Mapping Between Palmistry and Vedic Astrology

Studying subjects which are closely related by correlating with each other is better than studying them in isolation. In my humble experience I feel Palmistry and Vedic Astrology must go hand in hand. If there is a moot point it means analysis is incomplete and you’re missing something crucial. I haven’t developed a system neither I am a pioneer but I do propose an experiment of sorts for all Vedic Astrology enthusiasts if they haven’t tried it already. In many cases, people who consult you might be physically present before you. There is an opportunity to examine their palms and other features with ease and it might lead you towards better deductions.

For example–if you get to know about Shadbala and judge relative strength of various planets in a horoscope-you will get to know which planets are strongest. This can be cross-verified in the hands of natives doing query immediately. It has been my experience that physiognomy must act in accordance with Vedic Astrology and vice versa. The mounts of various strong planets can be examined easily in a palm. Various lines on them along with signs like rectangles, stars, cross or conches should be taken into the account and then it should be examined if strongest planets are the ones which are getting good points in shadbala calculations too. If it’s not so then one should look at other things like nakshtra lord of the planets in question and keep verifying.

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Shirdi Sai Baba’s Birth Chart!

Sai Baba of Shirdi was a fakir(monk) in the 19th century who lived in Shirdi(Maharashtra, India) for most of his life. He is widely worshipped in India today by people of all communities alike. Not much is known about his early life and birth data is not corroborated to be factual. He performed many miracles in his lifetime and said that he will reincarnate after eight years. Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi was born 8 years after his death. Thus devotees believe that his prophecy fructified. Based on this data, let’s see birth chart of Sai Baba. My humble salute to Baba.

Birth Data: 28 September 1835. Monday. 09:47 AM. Pathri. Maharashtra(India)

Ascendant and Navamsa

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Three Moksha Houses and Signs!

Moksha is a Sanskrit/Hindi word which stands for liberation. Buddhist term Nirvana has slightly different meaning but the essence is same. Those who follow the path of devotion might understand it as merging into the supreme personality of godhead. Those who follow Vedanta might take it to be realization of Self. Moksha or liberation means there are no more future births and even this borth has become full of light and peace. In Astrology, fourth, eighth and the twelfth house are observed for spirituality and liberation. Similarly signs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are examined in various nativities for the same.

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Hora: An Excellent Technique For Planning Schedules


Hora stands for ‘hour.’ It’s one of the most easy to implement techniques of Astrology. It’s used to find out auspicious times in day, in order to take decisions. It takes hardly ten minutes to master its yields however might be long lasting. 


Lunar Constellations

Every hour of every day of week is ruled by a planet. What it means is: Jyotisha stresses that every hour of the day has a distinct type of energy which affects all conscious beings. You might be familiar with Nakshatras-lunar mansions, which are constellations through which Moon transits. They are 27 in total and Moon takes 27 days to travel through all of them. In order to understand practical usage of Nakshatra approach—let’s take an example: Jyotishi suggest that you should not lend or borrow money when Moon is in Mula Nakshatra. It’s considered that Mula has negative binding energy which doesn’t let debts get dissolved, which is not good for anyone giving loans or borrowing it.

Swati Nakshatra on the other hand is considered auspicious for trading activities. 

The Hora Approach!

The Hora approach is even more minute considering every hour of day and common for everyone in the sense that it doesn’t take into consideration Moon sign or Major/Minor periods. The learned people however will take into the account the sign through which Moon transits along with its relation to their natal Moon. When this is combined with Hora, Minor, Major and Sub periods–it becomes a classical powerful method to decide best time for all activities.

Hora technique is especially good for deciding auspicious times for leaving your home for journey, for buying things, trade and business deals. It’s especially good for those subjects who are troubled by recurring accidents, traffic and quarrels.


This easy to implement approach is as follows:

1. Find out the local time of Sunrise and Sunset etc for your locality. For example: Sun rise today in Bangalore was at 6:05 AM in morning in Bangalore.

2. Pay attention to this cyclic order and note it down; if possible, memorize it: {{{Sun—>Venus—>Mercury—>Moon—>Saturn—>Jupiter—->Mars—->Sun}}} 

3. Every day is owned by a planet–for example: Wednesday is ruled by Mercury, Saturn rules Saturday etc.

4. The first hour, when Sun rises is ruled by the day lord: For example: Today is Wednesday–that is why Mercury rules the time 6:05 AM to 7:05 AM.

Moon rules 7:05 AM to 8:05 AM.

Saturn rules 8:05 AM to 9:05 AM.

Jupiter rules 9:05 AM to 10:05 AM.

