Hindu Predictive Astrology

Copyright Notice: All Rights reserved. Satya Sarada Kandula. Originally published in geocities in Aug 2006.

Why I selected Hindu Predictive Astrology.
I wanted to study predictive astrology as opposed to the personality astrology. Event predictions may be proved or disproved. But personality traits may be claimed if they are flattering and rejected otherwise. This is why I studied Hindu Predictive Astrology.

Newspaper Astrology – Predictions based on Transits.
Most newspapers allow you to select your sun sign based on your date of birth alone. The predictions are based on where the planets are today and how they might affect people who were born under different sun signs.
I followed newspaper predictions for 1 year, based on both the sun signs indicated by my date of birth and moon signs (explained later). They did not match up with what actually happened. I also made predictions for myself based on ‘transits’ using rules given by Dhundiraj. They did not match up with actuality either.

Predictions based on Natal Charts.
Millions of people share one’s sun sign or moon sign. However since no one shares the exact time and place of one’s birth the natal horoscope is unique. So I decided to see if the events of my life would bear out the predictions based on the planetary positions in my natal horoscope.
I found there were many false astrologers and many incompetent ones. Several had vested interests and some were too gentle to say things as they were. So I decided that I would study the field myself. I began studying astrology in 1998-99 and learnt to do my own horoscope. Later, I checked the horoscopes of family, friends and some clients.

I found a good correlation between natal horoscope predictions and life events in my horoscope and in the horoscopes of my family members and clients. I was able to predict when the data given to me was innacurate, for example: if the time of birth was off by a few hours. In some cases where I knew the individuals well but had never seen their natal horoscope, I was able to accurately predict significant features of their natal horoscope.

What is in a Natal Chart.
A natal chart, gives the time, place and date of birth as per the Hindu calendar. It gives the position and direction (forward or retrograde) of the 9 Grahas.(Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu). Clearly a ‘graha’ can be a star, a satellite, a planet, a node or an anti-node.
There are 27 contellations (nakshatras)of interest, grouped into 12 zodiac signs. Each constellation has 4 quarters (padas). So there are 9 quarters per zodiac sign. The position is given by the name and the quarter of the star constellation that the graha is in line with.
The natal chart also has a drawing with boxes or triangles marking the different zodiac signs and showing the location of the 9 grahas in them. In addition it marks the Ascendant or Lagna. The Lagna Rasi is the zodiac sign that is rising in the east at the time of birth. If you cannot get a proper astrologer to do up your horoscope, there are books available with instant charts, at least in Telugu. You could also search for free Vedic Charts on the internet.

Sun signs, moon signs.. any graha signs.
To be born under a sun or a moon sign means that, at the time you were born, the sun or moon were in line with that specific set of stars or constellations.
For example, at the time of my birth, the moon was in Dhanus Rasi (Sagittarius). More specifically, it was the closest to the fourth quarter (pada) of Poorvashada. (delta sagittarii). So my moon sign is Sagittarius. The sun was in line with the fourth quarter of Uttara (Denebola 4). This belongs to Kanya Rasi (Virgo).

How do I explain all this?
I think all of us are born with a life plan.

When I say ‘we’ I mean our souls (atma = self). I think we exist before our birth and that our existence on the earth has the specific advantage of time-space separation. In some places in the universe, such as black holes or example, all time and all space occur at the same point.

Our natal horoscope reflects our plan and schedule. There are definite things that we must see, learn, experience or do. But we also have some flexibility. We can connect to divinity, ask for and make changes. This is prayer.

To me the ever-changing graha positions represent the ticking of a cosmic clock. You accept an earthly body at a particular time, with a plan to give it up at a particular time. Like getting on a merry go round. Wilfully destroying your body may not guarantee that your soul can get off this merry-go-round.

And just as you might plan to wake up at 6, lunch at 12 and sleep at 9 on one day, your life plan indicates at what times you will study, marry and die and so on.

In my case, everything that I must do next comes as a strong impulse from within. When I checked with my horoscope I saw that the events were planned, but my experience was as if all my life events were in response to strong internal impulses.

