How To Read Kundli In 3 Easy Steps

How to read kundli

Knowing how to read kundli, though not poetic, but can really portray you as the smartest individual in the room. However, to be very honest, reading a Kundli on your own requires a lot of practice and knowledge. Moreover, what else it requires is an initial understanding of vivid astrological terms and what they mean in the Kundli world. Well, all of this could sound a bit spooky at first, but once you have read this blog on How to read your own kundli in a step-to-step manner, you will inch closer to being the smartest in the room. 

Why kundli reading? 

You look all cute smiling after you finally understand bits and pieces from the birth chart that you have been trying to read for a while now. But if you don’t understand it completely, then turning the pages of your Kundli back and forth is simply a ‘moo point’. What’s a moo point, you might ask? Well:

Birth chart reading is a way to understand what one’s future beholds. At instances, a birth chart is so clear that it can foretell what exactly is going to happen with an individual in the future. While many people don’t like to have that knowledge, however, if you do, then knowing how to read your birth chart can help you acquire the same. This awareness helps in preparing oneself for the goods and bads of the future.

Importance of birth chart reading

A person’s birth chart is prepared after taking into account his date of birth, place of birth, time of birth, among the few details. These details help in finding the astrological positions of the planets at the time of birth. Also, having this information handy helps in finding your zodiac sign, which becomes the source of your future Kundli prediction. The influence of numerous planets on the person, at the time of his/her birth, also results in defining their hobbies, characteristics, likes, dislikes, etc. So in a nutshell, knowing how to read a kundli can help you in reading a person as a whole. 

Other know importance of kundli reading are:

  • Your Kundli can help you find out doshas and yogas forming in your chart that can affect you positively or negatively. For example, Manglik dosha or Gajakesari yoga. Only your Kundli can denote if you have these or not.
  • In Hinduism, the practice of Kundli matching of the girl and boy before fixing their marriage is prevalent, and one’s Kundli is the key to it. Marriage muhurat is also decided based on Kundli reading
  • The horoscope of a person maps the challenges and opportunities s/he may bump into in the future. In a nutshell, it helps you in being prepared for the highs and lows of the future. 
  • The birth chart keeps you well aware thus helping in better decision making not just for yourself but also for your loved ones.
  • Most importantly, knowing how to read your birth chart can also help in pointing out the preferable career choices for you. It decodes the kind of career that will suit your efforts and intellect.

The real deal – How to read kundli?

Step 1 – Find your ascendant sign

The simplest yet most important step when trying to read your kundli is finding the ascendant sign. Ascendant sign in astrology is also called Lagna. Kundlis are usally prepared by taking your ascendant sign as the Kendra. At the time of your birth, whatever zodiac sign is placed in the 1st house of your Kundli, becomes your ascendant sign.  

The first house in Kundli, also called the house of self, represents one’s body, fame, strength, character, courage, knowledge and such similar traits. In a nutshell, your Lagna sign is what defines your existence hence is the most important thing to consider when preparing a Kundli.

Very important thing to remember – the planets in one’s kundali are denoted by numerals (1-12) and houses by roman numbers (I-XII).

  1. Aries sign is denoted by the number 1.
  2. Taurus is denoted by the number 2.
  3. Gemini is denoted by the number 3.
  4. Cancer is denoted by the number 4.
  5. Leo is denoted by the number 5.
  6. Virgo is denoted by the number 6.
  7. Libra is denoted by the number 7.
  8. Scorpio is denoted by the number 8
  9. Sagittarius is denoted by the number 9.
  10. Capricorn is denoted by the number 10.
  11. Aquarius is denoted by the number 11.
  12. Pisces is denoted by the number 12.

Importance of Ascendant sign – In astrology, every zodiac sign has an enemy planet/planets and a friendly planet/planets. For example, when it comes to Aries, one of its enemy planets is Saturn. So by any chance, at the time of our birth, if Saturn is sitting with the Aries in the 1st house (house of self), you may have to go through a difficult life. Why? Because like we said, your Lagna house represents the whole of you, and placement of an enemy planet in it could be harmful. “Could be” because the results are not always negative. 

Step 2 – Understanding houses in kundli 

The next step on the How to read Kundli tutorial would be understanding houses (भाव) also called bhavas and their significance. 

There are as many as 12 houses in Kundli. Each house represents something or the other. For example, the first house in Kundli is the house of self, the second house is about your finances. These 12 houses are further divided into four ‘bhavas,’ which are Dharma (duty), Artha (resources), Kama (pleasure) and Moksha (liberation).

