Forms of the planets, gold silver copper iron

This was a question and thus this quick post on the Moorti nirnaya or forms of the planets. The planets have four possible forms, gold-svarna, silver-rajat, copper-tamra and iron-loha forms or Moorti-s. This is one of the ways of checking if the transit of a planet in a particular Rashi is going to be generally favourable or not. 

You will need to know the exact time that the planet enters a Rashi. This time should be as per the place you are living in. So let’s do this with an example.

  • Sun entered Aries sign on 14th April at 02:50 am for India. (Took this from the drikpanchang)
  • Now we have to locate the Moon in transit at this time. The Moon at this time was at 19deg Aries
  • Next you have to find your birth Moon sign in your birth chart. This is also called the ‘janma rashi’, birth sign. 
  • Now you have to count this transiting Moon sign, Aries from our example, from your birth Moon sign.
  • The forms are,
    • If count 1, 6, 11 – Golden form
    • If count 2, 5, 9 – Silver form
    • If count 3, 7, 10 – Copper form
    • If count 4, 8, 12 – Iron form 
  • So in our example, the Sun entered into Aries on 14th Apr 2021, 
  • If your birth Moon is Aries, Scorpio or Gemini then the form of the Sun was gold-suvarna. 
    • Whatever the Sun signified for you in your chart, you must have got beneficial results. Even if he is not originally favourable, he would have still found some way to grant at least some pleasing results. Increase in confidence, radiance, improvement in health, some typical opportunities, etc must have happened.
  • If your birth Moon is in Pisces, Sagittarius or Leo then the Sun’s form was in the silver-rajat for for you. 
    • He would have given mixed or average results but still tending towards the positive. No overtly negative things must have happened in the aspects of life controlled by the Sun in your birth chart.
  • If your birth Moon is in Aquarius, Libra or Cancer then the Sun was in the copper-tamra form for you during his transit in Aries. 
    • He would have given mixed results but now tending more towards the negative. Things would have been average to bad.
  • If your birth Moon is in Capricorn, Virgo and Taurus then the Sun was in his iron-loha form. 
    • In this case, the Sun would have been incapable of giving favourable results and caused stress, reduction in vitality, illness, irritation, loss of confidence, depression, being ignored by others, your opinions not be valued etc type of results in the aspects of life controlled by the Sun in your chart.

You can now check back and see what happened to you during this Sun’s transit which was from 14th Apr 2021 to 14th May 2021. Especially if you are a Leo ascendant or Leo is your birth Moon sign, you must have been more aware of these sort of trends in your life this past month.


We can extract more information from this Moorti nirnay system. And remember that all transits are seen primarily from the birth Moon sign. 

For the Sun we know from the texts that he gives favourable results when transiting in the 3rd 4th 5th 11th counted from the birth Moon sign. This is the rule. So when Sun was transiting through Aries from 14th Apr to 14th May, he was being favourable for Aquarius, Capricorn, Sagittarius and Gemini. And generally unfavourable for the rest of the signs. This for the results he was to give as per the birth chart. So briefly,

Aries janma Rashi, Sun was Svarna Moorti, gold form, so 100% positive results from the Moorti nirnaya. Here he was transiting over the birth Moon sign which is considered to be an unfavourable transit. But because of the gold form, the usual unfavourable results would have been significantly reduced and things would have moved on average or slightly positive levels.

Birth Moon sign Taurus people had the Sun transiting in Aries in the iron form, very unfavourable. Plus his transit in itself was unfavourable. Thus Taurus moon signs must have gone through very critical situations in the past month. Loss of vitality, low confidence, ill-health, stress etc and in addition this critical situation would have also been connected to the Sun’s position in your birth chart and the houses and keyword he represents. Eg if Sun in the 4th house then stress from the mother etc. Eg if Sun in the ascendant sign then severe physical illness etc.

