lagna. I have found a case with
Virgo Lagna with Venus in the 7th in gandanta without
the 5th being occupied by a benefic. There was a struggle
between the husband and wife. They do not have a child.
It is fortunate that divorce did not take place. Here no
divorce is given, only the barrenness of the woman. It
was found to be true.
There is yet another important combination.

indirectly. In another case, it was Asvini and the trimsamsa

of Saturn. The Moon in Mars in trimsamsa of Saturn
gives service
91^1 dig ^TWT). She is practically
a servant of her husband. This can take place in a number
of ways.
We have to turn to some important combinations in female
horoscopy. We get from Brihat Jataka thus:



When the seventh house is devoid of strength and has no
planet and is not aspected by any benefic the husband
will have some deficiency. For strength shadbala and
ashtakavarga may be used.
When malafics occupy the 4th or 8th from Venus, when
Venus is flanked between malafics or Venus is devoid of
the union or aspect of benefics, the death of the wife
takes place by fire, fall or rope. This is found to lead to
problems in conjugal life. I have found cases where they
even fight like Kilkenny cats, but no unpleasant events
take place. There are some special combinations which
cause the death of life and presence of life.
When Mars is in his own trimsamsa one is endowed with

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On the other hand Saturn in his own trimsamsa causes
the death of one's wife vide

I have found this in some horoscopes without any other

Kalatra dosha. Still the separation of wife took place. In
the case of woman trimsamsa of Lagna and the Moon
have to be carefully studied as is evidenced from the
detailed description in Brihat Jataka. I have found them
to be marvellously true.
In a case of Virgo Lagna with Jupiter in 7th, the husband
did not live after the first night. But her star was Ashlesha
and the Moon was in the trimsamsa of Saturn. The result
HKiMlKHl (independent, killer husband) suggesting
that she is responsible for the death of her consort at least

When Mercury or Saturn is in the 7th he will be impotent.

This means that he may have biological problems or be a
good for-nothing fellow. If he is in his own house or
exaltation or enjoys benefic aspect this may not happen. I
have come across a horoscope with Sagittarius Lagna
with Sun and Mercury in the 7th. The husband was even
over sexed.
If the seventh is a movable sign the husband will be always
travelling. When the Sun is in the 7th and is aspected by a
malefic she will be deserted. Mars in 7th aspected by
malefic causes widowhood. Saturn in the 7th aspected by
malefic makes her old without marriage in other words
she continues as a spinster. Even without malefic aspect
these things can happen. But the last combination is strong.
Even in such a case, the results can be averted by remedial
In general Mars in 7th shows widowhood. Sun suggests
separation and Saturn causes delay. These things can be
judged from the Moon also. But if the planet concerned
is exalted or occupies his own house there will not be any
harm. A benefic in the 9th or Mahabhagya yoga averts
these things.
There is yet another rule.

WMRni ^IfarT jpUfl |

When there are cruel planets in the seventh widowhood

is caused. Many planets in the 7th cause a second
marriage. When there is an evil planet which is weak
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and aspected by a benefic the native is deserted. The last
combination is not found to be very accurate. If Jupiter
aspects the house, the results are not bad. They may be
brought to the brink of divorce, but it may not happen.
Now we discuss an important point. It is given in Brihat
Jataka thus:



When Moon and Venus are in Lagna, the woman likes to

be happy and has jealousy. When the Moon and Mercury
are in Lagna she is skilled in fine arts, happy and has
good qualities. When Venus and Mercury are in Lagna
she is beautiful, liked by others and skilled in arts. When
three benefics are in Lagna she has much wealth, great
happiness and good characteristics. In the last Jupiter
can be included. But why did Varahamihira omit Jupiter
in first three lines? Only female planets and a female
impotent planet are considered.
Jupiter is an important planet and many rajni yoga are
defined with reference to Jupiter. Now refer to another
verse in Brihat Jataka.

When Saturn has mediocre strength, the Moon, Mercury

and Venus are bereft of strength and the others are
powerful and Lagna is an odd sign one becomes a
purushini. The term is translated as a woman with many
men, one who moves with men or one with masculine
characteristics. We have to treat them as biological
characteristics and consequently there may be problems
in childbirth or leading to problems in conjugal life.
Here the male impotent planet gets medium strength.
Male planets are strong and female planets are weak and
Lagna is odd sign. Can we construct an astrological
combination in which the female impotent planet has
mediocre strength, male planets are weak and female
planets are strong and the Lagna is a even sign in the
case of a man? Will there be characteristics of a woman
biologically. It requires analysis.
These things give some aspects of the analysis of
horoscopes of men and women.

1 6 MAY 2012

Something has to be said about family life. Years ago the

husband was a god for the wife he could not be challenged.
The present day presents a very complex picture. The
love that is talked about is often quick flaming, more of
the senses that of the soul, born at a moment of impulse
unable to sustain itself. This superficial love may lead to
marriage. But after that they find difference which can
never be sorted out and end up with divorce. Even in the
past we came across queens who had slain kings.
Varahamihira discusses this problem in Brihat Samhita.
He says

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With the weapon concealed in the locks of hair consort of

king Viduratha killed him. The wife of the king of Kasi
was killed by his wife with anklet covered by poison.
Viduratha is referred to Kautilya's Arthasastra who
suggests a secret way in the bed chamber of Kings.
In my own life I had many interesting experiences. There
was rupture between couple who had difference in views
about admitting the son in a school. The mother wanted
a good school while the father was content with an
ordinary one. The matter assumed great dimensions and
was on the brink of divorce. Then I told them about silly
nature of the dispute and succeeded in convincing them
of a need for compromise. They agreed and the mother's
choice succeeded and the son is now well-employed.
There was another instance which sounds quite strange.
A well-educated woman who used to consult me often
wanted me to fix an auspicious date. I chose a day with
star Revati. She was reluctant. What she said was "It is
daughter-in-law's star." She is not good. So the star also
cannot be good. In this way it goes.
Now when we find that the horoscopes indicate problems
in conjugal life. We try to introduce some modifications.
The matching is also intended to do this. When the
horoscopes are matched, taking in to account the basic
traits of the horoscope it can offset some of the problems.
The first step in matching is papasamya. Some of the
important principles are

The 2nd which represents the family and 7th which

represents wife have to be looked into in the case of



The 7th which represents the husband and 8th which

represents mangalya have to be considered in the
case of a woman.

We get the following from Jatakaparijata.



When malefics occupy the 2nd and 7th they cause the
separation from wife, misery etc. If matching is done
with a similar horoscope the couple live with children,
wealth etc.

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Saturn, Gulika

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For aspects half these have to be used. Exalted planet

does not cause any papam. When position is in question
a planet in own house and when aspect is in question, the
planet aspecting the house do not cause any papam. When
Jupiter aspects the concerned house or is in the concerned
house the papam gets cancelled. Calculate from Lagna,
% of the papam from the Moon Vi of the papam from
Venus and add them. Do similarly for women with 7th
and 8th houses. The girl's papam should be less than that
of the man by 25%.
After finding papasamya one has to analyze stellar
agreement. We discuss only some of them. Just consider
one aspect. If the star of the boy and the girl are in the
same rasi, the boy's should be earlier. Otherwise it is

jcTTCT Wfr ^

When 2nd and 7th are occupied or aspected by malefics

the death of wife is caused. There cruel planets cause
greater harm. If there is a similar combination in the 7th
or 8th in the case of a woman it is inauspicious. If there
is an aspect of a benefic or presence the couple will be

But there is a statement

Varahamihira himself suggests these in Brihat Jataka


Two stars in the same rasi give children, grandchildren

etc. What about individual stars?


According to Madhaviya,


When there is a malefic in 7th and 9th is occupied by a

planet, the woman chooses to renunciation depending on
the nature of the planet. All these things are true in
marriage, choosing the bridegroom and when a query is
This can be mathematically worked out using

The same star is accepted if it is different from Moola,

Aridra, Satabhisha, Rohini, Bharani, Poorvashadha, Hasta,
Ashlesha and Pushya.
But there is another view.


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One can accept Rohini, Aridra, Mrigasira, Visakha,

Pushya, Sravana, Revati and Uttarabhadrapata. There are
some other rules also which has to be considered. Again
in sashtashtama there are many views, the acceptance of
them practically sanctions every sashtashtaka.
The computational method is as follows:
For Mars

Mars in 2nd or 7th



In those days the parents of the boy and the girl met the
astrologer who examines the horoscopes and horary
methods to give his opinion.
continued on 39
MAY 2012 17


Pakistan Airline


An Astrological Analaysis
With a string of titles and awards given by different groups for his proficieny in astrology, Mr. Maniam is a Medical Officer by
profession. He has been honoured by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Baba and been the winner of the Nostradamus Award in 2010. He has
had his spiritual training under Swami Bramma Sri Sivananda Maharaj, Ponnamaravathi, Puthukottai Dt. istrict, South India, Mr.
Maniam, with an experience of over 25 years in the study of astrology, has contributed many articles to various journals on
different aspects of mundane astrology. He attributes his initial learning to Dr. B. V. Raman's books, later having studied under Mr.
Muthuratina Bharathi

-200 of Bhoja Air crashed a short distance from

the international airport in the Pakistani garrison city of
Rawalpindi. Bhoja Air's flight B4-213 from Karachi to
Islamabad lost contact with air traffic control as it was
coming in to land at the Benazir Bhutto International
Airport amidst bad weather. The plane slammed into the
ground at Hussainabad village, located less than 10 km
from the airport. All 121 passengers, including 11 children
and infants, and six crew members were killed instantly,
officials said. The director of the Disaster Management
Directorate, confirmed there were no survivors.





The transit of Saturn in retrograde motion is 8th house

from the radical Moon. The transit of Saturn in
retrogression from Moon is a detrimental point that
could have contributed to the accident.


The lordship of Venus from both signs has the

significance of the 8th house. Moon in Pisces, the 3rd
and 8th lord is Venus. Thula lagna rising, the 8th lord is
Venus. Thus Venus has become 8th lord, and the day
was ruled by Venus (Friday)


Jupiter the 3rd and 6th lord for Thula (Libra) lagna is
aspecting the lagna. The lagna has the malefic aspect
of Jupiter.

This air crash occurred

on 20th April 2012.
The time of crash was
18:40local time. Certain
peculiar combinations
and disposition of planets
could have contributed to
the crash.


The lagna lord is in the 8th house though in its own

house but subjected to affliction from Ketu.


The Moon transiting 6th house from the lagna is the

weak point as it was Amavasya thiti ruling.


Moon is in the 6th house indicating roga, losses,

injuries and is aspected by Mars from Leo, the 8th
aspect of Mars falling on Moon and Mercury. Moon
lacks Pakshabala.


Even though the Lagna is occupied by Saturn in its

exaltation sign it could not behave well as it was in
retrograde motion.

22 MAY 2012


The constellation of Revati was ruilng on this day.

The Moon is in 4th pada in Vargottamsa. This
constellation is the last constellation of the vedic
Zodiac and often depicts final journey.

Jaimini sutras says when Atmakaraka is in the Pisces

Navamsa it depicts final journey. If aspected by
benefics it will remove evil, but in this case malefic
Mars is aspecting it and hence could not cause good.
- Uchhe Dharmanityata Kaivalyam Cha

10. The Dasa bukthi at the time of the accident is also

not favourable as it involves the 8th place. Mercury
dasa/Saturn bukthi was in ruling at the time of
explosion. Saturn bukthi lasting from 7th February /
2011 to 21 st October 2013. The Bukthi lord is posited
in the 8th place from dasa lord and is a significant
point to note. Further analysis of the antara lord
reveals that Venus antara was ruling from 26th
January 2012 to 9th July 2012. Venus is in the 8th
place from Saturn.
11. The numerological analysis reveals the day was totally
ruled by number 2. The date is 20th April 2012. The
combination amount to 11=2, Both day number and
the total number is 2.
continued on 39



Gems and

Power of



Ancient indian texts have

demonstrated the power and
efficacy of gem stones in astrological
and medicinal applications. Popularly
know as Ratna Chikitsa, gem
therapy has been in use since several
hundred years in India. In ancient
times, astrologers used to advise Kings
and royal families to wear gems. This
would help the royalty to increase
wealth, power, status and popularity
and for averting diseases and
Charaka Chikitsa, an ancient Indian
medicinal text, often termed as the
bible of natural medicine (Ayurveda)
quotes several examples where gems
have been effectively used to cure

illnesses. Astrologers have studied the

various aspects and the effects of
different gem stones and concluded
that different gemstones created
distinct reactions in the human body.
Different gem stones have different
refractive indices and thereby absorb
the different colors of the sun rays
and allow only certain colors to pass

through. This ability to filter light of

certain wavelengths helps in
producing the desired results.
Depending upon the positions of the
planets and their cause-effects,
different gems are recommended to
augment or neutralize the effects. As
in medicine, the doctor prescribes
antibiotics along with the vitamins.
Gem therapy similarly uses a
combination of gems for the best
results. The difference between an
astrologer and a doctor is that the
doctor can prescribe medicine after
the symptoms appear while the
astrologer can predict the effects
much earlier. The accuracy of
diagnosis as well as the quality / purity
of the medicines play an important
part in the efficacy of any healing likewise, in gem therapy the accuracy
of interpretation as well as quality /
source of gem stones are important.

Rudraksha seed (botanical name

'Elaeocarpus Granitrus') holds
special significance for its healing
properties as well as deep rooted
connections in Indian vedic
mythology. The seed has several
clefts and the number of clefts on the
seed determine its properties as well
as its vedic astrology significance.
The seed typically has anywhere from
one to twenty clefts. In Hindi, the
clefts are known as "mukha" which
roughly translates to "face". The seed
is typically a size of a walnut and is
also referred to as bead, as it is worn
extensively in India in form of a

Vedic astrology states that there are

nine gems which are assigned to nine
planets i.e. Ruby, Pearl, Coral,
Emerald, Yellow Sapphire, Diamond,
Blue Sapphire, Hessonite and Cat's
eyes are assigned for Sun, Moon,
Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn,
Rahu (dragon's head) and Ketu
(dragon's tail) respectively. Indian
ancient texts give ample details of
their efficacy along with details of 84
other gemstones. In this scribe's
experience, we have experienced that
gems, when properly used, have
produced very good result. To get the
desired results, the gemstone should
be purchased on a particular day and

Rudraksha beads are also worn for

health benefits as well as to protect
from evil spirits. Each Rudraksha is
good in its own way and a Rudraksha
with different number of clefts is not
inferior to another. Even the cheapest
Rudraksha, which is five faced has
its own significance. In reality, this is

time (Nakshatra) and should be worn

with proper procedure, only after
completing appropriate rituals to
energize the gems.
The Power of Rudraksha

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the most used/worn Rudraksha in the
world. Rudraksha beads are worn
even by renounced persons because
they are said to make them rich
spiritually. Disciples of Lord Shiva
invariably wear Rudraksha as a mark
of their respect to the Lord. "Rudra"
is another name of Lord Shiva and
"aksha" mean tears. The Rudraksha
tree's origin is believed to arise from
the tears of Lord Shiva.
The scientific explanation of the
benefits of wearing Rudrakshas is
very illustrative and educative. We
can keep our body healthy as well as
our stress-prone mind peaceful by
wearing Rudrakshas. It is imperative
that we should feel Rudrakshas as an
essential part of our body to keep it
fit as a fiddle. The beneficial powers
of Rudraksha are by virtue of its
electrical and magnetic properties.
Stress and the Human Body
Electrical properties are defined as the
ability to send out subtle electrical
impulses & inductive vibrations and
act as a dielectric as in a capacitor to
store electrical energy. The human
body, central nervous system,
autonomous, sympathetic & parasympathetic nervous system and
various other organ systems can be
considered a complex bio-electronic
system. Constant pumping of blood
by the heart, blood circulation, the
transmission of various impulses touch, noise, smell, sight, taste to the
brain and the continuous movement
of neurons and neurotransmitters in
the brain and nervous system
generates electrical impulses. This is
termed as bioelectricity. This flow of
bioelectricity facilitates movement of
information from the brain to various
parts of the body and back to the
brain. What we feel, think, hear,
taste and perceive depends on the
subtle flow of this bioelectric
current. This flow of bioelectric
current occurs due to the existence
24 MAY 2012

of potential differences or the

different energy levels between
different parts of the body.
Ever Restless Mind
As long as the flow of bioelectricity
is smooth, the body functions normally
and we have the feeling of being in
control. But there is a third element
that plays a key role between the body
and brain bio-electronic circuit
interface - the ever-restless human
mind. Any activity that can produce
stress or maladjustment can throw the
electronic circuit of the body and mind
out of gear. Human beings, as all living
beings, are prone to stress in the
ongoing fight for survival and
prosperity. In modern age with
intense competition at all levels, the
stress levels have increased
tremendously. Almost every individual
has problems of stress and related
ailments like insomnia, alcoholism,
depression, maladjustments, heart
diseases, skin diseases etc. Medical
research can confirm that almost
of the
psychosomatic or stress related originating from Mind. Stress affects
the central nervous systems as there
is an increased activity or abnormal
of neurons and neuro transmitters.
The magnitude of change will depend
on the cause and specific case.
Prolonged stress leads to disruption
of electrical signals in the mind-body
interface and it makes us feel
uncomfortable. Thus, we are unable
to act with full efficiency. Our blood
circulation is affected and as a result,
various illnesses set in.
Power of Rudraksha
Rudraksha beads act as a stabilizing
anchor for the human mind.
Rudraksha beads' electrical property
can be broadly categorized as follows:

There is continuous and subtle
flow of bioelectrical signal

throughout the body due to

potential difference between
parts of the body. Rudraksha
beads of particular mukhis or
facets have a definitive factor of
resistance. Electric resistance is
measured in ohms. When these
beads resist the flow of
bioelectrical impulses, a specific
ampere of current flow is
generated depending on the
factor of resistance. This acts in
streamlining it and sending out
specific impulses to brain. These
impulses stimulate certain
positive brain chemicals, thus
making us feel better, more
confident, poised and more
energetic. It has been observed
that specific mukhis or facets of
Rudraksha beads send out
specific signals acting on a
particular brain chemical and
thereby by effecting specific
positive change in personality. It
is well proven that the state of
mind and our personality is
governed largely by the brain
functioning and that of central
nervous system.
Dielectric Properties
Rudraksha beads act as dielectric
- as a storage of electrical
energy. This property of
Rudraksha makes it capable in
stabilizing and anchoring the
bioelectric current. Capacitance
is measured in units of farad.
This property is very helpful in
palpitations of heart, streamlining
heartbeat etc. Due to stress when
there is increased physical
activity, heart beats faster and
the overall activity of hormones
and nervous system increases.
This causes increased energy
levels or increase in potential
difference. As a result, the
magnitude of the bioelectric

current increases. Rudraksha
beads acting as dielectric, stores
this excess bioelectric energy,
thereby streamlining the overall
activity to bring to normal levels.
permanent magnetic properties.
They have been observed to send
out Inductive vibrations with
frequencies measured in units of
henry (volt seconds/ampere).
This perhaps is the reason why
people have felt better, even
when Rudraksha beads do not
touch them physically.
Magnetic Properties
Rudraksha beads have both
paramagnetic and diamagnetic
properties with the most
important property of dynamic
polarity We are aware of the
beneficial healing properties of
magnets too. Magnetic healing is
becoming extremely popular and
is gaining wide acceptance.
Rudraksha beads retain most of
the properties of magnets, but it
is unparallel in one aspect, that

of the ability to change it's

polarity or the property of
dynamic polarity.
When the passage of arteries and
veins, which carry blood to and from
heart to the body is blocked, various
illnesses creep. Blood carries oxygen
and energy to various parts of the
body and cleanses it. Any disruption
of the blood circulation is bound to
cause illnesses. Every cell in the blood
as well as the arteries and veins are
charged either positively or negatively.
Magnets have positive (+) and
negative (-) poles. When magnets
comes in contact with various parts
of the body, the opposite poles of the
magnets and that of cells get attracted
and there is an expansion of the
passage .The arteries and veins open
up to facilitate streamlined blood
circulation. When there is a
streamlining of blood circulation, most
of the illnesses get healed and we feel
better and rejuvenated. However, the
magnets has a fixed polarity. When
magnets are brought near a particular
part of the body, it opens up only those
sections of veins and arteries where

there is a matching of polarities. We

experience healing and feel better, but
we can accomplish a more with
dynamic polarity of Rudraksha
Rudraksha has the ability to change
it's polarity due to its diamagnetic
properties. Diamagnetism is termed
as the ability of any material to
acquire temporary magnetic property
in presence of an external magnetic
field. The polarity of the charge
induced is opposite to that of the
external field inducing the charge.
Blood circulation and heart beat
automatically induces a magnetic field
around the body and particularly the
region near the heart. Bioelectricity
gives raise to bio-magnetism
depending on the polarity of the
induced magnetic field. Rudraksha
bead acquires a polarity that is
opposite of the inducing field. As a
result of this opposing force, the
opening up the passages of arteries
and veins is far better than that of
magnets, leading to healing and
rejuvenation. Ancient literature also
mention powerful
properties of Rudraksha beads.

Jyothisha Chinta Nidhi

(continued from 6)
latter half of the tithi. For shuklapaksha instead of adding
one, reduce one and continue the same process. Take a
day of sukla prathama. The calculation will be 1 x 2 = 2
minus 1 = 1. Here the latter half of the tithi carries bava
karana. However, please ensure that krishna chaturdasi
and amavasya are left out of the scheme of calculation
as the latter half of chaturdasi and amavasya, in full, are
reserved for the sthira karanas.
Vis lit i, a terrific female force, resembling a dark cloud,
has a huge form with fiery brilliance, power and
impetuosity. She possesses poison in her deep eyes, has
fierce tusks, prominent nose, long face and sparks of fire
all over the body. She is intent upon burning the three
worlds. Sripathi gives the origin of vishti in a different
way. Vishti is supposed to be the upshot from the body of
the infuriated Lord Shiva, in the form of a female with a
beautiful face, three legs, a tail, seven arms, a leonine

neck, slender waist, riding a dead body set out to annihilate

the destructive daityas, who trounced gods in a battle.
That is why this karana is recommended for acts like
killing, binding, use of poison, fire, instruments, weapons
and allied exploits of combat and not for any auspicious
functions. However, there are some exceptions. The
vishti occurring during the second half of tithi in the
daytime and those in the first half, prevalent in the nighttime are admissible. Vidya Maadhaveeyam tells that
the last lap of vishti, rather its tail portion of 3 ghatikas or
72 minutes, as good, (to be continued)

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... Astrology & Weather Forecasting

lyothisha Chinta Nidhi

Benedictory Message for Sanskrit Through Ramayana Series
T. K. Nithyanandan
Family Astrologer Tradition
Prof. V. S. Kalyanraman
Venus Transits the SUN
Dr. Vamshi Krishna Ghanapathi
Sanskrit through Ramayana
Jayasree Saranathan
The Mayan Apocalypse A Vedic View
C.A. Padmanabhan
Nakshatra Paddathi
Partial Lunar Eclipse 4th June 2012
Suranjana Biswas
Fifth House Progeny and Creativity
The Astrological eMagazme Panchanga for June 2012
This Month for You June 2012
Sunrise and Sunset Timings for June 2012
Timings for Rahukala, Gulikakala and Yamakantaka

2 JUNE 2012


Lead Article



F orecasting


WHEN YOU NOTE WINDS blowing from the northeast in the evening (Sandhya) of the Full Moon day
of Ashadha (July-August) month, then there will be
downpour and consequent luxuriant vegetable life during
the ensuing year. When it rains on the 4th lunar day of the
dark half of Ashadha and on the day ruled by
Poorvabhadra in the same month, there will be luxuriant
vegetation during the year ahead. When the 5th lunar day
of the bright half of the lunar month falls on a Sunday (in
Ashadha), there will be a little rain. If it is on a Monday,
there will be a down pour. If it is a Tuesday rains will be
fierce ; Wednesday would bring in a storm ; Thursday
general prosperity ; Friday ruin and loss; Saturday
there will be misery everywhere. If the constellation of
Rohini coincides with the 10th lunar day (in the month of
Ashadha) there will be terrible rains.