And so and so on.

Moon, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury are natural benefics, though Mercury gives slightly mixed influences.

Journeys, inaugurations undertakings and other important activities should be started in the Hora of natural benefics.

There are activities which are well done in the Hora of Mars, Saturn and Sun–for example–administrative and official activities in the Hora of Sun and physical exertion and adventures in Mars’ Hora. 

Mercury Hora is most conducive for reading scriptures, commercial activities, Astrology, learning, reading as well as writing.

Moon Hora is important for respecting elders, meditation and chanting etc.

Jupiter Hora is most auspicious Hora.

Saturn is good for labour, for getting things done and not for anything else. It’s a separative Hora.

If you continue to calculate Horas for Wednesday, for all 24 hours, you would come to realize that the first hour of the next day, i. e. Sunrise hour for Thursday will be ruled by the planet Jupiter.

I advise intuitive readers to think about nature of planets. Thus contemplating on nature of energies available in various hours of day, learned readers would be able to decide most auspicious Horas for desired activities.

For example: Expressing love and romancing are soft and sensitive activities best done in the Horas of Venus and Moon because Venus signifies beauty and love and Moon signifies sensitivity and feelings.   

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Horoscope of Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi is the incumbent prime minister of India. He came to office last year after a record victory for his party BJP.

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Atmakaraka is the planet with highest degrees in any sign in the radix chart. In his chart Saturn is Atmakaraka and it’s placed in the Karma Bhava(tenth house) in the horoscope. Saturn is a planet of common people, elders, downtrodden and justice. Saturn being atmakaraka suggests that mission of such a native is to serve people. Since Atmakaraka is placed in the tenth house, which is the house of social visibility and public responsibility, he is shouldering a great responsibility and will continue to do so for the major part of rest of his life. Atmakaraka is placed in the sign Sagittarius in the Navamsa(ninth division of radix) which suggests a fall from some conveyance or a high place. This might be true either literally or figuratively. In my humble observation, many role models who have propagated traditional and spiritual values have this placement. Continue reading “Horoscope of Narendra Modi”

Some Observations on Horoscopes of Spiritual Gurus!

Atmakaraka is the planet with highest degrees in any sign. Atmakaraka represents soul’s mission in life. The sign in which Atmakaraka is in Navamsa(ninth division of Radix) is called Swamsa. 

The study of other divisional charts like Siddhamsa etc. is also important for spiritual figures but Navamsa and Atmakaraka hold supreme importance. I tried to look for such a consistency in charts of spiritual teachers and I think I have found something which looks promising for a while. 

It’s quite perspicuous that Atmakaraka in chart of spiritual teachers should be placed in the Navamsa of Jupiter. Therefore, It could be either in the sign Sagittarius or in Pisces. It’s important to note that Atmakaraka in the sign Pisces suggests that native would do pious deeds and would attain final liberation. Another condition is that Atmakaraka in the Pisces navamsa should not be afflicted. 

I studied a few charts of  most renowned spiritual figures of past century in India. It’s because their charts are available online for study. I used data available on Astrosage website for study. 

Atmakaraka in the Sagittarius

For Jiddu Krishnamurti, Pandit Shri Ram Sharma Acharya, Swami Vivekananda, Maharshi Mahesh Yogi and Baba Ramdev, Atmakaraka is present in the sign Sagittarius. These people have been great teachers with a worldwide reputation for their groundbreaking work in field of spirituality.


Atmakaraka in the Pisces

I have found Atmakaraka in the sign Pisces for Mahatma Gandhi, Osho Rajneesh, Shri Shri Ravishankar and Winston Churchill. Churchill was obviously not a spiritual figure but he was a genius. The condition that Atmakaraka should not get an aspect from any malefic is not satisfied in any of the cases above. 

Jupiter as Atmakaraka 

Other Atmakarakas have a peculiarity of their own but Jupiter as Atmakaraka suggests a person born to be Guru. Jiddu Krishnamurti has Sun as Atmakaraka suggesting problems with his ego. Similarly in charts of Gandhi and Ramana Maharshi Atmakaraka is Moon, which suggests a calm temperament inclined to serve others generously. Saturn as Atmakaraka suggests someone inclined to serve others, as in case of Eckhart Tolle. Mars as Atmakaraka suggests a soul born to fight, a Yogi in case of spirituality. Jupiter is the greatest planet and best among the benefics. He’s preceptor of Gods known as Guru. It goes without saying that in chart of a spiritual Guru, the Guru must be strong enough. If Guru is Atmakaraka, such a person is blessed with Vedanta knowledge. In charts of Osho and Shri Shri Ravishankar, Jupiter is Atmakaraka. Further, as per noted Astrologer Pt. Sanjay Rath retrograde Atmakaraka suggests a strong deep rooted desire as cause of the birth. In horoscope of Osho Jupiter the Atmakaraka is retrograde.  Also, Jupiter is exalted in the Radix sign and in the sign Pisces in Navamsa. 

