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The Spiritual Dimensions of Vedic Astrology
ACVA International Symposium, September 6-10 2007
© 2007, by Robert A. Koch
1. Tribute to Sri C.S. Patel
2. Definition of Time
Time is defined as the linear progression of the state of being, divided into various cycles and sub-cycles. The utility of some of these cycles, or progressions, will be demonstrated in this lecture.
3. Progressions of Time for Human Beings – One year of human life is the equivalent of 1 day of the gods – Manu Smriti
4. The 27 naksatras form the background of all predictive systems in Vedic astrology
The 27 Nakstras are grouped into three of nine each:
27 Naksatras in 3 Cycles – Paryayas and Gandantas
|Janma Paryaya – 1st Cycle||Karma Paryaya – 2nd Cycle||Adhana Paryaya – 3rd Cycle||Group Nomenclature|
|Gandanta: 0˚ Aries to 3˚ 20’||Gandanta: 0˚ Leo to 3˚ 20’||Gandanta: 0˚ Sagittarius to 3˚ 20’|
|1st star – Aswini||10th star – Magha||19th star – Moola||Janma|
|2nd star – Bharani||11th Star – P.Phalguni||20th star – P. Shadha||Sampat|
|3rd star – Krittika||12th star – U. Phalguni||21st star – U. Shadha||Vipat|
|4th star – Rohini||13th star – Hasta||22nd star – Sravana||Kshema|
|5th star – Mrigashira||14th star – Chitra||23rd star – Danishta||Prathyak|
|6th star – Ardra||15th star – Swati||24th star – Shatabisha||Sadhaka|
|7th star – Punarvasu||16th star – Vishakha||25th star – P. Bhadra||Vadha|
|8th star – Pusya||17th star – Anuradha||26th star – U. Bhadra||Maitri|
|9th star – Ashlesha||18th star – Jyeshta||27th star – Revati||Parama-maitri|
|Gandanta: 26˚40’ Cancer to 0˚ Leo||Gandanta: 26˚40’ Scorpio to 0˚ Sagittarius||Gandanta: 26˚40’ Pisces to 0˚ Aries|
The junction point between each group, or last Navamsa of water signs, and first Navamsa of fire signs, are Gandanta and indicate death.
When the Sun, measured by various progression sequences, reaches the Gandanta point, then death – both symbolically as well as factually – occurs.
5. Dwadasamsa Progressions – 2˚ 30’ per year
5. Progression of One Navamsa per year (3˚20’) – Brighu Nadi
Summary of Progressions and Terms of Longevity
|Progression Per Year||First Gandanta Age||Full Term of Longevity|
|1˚ (1 Trimsamsa)||120 Years||360 Years|
|2˚30’ (1 Dwadasamsa)||48 Years||144 Years|
|3˚20” (1 Navamsa)||36 Years||108 Years|
|3˚ (1 Dasamsa)||40 Years||120 Years|
|4˚17’ (1 Saptamsa)||28 Years||84 Years|
6. Progression Guidelines
7. Vargottamamsas and Pushkara Navamsas
Students should try to memorize the Navamsa divisions for each of the 12 signs of the zodiac. The following table will be helpful initially:
|#||Navamsa Divisions||Fire Signs||Earth Signs||Air Signs||Water Signs|
|1||0˚ to 3˚20’||Aries||Capricorn||Libra||Cancer|
|2||3˚20 – 6˚40’||Taurus||Aquarius||Scorpio||Leo|
|3||6˚40’ – 10˚||Gemini||Pisces||Sagittarius||Virgo|
|4||10˚ – 13˚20’||Cancer||Aries||Capricorn||Libra|
|5||13˚20’ – 16˚40’||Leo||Taurus||Aquarius||Scorpio|
|6||16˚40’ – 20˚||Virgo||Gemini||Pisces||Sagittarius|
|7||20˚ – 23˚20’||Libra||Cancer||Aries||Capricorn|
|8||23˚20’ – 26˚40’||Scorpio||Leo||Taurus||Aquarius|
|9||26˚40’ – 30˚||Sagittarius||Virgo||Gemini||Pisces|
If a planet is in Pushkara Navamsa which, however, falls in a sign equal to the 6th, 8th or 12th house of the Rasi chart, then the good affects become nil.
