How To Read Your Vedic Birth Chart

About the Vedic Chart

A Vedic chart can be defined as a karmic indicator of past, present and future life. Your chart can help you grasp your true nature on a mental, physical and metaphysical level. Certain intimate aspects of your personality can also be discovered by studying your chart.

At one point or the other, everyone feels a strong urge to learn more about the shape of things to come. Astrology can fulfill this need, and you can get a purposeful insight into your characteristics and other traits with the help of your Vedic chart.
Here is a list of the basic methodologies for reading your Vedic chart.

Identifying Your Ascendant Sign

It is important to note where the first House is located in your own chart. This is also an indicator of where your rising sign is placed. The signs of the Zodiac are classified from one to twelve as Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

Locating Your Sun and Moon

‘SU’ is the abbreviation used for the Sun in the Vedic chart and the Sanskrit abbreviation for the Sun or Surya is ‘SY’. “MO’ is the abbreviation used for the Moon and the Sanskrit abbreviation is ‘CH’ which signifies ‘Chandra’ or Moon.

You should go counter-clockwise on the Birth Chart to find where the Sun and Moon are located in the twelve Houses.

Finding the Sun and Moon Signs

After you have identified the Houses where your Sun and Moon are placed, you should now find which signs they are in. Since the numbers in each House indicate the signs, use this as a yardstick.

Identifying the Nine Planets

The abbreviations for the nine planets given below should help you identify in which houses the nine planets are located in the Vedic chart.
‘AS’ – denotes the ascendant first house. ‘MO’ – denotes the Moon. ‘SU’ – denotes the Sun. ‘SA; denotes Saturn. ‘ME’ – denotes Mercury. ‘MA’ – denotes Mars. ‘VE’ denotes – Venus. ‘JP’ – denotes Jupiter. ‘Ra’ – denotes Rahu. ‘Ke’ – denotes Ketu.

Determining the Planetary Signs

After determining the planets and the houses they are placed in, we should now ascertain which individual signs the nine planets are placed in.
This process may prove to be a little time consuming and it will be fine to first identify the planetary signs and houses, and then go on to understanding the meaning and impact they exert in the Vedic chart.

How to Understand Your Personal Vedic Chart

Though this could turn out to be a complicated process, spending enough time and good focus should enable you to properly understand and figure out your unique standing in the Vedic chart.

Integrating all the factors together requires a lot of study and concentration, and only dedicated individuals who spend enough time and effort to do so will be able to grasp the intricacies of the Vedic chart. Collating all the information and understanding the precise meaning of each aspect of the houses and stars together is essential to make accurate readings. Time and study can help us to gradually sharpen our skills and get to a point when we can become proficient enough in the field.
Understanding your own Vedic chart will enable you to gain an insight into your strengths and weaknesses, unlocking your full potential, self-realization, and becoming more aware of the events which are poised to unfold.

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The First House of Your Birth Chart

First House – An Introduction

The science of Astrology operates principally on the basis of birth charts. Also known as Kundali or horoscope or natal chart, this can point to the nature, characteristics, personality traits, behavioral aspects and also to the likes and dislikes of an individual, quite precisely. The position of the planets at the time of birth and their transition, as plotted in the horoscope, will also indicate important happenings in a life, at any point of time and also in future.

This chart consists of 12 Houses, each of which pertains to one significant aspect of life. Of these, the first House is considered perhaps as the most important one. In a natural chart, this belongs to the zodiac sign of Aries and is ruled by the planet Mars, also known as Mangal. This first House is also known as the Lagna or Ascendant. This House denotes many of the physical and psychological aspects of a person’s life. It can even be said that it is the positioning of this first House in a chart and the presence of a particular planet in it, which decide a lot about the life and fortunes of an individual.

Here, let us have a brief look at the effects that an individual planet will have on a native, when they are present in the First House, at the time of birth:

Sun: The king of planets is the Sun, whose presence in the first House will generally be beneficial to the natives. They will be dignified and confident, and will wield authority and power. They will have a good relationship with parents, specially the father. However, they may also be egoistic by nature.

Moon: The presence of this planet in the first House can make people soft, sensitive and emotional. They will also be generally learned, and occupy respectable positions. They may make some compromises with their ego so as to move seamlessly into social groups.

Mars: The planet signifies energy and aggression, and its presence in its own House will generally do handsome good. The natives will be bold, courageous, independent, enthusiastic, competitive and be good administrators. They may however be temperamental and rash, and suffer some wounds in the body.

