How Good or Bad is a Planet in a Sign or House?

This article will be a detailed analysis of an astrological technique called varga-viṁśopakaṁ – a 20-point system of rating a planets positivity or negativity by taking into account some or all of the subdivisions influencing the exact zodiac degree the planet occupies. This technique is recorded in Chapter 8 of the controversial but rather biblical…

What Are Yogas?

The word yoga has entered household use all around the globe. It is a Sanskrit word, of Vedic origin. It means linking together, combining. That might not be what most people expect yoga to mean. The majority of people think of yoga as a mental and physical health system. Others think of it as some…

Do “Malefic” Planets Have Value?

What is “malefic”? In Sanskrit it is क्रुर (“krura”) –  “rough, harsh, strong.” Malefic planets possess this nature, that is why they are called क्रुर or “malefic.”  By contrast, “benefic” planets are सैम्य (“saumya”) or “gentle, soft, and generous.” What we really learn about life is that there is a right time and place for…

Astrology “ABC”s from Ancient Sanskrit Texts

There are several medieval and ancient Sanskrit astrology textbooks that have a great wealth of knowledge – but are completely misunderstood by readers without the cultural background required to correctly approach them. This handicap is not the special curse of non-Indian’s by any means! All humans since the dark ages have lost the intellectual culture…

Colors of the Zodiac and Planets

 Colors of the planets Sun is burnt orange Moon is snow white Mars is bright red Mercury is yellow-green Jupiter is saffron Venus is prismatic/crystalline Saturn is black/ dark blue/ purple Rahu and Ketu (the nodes) are smokey and hazy.  We have to acknowledge that it is not as simple as the above makes it seem….

Q&A For Today: 2010, November 18

Capricorn Lovers True or False: A Capricorn is not into you if he hasn’t contacted you in a week or over a week? Generally if a person hasn’t contacted you in a week, regardless of the sign or astrology, he/she is not thinking about you, so you can conclude that he/she is “not into you.”…