Why Divisional Charts?

Astrology is mathematics. Thank god for software these days, else earlier going to an astrologer for a consultation was a day-long affair as he would have had to calculate everything by hand. Thus prashana/question method was more popular where the astrologer would be asked only one important question and he would answer it using the planetary positions of the instant the question was asked.astrology But now we have accurate birth times and software so we can accurately chart out every aspect of our lives. Now let’s check out why divisional charts are so important.

For answering specific questions in Vedic astrology, we have to check out the divisional charts. Making life predictions using just the birth chart (D-1) will give incomplete results. If you cannot access the divisional charts, or have doubts regarding the exact birth time, use the prashna/question system as it will give better accurate readings. An example now. If suppose Venus is exalted in the birth chart (D-1), so you think he will give good results. But Venus signifies several things, from sexual pleasure to ultimate moksha! So how do you narrow down the result? Check the D-9, if you find this Venus debilitated, the chances of a spouse and pleasure in the married life are dim. But then you see that in the D-20 chart he is again exalted, so you are now sure that he is going to give results related to spiritual progress.

So the birth chart D-1. In one day there are 12 possible ascendants and thus 12 variants of basic birth charts also called as the 1st divisional chart. Thus the Ascendant in D-1 changes every 2 hours. So can we realistically expect that everyone born with the same D-1 in that day is the same? No! This difference is because the higher divisional charts change every second, fine-tuning the personality. You can use the D-1 for an overview of how the life will unfold and the major events and stuff, it is the basis of all your reading. But for a good prediction you cannot predict from a single position; you always have look for patterns in the placements. If the same placements are repeated in the birth chart and in the divisional charts the event can be predicted with confidence. Consider the D-1 as the foundation and the divisional chart as a layer overlaid on it to fine-tune. It requires some learning, some practice and a bit of intuition. Quite do-able!

Now D-2 also called the Hora divisional chart. In this chart the ascendant changes every 1 hour. The Hora chart is used to determine if the energy of every planet is more into expression and creation (solar type of energy) or accumulation and consolidation (lunar type of energy). This D-2 is used to determine the wealth that a person will be able to create or accumulate in his lifetime. A simple analysis here is to see how the planets from D-1 shift here. How many get into the Lunar section and how many into the Solar section, thus you know if you will be more into creating wealth with your intelligence or into hoarding and multiplying.

D-3 also called Dreshkansha. This D-3 ascendant changes every 40 minutes. This chart used to determine the brothers/sisters and interactions with your siblings, team-members, your extended family and neighbourhood. Conversations, communications and commercial activities in small groups. Personal courage and support from the close community is seen from this D-3 chart. (Also longevity can be seen from here as the lord of the 22nd amsha of this chart is linked to the physical death.) A simple analysis again here check out where the planets from D-1 get placed in the D-3. If the lord of the 3rd house in the D-1 gets well placed in D-3 obviously good results.

D – 4 the Chaturthansha ascendant and thus this divisional chart changes every 30 minutes. This is where you check out the details regarding the childhood, environment of the home, comfort, stability, security, landed property and most importantly your Luck/auspiciousness. Your education till college and getting a professional degree. Here too, check out how the planets from D-1 get placed in this D-4. If an exalted lord of the 4th house of the D-1 gets debilitated in the D-4 you will not get much happiness in the matters related to the 4th house.astrologyD- 7 Saptamsha is used to understand more about the legal partnerships that a person will get into. The nature of his partners. And also the benefits that he will get from such alliances, contracts, bargains and negotiations. This will include children. This D7 ascendant sign will change every 18 minutes. This is especially important as you will get clients who will have problems regarding childlessness.

D- 9 the more well known Navamsha (full post here) chart. This D9 ascendant sign changes every 13 minutes. It represents the foundations of your life in every way possible. In Sanatan Dharma the spouse helps you in performing your duties and is called Dharmapati/Dharmapatni thus spouse is seen from the D-9. This chart represents the fruits of auspicious behaviour from your past and present lives. This is very important and if not anything else at least refer to this chart in addition to the D-1.

D-10 Dashamansha is the tenth divisional chart and will indicate the fruits that you will get from your profession, ie. social mobility, public reputation, respect in your profession and obviously salary/money too. Here you are required to do a duty to the society in general, how will this duty be, this public responsibility? A burden or an easy task? How you conduct yourself in the society. And how will you benefit from doing this duty, your power and position, for this check out the D-10. This chart and its ascendant changes every 12 minutes. Especially important is the placement of the lord of the 10th house of the D-1 and where he shifts to in the D-10. You will get clients with questions on profession and job, for this question you will need to refer to D-1, D-9 and D-10.

D – 12 the Dwadasha-ansha indicates parents and grandparents. Their role in your life, their assets available to you their lifespans etc. How they will support you and also how you will be required to take care of them. This ascendant and the resultant chart changes in about 9 minutes. This house also represents the fruits of your actions from your immediate past life. Eg. Sometimes you get a client enquiring about the health of an ailing parent whose birth details are not available.

The D-16, Shodasha-ansha, This ascendant changes every 7 minutes. This is related to vehicles and travel. Will you travel a lot? In a train or in a flight? The need to travel and the ease, comfort and happiness associated with it is seen from here. e.g. Accident prone D-16 charts should avoid risky behaviour while travelling or better yet, use public transport.astrologyD – 20 The Vimshamsha, a very important chart used for calculating the spiritual and philosophical outlook. And for actual wisdom. This ascendant changes every 6 minutes. Check the placements of the owners of the Dharm trikon = 1st, 5th, and 9th houses in the D-1 and see where they shift to in the D-20 for spiritual growth.

D – 24 Chaturvimshansha to be seen for formal education. This ascendant changes about every 5 minutes. Clients often ask about the higher education of their children. This chart represents higher education. And the D-4 above is lower education. D-24 is also the intelligence and academic achievements. For counselling a student on which professional course he needs to choose, you should analyse D-24 and also D-10. Spiritual powers or ‘siddhi’ also can be seen from this D-24 chart. (for Siddhi check out the Moksh trikon of the D-1 too.)

D-27 Bhansha. Nakshatra amsha ascendant changes every 4 minutes or so and this chart represents the sum total of all the strengths and weaknesses in the personality. It can also indicate the opportunities for growth and the possibilities where you will face misfortune in life. It is in a very deep way how you perceive (rationally and intuitively) all that you experience of this manifested world. You always can change how you perceive by reflection, study, developing your own philosophy, achieve a neutrality and manage your thought patterns. This chart also indicates if and how you can do this.

