Basic Course – Day 2

Day 2
INSTRUCTIONS THIS LESSON GIVES YOU THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF SOLAR SYSTEM, ZODIAC, TWELVE SIGNS, NINE PLANETS AND THEIR CHARACTERISTICS. IT ALSO DISCLOSES THE RISING OF ASCENDANT WITH THE HELP OF VARIOUS DIAGRAMS. TRY TO UNDERSTAND IT CAREFULLY AND THINK WITH THE REFERENCE OF SUN AND MOON, AS THESE TWO PLANETS ARE VISIBLE THROUGH NAKED EYES FROM EARTH. AS YOU KNOW EACH DAY SUN RISES IN THE EAST. IN SIMILAR WAY, ALL OTHER PLANETS RISE FROM EAST AT DIFFERENT TIME ACCORDING TO THEIR MOVEMENT. IN SIMILAR WAY, EACH DAY, A RASHI / SIGN RISES FROM THE EAST UPTO TH ONE MONTH THEN NEXT SIGN AND SO ON. FOR EXAMPLE, FROM 14 JANUARY TH TO 15 FEBRUARY CAPRICORN (MAKAR) SIGN RISES IN THE EAST.

Activity: 1. Visit any observatory near to your city or town to get the knowledge of movement of planet and sign. 2. Look in your newspaper or in ephemeris (Panchang) of sunrise. Get the chart of sunrise time. Here Sun will be first house and the rashi in first house will tell you about the rising sign of

that date. Look the position of other planet and observe them in night.

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which the stars form in each division. The Galaxy has many solar systems with different Suns at their centres. Earth has one satellite called Moon. which are named after the imagery figures. The signs are known as Rasis. The line along which the sun moves is called Ecliptic. for purpose of astrology. the Sun appears to move round the stars once in a year. They divided the celestial sphere in 12 parts because moon moves around the earth 12 times during the time earth revolved round the Sun. Various planets like Mercury. The complete Solar system also revolves around the centre of our Galaxy “Milky Way” and makes one round in little hrs than 26000 years. (11) . Revolving around it.2422 days. these planets have satellites revolving round them. The broadband or belt in the heaven extending 90 on either side of the Ecliptic is known as Zodiac longitudinally.Institute of Vedic Science CELESTIAL SYSTEM The mother earth rotates on its axis once in 24 hours and revolves around the Sun in 365. Jupiter & Saturn also revolve around the Sun. As earth revolves around the Sun. each sign will consist of 3600/12=300. Our sages identified twelve group of stars separated approx. The zodiac is divided into twelve equal parts. Venus. The zodiac revolves once in a day on its axis from east to west. Since zodiac consists of 3600. Thus we have 12 Rasis. called signs. Mars. On account of mother of Earth around the Sun. Galaxy is shaped like two saucers placed one over the other and our solar system is revolving around it on one side of it. we see from earthstars around us in the sky. 300 each in the 3600 celestial sphere.

The sign that is 2 8 rising in the eastern horizon at the moment of birth. called the ascendant or Lagna. The starting point of 11 any horoscope is this Ascendant. Have you any difficulty to understand? Read again after completion of Day 5.Basic Course – Day 2 THE ASCENDANT The earth is moving on its axis from West to East so that the entire zodiac with planets and 4 6 Nakshatra locked in its appear to rise in the East and East 7 set in the West. Aquarius represents the House number 7th in the Horoscope. On the western Horizon is the Sign. which is the 10th House in the Horoscope. The remaining signs 10 12 are placed in the subsequent houses in order of signs in the zodiac. described below. (12) . which coincides with 9 1 West the first house of the horoscope. The Horoscope of the movement will look like this. Taurus. In the North (on his head) is the Sign. All the twelve signs or rashis of the 3 5 zodiac appear one by one in the eastern horizon and get a chance to rise once in 24 hours.