For example, if for a Libra rising chart, Jupiter were in the 10th house in Cancer and in Virgo Navamsa (Pushkara Navamsa), such would fall in the 12th house of the rasi chart, and thus ineffective. Another example: If in a Leo rising chart, Mercury were in 7˚ Taurus in the rasi chart, and thus in Pisces Pushkara Navamsa, its affect would become nil as Pisces is the 8th house of the Rasi chart.
Specific Pushkara degrees (Pushkara bhagas) in the different signs are highly auspicious, and should be used in Prashna charts and particularly for fixing the lagna of Muhurta charts. The Pushkara Navamsas, specific Pushkara divisions, and Pushkara Bhagas are given as follows.
|Sign Type||Pushkara Navamsas||Pushkara Navamsa Divisions||Pushkara Bhagas (degrees)|
|Fire||Libra and Sagittarius||7th and 9th||21˚|
|Earth||Taurus and Pisces||3rd and 5th||14˚|
|Air||Taurus and Pisces||6th and 8th||24˚|
|Water||Virgo and Cancer||1st and 3rd||7˚|
Transits of Planets in Pushkara Navamsas
8. The 64th Navamsa
The 64th Navamsa is found exactly 8 signs, or exactly 210 away from either the ascendant or Moon Navamsa. For example, if the ascendant is 2˚ of Libra, the 64th Navamsa is 2˚ Taurus. Similarly, if the Moon were at 14˚ Scorpio, then the 64th Navamsa therefrom falls in 14˚ of Gemini. These fall in the 4th house from the Moon or lagna in the Navamsa chart.
The 64th Navamsa, as well as the 22nd Drekkana (exactly 8 signs away from the Rising Drekkana, or 8th house of the Drekkana chart) are called Khara, and are very malefic points in the horoscope if conjoined or aspected by malefics, either natally or in transit.
ü Saturn’s transit over the Arudha of the 8th house (Mrityupada), or its trines, or in its 7th or trines therefrom, brings death to the native.
Navamsa Transit Periods
The mean motion of slower moving planets in a Navamsa (3˚20’ arc) are as follows:
Saturn: 3 months, 11 days
Rahu: 2 months
Jupiter: 1 month, 10 days
Mars: 7 days
The Brighu Bindu is the degree midpoint of the Moon and Rahu, and is a very important point in delineation. The BB is mention in the Chandra Kala Nadi, as well as Brighu Nadi. Midpoints of Rahu and other planets, or of Ketu and the planets, will also carry great significance so far as the nature of those planets is concerned.
For example, transits to the 64th Navamsa from the Moon/Rahu midpoint, or progressions of benefics/malefics to the BB point or its Navamsa, will be very significant during the Maha-dasha of the Moon, and bhukti period of Rahu, or vice versa.
Dashas and bhukti periods of planets in the naksatra of Moon/Rahu, or x-planets/Rahu, will also tend to bring significant events and experiences.
MRTYU BHAGA FOR PLANETS + THE LAGNA IN DIFFERENT SIGNS 
 Source: Jataka ParijataWeird al horoscope lyrics meaning. , Adhyaya 1.57-61. Mrtyu-bhagas are also discussed in the Saravali, as well as Sarvartha Chintamani
The Spiritual Dimensions of Vedic Astrology – Part Two, Chart Illustrations
© 2007, by Robert A. Koch
Chart #1: Disappearance Case
Data: May 3, 1981; 1:11 AM PDT (+7); Mount Vernon, WA. Lagna = 18:29 Sagittarius
This is the chart of a 24-year old man who has been missing in the jungles of Laos since March 13, 2006. He taught English in China, and when on a school break, was trekking in some remote areas of Laos when he disappeared. All his belongings were still in his hotel room after he disappeared, including his camera, which he would have taken with him had he gone sight-seeing in the jungle.His parents consulted me on May 14, 2006 to ascertain from the Jyotish point of view what had happened to their son, whether he was alive or not, and if so where could he be found. At the time of this writing, the American Embassy plus the government of Laos is involved in the search. The man’s family has also contracted with a team of private investigators who are knowledgeable with the country, its terrain, and its government. As of this date, there is no sign of the boy anywhere, and local people either do not know of his whereabouts or his disappearance, or they are afraid to say anything.