(c) Full Moon and New Moon days, (d) When the Sun
transits Cancer and Capricon signs, (e) When the Sun
occupies the Aridra nakshatra. (f) When Mercury conjoins
with Jupiter or Venus or when Jupiter joins with Venus
there will be rain. When Mars and Saturn join together
without any aspect or association of good planets, then
danger from fire, lightning and storm can be expected.
We are also enabled to determine the very day of the
occurrence of rain from a knowledge of the nature of the
clouds during the day. When clouds surrounded by a
radiance resembling that of the Moon, white as nectar,
with a blue-black spot in the centre, and pouring layers of
water pass from West to East or East to West, we can
predict that there will be a very heavy shower before

Sun occupies 2llA nakshatras every month beginning from

Aswini, making up 12 months from Mesha. He occupies
Poorvashadha in the month of Dhanus and stays there
for 13 days and 20 ghatikas (13 degrees and 20 minutes).
If during the 1st day, all the sky including the Sun is found
to be completely covered by dark clouds, there will be
rain during the month of Mithuna when the Sun occupies
Ardra. Similarly, if during the 2nd day all the heavens are
found to be dark by clouds, there will be rain during the
latter part of Mithuna and the first part of Kataka, when
the Sun will occupy the asterism of Punarvasu. Similarly
in the 3rd day, 4th day, 5th day, 6th day and so on till the
14th day, if the same conditions prevail, there will be rains
during the succeeding months when the Sun will be in
Pushyami, Aslesha, Makha, Pubba, till Moola in regular
succession. The above information is useful in giving longrange forecasts which appear to have been a specialty
with our ancient meteorologists. If the heavens are clear,
then there will be no rains.

If in the rainy season, the sunrise is observed to have a

'halo' in the East, and the Noon (midday) is marked
by the intense heat of the Sun's rays, we can make
sure that there will be rain that day. Apart from
atmospheric factors, the ancient meteorologists took
note of the behaviour of certain animals as indicating
immediate rainfall such as...

Rains can be expected in the following periods:

HY are asked to predict that there will be rains

(a) When the combustion period of the various planets

begin and end. (b) When Moon conjoins with other planets,

immediately if the following are observed :

Continuedfrom the May 2012 issue


Cows hasten home to meet their calves. Cats scratch

the ground with their claws. Hills shine at a distance
and seem to have a blue coloring. The disc of the Moon
has a circular red line, the color being that of the eyes
of the hen. Chameleons climb up trees and stare
stupidly at the sky. Cows too seem to stare upwards.
Cocks crow in the day looking up. Flashes of lightning
are marked in the North East. The Moon is observed
to have the color of honey or of the eyes of parrots or
doves. The disc of the Moon though enveloped in
clouds, seems to emanate a radianceround in shape
Prat hi Chandra (mock moon).

Pearls of thunder crash in the night time, deep red flashes

of lightning are observed during day time; cold winds blow
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from the East; young sprouting leaves raise their heads

high, birds freely bathe in water or in dust, serpents bark
in the sunsine lying on grass; clouds assume the color of a
peacock, parrot, wild crow, or chathaka bird and seem to
have the shape of waves, hills, tortoise, pigs and fishes.
A rising bundle of Sun's rays shoot forth just like hills,
clouds come closer to the earth, with thunder and lightning.
Water becomes tasteless, the sky gets the color of the
cow's eyesa glow in the 8 Dikssalt melts the
heavens get a glow just like that of crow's eggswinds
come to a standstillfrogs croak, fishes spring up above
water. Evidently, the ancient meteorologists were keen
students of nature as they have taken into consideration
every kind of phenomenon which indicates a change in
the weather.
If the Lagna rising at the time of Aries ingress happens to be
a watery sign and is aspected by watery planets there will be
proper rains. If the Rasi is a fiery one and is associated or
aspected by fiery planets, there will be no rain.
When Aries ingress happens to fall on Rohini, Anuradha,
Jyeshta, Uttarashada, Abhijit, Sravana, Dhanishta, the year
is known as ' Indra Mandala '. The year will be happy
and prosperous. When the Sankramana falls on Bharani,
Krithika, Pushyami, Makha, Pubba, Visakha and
Poorvabhadra, the year is known as'AgniMandala'. The
effect will be, fear from fire, poverty everywhere, crops
fail. Autumn crops are destroyed. When the ingress
happens to be Aswini, Mrigasira, Punarvasu, Uttara,
Hastha, Chitta, Swathi, then the year has 'Vayu Mandala'.
Fear from kings, storms and scarcity of rains, will be the
result. When the ingress happens to be Aridra, Aslesha,
Mula, Poorvashada, Satabhisha, Uttarabhadra and Revati
then the year has 'Varuna Mandala'. Good rains and
general prosperity will ensue.
Apart from the astro-meteorological methods, horary
astrology is also employed to predict rains, etc.
If a watery planet occupies a non-watery Rasi there
will be rain soon. If non-watery planet occupies a watery
Rasi, there will be rain after some delay. Watery planet in
a watery Rasi brings in regular rains. Non-watery planet
in a non-watery Rasi brings in no rain. In the bright half
of the (lunar) month, if benefics occupy 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8
bhavas in watery signs or Moon stands in an aquatic sign,
there will be rain.
If at the time of prasna, the 2nd or the third bhava happens
to be a watery sign, then within 20 days the rains will be
so heavy that floods will rise up in rivers. If the question
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is made in the Varsha Ritu, the situation of Saturn in the

7th house from Sun or Moon, or in the 4th or 8th from
ascendant, or in the 2nd or 3rd from ascendant, brings in
copious rains. In Varsha Ritu, Moon in a watery sign and
ascendant, or in Sukla Paksha, Moon in quadrant, bring in
rain all on a sudden. If a benefic aspects the Moon, rains
will be very heavy. If a malefic aspects the Moon, the
rains will be very scarce. In the place of Moon, insert
'Venus' and predict the same results.
In a query regarding' Floods', Moon or Mercury, or Jupiter
and Venus aspected by benefics and occupying 4, 7 and
10, brings in high floods. In the 4th floods result from
springs and wells and in the 7th floods are to be seen in
rivers and in the 10th floods are due to very heavy rains.
Though the above mentioned signs and yogas indicate
heavy rains, if the ascendant has the association or aspect
or Navamsa or drekkana of Mercury, there will be no
rains, being disturbed by winds.
If Mars, Mercury, Saturn or Rahu occupy quadrants, rains
will be quickly dissipated by adverse storms and cyclones.
If Udaya ascendant is an aquatic sign and Venus and Moon
occupy the same or if Arudha aspected by Venus and
Moon happens to be a watery sign, predict that there will
be rains.
If Mars, Mercury, Saturn and Rahu occupy quadrants,
there will be no rains being disturbed by adverse winds. If
they are associated by benefics, there will be some rain.
If Rahu and Saturn occupy watery signs, the rains will be
enjoyable. If these are aspected by Moon and Venus, rains
will be very heavy causing harm.
The above methods may look somewhat fantastic to us,
educated as we are, according to Western methods, but
having due regard for the wisdom of the sages, it would
be well to test the truth of their statements. An appeal to
facts, if conducted fairly and extended day by day over a
sufficient length of timefor a casual observation now
and again is not sufficientis sure to convince the
observer that certain planetary positions do actually
accompany definite changes in the weather and that this
occurs too frequently to dismiss as chance-coincidence.
Modem astronomers and meteorologists would find it more
useful and more instructive to watch for and study such
coincidences than to confine their observations of
conjunctions of Mars and Saturn to the delightful
amusement of " testing photometrically and also
photographically the lustre of the conjoined planets".







note of Vaidhruthi and Vyatipata. Liberally
translated, Vydhruti may mean concealing or inescapable
and Vyatipata falling from standards. As mentioned earlier,
these are the two important of the nine forbidden Yogas
eschewed for the conduct of auspicious functions.
Vaidhruthi pervades from 346 40' to 360 and Vyatipata
from 213 20' to 226 40' of the sum of the longitudes of
the Sun and the Moon. Vaidhruthi and Vyatipata
punyakaala are observed on the day when the yogas
prevail for Wi hours or more, when Sraddhas are
performed by the astute. These form part of the
shannavati - 96 - Sraddhas ordained for a householder.
Considering the astronomical implications, the Sayana
Vaidhruthi and Vyatipata days are also indicated in most
of the calendars. With added ayanamsa, for both the
longitudes of the Sun and the Moon, the Sayana
Vaidhruthi and Vyatipata will occur, a couple of days
ahead of the Nirayana computations.
We have most of our religious observances pegged on to
tithis. Chandradarisana, Chaturthivrata, Shastivrata,
Pournamipooja are specially mentioned in most of our
panchangas. Chandradarisana is observed on the
evening on the day when the crescent Moon appears for
the first time in the west after the Amavasya. The months
of the Islamic calendar begin only on the sunset times on
that day. Chaturthivrata, every month, is observed on
the day when the Sukla Chaturthi Tithi is prevalent. This
is called Ganesha Chaturthi. By faith and custom, the
seeing the Moon, still a crescent, is avoided on that day.
It is on this day of the month of Bhadrapada, the annual
event of Ganesha or Vmaayaka Chaturthi is celebrated
all over the country. Apart from its religious importance,
it is now celebrated as a National festival, thanks to the
movement initiated by Lokamanya Balagangadhara Tilak.
It gains special significance when it falls on a Sunday or
Tuesday. Likewise, on Magha Sukla Chaturthi, called
Continued from the May 2012 issue

Tila Chaturthi, Kunda or Varada Chaturthi, Ganesha

Pooja is performed in Bengal.
The Chaturthi of the Krishnapaksha or Bahula
of every
Sankataharachaturthi. After observing Vrata or fasting
for the full day, it is the practice to break it and take food
only after observing the abhisheka for Ganapathi or seeing
the Moon rising in the east. The purpose of this Vrata is
to get rid of sankashtas or problems and difficulties.
When such a day falls on a Tuesday, it is called Angaraka
Chaturthi. By convention, this Vrata is to commence
with the Sravana Krishna Chaturthi and continued to be
observed every month, at least for one year. Some
continue it for 21 years or even for life. Lord Siva is
supposed to have observed this Vrata when he wanted to
vanquish the demon Taaraka!
Shastivrata, dedicated to lord Subrahmanya is observed on
the sixth lunar day of the Shuklapaksha. Kartika Sukla Shasti
is observed as Subrahmanya Shasti or Skanda Shasti when
Soorasamhara is enacted and celebrated in Tamil Nadu in a
grand scale especially at Palani and Tiruchendur.
Ekadasi is observed twice in every lunar month, one in
Krishnapaksha and the other in Shuklapaksha. Each
of the Ekadasi has a special name and different favourable
results are attributed for observing the Vrata on such days.
However, the Vrata is observed during the Harivasara
timings. Harivasara starts with the last quarter of the
Ekadasi and exists up to the end of the first quarter of
Dwadasi. This period is furnished in moat of the
panchangas, especially in Kerala. The name of the
Ekadasi and the special results attributed for those
observing the Vrata are also mentioned by some.
Pradosha is the time of 6 ghatikas or 2h. 24m., after the
sunset of a day. It has some other connotations as well.
The first three hours of Chaturthi, AVi hours of Saptami
and 6 hours of Trayodasi go under the name. The most
important ones are those of the evenings of Sukla and
Krishna Trayodasi days that are specially observed as
Pradosha Vrata days, which are the times of worship of
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Siva and Parvati in extremely propitious mood. When it

happens on a Saturday, it is called Sanipradosha and if
on Monday Somapradosha and both are special.
Pournamipooja is done in the evenings on days the full
Moon is prevalent.
The Amavasya day, Pitrudina is devoted to manes and
offerings are made to them through Tarpana. Thirteen
Amavasya days of the lunar year are included in the
shannavati -96- Sraddhas. A discussion of various other
special Tithis is deferred, as our present aim is to examine
some of the special Yogas. These Yogas are numerous
and only some select ones find a place in the daily guide.
By permutation and combination, the Vara, Nakshatra and
Tithi can generate too many groupings. We have VaraTara-Yogas with the combination of weekdays and
Nakshatras. The Tithi-Vara Yogas are the combination
of those with Tithi and weekdays. Tithi-Vara-Tara Yogas
are those with the combinations of all the three. Let us
try to examine them one by one.

The combination of specific Tithi on a specific weekday

is called the Tithi-Vara yoga. Dwadasi on a Sunday, Ekadasi
on Monday, Dasami on Wednesday, Navami on Thursday,
Ashtami on Friday and Saptami on Saturday create
Krakachadosha. This can be spotted out easily. It will
be present when the sum of the Tithi and the weekday
add up to 13. It must remembered that, in our panchangas,
the reckoning a day by its name, is done from one sunrise
to the next. Krakachadosha yoga is generally not
recommended for auspicious events. Tithis Trayodasi,
Chaturdasi, Pournami, Amavasya and Prathama to
Panchami cannot create this Dosha. Krakacha means a
saw and like it is capable of cutting the beneficial effects
of the time selected.
As there are divergent views in the constitution of some
of the Tithi Vara Yogas according to different authorities,
we shall confine only to those, mostly accepted and discuss
them hereafter. (to be continued)

Mr. Nithyanandan is a qualified
Chartered Accountant having held
senior positions in various
organisations and is currently
associated with a globally reputed
company in Bangalore. A true believer
in tradition and culture, his study of
astrology began in the mid 1970s.
Provides astrological services too. His
son is currently doing his Ph.D and
lives in USA with his wife.

ALMOST FIVE DECADES back as a young boy I

accompanied my uncle to a traditional vedic pandit
cum family astrologer for consultation on his nephews'
horoscopes. The astrologer after thoroughly scanning
the horoscopes, put them on the table and disapprovingly
nodded his head. My uncle was a bit worried but the
astrologer hastened to reassure him nothing to worry about
their longevity, but both will leave their mother land and
settle down abroad. Those days going abroad was still
considered to be a taboo and hence according to him it
was not a good horoscope. But today's modern astrologer
considers going abroad is a great achievement and makes
his client jump with joy. My uncle was in for another
surprise when the astrologer said that one of them will
marry outside the caste. He also suggested some
pariharam (appeasing the planets to overcome the
negative indications in the horoscope). I am not sure
whether my uncle followed the astrologer's advice but
both his sons went abroad and one even married a foreigner.
The tradition of family astrologer was prevalent from
time immemorial and as far as my memory goes it
continued till 1980s. Such family astrologers were not
merely professional but an integral part of the larger
families, sharing happy and not so happy moments with
their clients and stood by them like a solid rock in times
of need. Since they knew each family member's
horoscope so well , they were able to provide holistic
advice considering various aspects before the family took
major decisions. Since people those days had faith, both
on astrology and the astrologer, his advices were
respected. He was a kind of assurance to the family,
especially when things did not go well. In other words, he
was a friend in need. As reciprocation family astrologers
also felt morally responsible to their clients since their
words were taken seriously and acted upon. Thus there
existed a healthy and respectful relationship on both sides.
However, 1980s started seeing the drift from the family
astrologer tradition, thanks to increase in literacy levels.
Moreover, the employment opportunities started taking the
younger generation to far away destinations from their
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Family Astrologer



joint family unit and this paved way for 'nuclear family'
system. The younger generation started living away from
even their parents after marriage, either on their own or
due to vocational compulsions. Thus, what used to be
daily meetings between the family members culminated
into social gatherings, hardly any time was spent on
discussing matters related to traditions, customs etc., and
easily one could see the traditions losing its fabric. The
worst aspect was that traditional practices were subject to
mockery by other so called progressive minded members of
the family and the practitioner was almost ridiculed.
Thanks to exposure to other worldly developments,
youngsters started questioning everything before
acceptance and when they did not get convincing answers,
such traditions were discarded without batting an eyelid.
The main reason for this dichotomy was due to elders
themselves moving away from the joint family system
in their quest for greener pasture and along with this
tradition also lost its course. Their moral authority to
address queries from youngsters on customs, traditions
suffered from conviction and this resulted in non-adherence
to time tested practices. And one of the victims of this
change was astrological practices.
I must mention here the role of electronic/print media which
can not be totally ignored for its role in making Astrology an
ordinary TRP/readership tool in their hands. Beginning from
yearly, monthly and daily predictions, giving generic forecastes
became a fashion. In the fast food era, this captured the
imagination of the youth for its speed of delivery and they
totally ignored the traditional astrologers. While some of them
continue to provide consultation to members of one family,
we could never consider them any way closer to the
traditional family astrologer who advised larger family units
comprising of many members. On the other hand the new
trend left knowledgeable and experienced astrologers
frustrated and the traditional family astrologer started
disappearing over a period of time.
For the benefit of community at large, let us seek the
blessings of the higher energies for the resurgence of
family astrologer tradition soon.



Venus Transits the


(This special article is dividied into three parts - The event, the

astrological significance and the astronomical aspect. Every

student of astrology and astronomy will greatly benefit by going

V S Kalyanraman, a
mathematician and amateur
astronomer by training, a
bureaucrat by profession and a
student of astrology by passion,
had his traditional training in
astrology in his teens, under a
couple of illustrious masters in
Kerala and took a vow not to
turn a professional astrologer. A
journalist from his student days
he commenced his career as a
teacher and ended it as a senior
officer of the Government of
India. Turning his attention to
serious studies, from story
writing, in the fifties, to Saiva
Siddhanta, Philosophy,
Psychology, Vedic Mathematics,
Bharateeya Ganitha Sastra,
Jyothisha (astronomy), the
various astrological systems,
Vastu Sastra, Vedic Numerology
and allied disciplines, under
various masters of repute, he was
actively associated in astrological
journalism, over decades and
more intensively after his
retirement for over two decades,
under the guise of various
pseudonyms and has been the
recipient of many awards. He, as
a senior contributor is with THE
inception. He is not available for
any private consultations.


through this very well designed, content rich article by a vedic

scholar par excellence- Editor, The AeM)

AS A SECOND RARE EVENT of this century we will be

witnessing a "Transit of Venus across the disc of the Sun"
on June 6, 2012. Some of our readers may remember the
one such transit occurred on the 8th of June 2004. That was a most
interesting celestial event that was eagerly awaited then, after a lapse
of 121 years, when almost one generation who died before that date
was denied the opportunity to witness such a rare celestial sight.
On the 8th June 2004 we, in India, could see the planet Venus moving
across the face of the Sun for nearly six hours.
2004 transit as seen from
Bangalore at 07:41 UTC,
about two hours into the
transit. The image is inverted
compared to the diagram,
so Venus is seen near the
top of the Sun's disc
A similar event will happen this year on the 6th June 2012. Here is
a warning. No one must try to see the Sun with naked eyes. No
optical aid, telescope or binoculars, as we usually watch the night
sky, must be used to observe this phenomenon. Even filters will not
be safe. Any such attempt can damage the eyes and cause permanent
blindness. The safe method will be to project the image of the Sun
on a white screen and observe the event on the screen.
What Is this All About?
After-all what is this "Transit of Venus across the disc of the Sun"?
The orbits of the planets Mercury and Venus lie inside the orbit of
the Earth, around the Sun. Therefore only these two planets can
pass between the Earth and the Sun and trigger such transits.
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Mercury and Venus are far away from the earth, towards
the Sun. Therefore during such transits, they will be seen
as small black dots, slowly moving across the bright face
of the Sun. On the 6th June 2012 Venus can be seen as
a black dot moving across the disc of the Sun. Those who
could witness such a similar celestial drama in 2004, if
are lucky to live to see the next one on the 6th June 2012,
will be most fortunate, for having seen two such transits
during their lifetime, as the facility of seeing even one is
denied to almost many.
Dont Watch the transit with naked eyes.
It can damage your eyes and even



These planetary passages, in front of the Sun, can also be

considered as a peculiar kind of eclipses of the Sun.
Eclipses of the Sun happen when actually the Moon moves
in front of the Sun and blocks its light. Then, because of
the nearness of the Moon to us, on the earth, the Moon
can cover either fully or even partially the disc of the Sun,
for the observers on the earth. However, in the case of
Venus and Mercury, they can obstruct only a tiny portion
of the big disc of the luminous Sun, because they are very
far away from the earth, unlike the Moon, which
comparatively is too near to us.
Such transits of these two planets are rarer than the usual
eclipses of the Sun that we see quite often, caused by the
Moon. This is because such transits can happen only if
the planets are in inferior conjunction with the Sun and
also cross the ecliptic at that moment of time.
More Details
The planet Mercury goes round the Sun more quickly
because its orbit is nearer to the Sun than Venus. Such
transits of Mercury therefore happen more frequently.
They happen about 13 or 14 times in each century. These
transits of Mercury can happen in the months of May or
November. The last three transits of Mercury across the
disc of the Sun occurred in 1999,2003 and 2006. However,
the transit of 2006 could be witnessed only for a few
minutes and that too in some places of the North Eastern
parts of India and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
because it was night time in India. The next transit of
Mercury will occur only on the 9th May 2016.
The transits of Venus are much rarer because its orbit is
considerably larger than that of Mercury. These transits
of Venus are possible only during the early December
and early June. Only then the orbital nodes Venus pass
across the Sun and when the planet will be on an inferior
conjunction at that time.
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Pattern of Occurrence
These transits of Venus occur in pairs with eight years
separating two such events. The pairs recur at intervals
of 121.5 and 105.5 years. In other words, these transits
of Venus have a curious 243 year repeating pattern. Two
transits occur in December, around the 8th, in an eight
years gap. Then, there is a wait of 121'/Wears for the
next pair to occur. Then, another two transits occur in
June, around the 7th, in another eight year gap. The next
one will occur only after 1 OS'A years. This pattern repeats.
In any pair, the first transit of Venus will be followed by a
second one, eight years later. This is because the orbital
period of 224.701 days of Venus and of 365.256 days of
the Earth, are in an eight year or 2922 days resonance
with each other. In other words, during the period the
Earth goes round the Sun, eight times, Venus completes
almost exactly thirteen such revolutions around the Sun.
As a result, Venus and Earth line up in the same positions
with respect to the Sun once in eight years. These two
orbital periods of the earth and Venus are not quite
matching with each other, always. After the first eight
year gap, Venus will arrive at starting point in the next
eight year rendezvous, about 22 hours earlier than the
Earth. That is why no transit occurs in the second eightyear tryst, as Venus arrives too early for a transit to occur.
The next transit season occurs either 105.5 years or 121.5
years later at the opposite node of the orbit of Venus. An
example of this pattern can be seen in the transit pairs of
1631-1639; 1761-1769; 1874-1882,2004 and now in 2012.
History of Observation
Since the invention of the telescope only six such events
of transits of Venus that occurred in the years 1631,1639,
1761, 1769, 1874, 1882 and 2004 have so far been
The ensuing transit of Venus, across the disc of the Sun,
due to occur next on the 6th June 2012 is the next one of
the pair, of 2004-2012. It can be remembered that the
earlier one of the present pair occurred on the 8th June,
The Process and Progress of the Transit
Such transits have four stages.

First is the instant when the outer rim of the planet

touches that of the Sun.


The second stage is when the entire disc of the Venus

gets inside the disc of the Sun. After this, during the
next several hours, Venus gradually will traverse the
solar disc, at a speed of about 4-arc-min/hr.



At the third stage the planet will reach the opposite

limb. Then it will become once again internally
tangential with the outer rim of the Sun.


The transit ends at the final fourth stage when the

outer rim of the planet touches that of the Sun, just to
get out of it.

The first two contacts of the phase are called ingresses.

The last two are called egresses. Greatest transit is the
instant of minimum angular separation between Venus and
the Sun as seen from Earth's geo-centre.
Where is the transit Seen ?
The entire transit of5th/6th June 2012 (all four contacts)
will be visible from its beginning to end in most of eastern
China, northern Asia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, east
Australia, New Zealand, east Russia, Alaska, northwestern North America, Hawaii and the western Pacific.
Only part of the transit will be visible from most of North
America, the Caribbean, and northwest South America,
until the sun sets while the transit is still in progress on

June 5th. In the Middle East and most of south Asia,

Europe, eastern Africa, Israel, east Africa, the transit will
be visible immediately on the sunrise of the 6th June
(when the transit will already be in its middle course).
However, those in most of the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal,
southern Spain, western Africa, and the south-eastern two
thirds of South America and West Africa, will not see the
transit at all!
In India
From any part of India the beginning of the transit will
not be visible as the event will be in progress before
sunrise. However we can see Venus on the disc of the
Sun from sunrise to 10h.l2m., till its final egress at
Diagrammatic patterns of the positions of the Sun, Venus
and the earth in their orbits are given Figures 1, 2 and 3.
Map 1 shows the transit pattern across the disc of the
Sun for both the events of2004 and 2012. Map 2 shows
the areas of visibility, full and partial, for different regions
in the word, for event of 2012.

