Gemini, the luckiest ascendant

Perhaps Gemini ascendant is the luckiest of the lot. If you were born with Gemini rising, you have slightly lesser problems and set-backs in life. Your life is generally average, not much ups and downs. But if your ascendant lord, Mercury, is in an auspicious Budh-Aditya yog or influenced by powerful planets etc you can have a happening life with power and the ability to exercise it. Mercury owns your 1st and 4th houses so check if the kendra-adhi-pati combination applies to you. If so you have to be more careful in life, cultivate confidence and command. Mercury is an impressionable planet, able to adapt himself to any situation. He has skills, logic, intelligence and his primary focus is first survival and then coming first in everything he does. Gemini is a dual-natured, airy, intellectual sign, its Gun is Tama, its Gan/group is human/ Manushya. (I have written about the Gemini-Sagittarius axis in depth do go through those three posts.)

Gemini, the luckiest ascendant

Gemini rising gives you an attractive personality, you stand out in a group. You are considered to be beautiful by the norms of your culture. You have a touch of shyness in your demeanour which makes you even more attractive. You are intelligent and this is reflected in your behaviour, you have pleasing manners and are good company. Interact and exchange are your watchwords.

You are quite skilled at small talk, business talk and in fact all sorts of talk, persuasive, communicative. You are ambitious and bursting with ideas, quite imaginative. You can negotiate or romance with your words, charming, a good sense of humour, fun to be with. You can be a good diplomat or a good host, tactful. You know what to speak and to whom, the master of conversation. You do not speak much, ie you are not a chatterbox but when you speak, others listen. You can influence people with your words, inspire them to achieve heights. You can be a good motivational speaker. (If there are some malefic influences you will go to the other extreme of sarcasm, biting wit and hurt with your words.)

You like travelling, you do travel a lot and have extensive knowledge about humans, habits and cultures. You can be a good tour guide or a history teacher! You like social life and alone cut off from your fellow humans makes you unhappy. In social gatherings you are often the one mingling around, you know everyone and everyone knows you. You like people, interacting with people, analysing people, observing people is your hobby. You can meet and make contacts with strangers very fast. Your special skill is to divine others thoughts and predict their actions. A keen observer of human nature and highly intuitive, you can understand people’s thoughts. And then you influence them with your words. Your style of speech can be very emotional and intense. You know which buttons to push. Thus you can push people in the direction you want them to move in. You have a knack of maintaining relations with important persons who can be of advantage to you. Your social group is very large but you are not deeply attached to individuals.  If you feel that a friendship or relationship has run its course you can easily cut ties without a second thought.

Your typical friends are the bold, outgoing, innovative and interesting types. You will get help from your peers and seniors in life. But do guard against cheats and fake people who can enter your friend circle and cause you problems. You are generally open, unsuspicious and sympathetic so dubious characters can take advantage of you. Your ‘friends’ can also become enemies, so beware about trusting them too much.

You have an aptitude for the stage, you can act. And if you sing, you have a good voice. But in a way you are always ‘acting’. Not much on the stage, you act in real life, you are always performing. You can modulate your personality depending on whom you are interacting with, you generally hide your emotions and your true opinions you always conceal. You do not display strong emotions, you do not strongly support any cause in public, mostly ambivalent to the situation, you take it as it happens. You may have your strong personal opinions but you do not let them come in between you and your business.

You are creative and can be a good writer or poet. You use this medium to express your hidden personal emotions and opinions. And because you are the master of communication you can sway others with your written world also. Gemini is a dual sign represented by two human figures. Thus you too have a dual personality, moody at times, you change your behaviour depending on the situation and your mood. Adaptable. so Generally you are more focussed on the broader society rather than your selfish interests. Your like thinking about higher philosophical things even if you are outwardly in material stuff. (But this can go the other extreme way if malefic planetary combinations exist, then you will be very selfish in your actions and highly self-focussed mentally.)

Gemini, the luckiest ascendant

You like spending time with the opposite sex, girlfriends/ boyfriends are possible before marriage. You marry well, the spouse is generally good-natured and the marriage. After marriage, you can make a good spouse as you have an active interest in domestic life and in the children. But generally family relationships are not always very stable. You travel a lot and are interested in humanity as a whole, so a family to you seems to be a very small group and you can lose interest in it very soon. Your involvement in the family life is rather irregular and relationships may not be very deep. This behaviour can lead to a deep sadness in life as warmth in relationships is reduced. This is also related to a mental or intellectual incompatibility with the marriage partner. Both of you think differently. You or your spouse can go through one major illness after marriage which can affect physical intimacy. But overall the married life is generally satisfactory as both you and your spouse are broad-minded, gentle and overall hopeful about the institution of marriage as such.

 Your health is generally average. You might suffer from some typical life-long chronic diseases. Nervous or skin related diseases and minor surgeries are possible in life. Some of your aliments will be more of the psychological planes. You always try to keep an overall cheerful personality, so possibly repress your negative emotions, do not give them a healthy outlet. Also you cannot relax easily as your mind is always active. You need to come up with some solution which can silence the mind, only then you will be able to relax thus recover from your illesses. (Soham mantra is a good option as the mind cannot concentrate on two things at once!)

You are analytical, logical, very practical, trade and business can be your expertise. Quite powerful, courageous and ambitious, you can achieve professional heights. You have to earn money by your own hard work and sincere efforts. Initially you may be in service in some routine job, but this does not suit your mindset. You need some profession where you can be personally active, going about and actually doing stuff. You might change jobs from time to time.  Some professions suited to your personality are journalism, architecture, engineering, software, TV, medicine, education, law etc. Any field where public relations are important is yours, as you are characterised by harmony and helpfulness. You can work in groups also as you easily get along with your teammates. You like money and tangible wealth and you earn well in your chosen field. You may also have secret sources of income. But take care and invest your money properly, as maintaining the bank balance can be an issue.

Gemini ascendants have some aptitude for the occult. How this actually develops will depend on the other combinations in the horoscope. There is considerable potential for spiritual progress too. (planets placed in the 9th house will give more pointers). You have a religious bent of mind and follow conventional philosophies and morals. You like getting involved in charitable causes. You are already a student of humanity. When you observe people, you also cryptically infer why they are like that or why typical things are happening to them. You analyse and infer. This sensitivity of the perceptions is a valuable tool enabling spiritual progress. You have the rare knack of leaping to correct inferences even without insufficient data. In a way you are sensitive to ‘other/inner’ cues and pick up hints which others cannot. If your 9th house planets push you towards the inner spiritual you can progress quite fast. Intelligence ie mental ability is a requirement of the student of the occult/ spiritual/ esoteric.

Your most significant drawback is that you are impatient. You cannot sustain interest in one thing for long and are not persistent in your efforts. This denies you your true successes in life. There is a lot of restless energy in you which demands release, so you engage yourself in so many activities that focussing on one of them, pursuing one with full focus is a challenge. You are unpredictable because of your dual nature, you can change course mid-stream and be  happy about it. This can come across as being fickle-minded, as you become indecisive and change your mind frequently. You are light-hearted and do not fully appreciate your responsibilities in life. This does not mean that you will ignore your commitments but just that you do not appreciate their seriousness. You can get argumentative at times and generally these arguments are about small juvenile issues. One thing you must guard against is trusting anyone beyond limits, you are a gentle soul at heart and this can be used against you.