their extent of degrees. the lordship of each sign and the symbol of each sign is given in the table. 1. 12. All other planets have dual lordship. 3. 4. Leo and Cancer respectively. Sign Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces Hindi Name Mesh Vrishabh Mithun Karka Simha Kanya Tula Vrischik Dhanu Makar Kumbha Meena Span 0 to 30 0 0 Lordship Mars Venus Mercury 0 300 to 600 600 to 900 90 to 120 0 0 0 Moon Sun Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Saturn Jupiter 0 0 1200 to 1500 150 to 180 180 to 210 240 to 270 270 to 300 330 to 360 0 0 0 2100 to 2400 0 0 3000 to 3300 0 (13) LE O IUS AR TT I G SA PIO OR SC A LIBR VIRG O RT EA H . 9. 2. 8. their Hindu equivalent names. 5. 6. 10.Institute of Vedic Science SIGNS The zodiac consists of 360 divided into 12 Signs 300 each. Rahu and Ketu have not been given any lordship as they are shadowy planets whereas the Sun and the Moon are the lords of one sign each i.e. 0 N OR IC R P CA SUN A R IU S AN C ER C NI MI E G A Q U PISCE S S ARIE US UR TA The Zodiac and its signs No. 7. 11. The sign of zodiac.

the two mathematically calculated sensitive points. These are as follows: Pluto Asteroid belt Orbit of planets Orbit of Halley’s Comet Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Sun Mercury Venus Earth Mars Planet Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto Rahu Ketu Hindi Name Surya or Ravi Chandra Mangal or Kuja Budha Brihaspati or Guru Shukra Shani Hershel Varun Yam Rahu Ketu Lord of Signs Leo Cancer Aries and Scorpio Gemini and Virgo Sagittarius and Pisces Taurus and Libra Capricorn and Aquarius Capricorn Pisces Scorpio Nil Nil (14) . Neptune and Pluto are also included in the analysis. Rahu and Ketu. Uranus. are considered as planets. they are considered as Planets. Although Sun and Moon are not planets.Basic Course – Day 2 PLANETS In Hindu Astrology nine Planets are considered. making the total number of planets to be twelve.

Day & night Ax is North Pole Night W Day -E Sun Descending Node (Ketu) Ecliptic Orbit of the Moon Ascendant Node (Rahu) RAHU AND KETU (DRAGON HEAD & DRAGON TAIL) (15) . Rahu/Ketu are important and are given the status of planets. Moon revolves round the earth in a different plane. which intersects ecliptic in a line. If Moon earth & Sun are in line with Rahu or Ketu an eclipse is formed. These are only imaginary point but have special importance became their position define the eclipse-Solar or lunar. Since eclipse plays an important role an earth and in astrology too. The Rotation of the Earth .Institute of Vedic Science What is Rahu/Ketu Earth revolves round the sun in a plane called Ecliptic. The point from where Moon seems to be going up is called Rahu & the point from where Moon seems to be going down is called Ketu.

1060 40' 1060 40' . Saturn & Mercury rule them.530 20' 530 20' . 360 ÷ 27 = 130 20’ The 3600 of Zodiac is divided into 27 Constellations or Nakshatra having an extent of 13 20’ each. Venus.1730 20' 1730 20' . Nakshatras Ashwini Bharani Krittika Rohini Mrigshira Ardra Punarvasu Pushya Aslesha Magha Purva-Phalguni Uttara-Phalguni Hasta Chitra Span in the zodiac 00 .660 40' 660 40' .260 40' 260 40' . 0 S.130 20' 130 20' . Rahu.1200 1200 . A Nakshatra is a group of stars and their names are based on one of the prominent identifying star in the group.1600 1600 .400 400 . 10.1330 20' 1330 20' .930 20' 930 20' .1860 40' Sign Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra (16) . Jupiter. 11. Sun. 4.No. their lordship and number of the years allotted in the Vimshottari Dasa are given in the table below. 7. 9.1460 40' 1460 40' . Since all the Constellations are of 130 20’. 5. 12. Mars. their extent in longitude as well as in the Signs. The names of the Nakshatra. Moon. 8.Basic Course – Day 2 CONSTELLATIONS OR NAKSHATRAS Hindu Astrology further divides the zodiac in 27 equal parts. 14. 1. 2. the first group ends at Cancer 300 starting from Aries 00 Similarly the second set starts from Leo 00 & ends at Scorpio 300 & the third set starts from Sagittarius 00 & ends at Pisces 300 completing the whole Zodiac. The 27 Nakshatras are divided into 3 groups of 9 each. Nine planets in the order Ketu. 13.800 800 . All the Nakshatras are given a particular name in Hindu Astrology. 6. 3.