D- 30 Trisham-ansha – D-30 is an extension of the 6th house of the D-1 birth chart. It tells you about the potential for misfortunes, debt, disease, servitude, enemies, and general problems in your life. Pain and suffering and if any remedies can be seen from here. This ascendent and thus this chart changes every 4 minutes.

D – 60 – Shastiamsha, this is the final results that a planet will give in a lifetime. I have written a full post on this D-60 here. 

There are several more types of varga charts (D-108 Ashtottarashata-ansha is the last vedic varga chart which indicates the possibility of final moksha and experiencing your own divinity. Its ascendant changes every 2.2 seconds), all of them have their own significance but then the astrologer also has to be well qualified and interested enough to analyse them. Deciphering varga charts may seem very crazy, I am a bit worried if I might have scared you off learning astrology. But they are easy, you have the correct birth-time, you can predict everything about the chart with reasonable confidence.

Always remember the D-1 birth chart is the manifested physical chart. All the higher divisional charts indicate the potential. You should take cues from the higher charts, these are the ‘seeds’ which will ultimately manifest. It is in your hands to increase or decrease their influence on you. Like the example of the exalted Venus, if the person knows that he is going to be great in the spiritual arena (D-20), but not so much in the married life (D-9), he can take a decision to focus completely on his Sadhana and forgo getting married. Or he can take remedial actions which will allow him to focus more on his married life (to support the debilitated Venus in D-9) and forgo his spiritual potential. Ultimately remember that the choice is always in your hands.

So use your divisional charts to find out what is in your hands, the potential that you have within you and change. Change your thoughts and focus on your plus points so that you can positively influence your own life.

 

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(Thank you to the kind soul who suggested this topic, hope this post helps!)

 

Interpreting empty houses in your chart

There are 12 houses/bhava and 9 graha/planets in the chart. So its obvious that a few houses in your chart are going to look empty. So how do you interpret these aspects of your life?pexels-photo-1339295.jpegA single house represents several things, for example the 8th house represents death, longevity, situation and circumstances of death, surgery, accidents, the family assets of the first spouse, the actual third spouse, tantrik tendencies, occult, legacies and bequeaths from deaths of others, research related professions, you can be a surgeon, an archeologist, secrets and explorations, movement of vital energy/pran, secret spiritual practices, witch! and so on. So how do you interpret all these things from just one house? If this house is well placed will you get all these things at once? Or perhaps not! Or will you?

To fine-tune the results possible from a house you will need to look for more pointers. But first the very basics. It sounds boring, but it will open up all the possibilities related to the house, so you can then focus on which aspect of this house you need to analyse in detail. First analyse your own horoscope, because doing so much work for a client’s chart at the beginning will be a bit much.

(I will just describe how it is to be done, I have never asked my students to learn the combinations by rote, it scared me as a child and it scares them too. First try to understand the process and think about it. Astrology is very simply matching keywords. You have 12 houses/bhava, 12 signs/rashi and 9 graha/planets, very do-able! Then if you feel like it, learn the astrological combinations from the reference books by rote. My Dad gave me this ‘300 Important Combinations’ by B.V. Raman when I was 10yrs old or something, to my child-mind it took away all the fun, made astrology just like school work.)https://psychologicallyastrology.comSo in interpreting any house of your horoscope, you will start with the 1st divisional chart, the birth chart where the rising sign occupies the first house. This is what you should be looking at.

  1. The sign/rashi occupying the house.
    • The results will be a mix of the house number and the sign both.
    • Eg, Taurus occupies the 8th, you will consider the energies of the 8th, more as a resource, keep on storing them, till the trigger point arrives and then undergo a very balanced, measured, deep, but a partly-publicly visible transformation of identity.
    • to check out if this sign and house are comfortable together, count the houses between them, a 6/8 axis is a bit uncomfortable, applies more to Virgo and Scorpio ascendants.
  2. The planetary owner of that sign, his ‘comfort’ levels!
    • where he is placed in your chart
    • any planets conjoint/aspecting him
    • if he is exalted, debilitated, combust, retrograde or in the house of his friend/enemy/neutral graha etc.
    • and the number of houses he is away from his this house he owns (6, 8, 12 houses away is not very comfortable, rest is ok.)
  3. The planets placed in that house itself,
    • the nature of the planet, its comfort levels.
    • also correlate these planets to the houses they own in your chart
    • eg. if the ascendent lord himself in the 8th, you will accept that change triggered by the factors of the 8th is the essential and participate more effectively in its matters.
    • if this house is vacant then obviously nil analysis for this point.
  4. The natural sign of the zodiac of that house will always subtly add its influence from wherever it may be located.
    • and the number of houses this natural sign is away from this house he owns (6, 8, 12 houses away is not very comfortable, rest is ok.) (read this post on Libra ascendant to know the logic behind this)
    • eg Aries will influence the 1st house always and so on till Pisces influencing the 12th house.
  5. The natural owner of that house and any significance that you can draw from its position.
    • eg. Mars will subtly influence the 1st and 8th houses always. If he is well placed these houses will get a positive push.
  6. Find the emotional context related to the house.
    • eg. The 8th house from the ascendant will give the physical environments and your response to it, but to find out how this house affects you on the emotional levels check out the house 8th from the birth moon.

https://psychologicallyastrology.com7. And then finally the most tedious but complete analysis, reorient the chart with this house as the first house to analyse it completely.

  • Use a paper and pencil to make it easier. For each house now pay attention to the its sign, its planets and owner planet.
  • You merge the keywords like this, suppose you are analysing the 8th house, consider the 8th as the first house. Merge the keywords of the 8th with those of the 1st house. Thus you will know how you are able to handle and participate in the catastrophic transformations of the self-identity. .
  • the 9th house, (2nd from the 8th), as the treasures, assets, the publicly acknowledged resources and those that you will receive from your family etc. which can be derived from the keywords of the 8th. Also how your peers, paternal figures and your philosophies are linked to all this. eg If you have Jupiter here in Gemini, your 8th house stuff will give you significant legacies from your extended family.
  • the 10th house, (3rd from the 8th), everything about it will indicate the communications, trade, money-making, practical aspects, your similar minded local group, local businesses etc related to the matters of the 8th. Also how these are linked to your profession, social mobility and salary.
  • the 11th house (4th from the 8th), will be a good indicator of the traditional mores, culture, societal norms, the emotional security, the comfort and protective aspects of the 8th house matters. Also how this gets linked to your luck, your social groups, your like-minded groups, your ability to market yourself, to make money from several sources.
  • and so on for every house
  • till you reach the 7th house of your chart (counted 12th from the 8th house). Here this house will indicate the losses of the stuff indicated by the 8th. 8th is a very personal, individual, secret house. 7th is where secrecy and individuality fails, loses out to alliances, beauty, fairly crafted open negotiations and balance.