  1. Dharma – 1st, 5th and 9th Bhavas/Houses
  2. Artha – 2nd, 6th and 10th Bhavas/Houses
  3. Kama – 3rd, 7th and 11th Bhavas/Houses
  4. Moksha – 4th, 8th and 12th Bhavas/Houses

1st House in kundli or Tanu Bhava – The first house is also called Tanu Bhava or the house of “Self“ or Lagna house. This house represents traits like body, honour, place of birth, strength, character, stamina, characteristics, etc. General body traits such as complexion, marks or moles, sleep, the texture of hair, stamina are also represented by this sign. 

2nd House in kundli or Dhan Bhava – The second house is the house of family, finance and wealth. If occupied by a positive planet, it can really influence these aspects. This house also defines the kind of relationship you will have with your family members, spouse, etc. 

3rd house in kundli or Sahai Bhava – The third house is the house of younger siblings, hobbies and communication. Apart from this the third house in astrology also signifies courage, intelligence, education up to Higher Secondary level, etc. 

4th House in kundli or Bandhu Bhava – The 4th house represents mother, domestic surroundings, happiness and property. This house can influence the comforts and discomforts one may face in his or her life. 

5th House in kundli or Putra Bhava – The fifth house in astrology is about creativity, wittiness, love, affair and all such mushy traits. The house also represents sexual assaults and acquisitions through wife, fascination for women and karmas of past lives.

6th House in kundli or Ari Bhava – The sixth house in Kundli is about debt, profession and diseases. If you are making progress in your career, one of the reasons could be the positiveness of this house. Also, this house can foretell how more or less a disease can affect you. 

7th House in kundli or Yuvati Bhava – The seventh house in astrology deals with traits like wife, husband, partnership, external sex organ, lust, adultery, partnership, theft, etc. Partnerships in business are also denoted by this house.  

8th House in kundli or Randhr Bhava – In astrology, the 8th house represents death, unexpected incidents, longevity, defeat, disgrace, finances through unfair means, mental disorders, etc. The positives and negatives of this house have a significant impact on a person.

9th House in astrology or Dharma Bhava – The ninth house in astrology is about father, foreign travel, publicity, luck, religion, etc. Apart from this, the house also represents nourishment in humans. 

10th House in astrology or Karma Bhava – The 10th house in astrology is about career, karma, job and profession. This is the house based on which an individual’s profession Kundli predictions are made. 

11th House in astrology or Labh Bhava – Gains from elder siblings, your goals, ambitions, income, etc. such traits can be predicted by reading the 11th house in astrology. It also denotes gains of all nature, lost wealth and profits and returns.

12th House in astrology or Vyaya Bhava – Lastly, the 12th house in astrology signifies private enemies, pleasures of beds, lawsuits, imprisonments, secret works, moksha, hospitalization, conjugal relations with opposite sex other than legitimate. Sorrows, debts, lost goods etc.

Any planet or zodiac sign positioned in a house influences its factors and gives results based on that account.

Step 3 – Identify the planet in each house

At the time of your birth, all among the nine planets in astrology are occupying one or the other house. In fact, at times, one house can be occupied by more than one planet too. Each of these planets has its own characteristics and behave differently when in combination with different zodiac signs and planets. For example, planet Saturn is an enemy to planet Venus and Aries sign. So if these all are in the same house, the results could be bad. 

But how does one get to know what planet is whose friend or enemy? Well, it’s simple. All you need to do is understand the terms Exaltation & Debilitation

PlanetExalted SignDebilitated SignOwn Sign
MoonTaurus ScorpioCancer
MarsCapricornCancerAries, Scorpio
MercuryVirgoPiscesGemini, Virgo
JupiterCancerCapricornSagittarius, Pisces
Venus PiscesVirgoTaurus, Libra
Saturn LibraAriesCapricorn, Aquarius

Exaltation, in simple terms, is when a planet posited in a particular sign elevates, i.e. compliments or both the signs’ natural harmony sync to churn out a favourable outcome. 

Meanwhile, the debilitation is the opposite of exaltation and thus the outcome here is likely to be unfavourable.

9 planets in astrology and their characteristics

Sun or Surya (Su) – Also called the King of celestial beings, Sun provides the energy to all the planets. It is said to illuminate the world with its brightness.  