Both the Sun and the Moon in this chart are in Mrityu Bhaga degrees. The Sun’s Vimsottari dasa was operative when he disappeared.
Longevity is Alpayu (0 to 36 years), with two out of three longevity pairs giving short life. Maraka lord Saturn joins lagna lord in 7th from AL, while the AK Venus similarly joins maraka lord and Badhakesh Mercury. Mars in Aries, as 2nd lord from AL is a fierce maraka also, and he is lord of the Shoola dasa sub-period, i.e. Scorpio.
Saturn is also Rudra, while Mars is Mahesvara in this chart.
Saturn takes a further sinister role in this chart given its very close proximity to Apamrityu Saham which is at 12°25’ Virgo. Lagna lord Jupiter is exactly conjoined Mrityu Saham also, which falls at 7°10’ Virgo. These are very dangerous omens not only so far as the native’s longevity is concerned, but also the likelihood of his still being alive at the time the chart was read. 
Natal Rahu is in the 22nd Drekkana, while Sun is in the 64th Navamsa from the Moon.At the time of his disappearance, transit Ketu was in near exact conjunction with natal Mahesvara Mars, while transit Mars moved over the Navamsa of the Moon. Also of note is the transit of Saturn and Rahu over the natal Navamsa position of Rahu.By Brighu (3˚20’ = 1 year) progression, the Sun was in exact conjunction of natal Rahu, as was progressed IC. Similarly, the progressed descendant had moved to within one degree of natal Saturn and Apamrityu Saham. All of this happened when the native was running the Vimsottari dasa of Sun, and bhukti period of Rahu.
Similarly, the progressed nodes had come to within less than two degrees from natal Moon.Chart #2: Case of Guru Betrayal
Data: June 25, 1957; 02:14 AM EDT (+4); Manchester, CT. Lagna = 16:59 Aries
The native was betrayed by her guru who left her organization suddenly and without notice thus disappointing and frustrating many students that she had organized to be taught by him.
In this chart, the Brighu Bindu (Moon/Rahu midpoint) is at 0˚12’ Aquarius, while natal Jupiter is at 0˚33’ of Virgo, exactly in its 64th Navamsa.In the Navamsa chart, 9th house Rahu is in the 64th Navamsa from the Moon, while in the Drekkana chart, Saturn is Khara, and forms Sarpa yoga with the nodes around Jupiter.
At the time of the betrayal, transit Rahu moved over the natal Navamsa of Jupiter, while transit Saturn moved over the natal Navamsa 9th + Rahu, in the 64th Navamsa from the Moon.Progressions: By Brighu progression, the Moon has moved to within less than a degree of the natal Rahu in the 7th house. Similarly, Uranus has moved to the exact degree conjunction of the natal MC.
Chart #3: O.J. Simpson: Pushkara and 64th Navamsas
Data: July 9, 1947; 08:08 PST (+8); San Francisco, CA. Lagna = 1:29 Leo
Pushkara Navamsas: An unprecedented 6 planets are in Pushkara Navamsas, including Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, and Rahu/Ketu. Jupiter exactly conjoins the Pushkara Bhaga for the sign of Libra as well. This can account for the great fame, wealth, and notoriety the native enjoyed prior to his wife’s murder scandal on 6/12/1994.
Moon and Mercury, however, cause a diminishing in fame and respect, as Moon is in the 8th of the rasi chart and also in Marana Karaka sthana. Mercury, dispositing the ascendant and 10th lords, is also in the 12th house/rasi chart.
Notes regarding the date of his wife’s murder – 6/12/1994:
On this date transit Rahu and Jupiter conjoined in the sign of Libra, while Mars and Ketu joined Aries. (This is yoga for murder, which will also be seen in his wife’s natal chart as well). These fall exactly on the 1/7 axis of Simpson’s Navamsa chart, wherein Mars rises in Aries. Transit Mars moved through the Libra Navamsa (7th house of Navamsa chart) and in the 64th Navamsa from the Moon.
