i. Vedic Astrology
Indian Astrology is also known as Vedic Astrology is an ancient science based upon the knowledge gained by ancient Indian sages and saints on planetary influences. It had evolved long before the Western astronomers and astrologers were even born. It has its roots steeped into the Vedas which date back to 1500 BC. In Sanskrit Indian astrology is termed as Jyotish which means light.
ii.Chart Styles of Jyotish
Branches of Indian Astrology
The three main branches of Indian Astrology stream as follows:
Siddanta- devoted to the astronomical study of celestial bodies.
Samhita- Indian mundane astrology which deals with mundane activities like earth quakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, rainfall, weather conditions, economic conditions, etc.
Hora – which predicts the time for various activities.
Indian Astrology follows the Panchang which is a spiritual and scientific calendar .It provides a listing of festivals, weather predictions, events, epidemics and personal fortune. The word “Panch” means five and “ang” means aspect.
It defines a particular time of a day using the five parameters – the day, the tithi, the star, the yoga and the karana corresponding to that day. You can use Panchang as a ready reckoner for important days and also to tell you the most ideal time for you to start on your ventures so you get the most out of them.
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Apart from the schools of Astrology in India, we have what we call Nadi Astrology (or) Nadi Shastra which gives pictures of life and destiny patterns of people born at 12,24,48 seconds intervals.
These have been written on palm leaves by our ancient sages. Only very few experts can read and understand these, but the results and predictions are found to be amazingly accurate.
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Nadi Astrology is an ancient Indian method of Astrology to learn about one’s past, present and the future. It is said that thousands of years ago, the great sages of Indian had the power to overlook into the past and future of the entire universe and recorded the life of each human being who either lived, were living or were to live. At some point of time , these discussions were written on palm leaves in an ancient Tamil script, which can now only be deciphered by expert Nadi astrologers who are found scattered in certain temples in India.
The origin of the nadi inscriptions can be traced back to approximately 2000 years ago. It is said that the ancient Indian Rishis or sages had written the life patterns of each person on palm leaves by their Yogic Intuitive powers. These unique leaves were initially kept in the Saraswati Mahal library of Tanjore city (Thanjavur ) of Tamilnadu State in India.
Later during the British Rule, the British sold these leaves to the locals who very very much interested in getting them. People belonging to a particular sect called the Valluvar community of South India who specialized in astrology bought most of these leaves. Some of these were also acquired by the astrology families in Vaitheeswarankoil, a place near Chennai, the capital of Tamilnadu, a state of India.
- Canto 1 (Chapter 1)- Generalized Report
- Canto 2 (Chapter 2) – Education and Wealth
- Canto 3 (Chapter 3) – Brothers and Sisters
- Canto 4 (Chapter 4) – Mother, Assets and Fortune
- Canto 5 (Chapter 5) – Children / Off springs/ Progeny/ Pregnancy
- Canto 6 (Chapter 6) – Disease, Debt and Litigation
- Canto 7(Chapter 7) – Matrimony
- Canto 8 (Chapter 8) – Life Span
- Canto 9 (Chapter 9) – Property, Father, spiritual inclinations
- Canto 10 (Chapter 10) – Business
- Canto 11 (Chapter 11) – Conveyance, second marriage
- Canto 12 (Chapter 12) -Expenditure, Foreign connections, Next birth.
- Canto 13 (Chapter 13) – Karma, Shanthi, Enance
- Canto 14 (Chapter 14) – Remedial Mantras
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The term Vastu is a Sanskrit word that means “Bhu” or the Earth and is the underlying stratum of existence. As per a Vedic Hymn “Vastu Reva Vastu”, all material forms of the Universe are all energies. Vaasthu sastra states that every energy has life and nothing in-universe is left out without any vibration.
- Basic Principles of Vasthu
- Manaiyadi Shastra
- Vastu Table
- Vastu Rule
- Street focus & Vastu
- Zodiac Concepts
Vastu shastra aims at maximizing the generation and accumulation of positive energy around humans and minimize the negative energy. This is done by ensuring the abundance of the following :
Light- Sufficient natural light for comfortable living.
Air- Pure fresh air continuously blowing in and out of the house.
Water- for drinking and living.
The best directions for each and every type of room according to its varied uses is illustrated in the following table.
Selecting PlotThe PlotLocation of PlotShape of PlotRelative RoadsBuilding MaterialsWater SourceCompound wall & GateInside CompoundGardenParking LotBalconies & VerandahsMain doorHouse InteriorOverhead TankPuja RoomKitchenLiving RoomBed RoomStudy RoomDining RoomSafe RoomStore RoomBathrooms/ ToiletsStairwaysBasementUpper FloorGeneral InfoHouse-warming
We can improve our living conditions by properly designing our buildings by understanding the five principles of nature. For already existing structures modifications can be made using the Vastu remedies listed below. In this way enhanced health, wealth, prosperity and happiness can be attained in life.
