I wanted to write this article for some time now. I am so glad that I took out the time. At the end of this article you will not only be able to understand your birth chart but also comprehend it to a large extent. Let’s get right into it. I’ve posted a birth chart below, which I generated using some random birth details.
Now please look the above chart and carefully observe 3 things:
1. First, it has 12 sections. These sections are called houses, and the house marked in orange is the first house represented by the symbol H1.
2. Do you see the number “7” in the first house that is the 7th zodiac sign, which is Libra. Since it is the sign in the first house, it also called the rising sign or the ascendant.
3. Do you see how signs are arranged? Once Libra (7) is placed in the 1st house then the next sign (8) goes into the second house in the counter-clockwise direction. And the same for the next sign and so on – I hope you are able to see this.
Now the placement of planets is pretty straight-forward. You can see that your Sun is placed in the 5th house in the sign of Aquarius (11). A birth chart is basically an interplay of 3 different energies: 1. Planets, 2. Signs, and 3. Houses. There are 9 planets, 12 houses, and 12 signs (9 + 12 + 12 =33) that make up a birth chart and I am going to explain each one of them below.
The first house is about you and it is the first thing that not only defines your personality but also your physical appearance. It also determines what first impression you leave on people. So if your first house has the influence of Sun or Venus then you’ll have a very attractive personality. And if you have the influence of Moon then you have a very open & expresssive personality and so on. We’ll discuss more on this later but let’s limit this section to the meaning of the first house.
The second house refers to the family you were born in. You know how it is, some people are born in a family of means while some are not. The planet(s) and the sign of the 2nd house not only determines your family background but also how much will you inherit. Fixed assets such as real estate, bank deposits, vehicles etc are seen from this house, so a happy 2nd house could make you quite wealthy. Lastly, the second house also represents your voice and throat - Venus or Moon in the this house could mean you have good voice, Sun in this house could mean your voice carries a lot of weight/authority and so on.
The third house represents both verbal and written communication. So if you have planets such as Jupiter or Venus in this house then you have a gift of words and a flair for the language. And if you have Mercury in this house then you are extremely smart at making conversations or happen to know different languages and so on. This is a really important house if you are planning to be a journalist or a writer. The third house also represents your relationship with your siblings, difficult planets in this house could mean a distant relationship with then. Lastly this house also deals with self-effort so if you have a lot of planets in this house – be rest assured you’ll be a self-made person :)
The 4th house is the home you build; it differs from the 2nd house because that is the home you were born in. And if your 4th house is well placed you’ll be lucky to start a family and settle down early in life. The 4th house also determines your relationship with your mother, so if there is an influence of Mars or Rahu in this house then your relationship suffers, conversely if there is Jupiter in this house then your mother is your guiding force in life and so on. Last but not the least is that this house determines your emotional side - your moods, feelings, temprament etc. It’s a very important house in my opinion.
The 5th house is the house of new beginnings and so everything that is created for the first time falls into this house. New business, new relationship (romance), and of course children. It extends to when will you have children and whether they are going to love you or put you in an old age home (just kidding). Lastly, it is an important house if you are starting your career in a creative field. And it also defines what kind of interests and hobbies you have in general.
The 6th house represents the things you have to deal with on a daily basis. So this house has a lot of influence on your job/business but the scope is limited only to your daily tasks and not the overall career, which is defined by the 10th house. Some people also associate this house with debt, enemies, and diseases. It is highly subjective and depends entirely on the planets and rulers of this house. A difficult placement of this house may indicate that you have to fend off enemies and deal with money or health problems. But that is only for a limited period and does not mean such problems will always trouble you.
The 7th house is the house of marriage. Needless to say, it is one of the most important house. An influence of Saturn, in particular, in this house definitely delays marriage. And the presence of Mars, Rahu and Ketu in this house play a significant role to determine the time of marriage. The 7th house should not be confused with the 4th house that represents the home/family you start and is more closely tied to life after marriage rather than the 7th house. The 7th house can be extended to civil unions, business relationships & partnerships, and dealing with people on a large scale. Lastly, anything that can be classified as a legal bond can be seen from this house.