So overall Gemini is a good and easy-going ascendant to have, a bit of everything, from the material to a possibility of the spiritual. This sign of duality in the 1st house grants you choices and also the boldness to choose. So make the most of it.



Moon in Virgo, perfection an emotional need

The environment of Virgo/ Kanya rashi, sets limits on the astral immensity of the Moon. It limits the energy to what can be realistically used/ resolved in this current life. Very pragmatic, practical and yes, perfectionist.

Virgo belongs to Mercury and he is uncomfortable around the Moon. But Moon does not consider him an enemy. Mercury is analysis, precision and database management, he is the impressionable adolescent, highly intelligent, skilful and quick. The Moon is the father of Mercury and no teenager would like his nurturing, protecting Dad in his sign all the time. Every son wants to prove his independence to his Dad. And then there is competition. He wants to show his Dad! The Moon also wants his son to take his resources, use them. Most Virgo-Moon’s suffer from this complicated father-teenage son relationship in their deepest mind. If you are such a birth Moon, do think very deeply on what drives you in this life. If you can pin-point this factor you will feel more well-adjusted in life.

This is also the reason why Virgo is the embodiment of karma. Your focus is on what you are required to do in this current life. You build by offering service. You trade service for karma balance. Virgo is represented by a young woman holding a sheaf of harvested grain in one hand and in the other hand she holds fire, a blazing torch.

‘Limit’ is what happens to Moon in Virgo.

There are always layers of meanings. Moon is your entire self, all the persons you have been, are and will be, across time and lives. The summation of your individual soul’s experience, of karma, of knowledge, of wisdom earned in so many lifetimes is the Moon. Too much awareness of this can drive you mad, so we need ‘limits’. In this life we are limited to this one body. Water will flood and drown if there were no banks to keep it contained. Virgo is the river-bank, the energies of the Moon trained along a channel. Different channels are created to use different aspects of your energy. The humongous information of the Moon is sorted by Mercury into useable bits in Virgo. The focus is very practical and on ‘use’.

You might be aware of so much more but you have the ability to pick up that exact tidbit that you need. Eg you have a huge bundle of files on your desk, but you can accurately pinpoint the one which you need. This exercise requires to to perform an intensive mental analytics first. You are not aware of this mental process, it is so fast! It is like your brain has compartments, every bit of information tagged for easy retrieval. A perfectionist. Highly methodical, your room will be precisely arranged, every detail specifically organized for its utilitarian value. You abhor imperfection. So you make, remake (this might be your actual bed!) and again striving for perfection. This can lead to OCD type of psychological problems later.


So to begin with, you are attractive. You first build yourself an attractive shell, your figure and body is well-balanced, the face and eyes are especially beautiful. You dress well, neat and pleasant to look at, very presentable. You dislike carelessness, shabbiness and have good taste. The house is neat and orderly, your cars are well maintained, financial status is stable, you work hard at being comfortable. You are quite practical and would like people around you also to be so. (Your friends think you are fussy!)

The mind is also quite neat and tidy, internally happy and well-organized. You are a good conversationalist, knowledgeable with a good sense of humor. You observe and analyse human nature. You can talk to anyone as long as the topic is non-personal, (you are emotionally repressed sometimes). Logical and with a pleasant voice, you are a treat to listen to. You love music and can dance well, you have rhythm! But you will not take part in anything that seems vulgar or crass! Sophistication, dignity and daintiness is more your style.

You like reading and studying. Formal education is generally good but you also study several subjects informally for your own pleasure. You always keep adding on to your skills. A traditionalist, you prefer sticking to the classic ideas which have been tried/ tested and proved their worth. You are skeptical of new-fangled theories and will not adopt something just because it is the ‘in-thing’. If something is against the accepted norms you can get very critical and demolish it logically. Your opinions are a product of your intensive study, analysis and experiments, and you stick to them. If someone tries to sway you, you resist. You do not attempt to force your beliefs on others either. Never aggressive, you are quietly competent and infinitely patient, a formidable combination!

You have psychic abilities. Virgo has analysed, channelised, filed and catalogued this aspect of the Moon too. Quite convinced about your intuition, you act on these cues. This can freak out people close to you as your behaviour might get strange and, in retrospect, uncanny! Non-religious and organized religion does not appeal to your logical analytical brain. You would rather follow your conscience and intelligence.

You are capable of earning well. Highly intelligent, analytical, decisive, able to pick up the best option, you can work in any field and be really good at it. You think a lot. This is ok to some extent but is often over-done. Every action you perform, you have gone over it in all its permutations and combinations in your mind. Only then do you commit yourself. Even after you commit, you think again from every angle over and over again. Self-doubt and self-criticism is very negative for you, so try to understand that nothing is perfect. Else this will cause health problems connected to the nerves, skin and digestion. Be very careful about your diet and exercise regularly. (Perhaps your mother is a perfectionist or over-worked/ under-appreciated herself?)

There is an emotional requirement for ‘perfection’. You might not realise it but you feel emotionally satisfied when you have performed something perfectly. But ‘perfection’ for a Virgo has very exacting standards which may not be often met. Thus this emotional need is almost never fulfilled.

You are not only about words, you act. You are the silent worker in the background who keeps everything working perfectly. Hardworking, you get tired easily as your body is not internally robust. (You should take adequate rest, a 15-min nap in the afternoon can work wonders.) Helpful and kind by nature, you come across as selective and critical. But despite being so helpful, humble, intelligent etc, you do not have many friends. You are perceived to be self-centered, which you are not! You desire efficiency at all costs, so you are very selective about choosing relationships, things, work, activities which are effective. You will not waste your resources in stuff which is inefficient, this may be a relationship or office-work!


You are quite loveable, after one gets beyond the outer shield of seriousness. Highly trustworthy, can keep secrets and loyal. Shy, you are devoted to your loved ones, there is a streak of possessiveness in you. Extremely private, you never reveal your emotions to anyone. You project coldness and analysis, taking the emotional immensity of Moon, parceling it into tiny bits, never opening more parcels than you think are useful. You are consumed by ‘practical utility’. Sometimes there is great pleasure in just opening out your arms to the wind and feeling it blow around you. But you cannot do that as you will then question the practicality of doing so (maybe your hair will get tangled in the wind if you do this). If asked, ‘how are you feeling’, you have no real answer. Plain.

Your spouse is emotionally sensitive, not so bothered about facts and figures, very private himself. He may be into meditation, spirituality and contemplation. He is intuitive, so can easily pick up your highly cryptic cues on what you are feeling. But when this happens and he tries to get intimate, you will confuse him by pretending to not feel. Thus a distance can come up in the marriage. You are shy and need a lot of emotional hand-holding (which perversely you are reluctant to accept). Your preferred spouse is Pisces and he is quite capable of doing so, until you confuse him or make him uncomfortable. You do not like your spouse to be demonstrative but yet you want him to be.