Diagrammatic Charts and Maps

O Si
Earth's orbit






2004 and 2012 Transits of Venus

2012 Venus Transit

Contact Times
(Geocentric Coordinates)

2012 Geocentric Data

I =22:09:29 UT
II = 22:27:26 UT
Greatest = 01:29:28 UT
III = 04:31:30 UT
IV = 04:49:27 UT

Greatest = 01:29:28 UT
Position Angle = 345.4"
Separation = 554.4"
Duration - 06h40m
AT = 75.0 s




2004 Venus Transit
Contact Times
(Geocentric Coordinates)
I = 05:13:29 UT
II = 05:32:55 UT
Greatest = 08:19:44 UT
III = 11:06:33 UT
IV = 11:25:59 UT



2004 ficocentric Data


1 I I 1 1 > < 1 1 > 1 1 1 t


Greatest = 08:19:44 UT
Position Angle = 166.3
Separation = 626.9"
Duration = 06h 12m
AT= 65.0 s
Fred Espendk, NASA/GSFC

Figure 1 - Path of Venus across the Sun's disk on 2004 June 08 and 2012 June 06

Visibility map of the 2012 Venus Transit

in Progress
at Sunset

No Transit


in Progress
at Sunrise


Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC

Concluding it must be remembered that, prior to 2004, it
was on December 6, 1882, such an event was witnessed
on the earth. None of those who could have seen that
event, in the 19th century, would have survived till 2004,
much less to watch this transit of June 2012. However,
some who were lucky to see the transit of 2004, like this
scribe, if can also be alive on the 6th June 2012, to see the
next one, can feel proud of having witnessed both these
rare events of this century. Then, after 2012, the present
generation cannot witness the next pair of such transits,
because they can occur only after over a century from
now, on the 11th December 2117 and then on 8th
December 2125.

For Students of Astrology

The students of astrology can note that the terrestrial
impacts of such rare celestial events could be experienced
months ahead or later to such events, depending upon the
location of visibility, time and other allied factors. The
recorded history has nothing much to correlate such transits
of Venus or Mercury with major terrestrial happenings.
However, there are some recorded incidents that can
kindle the curiosity of the assiduous students of astrology
and make them rummage around for possible links of such
causes and effects.
An annihilation of a massive 16000 inhabitants of Venice,
due to plague happened on November 30,1630. This was
just prior to the transit of Venus in 1631. Just after this
transit, in December 1631, Mount Vesuvius erupted,
destroying six villages, killing thousands of people.
Perhaps Italy had to take the burn for the transit event of
1631. In March 1760 much of Boston was destroyed by
a raging fire. This was prior to the transit of 1761. The
largest volcanic eruption ever recorded was Krakatau in
Indonesia, in 1883, just after the 1882 transit of Venus.
The blast was stated to have been heard 4635 kilometres
away and the collapse of the volcano caused 150 meters
high waves in the nearby Sunda Strait. Ash from the
eruption hung in the upper atmosphere causing global
temperature drop by an average of 1.2 C, over the next
twelve months. Quite recently, can we not take the great
forest fire that raged America in November 2003 as a
precursor to the transit of 2004?
Can anyone forget the great Indian Ocean earthquake
and tsunami that occurred on the 26th December 2004,
which caused major losses in many parts of the world,
including India and caused an estimated death of 227,898
people? It is worthy of mention that some such catastrophe
was predicted astrologically while discussing the transit

of 2004, elsewhere. The catastrophe was caused after

the transit of Venus in June 2004. It will not be out of
place to foresee some such disasters in the near future,
as the aftermath of the impending transit of Venus, for
which the recent strong earthquake that hit Indonesia of
a magnitude of 8.7 on the afternoon of Wednesday, April
11,2012, could be perhaps an indication. Of course those
parts of the world exposed fully to the transit visibility
could be more susceptible for some such natural havoc,
in the perceptible future.
What our Astrological Texts Say
Brihat Samhita mentions that when Venus becomes
visible before the Sun sets, panic will rule the land and if
seen throughout the day, famine and diseases will break
The situation on the 6th June 2012 is that Venus will be
seen during daytime not as a bright object but as a darkened
spot moving across the face of the Sun, for about four
hours during daytime. However, Venus does not over-shine
the Sun. Prior to the moment of the entering and the
moment it goes out of the rim of the Sun, the planet will
not visible, as it will be lost in the glory of the Sun. On
that day the Sun will be in Rohini along with Venus, which
is retrograde. Venus is in Gajavithi, in the north avenue,
in the first mandala and becomes conjunct with the Sun
on the 6th and with Mercury on the 2nd. An exact
conjunction of Saturn and Mars that occurs on 15th August
causing mAgnimarutayoga in Libra bereft of any benefic
aspect or association is worthy of note, as it happens on
our next Independence day. As this happens at the 4th
place from the natal Moon of the Indian Independence
chart, a volatile situation can open up just before or after
that moment.
Stock markets


and totter

for a while
Stock markets can tumble and totter for a while. Saturn
in Virgo can bring a lot of confusion and misunderstanding
amongst the political partners of the ruling coalition and
troubles for women and writers. A state of turbulence
can sway the tribal regions causing many killings. An
explosive situation in some of the Arab countries cannot
be ruled out.
What Further is in Store
However, Saturn has its favourable strength as well. It
can favour the downtrodden masses of the country.
Governments both at the centre and states will be
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compelled to take steps to improve their status. Saturn is
a planet for democracy. Non democratic countries like
some of those in the Middle East and rest of the world
can see revolutions cropping up making the masses to
have the final say. It was after the earlier sojourn of
Saturn in Libra, India experienced some shocking and
surprising political changes. Saturn perhaps can help to
see the emergence of a leader of strong mettle and
manners, to take the country to new heights. True to his
name, Manda, the process can be a bit slow but steady.
Saturn can see the emergence of
a leader of strong mettle and manners,
to take the country to new heights.
The impending conglomeration of five planets in Taurus
around the 3rd June 2012, just three days prior to the transit
of Venus, will be worthy of watch. Five planets in Taurus,
along with Mars fromLeo and Saturn from Virgo, will be
aspecting the neecha Full Moon, eclipsed by Rahu, in
Scorpio, causing somewhat a simulated 'navagraha' tangle
on Scorpio, which accidently happens to be the ascendant
of the swearing in of the present ruling ministry at the
Centre, according to Chaitrapaksha Ayanamsa. With the
twin eclipses on 20th May (Annular Solar Eclipse) and
4th June (Partial Lunar Eclipse), the Nation can get ready
to face drastic changes in the centre, demise or demotion
of a couple of popular personalities and to receive a strong
and popular leader some months ahead or at least sometime
after June this year.

Chart for Ingress
Time at New Delhi

Aries will be rising at New Delhi at the time of ingress,

with Sun, Jupiter, retrograde Venus and Ketu in the second,
with retrograde Saturn in Virgo and Mars in the fifth,
without any beneficial aspects. This can surely trigger
some political turmoil, mostly by a lady politician. Demise
of a very popular person in the fine-arts field, prior to or
after this event of June 6, 2012, is possible.
This space for you

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Some Astronomical Details

Students of astronomy will find the following information
interesting. During the present period in Earth's history,
the orbit of Venus crosses the orbital plane of the Earth in
early June and early December, each year. If Venus is
passing between the Earth and Sun at that time, a transit
will be seen. During the six millennium period 2000 BCE
to 4000 CE, the earth would experience 81 transits of
Venus across the Sun. These events can be organized
into two groups:
June (Descending Node)

= 44

December (Ascending Node)

= 37

Occasionally, one of the eight year "double-transits" may

not happen because one of them may become a near miss.
The due transit in 1388 missed and the next one in 3097
also will not happen.
Transits of Venus for an 800 year period from 1601 to
2400 are as noted below.
1631 Dec 07

1882 Dec 06

2247 Jun 11

1639 Dec 04

2004Jun 08

2255Jun 09

1761Jun 06

2012Jun 06

2360 Dec 13

1769Jun 03

2117 Dec 11

2368 Dec 10

1874 Dec 09

2125 Dec 08

A useful way to organize the transits is by grouping them

into series where each member of a series is separated
by 88,756 days or 243 years (sum of 8 + 105.5 + 8 +
121.5 years). Thus, the transits of 1518, 1761 and 2004
would belong to one series, while the transits of 1639,
1882 and 2125 would belong to another series. Such transit
series are quite long-lived and may last 5,000 years or
more. For example, the series of December at Ascending
Node began in -1763 (1764 BCE) and will run till 2854 (a
grazing transit) for a total of 20 transits spanning 4617
years. These transit families are quite analogous to the
Saros series for solar and lunar eclipses.
The positions of the orbital nodes of Venus with respect
to Earth are slowly changing with time. Five thousand
years ago, transits occurred around May 21 and November
19. At present, the transits occur within a day of June 7
and December 9. In about 1500 years, the transits will
occur during Earth's solstices, i.e., June 21 and December
22. Over a period of approximately eighty thousand years,
the transit dates will migrate forward one complete cycle
through the seasons.


The Mayan Apocalypse

A Vedic View


calendar that the world would come to an end on 21st
December 2012 has done enough rounds around the world.
This prediction is different from the prophecies of the
Nostradamus kind, because the Mayans had based their
predictions on a repetitive calendar system of astronomical
position of planets. This background of the predictions
naturally arouses the interest of astrologers like us who
have been introduced to traditional astrology given by the
Vedic seers. Of particular interest is the importance given
to Venus in the Mayan calendar. The origin of the Mayan
calendar coming from regions closer to the southern
hemisphere raises our curiosity as to whether the system
of Venus, known as Shukramana was the basis for the
Mayan calendar. In this article, an attempt is made to
bring out the salient features of the Shukramana, taking
cue from Brihat Samhita and interfacing with Mayan
revelations and the probable interpretation of the Mayan
prediction of 21st December, 2012.
Before going into the details, let us remind ourselves of
the Mayan connection to our traditional astrology. The
name Maya comes as a Vastu specialist and also as an
astrologer who received the wisdom of Surya
Siddhantha. In both these contexts Maya is either
referred to as a Danava or an Asura. Surya Siddhantha
recognises him as an Asura only. We should recall that
the region to the south of the equator was peopled with
Asuras according to Puranic narrations. The Asuras of
the south and the Devas who inhabited the Northern
hemisphere were guided by their respective preceptors
namely Shukra (Venus) and Brihaspathi (Jupiter)
respectively. For the astrologer, the important information
is that the cycle of Jupiter, known as Brihaspatya mana
was in vogue in the Northern hemisphere. This gives a
presumption that the cycle of Venus called as Shukra
mana must have been popular in the southern hemisphere.
Although not much is known about Shukra mana, the
traditional opinion is that such a system of time
measurement did exist as part of different systems of
mana or measurement of time. Interestingly Mayasura

With a Masters degree in astrology, she

is a practitioner of astrology (and
palmistry) for twenty years. She is
currently doing Research in astrology.
While her teacher was maternal grand
father, KaazhiyurBashyam lyengar, she
says she owes her knowledge largely to
Dr B. V. Raman whose books enriched
her perception of astrology.

received the knowledge of nine systems of mana

according to the narration in the Surya Siddhantha. They
are Brahma-mana, P raj a p a ty a-mana, Deva-mana,
Pitru-mana, Saura-mana, Chandra-mana, Savanamana, Nakshatra-mana and B ri h a sp a ty a-mana. The
Brihaspathya mana is based on Jupiter and was followed
by the Devas or the people of the northern hemisphere.
But an Asura receiving that knowledge precludes that he
later deduced the mana for the Asuras or the inhabitants
of the southern hemisphere. There does exist in some
compilations that a mana known as Asura mana was in
vogue in times of past but was lost due to dis-use in the
region where we live, namely the northern hemisphere.
An analysis of the past does reveal that a system of
astrology propagated by Maya and applicable to the
southerners did exist in the past. From Vedic texts we
come to know that a common ancestry of seers known as
Bhrugvangiras got divided into Bhrugu and Angiras.
Bhrugu's disciple was Shukra, who became teacher for
Asuras (demons). And from Angiras came Brihaspathi
who became the teacher for Devas. The sage Bhrugu
and the teacher of Shukra are grouped along with Maya
in Matsya Purana as sages who were proficient in Vastu
sastra. Thus we find a connection between Maya and
Shukra and Asuras, the people of southern regions. This
background information gives credence to the Bhrugu or
Shukra mana (Asura-mana) system of time measurement
as the origin of the Mayan belief system that is found in
the Mesoamerican regions including Mexico and in regions
just north and south of the Equator. The importance given
to Venus in their systems also lends credence to its origin
in Asura-mana or Shukra-mana.
The Mayan Calendar of Time
Mayans followed 3 types of calculation of time. One is
the long count which is similar to Yuga cycles running
into thousands of years. One such long cycle is going
to end on 21s' December 2012. The second one is a
Divine calendar (Tzolkin) running to a duration of 260
days. This resembles our Lunar calendar which we use
for religious purposes. Mayans have 13 rounds of 20 days
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each, making up 260 days of the divine calendar. Many

theories are floating to justify this number. One theory of
importance to astrologers is that 260 is the number of
days between two consecutive zeniths for the Sun at
the place where Mayans once lived. This place was known
as Izapa and now they call it Chiapas Mexico which lies
at 15 degrees N. Gnomons used for observing the path of
the Sun have been unearthed in this place giving credence
to this notion. The third one is the Civil calendar (Haab)
which is equal to the Solar year. The Maya count it as 18
rounds of 20 days each and an extra 5 days. The last five
days are considered to be dangerous and evil. These two
(divine and civil calendar) are used in everyday life by
the Mayans and they repeat every 52 years. In other
words the Mayans had 52 year cycle that is similar to the
60 year cycle of the Brihaspatya mana.
Apart from this, the Mayans had a short count of 13 rounds
of 20 years for which they had written predictions. An
important feature of this count is that the 12"' round of
the present series is also coming to an end on 21.2
December 2012. These dates indicate the end of a cycle
which is being variously interpreted as a doomsday
A cursory look at the prediction for the 12th cycle spanning
for 20 years from 1993 to 2012 will reveal what the
Mayans thought. It runs as follows:
"There will be scarcities of com and squash during
this katun (20 year period) and this will lead to great
mortality. This was the katun during which the
settlement of Chichen Itza (a place where Mayans
lived and built a temple) occurred, when the mangod Kukulcan (Quetzalcoatl) arrived. It is the katun
of remembering and recording knowledge. "
Apparently this period shows a regional scarcity in food
production. It also says a date in the past when people
had settled in the area. According to this short count, it
would come to an end on 21st December 2012, when the
last and the 13th count of the current short series would
begin. The 13th count will run for 20 years and end in
2032. By a coincidence the long count and the 12th round
of the short count are coming to an end on 21st December
this year. There is absolutely no prediction of an
apocalypse for this date given in the Mayan books.
Venus as the Basis of Mayan System
The system of long and short count looks similar to 12
rounds of Jupiter's cycle with small round of 5 years each,
with one count getting fit into another count. The Jupiter
cycle is known as Brihaspatya mana which is based on
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the movement of Jupiter around the zodiac with its starting

point occurring in the constellation of Dhanishta in the
month ofMagha, with its reappearance from a conjunction
with the Sun after Jupiter has crossed its sign of debility.
In fact, our astrological predictions for all the planets
except Saturn and the nodes are based on the reappearance after a conjunction (asthang) with Sun. The
counting of the lunar month starts the day after conjunction
of Moon with the Sun. For Mars, its point of retrogression
after reappearance from conjunction with Sun is taken
into consideration for different types of predictions. For
Mercury, its reappearance after a conjunction with Sun is
noted for making predictions according to Varahamihira.
Similarly, for Venus too, its reappearance after a
conjunction with Sun is taken into consideration for making
predictions. This system explained in Brihat Samhita is
also found in the Mayan book of Chilam Balam. (note
this name Chilam Balam of the Maya sounds like
Chidambaram, the abode of Nataraja, which was actually
called as Chelambaram or Chelambalam until 200 years
ago as per the records of the colonial travellers.)
The Chilam Balam tells about a Venus cycle of 584 days
and the tracking of the heliacal rising of Venus as the
morning and evening star accompanied with predictions
for these. Many dates have been given in this context
with prediction of war or loss or growth of crop or failure
of crop etc. This is significant because 584 is the number
of days that Venus takes to come closer to earth (called
as inferior conjunction) before it changes as evening or
morning star. Of this 236 is the number of days that Venus
is in the eastern sky as the morning star. For 90 days
Venus is in upper conjunction (on the other side of Sun)
when it will become invisible to earth. In the next 250
days Venus is the western sky as the evening star. Then
for 8 days, Venus is in inferior conjunction by coming in
between the earth and the Sun. On the day that I am
writing this article, Venus is in inferior conjunction crossing the disc of the Sun!
The Mayan dates reveal the above position of Venus. For
example one of the dates was January 27, in the year
727. On that day Venus made the reappearance in
Dhanishta as the morning star after an inferior conjunction.
Another date is September 17, 915 AD. That was also
the day of reappearance in the east as morning star after
an inferior conjunction. Venus reappeared in
Uttaraphalguni on that day. Like this many dates coincide
with the heliacal rising of Venus and they are mentioned
along with a prediction. If we look at Varahamihira's
version, he has also given prediction for the heliacal rising
of Venus for all 27 stars.

For example when Venus reappears in Dhanishta, the
heretics will suffer. When it reappears in Uttaraphalguni,
Varahamihira says that the people of Kuru, Panchala and
Jangala would perish and there would be good rains. It is
here we can see how the prediction is localised. This
prediction has no relevance to Mayan lands but only to
India. But the fact that the Mayans observed the
reappearance and based a prediction on it shows that the
methodology was same or derived from a common source
or a parental source, perhaps from the Vedic
Shukracharya. But predictions were made after
observing Nature and mankind for very many years. The
Mayan prediction is different but applicable to the region
where it is used. This is the basic feature that we must
see before taking the Mayan prediction of 21 st December
Scientists have said that the Mayan dates coinciding with
the heliacal rising come with a minor error, which is
inevitable in direct observation. They also have said that
the observation is applicable to the landscape of Mayan
presence where the predictions were originally written.
This is substantiated by the predictions for helical rising
for Venus differing from Varahamihira's predictions. It
shows that the methodology is same but the predictive
part differs from region to region. Many of the Chilam
Balam dates also tally with the dates of heliacal rising of
Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

The skymaps on the beginning and end of the cycle are

shown in figures 1 and 2. An interesting feature is that
Saturn is in exaltation during these two occasions. Perhaps
the cycle of Venus has exalted Saturn as a main
companion in its movement.
Jupiter (R)


I Moon

August 11,

Figure 1

Jupiter (R)

December 21,
2001 AD





Figure 2

The end of the cycle as shown on figure 2 is publicised as

the end of the world. The Mayan prediction reading does
not say that the world would end on that day. However
the 6-month period culminating in December has the
astrological combination for natural calamities such as
earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. (Refer my
2-part article on "Predicting earthquakes" published
in January and May 2010 issues of this Magazine.)
The location is the Americas. It is pertinent to note here
that a volcano became active about a month ago in Mexico.
Whatever prediction is made in Mayan books, it is
applicable to the Mayan regions (Mesoamerica) and not
for the world over.

The Beginning of Mayan Cycle

Basically the Brahaspatya mana starts after Jupiter
moves out of its sign of debility and emerges out of a
conjunction with the Sun. It is logical to expect a similar
rationale for Shukra mana also. And we are in for a
surprise because the long count of the Maya shows
such a rise for Venus. The current long count started
on August 11, 3114BC. The skymap shows that Venus
has come out of its debility and also reappeared from a
conjunction with Sun. This cycle is going to come to an
end on 21st December this year which many people
think is predicted as the day of Cataclysm. This end
date also has Venus coming out of debility and
disappearing in conjunction with the Sun. However
some people question the exactness of this date. But
going by the logic reappearance with beginning of a
cycle and disappearance with the end of the cycle, I
think the more apt date would be 13th December 2012
and not 21st December. On 13th December, 2012, Venus
disappears from our sight due to conjunction with the
Sun and had also emerged out of its debility.

Comparison of
Mayan System with Vedic Astrology
There are two parallels between Mayan and
Varahamihiran astrology. Varahamihira tells about 9
veedhis in which Venus travels. He attributes different

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versions of this veedhi concept to different sources in

the past, but the core concept centres around 9 veedhis
or 9 streets in the sky. They are identified by the stars in
the sky. The appearance or reappearance of Venus (after
conjunction with Sun) in these veedhis is connected with
specific predictions. A parallel is seen in Mayan calendar
of 9 lords of night or 9 underworlds of Chicken Itza.
Figure 3 shows the image of this building (called as
Chicken Itza) which was measured by the famous
sculptor of India, Sri Ganapathi Sthapathi who found the
structure to be perfectly Vastu complaint as per the text

Mayan number 13 could mean the 13 lunar months. The

number 20 also comes along with Moon's transit as they
count only the days when the Moon is seen before it
disappears and after it reappears. This is known from the
fact that they use a specific glyph to denote lunation for
19 days and another one from 20 to 30 days of lunation.

Figure 4 gives the close up feature of the 9 steps, which

the Mayan called as 9 underworlds.
This structure built about 1000 years ago is variously
explained by researchers, but an analysis of the location
of Venus in the sky in the backdrop of the steps in this
structure might throw interesting results, for, the steps
remind us of the 9 veedhis in which Venus travels. Seen
from the ground level, the rise and decline of Venus in the
sky could well match with the steps of this structure.
Yet another concept that resonates with Brihat Samhita
is that of Venus travelling in 6 mandalas. The sky is
divided into 6 mandalas and the reappearance of Venus
(after conjunction with Sun) in a mandala is noted with
specific predictions. In the Mayan system, the lunation is
seen in a series of 6. That is, the sky is divided into 6
segments and Moon's transit is recorded in each of these
with specific predictions. Instead of Venus they see
Moon's transit in these 6 mandalas.
The Mayans have a system of 13 rounds of 20 days or 20
years each. This is in contrast to the 12 rounds (yugas)
of 5 years each of Jupiter in the Brihaspatya mana. The



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Figure 4
The Venus cycle of Maya has 52 years - the rationale
behind which is not yet deciphered. But the number 13
has relevance in this cycle as 4 times 13 is 52. There will
be 8 rounds of 584 cycle of inferior conjunction in 52 years.
Like this, different categories of movement of Venus are
incorporated in the Mayan calendar making us think that
it could be based on the forgotten Shukra mana. The
detailed analysis of the Mayan system might perhaps
enable us to retrieve the forgotten Shukra mana.



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Mr. CA. Padmanabhan is actively

associated with the activities of
The Institute of Astrological
Studies, Chennai since 1979. He has
been a regular contributor to The
Astrological Magazine Is now working
on his book on Stellar Astrology.
Mr. Padmanabhan retired as the Chief
Commercial Inspector of Southern


traditional system followed by a majority of the
practitioners of astrology in India.
Stellar system of astrology, though not so well known,
is a very effective tool for accurate prediction. Its
emphasis on the situation of planets on a nakshatra, as
distinct from a rasi or bhava, makes for more precise
prediction. With the stellar position of planets in mind one
can even make snapshot prediction on different facets
of a person's life with amazing accuracy. Stellar system
with limited number of rules for prediction makes for
simplicity and clarity in prediction. It also rules out the
need to study many divisional charts except navamsa in
Readers who desire to take up the study of stellar system
of astrology should have a fairly good knowledge of
Parasari system of astrology, vimshothari dasa - bhukti
technique and the method of casting horoscope of a
person for a given birth data.
Parasari and stellar systems of astrology in the
analysis and judgement of a horoscope take into
account the nine planets of the solar system viz. Sun,
Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and the
two shadowy planets Rahu and Ketu. Besides, they
reckon also the twenty seven nakshatras and the
twelve bhavas of a horoscope.
Many of the basic principles of Parasari system of
astrology hold good in the stellar system too. The
characteristics of planets and rasis, the lordship of
rasis, the karakatwas (significations) of planets and
bhavas, the influences exerted by planets by their
aspects, etc. are common for both the systems.
However, the similarities end here.
In stellar astrology the nine planets have been classified
into three groups viz. satwik, rajasik and thamasik on
the basis of their guna, inherent quality. Three
nakshatras ruled by each planet also come under
this classification. Details of planets and nakshatras



under each group as also the rules governing the

nature of phala (results) the planets would confer
under various circumstances, as, for instance, when a
satwik planet occupies a tamasik nakshatra or rajasik
nakshatra, etc. are shown in next page.
Stellar astrology considers not only the situation of a
planet in any particular rasi, or bhava, but also
takes note of the nakshatra on which the planet is
situated and the lord of the nakshatra. Guna of the
lord of the nakshatra, his situation in the horoscope
and the influences bearing on him by association,
aspects, etc. are also specially taken into account, as
these have a definite bearing on the nature of
phala (results) conferred by the planet.
Further, the bhavas owned by the lord of the nakshatra
have to be specially noted, because, if the lord of
the nakshatra were to own a dusthana like 4th, 8th or
the 12th bhava, the planet will not be able to confer
favourable results, and often the phala (results) will
be very unfavourable.
To illustrate how important and decisive is the role of
the stellar lord i.e. the lord of the nakshatra occupied
by the planet, in determining the nature of the result
a planet would confer, an illustrative horoscope is
discussed below. (Chart 1)


In Chart 1 ascendant is
Pisces. Ascendant lord
Jupiter is also the lord of
| Qth bhava signifying


profession, and is benefic.


chart 1

He occupies 5th bhava,

a thrikona in
sign in exaltation. He is
also in a kendra from
Moon giving rise to
gajakesari yoga. One would expect this well placed and powerful Jupiter to confer favourable
results to the native in his dasa/bhukti. But this will

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not be the case always; this depends on the nakshatra
occupied by Jupiter in Cancer.