Gemini birth Moon people had him in the gold form and his transit as per the count was also favourable. So the Gemini birth Moon’s must have a very good time in this past month in matters connected to the Sun’s innate nature and also his role in the individual birth chart. Overall good heath, confidence, vitality, sucesses, gains etc and eg if Sun in 10th house, some good opportunity on the professional front etc.

Cancer birth Moon people had him in the copper form, so tending towards the negative. And as per the count too he was negative. So again these people would have had a bad to worse time during this Sun in Aries.

Leo birth Moon people had him in the silver form. And as per the count too, he was unfavourable. So overall results would have been average to bad. 

Virgo birth Moons had him in the iron form and as per the count too he was unfavourable in transit. These people too must have had a very critical time in this past month. Overall tiredness, loss of vitality etc linked to the aspects of life that the Sun controls in the individual birth chart.


Birth Moon Libra people had him in the copper form. And the count wise results too were not favourable. So must have experienced overall bad results. Ill-health etc and the stresses from the Sun’s position in the individual birth chart.

Birth Moon Scorpio people had him in the gold form and the count wise transit was unfavourable. So reduction in positivity, and must have experienced average to somewhat positive results during the Sun in Aries transit last month.

Birth Moon Sagittarius had the silver form of the Sun this past month. But his transit as per the count was not favourable so there must have been a reduction in positivity. And results connected to the Sun would have been average to bad. 

Birth Moon Capricorn had the iron form but the count was favourable. Thus the negative results connected to your Sun would have been reduced and bad to slightly negative results would have been seen in life.

Birth Moon Aquarius had the copper form and the count was favourable. So things related to the Sun would have been average to positive this past month.

Birth Moon Pisces had the silver form and the count was not favourable. So a reduction in positivity and the things controlled by the Sun in your life would have given you only average or even bad results this past month.

I have purposely chosen the Sun in Aries as an example so that you can try and tally what happened to you in the recent past from 14th Apr to 14th May. So in this last solar month from 14th Apr to 14th May, Gemini birth Moon signs had the best time considering the results attributable to the Sun. And Taurus and Virgo birth Moon sign people must have had the worst time in the things connected to the Sun.


So one tip is to always be aware of the  Moorti of at least these following planets to know how he will overall be for you as he transits into a new sign. If you can keep track of all 8 of them its even better, but this is the bare minimum.

  • Your ascendant lord, he shapes your entire personality and the environment around you.
  • The ruler of your birth Moon sign. This planet is responsible for shaping your mind and emotions, so keep track of him.
  • And the slower moving planets, ie Saturn, Jupiter, Rahu and Ketu. They occupy a Rashi for a longer time so have more impact on you.

The concept of Moorti or the gold, silver, copper and iron forms of the planets will help you get a snapshot of the overall results the planet will give during a particular transit. This is called Moorti Nirnaya, the “deciding of the form”. The Moorti nirnaya is one of the ways to evaluate transits of planets. It is useful and easy to calculate. Use it in your studies in astrology and analyse how it works in real life.

Newborns with a loaded 11th or 12th house

I am penning this one quick post after one incident with someone I know. Not giving out the details, but their genuine fear made me realise that ‘professional-astrologers’ do sometimes scare innocent people for creating dependency. If you have a newborn in your family, even you can observe what I have written in this post for yourself. Check the birth horoscope of the baby. Note which planets are placed in the 11th or 12th houses. Now the planets placed in the 11th house will, with time, move into the 12th house as per their transit speeds. And naturally the 12th house planets will move into the 1st house as per their natural speeds.

Let’s see what happens, first for the planets in the 11th house who will move into the 12th house and what effects will be seen on the baby. This is on the tiniest levels because from a baby’s view point everything around him is really very big, time passes very slowly for him. The perspective of the baby is very different.We might think that so much is happening so fast in the tiny baby’s life, but for a baby time passes very slowly. One day is like a life time for him.  (post here).

