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Krishna Rao

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# Star Anga (Limb)

Effects

1 -2

Face

Unhappy news

3 – 8

Feet

Enmities

9 – 11

Neck

Success

12 – 15 Left hand

Loss of money

16 – 17

Head

Gain

18 – 21

Face

Fear

22 – 25 Right hand

Well being

26 – 27

Eyes

Travels

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MERCURY, JUPITER, VENUS
# Star Anga (limb)

Effects

1 – 3

Head

Sorrow

4 – 6

Face

Gains

7 – 12

Hands

Gains

13 – 17

Belly

Adverse happenings

18 – 19

Anus

Income

20 – 27

Legs

Destruction

E.g. Mercury, Jupiter, Venus - when any one or more of the benefics traverse stars 4 to 12 counted from the Birth Star,
the native will enjoy all round gains.

SATURN, RAHU & KETU
# Star Anga (limb)

Effects

1st Star

Face

Sorrow

2 – 5

Left hand

Happiness

6 – 8 Right hand

Travel

9 – 11

Left leg

Destruction

12 – 15 Right leg

Gains

16 – 20

Belly

Enjoyments

21 – 23

Head

Happiness

24 – 25

Eyes

Well being

26 – 27

Back

Fear / fear of death

Shanti - remedial measures

Remedial measures for malefic transits
or
Graha Chara Dosha Shanty

The periods when
Sun passes through the 12th from Moon sign
Moon

8th

Mars

7th

Mercury

7th

Jupiter

3rd

Venus

6th

Saturn

Moon sign

Rahu

Moon sign

Ketu

Moon sign

and Elrata (seven and half year) Saturn besides Kandaka Sani are particularly bad for the natives concerned.

Sages advise that when such adverse transits take place:
going about on errands / business etc. at untimely / odd hours
hunting
attempting things beyond one's control OR going on a wild goose chase
riding / handling animals
long distance journeys or Yatra
stay in other's house or thrusting oneself as an uninvited guest
journeys and adventures involving an element of risk

should be AVOIDED.

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As a remedy to offset the malefic transit effects, Sages advise that we stick to our daily routine, take morning bath,
observe religious injunctions, visit temples / churches / mosques / dargahs and other holy places on auspicious days
like Amavasya, listen to religious / divine discourses, chant hymns or prayers, see ARDRA star, give charity and
religious offerings, adopt an attitude of sympathy towards beggars and the disabled lot.

The following are the two of the easiest mantras / hymns (Sanskrit) through which the Hindus offer their salutations
to the planetary deities:

Om Aadityayacha, Somaaya, Mangalaaya, Budhaayacha, Guru Shukra Shanibhyashcha, Rahavey, Ketavey

Namaha.

Om Suryaadi Sarwa Grahaandhar Yaminae Srimath Kaaliya Mardhanaaya Namaha.

Repeating one or both of these a number of times and having darshan (seeing in reverence) of the planetary deities, is
itself one form of prayer and some partial remedy for the malefic transit effects.

Om Tat Sat

Faith can move mountains.

HOW DO YOU READ A HOROSCOPE?

This note is dated October 31st, 1961*

Because many a prediction made by students of Astrology fail (the most recent and glaring one being that of election
of president John F. Kennedy for one reason or another, the reasons for which they are unable to detect, it is but
natural they get dejected and go about asking professionals How do you read a horoscope?

I shall, therefore, detail in this note, some of the apparent causes of failure of predictions made by many, as I have
been able to guess from my experience. I am also detailing the various items of information, tables etc. based on which
an opinion could be expressed on a horoscope.

First and foremost, both the student and the professional, must have implicit faith in God. Maharishi Parashara says,
in the first six Slokas of his immortal astrological classic BRIHAT PARASHARA HORA, this is NOT a science for
those who:

(1) learn astrology with a view to minting money with the help of Grahas and thus change their present plight; or
(2) want to test the correctness; or
(3) desire to change the status of a horoscope by knowing its weakness and perform shanties to overcome such
weakness and thus jump over the purpose of creation; or
(4) desire to go against the Will of God.

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Actually, this science is for those who implicitly believe in God and sayings like BUDHI KARMAANU SARENA and
so on. Just as we believe that every pot of milk we buy contains ghee, we should not doubt the Hand of God behind
each horoscope. Credit goes to a Hindu Astrologer of Bombay who at the end of 19th Century, had the rare courage to
forecast beggary in the 50th year of a native, who was only a babe in arms then, with an estate to his share of the order
rupees fifty lakhs. The writer knew the native of that horoscope intimately. Not only did the prediction come true
100% but the writer was able to witness how the saying BUDHI KARMAANU SARENA worked. One has to read a
horoscope impartially, with an unbiased mind and the horoscope details should be approached in an inquiring mood
with utmost respect to the Grahas and not as if one is going to do a simple arithmetic calculation.