Cancer has the 4 pada of Punarvasu ruled by Jupiter

himself, a satwik planet, Pushyami ruled by Saturn, a
tamasik planet, and Aslesha ruled by Mercury, a
satwik planet. If Jupiter occupying Cancer is on the
4th pada of Punarvasu ruled by himself or on any
of the four padas of Aslesha ruled by Mercury, he
will bestow beneficial results, because these two
nakshatras are satwik. On the other hand, if Jupiter
was to occupy Pushyami ruled by tamasik planet
Saturn, he would confer only unfavourable results.
Of course, there are many more factors to be noted
such as lordship of the nakshatra lord, i.e. whether
he is lord of a benefic bhava such as kendra or a
trikona or whether his lordship is that of a dusthana
like 6th or 8th or 12th bhava, and what influences
are bearing on him by association or aspect, and
his strength, etc.
It will be noticed that the technique of delineating
bhava phala and dasa - bhukti phala in stellar system
of astrology is quite different from the methods
adopted in Parasari system of astrology.
The nine planets and the 27 nakshatras have been
classified under three groups - satwik, rajasik and
thamasik and the nakshatras ruled by each planet as shown in the next column.
Rules governing the nature of results that planets
would confer depending on (a) the nakshatra occupied
by it, (b) the guna of the nakshatra, (c) lord of the
nakshatra occupied by the planet and (d) situation of
the nakshatra lord in the horoscope are given below

All planets, irrespective of their nature - satwik,

rajasik or tamasik - occupying a satwik nakshatra
will bestow good results.


Satwik planets Jupiter and Mercury occupying

thamasic nakshatras will give only bad results.


Rajasik planets Sun, Moon and Venus occupying

rajasik nakshatras will give good results.


Thamasik planets occupying thamasic nakshatras

generally confer good results.


Satwik planets occupying rajasik nakshatras would

confer moderately good results.


Thamasik planets occupying rajasik nakshatras

will give weak results.

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Punarvasu (Punarpoosam)
Vishakha (Vishakam)
Satwik Poorvabhadra (Poorattathi)
Aslesha (Ayilyam)
Jyeshta (Kettai)
Revati (Revati)
Krittika (Karthikai)
Uttaraphalguni (Uthiram)
Uttarashada (Uthradam)
Rohini (Rohini)
Rajasik Hasta (Hastam)
Sravana (Tiruvonam)
Bharani (Bharani)
Purva Phalguni (Pubba, Pooram)
Purvashada (Pooradam)
Aswini (Aswini)
Makha (Makham)
Moola (Moolam)
Aridra (Tiruvathirai)
Swati (Swati)
Thamasik Satabhisha (Chathayam)
Pushyami (Poosam)
Anuradha (Anusham)
Uttarabhadrapada (Uthirattathi)
Mrigashira (Mrigasheersham)
Chitta (Chittirai)
Dhanishta (Avittam)

Jupiter (Satwik)

Mercury (Satwik)

Sun (Rajasik)

Moon (Rajasik)

Venus (Rajasik)

Ketu (Thamasik)

Rahu (Thamasik)

Saturn (Thamasik)

Mars (Thamasik)


Satwik planets will give good results, when they

remain pure, uninfluenced by rajasika or tamasika
planets, rajasik and thamasic planets also give
their results, when they are pure in their gunas.


If satwik and rajasik planets attain rajasik and

satwik guna respectively, they will not prove
very unfavourable. But they should never attain
thamasik guna.


Thamasik planets should not get rajasik guna, if

they are to give any favourable results.

Jeeva and Sareera

Another unique feature of stellar astrology is the
concept of Jeeva and Sareera (soul and body) for
each bhava. which determines largely the nature of
the results of a bhava (bhava phala). How to determine
Jeeva and Sareera of each bhava is explained
In Chart 2 ascendant is Sagittarius. 7th bhava is
Gemini. Lord of 7th bhava, Mercury,
Capricorn, Sravana nakshatra ruled by Moon. Therefore,
Moon becomes Jeeva of 7th bhava. He is situated in

Aries, Bharani nakshatra ruled by Venus. Venus thus
becomes Sareera of 7th bhava.

bhavas. If Jeeva and Sareera are inimically disposed,

the results of the bhava will not be favourable.

In Chart 3, ascendant is Sagittarius. 7th bhava is

Gemini. 7th lord Mercury occupies Capricorn, Sravana
nakshatra ruled by Moon. But Moon does not become

If Jeeva and Sareera occupy their own or exaltation

or friendly rasis, and they are exclusively under
benefic influences by association or aspect, the results
of the bhava will be very favourable.
Let us now take more horoscopes for analysis and
judgement of 7th bhava by applying principles of
judgement of stellar astrology.
Male born 30-6-1971

Jeeva of 7th bhava. The reason is because of the rule

that if Jeeva planet is in conjunction with one or
more planets, the stronger of the planets in the group
becomes the Jeeva. Here Mars is stronger than
Moon, as he occupies his own sign (swakshetra).
Therefore Mars becomes Jeeva of 7th bhava who is
situated on Krittika Nakshatra ruled by Sun. Hence
Sun becomes the Sareera of 7th bhava.
In Chart 4 ascendant is Sagittarius. Lord of 7th bhava
Mercury occupies
Scorpio, Jyeshta Nakshatra ruled




by Mercury himself. Here Mercury himself becomes

Jeeva of 7th bhava. In such cases the lord of the
rasi occupied by Jeeva becomes Sareera. Hence
Mars becomes Sareera.
In Chart 5 ascendant is Virgo. Lord of 7th bhava
Jupiter is situated in Pisces, Poorvabhadrapada, own
nakshatra. Jupiter becomes Jeeva of 7th bhava. Since
he occupies his own sign, Jupiter becomes Sareera too.
The same planet can become both Jeeva and Sareera
of a bhava.
For a bhava to confer beneficial results Jeeva and
Sareera of the
bhava should occupy benefic



Chart 6


The ascendant signifies the physical and mental

characteristics, etc. of the native.
In chart 6
ascendant is Virgo and is occupied by the lord of the 11th
bhava Moon. Ascendant and Moon are afflicted by
Rahu, a thamasic planet by 9th aspect. Ascendant
lord Mercury occupies 10th bhava Gemini in conjunction
with 12th bhava lord Sun, a rajasik planet.
7th bhava signifying marriage, married life, partnerin-life , etc. is in Pisces and is aspected by Moon and
retrograde Jupiter and afflicted by Ketu, a tamasik
planet by 9th aspect. Lord of 7th bhava retrograde
Jupiter occupies 3rd bhava Scorpio. He is afflicted by
Saturn, lord of 5th and 6th bhava (dusthana) and a tamasik
by aspect. Jupiter is situated on Anuradha nakshatra
ruled by Saturn.
Kalatrakamka (signifying marriage) is Venus, and
he occupies 9th bhava, Taurus. He too is afflicted by
Saturn, by conjunction. Venus is situated on Mrigashira
nakshatra ruled by Mars, a tamasika planet and
lord of 3rd and 8th bhavas, the latter a dusthana. 2nd
bhava signifies Kutumba (family)and is Libra. Its lord
Venus occupies Taurus and is afflicted by Saturn by
conjunction. Thus lord of 7th bhava Jupiter, lord of 2nd
bhava Venus are under serious affliction and has
resulted in divorce of the married couple.
According to stellar system of astrology, if the
lord of 7th bhava and lord of 2nd bhava occupy any
of the nakshatras ruled by the lords of 3rd, 6th, 8th,
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11th or 12th bhavas, there will be abnormal delay in
marriage, or married life will be marred by
disharmony, unhappiness, ill-health to self or spouse,
in extreme cases premature death of married
partner or separation of
the couple.
unfortunate and adverse portents of stellar system
of astrology have been largely fulfilled in the case
of the horoscope under discussion.
Chart 7 is from How to Judge a Horoscope - Vol. II
by Dr. B. V Raman (Page 53 to 55). The horoscope
is discussed below applying rules of stellar system
of astrology.
Bom 16-3-1937 at 6-45 p.m. (I.S.T.) at 28N51,78E49


Ascendant is Virgo and afflicted by Saturn's (lord of

5 and 6) aspect and by Sun, lord of the 12th bhava.
Navamsa ascendant is also afflicted by aspect by
Ketu, a thamasic planet. Ascendant is also aspected
by Jupiter, lord of 4th and 7th bhavas. Jupiter in debilitation
has neechabhanga. Ascendant lord Mercury in 6th bhava
in Aquarius is afflicted by Mars, lord of 3rd and 8th bhavas,
by aspect. 7th being Pisces is afflicted by Saturn and Sun,
12th lord by occupation. 7th lord Jupiter occupies 5th bhava
Capricorn and afflicted by Ketu by 9th aspect. Jupiter also
occupies Uttarashada nakshatra ruled by Sun, lord of 12th
bhava. Venus occupies 8th bhava, a dusthana in conjunction
with Moon. Venus, being hemmed in between Saturn and
Ketu, malefic and tamasic planets, is under Papakarthari
Yoga. He occupies Aswini nakshatra ruled by Ketu, a
thamasic planet.
Consequences of serious affliction to lords of 7 bhava,
2nd bhava
kalathrakaraka Venus are - there
will be abnormal delay in marriage, or married
life will be marred by disharmony and unhappiness,
or ill-health to self or partner, and in extreme
cases of affliction, even premature death of self or spouse,
etc. Same nakshatra (Uttarabhadrapada) ruled by Saturn
has given rise to Shatru Yoga. There was premature death


Suranjana is a Vedic astrologer by

profession. Apart from the passion and
deep knowledge in the subject - her stellar
Fifth House
academic background in mathematics and
professional experience as a computer
programmer and faculty trainer helps her Progeny and Creativity
to be successful in this profession. She is
married with two teenage daughters.

X progeny or children. It is also the house of creativity

and intelligence. Chilren are a source of joy and pleasure
in one's life, Human creativity is reflected by the way
parents bring up their children. Children, creativity and
intelligence - these are the three things that are strongly
related to one another. Intelligence of an individual controls
his creativity. Progeny or children are also a manifestation
of one's creativity. Fifth house is also considered
auspicious as it is one of the trine houses which reflects
one's karma from past life.
Miscarriages and Infertility
We will discuss problems related to the fifth house. There
has been a rise in the number of miscarriages which are
sometimes accidental, at times unavoidable and at times
even done after determining the sex. There is an increase
in the number of twin births - which happen naturally or
after an infertility treatment like the in-vitro-fertilisation
or IVF.
In today's fast paced life, and unlike our earlier generations
women too work hard towards their career and family.
The number of increased miscarriages and infertility
treatments are sometimes attributed to the fact that
couples are too stressed to space out time for starting a
family. This leads to delay in conceiving, miscarriages and
at times infertility. Astrology has a different explanation
to these problems. Dealing with the influence of stars and
planets in one's life, astrology insists that there is a right
time for things to happen. If a chart supports a good
progeny house there will be no worry to the native
regarding progeny. In such cases even under extreme
stress and work pressure, the native will easily conceive
and have progeny.
On the other hand, in a horoscope chart if there is a malefic
planet in the fifth house, it indicates problems regarding
progeny. Planets like Rahu, Saturn and Ketu delay
childbirth. When benefic planets like Jupiter is placed in
the fifth house but is aspected or is hemmed between
malefic planets , even then there is considerable delay in

having progeny. There are other factors like the strength

of the fifth house, its lord, Jupiter (signifactor for male
child) and Venus (signifactor for female child). When the
fifth house or its lord in a female's horoscope is afflicted
by Mars or Ketu, it indicates medical intervention during
delivery. Caesarean birth is caused due to the influence
of Mars or Ketu on the fifth house or its lord. In a male
horoscope, Venus is the significator for progeny. If Venus
is combust or afflicted in the chart with Saturn or Rahu,
progeny is delayed.
Let us consider the chart of a native who has been married
for a long time but is without any children
Chart 1
Female bom on 25th May 1979 at 3.10 pm in Bolangir
May 25,1979
03.10.00 pm



In the native's chart fifth house lord Saturn is placed in

the twelfth (house of loss). In the twelfth house Saturn is
conjunct with Rahu which is not supportive of conception.
Benefic Jupiter (putrakaraka) aspects the 5th house
from the 11th house but is hemmed in between malefics
Saturn, Rahu and Sun. The native had to go for an abortion
due to certain complications in the pregnancy. She is going
through the unfavorable Rahu dasa and Venus bhukti with
Venus being weak. The major period of Jupiter can be
Chart 2
Male born on 3rd June 1952 at 7.02 am in Agra
The fifth house has a malefic planet Mars. Its lord Venus
is weak and is placed in the house of loss, twelfth. This
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June 3,1952



Van us



When two or more planets are present in the eleventh

house aspecting or having a connection with the fifth house,
there is an indication of twin births.
In Vitro Fertilisation


implies delay and difficulties in child bearing. Jupiter is

well placed in the house of gains, eleventh but hemmed
between malefics Rahu and Sun. Rahu aspects the fifth
house indicative of difficulty in having children. The native
does not have a progeny.
Birth of Twins
Today when we look around we find that birth of twins is
quite frequent. According to a study and for reasons not
fully known it is seen that older women have a greater
chance of having twins naturally. The average age of
marriages have gone up and so has the age of conception.
This perhaps justifies the fact that more twins are born

Infertility among couples of this generation is also on the

rise. A study has shown that infertility affects almost one
out of six couples today. As a result, more and more
couples are opting for an infertility treatment like the invitro
fertilisation or even using fertility drugs.
In-vitro-fertilisation as a treatment requires considerable
amount of time and money for a couple. The success
rate is good even though it fails on certain occasions.
It is for this reason, one needs to take the assistance of
an experienced astrologer. An astrologer can predict
the right time to go for such treatment. Certain planets
favour the native and so trying the treatment when the
time is favourable increases the chance of a successful
People often wonder whether going for treatments like
the IVF is like playing against the wishes of God... I would
say no because then God wouldn't have made the option
available for us!

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Lead Article




of Disease


HAS THE HYPOTHESIS of the bacteriological

causation of disease any scientific basis ? This is a
very important question which requires the serious
attention of all thinkers and well-wishers of humanity. The
allopathic doctors approach many a disease on the
assumption that germs give rise to them. For instance
Cholera and Plague are supposed to be contagious, caused
by the spread of their bacilli. Consumption is another
disease, which is said to be spread by Germs. The opinion
is also held by some that a specific Germ is the cause of
influenza. What are these Germs? Where are they found
? Have they any causal relations to the diseased conditions
or are they accompaniments only. If germs do not cause
diseases, why do medical practitioners still hold crooked
views and force compulsory inoculation, injection and
vaccination. How far astrology can help us to combat
disease! These are some of the important points which
we propose to discuss in this article.
We on our part do not contest the fact that there are Germs
but deny the theory that they are essentially the cause of
disease. The germ theory has lead to what may almost be
termed as a speciabranch of medical art, viz.,
Bacteriology. It was Pasteur the father of this so-called
science that is supposed to have discovered bacteria
about* 60years ago. From a biological stand point bacteria
are the lowest forms of life. There is nothing weaker,
nothing less in integration, in power or ability to dominate
a situation. They are unicellular organisms always feeding
on dead and decayed matter. They are the lowest
representatives of life, the connecting link between the
inanimate and animate. A microscopical observation
reveals that, a bacterium never reaches a completely
formed cell. A single celled animal, such as for instance
an amoeba, consists of a central nucleus, a cell wall and
in between the two, protoplasm or the physical "basis of
life". But in case of Bacterium, whenever you observe,
you will find a part of the cell wall missing, or a part of the
* Evidence is now forthcoming that the existence of germs was known
to the ancient Hindus even in the remotest antiquity of time.

protoplasm missing, or a part of the nucleus is missing.

The bacterium is a victim of its environment utterly
incapable of controlling its movements, and not having
the power of locomotion. According to the best text books
these forms of life never feed on anything Excepting
Dead Cells. Our readers must clearly bear in mind this
point, viz., that anything bacteria can feed on would have
to be dead and if it were alive it would be stronger than
the bacteria. On this assumption we can say that naturally
they could not destroy any living things. Whether a boil or
a carbuncle, it is a pathological process wherein there is
mucus, pus and other exudation which provide food for
the bacteria. These germs are never found in healthy
tissues. Where decomposition is going on you will find
bacteria as in the alimentary canal. Bacterial propagation
can take place only in filth. Germs found growing in pus
medium represent what is known as Streptococci bacteria.
A pneumonia germ is the one that grows in pneumococcus
medium. The bacteria we find growing in the lungs of a
tuberculosis patient will be rod-shaped. A culture of
streptococci, when transplanted into pneumococcus
medium under suitable conditions take on the
characteristics of pneumococcus bacterium. With the
addition of yellow light rays, we can transform the bacteria
of the rod shape into those of ball shape. Therefore we
can say that the type of pathological process or the matter
on which germs feed, determines the kind of germ we
have. It automatically proves that the disease controls the
type of germ rather than the germs proving the kind of
disease it shall be.
Let any modern medical doctor prove that germs cause
disease by any other means than inoculation. The
process of inoculation is itself most repugnant to our
sense of reasoning. Inject a person with distilled water.
He will get fever. Would you say that distilled water
caused fever ? Inoculate the person with three drops
of the white of an egg in the proper manner and he will
die within 15 minutes. Vinegar inoculated similarly
causes death. Does this mean that the white of egg or
vinegar caused death. Similarly, when germs are
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inoculated, they produce disease. Any substance will

give a germ reaction when inoculated into the blood
stream. Medical men hold the superstition that animals
inoculated with cultivated Bacillus show immunity from
certain diseases. This is absurd. The very fact that an
inoculation of a certain bacillus is effected introduces
a state of disease pertaining to that bacillus. It is
impossible for germs to cause disease. Medical
authorities hold that 90% of germs are disease
destroying and only 2% of the germs in the world cause
disease. We can compare the bacterium to a plant and
the disease is the soil. Does the mango tree cause the
earth ? If it does then bacteria cause disease. Disease
must be present before bacteria can get into the body.
In the pathological process, filth is primary and germs
secondary. Eliminate filth and bacteria die out of
starvation. The serum therapy theory is based on the
assumption that if we introduce a virus into the organism,
it will stimulate the body so that it combats that same
virus and the body will be upheld and protected against
the attack of disease germs. Disease germs cannot move.
It is superstition to believe that germs introduce disease.
Scorpio is a Keela Rasi governing germs and the 6th house
in a horoscope rules disease. If the equilibrium of one or
more of the three Doshas, Vatha, Pitha and Sleshma is
disturbed by internal conditions on account of overeating,
excessive indulgence etc., a state of disease makes its
appearance. Each planet controls certain humours. When
the particular planet is afflicted it disturbs by its electro
magnetic influence, the Dosha under its control and
naturally, the disease indicated by the dosha makes its
appearance. When this fact is known in advance, it is
possible to prevent the manifestation of the indications
by the means which have been explained in the works of
the Ancient Maharishies.
Influenza for instance is a lever condition in which only a
comparatively slight temperature is present, but there is
severe prostration or weakness. The onset of the disease
is sudden with chilliness or chills. There is extreme
drowziness, headache and general aching in the back and
extremities. The popular concep-tion is that a certain
specific germ is the cause of influenza. It is true that germs
are present in large quantities during the course of certain
diseases, but it is equally true that they are present when
no such disease exists. We have seen already that germ
is not the cause of disease, but is merely one of the
manifestations of a diseased condition. Influenza is caused
not by germs, not by exposure to the elements, but by an
accumulation of poisonous materials within the body for
a certain period of time preceding the attack. If the

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excretory organs are comparatively normal these poisons

will not accumulate. This disease occurs in countries at
the time of an eclipse. When Saturn, Mars and Jupiter
conjoin the disease is produced. The mutual aspect
between the Sun and the Moon is another combination
for this. Thus the primary cause of influenza lies in the
astrological indications.
Generally speaking there are two kinds of pneumonia ;
broncho pneumonia which involves the bronchial tubes
and lobar pneumonia in which not only the tubes are
affected but also the lungs proper to a greater extent. Evil
planets in the ascendant indicate this disease as also
Mercury if afflicted. When the body is filled up with poisons
and the vitality low susceptibility to disease sets in.
Tendency to suffer from consumption is shown in charts
in which Saturn and Mars are in the 6th house with
powerful aspects by the Sun and Rahu.
The much feared Tuberculosis is not caused by germs.
It is a nutritional disorder. It is a destructive di-ease
process caused by faulty nutrition. The germ is only
secondary. Constipation and digestive disorders precede
it. Now we will consider the question of Cholera and
Plague. The allopathic doctor is cocksure that these are
caused by germs. He forces compulsory inoculation as
the only immunity. If Cholera is a contageous disease
caused by germs what is the fate of the scavengers who
clear vomits and motions of Cholera patients. When food
is not properly assimilated and diges-ted, Cholera is
caused. In the same family, one will be attacked while
other members will be free. People far away from Cholera
area get Cholera attacks in spite of inoculations ; where
is contagion here. Each organism has certain resisting
power depending upon the predominence of particular kind
of Thridosha. The motions of Cholera patients no doubt
contain germs but they do not cause Cholera. Another
superstition under which the medical men are labouring is
to think that plague is also caused by the spread of Germs,
which are caused by rats and that distraction of rats is
necessary for its prevention. It is impossible to completely
exterminate an animal species on the erroneous supposition
that they cause a diabolical disease. There are other causes
which we propose to discuss in our future issues. It
suffices now to say that, as proved above, the germ theory
of disease has no real existence, and that it is an
exaggeration of the medical man. The masses must be
properly educated to appreciate the real causes of these
so called diseases and methods to be employed for their
prevention. Astrology is the only sublime science that can
really tackle this question successfully and suggest
preventive measures.





Maadhaveeyam lists the following as Adhama yogas

that are inauspicious Tithi Vara Yogas.


Makha Bharani Dhanishta Anuradha

Mrigasira Krittika Visaka Aswini Jyeshta




Pushyami Poorvaashaada Makha Visaka

Chitta Anuradha Uttaraphalguni Uttarashada


Aslesha Aridra Visaka Jyeshta Revati



with Saptami, Navami, Ekadasi or Trayodasi

Chaturthi, Shasti, Saptami or Dwadasi.

Ekadasi, Saptami or Shasti.
Panchami, Ashtami, Saptami or Dasami.
Prathama, Dwiteeya, Ashtami orNavami.
Shasti, Ashtami, Navami or Dwadasi
Dwiteeya, Triteeya, Ashtami, Navami,
Dasami or Ekadasi.