If there is a Moon here, the baby will fall slightly ill on the 2-5th day of its birth. Naturally the Moon will transit to the 12th house in 2.5days so the baby might suffer a sudden weight loss because of loss of water, or refuse to feed properly, or there might be shivering or spasms because of electrolyte imbalance. The mother will feel more weak during these few days and the baby might get a bit neglected, there would be some confusion about how to care for it.

Next, if the Sun in the 11th house, he will shift to the 12th house of the baby, in transit, within one month and stay there for 1 month. In this one month, when the Sun transits his 12th house, the baby may suffer from heat related issues, boils etc and he might lose weight too. Indigestion and vomiting or unusual motions are possible. Feeding him properly is necessary during this time. Also internal heat will be a bit variable, so skin rashes, pitta etc can be possible.

If Mercury is in the 11th house at birth. He will shift to the 12th house within the next about 25days and stay there for another approx 25days. So during this time, Mercury will ensure that there is some misdiagnosis of some sort. Eg the parents/doctors might think that something is happening, but  in reality something altogether different would be happening to him. eg you might think he has colic but maybe he as an ear infection. If you are giving him some vaccines or medicines during this period then its possible that they may give some adverse reaction. Or the dose may not be correct or something.

Venus in the 11th and then moving onto the 12th. He stays in one sign for about 28days. But I have not observed any typical issue here, possibly because Venus in exalted in the natural 12th house of the chart?

Mars in the 11th house can shift into the 12th within 2 months of birth. Baby can get non-cooperative, cry, can over-heat internally, so boils etc can pop up. Fevers and other heat related ailments are possible, somewhat similar to the Sun above.

Then if Jupiter is in the 11th house at birth and next transits to the 12th. Jupiter is the jeev-karak, the agent of life. A strong Jupiter gives a healthy body. He generally stays in a sign for about a year, but does his forward/retrograde/forward dance in between, so he might do this in the 11th-12th houses of the baby’s chart. When he goes into the 12th house a few months after birth he gives some health problems. The usual illnesses of babies may happen during this period from cold, fever to whatever they get in their first year of life. The health will go down slightly in some way.

Saturn in the 11th house and going to the 12th house can happen upto 2.5yrs of life. If the child is older then he will get cranky and you might scold/ discipline him. But if this happens when he is a baby, then he might just cry for no apparent reason. But the problem will be in the astral dimensions as he will be facing some karma from the other worlds. In this case the evil eye tips (post here) should be used to help him.

If Rahu and Ketu occupy the 1st house, they will have their typical effect on the personality. They will shift into the 12th house within the next 1.5yrs as they move retrograde. Again Rahu/ Ketu in the 12th house means astral connect. So use the evil eye prevention tips while Rahu/ Ketu are in the 1st and 12th houses.

Naming your baby, the astrologic twists and turns..

Then if any graha is in the 12th house, he will next transit to the 1st house as per its movement. This almost always causes some trouble. During such transits especially of the slower planets adequate care should be taken. Whenever a planet connected to the 12th house, either the owner of the 12th or placed in the 12th, occupies the 1st house in transit, he causes some reduction in the physical body and the environment around. This is more important if the baby has planets in the 12th house at birth as they will immediately transit the 1st house and if the baby/child is very small, naturally he will not be able to communicate regarding his problems.

This was a generic post, as the actual results will depend on the individual baby’s chart. If the planet is moving into his own sign or sign of exaltation or a friend’s sign the results may not be so perceptible, only minor things can occur. But if there are additional malefic influences then they will be quite evident.

So there is no need to get scared if your otherwise normal and happy, newborn baby, suddenly gets all worked up. Use your common sense and consult a sensible doctor first.

We Jyotishi-s are primarily Observers, the more dispassionate we are, the better we get. If you see something happening or a certain situation unfolding, you have to be able to pick up the keywords of the situation. Train your mind to see patterns in everything around you. Prakruti follows the laws of nature, ie Jyotish. Everything in this created world, emotions, logic, people, interactions, every single thing can be reduced to Jyotish. (But you cannot analyse the Soul with Jyotish, as the Soul is not a part of this created universes.)


