Step 1 is the introductory step. So in step 1 of learning how to read your kundli, we will learn about planets and houses in astrology as they are the soul and heart of any kundli along with signs in kundli. Each planet and house in astrology denotes a thing or two. They carry specific traits, which could either bear positive or negative results on the native. In astrology, planets, signs and houses don't work in stagnation and all of them are dependent on each other and contribute in bringing a change in the life of a person.
Entire astrology is based primarily on nine planets, twelve signs, twenty-seven Nakshatras and twelve houses (Bhava). Any astrology prediction by the best astrologers in India is based on permutations and combinations of these elements. In a nutshell, an astrologer, when reading your Kundli, would look at the positions of different planets, signs in different houses at the time of your birth and compare them with their current positions to allow you life predictions.
|Moon||चंद्र, सोम (Chandra, Som)|
|Mars||मंगल, कुज (Mangal, Kuja)|
|Jupiter||गुरू, बृहस्पति (Guru, Brihaspati)|
|North Node||राहु (Rahu)|
|South Node||केतु (Ketu)|
Each of these planets in astrology has certain traits that they infuse into the person. The intensity of giving out these traits change with respect to their placement in the kundli or their conjunction with other planets. This is something that you will understand going forward. For now, you just need to be aware of what each of the planets in astrology means or denote.
Sun - Self, confidence, father, vitality, creativity and power. Moon - Emotions, mind, mother, nourishment, creativity, response, sensitivity. Mars - Bravery, aggression, courage. Venus - Harmony, love and affection, companionship, luxury, creativity. Jupiter - Expansion, optimism, maturity, knowledge, luck. Saturn - Responsibility, limitation, stability, commitment, hard work. Mercury - Intelligence to interpret, analytical skills, communication, perception, expression. Rahu - Explosiveness, obsession, freedom, illusion, Materialistic gains. Ketu - Intuition, imagination, transformation, intensity, elimination.
Now that we have understood about the 9 planets in astrology and their meaning, going forward we need to look at 12 signs in astrology. Interestingly, signs and planets in astrology share a close relationship. Each zodiac sign is governed by a planet and in this way, the planet brings its characteristics to the sign.
For example, the zodiac sign Taurus is governed by Venus. Venus traits (as mentioned above), being that of love and relationship, thus makes the Taurus natives romantic and very sensual (Taurus, relatable isn't it?). Signs in astrology have much more to contribute when it comes to learning how to read a kundli. However, we will learn that in another lesson.
|Zodiac Signs||Their governing planets|
Have you seen those kundli diagrams or charts, which actually seem like some kind of rocket science to decipher? The diagram, also called the birth chart, is an amalgamation of 12 houses. Each of these 12 houses in astrology means or represent a thing or two. For example, the second house represents wealth, the fifth house represents children and so on.
Each of these houses is ruled by a zodiac sign. Also, planets in astrology (mentioned above) move from one house to another throughout a person's life thus altering the aspect (education, love, career, etc.) of that house from time to time. Again you will understand all of this in the upcoming chapters. For now, all you need to understand is the 12 houses in astrology and what they represent.
So, this was the gist of the most important elements that constitute kundli reading. In the next chapter, we will discuss the nature of zodiac signs and planets; and also how they can be used to make forecasts.
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