Lighting the lamp for positivity

Lighting the lamp for positivity

Almost every Hindu ritual begins with the lighting of the lamp, so for our first guideline we are going to begin with the same. As a practice you need to light a ghee diya everyday at sundown placing it next to water body in your kitchen. When I say water body I mean a clay pot with a lid. You can use this water for your daily use.
Why diya, because the flame of the diya represents Agni. Agni is known for its purity and its purifying capabilities. It represents positivity and goodness. It helps cleanse the environment of any outside negative factors. This process was a part of most of the households in India but sadly with time we are loosing these valuable traditions.
We wish you all the very best and hope that these coming weeks would enhance your lives in a positive way. If you have any questions please feel free to comment below

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Demystifying myths around Vaastu

Vaastu Shastra should help people create better living and working spaces for their benefit, instead of restricting them, says astro architect Neeta Sinha.

A believer in the thought that ‘every house a horoscope’, Sinha has spoken out on myths regarding Vaastu:

Myth: Northeast entrance to the house is the most auspicious entry for any home.

False. There is no such guarantee that this direction will only bring you prosperity and happiness. It also depends on the energies and the names of the people residing in that place.

Myth: Southeast entry is regarded as ‘Agni Kund’ and hence, cannot be the main entrance.

It is true that this direction is the place of Agni Kund by the rules of Vaastu. However, it is false that it cannot be the main entrance to your home or office. There is no need to worry or panic as this direction can prove to be very lucky for some people.

Myth: One should not have a deep hole or a well in the south-west direction.

If the land is tilted, presence of a low lying area or a bore well in the south-west direction, one should not think that the owners will not live a happier life. In my experience, I have seen many families prosper even though they have a borewell in the south-west corner of their property. One should know how to balance the energy emitted by the hole in this area.

Myth: South entrance is considered inauspicious and unlucky for the owner.

False. I personally search for houses that have a south entrance. From Mr. Amitabh Bachchan’s abode in Mumbai to Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai, all have a south entrance. One can balance the vaastu of their home or office as per their own energies and make the most of this place.

Myth: Toilet in the northeast corner is a complete no.

In the olden days, when this science was invented, the toilets were not as technologically advanced as they are today. And even the faecal waste wasn’t discarded with such convenience. Hence, this rule was applicable then. However, in today’s times, toilets are not that dirty. By just making a few minor changes like adding colours or mirrors, one can settle with this condition as well.

Myth: Kitchen should only be in the south-east section of one’s home.

Vaastu says, logically enough, that the kitchen in a house should be in leeward direction for the simple reason that the wind would take away kitchen smoke instead of spreading it inside the house. There were no exhaust fans then, nor chimneys in ancient times. However, given today’s times, balancing positive energies in the home can bring in happiness and prosperity. The direction of the kitchen can be balanced by including some colours.

Myth: Basements or empty spaces under your property bring bad luck

In today’s world of sky-scraping buildings, it is impossible to recreate the principles of Vaastu in the exact form as they are laid down in the ancient manuscripts. Most high-rise buildings today have stilts or underground parking and they cannot be avoided. The simple solution to this is rectify the energies and balance the Vaastu of that place by locating the entry and exit points of the property.

Myth: There should not be a Peepal tree in the vicinity of one’s home.

Nature has its own rules and living objects such as trees emit their own energies and they can affect you as well. One should only be concerned if the tree is on his or her owned premises. The presence of the tree in shared space such as a housing society proves no harm. However, even if one has a Peepal tree in their own backyard, recreating a good and positive energies level around the Peepal tree, will serve the purpose.

Myth: A downward staircase exactly opposite your main entrance rids the house of all wealth.

This myth is not applicable if you are living in a building with numerous flats as your ownership starts with your apartment’s main entrance. The staircase is part of the common space used by all. Hence, one should not worry about it. This is just a myth which many people believe blindly.

Myth: Triangular plots are inauspicious.

As explained earlier, every incorrect Vaastu can be resolved and so can a triangular plot made auspicious and lucky for some with few changes in it.

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Astrology – Example Birth Chart 3

Astrology – Example Birth Chart 3

As seen our native is Virgo born. A Virgo born person is very intelligent, diplomatic and good with communication. The lord of the ascendant Mercury is sitting in 8th house which is the house of hidden truths, secrets, mystery. Mercury being the karaka of communication these people will always communicate with hidden agenda’s. They will be very good at manipulating others. It is really a in born talent that they have.

