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Signification of Houses
The twelve houses of zodiac represent all the aspects of existence at the terrestrial as well as individual level. The houses from the lagna to seventh represent the right half of the body of the native(and the left half of the body of his spouse). Those from the seventh to the lagna represent his left half and the right half of his spouse.
First House : Body, fame, strength, character, courage, knowledge or lack of it, residence, place of birth, dignity, honour, ancestry, livelihood, the present wisdom, wealth, comforts and discomforts, self-respect, peace of mind, happiness and un-happiness, detachment, virtues and vices, health of parents.
In medical astrology : Body in general, limbs, complexion, marks or moles on the body, sound and unsound health, skin texture, longevity, sleep, head, brain, texture of hair, stamina.

Second House : Wealth, speech, physical enjoyments, trading in ornaments, pearls and diamonds, buying or selling in general, accumulation of wealth, earning through self-effort, acquisitions from father, truthfulness and falsehood, inclinations, food, taste, clothes, eloquence, humility, steadiness of mind, learning education, letters, anger, deceitfulness, family members, friends, enemies, servants, close followers, self-control, death.

In medical astrology : Face, teeth, tongue, oral cavity, nose, nails, speech, eyes(right eye).

Third House : Courage and valour, physical fitness, hobbies, talent, education, good qualities, siblings, longevity of parents, tolerance, capability, quality and nature of food, selfishness, sports, fights, refuge, trading, dreams. Sorrows, stability of mind, neighborhood, near relations, friends, army, inheritance, ornaments, cleverness, short journeys.

In medical astrology : Ears(right ear), neck, throat, shoulders, bones, upper limbs, mental instability, physical growth, and longevity.

Fourth House : Near and dear ones, caste and ancestry, mother, relatives on mother’s side, lands and houses, agriculture, farming, gardens, orchards, installations, buildings, parliament favours from the ruler, medicine, education, knowledge of land and geography, hidden treasures, comforts and discomforts, courage, faith, victory and defeat, perfumes, clothes, milk, digging, agricultural produce, vehicles, possession of cattle, horses and elephants.
In medical astrology : Chest, lungs, heart, breast, potent, medicine.
Fifth House: Progeny, father, mental ability, learning, knowledge, scholarship, character, conception, prosperity, acquisitions through wife, fascination (for women), sharp, wisdom, discrimination and analytical skill, capability, devotion to gods, means of earning, official seal, good or bad memory, speculation, humiliation, authorship, shruti(Vedas), Smitri, knowledge of mantras, karmas of past lives.
In medical astrology : Heart, upper abdomen, liver, gall bladder, mind, mental illness, problems related to pregnancy.
Sixth House : Enemies, oppositions, mental agitation, injuries, accident, disease, wounds sustained in war, loans, debts, losses, disappointments, obstacles, poisions, slanders, humiliation, cruelty, indulgence in prohibited acts, theft, quarrels, imprisonment, maternal uncles, maternal aunt, step-mother, pets, cattle, flavours of food, servants, subordinates, nuisances in general.
In medical astrology : Intestines, umbilical region, phlegmatic illness, tuberculosis, eye disease, poisoning, accidents, operations.
Seventh House : Spouse, sex partner, marriage, adultery, lust or passion, nature or character of spouse, sexual union, secret love affairs, journey, deviation from ones path, partnership in business, overt enemies, quarrels, theft, loss of memory, recovery of lost wealth, progress, attainment of status, grandfather, brother’s son death.
In medical astrology : Lower urinary tract, anal canal, semen, seminal vesicle, urethra, prostrate, sexual act.
Eighth House : Marital Status of the woman, longevity, death, obstacle, disgrace, defeat, discontinuity, suddenness, unexpectedness, misery, loss of memory, sin, killing a living being, capital punishment, nature of death, place of death, wickedness, father’s indebtedness, deviation from unexpected norms, frightful place, difficult route, crevices, finding faults, humiliation, wife’s wealth, sudden unexpected gain, hidden talents, spiritual pursuits and attainments, inheritance, son of the elder sister.
In medical astrology : External genitalia, incurable or chronic disease, loss of limb, longevity, cause of death, severe mental anguish.