- Vastu for Flat- Remedies
- Vastu for Factory -Remedies
- Vastu for House- Remedies
- Vastu for Office -Remedies
- Vastu for Plots- Remedies
- Vastu for Shops- Remedies
The 10 Kootas or the 10 Poruthams
According to Indian Astrological principles there are 28 Nakshathras (Stars) in an oval round called the zodiac and the Navagrahas (the nine planets ) which transit this Zodiac. This heavenly constitution exert their combined astral influences on human beings. The Kootas agreement is ascertained by examining the birth stars and the Janma rasis, of the boy and girl. Each koota has a specific role or a part to play.
- Dinam (Dinath Ayushyam Aarokyam) -The presence of Dina Koota agreement ensures that the husband and wife remain healthy and free from all sorts of diseases and will enjoy all comforts and a long lease of life.
- Ganam (Sobanam Ganam Evacha) -This koota ensures compatible sex life. It is the matching of the human minds and their temperaments.
- Yoni ( Yonitho Dhampathy Sneham ) -This is another koota which is interpreted in two ways. The word Yoni indicates the private reproductive organ of a women. So it is said that presence of Yoni Koota is a must to ensure sexual compatibility.
- Rasi ( Rasinam Vamsavirthi Kiruth ) -This ensures the continuation of one’s family through the birth of a son. If there is no progeny or issue, his family and tradition will end with him. Another school of thought interprets it as cordial relationship between the daughter-in-law and her in-laws.
- Rasiyathipaty ( Santhanam Rasiythipathy ) -This refers to the friendship between the lords of the birth stars of the girl and boy. This koota ensures santhanam. The word santhanam also means progeny which is denoted Rasi Koota.
- Rajju ( Rajju Mngalya Vrithysyath )-This bestows on the girl living happily with the husband for the long time. It is considered as the most important of the ten kootas as it ensures a long life for the husband.
- Vedha ( Vedhaya Sohanasanam )-Vedha means affliction. This koota agreement wards of all evils and pitfalls in married life. A happy and prosperous married life is assured as a result.
- Vasya ( Vasyath Anniyonnia Vasyaham ) -It is believed that the presence of this koota agreement assures mutual love and attachement.
- Mahendhram ( Mahendram Puthira Vrithisyath ) -It assures progeny or children in a larger measure.
- Stree Deergam ( Stree Deergath Sarva Sampathha ) -It ensures accumulation of wealth and all round prosperity.
The above mentioned 10 Kootas are the main ones considered before deciding on a marriage.The following two kootas are also used in certain cases.
- Nadi-Nadi means pulse which is a medical term. So Nadi koota ensures health, the longevity of the couple, and the happiness of children.
- Varna Koota-Varna refers to the caste of the girl and boy and it is having no or less relevance nowadays as inter-caste marriages have become common.
Indian Zodiac names and Western Astronomical names
NoIndian NameWestern Name1MeshamAries2VrishabhamTaurus3MithunamGemini4KarkatakamCancer5SimhamLeo6KanyaVirgo7TulaLibra8VrischikamScorpio9DhanusSagittarius10MakaramCapricorn11KumbhamAquarius12MeenamPisces
Rasis (Zodiac Houses)
In Indian Astrology when a Zodiac is divided into twelve equal parts, each such part has an extension of 30 degrees of arc. Such a division is called a sign or Rasi. It is the house where Moon rests.
There are 12 houses of Rasi’s and their Lords.
Indian System of HousesLord of House1Mesha (21-March to 20-April )Kuja (Mars)2Vrishaba (21-April to 20-May )Sukra (Venus)3Mithuna (21-May to 20-June)Buddha (Mercury)4Karkata (21-June to 20-July)Chandra (Moon)5Simha (21-July to 20-August)Surya (Sun)6Kanya (21-August to 20-September)Buddha (Mercury)7Tula (21-September to 20-October )Sukra (Venus)8Vrischika (21-October to 20-November )Kuja (Mars9Dhanus (21-November to 20-December)Guru (Jupiter)10Makara (21-December to 20-January )Sani (Saturn)11Kumbha (21-January to 20-February)Sani (Saturn)12Meena (21-February 20-March)Guru (Jupiter)
Characteristics of Rasis (Zodiac Houses )
- Mesha (Aries)-People born in this sign are ambitious and forceful in their character. Mostly they are of independent disposition.
- Vrishaba (Taurus)-The people of this sign will have good appearance and personality. They are emotional in their behaviour.