However, some take a select group of the above and term

them as Visha or poisonous Yogas as mentioned below.
Sunday with Chaturthi. Monday-Shasti. TuesdaySaptami. Wednesday-Dwiteeya. Thursday-Ashtami.
Friday-Navami. Saturday-Saptami. Muhoortha
Chintaamani qualifies Wednesday's Prathama and
Sunday's Saptami as Samvartaka. Also, select groups
from some of these go under different nomenclatures like
Dagdha and Hutashana. Opinions differ with regard to
Amirtha and Mrithyu.
Siddha yoga, (Tithi-Vara) which is auspicious, is formed on
Tuesday with Jaya Tithis (3/8/13), Wednesday with Bhadra
(2/7/12), Thursday with Poorna (5/10/15), Friday with Nanda
(1/6/11), Saturday with Rikta (4/9/14) Sunday and Monday
are out of this list. Here a contradiction could be noticed.
Wednesday with Dwiteeya is Visha, malefic and
simultaneously Siddha, benefic. However, Muhoortha
Chintaarnani makes it clear that whenever a benefic yoga
exits simultaneously with a malefic yoga, by such
combinations, only the results of benefic yoga would prevail.
Bhadra Tithis on Mondays and Fridays, Jaya on
Wednesdays, Poorna on Thursdays and Rikta on Saturdays
produce auspicious Vara yogas.
Coming to Vara Tara Yogas or combination of weekdays
with Nakshatras Maadhaveeyam holds the following as

Wednesday Dhanishta Moola Bharani Aswini Revati

Poorvabhadrapada Visaka

Uttaraphalguni Satabhisha Rohini Krittika

Chitta Mrigasira Aridra


Swati Rohini Bharani Visaka Chitta

Dhanishta Pushyami Aslesha Makha


Hasta Pushyami Uttaraphalguni Punarvasu

Chitta Poorvaashaada Uttarashada Sravana

Two selected combinations go under the name of Mrityu

yoga. One goes under the name of Dagdha yoga, which
is better known as Prabalarishtayoga in Tamil Nadu.
The other goes under the name of Yamaganda Yoga. In
the Amirtaadiyoga scheme followed, in Tamilnadu, under
Vara-Tara Yogas, slight variations are seenin the reckoning
of the Amirta, Siddha and Marana Yogas.
There are some good combinations in Vara Tara Yogas.
The following Amritavosa combinations are auspicious.

Pushyami, Moola, Hasta




Uttarabhadrapada Aswini Uttarashada

Uttaraphalguni Rohini

Sravana Mrigasira

Wednesday Uttarashada Krittika Anuradha


Punarvasu Poorvaashaada Revati


Uttaraphalguni Satabhisha Swati


Dhanishta Swati Rohini

Panchami and Saptami on Wednesday and Trayodasi on

Thursday, Prathama, Shasti and Ekadasi on Friday,

Continued from the June 2012 issue ofTheAeM


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Dwadasi, Saptami, and Dwadasi on Saturday are also
classified as Amritayoga. According to another school,
the list varies.
Vara Tara combinations for Sarvaartha Siddhi
Uttaraphalguni, Uttarashada,
Uttarabhadrapada, Pushyami, Aslesha,
Hasta. Moola.

Sravana, Rohini, Mrigasira. Pushyami,



Aswini. Uttarabhadrapada, Krittika, Aslesha.

Wednesday Rohini, Anuradha. Hasta, Krittika, Mrigasira.


Revati, Anuradha, Aswini, Punarvasu,



Revati. Anuradha, Aswini Punarvasu



Sravana, Rohini, Swati.

Those underlined constitute Amrita Siddhi yoga considered

slightly superior to Sarvaartha Siddhi Yogas.
Forbidden combinations of Tithi Tara
These are called Rikshalungi.
Dasami with Rohini










The following Tithi Tara combinations are also forbidden


Chitta Swati


Three Uttaras








Hasta Moola

Without dwelling on the various other combinations

involving the Month Nityayogas and Karanas with the
Tithi Vara and Nakshatras let us conclude this discussion
with two important combinations of Tithi- Vara-Nakshatra,
namely Pushkarayoga and Varayoga. The occurrence
of Dwipushkarayoga and Tripushkarayoga are indicated
in the Daily Guide. Both of them are formed only Sundays,
Tuesdays and Saturdays when the Tithis Dwiteeya,
Saptami or Dwadasi also join them. Dwipushkarayoga
is formed on such special days when the Nakshatras
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Mrigasira, Chitta or Dhanishta occur. Tripushkarayoga

Poorvabhadrapada, Punarvasu, Krittika or Uttarashada
prevail on these Tithi-Vara combines. The specialty of
these two Yogas is that any good or bad event taking place
on dwipushkara timings have a tendency to repeat itself
further on two occasions or happenings on tripushkara
timings three times, in a reasonable time. Unless one is
not too sure of blessing an event with remarks, 'many
happy returns of the day' these times are to be avoided
for any other occasions. It must be noted that these Yogas
are formed on Bhadra Tithis (2-7-12) only. Further the
Nakshatras involved in causing Tripushkarayoga are
tripada ones, those of the Sun and Jupiter, having their
three quarters in one sign and the other quarter in another.
Likewise, the dwipaada or ardha Nakshatras of Mars,
having their two quarters in one sign and two quarters in
another create the Dwipushkarayoga.
Varayoga is another beneficial Tithi-Vara-Nakshatra
combine on Sundays and Tuesdays, with Nanda Tithis and
specific Nakshatras. Nanda Tithis on Sundays with Chitta,
Krittika, Aridra, and Satabhisha and on Tuesdays with
Moola, Aslesha, Revati and Swati form this yoga.
One must remember that there are many exceptions for
most of these rules and they are equally important.
Therefore, one must not jump into any hasty decision to
reject or accept any of these Yogas without a discerning
analysis. Pushyami, extolled for all its beneficial charms
is rejected for a marriage Muhoortha. However, in
conjunction with a Sunday, it can create Sarvartha Siddhi
yoga, considered par excellence for any purpose. There
are many such commonplace contradicting notions that
demand judicious conclusions.
A deep study of the multifaceted qualities of the five limbs
of the panchang with various other elements like month,
rasis and others will be of immense use and implication in
selecting appropriate Muhurthas for divergent needs to
get them reinforced with maximum possible potentialities.
The information contained in our ancient texts, especially
of the Prasna and Muhoortha, are so massive and
bewildering with no dearth of contradicting and conflicting
views, that only an incisive study of them could help one
to understand their intense implications as for a selection
or rejection of a time for any specific purpose, beneficial
or otherwise. As is true that any effort in the study of
several branches of this divine science could never be
complete, we have to be content that in our present effort,
we have picked up only some pebbles, from here and
there, from the vast shores of Kalagjnana of this great
ocean of Jyothisha.





The Tiger of Mysftre

An Astrological Analysis



religious and he proved with his life that he lived

and died like a warrior.

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C. Radhakrishnan's biographical fiction on

Tunchathezhuchan 'Teekkadal Kadanju

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Thirumadhuram' presents a poignant account of

the experience of Tunchathacharyan at the hands

Hindu = Ha + Indu = Sun + Moon = Isvara +

of the feudal lords of Malabar who were enemies

Ardhanari = Hindu is one who has realized the Sun

to both the people and the Gods of the region,

and Moon in his body. Sun and Moon are the breaths The martial race of nayars were fooled into a
game of sacrifice which came
within the body and are described
as Nagas in the siddha wisdom.

to be known as 'chaver pada' in

As such the human body itself is

the name of the tutelary deity

Nagapuram and the siddhas did

of the race, Bhadrakali and for

name numerous places in our

hundreds of years,

country as Nagapuram - the

young men got sacrificed at

abode of the Nagas Sun and

Moon. Realization of Sun and

Moon means the transcendence

objectively evaluate the rulers



of the British period, 18-20th

domain of mental and psychic

century, those who sacrificed


Manomayakosa -


Mamankam for political gains.


Tippu was no tyrant if we


British women and children in

nationalist and a religious bigot. Tippu invokes

Poy mutiny' those who

betrayed the Rani of Jhansi,
those who compromised the
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dignity as a Hindu to maintain their kingship,
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One who sacnnced his life for dignity obviously
^ ^ of better morals md standards than those

mixed emotions as a result of confusions created


by different stories. Documents attest both the


I. Introduction
. ,
Tippu is a controversial name in
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the history
J of South India, especially in the history
of Kerala. Portrayed








of destiny


descriptions mentioned above and leaving aside the

fierce postures of the critics of Tippu, it can be

Here is an attempt to take a closer look at Tipu s

safely concluded that he had a zeal for being

'^e astrologically.


JULY 2012 9

himself and opted sacrifice unlike many Indian rulers of
the day.

Birth details:
The dates available on the net are:

10 November 1750,
[Friday, lOthZil-Hijja, 1163 AH] 1
20 November 1750
[Friday, 10th Dhu al-Hijjah, 1163 AH ] 2

Now, both the above dates differing by 10 days cannot be

true as can be understood from the weekday given as
Friday. Friday may have been specifically noted for his
birth as he was bom in a very religious Islamic background.
Relying on such an anchor, the correct date of birth can
be identified as Friday, 20 November 1750, 20th Dhu alHijjah, 1163 AH and the birth time can be fixed as 09:12
1ST by matching his life profile to the divisional charts
like RasixlO (Dasamsa).

Venus Jupiter(R)l


Horoscope is remarkable for the religious zeal and

the spiritual bent of mind. Dhanus, the natural 9th
house of Dharma is on the ascendant while its lord
Jupiter is retrograde - looking at his past life.


Eighth house of the 'siddhis' is well-placed with the

Moon in its own house on Aslesha nakashtra.


Jupiter-Mars-Mercury form a Rajayoga across 5-11

houses in the company of Venus who is lord of the


5th house is remarkable for its intellectual dimensions

and is indicative of his faith in destiny and the will to
sacrifice self for the principles. He was not
unscrupulous like the irreligious Hindu rulers who
sided with the British to maintain their kingship.

Planetary positions indicate a great genius and a man of

good qualities rooted in spiritual faith. The circumstances
and philosophy he subscribed to may not have been suitable
for the unfoldment of his personality.


Events Based Verification













Date arrived at can be ascertained as correct owing to

Friday and the lunar tithi is Krishna Saptami which falls
as 22nd tithi corresponding to the lunar visibility count of
20 days given for the month of the Hijra Calendar. Given
the fact that he belonged to a devout Muslim family, the
Hijra date must be given precedence over other details
especially when we find that the day was Friday and he
was born with the blessings of a saint. Moon thus occupies
the Aslesha nakshatra, 4th pada . Balance of Mercury
Dasa at birth is: 1 year, 3 months and 24 days.
An astrological assessment need not be concerned with
the social notions and history created by the victors.
Irrespective of the controversies, the fact remains that
the native had been a warrior who could not surrender
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The following important events of his life and the dasabhukti intervals characterizing such events illustrate the
truth of the birth time and the vargas given.

The surprising dash on Madras at the age of 17

(September 1767) happened during Venus- RahuMercury. Rahu is placed in the war-like and heroic
sign of Dhanus and Mercury is the 7th and 10th lord
- lord of the opponent and one's own authority.


His ascension to be the ruler of Mysore, 7 December

1782 on the death of his father Hyder Ali happened
at the end of Sun dasa and Saturn bhukti. Sun and
Saturn are in the 12th house together and Sun is in
the dasamsa (rasixlO) Lagna as well.


Tippu had his attack on Kerala in 1789 and in

January 1790 faced the reversals on confronting
the Travancore lines. He was having Moon-Saturn
from 11 June 1789 to 10th January 1791 and thus the
misadventure into Kerala and injury happened in the
dasa of 8th lord and bhukti of 2nd and 3rd lord Saturn
placed in 12th house.


Death of Tippu happend on 4 May 1799 during MarsMercury-Rahu-Ketu and death coincided the SunMoon-Rahu conjunction in his 5th house Aries. The
solar eclipse was due soon after.
His death, sacrifice as a devout Islam, coinciding a
solar eclipse alone is evidence for his spiritual

credentials and provided the right culmination for a
warrior's life. For his secular credentials, the following
details seen in the new world encyclopedia can serve
as a pointer:
The portrayal of Tipu Sultan as a religious bigot is disputed,
and some sources suggest that he in fact often embraced
religious pluralism. Tipu Sultan's treasurer was Krishna
Rao, Shamaiya lyengar was his Minister of Post and
Police, his brother Ranga lyengar was also an officer and
Purnaiya held the very important post of "Mir Asaf."
Moolchand and Sujan Rai were his chief agents at the
Mughal court, and his chief "Peshkar," Subba Rao, was
also a Hindu. There is such evidence as grant of deeds,
and correspondence between his court and temples, and
his having donated jewelry and land grants to several
temples. Between 1782 and 1799 Tipu Sultan issued 34
"Sanads" (deeds) of endowment to temples in his domain,
while also presenting many of them with gifts of silver
and gold plate. The Srikanteswara Temple in Nanjangud
still possesses a jeweled cup presented by the Sultan.
Can a religious bigot administer his country with so many
Hindus in the most responsible positions? With such Hindu
officers in power, how could his army play havoc with
Hindus? Another big question is the ethics and morality
of a man who is ready to sacrifice himself for his
independence. Can Tippu be regarded as ethically and
morally inferior to the Hindu Kings who chose to align
with the British? Can Tippu be condemned for moral and
ethical lapses more than the rulers like those of Gwalior
who betrayed even the Rani of Jhansi in her last and crucial
The warrior he was finds reflected in his words: "It is far
better to live like a Tiger for a day than to live like a jackal
for a hundred years" and emulation of such spoken words
or heroism is rarely seen among other kings during the
British period. From the age of 15 he had been a warrior
and had shaken the East India Company many times with
his grit and dashing abilities.
It transpires that irrespective of his religion, he was born
to sacrifice himself for the human spirit of dignity and
freedom from all shackles.

novel system of the administration of justice, his building

up of a navy, his opening of factories far and near, and
his dispatch of embassies to different and distant lands,
linked the small State of Mysore with the bigger world.
He built an exceedingly efficient system of administration,
which launched upon a series of innovative measures
that would transform his State into a humming center of
great industrial activity. He exerted his utmost to secure
artisans and craftsmen from different countries to
manufacture guns, muskets and a host of other
His reforming zeal touched almost every department of
life including coinage and calendar, weights and measures,
banking and finance, revenue and judiciary, army and navy,
morals and manners, and social ethos and cultural affairs.
His creative vision envisaged the construction of a dam
across the river Cauvery, the details of which still exist in
an inscription installed at the gates of the present K.R.S.
Dam. He was the one who developed the technology of
rocket systems, and thought of establishing a university,
which he named Dar-ul-Umur.
As the temple grants suggest, he may have been a spiritual
being who honoured plurality of faith and may have been
worshipping the Hindu Gods and Goddesses as well.
The horoscope when read from the 8th house as ascendant
has a great spiritual yoga with Jupiter, Mercury and Venus
in Kendra joined by Mars in movable sign. Moon was
Vargottama in Navamsa and Dasamsa and hence has
great vargabala.

He was born in Aslesha nakshatra with an extraordinarily strong Moon suggesting great devotion and
occult pursuits.

A strong eighth house and positions with reference

to that is indicative of a divine purpose in his life.

Tippu's sacrifice happened on a very remarkable day,

Chaitra Amavasya, 4 May 1799 when the Sun and
Moon had conjoined Rahu in the Bharani nakshatra
(very auspicious for tantrik rites). Solar eclipse on
Bharani made the day very exalted for worship.

Person Behind the Chart

He was a great ruler as may be noted from the following
details given in a website:
Despite the hectic political and military involvement, Tipu
never ignored the main task of improving the life and
conditions of his people. His improvement of agriculture
and industry, his promotion of trade and commerce, his


, Moon .Jupiter
Sikhi .Mars,Saturn Lagna
continued on 21
JULY 2012 11





IN THE COMITY of celestial bodies Brihaspati or

Jupiter occupies a piace of high eminence. He is the
of devas (gods ?). He is thus the supreme
preceptor. That is why Guru has become a synonym for
Brihaspati, although Sukra or Venus is also a preceptor in
his own right, being daityaguru (preceptor of all the nongodly ?). Brihaspati is the alchemist who by his touch or
aspect turns dirt into riches, mud into gold. By his favour
does one get on this earth a good and dutiful son for
transcendence from the circle of births and deaths. He is
Putrakaraka par excellence.
Thus his prime
characteristics place him as Jnanakaraka, Dhanakaraka
and Putrakaraka. In these areas of life his influence is
conspicuous and unfailing.
The subsidiary karakatwas (signification is a poor word
for karakatwa) assigned to Brihaspati, selectively stated
are: Tall, fat and phlegmatic with a heavy bone structure,
He rules over yellow colour. The yellow sapphire Pockraj
or topaz is his gem which augments the supply of his
favourable radiation and vibration He is happy in treasure
houses and meeting places of the learned and the wise,
Silver is favoured. He rulers over the stomach of the
human beings especially the two intestines. Benzoine, quick
silver and tin also come under his purview. In modern
terms, by well tested experience, we can aver that his
rulership extends to mining of gold, silver, quicksilver and
tin, as well as to banking and insurance organisations. He
has indirect rulership over coal mines because it is through
the permutations of coal under various pressures that the
gems he favours are formed. Illnesses arising out of his
intransigence are liver malfunction, flatulence, diabetes,
degeneration of fat and, phenomenally, buddhibhramana
or non-coordination of intellect and facts.
This article is meant essentially for students of astrology.
This then will be non-scholastic and where there is a
departure from the path of traditional interpretation in textbook terms readers are assured that no violence is done
to the basic tenets in the process of dovetailing the
interpretation to a study by experience gained over several
decades to the ever changing conditions of life and of society
12 JULY 2012

Let us take the fundamentals first. Brihaspati is pure

effulgence by the qualities vested in him. He is the
supreme benefic among the benefics of astral bodies with
whom we have intercourse. Naturally, his qualities are
sung in panegyrics by the sages for whom he was the
supreme refuge. They acquired their supra-sensory
perception of the phenomenal universe only through the
blessings of Brihaspati. Even they have been constrained
to warn us of disparities arising from seeming displeasure
of Brihaspati with our destiny indicated by the horoscopic
chart. That is the least of it. What they have left unspoken
is more relevant and crucial to us than what they have
said in so many words,
I devote this article to unconventional forms of
interpretation of conventional positions adopted by the
contemporary practitioners of the science. As Brihaspati
or Jupiter is a benefic par excellence, we are told that
he is not subject to the unqualified dictum of the sages :
Karako Bhavanasah: Is Brihaspati exempt ? By his
supreme wisdom Brihaspati walks the tight rope that
divides the phenomenal from the real and satisfies both
the dictum and his own supreme lordship over the subject,
which is extra-territorial,
Wherever illustrations are given here, please understand
objectivity is mentained as well as a deep study of
other factors which mi ht reclude the
conclusion we are
Persuaded to accept here. As Putrakaraka in
karakakshetra, the 5th, he should deny putra (son) or create
miser throu h the birth of a son lackin in wisdom Let
us look at the
following two horoscopes closely,

Chart No. 1





Both horoscopes are hit by (a) karaka owning

karakasthana and (b) karaka occupying karakasthana, as
far as putra yoga is concerned. In the male's horoscope,
only the male planet the Sun who is Lagna lord aspects
Jupiter in the 5th. Jupiter has Venusian Navamsa. In the
female horoscope Jupiter is aspected by eunuch Saturn
and Jupiter's Navamsa is in the male sign of Mars.
There were two abortions and a, boy was born who has
grown into manhooda very charismatic person with a
full blown Gajakesari Yoga in his 2nd houseKumbha
(Aquarius) Lagna. When Brihaspati is the sole influence
in regard to progeny he limits children to one or two and
they become desirable for society. They come full of
wisdom and piety. Thus they are not of proven help in the
mundane sense to parents either.
To make a contrast let us consider the following
horoscopes :
Jupiter Ascendant

Chart No. 2


Rahu I Mercury



Mercury I Jupter

The husband's horoscope has Putrakaraka Brihaspati

(Jupiter) in karakakshetra (the 5th). Kshetra lord or
Brihaspati's dispositior is in the 12th (nashtakshetra) from

it and also combust. The planet, Mercury, is a eunuch and

has Navamsa in the house of Venus. In the wife's
horoscope the Lagna lord occupies the 5th, putrasthana,
his house of debility. The debility is cancelled by the aspect
of the 5th lord. The 5th lord is in the house of feminine
Venus with Venus, which, again, is a badhakakshetra lord
in bhadhakshetra. The 5th lord, however, is pure
Yogakaraka. Putrakaraka is himself in the 3rd, an inimical
house belonging to the eunuch planet Mercury who has
gone into nashtasthana. the 12th from there and has
neecha Navamsa.
The message is loud and clear. For over a decade after
marriage, except for two very early seeming abortions,
the wife would not get palpably pregnant. She had also
become very obese. In the Moon's Antardasa of Jupiter
Mahadasa of the husband they got a childa female.
Medi cally, the wife's child-bearing capacity has been
Take the case of Jupiter's Dhanakarakatwa or wealthsignification. When he owns the Dhanakshetras (the 2nd
and the 11th) and/or is posited in those houses he would,
in obedience to the dictum, seem to be inhibiting those
prospects. That is a partial view, though. We judge these
affairs by conventional mundane standards. A person is a
financial success on this scale only when we see the
person wallowing in wealth and luxury. But such wealth
cannot be earned through strictly fair means. Sukra or
Venus is the preceptor for such fortunate persons. It is
planets like Venus, Saturn, Rahu that attract such
affluence. Brihaspati (Jupiter) in his dignified rectitude
gives enough for the person to live modestly without want.
Enough is as good as a feast, is Brihaspati's motto. Should
the Editor permit this digression, he would pass that into
print when I say that he is a standing example of one who
lived with this yoga of Jupiter, owning two Dhanasthanas,
the 2nd and the 11th. Look at his life of exemplary
rectitude. Most others "who have run journals for that
period of time in India have become multimillionaires. All
that wealth could only have come to them from adopting
means and methods not strictly in the line of ethics. A
little newsprint quota sold in the black here, a little
blackmail here and there and an unethical advertiser being
promoted are all tactics that stand approved socially in
this world. Not for our Editor, hank you. Yet, Brihaspati
has been true to him as he has been to Brihaspati. The
beneficiary always harmonises life with the legitimate
income Brihaspati provides and provide he does. I put
here the first horoscope projected for consideration on
this point. Dhanakaraka, strong in Moolakshetra and
retrograde in bhagya (the 5th) aspects, Dhanakshetra, the

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11th, with the Lagna lord aspecting back. The person has
never been in want. Some people of piety always
unexpectedly brought to him what was needed to meet
As Jnanakaraka he is supreme in Jnanakshetras (the 5th
and the 9th). But this does not ensure for the native popular
recognition for wisdom and very few with that blessing
have even earned an international award. That is not a
position that is evaluated in the market place of the world.
The native would be found totally in different to such
expression of any talent. The reader may look at the first
horoscope again and wonder.
Brihaspati's harmonious placement with the other two
karakas of the psyche, the Manaskaraka (indicator of
mind) Moon and Buddhikaraka (indicate of intelligence)
Mercury are important for a life of fulfilment and
happiness. Gajakesari Yoga where Brihaspati is in a kendra
(angle) from the Moon is a great blessing throughout the
life of the native. Impulsive actions uninformed by wisdom
are precluded, saving a lot of harm to oneself. Brihaspati's
5th and the 9th aspect to the Moon also ensures to the
native timely advice from some wise person to meet
Brihaspati is good when he is in the 4th or the 10th from
Mercury. Mercury could well be in the 12th from
Brihaspati but not the other way round. Together (as in
Nixon's horoscope) or in samasaptama (7/7) position
there is such conflict between intelligence and wisdom,
that usually wisdom abdicates in favour of the ruin that
logic can bring to its devotees. They are called Rationalists
and like the English village school master although
vanquished they will still argue. They are fortified now
with Marxian epigrams and shibboleths to throw at you.
When Brihaspati and the Moon are shashtashtama
(6/8), Sakata Yoga arises. This yoga is as inexorable in its
undesirable givings as Gajakesari Yoga is protective
throughout the life of the native. Experience teaches us
that there is no cancellation whatsoever worth mentioning
except that where they are both in their own elements
the suffering comes from honourable circumstances and
in honourably bearable environments. Take, for instance,
the yoga arising from transposition of the Moon and
Brihaspati, the former in Sagittarius. Take the Moon in
Taurus, in exaltation and Brihaspati in Sagittarius. See all
the permutations possible. The effect of Sakata Yoga is
felt in each and every horoscope. In many or most of
these cases the native does not feel it. Sakata is the wheel.
Phenomenal life looks like the person who goes to the
nadir and rises again to the acme and then falls and then
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rises. The person does not feel it because when the person
is in the jail he is given right royal treatment and when the
person is in vanavasa (wilderness) the monkeys and birds
are at his bid and call. But for mundane interpretation a
Sakata Yoga is a Sakata Yoga. Horoscope 1 had it and so
had too Pandit Nehru. When they went into j ails they were
down and out and yet given first class treatment. Where
the participants are well placed the Sakata Yoga effects
are conspicuous in their periods and inter-periods. A
discriminating interpretation of the astrological chart needs
to say little about it to the native himself, but can convince
the world that the principle is good and inviolable.
For the two common signs owned by Mercury Jupiter is a
badhaka besides being a malefic (functional) owning two
kendrasthanas. Where Jupiter is a functional malefic,
should he be badly placed he causes harm in the negative
way of withholding wisdom from thought and actions. Even
where he is a functional malefic his aspect to the 5th and
the 9th is a boon to those houses and planets posited there.
So too, Gajakesari Yoga will confer yoga effects whether
one or the other planet is a functional malefic.
Brihaspati's aspect to tthe 12th guarantees success to the
march towards salvation. Saturn aspecting the house is a
fortification. It makes for endurance.
The mutual aspect of Jupiter and Mars in Karkataka
(Cancer) and Makara (Capricorn) respectively emaciates
both planets. So too Jupiter's retrogression in Cancer and
his co-existence with another in retrogression in same
house. That he is lustreless in Simha (Leo) held by
astrologers in certain areas is not warranted either by
Sastric dicta or experience.
Through all the yugas only Brihaspati has remained
untouched. Even in our topography (Kalapurusha), Brihaspati
owns Bhagyakshetra the 9th and Mukthikshetra the 12th.
Obeisance to Brihaspati. Anyone who reads this article will
bear his blessings because I have prayed. (FOR)


President of France



With a string of titles and awards given by different groups for his proficieny in astrology, Mr. Maniam is a Medical Officer by profession. He
has been honoured by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Baba and been the winner of the Nostradamus Award in 2010. He has had his spiritual training
under Swami Bramma Sri Sivananda Maharaj, Ponnamaravathi, Puthukottai Dt. istrict, South India, Mr. Maniam, with an experience of over
25 years in the study of astrology, has contributed many articles to various journals on different aspects of mundane astrology. He attributes
his initial learning to Dr. B. V. Raman's books, later having studied under Mr. Muthuratina Bharathi
. Transit Chart on 6th May 2012

Mercury the antara

lord moved from
Pisces to Aries on
6lh May 2012

, R.
SalUm /n

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Astrological Discussion and Analysis

A strong transit of planets favoured the victory of Francois
Hollande on 6th May 2012. He won 51.6% of the votes
and was declared the President of France.


