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The month of Aries -The new beginnings

The month of Aries -The new beginnings

As we are nearing Sun’s entry into the sign Aries, or Mesha, we are naturally directed to new beginnings. If you are interested in the mundane aspects of the Sun’s entry into Aries (Mesha Sankranti), Visti has delivered a whole lecture on this topic in one of his RAMA courses.

The sign Aries is the first sign and the beginning of the Zodiac comprised of twelve signs. This sounds easy and many would say, this is common knowledge. But do you know how this came to be?

Astronomically, Aries (0° Aries or Mesha) is defined by the fixed star Spica. Spica is also called Chitra yoga tara, and 0 degree Aries is known as chitrapaksha, or 180°degree (paksha) opposite this fixed start. This time of year and Suns cycle defines the start of the spring season in nature, to which many refer to as the Spring Equinox.

The sign Aries is also the starting sign of the Kalapurusha or time personified, where kala in Sanskrit means time, and purusha means a man. This Kalapurusha horoscope has defined rashi or signs in all twelve houses, starting with Aries as the Ascendant or 1st house, Taurus as the 2nd, Gemini as the 3rd, and so on. This horoscope known as the Kalapurusha shows nature almost as a template from which we are all created.

That being said, let us name some of the main domains in life that are covered by the 1st house/ascendant or Lagna:

  1. The ascendant represents the self. In Sanskrit we refer to it as Sva or one of the self-indicators. The ascendant in any divisional chart represents the native in that area of life (i.e. In the D9 Lagna shows how we think in the matters of marriage and dharma, D7 children and parenting, D10 profession, etc.).
  2. Physical appearance. The ascendant indicates our physical body and appearance, and when it comes to a specific body part, the ascendant indicates our head as a body part. Note: to get the whole picture one should also examine Navamsha lagna, Moon´s sign, etc.
  3. Intelligence and nature. Lagna is one of the self-indicators and is a starting point whilst judging ones nature and way of thinking. We often refer to the Lagna as an operating system when it comes to thinking and intelligence (learn more about different lagnas from Saravali).
  4. Fame and reputation. Lagna is said to be the praiseworthy one, what you are being celebrated for, as well as your reputation, good or bad, depending on the other factors influencing Lagna. Here comes into play the whole concept of Raja yoga (to better understand Raja yogas one should study Maharishi Jaimini Upadesha Sutras, through books or courses).
  5. First house represents birth and the beginning of life. From the first house we can read circumstances related to the birth, the strength of Lagna and its lord can ensure the good start in life, etc.

I would like to finish this write-up with a peculiar principle. The Lagna lord can indicate how comfortable you will be at your birthplace, and yet yoga’s in the Lagna can take you away from your birthplace. Try it out and let me know what you think in the comment section below the post.

– Om tat sat –

Rahu or Ketu in the First house

Rahu or Ketu in the First house

अथ तन्वादिद्वादश भावस्थित राहुकेत्वोः फलमाह

तत्रादौ लग्ने राहुकेत्वोः फलम्

atha tanvādidvādaśa bhāvasthita rāhuketvoḥ phalamāha

tatrādau lagne rāhuketvoḥ phalam

atha now; tanva part of the body; adi and other; dvādaśabhāva twelve houses; sthita standing, being placed in; rāhuketvo nodes Rahu and Ketu; phalam fruit, result; tatrādau therefore, therein; lagne Lagna or ascendant; rāhuketvo the results of the Rahu and Ketu.

Translation: Now begins the twelve houses beginning from the Lagna and the placement of the Rahu and Ketu therein. Therefore we can begin with the results of the Rahu and Ketu in the ascendant.


Saturn in the Eighth house

Saturn in the Eighth house


लग्नादष्टमे शनिफलम्

lagnādaṣṭame śaniphalam

lagnād Lagna or Ascendant, aṣṭame eighth, śaniphalam fruits or results of the Saturn

Translation: The results of the Saturn in the eighth house.


त्रिपादायुः दरिद्री शूद्रस्त्रीरतः सेवकः॥ ३७॥

उच्चस्वक्षेत्रे दीर्घयुः॥ ३८॥

अरिनीचगे भावाधिपे अल्पायुः॥ ३९॥

कष्टान्नभोगी॥ ४०॥


tripādāyuḥ daridrī śūdrastrīrataḥ sevakaḥ || 37||

uccasvakṣetre dīrghayuḥ || 38||

arinīcage bhāvādhipe alpāyuḥ || 39||

kaṣṭānnabhogī || 40||


tripādāyu three out of four parts; daridrī poor, beggar; śūdra one serving others; strī a wife; rata having sexual intercourse with, loved; sevaka a servant, attendant;

uccasvakṣetre exaltation or own sign; dīrghayu long life;

arinīcage placed in enemy sign or debilitated; bhāvādhipe lord of the house; alpāyu short lived; kaṣṭa evil, wrong, difficult; ānna food, bread corn; bhogī enjoying or suffering.