The 8th house is best defined as a house of resurrection. When this house gets activated there can be sudden events that are difficult. But this house also represents your inner strength/willpower to overcome your circumstances. I believe this house teach us some valuables lessons that go a long way. This house also deals with joint assets particular the ones you share with your spouse, so a happy 8th house is good for making joint investments. Lastly, this house can also determine the nature/attitide of your in-laws so good luck with that.
The 9th house is the house of knowledge and when this house is activated you will have a lot to learn. So higher education, travel, and new experiences are all seen from this house. If you have a happy 9th house, be rest assured you'll have a lot to look forward to in life. A word on travel, the 3rd house is also connected with travel but it is more to do with short-distance travel whereas the 9th house is close to travel overseas. Hope this makes sense.
The 10th house determines your career. Your choice of career and your approach toward your career is defined by this house. So an influence of Venus in this house would indicate a career in a creative field whereas if someone has Mars in this house then an independent career is more suited rather than working in a team. The 10th house also defines your public image so if you have Sun is in this house then people will always look up to you as a symbol of authority/leadership.
The 11th house is the house of income – the money you earn on a regular basis through your job or business. Needless to say it even more important than the 2nd house that has to more to do with savings. It is also the house of social circles and professional network, which is quite intuitive as no big money is ever earned without the support of other people. So a happy 11th house simply means that money will never be an issue for you.
The 12th house is the most detached house. It has nothing to do with the outside world and so some people may also look at it as a house of losses but only in the material sense. I've seen people who spend a lot of time with themselves have a strong 12th house placement. Taking long-distance solo trips or getting into philanthrophy or spirituality is a very 12th house thing. So, is it really a house of losses, it’s all about perspective, isn’t it?
Sun defines your public life and your career. Sun’s placement in the house of career almost guarantees leadership or a high ranking position. Since Sun is the brightest planet and loves attention - it has an element of “ego”. So if Sun has an influence over the the 7th house (relationships), the person will be a bit self-centered or if Sun influences the house of wealth, then the person will have an air about what they own (2nd house) or feel entitled to money (11th house). Sun also determines the relationship with your father. A difficult placement for the Sun could mean that your relationship with your father may suffer. Lastly, Sun is the soul and its placement determines what you seek deep down inside you.
Moon is the mind and controls your moods and emotions – you know how it is, some people keep to themselves, while others blurt out in anger or cry in despair, some people are aggressive while others are balanced - it is all to do with Moon. So Moon largely shapes how you perceive the world and how you react to different circumstances. Vedic astrology considers Moon to be the most important planet, so studying the placement of Moon should always be your starting point. Moon also determines your relationship with your mother. A difficult placement for the Moon could mean that your relationship with your mother may suffer.
Venus is the planet of art, creativity, and love. It blesses a person with artistic skills like no other planet can. Singers, musicians, designers, and actors all have a strong Venus placement. Venus also represents money, especially liquid assets such as hard cash and jewelry. A good placement of Venus almost guarantees a life full of luxuries and comforts. An interesting thing about Venus is that its presence in any house makes that house more beautiful e.g. if there in an influence of Venus in the first house then people are born beautiful, or if it has an influence on the 4th house then people treat their homes like a love nest. I hope you get the picture. Lastly, Venus is the planet of love and its placement will give you a good idea of what kind of person are you most likely find attractive.
While Moon shapes moods and emotions; Mercury shapes your views and opinions. Mercury is a planet of reason – it is very good at logically putting things together. So people with a weak placement of Mercury find it difficult to back their arguments with facts & figures. On the hand, people with a strong Mercury make the best lawyers, businessperson, and marketers. Mercury is a very smart planet, so those sharp witty comments and a great sense of humor are all thanks to Mercury.
Jupiter is the planet of knowledge. It will always create opportunities for you to learn & experience new things so travel expeditions, new job/projects, and higher education are all thanks to Jupiter. Needless to say, Jupiter plays a significant role in what you believe and what lifestyle you lead. People with a very evolved Jupiter placement become teachers, coaches, or spiritual leaders.