You love deeply but lack confidence when it comes to expressing how you feel. There is an in-built insecurity where you feel that if you express your emotions, your spouse will manipulate you using these. But conversely you feel secure with your spouse! This dual mentality with emotions is draining and will adversely affect the relationship. Your rather intuitive and emotionally sensitive spouse will simply get more confused and go find refuge in more mediation! So try to accept that you have emotions and going for a date with your spouse or a movie with a gang of friends is a happy thing. Avoid rationalising and over-analysing emotions, happiness is to be felt not examined. You never initiate break-ups, you are all for maintaining relationships. But because of this confusing facade you present, you have few real friends and often a confused spouse.

What you need is perhaps a hobby. Try to generate interest in at least one thing, not for the analysis but for the abstract experience. You love travel so this can be an option? Be with nature where you can finally relax. Learn to feel.

Some Virgo-Moon-s, especially men, may not marry or get into love/relationships at all. Pisces also represents the abstract and the invisible, the natural 12th house. Here the attraction is towards the inner spirituality, the desire is for personal space, private mediation and contemplation. Those Virgo-Moon’s who do marry, tend to look on their spouse as their anchor to the spiritual realms and often genuinely look to them for guidance.

If you are a Virgo-Moon yourself, you are dedicated and can work tirelessly without acknowledgement. In fact, you will have problems yourself, if you don’t work on solving other’s problems. But as everyone needs a bit of encouragement, do pat yourself on the back once in a while for a job well done. And if your loved one is a Virgo-Moon, do tell him that the selfless service he is offering others is valuable. Virgo souls are really quite beautiful so this should not be very difficult!


Virgo is the natural 6th sign of the zodiac ie it is related to your karmic balance. A dual natured sign can think in several ways thus can create options. Mercury helps evaluate between those options. A earthy sign, ie it is a Vaishya, a trader, knows the value of things and can bargain, make profits. It is Tamasic, ie its energies are enveloping, dense and do not move easily but when they move they are well nigh unstoppable. It is a part of the Arth trikon, ie linked to those things which bring meaning to life. These attributes of the signs and also of the planets are very important. Try to remember their essential natures as this will improve your readings and predictions. Then 30 degrees of this sign is composed of the three Nakshatra, lunar mansions named  Uttara-phalguni, Hasta and Chitra.

Uttara-phalguni nakshatra – This lunar mansion is ruled by the Sun and lies partly in Leo and partly in Virgo. If your Moon lies in the Virgo part of Uttara-phalguni this is how you would be. A combination of Moon, Sun and Mercury will make you brilliant both physically and mentally. You might be a very popular artist, painter, journalist, in politics, a celebrity in some way, your public persona will be well-known.

Hasta nakshatra – This is ruled by Moon himself. There is a very high level of awareness here, internally you are very stable and rock solid, very few things can ruffle your composure. You can be very good doctor or a surgeon or a shamanistic healer. You might be drawn to any rearing, sheltering, protecting, nurturing activity where you use your hands. A hobby can be making handicrafts, perhaps related to your home-culture.

Chitra nakshatra – This lunar mansion is ruled by Mars, lies partly in Virgo and partly in Libra. If you were born in the Virgo portion you will want to create. But you are basically an architect, you can think in the abstract in a way no one else can. That leap of genius is yours. You shine with power and are highly competitive. Highly artistic, your creations are both beautiful as well as dangerous. Very dynamic, maybe you can design weapons! You are highly individualistic, confident and prefer being alone. Of all the Nakshatras, Chitra-Moon is capable of living without marriage or deep relationships. You do not need validation from another living persons. You are self-sufficient in a very intense way.

The Moon mahadasha as per the Vimshottari system is a very fruitful period. For Uttaraphalguni-born this will come in your childhood, you will be building your body mainly during this period. For Hasta-borns you will be born in this Mahdasha. This period will be intensive in ‘building’. You will be building your body and your chakra-system during this time. Connecting with others on very deep levels. The cycles of growth and stability where you consolidate your growth will be seen very strongly here. (And for the Chitra-born, this will come at the very end of life, if you live to be exceptionally old! Most likely you will not experience it.)

Moon builds you, your body, mind, emotions, astral self, your home, comforts, security, etc. He is also a channel through which your individual soul expresses itself. In Virgo he gains precision. He knows exactly what he is supposed to do, how and to what end. He has used the incisive analytics available here, explored several options and has come up with the best possible objective and the best possible way to do it. He feels a bit uncomfortable as this is not his usual way of doing things. (But every father has to adjust himself to his growing-up son!)



Karma of giving away energy

Our energy is always in movement as the universe does not allow stillness. You always move, your thoughts, your body parts, your mind, your vital energy/pran. If you are a part of the Universe, you have to be a part of the movement. You are always exchanging energy, when you speak to others, when you listen, when you eat food cooked by others, when others eat food cooked by you, when you sit next to someone in the bus, all the time. In our lives, we are required to interact with a lot of people, either directly in person or indirectly. When we touch other, eg hug, shake hands, or brush against each other in the train, ie the body touches, the intensity of energy exchange is higher. The heaviest energy exchange occurs when people are physically intimate with each other.

Combust and caizimi planets

A small experiment which you can try out. If you know to see auras, try seeing your and your loved one’s (husband/wife/child) auras interacting. Both sit about 2 feet away from each other and relax. Now in 5 mins or so, on your side where he is sitting, you will feel warmth on your bare skin. Your cheek and neck areas are more sensitive to this. If you focus on the 2 ft space between you two, will see tiny glittery bits separating from your aura, very gently swirling and being absorbed in his aura and likewise. These are very beautiful glitter, their movement is almost hypnotic. Auras of two people never mix, there remains clear boundary always. (I have seen the auras of two people mixing completely just like water-colors do, only once in my life.) The energy exchange is through these glittery particles. If you both are feeling exceptionally peaceful, ask your child to come and sit between you, he will fall asleep in 5 mins! This is the exchange of energy. You and your loved one are very comfortable with each other, so the aura exchange is beautiful, gentle, soothing. Aura exchange between 2 people on similar energy levels is always pleasant. But if this were some random stranger sitting next to you in a train the quality of the exchange would be different. And if it were someone tired, depressed and unhappy it would be even worse for you.

Some of us have an extra load on us, we are bound by karma to give out more energy than we perhaps receive from others. Eg a doctor has to touch people in pain, suffering from diseases. He not only diagnoses them but also gives a part of his energy to them. The higher self of the patient requests relief and the higher self of the doctor spontaneously gives. A psychiatrist has to listen to others suffering from unbalanced energies of the mind. A lawyer has to always argue, and listen to arguments, lie himself and listen to lies. All involve energy.

Everyone is bound by karma to serve. This ‘service’ you perform for others is the domain of the 6th house. If these others are on a lower energy level than you, oppressed in trouble, in pain, disturbed, then you give of your energy. Look at the horoscopes of professionals who are required to interact with the public in a big way eg doctors, astrologers, lawyers, teachers, counsellors, politicians, police-officers etc, you will note certain similarities. In the birth chart, where the rising sign/ascendant is the first house you will see,

  • A loaded 6th house, occupied or aspected by several planets. These planets determine your ‘partner’ in this energy service.
  • Or the lord of the 6th occupying important houses which define the personality and environment.
  • Or the Virgo sign occupying such important houses.
  • Or heavy duty planets influencing Virgo sign, wherever it may be placed in the horoscope.
  • Or Mercury being very prominent in the horoscope and under the influence of powerful planets.