23. 26.2260 40' 2260 40' . 16.2660 40' 2660 40' .2800 2800 .3600 Sagittarius Scorpio Capricorn Aquarius Pisces (17) . 20. 21.2930 20' 2930 20' .2000 2000 . 19. 18. 27. 22.2130 20' 2130 20' .3200 3200 .2400 2400 .2530 20' 2530 20' . 17.3460 40' 3460 40' .Institute of Vedic Science 15. 25.3060 40' 3060 40' .3330 20' 3330 20' . Swati Visakha Anuradha Jyestha Moola Purvashada Uttarashada Shravana Dhanistha Satabhisha Purvabhadrapada Uttarabhadrapada Ravati 1860 40' . 24.

are the most important planets. (18) . next in importance are mars. as the forces of the stars manifest through them. Astrological thinking is planetary thinking. According the Poornimanta system the month starts on the next day after a full moon (Poornima) and ends on the succeeding full moon. The meaning of the sign houses. aspects and other astrological factors are determined by the planets that rule and Significate them. using the planets as Significator.Basic Course – Day 2 THE LUNAR CALENDAR In the lunar calendar two methods are followed in determining the month. The Amanta system of lunar month starts on Sukla Paksha Prathama ending on Amavasya and Poornimanta system of Lunar month starts on Krishna Paksha Prathama and ends on Poornima. Astrology is nothing but the science of the planets. The twelve lunar months are as follows: Month’s name Chaitra Vaisakha Jyeshta Ashadha Sravana Bhadrapada Aswina Karthika Margashirsha Pausha Magha Phalguna Corresponding Gregorian month March – April April – May May – June June – July July – August August – September September – October October – November November – December December – January January – February February – March Corresponding Solar month Meena Mesha Vrishabha Mithuna Kataka Simha Kanya Thula Vrischika Dhanu Makara Kumbha THE PLANETS The essence of astrology lies in understanding the meaning of the planets. and encompassing all domains of life and the evolution of consciousness. the two great luminaries. According to the Amanta (Mukhymana) method the month starts on the day following the new moon and ends on the next new moon. Most of the action that we perform in life follows the nature of the planets that dominates us. Then come Venus and Mercury as the major planets within the orbit of the Earth and always close to the Sun. Jupiter and Saturn as the major planets beyond the orbit of the Earth. The Sun and the Moon.

even when otherwise beneficially disposed. Benefic planets promote health. like the Moon is a general benefic. Moreover. or bring to fruition the affairs other planets. superficial and without challenges. conflict. and houses in which they are located. even when otherwise malefically disposed. Benefic planets generally increase. A planet’s natural disposition as benefic or malefic can be overridden by other factors. yet it becomes malefic when close to the Sun. Rahu and Ketu. Natural malefics. limit. It is more benefic when waxing and more malefic than waning. which depends upon detachment. Which planets we consider to be benefic or malefic also depend upon what we want in life. difficulty. 2. separation. ease. peace. and through the nature of the signs. planetary nature changes through association. harmony. and so is sometimes regarded as neutral. but as shadowy planets they are more likely to take on the nature of planets with which they are associated. promote. delay. on the other hand. 3. are generally more malefic than their planetary counterparts. poverty and suffering. planetary influences combine in many different ways. In a broad sense. similarly always do some harm. obstruct. Mercury.Institute of Vedic Science PLANETS AS BENEFIC OR MALEFIC Planets have long been classified as to whether their influence is benefic or malefic. and houses that they influence. Such instances of negative influences canceling each other in the chart represent great good fortune. and what is good for one field or life may not be good for another. In the same way. one could say that malefic planets cause disease. expand. Planets as Benefic and Malefic. comfort. Life has many domains. Too many benefic influences can render people weak and self-indulgent and make their life easy. benefic planets can function negatively. or destroy the affairs of the planets. The lunar nodes. being a strong benefic when away from the Sun and bright in nature. 1. abundance and happiness. generally decrease. (19) . Yet in actual prediction. In this way they can sometimes function as benefics. Malefic planets. Malefic planets can function in a positive way by negating negative factors in the chart (like disease or poverty). Saturn and Mars. Ketu Moon. Mercury Sun The Moon is variable. signs and houses that they affect. For the spiritual life. signs. furthering some of the outer goals of life but not all of them. Rahu Venus Mars. yet we find that natural benefics always do some good. malefics like Saturn can be very positive in destroying our desires and aid in driving our consciousness inward. Not influences canceling each other in the chart represent great good fortune. Friendship and enmity between planets also comes into consideration here. it takes on the nature of the planets with which it is associated. through the aspects between planets. but being mutable in nature. Natural Disposition Greater Benefic Greater Malefic Lesser Benefic Lesser Malefic General Benefics General Malefic Jupiter Saturn. A planet may give wealth or prestige but weaken one’s health.

