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Astrology has not attained the status of scientific discipline yet. But I find it very logical and scientific field. Astrology is based on Astronomy. Please refer to my article on Astronomy for further details about it. The ancient Hindus always regarded Astrology and Astronomy as synonymous so that a bad astronomer was also considered a bad astrologer. If you are not good at astronomy or mathematics don't be disheartened as now a day's horoscope can be made by computer.
Studying astrology is not a easy task, but if you should try it as it will open a new horizon to you. This article is small so please forgive me for omitting many details.

Some Basics

1. Zodiac

Zodiac is a broad band or belt in the sky extending 9 degrees on either side of ecliptic. In order to measure a point is established which is known as first point of Aries. The zodiac revolves once in a day on its axis from east to west. The ecliptic is divided into 12 equal compartments-
Signs of Zodiac, from Aries to Pisces each of 30 degrees. ( Further division 1 degree = 60 min., 1min = 60 sec so total extent of zodiac is 21,600 min. or 129,600 sec. )

2. Constellations

The eciliptic is marked by 27 constellations or "Nakshatras" also known as lunar mansions. Each constellation contains 4 quarters or "Pada" and is equal to 3 1/3 degree of celestial arc so there are 108 pada in the zodiac. and each constellation is of 13 degree 20 min. of hte arc. To make it simple:

Zodaic = 12 signs (each 30 degree) =27 constellations or nakshatras ( each 13 degree 20 min.)

No.

English Sign

Hindu Sign

Its Symbol

Degrees

   

1.

Aries

Mesha

0-30

   

2.

Taurus

Vrishabha

30-60

   

3.

Gemini

Mithuna

60-90

   

4.

Cancer

Karaka

90-120

   

5.

Leo

Sinhga

120-150

   

6.

Vigro

Kanya

150-180

   

7.

Libra

Tula

180-210

   

8.

Scorpio

Vrishchrika

210-240

   

9.

Sagittaris

Dhanus

240-270

   

10.

Capricorn

Makara

270-300

   

11.

Aquarius

Kumbha

300-330

   

12.

Piscies

Meena

330-360

   

What is your sign ? To know your Sun Sign used for Western calculations and reading your future in the newspapers. You need to know only your Birth Day as Zodiac names were given when first degree of that sign is at the first day at the eastern horizon. To make it simple it is almost fixed days. Sun sign begins from 21-25th of March for Aries.

But to calculate Your Moon Sign or "Rashi" you will need to know your birth time and place as well.


2. Planets

7 important 1. Sun, 2. Moon, 3. Mars, 4. Mercury, 5. Jupiter, 6. Venus, 7. Saturn. ( also minor ones Pluto, Neptune, Uranus)
2 nodes, in hindu astrology known as Rahu and Ketu
 

3. Type of Signs

Movable Signs: 1,4,7,10 Fixed Signs: 2,5,8,11 Common Signs: 3,6,9,12 ( mnemonic 3*1,2,3,4).

Then Signs can also be divided as ODD and EVEN number.

4. Horoscope

There are 3 types of horoscopes mainly Western, North Indian, South Indian. I'll mainly discuss North Indian Chart here.

Horoscope is divided into 12 houses 1st house is Lagna or Ascendent ( At eastern horizon rising ) and then in sequence anti-clockwise. In example given above Lagna ( i.e. in First House or Ascendent) is Leo numbered 5 and Mars is situated in it. In 11th house Gemini there are 3 palnets Venus, Mercury, and Saturn.

To make a horoscope you will need an Ephemeris or "Panchang".

In my opinion now Computer is a better choice. Among horoscope making softwares Leo 99 is the best and its calculations are precise but it is costly. But they have got a web site where you can make basic horoscope free.

Fututre Points site is www.indianastrology.com Go ahead and make your horoscope.

You will need your Birth Day, Birth Time and Birth Place to make a horoscope.

5. Predictions

Now making a horoscope is pure maths but predicting is another matter all together. One need to have knowledge as well as experience. Predection depends upon some princples. There are various methods deviesed by ancient Indian Rishis most bear their name like Parashar, Brigu, Bhargava, Garg etc. There is also one which calcultes by sublord of nakshatra ( known as K.P. system).

12 Houses having 12 Zodiac Signs make horoscope. In it planets are dispersed. 12 houses having 12 signs make 144 combinations but if you will consider degrees and planets there are too many combinations.

Houses What they represent ? in short

House or Bhava

Signify

1. First House Appearance, Build, Body
2. Second House Family, Immovable property, souce of death, vision,
3. Third House Intelligence, Brothers or Sisters, Warfare
4. Forth House Mother, Vehicles, General happiness
5. Fifth House Children, Education ( also 4th house), Fame
6. Sixth House Diseases, Enemies, Debt
7. Seventh House Spouse
8. Eighth House Longevity, gifts, death
9. Ninth House God, Fortune (Bhagya), guru, Father (10th also), Travels
10. Tenth House Karma, Occupation, Philosophy
11. Eleventh House Earning, gains
12. Twelfth House Loss, Moksha ( Enlightment), Foreign travel, Captivity

Different Planets in different signs and houses gives different results.

Vinshmottori Dasa of planet is quite accurate in predicting the results of respective planets.

I'll try to explain Prediction in my later article.

By Dr. Akash Garg Email: dragarg@email.com

 

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Last modified: 07/26/03