Mercury: The presence of the planet in the first House can make people strong in communication and versatile. They can also be inquisitive by nature, experimental in approach and quite adaptive to various situations that life throws at them.

Jupiter: Jupiter, the huge planet, in the first House will work to the advantage of the natives. People may be intelligent, learned, faithful, of good character, respectful of elders, respected by others, wealthy, generous, religious, philosophical and interested in the public good. However, some may be over confident and end up overlooking some crucial aspects in issues they deal with.

Venus: The presence of Venus, the planet of love, will make people good-looking and attractive, with appealing physical features. They can also be sweet-tongued, mild-mannered and likeable. However, they may be laidback at times and can even be lazy.

Saturn: The presence of Saturn in the first House may prove to be a mixed bag for the natives. They may be tall and of thin frame, and can be proud, envious, rough, unfriendly, quarrelsome and not very successful. They may also have strained relationships. However, some may be trustworthy.

Rahu: This is a Karmic planet and its presence in the first House can make people lovers of solitude. They may not be very social and may not also have any friend-circle worth its name. However, they may be philosophical and may undertake worthwhile journeys within their own inner selves.

Ketu: The shadow planet’s presence in the first House can make people introverts, who will normally stay anonymous. However, they may have in them, the potential to make a success of life and achieve things anyone can be proud of. Still, they may not come out and openly display their talents to the outside world. Read more :

Horoscope Matching – A Vedic Astrological System To Find Your Future Companion

There are quite a few important factors that make a human life worth living in this world. While, a crucial one among these factors is good affinity, it is the congenial relationship between life partners, that counts the most for a satisfying life. Our tradition bound society regarded this agreement, covering the physical, psychological and emotional fronts, as paramount for deciding about a marital proposal between a boy and a girl. The process of finding out this concord between the two is known as Match-Making. This is done primarily, by the matching of their birth charts known as Kundalis or Horoscopes and hence, is also called as Kundali Matching or Horoscope-Matching. Such a horoscope matching done for a boy and a girl before the marriage, can be taken as an indicator for their marital compatibility or otherwise, and can be utilized for identifying and uniting congenial couples so that they can make agreeable pairs and lead a happy married life together.

Importance of Horoscope Matching

Horoscope Matching is something that is sanctioned by the ancient system of Vedic Astrology and is regarded as a proven method for deciding about the compatibility factors. This is based essentially on the Nakshatras, the star constellations. This also takes into account factors like date of birth, place of birth, zodiac signs and horoscopes. The matching itself goes by the name Ashtakoot Milan or Guna Milap, that is, the matching of characteristics and lays stress on all the factors and similarities that influence a marriage. Also, horoscope matching is not confined only to the marriage proposals, but is done for other activities too like joining employment, starting businesses, launching new ventures etc.

Horoscope Matching – An Introduction

Practices in Match Making

Though horoscope matching is done generally, going by the principles laid down by Vedic Astrology, people have started following different systems for working our alliances for marriages. These include both traditional and modern systems and practices, like zodiac compatibility, palmistry, numerology, tarot card reading and a combination of more than one.

The matching between the prospective bride and the groom is done both individually and also collectively, analyzing various aspects of their characteristics and personality traits, as exhibited by their birth charts or other indicators. This process, done as a prelude to a possible marital relationship, definitely gives tremendous confidence to the two young people, who may be virtual strangers, entering into a life-long partnership. However, such a traditional matching is not considered enough now, to meet the complexities of the present day modern times.

Modern System of Horoscope Matching

While the traditional system of Horoscope Matching or Guna Milap has indeed stood the test of time, the modern version of horoscope matching gets into the depth of various crucial factors for arriving at the agreeability factor between a man and a woman. This is a well-researched scientific methodology that includes advanced systems of calculations regarding matching of the nature and traits of both the boy and the girl, and takes into account the physical matching, mental agreeability, compatibility in nature, agreement in financial and security aspects and tendencies to get separated.

Many magazines and websites have also started undertaking such horoscope matching exercises online. Horoscope consultations are also done by many websites online, providing precise guidance on matching proposals for marriage and also giving responses to specific queries posed by the users. Easy-to-use computer softwares have also been developed and put in use, providing calculations and advice on marital compatibility matters.