Ketu conjunct planets Nov 2019 – Jan 2020

This period from Nov 2019 to Jan 2020 is a very unusual period. The slowest moving graha, Saturn, Jupiter and Ketu are conjunct. This combination has not occurred at least in the past 300-400 yrs!

And all this in Sagittarius, a sign owned by Jupiter himself. This makes their energies more potent. This is the natural 9th house of the chart and it represents hope, luck, kindness, benevolence, life-foundations, life-philosophy, the support of peers and patrons, the blessing or curses of the ancestors, religious views, the right action to be performed. Having this major planets in this sign affects everyone at very deep levels.

Generally two planets conjunct is a frequent combination, more planets conjunct is rare. During this period we will witness a six planet conjunction and the seventh Rahu opposite them so he too is drawn into their energies. This is a very high energy event.

During this period we have the following things happening too,

  • Venus, Mercury, Moon and Sun will conjunct the trio (Saturn + Jupiter +Ketu) at different periods briefly.
  • Combustion is when the Sun draws off the energies of the planets placed very close to him. Saturn and Jupiter will go combust.
  • Sun will get eclipsed, a total eclipse.
  • Moon will get eclipsed, a partial eclipse.
  • Rahu and Ketu, the true nodes are moving very slowly in their forward motion, almost stationary.
  • there is a planetary war going on in Sagittarius, graha yuddha

The energy of these 2 months is extraordinary and most of us will be experiencing events which will have life-time impacts on us.

To decipher Multiple Spouses

Let’s look on things from Ketu’s perspective in this post. Ketu is the headless graha, the real Moksh karak, he is the things you have no attraction to in this life and he represents the lessons you have learnt deeply in your past lives. You are unaware of the Ketu-things in life. Ketu will be conjoint these following planets during these two very happening months.

Before going on, do a small analysis of what these planets mean to you in your birth chart. To know what they will give you and how will they will behave in transit, you first need to know what the planet is capable of in your chart.

Ketu in Sagittarius has brought to all of us some lessons learnt from the past life experiences of philosophy, benevolence, kindness, all-inclusive nature, luck, optimism, faith, inner self, long journeys, learning, teaching and the blessings of the Guru. We have done all this in some past life or the other, but were unaware of the learnings. This Ketu has given us the fruits of those experiences, we can consciously use them during this period. There is general optimism as Sagittarius belongs to Jupiter and Ketu reflects Jupiterian qualities here. This is a philosophical placement by itself and the only down-side would be uncontrolled over-expansion which brings a downfall later.

During this period, you must have learnt new ways of communication. You have passed on whatever you have learnt. Writing ability, adaptability, flexibility, logical analysis and putting your thoughts out clearly must have happened in some way or the other.

Saturn – Ketu

This conjunction is quite rare and occurs every 18yrs, in the present time it is going on since Ketu entered Sagittarius in March 2019 and will continue till 22nd Jan 2020 when Saturn will leave Sagittarius. I have written about this combination in this post.

Ketu is fiery and dissociative. Saturn is airy and restrictive. They together is a tough combination. Saturn is the work required to rebalance karma. Ketu is the lessons you have so learnt completely and deeply in your part lives, but you are consciously unaware of them. There is an underlying negative or pessimistic attitude during their conjunction and there are often tragic situations. You might have issues in your profession or a run of bad luck. Ketu can bring focus on the negative qualities of Saturn or go to the other extreme where you are unaware of Saturn’s role in your life! In which case it can bring some relief from the demands for karma rebalance. A lot depends on the birth chart and the house where the transit is happening. It is like having Saturn with double the power in this point of your chart.

