Vedic (Indian Astrology)

Vedic Astrology is practiced in India by our sages and this science is more than 5000 years old. As Vedic Astrology is originated in India, we will interchange Vedic and Indian astrology terms in our article.

Vedic astrology is the only area which involves various subjects like Hindi, Sanskrit  ( All mantras are in Hindi and Sanskrit), History ( To know what our sages had said about astrology), Astronomy and Geography ( To know the position of stars ), Maths( To calculate Dasa and other things ).

Vedic Astrology is a science which can give us indications regarding our past, present and future lives such that we can alter our lifestyle accordingly for our betterment.

Indian astrology is based upon ascendant which is rising at that particular moment and then the chart is cast out and planets are placed accordingly in various zodiac signs and then predictions are done while following a lot of principles as laid down by our sages.

Indian astrology can show us path by which we can reduce our miseries and can strengthen our weaker periods with the help of remedies.

Houses in Indian ( Vedic Astrology )

In Indian Astrology, there are 12 houses that correspond to various areas of our life.

1st house is the main house in Vedic Astrology. If the 1st house is weaker in the chart, it will weaken entire horoscope as this is the base of any birth chart and when a base is weaker, then results will be weaker too. 1st house is Trine house ( 1, 5 and 9th houses are a trine house ) as well quadrant house (1st, 4th, 7th and 10th house are quadrant house ) and thus its weight is more than its counterparts. 1st house is the house that signifies health, name, fame, natural characteristics of the person.

2nd house is the house that signifies Finances, Investments, Speech, Eyes, Head, Eating habits, Jewelry, Shares, Stocks, memory, initial education and Family.

3rd house is related to courage, confidence, stamina, communication levels, younger brother and sisters, change of residence, the signing of contracts, neighbors, short travels, hands and throat. This house is tridasya house ( 3rd , 6th and 11th houses are tridasya houses in Indian astrology)

4th house signifies immovable assets, domestic happiness, mother, native place and education matters too.

5th house signifies Progeny, love affairs, higher education, competitions, Sports, artistic abilities, gambling, speculation and hoarding matters.

6th house signifies diseases, services, employees, servants, debts, litigation, enemies, jealousy, intestinal problems and maternal uncles are represented by this house.

7th house signifies spouse, marital llife, business partner, type of spouse, spouse characteristics, travels after marriage .

8th house is the house of longevity , wills , inheritance , gratuity , miseries , dejection , frustration , thefts , obstruction and disappointments . This is Tic house( 6th , 8th and 12th houses are tic houses – bad houses in Hindu astrology ) . In other words , it signifies problems and obstructions in one life .

9th house is the Trine house and 1st , 5th and 9th houses are the pillars of Hindu Astrology . If 1st , 5th and 9th houses are stronger , then one with his/her efforts can reduce negativity of his/her life as this 3 houses are the base of the chart and when this houses are stronger , then one can rise in his/her life with his/her own efforts. 9th house signifies spirituality, Father , wisdom , faith , pilgrimages and education related travels too. Affliction to this house can create pitra dosa , if Sun is also afflicted by natural malefic planets especially by Rahu , Ketu or Saturn.

10th house is the house in relation to one profession, honour , dignity , name , status , promotion , higher posts as well as authority too .

11th house is the house of friends , fulfillment of desires , elder brother , financial gains , success in business ventures and health recovery too as 11th is the 6th house from 6th house which signifies “Health improvement “.

12th house is the house of expenses and losses, charity, donations, secret enemies , health expenses , waste of money , uncontrollable expenses and foreign journeys too .

Zodiac Signs in Vedic Astrology

There are 12 signs in Hindu astrology . All planets except Rahu and Ketu had given atleast one lordship of particular sign in zodiac belt .

Aries : Aries is ruled by Mars . Aries is fiery sign . Presence of benefic Sun or Mars in this Sign will increase one confidence , stamina , energy , passion and one will be devoted to fulfill his/her pursuits and will never sit till the time , his/her goals do not get achieved . On the other hand , presence of Saturn which is its debilitation sign makes one lethargic . Negativity will increase and aggression will be added up due to delays in one life in all important matters . Sun is exalted in this Sign . Aries is Movable sign means to fulfill one pursuits , Aries tends to change there natural instincts .