Almost all the maharishis of India including those who have compiled the Maha Vakya, Maha Bharata, Ramayana,
Veda, Vedanta and Gita have certified and assured us that Astrology is the LIGHT with which one can read the
AKSHARA MALIKA (garland of letters) written by Lord Brahma on the forehead of everyone, said to be the gist of
destiny. So, one should have firm faith in Astrology and then only, proceed further.

Where a horoscope does not fit in for a native or where predictions go wrong, approach the matter in a cool and
dispassionate manner, locate the error and rectify the horoscope. Like the siamese twins or dionne quintuplets, there
may be a freak case, one in a thousand, which may not come within the rules. Leave them alone, as all the secrets of
God's creation cannot be known to mankind.

Now coming to the subject proper, I am afraid the majority of horoscopes that we are called upon to read nowadays
are wrong in certain respects, possibly the Graha sputa (planetary positions expressed in Rasis, degrees and minutes)
given in most Indian horoscopes do not tally with the actual positions occupied by Grahas on date of birth when
verified with the positions given in standard ephemeris (converted to Nirayana). Today, there no two Panchangas
(almanac or ephemeris) which tally with each other, subject to making due allowance for the difference in Ayanamsa.
The majority of the horoscopes that we see today are those erected with reference to such unreliable Panchangas. The
reasons for these discrepancies are our Panchang compilers are still following the out-of-date siddhantas, Vakyas and
what not. Almost three decades ago, Jyotishacharya CG Rajan of Madras openly admitted that the Vakya method of
compiling Panchang cannot be relied upon. My fear that the Indian Panchangas are not accurate is so much that in the
last 15 years, I have never read or given an opinion on a horoscope, unless I have checked and recast the horoscope
with reference to Raphael's Ephemeris for the Year of Birth and using Prof. BV Raman's Ayanamsa. I think, today,
almost all the top-ranking astrologers use Raphael's Ephemeris, where there is no possibility of error, for the planetary
positions are periodically verified through large telescopes. While noting down Graha Sputa, I also make a note if
there was an eclipse (Lunar or Solar) on the preceding and following Full Chandra or New Chandra days. The
Gahanna peeda for Rahu, Surya or Chandra has to be taken into consideration. Also, if there are any strong parallel
dristhis between Grahas. I have observed that parallel dristhis many a time broadly act like a conjunction in one Rasi.
Other phenomena to be noted are: whether any Graha is in Ati Manda Gathi, Manda Gathi or Ati Seegra Gathi or
Sthamba (stationary). These have their own effects. I once came across a case where, during the major period of Mars,
Lord of 5 and 10 standing in good position, which fooled many astrologers, as they forecast many auspicious events
whilst nothing like that happened and the reason I found was that the Lord of major period (Mars) was stationary on
the day of birth.

Ayanamsa

The Ayanamsa used by me is that followed by my Guru, Prof BV Raman, through whose grandfather's books I first
started my study of astrology. I changed over to this Ayanamsa some 20 years ago having read a number of articles by
Prof. BV Raman wherein he was reading the horoscopes of natives of different continents using his Ayanamsa and
tallying certain personal events in their lives. I have not, so far, found any reason to forsake this Ayanamsa. The
reason for failure of a prediction need not always be due to the difference in Ayanamsa. It may be due to wrong time
of birth or not reading a horoscope with correct Graha Sputa or failure to do rectification of a horoscope where
needed. Further, a majority of horoscopes we now handle are correct only up to Rasi Chakra - even there, with the
possibilities of Budha and Venus finding their way into different Rasis when checked-up.

Rectification

There is almost a fancy for many to rectify a horoscope. This is called for only in cases where actual readings begin to
fail and not in all cases as a rule. Further, I have explained a method of rectification based on actual events in life and
adjusting Garba Sista. Having ascertained the correct Graha Sputa, erect the Rasi Chakra placing (within the Rasis) the
Grahas, as they actually stand on the horizon. Where there are two or Grahas, place them in the order of their
positions (ascending order by degrees), so that, from Rasi Chakra itself, you could make out whether a Graha is in
Subha Madhya or Papa Madhya (hemmed in between benefics / malefics) and the proximity to one another or a

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malefic. Subha madhyama or papa madhyama occurs rather rarely and is certainly, of more than ordinary
importance. Broadly speaking, subha madhyama for a Graha enables it to confer subha effects more than what the
present astrologers estimate.

Navamsa Chakra should be drawn as the astrologer can estimate the kshetra bala of a Graha from this and Rasi
Chakra. Remember the adage GRAHANAAM AMSAKAM BALAM. Navamsa is compared to the roots of a tree.