Sagittarius has its calming effect on both the planets and now that Jupiter himself has joined them, he will reduce their combined negative effect further. For a brief time till 15th Dec the Daityaguru Shukra, Venus is also conjunct here, a very potent combination.

Overall Ketu and Saturn have challenged your views on your personal life philosophy and you have been made to work with new perspectives. Ketu also means penetration and an unusual instinct. Saturn is routine. Together these two have brought in some new-ness in your life foundations, though you may not have been able to accept it at first. However there is significant benefit in long-term, so whatever the situation is, follow your conscience, be patient and keep on working.

Jupiter – Ketu

This is a good combination as Jupiter gives Ketu a direction. It is like having two Jupiters in Sagittarius! Jupiter + Ketu combination is also relatively rare and occurs every 12yrs or so, but the fact that it is happening in Sagittarius makes it special and auspicious.

Ketu is instinct, the past life lessons you fall back upon and Jupiter is wisdom and hope. Together they are quite good. Past karma of the positive sort is willing to give its results now. You are capable of being a good teacher, a good philosopher, a successful spiritual aspirant and you are bound to be this now. However there may be unexpected bumps and restrictions on your path, be patient and persevere. If Jupiter is afflicted in the birth chart, there may be problems in social life and issues with the peers and ancestral spirits. Avoid being rigid about your own opinions, listen to the other side also. This can get cruel sometimes if Ketu overpowers Jupiter’s inherent humanistic tendencies, so consciously try to be kind to yourself and also to others. But as this is happening in Sagittarius, Jupiter’s own house so guard against over-expansion. Keep your analytical mind ready and act after thinking things through. You will be sensitive to things, intuition will be high. Ketu’s typical ability to fog the mind or conversely penetrate through the fog will operate. You might be blessed with children now if the birth horoscope indicates it. Avoid getting married during this period.

Essential spiritual practice

Venus – Ketu

Venus will be with Ketu + Jupiter + Saturn till 15th Dec 2019. Ketu + Venus indicates that the past life karma connected to relationships of all types has reached its apex, you have learnt all the possible lessons from the Venus syllabus. Till now you were unaware of your these lessons, but now you will be made aware of them. For the spiritual aspirants this period is pure gold! You can use those skills from your past lives consciously.

You might get some opportunities to showcase your artistic talents. For those in the fashion industry this period can be quite productive. Avoid making serious business commitments or financial transactions or getting married during this period. Be careful of starting new relationships during this period. You will search for love, but it will lead to disappointment and frustration. For those who are already married, marital happiness might swing between extremes, passion and apathy. If you are trying to conceive a child, best wait for some time.

Moon – Ketu

Moon in his monthly transits will pass over Sagittarius, coming in conjunction with Ketu here. During this brief window of 2.25days per month, you might observe these sort of effects on your mind/ emotions. This has already happened once on 28-30 Nov 2019 and will happen once more on 25-27 Dec 2019. For the spiritual aspirant, this can be a very good period for Devi pujas. The eclipse on the no-moon Amavasya of 26th Dec is going to be exceptional.

Dreams, visions, deep mediative states, psychic stuff. Insights into the paranormal and other dimensions or sixth sense can operate. Your astral self is influenced by the separative planet Ketu. If your Moon has matured in your birth chart, you will benefit as Ketu will trim off the over-emotional and over-reactive bits of the mind. This might help you focus on the important things and allow multi-tasking and analytical abilities. Ketu has the ability of creating a fog or penetrating through the fog. On the flip side, you might feel fear of unknown or actual ghosts or negative energies around you. Intense Ketu and sensitive Moon together can sometimes be quite difficult to handle, especially if the Moon has not matured yet.

However do remember that on 25-27 Dec 2019, Moon is going to be influenced by several planets, keep your emotions in control and don’t let anything distract you.