It is the image. This makes it different from the other malefics. The Moon is the Goddess or Devi. to provide us with direction and self-worth in life. which was the unity of truth. The MOON The Moon indicates the cosmic feminine force. usually conditioned consciousness. The Moon shows the mind. The Sun is the Divine Being who dwells in the hearts of all beings as the true Self. It is connected with the Suns in subtle realms as well as this physical world. and which is inwardly the light of the mind. All the planets shine with the reflected light of the Sun. A badly placed Moon gives wrong imagination. 2. honor. self-effacing and eager to do good. in our birth charts the Sun shows our divinity and point of focus. life and love from all the stars. In the Seventh House it can give separation or delays in relationship. the Sun in Vedic astrology is regarded as a sattvic or spiritual planet. the capacity to become a value of a light unto us. fame. which are regarded as tamasic or unspiritual in quality. The Sun gives the power of independence. People with such a spiritual Moon usually have a strong 5. the Sun represents the father. According to the solar religion of the Vedas.Basic Course – Day 2 The Sun in the Fifth House tends to deny children or create difficulties with them. Afflictions to the Moon show personality disorders. the organ of circulation and vitality. The Moon. In terms of family relationships. and psychological turbulence. difficulties in relating to other people. they represent different solar rays. While destructive of form and expression. reflective. the Sun is the Atman. the deity. The Sun is God. 1. pure consciousness or the enlightened Mind. However. and emotional disturbances. prestige. It promotes the growth of intelligence. hallucinations. The Sun rules the heart. Yet the Sanskrit term for mind has a different meaning than the usual Western one. which is the Sun. There is only one real light. authority and control – all the things that give value and pre-eminence to our individual selves. peace and happiness. 6. The Moon is its creative force. The Sun is our local manifestation of the cosmic or universal light. 3. The Sun is the Deva. 4. and tyranny. We can red through it the life of our father. the Self of the entire universe. And a weak Sun may give problems with that organ. A malefically disposed Sun creates pride. our center and central purpose in life. The Sun represents the ego. the Divine incarnate in nature. We seek to sacrifice ourselves but do not know what to give ourselves over to. which is our dependent. It brings to us the Light. 1. To the ancients the Sun was the One God. like the Sun is a sattvic or spiritual planet. the face of Truth itself. it elevates the being and the intrinsic worth of things. 2. It is a doorway to all the domains and powers of light. openness. which is all lights. It gives faith love. A weak but spiritually disposed Sun makes us receptive. surrender. It is the role of the father to shape our sense of self. It shows our impulses towards power. the Moon was born from the mind (Sanskrit manas). The Sun symbolizes cosmic intelligence. DESCRIPTION OF PLANETS The SUN The Sun is the visible form and presence of the deity. respect. According to the Vedas. (20) . arrogance. our relationship to him and his influence upon us. whose children we are.