Lets take a look at the 4th house of the native the lord of the 4th Jupiter is sitting in 12th house from the house. It is house of loss, or deprivation. So this native will always be deprived of mother’s love due to any reason. However due to the presence of Moon which also represents mother the native will get motherly love from some other person in his life. 4th house is also a house for assets, properties, conveniences, peace of mind. Due to the Jupiter position it is advisable for such a native to not invest in properties specially for profit purpose as the transaction may not be fruitful. We can also see Moon and Ketu conjunction in the 4th house. Moon represents our mind, emotions and emotional intelligence, it is also karaka for mother or motherly love. Ketu is a shadow planet. Ketu is a headless body, Ketu cannot think and reason. They get fixated on things or thoughts. Ketu represents loss, it is your karma from past birth. Whichever house Ketu is deposited you will not be able to enjoy things represented by that house. Ketu also represents spirituality, it is your karaka for Moksha. So when moon and ketu are sitting together it means your mind and emotions are under a shadow of headless body. Such a person if gets fixated on certain emotions they will apply all their mind power to achieve it. Their emotions runs haywire. If badly placed can cause depression, mental agony and other mental disorder. However in this native’s chart both moon and ketu are in a friendly sign so they will not do as much harm. Moon and Ketu together makes one critical of everything, makes one good with research work, many scientist have this combination specially if placed in 5th or 10th house as Ketu represents research. In the above example moon is lord of 11th house due to its conjunction with ketu the income of this person will suffer. It wouldn’t be to his calibre or satisfaction.

Lastly Saturn is also aspecting moon with its 3rd aspection causing punarphoo yog in the native. For him it is advisable to marry late post 27-28 years of age. If a native with punarphoo yog marries early it is likely that the marriage will not work.

written by Anshu Popli (Learning Astrology Made Easy)

Astrologer and Astroarchitect Mentored by Neeta Sinha
A little about the mentor:
Astroarchitecture is a science pioneered by Neeta Sinha “the lady behind all the starry homes” It is a science like Vaastu used to heal home, office or any other premise. But unlike Vaastu it is very specific and does not require any structural changes

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Astrology – Judging by Mahadasha part1

This is one of the most important chapter dealing with timing of the events. We will be covering this topic in parts as it is quite huge. As mentioned earlier astrology can never be mastered only by reading about it. It can be mastered only by experiencing it. Start looking at the birth charts of your near and dear ones and start relating it to the events, their personality, their experiences.
When predicting each and every aspect has to be carefully understood and amalgamated. Each planet has its own share of positive results and negative results during its dasha. But to know which will be more prominent comes only with experience.
While Judging a Mahadasha of a particular planet you have to see the following
- Planets own nature and behavior
- houses he owns
- houses he occupies
- depositing house
- houses he aspects from the place of deposition
- planets he is conjoined with
- aspections of other planets on him
- planet exaltation, debilitation, retrogation or combustion

Basic Principals to Judge by Mahadasha
Various matters has been assigned to each house and each house belong to different categories Quadrant (1,4,7,10), trine (1,5,9), Evil trine (6,8,12), Upchaya houses (3,6,10,11)
Depending on which houses the planet owns the effect in those matters can be judged. Lets say the planet owns Quadrants or Trine houses then the result of the Mahadasha will be positive specially if the planet is well placed. However lets says a planet owns quadrant and evil trine then the result would be mixed as it will give some positive result due to quadrant ownership and some negative result due to evil ownership but the balance whether it would be more negative or more positive would depend on how well placed and strong the planet is. Lets take a example for Aquarius ascendant in Mercury Mahadasha Mercury owns 5th (trine) house and 8th (evil trine house) and is deposited in 9th house in conjunction with Jupiter. It will give some good result due to 5th ownership and some bad result due to 8th ownership however because it is deposited in 9th house (Bhagya house) and in conjunct with a benefic it will give mostly good result. However if Mercury would have been deposited in 12th house then the result would have been entirely different and more negative.
Secondly while judging a Mahadasha we have to understand what is the planet Karaka of and what is the general behaviour of the planet. Because result would be seen very much in sync with the nature of the planet. A Moon as lord of 1st house deposited in 5th would give different result compared to Sun as lord of 1st house deposited in 5th. It is because they are Karakas of different things and their basic nature is very different.

written by Anshu Popli (Learning Astrology Made Easy)

Astrologer and Astroarchitect Mentored by Neeta Sinha
A little about the mentor:
Astroarchitecture is a science pioneered by Neeta Sinha “the lady behind all the starry homes” It is a science like Vaastu used to heal home, office or any other premise. But unlike Vaastu it is very specific and does not require any structural changes

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Astrology – Mahadashas

Till now we have seen how planets influences our personality, our work, our family life, our happiness but now let us try and understand when these planets affect. To understand that we need to understand planetary periods or graha dashas. The main period is called Maha – Dasha (or Dasha), sub period is called Antar Dasha ( or Bhukti) and sub sub period is called pratyantra dasha. Depending on the position of a particular planet by its house, placement, aspection, nature – good and bad results can be predicted during the dasha of that planet.

