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This page brings you face to face with the heavens as they are today, now, this moment! And also as they will be and how they were.

Apology

The nakshatra shown on our charts were incorrect for most of 2019 due to an error that occurred in a software update. Many apologies for the slow identification and fix.

Desktop and Mobile versions

There are two versions of this site that yo can access with the desktop or mobile button - located above and to the right. The desktop version has more features and the mobile version is simpler. You can use whichever version you like but we recommend the mobile version for smaller screens and less power.

How do I control the desktop app?

Most of the controls are reasonably obvious - especially if you play with them. The top slider allows you to control how time moves so you can speed forwards and backwards in time. Pressing the yellow button by the slider puts it into real time so the planets move as quickly on the screen as they are in space. So it's not to difficult to rewind time to the time of your birth to see the planets as they were. If you need to get the display back to show the planets as they are today and now, then press the yellow button next to the date time display at the top. For full information on all the app controls, click here.

Geocentric

The view above shows all the planets arranged around the Earth as if they were in located on a sphere with the earth in the centre - a geocentric view. This ensures all planets are shown in the correct zodiac sign.

Which Planets are in retrograde?

Planets glow as they go into retrograde. You may find that planets were on the cusp of retrograde at the time of your birth, in which case you may need to consult accurate charts to see exactly when retrograde phase started. Or indeed if the planet was in a stopped phase either side of retrograde.

The Hindu Zodiac is the same as the Western Zodiac, but it is aligned to the stars at 285 AD and does not move with the precession of the Earth’s axis.

What's the difference with Western (Hellenistic) Astrology?

One of the main differences between Hindu (also known as Indian or Vedic Astrology) and Western Astrology is the emphasis placed on the moon. In Hindu Astrology a persons moon sign is much more important than their Star (really Sun) sign.

Another difference is that a sidereal zodiac is used rather than a tropical zodiac. This means that the Hindu Zodiac is fixed to the constellations whereas the western zodiac moves as the poles of the earth precess. Both zodiacs were identical at around 285 AD but the western version has moved by over 22 degrees since then.

The Hindu Zodiac also subdivided into the mansions of the moon. Depending upon the version of astrology there are usually 27 (but sometimes 28) equally spaced mansions or Nakshatra's. These correspond to approximately 1 days worth of moon motion.

Warning: The position of the moon

As a word of warning for using our app for astrology, the position of the moon shown is not guaranteed to be accurate enough to be used for astrology. This is because the moon is small, fast (in angular motion terms) and subject to many perturbations. In order to keep the site as efficient as possible we use a number of approximations which mean that the position of fast wobbly objects like the moon are likely to be a few hours out from time to time. Errors of this kind could make any astrology, especially if based on the position of the fast moving moon, inaccurate.

Hindu Astrology Overview

The following is a description of Hindu astrology as edited down from Wikipedia pages. We take no responsibility for any inaccuracies on this page. It is rather heavy going which is why we have been careful to change as little as possible and leave in many wikipedia links in order to allow full research of the terms used.

Jyotisha is the traditional Hindu system of astrology, also known as Hindu astrology, Indian astrology, and more recently Vedic astrology. The term Hindu astrology has been in use as the English equivalent of Jyotiṣa since the early 19th century, whereas Vedic astrology is a relatively recent term, entering common usage in the 1980s. Vedanga Jyotisha is one of the earliest texts about astronomy within the Vedas. However, historical documentation shows that horoscopic astrology in the Indian subcontinent came from Hellenistic influences, post-dating the Vedic period.

History

Jyotiṣa is one of the Vedāṅga, the six auxiliary disciplines used to support Vedic rituals. Early jyotiṣa is concerned with the preparation of a calendar to fix the date of sacrificial rituals and nothing is written about the planets. There are mentions of eclipse causing 'demons' in the Atharvaveda and Chāndogya Upaniṣad, the Chāndogya mentioning Rāhu. In fact the term graha, which is now taken to mean planet, originally meant demon. The Ṛigveda also mentions an eclipse causing demon, Svarbhānu, however the specific term of 'graha' becomes applied to Svarbhānu in the later Mahābhārata and Rāmāyaṇa.

Vedic

The foundation of Hindu astrology is the notion of bandhu of the Vedas, (scriptures), which is the connection between the microcosm and the macrocosm. Practice relies primarily on the sidereal zodiac, which is different from the tropical zodiac used in Western (Hellenistic) astrology in that an ayanāṁśa adjustment is made for the gradual precession of the vernal equinox. Hindu astrology includes several nuanced sub-systems of interpretation and prediction with elements not found in Hellenistic astrology, such as its system of lunar mansions (Nakṣatra). It was only after the transmission of Hellenistic astrology that the order of planets in India was fixed in that of the seven-day week. Hellenistic astrology and astronomy also transmitted the twelve zodiacal signs beginning with Aries and the twelve astrological places beginning with the ascendant. The first evidence of the introduction of Greek astrology to India is the Yavanajātaka which dates to the early centuries CE. The Yavanajātaka ('Sayings of the Greeks') was translated from Greek to Sanskrit by Yavaneśvara during the 2nd century CE, under the patronage of the Western SatrapSaka king Rudradaman I, and is considered the first Indian astrological treatise in the Sanskrit language. However the only version that survives is the later verse version of Sphujidhvaja which dates to AD 270. The first Indian astronomical text to define the weekday was the Āryabhaṭīya of Āryabhaṭa (born AD 476).

