The germs of astrology can be traced in Vedangas- a limb or branch of the Vedas- the priceless storehouse of knowledge and culture; a testimony to the knowledge of self. Besides the invaluable element of prediction, astrology serves to be a guiding factor as the study of planets in this all encompassing solar scope and their bearing on human life. Apart from enlightening one on the material up liftments, it also unfolds the hidden spiritual inclinations and ways of development.
A birth chart; known in Indian etymology as the 'Janam kundali' captures the exact astronomical locations; bringing out the exact cosmic locations of stars and planets at the precise moment of an individual's birth. With the knowledge of their exact placement deduced on the basis of time, year and place of birth; one can make or arrive at a diversely ranging predictions.
Apart from outlining the possibilities of various planets at the given moment of an individual's birth; it points to the degrees of rising ascendance in the eastern horizon. Making use of birth date and year, the exact location of the birth place along with its longitudinal intersections; the natal or birth chart is cast. The sign of a native's rising ascendance is known as the lagna. The lordship of the given sign is determined by the degree in ascendance on a given cusp.
The time and location of a native's birth, his place of birth along with its co ordinates play major parts in respect of his planetary positions. The ascendant sign, moon rise and sun rise on that particular day are also meticulously taken into account. One has to take into account the given planetary positions on that particular day which are outlined in almanacs. The Natal chart forms the basis of manifold astrological predictions because calculations are made as to the locations of six planets from Sun to Saturn along with the lunar phases of Rahu and Ketu.
The planets according to Indian astrology are supposed to inhibit twelve different signs. The sign in which Moon is placed is called the birth sign or "Janam Rashi"; whereas the star constellation in which moon finds itself is called "Janam Nakshatra". The nine planets which have relevance to certain facets of our existence rule the different aspects or bhavas of the birth chart. The Sun and Moon own one house each whereas the other planets have heir lordships with two houses. Placement of a planet in a given Natal chart is decided as per the longitudinal intersection of the planet and that of the cusp.
The planets occupying various signs encapsulate the qualities, characteristic and potentialities within us. A planet in exaltation represents that the energy level of a particular degree coincides with the natural energy contained by the given planet.
Birth Chart and Horoscope
Horoscope is a reflection of the cosmos at the point of your birth. The tenure ship of various planets is outlined in the horoscope. The major phases and sub phases of the different planets follow the course of the natives birth chart. Horoscope is all about individuality. The influence of heavenly beings is determined by their respective position and combination during his time of birth. An individual horoscope may be divided into twelve houses where lagna constitutes the sign of ascendance. Houses ruled by different signs with lordship of respective planets outline the multi sided dimension of human existence. The lagna or ascendant is supposed to be your first house. One has to follow an anti clockwise direction from the lagna or point of ascendance. The first fifth and ninth are called the trine houses, they are supposed to be powerful and auspicious. The fourth seventh and tenth are called quadrants, they are equally powerful and fortune yielding. The third and eleventh houses are related to growth; whereas the sixth eighth and twelfth are supposed to be maliciously oriented. Each of the twelve signs has its ascendant lord in various planets. I f the ascendant lord is self placed it is supposed to be very powerful. It is weakened or become malefic when it inhibits an unfriendly or an enemy sign. It is moderately powerful when it occupies its friend's house.
Lords of first fifth and the ninth house are always beneficial but the lords of fourth seventh and tenth yield benefits if placed in favorable houses. However the lords of sixth eighth and twelfth if placed in the similar houses produce good result but are bad if placed in good houses such as the trines and quadrants.
Two or more planets placed in a similar house are called the conjunction of planets. The conjunctions are similarly beneficial or malefic according to the planetary combination and the sign or houses inhibited by them. The conjunction of trying lord and quadrant lord is supposed to be very auspicious. Rahu and Ketu which are the nodes of moon also yield different results depending on the signs inhibited by them and planets aligned with them. Birth chart and horoscopes form the foundation of astrological predictions.