My name is Pulkit Gupta, I have done Btech in Chemical Engg. and than went onto do Masters in Fashion
Management from NIFT, Delhi. My profession is in retail of ethnic wear (i.e. suits and sarees). I have had an avid
interest in astrology for the last 7-8 yrs. I am a self-taught astro student. I have been compelled to write this article to
contribute in my own little way to the field of Vedic astrology. Feel free to right to me at email@example.com ,
First I would like to begin with the basics, which is the very root of astrology and that needs to be emphasized.
1. Classification of Signs
These concepts will really help when we get deeply intopredictions, for example: If you have a fixed sign in your
10 th house, you are more likely to have a fixed routine in your job .
2. Classification of planets
Note : Rahu, Ketu are shadow planets or merely points, so their results are based on the signs in which they are placed. (Although some consider Rahu to be like Saturn, and Ketu to be like Mangal)
It’s very important to unedrstand these classifications. Although there are some considerations. For example:
Suppose Jupiter is in 5 th house and in an even sign—it will give more daughters, even though Jupiter is a male planet.
But the effects of the rashi would also come into play. This classification also helps in reccomending remedies.
For istance, if Jupiter is causing you a Pitta (fire) desorder, than the Moon is used (by drinking water in a
silver glass), because only water can supress fire . Here if you try to use Saturn (like increasing intake of mustard oil
in cooking), air will give fire more flames, thus the illness might worsen.
3. Fundamental Rules table
I will like to introduce to you a table, which will be the basis of giving predicitions. The chart is based on the rule that if a planet is debilitated in a particular sign, it will be in “fall” in all the other signs of the same nature. For example: We all know that Jupiter is debilitated in Capricorn, an earth sign. Thus it will be in fall in other two earth signs: i.e. Taurus and Virgo.
Similarly if Saturn in exalted in the 7 th sign (Libra, Air), thus it will be in “rise” in Gemini and Aquarius.
This is based on the fact that Saturn being an airy planet likes to remain in airy signs, but it goes into fall
in fire signs, i.e. Aries, Leo, Sagittarius.
From the table, animosity between the planets can easily be seen. For example: Sun and Saturn are
inimical and it can be observed they are in rise in exactly opposite signs.
Note: Here you could argue:
i.. Moon should be in fall in Cancer.
ii. Rahu, Ketu not given.
iii. Mercury not mentioned.
iv. Mars in fall in Scorpio.
The answers to these are as follows:
i. Some people seem to behave like lunatics when the Moon is in Cancer—this is a point for which I have no answer. Although people will bring in aspects, 4 th house role etc. But as an astrology student, I will like to stick to a basic point to facilitate learning (rather than complicating it).
Some of you after going through the article and subsequent research may enlighten me. The only answer in my mind is that the Moon has no light of its own and only radiates light from the Sun. It loses strength when it is alone.
ii. Rahu and Ketu are shadowy planets or merely
points generated by astrological calculations.
Thus no significance with respect to rise and fall.
You can stick to traditional wisdom that Rahu is exalted in Taurus and Ketu in Scorpio.
iii. In the case of Mercury, please stick to the point that it is exalted in Virgo. I have observed predictions for Mercury to be most tricky, be it Virgo or Gemini lagna. Here I have stuck to the Lal Kitab analogy that Vedic astrologers fear Saturn and Rahu the most. But we fear Mercury the most, since it’s Buddhi (to mention Lal Kitab)
I know that certain groups of astrologers will start thinking of my article as “off”, but I have found it to be applicable. Thus I have not stretched the concept of the rise and fall to include Mercury.
iv. Mars in Scorpio gives uncontrolled agression. It’s like a bullet waiting for a trigger that can go off anytime.
Now coming to the practical applicability of these concepts, I will begin with some examples. (Here the yardstick will be kept simple and deeper concepts would not be mixed so as to facilitate impromptu learning).
Although, I would like to mention some concepts that might not be applied right now
a. If the Sun is in rise in the 1 st sign, but is aspected by Saturn, it will alternate the effect. That is, the Sun will
behave as if it were in fall.
b. If the lord of the 6 th , 8 th and 12 th house goes into the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10 th or 11th house and
is rising, it will alternate the effect and behave as if it were in fall .
c. If the lord of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10 th or 11th house goes into the 6 th , 8 th & 12 th house and is
rising, it will alternate the effect and behave as if it were in fall.
Any planet in fall gives rise to the non living things for that house, but fall for the living things for the house.
For example: If Saturn is in fall in the 4 th house, it will give a good house, car, etc., but bad relationship with
the mother or emotional problems.