Bhava Chakra is of pivotal importance. Whilst its importance is realized, Hindu astrologers merely find out the
ascending degree and also the 10th Bhava madhya; opposites of these being descendant and Nadir; from these, we get
the Bhava arambhas. There is thus the "equal house" system followed at least for every 3 houses put together. Quite
possibly, this system is good enough for Equatorial Regions and say up to 15° on either side of the Equator. Thus, for
major part of India, this system may not be found wanting.

To ensure greater mathematical accuracy, I cast the Bhava Chakra using Western methods and the Table of Houses
published by Raphael's , with the help of which, the individual cusps are obtained for each latitude. This system is
known as Placidian. Having worked out this type of Bhava Chakra, it is converted into Nirayana, using the same
Ayanamsa used for conversion of Graha Sputa of the horoscope.

In other words, the methods of casting a horoscope and compiling Graha Sputa I follow, is exactly Western; thereafter,
the entire chart is converted into Nirayana by deducting the Ayanamsa.

The Rasi, Navamsa, Dasamsa (profession) and any other Chakra necessary in a particular case are drawn in
traditional style. The Bhava Chakra (Nirayana) alone is drawn by me in circular fashion (in Western fashion) showing
the Bhava Arambha of each house (in place of the cusp points) and Grahas are inserted in the same manner as if it
were a Western Horoscope, so that while giving predictions, the astrologer sees:

(1) whether a Graha is in Bhava sandhi or Rasi sandhi, subha / papa Graha madhya;
(2) proximity to papa / subha if any in same Rasi;
(3) the gravity of combustion if any or planetary battle and;
(4) Lordship of a Graha in exact proportion.

It happens, in many cases that Grahas like Surya and Chandra will own say half of one house and half of another,
thus having two Lordships, whereas the astrologer would be giving predictions based on one Lordship only
following the Bhava Chakra drawn by him in Hindu fashion. Similarly, Grahas like Saturn who own two Rasis, may
in fact be having Lordship over 3 or 4 houses. The astrologer having a look at the traditional Bhava Chakra (in the
absence of Bhava arambhas) reckons Lordship over 2 houses and bases his predictions on that. I think this is one
reason why, in many major periods and sub periods, events not forecast, suddenly spring up causing bewilderment
both to the native and the astrologer.

Aspects

In many cases, dristhis are not assessed in a realistic manner. For instance, a dristhi between a Graha in the last
Navamsa of Pisces and another Graha in the first Navamsa of Libra is ignored for the latter happens to be in the 8th
Rasi from Pisces. The 7th house dristhi between a Graha say, in the first Navamsa of Pisces and another in the last
Navamsa of Virgo is taken as full. In other words, dristhis are being considered as if there's a wall at the end of each
Rasi. Aspects should be considered somewhat on the lines of the graph given below, though it may not be necessary
to work out the dristhi strength mathematically.

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Yogas

All the Yogas operating on a horoscope, auspicious as well as inauspicious, should be noted along with their effects
and whenever a Graha is considered, the yoga effects should also be considered at all stages. It should be remembered
that an inauspicious yoga is like a drop of poison in a pot of milk. Whilst there are actually lakhs of Yogas,
consideration of the 120 Yogas given in Hora Ratna Maala - Appendix E, is the minimum requirement. What is the use
of Kesari Yoga between Jupiter as Lord of 8th and Chandra as Lord of 12th, assuming both are weak also? Such
insignificant Yogas should be discounted. The same Kesari Yoga between Jupiter as Lord of 9th and Chandra as Lord
of Asc and if both are strong, is sure to take the native higher up. Not taking note of all Yogas in a horoscope is also a
reason for failure of predictions.

Yogas applying to the 12 houses in a horoscope are given Bhava-wise in SECRETS OF KERALA ASTROLOGY and
HORA RATNA MALA. I would draw the attention of readers to the set of CHAMARAADI YOGAS in Appendix B of
HORA RATNA MALA. One, two or three Yogas are likely to be found in a number of horoscopes, but no notice is
taken of them. In brief, if the Lord of a house is strongly placed and the house itself is either conjunct or dristhied by a
benefic, one of the Chamaraadi Yogas arises concerning that house. Opposite conditions bring in one of the Ava
Yogas indicating papa results.

Dasa Varga Tabulation

Ascertain from the Dasa Varga table, the strength of Grahas on the lines of VIMSOPAKBALA as enunciated by
Maharishi Parashara in his BRIHAT PARASHARA HORA, so that the strength of a Graha can be assessed and used
for determining the quantum of auspicious / inauspicious effects.

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