And even in the birth Moon chart where the sign occupied by the Moon is counted as the first house, you will see these same combinations. In this Moon chart, the 6th house counted from the Moon represents the sufferings of the astral body and the service required of you in the astral planes.

I know a horoscope where the Moon himself is placed in the 6th house from the ascendant, so the physical environment of the person, especially during the childhood from 3.5yrs to 22yrs was spent travelling in trains everyday, causing a loss of energy by brushing against adults travelling. This person used to fall ill a lot in childhood, diseases related to ‘coldness’, as the energy of the body was being drained. Also his mother was a continual source of energy loss. Then Saturn was in the 12th house counted from the ascendant, ie placed in the 6th house counted from the Moon. This person was plagued by spirits and other dimensional beings always after him demanding, he could not deep sleep, was always roaming in the astral. This used to scare him, he lost a lot of energy this way too and also fell seriously ill.

So losing energy is a part of life and is also connected to your horoscope placements. But the thing is that you should be aware of what is happening and take corrective action asap.

Karma of giving away energy

I always emphasise grounding cleansing and shielding, wrote a full post on this.

  • Grounding is giving away the negativity to the earth, sort of ‘earthing’ oneself. This is very easy, walk barefoot on the ground for a few minutes once a day and its done.
  • Cleansing is like using energy directly or through tools like, lemons, sea-salt etc. Here you are actively removing the deep seated negative energies, evil eye etc using these tools, ideally once a week is necessary but you can do these cleansing methods daily too if you want to. (Peacock feathers, sprinkling Ganga water, sea salt, rice, pendulums, can be used daily.)
  • Every culture has a system of removing the ‘evil eye ie deep-cleansing. In India the most popular one is this. It is done on a Tuesday or Saturday evening. The oldest person in the house does it for everyone in the family and also for himself if required. He makes paper packets, a separate one for each person. Each packet has 3 dry red chillis, 3 pinches of sea-salt, 3 pinches of black mustard seeds and 3 drops of mustard oil. The intention is to remove the negative energy adhering to the person. This packet is waved over the head of the person 3 times in the clockwise direction and put in a fire. As it burns the evil eye is removed. I have seen that if the negativity was more, the packet burns up strangely and very fast. But this method is a bit harsh on the energy body, sort of scrubs it out!, so it is best performed just once a week.
  • Shielding is essential, you can use a chi-ball to create your energy shield or as I have described in this post on astral defense. This is a daily affair, will take maybe 30seconds in the morning and you can refresh it during the day if you feel like it. Then jewellery, if you can afford gold, silver or copper, you can infuse the metal with the intention to shield and wear it. Amulets are also a good way of combining shielding with fashion. Black threads are worn on the wrist or ankle etc. There are several ways to go about shielding yourself, choose one or a few which appeal to you.

People in high-contact activities should take more care of themselves. They should do activities which increase pran, I have listed these out in my earlier posts, eg sitting in the early morning sunlight, surya-namaskar, visiting high-pran, sea-shore, pine-forests, mountains, etc areas in their holidays, using oil for massage, eat fresh food, fresh vegetable and fruits are very good, keeping tulasi plants in the house. There are so many ways you can do this, just go through my earlier posts for several very easy ways. It is not very complicated either, try to remember/find-out what your grand-parents used to do, what kind of life-style they used to follow. Try to follow that as far as possible. This will be more connected to nature/vital energy and also appropriate to your home-culture also.

And the most important thing is to do your spiritual practice where you sit on your Asan, focus on your third eye chakra, count your breath, 108 breaths, use a mantra Om/ Soham or Hamsa with every breath (will take 20mins) and then sit in the same attitude for at least 10 more mins. Give yourself these 30mins at least once a day, it will replenish your pran from the inside out!

No one is exempted from this binding of the 6th house, serve / suffer, this is the way you have chosen to complete your karmic binding. The only people exempted and that too to some extent are those who choose to leave the society ie take Sanyas and are never seen in habitations again. The very very rare few. These Sanyasi’s choose to dedicate their energies to ‘stillness’. They still the movement of vital energy in their bodies, create a huge potential and then move. They, then, shoot up this pran and then the Kundalini through their Sushumna right to to the top and attain Moksh.


Quality of Life

(This post is a response to this comment from the contact form. ‘I often find myself in a dilemma when I read your posts because you stress upon not touching others and rightfully. I am a therapist by profession and live in a city. I work with children and adolescents and naturally offer handshakes and hugs. I also travel in public buses. I wonder if we are required by karma to share our energy with others? Especially the children in my case? How does one protect then, since certain circumstances cannot be avoided. Thank you for your sound advice’)

Kendraadhipati, functional malefics

The placement and position of the signs in the chart is of prime importance as it can sometimes turn normally malefic planets like Saturn into the biggest benefic and also turn the biggest benefic Jupiter into a trouble maker.

A bit of background,

The 4 Kendra houses are the building blocks of your personality, the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th.

  • 1st house –  the overall personality, the overall environment, role in society, will power, health, longevity etc, basically a snapshot of you
  • 4th house – the security, comforts, emotional health, nurture, mother, childhood experiences, basic education, house, lands, vehicles etc.
  • 7th house – husband/wife, partnerships, legal relations, business, fertility, passion, foreign travels, business rivals too
  • 10th house – social presence, power, prestige, profession, salaries, actions done to resolve karma, power, authority in public etc.

Then there are the Dharma trikon houses, the 1st, 5th and 9th. These are the most auspicious houses in the chart. The 5th and 9th are popularly called Kona houses. The 1st is the link between the Dharma trikon’s creativity and foundation and the building blocks of your life, the Kendra houses.

  • 5th – divine intelligence, creativity, expression of creativity, children, self-ego, recognition as an individual, spirituality
  • 9th – all the support you will receive from all sources, your beliefs, patrons, peers, paternal figures, religion, ancestors, your past life merits etc

Now when planet owns a kona house and a kendra house, it is a Yogkarak planet, and gives extraordinary results.

Then there is one more possibility, when a planet owns just the kendra houses. This is possible when the ascendant is Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces. The axis Virgo-Pisces is the most sensitive of the lot and the Gemini-Sagittarius axis is the most happening. I have written about the 7th lord being the Badhak for dual natured signs, and all four of these are dual-natured signs. Also remember the ascendant lord can never give overtly malefic results on his own but can be stopped from giving favourable results by the influence of malefics.


  • Gemini ascendant, Mercury owns the 1st and 4th houses. Jupiter owns the 7th and 10th house. So Jupiter will become a functional malefic, the badhak lord.
  • Virgo ascendant, Mercury owns the 1st and 10th houses. Jupiter rules the 4th and 7th house. Again Jupiter becomes the functional malefic, the badhak planet.
  • Sagittarius ascendant, Jupiter rules the 1st and 4th houses. Mercury owns the 7th and 10th houses. Here Mercury is a functional malefic as the badhak lord.
  • Pisces ascendant, Jupiter rules the 1st and 10th houses. Mercury owns the 4th house and 7th house and is the functional badhak planet.