Taurus : Taurus is ruled by Venus which is planet of creativity and love in Hindu Astrology . Moon is exalted in Taurus and thus due to this placement of Moon in one horoscope makes him/her affectionate, calmer , lovable who takes care of each and every thing of his/her partner . On the contrary , posited of any functional malefic planet in this sign will makes one egoistic and selfish as far as love related matters are concerned .Taurus is fixed sign which signifies that they are firm in there love matters once they find there partners.

Gemini : Gemini is ruled by Mercury which is the planet of Intellect in astrology . Gemini is dual sign which signifies that Gemini are masters when its comes to adaptability part . They can take quick and better decisions in toughest situation with ease by looking all pros and cons . Venus is the most benefic planet for Gemini and presence of Venus in Gemini sign will make one optimistic, caring , passionate about love related matters in one life . On the other hand , Mercury combustion or affliction of Mercury  might leads to the person , who might be pessimistic , depressed or might not able to take calmer and better decisions in toughest situation .

Cancer : Cancer is ruled by Moon which is the planet of emotions and mental state of mind . Due to this fact , Cancer persons apart from Pisces are most sensitive persons in whole zodiac . They are devoted to there partners and are worried about there partner life . At times , due to there extra sense of care , they neglect there health too . Mars get debilitated in Cancer which makes them depressed especially in there love related matters .Presence of Moon in Cancer will make optimistic , caring , lovable and affectionate in one life.

Leo : Leo is ruled by Sun which is the King in Hindu Astrology . Leo is also fiery sign and presence of Sun in Leo will make born leaders who have authority over others . They are leaders which command others and remain firm in order to achieve there goals . Politicians , CEO and other higher administrative posts of the country are the significations of Leo ascendant persons . On the other hand, if Sun is debilitated or presence of functional malefic planet in Leo will make one to loose morale and one can adopt wrong ways to fulfill there aspirations .

Virgo : Virgo is another sign that is ruled by planet Mercury and like Gemini , they are the masters too when question comes of taking decisions in tougher situations . They are also dedicated thinkers who takes each and every bit to understand stock of situation before giving there decisions . They are the persons that know , how to deal with toughest situation with ease . Venus is planet that is debilitated in this sign and in that case , Virgo family life and finances severely hurts as Venus is 2nd house lord which signifies family and Finances for Virgo ascendant natives .

Libra : Libra is another sign that is ruled by Venus . They are the persons who give first priority to love and marital life . They spend lavishly and love to travels and fun loving persons . They spend heavily on luxurious items , clothes and shopping is always on there cards . Venus or Saturn in Libra for Libra ascendant natives makes one full of love , honesty , dedication in there all round pursuits . On the other hand, debilitated Sun in Libra makes one jealous in love related matters and hatred , frustration can come in one personal life too.

Scorpio : Scorpio is the sign which is ruled by Mars . As Mars is fiery planet but as Scorpio is watery sign , presence of Mars in Scorpio makes one aggressive but side by side , they are emotional from heart too . In other words, we can say rough and tough from outside but soft from inside .They are fixed in nature which signifies that once they make up there mind , they did not alter there views . They do accept there failures and emotional too but would not show up there emotions as like Cancer or Pisces. Army , Police men , Paramilitary forces and Surgeon are the professions that best suited for Scorpio.

Sagittarius: Sagittarius is the sign that is ruled by Jupiter which is the biggest benefic planet in Hindu Astrology. Sagittarians are the persons who are knowledgeable and intelligent and do try to spread humanity in every hook and corners of the world and do not afraid to give advices to the world. No doubt , most of the saints had influence of planet Jupiter and Ketu which are the two planets that takes one to spirituality in one life . They are holy and saint persons and planets like Saturn or Ketu in 1st house for Sagittarius ascendant takes them to spiritual world and devoid them of materialistic comforts.