Sun – Ketu

Sun enters Sagittarius on 17th Dec 2019 adding his energies to the Jupiter + Saturn + Ketu already present here. Ketu and Sun are in a way similar,  fiery, can get quite angry, are intense, royal, have a penetrating intelligence etc. Heat and cruelty are characteristics of both. During this conjunction in transit, the traits of the Sun are strengthened. Creative energy, centre roles, prominence in public etc are possible. There is clarity of thought and action. Aggression born of a feeling of entitlement will be there. So make use of this.

Ketu eclipses the Sun, which he will be doing now. The Solar eclipse in the morning of 26th Dec 2019 will be a soul-changing experience for all of us in the eastern hemisphere where the eclipse will be seen. Especially for India and people in India at that time, this eclipse is very important. The Sun is our self-ego, so this eclipse by Ketu is actually good for spiritual growth. However this can also be seen as a loss of confidence or self-centric behaviour or mental confusion. Avoid the extremes of pessimism and also over-enthusiasm and you will be alright. Take care of the physical health and especially of the eyes. I have written about eclipses and their energies in my other posts, do go through them to make full use of the eclipse energies.

Sagittarius is a fiery sign so the environment is conducive for both of them. This conjunction is a very unique opportunity for all of us.

Chakras and their conscious energies

Mercury – Ketu

Mercury enters Sagittarius on 25th Dec adding his energy to Sun + Jupiter + Saturn + Ketu present here. Analytical Mercury and the other-dimensional Ketu energies will change the way people think for a brief period. There is willingness to think out of the box, to try innovative things, to experiment and do new stuff. Imagination and the ability to act both will be boosted.

If you have a positive Mercury in your chart, this period will lead to a very creative phase. Astrologers would be able to give really good predictions, as the analytical ability is boosted. Finances, stocks and money making abilities are favoured.

If this Mercury is unable to give good results then, criticism, irritating juvenile behaviour is expected. Analytical ability will be affected, this can lead to frustrations in crisis. There is possibility of harm by gossip and loose talk. Legal issues are possible. Avoid financial dealings and speculations during this period.

What is going to happen in these few months is very unpredictable as there are so many forces and events happening one after the other very fast. But whatever happens will leave its effect on your for a life-time or several life-times. Do some spiritual practice so that this energy gets channelised in the best possible manner. Burst of energy is not the problem, in fact tantriks /shamans and energy practitioners are already doing their thing and channelising this enormous energy.

So in conclusion, these few months that we are living through now are very dynamic with almost all planets (except Mars) being affected by the Rahu/ Ketu axis. It is very significant that the true nodes are practically stationary in the forward motion and the rest of the planets are moving very rapidly over them. It is an exceptional time which will not repeat in our life-time. So do make use of the opportunity and create something lasting for yourself during this time.


Exalted and debilitated, Rahu, Ketu and Saturn

Ashtakvarga, an easy way to analyse transits

Jyotish or Vedic astrology has so many tools, but you should know which ones to use and how to use them. There is a lot of confusion about the Ashtakvarga, so here is a very simple way of using them in interpreting transits. You will need your Ashtakvarga table. There is system on how to make them, but now with everything available on software and free online calculators, am not writing on the maths.

This is how an Ashtakvarga table looks like. This is called a ‘samudaya ashtakvarga’ or a ‘sarva ashtakvarga’, the combined table. Input your birth details into any online software and you will get a chart which looks like this.

Ashtakvarga, an easy way to analyse transits

The top row is the Signs from 1-Aries to 12-Pisces. The first right column is the Ascendant degree and the 7 planets. ‘The Eight divisions’. Rahu-Ketu are not used in this table, instead the Ascendant degree/ Lagna is considered as a full-fledged ‘planet’ by itself. Each row is the score of that planet in the specific sign, this can vary from 0-8 points. The lowest row is the combined score of every sign this can vary from 0-56. The total number of points of the grand total are 337, this is constant at the lowest right cell. (I have tried to simplify this post to the lowest possible, but you need to read the rows and columns correctly, that is it.)