In the natal Navamsa chart, Rahu is in the 64th Navamsa from Venus, and this position (Pisces Navamsa) was transited by Saturn at the time of the murder. Similarly, transit Ketu moved exactly over the natal Navamsa of Venus.
Chart #4: Nicole Brown Simpson
Data: May 19, 1959; 01:57 CET (-1); Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Lagna = 12:14 Aquarius
The Moon is with Rahu in the 8th house (Marana karaka), and both in the 22ndDrekkana as well. These positions shorten longevity, and death comes in a sudden, shocking manner.
Dushta Marana yoga (terrible death) exists with all four malefics aspecting the 3rd from Arudha lagna.Darakaraka Jupiter is with the UL, as well as A6 and A8 (Shasta pada and Mrityu pada respectively). These give strong indications of danger or death through the spouse.
When Mars and Rahu, or Mars and Ketu join the 6th house from natal ascendant, the native is murdered by his/her spouse. At the time of death, transit Mars moved through the natal Navamsa of Mars/Rahu as well. These facts all but assure that the native was murdered by her spouse.Navamsa Narayana dasa
One is shocked to note the Navamsa Narayana dasa at the time of her demise. It was Pisces/Gemini, with the sign Gemini holding the yoga for being murdered by the spouse. Mars/Rahu natally are in that sign, while transit Rahu also moved in Navamsa Gemini, while Saturn transited the Navamsa of Pisces. These facts give a fated element to the event that transpired.
Saturn/Rahu/Mars/Ketu all aspected the 6th house from Drekkana lagna at the time of the event as well.
Brighu Bindu Connections
The Rahu/7th cusp midpoint of O.J.’s chart fell at 19 Virgo, which is nearly an exact conjunction with the Rahu/Ketu axis in Nicole’s chart. Brighu Bindu points interfacing between two charts are shown to be highly significant in relationship karmas.
Chart #5: Pat Tillman – “Friendly Fire” incident
Data: November 6, 1976; 09:39 PST; Fremont, CA. Lagna = 26:58 Scorpio
The native was killed in Afghanistan in a “Friendly fire” incident.
Notes: The chart indicates short life, with 1st, 10th, and 8th lords all in dusthanas. The native is destined to not live beyond the age of 36.Dushta marana yoga forms by way of Ketu and Saturn aspecting the 3rd from Arudha lagna. Maraka lord Venus joins the lagna very closely, within 10’ of arc. Malefics + Moon mutually aspecting Venus cause Rudra yoga, or yoga for death during operative dasas.Mercury is the Rudra graha (stronger lord of 2nd or 8th), and is inclined to bring death.
Chart #6: Example Chart
Data: September 18, 1947; 08:23:30 PST; San Francisco, CA. Lagna = 1:25 Libra
Three events in the life of the native were most graphic and memorable:
1. He joined the ashram of his guru on 1/10/1970;
2 He had a serious illness from which he almost died – 3/17/2005
Event #1: In the natal chart Rahu + Sun are in the 64th Navamsa from the lagna, whereas Ketu is in the 64th Navamsa from the Moon. The native lost both of his parents at the time of birth.
At the time of joining his guru’s ashram, transit Moon, Mercury, and Jupiter were all in the 64th Navamsa from lagna. Ketu similarly transited over the natal Navamsa lagna at that time. In the natal Navamsa chart, Jupiter occupies the Pushkara Navamsa in the 10th house.
Event #2: By Brighu progression, the Moon came to the exact position of Rahu in the natal chart. This was a serious implication for health, as in the rasi chart Rahu occupies the 64th Navamsa from lagna and is thus very dangerous. The Sun, ruling health, occupies that Navamsa as well.Transit Rx Saturn moved in the 8th house from Navamsa lagna at this time, while Mars and Ketu aspected it from Aquarius and Libra Navamsas respectively. All of this occurred at the beginning of the Vimsottari dasa of Venus, whose position is dangerous for health in the rasi chart.