Mars brings conflict and aggression into the lunar mind. the Moon can be easily influenced and overcome by other planetary energies. particularly the loss of a woman’s husband. which can become saintly. as well as to one of joy and truth. Mars indicates arms and muscles and gives physical prowess. 8. Through it can read her nature. MARS Mars is the great planet of energy. 7. They are the planets of sexuality and the relationship between the sexes can be read through them. an ill-placed and malefic Moon may frequently be found in the chart of criminals. 3. weapons. Mars and Venus do so specifically. the insane. on the positive idea. or those suffering from neurological disorders. her influence and her longevity. sorrow or ignorance. It also shows our birth. politician and scientist need such a strong Mars. 2. He is the planet of research and development. as well as good mother and wives. On the level of human relationships. Technology and war go together as aspects of Mars energy we have not yet understood or controlled properly. A good Mars is necessary for physical strength and athletic performance. 4. Mars directs us to the yogas of knowledge and energy. Such a well-placed and spiritual Moon is often found in the charts of yogis and other conscious individuals. he gives good skills at speech and oratory as well as good logical faculties. Mars is a critical. The main weakness of the religious lunar type is that such people can become too orthodox. 4. machines and their usage. (21) . or give it detachment. The Moon is our social nature and indicates our social concerns of interchange and communication. It gives sexual vitality to the male. the Moon represents the mother. Rahu can cloud it or cause us to lose power over our minds. On a higher level. A strong and spiritual Mars is good for the practice of rituals and yogic techniques. The Moon represents inertia as well as responsiveness. Mars causes us to develop energy but it does not necessarily give us the wisdom or love to use it properly. how we receive others and view society. The Moon has love and friendliness for all. perceptive and discriminating planet. and through it we can read the difficulty or ease of our birth and the factors that brought it about. 1. Whereas the Sun and Moon represent our masculine and feminine nature generally. It shows our general propensity for relationship. Mars rules tool. The Moon indicates the home. They have sweet. 6. Through our lunar sensitivity we can become accustomed to a life of pain. healers or psychologists. 6. independence. which it rules. Mars can also indicate premature death in a chart. 5. qualities it shares with the Sun. Mars similarly gives mechanical skill. Saturn can darken or depress it. or where we feel at home. A strong Mars provides us the energy.Institute of Vedic Science connection with a traditional religion and may have had monastic past lives. our emotional and vital capacity for self-protection. Methods of directing occult and spiritual energies. tolerant and humane dispositions. whether accidental or intentional. will and self-confidence to carry our endeavors. and gives selfdiscipline and asceticism. He relates to our passions. 3. Functioning in its lower nature as impressionability to mass influences and collective traumas. The lawyer. 5. as with the loss of the partner. The malefic nature of Mars is well known in most instances of violent death. Such a benefic Moon is found in the charts of doctors. As a sensitive and mutable planet.

He imparts a mental adaptability that is also playful. 9. particularly through the written word. Weak mercury makes us rationalize things to suit our purpose. 5. Afflictions to Mercury can cause health problems in childhood. which means intelligence and cognition. In Sanskrit. 6. As Jupiter represents the higher or abstract mind. Mercury is an important factor for determining our vocation. 1. It can create dishonesty. 7. education. like Jupiter. the deeper powers of the mind. a lack of properly defined boundaries. television. naiveté and folly. the vision of the eternal. radio. positive side of Mars comes out as the capacity to make great achievements in life in harmony with law and truth. aligned with the engineering capacity of Mars. but without strong Mercury there will be difficulty in expressing it. Mercury indicates the lower or concrete mind. the idiot.Basic Course – Day 2 7. He is the fastest moving of the planets and thus is indicative quick comprehension. calculation. its negative side usually predominates. Combined with Saturn. Mercury breaks down barriers between people and reveals a common humanity and common human needs. can give good intelligence. MERCURY Mercury. and computers are products of Mercurial needs. They may cause some other harm like speech defects. and become dependent on whatever is the strongest environmental influence. ease and plasticity in expression. the intellect or informational mentality. however. the faculty of determination whereby we discern the real from the unreal. on a higher level connects us with our inner capacities. Mercury is Buddha. 2. particularly when there are no balancing factors. It creates immaturity. then it will see the falseness of the external world and the reality of the inner consciousness. (22) . Mercury provides for the quick correlation of ideas. 8. 10. Afflictions to Mercury do not always give lack of intelligence or intellect. the fast interchange of information or of things of value. Combined with Jupiter. nervous system disorders or neurosis. Mercury is a child and indicates the state of childhood generally. He is the trickster but can become deceptive. If the mind orients itself toward the perception of truth. and directed thought. facility. 4. creating selfish. troubles in the home life or difficulty at school. Good Mercury give good humor and psychological balance. Telephone. Other planets. He tends to value communication and public opinion more than truth. for that is what we do in life to communicate with others: our vocation is our interchange with society. Mercury is very important in modern culture and represents one of its most beneficial powers – the need to establish open communication that must lead to a world culture. Mercury shows how we appear and how we function in the network of transactions that makes up the world of things and ideas. particularly the period between infancy and adolescence. Mercury governs writings. perverted or criminal tendencies. 3. When afflicted Mercury becomes the fool. and relates to the buddhi.