According to Michio Yano, Indian astronomers must have been occupied with the task of Indianizing and Sanskritizing Greek astronomy during the 300 or so years between the first Yavanajataka and the Āryabhaṭīya. The astronomical texts of these 300 years are lost. The later Pañcasiddhāntikā of Varāhamihira summarizes the five known Indian astronomical schools of the sixth century. It is interesting to note that Indian astronomy preserved some of the older pre-Ptolemaic elements of Greek astronomy.

The main texts upon which classical Indian astrology is based are early medieval compilations, notably the Bṛhat Parāśara Horāśāstra, and Sārāvalī by Kalyāṇavarma. The Horāshastra is a composite work of 71 chapters, of which the first part (chapters 1–51) dates to the 7th to early 8th centuries and the second part (chapters 52–71) to the later 8th century. The Sārāvalī likewise dates to around 800 CE. English translations of these texts were published by N.N. Krishna Rau and V.B. Choudhari in 1963 and 1961, respectively.

Modern Hindu astrology

Astrology remains an important facet in the lives of many Hindus. In Hindu culture, newborns are traditionally named based on their jyotiṣa charts, and astrological concepts are pervasive in the organization of the calendar and holidays as well as in many areas of life, such as in making decisions made about marriage, opening a new business, and moving into a new home.

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Astrology remains an important facet of Hindu folk belief in contemporary India. Many Hindus believe that heavenly bodies, including the planets, have an influence throughout the life of a human being, and these planetary influences are the 'fruit of karma.' The Navagraha, planetary deities, are considered subordinate to Ishvara, i.e., the Supreme Being, in the administration of justice. Thus, these planets can influence earthly life.

Status of astrology

The University Grants Commission and the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government decided to introduce 'Jyotir Vigyan' (i.e. jyotir vijñāna) or 'Vedic astrology' as a discipline of study in Indian universities, saying that 'vedic astrology is not only one of the main subjects of our traditional and classical knowledge but this is the discipline, which lets us know the events happening in human life and in universe on time scale. Despite continuing complaints by scientists, astrology is still, as of 2014, taught at various universities in India,and there is a movement in progress to establish a national Vedic University to teach astrology together with the study of tantra, mantra, and yoga.

Elements

There are sixteen Varga (Sanskrit: varga, 'part, division'), or divisional, charts used in Hindu astrology:

Rāśi – zodiacal signs

Around 2500 BC many extant texts were written by sages such Agastya and Bhrigu. Each sign was divided in three more strata called 'charna' similar to decanates of Western astrology.

The Nirayana, or sidereal zodiac, is an imaginary belt of 360 degrees, which, like the Sāyana, or tropical zodiac, is divided into 12 equal parts. Each twelfth part (of 30 degrees) is called a sign or rāśi (Sanskrit: 'part'). Vedic (Jyotiṣa) and Western zodiacs differ in the method of measurement. While synchronically, the two systems are identical, Jyotiṣa uses primarily the sidereal zodiac (in which stars are considered to be the fixed background against which the motion of the planets is measured), whereas most Western astrology uses the tropical zodiac (the motion of the planets is measured against the position of the Sun on the Spring equinox). This difference becomes noticeable over time. After two millennia, as a result of the precession of the equinoxes, the origin of the ecliptic longitude has shifted by about 22 degrees. As a result, the placement of planets in the Jyotiṣa system is consistent with the actual zodiac, while in western astrology the planets fall into the following sign, as compared to their placement in the sidereal zodiac, about two thirds of the time.

NumberSanskritTransliterationRepresentationEnglishElementQualityRuling Astrological Body
1मेषMeṣaramAriesFireChara (Movable)Mars
2वृषभVṛṣabhabullTaurusEarthSthira (Fixed)Venus
3मिथुनMithunatwinsGeminiAirDvisvabhava (Dual)Mercury
4कर्कKarkacrabCancerWaterChara (Movable)Moon
5सिंहSiṃhalionLeoFireSthira (Fixed)Sun
6कन्याKanyāvirgin girlVirgoEarthDvisvabhava (Dual)Mercury
7तुलाTulābalanceLibraAirChara (Movable)Venus
8वृश्चिकVṛścikascorpionScorpioWaterSthira (Fixed)Mars
9धनुषDhanuṣacentaur with bow-arrowSagittariusFireDvisvabhava (Dual)Jupiter
10मकरMakaramountain goatCapricornEarthChara (Movable)Saturn
11कुम्भKumbhawater-pourerAquariusAirSthira (Fixed)Saturn
12मीनMīnafishesPiscesWaterDvisvabhava (Dual)Jupiter

Nakṣatras - lunar mansions

A Nakṣatra or lunar mansion is one of the 27 divisions of the sky, identified by the prominent star(s) in them, used in Hindu astrology.