Example 1. : Aamir Khan
Indian film actor, director, screenwriter, producer and television presenter. Through his successful career in
Hindi films, Khan has established himself as one of the most popular and influential actors of the Indian cinema.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and nominations, including four National Film Awards and seven Filmfare
Awards, and was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri in 2003 and the Padma Bhushan in
Here, as discussed, Jupiter is in fall in the 3 rd house, thus having a weak aspect on the 7 th house. Thus Aamir had to divorce his first wife. Moreover, since it’s in fall in the 3 rd house, it denotes a weaker sibling. His brother Faisal
Khan did not have much success and faced emotional problems, too.
Moreover, Venus will behave as if in rise, thus he chose arts, drama and movie making and excelled.
Example 2: MK Gandhi
Indian lawyer and civil rights champion, the spiritual andpolitical leader of India through her tempestuous birth of independence. Known as Mahatma, (great soul), he began the freedom movement in 1919 with nonviolent
disobedience. India broke from England in August 1947 and Gandhi’s rank as a saint and holy man was assured in
history. During the ensuing Hindu-Moslem riots, Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu gunman, Nathuram Godse,
Here Mars is in fall, thus effecting its lordship i.e. 1 st sign or the 7 th house. He took a vow of celibacy in his mid-30s
and had a celibate marriage.Jupiter is in fall in the 8 th house, thus a sudden end to lifeby gunshot.
Example 3: Allaire, Jacques
Responsible for the French homicide killed his own son and grandson 7/27/1987; Revin, France.
Here the Moon is in fall although it’s in Cancer. Thus he committed the henious crime and killed his own family.
Though there is a conjunction of Rahu and Saturn, the Moon being in Cancer, could not give any positive insight
to this man. And the positive effects of Jupiter couldn’t help control his perverted mindset
Example 4. Natural fire events
American explosion at a Massachusetts Electric company substation that knocked out electrical service in a Boston
suburb and injured three maintenance workers. The three were inside the Glendale substation when a fire and
explosion occurred all are in intensive care. One died the following day. Over 3,000 people were left without utility
power and the Red Cross set up assistance stations.
American nightclub fire that killed 492 people and severely injured nearly two hundred others. On the night of the fire, the club was filled with over 1000 people, over capacity. When fire broke out, possibly due to a lit match used by an employee changing a light bulb. Within 15 minutes, the entire scene was engulfed in flames. The decorations were highly flammable and the two main doors, against which the panicked dancers and diners pushed to try to escape, were revolving doors that turned inward.
Mars being in fall couldn’t help save the incidents.
4. Time synchronization: An astrologer, to give good guidance, must be able to exactly pinpoint the timing
of events. For this he/she must tally the past event dates and do adjustments according to them. For this
I would like to put forward some rules:
Let us take two planets, let’s call them X and Y. If planet X is in the sign of Y and Y is in the sign of X, than while synchronizing X and Y can replace one another.
b. Aspect Exchange
Let us take two planets, say X and Y. If planet X aspects the sign of Y and Y aspects sign of X, than while synchronizing, X & Y can replace one another.
c. Planet in another planet’s Nakshatra.
Suppose X is in the Nakshatra of Y, then X can replace Y, but Y cannot replace X.
d. Planet in another planet’s sign.
Suppose X is in the sign of Y, X can replace Y, but Y cannot replace X.
e. Rahu and Ketu
They are shadowy planets, so they give results on the basis of the lords of the signs in which they are placed.
Suppose a person’s marriage took place in the 1 st lord or 7 th lord or 12 th lord antardasha.
For example: Gemini lagna.
Mercury – Jupiter – Venus, which is to start on the 1 st of December, 2010, but he got married on November 14 th ,
2010. That equals a time difference of 15 days.
And if he has come to you for a question about child birth, the dasha that you reach is the 1 st lord – 9 th lord – 5 th lord i.e. Mercury-Saturn-Venus than you can use this 15-day difference adjustment to exactly pin point the birth of child.
i. These combinations are seen from the ascendant in 80% of cases. The remaining 20% are seen from the Moon ascendant.
ii. Moreover the combination mentioned is for the 1 st marriage, for subsequent marriages this combination can repeat also at 4 th and 5 th level.
iii. 3 rd lord can also be seen for short termtravels.
h. Which dasha to follow ??
The dasha that is mostly applied is Vishmottari Dasha, but since its division of periods is also the longest, sometimes it becomes difficult to exactly pin point the event date. Thus Yogini dasha should be used to reach to the exact time.
Although transits help in pin-pointing the event.
For learning purposes, transits should beobserved only last.
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