Capricorn : Capricorn is the sign that is ruled by Saturn which is the biggest malefic planet in Vedic Astrology . They are the honest , dedicated , hard working among all zodiac signs . Whatever be the condition, they believe in doing the hard work and get most of the recognition by there self efforts rather than taking the help of luck . At times , even if they do not get recognition , they do not afraid and fulfill there commitments by there hard work . At times , they move by other advices and do not able to take best decisions in tougher situations . They are down to earth person too and most of there achievements come with there hard work. They are the signs that tell that there is no substitute of hard work and there is no short cut to success.

Aquarius : This is another sign that is ruled by Saturn and they also are hard working and dedicated persons too . They believe in putting there best efforts but they remains firm in there decisions . They are rigid and once makes up there mind , it will harder that they will change there stance after that . They are the persons , who goes very deep in there analysis before taking any decisions .They are slow thinkers but motivated too . They set there targets and then make time line scheduling of things that how to reach to that goals. They tend to become mentally upset easily when results are not up to there expectations.

Pisces : This is the sign that is again ruled by Jupiter . They are the watery sign which makes then emotional as like Cancer . They tends to move as according to situation and are not good decision makers . They do get upset over smaller things as well and next time , you visit any Pisces persons , do remember that thing else you might be hurting Pisces person. They are charming peoples and afraid of hurting sentiments of others . They do not show there miseries and most of the time keep things in there heart which confined them to there own world .

Nakshatras in Vedic (Indian ) Astrology

Ashwini : Ashwini nakshatra lord is Ketu . Persons born in this nakshatra are spiritual , physician , humble and have caring for others .

Bharini : Bharini nakshatra lord is Venus . Persons born in this nakshatra are creative , talented , lovable and affectionable .

Kritika : Kritika nakshatra lord is Sun . This nakshatra signifies battles and war . Person born in this nakshatra can become aggressive very easily but are born fighters and never say no to any work

Rohini : Rohini nakshatra lord is Moon . Moon is queen in Indian astrology. Persons born in this nakshatra are emotional , caring and get depressed very easily .

Mrigshira : Mrigshira nakshatra lord is Mars . Mars is commander –in –chief in Vedic astrology and thus signifies soldiers , army persons and other paramilitary forces of the country . All this significations are good profession for person born in this nakshatra.

Ardra : Ardra nakshatra lord is Rahu . Rahu is natural malefic planet and thus one born in nakshatra is bit materialistic and most of his efforts will be there to achieve materialistic gains . However benefic Rahu in chart will help native to get luxuries of life with ease in Rahu period .

Punarvasu : Punarvasu nakshatra lord is Jupiter . Person born in this nakshatra is knowledgeable , intelligent and good knowledge of religious books too . He/She will be help others in his/her life and will give as much help as possible from his/her side , if Jupiter is placed well in one chart .

Pushya : Pushya nakshatra lord is Saturn . Person born in this nakshatra will be hard working and put there dedicated efforts to get results in there life . They tend to believe on there hard work rather than believing in there destiny.

Ashlesha : Ashlesha nakshatra lord is Mercury . Person born in this nakshatra will be knowledgeable , well educated and will make the mark with the help of his/her education in his/her life .

Magha : Magha nakshatra lord is Ketu . If Ketu is posited positively, then one will have respect for elders , knowledgeable and be well treated in society but on the other hand malefic ketu will destroy all this significations in one birth chart.

Purva Phalguni: Purva Phalguni nakshatra lord is Venus . Persons born in this nakshatras will be generous, charming and have magnetic personality.

Uttar Phalguni : Uttar phalguni nakshatra lord is Sun . Persons born in this nakshatra will be commander and authorative in his/her life.

Hasta : Hasta nakshatra lord is Moon .Persons born in this nakshatra will be emotional , generous , respectable in society . Afflicted moon in chart will make one depressed and sad easily and quickly .

Chitra : Chitra nakshatra lord is Mars . Persons born in this nakshatra  will be aggressive , dominant and wants to keep there hand upper and wants to remain victorious in there life .

