Applying Jyotish approaches to Western Astrology Note: I decided to share the full text of my Mountain Astrologer article on using

Vedic techniques and understandings in your Western astrology practice. This article was a la!or of lo"e for many years. I hope you en#oy it.$ %a"e you e"er wanted to &now additional ways of interpreting empty houses' (r what the original meanings of retrogrades and the Moon)s nodes are' %ow a!out completely different ** and incredi!ly useful ** meanings of the twel"e houses' +ead on... ,i"e years ago- my astrological life permanently changed. After ha"ing practiced Western astrology professionally .and #oyfully/ for o"er twenty years- I attended at the 0A1)23 conference in Monterey1alifornia- and decided- on a whim- to attend a lecture !y 4iana 5. +osen!erg on fixed stars. At the lecture- Ms. +osen!erg offhandedly mentioned that a particular person was of course a !lend of Taurus and 6emini !ecause their 7un sign was in Tropical 6emini and in 7idereal Taurus. %er "ery nonchalance in ma&ing this statement ena!led it to !ypass my anti*7idereal filters and affect me deeply. .At the same conference- +o! %and deli"ered his ground!rea&ing lecture on 7ect- and announced the inauguration of 8ro#ect %indsight./ The next thing I &new- I was on a plane to West Virginia for a 8ro#ect %indsight conference on ancient 6ree& astrology. And what did I find there- !ut additional lectures !y some excellent Vedic astrologers. As I sat in these Vedic lectures- I found myself enchanted and enriched !y the incredi!le %indu legends of the planets- and suddenly reali9ed that Vedic astrology is the oldest continuous tradition of astrology in the Indo*:uropean world and that if I wanted to study an ancient astrology- this was the place to !egin. It ne"er suffered from religious persecution or loss of texts as other astrologies did- !ut instead steadily de"eloped o"er thousands of years. And so I !egan to learn ;yotish- as Vedic astrology is also &nown .;yotish means the science of light/. 7ince 8ro#ect %indsight was already encouraging us to use ancient 6ree& techniques in our astrological wor&- I was quic&ly struc& !y #ust how many Vedic insights and methods were completely applica!le to my Western practice. .I ha"e professionally used Western astrology ** and still do ** with great success to elucidate a person<s psychodynamics- natal and unfolding life lessons- temperament- compati!ility- and soul purpose./ =lended 7igns. The first thing I noticed was that Ms. +osen!erg was right. 8eople are a !lend of their Tropical and 7idereal placements. ,or example- people with their 7uns in late 7corpio .after roughly >? degrees for twentieth century !irths/- whose 7uns stay in 7corpio in !oth 9odiacs- are archetypal 7corpios- with fixed- stoc&y !odies- incredi!le stamina- intense reactions- and powerful wills. Their !lended counterparts .those with 7uns !efore a!out >@ degrees of Tropical 7corpio- who ha"e their 7idereal 7uns in Ai!ra/- are gentler- longer lim!ed- and more "er!al- indecisi"e- and intellectual. I ha"e coined the term &eystone for a planet .or the ascendant/ in a person)s chart that stays in the same sign in !oth 9odiacs. 7uch &eystones transmit the meaning of the sign they)re in purely- without modification- and fully em!ody the element- mode- and other characteristics of the sign. 8eople with a lot of &eystone planets can !e "ery congruent and consistent- for !etter or worse. 8eople with no &eystone planetson the other hand- can !e more changea!le and adapta!le. This was the !eginning of a great odyssey to !ring Vedic ideas to my- and other)s- Western practice. What follows herein are many of the insights and methods I)"e learned that are directly transfera!le to Western astrology. Note: 7ince this article applies Vedic principles to Western charts- all charts in this article use the Tropical Bodiac- and the Western :qual %ouse system. I use the :qual %ouse system !ecause it wor&s !est with these methods and is the closest Western house system to Vedic Whole 7ign houses. Tropical Whole 7ign housesas it turns