Analyzing Basics – III

12) Eclipses

When the sun-moon axis aligns with the Rahu-Ketu axis, a Solar or Lunar eclipse occurs respectively.

Think of this as reverse of combustion in terms of Sun. When any planet comes too close to the Sun, it gets ‘invisible’ or ‘burnt up’ and loses power to protect the significations of the houses it rules in the chart. However the opposite occurs when Sun comes close to Rahu or Ketu. It is “swallowed” up, or so to speak and becomes weak. Within 8 degrees of Rahu or Ketu, this is more prominent.

Another thing to be noted is when Moon is too close to Rahu, the mind gets predisposed to Paranoias, obsessions and phobias. In addition the mind and emotions get an extreme nature in their intensity and such a person can have wild swings in their moods/ feelings and imagination. This can also disturb sleep and other things which Moon is a significator of like mother, sleep etc. Likewise when Sun is too close to Rahu the ego gets amplified in a negative way, there can be problems to or with father or authority/ government.


Also to be kept in mind is the fact that both the nodes expand the characteristics of any planet they sit with, but in a weird-Karmic or psychological fashion. Ketu can increase a planets energy by internalizing that energy and Rahu by externalizing. Hence Moon with Ketu can give a detached mind (from materialistic things) but if Moon is otherwise strong, the person has strong powers of concentration. Likewise Sun with Ketu can make for a spiritual soul and person whose ego is checked. If Sun is weak in dignity that can mean self-esteem issues, but if Sun is strong it can imply a very well balanced/ humble personality which has powers of concentration and good ideals/ morals in life.


13) Nodes

Things to be kept in mind regarding nodes are-

  • Will give results of the bhaav they sit in and rashi and Nakshatra they sit in and its lord. So example if Rahu is in Cancer, it will act like Moon (owner of Cancer) and so dignity of moon in chart will also dictate intensity and nature of results of Rahu
  • They amplify and reflect the effects of planets they are conjunct with. E.g. in the above example when Rahu is with Mars in Cancer, it will not only give results like Moon but also like Mars as it will ‘mimic’ or reflect Mars. So whatever Mars promises in the chart will be given by Rahu
  • They create some order of confusion and uncertainty in the houses they sit in. The house where Rahu sits in is the area where the native will put in a lot of energy in this life time and run after the issues of the house. The house where Ketu sits in, the person will be sort of detached to the significations of that house.
  • Typically Rahu and Ketu give good results in the 3rd, 6th, 10th and 11th Bhaavas and relatively negative in the other bhaavas
  • Both Rahu & Ketu will tend to give sudden results in their planetary dasas related to houses they sit in and planets they conjunct. Positive or negative will depend on the planet and bhaav and their dignities
  • By inherent nature, Rahu acts like Saturn in terms of blocking, delaying, throwing problems in a native’s path and Ketu acts like Mars or giving anger, sudden results/ surgeries/ injuries etc. But this inherent nature is modified as per planets they conjunct of course. So if Rahu sits with Venus in a chart, it will tend to give results like Venus and whatever Venus rules in that particular chart
  • If Rahu or Ketu sit in a Kona house (1,5 or 9th) and are conjunct or aspected by a Kendra lord (1,4,7 or 10th) then they will give Yoga Karaka results or very good results. This will happen if Rahu-ketu sit in a Kendra house and conjunct or aspected by a Kona lord
  • If Rahu or Ketu get related to the 8th house by placement or conjunction, their malefic nature increases and more so the likelihood of some sudden even goes up manifold. This is because 8th house also represents sudden events and Rahu and Ketu are Karakas (significators) or sudden events


14) Planetary War

When 2 planets are so close to each other that they have less than 1 degree space in between them, they fight for space and it’s called ‘Grah Yudha’ or Planetary war. This is usually negative. The planet with the higher degree is deemed as the Winner and the other the Loser. Notably the Loser planet will always manifest some problems related to the significations of houses in rules. Example Mars at 10.2 degrees and Venus at 10.8 degrees in Aries. In this case Venus wins the war and Mars loses as Venus is ahead of’ Mars


15) Yogas

Coming to a topic which is perhaps in the top 3 of most important in terms of analyzing a horoscope. This topic is vast both in depth and breadth and takes years to master. Yoga means a combination of 2 or more planets in a given sign. Generally the closer the 2 or planets are to each other in terms of longitudes (degrees) the stronger the Yoga.


In Vedic astrology there are thousands of Yogas. These is simply because of all the permutation/ combinations possible for 2 or more planets conjoining each other.


Good Yogas are generally called as ‘Raj Yogas’, wealth yogas are called ‘Dhan Yogas’. A negative Yoga can be a ‘Dur Yoga’ or “Arishtha Yoga’.


Among thousands of Yogas, BV Raman mentions 300 very important ones in one of his treatises, which I would highly recommend to the reader.