In India there are total of 43 dasha system however only 2 dasha system has remained popular viz Ashottari(108 years) and Vimshottari(120 years). Out of these Vimshottari is the most popular dasha system. In the 120 years each planet is allotted time period and that time period the person goes through antar of all the other planets starting from the planet whose Mahadasha has become. Eg: If it is Sun Mahadasha then the first antar dasha would be Sun followed by Moon, Mars, Rahu, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury, Ketu, Venus. The line up of planets is similar to the line up we spoke about in Chapter on Zodiac signs and Constellations. Similarly if it is Ketu Mahadasha the first antar dasha would be Ketu then Venus, Sun, Moon, Mars, Rahu, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury.

Planets                                 Mahadasha Period

Ketu                                      7 years

Venus                                   20 years

Sun                                        6 years

Moon                                    10 years

Mars                                      7 years

Rahu                                      18 years

Jupiter                                  16 years

Saturn                                   19 years

Mercury                               17 years

How to determine in which Mahadasha a person is born

For this Moon Sign or Nakshatra comes into play. Depending on which Nakshatra a person is born. The ruling planet of that Nakshatra becomes the Starting Mahadasha of the person. Now we know each Nakshatra is allotted 13deg 20mins, depending on moon position in the nakshatra the years remaining in the Mahadasha is decided. For eg: A person born in Ashwini Nakshatra when the Moon is in Aries the Mahadasha the person is born in will be Ketu as Ashwini is ruled by Ketu. Out of the 7 years how many years of Ketu Mahadasha is remaining will depend on the position of Moon in Ashwini Nakshatra. If it has just entered Ashwini Nakshatra then the person will have to go through full 7 years of Ketu Mahadasha. If it is almost at the end of Ashwini then maybe few months of Ketu Mahadasha will be remaining before Venus Mahadasha starts. Lets take a look at another example a person is born with Moon in Leo at 20deg. That means the person is born in Poorvaphalguni Nakshatra at 6deg 40mins. So the moon has travelled almost to the half point of Poorvaphalguni Nakshatra. This Nakshatra is ruled by Venus whose Mahadasha is for 20 years. So we can easily say that person is born with around 10 years of Venus Mahadasha remaining.

written by Anshu Popli (Learning Astrology Made Easy)

Astrologer and Astroarchitect Mentored by Neeta Sinha
A little about the mentor:
Astroarchitecture is a science pioneered by Neeta Sinha “the lady behind all the starry homes” It is a science like Vaastu used to heal home, office or any other premise. But unlike Vaastu it is very specific and does not require any structural changes

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Astrology – Example Birth Chart 2

In the above example

1)      Judging by the Ascendant. In this particular example the ascendant is Gemini. Gemini represents witty, quick thinkers, loves to Mingle. It represents Dual nature. The Ascendant has three major planets Mercury the house lord, Saturn and Sun. Mercury being the house lord makes the person highly intelligent, however unlike Jupiter, Mercury does not give spiritual intelligence, it gives real world intelligence, practical intelligence. Makes the person good with multi tasking, good with communication. Sun and Saturn are both big planets so this makes one always aim for big things. This person will never settle for something small. Looking at the next planet how does Saturn affect the personality. What is Saturn – Saturn is routine work, workaholic, fear, anxiety, rules, boundaries. So this person would be very specific about the do’s and dont’s. This person would like their routine work, would not like sudden changes, would be very anxious and restless mentally. The presence of Sun would make this person responsible. He will not shy away from his responsibilities. Presence of Sun in ascendant would make this person bald at a very young age.

2)      Very strong combination in this horoscope is Gaj-Kesari Yog (Guru and Chan) together. Any house this yog is present it gives maximum benefit of that house. Whatever that house symbolises would be given to you in abundance. So in this horoscope we can see that the Gaj Kesari yog is formed in the 9th house. What does 9th house represent – 9th represents your luck (bhagya), spiritual/religious inclination, spiritual growth, long journeys. Having Gaj Kesari in 9th house will enhance all these qualities. But remember this person is predominantly a Mercury by nature also the lord of 9th house is sitting in close conjunction with Mercury – which gives real world practical understanding of things. So it is quite possible that this person may not be quite interested in the spiritual journey because it goes against its basic nature. However this person would be immensely lucky in all its pursuit and would have to take lot of long journeys. Also remember 9th house does not represent settling abroad it only represents long journey. For a person to settle abroad you also have to see the 12th house.