out- doesn)t wor& as well with these principles. Astrology !y 7ight. The ancient Vedic classics encourage us to loo& at the s&y- to literally see each chart as it appeared in the s&y. What insights our minds and souls can recei"e when we participate in and em!race the actual image of a person)s astrological moment of !irth. ,or example- the dawn light is #ust !eginning to !righten the s&y- as ;upiter appears shining- rising into the s&y- heralding the new day- while 7aturn shines !rightly directly o"erhead. It is the moment of !irth of 8aul Newman. (ne of the fundamental principles of Vedic astrology is that o!ser"a!le phenomena carry much more weight than purely sym!olic ones. ,or instance- you can see an eclipse or the phases of the Moon- !ut you can)t o!ser"e a planet actually ruling a house or sign C that is sym!olic. When Vedic astrologers loo&ed at planets retrograding- they saw that the planets were at their !rightest. .=ecause retrograde planets are opposite to the 7un./ Therefore- the Vedic interpretation of retrograde planets is that they are at the pea& of their strength. In fact- the classical Vedic text called the 8haladeepi&a

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or impulsi"e !eha"ior. The :astern View of 8lanetary Influence The 8haladeepi&a !y Mantreswar also states that the 8lanets are constantly fa"ora!le to one who is always calm. 7imilarly.gem stones and other upayas .eclipses only occur when the Nodes con#unct 7un and Moon ** and ma&e the 7un or Moon appear in"isi!le.or con#unct an important planet/ can !e too self*effacing. My astrology clients ha"e confirmed these concepts.ouw and +o!ert 7"o!oda/ gi"es deep and detailed attri!utes of the nodes.and he ne"er had a successful partnership.psychology. It e"en offers methods of ameliorating challenging cycles.o"er*confident and o"er*estimate their a!ilities.is considered to !e "ery strong.often either se"erely wea&ening the planet or house themes.and the eclipsed 7un and Moon C see the next section/ are considered "ery wea&.oan 1rawford is an excellent example of the strength of a retrograde planet.and the 7outh Node ./ ..and her ruthlessness. The Nodes cause eclipses ** astronomically. An exaggerated example of this is the mother of 1ary 6rant * sym!oli9ed !y his New Moon in the ?th house with 7aturn C who was institutionali9ed when 1ary was #ust a !oy.therefore. .suffering.generous acts. I ha"e often found. (n the other hand.similarly. (n the high side. I ha"e consistently found that a Hdar& moonI .!y using specific prayers.and who is always ethical and moral. 8lanets within six degrees of the 7un are considered seriously com!ust.withdrawal.they disappear from "iew and are considered com!ust.e"en if larger life e"ents do unfold. The Moon)s Nodes We can also understand the Moon)s Nodes !y their "isi!le effects.when we)re li"ing a life of !alance.hunger.the Nodes con#unct planets in the fourth house ha"e felt unseen !y and o"ershadowed !y their parents.as significant as Venus or Mars.he is "ested with full strength if he is retrograde.who has earned wealth through "irtuous means.!orn on a New Moon eclipse ** the North Node con#unct !oth the 7un and the Moon in the third house ** is an excellent example of a person with the dri"e to thin& incisi"ely and spea& out no matter what o!stacles he encountered.5etu/ with anxiety.it !ecomes much easier to ta&e them in stride.with 5etu in the first house .that planetary transits manifest particularly intensely in our li"es when we are mis*aligned with oursel"es and others to !egin with. 5arl Marx.insatia!le dri"es.as ha"e many others.and willpower were legendary.while 5etu can gi"e self*deprecation and timidity.alienation. %is natal eclipse represents his exiles.illnesses. Vedic astrology reminds us.height.possessed of self*control.states that.shape.while with +ahu there.professions.and their cycles will !e !enign.