Exaltation & Debilitation (and their terms in Sanskrit)

Here’s a short video to explain the terms ucca (उच्च) and nīca (नीच), which, in astrology, refer to “exaltation” and “debilitation.” Ucca literally means raised up, and nīca literally mean’s to fall low. And, actually, that’s what the terms “exaltation” and “debilitation” also mean. Exalt means to raise up, and debilitate means to bring low and weaken. These…

My Video on Hasta Nakshatra

The Vedic star of skill, dexterity, and refinement – all rooted in the awakening of consciousness. Vic DiCara illuminates the nature of Hasta Nakshatra’s devatā-god, Savitā, and brings out the essence of the famous gayatrī mantra.

Oscar Pistorius Birth Chart Essential Analysis

I am new to the story of Oscar Pistorius, but when an astrology student evaluated his horoscope as part of their lesson work, I looked him up and found him tragically fascinating. In short, almost from birth he had both legs amputated below the knee, but went on to compete in the olympics (not just…

Basic Birth Chart Analysis – Donald Trump

His birthtime is June 14, 1946 at 10:54am in Jamaica, Queens, New York. Here is the Chart as a wheel:   And here it is in the square form: Our calculations are not finished. We must now calculate the raw strength of each planet, and the positivity as well. We can get these values from…

Questions about the Houses of Astrology

What is the difference between owning a house vs. occupying a house? The owner of the house takes care of the house. It does so using the resources of the sign and house (etc) that it occupies. So if the lord of the 4th house is in the 6th for example, it suggests that there…

How To: Interpreting a Planet in a House

“I have Planet A in House N… what does it mean?” Most people approach the subject by giving a direct answer. “Oh, it means blah blah blah.” If by chance they are right, they applaud themselves and receive applause. If by chance they are wrong, they move on to the next question. “I have a musical…

How to Interpret Planets in the 8th House

Like every other house, planet and sign, the symbolism of the 8th House has both positive and negative possible implications. And, also like every other house, planet, and sign – the way you figure out whether to use a positive or negative implication is to figure out if the specific combination in question is mostly positive…

The Star that Fulfills your Fullest Potential: Puṣya

Transcript: Bṛhaspati – Guru and Priest of the gods He dwells in the Vedic constellation of Puṣya Symbolized by a blossoming lotus and found by our modern star charts as a crescent of stars including aSELLus australus and a few other dim stars (and a distant galaxy) in the front of the body of the…

What are the key things to figure out when reading a birth chart?

There are far too many possible interpretations of any birth chart. To decide on the most probable interpretations, we have to sort things out. The two most important things to sort out are, “what planets are most prominent in the chart?” and “how negative or positive is each planet in this chart?” A Level 1 astrology student…

Birth Time Accuracy? Aṁśa vs. Harmonics

Question: If the birth time is off by 2 minutes would that change the reading much? 2 minutes changes the ascendant slightly. Each minute of time changes the ascendant by about 13 minutes of arc (there are 60 minutes in a degree, 30 degrees in a sign). So it is very slight. What might change is…