I do not believe that grahas ’cause’ what happens to us any more than a clock ’causes’ you to eat 12. If you can interpret your natal horoscope, and you can look at the current graha positions to know what ‘time’ it is now, your mind can have a fair estimate of what your soul has planned for that time. Some minds are less distressed if they know what to expect and how long it will last. Astrological predictions help those minds.

I do not believe that grahas maybe influenced by wearing lucky stones or doing special prayers. But I do believe that your mind can be influenced by wearing stones and that doing prayers will help your mind communicate with your soul and with the ultimate soul. In that sense you may alter your experience of life events or change your life plan itself. You may change not just your future, but your present and past as well.

Navaratnas: precious stones.
I have worn different kinds of stones for different durations and this is how they made me feel. Pearls make me feel peaceful and romantic. Diamonds make me feel powerful, agitated and confident of victory over my enemies. Gomedhikam makes me feel a great inner peace. I felt that wearing a blue sapphire resulted in material losses and that a yellow sapphire resulted in material gains. Cat’s Eyes resulted in foreign travel. I like pearls best.

Each of the stones mentioned above is associated with a different graha. Interestingly, I bought all my precious stones near the same period and I lost of all of them during another period. I did not lose them on purpose or as the result of an impulse. But I did not care when I did. I thought it was something good.

I have heard from others that stones affect how they feel. Some said that wearing a ring with all 9 stones, turned luck in their favour. But many who have worn large single stones desiring definite results have reported no results except money spent.

Dhundiraj says that it is important to ‘gift’ stones, clothes etc dear to the grahas for positive effects and not to wear them. Most people don’t like to make such costly presents to others. People who believe in astrology will not accept any gifts easily. Some brahmins near temples will accept gifts if you pay them. I had a bath at papanasanam near thirupathi and made token gifts to brahmins there. My mind definitely felt freer and better.

The Lagna Rasi or Janma Lagna is counted as the first house. It is the sign that contains the ascendant. All the grahas except Rahu and Ketu normally pass though the zodiac signs in the direction from Mesha (Aries) to Meena (Pisces). Budha (Mercury), Sukra (Venus), Guru (Jupiter), Sani (Saturn) and Kuja (Mars), can go forward or backward (retrograde) or vakra. They can go fast or slow. This does not imply that the grahas are changing their speeds. It means that, relative to the zodiac signs, that is how they appear to move, when viewed from the earth. They also appear to go up and down over the months and each graha has a zodiac sign in which they appear to be high (uccha) or down (neecha). Retrograde grahas are generally good for one.

Each graha indicates some qualities of life. For example, the Sun (Ravi) is the Atma karaka. Depending on the sun’s position and strength as per your natal chart, you can make predictions regaring your health, your nature and your father. The moon’s position will describe your mind and mother, Jupiter’s location will indicate your education, wealth, sons, Mercury indicates intelligence and communication, Saturn indicates fate or karma, Mars indicates your fighting spirit, Venus indicates all manner of comforts and your vengeful nature, Rahu indicates Maya or illusion and Ketu indicates knowledge and salvation.

Each zodiac sign has an “owner” or “owners”. For example, Mercury owns Gemini and Virgo. So they indicate the corresponding qualities of life. In addition, each zodiac sign has a “house number”, with respect to the janma lagna. Each house number indicates a quality of life. For eg 1 is the Thanu Sthana or the “body place”. 2 is the dhana sthana (wealth), 3 is for brothers, 4 is for mother, 5 is for sons, 6 is for enemies, 7 is for spouses, 8 is for longevity, 9 for father, 10 for job, 11 for profit and 12 for loss.

Grahas in the 4th quarter of a nakshatra are troubled. Grahas in the mid-points of the Rasis (zodiac signs) are stronger than when they are at the edges of the zodiac signs.

Grahas are natural friends or enemies of each other for example Jupiter and Venus do not get along. They further influence each other by line of sight, angle and direction. They are less powerful in the houses of their enemies and most powerful in their own houses or houses of their friends. In certain positions relative to each other they may become, temporary friends or neutral to each other.

