Who will be India’s next Prime Minister?

July 11, 2013 Comments Off

In my view Selvi J Jayalalithaa, the Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has a fair chance of becoming the next Prime Minister of India. However, in order to lead a Third/Federal/Fourth front her party (AIADMK) will have to significantly increase their representation in the next Lok Sabha. A difficult task, but not impossible.

Mahatma Gandhi: Birth Chart Analysis

June 19, 2013 Comments Off

Let us take a look at Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth chart from a Vedic, Lal Kitab and Western Astrology perspective. We will see how different approaches to astrology can complement each other.

Vedic Birth Chart Analysis


All Kendras (angular houses) are occupied by planets. Mars in first and North Node in tenth house indicate success in political endeavors.  Moon and North Node in the same house is generally considered malefic in Vedic Astrology. It indicates a lot of mental stress. However, there is a very strong Gaja Kesari Yoga too (Jupiter being tenth from natal Moon) which is an indicator of success and fame. Overall this is a very powerful chart.

Western Astrology

Mahatma Gandhi

You cannot miss the T Square in Mahatma Gandhi’s chart. In Gandhiji’s chart natal Venus Conjunct Mars (in ascendant) is opposite Jupiter (in 7th house) which is square Moon (10th house). A T square should not be feared. The hardships and discrimination Mahatma Gandhi faced in his early ears only strengthened his resolve to end injustice employing only non violent methods.

Coming back to Moon square Mars, Naturam Godse (the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi) also has Moon Square Mars (9 degree orb). In Gandhiji’s chart however Moon also receives a square aspect from Jupiter. Gandhiji chose to focus more on activities represented by Jupiter (compassion, mercy) rather than on areas represented by Mars (anger, rage etc). The anger and rage represented by Mars was still there but it was directed to a higher cause (a peaceful fight for independence). Godse on the other hand could not restrain his anger and assassinated Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhiji’s advocacy of thrift and self sufficient villages could be attributed to the presence of Saturn in the second house.

For the sake of simplicity, I have not included Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Please note that Gandhiji’s chart also has a grand trine involving Saturn, Neptune and Moon.

Lal Kitab Analysis

Mars, Venus and Mercury in first house and Jupiter in 7 house

Mahatma Gandhi’s views on celibacy and diets are well documented in his autobiography, The Story of My Experiments with Truth.

Saturn in 2nd house , Sun in 12 house and Jupiter in 7th house

This placement gives ascetic tendencies. No surprises that the Mahatma preferred to reside in ashrams.

North Node with Moon in 10th house and South Node in 4th house.

Worldly Fame ensured with Moon and Rahu in 10th house. Ketu in the fourth when benefic gives a healthy inclination for spiritual pursuits.

According to Lal Kitab Jupiter in 7th is generally malefic but in Gandhiji’s chart Jupiter is definitely the most benefic planet. Let us examine the effects of Jupiter in Mahatma Gandhi’s Chart.

For benefic results of Jupiter in 7th house Lal Kitab has cited the example of King Janaka. According to Lal Kitab, the native will be like a King and yet will have a detached temperament (Sage).

With Jupiter in seventh there is a likelihood of achieving success in a foreign country. Remarkably Gandhiji initially achieved success in South Africa.

In Lal Kitab Astrology Mars is the significator of weapons.  Mutual aspects (opposition and conjunction) between Mars and Jupiter are generally considered as benefic. The weapons Mahatma Gandhi chose were Satyagraha and Non-Violence (Mars in first house and Jupiter in seventh)

On 30 January 1948 Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse. The transit chart does indicate trouble.

Mahatma GandhiTransit

Transiting Saturn conjunct natal Moon

Transiting North Node conjunct natal Jupiter

Transiting South Node conjunct natal Mars (and Venus)

Symbolically the T square in the natal chart was under grahan (eclipse) on that day.

 One might be tempted to say that Mahatma Gandhi was destined for greatness but that would be negating free will.  The choices he made, the ideals he stood for made him the “Mahatma” (Great Soul).