If the functional malefic, badhak here is actually occupying his own sign the results are most severely unfavourable. If he just aspecting his own sign, then the results are less severe. This planet will cause more problems in his Vimshottari mahadasha/ antardasha periods. If neither occupying nor aspecting his own sign this Jupiter or Mercury, loses his functional malefic nature and gives his usual benefic results.

So the worst case scenario for these four ascendants will be if both Mercury and Jupiter both occupy their own signs. Both will be giving unpleasant results in life. The ascendant lord will be prevented from giving his auspicious results and the badhak lord will freely give his undesirable results in full dose.

Kendra-adhi-pati, functional malefics..

There is a logic to this. The Kendra houses are the the basic building blocks of our life and most of our activities are related to these keywords. Both Jupiter and Mercury are generally mild natured planets. Jupiter is quite the philosophical elder and Mercury is the impressionable adolescent. If these are to look after these important aspects of someone’s life you can imagine his personality to be mild, gullible often taken advantage of. So for these specific ascendant signs, Jupiter / Mercury have to lose their benefic natures and become somewhat ‘cruel’ so as to better guard these houses. As they gain ‘cruelty’, they stop giving their usual benefic results, often bringing obstructions and obstacles.

Then the best balance would be if Mercury or Jupiter aspects his own sign rather than occupying it so that he is able to give some of his benefic results as well retain a bit of ‘cruelty’ for his guard duty.

In any chart, if there are overtly malefic planets placed in the Kendra houses they will cause problems. These four houses, 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th are linked to things which directly affect you in a very intense way, physically, emotionally, financially and socially. So be very careful in analysing the influences here. And don’t be scared of fancy names like ‘dosh/defect’. Is is just a reminder that you should be careful in handling the keywords related to these houses. A bit of extra-awareness is most often the easiest solution to an astrological ‘dosh’. You can also perform the two remedies as recommended by Maharishi Parashar, mantra and daan.

(This is called Kendra adhi pati dosh in Jyotish. Have avoided using the technical name so that you don’t get put off with the terminology and understand the concept first.)

Kendra-adhi-pati, functional malefics

The darker side of the 3rd house

The 3rd house is a rather typical house, it can become rather malefic with severe repercussions on the entire personality if it chooses to. It is a Upachaya house and is often a shadowy house.

The 3rd house in some Jyotish texts is considered as a house of turmoil/dushamsthan along with the 6th, 8th and 12th houses. It can definitely cause turmoil in the chart! I have observed that in the current age that we live in, this 3rd house can be quite useful (unless it is heavily damaged by malefics). We live in the age of Mercury, dominated by communication on a global scale, it is a superficial world, where we often act, need to act, fast and decisively. If this house is moderately influenced by malefics it can actually be an asset, as it gives a rough sort of courage and boldness, which is perhaps required today.

The third house is naturally ruled by Mercury with Gemini being the third sign of the zodiac. And where Mercury is, you can expect typical problems, mental thought patterns, ability to concentrate, willingness to act, stability of the mind, the way you think, desire to learn/study. The chest and the respiratory system. And because it rules the hands it is the first step to action! Hands are the most important tools you have, you touch, manipulate, use, push, pull, love with your hands. Your hands are how you act. Mercury, the impressionable adolescent of astrology here chooses to think and act.

The darker side of the 3rd house

The basic birth chart will give the manifested reality and the 9th divisional chart/Navamsha gives the potential, evaluate both to get a true picture. You can build the picture using the keywords of the planet and the house together.

First the worst case scenario, most often seen in criminals. Now if this house is influenced by malefics alone, it can cause immeasurable harm. The Sun, Saturn, Rahu, Ketu or Mars if let loose here, without any support from the benefics Jupiter or Venus can wreck Mercury. Such a person can suffer physical damage often from miscalculation of risks while in action, e.g. while driving, in short journeys, while playing games, etc. Damage, delay, frustration in education, obstacles in work, emotional damage often projected as cruel and unstable behaviour. Physical deformity like arms amputated from birth. If the influencing malefics are of a similar nature then there is a tendency for self harm or early death either by suicide, accident or even as a punishment! If the influencing malefics are of dissimilar natures then the personality can be violent, crooked, criminal and heartless.

If the Moon gets caught here, under the influence of malefics, then it can result in mental problems, depression, and psychiatric problems.

One of the worst placements in the chart would be a Ketu in the 3rd. This single planet here can cause havoc, especially if he is aspected by malefics and not by benefics. Even in transit such a lone Ketu can cause severe problems here. Mental restlessness, frustration, exiles, detentions, imprisonment, diseases of the chest and lungs etc. A Ketu in the 3rd would mean a Rahu in the 9th, which will impact the ‘foundations’ of your life. The help from the ancestors, peers and patrons will not be forthcoming. Also the deep philosophy that one lives his life by will be tainted by Rahu’s typical over-reaching, fake, acquisitive, greedy behaviour.

Saturn here will create a hesitant, overly cautious, cowardly personality who is scared to take initiatives in his life. He will also impact the intelligence, creativity and connection to the divine (aspect on 5th house), constrain the 9th house and give a negative impact on the entire personality and his environment by his aspect on the 1st house. Saturn+Ketu gives a violent criminal personality.

A Mars alone in the 3rd will create outbursts of uncontrolled force, death in accidents, injuries by sharp weapons, bloodshed, crimes of passion and temper, action without regard to consequences. A Mars aspected by benefics can create revolutionaries, brave, fiery, analytical military leader with a great sense of strategy and personal integrity. But Mars with other malefics can cause problems. Mars+Rahu will give brain/mental related problems at some point of life. A Mars+Rahu or Mars+Saturn can typically deny marriage or cause infertility. Especially if such a Mars is in a fiery sign then his effects will be more intense.

A Sun in the 3rd if poised to give bad results can give criminals who are ultimately executed by the government. Sun is also creativity, so such persons may be genius, artists, scientists, etc whose lives often take a tragic fatal turn. e.g. Ketu+Sun typically can give death by hanging, in fire or by poisons.

However you will rarely see such heavily afflicted charts in your regular life, these are the anti-social elements, oddly eccentric individuals whose career is generally cut short by death or isolation. A heavily afflicted 3rd house does not allow the native to roam at large for long. (A rather morbid study would be to analyse the charts of people who either committed suicide or were executed.)

If malefics are placed singly with/aspected by benefics in the 3rd house they can give good results. There would of course be conflicts in life, some delays and hindrances. This house belongs to the impressionable Mercury so he allows all the resident planets their expression initially in a juvenile manner. Thus its results improve with age as the planets and the houses mature. The best part is that here a good influence from Venus/Jupiter can counter-balance the malefic influences if any.

However in my opinion, the best option for the 3rd house is, it remains vacant and/or aspected by benefics.