3)      Looking at the 2nd House. The lord is sitting with Guru forming Gaj Kesari. This position will give him a strong family, however Mars is deposited and it is debilitated. What does this mean. What is Mars – Mars is energy, force, fearlessness, anger. So when Debilitated Mars is sitting in the house of your family it defines the nature of your family. It means there would be lots of unnecessary rifts due to short temper. They will use their energy to keep this person close but through negative force. But due to strong position of moon despite all rifts the bond will not break.

This is a very good example for planetary conjunctions. How planet influence each other when we they are sitting together. Any further questions please feel free to write below.

written by Anshu Popli (Learning Astrology Made Easy)

Astrologer and Astroarchitect Mentored by Neeta Sinha
A little about the mentor:
Astroarchitecture is a science pioneered by Neeta Sinha “the lady behind all the starry homes” It is a science like Vaastu used to heal home, office or any other premise. But unlike Vaastu it is very specific and does not require any structural changes

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Astrology – Example Birth Chart 1

Astrology like any other science is best understood only when you start seeing and understanding things practically. No matter how many books you read deciphering a birth chart will come only by studying birth chart constantly. Start by reading charts of your friends, families, familiar people. See if you are able to understand their behaviour, overall nature looking at the chart. Phases in life will be understood only after we learn about the dasha system. We will look into that in coming blogs. Today let’s just see a chart


Understanding the above birth chart
1) Lagna / Ascendant of this chart is Aquarius which is ruled by Saturn/Sani. There is no other planet in the lagna however Guru has 5th aspection on it and Mars 7th. Primarily the characterictics of the person would be of Saturn. The person would have a philosophical bent of mind. Would like a routine life and to achieve that would try and convert every action into some kind of system. He will get very uncomfortable with chaos. Such a person would always want to do or work in someway for the common people. Since Guru is also aspecting and is in 9th house he would use his philosophical understanding to help himself grow spiritually. With Mars aspection the person would be short tempered. Would like immediate results.
2) The sun or the soul of the chart is debilitated, hence the person would lack will power, however because of a strong ascendant would be hard working so he will try to achieve as much as possible. Also since the sun is debilitated name and fame becomes difficult for such person.
3) Rahu in 6th house. Rahu in any house means that you are attached with those things that the house represents. But with attachment it also gives dissatisfaction. 6th house is the house of job. So such a person would have good job but will never be satisfied completely. Also the lord of 6th is sitting behind in 5th. This person will not stay in a single job for too long. But as a positive effect the person will not have common sicknesses like cold, cough, etc.
4) The Karaka of this horoscope is Venus since venus is the lord of both center(4th house) and trine (9th house) sitting in 11th. This person would always be benefitted from Venus related work.
These are some basic pointers of this birth chart. We will try and understand some more once we understand the dasha system.

written by Anshu Popli (Learning Astrology Made Easy)

Astrologer and Astroarchitect Mentored by Neeta Sinha

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Astrology – Planets (Part5) Significators of Houses

Planets as Karaka for Houses

Certain planets are considered significators of certain houses. In such cases while you study the house lords and house tenants studying the significator also helps us reflect light on the overall understanding of the particular house. Below is the list of houses and their significators

1st House – Sun

2nd House – Jupiter

3rd House – Mars

4th House – Moon

5th House – Jupiter

6th House – Mars and Saturn

7th House – Venus

8th House – Saturn

9th House – Jupiter

10th House – Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn

11th House – Jupiter

12th House – Saturn

It is better if the Karaka of the house is connected with the house in the birth chart. But sometimes even if it is not connected it can help determine certain aspects of that house. For example even if Jupiter may not be connected with the 9th house in a persons birth chart but having a strong Jupiter will suggest a person’s spiritual inclination. Similarly for a male chart having weak venus may suggest more than one relationship outside of marriage.