Historical (medieval) Hindu astrology enumerated either 27 or 28 nakṣatras. Today, a rigid system of 27 nakṣatras covering 13°20’ of the ecliptic each is generally used. The missing 28th nakshatra is Abhijeeta. Each nakṣatra is divided into quarters or padas of 3°20. Of the greatest importance is the Abhiśeka Nakṣatra which is the King amongst all the Nakṣatras and worshipping and propitiating this Nakṣatra has the power to remedy all the other Nakṣatras. Remedial measures are in general the high-water mark of all realistic predictive astrology work and go a long way in mitigating Karma.

Nakṣatras NameDescription
Ashwini
  • Astrological Mate: Ketu (south lunar node)
  • Symbol : Horse's head
  • Rigvedic name: Ashwins, the horse-headed twins who are physicians to the gods
  • Indian zodiac: 0° - 13°20' Mesha
  • Western zodiac 26° Aries - 9°20' Taurus
Bharani
'the bearer'
  • Astrological Mate: Shukra (Venus)
  • Symbol: Yoni, the female organ of reproduction
  • Rigvedic name: Yama, god of death or Dharma
  • Indian zodiac: 13° 20' - 26°40' Mesha
  • Western zodiac 9° 20' - 22° 40' Taurus
Krittika
an old name of the Pleiades; personified as the nurses of Kārttikeya, a son of Shiva.
  • Astrological Mate: Surya (Sun)
  • Symbol: Knife or spear
  • Rigvedic name: Agni, god of fire
  • Indian zodiac: 26°40' Mesha - 10° Vrishabha
  • Western zodiac 22° 40' Taurus - 6° Gemini
Rohini
'the red one', a name of Aldebaran. Also known as brāhmī
  • Astrological Mate: Chandra (Moon)
  • Symbol: Cart or chariot, temple, banyan tree
  • Rigvedic name: Prajapati, the Creator
  • Indian zodiac: 10° - 23°20' Vrishabha
  • Western zodiac 6° - 19°20' Gemini
Mrigashīra
'the deer's head'. Also known as āgrahāyaṇī
  • Astrological Mate: Mangala (Mars)
  • Symbol: Deer's head
  • Rigvedic name: Soma, Chandra, the Moon god
  • Indian zodiac: 23° 20' Vrishabha - 6° 40' Mithuna
  • Western zodiac: 19°20' Gemini - 2°40' Cancer
Ardra
'the moist one'
  • Astrological Mate: Rahu (north lunar node)
  • Symbol: Teardrop, diamond, a human head
  • Rigvedic name: Rudra, the storm god
  • Indian zodiac: 6° 40' - 20° Mithuna
  • Western zodiac: 2° 40' - 16° Cancer
Punarvasu (dual)
'the two restorers of goods', also known as yamakau 'the two chariots'
  • Astrological Mate: Guru (Jupiter)
  • Symbol : Bow and quiver
  • Rigvedic name: Aditi, mother of the gods
  • Indian zodiac: 20° Mithuna - 3°20' Karka
  • Western zodiac 16° - 29°20' Cancer
Pushya/Tishya
'the nourisher', also known as sidhya or tiṣya
  • Astrological Mate: Shani (Saturn)
  • Symbol : Cow's udder, lotus, arrow and circle
  • Rigvedic name: Bṛhaspati, priest of the gods
  • Indian zodiac: 3°20' -16°40' Karka
  • Western zodiac 29°20' Cancer - 12°40' Leo
Ashleshā
'the embrace'
  • Astrological Mate: Budha (Mercury)
  • Symbol: Serpent
  • Rigvedic name: Sarpas or Nagas, deified snakes
  • Indian zodiac: 16°40' - 30° Karka
  • Western zodiac 12°40' - 26° Leo
Maghā
'the bountiful'
  • Astrological Mate: Ketu (South lunar node)
  • Symbol : Royal Throne
  • Rigvedic name: Pitrs, 'The Fathers', family ancestors
  • Indian zodiac: 0° - 13°20' Simha
  • Western zodiac 26° Leo - 9°20' Virgo
Pūrva Phalgunī
'first reddish one'
  • Astrological Mate: Shukra (Venus)
  • Symbol : Front legs of bed, hammock, fig tree
  • Rigvedic name: Aryaman, god of patronage and favours
  • Indian zodiac: 13°20' - 26°40' Simha
  • Western zodiac 9°20' - 22°40' Virgo
Uttara Phalgunī
'second reddish one'
  • Astrological Mate: Surya (Sun)
  • Symbol: Four legs of bed, hammock
  • Rigvedic name: Bhaga, god of marital bliss and prosperity
  • Indian zodiac: 26°40' Simha- 10° Kanya
  • Western zodiac 22°40' Virgo - 6° Libra
Hasta
'the hand'
  • Astrological Mate: Chandra (Moon)
  • Symbol: Hand or fist
  • Rigvedic name: Savitr, the Sun god
  • Indian zodiac: 10° - 23°20' Kanya
  • Western zodiac 6° - 19°20' Libra
Chitra
'the bright one', a name of Spica
  • Astrological Mate: Mangala (Mars)
  • Symbol: Bright jewel or pearl
  • Rigvedic name: Indra, chief of the gods
  • Indian zodiac: 23°20' Kanya - 6°40' Tula
  • Western zodiac: 19°20' Libra - 2°40' Scorpio
Swāti
'Su-Ati (sanskrit) Very good' name of Arcturus
  • Astrological Mate: Rahu (north lunar node)
  • Symbol: Shoot of plant, coral
  • Rigvedic name: Vayu, the Wind god
  • Indian zodiac: 6°40' - 20° Tula
  • Western zodiac 2°40' - 16° Scorpio
Visakha
'forked, having branches'; also known as rādhā 'the gift'
  • Astrological Mate: Guru (Jupiter)
  • Symbol : Triumphal arch, potter's wheel
  • Rigvedic name: Indra, chief of the gods; Agni, god of Fire
  • Indian zodiac: 20° Tula - 3°20' Vrishchika
  • Western zodiac 16° - 29°20' Scorpio
Anuradha
'following rādhā'
  • Astrological Mate: Shani (Saturn)
  • Symbol : Triumphal archway, lotus
  • Rigvedic name: Mitra, one of Adityas of friendship and partnership
  • Indian zodiac: 3°20' - 16°40' Vrishchika
  • Western zodiac 29°20' Scorpio - 12°40' Sagittarius
Jyeshtha
'the eldest, most excellent'
  • Astrological Mate: Budha (Mercury)
  • Symbol : circular amulet, umbrella, earring
  • Rigvedic name: Indra, chief of the gods
  • Indian zodiac: 16°40' - 30° Vrishchika
  • Western zodiac 12°40' - 26° Sagittarius
Mula
'the root'
  • Astrological Mate: Ketu (south lunar node)
  • Symbol : Bunch of roots tied together, elephant goad
  • Rigvedic name: Pitrs, 'The Fathers', family ancestors
  • Indian zodiac: 0° - 13°20' Dhanus
  • Western zodiac 26° Sagittarius - 9°20' Capricorn
Purva Ashadha
'first of the aṣāḍhā', aṣāḍhā 'the invincible one' being the name of a constellation
  • Astrological Mate: Shukra (Venus)
  • Symbol: Elephant tusk, fan, winnowing basket
  • Rigvedic name: Apah, god of Water
  • Indian zodiac: 13°20' - 26°40' Dhanus
  • Western zodiac 9°20' - 22°40' Capricorn
Uttara Ashadha
'second of the aṣāḍhā'
  • Astrological Mate: Surya (Sun)
  • Symbol : Elephant tusk, small bed
  • Rigvedic name: Visvedevas, universal gods
  • Indian zodiac: 26°40' Dhanus - 10° Makara
  • Western zodiac 22°40' Capricorn - 6° Aquarius
Abhijit
'victorious'[6]
Not included in 27 nakṣatra system.
Astrological Mate: Brahma
  • Indian zodiac: 6°40' Makara - 10°53' Makara
Shravana
  • Astrological Mate: Chandra (Moon)
  • Symbol : Ear or Three Footprints
  • Rigvedic name : Vishnu, preserver of universe
  • Indian zodiac: 10° - 23°20' Makara
  • Western zodiac 6° - 19°20' Aquarius
Dhanishta
'most famous', also Shravishthā 'swiftest'
  • Astrological Mate: Mangala (Mars)
  • Symbol : Drum or flute
  • Rigvedic name : Eight vasus, deities of earthly abundance
  • Indian zodiac: 23°20' Makara - 6°40' Kumbha
  • Western zodiac 19°20' Aquarius - 2°40' Pisces
Shatabhisha
'Comprising a hundred physicians'
  • Astrological Mate: Rahu (north lunar node)
  • Symbol : Empty circle, 1,000 flowers or stars
  • Rigvedic name : Varuna, god of celestial waters
  • Indian zodiac: 6°40' - 20° Kumbha ; Western zodiac 2°40' - 16° Pisces
Purva Bhadrapada
'the first of the blessed feet'
  • Astrological Mate: Guru (Jupiter)
  • Symbol : Swords or two front legs of funeral cot, man with two faces
  • Rigvedic name : Ajoikapada, an ancient fire dragon
  • Indian zodiac: 20° Kumbha - 3°20' Meena ; Western zodiac 16° - 29°20' Pisces
Uttara Bhadrapada
'the second of the blessed feet'
  • Astrological Mate: Shani (Saturn)
  • Symbol : Twins, back legs of funeral cot, snake in the water
  • Rigvedic name : Ahirbradhna, serpent or dragon of the deep
  • Indian zodiac: 3°20' - 16°40' Meena ; Western zodiac 29°20' Pisces - 12°40' Aries
Revati
'prosperous'
  • Astrological Mate: Budha (Mercury)
  • Symbol : Fish or a pair of fish, drum
  • Rigvedic name : Pushan, nourisher, the protective deity
  • Indian zodiac: 16°40' - 30° Meena
  • Western zodiac 12°40' - 26° Aries

Daśā-s – planetary periods

The word Dasha (Devanāgarī: दशा, Sanskrit,daśā, 'planetary period') means 'state of being' and therefore the Daśā governs to a large extent the state of being of a person. The Daśā system shows which planets may be said to have become particularly active during the period of the Daśā. The ruling planet (the Daśānātha or 'lord of the Daśā') eclipses the mind of the native, compelling him or her to act as per the nature of the planet.

There are several dasha systems, each with its own utility and area of application. There are Daśās of Grahas (planets) as well as Daśās of the Rāśis (signs). The primary system used by astrologers is the Viṁśottarī Daśā system, which has been considered universally applicable in the Kaliyuga to all horoscopes.

The first Mahā-Daśā is determined by the position of the natal Moon in a given Nakṣatra. The lord of the Nakṣatra governs the Daśā. Each Mahā-Dāśā is divided into sub-periods called bhuktis, or antar-daśās, which are proportional divisions of the maha-dasa. Further proportional sub-divisions can be made (but error margin based on accuracy of the birth-time grows exponentially). The next sub-division is called pratyantar-daśā, which can in turn be divided into sookshma-antardasa, which can in turn be divided into praana-antardaśā, which can be sub-divided into deha-antardaśā. Such sub-divisions also exist in all other Daśā systems, some of which have been named above.

Grahas – planets

Nine grahas (Navagrahas) are used. from Graha (Devanāgarī: ग्रह, Sanskrit: graha, 'seizing, laying hold of, holding')

The Nine Planets of Vedic Astrology or Jyotiṣa are the forces that capture or eclipse the mind and the decision making of the human being-thus the term 'Graha'. When the Grahas are active in their Daśās or periodicities they are particularly empowered to direct the affairs of the person or the inanimate being as the case may be. Even otherwise, Grahas are always busy capturing us in some way or other, for better or for worse.

Gocharas – transits

The natal chart shows the position of the grahas at the moment of birth. Since that moment, the grahas have continued to move around the zodiac, interacting with the natal chart grahas. This period of interaction is called Gochara (Sanskrit: gochara, 'transit').

The study of transits is based not only on the transit of the Moon/ Candra, which spans roughly two days, but also the movement of the slightly faster planets such as Mercury/Budha and Venus/ Śukra. The movement of the slower planets Guru, Śani and Rāhu-Ketu is always of considerable importance. Astrologers must study the transit of the Daśā lord and must also study transits from various reference points in the horoscope.

Yogas – planetary combinations

Yoga (Sanskrit: yoga, 'union') is a combination of planets placed in a specific relationship to each other.

It is usually advisable to study the underlying theme behind the Yogas rather than attempt to memorize them. Rāja Yogas are givers of fame, status and authority and are formed typically by the association of the Lord of Keṅdras/ quadrants, when reckoned from the Lagna/ ascendant, and the Lords of the Tṛkoṇa/ trines. The Rāja Yogas are culminations of the blessings of Viṣṇu and Lakṣmī. Some planets, such as Mars for Leo Lagna, do not need another Graha to create Rājayoga, but are capable of giving Rājayoga suo-moto due to their own lordship of the 4th Bhāva and the 9th Bhāva from the Lagna, the two being a Keṅdra and Tṛkoṇa Bhāva respectively.

Dhana Yogas are formed by the association of wealth-giving planets such as the Dhaneśa or the 2nd Lord and the Lābheśa or the 11th Lord from the Lagna. Dhana Yogas are also formed due to the auspicious placement of the Dārāpada/ A7, when reckoned from the Ārūḍha Lagna (AL). The combination of the Lagneśa and the Bhāgyeśa also leads to wealth through the Lakṣmī Yoga.

Sanyāsa Yogas are formed due to the placement of four or more Grahas, excluding the Sun, in a Keṅdra Bhāva from the Lagna.

There are some overarching Yogas in Jyotiṣa such as Amāvasyā Doṣa, Kāla Sarpa Yoga-Kāla Amṛta Yoga and Graha Mālika Yoga that can take precedence oveYamaha yogar planetary placements in the horoscope.

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Bhāvas – houses

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The Hindu Jātaka, or Birth Chart, is the Bhāva (Sanskrit: 'division') Cakra (Sanskrit: 'wheel'), the complete 360° circle of life, divided into houses, and represents our way of enacting the influences in the wheel. Each house has associated kāraka (Sanskrit: 'significator') planets that can alter the interpretation of a particular house. Each Bhāva spans an arc of 30 degrees and therefore there are twelve Bhāvas in any chart of the horoscope. These are a crucial part of any horoscopic study since the Bhāvas, understood as 'state of being' personalize the Rāśis/ Rashis to the native and each Rāśi/ Rashi apart from indicating its true nature reveals its impact on the person based on the Bhāva occupied. The best way to study the various facets of Jyotiṣa is to see their role in chart evaluation of actual persons and how these are construed.

Dṛṣṭis – aspects

Drishti (Sanskrit: Dṛṣṭi, 'sight') is an aspect to an entire house. Grahas cast only forward aspects, with the furthest aspect being considered the strongest. For example, Mars aspects the 4th, 7th, and 8th houses from its position, and its 8th house aspect is considered more powerful than its 7th aspect, which is in turn more powerful than its 4th aspect.

The principle of Dristi (aspect) was devised on the basis of the aspect of an army of planets as deity and demon in a war field. Thus the Sun, a Deity King with only one full aspect, is more powerful than the Demon King Saturn, which has three full aspects.

Aspects can be cast both by the planets (Graha Dṛṣṭi) and by the signs (Rāśi Dṛṣṭi). Planetary aspects are a function of desire, while sign aspects are a function of awareness and cognizance.

There are some higher aspects of Graha Dṛṣṭi (planetary aspects) that are not limited to the Viśeṣa Dṛṣṭi or the special aspects. Rāśi Dṛṣṭi works based on the following formulaic structure: all movable signs aspect fixed signs except the one adjacent, and all dual and mutable signs aspect each other without exception.

Summary

It is clear that the subject of Hindu astrology requires not only an understanding of the motion of the planets and moon, but also a deep understanding of the Hindu religion and its history. We hope that this page gives an insight into the workings of this astrological system as an alternative to the western system.

