Q & A 1
Below is a collection of excerpts of questions from list members and my replies on the Vedic Astrology list which may interest you. The compilation is not in any specific order of topic in the subject.
Q. If Mo and Ju placed in the same house is it Gaja Kesari yoga?
Ans. Yes it is
Q. Conjunction of Rahu and Sun or Moon or Jupiter (Aditya-chandala, Candra-chandala and Guru-chandala yoga): So, these planets are afflicted with this conjunction, each in specific way. What if Sun or Moon or Jupiter are conjunct with Ketu? Is the effect the same? If Rahu is Atmakaraka, I suppose that effect of such a yoga is not only malefic in nature, there will be some good results also (at least spiritually)?
Ans. Rahu being AK will give suffering in the place where he is, and also afflicting the area indicated by the conjunct planet. But this suffering has the intention to purify the native from certain karmic reactions that obstacle his spiritual path. So Rahu being AK may make the native a great saint like Srila Prabhupada, but here should be other strong combinations for spirituality in the chart as well for this to realise. The effects of conjunction of Ketu also depends on Ketu’s position, functionality and the overall spiritual strength of the chart. If we have considered in a certain chart that Ketu is capable of giving benefits to the native [like spiritual knowledge, desire for moksha, detachment from material desires etc] then Ketu may also bring out the spiritual side of the planet with which it conjuncts. Sun-Ketu yoga may make the native a spiritual leader, Moon-Ketu may give good ability to separate emotions from logic, and Jupiter-Ketu may give deep intellectual or philosophical abilities. Now let’s take the case if Ketu is not strong to give spiritual benefits, then he would rather give disappointment in material things, and may even prove harmful, giving injuries, sudden changes, losses, etc. Then with the Sun, he will harm status, with the Moon, the mind and with Jupiter, the wisdom or dharma of the native, similarly as Rahu does. The difference is that Rahu tries to pull down into sin, while Ketu usually makes you unfortunate, i.e., causes loss or lack of opportunity.
Q. Can you say something about conjunction of Rahu Atmakaraka and Venus. What remedy would you suggest for alleviating problems which comes with this yoga?
Ans. The placement of Rahu in the chart generally indicates the area where unfulfilled desires are left from the previous lifetime. These desires will
As for proper remedies, it greatly depends on the exact chart. A general remedy would be to chant the Rasi mantra of the sign where the conjunction appears, or for Vaishnavas, Parasara recommends the worship of Lord Varahadeva to alleviate the ill effects of Rahu.
Q. If a pregnancy is induced can this give the soul a birth chart that was never intended, and so confuse the purpose of the incarnation, or is it believed that an induced birth was part of the plan?
Ans. Personally, I believe that if the birth time is artificially altered, then it changes the child's karma and character, which may result in the
Q. From this particular chart: Is it true that the person with Virgo as ascendant will be staying away from home always ?
Ans. Frequent travels are possible on the account of the 4th house being in dual sign, and hosting Moon. A4 is in 7th and has retro Jupiter. Also some changes in residence are indicated. D-4 also has Jupiter in 4th house in Sagittarius. Even though residence may change a few times, he will be most of the time satisfied with it. Plus don't forget that Jupiter is AK, which usually gives some difficulty in the area he influences. You have justly mentioned a couple of favourable yogas in the chart, but before evaluating their benefits, I would call you to look at the other side also. Therefore I would mention a few adverse combinations in this chart which will somewhat weaken its excellences.
Jupiter is AK and is retrograde in the 7th: This may also give some suffering and instability in the marriage. Venus is debilitated in Lagna, which may indicate that his physical appearance will not be so attractive, especially his hair. Now Venus has a couple of Neechabhanga yogas, but they are not so strong on account of Mercury, the dispositor of Venus being conjoined by a debilitated Sun and a malefic Rahu which form an Aditya-Chandala yoga, perhaps giving an unattractive face with pimples/acne and a bad relationship with wife, especially quarrels regarding money matters. Retro Mars in 7th from Upapada also caters to domestic conflicts. Saturn in 11th may decrease gains, especially being conjoined by Hora Lagna. His friends may abandon him when he is poor.