Rising ascendant in his birth chart is Taums, a sign

that belongs to Venus . Ascendant lord Venus , is
posited in the 5th House in his birth Chart, a place of
Purvapunya. The Ascendant represents self, name,
fame, reputation and status. The ascendant lord
posited in the 5th house will enable him to enjoy
authority and power.


Rising Ascendant falls at 14: 33' inTaurus, Navamsa

too falls in Taums which is vargottama amsa occupied
by Mars and Jupiter. According to Brihat Jataka a
person, born in Vargottama amsa will bring name and
fame to their community


In Navamsa, Venus is exalted in Pisces.


The transit on the day of victory gives power to Ascendant

as Venus and Ketu was transiting his birth ascendant.


The Jupiter was in a very favorable transit. Observe the

combination from the Moon ascendant, Jupiter (1st &
4th lord) in combination with Mercury (4th 7th lord) and
Sun (9th lord), what beautiful combination of planet
transiting 5th fromhis rasi (Sagittarius).


The gochara tara phala on the day of victory on 6/5/

2012 reveals much more interesting message from the
celestial plane. Most of the planets have favorable Tara

He was born on the 12th August 1954 at 0.10 am in Rouen,

France. (Longitude 10 E 0' and Latitude 490 N 30')


24: i 6






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Saadhana (Achievement)
Parama Mrtra (Good friend)
Parama Mitra (Good friend)
Sampat (Wealth)


Kshema (Well-being)
Kshema (Well-being)











Swarna-golden 9 th
Swama-golden 5 th
Taamra - copper 5 th
Swama-golden 6 th
Taamra - copper 11th

Look at the transit of Mars from Moon ascendant. It is

in the royal sign of Leo. It is interesting to note that,
Mars in natal and transit chart is posited in fiery sign birth Mars in Sagittarius and transit Mars in Leo.
Natal Mars and transit Mars receive the aspect of
Jupiter - 7th aspect in the natal chart and 5th aspect
in transit chart.
The transit of Saturn was very favorable to Francois
as it was transiting the 11th sign from the Moon. The
Sarvastavarga shows 34 bindus.
Compare the planets to his birth chart - all planets in
the birth occupy five places and on the day of victory
(transit chart), all planets were occupying five places
in the zodiac.
Analysis of the 10th bhava in the natal chart shows
that the 10th lord from ascendant, Saturn is posited
9th from 10th house and was transiting 11th from
Moon in exalted position. It was in the state of Vakra
and Vargottama.
The dasa bukthi also reveals. Jupiter's role is very
interesting at the time of victory. Francois was running
Jupiter Dasa which commenced on 14th March 1999
and Mars bukthi was in operation at the time of
victory. Mercury antara was operating from 1st May
2012 till 20th June 2012.
On 6th May 2012, Mercury being the antara lord,
moved to Aries, from its debilitation point Pisces and
becomes Vargottama in Aries which renders Mercury
with power occupying 9th star (parama mitratara)
Mars was transiting 9th from his birth moon, which is a
powerful transit from birth rasi Sagittarius, bagya trikona,
5th lord from Moon ascendant. Transit Mars aspected
by Jupiter is an important point that we need to note.
In the transit chart from Moon ascendant, there is a
parivarthana Yoga between 5th lord Sun and 10th
lord Mars. Rasi lord Jupiter was in conjunction with
Sun and was aspecting Mars and Saturn in Libra.
Ketu was with Jupiter in natal chart (2nd house),and
on the day of victory, Ketu was in association with
Venus, and Jupiter was moving in transit to meet with
Ketu which happened after 17th May 2012 as Jupiter
moved to Taurus. Immense power is indicated as Jupiter
conjoins with Ketu in natal ascendant of the President.

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17. On 6th May 2012, transit Jupiter, Mercury and Sun

are posited in the 10th from natal Sun.
18. His birth chart has a strong foundation. In
Sarvastakavarga the ascendant has 38 Bindus and
the transit by Venus in association with Ketu is a strong
pillar in the horoscope.




wen us & Ketu in transit



Saturn in transit

19. It is interesting to note the play of the numbers in

numerology. His date of birth is 12th August 1954.
The total number reduced to a digit counts
(12+8+1954) to 3. The birth date number is 12=3.
His number 3 is ruling. Vital number is (3) and corporal
number is also (3).Thus, number 3 which is ruled by
Jupiter will show administrative capabilities.
20. He won the election in socialist party as candidate
for French election on
16th October 2011
(16+10+2011).The total date number combined
together works out to 3.
21. We can also note that Francois won the election by
popular vote by number which amounts to 3.
22. Popular votes 18004,656=30=3. There is a significant
relation with number 3 which rules Jupiter. Even the
percentage 51.6 works out to 3.
23. A very impresive figure is derived from his current
age 57, which amount to 5+7=12=3
24. Will Francois Hollande bring progress to the Nation?
a. B eing bom in vargottama amsa and the atmakara
Sun (25:30) in Kumba navamsa, the Jaimini
aphorism says "Tatakadayo dharmay".
If the Atmakaraka occupies Kumbha Navamsa
the person will do charities in the shape of
constructing wells, tracks, topes or gardens,
temples and dharmasalas or chatrams.
25. Mercury and Moon are posited 10th from karakamsa
aspect by Jupiter. Jaimini says "Shubhadrishte
If in the 10th from Karakamsa, there is beneficial aspect, the
person will be one of great determination and never capricious.
With this, we can conclude that the transit (gochara) of
planets has contributed much to the success of Francois
Hollande, the newly elected French President.


Dr. Krishnendu Chakraborty is a senior

researcher with proficiency in traditional
astrology and palmistry. With a doctorate
Cancer Disease
from Viswa Jyotish Vidyapith on medical
astrology, he is into its practice since 1995.
He is indebted to his parents and the almighty
An Astrological Study
for his knowledge in both these sciences. He
is the grandson of well known intellectual
Haradhan Chakraborty, Palashdanga Village,
Nadia district of West Bengal.

"A physician without the knowledge of astrology has no right to call himself a physician."
- Greek Physician Hippocrates, father of Allopathy
IN EARLY TIMES there was a deep link between
Astrology and Ayurveda. The astrologer was normally
aware of ayurvedic principles while the Vaidya made
use of the astrological aspects to identify and treat the

Planets owning two houses should also be considered.

For Cancer ascendant, Jupiter is the 6th lord and the 9th
lord. As Sagittarius sign is Jupiter's moolatrikona and is
the 6th house for Cancer ascendant, Jupiter gives the result
of its 6th lordship.

While Dr. Kallman of Psychiatric Institute, New York

(USA) said, "Every being has a clock set at the moment
of his birth, which predetermines particularly illness and
accidents", Dr. B.V. Raman held that "An experienced
astrologer could indicate the predisposition of a person
towards heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer etc.
with considerable accuracy."

Cancer Disease
Cancer is a disease which is almost incurable. It is a
malignant tumor, which can grow in any part of body and
spread rapidly into the whole body. Rahu is responsible
for all malignant growth. Malignancy is indicated when
malefic and strong Rahu

Relates with 6th, 8th, or 12th house or with 6th, 8th or

12th lord and aspects any of these houses or is placed
in any of these houses

Is placed in maraka house or aspects the maraka

house or conjoins with maraka planet

Detecting an Ailment
The 6th, 8th and 12th houses of the horoscope are said to
be malefic houses. When a planet is placed in any of these
houses, or the lords of these houses are placed in other
houses or are conjoined with natural malefics or a disease
inflicting planet, then in the dasa or antardasa of the inflicted
planet, disease is indicated in the parts signifying the planet,
the house and the sign (rasi). 6th house is the house of
disease and 6th lord is responsible for disease. 8th house
and 8th lord indicate chronic, incurable disease and death.
12th lord and 12th house indicate suffering and
hospitalization. The dasa and antardasa of the lords of
these houses and the planets which connect with these
houses or the house lords should be judged carefully.
Besides this the dasa of the maraka planet should be also
Longevity is judged from 8th house. Since the 8th from
the 8th is 3rd, the 3rd house is the alternative house of
longevity. Expenditure (or loss) of any house is judged
from its 12th house. So 12th from 8th will be 7th and 12th
house from 3rd will be 2nd. 7th and 2nd lords are called
marakas. 22nd drekkana of ascendant is called the reason
of death. Judgment should be from ascendant, from Moon,
from Sun and from Aries rasi to predict any disease.

Besides the above, when a house is afflicted by the lords

of evil houses and the malefic planets Mars, Saturn and
Rahu, then the possibility of the native suffering from
cancer is indicated. The strength of ascendant and its lord
is also to be considered.
When ascendant, its lord and indicator of that body part is
heavily afflicted, when ascendants of Sun, Moon and
natural ascendant (Aries sign) and the house indicator of
the body part are heavily afflicted, then cancer in that
part of body is likely. When 6th lord is placed in the
ascendant, 8th or 12th house and Mars, Saturn, Rahu relate
with that house or its lord afflicting any house, then cancer
affects that part of the body as indicated by the afflicted
house or planet. Ketu is also responsible for hidden
diseases. He is to be judged as karaka for Cancer. We
can conclude that Cancer disease is identified by studying
Rahu, Ketu, Saturn and Mars and their relation with the
lords of 6th, 8th and 12 houses. When these planets conjoin
with the maraka, then Cancer is indicated
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Leukemia or Blood Cancer
Leukemia is a disease that has an increase of white cells
in the blood. When there is malignant growth in white
cells of blood and red cells are destroyed, Leukemia is
said to set in. This means red cells are not created and
the need for pure blood is seen. After some time the red
cells of the new blood are also destroyed. This disease is
commonly known as 'blood cancer'. Moon and Mars are
the significators for blood. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces
and 4th , 8th and 12th house signify blood.
Laws of the disease
If ascendant and its lord relate to 6th house, 6th
lord, Rahu, Ketu, Saturn and Mars; the watery signs
Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are heavily afflicted;
and the 4th, 8th and 12th houses are afflicted by
Rahu, Ketu, Saturn and Mars then there is indication
of blood Cancer. A holistic judgement would be to
study from the ascendant, the Moon, the Sun and
Aries sign. It is also necessary to judge if the natural
6th lord Mercury is afflicted or not, the karaka of
blood Moon and Mars are afflicted or not by the
malefic. If Moon and Mars are found to be weak
for any reason, afflicted by malefic Rahu or Ketu,
debilitated, and placed in the 6th, 8th, 12th or relate
with 6 , 8
or 12
lord then blood cancer is

Ascendant is in the star of Ketu. Ascendant lord is in

12th house in the blood indicated house of Scorpio
and in the star of the maraka and badaka Mercury,
and aspected by Rahu and Saturn. The 12thlord Mars,
indicating blood is in the ascendant and conjoined
with the 6th lord Venus. Mars and Venus both are in
the star of Ketu with the result both the ascendant
and its lord are afflicted.
Mars , who is in the star of Ketu and joined with 6th
lord Venus is aspecting the watery sign Cancer. The
lord of that sign, Moon is placed in 3rd (8th from the
8th) conjoined with the 3rd lord Saturn and aspected
by Rahu. Scorpio sign is aspected by Rahu (which is
in the star of Mars) and Saturn (the maraka). The
lord of the sign, Mars is conjoined with 6th lord Venus
and is in the star of Ketu. The watery sign of Pisces
is aspected by Mars and Jupiter (who in turn is
aspected by Saturn and Rahu). Jupiter is in the 12th
and aspected by Saturn and Rahu. So all the watery
signs and their lords are afflicted.
Natural 6th lord Mercury itself is the maraka and
badaka. Mercury is in the 12th house and in his
enemy's house and aspected by Rahu and Saturn and
is therefore afflicted.
The 8lh lord Moon is in 3rd house (8th from the 8lh)
and aspected by Rahu. Moon is also the lord of 22nd
Drekkana and hence afflicted.

Rahu is responsible for all types of malignant growth and

Ketu is responsible for hidden diseases - diseases that
cannot be detected easily. When Rahu and Ketu (without
any benefic aspects) afflict the 4th, 8th and the 12th or the
lords of the respective houses and the watery signs
(Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) and Moon and Mars relate
with the 8th lord then it points to blood cancer.

Indicator of longevity and general health, Sun is in

the 12th house in the star of Saturn and aspected by
Saturn and Rahu. Sun is also conjoined with maraka
and badhaka Mercury and gets afflicted.


6th house is aspected by maraka and badaka Mercury

and afflicted Jupiter and Sun. 6th lord Venus is placed
in ascendant in the star of Ketu and conjoined with
blood representing planet Mars. This means 6thhouse
and its lord are afflicted.

Chart 1: Born
November 1995 at 7.54 am
1ST at Howrah, West
Bengal, India.

Blood denoting houses - 4th, 8th and 12th house have

fallen in the watery signs. Therefore the houses and
their lords get afflicted as explained above (b).

In respect of Moon Ascendant:

Chart 1

Venus Mercuiy
Ascendant Jupiter

Mars and Venus in

Ascendant - Sagittarius,
Moon and Saturn in the 3rd,
Ketu in the 5th, Rahu in the
11111 and Sun, Mercury and
Jupiter in the 12th.

Blood cancer of the native was detected in August 2001

when Mahadasa of Jupiter and antardasa of Venus was
running. The native is under treatment and now he is quite
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6th lord Moon is in ascendant conjoined with its

lord and in the star of 2nd and 11111 lord Jupiter.
Ascendant and its lord are aspected by Rahu.
The ascendant and its lord are therefore afflicted.


The 4th house is Jupiter (2nd and 11111 lord) and

8th lord Mercury. The lord of 4th house Venus is
in 11th house (6th from the 6th), in the star of Ketu,
conjoined with Mars. There is no direct aspect
of any planet in the 8th house, but there is rasi
aspect of Venus. The 8th lord Mercury is

aspected by Saturn and Rahu,and conjoined with
2nd and 11111 lord Jupiter. In 12th , there is also the
rasi aspect of Mercury (8th lord), Jupiter (2nd and
11th lord) and Sun (7th lord). The 12th lord is
placed in ascendant, conjoined with the 6th lord
and aspected by Rahu. The blood indicator
houses and their lords are therefore afflicted.

(karaka for blood) lord Venus, and Venus is in

the star of Ketu. So ascendant and its lord are
In the 6 , Ketu is placed in his own star and
aspected by Saturn and Rahu. 6th lord Mars is
afflicted. This means 6th house and lord of 6th
house both are afflicted by Rahu, Ketu and

c. 6th house is aspected by 3rd lord Mars and Jupiter.

6th lord being the karaka of blood is aspected by
Rahu . Therefore 6th house and its lord are

In 4th house and on the lord of 4th house there is

aspect of Rahu. Moon - karaka for blood is
placed in the 4th and aspected by Rahu and
Saturn. The 8th house is aspected by Rahu , 6th
lord Mars and maraka Venus. Mars and Venus
both are in the star of Ketu. 8th lord Mercury is
hemmed between malefics and aspected by
Rahu and Saturn. Rahu is placed in the 12thhouse
in the star of Mars. The 12th lord Venus is in the
2nd house maraka sthana, in the star of Ketu,
conjoined with 6th lord Mars. This means blood
indicate houses 4th, 8th and 12th and their lords
are afflicted (continued).

The karaka for blood Moon and Mars are both

In respect of Sun Ascendant:

Ascendant is aspected by Rahu and Saturn and

conj oined by 2nd lord Jupiter and 8th lord Mercury.
Maraka Jupiter is in the star of 8th lord. The lord
of ascendant Mars is in the 2nd house i.e. in the
marakasthana and in the star of Ketu. That Mars
is also conjoined with 7th (maraka) and 12th

Tippu Sultan
The Tiger of Mysore
(continued from 11)
In the only known date of Hyder Ali discussed
icussed by
DR. B. V RAMAN (Notable Horoscopes),
;), one can
see a remarkable conjunction of planets in the
he 7th from
8th while the lord of 8th is placed in 4th, the
he 9th from
pole 2. Horoscope in fact is an overlappingI picture of
the present life from ascendant to seventh house and
the past which is hidden from eighth house to 2nd
house. It is this hidden segment of the past that decides
the longevity (8th house), fortune (9th), karma (10th),
gains (11), losses (12) etc. Eighth house, in fact, is the
house of resurrection as the seventh marks the house
of death for the body which is represented by the first
house Lagna. In other words, the eighth can be
described as the house of eternal life and when the
eighth dominates present becomes insignificant. The
Kendras of eighth (2-5-8-11) are indicative of the
spiritual grace of an individual and this is precisely the
reason that makes the 5th and 11th house significant
for personal gains. Tenth house of the past becomes
the fifth in the present and the fourth house of the past
becomes 11th for the present.
It is meaningless to look into history and judge people
or society. One seldom gains a complete picture of the

circumstances that shaped the destiny. Carrying the

past into the present is also meaningless because one
knows only a very limited past, only a fraction. Unless
man gains a complete knowledge of the game of life,
any analysis of people's lives shall remain a poor drama
like the blinds describing an elephant.
In Kerala, lot of hue and cry happens in the name of
Tippu that he had destroyed the Hindu temples and did
a lot of forced conversions to Islam. May be some of
his accomplices did so as it happens in the case of
corruption in these days. Yes, may be the responsibility
rests with Tippu as the man who led the forces but
individually he may have little to do with the crimes.
Had he been selfish as to seek the gratification of his
senses through evil means, he would not have been
ready to sacrifice himself for the sake of dignity and
independence of his kingdom.
We must judge a lamp by its light rather than by its
shadow and as far as human life is concerned, the
greatest light it can cast is self sacrifice. He had all
luxuries at his command and stood to maintain
everything unlike other kings who compromised their
dignity by kneeling before the Britishers.
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A Research Article

JUPITER IS SAID to be the son of maharshi Angira and

Purohit ofDevatas. Jupiter signifies knowledge, prosperity,
science, viveka, etc. When Jupiter occupies a house, it
loses its benefic results but his aspect on the concerned
houses strengthens them. The following sloka spells out
the malefic results of Jupiter.
Janmalagney Gurushchaiva Ramchandro Vaney Gatah
Tratiye Balih Pataley Chaturthey Harishchandrah
Shashthey Draupdi Harnam Hanti Ravanmashtmey
Dashmey Duryodhinam Hanti Dwadashey
Pandu Vanagatam
Born on May 09, 1975 at 03 h, 35 m at Lucknow








Ascendant Venus
The above sloka is not an astrological aphorism but merely
an observation. Let's play with Jupiter results by analyzing
the above chart. The native was born in Mercury
mahadasha and Revati nakshatra. He had many problems
of the stomach. He also had meaningless mental thoughts
from the beginning of the major period of Mercury. 4th
house is very afflicted by 3rd and 8th lord Venus and 11th
and 12th lord Saturn. The 4th lord Mercury is also in
between Rahu and Ketu. Significator of mind the Moon
is also aspected by Saturn. One of the dictum runs as
Lakshando Doshan Hanti



Why is Jupiter, being in the ascendant, unable to give relief

from all these problems?. The native has good education


and has been a high ranking scholar in his studies in spite

of financially notbeing well. Family wise he has not done
well with frequent quarrels between parents. His good
education was due to the beneficence of Jupiter. He has
a lot of affection for his mother and vice-versa (due to
presence of Venus in 4th house). In May 1997 when he
was in M.Sc. Ilnd year, he quarreled with his best friend
and was convicted with with charges of kidnapping and
robbery by the police. Caught by police and spending a
whole night under police custody, he was freed. During
this incident Jupiter bhukti in Venus mahadasa was on. It
therefor is suprising that this happened.
Ascendant lord Jupiter in combination with Moon in his
own house is a good combination. This is Kendra trikona
(rajyogakari) house, for which Parasara said kim waa
meaning kya kahna). Gajakesari is also there called
Achhunda Rajayoga (known to diminish the ill effects
of a horoscope). Of course Lagnesha Panchmesha
Rajyoga and Gajakesari Yoga both are highly afflicted
by 11th and 12th lord Saturn's tenth aspect. Gajakesari is
also weak due to Moon having greater degree than Jupiter.
There is papakartari yoga due to Sun (which is exalted)
and Mars but it is weakened due to the placement of Jupiter
in ascendant. The benefic aspect of Jupiter helped the
the native being freed from the charges of kidnapping
and robbery. He did well in his studies and got his
doctorate. It may be noted that that due to affliction of
Venus with Saturn in 4th house and aspect of Saturn on
Moon placed in Kendra, the native was highly sexual and
passionate. In the major period of Venus and Saturn minor
period, the native fell in love (of the same caste) but also
lost his mental balance. The ascendant lord Jupiter placed
with 5th lord Moon in ascendant made the native highly
Bharmabhiru. This scribe predicted that neither marriage
nor physical relationship will take place. These were the
predictions of only Saturn bhukti. Letme ask the educated
readers of our magazine a question. If simultaneously
two yogas are running which one will dominate? There is
Amsavatara yoga formed by Jupiter, Venus and Saturn continued on 28
JULY 2012 23

Jupiter A Research Article

(continued from 23)
a combination that is rarely found in a horoscope - due to
which the native was fond of art culture, literature and is
handsome looking. When all the three planets were in
action in Saturn bhukti, the native experienced strong
affection towards many females but always maintained a
He did not make up his mind to marry because of his poor
financial conditions. He was unable to get financially strong
in Venus Mahadasa. In July 2006 Sun Mahadasa began.
Sun is exalted in the 2nd but as 6th lord. In April 2009. The
native was in police custody for a night resulting from a
quarrel overy property matters. This was the Jupiter minor
period in Sun major. As of date, the native remains
unmarried and financially weak (in spite of his having the

Bheri Yoga). This scribe feels with Moon mahadasa

beginning in July 2012 with Moon, as 5th lord, in Revati
nakshatra and with several Raja yogas, benefic results
are possible. Readers of this prestigious magazine can
write (email) to the Chief Editor, if the native will marry in
Moon mahadasa or later or will remain a bachelor for
The following sloka to Jupiter is suggested (to be recited
19000 times.
haspatey Ati Yadaryo Arhad
Dyumdwibhati Kratumazzaneshu
Yaddidayachchavas Ritprazat Tadsmasu
Dravinam Dhehi Chitram

