Astro - Questions & Answers
Could you tell me how a retrograde exalted Saturn acts in a chart as compared to an exalted direct Saturn?
ANSWER: If Saturn was just exalted, one would always take the
easy way out and be more diplomatic in general.
Retrograde Saturn is a little more skeptical and slow
and gains more through obstacles/disruption rather than a
building process. Retrograde exalted Saturn is a strong placement but it
gives slow results over a longer period of time, in
comparison to a direct exalted Saturn. Saturn will work more strongly in
one's advanced years as opposed to the first half of
life. The same would be the case during
Saturn minor period. The results will be more apparent
in the second half.
- QUESTION:You mentioned that an
exalted planet will either show refined or unrefined energies depending on the Navamsha, Nakshatramsha
& Shashtiamsha chart. Could you tell me what the
Nakshatramsha chart is?
ANSWER:The Nakshatramsha is the 27th divisional chart and fine
tunes the Navamsa placements. You can download
Jagannath Hora Lite software (It has the
Nakshatramsha). It's free on the net.
- QUESTION: In the case of Saturn being exalted in my chart, could you walk me through how you would use these three charts to determine the type of energies, as an exalted planet, that Saturn will display.
Saturn's Navamsa placement in Capricorn gives it a
rigid spine and strong material inclinations. It makes
it a worldly planet. In a way it can be seen as a
Saturn is in Cancer with Ketu in the Nakshatramsha and
gives it a soft under belly from a pastlife, dedicated
to homely/maternal issues. It works by being receptive
to other's needs.
Saturn is in a Shashtiamsha called Lakshmisha meaning
Lord of Laxmi (wealth). This makes it a good financial
planet which promises financial gains in its periods.
- QUESTION: Rahu in my chart is both debilitated and retrograde in my chart. Could you explain how it will act.
If you read
my book on the Lunar Nodes you will find that even though Rahu is debilitated in Saggitarius it has the capacity
to give good results because Rahu never does too badly
in Jupiter's sign. In your case it is even aspected by
its own dispositor.
- QUESTION: I am aware that each nakshatra is divided into four padas but am not certain as to how to use the pada for further refinement around the Nakshatra.
ANSWER:Try to mix the pada lords with the Nakshatra lords like
you would mix the energies of two planets in
conjunction. For example if Venus is in fourth pada of
Ardra, than Rahu-Jupiter (Pisces mode) conjunction sort
of energy would be relayed by Venus.
So, does that
mean that the pada will
indicate which house affairs the Nakshatra's
relate to, in addition to the planet that occupies the
ANSWER:Yes,but you have to remember that this a weak effect
in comparision to other effects. For example, the main
planetary lord of a nakshatra will have more of a say
in relation to house affairs than the pada lord.
Lord of the Pada add any further refinement?
It deals with underlying energies just as Navamsha
governs the underlying energies of the Rasi.
- QUESTION: Exalted Planets - when a planet is exalted
course material says
that it becomes extremely strong. Is it "extremely
strong" just as it
relates to the house it is located in or does this
carry over to the houses
it rules and houses/planets it aspects?
It carries over to the houses it rules. Aspects is a
whole different thing altogether.
"extremely strong" relate
just to non-living affairs of the house or to both
living and non-living?
That depends upon the planets, natural & temporal
nature. A natural malefic will always harm live things
even if it is exalted.
the exalted planet is a malefic will it tend to
emphasize the higher
energies and lessen the lower energies and if so, does
this effect, again,
just relate to the house the planet is in or to
anything in a chart it
An exalted malefic can function both in a refined and
unrefined manner depending upon the overall tone of the
chart and its placements in Navamsha, Nakshatramsha &
Shashtiamsha. The combined effect will
be noticed in whatever comes under its influence.
What is the effect of an exalted
planet that is also
The outer planets (Mars, Jupiter & Saturn) give strong
results when retrograde. The inner planets also give
strong results but may lack initiative. Overall they
have a tendency to give good luck through some sort of
reversed events (like making money during war).
If a planet is retrograde,
does it internalize the
energy of the planet as it relates to affairs of the
house it is in, or does
it internalize the planet's energy as it relates to
everything influenced by
the planet in the chart?