The darker side of the 3rd house

(There was a question on the 3rd house being a dushamsthan and a upachhaya house etc, hope this post was of some help)

Use your Mercury

Mercury rules two signs thus subtly influences the 3rd and 6th house of the chart too. He is the impressionable adolescent of the chart. So while evaluating him, you have to analyse the other planets influencing/aspecting/conjunct him. Check out the position of the planetary ruler of the house he is placed in. Also, if he is behaving abnormally by being combust, debilitated or retrograde. A general observation is that he can perform well if placed in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and the 7th houses, if he gets guidance from benefic influences then it would be better. He behaves like an irresponsible adolescent in the 3rd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th more so if he has no benefic influences to guide him.


(Look for one exceptional combust event called caizmi, it is when the planet is less than 1deg from the Sun. Here the Sun consumes the planet and takes on his powers completely. The planet is sitting on the lap of the king Sun. So here his powers are more radiant, completely directed inwards and very good for spiritual growth. Mercury tells you how to go about it, so after the maturity age of Mercury, your Sun+Mercury will drive your spiritual growth’s engine.)

Mercury is often with the Sun as he is never 30deg away from him in the sky, he is quite friendly with the Sun, Venus and Rahu. He dislikes the Moon and Jupiter and is neutral to Mars, Saturn and Ketu.

Mercury is pure intellect coupled with communication and the courage when you know that you are correct. Technical knowledge, ‘how to do’ gives him power. Reasoning, intellect, discrimination, analysis, expression and objective, to the point stuff is his forte. So if he misbehaves a lot can go wrong in your life on the physical and psychological levels. Mantras are Sanskrit, this language ‘defines Light’ (Dev Bhasha) in the most perfect way (Sams-krutam). Thus they are the domain of Mercury. The seed of power intentionally put to use. I always suggest beej mantra because they are the easiest to remember and pronounce. Especially with so few people actually learning/knowing Sanskrit, if I tell them to recite/jaap long stotras/suktas they will just not do it. But beej mantras are the easiest and the most potent, so perfect.

The fastest remedy thus would be reciting the beej mantra of Mercury once, thrice or 108 times on a Wednesday. ‘Om braang breeng broung sah Budhaya namah’ Om.

But there are so many tiny things you can do to increase or regulate and balance Mercury’s energies in your life. Some of which I have written in my previous post on boldnessHere are few more such tiny things.

  1. Be aware of your mouth, teeth and tongue, Mercury is communication, your mouth and throat. So best is brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day. It may sound silly but it works.
  2. Breathe. Do some breathing exercises like pranayam for a few minutes everyday.
  3. Wear a bit of jewellery made from copper, silver or gold.
  4. Mercury likes analysis, so if you feel drawn to it, solve puzzles. There are so many apps which offer innovative puzzles. Do a puzzle a day.
  5. Read about the colors, smells/fragrances and food tastes linked to the planets in these posts. If you feel inclined, try to them in your life

Mercury is often ignored, but he is in a way, the other face of the Moon. The Moon gives him the data from his unfathomable depths and he uses this data meaningfully to gain insights and learn. Mercury tells you how to use the things you have.


Use your Mercury

Find your courage astrologically

‘Boldness’ in astrological terms is the domain of the 3rd house. ‘Parakrama’, valour and courage in a horoscope is seen from here. So to find out how brave you are in life, pull out your chart. The physical environment and the manifested stuff is the D-1, so in your regular chart which has your rising sign as the 1st house check these out.

  1. Do a quick overview of the ascendant sign and ascendant lord and your birth moon placement and then get down to the actual 3rd house.
  2. The sign placed in the 3rd house, and its owner planet. Also where is this owner planet placed?
  3. The planets placed in this 3rd house and which houses do they own
  4. Check out the power of all these planets to give results. Are they retrograde, debilitated, exalted, combust, malefic or benefic, or conjunct with malefics, or aspected by malefics/benefics. Are they with friendly/enemy planets? In short, how comfortable these planets are and how well will they give their results.
  5. Now the natural 3rd sign of the zodiac is Gemini and Mercury is its owner. So check out how these two are placed in your chart, as they will exert a subtle influence wherever they might be placed.

Next your emotional context from the birth moon chart, the same one as above redrawn with your birth moon sign as the 1st house. How do you really feel being courageous and bold in front of others. Are you outwardly quite outgoing but internally cringe at the thought of giving a presentation? For this you will analyse the 3rd house counted from the birth moon sign in the same way as you did above. e.g. you have Saturn placed here he will restrict and constrict your personal courage, Jupiter will help benevolently expand, Mars will add aggressiveness and competition, Mercury will make it analytical and communicative, Sun will make it self-referential and a bit egoistic, Venus will want balance and beauty, Rahu will make it calculative, sneaky even and Ketu here will cause you to be not too bothered about how strongly you take a stand in life!

The astral/subconscious expectations from your D-9 Navamsha chart. If you know your exact birth time, I do advise checking out the divisional chart 9. (Any Vedic astrology software will give this chart.) This gives a glimpse into your deeper astral self and on what is potentially available with you. If you have the potential you can consciously manifest it in your life. You might check these two things. (If you find it is too complicated, leave it!)

  1. The 3rd house sign from the D-1 above, where has it shifted to? If it shifts to any of the dushamsthana (6th, 8th or 12th houses) or has been occupied by malefic planets here, its potential will reduce.
  2. The owner of the 3rd house of the D-1, where does he shift to? If it lands up in ‘good houses’, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th it will increase the potential.

Find your courage astrologically

So now you have a fair idea of how well you can speak up. Some of us can’t, here are a few things you can do to attract the energies of courage into yourself. Choose to change yourself!

Communicate, start talking – When you have 2 mins free, stand in front of the mirror and tell yourself the one thing that interested you in your day today. Describe your car, your lunch, the weather, your grocery shopping, something that scared you, the smell of a perfume, anything that registered. Observe your face and body language as you do this. Encourage yourself!

Sing – Being a bathroom singer is a good idea! Your favourite song, just a few lines, just for a couple of minutes a day. Or hum along any random tune, gets rid of stress.

Write something – Just a couple of lines a day. A thought, or something you said or heard, something that touched you, made an impact, made you happy or sad, anything, but write. This is your personal thing so be true to yourself. Keep a secret diary.

Learn a new word every day – There are so many dictionary apps, download one and learn a new word a day. A word is a tiny thing, but this will tell your mind that you are anticipating something new everyday, looking forward to learning, being curious, and doing something about it. As you open your app every day, so will you start opening new doors for your personality to express itself every day. A small change triggering something big.

Travel – Go for day or half-day tours once a month either alone or in a small group with your friends/family. Visit your local museum, local historical places, a botanical park, zoo, your local park, sea-side, fun-fairs, a short trek, a picnic, local farmers market, craft fairs, whatever is available in your city. Try to be with nature or learn something new on your day-tour. Observe other people, children, animals, trees or the water, you will always see something new. (going shopping in a commercial mall is not a day tour!)

And finally, use your hands – Open out your hands, look at them, the palms, the fingers and the back of your hands. These are your tools, you do everything with your hands, hold, touch, love. So use them, type, sew, knit, write, grasp, paint, create with your hands. As you use your hands for more things, you will find more opportunities coming to you. Open up.