which are more stern and realistic. it often signifies the husband in a woman’s chart. Jupiter is the planet of creativity. As Mercury tends to show our outer career in life. 4. ceremonies. he likes parties and can make us self-indulgent. 11. (23) . depression and melancholy are overcome or turned into a learning experience. 8. We will imagine the best and not guard ourselves properly. and relationships with them. too content and caught within the status quo. the spiritual teacher or the guide. generous and benefic of the planets. even Jupiter. we can become overly optimistic through the expensive Jupiter nature when it is afflicted. 3. but the formless intelligence that goes back to eternal law and ultimately to the eternal itself. Jupiter represents joy in living. his influence can make a good entertainer. parades and rituals. 12. He indicates our spiritual mission in life. He signifies dharma. He gives religious merit and spiritual beneficence. With his love of expansive energy. grace. In the higher sense. When Jupiter is with us. favour and fortune. He can make us into showmen. health. Jupiter is the planet of luck. 9. Jupiter indicates the priest and is concerned with propriety. On a higher level. It is no wonder that people all over the world have always sought the energy of this planet for inner as well as outer prosperity and creativity. while Mercury represents our outer expression. 10. the positive spirit. 7. Jupiter indicates our inner career. He is the great optimist who always sees the good. Jupiter shows our devotion and dedication in life. such as our children. Jupiter reveals the expansiveness of our spirit. It will show his nature. On the negative side. his health. sex. however. As such. where we really find out personal fulfillment and what we enjoy doing. He signifies outer creativity. Jupiter likes music and can indicate musical talent. We will be vulnerable to the deceptive schemes of others. prosperity and success. abundance. how we relate to society on a practical level.Institute of Vedic Science JUPITER Jupiter is well known as the most helpful. Jupiter is the Divine grace that can fulfill all of our needs without our seeking. In Sanskrit. On a lower level. 6. 1. Jupiter is the planet of intelligence – not the intellect that depends upon information or refined discernment (and which is more generally indicated by Mercury). he is called Guru. which is the law of creative evolution and self-realisation. We may become self-satisfied. Jupiter’s influence functions better if tempered with that of the Sun or Saturn. A Jupiter which functions too outwardly can make us materialistic enamored of wealth and caught in conventional values and beliefs. 5. formality and hierarchy. 2. He likes shows. He gives wealth. represent energies that are one sided and require proper balancing for true harmony. all life and the entire universe is with us because he is that cosmic beneficence. In him all sorrow. From Jupiter the state of our children is to be ascertained – their number. the law of our inner nature. All planets. just as Saturn indicates our capacity to contract or concentrate. and her relationship with him.

Basic Course – Day 2 VENUS Venus is well known as the Goddess of love and beauty. as it indicates our capacity to love and our sense of refinement. and luxury. SATURN Saturn is traditionally the most difficult of the major planets. Though we will experience some major difficulties from our ignorance. which in its true nature is the love of truth. Our Venus works on our world to bring it into harmony with its inner meaning as a play of delight. 4. On the lower or outward level. She is our love. 1. Saturn’s power to limit or destroy should not be underestimated. The Sanskrit name for Venus. the beautiful and the pure. its positive value must not be forgotten. A strong Venus gives sexual power. which is fickle or hard to get and impossible to keep. and controls us simply because we are always seeking her. our positive will in life. Destruction is the necessary counterpart for creation. 9. 2. and is this regard Venus possess the power to overcome even mars. Jupiter is the positive teacher of the soul: Saturn is the negative guide. 8. as decay and death are required for new life and growth. She opens us up to the kingdoms. Modern culture is bringing out aspects of a negative occult Venus in the mass media. Venus is the morning star. hindrance in self-expression and in selfmanifestation. the light of inspiration that is first spark of the sun of truth. These include not only the realms of art and myth but also psychic abilities. our devotion to truth. Inwardly. which on inner levels can be transmitted into astral or spiritual power and strength of will. which may become oppression and adversity. She represents the pleasure of the senses and the comforts of the body. music and dance. Venus represents the astral light. we will probably avoid the destruction that Atlantis suffered. Saturn is the pessimist. Saturn brings about limitation and obstruction. Though Saturn possesses a higher and more beneficent side. Her web can catch our energy like a spider and drain away our fire. 6. 5. She gives sensual attraction and serves to make either the woman or the man major appealing to the opposite sex. poetry. A strong Venus is very helpful in any chart. the legendary king of the malefics. Shukra. 3. Venus is the seductress. 7. means “brilliant light” and “heat” and also indicates the reproductive fluid. asceticism and solitude. at least from the standpoint of the spiritual life. a power of discipline. powers of visualization and creative direction of the mind force. the realms of beauty of the Gods. to make things reflect their pure or astral forms. wispy and elusive. She is dreamy. even this is stern and exacting. as we pursue her favour. 2. Venus shows our natural tendency to beautiful things. This may be a capacity to inspire or a giving of enthusiasm. This lower side of Venus is much in evidence in our culture with its emphasis on sensory pleasures. comfort. Venus is the Significator of art. Yet an afflicted Venus is one of the most difficult things to overcome because it allows us to be taken in by appearances. (24) . with its cult of sex and violence. As Jupiter is the optimist. Venus is our aspiration to the good. 1. Love is the strongest power. 10. A strong Venus can give charisma or power of personality. beauty and purity. painting. However. Venus shows our seeking for pleasure.