Venus being placed in 12th from Navamsa Lagna is weakened not only in Rasi, but in Navamsa as well, just as Jupiter becoming very weak by being in debility in Navamsa. This significantly curtails the effects of all the yogas that Jupiter participates in (GK, Hamsa, etc.) Atmakaraka being retrograde and debilitated in Navamsa is actually quite a serious situation. It may cause loss of dharma, and improper attitude towards money matters. Worship of Sri Narasimha and Ganesh is highly recommended for the person.
So you have to see this side, and on this basis, will give balanced predictions.
Q. If we have to go by navamsa, then why do you require janma chart and rashi chart? Navamsa is the ninth portion of the actual chart, then why is it so important in prediction?
Ans. Actually all divisional charts are important for making an accurate prediction. If we are to speak about career, then D-9 has the following impact:
It determines the inborn abilities and nature of the natives as per Parasara and Jaimini. Both give quite a few combinations for determining Professional inclinations from the D-9 chart. Also if any planet is weak in D-9 , then this will curtail the native's ability to maintain dharma in the areas influenced by the given planet. Thus Navamsa is quite important. Also for professional success, the following D-charts should also be considered: Primarily, D-2 for finances, D-3 for abilities, D-5 for power and influence, D-10 for job and profession, D-11 for contests, D-24 for knowledge, D-30 for misfortunes, etc. Actually all D-charts have something to say for all areas of life as these areas are interconnected. But each of them has a specific area of primary influence.
Q. I personally feel that there are at least three main approaches to Jyotish:
1. Parasara's 2. Jaimini's 3. Nadi paddhathi
Ans. The distinction between Parashara and Bhrigu is acceptable. The first represents the knowledge received from Bhagavan by Brihaspati (Jupiter, the Guru of the demigods) while the second represents the knowledge received by Sukracharya (Venus, the Guru of demons). Therefore even if they are two sides of the same coin, there are some differences of approach.
What difference do you "feel" or maybe see between the system of Parashara and Jaimini? After having studied and lectured upon BPHS and going through Upadesa Sutra Jaimini [UPSJ] a few times, I have found that they are identical. Jaimini just elaborates on a few principles given in general by Parashara. It is natural to identify the two schools, as Jaimini was the disciple of Vyasa, who was the son of Parashara, so the Parampara goes from Parashara to Jaimini, and therefore it was appropriate for him to comment on his predecessor's work.
Q. Just want to share some thoughts…
If so many other things [other than the 9 planets and the lagna] affect a horoscope and can colour the interpretation of the horoscope, then why don’t we consider all of them when we interpret a horoscope. The answer could be “whether we need such accuracy in practical interpretation of a horoscope. Astrology is meant for counselling where I think such level of accuracy is not required for day-to-day consultations. Moreover, when we can collect the information from verbal interaction, is it worth the effort of finding the same from the chart? The only requirement of such accuracy could be for philosophical purposes and to verify the validity of Jyotish as an objective science.
Ans. Many astrologers could give correct predictions with only Rasi, Navamsa and Vimsottari Dasa. This is of course possible and no doubt this limited set of parameters contains the most prominent factors of the chart. There is also no doubt that several people with the same factors as per above, and still have very different lives. However, you should notice that the same Rasi and Navamsa will still describe their life events. This means that these key factors have multiple meanings when it comes to interpretations.
Let’s take an example:
Rahu in the Upapada may indicate that the native's spouse is a foreigner, or has dark complexion, or is an outcaste, or maybe a criminal. It may well be that for different charts with Rahu in Upapada different of these options will be true. While practically doing the chart reading, you have two choices: either to list all the possibilities that an indication can give (it's neither possible nor practical to do so as the client does not give a real direction in this way) and the other possibility is to rely on your intuition (divya drishti) and give the reading in this way. You can’t avoid the help of intuition, especially if doing a reading with a limited set of data, or, for instance with unknown or even incorrect birth particulars! I personally had a few cases of giving correct readings with an incorrect birth time, and alter on when the correct birth time transpired, the particular reading was the same. So intuition should be there. But, if you take into consideration more parameters like more D-charts, Karakas, Sahams, Dasas etc., then you can even just technically narrow down the results of a reading. This also happens when you find contradictory factors. You usually decide with the reading that is supported by more factors. It will actually be impossible to scientifically prove the validity of Jyotish. This is because science works on the level of intelligence of the modern Kali yuga human beings, of which even the geniuses are far below the level of thought for the Maharishis. That's why instead of the aid of our intuition with the array of parameters introduced by Jaimini and Parasara, we feel disturbed, and try to reduce them to a set of data that can be handled by an intellectual pygmy of the modern age. Therefore we should respect tradition and pray to our Gurus and chant the Guru Mantra regularly to receive enough inspiration to understand at least a part of this great knowledge and make proper use of it.