+ahu/ with materialism.distance. .and dou!ts.Aight on Aife !y %art de .not #ust how we respond to them.that we ha"e some say in how astrological influences express themsel"es. Those with.for example.while the New Moon .the 7un and Moon are not really eaten up /.for example.and 5etu a!out surrender.especially the people and themes of the houses it rules.relinquishment.ull Moon.and dissatisfaction.e"erything from their direction.and the people.e.po"erty.planetary remedies/. When planets get close to the 7un.when a person li"es in accordance with the natural world.re!ellions.distortions.in detriment !y modern principles/ ** is retrograde.are negati"ely impacted !y the com!ustion.and of illusion .the themes of eclipsing and o!scuring. %er Mars ** although in Ai!ra ..and 5etu a thirst for spirituality and enlightenment.as well as an unparalleled commitment to succeed at championing his new ideology. "isi!le effects ** of what a com!ust planet sym!oli9es.their li"es will progress sweetly. 84 >J:3G In other words. The Nodes literally appear to go!!le up the 7un or Moon. Vedic astrology also associates the North Node .am!ition.and his career was thwarted !y his !usiness manager.dri"e.imi %endrix)s Mercury ** the ruler of his Eth and FGth houses ** was two degrees from his 7un.for example.metals and gems. Vedic astrologers de"eloped this detailed understanding of the nodes !ecause they ha"e always treated the nodes as planets in Vedic astrology.and relati"e o!scurity during his life.Vedically defined as within E> degrees of the 7un/ represents a nota!le lac& of nurturing in a person<s childhood.+ahu can gi"e one the dri"e to succeed and achie"e.again prompting us to reali9e our actions and orientation can ma&e things run more smoothly.Note: the inner themes of the com!ust planet ** such as artistic sensiti"ity for a com!ust Venus ** often continue to !e strong.the literature of Vedic astrology .or creating illusions.after all.:"en if a planet !e in his sign of de!ilitation Dfall in Western astrology$. +ahu can gi"e self*inflation and re!elliousness. .and sexual patterns that they represent. The outer manifestations ** i. 8eople. The Ancient +ulerships We Western astrologers ha"e used modern rulerships so often that we sometimes forget the deep "alue of 2 . 84 ?:?. Woody Allen)s North Node in the house of children. The .o!session. The Nodes deeply affect the expression of any planet they con#unct or house they occupy.then.or the Western astrologer who wants to &now more..for example.there is no planet wea&er ** o!ser"ationally ** than one that is in"isi!le. They carry. +ahu teaches lessons a!out attainment.gendertemperament.is one of the indicators of the depth of his compulsion towards his wife)s adopted daughter.

These are patterns I would ne"er ha"e e"en loo&ed for without the Vedic promptings.using the F>th house to signify pleasures of the !ed. 7econd %ouse: Oour mouth.and F>.courage.the person may ha"e more success and good fortune.!ut its trials teach the person to redirect their attention away from materiality and ego and towards spirituality.including control issues.for example."alor.sharpness. The heart.and FG/ then they gain strength.chart emphasis/. As a result.upiter)s of 8isces. And 7corpio is clearly Martian. +e"isiting The %ouses.and e"entually to em!race change. 7inging and eloquence.ourth %ouse: Oour car . Immo"a!le property and the land . .including its ruler.E.personal s&ills.industry.openness and comradery. .traditional rulerships can strengthen the indications of a planetary signature . Oour accumulated wealth or lac& thereof.and 0pachayas .our addictions.and other pro!lems .health.tendency toward indulgence.Western astrologers call this position Mars in its sign of fall/ will desta!ili9e the themes signified !y the houses with Aries and 7corpio on their cusps. * Ta!le A: %ouse meanings Note: I ha"e deli!erately omitted many of meanings of the houses that are shared !y !oth Vedic and Western astrology.!ut doesn)t accumulate. %ow your life wor&s out. Oour a!ility to cope with life<s challenges. 