So you see even if your this house seems vacant, there is a lot of stuff you can use to predict about it in your basic birth chart itself.https://psychologicallyastrology.comBut if you are not satisfied with this, (for your personal chart you should not be satisfied, the more you know the better you understand yourself!), and if you have your exact birth time, draw your Navamsha D-9 chart. This gives the real you, your innermost sub-conscious expectations regarding your current life. Every house from this chart will give you the inner workings regarding it. This is the sum of the astral energies you have at your disposal as regarding this house. (You can analyse the other divisional charts too if you feel up to it.)

A secret now, you can trigger these energies of the Navamsha consciously. For example your 8th house owner is debilitated in your D-1 but in your D-9 he shifts to more comfortable position, or your 8th house gets occupied with a more comfortable sign/planet, you can actively focus on this D9 placement and trigger better results in your manifested physical reality as represented by your D-1. If you want to be a good surgeon and your 8th house in the D-9 offers you the potential you can actively focus on the 8th of the D-9, do planetary remedies/beej mantra etc of the concerned planets from here to trigger your success as a surgeon!

There are other divisional charts too that you can refer to if you wish, each will add more to your understanding of your chart, including the empty houses. I have written about the D-60 here but for a beginner if it feels too tedious, leave it. I want everyone to enjoy reading and learning Jyotish! https://psychologicallyastrology.comSo here is how every individual house of the chart is completely analysed. There may or many not be planets placed in it, but still the analysis holds.

A planet placed in a house adds more focus to it. This planet-chart (like moon chart) will be a variation of the basic birth chart D-1 but drawn with that planet’s sign as the first house. Having a planet in a house will mean that more of your life experiences will be focussed around this house. The ‘karmic focus’ so as to say!

But the ’empty houses’ are important too, having no planets in that house will not make that aspect of your life nil, less intense in the physical manifested life perhaps. But what if the owner of the vacant 8th house goes and occupies the 1st house or is conjunct the ascendant lord? Your entire personality will be influenced by the matters of the 8th! Then again you will have some sub-conscious expectations from this seemingly empty house (D-9). So give equal importance to all houses of your chart.

Do this long-ish exercise with your own chart sometime (This is Vedic astrology, so please use a Vedic software for calculating the charts) and see if your life events match up.

 

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To decipher Multiple Spouses!

It is quite common to see people indulging in multiple marriages. A sequence of marriage, divorce, remarriage or multiple spouses together at the same time. Thus more complicated for the astrologer to interpret marriage-related questions. A person will have a series of girlfriends/boyfriends, then marriage, perhaps extra-marital affairs, then divorces and re-marriages! Thus we need to look into the horoscope with more care. So lets check out this complicated question of multiple spouses!pexels-photo-1454987.jpegFirst a bit on what is marriage! Marriage is karmic the domain of the 7th house, legal partnerships negotiated by Venus. Romance is more self-centric, the domain of the Sun, girlfriend/boyfriend is seen from the 5th house. For a relationship to be considered to be a marraige, there needs to be a legal alliance, a contract, an understanding, before a witness. This can be a traditional marriage, or a marriage in court, or (this is stretching it) if a child is born or even conceived/aborted without a formal marriage, this child is considered as the witness to the marriage.

You can also calculate the number of marriages through palmistry. See the edge of the palm of the dominant hand, right under the little finger/Kanishta, the space between the heart line and the base of the finger. Count the number of well defined horizontal lines, that is the number of spouses indicated in this life for you.

For marriage, the first and foremost planet to analyse is Venus – He is the natural ruler of the 7th house of the zodiac, Libra. Wherever he may be located, Venus will have an influence on the marriage alliance. Generally Venus is considered to be the agent of ‘Wife’, but I have seen Venus indicating the ‘Husband’ too, thus I consider him to indicate ‘Spouse’ in general.

  • If the Venus is within 15 degrees of any other grahas including Rahu/Ketu then he may grant multiple spouses. If Venus is with Rahu the spouse will be ambitious, interested in social mobility and breaking the rules! Moon with Venus will give an emotional, sensitive, maternal type of partner. A Venus alone will give a more balanced partner.
  • If Jupiter is with Venus, then multiple spouses are almost certain, you might see a rich man having 3-4 wives, each wife in her own house and established properly.
  • Even the headless graha Ketu with Venus can grant multiple partners, the narrative will be widowhood/abandonment/divorce/separation thus the new spouses.
  • Then Venus with any other graha, especially in the 5th house will give multiple spouses.
  • In the 9th divisional chart/Navamsha, check out the placement of Venus, if alone or with multiple planets. This indicates the sub-conscious expectation of marriage and the spouses.

Now a look at Jupiter. The planet of expansion is deeply connected to marriages and your spouses. He  is taken to represent just ‘husband’, but I have seen him indicate ‘wife’ too so I consider him as an agent of ‘spouse’.

  • Jupiter if occupying the 7th from ascendant or even the 7th from birth moon sign causes expansion of the marriage event giving multiple spouses. Again the character of the partner can be judged as per the nature of the planet accompanying Jupiter.
  • Jupiter if conjunct with the owner of the house 7th from ascendant or 7th from birth moon will grant multiple spouses.
  • Jupiter in the 7th house in the Navamsha chart indicates the potential for multiple marriages, but the D-1 must support in some way for it to be actually manifested.

arrangement beautiful beauty bloomingThe houses which indicate the next marriage partner is always counted 8 houses from the house indicating the current marriage partner. This is how it works,

  • 7th house indicates first spouse
  • 2nd house represents the second spouse
  • 9th house represents the third spouse
  • 4th house represents the fourth spouse

If you count these houses from the ascendant sign in your birth chart D-1 you will get the physical reality, the environment and the circumstance of the marriage partner. The physical attributes, looks, family situation etc.