Only the natural nature of the planet gets
internalized. For example, Mercury retrograde will lose
its outer quick chatty communicability but the internal
dialogue within the person would be profuse.
If Mars is retrograde then that
might mean that a person
would be hesitant to act in an ambitious or courageous
manner (is this
Yes that is right.
What happens if a retrograde
planet is also
debilitated? I understand from your course work that
the planet is
debiliated it will emphasize the negative results
of the planet, but if
retrograde also, does this lessen the negative impact?
Retrograde debilitated planets are stronger than just
forward moving debilitated planets. Overall this means
that sometimes their negative results are even more
pronounced. But their strength does help people get on
with life despite not living up to their full potential.
- QUESTION: You are about to publish a book on
have read that little
in the way of Vedic knowledge/information on the
nakshatras is available. If
this is true, how/where did you obtain the knowledge
you are providing in
your book? Also, will the information/knowledge in
book be much
different than that in Dennis Harness's book - other
than the illustrations?
I have gotten the information from my own experience
in Astrology. We (Veno and I) pay constant attention to nakshatras
on a daily basis as well as in the charts of clients.
The more one pays attention to them the more one learns
about them. Our book has a totally different structure
to Dennis Harness's book and is likely to contradict
alot of what he has written.
I understand that some people (mainly Western
astrologers who later
learned Vedic astrology) use both methods. The
will be used more for
personality traits and the Vedic for predictive
matters. What are your
thoughts on this?
There's nothing about personal psychology which cannot
be gauged from Jyotish. Western Astrology, is, as you
know, flawed from the initial process of chart casting.
It's more about playing with people's minds and
fantasies, rather than giving them a piece of reality.
It's very easy to make Jyotish more psychologically
oriented. It all depends on the practitioner. It's
just that superficial psychological issues weren't
given much importance in the Vedic scheme of things,
like they are in the west. The ancient sages have gone
into the psychological aspects of human nature in depth
for thousands of years, while in the west psychology
has only just begun (At least Jung was humble enough to
I have read that Jyotish astrology isn't
true Vedic astrology -
that it represents a blend of Greek and Vedic
What are your
thoughts on this?
Jyotish was transmitted from India onto the middle
eastern civilizations like Babylonian, Assyrian and
Chaldean. From there it reached the Egyptians. Greeks
in turn took all their knowledge from the Egyptians.
What happened after that is that these civilizations
added some new things to this science through their own
experience (like casting the solar return charts).
These additions were relayed back to India and
incorporated into Jyotish. In our view though, most of
these are not required and in most cases, just
complicate matters instead of simplifying them.
In regards to your book on Lunar Nodes, what are the Hindu authoritative works that act as the basis for interpreting
the nodes as a karmic axis?
I did it based on my personal experience using my Vedic genepool.
A lot of ancient Vedic texts (especially astrological)
are not available today. Even the ones that are available
now (like Parashara Hora Shastra) are not present in their entirety.
One has to rely on one's ancient genetic memory to
recover the knowledge.
If there is in fact no Vedic basis, then how did the medieval western
astrologers possibly come up with such a concept on their own? Who did they take
ANSWER:The so called medieval western astrologers used a sidereal zodiac.
They had all the vedic knowledge transmitted through
the following route
Vedic - Babylonian - Egyptian - Greek - Roman
In fact lot of the knowledge which was known in
middle ages is secret now.
Does the basis for interpreting the nodes as a karmic axis come instead from
an oral tantric tradition from india?
All the puranic stories point towards it in a
pretty straightforward manner.
Everyone confronts their Rahu-Ketu axis.
Even Vishnu got his head severed off once for
paying off for the initial cutting of the
There is a lot more to it on a galactic level relating
to separation of Gemini (antigalactic center) - Sagittarius
( galactic center) as signs
but that would take a whole book in itself
What Hindu authority did you rely on for your book "The Rahu/Ketu
I relied on Puranas and my experience and intuition.
My brahminic genepool ( from Sage Bharadwaja's gotra)
has all the knowledge memory of the original astrological knowledge.
That's the only book one can rely on.
Since the Western astrologers use the karmic axis too, do both zodiacs show
one's past/future growth/direction, just differently?
Western system has a wrong zodiac. It is a trick played on
them by their founders ( who knew better) so that they grope in the dark.
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