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RISING DEGREE/CUSPAL DEGREE – the beginning degree which defines the essence of the bhava. A bhava starts from Rising Degree that is falling in each sign and sometimes more than a bhava or Rising Degree falls in a particular sign. Rising Degree or Cuspal Point is the starting point of the bhava ie the Rising Degree determines the beginning of the bhava and several Rising Degree can fall in a particular sign as we move higher or lower down in latitudes. The first degree of each bhava and its bhukti nathan and resultant component nakshatra and component sublord and cuspal interlinks define the essence of the bhava 2. GRAHA – literally means “grasping or influencing”. Graha is the astrological planet and is said to colour but not shape the events. There are only nine graha or navagraha in the Hindu astrological system and these nine “astral bodies” are said to encompass the entire aspect of life 3. BHAVA – literally “abode of energy”. Span of longitude between two rising degrees which divides ecliptic circle into 12 divisions of the spheres of life containing all significations allocated accordingly. The configuration of the bhava length is based on the system of house division used and whether it uses time or space or combination of both as factors of division is an arbitrary factor depending on choice of bhava division system. The bhava is important because the interlink and compound effect of bhava Rising Degrees determine the series of situations which constitute an event; in other words, the bhava is the event and the graha colours or provide complexion to the event 4. RASI – literally “a cluster, pile, heap, grouping of significations”. Rasi is the abbreviated appellation of Rama and Sita and refers to the twelve fixed zodiac signs which are the symbolic embodiment of body parts of Vishnu. Rasi colour and define the significations at the macro-level distinguishing people born on the same day into twelve two-hour bands 5. NAKSHATRA – imaginary cluster of stars as belt of constellations around the ecliptic known as Moon asterism or Moon mansions around which the Moon transits on daily basis and is ascribed by the Siddhars to have impact on events, destiny and characteristics of sentient beings. The nakshatras are said to delineate the events especially dasa-based events of the permanent bhavas and the subs or ninth division of the nakshatra determine the outcome of events. Siddhic Astrology is chara sothidam or nakshatra-based/stellar astrology 6. KALAMSA – sub is defined as 0ne-ninth division of nakshatra which is derived as apportionment according to Vimsottari Dasa sequence and allotment. The sub of the Lagna and its component interlinks define the essence of the quality of time of the event 7. VIMSOTTARI DASA – defined as the progression or symbolic transit of the Moon whereby one degree equates to one year of life and the “biorhythmic
The Entrance of the Sun into the cardinal points is known as equinoxes and solstices. the nakshatras are same 13. AYANAMSHA – the difference between the Tropical Chart and Sidereal Chart as a result of precession of equinox phenomena.system” translates from time as dasa and bhukti to space as nakshatra and sub respectively ie the nakshatra is the dasa and the sub is the bhukti and the sub-sub is the antara. GOCHARA – the actual transit of the astrological planets namely the navagraha around the imaginary belt of Rasi zodiac of twelve sectors and imaginary belt of nakshatras of 27 mansions and the division of time and/or space as 12 bhavas 9. It is said to have subtle yet substantial impact or influence on that moment of entry when the graha transits into the 1st degree or Rising Degree of the bhava and the time when this occurs is used to erect a chart for prediction of future influences & tendencies 10. the subs are all different length and time span according to VD allotment. Ayanamsha literally means . Therefore. The Kalapurusha chart represents the Shiva aspect as the inner fixed tendencies which impact on the natal chart as signifying the mindset orientation and natural impelling inherent and intrinsic tendencies 11. the time components of dasa and bhukti or major and minor period literally means direction and mind. LAGNA – intersection of meridian and horizon when the Sun rises in the east and the Rising Degree falling in that particular Rasi defines the Ascendant or 1st house of the natal chart. In VD. sub-sub-sub is sookshma. dasabhukti can be transliterated as “direction of the mind” 8. SANKRANTI – also known as “Sanatana” or “Ingress” in English. Another word for navamsa is “pada” The navamsa provides a three dimensional perspective to the Rasi chart 12. PADA – quarter division of the nakshatra as 3 degrees 20 minutes length span or 1/4th of 13 degrees 20 minutes span of nakshatra which is literally “feet” and comprises four pada as four feet of a quadruped animal or chair and is symbolically the measure of man as a quarter length of human height from kneecap to feet 13. Indian astrology is Moon astrology which progresses the Moon against the nakshatras and the remaining planets remain static and are not progressed. In the Vimsottari Dasa. NAVAMSA – the one-ninth division of the Rasi also known as the pada and it is used in Siddhic Astrology as mnemonic tool to remember the planetary nakshatra and pada or quarter division of nakshatra the planet falls in. Defined as entry of orbital body or planet/graha into a Rasi sign. The arc of longitude between the first house rising degree and second house rising degree forms the Lagna but it is the Lagna rising degree which is supra in defining the essence of the Lagna 14. KALAPURUSHA – literally the “time person” and refers to the static reference chart which starts with Aries as 1st sign and ends with Pisces as 12th sign and is used to compare with the Lagna bhava chart for macro delineation of Rasi.20 length but of different time spans.
