The Dark and bright halves – Part 2

This is a continued post from part 1 here. Do read it first so that this continuation makes sense.

If you have 5 or more planets in this ‘bright’ half of the zodiac you have the option to choose. You are not running on auto-pilot, you can do some course corrections or take advantage of the situations presented to you. Here if your ascendant lord, Sun and Moon are also in the bright half you also have the intelligence and awareness to choose the better path. You will be put in situations where you will be required to choose. It is like a test, if you can choose well you get a one up but if you choose the worse option, you have created more karma to work through.

Now let’s add one more interpretation of the ‘dark/bright’ halves.

  • The sub-conscious half was chosen by your higher self at the moment of birth. The higher self controls this half and works through it. And its exclusive goal is the spiritual, it wants to work towards the higher consciousness. Every action by the dark half is directed to this ultimate goal. You might feel it to be happy or unfavourable as per your conscious perceptions, but you can’t do much about it. It is something like an avalanche, once triggered at birth, there is nothing much that one can choose about its course.
  • The bright half gives the conscious mind the option of choice. This can be considered as a course-correction or an opportunity to grab at options which will be presented to you in life. The background potential will be supplied by the dark half as usual. And the background always wants to move towards the higher consciousness. But here you have the conscious choice of playing the Game of creation some more or going Home. Free will does exist. There is nothing wrong/ right just the action and its inevitable consequence.

We have seen how individual choice is made possible in the 7th house. The typical nature of the 7th half-dark and half-bright, makes this house rather dangerous. Its choices must be navigated carefully. The mind wants to consciously choose in the current moment but the inherent choice of the birth moment cannot be ignored. The moment of evening twilight, generally malevolent energies influence the conscious mind. But the sub-conscious is always alert, it wants only those influences which will take it higher spiritually. This is a very subtle conflict with very high stakes. That is why we astrologers get so many questions related to partnerships -marriage and business!


Then we reach the 8th house. The house of sudden catastrophic transformations, surgeries, serious diseases, reproductive organs, accidents, the process of physical death, occult etc. If there are benefics here they are subdued, as overtly auspicious things cause you to change internally in unexpected manner. But if there are malefics here they give unpredictable results, cruelty coupled with occult?, war linked with spirituality?, almost always an unsatisfying marriage/business venture, but an endurance for the spiritual. Here you have the background of the sub-conscious as chosen at birth but now you can do something about it. If your chart shows the possibility of accidents, maybe you can train yourself to drive safely so as to reduce the intensity/chances. Or if you know you might get in-laws who will try to use you, you might keep them at a distance from the start. Or if you know that you have a potential for the occult, maybe you can actively learn more about it. If you know that death will be in a certain way, you can keep yourself calm and make the most of the energy of the transformation. The 8th is ultimately a part of the Moksh trikon.

The 9th house, this is a part of the Dharma trikon, 1-5-9 houses, so should be analysed carefully. This house will give all material necessities for a comfortable life, at whatever level you have chosen. The expectation here is if you are materially comfortable, you will naturally gravitate towards the spiritual. Optimism, benevolence, divine blessings, luck, your past lives ‘auspicious benefits’ etc. You have this backup with you but how to express it and work with it can be your choice. Changes in your inner most psyche as per your karmic back-up, slowly change you on the outside too, more philosophical, more mature, more kind, you become an enabling senior, a patron yourself. Here benefic planets give very auspicious results but malefics also do not harm much. You will receive spiritual gifts and you are expected to give them onward. (Highest possibility exists for Cancer ascendant. If exalted Venus occupies the 9th house Pisces. If the rest of the chart supports and the person chooses this path. This person can realise Himself and help others too.)

The 10th house is your link to your society, profession, salary income, birth father, social mobility, etc, Arth trikon. Some of this is naturally as per your background’s dark half. But here you will be put into situations where you will have to choose and act, work, perform, produce, labour, do your karmic obligations. This action is obligatory as per your past lives, but if you are in a karma-yoni you do have some option on how you want to do it. If you choose to avoid doing it altogether, then you will have to complete the pendency in some future life, as it is your obligatory action. Any planet in this house will increase scope for action. They will add their power to the house, ‘activate it’, giving you more platforms and opportunities to work. Any planet in this house generally performs well. This is the zenith, the degree at the top of the head. Any action you take here will have its effect on your current and future lives. You can gain the highest goals here. And since it is the bright half, you can do some course corrections, the action does not percolate immediately into the subconscious like the 7th house.