0m B


Jeeva and Sareera




BHAVA IS AN IMPORTANT key to interpretation of

horoscope. It provides the necessary base to co-relate
man and cosmos. In astrological parlance, Bhava denotes
man and his worldly affairs; zodiac signs depict extraterrestrial influences; and their combination marks the
connecting link. It is a well-established astrological truth
that such of the aspects of life that come under the benefic
influence of planets flourish in real life. Conversely those
that are subjected to malefic influences are found to wither
and perish. Rest of the things that remain free from any
kind of planetary influence continue to be governed by
natural laws such as biological processes of growth and
decay and the like. All those inconsequential activities and
happenings in life that merely serve as " 'time-fillers" with
no contribution towards evolution of the soul come under
this category. Mostly it is these activities that easily submit
to the free-will of man and lure him to believe that he is
the master of himself. Therefore it is the thoroughness
with which each of the Bhavas is scanned for planetary
potency and the dexterity with which they arc segregated
and linked to specific activity of man that is the true
measure of proficiency in judging horoscopes.
A horoscope begins to appear amazingly clear when set
rules of astrology are applied. The basic rules of
interpretation are apparently simple, but are effective in
revealing the meaning, only when applied as directed. In
usage, the vital instructions on its application are ignored
and the rules are applied in a slipshod manner, leading to
hit-or-miss predictions. With a view to emphasise their
significance, a few important among these rules arc
discussed here in their proper perspective. Should they
appear as new or novel it is because of the added emphasis
laid on them.
Implied significance of the relative placement of a Bhava
under natural zodiac scheme is often overlooked while
judging results of the Bhava. The complexion of Bhava
undergoes modification consequent to its position in zodiac.
A Bhava that offers good scope for its significations to
flourish may impose constraints on its development with
reference to different zodiacal signs. After all, the Bhava
24 JULY 2012

is the soil in which the results offered by planets has to

sprout and bloom. Unless the soil offers nourishment, the
growth may get stunted; and should conditions be adverse,
it may not sprout at all. In this context, we may reflect on
the fact that there must be a definite purpose and deep
meaning in the arrangement of zodiacal signs and in
determining the ownership of these signs. In fact the
natural zodiac scheme provides the masterkey to the
interpretation of horoscope and all other techniques stem
from this root-concept. For people bom in different signs
of the zodiac an entirely different basic pattern of life
emerges. It is therefore understandable that Bhava results
offered by planets by virtue of their disposition in the
radical chart can flourish only to the extent permitted within
the framework of the Bhava. As a preliminary step to
judging Bhava results, one should necessarily ascertain
the scope offered or constraints imposed on Bhava
consequent to its placement in the zodiac scheme.
A simple method in this context is to place the respective
lords in each of the signs and examine the criss-cross
effects of planetary influence on the concerned Bhava.
Mars goes in Aries and also into Scorpio : Jupiter is to be
placed both in Pisces and Sagittarius and Saturn in
Capricorn and Aquarius and so on. For purposes of
illustration, let us take the two adjoining signs Capricorn
and Aquarius that have a common lord in Saturn and
examine the impact on a few selected Bhavas with
reference to these two ascendants. Although Saturn
happens to be the Lagna lord for both these two signs as
Lagnas, one can easily mark the variance in their
respective complexion and character. As Lagna lord for
Capricorn, Saturn owns the 2nd house also. Being a
natural malefic he is free from any blemish of ownership
of the kendra (angle). By v irtue of ownership of both
benefic houses Saturn is a perfect benefic. The ascendant
sign itself receives aspect from the Moon in Cancer, a
natural benefic. There is no malefic aspect on the Lagna
sign. The Ascendant and its lord that constitute the
quintescence of all the Bhavas emerge strong and benefic.
This offers clear scope and opportunity for the native to

rise to any height in life. Even a native of the weakest

radical chart, under this basic pattern, can hope to die a
better man than the one he was born. Lucky is the keynote
of Capricorn Ascendant.
Saturn emerges weak, burdened with ownership of the
bad 12th house and with blemish of malefic as well for
Aquarius Ascendant. For a Lagna lord this is clearly a
handicap. Lagna itself suffers badly due to aspect from
two malefics, both being enemies of Lagna lordthe Sun
aspects from Leo and Mars from Scorpio, ft is also devoid
of any benefic aspect. Placement of Aquarius sign in the
natural zodiac thus imposes great constraints on Lagna.
Both Lagna sign and its lord emerge weak and blemished
as malefic. Unfortunate is the keynote. This need not
necessarily imply that these natives would never prosper.
They can certainly reach great heights of prosperity and
fame, consequent to the strength of radical planetary
disposition. But, in spite of success, some kind of a suffering
is writ large on the basic pattern. During the last periods
of their lives this is likely to surface in one form or other.
Similarly, the complexion of successive Bhavas vary
significantly with reference to each of ascendants. The
4th Bhava for Capricorn Ascendant has Mars as its lord.
This house (Aries) has aspect of Saturn (Aquarius), of
Jupiter (Sagittarius) and of Venus (Libra). Benefic aspects
of Jupiter and Venus strengthen the Bhava but Saturn's
aspect imposes constraint. Unless the radical chart is very
strong, break in education or a mediocre or delayed
education may be the outcome. Because of enmity
between Bhava lord Mars and Mercury, karaka for
learning, the kind of education may not be much useful in
life. Saturn's aspect on the 4th and also on the 3rd (from
Capricorn) results in mental dishonesty as a basic trait.
But considering the benefic aspects from Jupiter and
Venus the vice could be turned into a virtue as it happens,
in the event of the native taking to diplomatic career. As
Mars and the Moon, significator (karaka) for mother,
happen to be friends, a respectable woman as mother
and mutual affection are seen. As the 4th lord Mars is
also karaka for house and landed property, the Bhava
remains neutral giving free play to radical planetary
powers. The keynote of the 4th Bhava is some constraint
with regard to educational things, favourable disposition
towards things concerning mother and neutrality or noninterference in"; respect of things concerning house, etc.
Venus is the lord of the 4th Bhava (Taurus) for Aquarius
Ascendant. Mars (Scorpio) aspects the Bhava. This is a
positive contribution towards acquisition of landed property.
Venus the 4th lord and .Mercury, karaka for learning, are
friends. The Bhava can nourish planetary potency with

regard to learning and produce great men of learning. Even

when they are deprived of college education they possess
the inherent talent and inbuilt opportunity to acquire
knowledge. Venus the 4th lord and the Moon, karaka for
mother, are enemies though both are benefics. The Bhava
imposes some kind of constraint with regard to things
concerning mother. Though the native will have an
excellent lady as mother, there is an element of separation
or hostility between them. This condition may prove a
decisive factor while judging the results of radical chart
with regard to native's relation to mother. Early death,
separation due to adoption or separation between parents,
misunderstanding of a direct nature or any other mode
could be the ultimate outcome. Thus we see the keynote
here is on severe constraint with regard to signification of
mother, excellent disposition for promotion of learning, and
equally favourable condition for acquisition of landed
The object of highlighting this method of viewing the
placement of Bhava under the zodiac is to emphasise the
fact that there is fundamentally a difference in the basic
structure of each Bhava with reference to people born in
different Rasis (signs). While the general trend in all the
cases of people born under the same sign as Lagna will
be the same, this would serve as sruti set to the raga in
its rendering. It gives the sense of direction to the
investigations into the meaning of horoscope.
It is of course the Bhava lord that gives direct clue as to
the kind of results that will manifest in life. Hence
ascertaining the strength and nature of the Bhava lord
assumes utmost importance in judging Bhava results.
There is enough literature on this subject. The most useful
and exhaustive amongst them is the book by
DR. B. V RAMAN HOW to Judge a Horoscope which
imparts the technique in a masterly manner. But what is
happening in actual practice is that basic instructions are
done away with as inconsequential. With the result one
generally slides into confusion getting mixed up and being
unable to differentiate clearly between what constitutes
strength and how it is distinct depending upon the planet
being benefic and malefic. Very often what is attributed
as strength of a planet is interpreted as benefic nature
and where it is implied as weakness it is taken as malefic.
A planet may gain additional strength by virtue of certain
placement and yet it may remain malefic in nature. It would
then be a strong malefic capable of causing more harm.
Similarly a benefic planet may lose some of its strength
when it finds itself unable to act. It would then be a weak
benefic and its results though good would only trickle in
drops. And of course one should also bear in mind that a

JULY 2012 25

natural malefic would not shed all its malefic nature by

virtue of becoming benefic by its placement in the chart;
nor does a natural benefic lose all its inherent benefic
nature.when adversely posited.
When in doubt or when the issue is seemingly drifting into
confusion, it is rewarding to go directly to the basic rules
and 'seek the answer. In the context of examining Bhava
lords the following directives culled from classical texts
could serve as valid check-list:

Lords of Bhavas 1, 2, 4, 5, 1, 9, 10 and 11 are to be

considered as benefic and would give benefic results.
Lords of Bhavas 3, 6,8 and 12 are malefics and the
results they give are generally misery, troubles and


A Bhava lord gives results in good measure when it

occupies the 1st, .the 2nd, the 4th, the 5th, the 7th,
the 9th, the 10th or the 11th signs counted from the
Bhava sign.


A Bhava lord gets additional strength to bestow its

results when it occupies kendra (angular) or kona
(trinal) signs and also the 11th sign from Lagna.


The strength of Bhava lord gets further enhanced if

the lord of the sign in which Bhava lord happens to
be posited, occupies a kendra or kona and also the
11th sign from that of Bhava lord, or from Lagna.

The Bhava results would be maximum when all the above

conditions are fully met. While it would make an ideal
condition, actually it is rarely feasible. The quantum of
results, therefore, will have to be deduced to the extent
these conditions are met.
Lords of Bhavas 3,6, 8 and 12 give results of their Bhavas
which happen to be misery and unhappiness. Hence they
will give these results in greater measure when they
occupy kendra, kona or a similar position either from the
Bhava sign or from Lagna. Because of this, it is desirable
that they occupy signs other than kendra or kona which
would then weaken them and consequently restrict the
quantum of bad results. They should preferably occupy
the 3rd, the 6th, the 8th, or the 12th signs from the Bhava
sign and from Lagna as well.
The rule says that a Bhava lord gets strength when placed
in a kendra or kona from Lagna. It should be noted here
that by such a placement, the nature of results will not be
modified. It only gets added strength to give its scheduled
results. The 6th lord for instance would give results of the
6th Bhava, namely illness, debts and enemies by several
fold when it occupies a kendra or kona position as
described above. Similarly, the 9th lord gives results of
26 JULY 2012

the 9th Bhava which is of a benefic kind. Though the 9th

lofd may be placed in a kendra; but when that kendra
happens to be the 4th kendra, it becomes the 8th sign
from the 9th Bhava. This is a bad placement for a Bhava
lord and hence its results get considerably reduced, but
continue to be benefic.
Although life is a many-splendoured thing, it is seen that
in the final analysis each major aspect of life has within it
certain nuclei around which groups of activities build
themselves. It is these nucleus centres that set the trend
and shape the life pattern. In astrological parlance these
nuclei are identified and systematically classified as
karakatwas (significations). The planets that have the
closest affinity to specific karakatwas by virtue of their
qualities are identified as karaka planets. For ready
reference, karaka planets (significators) or different
karakatwas connected with each Bhava is listed
hereunder :
The 1st Bhava: The Sun for vigour; the Moon for body.
The 2nd Bhava: Jupiter for wealth ; Mercury for speech;
Venus for family (kutumba).
The 3rd Bhava : Mars for brothers and also courage;
Saturn for misery.
The 4th Bhava: The Moon for mother; Mercury for
learning; Venus for conveyance; Mars for property.
The 5th Bhava: Jupiter for children; Mercury for
The 6th Bhava: Mars for enemies: Saturn for illness and
The 7th Bhava: Venus for wife ; Mars for sex vigour.
The 8th Bhava: Saturn for longevity; also for mental and
physical suffering and pain.
The 9th Bhava: Jupiter for teacher ; the Sun for father.
The 10th Bhava: The Sun for power and position; Saturn
for service and livelihood; Jupiter for fortune.
The 11th Bhava : Jupiter for gains ; and also elder brother.
The 12th Bhava: Saturn for sorrow; Mars for confinement;
Venus for material desires; Jupiter for gnana; Ketu for
moksha (emancipation).
For purposes of examining the effects of karaka planets,
the same guidelines as given for Bhava lords could be
conveniently used with few exceptions. While the position
of a Bhava lord in the Bhava itself would enhance its
results, the position of a karaka planet in its Bhava is not
very conducive for the signification to flourish. Saturn as

karaka for longevity occupying the 8th Bhava is an
exception and as such this position is good for longevity.
Relationship between Bhava lord and karaka planet needs
to be given careful consideration, as it can change the
complexion of the results considerably.
A methodical scrutiny of Bhava, Bhava lord and Karaka
planet within the framework of guideline discussed above
is expected to reveal the Bhava results sufficiently clear
to arrive at realistic predictions. And yet, judgment of
Bhava results cannot be said to be complete without
ascertaining the combined inherent strength or weakness
of the Bhava. In a way this amounts to the residual strength
after making allowances to reductions and contributions from
all the concerned forces. The true protency of a Bhava is
ascertained from Jeewa and Sareera of the Bhava and of
each significations (kara-katwas).

person may lose his mother in childhood but grow into a

learned man. A native may suffer break in education but
enjoy in good measure facilities of conveyance and own
landed property. Whereas, one would get sufficient insight
to judge the manner in which each of the significations
would be affected, when Jeeva and Sareera for them is
ascertained individually.
For a more candid appreciation of the method and its
application, the technique is illustrated with an example:

Jeeva: The sign in which a Bhava lord is posited is Jeeva

sign for that Bhava and its lord is Jeeva.
Sareera : For each Bhava there is Bhavatbhava sign. This
is obtained by counting as many signs from the Bhava as
the number of Bhava denotes. Bhavat-bhava sign for the
4th Bhava would be the 4th sign counted from the 4th
Bhava, which happens to be. the 7th Bhava. The sign in
which the lord of Bhavatbhava is posited becomes S areera
sign and its lord Sareera for the Bhava.
Once Jeeva and Sarira are ascertained, the method of
examining their strength and nature would follow the same
pattern as that of Bhava lord or karaka planet. If Jeeva
and Sareera are found strong and both be benefics and
friends and Jeeva and Sareera signs also happen to be
benefic Bhavas, then the results of the Bhava would
flourish, even if the Bhava is found apparently weak in
the light of other considerations. On the other hand, a
Bhava that is found strong and benefic may not produce
results as anticipated, if Jeeva and Sareera of that Bhava
happen to be weak, malefic and inimical and Jeeva and
Sareera signs turn out to be bad houses. Opposite results
could be the outcome of such a situation.
Utility of the Jeeva and Sareera method is most when it
comes to in-depth analysis. A Bhava denotes a number of
varied aspects of life within its fold. For instance the 4th
Bhava concerns with such unrelated aspects of life as
mother, learning, conveyance and landed property. When
the 4th Bhava is afflicted, being weak and malefic, how
do we go about ascertaining which one of the above
significations is going to be affected and to what extent.
It is not simply conceivable that all the four things would
be equally affected. It does not happen in real life. A


The significations (karakatwas) covered in the 4th Bhava

are (1) mother, (2) learning, (3) conveyance and (4) landed
property. Hence we proceed to ascertain Jeeva and
Sareera for each of them and judge their results. 1. Matru
Bhata (mother): This being the main signification of the
4th Bhava, Jeeva and Sareera of the 4th Bhava itself would
throw light on this signification. Dispositor of the 4th lord
is Jeeva. Venus, lord of the 4th, is in Leo and hence the
Sun, its lord, is Jeeva and Leo is Jeeva sign. Dispositor of
Bhavat-bhava lord is Sareera. Bhavat-bhava for the 4th
is the 7th house and its lord the Sun 16 in Cancer. Hence
the Moon is Sareera and Cancer is Sareera sign. Jeeva
(the Sun) is posited in a bad house, the 6th from Lagna. It
is a bad house, the 3rd from the Bhava sign. It is bad
house, the 3rd from the Moon, karaka for mother and also
Sareera for the 4th Bhava. The Sareera sign (Cancer) is
the 6th from Lagna, a bad house and the 3rd from Bhava,
a bad house. Signification of mother suffers very badly.
Death of mother in early childhood is amply clear.
Learning: The 4th sign from karaka for Vidya (learning)
is the base to ascertain Jeeva for Vidya Bhava. Mercury
being in Leo, the 4th from it Scorpio becomes the Vidya
Bhava or the base for our working. Dispositor of Vidya
Bhava lord (Mars in this instance) is Jeeva for Vidya
Bhava. As Mars is in Leo, its lord the Sun becomes Jeeva
for Vidya and Leo becomes the Jeeva sign. As the 2nd
Bhava; is equally concerned with education, the position
of the 2nd lord becomes the base to ascertain Sareera.
Bhavatbhava from the 2nd lord Jupiter's position (the 4
signs from Scorpio) is Aquarius. The Bhavatbhava lord

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"Rajeswari Raman Memorial Number"

MatlaTrfi - My CoinplinienlS to you for Ihc enlightening
articles on different aspects of health relating to difibcici^ eye
diseases and iithci in the Raj^XWiiriR/hJiirri XfcimtJiMNuiYilirr
fM. A?. July 2012).
Mr. CD. Ravindaranth's article on combinations for eye
diseases is thought-provoking. I remember the late Dr. B.Y.
Raman's statement lu me when I met him in 1995 at his residence
when he [old me ithAl worshipping the Sun goes a long way
m improving dne's vision and also ensures sound eye health
Readme ihrough this issue. I could not but help recall
Dr. Raman whose conviction played an important role in
proeunhg For astrology respect amongst the intelligentsia. Wc
arc yet to sec a MaHattna like hiifi
s. Govindah
Annual Forecasts
Madam. - You have written
in the 2012 Annual
Jan.2012. page
14) under
"World Trends and Tensions"
Tile ninth litntse ruling
the judiciary has its ruler
afflicted. A landmark judicial
ruling may at/nut cmtroversy.
A mcmlK'r tf the judiciary may
The nsprrt of Mutfcm 9ih lord
il/m-xm'ivirrm of n high level
vulnerable to physical danger




th'ese predictions


turned out to be hundred

percent correct.
Qn I9ih May 20)2, the
Karnataka High Court judge
Justice Govindarajulu passed
away in a road accident in
Andhra Pradesh
On 28th May 2012.
Andhra Pradesh High Court
has given a judgment against
4'59?. reservations for muslims.
This landmark judicial ruling
has become sensational and

19 th
anti-Corruption bureau arrested
suspended Central Bureau of
fCBI) judge
Justice Pattabhi Rama Rao in
the cnsh-for-bail case. Rao is
accused of accepting a bribe
worth five erorcs to pass bail
orders in favour of former
Jannrdhann Reddy in an illegal
mining case. Justice Rao
was suspended last month by
the Andhra Pradesh Chief
J u stiec
Coincide ni ally all these
ihrcc major events happened
in Andhra Pradesh.
In the same article with
reference to Pakistan you have
said: "A coup of sorts cannot
out with rtiajtir
rhanges m curringat lite lop
levels in /slatnabad.^ The
Pakistan prime minister Yousuf
Rorn Gdani has lost his position
following the controversial
judgment lv\
Supreme Coon against him
Such accurate predictions
increase the reputation and
reliability of astrology as a
Heaity concrniulmions!!
At the Top
Madam, - Your magazine
has positioned itself ul the top
of the firmament of Vedic
Javamta Bhowmick

Letters to the Editor

Adhi Yoga
Madam, - I read with
interest your scholarly editorial
on Adhi Yoga and agree with
you that this Yoga can cxjnfcr
cither poliiicaJ power or money.
I believe money is also one
form of power. Il is generally
difficult for the have-nots to
corridors of power. So Adhi
Yoga by conferring prosperity
works to open the door to
powci eithei through money
observation you make is thai
only the waxing Moon can confer
Adhi Yoga. The Paksha Bala or
digital strength of the Moon is
more important than Sthana Bala
or positional strength The Full
Moon in Scorpio is strong - its
debilitation does not alter its
Let us assume there is a
benefic each in the 6th. 7th and
8th from the Moon. Power is
judged from Ihc lOlh hollSC If
we now treat the 10th from the
Moon-sign as the Ascendant,
we find the three henefics in
the 9tIi, lOib and I lib houses
Another possitibility is that
all the benefics arc in Kendras
en Tfikonas oi the Labhnsrana
Distribution of planets across
these three houses means all
the crucial houses contain a
benefic each Generalty for
power, the 9th, 10th and I Ith
should be strong as they rale

Let us consider the chart
of Bill
(Chart I). The
Moon is in Pisces and the tOth
ihcrcfrom is Sagittarius which
is the Kairnvstann. Tit; at that
house as the Ascendant. Then
Jupiter in the 9th. Mercury in
ihc lOlh and Venus in the 11 th
render ihc Kiinmisluna strong
It is also said thai a strong 7(li
house is guiKl for cntieei as it
is the IOth from the 10th house
based on the Bhavat Bfiavtm
principle In Chart 2 a strong
Adhi Yoga coexists with the
Gajakesari Yoga arising inn of
the Moon and Jupiter in
opposition. Adhi Yoga tends
to gain strength in liindcin with
Gaja Kcsari Yoga.
In Michael Jackson's chart,
you have taken the view that
Adhi Yoga is partially satisfied
by two benefics. Since one of
the requirements of the Yoga
is that all the three benefits
should Ik: in the 6ih, 7th or
8ih. this Yoga cannot be said
to occur, if a strictly puritanical
view were to he taken.
scholarly analysis.




Madam, - I was recently
going through an old issue


(June 2007) where
had discussed

Gandhi's chnri I found the

summing up very apl thai
while Rahul Gandhi during
continue to be the cynosure of
the mi di i and in the limclighl,
he would he far from gaining
power. So far Rahul has
campaigned in many elections
miserably inspire of hogging all
the limelight.
You have said the exact
birth time is not available but
based on his Moon-sign and
Leo Ascendant (like his father
Rajiv Gandhi),
prediction has turned out to
be stunningly accurate, more
Sagittarius was under highly
favourable transits
It speaks
volumes for your intcrprcUilivc
Further I find your articles
and predictions on mundane
astrology very enlightening
and prciiM: I mk toiv. ;iril rn
many more much articles and
Government will understand
why in India there was always
for the
Raja JyotLshi or the royal





























THE occupation ul* the Ascendant or its lord of a Sandhi or junctional

point is said to result in its complete lack of strength to support the rest
of Lhc chart. This astrological equation has been demonstrated lime and
again in the UPA's second term swearing-in chart. The prime minister Manmohan
Singh has exercised or has been allowed to exercise very little power though
the Constitution makes him the defacto and dejurc head of the Government.
For all practical purposes, he appears to be a puppet with no will of his own.
Whether this continuing stance time and again of the prime minister is one of


or of compulsion










astrologically as it should be the result of the Ascendant lord Mars occupying

a Sandhi or junctional point. This also is the reason why the government has
allowed itself to be bullied by its allies without being able to transact any
serious business or deliver on governance ever since it came to power for a
second term.
The Ascendant Scorpio is a fixed sign aspected by the 1 Oth lord Sun and the
Sth rum I

lib lord Mercury (Chart l). While the Sun's aspect on the Asccndanl

as of the

10th lord is welcome, that of Mercury as of the Sth lord docs not

appear to be comfortable.
under restrictive


Further as Sth lord in the 7th, it brings the incumbent


functioning. Secondly, Jupiter in

that can hamper his

the 41h in a

free and responsible

Kendra is


welcome while the



... Do the Planets Siunv Mid-term Polls ?

same cannot be said of Saturn also in a

spineless and toothless against the deinaruls

Kendra. but in the I Oth. Jupiter in the 4lh

and tantrums of its allies.

oilers initial protection but Saturn in the' lOth




decimates it when it is time Idr him to take

Chart 1: UFA Swearing-in : May 22. 009 al
IBh. 34m. at 28 N 3S. 77 12.
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beginning to wane. At the same

time, the influence of Saturn in



I Oth,

normally associated

with downfall,
Chart 1



is just, about to







continuance~ of the government

appears to be marked by great
The 7th lord Venus is exalted in the 5lli


and quite powerful, as against the Ascendant

Jupiter's" protective influence on the UPA

lord Mars who though in his own territory

sourced in his occupation of a Kendra is

in his .Moolatrikonn sign Aries is ricvimlizcd

beginning to wane. At the same lime, the

by his Sandhi position or occupation rd .ft

influence of Saturn in the, 10th. normally

junctional point at (X1" 25' Atics. The 7th

associated with downfall, is just about to

house rules partners and allies. Though the


UFA is headed 'by the Congress as the

dominant party in the coalition, it has been

circumstances, the continuance of the

government appears to be marked by great

blackmailed into submission CVCiy time by



Chart 2: Indian Independence: August 15, 1947

at OQh. 00m. al 28 N 3G. 77 E 13 with n balance ot
!, year 3 months ol Saturn Dasa at birth.

notably the TMC ftfld DMK.

only have these


parties decided on who

certain Union Ministers should be but also





rejected the railway budget which had been

approved by the Cabinet. Practically every
piece of Icgislatkin relating to economic
Chart 2

issues has been stalled or subverted by the

TMC. leader with the lead party in the UFA


looking on helplessly. The Ascendant lord

Mats* junciional

position is

a n g i jur
K 11 I 17 14

not a little

responsible, for making the government both

Clever men are good, but they are
not the best.

horoscope (Chart 2), both directional and

transit influences, arc far from happy. Kctu

MOOLPLS astrology

Moving on to the Indian Independence


of iiun


now on



Ketu is in Scorpio in liis

Ketu. currently in control as the Bhukti

sign of exaltation and well-placed. However,

September 2012.

lord. is in the 7th house of confrontation and

transilwisc. Ketu is in Taurus, his sign of

hints al confrontational fires raging again

fall and in conjunction with natal Rahu and

natal Ascendant. This presages disturbing
trends picking up momentum and paving the



the fact,


Indian Independence horoscope

way for ushering in significant changes in


the country. There is danger of violence

next, forces

that could weaken

about the August



14. 2012 conjunction of

Mars and Saturn in Libra being directed at

a political leader. Unless great vigilance is














and strength.











pundits analyse as deciding on

affliction by virtue of Rahu occupying his

who will rule at the Centre, may

Nakshatra Krittika. Such a disposition may

give a rude jolt to the






be broadly brought under what wc would

like to describe


as the


{Jpaltota Principle


according to which when


a Nakshatra is




getting further

strengthened in




the Telangana issue. The same

occupied by a malefic or is afflicted by an

directional influence may rake up trouble

eclipse occurring

for the Andhra chief minister whose tenure




it or under certain





is likely to get disturbed.