- Mithuna (Gemini)-These people will be spiritual and very analytical in mind. Art and literature fascinates these individuals.
- Karkata (Cancer)-The characteristics of this house are flexibility, interest in mysteries, travelling indisposition. It rules chest and heart of the body.
- Simha (Leo)-The people born under this Rasi have a kingly personality, magnanimity and lion hearted nature.
- Kanya (Virgo)-They are very practical people. They are chaste, pure and refined. Sociable and friendly in nature, they show up occasional shyness also.
- Tula (Libra)-Since the Rasi is symbolic of balance, equilibrium and justice are its key notes. Weighing both the sides of every problem is its character.
- Vrischika (Scorpio)-Temperamentally they are emotional and possessive. They are cunning. Will have only few friends. These persons may get unexpected legacies and gifts.
- Dhanus (Sagittarius)-This type of people are very friendly and cheerful in nature. They are of deep thinking and of high intellect with a quick temper and strong passion.
- Makara (Capricorn)-The people of this house have deep common sense. Their aspirations are very high. From a humble beginning they rise to greater heights.
- Kumbha (Aquarius)-Very great saints and thinkers have been born in this house. Among the 12 signs of the zodiac this sign is attached to occult subjects. The people of this house will have unexpected travels.
- Meena (Pisces)-The people of this house are very analytical and emotional in their behaviour. They will be having fluctuating moods.
Grahas (Planets) & their significance
In Hindu Astrology there are nine planets or Grahas. These include Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Sun, Moon,Saturn Rahu and Ketu, which are astronomical points formed where the moons orbit intersects the apparent path of the Sun around the earth. Each planet is considered to be having masculine, feminine or neutral characteristics as well .
Grahas and their western names, relationships, gemstones and colors
Indian GrahasWestern NamesSexFriendsEqualsEnemiesGemstonesColorsRaviSunMasculineMoon, Mars, JupiterMercuryVenus, Saturn, RahuRubyRedChandraMoonFeminineSun, MercuryMars, Jupiter, Venus, SaturnRahuPearlWhiteKujaMarsMasculineSun, Moon, JupiterVenus, SaturnMercury, RahuCoralRedBudhaMercuryNeutralSun, Venus, RahuMars, Jupiter, Saturn,MoonEmeraldGreenGuruJupiterMasculineSun, Moon, MarsSaturn, RahuMercury, VenusYellow SapphireYellowSukraVenusFeminineMercury, Saturn, RahuJupiter, MarsSun, MoonDiamondWhiteSaniSaturnNeutralMercury, Venus, RahuJupiterSun, Moon, MarsBlue SapphireBlueRahuDragon’s HeadFeminineMercury, Venus,SaturnJupiterSun, Moon, MarsGomedSmokeKetuDragon’s TailNeutralMercury, Venus, Saturn, RahuJupiterSun, Moon, MarsCat’s EyeSmoke
The zodiac according to Indian Astrology comprises of 360 degrees. There are 27 Nakshatras or constellations in it.Therefore, the value of each constellation is 13 degrees and 20 minutes when measured from the fixed initial point. These 27 Nakshatras(stars) complete the entire circle of 360 degrees of the zodiac. A forecast based on the transit/ correlation/inter – relation of planets in relation to the Nakshatras is more accurate than the results predicted on the basis of any other system.
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AshwiniPushyaSwatiSravanaBharaniAshleshaVishakhaDhanishthaKrittikaMaghaAnuradhaSatabishaRohiniPoorvaphalguniJyeshtaPoorvabhadrapadaMrigashirsaUttaraphalguniMoolaUttarabhadrapadaArdraHastaPoorvashadaRevatiPunarvasuChitraUttarashadhaNakshatra in English
Moon in Indian Astrology
In Indian Astrology, Moon is reverred as a God and is called as “Chandra”. The deity is masculine, but rules women and mothers, and signifies the feminine qualities.In Hindu astrology the Moon, is the most important planet in the horoscope. Chandra rules growth, health in childhood, prospects in life, good fortune, the emotional life, moods.
In Indian Astrology, Moon is revered as a God and is called “Chandra”. The deity is masculine, but rules women and mothers, and signifies feminine qualities. In Hindu astrology, the Moon is the most important planet in the horoscope. Chandra rules growth, health in childhood, prospects in life, good fortune, the emotional life, moods.
Moon is the presiding deity for the element water and rules over the tides of the sea. Moon is also the ruler of plants and the vegetable kingdom. Moon represents the mother -the energy that creates and preserves.
Dasa Periods of Planets
Venus DasaDasas is unique in the Indian System of Astrology in that they symbolize the overall direction of a person’s life for very long periods of time. Vimsottari Dasa, remains the most popular Dasa system among Astrologers through different Dasa systems exist.