8isces carries . Additionally.and most traumatically !y a disfiguring automo!ile accident .discernment.complexion.firm !oundaries.and capacity for pugnacity. If many planets are in houses J.upiter)s generosity.on the other handsaw houses as collections of significations. Today.eating and drin&ing.e. Aquarius holds many of 7aturn)s attri!utes. Astrology has !een practiced for millenia ** for most of its history C in !oth the :ast and the West using 7aturn)s rulership of Aquarius.see !elow/.Mars in 1ancer ruling the 7corpio Jth house: accidents/. The Vedic meanings for each house can extend our understanding and utility of house placements immeasura!ly. And they get us to see the deeper purposes of life)s tra"ails. Ancient astrologers.#ewels.g. Ancestral property.FG.and F> ** the houses of suffering/.FFth house Aries/ were interrupted se"eral times.!ody. 1onsider.spirituality.or example.g.Note that there is some "ariation a!out where to place "arious themes among .then life is more challenging.such as the Eth house indicating marriage and the 3th house indicating children.on the other hand.gi"ing massages. Oour family life .money comes to me relati"ely easily.independence. Traditional &nowledge .which represent opportunities. Oour 3 .and o"er*"alue/ the impermanent and mundane.and her exalted Mars com!ined with !oth Moon in 7corpio and 7un in Aries gi"es her a classic Mars signature.J. Water. We can use traditional rulerships to !etter understand what houses are affected !y the condition of each planet. . Notice the interactions !etween houses. 8ri"ate affairs.and the person is li&ely to ha"e more power and accomplishments.@. Oour peace of mind.our complacencies.houses F. chronic illnesses.F.innate intelligence.artistic expression.and to align with the :ternal and the essential aspects of our own !eingness. The Vedic categories of houses ** e.strength. If many planets are in houses @-J-FG. 8erhaps that)s the source of the modern interpretation of 7aturn in the FFth house as carrying the !elief that nothing comes easily.and happiness.we "iew each house as indicating a congruent set of themes. I)"e found that many people with F>th house emphasis ha"e strong sex dri"es.N FF. The most important house !y far . Oour "ital force and longe"ity.intensity.2/. Mo"ing . 8ragmatic..for instance.sexual dysfunctions andKor disrupted sleep patterns. 8atsy 1line)s hopes and dreams .and our !lind spots.is spent in the F>th . Third %ouse: Oour prowess. They help us recogni9e where we are o"er*attached to . The eyes and sight. My >nd house is much wea&er than my FFth.a de!ilitated Mars in 1ancer .comfort. Oour arms and all manual acti"ity including writing.3.and. :xplore the house significations in Ta!le A.practitioners of Vedic astrology/ as signifying money and other things that come to you easily.teach us to face oursel"es. .and charity.many with no relationship to each other.L.and intelligence.while if they occupy the trinal fire houses .if occupied !y challenging planets.ifth %ouse: Oour good &arma from past li"es.li&e scriptures/.and other mo"a!le assets you accumulate. :ducation.disaffection. The 4ustanas .reser"estructures. .irst %ouse: Oou.yotishis . Oounger si!lings and your relationship with them. acute "s.and their rulers. Oour personality.traditional rulerships.including sex and sleeping.and efforts.yotishis.!y mo"es.children.and separateness.L.conser"atism. 7igning contracts.and gets accumulated in the >nd. %earing. 7pea&ing truth or lies./ . 8lanets in them.and FF ** the houses of impro"ement/ ** are also transfera!le to Western wor&.with its passion. The FFth house is understood !y .and cattle/ that you own. Oour a!stract mind.and family mem!ers/.then the person)s life gradually impro"es.!eing F>th from the ?th.sweet or harsh "oice tones.and Mars) of 7corpio.ame and li&ea!ility.and appearance. Vedicallythese houses C representing most of life)s difficulties C are the &eys to transforming our li"es and our consciousness.de!ts.or elephantsP/.houses J and L/M and how money comes in through the FFth.it represents loss of home/.?. 7hannen 4oherty is infamous for her real life feistiness.J. +emem!ering traditional associations will &eep us more conscious of all of the facets of each of the signs and the planets. If planets occupy the angles .

