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Astrological Miscellany


Born on Moon, Mars?

By Kshitij Sharma, May 25, 2015

With the technology on the verge of taking us to Mars in just a matter of decades, there is a distinct possibility that there can be children born on another planet. A equal possibility is a moon base where human being could settle in near future. This will blow all astrology out of the window as far as horoscopes and birth charts are concerned.

The way to construct the horoscope would not change at all. If we move from Earth to Moon or Mars, the nakshatras and others signs in the zodiac will not change much since the distance from Earth to these planets is much much less than compared to the distance to the stars in the Zodiac.

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Jayalalithaa Swearing In Horoscope

By Kshitij Sharma, May 24, 2015

Jayalalithaa-TV-GrabThe swearing in chart of J. Jayalalithaa as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is presented here. The ceremony was conducted in Madras University auditorium on 23rd May 2015 at 11.08 AM. According to popular belief, Jayalalithaa is understood to be a very keen follower of Astrology and does not even step outside of her house without consulting an astrologer. Today too, the ceremony was carefully orchestrated and she did not leave home before Rahu Kalam was over. The time is ascertained as per this TV grab. The choice of the time is also very much vetted by an astrologer. The two other high profile swearing ins – Mr. Kejariwal in Delhi & Mr. Sayeed in Srinagar were Vrishabha Lagna, but like Mr. Nitish Kumar in Patna, Jayalalithaa’s astrologers chose a Cancer Lagna swearing in, with Jupiter exactly coinciding with Ascendant degrees.

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Natural Properties of Planets in Interpretation

By Kshitij Sharma, May 10, 2015

This article describes how to use natural properties of planets in interpreting a horoscope and making predictions. Each of the planets in Vedic Astrology is described as having certain set of properties as described in these pages in detail.

Sun is regal planet that denotes authority and represents government. Moon is emotional by itself and is mindful of others’ emotions. Jupiter is worldly wise. Venus is classy, while Mars is aggressive. Mercury is a great communicator and represents fast thinking. Rahu is secretive and duplicitous and Ketu is chaotic. Saturn is a strict disciplinarian. These set of qualities must be kept in mind when interpreting a horoscope, even when looking at similar placements.

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Jammu & Kashmir Assembly Oath Taking

By Kshitij Sharma, March 2, 2015

The elections for the state of Jammu & Kashmir in India were held from November 25, 2014 to December 20, 2014. This was a very peaceful and successful election which saw the populace of J&K come out in large numbers and embrace democracy. The overall voter turnout was 65.23%, which is absolutely unprecedented. Even the area of Kashmir valley, which is indifferent and aloof to the democratic process due to insurgency saw a turnout of almost 59%.

The aspirations of the people were put of hold for a little while because no party got absolute majority. The state was put under the central administration subsequently.

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Nitish Kumar Swearing In

By Kshitij Sharma, February 24, 2015

Shri Nitish Kumar was sworn in as Chief Minister of Bihar for the fourth time on 22-Feb-2015 at 17:00 PM in Patna, Bihar. This was necessitated by his party-mate Shri Jitan Manjhi resigning from the post. The source of the time of swearing in is this Twitter photo from ANI news. Continue reading


Arvind Kejriwal’s swearing-in Horoscope

By Kshitij Sharma, February 15, 2015

Arvind Kejriwal was sworn in as Chief Minister of Delhi state on 14th February 2015 at 12.15 PM in New Delhi (source: TV grabs, news articles and this link from Times of India). He became the Chief Minister for the second time after the state of Delhi gave his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) an unprecedented mandate of 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi assembly. The principal opposition party BJP was washed away in a tsunami of public opinion. Although BJP got a reasonable vote share compared to their previous performances, the washout meant that they got just 3 seats out of 70. It was a major setback for the government at the center, who was used to winning elections as a matter of clockwork. However, the magic didn’t work in Delhi.

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Raghuvar Das Oath Taking Horoscope

By Kshitij Sharma, January 10, 2015

Shri Raghuvar Das or Bhartiya Janata Party took oath of office as the new chief minister of Jharkhand  on 28th December 2014 in ceremony that was held in the state capital of Ranchi. The details of the ceremony to create a kundali/horoscope are as follows. The source of this is television news stories and screen grabs. The time seems to be chosen carefully by astrologers and is very clear by the yogas that are there in the chart.

Date: 28th December 2014

Time: 11:20 AM, Time zone: 5:30 East of GMT

Place: Ranchi, Jharkhand, India (23°19’ North, 85°17’ East)

Panchanga of the day shows Sunday – governed by Sun, denoting royalty, government. tithi was Saptami, Nakshatra was Uttara Bhadra, Yoga was Variyan and Karana was Vanij. Once again, it proves that time was carefully chosen as Karana would change in another hour. Panchanga for the event does not show any dosha.

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Panchanga for 28th Dec through 3 Jan 2015

By Kshitij Sharma, December 26, 2014

The panchanga is generated for the week of 28th December through 3rd Jan 2015 taking the reference of Bangalore, India. All days that do not conform to “panchanga shuddhi” principles will need to be avoided. Again, Sun remains in Saggitarius and by the principle of Guru dosha, if you can avoid, avoid any good muhurtas till Makar Sankranti day

If you are looking for specific time/details for your place, then you should use the panchanga applet on this page – panchanga.html. The table below explains how to read the changes. Take the case of Tithi for example:

Tithi Start Time
Prathama Start of the day at 12:00 AM
Dvitiya Starts at 3:45 PM

The Tithi at the start of the day, i.e. at 12:00 midnight is displayed. The second, if any, indicates change in Tithi at the time. In the above example, it means that at 12:00 midnight, the tithi was Prathama and at 3:45 in the afternoon, it changed to Dvitiya. In other words, Tithi from the start of day till 3:45 PM was Prathama and the tithi from 3:45 PM till the end of day would be Dvitiya.

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Smriti Irani: Opinions and Everybody’s business

By Kshitij Sharma, November 25, 2014

Planetarypositions.com is a serious astrology site. I do believe in the science and art of astrology. However, I also believe in free speech and respect the opinions that are expressed on internet and on the media.

Over past few days, Mrs. Smriti Irani has been in news for the wrong reasons. She visited an astrologer and asked about her future. This is what TOI has to say on the story:

Along with her husband Zubin Irani, the minister had on Sunday gone to visit Pandit Nathulal Vyas at Karoi village in Bhilwara, Rajasthan. According to TV reports, in her four-hour long meeting with Vyas, Irani reportedly asked several questions on her political and personal future and also thanked the astrologer for his correct prediction.

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Goa Chief Minister Oath Taking Time

By Kshitij Sharma, November 8, 2014

The new Chief Minister of Goa took oath of office on Saturday, 8th November 2014 at 4.00 PM in Panaji, Goa. I did not watch the television to note the exact time, but this site mentions that the ceremony was supposed to start at 4.00 and the newsflash came in at 4.05 PM that he is the new CM of Goa. Quoting from the website: “4:05 pm: Laxmikant Parsekar is the new chief minister of Goa. He has just been administered oaths of office and secrecy by Governor Mridula Sinha.”

I have not had time to work on the horoscope yet. I will do that shortly. I am just copy-pasting the http://www.planetarypositions.com/weekly-panchanga/2014/11/01/weekly-panchanga-2nd-nov-2014/.

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