When they come together they may destroy each other’s influence or enhance it. Or create a special kind of union or yoga, which creates great benefits or terrible times.

Some grahas are generally classified as benefics and some as malefics. Depending on your Janmalagna (the sign of your ascendant), different grahas are classified as benefic, neutral or malefic w.r.t. you.

This gives some indication of all the different things that an astrologer must think of when they look at your horoscope. If you meet them in person, they get a lot of extra clues. If you are tall, they think of a strong jupiter, intelligent and communicative, they think of a strong mercury. If you are surrounded by material comforts of all kinds, they think of a period ruled by venus. Looking at you in person, reduces the need for some complicated calculations. Knowing some key details of your past also helps them validate some of their assumptions and to make some timing corrections.

Even if your natal chart indicates wealth or comfort, you may not have it every minute of your life. There will be a time for siblings, a time for marriage, a time for education, a time for power and so on. There are a total of nine major periods or dasas in your life, indicated by the 9 grahas. Together they cover 120 lunar years. The ruler of your Janma Nakshatra (the stars closest to the moon at the time of your birth) determine which dasa you start with. Your longevity determines which dasa you end with.

Each dasa has a different duration. Ravi Dasa is 6 lunar years long, Chandra is 10, Kuja 7, Rahu 18, Guru 16, Sani 19, Budha 17, Ketu 7 and Sukra 20. The moon takes around 24 hours (more or less) to cover a nakshatra. If the moon takes 28 hours to cover Poorvashada nakshatra (ruled by Sukra), and you are born 14 hours after the moon entered Poorvashada, then half of that dasa is over at birth. You start with 10 years of Sukra dasa left, followed by 6 of Ravi and so on. If your longevity is 80 years, you will never see Kethu and Budha dasas.

Each dasa is further classified into 9 bhukthis each.. The first bhukthi of each dasa is ruled by the dasa lord itself., and from then on in that sequence. The first bhukthi of Ravi dasa is Ravi bhukthi and its duration is (6/120)*6 lunar years. (A lunar year is 360 days long.) Ravi Bhukthi is followed by Chandra bhukthi which is (6/120)*6 lunar years long.

Suppose Mars is strong in your horoscope. Then your fighting spirit is at its peak during Kuja Dasa and Kuja Bhukthi. Suppose your 7th house (Spouse) is empty, Venus is in its neecha rasi and close enough to the sun to be “combust” ie not to be seen. And suppose your Sukra dasa is over in your infancy. Chances are that you are not going to see much of conjugal bliss.

If the moon is close to Kethu, then during your Chandra and Kethu Dasas, your mind may be dominated by a thirst for knowledge and salvation.

Going back to your “life-plan” model, you were born with an idea (sankalpam) to learn, see, do, achieve certain things in this life to certain extents, at certain times. You equipped yourself with a certain qualities like intellect, generosity, beauty and so forth. You chose a certain setting for your birth, wealth, education, love etc. You are here to execute, and you will, irrespective of whether your mind and body would rather be doing other things. You can modify your original life-plan through prayer. You can fulfil your original life-plan through your effort.

This is what I think. This what I have understood.

Satya Sarada. Aug 6th 2006.

Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra : Rishi Parasara was the father of Veda Vyasa and the grandson of Vasishtha. He explained this sastra to Rishi Maitreya. Sri B.V. Raman’s books are largely based on this sastra.

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Do your own test: Free Vedic Charts

Basic concepts and mechanics of Vedic Astrology

*When the Moon orbits the earth, the two points where it crosses the ecliptic are considered important. The point where the Moon crosses to the north is called its northern node, or Rahu, and where it crosses to the south, it is called the Moon’s southern node, or Ketu. The south point is exactly 180º from the north point. In Western astrology the northern node is called Caput Draconic, or Dragon’s Head, and the southern node is called Cauda Draconic, or Dragon’s Tail.Ketu (Dragon’s Tail) and Rahu (Dragon’s Head) are actually two subtle but powerful points in relationship to the Moon’s movement around the Earth. These two planets are referred to as “shadow planets” (chaya grahas or aprakasha) because they do not have any mass or body.” (Source)

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