Vimsottari Dasa is based on the position of Moon at the time of birth in a specific nakshatra. The period of rulership of any planet at the time of birth depends upon the rulership of the planet on the nakshatra. The sequence of rulership of these planets follows a particular order. This order is as follows:
- Sun – 6 years
- Moon – 10 years
- Mars – 7 years
- Rahu – 18 years
- Jupiter – 16 years
- Saturn – 19 years
- Mercury – 17 years
- Ketu –7 years
- Venus –20 years
The 27 stars or constellations are used by vedic astrology since the ancient times and they are very relevant to many aspects of life including health and each Nakshatra can be related with certain part or organ of the physical body.
Stars (Nakshatras)DiseasesAshwiniThe reddish star in the zodiac at 0° in Mesha which is called as Arietis. It generally governs the head and cerebral hemispheres of the body and is responsible for all the diseases associated with them.BharaniThe star Bharani governs and is responsible for the diseases associated with the head, cerebral hemispheres and organs within the head and eyes.KrittikaVarious parts of the body like head, eyes, brain, vision, face, neck, tonsils and lower jaw are governed by the Krittika star which is also known as the “Star of Fire”.RohiniIt influences different parts of the body like face, mouth, tongue, tonsils, palate, neck, cerebellum, atlas and cervical vertibrate and also responsible for the diseases associated with these organs.MrigasiraThe planet governing this star is Mars and it influences and is responsible for the diseases associated face, chin cheeks, larynx, palate, throat, vocal chord, arms, shoulders thymus gland and upper ribs.ArdraArdra is governed by the planet Mercury. It is in charge of throat, arms and shoulders and also the diseases associated with them.PunarvasuThis star is governed by the planet Jupiter. The organs and the diseases under this star are ear, throat, shoulder blades, lungs respiratory system, chest, stomach, oesophagus, diaphgram, pancreas and upper lobes of liver.PushyaThe lord of governance for the star Pushya is Saturn. Lungs, stomach and ribs are the main organs governed by this star and it s also responsible for the diseases associated with these organs.AsleshaMercury is the lord of the star Aslesha.The organs of the body under the governance of this star is lungs, stomach, oesophagus, diaphgram, pancreas and liver.MaghaThis is a star of brightness and light and is governed by the planet Sun. The organs of the body under the influence of this star are heart, back, spinal chord, spleen, dorsal region of spine and aorta.PoorvaphalguniThe heart and spinal chord is governed by Poorvaphalguni star and is also responsible for the diseases associated with these organs. The lord of this star is Sun and is governed by Venus.UtthraphalguniThe Sun governs the star Uttaraphalguni .Uttaraphalguni indicates both the need for union and for organizing the resources gained through it.HastaThe sign is governed by mercury and the star is governed by moon. Not many organs are under the influence of this star.ChitraThe planet Mars is the lord of this star and different parts of the body under its influence are belly, lower part, kidney, loins, hernia and vasomotor system and also its diseases.SwathiSwathi nakshatra rules the body parts like skin, kidneys, ureter, appendicitis, hernia and bladder and is also responsible for the diseases associated with these organs.VishakhaThe sign is governed by mercury and the star is governed by moon. Not many organs are under the influence of this star.AnuradhaThe various body parts ruled by this star are bladder, genital organs, rectum, nasal bones and bones near genital organs and also diseases associated with them.JyeshtaIt rules the organs like colon, anus, genital organs, ovaries and womb and is also responsible for the diseases associated with these organs.MoolaThe various parts of the body under the influence of this star are hips, thighs, femur, ileum and sciatic nerves. Hence it is also responsible for the diseases associated with them.PoorvashadaVenus is the lord of the star Poorvashada and it governs various parts of the body like thighs, hips, the concygeal and the sacral regions of the spine, the filiac arteries and the veins.UttharashadaThe organs under the governance of this star are thighs, femur, arteries, skin and knees and are responsible for the diseases associated with these organs.ShravanaThe lord of this star is the Moon. It governs lymphatic vessels, knees and skin and is also responsible for the diseases associated with them.DhanishtaThe various organs under the influence of this star are knee cap bones, ankles, limbs, portion between knees and ankles. Hence this star is also responsible for the diseases associated with them.SatabishaIt is responsible for the organs it governs like portion between knees and ankles and calf muscle.PoorvabhadrapadaIt is responsible for the diseases which are associated to the organs it governs and they are ankles, feet and toes.UttarabhadrapadaIt is responsible and associated with writing and speaking abilities. It governs and is responsible for the diseases associated with the feet.RevathiThis star is under the governance of the planet Mercury.Revati is governed by Pushan, the nourishing form of the Sun God. It governs feet and toes and is responsible for the diseases associated with them.