Chart #7: Car Accident
Data: February 8, 1964; 22:03 PST; Portland, OR. Lagna = 19:04 Virgo
Note the strength of maraka lords Venus and Jupiter in this chart, while the mutual aspect of the Moon + nodes to Venus causes Rudra yoga. Mars is in the 64th Navamsa from lagna, while Venus/Ketu/Sun are in the 64th from the Moon, which happens to be the 3rd house of siblings. Sun is lord of the 22nd Drekkana also, and also rules mountains, which is where the accident occurred. The accident occurred during the Mars/Venus Yogini dasa. In the natal Drekkana chart, note that Venus occupies the 3rd house, and is aspected by Mars and Khara lord Sun.
Note the Brighu progressions: Progressed MC comes to the exact degree of the natal ascendant (10 Virgo), while the progressed Ascendant comes to within less than a degree of the natal Ketu in the 4th house, ruling vehicular accidents. Also note that progressed Mars comes to an exact opposition to natal Neptune. The accident occurred as a result of skidding on ice.
Finally, note in the transit chart, Mars/Ketu and Moon are all located in the 22nd Drekkana. Saturn + Mars, in addition to the nodes, all aspected the 3rd house from the Navamsa lagna as well.
Chart #8: Kidnapped Girl
Data: December 5, 2003; 14:30 GMT; Leicester, UK. Lagna = 21:52 Aries
Notes: According to classics such as Prashna Marga, if the Moon and Rahu are in kendras, the chart is considered Balarishta, that is, the native dies in childhood before the age of 12.
The child was kidnapped while on vacation with her parents in Portugal, on March 5, 2007. She has not been found, nor has her body been recovered.Note that there is approximately a four Navamsa difference between the natal Moon and Rahu in her chart. Thus something very challenging could happen in her 4th year of life. At the time of the kidnapping, the Moon had moved to within 21’ of arc of the natal Rahu by 3º20’ = 1 year progression.
The Mercury/Ketu midpoint also fell within less than two degrees of the Sun in her birth chart. At the time of the incident, Mercury Ketu transited over her Navamsa ascendant, while Mars/Rahu/Sun/Moon all moved in the 7th house of her natal Navamsa chart. Ketu may indicate that she got lost suddenly, and was then picked up by a stranger (Mars/Rahu).Venus/Ketu midpoint fell even closer to the Sun, i.e. at 20 degrees Ta/Sc. These points are significant in that she was in a Vimsottari dasa period of Venus/Sun/Venus at the time of her disappearance.
The Navamsa progressed (3º20’ = 1 year) ascendant had also arrived at the position of the 8th house Sun in her birth chart at the time.
Chart #9: Gordon Brown – UK Prime Minister
Data: February 20, 1951; 08:40 GMT; Giffnock, Scotland (4W17 55N58) Lagna = 22:14 Pisces
Events: He was married on 8/3/2000; he became UK’s Prime Minster on 6/27/2007
Notes: By 3º20’ = 1 year progression, the 2nd event above occurred when progressed Mars conjoined Saturn in the natal 7th house exactly. Also, the progressed Jupiter came to exactly oppose natal Venus in the first house.
During the 1st event above, progressed Jupiter moved to the natal 6th house/Leo, and opposed the natal Sun exactly. The event might have more relevance when seen from the Sun lagna, from where the Sun itself rules the 7th house, while Jupiter disposits natal Venus. At the time, the Narayana dasa was of Taurus/Taurus, a fact which brings Venus very strongly into the picture, and especially for marriage as Venus rules the 7th from Upapada lagna.Transits: It is significant that Jupiter occupies the 64th Navamsa from natal lagna, while at the time of marriage, transit Jupiter and Venus were in that exact location.
Finally, Mercury, the lord of the natal 7th house, occupied the Navamsa 7th with Venus at birth, while at the time of marriage, transit Mercury moved through the Navamsa 7th.
 Rudra and Mahesvara play very strong roles in longevity studies. Briefly, Rudra is the stronger of the lord of the 2nd and 8th. Mahesvara is the lord of the 8th from the Atmakaraka. There are details regarding the calculation and use of these planets which are given in Maharshi Jaimini Upadesa Sutras, by Sanjay Rath. p.154-157
 Apamrityu Saham is a specific point which indicates untimely or accidental death. The formula for its calculation is as follows: the degree of 8th cusp – degree of Mars + ascendant. Mrtyu Saham is similar, and represents death. Calculation: 8th cusp – Moon + ascendant. (Source: Varshaphal, by B.V. Raman, Ch. 8, Raman Publications.
