Paddles of boats and ships,
Amongst the fishes in water;
Wings of gliders and planes,
Amongst the birds in the air;




Our dreams and thoughts,
Amongst the energy of the universe;
Things – living and non-living,
Amongst everything on land, water and air.




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Nakshatras – Apparent Travelers of Milky Way

Constellation of Stars (Nakshatras) or the lunar mansions and their ruling planets (lords)

There are 27 nakshatras in total according to Indian/Vedic Astrology.

  1. Aswini – Ketu (The South Node)

Symbol – Horse Head

  1. Bharani – Venus

Symbol – A Vulva

  1. Krittika – Sun

Symbol – A Sharp Instrument

  1. Rohini – Moon

Symbol – A Cart

  1. Mrigasirsha – Mars

Symbol – Deer

  1. Aridra – Rahu

Symbol – Teardrop

  1. Punarvasu – Jupiter

Symbol – A Quiver of Arrows

  1. Pushya – Saturn

Symbol – Udder

  1. Aslesha – Mercury

Symbol – Snake

  1. Magha – Ketu

Symbol – A Royal Throne Room

  1. Purvaphalguni – Venus

Symbol – Front part of a Hammock

  1. Uttaraphalguni – Sun

Symbol – Back part of a Hammock

  1. Hasta – Moon

Symbol – A Hand

  1. Chitra – Mars

Symbol – A Shining Jewel

  1. Swati – Rahu

Symbol – A Teardrop

  1. Visakha – Jupiter

Symbol – A Sword, Sapphire

  1. Anuradha – Saturn

Symbol – A Lotus

  1. Jyeshta – Mercury

Symbol – A Talisman

  1. Moola – Ketu

Symbol – A Bunch of Roots

  1. Purvashada – Venus

Symbol – A Winnowing Basket

  1. Uttarashada – Sun

Symbol – Elephant Tusk

  1. Sravana – Moon

Symbol – Three Footsteps

  1. Dhanishta – Mars

Symbol – A Musical Drum

  1. Satabisha – Rahu

Symbol – A Hollow Circle

  1. Purvabhadrapada – Jupiter

Symbol – Front Part of a Funeral Cot

  1. Uttarabhadrapada – Saturn

Symbol – Back Part of a Funeral Cot

  1. Revati – Mercury

Symbol – A Drum Used To Mark Time


Pleasant Moon

The Moon

The Sun governs the soul and the Moon rules emotions and feelings.  There would be no life on Earth without these two luminaries.  The Moon is the Queen of the Solar System.  The physical effects of her pull on earth in terms of gravity are seen through the tides of the ocean.  Most of the living things on Earth including our own bodies are composed of approximately eighty percent (80%) water.  Water is an element of this heavenly body.  Isn’t it reasonable to expect that its magnetic force would be felt by our physical body as well?

Despite being the smallest among planets, the Earth’s satellite has enormous effect on the human beings due to its closeness with the Earth.  She is tender by nature and represents love and beauty.  Besides being a favorable subject for poets, comparing her with the beauty of women, she has also been a goal for astronomical expeditions.  She plays a very important role in the life of human beings in maintaining stable relations with each other.  She represents motherly concept as she nourishes life on Earth just like a mother who nurtures her babies.

The Moon or Chandra is the basis of Vedic Astrology which is a very ancient system dating back to 5,000-10,000 years BC.  During that period and even today for rural people in some parts of the world, the moon, with its rhythms and cycles, is a reliable natural clock.  People, who live close to nature depending totally on the fertility of the soil, weather patterns and cosmic forces for survival, use the cycle of the moon in a very productive way. They are still aware of the miracle of nature and its ability to rejuvenate in terms of seasons, crops and the production of animal offspring, at regular intervals. She is a strong symbol of fertility as it represents the menstrual cycle in women and therefore is a significator for creativity.

Of course, the Sun is very important to us too as it’s our main source of light, but its light is reflected by the moon (as she has no light source of its own), and therefore, she is the bearer of the soul’s energy, which indicates our emotional and psychological patterns and tendencies.

Moon in Birth Chart

A strong Moon in a birth chart indicates joy, enthusiasm, and peace of mind in life whereas, when afflicted she causes tensions, depression, suicidal tendency and pessimistic attitude.  She is like the window through which we see things.  Whatever affects her, deeply affects our heart and emotions.  Her position and condition shows a lot about the character of the person and the tenor of their life.  It also indicates your passion and main areas of interest in life.  She is a natural benefic capable of giving great mental power and prosperity.  Prosperity in life is seen from the combined positions of either moon and Jupiter or moon and other benefic planets.  Jupiter signifies wealth.  The combination of Moon and Jupiter is very auspicious for wealth and prosperity.

The Waxing and Waning Moon

A waxing moon (on its way from no moon to full moon) is highly favorable as per Vedic astrology.  In fact, it could be so favorable that it could mitigate less favorable trends in a birth chart.  This condition gives popularity, extrovert and confident personality.  On the other hand, a waning moon (on its way from full to no moon) makes a person withdrawn and reflective, who generally does not seek the limelight.

