How to read your horoscope without the help of an Astrologer Part 1

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To cast your horoscope all you need to know is your date, time and place of birth. These facts are enough to print out your horoscope or the Vedic Astrology Chart anywhere in the world. Numerous software for this purpose is freely available on the internet. Printing out your horoscope is one of the easiest things that you can do. Understanding the contents of a horoscope seems to be next to impossible. Only until you have read this article. Here is a step by step guide designed to make the seemingly difficult task the easiest. It is fun too. After all it is your life.

Step 1: Prayer

Let us begin the study of Astrology after considering the fact that other sciences are incapable of giving an explanation as to why certain things happen to us during certain times. Why we are unhappy and why are we at times joyful. Why do we get into certain situations at certain times? The study of happiness and unhappiness in human life using the position of planets at birth time is called Astrology.

The study of Astrology helps us understand why we are not born equal. Some of us are born in rich family and some of us are born in such family that brings about great suffering to us. Either we are born with great advantages or we are handicapped from birth,

This science of Astrology is difficult to grasp because it deals with human beings who are the most complex and unpredictable beings on earth. So without the grace of God and grace of all Masters or Gurus (and all the Teachers who gave you knowledge) it is very difficult to understand the complex nature of life.

In India most people pray to Lord Ganesha who is a particular form of GOD who represents the removal of all obstacles on the path of the seeker. If you belong to any other belief system you can pray to your favorite God or teacher. When an Astrologer prays and begins his work it does not mean that Astrology is connected to a religion. A doctor may also begin his work after a prayer to his God. We see many of the sportsmen praying to God. Does this mean that medicine, sports etc are connected to a religion?

So Astrology is just like any other science and you can understand many things from Astrology even if you are an atheist. If you believe in rebirth you have the potential to become an Astrologer, all you need to do is hone your skills because Astrology is based on the fact that human beings are reborn on the basis of past actions collectively called as Karma.

In prayer what is important is the fact that you have recognized a superior power.

STEP 2: THE BASIC INPUTS (CICO = CORRECT INPUT, CORRECT OUTPUT)

Astrologer E K Dhilip Kumar – Teaching Astrology

All computer programmers know the term Garbage in, Garbage out. They use the acronym GIGO. Let us change it to CICO meaning correct input, correct output).

Know the DTP of a person. To cast your horoscope you need to know only 3 facts about a person. Remember the 3 inputs by using this acronym – means Date of Birth, Time of Birth and Place of Birth. This is all you need to cast the horoscope of any person born in this world. So every time someone says he wants his horoscope cast for the 1st time don’t forget to ask him “Do you know your DTP“?

Apart from this you need to know the name and gender of the person. The sex of the person should be known because pregnancy, menstruation, childbirth, menopause, uterus etc applies only to women. In certain calculations like Beeja Sphuta (Sperm Point) or Kshetra Sphuta (Egg Point) we need to know the gender.

In the late 1970s when Astrology software made a beginning, most people had less faith in computer horoscopes. People in India attach special sentiments to their horoscope called the Janma Patrika because it was done by their family Astrologer who resembled a yogi or a saint.

Slowly all that has changed over these years. Today even the traditional Indian Astrologers use computer software to cast the horoscope. Moreover many of the modern Astrologers look like people working in the MNCs.

4 good reasons to use a computer horoscope are:

  1. It is unquestionably more accurate. A computer horoscope may go wrong only if you have made some mistakes while entering the DTP i.e. the date, or time or place of birth.
  2. An Astrologer need not waste precious time for doing something that a machine can.
  3. Birth time rectification and research into the validity of the correct time of birth is so easy with a computer. If you do this by hand it may take many days to do it.
  4. There are so much of calculations in Astrology running into several pages, so why should one avoid a computer?

Importance of the place of birth: Usually the date and time of birth is easy to enter in case you use a computer a generate a horoscope. However you need to be more attentive when it comes to place of birth because the computer operator may be using the wrong latitude and longitude of the place of birth. In outdated computer software you may be asked to manually enter the latitude and longitude of the place of birth.

For example, there are 3 Patna in India there are many Madras and Salem in the world. You need to get the place right. Also you need to be aware of the various time zones of the world and get used to terms like daylight saving, war time correction etc. Today there are many websites that help you sort out these issues. Remember before you know all these things well enough do not rush to buy computer software for casting horoscopes.