Consistent with

significations coming under its jurisdiction

the fact, the Indian Independence horoscope



is moving into Dasa chidram next, forces


thai could weaken the Centre arc likely to









Krittika may be deemed to sutler affliction.


Extending the principle further, the ruler

context, the Gujarat elections, which political

ot Krittika,

to suffer affliction which in turn may he

pundits analyse as deciding on who will

rule at the Centre, may give a rude jolt to




namely, the Sun may he said




passed on










the Congress with the BJP getting further



strengthened in the state.

rn ne Sun from Rahu has been

The Bhukti of Venus in Sun Dasa begins

seen to manifest in a government whose

in September 2012. Venus is the Asccndanl



lord no doubt but at the same time his period

manipulation, denial and subterfuge all

marks the ending Bhukti of the Dasa of the

characteristics of the Node.






And with the



Dasa of the Sun so afllicted moving towards


its last Bhukti post September 2012. the

Das a-chi dram.

Congress led UFA is likely to come under













fmm the lunar new year chart tor Nandana




- Do the Planets SJunv Mid-term Polls ?

Chart 3i Commencement of Lunsi Year
Njn-idpna: March 22, 2012 ol 20h, OCm, {1ST) al
26 N 36, 77 E 13.

sign of fall or debility in Seoipio which tends

to weaken the Dasa lord. This temporary
loss of strength of Rahu can presage an





swearing-in of the UPA and the

Chart 3

Indian Independence horoscope




turbulence at Delhi

before the lunar year ends with

the prospect of mid-term polls
for 2012-2013 (Chart 3). The IOth house is
not well-placed.

Its ruler Moon lacks in

looming large before the country.

ominous phase for the party.

It could face

Paksha Bala (digital strength) and is finrhei

difficult circumstances in garnering emcial

afflicted by Mercury and Mars. This can

support just when it needs it the mosL




The chart for the lunar year Nandana

directionless manjier. However, the aspect

read along with the chart for the swearing-

of exalted Saturn on the I Oth is constructive

in of the UPA and the Indian Independence

and hints at democratic processes assuming

horoscope points to turbulence at Delhi

an assertive role which can take the shape

before the lunar year ends with the prospect

of mid-term polls. The I Oth .lord Moon and

of mid-term polls looming large before the










Qwindwadnsn or the adverse 2-12 positions

Gayatri Dvvi

can result in setbacks to the ruling coalition.

Chart 4: Congress: Born November 22. t9E9 al
tOh, QOm. at 28 N 36, 77 E 12 with a balance ol
ts years 3 monlhs J8 days ol Venus Dasa at iblrth.




The conviction that i had to play


important rote





procure for astrology its rightful place

Vll\ I I", I Hi
It 34


the hierarchy of sciences

Chart 4











educated public





and in








astrology from charlatanry and refute

through my writings, stale objections
The Congress

party (Chart 4)


heads the UPA is in Rahu Dasa with Rahu

well-placed in the 3rd house. The 3rd house
position is generally deemed good but in this
particular case, it may not really help the
Congress as trans itwise Rahu occupies his



against astrology raised in

'scientific' quarters. / also planned to





B. V.








A Report


Astrology Conference 2012

Largest Gathering of Astrologers

Trrn United Astrology Conference 2012 held
from May 24t.h in May 29lh 2012 honored the
Vedic astrnfosy commiinity by having M m-rR
A'iThfiii'icii TuCilor Gnyoiri Devi Viwndev light Ihe
Iradilioiial [.imp lo mark ils inauguration at n glitlerin
ceremony nn Ihe evening nf Muy 24lh nl the NewOrleans Mariort Hotel ar New Orleans, USA This
was Fnllowed hy a filmed montage sequence
announcing nil of the sFtyifcrrs with huge pint: hnllonits
rnlling fn>m the ceiling accompanied by n brass.
marching hand.
The nwyorof New Orleans Mitchell J 1 jndrieu
certified this was the largest gnlbering ever nf
astrologers in Ihe world
Awards Ceremony
The Marion D March Regufus banquet on the
evening nf May 2Sth saw titles heina hesinweri nn
astrologers rrom around she world
FJ/fiinte Achirvenrent duvrrrfs went to
Michael I m in and Rny Merriinnn. On the
Vedic fmnl, Chnkrapani UJIal was honoured hy
CVA (Council of Vedic A^lnulogy") with Ihe
Arhirivmc/it Award while
Pmirfrnt F./itrr/lu.1; of A CVA (American College for
Ved i Vsirology) was conferred or D Dennis M
The ACVA and CVA presented a joint Awa/tinf
Rfrnnnitinnto Gayntri Devi Vasudev for her
-fendership in publishing Mfine**.1 Air^rimov
II. | QTiine and for going above and beyond in
promoting Vedic Astrology around the world" and
being instmme;ntiil in bringing this knowledge In the
west rnllowimg closely in both esperiice and
knowledge in the footsteps of the late great

Or. B.V. Raman, he* father. All recipients delivered

uiuYing speeches5* ul appreciation and acceptance
1 Tie CVA Sanghct Community Service Award went
to Dennis HIaherh and the Award fnr Education /rt
Dr. David b'rawley while the 241J2 ACVA Award
fnr Community Service was given to Ms. Christina
Collins for "Leadership in organi/im; the JytiiLsh
Star rMagazinrand For going above and beyond in
prumoiini- Vedic Astriili'igy". Ms. Charlotte Benson
also leceiVed the ACVA Community Service award
tor hei untiring elliiris in stlppoitmg Vedic Astrtilogy
through the last couple of decades and roi her
Elerculean success in leading the Vedic coinmunity
as Organization Coordinatur ol' the ACVA and CVA
on the UAC" Buard in preparation and iinjileinertatioii
for the UAC. James Kelleher and Hdith llatha w a-*
were conferred the Diploma of Rrcngnilimiand the
JyoiuhBrihaspati. the latter, the highest title of the
The Marion D. March Regultut awards wen I to
the late Robert Blaschkc foi Disiov^ry, Innovarloti
and Research, Ena Stanley for Education, Nick
Canipicm for Theory and Understanding, Joyce I jevLiia
for Cnwnumily Service and Chris Mcrat; for
CAS Honours Scholars
The Indian Council of Astrological Sciences
honored Vedic astrology scholars from the west with
the titles Jyothh MmFFui Pmgyna (Dr. Dennis
Harness. Ms Christina Collins. Dr David Frawlcy
urd MR. Sat Siri KhnlsaT. fyrnhh Viicha<pofi(Mr.
William Levacy, Mr Steven J Stucky, Ms Ronnie
Gale Dryer and Ms Komilla Sutton) and Jyothh
* See page 493 for the Editor's speech of acceptance.
AtXSJST 2012



United Astrology Conference 20/2

Kovid (Ms. Charlotte Benson, Ms, Patty Sanders
and Ms. Jessica Saylcs).
A message from the ICAS National Pnrfitlcinl
Mi A.B. Shukla whi-cti was read out al the aWiirds
cenemnny cnngmtulating the title recipients wished
them greater success in their efforts to spread Indian
astrology in the Ww-t and the rest of the world.
The United Astrology Conference 2(U 2 was
jointly sponsored b\ the Cfmncil of Vedic Astrology,
the Amencun College of Vedic Aslmlojjy, the
Association for Astrological Networking, and the
Intet national Society fot Astrological Research and
the National Council tor GeocoAmic Research. The
UAC is n nncedn-fl-four-ycur event that aims to
bring the astrology community together through
research and exchange of ideas. It is a unique event
where Indian astrology (Vedic astratogy) and Western
astitdiigj enthusiasts converge for a festival of sharing
Pre-conference workshops were conducted on
Thursday, May Sdih by Gayatri Devi Vasudev and
Nick Campion amongst others. The four-hour session
saw Mrs. Gayatri thevi Vasudev intTLiducing the
participants to the concepts of fnle and freewill as
relevant to lyotishn and as revnlving round the Moon,
a pivotal factor in chan interpretation and which as
the index of free-will could arm one to steer through
the vicissitudes of life as shown in the chart.
Vedic Astrology Stream
A CoiiuiHinU) [ssuc.i Wrtrk.thop liitci in the
afternoon saw CVA president Dennis Flaherty
moderate the discussion "Implications of Spirituality
in the Practice ol Vedic Astrology" with l>r. David
Frawley, Gayatri Devi Vasudev. James Kelleher,
William lj:vacy, Kociiilla Sutton and Ronnie Gale
Grj er on the panel.
Gayatri Devi Va-sudev spoke on Prasna and
Swearing-in Charts in which she explored Che
inLeruriion ol ritisru and Muhurta with specific
emphasis on principles li out Prasna Tantra.
Explaining the speeul anve chart lor the swearing-in
of the next U.S. President on January 20, 21113. the
foresaw confrontutitinal circumstance.': between the
USA and the jrhadi forces. The pnce ol uil could
stabilize worldwide only after September 2013. She
also outlined certain major challenges that the
incumbent would lace



AUGJtST 2012

Chak'rapani Ullal. the SemLinnosl and a much

respected Vedic astrologer in the US. dealt with the
Mrn>n '.t Role in Shaping Destiny where he pointed
out the Moon was a vehicle of perception which
could show how one connected with Lhi: world. The
Nodes of the Moon by CVA President Dennis
Flaherty was an enlightening (tessellation on how
Rahu and Ketu represent the iconic struggle between
the light and shadows of darkness in one's
consciousoe&t and the spiritual crises thereof. Dr.
David Frawley speaking on The Yug/ts and Giohoi
Karma traced the connection of Ultie cycles to
Nakshatras and their orientation to the equinox and
solisticc points before explaining important Yuga
theories and their astrological basis Gayntri Devi
Vasudev1'S Mmfo 's Strength in UtuierUutid)ngCharts
on May 27th was nn enlightening exploration of this
important factor from different angles.
Dr. Dennis Harness speaking on The Twelfth
House Miser or Mnkshn examined the significations
of this house as primarily being those tliat paved the
way for spiritual progress and Final Hmancipation,
The ACVA President William Lcvacy's IWin/rv Vivjit
Dharma or Purpose m Life? dealt with techniques
for delemimiiig one's calling and the tirtung when
career tendencies would emerge besides looking at
the Navamsa and Dasamsa charts foi related clues.
Warring patterns in the charts of both regions and
individuals were identified bv Ms. Christina Collins
speaking on FAdlhtHUik.es md Disasters. Oil Splits
and Wars who pointed out recumng planetarj
signatures and combinations whenever disasters
ImpOrlanl technical
highlighted in the context of the biographical,
historical and cultural details ol illustrative cases by
Ms Edith Hathaway in her discourse The Way Into
the Chart and the Life.
The Vedic astrology track coordinated by Dennis
Flaherty with David Frawley and Bill Levacy as
core preSentedS provided a senes ol lectures for
beginners to the advanced encompassing the histoty.
philosophy and the application ol Jyotisha without
ignoring the iradiiional as well as t be nco
sell-determined perspective*. Other speakers in this
trad; were James Kdtehcr, Dr. Suhas Kshirasagar,
Sat Siri Khalsa, Kenneth Miller and Juliana SwanRon

Western Astrology Track
Notable omonj; western astrology prnpofienL<; was
Nick Ciinipon whose pre-conference workshop Tltf
Writing />fffefJViexainined trarfitinnnl practices rram
around Ihe world including China^ Mexico nnii
Polyntsin revolving round calendar ritunls and sacred
II>?rnelra George speaking on ffrrmrs:
GudrtJin/i nf Thresholds explore^ m depth Men:ur\''s
inultifncetcd itrchrtypal nature, i[<; synodic cycle of
relationship and mvlhical ultrihulss I ea Imsiragic's
Ch'tngf Fear into Freedom wus a journey through
Ihe connecuon between solar activity and time and
of Uranus in Aries and how this could bring in deep
chansc* m ore's life
Donna Van Toen dcarribing the lightest squares
in u chart on the trigger aspect in What's a Trigger?
elahoralcrf on how these aspects were keys to

Astntfogy Cimfcrenr:?. 20J 2

vocational aptitudes and directions. Another

interesting paper Cyete* of Health: Idenifying Crfivci!
Pfri/nh from Jane Bidder Patrick brought up case
studies to show how n> identify the highs and lows
of health cycles.
One hundred and seventy-five presenters spoke
on fifteen LiilcLn With *ilh Sessions tfiirfi da.^ covering
diversified specialities and interests al this inintntnith
gathering of ustrologers. Several interesting topics
were covered during ihe perind of 7 days There was
active interaction between the speakers and the
attendees in most of the lecturers with highly
stimulating questions being brought up for discussion.
Thtf ending Mreinonie.<; honored and memorialircd
the nearly forty or more astroloecrs who had passed
on since the last (JAC in ZflCIS in Denver (Repoil
by A hi and Courtesy: Jyntish Slar\*

Another Astrological


VA.K Aver

There is wr one imifc ana of Ciinflision
The next word llmi Micks in the throat id i
student of astrology ii Upachaya
Parasara defines Upachaya houses thu

That is. the 3rd, the 6th the I Ith and the
lUlh nre known ils Upachayn houses.
Literally the word LTpachnya means incrrav.
grimth or prosperity V n dia Vtihirn rccojjni/c %
this category in a sjvcinl context vidf tupm,
hut not in the regular
Kalyanavarma defincv upaehaya thus

PT cR"



Or. the 6lh, the I Oth. Hie 1th mid the 3n!arc
known as LTpachayas and the 2nd, the 1st. the
llh the 5th. the 1 th. the 9th. the Slh and the
I 2ili as non-Upachnyns (Atntpachnyn in
Ap.'u li.iy.i),
According to K nlynnnv.ironia who ouiliitc^
wimi n chnical uses for Ujwichaya houses when
a woman gets ht r menses dminc the Moon '
transit in Anupactusyj hotiscs aspected by Mars
With reference to her horoscope, she bectHOCs
ready for motherhood When she unites with
* Readers are referred m "Smm! ^omliy^icaJ Dilci
(AM June 20121 - ndltor




her hushnml ilunttg the Moon's transit in

Upachaya houses aspected by benefics like
Jllpilcr, she conceive* fruitfully
The second use to which Upachaya is put
by Varaha A in connection with judging the
nature of Dasa fmm its tune nf Cnminfncctncttl.
vide utfra.
Should the Dasa lortl occupy an
Upachaya house m the horoscope raised for this
umc thai Dasn will prove priKsperoiis This use
is also supported by Kntayanavamin and Sripati.
Thus so far, Upachaya posinms had hecn
made use of in judging only transit effect* so
to say and not directly in oaiivmcs
The next stage in the development of us
Mantrcswara who. while quantifying
the strength of horoscopes, says (Chap 4.V)
that, the Ascemkuil is as strong us its lord who
becomes very powerful in Upachaya I
This is its first direct use in nLitivilics. followed
latet on by wholesale use It is in this context
that wc are confronted by the same author's

Or. the 8th. the Oth and the 12th arc said to
he houses of evil
How then can the (ith house, an Upachaya,
be both prospenius and evil?
Indeed for each Bhava. us 6th house
becomes both Upachaya and Dustana
I low
are we to emne out of this dilemma? And
knowing as we do. thai Mantreswara and others
like him are RhhW, wc have to acccpi their
word as Inilh The foregoing analysis ol the
icuvTTNurri cw rxru .imi








Mars-Saturn Conjunction
MARS imovestQ conjoin Saturn an 15th August 2012 in the 1st degree of










combination takes place in the 4th from the Moon in Cancer causing severe
weather argmalies
aspect on




' turhulence. Maligned Saturn's position in Lihra and his

has a serious effect an

the interests of women.


conjunction takes place in the rising sign at Japan and Philippines and in the 7th
from the rising sign at the US, Argentina end Brazil ta affect,these regions adversely.
Commencement of Limar Month Sravana: July
19. 2DI2 al 9h. 56m. al Now Delhi.

*',T II MTRl-

alarming. Jupiter and Venus aspecting ihc 4lh

promise plenty" of rains., bui RriliLfs presence in
ihe 4rh aspccreil .hy Samm.has the potential of
inflicting severe damage. The 8th cuming under
ihcjoint aspect of Mars and Saturn and the Kth
lord in alignment with the Nodes may lead to
severe calamity. The government may initiate
some positive aciion spurred by the placement
of Venus ami Jupiter in the lOth..

Leo 28" 2'rises at Delhi, the Ascendant lord

along with the 2nd lord Mercury in the 12th
failing to curb the financial drain. Mars and
Saturn tenanting the 2nd mount pressure on the
economy. Jupiter's aspcci is a relieving factor.

Pakistan (Leo ZflS') confronts financial

contingency with malefics in the 2nd and Ihc
2nd lord in the I2lh. The leadership is well
supported by benefics in the ilOih..Afghanistan
(Lea 21s" 43']! shows resolve in tackling
insurgency with benefics striding the Kith in
Rasi as well as from the rising. Libra Navamsa.

Cummnnicark'ti and [ransporratmn service is

adversely affected' by malefics squcc/Jng the
3t'd and the 3rd lord Venus joining Ketu and the
8th lord Jupiicr. Mai?;and Saturn in thcrSndfrom
the Karaka Mercury make the situation more

Sri Lunka (Leo 29" .WJstrives for raising

trade and investment under the 5lh lord Jupiter
aspecting ihc ?th and the 9i.h lords, in the 2nd.
Rangladesli \f Virgo 9" 50'} is exposed to traffic
hazard with the 3rd lord Mars in the Ascendant




... Tile 'World'in<August '2012

Joining the 6th lord Saturn and Rahu in the "3rd
coming under Sauirn's aspect- The 7th lord
Jupiter joining the 9ili lord in the 9i"h and
Mercury joining the* I 1th lord Mixmi in the 1 lih
help to raise trade and investment.
China, Japan and Southeast
China (Virgo 29^59') goes through a period
of uncerliiinty and struggle under Saturn close
to the rising degree with the Ascendant falling
in Bhava Sandhi. The 2nd hud Venus in the 9th
helps to retrieve financial distraction imposed
by the 2nd caught heiween malefics. Prospects
for trade and in vestment improve undet iTencfics
in the 9tlr and 1 Ith.
Japan (Libra 20' /'Jstrives to tackle financial
and security concerns with the Ascendant
hemmed between malefics. the Ascendant lord
in the Sth with the 6th lord and Mars-Saturn
together in the 12th. The administration has a
positive agenda in place prompted by the
luminaries joining the tfth lord Mercury in the
Philippines (Librt{9* 39) faces fmimcml
anomaly under Rahu in the 2nd aspected by

Iraq (Leo

(f 51*)




SaTiim-Rahii in the 6th from rising Aries

Kavamta. IrwViljuiT /tf.'Jfaces threat of natural
calamity in view of Rahu in the 4th aspected hy
Saturn and the 8th coming under the combined
aspect of Saturn and 'Mars. *KEyptr (Cancer IS'
47')faces. leadership issues under Stiium-Rahu
together1 in the lOth from rising Sagittarius

Snmm and the 2mi lord Mars in the J2ih.

Malaysia (Virgo 22 * 22) confronts strife with
the Ascendant tenanted by Mars and Saturn.
Financial concerns are well tackled under the
2nd lord in the 9tli and the .Ascendant lord in
the I.Uli with Jhe J. Ith. lord _li>don&sla (Virgo
goes through a troubled period with
Saturn exactly on the rising degree.

West Europe and Africa

Cancer rises-: rh i West European States
helping to introduce suitable economic measures
prompted by the luminaries in the Ascendant
and Jupiter-Venus in the 1 Ith. Saturn-Mars in
the 3rd may affect communication
transportation. Market fluctuation arises with
Rahu in the 5th aspected hy Salurn,
South Africa (Gemini 10*49} faces adverse
weather conditions due to Saturn and iMars
afflicting the 4th. Finances arc well secured with
Mercury joining the 2nd lord Moon in the 2nd.
ictjsrii>jiji:n txv I'AriL -t'/ri



Hale: Born November 25, 1970 at 17h. 48m.

at 9 N 58, 78 E 10 with a |balance of 3 years
1 month 26 days of Mars Dasa at ibirth.
i-rvui' . T: i| ii-nj | rLu


Russia and West Asia

Russia (Lett 3' 44} is exposed to natural
hazards with the 8th lord Jupiter in alignment
with the Nodes across 4-1 (J axis. The Icodcrship
ml Is out a plan of action for growth under Venus
ami Jupiter placed in the .lOtli
Israel fCuttcer22' 23f) confronts regional
discoid with Saturn ami iMars occupying
the 3rd. Financial impetus is provided by
Venus-Jupiter together in the llth.
47B U *


Question: The native has a 5 year old

child. 15 It a boy or a girl ?
Solution to July Teaser: The native is
an engineer.

Site Ram Singh, M.A.. LL.M., with Diplomas in Administrative Law

and Labour Laws from the Indian Law Institute. New Delhi, retired as
Assistant Director, Intelligence Bureau, Government of India. Has
been into astrology tor many years and has more than fifty published
articles in English and Hindi to his credit.


'a - t'
- rn-.li


Health Conditions




!<> It] i is WrniltlT lii^liliUlit^fJic Jmnortitiu'r nt' Ihai tt tJi. A

litMltliv in-i-bui <mL> t%Mi work linitl, ruliirvr sun

wi'll and livi'

happily. <Tlii tin* uiritrnry, ir> wonltliv hut sirk iH'rsnn ran not on joy
fiKHl mifl othor lii.vnrioK in tillable to liitu. Asl.ndo^y, tjinni^h an aiiiilysis of I'.lu^
lionjwojH1, hflhw roini'fJy foretell t.ho. tiatiin?and tfaaiiafl

oau liolii

mo to talvo timely im^vontivo nnsisuns.

(ittod or hrul, ifsults ait' experienced in life Minnioli, tlio

body represented, hy

tlm A-^ri'iifinlniiii.-A Kt.itmo.,, V.s<tuidaii( m tul'.-Vsconrlinil lord infliriilr ^tuMl lioaltli and
gmirrn] w'rl l-lndn^, Aont) ttlin^ to Sarviirthfi ( liiiitriiiiaiti (C liap/J. Sloka^d),

qitrntTH^1 tz

Whew the Lcigna lord is strong, posited in a Kendra or Trikona and free of
malefic aspect, then good bodily health should he predicted.
The 6ih> Sth and 12iH houses arc called
Dusiunai (evil houses) by virtue of their adverse
Karakauwas (significations). The remaining
houses arc considered good houses. Among
the evil houses, the Sth is regarded the
most evil. The Ascendant lord, the. Sun and the
Moon arc exempt from the blemish of the Sth