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Jupiter And Saturn: Two Elders In The House!

If we think of our life as a kingdom-there are various roles played by different planets of solar system. Sun might be considered as the king;Moon is the queen; Mars is the commander-in-chief; Mercury is the minister and chief-adviser; Jupiter is the Guru. Note that Jupiter-the-Guru is different from the counsellor Mercury. Saturn is chief judge and an elder representing Law.

Jupiter and Saturn–Two Elders

In this article we shall take Jupiter and Saturn for discussion. Jupiter and Saturn are both elders. They are not necessarily the wise men in the house. But they’re both grey-bearded elders. Jupiter has a molten golden brilliant complexion and Saturn has a dark glowing complexion. Jupiter has a big-round belly and a happy-go-lucky jovial disposition whereas Saturn has a saturnine-dark-gloomy disposition. 

General Nature: Jupiter

Jupiter is given to excessive talk. He is fond of discussions involving Philosophy, Spirituality, Occult, Mysticism and Religion. He has very broad views and he is always happy in the moment. His Pollyanna attitude and over speech often lands him in trouble; especially in the foreign territories. He says “Lets discuss Philosophy, else what is there in mundane fruitless lives?” He is not concerned with day-to-day activities and routines. He has a dominant right hemisphere of brain. He is not very orderly but still he is very lucky and somehow manages to get his daily bread and butter. He might sometimes get very abundant resources and might seem very rich but because of his reckless expenditure he often lands in debt. He is respected by everyone because of his deep understanding. He dislikes incessant trivial talk of Mercury–the adolescent. His emphasis is to make Mercury have a profound understanding of existential matters. Jupiter is not just a braggart but also a great teacher but he is not very disciplined himself therefore he can not inculcate discipline into his pupil. He is somehow given to the belief that everything will be alright and there is no need of hard work and discipline. This in the short run makes his pupil have immense joy in his company. They laugh out loud and feel healed. But in the long run unless they are disciplined they are bound to falter and run into debts. They have hard time coming into terms with reality.

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An idea to rectify existing vedic astrology softwares

I don’t know if it has already been implemented but the softwares I’ve hitherto come across don’t have this feature. I am suggesting this enhancement so that if it’s possible–it could become a part of future versions of good astrology softwares.

There are softwares like Jagannath Hora which can provide you a list of yogas in various divisions but you can’t really interpret a division like radix chart automatically. This idea might sound absurd right now as all inventive ideas do, initially. I am suggesting that we come up with a tool which could provide you date-time-place for a particular chart. You’ve softwares which do the opposite right now–i. e. you provide the date-time-place of birth for a native and they come up with birth charts and divisional charts. Now I am recommending that we enhance the tool to do an exhaustive run-time survey of all charts possible and come up with the accurate timing for a chart. This could be experimented with initially for a small period of time and then it could include all the times. Obviously there would be multiple answers for these queries because charts are repeated I feel but user can choose for himself the proper time and place to create the chart and study it in detail.

This tool could have two uses mostly–right now I can think only two uses–later on maybe there would be many more uses. 1. There are some manuscripts for which timings are not available–for example–charts of lord Ram or Krishna. Many astrologers have worked hard to find out them–this could be done easily by this enhancement for other such manuscripts.

2. This is why I wanted to see this enhancement in the first place: If B. V. Raman says that you should analyse the ninth division–navamsa, as attentively and thoroughly as the radix–you can do so with help of such enhancement–even if you’re a beginner. You have to just find out proper date-time-place details for your navamsa or any other divisional chart and use these details to create a lagna chart–then your present software can enumerate all the qualities and elaborate them for you as it currently does for the radix chart.

Karmajiva Yoga: Delineation of Profession With Help of Vedic Astrology

Karma means action. In Spirituality, seeds of Karma are called Samskaras–subtle impressions on psyche-they’re also treated as Karma. It’s aim of Yoga to burn all the impressions present on psyche, in order to get liberated from samsara. When talking about vocational Astrology–Karma primarily means action which is performed as a duty for society and for realizing Self. Lord Krishna also speaks about Karma Yoga as one of types of Yoga which is helpful in realization of the supreme. Karmajiva literally means those duties which one has to perform to earn his living. These Yogas are simple to study but their application must be done with discrimination and proper care. It’s important to study overall horoscope in order to come up with a proper idea about vocation of a native. It’s also useful if Karakamsa Lagna is also studied along with Pada Lagna. Dasamsa Lagna must also be studied to ascertain if the effects of Karmajiva Yoga–which are primarily studied from the Radix Lagna and Navamsa Lagna are not denied in Dasamasa–the 10th divisional chart which is studied mainly for profession.