The other reason why an Astrologer should use a computer for casting horoscope is that Astrologers need not waste precious time in doing things that a machine can easily do. The computer software obviously cannot think, listen and react like human beings. So casting a horoscope is best done by a computer and reading it is best done by an Astrologer.

Do you qualify to study Astrology?

The Astrologer should be intelligent, compassionate, know what is happening in the world, know a great deal of Indian philosophy especially that part which deals with rebirth, should be able to combine Astrological knowledge with practical wisdom. Above all he must be aware that he is dealing with the emotions of a human being the most fragile thing in the world.

The problem of Ayanamsa

The next thing you need to make sure is that they have used the right Ayanamsa. Most scientific Astrologers in the world use what is called Chitra Paksha Ayanamsa (Lahiri Ayanamsha) which is closest to the truth as far as Ayanamsas are concerned. I have used it and found it better than other Ayanamsha. Avoid getting into disputes on which is the correct Ayanamsa unless you have a great deal of time to be wasted away in useless discussions.

Many Astrologers in the world waste time in argument about who is right instead of proving that he or she is right. So let us conclude on this topic by saying that it is sufficient if you know that most Astrologers in the world use Chitra Paksha Ayanamsa also known as Lahiri Ayanamsa.

You are the 1st case study

Rarely does a doctor get to treat himself as the 1st patient. A civil engineer never would build his own home as his 1st project. Astrology is the only science that begins with you. You usually get into Astrology because you need to know about yourself because this job no one else can do better than you. This is why I am trying to teach you Astrology.

Get your horoscope spiral bound so that you can easily turn the pages around. Loose papers make it that much more difficult because they keep flying off and the pages get mixed up. Add extra papers before binding so that you can write down your observation and feedback about the horoscope later on.

Once you have prepared your own horoscope you should cast the horoscopes of your family members so that you may start comparing them and such a study will convince you that Astrology explains why children born to the same father and mother are so different from each other.

After spiral binding the horoscope book the first thing that needs to be written on any horoscope is the name of the person for whom you have cast the horoscope. You need to do this because sooner or later you are going to have a large collection of horoscopes with you. That’s because Astrology is very interesting and like all interesting things in life it is addictive. A healthy hobby that helps you know more about your current life on planet earth.

Now everything is in place. What next? Look a the main chart in the horoscope. What are all the symbols in your horoscope trying to communicate to you? The more you look into it the more you see. Seeing is believing. You need to decipher what I love to call “The Plan of the Planets“.

Step 3 Look at you Horoscope

To help you look at your own horoscope we have created a website: http://www.astrodrona.comon this website we allow you to create your horoscope, store it permanently for your later reference, find friends having similar horoscopes, share knowledge of Astrology, seek help from others who know astrology and much more.

Turn to the page in which your basic horoscope is printed. Usually there are many charts but this is the main chart. It is the REAL horoscope. All other charts are only derived from this diagram. When there are many charts printed usually this chart is bigger than the other charts and is also printed first. That means you will find it within the 1st 3 pages.

In this all important map of the heavens search for the word ASC or LAGNA(Ascendant). This is house no.1. In many horoscope you may see this house marked with a diagonal line like the one that you see on the diagram on the left side. The diagonal line tells you where the most important reference point is.

The above horoscope belongs to Lord Sri Ram the 7th Avatar of Lord MahaVishnu. This is a standard horoscope. Many Astrologers who teach astrology begin the class by showing this chart for more than 1 reason. One it belongs to a great King, a great Avatar, a great human being and so on. 2 you can keep talking about it for days together and know everything about Lord Sri Rama without even reading Ramayana if you were to read the horoscope without knowing whose horoscope it is. The classical books of Astrology may teach you a lot but this one horoscope speaks volumes.

For example having

  1. Mars in the 7th house when Mars is exalted makes a person a great and invincible warrior. Lord Rama destroyed Ravana who was a terror and undefeated until he met Lord Rama in the battle field.
  2. Mars in the 7th house is not good for marriage. He had many problems to solve with regard to Sita His wife.
  3. Saturn in the 4th house exalted shows mass attraction and kingly powers.
  4. 5 planets are in a state of exaltation (at its best place). Moon is in own house.
  5. Venus in the 9th house and that too exalted is a powerful Lakshmi Yoga (Goddess of Wealth).
  6. The Goddess was His wife. Ketu in the 12th house usually means Moksha (Salvation).
  7. Moon and Jupiter in Lagna forms a powerful Gaja Kesari Yoga – a terror to enemies, intelligent, wise, good conduct, always behaving with great responsibility, setting an example for mankind.