If you count these houses from the birth moon sign you will get the emotional context of every spouse. Will the marriage event be emotionally fulfilling, secure, comfortable and stable. The reality of the intimacy between the two. And the perception regarding the success or otherwise of the marriage contract. This is an important analysis as sometimes you see marriages doing well on the physical front but collapsing on the emotional fronts. Or you may see a physically abusive marriage continuing well because despite the physical abuse the chart offers emotional stability!

Then finally if you count these houses in the Navamsha/D-9 chart you will understand the expectations and the sub-conscious reasons behind every spouse. D-9 is the total astral experience, this may or may not be fully manifested in the real material world represented by the D-1 depending on several trigger factors. Eg, if the D-9 shows possibility of a second spouse but the person and his first spouse do astrological remedies or engage in mantra jaap or even good karmas together the sub-conscious possibility of the second spouse may not materialise in the real life.

The 7th house is what mirrors you in every aspect so the first spouse is the most important in this way. This is the house of balance, alliance and legal partnerships. But if the karma of this house gets completed by death/divorce/abandonment etc. then the 2nd house gets active. The second spouse is more likely to be someone strongly connected to his/her family lineage, interested in interacting with family/friends, food/drink and wealth. The typical 2nd house keywords! Or you might meet this person in such a setting of song and dance. In case this karma of second spouse also gets completed within this lifetime then you get to the third spouse. This is more likely to be a more philosophical personality, more mature, more into public and visible roles in the society etc, apply the keywords of the 9th house to decipher this personality. And so on, counting the next 8th house to get the nature of the next spouse.

These second onwards spouses take on the traits of the 2nd, 9th, 4th and onwards houses, thus mirror your family, paternal figures, maternal figures etc check out the keywords of these houses. Thus afford another chance for you to revisit this house (now in this very intimate relationship) and resolve the karmas related to it quite beautifully.pexels-photo-931155.jpegNow you know the house you need to see for checking out the spouse, first spouse is 7th house, second spouse is 2nd house and so on. The next factor that you need to see is the owner of the house, where is he placed in relation to the house and if he is comfortable or not. And also the planets placed in the house. These will add more details to your analysis. For example a Ketu in the 7th will give a disinterested partner who may abandon you, then a Mars in 2nd will give a more athletic out-going and passionate partner number two.

But remember, the ‘partnership’ is not just limited to a human actual person. This may be a concept or a way of life or a philosophy or a Deity. Each one of us has a significant partner, our mirror.

So this may also interpreted as, after the completion of the 1st marriage, the person may immerse himself in his own family affairs or spend his time with family/friends, or in making more money! May not remarry and consider this lifestyle to be his significant partnership. Or after the completion of his second marriage karma with his second spouse, turn to religion, philosophy and the divine! He may start a new thought process of helping the human race, get into social service and consider this to be his significant partnership.

To interpret anything to do with marriage, considerable delicacy and understanding of the social norms and culture is necessary. If additional ‘marriages’ are indicated they will happen. If the society approves of divorce/remarriage, or having multiple husbands/wives then these additional spouses will be legitimately in the open. However if the society does not allow (check position of Saturn to see this aspect of the marriage/spouse event), the additional spouses will happen but in secret and will be denied in the public life.

Ultimately we choose our partners based on our sub-conscious expectations. If you are scared of marriage, expect a similarly afraid partner. If you are desperate to get a spouse, expect a similarly frustrated person as your spouse. However if you are content and a balanced personality you will marry a similar happy person and make the most of your married life!

 

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Shashtyamsha, the D-60

Today a totally astrology post. So the Divisional chart 60, D-60, Shashtyamsha, ‘your secret life’! This is the chart you get when you divide the 30 degree long rashi/sign into 60 parts, each part being 1/2 deg or 30 secs in length. There are 2 parts in this analysis.

  1. Each amsha/part is also assigned to a rashi/sign, so you can draw a whole new chart using these new planet-rashi placements. This is the D-60 chart.
  2. Each of these 60 parts of a rashi/sign has a defined character. Each planet is allotted to this amsha/part in which its degree falls, and thus takes on its character. There are actually 60 classes of the Shashtyamsha parts. Here you get to know in which category each of the 9 planet fall in and thus their deepest natures.

Thus in this way, the 360 degrees of the Zodiac thus has 720 parts/amsha. Thats enough maths! But astrology is maths, cant get away from it.pexels-photo-417357.jpegSo here is our tiny list of important charts.

  1. D-1 is the first divisional chart which we always refer to as the birth chart. The physical manifested reality. We keep on discussing this chart endlessly.
  2. Then next is the birth moon chart, this gives an indication of the perception and emotional filters of your life. Same as the D-1 just turned around, counting the house that has the moon as the first house you get your birth moon chart.
  3. The Navamsha, D-9, the 9th divisional chart, this is the Real You, as discussed in this earlier post.
  4. The D-60 which is another very important chart, we will now know a bit more about this.

So why do this? Divide and subdivide the zodiac to get more and more divisional charts? Each divisional chart gives a deeper insight into the real you, the secret you, the physical you, the astral you, the spiritual you, the emotional you and so on. You and me are very complex beings, you see!

But a note, your birth time should be exact. Only then should you check out the divisional charts, else they will mislead. An error of 2 mins will change your D-60. Sometimes I wonder what should be the ‘exact birth time’? Time when the head comes out, or the entire body, or the first breath, or the first cry? Anyways, there is a way of calculating your exact birth time using palmistry. The vertical lines on the fingers are used in mathematical formulae to arrive at your exact to the second birth time. And there are other mathematical ways to rectify the birth time in case you cannot get a handprint. So before dabbling in divisional charts please rectify your birth time.pexels-photo-725100.jpegNow back to D-60.  What is it used for? It is the final tally of the Karma that you will face in this life, severe karmic losses and falls and gains and spectacular rises in power. The final conclusion of the chart analysis is D-60. There are two ways of using the Shashtyamsha.

1.The first and more familiar way of analysing the D-60 chart.