Throughout his life he inspired his countrymen. After his death he was and is an inspiration to many great world personalities.  His ideology will remain immortal.

To conclude I would like to quote Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

“If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought, and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony. We may ignore him at our own risk.”

“Gandhi resisted evil with as much vigor and power as the violent resister, but he resisted with love instead of hate. True pacifism is not unrealistic submission to evil power. It is rather a courageous confrontation of evil by the power of love.”


Adolf Hitler: Birth Chart Analysis

June 7, 2013 Comments Off

Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler

In Lal Kitab Astrology, the ascendant (first house) is considered as the throne and the planet occupying it is considered as the King. The planet/s occupying the seventh house is/are considered as ministers who advise/serve the King.

Let us consider a practical situation and forget astrology for a minute. A king has been assassinated (or deposed) and the throne is empty. There are a few ambitious ministers (successors/generals etc). This is certainly a crisis situation and a power struggle is inevitable.

Now apply this concept to Adolf Hitler’s Birth Chart. The first house is empty (there is no king). The Seventh House has four planets namely Sun, Mars, Venus and Mercury (Four ambitious ministers).

Let us see how this power struggle unfolded in Hitler’s life.

A magnetic personality, use of symbols (Sun)
Mesmerising speeches (Mercury)
Appreciation of the arts (Venus)
Grand war plans (Mars)

Vedic astrology has a concept called Graha Yuddha (Planetary war). It is an advanced concept and for the purpose of this post we only need a basic understanding of what a Graha Yuddha is. If two or more planets are in the same longitude then they are considered to be in a Graha Yuddha (Planetary War.) There are also methods to determine which planet is likely to win the planetary war.

In Hitler’s Birth Chart both Mars and Venus are in 24 degrees of Sidereal Aries (approximately 16 Degrees of tropical Taurus). In his youth Hitler wanted to become a painter (Venus) but was rejected twice by the academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Later he volunteered to serve in the Army (Mars). It is quite clear that Mars won the planetary war.

According to Lal Kitab Venus is the also the significator of the resources one acquires from land. Hitler wished to conquer(Mars) Lebensraum(Venus).

Gaja Kesari Yoga is perhaps the most talked about planetary combination in Vedic astrology. In Western Astrology too Jupiter is considered as a “Great Benefic”. Its aspect to Moon (mind) is therefore considered auspicious. When Jupiter is conjunct, square or in opposition to Moon, then Gaja Kesari Yoga is constituted. Mostly auspicious results are mentioned for this yoga. According to some texts, the native will be blessed with wealth, power, and longevity and will use his/her power responsibly. In Hitler’s Birth Chart Jupiter is conjunct Moon (2 degree orb). There is a strong Gaja Kesari Yoga. He gained political power, but used his power irresponsibly and caused much destruction. No yoga or dosha should be seen in isolation. Gaja Kesari Yoga in Hitler’s chart is also opposed by Jupiter’s enemy (North Node Rahu).

Bad effects of Jupiter in 3rd house according to Lal KItab :
Native would love to be surrounded by sycophants who will cause his/her destruction.
Consider this greeting “Heil, mein Führer!” to comprehend what sort of sycophants Hitler associated with.

Good Effects of North Node in 9th house according to Lal Kitab
“Pagalon ka Mashhoor Doctor Hoga”
The native will have a good understanding of human psyche and will have an inherent talent to treat psychological disorders.

Bad effects of North Node in 9th house according to Lal Kitab
The native may himself be prone to psychological disorders.

Saturn in the tenth house is very strong according to Lal Kitab and is good for politics too.

Hitler was an opportunist who used propaganda to win the minds of his fellow citizens and unfortunately they fell for his propaganda.

A lot of internal (personal) struggles are indicated in Hitler’s chart. A deep spiritual awakening could have resulted had he won his internal battles. Instead he chose to impose his ideology (part of the personal battles) onto his people.