then either the person represented !y the house or the relationship with that person is impaired.and extra"agancescon"alescence.upiter not only rules the second house .irst %ouse: The 7un for "itality.!y ordinary methods. 7un for father.easy money.pilgrimages. Anxiety and anguish. If the significator for a house aspects. Accidents.or rules that house.strife. . %onors and commendations.!ecause the house cusp is 7agittarius/ and is the significator for wealth. 7ixth %ouse: 7aturn for illness.religion. 7e"enth %ouse: Oour influence and reputation in foreign lands. .howe"er.the Nodes. 1ommunication with spirits. 1harity and spiritual deeds. Third %ouse: Mars for younger si!lings and for prowess and courage. (nset of illnesses.or example."isionsand intuition.the mother.amily feuds.then usually #ust one or two of the themes it represents are affected. Teaching.charity and donations. :le"enth %ouse: Income.compati!ilityand en#oyment. =ut . Malefic planets primarily impact the people represented !y a house .instead of #ust assessing children from the fifth house and its lord. astronomer and astrologer/.upiterP Aet<s examine what planets are significators for the themes of each of the houses.e.g. Theft. Aitigation.or your relationship to them/ and not the inanimate themes of the house.fame. A nota!le Vedic perspecti"e is that if a house has challenges . 6ood and !ad deeds.upiter for wealth. =lac& magic.upiter for hus!and.you can also examine the status of the significator of children.wounds.pleasures of the !ed.in the chart.a!ility to ad"ise and counsel.delays. :ighth %ouse: Aife span.upiter. . Adultery. The s&y and s&y professions . Venus for pleasures of the !ed. .and the Moon.pu!lic esteem. . 7econd %ouse: .7ee Ta!le =/ Ta!le =: %ouse 7ignifications Note: the first planet listed for each house is the main house significator. 8receptors.afterlife. 1hronic and genetic illnesses and large losses. +elief from duress and illness.e.upiter for guru. 7er"ants. The strength of your enemies and illnesses. Oour sexual attracti"eness.actions. In fact. Mars for lands.g. +espect for elders. Venus for "ehicles. 7ixth %ouse: Oour a!ility . .see the next section/.. (!stacles.!ut not all of these areas.ertility and pregnancy. Ninth %ouse: .occupies. Mercury for education.while children are signified !y . . We already use the 7un to signify and help us understand the life themes of the father. The 8lanets as 7ignificators.upiter for gains.for examplecomes under the pro"ince of Venus.fortune.extended the idea of significations in "ery enlightening ways. Twelfth %ouse: Mo&sha . (lder si!lings.yotish also extends our understanding with its unique and accurate meanings of the planets. .for example an afflicted 3th house may deny or cause pro!lems with children.upiter for success.or Mars or its ruler so affected or otherwise wea&/.and disgrace.addictions. Mantra and spiritual practices.enlightenment/.higher learning. Twelfth %ouse: 7aturn for losses and expenditures. Auxuries. occupied !y or aspected !y 7aturn. Memory. Moral conduct.or exampleif the 2th house is occupied !y 7aturn and Mars. +an& and position. Oour fortune. 7e"enth %ouse: Venus for marriage.older si!lings. .!ut it also aspects that house from the eighth house .the North Node/ for foreign tra"el.and o!stacles. Mercury for commerce. 7udden catastrophic e"ents. .+ahu .ourth %ouse: Moon for mother and the emotional mind. Tenth %ouse: %onor. . The quality of and num!er of your spouses. 7uccess and great achie"ements. :ighth %ouse: 7aturn for longe"ity.1lint :astwood)s >nd house isn)t terri!ly impressi"e with #ust 7aturn in 1apricorn therein.distant tra"el and residing in foreign lands. 7piritual renunciation. Manipulation and intrigue. 0sing these significations is simple. 7imilarly. Acute illnesses. Ninth %ouse: Oour father and his property.yotish has.there may !e pro!lems with the father or gurus or higher education.or lac& thereof/ to o"ercome !oth illness and enemies. .not usually !oth. 8urity of mind. Wandering aimlessly. .ulfillment of desires. . Mercury for speech. 5etu . Appointments and promotions. Initiations. 4isgrace and scandal.ore&nowledge. 7tomach and intestines.and 4 . Mars for accidents and enemies.and delays in your life.upiter for children and wise counsel.ifth %ouse: .wife.or example.malefics can actually enhance the themes of a house.expenditures.things that come to you without much effort.the 7outh Node/ for enlightenment.!ut also increase the discernment and technical capa!ilities of the indi"idual. :le"enth %ouse: .income.it !ecomes the primary indicator of the house<s themes. .and losses. 8leasure and desire.not the others. 7aturn for efforts.all losses. Tenth %ouse: 7un for power.if a house has pro!lematic influences.