If you change the time of birth by just 2 hours less or 2 hours more the entire horoscope change. You will not be able to justify the events in the life of Sri Rama if you change the Lagna (Ascendant).

Every 2 hours the Lagna (Ascendant) moves to the next Zodiac sign:

There are 12 zodiac signs (Rasi) inyourhoroscope. They are:

  1. Mesha (Aries)
  2. Vrishabha (Taurus)
  3. Mithuna (Gemini)
  4. Karkataka (Cancer)
  5. Simha (Leo)
  6. Kanya (Virgo)
  7. Thula (Libra)
  8. Vrischika (Scorpio)
  9. Dhanus (Sagittarius)
  10. Makara (Capcricorn)
  11. Kumbha (Aquarius)
  12. Meena (Pisces)

The Ascendant in your horoscope may be in any of the above 12 signs. There are 24 hours in a day. So 1 sign is for 2 hours. Touch the square that contains the word ASC or LAGNA.

Know that if you were born 2 hours earlier the lagna (Ascendant) will be in the sign that is previous to your Ascendant. Every 2 hours the Ascendant moves forward by 1 sign. If you were born 2 hours later you would have had your Lagna in the next sign.

If you were born during the 1st 2 hours from Sunrise, your Ascendant is most likely to have Sun in the Ascendant. After 2 hours the Ascendant will be in the next sign after the sign that contains the Sun so the Sun will be in the 12th house from the Ascendant. In Astrology the next sign or next house is always to known by moving in clockwise direction.

If your spouse has the Sun in the 1st house then he or she was born around Sunrise time. Take a look at the following chart.

If anyone has the Sun in the 10th house that person was born close to the Noon plus or minus 1 hour from Noon.

If you have the Sun in the 7th house you were born around Sunset time.

 

If your friend has the Sun in the 4th house then he or she was born during midnight.

So by now you may have guessed that the angle between the Sun and the Lagna is directly related to the time of birth of a person.

Another way of looking at this is consider Lagna as East. What is on the East at Sunrise? Of course the mighty SUN. So Sun and Lagna will be together at Sunrise. If you know which sign is occupied at Sunrise, you can tell the Lagna.

7th house is on the West. What is in the west at Sunset time?. It is the Sun. So Sun in the 7th house means the person is born at Sunset time.

The above sample horoscopes are prepared in the South Indian format. Of the various formats available today this one is the easiest to understand. If you try with other formats you may perhaps give up Astrology as other formats are very confusing and difficult to grasp.

Before proceeding note down the position of each planet in your horoscope. The Lagna or Ascendant is always house no.1.Count clockwise from 2 to 12. Fill out the following on a piece of paper:

  1. My Sun is in house No. …..
  2. My Moon is in house No …..
  3. My Mars is in house No….
  4. My Mercury is in house No…..
  5. My Jupiter is in house No….
  6. My Venus is in house No…
  7. My Saturn is in house No…
  8. My Rahu is in house No.
  9. My Ketu is in house No…

Ask anyone if they too have all the about grahas (planets) in the same house as seen in your horoscope. If you find one then it is most probably your twin brother or sister. Otherwise you are never going to see one that is same as your horoscope. Compare this with Sun signs. How many people have you met with the same sun sign as yours? Compare this with Moon sign as well. So you will understand that the Sun Sign or Moon sign does not make you unique. What makes you unique is your complete horoscope with the Ascendant.

There are 9 grahas (wrongly referred as Planets by Astrologers)

Sun and Moon are not planets. Rahu and Ketu are mathematical points or shall we say shadow points in the sky. What is the proof that Rahu and Ketu are real? If Sun or Moon enters that shadow we get what is called the ECLIPSE. So in any horoscope if you see Rahu and Ketu on the same axis as that of Sun and Moon then the person was born during eclipse time or close to it.

The 9 Grahas or heavenly bodies that you see in every horoscope:

  1. Sun (Sunday)
  2. Moon (Monday)
  3. Mars (Tuesday)
  4. Mercury (Wednesday)
  5. Jupiter (Thursday)
  6. Venus (Friday)
  7. Saturn (Saturday)
  1. Rahu
  2. Ketu

The gap between the 7 and 8 is intentional. The reason is that the 7 names pertain to the weekdays as well starting from Sunday and ending with Saturday.

