Hello! You can either choose to watch this video to learn how to read your birth chart or continue reading this article. So, lets begin! Please have a look at this birth chart:
Do you see the number “7” in the above chart? That is the 7th zodiac sign, which is Libra. That sign for this person is the ascendant. It is known as the rising sign. If in your case the number is "1" then the ascendant is Aries, if it is "2" then is Taurus, "3" is Gemini, "4" is Cancer, "5" is Leo, "6" is Virgo, "8" is Scorpio, "9" is Sagittarius, "10" is Capricorn, "11" is Aquarius, "12" is Pisces. I hope by now you are able to read which sign is your rising sign/ascendant. The ascendant is the starting point and so the first house in the birth chart will fall in the ascendant and the rest of the houses and zodiac signs will be arranged thereafter in the anti-clockwise direction. Once you have an understanding of this you could figure out how planets are placed in your birth chart e.g. Sun is sitting in the 5th house in the sign of Aquarius in the above chart. In order for you to analyze your birth chart, you need to understand the meaning of the houses, zodiacs signs, and the planets. You can find a detailed explanation on that in this article.
Every house in your birth chart will be in a specific zodiac e.g. in the above chart the 10th house is in the 4th sign, the sign of Cancer. And each one of these zodiac signs is inherently ruled by a specific planet(s) as shown in the table below:
|Scorpio||Mars & Ketu|
|Aquarius||Saturn & Rahu|
In the above example, the lord of the 10th house is Moon. I hope you are able to see that. The lord of the house and its position will determine which direction do we need to take in order to fulfill the main purpose of the house. E.g. since the 10th house is about the career, this person would be in a Moon related career and career associated with the activities of the 5th house & the sign of Aquarius. Similarly, the lord of the 7th house represents the spouse so this person would attract a spouse who would show Mars like characteristics and could be working in a field related to the 8th house and the sign of Taurus. Here's the list of the lords and what they represent:
|Lords||What we can determine from who the lord is and where is it placed|
|Lord of the 1st house||Life's direction|
|Lord of the 2nd house||Wealth creation (Savings)|
|Lord of the 3rd house||Things done by your own effort|
|Lord of the 4th house||Peace of mind at home|
|Lord of the 5th house||Creative pursuits, Love affairs|
|Lord of the 6th house||Nature of work|
|Lord of the 7th house||Spouse, Line of business|
|Lord of the 8th house||Sudden changes in your life|
|Lord of the 9th house||Higher education, Long-distance travel|
|Lord of the 10th house||Career direction|
|Lord of the 11th house||Wealth creation (Income)|
|Lord of the 12th house||Foreign settlement|
The planets from their current position are going to have an influence on other houses too. The influence is through an aspect. Planets such as Sun, Moon, Venus, and Mercury will have an aspect on the house opposite to their house placement whereas other planets have would have more than one aspect as shown below:
|Planet||Aspects(nth place(s) from itself)|
|Jupiter||5th, 7th (opposite), and 9th|
|Rahu||5th, 7th (opposite), and 9th|
|Saturn||3rd, 7th (opposite), and 10th|
|Mars||4th, 7th (opposite), and 8th|
|Ketu||4th, 7th (opposite), and 8th|
The aspect of the planet on a particular house will change what is taking place in that house. E.g. if someone has the aspect of Saturn on the 7th house then marriage will be delayed. But the characteristics of the spouse won't change as they are determined by the Lord of the 7th house. So there is a subtle difference between how we read the planets placed in a house or aspecting it and who we read the lord of the house. Planets sitting in a house or aspecting a house will shape what is taking place in the house, however the direction we need to follow to fulfill the main purpose of the house will be determined by the lord of that house.
If you click the button "degrees" above your birth chart generated on farfaraway. You will be able to see the exact longitude (degree) of each planet. If you two planets are placed less than 10 degrees apart then they form a conjunction e.g. if Saturn & Venus are forming a conjunction then it is another sign of late marriage. The planet, outside of Rahu & Ketu, holding the lowest degree is an important planet because as per Jaimini astrology that represents the spouse. It is called the Darakarak. Similarly, the planet holding the highest degree will be akin to the ascendant lord. It is called the Atmakarak. I hope you are able to study conjunctions, Darakarak, and Armakarak in your birth chart :)
The planetary time periods is based on Vimshottari Dasha system (a vedic technique). This system will help you determine which planets are controlling your life at what times. E.g. if the planets controlling your life right now are linked to the career house then a career related event is very likely to happen. You can access this information as shown below:
Let's take an example if you are predicting a life event e.g. the time of your marriage then check which planets are ruling the 7th house in your birth chart, which planets are sitting in it, and which planets are aspecting it. Now do the same for the 11th house. Now check when in the future are you going to go through a combination of planets which influence the marriage house (7th) and the house of desires (11th). The phase of those planets would be your time of marriage :)
Detailed information on how to use the Vimshottari dasha system is given in this article.
My understanding of divisional charts comes from Birhat Parashara Hora Sastra (BPHS) - it is an account of all slokas written on Vedic astrology by Sage Parashara, who many consider as the founder of Vedic astrology :) There are 16 divisional charts and each one of them has a specific purpose. You can generate on all the divisional charts on farfaraway by clicking the right arrow button next to your birth chart. Here's a bries introductin to all divisional charts.
|Divisional Chart||Vedic Name||Main purpose|
|D-1||Rasi chart||Physical appearance, and Life's direction|
|D-3||Decanate||Happiness through co-borns|
|D-4||Chaturthamsa||Good luck, Childhood, and Home/Property|
|D-7||Sapthamsa||Children, and Grandchildren|
|D-9||Navamsa||Spouse, and Married life|
|D-10||Dasamsa||Career, Power, and Authority|
|D-16||Shodasamsa||Vehicles, Conveyance, and Happiness|
|D-20||Vimsamsa||Spiritual and Religious beliefs|
|D-24||Chaturvimsamsha||Higher education, Intellect, and Academic achievements|
|D-27||Bhamsha||Strengths & Weaknesses (Physical & Mental)|
|D-40||Khavedamsha||Luck from mother's side of the family|
|D-45||Akshvedamsha||Luck from father's side of the family|
|D-60||Shashtiamsha||All general indications. Some say it represents effects of past-life karmas.|
There are 4 methods (Shad Varga, Sapta Varga, Dasa Varga, and Shodas Varga) that assign weights on a 20 points scale to divisional charts. Based on the average of the points assigned to these charts the D-1, and the D-9 are important divisional charts. I'll add the D-10 chart to the list as it is used to analyze the career direction. So my recommendation for you would be to do a detailed analysis of the D-1 chart (the main birth chart) and read the D-9, and the D-10 chart alongside it.
Detailed information on divisional charts is given in this article.
That's it folks, thanks for reading :)
...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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