Saturn is the farthest discernible planet from the Earth and no wonder it is the planet that sets boundaries. Saturn’s role is to teach us the value of the house and the sign it sits in. So if it is influencing the 7th house (marriage house) then people end up learning a lot from past relationships before settling down, similarly if it is in the house of career people achieve late success. Saturn is the keeper of karmas and people usually end up feeling the burden of life during Saturn’s time period, but eventually when the time is right Saturn’s time period can be quite rewarding.
Mars is the red planet and as you would imagine that Mars is aggressive, independent, and passionate. So if you have Mars in the 10th house (house of career), you’ll have those Martian qualities of doing things solo and not accepting criticism too well. Sportsperson, military leader, adventure junkies all have a very strong Mars placement. Mars also represents willpower, and a good position of Mars helps you achieve things that require perseverance and dedication. Lastly, Mars’ play an important role in relationships - People with Mars in the 1st, 7th house, or the 5th house are quite passionate, and so they always get along better with people who share the same passion.
Rahu represents obsession and Rahu’s placement in a particular house or sign will make you obsess over that house. But obsession is not a bad thing, it just means that you’ll have a strong drive, which sometimes helps achieve the unthinkable. Vedic astrologers believe Rahu represents the things we need to master in this life, so the obsession is quite natural. But Rahu is a very impatient planet and tries to do too many things - People with Rahu in the 7th house want to get married soon and people with Rahu in the 10th house want to achieve early success. Success/failure aside Rahu’s placement in a house means you’ll be spending a lot of time on things associated with that house. And Rahu loves drama, and so expect a roller-coaster ride during its time period.
Ketu is the exact opposite of Rahu, while Rahu is obsession, Ketu is detachment. And in every person’s birth chart they are placed in the opposite houses. Ketu’s role is basically to detach you from the house and the sign it sits in. So Ketu in the 7th house detaches you from the desire to get married, you may get married but late in life, similarly Ketu in the 11th house detaches you from the desire to hoard money and so on. I’ve seen it with many people with Ketu in the 11th house that they donate a large part of what they earn. Vedic astrologers believe Ketu represents everything we’ve already mastered in our past lives, and hence the desire to not achieve the same in this life is quite natural. Ketu’s time period, like Rahu’s, can also be quite dramatic, especially when you forcibly try to change the natural order. Since Ketu’s time period detaches you the world, it is also the planet that can inspire you towards spirituality.
I hope, by now, you have a good understanding of what houses and planets mean . So let's take it to the next level. As you would imagine some planets are happy in certain houses and not-so-happy in others. Here's a table that will give you an idea of how happy are planets in different houses
|Sun||7||others||9||1, 5, 10|
|Moon||8||others||2, 7, 9, 12||4|
|Mercury||12||others||1, 5, 7, 10, 11||3, 6|
|Venus||6||others||1, 4, 9||2, 5, 7, 11, 12|
|Jupiter||-||others||1, 2, 5, 9, 10||4, 11, 12|
|Mars||4||others||3, 5, 8, 11||1, 10|
|Saturn||1||others||3, 6||7, 10, 11|
Please don’t take the happy houses entirely at face value. Please take all the planet/house placements in the birth chart before drawing a conclusion.
You would observe in some birth charts that 2 or more planets are sitting in the same house. And so not all planets are happy being close to each other. Here's a table that show which planets are happy with whom:
|Sun||Venus, Saturn||Mercury||Moon, Jupiter, Mars|
|Moon||-||Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn||Sun, Mercury|
|Mercury||Moon||Mars, Jupiter, Saturn||Sun, Venus|
|Venus||Sun, Moon||Mars, Jupiter||Mercury, Saturn|
|Jupiter||Mercury, Venus||Saturn||Sun, Moon, Mars|
|Mars||Mercury||Venus, Saturn||Sun, Moon, Jupiter|
|Saturn||Sun, Moon, Mars||Jupiter||Mercury, Venus|
Aries is the first zodiac sign and it is ruled by Mars, and so it is impulsive, aggressive, action-oriented, and extremely passionate. Any planet in this sign will feel the intensity of Aries. Some planets are happy in this placement while some feel a bit overwhelmed, we'll talk about the planet/sign placements at the end.