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Fellowship of Institute of Vedic Astrology
August 23 - August 31, 2008 at Binsar, Uttarakhand, India
The bewitching ambience of the magnificent Himalaya has provided rich nourishment to the seeker of wisdom over thousands of years. The ancient sages of India, those matchless spiritual scientists, developed a formidable body of knowledge which became the backbone of the ancient Indian culture. It is no mean tribute to those spiritual giants that the modern world too recognises the Indian culture as the offshoot of the one that was developed several millennia ago in the lap of the Himalaya. One such body of knowledge is the subject of Vedic astrology that has continued to fascinate humankind to this day. This exalted science, which remained confined to India for a long time, has lately attracted the attention of the analytical west. The Institute of Vedic Astrology, the publishers of the 'Vedic Astrology' magazine, has been playing a significant role in disseminating this knowledge across the globe.
Fellowship of Institute of Vedic Astrology
Saturday August 23 - Sunday August 31, 2008 at Binsar, Uttarakhand, India
August 23,
Saturday
Arrival at New Delhi Airport. Train to Haridwar, onward journey by bus to Binsar.
August 24,
Sunday
Arival at Binsar around noon.
Welcome address. Introductory presentation on 'Concepts of Astronomy Related to Astrology'
August 25,
Monday
Varshaphala by Dr KS Charak
Morning 2 sessions of 1.5 hours each.
Prashna or Horary Astrology
by JN Sharma
Afternoon 2 sessions of 1.5 hours each.
Coffee and Lunch breaks in between sessions.
August 26,
Tuesday
Prashna or Horary Astrology
by JN Sharma
Morning 2 sessions.
Varshaphala by Dr KS Charak
Afternoon 2 sessions.
August 27,
Wednesday
Medical Astrology by Dr KS Charak
Morning 2 sessions.
Ashtakavarga by Vinay Aditya
Afternoon 2 sessions.
August 28,
Thursday
Remedial Measures & Propitiation of Planets
Full day.
August 29,
Friday
Medical Astrology by Dr KS Charak
Morning 2 sessions.
Interpretation of Yogas
Afternoon 2 sessions.
August 30,
Saturday
Delineation of Charts
Morning 2 sessions.
Interactive Session
Afternoon 1 session.
Afternnon Return Journey to New Delhi.
August 31,
Sunday
Return journey reaching New Delhi on Sunday.
Sucessful completion of the Course would entitle the participant to the title of Fellow of the Institute of Vedic Astrology.
* Course content and venue are subject to change.
The Institute of Vedic Astrology has taken upon itself not only the responsibility of spreading this wisdom but also of presenting it to the world in the most scientific manner. No more must Vedic astrology remain shrouded in a halo of superstition and mysticism. It is with this in view that the Institute has been holding regular crash courses in Vedic astrology, each of about a week's duration for the advanced student. The Institute invites all those interested in learning this magnificient ancient science directly from some of the most reputed teachers of Vedic astrology in India. The Institute of Vedic Astrology has been directing the proceeds from the venture to the Shri Onkar Singh Memorial Trust (SOSMT) which is engaged in the most benevolent activity of providing free surgical and medical care to the poor.
Venue of the Course: This year the course will be held at Binsar in Uttarakhand. Binsar, a tranquil forest resort tucked away in the Kumaon Hills far, far away from the madding crowd. Binsar, at an impressive altitude of 2420 metres is completely surrounded by dense forests. Oak, rhododendron, pine and deodar grow in amazing abundance. The entire area is now a wildlife sanctuary and is home to many rare animals, birds and wild flowers. Panoramic vistas of the snow capped Himalayas are visible. You can see the peaks of Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Panchchuli etc. Binsar has a temple of Shiva known as Bineswar. The temple holds much significance for the devout. Outside Binsar, the temple complex of Jageshwar, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, nestles in a beautiful valley, crested by majestic deodars.
Dr. K.S. Charak M.S. (Surgery), FRCS is an eminent Vedic astrologer and surgeon by profession. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and is Chief of Surgery at Indira Gandhi ESI Hospital in Delhi. He is a prolific writer and author of 10 books on Vedic Astrology. Dr. charak has been teaching Vedic astrology for the last 15 years and presently teaches classes conducted by Indian Council of Astrological Sciences in New Delhi.
Over the past decade he as travelled extensively in the west to teach Vedic astrology which remains his sacred passion. Author of some of the best books on Vedic astrology, his lucid style and scientific approach to the subject has earned him a special stature in the world of astrology. His two books on medical astrology remain the most authentic writings on the subject. He is the editor of the highly appreciated astrological journal, Vedi Castrology which has completed eleven glorious years of its publication in December 2007.
Dr Charak also leads SOSMT, a charitable organisation devoted to providing free surgical and medical case to the poor and the ailing in the rural areas of norther India. SOSMT has conducted 20 such camps during the last 7 years.
Vinay Aditya holds a degree in Engineering from IIT Kanpur, India.
He is the author of the most authentic book on Ashtakavarga, titled 'Dots of Destiny: Applications of Ashtakavarga'. He is the associate editor of the bimonthly Vedic Astrology edited by Dr Charak. After securing the Jyotish Visharad (and later Jyotish Vachaspati and Computer Shastri) from the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences (ICAS), he has been teaching Vedic astrology for the last 14 years, initially at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and later at the ICAS. He as conducted workshops on several different subjects at the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in the United States since the year 2000. He has also been on the faculty of American Council of Vedic Astrology (ACVA), British Association of Vedic Astrology (BAVA), and DGVA, the Germal equivalent organization.
He has conducted thousands of consultations in astrology and palmistry. Lately, he has been teaching Palmistry also at the ICAS, New Delhi.
J.N. Sharma is the master of Horary astrology or Prashna. Born in the north India in a Brahmin family, he studied the Prashna with the late Shri K G Dutta who was an astrologer par excellence. While Sharma delves in the Vedic astrology in general, the Prashna forms his main interest. His analysis of the Prashna chart is unique and highly accurate. He has retired from government service and is totally devoted to the study and teaching of astrology. He has been teaching astrology, especially the Prashna, for more than fifteen years. He is presently a Senior Faculty Member with the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences (ICAS) in Delhi.