next we examine the status of the occupants of the first house.who had 7aturn and Mars aspecting !oth the ?th house of con"eyances .7aturn/ of 1her. Its status influences the entire life.and Mr. As I mentioned.red Astaire.or F>/./ Modern astrologers can translate this concept into their Western practices !y paying special attention to !oth the natal aspects and the transits that fit into these categories.and influence/ opposite houses.who had 7aturn in the Fst house. :astwood certainly has earned a lot of money. (ne principle that Vedic astrology teaches us is that planets aspect .g. Vedic astrologers also see these aspects as connecting house themes.All of these are whole house aspects.upiter in the 2th or 3th. .7aturn in the FFth or ?th.its occupants. Aoo& at the importance you place on the themes of the house opposite the 7un.a loner. A second Vedic concept is that certain planets ha"e ownership of particular aspects.!ecause of her disfiguring facial acneand her self*hatred for !eing o"erweight/ shows the operation of this aspect !y a strong .for example.has 7aturn in the first house.and then its significator . The main gemstone .7aturn in the first house connects the career .in his career.next its significator.retrograde/ 7aturn on the house of the self. . The first two factors usually comprise a!out LGQ of the influences on a house.do the same analysis. . The !asic method of analysis focuses first on the ruler of the Ascendant .Vedic astrologers disco"ered a deeper potency to these aspects of 7aturn. All of us would !enefit.if there are no contraindications such as rulership of house J.therefore !ecomes the primary indicator of the le"el of wealth.upiter)s special aspects are !oth trines.yotishis also loo& at aspect con"ergences.called the ruler of the chart in modern astrology.e.certainly used his !ody. In other words. when two or more planets aspect the same house . After assessing the Ascendant ruler. Vedic Methods of 1hart :"aluation 8erhaps the most useful cross*pollination from Vedic to Western astrology is in adopting Vedic methods of e"aluating !oth charts as a whole and specific houses.and finally the aspects to the house.e.and no other outer planets were forming ma#or aspects to his chart at the time/.FGth/ ** the !ac&wards square ** and efforts and s&ill . This is an important principle also practiced in ancient 6ree& astrology.i.she was shyan A student.with effort and s&ill.e.and . This type of systematic analysis helps to determine all of the influences on each area of life.you can apply these special aspects to empty houses.his son died in a tragic drug o"erdose . 7onny =ono was incredi!ly controlling .she died in a car crash/ and the Lth house of death.how much pleasure you get from the house opposite Venus. 7imply assess 5 .often clarifying situations otherwise unexplained in the chart.and seeing its "ast influence on the life.whether they are occupied or not.oplin)s fourth house 7aturn aspects the first house !y its !ac&wards square. The ruler of the Ascendant is one of the most important planets in the chart.and closely sextile to his Ascendant/ recei"ed a forward sextile from 7aturn.therefore. counting from and including the house Mars is in.not #ust to planets. =ut Mars. To e"aluate the tenor of any other house..then its occupants. .and how much happiness they achie"e.go !ac&wards six houses for its !ac&wards quincunx aspect.Fst house placement/.or if you really want to follow Vedic methods. .the 7un/.the ruler of his chart and his 7un sign. The Vedic Aspects.and lagnesh in Vedic astrology.irst loo& at its ruler.!y gi"ing much more weight to the ruler of the Ascendant than we normally do.the first house.and how asserti"e you are in the house opposite Mars.upiter.and ruler are the fundamental factors in determining the quality and outcome of a person)s lifeincluding how well they are