So to interpret individual planetary transits. The rule is that

  • if the planet is transiting a sign where its score is 5-8 then the results will be good.
  • If he is transiting a sign where the score is exactly 4, it will be average, not-good, not-bad.
  • If the he is transiting a sign where his score is 0-3, then the results will be  inauspicious.

If some planet has a score of 8 in a sign, the maximum score, then his transits in this sign will give you several benefits, prosperity, official favours, marriage, family times, wins over enemies, gain of land/property, promotions, leadership etc. Such opportunities will come on their own. And you can also plan and actively use such transits for auspicious activities, long journeys, new undertakings, purchase of gold/ property etc, depending on the nature of the planet and the sign involved. eg in out example table the Mercury transiting in Leo is excellent at 8 points.

Especially in the Moon’s row in your table, check which sign has the highest score. You might end up marrying someone with this sign, or your best friends will have this sign as their moon or ascendant sign. You will gain from people having this birth Moon sign. eg Moon has the highest score in Taurus in the above example table.

The intensity of the results progressively diminishes as the planet’s score in the signs diminishes. If he has the exact 4 point score in some sign, the planet transiting that sign will be neutral for you while he transits. He won’t create problems and neither will he actively aid you if you need his help. (However you can trigger his energies by using any of his remedies.) eg the Sun transiting in Gemini in the above example.

And if some sign has a score of 0 for some planet, be very very careful when that planet transits that sign. It can signify extreme misfortune. For the nature of misfortune, locate this sign in the D1 and check out what house it is in? Where is its owner? Who is occupying/aspecting it? In the D9, check the power of its owner planet, which new house does this sign shift to etc. In short, get all the information about the possible results of that this sign is capable of. Then also do a full ‘agent-analysis’, Karakatva-analysis of this particular planet too. Such transits can signify extreme misfortunes, diseases, losses, loss of wealth, loss of job/position, death of children/ wife/ parents, death of self etc. (To change this situation for the better, you should perform some spiritual practice or some remedies of the concerned planet.) The example table does not have such an example. However Saturn has a very low score of 1 point in the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius each. This would represent a Saturn- Capricorn-return for the person (his birth chart is below), so physical effects would be damaging. Saturn in Aquarius would be Saturn transiting the 8th house and also second from his own birth position, rather bad for the health and position in society.

Now an example in detail, refer to the above table. Let’s take the eg Sun. Sun transits one sign per month.

  • He has score of 5-8 in the signs, Aries, Leo and Virgo. So his transits in these signs will give auspicious results for the person. Sun has the highest score in Virgo, so this transit period will give him the best possible Sun related results.
  • A score of exact 4 in Gemini, Cancer, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius and Pisces. This is a rather long list! Average indifferent results for the Sun-related things when he transits these signs.
  • A score of 0-3 in the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Capricorn. Sun’s transits in these signs will give more problems than solutions. He has the lowest score in Scorpio ie 2 points, so the Sun’s transit in this sign will be the most problematic.

Now lets cross-check if this tallies with what the chart says. (It will always tally, but this is an educational post so doing this extra analysis.) This is the chart and birth details of Aleister Crowley, the greatest occultist that the western world has produced in recent times. 12th Oct 1875, 11:43 pm at Leamington UK. This chart is so extraordinary that I have decided to use it as my example chart. This man was a superlative genius. And he has my gratitude because of all the things he did, he, with Lady Frieda Harris, designed the Thoth Tarot deck. (haven’t been able to locate her birth details). I use the Thoth deck and it is actual magic. We know a man by his creations!