Sometimes you observe that the D-1 is superb but still predictions fail. There are exalted planets but still they fail, oh so tragically! There are charts which gain tremendous power and prestige but then after a few years are found begging in the streets. Big politicians and businessmen are revealed to be ultimately corrupt. This is domain of the D-60. The final tally of the results that a planet will give. Exalted and beautifully placed planets in D-1 may be too good to be true so look into their placement in the D-60 to indicate their actual final results. If the well placed planets of D-1 become debilitated and are destroyed in the D-60, the dasha/time period ruled by this planet will indicate a disaster and fall in power.

Retrograde planets are always a source of confusion in the chart. The energies of these planets are directed differently thus the results expected can be delayed or even denied. The D-60 is the final on the results of retrograde planets. If the planet is in a good placement in in the D-60 rashi and house it will give its results, may delay will not deny them. Similarly for combust planets, their final results are to be determined accurately from the D-60.

The planets placed in the first house of the D-60 have the final say on the chart’s destiny. If benefic planets, or the ascendant lord planets of D-1 or D-9 are located here, it would indicate an outstanding personality.

However all planets are important in the D-60 and should be analysed properly. The chart is analysed with the same principles of exaltation, debilitation, aspects, etc as the main birth chart.pexels-photo-929032.jpeg2. Now let us take a look at the Shashatyamsha categories.

This is the real reason why D-60 is important. The 60 categories. This is very very detailed and the character of each planet is micro-analysed. As per the ancient seers/Rishis this analysis is even more important that the analysis of the D-1. If you open any of the Vedic software like Parashara light you will see some of these names against the planets in a table. The inner nature of these planets can be seen at a glance.

  • Of these 60 categories, 20 categories are fully malefic and a planet falling in theses categories will be ultimately act like malefic. Even if he is exalted or a functional benefic or anything good in the D-1, he still has the potential to turn the chart into a riches to rags story. (Their 20 names are Rakshasa, Bhrashta, Kulaghna, Garala, Pureesha, Kaala, Ahibhaaga, Gulika, Mrityu, Kalaa, Kantaka, Vishadagdha, Kulanaasha, Vamshakshaya, Utpaata, Kaalaroopa, Danshtraakaraala, Kaalaagni, Dandaayudha, Kroora)
  • 10 categories are semi malefic where planets placed give mixed results but tending more to malefic. (Ghora, Yaksha, Kinnar, Agni, Maayaa, Daavaagni, Ghoraa, Yama, Bhramana, Indurekhaa are the categories here)
  • 20 categories of these are fully benefic, a planet assigned to these parts will be a benefic and have a positive influence on the D-1 manifested reality. A real benefic in every sense. (Amrita, Mridu, Sudhaa, Amritaa, Poornachandra, Indumukha, Praveena, Atisheetala, Sudha, Payodheesha, Deva, Apaampati, Heramba, Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwara, Devaa, Kshiteeshwara, Kamlaakara, Marutvaan are the 20 classes in this type)
  • 10 categories are semi-benefics where planet may give mixed results but more benefic than malefic. (Kubera, Chandra, Komalaa, Ardraa, Kalinaasha, Saumya, Komala, Sheetala, Nirmala, Saumya are the 10 here.)

These categories obviously have more detailed meanings than just malefic/benefic, (you can check out Phaladeepika for more), but for a simple post this much is enough!

This was a very brief starter post on the D-60. Our seers/Rishis were supermen in the real sense. They mapped out the universe in tiny tiny bits and assigned names and meanings to each one of these bits. Today we have lost most of this deep knowledge. Your friendly neighbourhood astrologer may know a lot but still there is even more that he does not know. Vedic astrology is like an endless ocean of knowledge, the more you learn the more there remains to be learnt.

 

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The Ascendant and its planetary Lord

The ‘Lagna’ in Jyotish is the intersection of the east horizon with the ecliptic at a given time. This Lagna at the moment of your birth becomes your Ascendant degree. The rashi/sign in which this degree falls is your Ascendant sign and its planetary ruler the Lagnesh. In the excitement of the Moon-signs and Sun-signs, you often ignore the Ascendant-sign/Lagna and its planetary ruler/the Lagnesh! The Ascendant is extremely important as the tone of the entire horoscope is set from planet. For peeping into your personality there are a minimum 3 charts that you need to refer.

  1. The basic birth chart called the first divisional chart D-1, or the Janma kundali.
  2. The Chandra kundali, where the placement of the planets is the same as the D-1 above but the moon sign is counted as the first house. The chart is redrawn by shifting the houses accordingly.
  3. The Navamsha chart or the 9th divisional chart, but only if you are sure that the birth time is exact to the minute, else it is of no use, it will mislead.

The Ascendant Lord/Lagnesh has a very special place in the chart and you really should analyse it separately for gleaning the maximum information from its placement.

A Lagnesh is empowered and capable of giving very good results if

  1. It is exalted
  2. It is in its swakshetra or a favourable house in the chart.
  3. In company of or aspected by benefic planets or functional benefics for that ascendant sign.

Such a Lagnesh will give a favourable situation of birth and a family of comfortable means and status in society. It will also provide you with a good quotient of self-confidence and expression. The sign/house in which the lagnesh is placed will provide an indication as to where you will feel most comfortable. E.g the lagnesh in the 10th house will grant you extra comfort in your professional life, you will be socially well known because of your activities in the professional field.

On the other hand a badly placed Lagnesh is when

  1. It is debilitated or in the dushamsthana, the 6th, 8th or 12th houses.
  2. It is in unnatural movement and situations like combust or retrograde or the loser of a planetary war.
  3. It is conjoint or aspected by malefic or functional malefic planets.

Such a Lagnesh will not be able to express itself fully. You will be born in a rather socially low family. Your personal self-esteem and awareness and Ego will be low. And thus your role and activity in the social context will be of a lower degree. e.g. The ascendant lord in the 6th house will bring you to situations where you will be surrounded by the negativity of disease, debts, enemies, either serving or suffering!pexels-photo-1577494.jpegThe Ascendant Sign of the birth chart and its Lord.

This is the foundation of the manifested social, material, ego and physical environments of your life. The activity patterns of your life. The physical structure of the body/face and the major personality traits, which also indicate how the society will respond to you. E.g if you are beautiful you will be better received in the society. The house/sign which is occupied by the ascendant lord, Lagnesh is of particular importance. E.g one of my clients has his Libra ascendant lord Venus/Shukra in the 5thhouse in Aquarius/Kumbh. He works for the government, is a good judge, fair/balanced and likes writing. The Lagnesh and its position determines which environment is best suited for giving you social recognition and also the best use of your personal attributes (irrespective of your personal inclinations/emotions). Thus Lagnesha has a role in your career choice. The ‘physical personality’ is the birth chart or the first divisional chart.