Hitler has quite a following in India. Last Week I met a gentleman who said that Hitler was a “brave man” and that his rise was “preordained”. I told him that God does not plan genocides and brave men do not hide in bunkers.

In times of economic hardships and political confusion people tend to gravitate towards such figures. It is important that we learn from history and do not allow people like Hitler to rise to a powerful political position.


May 17, 2013 Comments Off

The 1952 edition of Lal Kitab starts with a couple of warnings which I wish to share with the readers.

What follows below (in italics) is my translation of the original text.

A deep study of the subject or the faculty of intuition may enable you (the astrologer) to know about the time of death (of someone) or the gender of the unborn baby, but it is forbidden to forecast on such subjects.

Lal Kitab warns the astrologer of the terrible consequences (which may befall him/her) should he/she ignore this warning.
All Lal Kitab Practitioners see this warning as a Lakshman Rekha which should not be crossed.

The astrologer should suggest all possible precautions if there are any indicators in the natal/annual/transit chart but should be careful with his words.

For example:

An astrologer should say something like this

You should be careful while driving or there is an indication of drug abuse in your chart and you should be careful as it may affect your health.

It is not about “can such things be predicted?”
It is about “should such things be predicted?”

According to Lal Kitab ethics:- no, such things should never be predicted.

The Government of India banned Prenatal sex determination in 1994. The objective was to prevent sex selective abortion. In a nation where female foeticide still occurs, such a legistlation is required.

In 1952, the author of Lal Kitab Pt Rup Chand Joshi cautioned astrologers against predicting the gender of the unborn child.

Allow me to write about a recent trend too (which I do not agree with)

Many parents are planning their Child’s delivery date on the advice of astrologers.  Again parents should only consult with the specialist doctors on such issues.

I am sure the author of Lal Kitab would have cautioned astrologers on this trend had it been prevalent in his time.

Bill Clinton: – Birth Chart Analysis

April 24, 2013 Comments Off

For interpretation of Mars and Venus in Mr Clinton’s Birth chart please refer to my earlier post.

Let us take a look at some of the other planets in Mr Clinton’s Natal Chart with respect to Lal Kitab Astrology.

In this post I will also explain a few concepts of Lal Kitab Astrology namely Takraav (Colliding Planets) and Qurbaani ke Grah (Scapegoat planets). These concepts are often misunderstood.

In Lal Kitab Astrology planets are also indicator of family members. For example Jupiter represents Grand Father and Father, Sun represents Father, Moon represents Mother, Venus represents Spouse, Mars represents Brothers etc.

There is also a concept of friendly and enemy planets. For example Moon is on friendly terms with Jupiter, Sun and Moon.

Takraav (Colliding Planets)

Planets in 1st house will strike and to some extent destroy the planet in 8th house (friend or foe). Besides 1-8, a few other placements are seen as Takraav and I will mention them in other posts.

Qurbaani Ke Grah (Scapegoat Planets)

Whenever a planet is afflicted it will seek some other planet (as scapegoat) to pass some/all  of its affliction. For example an afflicted moon will pass on its troubles to Sun, Jupiter and Mars.

Mr Bill Clinton

Mr Bill Clinton

In Mr Clinton’s natal chart Moon is in Takraav (8th from Mars and Venus).  Moon is afflicted and will seek the help of its friends Mars, Jupiter and Sun to share this affliction.

As mentioned above Moon represents Mother, Jupiter and Sun Represent Father and Mars represents Brothers in Lal Kitab Astrology.

Three months before Mr Clinton was born, his father died tragically in a car accident.

In the above chart Moon is afflicted (Widowed Mother).  Jupiter is the scapegoat planet (early death of Father).

Such tragic events happened even before the birth of the native. Such events in Lal Kitab terminology will be termed as Grah Phal (Fate) as the native had no control over them.

Mars in first house is very auspicious. It helps the native develop a healthy ego (required for worldly success).