Then the 11th house of gains. A part of the Kama trikon. Here you will be granted opportunities to gain in every way possible. Wealth, friend-circle, like-minded groups, good-will, etc are linked here. This gain is essentially the gain linked to your personal essence, it feels good on all levels. You come out of your personal limitations, the limits defined by your personal ego here. As you socialise, make friends, join like minded groups, interact, accept every sort of gains from the 11th, you realise that you are much more. You expand in every way, become socially conscious to begin with and later this consciousness expands even more as it gains more directions. The choice from the material to the spiritual is very much available here. Practically every planet here gives favourable results. If you have more planets here you will be given that many more and diverse opportunities to gain.

The 12th house is a rather cryptic house. The planets which have risen a couple of hours before your birth. You can interpret this house in two ways. One it represents the influence of the energies of the journey to pitrulok to martyalok, ie the journey your soul made from the dimension of the spirits to the dimension of the living. Or the impact of your immediate past life on your current life. Second it represents the immediate position of your soul after your physical death, the route you will take back to the pitrulok (Moksh trikon). All kinds of outward travel, expenses, the genius and creativity of the dying moment, the meditative states and also the moments which you spend dreaming and in deep sleep. You have no conscious control over how these energies work. But you can direct these energies. At the moment of death, you can consciously propel yourself to higher energy states. You can harness the energies of the other states to complete your karmic baggage. You can do meditative practices with the intention of achieving Moksh (this is why Venus is exalted in the natural 12th house of the zodiac). You can increase your intuitive power and use your sub-conscious actively. This is naturally dependant on the potential of your sub-conscious half but you do have some choice in the matter.


If you do a quick analysis with the trikons. Arth trikon is more in the subconscious side. Moksh trikon is more in the conscious side. Dharma and Kama trikon are equally placed half/half. (The 1st and 7th houses are different).

  • Dharma trikon – 1-5-9 houses
  • Arth trikon – 2-6-10 houses
  • Kama trikon – 3-7-11 houses
  • Moksh trikon – 4-8-12 houses

Arth trikon – The things which give your life meaning are more linked to the sub-conscious programming, your past lives decide this more. Two houses out of the three lie in the dark side. Eg if you have been doing intense spiritual practice for 90% of your past lives, then in this life too this will give most meaning to your life. Or if you have been a soldier for 80% of your past lives, then in this life too the army will beckon. You cannot dismiss these ‘arth’ ‘meaningful’ things so easily as they are connected to your past lives inevitable results, you can maybe modulate them a bit, eg if not a soldier, you can be an army doctor?

Moksh trikon – The final release from illusions is more on the conscious side. If you want to release yourself from anything, it requires conscious efforts. 33% will be your back-up from the sub-conscious of the past lives but remaining effort has to be consciously put in. This applies to Moksh, the final release but also the release from other things. Eg you have never been given maternal love in 80% of your past lives, it is a negative binding. So to release yourself from this baggage, you have to consciously try, one way is helping orphaned children. Another example, if you didn’t find a good Guru or were exploited by someone who pretended to be one, it is a negative baggage, so try to teach others as you wanted to be, learn the highest knowledge and give it to others, this will set you free.

Dharma trikon – I have written a lot on the 1st house in my past few posts so not repeating all that. The personal essence, subconscious tendencies/ genius and karmic ‘auspicious benefits’ make this trikon.

Kama trikon – I have written a lot on the 7th house also, its inherent danger, its half dark/ bright sides etc so not repeating this either. It is the evolution of the narrow definition of ‘desire’ into the expanded infinite ‘highest desire’, via a treacherous illusion of free will and choice.

There are so many ways of pulling information from your horoscope, do explore them all, you will get to know yourself better. We generally use astrology to know about our education, business, wealth, health, family/children etc. This is the simpler way of using this Ved-ang Jyotish. The ultimate objective of Jyotish is always Self-illumination.



The Dark and bright halves – Part 1

Astrology is not just about which planet falls in which sign and aspects what. It is seeing patterns. There are just the 12 houses, 9 planets and they tell you about your entire life. Every nuance is important here. Analysing the distribution of the planets in the horoscope can be used to determine if your current life is for ‘enjoying’ the ‘fruits’ of your past lives karma (bhog yoni) or are you more into action using the potential of your past lives (karma-yoni)? Open your horoscope, (Vedic astrology app). Locate your exact rising degree. Add (or subtract) 180 deg from this to get the exact setting degree. The 10th house is the zenith, the highest degree above your head as you were born. The 4th house is the nadir, the degree exactly below your feet.

The 1st and the 7th houses are a bit special as the center of the house lies on the horizon. Half above, the ‘bright half’ the conscious and half below, ‘dark half’ the subconscious. These two houses are different, planets placed here also behave differently. But for the purposes of this post, let’s divide them also into two halves, one in each half of the zodiac, dark and bright. (But do try to think for yourself the significance of the 1/7 axis and their half bright/dark natures.)