Taurus is the second sign and it is ruled by Venus. People born with a strong Taurus have remarkable determination but at the same time can be stuck on what they believe to be right. Other things associated with Taurus are wealth (fixed assets), voice, and throat much like the 2nd house.
Gemini is a sign of communication and it is ruled by Mercury. People with strong planets in this sign are generally expressive, talkative, and quite forthcoming in the way they speak or write. Gemini is a light-hearted sign and so sense of humor and witty remarks all stem from this sign.
Cancer is a sign of emotions and it is ruled by Moon, so being moody & indecisive is one of its traits. An action-oriented planet in this sign would feel quite uncomfortable, whereas some planets would love it - we'll take about it later. It also plays a role in determining the relationship with your mother but it is not as significant as Moon itself or the 4th house.
Leo is the is king since it is ruled by Sun. So being self-centred and too much it appearances is one its traits. People with a strong Leo placement are independent, creative, and always attract a spotlight. It is a very important sign for people who are into arts & drama.
Virgo is ruled by Mercury. Virgo is analytical and loves to get into the details. People with a strong Virgo placement strive for perfection at all cost. They can be a bit annoying with their habit of nit-picking & fault-finding but what they are able to achieve working over the details is truly remarkable. Another interesting aspect of Virgos is that they are quite selfless and do their best to reach out and help others.
Libra is a sign of balance and it is ruled by Venus. Being peaceful and diplomatic is one of its traits, which is quite opposite to an impulsive Aries behavior. People with a strong Libra placement have a great sense of art, design, and music - they know how to make everything beautiful. They also fight injustice and can be quite fiesty when corned. At the same time they know how to love and build relationships.
Scorpio is ruled by Mars and is the most mysterious sign. People born with a strong Scorpio placement have more to them than meets the eye. They are a bit skeptical of others and quite intutive to sense if someone is lying to them. And they never seem to let go if someone cheats them. So basically never cross a Scorpion. Another interesting aspect is their ability to research tirelessly and find things which most people never do, so researchers, miners, and scientists have a strong Scorpio.
Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter. It is the sign of knowledge. People born with a strong Sagittarius placement are always up for an adventure such as traveling to new places, taking up a new job/project, or simply trying new things. Every adventure teaches them valuable lessons of life, and their experience makes them quite wise. It is also the sign of higher education, beliefs and, the kind of lifestyle they lead. I find Sagittarians to be the coolest people to be around.
Capricorn is ruled by Saturn. People born with a strong Capricorn placement are very disciplined; they loves to organize things and follow a plan. Planets such as Mars do exceptionally well in this sign since Mars' pent up energy finds direction here. This sign has an influence on your career & public life but it is not as important as the role of the 10th house or the planet, Sun.
Aquarius is ruled by Saturn and it is perhaps the most unconventional sign. People with a strong Aquarius placement always get others curious about the way they lead their life. They have little regard for rules & regulations and are often seen pushing the boundaries that make them quite faschinating. Another interesting thing about them is that they are really good at rallying people around them, especially for an humanitarian cause. Scientists, writers, and public speakers all have a strong Aquarius.
Pisces is perhaps the most detached sign as it was the case with the 12th house. So people with a strong Pisces placement are deep thinkers, spiritual, and love to spend time with themselves. The have the ability to dive deep into the realms of imagination and come up with things never heard or seen before. So a lot of fiction writers have a strong Piscean connection.
Just like it was with houses, there some planets that are happy in certain signs and not-so-happy in others. Here's a table that will give you an idea of how happy are planets in different signs
|Venus||Virgo||others||Taurus, Leo, Libra||Pisces|
|Rahu||Scorpio||others||Aries, Gemini, Virgo, Libra||Taurus|
...is a picture of the sky at the time of his birth.
The position of the planets are fetched using Swiss Ephemeris, who capture their data from NASA.