The Chandra Kundali and the birth Moon rashi and its ruler.

In this birth Moon chart, the placement of the planets is the same as the D-1 chart but the first house is the birth Moon sign. The moon sign will tell you about those environments where you will be naturally comfortable. Also to predict the emotional outcome of an event the moon chart is to be referred. We are not just our physical body visible to the normal two eyes. We are also our ‘other’ body which is sensed by the Third eye. You must have felt this instinctive reaction to someone you have just met, you might excessively like or dislike or feel fear or repulsion towards someone for no good reason. There is a reason for such instinctive reactions and this depends on the Chandra kundali/Moon chart.

In simple words, your aura and response of others to your aura is determined here. You perceive others on the basis of their aura, your perception of ‘beauty’ ‘clean’ and even physical qualities like ‘height’ etc have a significant aura component. You may feel small when depressed or expanded when overjoyed. Here your perception of yourself is also linked to the aura. Your emotions are reflected in the aura. Your physical body is the product of the astral, the causal, the spiritual etc bodies. These are also felt through the aura. If your moon chart is well balanced, irrespective of what happens in the physical world, internally you will be quite happy. This is the ‘emotional personality’, the domain of the Moon chart.

The Navamsha D-9 chart and its Lagna/Lagnesh

Now we come to the third chart. The 9th divisional chart tells you, ‘How do you really see your own self?’.

Often you meet someone who has a very low opinion of himself though the society regards him very highly, or someone who thinks very high of himself and the public thinks he is a crook. This mismatch of the self-opinion and public-opinion can be understood from the D-1 birth Lagna and the D-9 Navamsha Lagna. This is very useful in analysing a personality and in counselling. Eg If you get a client whose D-9 Lagnesh is Jupiter, this person will be interested in the philosophical side of things. The solid things of the material will not make much sense to him. So while recommending a remedy for him if you should suggest mantra-jaap, he will like doing it. But if the D-9 Lagnesh were Saturn, he would prefer to work e.g. helping others, as a more appealing way for satisfying karma. You determine your deep motivations and your astral resources from the 9thdivisional chart.

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I see a very strange trend in modern western astrology. They have forgotten the basic mathematics of Astrology and added asteroids and what-nots to their version of astrology, thus messing it up. You don’t need to complicate the science, instead focus on the basic analysis. The basic birth chart and the 9 planets can be used to know everything about yourself. Now this is an example of how you draw extra information from the basic birth chart D-1. Every planet is the natural keyword of an aspect of your life and from each planet’s sign you can draw a chart for that specific planet. This planet-chart (like moon chart) will be a variation of the basic birth chart D-1 but drawn with that planet’s sign as the first house.

  1. The Sun loves the center-stage. The Surya-lagna and the corresponding Surya-kundali will tell you all that you know about creativity, divine intelligence, self-confidence, political performance and other qualities of the Sun that you are channeling in this life. Eg the 3rdsign/planets from the birth Sun will tell you how you shine in your sibling groups, and if your communications have a high intelligence and analytical ability.
  2. The Moon wants emotional security. So the Chandra Kundali, described above, will tell you all that you feel about emotions, stability, protection from all aspects of your life. Eg the 10thsign/planets from your birth moon will tell you how you feel emotionally about your profession.
  3. Mercury likes to analyse. Here from the birth Mercury sign as the first house, you draw the Mercury chart. Find all about conversations, messages, arguments, logic, chitchat, siblings, analytical power, perceptions and juvenile behaviour. Eg the 7thsign/planets from the birth Mercury will tell you how you communicate with your spouse and your partners.
  4. The Venus needs partnerships of all types, either with a physical partner or a deity or your higher self. The Venus chart counted from the birth Venus sign as the baseline will show you how partnerships, alliances, marriage and negotiations work in your life. E.g. the 10thsign/planets from this Venus birth sign will tell you if your professional life is based on fairness, and if you enjoy a fair partnership in your office/profession related relationships.
  5. The Mars wants to win always, he represent the status of the physical body. From the birth Mars sign you can find out how vital you are in all aspects of your life. Eg. The 5thsign/planets from the birth Mars sign will tell you how your competitive spirit is utilized in matters of personal creativity and genius, or your children.
  6. The Jupiter loves to teach and philosophise. To know how your wisdom and sense of humanity affects your life and relations check out the placement of the signs/planets counted from the birth Jupiter sign. E.g. To find out how you will guide or be guided by your ancestral spirits and sub-conscious check out the 12thsign/planets from your birth Jupiter sign.
  7. The Saturn will ensure you work in a lawfully correct scheduled manner. To determine all society related obligations, material work, Time, and resistance and constrictions in your life check out the placements of the planets/signs counted from the birth Saturn sign. E.g. To determine the sense of restrictions and obligations related to your children see the 5thsign/planets counted from the birth Saturn sign.

pexels-photo-1224263.jpegIn addition, there are several other charts which are used for very specific purposes. And there are the higher divisional/varga charts. Your local astrologer will rarely use them as they require detailed mathematics as well as knowledge to interpret. So if as a beginner in astrology if you encounter any terms like, Arudha lagna, Indu lagna, Vishesheka lagna, etc you can safely ignore them. Jaimini system especially has loads of such charts and special degrees, but it is an advanced phase of astrology. Right now we are analysing how your personality is built up using the three major charts where their Ascendant sign and its ruler planet are the foundation stones.

No two persons are the same and in Jyotish you cannot ever generalise, there are multiple forces which work together to influence and create a certain outcome. Analysing these forces is ultimately 75% mathematics and 25% intuition. Unless you develop your intuitive capacity by regular spiritual practice you really will not excel as an astrologer/Jyotishi.

And finally will let on a secret. The physical manifested body is produced from your past-life energies, i.e. the resources of the astral self. You can change your physically manifested body by consciously accessing and manipulating the energies available in the astral self. You may have noticed people who actively do yogic practices, dhyan etc which manipulate the pran/vital energy, look visibly younger, energetic and radiant. My Dad is in his seventies and doesn’t have a wrinkle on face! You too should develop some spiritual practice which will not only nourish your soul but also sustain your physical body as long as you choose to reside in it.