Swati : Swati nakshatra is ruled by Rahu .Person born in this nakshatra will be ambitious , high aspirations and wants to get dignified status in society . He/She will be optimistic and wants to reach higher in life at quick pace.

Vishaka : Vishaka nakshatra is ruled by Jupiter . Person born in this nakshatra will be generous , kind and nobel in his/her efforts.

Anuradha : Anuradha nakshatra is ruled by Saturn .Person born in this nakshatra will be down to earth , hard working , nobel person who wants to reach his/her goals by hard efforts in his/her life.

Jyeshtha : Jyeshtha nakshatra is ruled by Mercury . Person born in this nakshatra will be natural talented , intelligent and grasp knowledge quite quickly .

Moola : Moola nakshatra is ruled by Ketu . Person born in this nakshatra will be saints , spiritual advisor , surgeons who will benefit the society with there works.

Poorvashada : Poorvashada nakshatra is ruled by Venus . Person born in this nakshatra will be fond of luxurious items and wants to live lavish lifestyle in there life.

Uttarashada : Uttarashada nakshatra is ruled by Sun . Person born in this nakshatra sets there goal quite higher and with this aim in mind wants to rise higher in there life.

Shravana : Shravana nakshatra is ruled by Moon . Persons born in this nakshatra are highly talented and work harder to reach there goals but when they do not get the desired results , they tends to become depressed easily too.

Dhanistha : Dhanistha nakshatra is ruled by Mars . Persons born in this nakshatra will be bold and will have good organizational capabilities and will not take rest till the time , there job is not accomplished.

Shatabhisha : Shatabhisha nakshatra is ruled by Rahu . Persons born in this nakshatra will be ambitious , want to go higher in there life and wants to achieve taste of success with there efforts . They are hard working too but weak Rahu might leads to problems in relationships too.

Poorvabhadrapada : Poorvabhadrapada nakshatra is ruled by Jupiter . Person born in this nakshatra will be educated  , intelligent , knowledgeable , talented and will be lucky too .

Uttarbhadrapada : Uttarbhadrapada nakshatra is ruled by Saturn . Person born in this nakshatra will be able to command respect in the society with the hard and dedicated efforts . They want to work for the upliftment of the society which is reflected in there work.

Revati : Revati nakshatra is ruled by Mercury . Person born in this nakshatra are bit emotional but have lot of talents and do not want to hurt anybody . They become depressed easily but are lovable persons .

Nakshatras had wider role as with the help of nakshatras , Vimshottari dasa is calculated which is standard dasa in astrology. With the help of nakshatras , match compatibility is being judged in Hindu Astrology . Muhuratha are also fixed with the help of nakshatras and without nakshatras , Vedic astrology will not able to work .

Planets in Indian Astrology:

There are 7 planets and 2 Nodes in astrology and as this planets move in various houses and signs , they cast there affects based on the placement , functional nature and aspects they get from various planets .

Sun : Sun is signified as King in astrology. Sun is the sign lord of Leo . Sun also signifies Profession , Father , Royal associations , Kingdom , Biles , Heart , head , Bones too . Sun is the functional benefic planet for Aries and Sagittarius ascendant and works well for Cancer, Taurus and Scorpio ascendant too but in this ascendant, its results mainly depends upon its placement and aspects that is getting in the chart. Sun is functional malefic planet for Gemini , Virgo , Libra and for Pisces ascendant .

Moon : Moon is natural benefic planet when it is in waxing phase where as it is malefic when it is in waning phase. Moon signifies Land, pastures , farms , ponds , lake , water , sea , mother , mental state of mind , domestic happiness , family travels . Moon is functional benefic planet for Cancer , Scorpio and for Pisces ascendant . Moon is neutral for Aries , Gemini , Libra , Sagittarius , Capricorn and its results will depend upon its placement and association in the chart . Moon is functional malefic planet for Taurus , Leo , Virgo and for Aquarius ascendant .