Ofcourse these are just examples and there are many other factors like placement and associations which determine the effect. It is only when you start seeing horoscopes will you truly understand how everything comes together.

written by Anshu Popli (Learning Astrology Made Easy)

Astrologer and Astroarchitect Mentored by Neeta Sinha

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Astrology – Planets (Part 4)

Aspects of Planets

We know look into another important matter of Hindu Astrology which is planetary aspects. All planets aspects 100% on the 7th house from where they are deposited

-          Mars aspects 4th, 7th and 8th houses from the place of its deposition

-          Jupiter aspects 5th, 7th and 9th houses from the place of its deposition

-          Saturn aspects 3rd, 7th and 10th houses from the place of its deposition

Apart from these all other planets except Mars have 75% aspect on 4th and 8th house, all planets except Jupiter have 50% aspect on 5th and 9th house and all planets except Saturn have 25% aspect on 3rd and 10th house



Let’s take a look at the above example. In this chart Mars (Mang) is deposited in Scorpio aspects Ketu in Aquarius, Taurus and Gemini. Jupiter (Guru) aspects Sagittarius,  Ketu in Aquarius and Mercury, Sun in Aries. Saturn (Sani) aspects Capricorn, Taurus and Guru, Rahu in Leo. So we can see Ketu deposited in Aquarius which is the 8th house from ascendant is aspected by both Mars and Jupiter. So when we judge matters of this house we have to keep in mind the influence of both these planets too. Similarly Taurus which is the 11th house from ascendant is aspected by both Mars and Saturn so we have to consider them as well while making prediction.

General Rules

-          Rahu and Ketu do not aspect

-          Aspects by benefics(by nature and house owned) are always good

-          Aspects by malefics(by nature and house owned) are always bad

-          If a planet aspects its own house it always strengthens it whether it is benefic or malefic

Conjunction of Planets

Conjunction refers to the placement of two planets in the same sign. It affects the conjunct planets either positively or negatively. For example if Sun and Moon are together and specially if it is in close proximity to each other, it effects both soul and mind of that individual. As Sun represents the soul and moon the mind. Similarly if Sun and Mars are together as both are hot planets it makes the temperament of that person the house represents hot and short tempered. If sun and venus are together it makes the person very artistic. If sun and mercury are together it makes the person scholarly. So you can see different planetary conjunction can give different results.

-          Anshu Popli (Learning Astrology Made Easy)



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Astrology – Planets (Part3)

Relationship of Planets

We have seen in brief the individual characteristics of each of the planets now let’s try and understand how they behave with each other

Planet        Friend                              Enemy                       Neutral

Sun            Moon, Mars, Jupiter            Venus, Saturn              Mercury

Moon          Sun, Mercury                     –                                 Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn

Mars           Sun, Moon, Jupiter             Mercury                       Venus, Saturn

Mercury       Sun, Venus                       Moon                           Mars, Jupiter, Saturn

Jupiter        Sun, Moon, Mars               Mercury, Venus              Saturn

Venus         Mercury, Saturn                 Sun, Moon                    Mars, Jupiter

Saturn        Mercury, Venus                  Sun, Moon, Mars            Jupiter

As we can see that the relationship between planets are different in many cases for eg: Mercury considers sun as friend but in case of Sun it is neutral to mercury. These relationship are natural relationships which is common in all charts. Rahu and Ketu are enemies with Sun, Moon, Mars and Jupiter but comfortable with Venus, Mercury and Saturn. These relationship sometimes change depending on the position of planets in a person’s chart. For eg: if planets are sitting in each others house then even enemy planets become neutral to each other.. this is called as parivartan yog. We will learn more about these later. Right now let’s try and understand the basics first.


Exaltation and Debilitation of Planets

Planet                   Exaltation Sign(Deg of Highest Exal)       Debilitation Sign(Deg of deepest deb)

Sun                       Aries (10°)                                                           Libra (10°)

Moon                     Taurus (3°)                                                          Scorpio (3°)

Mars                      Capricorn (28°)                                                    Cancer (28°)

Mercury                  Virgo (15°)                                                          Pieces (15°)

Jupiter                   Cancer (5°)                                                         Capricorn (5°)

Venus                    Pieces (27°)                                                        Virgo (27°)

Saturn                   Libra (20°)                                                           Aries (20°)

A planet when is in a sign of Exaltation it is really strong and in its sign of debilitation is really weak. When the planet is preceding the sign in which it would be exalted the planet is called Uchchabhilashi or desiring for exaltation. A planet in its uchchabhilashi sign is also considered good. For example sun in pieces, Moon in Aries are considered good. Similarly the planet in the preceding sign before it becomes debilitated is called Neechabhilashi, this position is not considered good. A  planet is considered stronger than its own sign at its Mool Trikon sign.

Mool Trikon Sign of Planets

Sun: 0° to 20° in Leo

Moon: 4° to 30° in Taurus

Mars: 1° to 12° in Aries

Mercury: 16° to 20° in Virgo

Jupiter: 1° to 10° in Sagittarius

Venus: 0° to 5° in Libra

Saturn: 1° to 20° in Aquarius

Rahu: Aquarius

Ketu: Leo


-          Anshu Popli (Learning Astrology Made Easy)

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