Category Archives: Learn Jyotish

Detailed resources on Vedic Astrology for students of Jyotish who require more in-depth knowledge about the subject

Problematic Planetary Alignments in April 2024

Summary: This article examines a number of problematic and inauspicious planetary alignments happening in April 2024 from the perspective of Vedic astrology. It covers the total solar eclipse occurring on 8 April 2024, the appearance of Comet Pons-Brooks, planetary war between Mars and Saturn and the retrograde combust Mercury with Gandanta Dosha.   It then applies the rules and principles of Jyotish astrology to analyse the potential impact of these astrological events in the Vedic horoscope. It also demonstrates how Jyotish forms an integral part of the wider Yogic / Vedic spiritual traditions and is intended as a resource for people studying this subject.

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How to Start Interpreting Vedic Horoscopes

Summary: First steps in learning successful Vedic Horoscope interpretation. Examining spiritual considerations and important factors needed before starting to interpret a birth-chart using Jyotish astrology. A step-by-step guide covering the ‘mechanics’ of Vedic chart interpretation will be covered in a separate article.

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Transits

Summary: Transits are another way of predicting returning karma, but of less importance than the Mahadasha periods. Effects are evaluated on a house-by-house basis counted from the sign where the Moon is located in the birth-chart. The main effects considered by Jyotish are due to the transits of Jupiter and Saturn (particularly ‘Sade Sati’).

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Birth-time Errors

Summary: Discussing the implications of Birth-time errors for correctly identifying the Ascendant; for prescribing planetary antidotes; the calculation of Mahadasha starting times and possible errors in Nakshatra allocation; plus chart rectification techniques to determine a correct birth-time.

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Planetary Aspects

Summary: Explaining the concept of ‘Planetary Aspects’ in Jyotish and examining the rules needed to apply these principles. Also highlighting the major differences between aspects in Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology.

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Functional Benefic and Malefic Planets

Summary: Explaining how Natural Benefics and Natural Malefics can switch roles on account of the houses they own in an individual’s birth-chart. They then become Functional Malefics and Functional Benefics and can bring problems and benefits in their major time periods. This change of behaviour is dependent on the specific ascendant in the chart.

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Planetary Antidotes in Jyotish

Summary: Covering Remedial Measures or Planetary Antidotes (Upaye or Upayes) in Jyotish. Detailed discussion of: Wearing gem stones associated with a particular planet: Chanting planetary related mantras: Performing specific acts of charity: Conducting Vedic rituals to balance planetary energies

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A Rare and Auspicious Planetary Alignment

Summary: This article examines the effect of a very rare and highly auspicious planetary alignment occurring during September 2020. The planetary configuration occurs in the sidereal zodiac used by Vedic astrologers and represents an outstandingly good time for souls to take a human birth!

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Planetary Strengths or Powers

Summary: Covers a key component of chart interpretation – assessing the ‘strength’, ‘power’ or ‘status’ of a planet from its sign placement in a birth-chart. Also explains:  House Rulership (ownership) concept and  ‘Friends and Enemies’ categories for assessing planetary strengths. Examines how strength assessment is modified by the effect of  Retrograde motion, Combust planets, Vargottama status in divisional charts and ‘Planetary War’. 

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