Thus, Horoscope Matching remains as an invaluable guide for uniting an eligible boy and a girl in the sacred marital bond, so that they can make a made-for-each-other pair and live a long life of joyful togetherness. Read more :

Mystery of Sade Sati

Sade Sati, an Introduction

The term ‘Sade Sati’ literally means ‘Seven and a Half’ and denotes the 7 ½ year period of Sani, the planet Saturn. While Saturn itself remains a feared planet, this period, in particular, is considered astrologically, as a time of trials and tribulations.

This ‘difficult’ period happens for an individual when Saturn is transiting the 12th House from his or her natal Moon sign and then, the zodiac sign and later, the 2nd House, one after the other. As Saturn remains in a sign for about 2 ½ years, it takes a total of 7 ½ years to cross over the 3 zodiac signs and this is referred to as Sade Sati. For instance, if a person’s natal Moon sign is Taurus, then Sade Sati period will begin for that individual, every time Saturn enters the 12th House of Aries and will continue for the time when Saturn transits through the next 2 signs of Taurus and Gemini.

As Saturn takes 30 years for making one complete round of the zodiac, a person will normally be required to undergo Sade Sati on more than one occasion in a lifetime.

Influence of Sade Sati

Sade Sati is generally regarded as a time that can bring in many undesirable results for the natives. While there indeed may be difficulties, stresses and strains, the period may still prove favorable in some respects and bestow people with unexpected successes, whereas some may even prosper during this time. In addition, through a dreaded planet, Saturn denotes justice and fair play. Hence, the bad that one undergoes during Sade Sati should be seen only because of one’s own past sins. Applying the same logic, the virtuous actions of the people and them performing their duties without likes and dislikes, are sure to get rewarded by Sani as gains and blessings during Sade Sati. Sure, their wrongs will not escape Sani’s ruthless punishments during the same time.

Phases of Sade Sati

A Sade Sati period of 7 ½ years consists of 3 phases of 2 ½ years each and each one of these may have in store, different fortunes for different individuals. The 1st phase happens when Saturn moves in the 12th House from the natal Moon sign. This may affect the financial position of the individual and the welfare of his or her parents and close relatives, and bring in misfortune. The 2nd phaseis when Saturn transits the zodiac sign of the individual. Thismay impact personal and professional aspects of life, and may create both health and financial problems, while people may also lose self-confidence and friends. The 3rd phase is when the planet moves to the 2nd House from the Moon. This may affect health, wealth, relationships, joy, personal life and children adversely. There may also be sufferings due to many reasons and even death, if Sade Sati comes at an advanced age.

In cases where the Saturn is not fully malefic, the results may not be this adverse but instead, be mixed. However, it is the placement and movement of planets as reflected in the natal chart of an individual that may actually decide about the fate that lays in store for that person during a Sade Sati.

Remedies for Sade Sati effects

It is firmly believed that worshipping Lord Hanuman will definitely provide people, relief from Sani effects and Sade Sati afflictions. Hence, they can recite Hanuman Chalisa in praise of the mighty Lord Hanuman daily, with sincerity and faith. They can also offer copper and sesame oil to Lord Sani on Saturdays. Wearing an iron ring made of horseshoe in the right hand middle finger is also said to be beneficial. However, people may avoid wearing any gemstone during this time, unless specifically advised by an astrologer.

Narasimha Jayanti – The Legend and What to Do on the Day?

Narasimha Jayanti

The day that Lord Narasimha appeared on earth for putting an end to the demonical forces, is observed as Narasimha Jayanti. He was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the supreme God of protection and sustenance. Narasimha is a unique form that has a human physique and a lion head. Lord Vishnu took this Avatar of a man-lion to punish the demon Hiranyakashipu and to establish dharma, the ultimate righteousness, on earth.

Narasimha is believed to have appeared at the sunset time, on the Vaishak Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi day, that is, the 14th day of the bright fortnight, in the month of Vishaka (April–May).

Legend of Narasimha Jayanti

Hiranyakashipu was a deadly Asura. He held a strong antipathy towards Vishnu, who had earlier slayed his brother Hiranyaksha and put an end to his cruelties. Hiranyakashipu did severe penance towards Lord Brahma and obtained from him phenomenal boons, which made him almost invincible. Well-armed with these protective blessings and taking himself to be unconquerable, Hiranyakashipu let loose a reign of terror on all the worlds, subduing the Devas, inflicting untold atrocities on ascetics and other mortals, and mercilessly punishing anyone who uttered the name, Vishnu or Narayana. Reeling under the demon’s merciless assaults, people surrendered to Lord Vishnu seeking his mercy and intervention, and the Lord stepped in to save the harassed beings.