Ninth House : Virtuous deeds, pilgrimages, worship, religious inclination, devotional and religious learning, karmas of the present birth, splendour, association with virtuous, auspiciousness, the preceptor or guru, father, austerity, penance, charity, kindness, wisdom, knowledge, devotion towards the preceptor, spiritual initiation, mental quietude, fame and fortune, progeny, temples, vedic rituals, long journeys, travel by sea.

In medical astrology : Hips, thighs, nourishment.
Tenth House : Profession, function, source of livelihood, governmental service, honour from the king, business, status, wealth, political power, fame, progress, nature of work, professional inclination, the treating physician, hidden treasure, prescribed course, teaching capability, self-control, dominance, sacrificing nature, proficiency, father’s wealth and well-being, foreign travel, financial status, place of residence, performance of sacred and religious deeds.
In medical astrology : knee joint, knee cap.
Eleventh house : Gains of all the nature, income, acquisition, fulfillment of desires, nature of earning, arrival, rewards, recognition, favours from ruler, special status, proficiency, learning, ancestral property, fondness for the precious stones, lost wealth, pursuit of pious and religious deeds, profits and returns, elder brother, paternal uncle, longevity of the mother, material enjoyments.
In medical astrology : Legs, left ear, left upper limb, recovery from disease.
Twelfth House : Expenditure, loss of wealth, spending money for prescribed or prohibited pursuits, pleasures of the bed, bedroom, mental anguish, loss of sleep, physical disease, wickedness, penury, loss or disease of a limb, loss of authority, imprisonment, confinement in an enemy’s house, loss of spouse, exit from world, emancipation, renunciation, distant travel, foreign land, emigration, loss in travel, paternal property, spiritual learning, secret learning, fear from overt and covert enemies.
In medical astrology : Sleep disorders, mental imbalance, hospitalisation, feet, left eye, death.

Vargas or Subtle Divisions

It is easy to appreciate that any given sign remains on the horizon for an average of two hours, plus or minus a few minutes. This means that all persons born during that time will have a similar planetary disposition in their charts. Also, a given sign rises on the horizon at approximately the same time( with a difference of approx. 4 minutes) on the subsequent day also.
It is possible that the planetary disposition as well as the rising sign may remain unaffected even if two births happen a day apart. In case of twins too, where the rising signs and the planetary positions are likely to be similar, segregation of the natives appear difficult.
One of the brilliant method of overcoming the difficulties mentioned above is the use of Vargas or subtle division. Each sign is divided into specific number of parts. Thus, the lagna or rising sign falls in a specific area of the division.
Rishi Parashra describes sixteen divisions called as the Shodashavargas. These Vargas not only help segregate the apparently similar charts, they also specifically deals with the specific area’s of the native life. Thus, the use of Vargas is essential in order to make accurate and specific predictions.
The Sixteen Vargas of Parashara are as follows :
  1. Rashi or complete sign of 30°
  2. Hora or one-half of sign (15°)
  3. Drekkana or one-third of a sign (10°)
  4. Chaturthamsha or one-fourth of a sign (7°30’)
  5. Saptamansha or one-seventh of a sign (4°20’)
  6. Navamsha or one-ninth of a sign (3°20’)
  7. Dashamsha or one-tenth of a sign (3.00°)
  8. Dwadashamsha or one-twelfth of a sign(2°30’)
  9. Shodashamsha or one-sixteenth of a sign(1°52’30")
  10. Vimshamsha or one-twentieth of a sign(1°30’)
  11. Chaturvimshamsha or one-twenty-fourth of a sign(1°15’)
  12. Sapta-Vimsha or one-twenty-seventh of a second(1°6’40")
  13. Trimshamsha or one-thirtieth of a sign(1’00")
  14. Khavedamsha or one-fortieth of a sign(0°45’)
  15. Aksha-Vedamsha or one-fortieth of a sign(0°40’)
  16. Shashtyamsha or one-sixtieth of a sign(0°30’)