Venus in the first house is capable of giving the native a highly prestigious governmental/administrative post. On the negative side, this placement of Venus may cause some scandal.

Detailed interpretation of Mars and Venus in Mr Clinton’s chart can be found in my earlier post.

Notice the presence of North Node (Rahu) in 9th house . In lal Kitab 9th house is the house of Jupiter. In this chart Rahu is in Takraav from Jupiter. The native could face accusations of or could be a victim of fraud. Due care should be exercised to ensure transparency in all financial activities.

Saturn in 10th and 11th house is said to be in its own house in Lal Kitab Astrology. 11th Saturn has been called in Lal Kitab as architect of fate. There is a lot of scope to exercise free will and achieve success with this placement of Saturn.

Mercury in 11th house is with a friendly planet Saturn. According to Lal Kitab the native with Mercury in 11th house should be extra careful between the ages of 32 and 34. This Mercury and North Node in 9th house require that the native be very careful and transparent in all his financial dealings. Whitewater controversy surfaced around this time. However no indictments were ever made against the Clintons

I quote the following from Wikipedia to get an idea about the political contributions of Mr Clinton just after his age of 34 as 11th Mercury generally gives very good results after the age of 34.

In the early 1980s, Clinton made reform of the Arkansas education system a top priority. The Arkansas Education Standards Committee, chaired by Clinton’s wife, attorney and Legal Services Corporation chair Hillary Rodham Clinton, succeeded in reforming the education system, transforming it from the worst in the nation into one of the best. Many have considered this the greatest achievement of the Clinton governorship.

Notice the emphasis on education.

Interest in music and communications (Mercury), Law and Justice (Saturn) is verified by life events.

Success in politics came largely due to Mars in 1st house (Sword of Justice in Lal Kitab), and Saturn in 11th house.

Auspicious Saturn in Lal Kitab has been called as Kalam Vidhaata (blessing of God, writer of destiny). If Saturn is benevolent in a chart then aspirations of the native will fructify. Saturn provides the native with the wisdom to choose the right course of action and the perseverance to stick to that course of action.

Generally Moon in 8th is not considered good for education but in this chart Saturn and Mercury in 11th,  Mars in 1st and Jupiter in 2nd house is very good for academic pursuits.

Mr Clinton’s chart is very interesting to me because despite a difficult childhood (Fate) he went on to become the elected Head of State of his country (Fate? maybe, Free will? definitely). His horoscope indicates both; fate (circumstances over which he had no/little control) and free will (choosing the right career for instance.)

Are We Astrologers a divided lot?

March 8, 2013 Comments Off

Sure we cannot seem to agree amongst ourselves over a lot of essential fundamentals of astrology.

However it may actually be a good thing.

John Milton in Areopagitica believes that  ” Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making.”

Paying heed to the above allow me to mention a few things we astrologers do not agree upon.  Apologies in advance if my approach to these differences further confuses the reader.

1. Zodiac (Tropical vs Sidereal)

Tropical Zodiac is based on the March Equinox. The Equinox point is taken as 0 degree aries. For people in the northern hemisphere this is the spring season.

Sidereal Zodiac, on the other hand is aligned with the fixed stars. Ras Hammel “the head of Ram” is considered as first point of Aries. For followers of Vedic Astrology this corresponds to the Ashvini Nakshatra.

Generally Western Astrologers prefer the Tropical Zodiac and their Vedic counterparts prefer the sidereal Zodiac, however one can find many Western Astrologers using the sidereal zodiac and a few Vedic astrologers following the Sayana (Tropical) Zodiac.

Ardent followers of Sidereal Zodiac are united in their opposition to the Tropical Zodiac. But even they cannot unanimously agree to which Ayanamsa ( the exact amount of precession) to use.

This is not so much a problem in Lal Kitab Astrology as it focuses mainly on house placement of planets and the aspects involved.

