Indian Astrological Terms

Planets are considered as benefics or malefics by their nature as well as association.

Benefic Planets Venus, Jupiter, Mercury and waxing Moon
Malefic Planets Sun, Saturn, Mars and waning Moon
Here one should understand that Moon from 8th Lunar day Shuklapaksha (Waxing Moon) to 8th Lunar day of Krishna Paksha (waning Moon) is benefic in quality and it becomes a malefic from 8th day of Krishna Paksha to 8th Lunar day of Shukla Paksha. If Mercury happens to be with a malefic it also becomes Malefic.


The strength of a planet is determined by its six fold strength or Shadbala. Complex mathematical calculations are used to determine these strengths.

1 Sthanabala or positional strength
2 Dikbala or Directional strength
3 Kalabala or Temporal strength
4 Chestabala or Motional strength
5 Naisargikabala or Permanent strength
6 Drikbala or Aspect strength
The assessment of these strengths is useful in predicting the longevity, various aspects of life and results based on    the Dasa System.

Animal Signs of Rasis

Some zodiac signs have animal forms associated with them as in the chart below.
Mesha Goat
Vrishabha Ox or Buffalo
Cancer Crab and Tortoise
Simha Tiger, Lion, Dog, Fox, Cat
Vrischika Snake, Scorpion
Dhanu Horse and Donkey
Capricorn First half deer and the second half is frog and crocodile
Meena Fish

Animal Signs of Stars

Aswini and Satabisha Horse
Bharani and Revati Elephant
Bharani and Revati Goat
Rohini and Mrigasira Snake
Moola and Ardra Dog
Makha and Pubba Rat
Aslesha and Punarvasu Cat
Swati and Hasta Buffalo
Vishakha and Chitra Tiger
Jyeshta and Anuradha Rabbit
Uttara and Uttarabhadra Cow
Uttarashada Mongoose
Purvashada and Shravana Monkey
Purvabhadra and Dhanishta Lion
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This nakshatra animation will be very useful in knowing marriage compatibility. If the stars of partners have friendly animations it is a good family partnership. If they are neither friends nor enemies it gives medium effects. If they are enemies their partnership in life will be difficult.

Enemy animal combinations are : Cow – Tiger, Elephant – Lion, Horse – Buffalo, Dog – Rabbit, Mongoose – Snake, Monkey – Goat, Cat – Rat.

Lagna and others

Lagna :The rising sign at the moment of birth or at the commencement of a function.

Latitude :The distance of a planet from the Equator.

Longitude :The distance of a planet from the first point of Aries.

Lunar & Solar Months : The twelve Lunar (Chandra) months of a year are Chaithra, Vysakha, Jyeshta, Ashada, Shravana, Badrapada, Aswayuja, Karthika, Mrigasira, Pushya, Makha and Phalguna. A lunar month takes its name from the ruling star on the full moon day of that month.

The twelve solar (Soura) months are Mesha, Vrishabha, Mithuna, Kataka, Simha, Kanya, Tula, Vrischika, Dhanu, Makara, Kumbha, Meena

Moolatrikona Signs of Planets

Planets are strong and favorable when placed in their Moolatrikona Signs.

Moolathrikona Signs of Planets :

Planet Moolatrikona Sign
Sun Leo
Moon Taurus
Mars Aries
Mercury Virgo
Jupiter Sagittari
Venus Libra
Saturn Aquarius
Movable Signs:

Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are considered as movable signs and they indicate change and mobility.

Fixed Signs :

Vrishabha, Simha, Vrischika and Kumba are considered as fixed signs and they indicate stability.

Mixed Signs:
Mithuna, Kanya, Dhanu and Meena are considered as mixed signs and they indicate balance between the fixed and movable signs.

Planetary Aspects

All planets throw a full aspect to the 7th house, the 4th and 8th houses are aspected with three quarters of a sight, 5th and 9th houses with half a sight, 3rd and 10th houses with quarter sight in a horoscope.

Of the planets aspecting with a full sight, the Sun, the Moon, Mercury and Venus are strongest.

Of the planets aspecting with half sight, Jupiter is the strongest. Among those that aspect with three quarter of sight, Mars is strongest.

Significations of Houses

The houses counted from the lagna are called bhavas. These bhavas from 1 to 12 signify the following

Body, complexion, beauty, birth, fame, activity and high life.
Family life, fortune, power of eye sight, observation, mercury, power of speech, quality of speech, imagination, wealth, treasures.
Brothers, sisters, courage, patience, servants and subordinates, power of hearing, diseases of the ear, gold and silver vessels, deeds of heroism.
Education, relations, mother, house, conveyance, comforts, domestic quadrupeds, love of work, reputation, popularity.
Children, uncle, inheritance, intelligence, speculation, manthras, previous karma and father’s women.
Diseases, injuries, accidents, losses, humilation, debts and enemies.
Marriage, love affairs, happiness, relations, preference from royalty, trade, longevity of wife and freedom.
Dangers, struggles, chronic diseases, obstacles, uneasiness, loss of money, extravagence, reputation, enmity.
Fathers’s postion, virtue, meritorious wealth, initiation, fertile fields and gardens, supply, divine favour and medicine.
Charity, avocation, public good, mercy, wisdom, worship, renown, fortitude, clothes, meals and mendicancy.
Elder brothers, followers, dependents, gains, insight vehicles, power of overcoming obstacles, redemption and wealth garments.
Journey, residence in foreign countries on duty, expenditure, real happiness, response, sound sleep, excellent beds, disputes, generosity, sacrifice, prosperity in business, sorrow and loss.

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