Here, I am giving a few Karmajiva Yogas: They help you find out a list of planets which have primary say on the matter of one’s profession. It’s important to note that in all affairs of life–the lord of Lagna as well as the Moon sign lord do have a great effect. Duly take them into account when trying to ascertain any matter.

Karmajiva Yogas

1. The Navamsa dispositor of the Radix 10th lord [Brihat Jataka]

To a great extent–the planet which is the lord of the 10th house in the Radix Lagna chart is important in having a say on matters related to profession. The Navamsa or the 9th division of the Radix Lagna chart also tells you about the subtle nature of such planet. The lord of the Navamsa sign of this planet is an important planet in deciding about profession. Note this planet.

2. The lord of the 10th house from the Radix Lagna, Sun or Moon[Brihat Jataka]

As said above–the lord of the 10th house is a very important planet. Examine the lord of the tenth house from all three–Radix, Chandra and Surya Lagna. Note these planets.

Note: This planet is not as strong an indicator of vocation as the planet which is navamsa dispositor of the Radix 10th lord–described in the rule-1.

3. The planet which aspects or is conjunct with the 10th lord from the Radix, Moon or Sun in the Radix Lagna[Brihat Jataka]

Note: This planet is also not a very strong indicator of vocation. Note these planets.

4. The Planet located in the 10th house from the Radix, Sun or Moon Lagna[Brihat Jataka]

Note: Similar to the planet in the first rule–this planet or group of planets strongly affect the profession of a native. Note these planets.

5. Planets located in the 10th house in Navamsa[B. V. Raman–How to judge a horoscope]

Note: These planet is also not a very strong indicator of vocation. Note these planets.

6. The lord of 10th navamsa house[B. V. Raman]

Example: Below I’ve used Radix and Navamsa charts of Ms. Jaya Lalitha-the incumbent chief minister of Tamil Nadu state in India. (image courtesy: Jyotisha Manthan )


Let’s apply rules 1, 2, 3 and 4, 5 and 6 on the charts above:

Rule 1: The 10th house has sign Pisces–its lord Jupiter is located in the sign Aries ruled by Mars.

Rule 2: The 10th lord from Radix, Moon and Sun are–Jupiter, Venus and Mars respectively.

Rule 3: The planet which gives aspect or are conjunct with 10th lord from Lagna, Sun or Moon in Radix Lagna: Moon( conjunct with Mars), Mars( gives aspect to Venus) and Jupiter( gives aspect to Mars)

Rule 4: Venus(Radix 10th house)–the 10th houses from Moon and Sun are vacant.

Rule5: Venus and Sun

Rule 6: Saturn( planet of 10th navamsa)

Now we have following planets: Mars, Mars, Mars, Venus, Venus, Venus, Jupiter, Jupiter, Sun, Moon, Saturn

What is to be done next?

Examine the Dasamsa chart–whether it confirms the findings or not. Jupiter and Venus are strong in Dasamsa as they’re located in lagna and the 7th house in Dasamsa.

Examine Shadbala

Shadbala or six fold strength of planets is a detailed calculation of strength of planets. You can learn it from standard texts or alternatively use softwares available online for doing so. But beware that different softwares tend to come-up with different calculations as they tend to take different set of values in calculations. It’s recommended that you read classical texts by Parashara and other sages or refer to B. V. Raman’s treatises.

Venus has first relative rank as per shadbala calculations in the chart above. Jupiter has second. Mars has third.

Since all the planets which all of the rules suggest in Karmjeev calculations don’t have an equal say–try to delineate based on 1. Prime Rules 2. Repetition in various rules. 3. Shadbala strength.

Also note: Lagna lord is Mercury and Moon lord is Sun.

If you take into account all of the above–Venus clearly is the winner. Venus has the greatest influence on her career. And it’s evident as she built a great career as an actress–she was an iconic actress. As about Mars influence–she was a good dancer too and even acting needs a robust physique along with beauty(Venus).

This brief article was to give you an idea about delineation of career using shadbala and karmjeeva yoga. With some practice you can learn knacks to come-up with enough accurate analysis about major planetary influences on your career.

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