 

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Navamsha, 9th divisional chart

Astrology is a bottomless ocean of information. Jyotish is one of the 6 branches of Vedanta and is the science used to find out the events which are going to happen in a life time and their timing. Thus it is high mathematics coupled with deep study and intuition. Divisional charts are extremely useful, however you need the exact birth-time, an error of even 15 seconds is not acceptable. If accurate birth time is not available the divisional charts are extremely misleading and should never be calculated.

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For a complete analysis of your personality you will need to analyse at least the following

  1. The birth chart with the ascendant as the first house – This is the 1st divisional chart or D-1. The basic chart which we always refer to, the birth chart with the ascendant as the first house. The D-1 is rooted in time/space. This determines the physical, material and social aspects of your life. It is ideal for predicting the tangible events which occur in the ‘real life’, marriage, education, children, travel, business, health, death etc.
  2. The birth chart with the moon sign as the first house – This sets up the emotional context and the comfort zones of your personality. This is how every tangible event affects you on the emotional level. Eg, the Saturn influencing the Moon will restrict emotions, the person’s mother may die, a tangible event, but he will not be so emotionally disturbed because Saturn restricts the mind and emotions.
  3. The Navamsha, 9-th divisional chart – D-9, is used to analyse the astral, spiritual, emotional and psychological planes. These are the real source from which the chart D-1 derives its power and context.

Professional astrologers will not do all this as they have no need or time. Most clients have very materialistic questions. However for knowing more about your own self, everyone should do this analysis for his own horoscope.

You are not just the physical self which you see in the mirror, you have various sides to your personality and also several parallel states of existence. Jyotish has ways to look deep into all these personalities and planes of existence. And these charts are called divisional or Varga charts. In this post we will discuss the 9-th divisional chart or navamsha. The mathematics for calculating varga is quite different but we have software that does this, for Indian/Vedic system, for windows, “Jagannatha Hora” or “Parashar’s Light” gives all the several types of divisional charts. But if you need just the Navamsha/9-th divisional chart, for iphones “Drik panchang” by developer “Adarsh apps” is quite accurate.

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The D-9 is used to determine the strength and pre-dispositions of the astral self. We spend about 8 hrs completely in the astral realm when we are asleep. But even when are are awake, the events from the astral are going on side-by-side with the conscious self. If you are aware, you can ‘see’ these from the corner of your eyes, or register them as a 6-th sense. If you engage in some spiritual practice it will be easier to notice these events. The D-9 will not make much sense to you unless you are a bit spiritually inclined.

The D-9 is not used for predicting the tangible life events. The D-9 is sort of a complicated continuous ‘Now’. You ‘are’ your D-9 which is manifested in the physical environment as the D-1. The D-9 is not linked to time/space and it represents everything from your past and parallel lives which is influencing your reality/D-1. You are your astral self, you manifest portions from your astral periodically with the placements of the D-1, and then again go the astral to recover. This happens temporarily while you sleep and permanently when your body dies. Do read my post on Moksh trikon to understand more.

The D-9 tells you, what is possible, what you actually want. So, in a way, it sets the range for the D-1. The D-1 happens within this range. The indications of the astral are slightly in advance of the physical, so if you can see the astral body/aura you can predict a disease or death upto 6months in advance.

Most astrologers will use the D-9 to determine the actual strengths of the planet positions in the D-1. Or for marriage predictions. But in reality all the graha in D-9 should be analysed. The relationship between the D-1 position and the D-9 position of a graha will determine if the astral expectations are in harmony with the material reality that it manifests.

Eg, one of my clients has the D-1 Saturn in the 12th house and in the D-9 it shifts to 4th house. The astral D-9 Saturn restricts emotional shelter, comfort, maternal love, deep healing and recovery. He enforces un-protection, rootless-ness, homeless-ness and not-belonging. This astral expectation is manifested in the D-1 12th house Saturn which further restricts access to the sub-conscious, rest, sleep, guidance from the astral and spiritual. Thus this person never had an emotional connect with his mother or relatives, is working and living away from his home town, shifted residences several times. Has a need for emotional support which will never be granted and his spiritual practice is also highly restricted, he never sleeps properly. So the readings from the D-9 and D-1 match. The karmic/Saturn solution for him is to learn by the negative example. He will be required to comfort/help others who suffer the same problems as him. And because he knows exactly how bad it feels, he will be required to ensure that these others do not feel the same. Thus he will heal slowly/Saturn.

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So how to link the D-1 and the D-9.

Our life is a sequence of events. These events are neutral by themselves but when emotional labels put on them, they become ‘experience’. The D-1 is the ‘sequence’ and the D-9 is the ‘label’. Check out the planets in the D-9 charts, their placement houses and their keywords. These will be important as significant emotional labels/experiences will be associated with them. If a particular house has more planets, this house will be in the center stage for ‘experience’.

D-9 placements are like emotional triggers. If you can analyse them, you can heal them. E.g. D-1 South node/Ketu in the 5th will give a disconnect with the children. Now if the D-9 also affected, eg Saturn in the 5th, this reality of disconnect will be accepted internally. But if the D-9, 5th house has a Moon placed in it, the physical reality of disconnect to the child will be severely traumatic on the sub-conscious emotional level.

 

The most intimate relations can be the cruelest teachers linked to the deepest ‘experiences’ requiring re-balancing and healing. Thus the experience of marriage is always seen in context of the D-9. The more intimate the relationship, the more intensely emotional the interactions. So in matching horoscopes for marriage, you should also match the two D-9’s. There should be some linkage between the two D-9 charts at the deepest sub-conscious levels to avoid trauma and pain of failed expectations. The other in a relationship is often the mirror. The significant relationships of our life follow this rule to a great extent, mother-child, father-child, husband-wife, teacher-student, boss-employee are some of the relations which deeply affect our psyche. So all these experiences can be interpreted from the D-9 so you can try to improve your responses in these relationships and learn your lessons so that you can escape being caught in these learning situations again in the future lives.