These are a few tiny actions which you can mindfully do regularly. These are the keywords of Mercury and Gemini, you are practicing with their energies. You can always think your way out, your creativity and intention is your power, use it to be more assertive in life. Express yourself and be free.

Find your courage astrologically



Law in the horoscope

Just like education, law and legal matters are of several types. If you ever need to decipher any question related to ‘law’, check these 3 houses out.

  1. The 7th house is the main house to do with legal and partnership related activities.
  2. The 9th house is the house which deals with the philosophy of law.
  3. The 3rd house is the house of the ability to communicate and personal confidence.

Law in the horoscope

The 7th house

This is the house of legal stuff. Bargains, contracts, partnerships made under the legal regime are seen from here. To present a good argument you will always need a good 7th house. This house allows you to present coherent arguments sourced from the legal texts in court. Here the lawyers do not interpret the law, they quote the different sections/case laws and presents balanced arguments for his client. This is a practical application of the law where one wronged party seeks redress and legal compensation from his partner under the contracts they both had willingly made under the prevailing legal regime.

This house will also cover and out of court settlements via an arbitrator, settlement officer, facilitator, etc. Here too the process is essentially same as in a court room but with a difference. Both parties have decided to accept a third person whose authority they both agree upon, as a mediator. And both want to reach a mutually amicable and acceptable solution. These settings are a bit informal as compared to the courtroom setting.

Now to do a complete analysis of this 7th in terms of legal issues is somewhat like this. You will have to consider all the houses and their results in the perspective of the 7th.

The effects of this house is to change the assets/identity of both the partners through communication of disagreement (8th is 2nd counted from 7th). The people who are involved in resolving the issues are peers, authorities and senior member of the society but they sort of step down. They are the philosophers but they come down to the practical levels to solve your arguments (9th is 3rd from 7th). This brings you stability in the professional relations or emotional stability and comfort in the eyes of the society (10th is 4th from 7th).  The matters of this house often require you to express yourself intelligently and in front of a large audience (11th is 5th from 7th). Also the outcome is losses of enemies, debts, disagreements and enforced/illegal service (12th is 6th from the 7th).

Then all this results in a more balanced and fair expression of your partnership, thus adding to your personal ego (1st is 7th from the 7th). Now often legal issues and court cases result in a a change in your personal resources, may reduce them or increase them (the 2nd is the 8th from the 7th). It is even possible that you may be recognised as a senior or a paternal helpful figure in your local neighbourhood/extended family as a result of your confidence in dealing in legal matters (3rd is 9th from 7th). Now this will spill over in your professional comfort and acumen also; and you will in some ways be a better father to your own biological children (4th is 10 from 7th). If your luck is with you, you might make a mark which will bring you more sources of income (5th is the 11th from the 7th). And finally the loss of balance and unfairness is represented by the placements of the 6th house (6th is the 12th of the 7th).

This sort of analysis may seem quite tedious, but it answers your question completely. If you have a strong 9th house as above, the judges will favour you, if the 2nd house is well placed you will gain money from the legal case etc.

Now the natural 7th sign of the zodiac is Libra and its lord is Venus, so these 2 factors will also influence the matters of the 7th wherever they may be placed in the horoscope. Then how the person feels about legal matters will be seen from the 7th house counted from the moon sign. Analysing these factors will present a complete picture of the legal activities of the 7th house.

The 9th House

Now the 9th house is always the philosophy and the theoretical background. It may not have any real practical use, but it is the foundation on which the practical use rests.

Example, The Parliament deliberates on how new laws are to be made; these are working in the 9th house now. And then these laws are interpreted in the higher courts as a function of the 9th. The nitty-gritties/practical aspects of the case are argued out in the lower courts. In most cases interpretation is not needed here as the laws, case laws and rules are are clear enough. But for a few cases where the lower courts are unable to satisfy the litigants the scene shifts to the higher courts which have been vested with the power of interpretation.These higher courts interpret the existing laws in newer ways to get to a new case law.

This is how the group of paternal figures, peers, patrons and senior scholarly individuals use the philosophy and intent of the law. Here new law is created for a wide section of humanity under the natural ruler of the 9th Jupiter and his sign Sagittarius, the natural 9th sign and its ruler.

The Third house

This house is always important as it describes the personal boldness and the ability to meaningfully communicate. This ability is necessary for every aspect of life and especially in settings where you have to argue. Fight with words! That is one way how the 3rd house is involved in ‘law’.

And second, this house also consists of the practical applications of law in every sense. The rules you have to follow on the road, in your office, even the rules your mom enforces at home is the ‘law’ as defined in this house. Here if you break a rule, no one will drag you to the formal courts. For example, your mom+dad will form an ‘internal committee’ to evaluate your behaviour and then to discipline. This might seem rather low profile and harmless at the time, but will have repercussions the next time you want your allowance increased!

Now the natural 3th sign is Gemini and its lord Mercury so these 2 subtly influence the 3rd wherever they may be placed. Then the emotional context and comfort levels are seen from the 3rd house counted from the moon sign. Analysing these factors will present a complete picture of the legal activities of the 3rd house.

This was the theory on analysing how your legal problems will be resolved and how will every aspect of your chart contribute it. I hope this helps!


Law in the horoscope

Education in the horoscope

There are certain ways to analyse education and learning in a horoscope. And there is quite a lot of confusion about this too. You will get lots clients asking about their educational prospects.

There are several types of training, skill development, apprenticeship, teaching, learning and studying activities are all called ‘Education’. These are all very different activities, each with a different purpose so we need to distinguish between them. They cannot all be clumped under a generic “education”.

The earliest brush you have with ‘education’ is in the 4th house. Here your ‘Moon’, your mother and maternal figures, transfer to you all the cultural ethos of your society. The traditions and social mores that you will live your life by are the domain of the 4th house. Your mother is actually your first teacher, schooling you for meaningful social interactions within your parent culture.

Then you have your school-going phase. This lower education is also a function of the 4th house. You are being taught the basics of reading, writing, maths, geography and history. This is more a phase of getting literate than getting educated. The teachers are also more ‘maternal’ and supportive in nature. So lower education is also indicated by the 4th house.

Education in the horoscope

Then there is the practical aspect of ‘education’. Training and learning skills. These are the domain of Mercury of the 3rd house. Here you are taught to use the skills you are given.  This is superficial information, enough to get you active and working. Here we get teamwork, workshops, seminars, presentations, group studies and discussions. Short term trainings. And then some University courses also train you for taking up specific jobs in the professional arena. You get your diploma, licence to practice in the society.  This would also be a function of the 3rd house. Example, you are practically taught how to make money, but not the philosophy of money and its role in the society! Practical hands-on education which you can apply in your daily life and society.

Then we come to higher education. This is the 5th house. Here you are taught how to lead, to express yourself and your creativity. Performing arts, music, dance, theatre related stuff. To write and publish. Learning to lead in a political, military, spiritual etc scenario is the 5th house. Earlier Universities were places for scholarship and deep learning. But in the present times they are more often places which teach you how to express yourself to the maximum possible. To make money and to lead in the society. This is the 5th house.