Generally in the Vedic system of astrology, a waxing moon in the sky over head or in transit, is considered a good time for action, expansion and starting off new projects, whereas a waning moon is good for completing tasks and resting.

In Vedic astrology, the moon chart, which is derived using the moon sign as the rising sign, is an important chart used in conjunction with the main birth chart, for verification of factors seen in the main chart.

Moon in Transit

Nakshatras – Lunar Mansions

The Moon moves at the fastest pace of all planets.  In Indian mythology, she spends one day in each Nakshatra (consisting of four padas) or Lunar Mansion, in the course of completing its monthly cycle.  She completes a cycle in 28 days (Lunar Month – from no to full moon and back to no moon).  Therefore, the moon transits just over a day in each of 27 Nakshatras for 28 days of a Lunar Month during each monthly cycle.  Just as each zodiac sign is ruled by a particular planet, each Nakshatra is also ruled by a particular planet.

This implies that each planet in the birth chart is influenced by the sign it is sitting in and its ruler and the Nakshatra it is sitting on and its ruler.  Therefore, the Moon, the Sun and the rising sign in a chart are also influenced in a similar way.

Moon is the lord of the Zodiac Sign, Cancer.  She is a friend of the Sun and the Mercury and not an enemy to any planet.  She is neutral towards Mars, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn.  All liquids come under the influence of moon.  She is also associated with gardens, salt, medicines, change, travel abroad, milk, pride, etc.


Bullie & Baarbie

Indian Astrology

Yarn of the Solar System

Assume that the sky is divided into 360 degrees around the earth.  All celestial bodies rise in the east of the horizon of Earth and sets in the west just as the Sun (Surya) and the Moon (Chandra).

Zodiac Sign or Rasi Mandal

Stars or Nakshatras are grouped into 12 signs or rasis/rashis.  Each sign or rasi contains 2-1/4 stars (constellation) each.  Each star or nakshatra consists of four padas, so each sign or rasi consists of (4+4+1) nine padas or navamsas or divisions). The twelve signs or rasis are named Aries or Mesha, Taurus or Vrishabha, Gemini or Mithuna, Cancer or Kartaka, Leo or Simha, Virgo or Kanya, Libra or Thula, Scorpio or Vrischika, Sagittarius or Dhanus, Capricorn or Makara, Aquarius or Kumbha and Pisces or Meena.

House Cusps or Bhava Madhya

  • Ascendant (Lagna) / 1st house cusp – the degree of the sky (superimposed on a navamsa or division of a sign) that rises on the horizon in the east at a particular point in time (birth time).
  • Descendant / 7th house cusp – the degree (identical to Ascendant) of the sky (superimposed on a navamsa or division of a sign) that sets in the west at 180 degrees from the Ascendant at the same time.
  • Mid-heaven / 10th house cusp – a degree identical to that of the Ascendant (superimposed on a navamsa or division of a sign) at 90 degrees to the Ascendant – Descendant axis, overhead, at the same time.
  • 4th house cusp – a degree identical to that of the Ascendant (superimposed on a navamsa or division of a sign) at 270 degrees to the Ascendant – Descendant axis, in the opposite direction of the 10th house cusp / Mid-heaven, at the same time.

Houses or Bhavas

Assuming, the sky is again divided into 12 houses or bhavas, 30 degrees each, with a degree identical to the Ascendant at the cusp (bhava madhya or midpoint) of the house or bhava, the 12 houses or bhavas are superimposed on the 12 signs or rasis.

Planets or Grahas

According to Vedic Astrology, there are nine planets or Grahas that revolve around the Sun (Surya) inclusive.  Those are Sun (Surya), Moon (Chandra), Mercury (Budha), Venus (Shukra), Mars (Kuja or Mangal), Jupiter (Guru or Brihaspathi), Saturn (Shani), North Node (Rahu) and South Node (Ketu).

Planetary Positions

These are the position or placement of a planet or graha at a particular degree in a sign or rasi / house or bhava at a particular point in time (for instance birth time).

Sign Lord/Rasiadhipathi or House Lord/Bhavadhipathi

Each sign or rasi is owned or ruled by a particular planet (Lord) based on the nature of the planet similar to that of the rasi.  Sign Lord and House Lord are used interchangeably as the Houses are superimposed on Rasis.

House Lords/Bhava Lords/Sign Lords

            Sign/Rasi Rasi/Sign or Bhava/House Lord
Mesha/Aries and Vrischika/Scorpio Kuja or Mars
Vrishabha/Taurus and Thula/Libra Shukra or Venus
Mithuna/Gemini and Kanya/Virgo Budha or Mercury
Kartaka/Cancer Chandra or Moon
Simha/Leo Surya or Sun
Dhanus/Sagittarius or Meena/Pisces Guru or Jupiter
Kumbha/Aquarius or Makara/Capricorn Shani or Saturn

Indian Astrology - A diagram of Rasi Chart