The D-9 is the basis on which the immediate next life will be created. The astral moves a bit faster than the physical, thus the astral is also the seed for rebirth. Your emotional affinity and the direction of your energies is already shown here. Most important is to remain calm, focussed and actively participate at the moment of exit, this can be achieved by intellectually analysing your deepest motivations and expectations. If you can interpret the D-9 you can change your choices for the next birth by actively redressing the imbalances shown in it. Generally no one thinks on these lines but you can redress the imbalances by

  • actively helping others who are suffering in the same manner as you are. Learning by negative example is the domain of Karma. Eg if your parents never looked after you, you could go help out at a children’s orphanage.
  • doing mantra pujas for the unbalanced planets. I had written a whole post on this, but perhaps this is too technical.
  • sending energy to the unbalanced planets. Sounds too wild? But as I have repeatedly said, you can do anything with your intention. Reiki, chi-balls, or even the natural energy of the Universe can be directed to the planets in your horoscope. Planets are energy!
  • doing regular spiritual practice where you silence your conscious mind and allow your sub-conscious mind to operate.

So do remember that you always manifest what you sub-consciously expect. The truest indicator of these sub-conscious expectations is the D-9, these are the seeds of the future which will be manifested soon. Studying the D-9 and taking remedial actions can resolve un-balanced planetary energies which would otherwise impact several lifetimes.

 

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Moon the agent of the Mind!

I have written two posts on the Moon earlier, a post on how to use the information on moon transits to be more prepared for your day as a daily tiny astrology lesson. One on how the other planets affect the Moon. About debilitated Moon here. And another one on how challenging the Cancer as Ascendant can be! But this one about the Moon, just the pure Mind, psychologically!

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In my experience, the 2 most important signs in the chart are the Ascendant and the birth Moon sign. One controls the physical body and material things and the second controls the mind and the emotional states. If I have to predict, I use 1) the birth chart with the ascendant as the first house and 2) the chart with the moon sign as the first house, side-by-side, so that I can get a balanced view of the physical conditions and the emotional states. If my client is more than 49yrs old I always consider the moon sign chart as the more important.

Each planet ‘matures’ at a particular age. Before the age of maturity the planets generally produce incomplete/immature results. By the age of 49yrs, all the planets attain ‘maturity’ and are completely developed. Thus they interact more wisely and comfortably with each other in the chart and even with naturally unfriendly planets/aspects.

A simple example; If someone loses his arm at the age of 20yrs and someone loses it at the age of 60yrs. The trauma to the body is the same but the level of mental trauma will be different because of the age and life experience. This is the domain of the moon. The events of our life always perceived through the lens of the emotions ie the moon. I always find it strange that the Moon as no planetary enemies, probably the Mind is its own Enemy?

The moon is our mind and our mind defines our self. The mind is the complex of the emotions and the thoughts. Our mind has learned and evolved over several lifetimes, every incident in each life has contributed to its making. The mind is indeed the original fathomless sea of creation, because it creates us, our personality, the way we think. Whatever we do and undo is based on the guidance of our mind. So then are we just the mind? Not really, we are something called the ‘Intelligence’. But this pure Inteligence is always coloured by the mind. Thus the efforts by seers and sages to silence the mind and access their real self uncolored by the influence of the mind. Just like a riverbed is seen clearly when the turbulence of the water flow is stilled. The turbulence is the emotions/thoughts, the water is the mind and the river bed is the Intelligence. And strangely when you see such still waters you can appreciate the beauty of the water itself.

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Back to the horoscope. The Moon is the mysterious everything. Its quite difficult to really know what the moon is because it reflects! The Moon faithfully absorbs and reflects every influence falling on it. The moon aspecting or conjoint with any graha emotionally sensitises its results. Eg, Moon with Mars will make the person, very comfortable in competitions, with brotherly figures and emotionally needs to feel like a champion always.

This moon is the owner of Cancer, the 4th sign of the zodiac, thus in any horoscope irrespective of the ascendant the moon and the sign Cancer will have a subtle influence on the matters of the 4th house. The 4th house is one of the 4 houses that make up the foundation of the chart (the other 3 being the 7th, 10th and 1st).

The mind requires comfort and emotional hand-holding always, so the moon is the significator of the mother, the rhythm of the lullaby, the home, the lands/properties, the familiar customs, the homeland, all those who protect. This security however has to be felt on the emotional level. All liquids, from the sea to the blood are controlled by him. All vehicles from boats to aeroplanes are his. The moon also controls rest, sleep, deep healing, recovery, the sub-conscious, the intuition, dreams and astral planes.

The moon controls the astral body thus the karma related to the emotions remains even after death and continues on to the next life, then these emotions may be expressed as phobias. (One of my clients was extremely scared of being alone, sleeping under a low roof and generally claustrophobic, found the answer one day through guided mediation, she was given death punishment in some past life by being sealed alive inside a wall.)

The moon is the basis on which the entire horoscope has to be analysed. All the ‘past memories’  are reflected in the future. The past is not the present ‘physical reality’ but is the ‘psychological reality’. All psychological behaviour is rooted in the moon the earliest indication of which is the mother. The Moon’s influence begins right from the birth mother’s uterine fluids. eg. Moon with Rahu is hyper-charged emotional behaviour and a vivacious mother. Moon with Ketu causes emotional disinterest indicating a mother who needs her space.

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The influence of the Moon on a person has to be seen from the following.

  1. the actual birth moon sign
  2. the planets conjunct or aspecting the birth moon
  3. the location of the sign cancer in the chart and the planets in or aspecting it
  4. the moon sign in the navamsha chart

Here for the first time I am talking about the divisional charts, the 9-th divisional chart/navamsha.  So to know yours. for Indian/Vedic system, for windows, “Jagannatha Hora” or “Parashar’s Light” and for iphones “Drik panchang” by developer “Adarsh apps” is be quite accurate.

The most intimate relationships for a person are with the birth mother and the wife/husband. The navamsha moon sign will determine the kind of emotional, nurturing support and comfort that a person requires from these relationships. We cannot control the interaction with the mother, but we can choose our husband/wife. So its critical that during matching horoscopes for marriage, the two charts should have some links to each others navamsha moon position. This will ensure harmonious relationship at the emotional level. Even close friends will have some connections with navamsha Moon.

To be really happy you should always be aware of the birth Moon. You should try to mould your life as per the requirements of this all important force in your horoscope. Thus you will be emotionally stable and internally comfortable in whichever physical situation you find yourself in.

The nature of life is to experience, and it is the nature of the mind to tie the emotion to the experience. The Moon aka the Mind is a complicated topic, this is one in series of posts which I will write on it.

 

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