So everyone in the world knows the 1st 7 planets because they use the weekdays all through their life.

There are 12 houses in your horoscope. Remember this as equal to 12 months of a year. There are 12 hours in a clock.

So the chess game (battle) of all human beings on earth will be played on the horoscope board with 9 pieces and 12 squares. The permutation and combination possible is 12 x 11 x 10 x 9 x 8 x 7 x 6 x 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = a staggering number which means no 2 human beings will have exactly the same horoscope.

So your own horoscope is as unique as your fingerprint.

First find out which house each of the 9 planets occupy. Memorize them. Because this is your life.

Let me demonstrate the power of planets:

If SUN occupies the house that also has the ASC or LAG it means SUN is the 1st house inyourhoroscope. If that be the case you will surely have the following experience:

Sun is a hot graha. Lagna is the rising sign. So Sun in Lagna give the person all the influence that you expect a hot graha to do.

Sun in the 1st house:

  1. A hot (warmer) body – slightly above normal temperature.
  2. Prone to eye problems – severe retina problem mostly
  3. Always prone to anger
  4. Super Ego personality

Sun is central to the solar system. A person who is central usually has more ego than others except if He is a spiritually evolved person.

If you see the Sun directly you will have temporary blindness. So Sun in Lagna can lead to severe eye problems and mostly may cause a person to become blind or born blind etc.

If you walk in the hot sun especially in places closer to the equator, you will surely not be a in good mood. You are most likely to do a lot of complaining. This is what you will do when Sun is in the 1st house.

You need to know more about a planet if you have to say something about that planet.

If you shake hands with a person and you feel that his hands are unusually warm then surely the SUN in his horoscope occupies the 1st house. So you can tell him “were you born within the 1st 2 hours from Sunrise?” and 99% of the times you will get an yes for an answer.

Or Sun may be in the 7th house and looking strongly on the 1st house. Both these conditions will make a person warmer.

There are 12 houses and 9 planets in Indian Astrology. Do not read or encourage any author in Astrology who says there is a 13th house or there is the 10th planet. 9 is enough is enough.

Do not waste your time with other planets –URANUS, NEPTUNE. In any case Pluto was expelled. They have no role to play in our Karma. Moreover there are enough grahas in the horoscope.

The ancient Astrology books of India did not use the position of Uranus, Neptune or Pluto. That is because the Karma of all human beings is run only by the 9 grahas.

Step 4: What each house means?

Coming back to the 12 houses, note that there are houses numbered from 1 to 12. The 1st one is where the word Lagna or Ascendant or Asc or Lag is. Mark the remaining houses as 2 to 12 in a clockwise direction. When you reach 12 the next house is obviously the 1st house or where the ASC is.

Each house deals with a group of activities or aspects of your life. The list of matters that pertain to any house is indeed quite long as you will soon come to know. But thank GOD we are now going to discuss only the most important aspect of each house. Once you know the keywords that relate to each house the rest you will know automatically if you start applying our mind on it.

Each house is to be associated with certain keywords.

  1. Your body and everything that is associated with it.
  2. Your possessions or those that you are possessive about – wealth, family, face..
  3. The help you receive –your brothers, your arms, voice, ears, anything that helps you
  4. Your comforts – vehicles, home, your mother (comfort zone)
  5. What you create– virtues, children, poetry, romance, sports, entertainment
  6. Your opponents……diseases, debts and enemies
  7. The main person, your spouse, your partner, the player on the other side
  8. Your battles of your life, longevity (trying to save your life)
  9. 9. Your fortunes you have in this life, father, education, master, guidance, God, religion
  10. Purpose of your life
  11. Your desires
  12. Your loss

Remember that though there are 12 houses it is actually 3 sets of 4 houses each.

The 1st house, 5th house and the 9th house deal with almost the same aspect of our life.

The 2nd house, the 6th house and the 10th house deals with almost the same thing. I hope you got the point. These are called Trinal houses to each other in the group.

House No.1

The 1st house represents your body and everything that is done by your body. Since this house deals with the most precious thing in the world –your body it goes without saying that this is surely the most important house amongst the 12 houses. This house is directly related to your time of birth that makes your horoscope special (or unique).

Obviously planets (graha) that occupy the 1st house has a great role to play because that planet is also rising with your Lagna. If Jupiter is in the 1st house it means the Jupiter in you is rising. That means you will be a natural teacher, guide, consultant and Guru.

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House No.2

The 2nd house represents what happens after taking birth (1st house). As soon as you are born your 1st intention and perhaps the last one is to possess everything. This possessiveness is very evident in children as they will rarely part with their toys. The habit continues for a life time. Villains in comics and movies always say “I will rule this world”. The 2nd house is the house of wealth and possession. I want to make everything “mine”. So the 2nd house is also the house of family and all that we are possessive about.

Usually a man is very possessive about his wife and children more than anything else. Also he will not easily part with this money. We earn through our speech and hence speech is related to the 2nd house. If hot planets occupy the 2nd house hot and angry words flow out from the person quite often. The 2nd house is the house of vision (eyes). Good eyes and a good speech are essential for earning your livelihood. The politicians speak a lot and that is where the maximum money with least effort is often seen.

Disclaimer: There are exceptions to this rule as there are good politicians who speak a lot.

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House No.3

We cannot do much with what we possess unless we have all the supports in place. We need help and assistance from various people. In the first part of our life we need to be helped by our siblings (brothers and sisters) in case there is a fight with your neighbors or other intruders. As you grow up you need servants, driver, maid, and a dog at home to assist you in safeguarding what you have earned and possessed. The 3rd house is the house of assistance. No businessman can do well without the “Employee Luck”. Examine the horoscope of a rich businessman and you will surely see that his 3rd house is beneficial and strong.

If the 3rd house lord is in the 6th house your brothers or sisters are likely to be of no use to you or may even give you lot of trouble and anxieties. The 6th house is the house of enemies. So your sibling may become your rival.

The 3rd house is the house of communication. It rules your hands, your neck, ear, nose, throat. If the 3rd house lord is in the house of profession then you may be a great TV show performer or a journalist, or very good with electronics and communications.

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House No.4

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This house deals with comforts. The 1st most important comfort zone for all that is born is the “Mother” the 1st home. Vehicles are important aspects of our life without which our life will be less comfortable. Other things that is related to this house is the home appliances that we use to enjoy more comforts like the air conditioner, air conditioner, washing machine. A person with a strong and beneficial 4th house will enjoy all the comforts. This is the house of resting. Actually there are only 4 houses. This 4 houses are repeated 3 times making it as 12 houses. So the 4th house is the last of the 1st set of 4 houses. Hence it the house of resting.

HouseNo.5

This house deals with what you create. The bestseller of all things that each one of us may create are our children. So the 5th house primarily means “what you create”. The inability to produce children is considered as a great karmic defect. This shows up as a fault in the horoscope referred as Putra Dosha. All faults can be rectified. If you become an Astrologer later on and if you identify a putradosha in a horoscope do not forget to tell them is wonder remedy: Sponsor an orphan child. If your client does that surely the dosha will be removed and there is a great chance of birth of children in this birth itself (in some cases the effects will be felt only in the next birth though). Entertainment, Cinema, Sports, Games, luck in gambling, Drinking, Romance, Music, Arts, Architecture are all coming under this house.

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House No.6

This house deals with all those that oppose you. Disease and ailments oppose your health and body. Loans oppose your wealth. Enemies give you trouble all the time. In fact nothing affects us as much as the matters of the 6th house. Of all the negative houses this one is the most challenging one. Planets placed in this house give unfavorable results during their ruling periods except planets like Rahu and Saturn. So if you have more planets in the 6th house more trouble in life is indicated. Saturn in the 6th house indicates victory over enemy but you still have the enemies. Luckier are the people who do not have enemies and therefore do not have to win at all. This combination shows a natural instinct to fight. If the 10th house lord is in the 6th house then you will surely have greater income through a foreign land.

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House No.7

This house deals with the other person. The reason is that the 1st house is you and the 7th house is bang opposite. 1st house is 0 degrees and 7th house is 180 degrees on the 360 degrees zodiac belt. The 7th house is in the opposite place on the horoscope. So if you are a man the 7th house deals with the woman in your life and vice versa.

If the 7th house is beneficially placed meaning good planets occupy the 7th house or if the 7th house lord is well placed and under the glance of good planets then you will have a happy marriage.

If the 7th house lord is in the 6th house then the person is prone to troubled marriage and this combination is often seen in cases of divorce or loss of money through court cases pertaining to marriage. The reason is 6th house means enemies and the 7th house means spouse, so if the 7th house lord is in the 6th house it means the spouse is your enemy. Of course it does not mean that such a person is destined to have a troubled marriage. Horoscope matching techniques will surely help the keep divorce away.

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House No.8

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This house deals with surprises. May be good or bad. So success in gambling and inheritance that happens so suddenly is matters of the 8th house. Surgery is related to this house. During the ruling periods of planets placed in the 8th house a person may most probably have to be under the surgeons lights. Today surgery is a usually a savior. So there is nothing to worry about this. Battle in life is related to the 8th house. You may win or lose but there is a battle that you have to undergo. So matters of longevity are always related to the 8th house. It is called the Ayush Sthana or the house that deals with life span.

For example Jupiter in the 8th house is known to extend your life despite surgery, though several surgeries are needed to extend life. In ancient times before surgery came in the extension of life came about through other ways especially the grace of the divine. So prayers are a must during the period of planets in the 8th house.

House No.9

 

This house deals with protection. Your first protection was your father. So all about one’s father is to be known from this house. Your father is your first teacher and Guru. This house deals with the divine grace of God, religion, philosophy and knowledge.

If this house is strong and good planets occupy this house the person rarely commits a crime. Even if he does, he repents soon and is prepared to face the consequences and rarely repeats the same crime. Also such a person will find good teachers in school and college. They will respect and obey parents and teachers.

If Rahu occupies this house all this will be on the wrong side.

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House No.10

This house deals with your profession. From the profession flows everything else. After the 1st house the most important house is the 10th house. The 1st house is you, your body, mind and soul put together. Without it there is no life. So the 1st house is important. But the 10th house is the purpose of this life.

If Venus occupies the 10th house for example the purpose of life will be related to entertainment, design, graphic, cinema, and creativity.

If Mars occupies the 10th house the person will be in something that requires guts, energy, force, physical, daring deeds. So such a person may be a policeman, sportsman, a car racer, martial arts expert, or a marketing person armed with an MBA degree.

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House No.11

This house deals with fulfillment of your desires. Whatever you desire is, it does not matter. So the 11th house means gain, money, your wish and everything related to your ambitions in life. More the planets in this house the better it gets.

If the 4th house lord (related to property) occupies the 11th house your desires related to land and property will be fulfilled either in the planetary period of the 4th house lord or the during the dasha of a planet that is well related to the 4th house or its lord.

Similarly if the 7th house lord (marriage) occupies the 11t house your desires related to the opposite sex will also be fulfilled. You will have a happy life. However if you desire more than 1 spouse then multiple marriages or affairs are also indicated. That is because the 11th house is the house of fulfillment of desires and if you desire the 7th house matters then you will have more of it. In India where the formula 1 man 1 woman is adopted in family life, the combination of the 7th house lord in the 11t house is considered as a defect. However if the 1st marriage fails and if the person wants to know “Is there a 2nd marriage” then this combination means “Yes. There is a 2nd marriage waiting for you”.

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House No.12

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This house deals with going away. If your money goes away it means that you are losing money. So the 12th house is the house of loss. When you go away to another nation or city leaving behind your kith and kin even that is some form of losing your people. Hence the 12th house also deals with going away to foreign countries.

This house deals with going to jail or hospital. If many natural malefics occupy this house the person will travel to many foreign places (almost wandering). In India this combination from ancient times was considered negative. Today foreign countries are economically richer than India, we cannot consider it as a negative combination. But such people will not be very happy in a foreign land and they run the risk of heavy loss, imprisonment, high stress in a foreign land even though there is more wealth in foreign countries. So the effects of the planets is in someway fulfilled at all times.

The politicians having malefics in the 12th house especially Saturn should avoid bribes and corruption as such planetary positions indicate imprisonment and loss of wealth, name and fame. This does not mean that others may do such things because in the next life they will be born with malefics in the 12th house so that in the next life they will be punished. The Trines

Following are 4 sets of Trinal houses (They are called trines). They have 4 houses lying between them. So the distance between them are equal.

  1. 1, 5 and 9 form the 1st group called the beginnings group (Dharma)
  2. 2, 6 and 10 form the next group called the wealth group (Artha)
  3. 3, 7 and 11 form the next group called the desire group (Kama)
  4. 4, 8 and 12 form the last group called the endings group (Moksha or Salvation)

Step 5: The Map of the Skies

Every box you see in your horoscope has a name. Imagine that is a space in the sky and it has been assigned a name. Each sign is 1/12th of the sky and because the sky is 360 degrees, each sign is 30 degrees. the 1st 30 degrees is called Aries, the 2nd 30 degrees is called Taurus. Aries is the 1st zodiac sign. Sun enter this Sign every year during Mid-April marking the beginning of Spring. The nature springs back to action.

English Names of the 12 Signs

Sanskrit Names of the 12 signs – standard names used in all other languages of India.

Now that you know the names of each sign in your horoscope, you should know which planet rules each of the 12 houses in your horoscope.

Imagine the 12 signs to be 12 pieces of land arranged in a circular manner. Every piece of land on Earth has an owner i.e. is owned by someone. It does not matter whether the owner is occupying the land or not yet it belongs to that person. If a piece of land is empty it does not mean that it has no owner. Similarly each of the 12 signs is owned by a graha (also referred as planets).

There are 9 grahas but 12 houses. Therefore surely at least 3 houses will be empty for all of us. If more planets occupy the same house there will be many houses that are empty.

Step 6: The Lord of the Rings – The real ones in your life:

The following diagram lets you know the lords of each sign. This is applicable to all the horoscopes you will ever get to see. What we are trying to say is that the right hand top corner is ALWAYS called Gemini (Mithuna) and the Lord of that Sign is ALWAYS Mercury (Budha). This rule applies to all the horoscopes in the world wherever you see one.

From the above chart you can see that each of the graha or planets owns 2 signsexcept the Sun and the Moon. Sun owns just 1 sign and that is Leo. Moon owns Cancer.

The 1st sign is Aries or Mesha Rasi which is ruled by Mars. The 2nd sign is ruled by Venus, the 3rd by Mercury, the 4th by Moon, the 5th by Sun, the 6th by Mercury and so on and you will note that Jupiter is the lord of the 12th sign that is called Pisces (Meena).

In your horoscope the 1st house is where the Lagna or Ascendant is. Note that down and number it as 1 and then moving clockwise number from 2 to 12.

Let us assume that your Ascendant is in Leo (Simha). So the 1st house lord in your case is Sun, the 2nd lord is Mercury and the 12th house lord is Moon. If you do not understand this do not go to the next step. This is the most important part of Indian Astrology. So stay here until you get this right.

The following diagram reveals the lord of each of the houses in case the Lagna or the Ascendant is SIMHA or LEO. So the 1st house in that case is ruled by Sun (Ravi). The 2nd house is ruled by Mercury (Budha) and the 12th house is ruled by Moon (Chandra).

Take a close look at the following horoscope:

The lords of each house in case you were born in the Simha Lagna (LEO Ascendant). Refer the chart above. Take an empty chart and fill out the lords without referring to the above chart and see if you got it right.

If you do it right, you will get the lords of…

  • 1st house as Sun
  • 2nd house as Mercury
  • 3rd house as Venus
  • 4th house as Mars
  • 5th house as Jupiter
  • 6th house as Saturn
  • 7th house as Saturn
  • 8th house as Jupiter
  • 9th house as Mars
  • 10th house as Venus
  • 11th house as Mercury
  • 12th house as Moon

Please check once again if you got it wrong.

In case your Lagna is Makara (Capricorn) then …

  • 1st house is ruled by Saturn
  • 2nd house is ruled by Saturn
  • 3rd house is ruled by Jupiter
  • 4th house is ruled by Mars
  • 5th house is ruled by Venus
  • 6th house is ruled by Mercury
  • 7th house is ruled by Moon
  • 8th house is ruled by Sun
  • 9th house is ruled by Mercury
  • 10th house is ruled by Venus
  • 11th house is ruled by Mars
  • 12th house is ruled by Jupiter.

If the Lagna is Makara (Capricorn) the planet that owns the 5th house is Venus. Since Children are related to 5th house, Venus rules the matters pertaining to Children in case you are born in Makara (Capricorn) Lagna (Ascendant). So if we want to know what is in store for children for a Makara Lagna person then by noting down the condition of Venus you can tell about his likely experiences with regard to children.

The 6th house is the house of debts, enemies and disease. If the lord of the 5th house is in the 6th children may be the most important concern in your life. Either they become your enemies, or they may have health problem or they may have financial problems. In India people having this combination have no sons (male issues). That is because in India people worry a lot if they do not have sons. For those who do not worry about not having a son, then the worry may be that the children disobey them or the children are born physically or mentally handicapped.

Continued in : Part 2

See How to Read your horoscope without the help of an Astrologer Part 2

  • Lord of House 1 is – Guru rules Health

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