li&ed.and Mars in the FGth or Jth all of which aspect the Fst house/.how healthy and long li"ed.yotish. When 8aul Newman<s 7aturn . A tragic example of aspects !oth connecting house themes and con"erging on houses is shown the chart of 6race 5elly.or example. Another useful Vedic method unra"els the am!iguity of con#unctions of two or more planets.and her childhood intro"ersion .yotishis prescri!e for impro"ing one)s life is for this planet .for example.!ecause the Ascendant is called lagna/. In .Mars.and all transits and ma#or cycles !y it and to it are of ma#or importance.and 7aturn ha"e special aspects that no other planets ha"e. In Vedic astrologye"ery planet ma&es con#unctions and oppositions. 7ignificators add a new dimension to the analysis of life factors..significatoraspects. Whene"er a planet aspects the house it rulesthat house is there!y enhanced.anis . 1her.L. .inally. The special 7aturn aspects are the !ac&wards square and the forwards sextileM Mars) aspects are the forward square and the !ac&wards quincunxM and .loo& at the aspects to the first house .upiter that we can use in our wor&.and a"id reader/ and her negati"e self*concept .whether it is occupied !y planets or not/. !y planets in the se"enth house.and all of her relationships ha"e !e fraught with difficulties.@rd/ ** the forwards sextile ** with identity and !ody . .g.clearly em!odying the first house 7aturn)s aspect on the se"enth house. Aoo& at the house opposite where 7aturn is placed.and you)ll immediately see the "alue and effecti"eness of this premise.

or to struggle or sorrow.and generous .that Marilyn Monroe)s childhood was so incredi!ly difficult.we would use the AN4 principle.L.tense.we would conclude that the person is more often expansi"e.upiter and 7aturn.!oth a challenging house .if a planet is aspected !y !oth . This lin&ing of houses is an in"alua!le tool.if they are com!ust within J degrees .with Mars in the arduous Lth house/./ . smaller or!/ and then attri!ute that aspect.happy.as !eing the predominate influence.if you were !orn with the Moon in early 7agittarius Tropically. In other words.we Western astrologers will enrich our understanding of astrology immeasura!ly. .and 7aturn in the Eth house.can !e greatly extended !y listening to Vedic teachings. 8lanets are wea&eston the other hand. Vimshottari 4asa is a method of prediction that shows the sequence of planetary periods that starts at !irth.!ut the planetary period at !irth is determined !y loo&ing at the placement of the natal Moon.i. :ach of the planets has directional strength in a different house: .or example. The AN4 6 . =y opening our minds to the insights and methods of our :astern allies. (r with Venus ruling the FGth and the @rd.its exaltation sign.yotishis.whether one was !orn to #oy and happiness.so that at any time.or a planet to rule.or in the sign of their de!ilitation . .and the secondary influence of another.which of the planets is strongest. It wasn)t until her .and allows the mind to gain deep insights into a person)s life.the Vedic method of Vimshottari 4asa.upiter and Mercury in the Fst house. There is another way for Western astrologers to employ Vimshottari 4asa.ire 3 and 5epler ?. =ecause the periods .followed !y the 4asa of the North Node .g. .and !ecame famous.one puts a great deal of effort .if a person had .J.J .!hu&ti/.li&e houses.I suggest that you go !eyond simply applying the ideas in this article to your Western practice.or example.or example.you would start out life in a 7aturn period. +ulership of houses is strongly emphasi9ed !y .notice especially when the ma#or and minor cycles of Vimshottari 4asa in"ol"e planets that ha"e a relationship to each other .his career would really ta&e off.%arrison .the sign Western astrologers la!el fall/.you can !e said to !e under the primary influence of one planet.you<ll expand your astrological awareness incredi!ly.in F23G.