Q. I was told that Ketu in Kalachakra is a comet. while in the Hindu system Ketu is the name for the south node planet. Here Kalachakra refers to Buddhist sources. What do you know about this 10th planet , or comet ? its influence ? its Western astrology equivalent ?
Ans. A shadowy planet (Upagraha) called Upaketu, is described by Mantreshwara in Phala Deepika as something similar to a comet. Of course there's more Upagrahas, but they do not move in circles like the Grahas, and they are not visible to eyes. Please check Phala Deepika and Sarwartha Chintamani for details.
Around Mt. Meru circle the 10 planets; Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu (North node of the moon), Kalagni (South node of the moon) and Ketu (a comet). " Where is this quote from? I cant really fit it into the statements of Srimad Bhagavatam, as there's only seven Dvipas mentioned according to the seven Grahas, and even Rahu and Ketu (the nodes) are not given separate tracks, as they are not physical bodies as the rest. Maybe this statement is just an interpolation by some westerners to try to link it with the Western 10/planet model?
Q. I am looking for a Vedic Astrology book which will teach me how to determine which planet is the ruler of a specific time period such as year, month, day, hour, minute. For example I would like to be able to answer the questions: Which planet rules Year 2001? Which planet rules Month June 2001? Which planet rules Day 22 June 2001? Which planet rules Hour 5 of 22 June 2001?
Ans. This is given in B.V. Raman's Muhurtha and Graha and Bhava Balas. In fact, any good Jyotish Software including JHL would list these rulers within the section of Shadbalas. The planet ruling the year gets full Abda Bala, the ruler of month gets Maasa Bala, the ruler of day gets Vaara Bala and the ruler of hour gets Hora Bala. Please look up the above references.
Especially lord of the birth Hora is very important, You could go on further to find out the lord of birth Ghati and Vighati as well, which are also interesting.
Q. I was reading Saravali, searching the meanings of some signs, and I found that other name for Aquarius is Hridaya Roga. What I found is that Hridaya is "heart", and Roga means "disease". So, it seems to me to be something as "disease of the heart". Could anybody explain this, please?
Ans. The natural significator sign of heart is Cancer, and the 8th from it is Aquarius. The 8th is Roga sthana for any sign, so it may indicate heart disease, especially is there are some malefic planets in there, aspecting Cancer.
Q. "There are particular time which can give male birth and there are some which give female...."
I have also come across this information in some astrological texts a while ago. Thereafter I had gone about collecting data from hospitals. Based on many hundred birth times that I was able to get it was not possible to substantiate the above.
Ans. It is indeed mentioned in the Upadesa Sutras by Jaimini, that the ruling planet of the birth Vighati will determine the sex of the child. But taking into consideration, that the vighati is a time interval of only 24 seconds, it is highly doubtful that the collected birth time info was accurate in all cases. Plus, there is the big question of what to take as the actual Janma Vighati. According to Sanjay and Srila Prabhupada, the time of birth is when the body of the child is fully separated from the body of the mother, i.e. the umbilical chord is cut. Let me quote here from Srila Prabhupada's purport to Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.10.28.
Thereafter, when He desired to move from one body to another, the navel and the air of departure and death were jointly created. The navel is the shelter for both, namely death and the separating force.
The präëa-väyu continues the life, and the apäna-väyu stops the living force. Both the vibrations are generated from the abdominal hole, the navel. This navel is the joint from one body to the other. Lord Brahmä was born of the abdominal hole of Garbhodakaçäyé Vińëu as a separate body, and the same principle is followed even in the birth of any ordinary body. The body of the child develops from the body of the mother, and when the child is separated from the body of the mother, it is separated by cutting the navel joint. And that is the way the Supreme Lord manifested Himself as separated many. The living entities are therefore separated parts, and thus they have no independence.But if we would take an ideal case of accurate data, I'm sure they will confirm Maharishi Jamini's principles.
Q. The planets Jupiter and Venus gives brahmana qualities. The signs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are brahmana signs. What more astrological considerations are there to determine whether one is a brahmana?