In the practice of astrology, there are two main types: Western, also known as tropical astrology, and Vedic, also known as sidereal astrology. This article explores the main differences between the two traditions.
Although Western astrology traces its roots to the cultures of Ancient Egypt and Greece, the practice of astrology was going on in India long before these civilizations came into being.
Traditionally, Indian astrologers calculated planetary positions based on the fixed locations of the stars in the sky. In the same way that the pole star has always been used to determine true North, various constellations were used to measure the movement of the planets along the ecliptic.
However, due to the precession of the equinoxes, Indian astrologers adjusted their calculations to keep in sync with the stellar positions. Thus, their system is known as sidereal, or star-based.
Around 285 B.C, the Greek astronomer Ptolemy introduced a simplified method of calculating the movements of the planets. He noticed that each planet moved in a fixed rate relative to the Sun. By noting the precise times of the fall and spring equinoxes, and the winter and summer solstices, Ptolemy was able to derive the positions of all the other planets.
In this way, Ptolemy conceived what is now known in Western astrology as the tropical method, or judging planetary positions based on the Sun’s movement from the equator to each of the tropics.
At the time, it so happened that in India, there was a perfect alignment between the Sidereal and Tropical methods. Nowadays, however, the corrective adjustment used in Sidereal astrology is about -24 degrees, or almost an entire sign of the zodiac.
Another major difference between Vedic and Western astrology is which planets and stars are included in a horoscope. Here’s a list showing what is commonly considered in each of the two systems:
Notice that the list starts to diverge after the planet Saturn. The Nakshatras, for instance, are a unique feature of Vedic astrology. These are the “lunar mansions,” or specific sets of stars that the moon passes through in its orbit around the earth. Each one is said to possess a different personality, as well as different strengths and weaknesses, much like the individual zodiac signs themselves.
In addition, Vedic astrologers track the movement of “shadow planets” Rahu and Ketu, which are believed to cause eclipses.
In Western astrology, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are used in place of Rahu and Ketu to signify such qualities as obsession, rebellion, and chaos.
Both Western and Vedic astrology split a chart into twelve houses, with the first house located on the eastern horizon. However, beyond this point, the traditions each take their own approach. In this section, we’ll look at two aspects of the houses: measurement, and planetary lordship.
In Vedic astrology, each house is assigned an equal 30°. Generally, Vedic astrologers use what is known as the Whole Sign method of determining houses. This means that if Cancer is the predominating sign in the third house, then a planet that falls anywhere within Cancer’s thirty degree range will be considered a tenant of the third house.
By contrast, in Western astrology, there are several competing ways of measuring out the twelve houses, and they may not all be given an equal number of degrees. Some astrologers follow the Vedic method of equal division, while others adjust the size of the houses based on various factors, such as latitude and the number of daylight hours.
Here is a breakdown of which planets rule each sign according to both systems:
Note that in the Western system, Scorpio, Aquarius, and Pisces are assigned to Pluto, Uranus, and Neptune respectively, whereas in the Vedic system, these planets aren’t included at all.
Another significant difference between Western and Vedic astrology is in how each offers predictions of a person’s future life. First we’ll take a look at the core philosophical differences which undergird each system, and then at the methods of predictions themselves.
For most practitioners of astrology in the western world, Vedic astrology is viewed as a rather harsh system. Traditional Vedic astrological texts often list terrible outcomes for specific planetary positions and combinations, and a person unfamiliar with the system might be understandably put off.
For example, the textbook outcome of a somewhat common planetary combination known as Daridra Yoga is that the person will “contact huge debts, will be very poor, will suffer from auditory troubles, and will commit sinful and criminal deeds.” (see B.V. Raman’s book, 300 Important Combinations)
However, a skilled astrologer does not take one single piece of information alone, but is instead very careful to analyze the chart as a whole in order to see the overall tendencies of the person.
