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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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Yogas in Horoscope Application

By Kshitij Sharma, March 6, 2015

Hello Readers,

The followings yogas are being coded in the astrology horoscope section. This is a list of 50 odd yogas that my application is currently capable of coding. This post is supposed to be a comprehensive list for all of you to refer to. This has now been added to the astrology application and the output can now be see in this page –> an example horoscope. You are more then welcome to critique and comment on the content, format and presentation.

Brihat Parashara Hora Shashtra is the first book where these yogas or “special combinations” are defined. Many of the yogas presented below (and other texts too) are copied from there. The other book any astrologer goes through for Yogas is the “Three Hundred Important Combinations” by Dr. B. V. Raman. This is a very old book, preface shows a date of 21st July 1947.  The three hundred yogas explained in the book not only form the basis of horoscope reading, but also help an astrologer learn how the chart is interpreted. It is therefore necessary that the astrologer go through the definition and results of the yogas. It is extremely important that the astrologer go through the remarks to learn the essence of the yoga. One more book that I have referred to is “Important Planetary Yogas”.

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Dual House Ownership in Horoscope

By Kshitij Sharma, December 3, 2014

Planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn own two signs each in Vedic Astrology where we do not take Uranus, Neptune and Pluto into account. Sun and Moon have ownership of just one sign each. This complicates matters for some new astrologers who aren’t able to judge the true nature of the planet and ascertain the effect of the planet in the chart as benefic or malefic. This article is an extension of the benefic/malefic planet article that I wrote way back in 2009 and should be read along with it. Please refer to the points on who the malefics and benefics are as I will not repeat it here. Based on the points, and the dual sign ownership, a planet can be lord of both a malefic as well as a benefic house in a horoscope. Let’s look at various ascendant signs and dual ownership and ascertain the functional nature of a planet in a given janma kundali.

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Alternatives for Gemstones

By Kshitij Sharma, May 24, 2014

It is not always possible to get a good gemstone that does not have a dosha in it. We should wear gemstones that are free of inclusions and flaws. Brihat Samhita talks about how these flaws look like. The author says that a gemstone with blemishes that looks like crow feet, an insect or an inclusion with a different material should be avoided. While a good gemstone helps in strengthening the planet it represents in a kundali, wearing a flawed gemstone should be avoided at all cost. It can cause many hardships.

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Horoscope Incompatibility & Remedies

By Kshitij Sharma, May 16, 2014

Dosha Samyam due to papa graha – or balancing of malefic content for horoscope compatibility is as important as taking care of Manglik Dosha during horoscope or birth chart matching prior to marriage. It takes tremendous teamwork between husband and wife to make the marriage work. While matching the horoscope, we should look at all 12 houses and try to balance weakness of a bhava in a horoscope with the strength of same bhava in the other horoscope. While Mars is aggressive and the violent approach in a kundali goes against the emotional requirement of marriage, it is important to understand the other factors that can break marriages. We need to look at these planets – Sun, Rahu/Ketu and Saturn in a kundali. To judge how harmful they can be, we should also look at their house ownership. E.g. for Pisces lagna, Sun is lord of 6th house and can denote litigation (divorce) as well.

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Planetary Actions and Domain of Houses

By Kshitij Sharma, December 28, 2013

One of very basic questions of a new student of astrology is determination of how planets act in a chart for a given matter.

A house in the horoscope signifies a matter at hand. Therefore, it is important for us to first determine which house should be studied. E.g. for children, speculation, intelligence, we look at 5th Continue reading

Effect of a Yogakaraka Planet

By Kshitij Sharma, September 22, 2010

This is essentially a rehash of my old articles with some mathematics thrown in.

Further to the article on “General Strength of a Bhava”, here is a small technique for calculating the strength of a yogakaraka planet. Dr. B.V. Raman prescribes giving points to each of the parameters mentioned in the above article. When coupled with Shadbala and residential strength, Continue reading

Vipareeta Raja Yoga

By Kshitij Sharma, February 3, 2010

Sixth, eighth and twelfth houses are considered to be inimical because of the traits they represent in a horoscope. Sixth house represents enemies, obstacles, debt, and diseases. Eights house is representative of death and destruction. Twelfth house represents loss, unnecessary expenditure etc.

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Exaltation, Debilitation and Moola-trikona Chart

By Kshitij Sharma, January 1, 2010

A very happy new year 2010 to all the readers. May it bring all the happiness and prosperity in the world to you.

Another calendar year has passed and I must be getting old. Last week, while looking at a chart, I could not, for example, remember the exaltation sign of certain planets. Therefore, as the first article of 2010, I decided to post this table as a ready reference. It is more for my benefit and less for yours. Please allow me so much liberty.

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Benefic and Malefic Planets

By Kshitij Sharma, September 6, 2009

The art of determining benefic and malefic planets for a lagna (or rashi) is best learnt from Dr. B.V. Raman’s excellent book – How to Judge a Horoscope. This post is what I have learnt from one of the early chapters in the book – “Considerations in Judging a House”. If Motilal Banarasidas has copyright issues with this article, let it be known to me. I will remove it immediately. Still, I believe that all aspiring astrologers Continue reading