His obstructing and repressing influence on the mind promotes neurosis or insanity. The Sun moves in a chariot directed by Saturn. and paranoia. or fixed assets. Yet Saturn is not only the lowest of the planets. Saturn is the planet of selfishness. 7. whether on a physical or on a mental level. the elemental forces. Our fear of Saturn measures the degree of our attachment to the material world and our inability to face the ultimate issues of our existence. like the need for wealth. (25) . paralysis or degenerative neurological disorders. As nervous planets. Saturn is our survival instinct. 14. In Hindu mythology Saturn is the son of the Sun.Institute of Vedic Science 3. sense of detail. Its negative side comes our particularly in association with Mars. land. 12. 10. Its lesson is the most difficult but the most rewarding. which dominate us. means “he who moves slowly”. which is even stronger and more basic than our sexual drive. and has an eclipse-like effect upon them. 15. 13. deprivation and want. A badly placed Saturn causes premature aging. Saturn represents darker side of the mind and baser elements of life: crime. the God of time who brings on the degenerative process of aging. 11. are little more than glorified survival values and bear Saturn’s limitation and poverty of vision. Yet Saturn also causes us to retain what we possess. Saturn is the Significator of old age. Saturn is the enemy of the Sun and the Moon. Saturn shows us the limitation of this realm. 8. the failure of our faculties and our powers. Saturn indicates property. A strongly malefic Saturn is prominent in the charts of criminals or the insensitive. 5. He is the one who stand-alone and goes beyond the limitations of the masses. In fact. another cruel planet. Most of our materialistic values. Saturn causes poverty. it is necessary for creating anything of enduring value in any domain of life. Saturn is the yogi in meditation. Saturn takes away our vitality. On a lower level Saturn represents the gross body and the senses. It indicates the underworld. 9. As the slowest moving of the planets. He can give complete detachment and independence. Yet these afflictions do not necessarily come upon a soul because it has been evil or slow to evolve in past lives. Saturn gives the concentration. our need to maintain our separate existence. which is the necessary but painful lesson we must learn to find our way into the unlimited. It indicates our most deep-seated and obstinate ego drives. As the power of darkness and obstruction. Only Jupiter has the power to really balance out his influence. 16. Saturn shows us the limitation of this realm. His Sanskrit name Shani. Saturn obstructs nerve functioning. perversity. Our fear of Saturn measures the degree of our attachment to the material world and our inability to face the ultimate issues of our existence. Saturn gives bad luck. discipline and seriousness necessary ot deal with the great challenges of life. which is the necessary but painful lesson we must learn to find our way into the unlimited. In the lower sense. He may cause numbness. the lower astral realms. or an unfortunate destiny. difficult karma. misfortune. under the domain of others. The influence of Saturn is to delay and withhold. though Venus and Mercury can refine it to a great degree. it is also the highest. he retards things and holds back their development. He keeps us in bondage of servitude. A well-placed and strong Saturn is necessary for the spiritual life. 6. 4.