The houses 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th and half of the 1st and 7th are in the dark half. You have limited conscious control on these things. Here you are dished out karma, depending on your past lives actions. If you have more planets below the horizon ie 5 or more planets, then you are in a Bhog-yoni. You are more into enjoying the fruits of your past karma. These fruits may be auspicious or not depending on the actual placement and power of the horoscope. The planets are the karma active for you in this life. Eg planets here can give a luxurious life but only for this one, their influence will not go onward to the further lives. The houses/ signs/ planets here are active for only one life, the present one. You are required to bear with this karma, sweet or rotten, in this life. You do not have significant opportunities to create new directions for your future lives now. Involution.

The houses 8th 9th 10th 11th and the halves of the 1st and 7th above the horizon (bright half). If you have more planets above the horizon ie 5 or more planets, then you are the action hero, it is a karma-yoni. Here you can change the direction of your current and future lives by your conscious actions. If the planets here are capable of giving auspicious results, you have more options, if they are unfavourable you have less options. But you will have the option of active choice. The possibility of creating new karma exists as you use the potential of these planets to act. And what can create can also destroy, so if you use these planet’s energies, you can also destroy the seeds of karma and also prevent new karma from being created. You will be put in situations where you will choose your path. These choices will be very significant, momentous even, as the path you choose will affect your current as well as future lives, far-reaching karmic consequences. Evolution! Choose well.

Note in which half, the Ascendant lord, the Sun and the Moon lie in. These 3 planets are the most important ones for your chart. They work differently in the dark and the bright half.

There is nothing good/bad, correct/wrong or auspicious/unfavourable here. Both bhog-yoni and karma-yoni are important for the soul’s evolution. One represents the power of current choice and the other is the choice of birth. You might think of them as ‘will’ and ‘instinct’. These represent the way your current life is oriented. If you know this you can be better adjusted and satisfied with your current life, Jyotish is self-illumination.

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The 1st house is half dark and half bright, its exact center on the horizon. Your essence, personality/immediate environment. Some of these things are in your control but some are in-built. Eg your vitality or your body structure is in-built but you can consciously increase it by doing spiritual practice or going to the gym. Or you can reduce it by living an unhealthy lifestyle. Your choice. This house represents your potential energy and your conscious action both. How you convert the entire potential of the dark half into the action of the bright half is majorly controlled by the 1st house.

If you have a planet in your 1st house, he will have a very significant effect on your entire self. The sub-conscious karma can be converted into a powerful spurt of conscious action if this planet is very strong. Now is this planet is in the bright half, you will have a choice on where you direct the energy, the conscious will is strong. But if he is in the dark half of the 1st house this choice was made by you at the time of birth, the instinct will dominate.

(I know a chart with a Yogkarak Mars debilitated in the dark half of Cancer ascendant. It is very instructive to observe him, his birth chart, the effects of transits on him and the conflict between his sub-conscious instinct and conscious will. If you have any Cancer or Leo ascendants in your study, observe them the next 5yrs are going to be very happening. More so for Cancer.)

The ‘bhog’ fruits of karma represented by the subconscious half have to be gone through. This fruit baggage at your back determines the power of your essence, your personality. As you finish these fruits, you are given options to create new. This is the morning dawn, things are being brought out into the open, into the active conscious. Remember the direction of movement of the zodiac? 1st house is your essence, try to use this essence so as to get the maximum benefit from what you expend.

The 2nd is family, the family’s accumulated wealth, its history, voice, vision etc. You cannot change these things much just accept them and try to live with them. Any planet here will give its effect and you cannot do much to alter it. Eg one chart is born in a very rich family, but Ketu in the 2nd cleanly separated him from his family’s assets, he sees the astral dimension clearly and also stammers.

The 3rd is courage, boldness to choose between options, neighbourhood, extended family, small trade, team-workers, siblings, even gossip and rumours. Planets here will influence these things but again you consciously do not have much control over these things. You simply have them. eg Moon here may give a lot of boldness in the astral realms and the strength of the mind and Jupiter here can add his dose of hope to it but where will you use this boldness? The 3rd house just gives you this modified boldness. This is your ‘possession’, you possess these things, the planets can only modify the qualities cannot direct them. The goals must come from somewhere else (1st or 9th house?).