...are times in his life when certain planets affected him the most
e.g. A time period of Moon - Venus - Jupiter means, Moon is the main planet, followed by Venus & Jupiter. Vedic astrologers call them Dashas.
Birth chart in
...the degrees mentioned in the chart are longitudes of the planets
e.g. 15 degrees Gemini equals 75 degrees. You can read more about this in the coming slides. Please continue.
...we all know the 7 planets. Besides them
Rahu and Ketu play an important part in Vedic astrology. They represent the North and South node of the Moon.
|1||Sun||Soul, Career, Father, Govt, and Authority|
|2||Moon||Mind, Emotions, and Mother|
|3||Mercury||Intelligence, and Communication skills|
|4||Venus||Creativity, Luxuries, and Wife|
|5||Mars||Courage, Willpower, and Passion|
|6||Jupiter||Teachers, Knowledge, Guidance, and Husband|
|7||Saturn||Discipline, Delay, Order, and Hard work|
|8||Rahu||Obsession, and Aggression|
|9||Ketu||Detachment, Isolation, and Spirituality|
Birth chart in
...the rising sign at the time of your birth occupies the first house Each house represents a section of your life e.g. the 7th house represents Marriage and the 10th house represents Career
|1||First House(H1)||Body & Personality|
|2||Second House(H2)||Fixed assets/Savings, Material possessions, and the Family you are born in|
|3||Third House(H3)||Communication skills, Analytical ability, Willpower, Short distance travel,and Siblings|
|4||Fourth House(H4)||Home & Family life, and Emotions|
|5||Fifth House(H5)||Creativity, Media & Entertainment, Early Education, and Children|
|6||Sixth House(H6)||Enemies, Diseases, Debts, Litigation, Healing ability, Analytical ability, and Daily routine|
|7||Seventh House(H7)||Marriage, and Legal partnerships|
|8||Eighth House(H8)||Death/Transformation, Ability to rise after a fall, Research and exploration, and Secret affairs|
|9||Ninth House(H9)||Higher Education, Teachers, Religion, Culture, Long distance travel, and Luck|
|10||Tenth House(H10)||Career, Public life, and Discipline|
|11||Eleventh House(H11)||Income, Wealth, Hopes & Wishes, Professional network, Social circle, and Philanthropy|
|12||Twelfth House(H12)||Losses, Isolation(Foreign lands, Jails, Hospitals), Spirituality, Imaginatition, and Hidden talent|
...imagine the sky the broken down into
12 constellations starting from Aries till Pisces, each occupying 30 degrees.
|1||Aries||Action oriented, Impulsive, Aggressive, and indicator of Willpower||0 - 30||Mars|
|2||Taurus||Determined, Stubborn, Materialistc, and indicator of Family assets||30 - 60||Venus|
|3||Gemini||Expressive, Talktaive, Forthcoming, Clever, and Intelligent, and indicator of Communication skills||60 - 90||Mercury|
|4||Cancer||Emotional, Moody, Indecisive, and indicator of Life at Home||90 - 120||Moon|
|5||Leo||Regal, Creative, Individualistic, Performer, and indicator of Early Education, and Children||120 - 150||Sun|
|6||Virgo||Analytical, Perfectionist, and indicator of the ability to fight Enemies, Obstacles and Diseases||150 - 180||Mercury|
|7||Libra||Balanced, Diplomatic, Peaceful, and indicator of Relationships, and Business partnerships||180 - 210||Venus|
|8||Scorpio||Explorer, Researcher, Mysterious, Manipulative, and indicator of Death/Transformation||210 - 240||Mars|
|9||Sagittarius||Philosopher, Traveller, Life-long student, and indicator of Higher Education||240 - 270||Jupiter|
|10||Capricorn||Disciplined, Organized, Structured, and indicator of Career and Public life||270 - 300||Saturn|
|11||Aquarius||Unconventional, Scientific Thinker, Humanitarian, and indicator of Wealth and Network circles||300 - 330||Saturn|
|12||Pisces||Imaginative, Dreamer, Spirtual, and indicator of Isolation||330 - 360||Jupiter|
...your time of birth has been coverted to Coordinated Universal Time(UTC).
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