Mars : Mars is Commander-in-chief in astrology . Mars is also termed as malefic planet in astrology . Mars signifies brother , property assets , debts , aggression , courage , stamina , blood disorders , immunity , bone marrow , army , police , ammunitions, ordinance factories in astrology . Mars is functional benefic planet for Aries , Cancer , Leo , Sagittarius and for Pisces ascendant . Mars is neutral to Libra and  Scorpio ascendant and give its results as according to placement and aspects it is getting in the chart . Mars acts as a functional malefic planet for Taurus , Gemini , Virgo , Capricorn and for Aquarius ascendant .

Mercury : Mercury is neutral planet in astrology and its results basically depends upon its association .Mercury signifies sisters, lawyer , stock market , trade , accounts , intellect and education matters too. It becomes benefic planet when it is associated with benefic planets and becomes malefic planet , when it is associated with malefic planets . As according to functional nature of Mercury is concerned , it is functional benefic planet for Taurus , Gemini , Virgo , Libra , Capricorn ascendant . It is neutral to Sagittarius , Aquarius and for Pisces ascendant and give its results as according to its association in chart . Mercury is malefic for Aries , Cancer , Leo and for Scorpio ascendant.

Jupiter : Jupiter is natural benefic planet in Vedic astrology. Jupiter signifies progeny matters , wealth , luck prospects , education , travels and family happiness too . Jupiter is functional benefic planet for Aries , Leo , Scorpio , Sagittarius and for Pisces ascendant . It acts as neutral planet for Gemini , Cancer and for  Virgo ascendant and gives its results as according to its placement and its association in the chart. Jupiter acts as functional malefic planet for Taurus , Libra , Capricorn and for Aquarius ascendant .

Venus : Venus is natural benefic planet in Indian Astrology . Venus signifies love matters , financial gains , luxurious items , happiness . Venus is functional benefic planet for Gemini , Virgo , Libra , Capricorn and for Aquarius ascendant . It acts as a neutral planet for Aries and for  Taurus ascendant and gives results as according to association and placement . Venus is functional malefic planet for Cancer , Leo , Scorpio , Sagittarius and for Pisces ascendant .

Saturn : Saturn is most malefic planet in Indian astrology . Saturn signifies old age , depression , sorrow , frustration , delays , dejections , mines . It gives results as according to one deeds. Saturn is functional benefic planet for Taurus , Gemini , Libra , Capricorn and for Aquarius ascendant natives . Saturn is neutral planet for Virgo ascendant . Saturn is functional malefic planet for Aries , Cancer , Leo , Scorpio , Sagittarius and for Pisces ascendant . Here Sade Sati effects will be more for those ascendants for whom Saturn is functional malefic planet.

Rahu & Ketu : Rahu and Ketu are shadow planets and do not own any sign . However , Rahu is exalted in Taurus and Ketu is exalted in Scorpio and Rahu is debilitated in Scorpio and Ketu in Taurus . In birth chart they always remain 180 degrees from each other . Rahu and Ketu generally give results as according to the associating planets and condition of dispositor planet ( Sign lord of the planet where Rahu or Ketu is placed ) . Rahu and Ketu generally give good results when they are placed with functional benefic planet for particular ascendant in good houses and there dispositor is placed in good houses too with aspects of functional benefic planets in chart.

Shadbala strength in Vedic Astrology

This is very broad topic that cannot be discussed here but still on shorter note , this is the measurement criteria for looking out planetary strength for each planet .Through this criteria , we will able to judge that planet will able to give its results in signification manner or not . If planet is getting lower points in Shadbala , even if it is functional benefic planet for particular ascendant , one cannot get full results of that functional planet natural and functional significations in chart . On smaller note , shadbala strength compromises of whether planet is posited in exalted , friendly sign , own sign , enemy sign . What is planetary directional strength, chesta bala etc which are used in judging strength of concerned planet.

Vimpoksa bala in Indian Astrology:

This is again another criteria which signifies planetary strength but with the help of divisional charts .Here strength of planet is measured in various divisional charts and all standard rules will be applied in studying divisional charts . If planets is placed favorably in various divisional charts , then its strength will be quite good to give its results .