Hiranyakashipu was blessed with a son Prahlada, who turned out to be the staunchest devotee of Vishnu himself. This pious young prince virtually lived on the Lord’s sacred name and by singing his glory right in Hiranya’s palace, while the outside world was bowing to the Asura’s commands. Hiranya could not digest his own son defying him openly and tried by all means to make the boy change his mind and toe his line, but nothing worked. Exasperated, he even tried to kill him by various means but the divinely blessed youngster survived all the trials. Firmly believing that it was none other than his great adversary Vishnu, who was instigating and protecting the young boy, the desperate Hiranya asked his son where exactly the Lord was and if he could be found in a pillar in his own palace. Prahlada replied in the affirmative and the furious Hiranya smashed his mace at the pillar with intense rage, so as to locate and finish his incredible foe.

Lo and behold! The pillar split open and out emerged the unbelievable man-lion, with eyes emitting fire. This spectacular manifestation simply grabbed the hapless Hiranyakashipu with his hands, dragged him to the palace entrance, laid him on his lap, tore his body with his sharp nails and killed the ruthless demon, at sunset time. Thus, this remarkable Narasimha put an end to the ruthless demon who looked unassailable, without violating any of the amazing boons that he had obtained. He thus saved his devotee and also the entire world, from the tyrant’s unbearable atrocities.

Narasimha Jayanti – Things to be done

Narasimha Jayanti celebrations that take place on the Vaishak Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi consist mainly of special prayers to the Lord and fasting.

People install the images of Lord Narasimha and Goddess Lakshmi at homes early in the morning, decorate them with flowers, light lamps, make offerings like fruits, Prasad etc., chant Vishnu Sahasranama and sacred hymns in praise of Lord Narasimha and read stories about the Avatar from sacred scriptures like Bhagavata Puran.

People also observe complete fast throughout the day, which continues till next morning. Some do partial fasting too, by consuming fruits, milk and items not made of rice and grains. They also offer worship to the Lord at the temples. Doing charity on the day is considered highly beneficial, while feeding the poor, especially poor children is believed to get for the devotees, immense divine blessings. As this incarnation is believed to have taken place at sunset time, special evening poojas are conducted for the Lord, on that day.

There is a firm belief that those who observe Narasimha Jayanti with devotion and faith will get liberation from the cycle of birth and death and reach Vaikunta, the abode of Lord Vishnu.

The Special Poojas to Be Performed on Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya is a sacred occasion regarded as highly propitious for performing auspicious activities. Akshaya means immortality or imperishability. It is believed that this day will lead to unending growth, expansion and success, and hence, is considered most suitable for starting new endeavors, undertaking important activities and for acquiring precious things and assets. Tritiya is the third day of the month. Akshaya Tritiya falls on the third day of Shukla Paksha, the bright fortnight in the Hindu month of Vaishak or the Tamil month of Chiththirai, which corresponds to April–May.

People can perform austerities, celebrate marriages and offer worships on Akshaya Tritiya day. Also, doing charities on this day is considered very special, which can get people divine blessings and bestow them with prosperity, fortune and success in life.

Special Poojas

Akshaya Tritiya is considered a special occasion for worships and austerities and these include yagyas, havans, poojas, etc. Legends speak about King Bhagiratha performing intense penance and also doing special yagyas and poojas on the Akshaya Tritiya day, for bringing the holy Ganges from heaven to the earth. His efforts met with great success as Ganges descended on our world, making the land fertile and prosperous. It is believed that austerities and worships done on that day are sure to bear fruit and that the results will be extraordinary too.

Here, let us go through some of the specials poojas that people can do on Akshaya Tritiya, for getting a variety of benefits.

Engagement Pooja

Akshaya Tritiya is considered an extremely auspicious day for celebrating marriages. People can also perform engagement ceremonies on that day for confirming the marriage proposal. An engagement pooja can be performed on that day, accordingly, seeking divine blessings for the union and for sanctifying the ensuing marital bond. This pooja done on Akshaya Tritiya can bless the couple with a long, happy and prosperous marriage.

Gaja Pooja

Also known as Gaja Dhanakarshana Pooja, this involves worship of the elephants, which represent the elephant-faced God Ganesha himself. He is the remover of obstacles and it is believed that performing this pooja can get Ganapathi’s blessings, clear impediments and provide wealth, prosperity and success.