Ans. According to Jaimini the external Varna of the person is best determined on the basis of the situation of the lord of the Varnada Lagna. The rest of the lines are
Jupiter, Moon, Venus : Brahmin
Sun, Mars : Ksatriya Mercury : Vaisya
Saturn : Shudra
Rahu Ketu : out of caste
Q. Traditionally, marriage compatibility in the vedic context consists of calculating the number of matching gunas (points) between the charts. The total # of gunas is out of 36. More than 18 gunas without any major doshas is considered acceptable. What does a good matching of charts (lets say 29 points matching) specifically indicate?
Ans. As you may have noticed, the 12 Kootas are based on the Moon's position in the two charts. The Moon indicates the mind. So the 12 Kootas will indicate
Q. The calculations are done primarily based on the moon rashi and nakshatra. Why this significance to the moon above all planets like atmakaraka, darakaraka etc?
Ans. Actually, in a complete compatibility reading, you should consider the following things:
1. Upapada matching
2. Chara Karakas (Especially Atmakaraka and Darakaraka)
4. 12 Kootas
5. General influence of planets in the two charts if overlapping them.
Q. What is the influence of a dosha (for example, the same Nadi Dosha)?
Ans. Each Dosha (i.e. one of the 12 Kootas being nil) would indicate difficulty in a certain area. Nadi means pulse. Nadi Koota will indicate whether the couple's ethereal
Q. When you look at the aspects on a chart and particularly on houses or arudhas related to some subject in the life of a native, when do you look at typical planetary (Parasara's) aspects and when do you use the typical sign (Jaimini's) aspects?
Ans. The first thing is that the Rasi and Graha Dristi is not Jaimini or Parasara, because both authors recognise the validity of both aspects.
Q. Regarding arudhas. Suppose that I want to look at somebody's learning and intelligence. I will then look at the 5th house for the true knowledge and at A5 for its expression in the world. I would check it the D-24 as well.
But then what difference is there between A5 and fifth from A1 (AL)?
Ans. AL is your illusory or perceived self. So 5th from it would indicate what role does learning (or followers) play in it. On the other hand, A5 will indicate how your real
Now another twist: Lagna in D-24 indicates your true self in respect of knowledge. 5th from it may indicate your students to whom you give knowledge. A5 in D-24 may indicate how your students are perceived in respect of knowledge. AL in D-24 indicates how knowledgeable others think you to be. 5th from it may indicate how do they perceive your activities of teaching your students.
A while ago someone asked for a detailed list for the Karakatwas in all houses in all D-charts. I think that this is impossible to complete, let alone the Karakatwas of the 12 houses in Rasi. Because there are innumerable things in the material world, and all of them are indicated by one of the 12 Bhavas. What to speak of seeing these karakatwas in the perspective of each Varga. And then we could add the meanings of Rasi and Graha Arudhas in all of the D-charts, and all of the Bhavas from these Arudhas! But I think that if someone has a fair knowledge of the Karakatwas of the Bhavas from the classics (Satya Jatakam, Uttara Kalamrita and Phala Deepika give fairly exhaustive lists), and then he also properly understands the indications of each D-chart, he can combine these things and use them nicely. So go for it and practice a lot.
Q Could someone tell me the significance of the equal house bhava chart. If this were to be considered as equivalent to rasi chart does one have to take vargas from this by dividing the houses?
Ans. It is best not to study the Bhava Cakra for yoga combinations. It is used only for very specific purposes. It makes no sense to construct Vargas based on Bhava.
Better adhere to Parasara who advises to construct Vargas on the basis of the Rasi chakra.
Q. What if things in rasi and bhava are different? i.e., what if two planets form a yoga in the rasi chart but get separated into other houses in the bhava chart? I happened to read that nullified if the same combination does not exist in both the charts.
Ans. The above answers this. Bhava cakra is only for very specific purposes, hence the areas of their usage don't overlap and thus no contradictions are caused by using both.
p/s. In the book "Updesa Sutrams of Maharishi Jaimini" by Shri Sanjay Rath., pp 239; 3.1.20; states that the rajayogas are to be studied from the navamsa and drekkana charts as well. Again what if there is a raja yoga in the drekkanna and not in the rasi , etc.,
This basically means that the Raja Yoga forming planets should be strong in the Rasi and other divisions as well. This hints at the fact that vimsopaka or amsa bala. It is quite important for judging the strength of a Rajayoga. Of course there may be a case that a Raja Yoga-like combination is formed in one of the divisional charts, but not in Rasi, and this may give excellence in that field of life, but will far not be as strong as those formed in the Rasi.