Birth chart Aliester Crowley


See the main D1 – birth chart and D9 – navamsha. If you look at the position and the power of the Sun from these charts, you can see that the Ashtakvarga makes perfect sense. The Birth Sun is placed in the 3rd house in Virgo. He goes to Virgo navamsha so is Vargottam, capable of giving very good result inside-out! Sun’s Virgo transits are going to give the best results. His lowest score was in Scorpio. A watery secret occult sign placed in the 5th house the natural owner of the 5th sign Leo is the Sun. This sign is placed third from the Birth Sun. Sun when transiting Scorpio will be in his natural house 5th but in a watery mysterious environment. (You, a radiant king, come back to your bright sunny house and see that it is taken over by neo-goths, now its dark, full of occult paraphernalia and you are supposed to work from here, naturally you are uncomfortable.)

Now why is the ascendant sign taken a separate ‘planet’ level item in this analysis? Your ascendant sign is the ‘concentrated’ you + your environment. Sometimes you need to calculate Muhurt-s, the perfect time to perform some action. It is called Electional/ Event astrology. Now in a day, all the 12 signs rise at the east direction, each for approx 2 hours. How do you decide if this particular 2-hr time frame is good for you to buy a house or a car? Or if a person has had an accident and you know what time the accident occurred. You can use this time to find out the ashtakvarga of the ascendant sign and determine the severity of the injuries. Here we are into very high details, we are analysing how 2-hr slots on every day are going to be for the person.

So again refer to our Ashtakvarga table, this time read the ascendant sign/Lagna row.

  • The rising degree has a score of 5-8 in the signs Gemini, Libra, Scorpio and Capricorn. The highest being in Scorpio and Capricorn at 6 points each. So the two 2-hours slots when Scorpio and later Capricorn rises in the east will be especially favourable for this person.
  • The ascendant degree has a score of exact 4 in Taurus, Leo, Sagittarius, Aquarius and Pisces.
  • And has score of 0-3 in the Aries, Cancer and Virgo. The lowest being in Virgo at 1point.

To cross-check from the D1 and D9 horoscopes. Scorpio placed in 5th Kona house, its owner Mars exalted, placed with Saturn in 7th Kendra house. Capricorn in 7th house containing an exalted Mars and its owner Saturn. Genius coupled with the ability to think, analyse, use with discipline, power and balance etc. This is backed up by the D9, Scorpio becomes the 1st house and Mars remains vargottam, exalted and in the 3rd house. Capricorn goes to the 3rd house and Saturn shifts to the 11th house. This combination is quite good, so the personality is most productive, well-balanced when the ascending signs are Scorpio or Capricorn. (This person was obviously famous in society as a very high level occultist, a mountaineer, a spy, numerous affairs/marriages and more things!)

One more point, look at the totals row, the lowest row, where the total score of each sign is computed. Here the range is from 0-56 points for each sign. The mid-point is 28. A sign with a score of 30+ points generally gives better results than a sign with -25 points. Signs with scores 25-30 give average results. This is a very generic statement, but good enough for a very rough understanding.

So your practical exercise for today is, use any online Ashtakvarga generator. Input in your birth details. See how your Ashtak-varga table looks like. Take a screen-shot or download or print it. Then for each planet check out which signs are in the 0-3 category, in the exact 4 points category and in the 5-8 points category. You need to do this only once. Write this information down for your easy reference. You can mark it on your table with different coloured pens or make a table and keep it on your desk. So now you know which sign transit for which planet would give very good results, indifferent results or inauspicious results. Then when the current planets change their signs in the sky, just refer to this table and get your instant transit readings. (But then, as usual, you will need to know what your this planet signifies in your chart for the exact events. So natural agent and chart-specific agent analysis is always the first step.)

So this was on using the Ashtakvarga for analysing the power of a planet to give his results during his transits through the various signs. Earlier this table was quite typical to calculate, but with software, it is as easy as a click of a button. So do use it, it is always accurate. No complicated stuff to learn by rote. But you will need to find out what your planet stands for in your chart first, this is the first step of every astrological analysis. This can be as simple as matching keywords to begin with. Later you can add more shades of meanings as you learn and observe yourself more.

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Ashtakvarga, an easy way to analyse transits