Now the 4th house, one of the pillars of the chart. The act of arriving on this earth, the mother, houses, safety, comforts, early education, heart, innate intelligence, the bindings of your current incarnation on your individual soul. Any planet here contributes immensely to your emotional, spiritual, physical make-up. You cannot alter or modify these influences much, slightly tweak them at max. Can you change your birth mother? Eg if you have a Sun+Mercury here it will make you very analytical, intelligent, matter-of-fact, limited external display of emotions. But what you analyse and use your intelligence for, is not decided by this house.

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The 5th is personal genius, creativity, children, intelligence, confidence, etc. These are inborn traits, you cannot teach someone creativity. You possess these things, but using them? Eg Love affairs of the 5th can happen as a matter of routine, but converting them to marriage requires the 9th house’s destiny, 7th house’s choice powered by the 1st house’s essence. The 5th house strangely, is also all those situations where you have limited scope of choice! A simplistic eg, you use your 5th house, create a child, now you do not have the option of ignoring it. You have to carry on with what you create here. A very strong planet here, eg a single Rahu will give immense personal creativity, make you very famous in society, occult abilities and love affairs too, but will leave no scope for one-one equal partnerships ie marriage/ business, spiritual practice is also affected. Ketu here will give flashes of creativity, incisive intelligence which might be diverted in several love affairs or extreme asceticism. Again you do not have wilful control over the planets here and the tendencies they indicate, it is more on instinct.

When reading the horoscope, the 1-5-9 axis should be analysed in depth. This is the Dharma trikon, the Foundations. It shows how innate genius and divine luck feeds into your personal essence.

The 6th house is your karmic impediments, the requirement to serve or suffer. Is your life journey easy or difficult? If the scope for mental, physical, emotional suffering is restrained it is a good thing, so malefics work better here. Disease, debts, enemies, conflicts all ‘loss of balance’ are the domain of the 6th house. These are karmic stumbling blocks from your own deepest psyche. They are active in this life and in the dark half. You suffer or serve but at least pending karma is rebalanced. You cannot wish this away/avoid it now, it is the fruit of your past life’s actions. Facing up to them courageously is perhaps the only option.

Now we come to the 7th house. I find this house the most dangerous. This house is just like the 1st house, half dark and bright. This house is called the mirror of the 1st house and is the second most important house of your chart. But here we have conditions exactly opposite to the 1st house. The 1st is the time of birth, the 7th gives you the time of death. Here it is the metaphorical dusk, evening twilight, things are being obscured. The movement is towards the dark half. You choose, you act and immediately the energy is obscured, it enters the sub-conscious. Have you balanced pending karma or created a new mess, this is not clear to you now.

The karmic choices you make here will have their consequences in some future life’s bhog-yoni, they will become the fruit which you will enjoy/endure then. This is the hidden danger of the 7th house. You create karma under the influence of desire (kaam trikon), this karma then destabilises your essence, ie the 1st house/foundation (dharm trikon). Then you endure its ‘fruits’. Then when you finish the ‘fruits’, you get the scope for new choices in some future karma-yoni. It can get very convoluted if you are not alert. (Plus its Bhavat bhavam effect on the 1st house)

The 7th house is half in the bright side. So you have the option of choice. But half is in the dark so you are not in the least consciously aware of what that choice has done to you. (Direction of the zodiac’s movement). Has it drained your essence or has it given more power to your 1st house? And once a choice is made here it cannot be revisited. You make the conscious choice in the bright half and immediately the subconscious registers it in the dark half. Here instant karma is dished out in the same life and a portion kept for the next lives.

The point is that you can make conscious choices about the stuff related to the 7th house. You can choose which blanks you want to fill. The choice of one-one partnerships, business partners, marriage or spiritual practice is critical. The rising and setting degrees of the chart are very sensitive points of the chart and any decision you make here can have very deep repercussions. Eg if you select a wrong business partner he might cheat you. If you marry the wrong person he will drain you and you might regret it. If you choose the wrong spiritual practice it will harm. This is the house of the evening twilight, the malevolent forces are more active here. If you have a planet placed in the 7th examine his effect on your life-choices in depth.

And also be alert when other planets transit this sensitive house. That is why the current Saturn transit over Capricorn is so interesting for the astrology student. If you have any Cancer ascendant sample in your database, do follow his life-events for the next 5yrs. Or even Leo ascendants.

(I had touched on this topic briefly in my earlier post but someone wanted to know more so a full post. Have continued with the other ‘bright’ half in my this post.)

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(‘To choose consciously’ or to ‘follow your sub-conscious’ is often a debate.

  • For the karma-yoni people, individual conscious choice may predominate as per your own chart’s positions.
  • I go with the sub-conscious as per my own chart combinations I am enjoying the fruits of my past karma. If I feel something very strongly, it is correct.