DELINEATION OF THE HOUSES
In delineation of the houses the bhava chakra is used, the erection of which has beenexplained in the Introduction to Part Two. Briefly, the cusp of each house in this trisectedhoroscope occupies the middle and strongest point of the house, whose limits extend half way to the preceding cusp, and midway to the following cusp. Thus a planet which may be inthe lst house in either the sayana or nirayana horoscope, might very possibly be in the 2ndhouse of the bhava chakra, etc. Consequently, in applying the following rules, a bhavachakra for the nativity should be erected. Despite the variance in the house cusps betweenthis and the Western system, the meaning of the houses is generally the same, although theHindu system involves greater refinement and exactitude of interpretation.
The Ascendant always marks the time when the individual arrived in this world, which, if accurate, is the time when the first breath was drawn, "and he became a living soul." IheAscendant, together with the nature of the entire first house, is therefore of primaryimportance in revealing the personal characteristics which the individual has brought withhim from previous incarnations into the present one. The world knows him accordingly--byhis physical appearance, his temperament, his preferences and prejudices, and his reactionsto his environment. The 1st house is also the primary indicator of the health and ailments of the individual, although other houses, particularly the 6th, contribute in such matters.
EFFECTS OF THE PLANETS ON BODILY FORM
No single planet can entirely take control of a function or part of man's constitution, butmust be combined with other influences in the chart. Nevertheless, a planet may becomedominant at times, and express its inherent nature apart from that of other planets. Thus aplanet on or near the Ascendant tends to modify the structure and quality of the physicalbody. The more powerful the planet, the greater its manifested influence. A planet occupyingits own rasi, or a varga which it rules, or in which it is exalted, would be most apt todemonstrate the effects described in the following rules.
bestows a square body with large, strong bonal structure. The face is broad, the hairlimited and tends to stand out from the head. Sun in this position frequently indicates aperson of a bilious or irritable temperament who demands attention even when he does notcommand it. Sun in the 1st house often marks a person who avoids physical work or whoworks at occupations which are not strenuous. He is prone to anger easily and is proud,valiant and somewhat coldhearted. When afflicted in the 1st, Sun denotes poor eyesight, orvision impaired by disease. When very weak in Shad Bala (less than 300 virupas), or in therasi of its fall, it may bring poverty, lack of public recognition, and sorrow through children.
on or near the Ascendant gives a soft, round body with a large chest development.Although usually stout, Moon in this position may also denote a thin body with much delicacyof formation. The eyes are lustrous, the speech soft. Moon is a traditional mark of discrimination. If it is waxing in the 1st house the native will have a strong constitution and along life, marked by fearlessness, power and wealth. However, if Moon is waning theopposite is likely to be the case.