By Michael Laughrin, Michael@jyotish.ws
To me, astrology is, essentially, wonderfully simple.
For beginners: forget the yogas, the
exceptions, the different dasha systems. It all boils
down to several simple rules:
To judge the strength of a house in the simplest
The good houses are 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 11. If
the ruler of a good house falls in any good house,
that house brings good results. For example, if the
ruler of the 1st house (the house of the self) falls in
the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th or 11th
houses, the health and self-confidence of the native
will tend to be good -- all other things being equal.
- If the ruler of a "bad" (3, 6, 8 or 12) house falls in
a "bad" house, the results will be good.
- Natural benefics (the Moon, Mercury, Venus and
Jupiter) in a house bless that house.
malefics (Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu) in a house
hurt that house.
Pay attention the significator of the issue being
studied. For example, Jupiter stands for children.
Jupiter being strong in the chart will significantly
increase the chances of having children and deriving
happiness from children.
Functional benefics (the rulers of houses 1, 4, 5, 7, 9
and 10) placed in a house help the affairs of that
house (even if that functional benefic is a natural
malefic). For example, Saturn in the 11th house in a
Taurus Ascendant chart helps the finances and
career prospects more than it hurts them because
Saturn rules the 9th and the 10th houses for Taurus
Lagna. That Saturn does more good than harm.
Functional malefics tend to hurt the house they are
placed in even if they are natural benefics.
If you stick to these few simple rules, AND REALLY
MASTER THEM, you will be able to amaze people with
your astuteness and accuracy. However, there is a
price for everything. First, you must memorize which
planet owns each sign and where each planet is
exalted and debilitated. Second, you must know the
simple meaning of each house. Third, you must know
the most important things ruled by each planet.
- Is the ruler of the house strong? If yes,
that covers 40% of the story.
Look at the planets in the house (or aspecting the
house). If they are benefic, either natural or
functional, that will tend to lift up the affairs of that
house. Another 40% accounted for.
Finally, look at the significator of the house in
question. For example: marriage. First, look at the
ruler of the 7th house. Next, look at the planets in
the 7th house (or aspecting the 7th house). Last,
but not least, how is Venus doing? If the ruler is well
placed, perhaps in the 9th house, and we have the
Moon in the 7th house, and Venus is in its own sign
in the 5th house, we can confidently predict early
marriage, happy marriage, fulfilling marriage.
AND, MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, FORGET ALL THAT
FANCY STUFF YOU'VE BEEN FILLING YOUR HEAD
WITH AND STICK TO THE BASICS! Please note that
this only applies to the beginning stages of Jyotish.
It's kind of like music: practice the scales and
arpeggios and the rest will tend to take care of
(c) copyright 2007 Michael Laughrin.
(This article was published in the February/March 2007 issue
of Michael Laughrin's North American Jyotish Newsletter. Click to subscribe to this free Jyotish newsletter.
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