NIRAYANA – literally means “without motion or fixed to the reference star” namely Chitrai thus the ayanamsha is known as Chitra Paksha ayanamsha. measured north or south from the celestial equator of the Earth. yogam. Hindu ephemeris or annual almanac consulted to determine the auspicious muhurtas and to avoid the inauspicious times for function of fixing religious ceremonies. The angular distance from the Earth to a point on a celestial object namely the Sun. PANCHANGAM – literally means “five limbs” of time which is the five elements of tithi. The maximum declination of the Sun is at 23 degrees 27 minutes at North Hemisphere during Summer Solstice and minus 23 degrees 27 minutes at Southern Hemisphere during Winter Solstice. The nodes always retrograde for most of the time 18. The five elements take account of the relationship between the Sun and Moon to the Earth. Sidereal astrology uses nirayana ayanamsha 17. 16. but in actuality it refers to an apparent slowing down relative to other planets and relative to the earth and not reversing motion like two trains moving at different speeds. The Sun and Moon as luminaries do not retrograde because the Earth revolves around the Sun and the Moon revolves around the Earth. CHAYA GRAHA – literally the “shadow planets” are the nodes which nonexistent planets but are the sensitive points (one of the hundred upagrahas which are sensitive points) of intersection of the Moon’s orbit and Earth’s ecliptic whereby the North node seems to ascend upwards in Moon’s undulating motion along the imaginary belt and the opposite node is the South Node which seems to descend downwards in Moon’s undulating motion along the imaginary belt 19. SAYANA – literally means “with ayana” or “with motion or moving away from the fixed star reference point”. to assist in erecting astrological chart etc. The declination is 0 degrees at the equator during Spring and Autumn Equinox and +90 degrees during Summer Solstice when Sun is at Tropic of Cancer in Northern Hemisphere and -90 degrees during Winter Solstice when Sun is at at Tropic of Capricorn in Southern Hemisphere 20.moving backwards or motional portion/division. planting and harvesting. Tropical astrology uses sayana ayanamsha because it is based on time as fixing of season. KRANTI – declination or latitude. check Sunrise and Sunset times. marriage and funeral. Ancient Siddhar astrology used Kagabujandhar ayanamsha while modern Siddhic astrology uses KP new linear adjusted ayanamsha 15. VAKRA – or retrogression which is an apparent phenomena whereby planets seem to be going backwards. fixed star reference and nutation factor in calculating the precessed location of the starting point in the 360 degrees circle. epoch year and date. Ayanamsha is important factor which takes account of speed of precession. . karanam. nakshatra and vara.
Compare to nakshatra which is 27 in total or 28 when considering Abhijit for muhurta purposes. Chathuspada and Kimstughna and the balance 7 repeat itself 24. pioneering. adaptation & renewal 32. KRISHNA PHASE – the dark phase or waning Moon phase 26. There are 60 karanams in total and 11 types of karanam of which 4 are individual & do not repeat itself ie Shakuni. TITHI – the most important element of time being the lunar day when taking account of the relationship between the Sun and Moon. SHUKLA PHASE – the bright phase or waxing Moon phase 27.20 degrees and the total plus one will get the correct yogam 23. driven . CHARA – moveable or cardinal mode as progress & evolution. the nakshatra was used to check compatibility of couples. A tithi last slightly less than a solar day and begins after sunrise and not after midnight. Naga. STHIRA – fixed mode as maintenance. the tithi is the 12 degree multiples of relationship differential between Sun and Moon numbering 30 in total.21. UBHAYA – common or mutable or dual mode as change. proactive. initiative. It is said that knowledge of tithi gives rise to prosperity. AMAVASYA – new Moon which can presage the solar eclipse when Moon is between the Sun and Earth conjuncting the nodes 28. action oriented. VARA – the days of the week named after the grahas 25. light masculine signs. of nakshatra to removal of sin and of vara to prolonging life 22. of karanam to success. subtract the difference between the longitudes of the Sun and Moon in multiples of 360 degrees and divide by 12 (being the difference in tithi degree as 360 is divided into 30 tithis) and the answer is added one to obtain the correct tithi. of yogam to immunity from disease. KARANAM – essentially half of a tithi or 6 degree span of relationship between subtraction of Sun and Moon in multiples of 360 degrees divided by 6 and adding one to the total. the 27 nakshatras represent the transit of the Moon against the background of the imaginary constellational belt around the ecliptic. To calculate the tithis. restless. status quo. PURNIMA – Full Moon which can presage the lunar eclipse when the Earth is between the Sun and Moon conjuncting the nodes 29. assertive. AGNI – Fire signs. fix the auspicious nakshatra deity days to invoke religious ceremonies. YOGAM –instead of subtracting the difference between the Sun and Moon in multiples of 360 degrees. Traditionally. name babies. persistent long term 31. add the total longitudes of the Sun and Moon in multiples of 360 degrees and divide by 800 minutes or 13. constant motion & dynamism 30. There are 30 tithis in a lunar month comprising of two phases of Shukla or waxing Moon phase and Krishna or waning Moon phase with the 15th tithi being shared as Amavasya or new Moon and Purnima as Full Moon and the balance 14 tithis having same names as the other 14 tithis.