As of now, for the scope of this article, a few things worth knowing are as follows


  • Lords of a Kona (1,5,9) combining with each other is exceptionally good
  • Lords of a Kona (1,5,9) combining with a Kendra lord (1,4,7 and 10) is also a great +ve Yoga
  • Lords of Kona or Kendra combining with a Dusthana (6,8 or 12) lord is Negative
  • Lords of two Dusthana lords combining with each other is called ‘Vipreet Raj Yoga’ or in other words –ve/-ve becomes positive. This Yoga typically works after initial difficulties and struggles which lead to a heavily positive scenario later
  • Since the lords of Dusthana carry negativity with them, it is best if they are situated in another Dusthana (example 6th lord in 8th or 8th in 12th or 12th in 8th) etc.
  • Any house whose lord is in own house or exaltation will try to enhance the significations of its rulership house
  • When a planet is combust or debilitated or weak in dignity as per the dignity rules we know, it will give problems related to the area it rules in the horoscope and also the area it is placed in
  • As mentioned before when a planet rules 12th, see its other lordship. Even though 12th is a dusthana, if the other house it rules is a Kona then the results will be good and not bad. Example for Gemini Venus rules the 12th house and also the 5th But Mooltrikona sign is 5th. Hence Venus will give more of 5th house which is great. So a well placed Venus will give very good results inspite of its 12th rulerships
  • Very important point to note is that Good and Bad yogas can co-exist and not really cancel each other. As an example say a person has Capricorn rising with Saturn (1st and 2nd lord) with mercury (6th and 9th lord) and Jupiter (3rd and 12th) lord all in 9th house, then 1, 2 and 9 combining in the 9th is a strong Raj yoga and positive. Jupiter in 9th will tend to give good results too as it’s a neutral planet for Capricorn (refer to functionality of planets) but still it is also the 12th lord in 9th and 6th lord in 9th This implies the person can be fortunate and rich (1st and 2nd lords in 9th) but also wavering health (1st lord combining with 6th lord) and can have relations with father disturbed or lose his father early in life (12th lord in 9th of father and 6th lord in 9th). Thus when analyzing any Yoga, -ves and +ves can co-exist.


Please note that softwares like Jhora and others might even list many of the Yogas. But one has to keep in mind that how much a Yoga will manifest depends on the strength/ dignity of planets involved and closeness of Yoga and many other factors the reader has already learnt as of now.


16) Dashas & Transits

Again an extremely vast topic which we are not going to discuss right now.

What we have discussed till now is some basics of what signs, houses and planets represent. How dignities of planets can be seen and a horoscope made. By all those tools one can see the promise within a horoscope. However WHEN a good or bad event precipitates is to be seen by predictive tools of Dashas and Transits. These are used for TIMING the events and the promises a horoscope holds. These topics will be dealt with later


Next I will post a couple of detailed Case studies of well-known personalities and even from what you have briefly learnt as of now, you can see how the theory applies in analyzing a horoscope.

14 Responses to Analyzing Basics – III

  1. rosee says:

    U hv written abt grah yudha…wat happen when sun n venus in same house with very less difference in degrees in sign of tarus libra n sun

  2. bala says:

    I have the same question. If Venus is close to sun, and if Venus is advanced in degrees, would it win? It could be any sign.
    Your posts are very informative and please keep them coming.


  3. Sundar says:

    Vivek, do the planets sitting in the maraksthana do harm to the the houses it owns? Does the lord of a maraksthana do harm to the house it sits in? If true, does this apply to 2nd and 7th houses?

  4. Baskar says:

    Effect of Depositor:

    Dear VS ji,

    I request you to please clarify one more doubt as follows:

    Rashi / Nakshatra / Navamsa depositor: How do they support the planets placed on 1: If the depositor is a functional benefic..Case 2: If the depositor is functional malefic?

    If the depositor is placed in good dignity in Rashi chart but ill placed in Chalit chart..What will be effects??

    If the depositor is deblilitated or in inimical Sign in Rashu chart but placed well in Chalit chart..say Kona or Kendra..what will be its effwcts??

    Asdyming both cases

    • VS says:

      Rashi chart shows the planets real feelings, good or bad. example if moon is in 5th rashi or Taurus, it remains super happy as its exalted. This is true even if it moves into 4th bhaav in chalit or remains in 5th. What changes is the impact it has in its dasha..if it remains in 5th then it will give the 5-11 axis results. if it goes into 4th then 4-10 axis results. likewise if 2 planets are forming raj yoga in the 9th bhaav but move into 8th in chalit, it means that they are more than 15 degrees away from the bhaav Madhya of 9th. this shows that their impact on 9th is feeble and hence in this situation, the raj yoga remains but becomes much weaker in intensity

      • Baskar says:

        Very nice explanation. Thank you very much VS ji.

        Do we still to consider if the depositor is a functional benefic ( or ) functional malefic?

        Scenario: Analyzing the dasa prospects of any positive Graha for Lagnesh

        If the Graha under consideration is placed in a functional Malefic’s rashi, will it produce diminished positive results during its dasa


        On the contrary, if the same graha is placed in a functional benefic’s rashi, I guess it will produce enhanced positive results.

        Am I understanding it right? Please let me know.


        • VS says:

          if a functional benefic is placed in a bad domain, then it depends on the strength of the depositor. If the malefic depositor is much stronger than the benefic, then majority impact will be negative and the benefic will not be able to protect the areas it rules. if the depositor is weaker than the benefic then the reverse will happen

  5. Vidya says:

    VS – What is the 4-10 axis result mean? In bhav, will 7th aspect be seen?

    • VS says:

      yes aspects always apply
      if sun is sitting in virgo for Capricorn lagna (9th rashi) but goes back into 8th bhaav in chalet, its aspect will still fall in pisces but the axis affected will be 2-8 and not 3-9

      • Sundar says:

        Sri VS:
        In the above example, I have 2 questions:
        1. Is it like sun bringing its own significations + the significations of the 9th (which itself includes the significations of the house where sun is the lord) into the 8th?
        2. Do special aspects also apply? In this case, if it was saturn instead of sun, does the 3rd aspect affect Libra?

        • VS says:

          if Saturn is in virgo in 9th bhaav but goes into 8th bhaav in chalit…its aspect will still fall on scoprio rashi not libra

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