2. House Systems

Let me first point out the agreements. Both Tropical and Sidereal astrologers use a 12 house system numbered anti-clockwise beginning from the eastern horizon (Ascendant).

Now the differences: Why 12 houses, why not a eight house system,  a clockwise house system and/or a system which gives greater importance to the Midheaven than the Ascendant.

Most astrologers agree to the point of ascendant. Now this point can be taken as the beginning of the first house, middle of the first house etc. Houses themselves can be equal (eg whole signs and equal houses) or unequal (Placidus being the most popular, Koch and many more). Again time can be used as a basis of house division (Koch), space  (Meridian) or the ecliptic (Porphyry).

In Lal Kitab there is concept of “Tewa Durusti” which can be used to ascertain the correct placement of a planet.

This can be known by verifying a few events which may have occurred with the person whose chart is being analysed.The basis of Lal Kitab Chart is the whole sign chart.

Let me give an example, suppose the ascendant point is 1 degree of Leo and a planet is placed in 29 degrees of Leo. In whole sign house system it will be in the first house. In Lal Kitab one must take the help of “Tewa Durusti” to ascertain whether the planet is in first house or the second.

For those new to astrology my suggestion would be to focus mainly on aspects, then move to houses and then only to signs (or fixed stars).

My reason :

Aspects in astrology is something which mostly all astrologers agree on. Example a native born on a full moon day will have Sun Opposition Moon in his/her natal chart. Similar traits are mentioned for this aspect in almost all schools of astrology. In my view same is the case with other aspects.

There is a lot of literature in support of one branch of astrology or one house system over another. It is my belief that all branches of astrology are to a great extent self contained. If one is loyal to a particular branch or a house system in its entirety, then one will be able to make good progress in learning astrology.

Lal Kitab forbids its practitioners to ridicule other branches of astrology

As Sophocles said “The kind of man who always thinks that he is right,that his opinions, pronouncements,are the final word,when once exposed shows nothing there. But a wise man has much to learn without a loss of dignity”.

Clinton-Lewinsky affair, A Lal Kitab Perspective

March 4, 2013 Comments Off

Tropical Birth Chart of Mr Bill Clinton

Date:- August 19, 1946

Time:- 8:51 am

Place: Hope, Arkansas, United States Of America


Let us study the above chart  according to principles of Lal Kitab. In my previous post I mentioned that Lal Kitab always considers the first house as Aries. So, for the purpose of analysis we will ignore the tropical sign Libra (Sidereal Virgo) which falls in the first house.

Venus in First house

The example given in Lal Kitab in order to illustrate the effects of Venus in 1st house is that of Razia Sultana. Razia Sultana was a female Monarch of Delhi Sultanate (Medieval India).  She fell in love with Jamaluddin Yakut (a slave turned nobleman). The scandal that ensued gained her much infamy, besides the loss of her throne.

Seven and a half centuries later one can see a lot of similarities in the Clinton-Lewinsky affair. Of course it could have been avoided. Mr Clinton publicly admitted that he made “a terrible moral error”.

Lal Kitab suggests that natives with Venus in first house must respect societal moral standards.

Vedic Sidereal Chart of Mr Bill Clinton (North Indian Style)


Mars in First House

Mars is in close conjunction to the ascendant point. Hence Mars becomes a very important planet in the chart of Mr Clinton. According to Lal Kitab the native with Mars in First House will fight for justice. It also mentions that if the native strives and aims to succeed with own efforts, he/she will definitely be rewarded.

There is no doubt that Mr Clinton is a self made man.

Mars in first house also gives a lot of energy which can be used constructively in pursuit of one’s goals. When this energy is not utilised properly, the result may be anger. In the words of Mr Clinton “if people have unresolved anger, it makes them do non-rational, destructive things.”

The above interpretation is a very basic one according to Lal Kitab Astrology. For a comprehensive analysis one needs to check all the planets and the aspects involved. The purpose of this post was to highlight the importance of house placement of a planet in the light of Lal Kitab Astrology.

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