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Strength vs Nature of Planets

By Kshitij Sharma, October 12, 2022

In Vedic Astrology, almost in all English books, the nature of the planet and its inherent qualities and the strength of the planet is confused. The avastha of the planet (which dictates the strength) is confused with its ability to do good or bad in the horoscope. According to the ancient texts, the nature of the planet is divided into benefic and malefic. Benefic planets (Saumya grahas) are Moon, Mercury, Jupiter and Venus. These indicate favourable, positive and beneficial behaviours. On the other hand, Malefic planets (Kroora grahas) are Sun, Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. These planets indicate unfavourable, negative, destructive, fierce and aggressive behaviours. 

Similarly, in a specific horoscope, the nature of the planet is modified (to a certain extent) by being the lord of a specific house, e.g., the trishadaay houses or the 8th and the 12th houses. The degree or the amount of the effect the planets can have is described by the strength of the planet.

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Basic Lessons: Real Estate or Stock Market

By Kshitij Sharma, March 8, 2020

From the time of being hunter-gatherer to developing agricultural practices, humankind has been a hoarder. This arose from compassion for weaker members of the family and children who were never able to collect food for themselves. A sense of possession for the family was created. This continued through history where wars were fought over land, water and other natural resources. We in recent times have created laws and put boundaries around ownership around land as well as other materialistic possessions. However, in some of the older tribes of India and the world, providing for the village remains a collective responsibility.

When we earn money, we necessarily look for ways to save it and grow it by investing it in real estate, the stock market or debt instruments. In India, 50 years back, the instrument of choice was gold. Then about 20 years back, the choice shifted to real estate. Investors dumped excess money in savings in parcels of land, apartments and plots. Around the same time, stock markets, mutual funds were also becoming mainstream savings options.

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Birth during Solar and Lunar Eclipses: Grahan Yoga

By Kshitij Sharma, April 22, 2018

Solar and Lunar eclipses are caused when the light of Sun is restricted in reaching either Earth or Moon. The mathematics of eclipses is presented in this article about how eclipses happen and what Rahu and Ketu have to do with the orbit of Moon around the Earth intersecting with Earth’s orbit around Sun. In short, during eclipses, both the nodes are conjunct with both the luminaries. During Solar eclipse, Sun and Moon are conjunct to a degree along with Rahu or Ketu. The closeness of the nodes with the luminaries causes problems in the life of the individual born around an eclipse.

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Determining Profession from Horoscope

By Kshitij Sharma, February 21, 2018

Tenth house in a horoscope indicates profession and reputation of a person. The kind of work that is undertaken as a vocation, the status gains in society, help from the government of the day (kings in olden times), etc. is seen from the 10th house and the lord of 10th. Apart from the bhava and bhavesh, the following should also be studied as per the karakatva:

  1. Reputation: Significator Sun
  2. Professions and Career: Significator Mercury
  3. Prosperity, growth: Significator Jupiter
  4. Karma, all actions: Significator Saturn

I refer to the analysis by Dr. Sureshchandra Mishra in following two books:

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Dasha Analysis

By Kshitij Sharma, January 12, 2018

Dasha periods, where a planet operates and when the results come to fruition –

A planet is capable of giving results as per its functional or natural significations either in the mahadasha or antardasha. The functional significations are based on the lordship, placement, and yogas this planet would have in the horoscope. The natural signification is based on what they signify naturally such as Venus signify marriage and relationship, Jupiter signify progeny etc. Continue reading

Friction Within Family Members

By Kshitij Sharma, April 23, 2016

Astrology provides a good way to find out potential and possibility of friction within a family. With the houses in a horoscope signifying a relation, effects on the house can speak volumes about the quality of relationship that can be maintained. To judge the relationship, as always, we need to start with the house, lord of the house and karaka of the relationship, and understand the various aspects on the house. The aspects by the separative planets and by the lord of dusthanas gives us the type of results.

Quality of relationship between people can become bad due to various reasons. Some of them are:

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Venus as Eighth House Lord

By Kshitij Sharma, March 27, 2016

In Vedic Astrology, planets have their own natural significations, karkatva and natural dispositions. Thus, Sun will always denote the father, Moon the mother and so on. The planets also bring in the effect of the house they become lord of in the horoscope. The lord of 1st house will represent the physical body, health and mind. Similarly, lord of 2nd house will represent the affairs of 2nd house, i.e., early childhood, money saved etc.

The natural signification of planets is considered to be of more importance by some learned astrologers, rather than the house lordship. For any affair or activity in life, the planet owning the natural karkatva is the main leader, while the lord of the house representing the karkatva is the project manager.

The lords of the evil houses – 3rd, 6th, 8th and 12th are tainted by the malefic nature of the houses and their location in other houses and their association with other planets is considered inauspicious. They also nullify any raja-yogas that they may become part of in the horoscope.

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Houses of Profession, Courage, Enemies, Bhagya

By Kshitij Sharma, February 23, 2016

Tenth house in a Vedic Astrology horoscope is the karmasthana. All the world’s a stage and men and women play their part as defined by their 10th house. It is therefore a house of performance on the world stage and the respect and recognition that we gain here. These important factors of prestige, rank and dignity in society is judged from the tenth house.

Tenth house has a very interesting relationship with other houses in the horoscope, because of the placement of the houses with respect to its position. It has an auspicious relationship with 6th house of enemies in the horoscope, which is located at 5/9 axis from it. It has an inauspicious 6/8 relationship with 3rd house, which is the house of courage, valour and teamwork. It again as a tough 6/8 relationship with 5th house, which is the house of creativity, quick intelligence and purva punya. As 9th house is located 12th to 10th house, there is undoing of the significations of 10th house whenever a good period of 9th lord is going on.

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Guru Chandal Yoga

By Kshitij Sharma, November 14, 2015

From January 2016 onwards, both Jupiter and Rahu would share the sign of Leo. While Jupiter has been in Leo since mid of 2016, Rahu will transit into Leo towards end of January 2016. This combination will exist till mid-August. Also, since Jupiter will be transiting out of Leo in forward direction and Rahu will be crossing Leo in reverse direction, the difference in degrees between them will be very less.

This combination of Rahu (and Ketu) and Jupiter is called as Guru Chandal yoga (GCY). This is an interesting yoga because the Guru, who is divine wisdom in a planetary form, shares the space with the master of disguise and guile and the demon himself who made a fool out of devas and stole their nector. Many believe this combination to be extremely bad for Jupiter as Rahu could supposedly poison the good and beneficial nature of Jupiter. In this article, I will concentrate more on Rahu & Jupiter combination rather. I will deal with Ketu and Jupiter combination in another article.

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Chandra Mangal Yoga: Exchange Special Case

By Kshitij Sharma, October 1, 2015

Chandra-Mangala yoga, which is a yoga caused by combination of Moon and Mars, is a special yoga for financial prudence. The persons having mutual yoga between Mars and Moon, in exact opposition or close conjunction, are worldly wise as far as money is concerned. This is a euphemism for highly materialistic nature. Such persons can be manipulative if the chart has further malefic aspects. In this article, I am touching upon a special case of Chandra-Mangala yoga where Moon and Mars exchange houses.

Mars and Moon have a special relation in Vedic Astrology. They both get debilitated in each others rashi. Moon is debilitated in Scorpio (owned by Mars) at 3° and Mars is debilitated in Cancer (owned by Moon) at 28°. Both are watery signs and are located at trine (1-5-9) from each other. This makes the combination of both being debilitated in the horoscope very interesting. Continue reading