Rahu represents illusion. isolated. paranoia and other such negative mental states. On the positive side. is said to be like Saturn. is more generally fortunate than the north node that begins it. 2. prestige. The south node is regarded as a point of difficult karma from a past life in which the individual furthered his selfish interest at the expense of others. Ketu. psychosis. Ketu. Hence in the Vedic system the south node is less negative than the north. which can lead to self-aggrandizement or megalomania. Western astrologers regard the nodes karmically. Ketu. As the negative Moon or the negative side of the mind. in which the individual used his or her energies for the general good. alienated. while the south node. 4. and lack of self-worth. That the two nodes are malefic is quite logical. The south node is descending. the south node is called Ketu or the Dragon’s Tail. with psychic and spiritual powers. neurological disorders. The north node is called Rahu or the Dragon’s Head. lack of selfconfidence. Ketu shows the individual caught in his own contracted energies. 8. is the point at which the Moon crosses the ecliptic to the north. hallucination. when associated with a strong planet or in a strong position. It imparts an almost psychic sensitivity to mass trends and a capacity to use them. This is particularly true when Rahu influences the Moon and other factors representing the mind. Rahu puts us in harmony with positive social trends. It has the power to obstruct. and obstinately separate. Rahu is the shadow of the Moon. The south node. for example. Ketu. 7. North node is thus ascending. Rahu in the tenth house. While Rahu shows an individual carries away by mass trends. more psychic and difficult to neutralize force than these two malefics. It has the power to cover or darken the Sun (the self). they take on and magnify the power of the planets with which they are combined. Rahu usually functions best when placed in a strong house. which is largely negative. the Sun and the Moon. Rahu. externalizing. The lunar nodes show the times when the solar and lunar forces obstruct each other or cancel each other out. possession by negative entities and other such abnormal sensitivities of the mind and nervous system. 6. as completing this karmic cycle. fame and power. They indicate the factors that cause eclipses. They are thus very sensitive points that cause repercussions in the total field of planetary forces. Yet the nodes have a subtler. 10. 5. particularly if the tenth lord is also strong. but it expands or externalizes a force. contracting and internalizing. preferably in an angle or trine. The north node. neurosis. The north node is seen as a point of good karma from an unselfish past life. Vedic astrology does recognize that the lunar nodes (more commonly the north node) can function in a positive. (26) . is compared to Mars. is where it crosses to the south. Because the energy is being internalized and withdrawn. 9. cover or darken the Moon (the mind). and gives popularity. a critical and narrow vision in life that leads to conflict and argument. negate. is the shadow of the Sun or the negative Sun. Jupiterian manner. Rahu. Ketu creates doubt. the north or ascending node. 11. which block out the light of the great luminaries. The north node. The south node. or the negative Moon.Basic Course – Day 2 RAHU AND KETU The nodes of the Moon are very important in Vedic astrology. imparts great powers of concentration and powerful perception. As the negative Sun or the negative side of the self. disturbance. the south or descending node. like the ninth or tenth. boosts up our career influence. Rahu and Ketu are regarded as secondary or shadowy planets. expanding. 1. in the positive sense. and willfulness. 3. trance. like Mercury and the fourth house. with the ruler of that house powerfully placed elsewhere. Rahu is regarded as the main planetary factor behind insanity. As shadowy planets. Ketu represents self-doubt.

” It has the power to boost up the effects of strong planets with which it is conjoined. but not usually inner fulfillment. It can give rise to worldly desires than can never be fulfilled. the fulfillment of outer desires. Mercury Mars. Ketu means “a flag. Moon. Qualities of Planets: Sun. Venus Sun. Jupiter Venus.Institute of Vedic Science 12. Ketu gives sudden and unexpected results for good or ill. A strong Rahu gives worldly powers and success. depending upon its placement. Mars Saturn Jupiter Cabinet of Planets: Sun and Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter and Venus Saturn : : : : : Royal couple Commander-in-chief Prince Ministers Servant : : : : : Prithivi Jala Agni Vayu Akash : : : Satwik Rajsik Tamasik (27) . 13. A planet located in its own sign or exalted while conjoined with Ketu gains considerable power. Saturn Elements of Planets: Mercury Moon. however successful the individual may be its outer good luck is combined with an inner unrest.

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