Planet Sun in astrology rules over the “Leo” sign and gets exalted (favours) in “Aries” and debilitated (doesn’t favours) in “Libra”. 

Moon or Chandra (Mo) – Moon represents the “mind” of a person. This planet in Vedic astrology, is feminine in nature and its opposite presence to the Sun in the birth chart forms a good Yog. 

Moon in astrology rules over the “Cancer” sign and gets exalted in “Taurus” and debilitated in “Scorpio”. 

Mercury or Budh (Me) – The planet mercury reflects an individual’s logical and calculative ability. The sign is said to be witty and a Messenger of God.

Mercury rules over “Gemini” and “Virgo” signs. It gets exalted in the “Virgo” sign and debilitated in the “Pisces” sign.

Venus or Shukra (Ve) – Venus in astrology represents love, romance, beauty and all such mushy things in life. Moreover, it is also said to be related to the finances of a person. 

Planet Venus rules over “Taurus” and “Libra” and gets exalted in “Pisces” and debilitated in “Virgo”. 

SunMoon, Mars, JupiterSaturn, VenusMercury
MoonSun, MercuryNoneRest of the planets
MarsSun, Moon, JupiterMercuryRest of the planets
MercurySun, VenusMoonVenus, Saturn
JupiterSun, Moon, MarsVenus, MercurySaturn
Venus Saturn, MercuryRest of the planetsJupiter, Mars
SaturnMercury, VenusRest of the planetsJupiter
Rahu, KetuVenus, SaturnSun, Moon, MarsJupiter, Mercury

Mars or Mangal (Ma) : Mars in Vedic astrology represents fighting ability and aggression. Its presence in the house provides one the courage they need to tackle a difficult situation. 

It rules over “Aries” and “Scorpio” and gets exalted in “Capricorn” and debilitated in “Cancer”.

Jupiter or Brihaspati (Ju): This planet represents the wisdom of a person and thus is also called Guru or teacher. Planet Jupiter is one of the most benefic planets. 

Jupiter in astrology rules over “Sagittarius” and “Pisces” and gets exalted in “Cancer” and debilitated in “Capricorn”.

Saturn or Shani (Sa): This is a planet known for its will to judge. Saturn rewards or punishes you on the basis of your karma. Also, it denotes the patience a person carries within. 

The sign rules over “Capricorn” and “Aquarius” and gets exalted in the “Libra” sign and debilitated in the “Aries” sign. 

Rahu (Re):  Rahu is said to invariably be lured by materialistic things. However,  ironically, it is barred from being a planet and is bodiless. This trait makes Rahu want more and more as it is never satisfied. There is no specific sign for Rahu as it behaves like the sign or planet in which it sits.

It is assumed that it gets exalted in “Taurus/Gemini” and debilitated in “Scorpio/Sagittarius”. 

Ketu (Ke):  Ketu too doesn’t enjoy the luxury of being a planet like Ketu. It’s the tail of a Demon. It seeks only enlightenment and represents moksha. It is believed that Ketu behaves like Planet “Mars”. 

Planet Ketu in astrology gets exalted in “Scorpio/Sagittarius” and debilitated in “Taurus/Gemini”.

Read your kundli

So now we have one zodiac sign in each house and also planets in some houses. Now all you need to do is find if the planet and the zodiac sign in the same house are enemies, friends or neutral. Once you know that, you need to have a knowledge of what that particular house represents (finance, love, etc). And based on the same you will have your results. 

In the above image, Gemini (3) is in the 12th house with the planet Mars. As Gemini is neither enemy nor friend to Mars, the results will be neutral. What results? Anything that the 12th house represents such as enemies, lawsuits, etc.

Points to remember:

  • Not always will it happen that if Aries and Saturn, for example, are in your 2nd house, then the results will be negative. There are instances when the results will be positive too; due to the influence of other planets on you at the given time.
  • Hence, when learning how to read kundli, don’t just rely on the basics as there is much more to consider.
  • Here is when you can take the help of an astrologer not just to take suggestions but also to know how well a job you are doing with Kundli reading on your own.

Following these steps, you can easily understand and read a kundli as using the aforementioned steps, you can get a quick and general insight about your life.

Get your Kundli from HERE and start practising.

Also Read: 6 luckiest zodiac signs of 2022 as per astrology


Posted On - November 30, 2021 | Posted By - Kushagra Gupta | Read By -


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