@rd house/ into their career.2.with 7aturn ruling !oth the 2th and FGth .e. 1onclusion. 7he started out life in a Mars 4asa .upiter su!cycle .retrograde.or example. Ain&ages in the chart.or with directional strength . In Vedic astrology. in aspect/ in the !irth chart.for example. AN4 in Vedic Astrology In Western astrology. :"en our understanding of core concepts..especially in the F>th house/.E. Vimshottari 4asa tells us when a person will manifest the themes shown in the !irth chart. This re"eals the tone of the family and the "ery early life.ord achie"ed great fame for his role in 7tar Wars during his Mercury ma#or cycle .career is more li&ely to in"ol"e tra"el. .or FG/ diminishes the fortunes of the latter while strengthening the former.yotish has to offer.or !y using Vedic software.or yourself and your clients.and 7aturn 7quare 7un. If you really wish to recei"e all of the !enefits that .3.7aturn traits/.upiter traits/ instead of o"erly serious.upiter Trine 7un with a > degree or!.howe"er. These are crucial times for the resolution of andKor fruition of life long patterns. Western astrologers can see that he has an exalted .your Moon would !e in the Na&shatra of Anuradha.that her life !ecame !etterM she started ma&ing films.and that indeed when these factors were acti"ated.dig !ala/.!hu&tis/.we come to the foremost predicti"e method in Vedic astrology: Vimshottari 4asa.Na&shatra/ is the first planetary period.we were doing the same analysis in Vedic astrology.with a E degree or!. It is no accident.or F>/ and an empowering house . The planet that rules the !irth Moon)s lunar mansion .and the planet ma&ing it.we might see which aspect is stronger . 8lanetary 8eriods.e.or later/.maha dasa/ and .ruled !y 7aturn. In her early years.?.and her mother !eing committed to a mental hospital. =y studying this wonderful :astern !ranch of astrology.7un and Mars in the FGth house. within E> degrees of the 7un/.dashas/ are long C from J to >G years in duration C Vedic astrologers di"ide each period into planetary su!*periods . If.for example. Ta&e note of what planet was ruling the period at !irth.Moon and Venus in the ?th house.nodesand planets. The sequence of planets is the same for e"eryone.dual rulerships com!ine !oth house)s themes in the person)s life.a planet is strong if it is in its own sign.and its themes will dominate the con#unction.we commonly loo& at !oth positi"e and negati"e influences on a house or planet and try to weight and !lend them into a cohesi"e assessment.i.or the Moon is dar&.upiter in 1ancer in the FGth house con#unct !oth Mercury and the Midhea"en.F. .upiter 4asa !egan.Oou can explore Vimshottari 4asa using the Western Astrology software programs 7olar .also considered challenging.and so on.at age FF/. =ut more importantly. .fearful.or spirituality.her challenges included !eing raped .inally.or inhi!ited . As a result. .followed !y a Mercury period.teaching.e.

e.!enefic influences.e. .g.e.positi"e yogas.e.is aspected !y !enefics .g.AAA their effects will manifest. All of the positi"e elements will manifest too. In other words. the Fst and the FGth/. In other words.principle states that: whene"er se"eral planets influence a house or planet.g. The art of Vedic astrology.upiter/.there will !e challenges in the life pertaining to the themes of the planet and the houses it rules and aspects.then.!ut not necessarily at the same time as the negati"e ones nor in the same areas of life. This will !e true e"en if the planet is a !enefic .if a planet is in the Lth house.lies in !oth the timing of e"entsi.and how to ameliorate negati"e cycles 7 . Venus/.nor the opposite/.etc. when and where !oth positi"e and negati"e significations will occur. do not cancel negati"e yogas and malefic influences .and rules positi"e houses .

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