Course fee:The course fee is inclusive of accommodation, meals, tuition fee and travel expenses from and to Delhi airport.
Early Birds:
US $1195 (double occupancy), US $1395 (for single room).
After August 15, 2008: US $1295 (double occupancy). US $1495 (single room).
For further info., contact:Vinay Aditya, Institute of Vedic Astrology
A-199 Okhla Ind. Area I, New Delhi 110020, India
Phone: (91) 11 2681 1195, (91) 11 2681 1841, Fax: (91) 11 2681 1843
Email: Vinay Aditya: [email protected] Dr. Charak: [email protected]
For pre- and post-course tours, contact:Official tour Manager: Rajiv Tomar, Mystical Journeys (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Phone: (91) 11-2703 2136, Mobile: (91) 98100 38037, Fax: (91) 11-2702 7515
Email: [email protected]
* Course content and venue are subject to change.
Vedic Astrology Magazine
Highlights of the Recent Issue!
a copy of this issue.
Practical Application of Principles
Ulcerative colitis appears to manifest in most cases during the dasha of an afflicted natural benefic. Each house of the horoscope appears to be related to health, disease and longevity in some way or the other. Some houses appear to be more relevant to these aspects than the others, but they all have something or the other to do with issues related to health. This of course is in addition to the different body parts which they various houses represent in the natal chart, in the Drekkana, and possibly in other divisional charts as well.
Dr. Suresh Chandra Mishra
Sage Vyasa states that a duly married couple properly observing all socio-religious obligations with a plenty of patience, appropriate modesty and full honesty enjoys all worldly bliss. And after death, both sojourn to heavens. Such people through their noble progeny channel prosperity and peace not only to their family but also to the society.
Marriage, a multi-dimensional union, finally concludes in mental, physical and spiritual wedlock where the mental compatibility is of utmost significance. Hence, the natal Moon, being the sole representative of one's mind, by far assumes greater importance. The lagna at birth denotes body while the Moon represents mind of a native. Since marriage is primarily a union of two minds, and not only of two bodies, hence the marriage compatibility primarily emerges through the Moon signs of the bride and the groom. Rashis of the couple should not mutually happen to be 2-12 from each other, as such companions would be demanding more and more. Your savings then would not remain intact and regular which eventually may lead you to a financial crunch. In fact, this effect is not confined to money only. Demand for excessive care and attention, fondness for luxuries, cravings for all pomp and show, a split in the family or of the companions, etc., may be some other ways reflecting the above effect.
Dr. Mishra gives the effect of other mutual rashi placements of the Moons of the two partners. Then he explains the Nadi dosha and elaborates the astrological method to ascertain how will your companion be? The author also give astrological rules for timing the marriage, delay or denial of marriage. The article is illustrated with many example horoscopes.
The Enigma of Rahu-Ketu and their Dispositors
Vedic astrology is enormous and at times seems containing contradictory ideas, but it can be understood little by little if we find some appropriate keys for seeing the horoscopes. We think Rahu and Ketu and their dispositors are those valuable keys.
Karmic astrology unveils the mysteries of human life. Karmic astrology is the art and science of realizing that it is the karmas, from past lives or this one, that make our lives. Paramhansa Yogananda in his great work, Autobiography of a Yogi, has mentioned: 'A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma. His horoscope is a challenging portrait, revealing his unalterable past and its probably future results. But the natal chart can be rightly interpreted only by men of intuitive wisdom; these are few.'
There are three classifications of karma based on Vedic wisdom: (a) Sanchit Karma is a warehouse of karmas which has been accumulated over many lifetimes. This can be taken stock of by the yogas present in the horoscope. (b) Prarabdha Karma means that karma which is ripe for bearing fruit in the present lifetime. This is represented by the dasha scheme present in the chart. (c) Kriyamaan Karma means the karmas that we create in this very lifetime. Jyotisha can unveil the secrets of this type of karmas according to the transits of planets relative to the natal planetary positions.
We may consider these three types of karmas as representative of unconscious, subconscious and conscious levels of mind respectively. So, the Sanchit is the source of karmic waves in our lives. In the chart there are some points that direct us to understand the secrets of Sanchit, such as the 5th and 9th houses including the Yogas; but the role of Rahu and Ketu is exceptional. Rahu and Ketu and their dispositors may guide us to realize the reasons of manifestation on Sanchit as this or that Prarabdha.
Vaastu: A Science of Harmonious Structures
Origin of Vaastu: To attain the perfect harmony between man and nature, the ancient Indian sages evolved a positive and healthy attitude towards its animate and inanimate surroundings. In pursuit of harmony, they attained excellence in various branches of Science, Art and Philosophy. One such branch of knowledge was called Vaastu Shastra. Vaastu is derived from the word Vasti or Vasa - a habitat, a place of dwelling or working. Literally, it is the divine science of harmonious structures. Structures of all types including houses, shops, business establishments, factories, office complexes, hospitals, educational institutions and even temples (places of worship) and towns too come under its preview.
English Translation and Commentary by Dr. K S Charak
Varahamihira is considered the greatest authority on Vedic astrology after the era of the sages like Parashara. He was born near Ujjain during the sixth century AD. His most popular works are the Brihat Jataka and the Brihat Samhita. The Laghu Jatakam is a rather abridged version of the Jataka text. Easy to comprehend and rich in substance, it is a classic that must be studied alike by the novice and the master.
Author: Chandrashekhar Sharma
by Chandrashekhar Sharma. Published by Parimal Publications, Shaktinagar, Delhi, 376 pages, hardbound Rs. 600.
A collection of some of the best written books on Vedic astrology:


Elements of Vedic Astrology

Dr K S Charak

2 vol set $32

Essentials of Medical Astrology

Dr K S Charak

US $19

Dots of Destiny – Ashtkavarga

Vinay Aditya

US $19

Yogas in Astrology

Dr K S Charak

US $19

A Textbook of Varshaphala

Dr K S Charak

US $19

Predictive Techniques in Varshaphala

Dr K S Charak
US $19

Subtleties of Medical Astrology

Dr K S Charak

US $16