In Siddhic Astrology. inner strength. light masculine signs. LAGNA INDEPENDENT – factors which can operate independently of the self and which subsist and continue even after the death of the self 42. energy. the sidereal day is about 4 min (3 minutes 56 seconds) shorter than the solar day 47. skill. inorganic. DUALISM or BINARY – the Siddhic philosophy of the living and non-living both completing the holistic aspect of life as the complementary polarity 40. spiritual. external. practical. empathetic. JALA/APAHS – Water signs. PERMANENT BHAVAS – the five critical houses of which three are the main ones of astrological interest ie career. the fundamental structure is the relationship of the Lagna with the 12 Bhavas – Bhavas 1-12. conceptual 35. To delineate the Lagna we ascertain it by analyzing the Lagna’s relationship with the 12 Bhavas. solid. SIDEREAL TIME . machinery. VAYU – Air signs. feeling. deep. That is what we mean by Siddhic Astrology being Bhava-centric. We do this by studying the Star & Sub of the Lagna Degree with the Cusp of the Bhavas 1-12. the sidereal day is the period during which the earth completes one rotation on its axis so that some chosen star appears twice on the observer's celestial meridian. LAGNA DEPENDENT – factors which cannot exist independently of the self and which ends when the self dies 41. character. potential. intellectual. capability. equipment. objects. casual. animals 44. Because the earth moves in its orbit about the sun. give etc. relate. teach. marriage and relationships as 7th and career as 10th bhava. LAGNA INDEPENDENT AKAM – examples are relations. social. opaque. command. impressionable. heavy feminine signs. BHAVA DEPENDENT FACTOR – activities which involve two parties or interaction of two events eg debate. health as 6th. relatives. litigation. LAGNA INDEPENDENT PURAM – examples are possessions. inanimate. wealth as 2nd. non-living. communication. down to earth. organic. fleeting and one-off events which do not form part of the crucial portfolios of life . IMPERMANENT BHAVAS – the transitory. instruct. impersonal aspect 39. sensitive 36. things 45. personal aspect 38. 48. PRITHVI/BHUMI – Earth signs. materialistic 34. PURAM – outer. living. LAGNA DEPENDENT AKAM – examples are talent. temporal. and thus always involve analyzing linkages between at least two bhavas 46.the time that is measured relative to the fixed stars as reference point. resourceful. tangible. love. inner qualities 43.33. emotional. ability. 37. BHAVA-CENTRIC – “bhava-centric” simply means centred or based upon the bhava or astrological houses. sentient beings. animate. internal. we analyze Bhavas 2-12. heavy feminine signs. valuables. Likewise. non-living assets. willpower. utilitarian. thus. relationship and health and the five critical houses are self as 1st. AKAM – inner.