Now for some clients in the research field, the 8th house is all about research oriented stuff where the students explore the unknown, often secluded in their laboratories, using ‘arcane’ knowledge and searching for new ways to use these newly discovered energies. So if you want to be a scientist this 8th house will be in the spotlight.

Now Wisdom! Wisdom requires contemplation. This ‘education’ is a long time affair, it can even be for a life-time. It is immersive. Often one-one. The student is required to reflect, contemplate and think through what is being taught to him. Add his own experience and thought process so that he can deeply understand. This is the domain of the 9th house. The student learns philosophy and the deep theories about life and living. This is Jupiter’s domain. The 9th is not about practical applications but about understanding, it is pure academics! The Guru teaching his disciples is also the 9th. Here the students inquire into the nature of the self, and the divine.

And a quick note on the ones who will be teaching. For being a good teacher of whichever type of ‘education’ as above that specific house will need to be strong. Example a teacher of philosophy will need a strong 9th house. A teacher teaching garage work and mechanics will need a good 3rd house. But for all teachers a strong 3rd house is essential, this allows the activities of explaining, communicating and interacting which are essential components of the act of teaching.

Also for the student, he needs to have a level of intelligence, memory and understanding. This would be a function of the ascendant lord, the ‘airy’ signs and their power to give results, then of course Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, Moon etc depending on which type of education he is looking for!

So if you get a client asking about his education, ask first what kind of ‘education’ is he talking about. Each is a different aspect of the chart!


Education in the horoscope

Exalted and debilitated, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury

I have written about the other exalted and debilitated planets in my previous posts here and here. In this one will write about Jupiter, Venus and Mercury. Basically exalted/ucch planets are when the energies of the planet exactly matches the energy of his environment rashi where he is placed in the horoscope. And debilitated/neech is when his energies exactly mis-match the energies of his environment rashi/sign.

Jupiter is exalted in Cancer and debilitated in Capricorn

Jupiter is the benevolent lord of expansion. He is the humanist and the philosopher. He is the teacher of knowledge and patiently guides his students to enlightenment. He is most comfortable when he has no restrictions on his nature to expand and teach.

Cancer/Karka – This is the watery sign owned by the agent of the mind, the Moon. The Moon and Jupiter are good friends. Cancer represents the depths of emotions, intuition and perceptions thus it offers no limits to Jupiter’s tendency to expand in every possible way. Cancer is also a maternal sign and loves providing security and stability. Jupiter uses these characteristics of this sign to provide support in terms of philosophy, theory  and knowledge. He also likes to provide structure to the external expressions of religion, as rites and rituals. His students become his children and his guidance is appreciated. Jupiter acts as a lens through which all the life events are experienced. He becomes the perfect teacher in Cancer and thus feels validated and exalted.

Capricorn/Makar – This rashi belongs to the strict disciplinarian Saturn. Obsessed with the stratified social hierarchies, work, money and power. Jupiter here finds no takers for his philosophy and  humanitarian approach. Prosaic hard work and involvement in the materialistic saps his energy. Instead of teaching philosophy and laying foundations of human life he is forced to work for social mobility. He is selfless, wants to raise awareness of humanity itself but here has to ensure his selfish material growth. Jupiter is suffocated here, trying to fit in an environment utterly contrary to his true nature. Saturn too tries to restrict, constrict and structure the Lord of expansion and miserably fails.

Exalted and debilitated, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury

Venus is exalted in Pisces and debilitated in Virgo

Venus is the best teacher of them all. He garbs his lessons as pleasures, the external trappings of beauty, companionship, food, drink and sex. Then waits till you get tired of this array of pleasures and then offers you some more. This goes on till you realise that the best possible relationship is with yourself and your real self is the most beautiful of them all, that is when he gives his real gift of self-realization and self-knowledge.

Pisces/Meen – This environment brings out the best in Venus. The owner of Pisces, Jupiter and Venus are both Gurus, one teaches the esoteric the other the conventional, and as per the stories they have been classmates. Though their students now continuously war with each other (Daitya v/s Devata) they themselves are on quite amicable terms. Only when both the Gurus are in harmony can final enlightenment be possible. They have their own differing view-points but in Pisces, they balance themselves and come to an agreement. Pisces also is the end of the zodiac, this represents ‘settlement of everything’ in the broadest sense possible. Also here Venus can explore the deepest range of the secret, esoteric, sub-conscious and the unknowable. Thus Venus in Pisces provides the ideal environment for Venus to express all aspects of his personality, mundane, spiritual, esoteric, secrets and beauty in all ways!

Virgo/Kanya – This is the house of Mercury, the impressionable adolescent. Venus placed in Virgo finds himself at a loss. The sign is too immature and too involved in details to understand his deep esoteric teachings and sense of aesthetics. Surrounded by details and data he does not know what to make of them. He likes to make alliances and partnerships but in Virgo he told to use the data for arguments, nit-picking and blame-games. He wants to arrive at agreements but the juvenile and nervous nature of the sign does not allow him. He is bogged down with unfair demands to attend. He has debts to serve and enemies at his back. This house represents the loss of harmony in every which way and the Lord of Balance himself is off-balance here.Mercury is exalted in Virgo and debilitated in Pisces

Mercury is the use that we put our intelligence to. Databases, details, interpretations and conclusions are the domain of Mercury. He is very susceptible to influences from other planets but his primary desire is to collect data, organise it and then use it as a reference point . He uses his databases to interpret his life experiences. He is still a youngster and rebels against authority and loves juvenile chit-chat and meaningless arguments.

Pisces/Meen – This is the expansive and bottomless watery sign of Jupiter. Mercury feels uncomfortable with him and Jupiter dislikes Mercury’s juvenile antics. Chatty conversations are not very welcome in the reflective, dreamy, imaginative Pisces. Give an adolescent too much freedom with no structure and you have a Mercury in Pisces. Pisces is watery, nothing solid for him to hold onto. His data and details are like the silvery fish slipping from his hands. His databases sink to the depths of the sub-conscious and he is confused. He does know, he is the lord of mental ability himself, but Pisces refuses him the structure that he needs. He cannot articulate himself properly, cannot communicate. He leaps from one topic to another without logic and tends to mix data from his own material world and the imaginary worlds of Pisces. His audience may be entertained but refuse to take him seriously.

Virgo/Kanya – In his own house Mercury is ultra-happy, he has his own room to himself. He can play with his data and details, get his friends for a sleep-over or eat food on the bed, no one to continually look at what he is upto. He has the structure that he requires and he can re-structure and re-organize till he is satisfied with his efficiency. His geeky smart nature comes up strong, his computers, his analytics, his database and he is prepared to analyse any sort of information, very objective. He is the brilliant thinker, always prepared for every question and is clarity of thought himself. He controls the inventory of the Zodiac at his fingertips. Logic, precise thinking, technical, multi-dimensional analysis, he can deliver anything and everything. Communicating with confidence he is 24/7 and 365 days of pure mind.


Exalted and debilitated, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury