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Archive for August, 2006

August 27th, 2006

WordPress, Writer and a New Blog

I have been having a blast with my new ISP since I moved here a month back. I have finally managed to move everything to one place. Images, applet code, servlet code all is in one location and I am sure regular visitors to this site are not complaining as well. Moving the blog completely to this site is just another step in this consolidation. My new tools of writing an article are:

  • WordPress, which is installed on the ISP and
  • Microsoft Writer that I have recently downloaded to try out.

Leave Astrology aside for a moment… :-) I would love to know about your views about the two tools mentioned above, or if you have another great idea for me to try out. Why or why not Writer is not that good a tool – is there anything else that I should try… let me know.

August 22nd, 2006

South Indian Version Kundali

Finally, finally there is a South Indian version of the Kundali. The version of the kundali you would want to display is now taken as an input from right where you enter date/place/time of birth details.
The birth chart image generator is also updated to generate South Indian or North Indian version of the birth chart. What image is being displayed would depend on the choice you made just before clicking the button. Essentially, what you see is what you get… The horoscope compatibility applet also has this option for both prospective groom and bride.
The latest software version is 4.4.0021. If you are still not able to see the choices for chart type, please clean the java cache on your computer. You may be seeing the older version, which is 4.3.0020. I have tested this well, but as always, I request you to let me know of any errors/omissions by way of blog comments or through email. I will fix the errors asap.

August 20th, 2006

Gaja Kesari Yoga

This article is first in the list of many articles that I would be writing on Yogas – Planetary Combinations. I would basically be publishing online the notes I have made during the ongoing process of learning astrology.

Gaja Kesari Yoga

Gaja Kesari Yoga is caused by Moon and Jupiter coming together in a chart by being in Kendras (1st, 4th, 7th, or 10th) from each other.

Why is it called Gaja Kesari yoga?

I do not have a good answer to this question. Jupiter can be compared to a Gaja – big, slow moving, intelligent and looks over all other animals. However, Moon cannot be called as Kesari – it is represented by color white. It is a saumya graha – cannot really be compared to a lion or a tiger.

However, this yoga does give the person qualities of a both animals – magnanimous and intelligent as an elephant and majestic as a lion. Such people would earn a lot of name and fame in life. A quality of generosity would also be associated with them.

Some of the coolest politicians of the world have this yoga in their charts… Mahatma Gandhi, Kennedy. Both the candidates in US presidential election in 2003 have this yoga.

When would this yoga work?

Mathematically, this yoga can appear in charts of a lot of people. However, like all other planetary combinations, this yoga also depends on the strength, position and house lordship of the two planets involved – Moon and Jupiter. It also depends on positions of other planets in the chart which may be stronger than these planets. The yoga would also be best shown in life if both these planets are in their exaltation sign and are at an angle not just from each other but from Lagna as well. Neechabhanga Chandra and Guru would be considered good. The two planets would need to be benefic in the charts and suitably disposed to the lord of Lagna as well. They themselves should be free from any negative aspect, particularly Rahu and Saturn should not be associated with Moon.

When would this yoga not work?

This yoga would not work if Jupiter is in regression – as benefic planets become considerably weaker when they are retrograde. Moon and Jupiter should not be in neech awastha or in combust state. If that is the case, the effects of this yoga are nullified and the person would lead a fairly ordinary life.

There is no exception to this rule that applies to all planetary combinations. The Lagna and Lagna lord would need to be strong for any yoga to work. Lagna and lagna lord are foundation stones of a horoscope. If the foundation is not strong enough, a building cannot be built on top of it.

When would the results show up?

The results would show up in dasha/bhukti periods of Jupiter and Moon and during mahadasha periods of other planets as well if the main dasha lord is favourable to both these planets, otherwise, this yoga would not show up. In short, there is nothing special about this yoga. The above statements are true about other yogas as well.

Points to ponder

Would this yoga work for people with Libra lagna? Prima Facie, Jupiter is not a good planet for a Libra lagna chart. It presides over affairs or 3rd and 6th house. It is not a natural friend of Venus, which is the lagna lord. There seems to be a problem with this logic, and I keep coming back to the chart of Gandhiji, he has a Libra lagna and his success is attributed in a large part to this yoga.

How would this work for people with Gemini and Virgo Lagna? For these lagnas, Jupiter is lord of Houses 7th and 10th and Houses 4th and 7th respectively. This would give Kendradhipati dosha to Jupiter.

The problem is that I do not have a lot of example charts to discuss this yoga. Searching on the internet for prominent persons from India with GKY in the chart resulted in only one name – Mahatma Gandhi. It is my request to people reading this blog that they educate me if they have any more examples to share.

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August 17th, 2006

User location and hits

This map and the little golden dots on it represent the cities where all this site gets hits from. The size of the dot is directly proportional to the number of hits emerging from the corresponding city. Please click on it to get a bigger image.
This picture throws up a very nice surprise. The top three cities in this list are not San Francisco, New York or London, but New Delhi, Bombay and my very own Bangalore. This also means that Indians are much more net savvy than I give them credit for.

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