Pooradam. Jupiter and Mars ruled nakshatras 50. Avittam. MRIDU – soft & gentle eg romancing & enjoyment. SIDDHANTA – traditional Hindu astronomy 66. Pooram. Karthigai & Visagham (2) 61. The ascendant designates the rising sign. the sign after that the 3rd house. Pooradhati (5) 57. Aatham. Vedic astrology considers this inauspicious muhurta but Siddhic Astrology is neutral 54. The Lagna sub of the Prashna chart defines the moment of time 63. Utthiram. Bharini. and the first house begins at zero degrees of the zodiac sign in which the ascendant falls. The moment the astrologer erects the chart and interprets it is the moment of the birth of the question which provides the key to the outcome of the question and its salient characteristics. TIKSHNA – poisonous & dangerous eg to murder & to administer poison. Ashwini. Moolam (4) 58. Sathayam (6) 60. DHRUVA – fixed & maintaining eg installing altar. MUHURTA – electional astrology for fixing auspicious time for performing certain activities which is predicated on the qualitative aspects of time 62. The next sign after the ascending sign then becomes the 2nd house. Chitrai. SAMHITA – also known as medina jyotisha or mundane astrology which studies political developments and overall state of the country 65. Punarpoosam. Aayilum. Anusyam. Revati (3) 56. Uttaradam. Poosam (3) 55. Magham.49. KRURA – harsh & cruel eg undertaking onerous task. Thiruvonam. JANMA – natal astrology which analyzes the main events of a native based on his Rising Degree chart comparison with the Planetary chart as the static charts linked to the dynamic chart of the Vimsottari Dasa 64. WHOLE SIGN HOUSE DIVISION – begins from 0 degrees Aries and the entire 30 degrees of a sign is that bhava and the next sign is the next bhava. building foundation. Uttaradhati (4) 59. CHARA – dynamic & motional eg travelling. regardless of how early or late in that sign the ascendant is. INITIAL NAKSHATRAS – the Kethu ruled nakshatras which begin the Vimsottari dasa sequence in the navamsa grouping of nakshatras 51. Literally means “present”. GANDANTA – juncture which delineates the end of one navamsa grouping and the beginning of another. PRASHNA –horary astrology. and so on. MISRA – mixed & mundane eg household duties. FULL NAKSHATRAS – the nakshatras smack right in the middle of each Rasi 53. Kettai. Ardra. SPLIT NAKSHATRAS – the nakshatras which are straddled between two Rasis and they hold and light up the chart as the tripod of Sun. LAGHU – light & easy eg socializing & diplomatic talk. Mriga. Rohini. Swathi. In other . TERMINAL NAKSHATRAS – the Mercury ruled nakshatras which end the Vimsottari dasa sequence in the navamsa grouping of nakshatras 52.
The cusps of houses 8. often referred to as a candle in the middle of a room throwing light equally all around it 68. usually the cuspal chart shows the planet in an earlier bhava. 5 and 6 are opposite these. each house is wholly filled by one sign. The Placidus system is sometimes not defined beyond polar circles (latitudes greater than 66°N or 66°S). Convergence of bhavas into a sign with different arc lengths. This is the most commonly used house system in modern Western astrology. while in equal houses the degree of the ascendant is itself the cusp of the 1st house. although the houses are measured out in 30 degree increments starting from the degree of the ascendant. The Placidus system is based on a division of time rather than space. mirror reflection of cuspal degrees from 1-7 to 8-12 bhavas. as well as in some early traditions of Medieval astrology. EQUAL HOUSE DIVISION – Equal house system is to calculate the Lagna rising degree and use that as the bhava starting degree and extrapolate 30 degrees onwards. and planets falling in them cannot be assigned to houses without extending the system. thus causing the unequality of signs) and divide according to space-bulge of coordinates as space (causing unequality of houses). which acts as the 'cusp' or starting point of the 1st house. The Rasi chart confirms the rasi sign while the cuspal chart confirms the bhava. then the third house begins exactly 30 degrees later in zodiacal order from the 2nd house. In the equal house system the ecliptic is also divided into twelve divisions of 30 degrees. and 12. and is also used in Indian astrology. and from the ascendant to the midheaven. The distinction between equal houses and whole sign houses lies in the fact that in whole sign houses the cusp of the 1st house is the beginning of the sign that contains the ascendant. This is the main weakness of the Placidean system according to its critics. because certain degrees are circumpolar (never touch the horizon). 11. Placidus allows differentiation of cuspal degrees unlike the whole sign and equal house system. Divides the time into 4 quadrants of the circle and allocates according to the latitude between 66 degrees North and 66 degrees South. are trisected to determine the cusps of houses 2. which often cite the exceptional house proportions in the higher latitudes . It is thought to be the oldest system of house division 67. 3. Trisects the quadrants according to calculus of the time-space curve or earth’s bulge. The times taken for each degree of the ecliptic to rise from the nadir to the ascendant. This was the main system used in the Hellenistic tradition of astrology. and so on. then the second house begins exactly 30 degrees later in zodiacal order. It begins with the ascendant. 9. A variant of Equal House System is to have the Lagna degree as the centre of the Lagna ie each house 30 degrees wide with the rising degree forming the mid-point of the house. PLACIDUS HOUSE DIVISION – division based on time-space ie divide time according to length of ascension of rasis as time (every rasi has a different length of ascension.words.
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