Lakshmi Pooja

Lakshmi is the supreme Goddess of wealth and prosperity, and her worship assumes special significance on Akshaya Tritiya day. This Lakshmi pooja done on that auspicious occasion can please the Goddess and bestow people with immense prosperity and joy in the times to come.

Maha Vishnu Pooja

This supreme God of sustenance is the divinity who is believed to preside over the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya. Lord Parashurama, his own 6th Avatar, was born only on this day. Maha Vishnu Pooja done on Akshaya Tritiya can please the divine couple Vishnu and Lakshmi and bestow people with immense blessings.

Kubera Pooja

Kubera, the Lord of unbounded wealth, is the celestial treasurer. He himself is said to have worshipped Goddess Lakshmi on this day and got his position and great riches. Hence, people perform Kubera Pooja along with Lakshmi Pooja on Akshaya Tritiya, seeking good money, comforts, welfare and joy.

Gau Pooja

This refers to the worship of cows, which are regarded as holy entities. The cow is also said to represent planet Venus. Performing Gau Pooja on Akshaya Tritiya can fill the life of the devotees with love, prosperity and joy. Couples can specially undertake this pooja for solving any marital problems and bring in cordiality in their relationships.

Ashwa Pooja

Ashwa is horse and this pooja is done in honor of the horses. The animal is also said to represent the aggressive planet Mars. People afflicted with negative emotions like mental agitation, restlessness and anger can perform Ashwa Pooja on Akshaya Tritiya day, for getting peace and tranquility.

Griha Pravesh

Griha Pravesh is the pooja ritual that is performed before people occupy a new place of residence. As Akshaya Tritiya is considered the most suitable day for making all new beginnings, that same auspicious day can be the ideal one for performing the Griha Pravesh rituals. This may bestow immense blessings on the people living in that premises, and bring in auspiciousness, prosperity and happiness in their lives.

Gifting Gold is More Important than Purchasing It on Akshaya Tritiya

India is a land of festivals. The rich cultural diversity of the country makes it a treasure trove of auspicious occasions, with almost every event being celebrated in one way or the other. However, most of the festivals observed have some significance or the other, spiritually and scientifically. These festivals have a lot to do with how Indians conduct their daily activities and have a lot to do with making life on the sub-continent interesting and meaningful. Akshaya Tritiya is celebrated in the month of Vaishaka in April–May on the third lunar day of the bright fortnight.

One of the main rituals observed on Akshaya Tritiya is the purchase of gold. However, it is widely believed that gifting gold is more important than buying gold on this day as this precious metal symbolizes prosperity for eternity. Some of the merits of gifting gold on Akshaya Tritiya day are listed below:

Sense of Charity

Akshaya Tritiya is considered to be one of the most auspicious days of the year according to Hindu Astrology. It is said that gifting something to the needy can bring you the Almighty’s blessings. Gifting gold as an act of charity signifies a kind heart that in turn works to enhance your prosperity.

Regaining Wealth

It is believed that Kubera, the treasurer of the Gods, prayed to Lord Shiva to resurrect him as the custodian of wealth on this day. Lord Shiva paid heed to his prayers and fulfilled his desire. Thus, praying to Lord Shiva and donating something will bring you manifold benefits.

Birth Anniversary of Goddess Annapurna

Akshaya Tritiya is believed to be the birthday of Goddess Annapurna, the deity of wealth, abundance and plenty. Gifting gold on this day can bring her divine blessings and grace.

Opening up New Avenues

Akshaya Tritiya is a day that symbolizes success and good fortune. Buying and gifting gold on this day will ensure continued success in any existing and new venture.

Story of Krishna and Sudama

Scriptures state that it was on Akshaya Tritiya day that Sudama, the childhood friend of Lord Krishna, came to visit him in his Kingdom. Sudama was poor, and thus, could afford to bring only a handful of beaten rice for his friend. However, just this handful ensured that he was showered with riches far beyond his wildest dreams.

 Akshaya Tritiya and Mahabharata

It is widely believed that Yudhishtira, the Pandava hero, received the ‘Akshaya Patra’ (inexhaustible vessel) on the day of Akshaya Tritiya. Thus, giving gold or other items on this day will only enhance your wealth.

Significance of Charity on Akshaya Tritiya

All these factors highlight why gifting gold is more important that buying it. Though there are many stories associated with this legend, the underlying meaning remains the same. The more you give, the more you receive. By giving to the poor and needy, we receive divine blessings, which far exceed the value of material things.