Q. "It is best not to study the Bhava Cakra for yoga combinations. It is used only for very specific purposes."
"Bhava cakra is only for very specific purposes, hence the areas of their usage don't overlap and thus no contradictions are caused by using both.
Ans. The Bhava Cakra, together with the Bhava Lagna is used for studying their subtle ethereal body (Aura) of the native.
Q. What are the mantras for appeasing the nine planets:
Ans. There's several mantras related to each planet. It may be either a mantra of the planetary Deity, the Devata related to it, or the Vishnu Avatar controlling it. The mantra may be Puranic, Vedic or Tantric or maybe a stotram written by Vyasadeva. The mantra is chosen for a particular chart and depends on the affliction that we need to propitiate and should be chosen individually by an expert astrologer.
Q. How do I interpret, in Rasi chakra "birth during eclipse" ?
* birth during an eclipse of Sun :
- a Sun + Moon + Rahu conjunction?
- a Sun + Moon + Ketu conjunction?
* birth during an eclipse of Moon :
- a Sun + Rahu conjunction, and
- Moon + Ketu conjunction ?
- Sun + Ketu conjunction, and Moon + Rahu conjunction
Ans. Maharishi Parashara says shortly that the person born during solar or lunar eclipses runs the risk of sickness, sufferings, poverty and death. The afflictions to the Sun cause the problems to the body and health while the afflictions to the Moon cause problems of the Mind. During solar eclipses the former is more afflicted while during lunar eclipses the latter is more afflicted.
The usual method is to propitiate the Sun, Moon and Rahu. Parashara suggests to make idols of all the three and then make Havan (fire sacrifice) while offering red items for the Sun, white items for the Moon and black items for Rahu. There is a Kalasa (water pot) installed during the yajna, and the native should be sprinkled with the sacred water from it. The he should worship the priest and feed the brahmanas.
This may be too complicated to apply in the west, so you may resort to chanting the mantras for the Sun if the birth was during a solar eclipse, and the mantras for Moon and Rahu if the birth is during the lunar eclipse.
By the way, the Moon/Ketu conjunction may be quite spiritual as well, although the Sun-Rahu conjunction on the opposite side may give a distorted body. This is why sometimes you may meet people having some mystic power while their bodies are diseased or distorted.
Q. If a planet X is at the very end of a sign & Y in the very beginning of the next, as would happen exactly in the middle of next month for Jupiter-Taurus & Sun- Gemini, they will be less than a degree apart, & yet possibly not share a single varga. Just 2 days before & after that day, they will be 2 deg apart but in the same sign and share many, many vargas.
Well, I do not have a precise question... just ... what to make of this?
Ans. If a planet occupies multiple vargas then it adds to the depth of the effect of the planet, especially if the vargas are benefic or malefic. If a planet is in own/exaltation sign, it attains multiple benefic vargas called Vaisesikamshas, which may indicate very good karma connected to that planet. These principles are explained by Parasara, Mantrasvara and other classics. Parasara lists the effect of Yogakarakas attaining various vaisesikamshas, which will determine the extent of the Rajayoga. He also gives effects for different house lords being in Vaisesikamshas. It is also said that the Dasavataras and great sages are born with many planets in high Vaisesikamshas. This is one of the signs of a truly noble soul.
On the other hand, multiple malefic vargas like debility and inimical sign, will create inauspicious effects and indicate bad karma from previous lives. Mantresvara gives effects for this. The system of benefic/malefic vargas is nicely combined together in the Vimsopaka Bala scheme given by Parasara. A planet strong in Vimsopaka will be able to perform nicely in many different areas of life. A planet with low Vimsopaka rating will, on the other hand, cause much disturbance in many life areas. There are also some exceptional cases when the Sun may be for example in Aries in many Vargas, but at the same time this is also Rasi Sandhi (junction of Pisces/Aries) which is a dosha (fault) in the cart. So we should take into consideration all the influences. Also another important factor is the Avastha of the same planet.
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