Planets degrees in Vedic astrology :

Here planets degrees had to be looked to see whether planet will be able to give its full  results or not . Planet which is in 0-6 degrees for odd sign is in “Baal Avastha “ and hence will not able to give results properly . Planets which is in 6-12 degrees will be in “Kishore Avastha “ and will able to give results quite better . Planets placed in 12-18 degrees will be in “Yuva Avastha “ and will able to deliver results as according to the functional or malefic significations according to particular ascendant and in this degrees ,planet is quite powerful to give its results . Planets placed in 18-24 degrees will not able to give results fully as planet is in “Vrid Avastha”. Planets placed in 24-30 degrees is in “mrit avastha “ and hence will not able to deliver its results. In case planets , placed in even signs , in  0-6 degrees , planet is in “Mrit Avastha “ , 6-12 degrees , planet is in “Vrid Avastha” , 12-18 degrees , planet is in “Yuva Avastha “ , 18-24 degrees , planet is in “Kishore Avastha” and in 24-30 degrees ,planet is in “Baal Avastha” .

Divisional charts in Indian Astrology

Birth chart is the main chart that tell us various significations of our life but that significations had to be tested in various divisional charts in order to say anything about that particular area significations that how stronger that particular significations is in other chart like:

Navmasa chart

This is major and important chart to look out general strength of planets in D9 chart . Further , this chart is looked to check significations of marital life as well as spouse significations too in the chart .For ex- if Jupiter is weaker in birth chart but gaining strength in positive way  in D-9 chart , then with the help of remedies , Jupiter will give its positive results in main period of Jupiter with the sub period of other functional benefic planet for that ascendant.

 Dasamsa chart

This chart is used for testing professional prospects for the native .

 Saptamsa chart

This chart is used to test progeny prospects.

 Drekkana chart

This chart is used to study relations with brothers and sisters.

Dwadsamsa chart

This chart is used to look about parents.

Chaturvimsamsha chart

This chart is used to look out education prospects.

Shadosamsha chart

This chart is used to test conveyance prospects.

Ashtakvarga concept in Indian Astrology

For predictions , we had to look Vimshottari dasa as well as transits . Ashtakvarga concept is again very broad concept but on shorter note , this chart is basically used to see strength of planets in various houses while transiting  in birth chart . Here , Rahu and Ketu are not included in list of planets . If planet is giving below 4 points out of 8 , it means ,planets results will be below average .If 4 points , then that planet results in that house will be average and above 4 points , means planet results in that house will be above average and is generally good for the native , provided that planet is functional benefic and is gaining strength in chart.

Muhuratha in Vedic Astrology

For fixing Muhuratha , lot of things are analyzed like :

Tithi : Here in this section , there are rikta tithis that had to avoided for any auspicious work.

Nakshatra: Here , there  are specific set of nakshatra for doing specific things like Punarvasu nakshatra is good for worship , Chitra nakshtra is good for surgery and so on and so forth , which had to be looked in order to fix muhuratha

Vaar : It means day . For ex- Thursday will be good for worship rituals . Tuesday will be good for Surgery.

Karana :Here again , Karana is divided into two halves .In this , there are lot of karana that had to be avoided . “Vishti “ is the karana especially that had to be avoided for doing all auspicious work.

Yoga : In this section , again we had to look yoga that are good for particular day. This yoga forms by combining longitudes of Sun and Moon for any auspicious activities.

Rahu Kaal : This time is bad time which had to be avoided for doing any auspicious work

Apart from this , there are other parameters like chaturmas months , Chandra bala , Tara bala that had to be looked as well before fixing any day for auspicious things.

Remedies in Hindu Astrology

Lastly , for malefic planets and for weaker planets , remedies are prescribed in the form of :

Yagya : Worship rituals in the form of mantra recitation and offerings made in the fire by pundits.

Mantra : Specific set of mantras are recited by chanting that specific number of times.

Donation : Here donation is given in the form of clothes or food items to poor persons.

Gemstones : Here , gemstones are prescribed for functional benefic planet of the birth chart .