The Sixteen Vargas of Parashara are as follows :

  1. Lagna or Rashi chart : Physical Well being of the native.
  2. Hora : Wealth and prosperity
  3. Drekkana : Brothers and sisters and their well being.
  4. Chaturthamsha : Luck and also residence.
  5. Saptamansha : Children and grand children
  6. Navamsha : Spouse.
  7. Dashamsha : any specific benefit, profession of the native.
  8. Dwadashamsha : Father and the mother.
  9. Shodashamsha : Pleasures and troubles from vehicles, horses, elephants etc.
  10. Vimshamsha : Spiritual pursuits, penance
  11. Chaturvimshamsha : Education and learning.
  12. Sapta-Vimsha : Strength and weakness.
  13. Trimshamsha : Miseries and troubles.
  14. Khavedamsha :Auspicious and inauspicious happenings.
  15. Aksha-Vedamsha : All things combined.
  16. Shashtyamsha All things combine.
Graha Bala or the strength of Planets
Planet produce their results depending upon their strength or weakness in a horoscope. Determination of the exact strength of the planets demands an elaborate mathematical exercise.
It is customary to express the strength of the planets in Rupas and Shashtyamshas(i.e. units or subunits) make a Rupa(a unit).
Shadbala or Six-fold Strength
Six different sources of strength combine to give planets its actual strength. These six sources of strength, also known as shadbala, are:
  1. Sthana Bala or Positional Strength
  2. Dig-Bala or Directional Strength
  3. Kaala Bala or Temporal Strength
  4. Chesta Bala or Motional Strength
  5. Naisargika Bala or Inherent Strength
  6. Drig Bala or Aspectual Strength
The Dashas or operational periods of the planets
Application of the dasha system is an extremely brilliant feature of Vedic astrology. Whereas the horoscopic chart, with its planetary positions, provides a static picture of the native, the dasha add the dynamic aspect to it. The promise indicated in a horoscope attains fruition when an appropriate dasha operates. The dashas thus helps in timing events.
There are numerous dashas system given in Vedic Astrology. The two widely used are :
  1. The Vimshottari dasha, with a cycle of 120 years; and
  2. The yogini dasha, with the cycle of 36 years.
The other well known dashas systems are Vimshottatri, Ashtotari and Kaal Chakra Dasha. There are few more dasha system, followed rarely in different parts of India.
The Parashri dashas are generally nakshatra based. That is to say, they depend upon the birth nakshatra or the nakshatra of the Moon in the birth chart. Of the various dashas mentioned above, the Vimshottari is more widely used.
The Vimshottari Dasha : The twenty seven nakshatras are divided into three groups of nine nakshatras each. These are owned by nine planets. Each planet is allocated specific number of years over which it operates.
Vimshottari dasha periods
S.No Planet Nakshatras Dasha Period
1 Sun 3, 12, 21 6
2 Moon 4, 13, 22 10
3 Mars 5, 14, 23 7
4 Rahu 6,15,24 18
5 Jupiter 7,16,25 16
6 Saturn 8,17,26 19
7 Mercury 9,18,27 17
8 Ketu 1,10,19 7
9 Venus 2,11,20 20
   Total number of years          120


Period wise description of Ashtotari Dasha
Planet No. of years
Sun 6 years
Moon 15 years
Mars 8 years
Mercury 17 years
Saturn 10 years
Jupiter 19 years
Rahu 12 years
Venus 21 years


Period wise description of Yogini Dasha

Mangla 1 year
Pingala 2 years
Dhanya 3 years
Bhramari 4 years
Bhadrika 5 years
Ulka 6 years
Siddha 7 years
Sankata 8 years
Apart from this there are various other type of calculations used in astrology. Which play a significant role in Predictive astrology. But it mainly depends on the individual choice of the astrologer. Few other important aspects of calculation includes following.
Astakvargas for different planets, along with sarvaskvarga.
Friendhip Table among planets
Grah Bhal, Bhava Bhala i.e. energy of various planets & houses
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