Vedic culture in general takes what could be termed a “realist” approach to human life — the Vedas do not encourage blind optimism. It is considered far better to have a sober assessment of one’s risks and weaknesses than to naively pretend such things simply aren’t there.
Western astrology, on the other hand, prefers to focus on positive messages and outcomes, emphasizing a person’s strengths, rather than shining light on their weaknesses. Unlike Vedic astrology, which classifies both planets and houses as either “malefic” or “benefic,” Western astrologers prefer to take a neutral view.
In Western astrology, personal predictions rely primarily on what are known as planetary transits. A transit refers to when a given planet passes through a specific sign. In a person’s horoscope, each house is occupied by a single sign. When a planet crosses into that sign, then it will exert greater influence on that house.
In Vedic astrology, predictions follow what is known as the vimshottari dasha system. This system divides a person’s life into nine planetary periods based on their birth nakshatra. For example, if a person is born under Hasta nakshatra, then they would begin life in their Moon period, because Hasta is ruled by the moon. The dasha periods always follow a specific order, and each period lasts a set number of years:
Vedic astrologers analyze the positions of each planet in the birth chart in order to determine what major life events are likely to take place during a specific planetary period.
In addition to the major distinctions between Vedic and Western astrology covered above, here are a few more differences which play a significant role in interpreting an astrological chart:
A planetary aspect occurs when one planet is directly across from another planet in the chart (180°). They can also occur when planets are a set angle from one another, such as 60°, 90°, or 120°.
In Western astrology, aspects are measured based only on degrees. For instance, if Jupiter is 15° into Leo, and Venus is 16° into Scorpio, then it would be considered a strong aspect.
In Vedic astrology, aspects are measured by the entire house. It doesn’t matter how many degrees a planet has traveled through the sign. For example, if Saturn is in the first house, and Mercury is in the third house, then Saturn would aspect Mercury. In addition, Vedic astrologers only consider certain aspects, depending on the planet. The following table shows the houses over which each planet has full and partial aspects:
|Planet||100% Aspect||75% Aspect||50% Aspect||25%|
|The Sun||7th||4th and 8th||5th and 9th||3rd and 10th|
|The Moon||7th||4th and 8th||5th and 9th||3rd and 10th|
|Mars||7th, 4th, and 8th||N/A||5th and 9th||3rd and 10th|
|Mercury||7th||4th and 8th||5th and 9th||3rd and 10th|
|Jupiter||7th, 5th, and 9th||4th and 8th||N/A||3rd and 10th|
|Venus||7th||4th and 8th||5th and 9th||3rd and 10th|
|Saturn||7th, 3rd, and 10th||4th and 8th||5th and 9th||N/A|
In Vedic astrology, an important element of judging the strength of a chart and the overall quality of a person’s life are planetary combinations, known in Sanskrit as yogas. These are special combinations are believed to produce positive or negative results in a person’s life. Some yogas indicate material happiness, others foretell spiritual growth, while some warn of obstacles that may impact different spheres of life.
Western astrology does not incorporate this feature of Vedic astrology.
Another element of Vedic astrology that doesn’t appear in the Western practice is what is known as directional strength. Each planet performs at its best on a certain side of the chart. Below you can see the table of where each planet is at its strongest:
|The Sun||The Tenth House||The Fourth House|
|The Moon||The Fourth House||The Tenth House|
|Mars||The Tenth House||The Fourth House|
|Mercury||The First House||The Seventh House|
|Jupiter||The First House||The Seventh House|
|Venus||The Fourth House||The Tenth House|
|Saturn||The Seventh House||The First House|
This is up to you! Different people prefer Vedic or Western astrology for different reasons, and the debate over which one is “correct” is unlikely to be conclusively resolved anytime soon.
On our website, we provide astrological information based on the Vedic approach, as we find it to be more accurate, more in-depth, and more consistent across practitioners. This is because the tradition of Vedic astrology has remained intact for thousands of years, whereas Western astrology only regained popularity in the early 20th century.Luke Vanderlinden
Ekadashi is the Sanskrit name for the eleventh day of the waxing and waning lunar cycle. Ekadashi is a special day for fasting and increasing your practices of meditation and bhakti yoga. The [..]