Saturn in the Fifth house

Saturn in the Fifth house

Saturn 5th

लग्नात्पंचमे शनिफलम्

lagnātpaṁcame śaniphalam

lagnād Lagna or Ascendant, paṁcame fifth, śaniphalam fruits or results of the Saturn

Translation: The results of the Saturn in the fifth house.


पुत्रहीनः अतिदरिद्री दुर्वृत्तः दत्तपुत्री॥ २२॥

स्वक्षेत्रे स्त्रीप्रजासिद्धिः॥ २३॥

गुरुदृष्टे स्त्रीद्वयम्॥ २४॥

तत्र प्रथमापुत्रा द्वितीया पुत्रवती॥ २५॥

बलयुते मन्दे स्त्रीभिर्युक्तः॥ २६॥


putrahīnaḥ atidaridrī durvṛttaḥ dattaputrī || 22||

svakṣetre strīprajāsiddhiḥ || 23||

gurudṛṣṭe strīdvayam || 24||

tatra prathamāputrā dvitīyā putravatī || 25||

balayute mande strībhiryuktaḥ || 26||


putrahīna loss of children or childless; ati beyond, over; daridrī poor, deprived of, beggar; durvṛtta bad conduct, behaving badly, vile; dattaputrī adopted child;

svakṣetre own sign; strī a woman, female; prajā offspring, progeny, children; siddhi accomplishment, fulfillment;

gurudṛṣṭe Jupiter’s aspect; strīdvayam two wives;

tatra in that case, therefore; prathama first, prior; aputrā sonless; dvitīyā second, later, companion; putravatī having a son or children;

balayute strong; mande Saturn; strībhir union with a woman, sexual union; yukta join, united.


Translation: If Saturn is placed in the fifth house, the native will be childless and very poor. He will be involved in bad behavior and will adopt a daughter.

If Saturn is placed in own sign (Capricorn or Aquarious) the native will have daughters.

If Saturn is aspected by Jupiter, native will have two wives, in which case first one will be issueless and the second wife will give birth to daughters.

If Saturn is strong the native will have affairs with many woman.


Saturn in the Fourth house

Saturn in the Fourth house


लग्नाच्चतुर्थे शनिफलम्

lagnāccaturthe śaniphalam

lagnād Lagna or Ascendant, caturthe fourth, śaniphalam fruits or results of the Saturn

Translation: The results of the Saturn in the fourth house.


मातृहानिः द्विमातृवान्॥ १४॥

सौख्यहानिः निर्धनः॥ १५॥

उच्चस्वक्षेत्रे न दोष॥ १६॥

अश्वान्दोलाद्यवरोही॥ १७॥

लग्नेशेमन्दे मातृदीर्घयुः॥ १८॥

सौख्यवान्॥ १९॥

रन्ध्रेशयुक्ते मत्ररिष्टम्॥ २०॥

सुखहानिः॥ २१॥

mātṛhāniḥ dvimātṛvān || 14||

saukhyahāniḥ nirdhanaḥ || 15||

uccasvakṣetre na doṣaḥ || 16||

aśvāndolādyavarohī || 17||

lagneśemande mātṛdīrghayuḥ || 18||

saukhyavān || 19||

randhreśayukte matrariṣṭam || 20||

sukhahāniḥ || 21||


mātṛ a mother; hāni abandonment, deprivation, loss; dvimātṛvān having two mothers;

saukhyahāni lack of happiness; nirdhana without property, poor;

uccasvakṣetre exalted or in own sign; na no, it is not so; doṣa fault, vice, deficiency;

aśvān horses; dolā swing, hammock, palanquin; avarohī descending, possessing;

lagneśemande Saturn as lord of lagna (ascendant); mātṛdīrghayu mother will be long lived:

saukhyavān happy;

randhreśayukte conjoined 8th lord; matrariṣṭam loss of mother;

sukhahāni loss of happiness.


Translation: If Saturn is placed in the fourth house there will be loss of mother. After the death of mother native will get step mother. Native will be unhappy and poor.

If Saturn is exalted (Libra) or placed in own sign (Capricorn or Aquarius) evil results from above will not transpire, and native will own horses and prestigious conveyances like palanquins.

If Saturn is lord of the ascendant and placed in the fourth house, natives mother will be long lived and native will be happy.

If Saturn is conjoined 8th lord, native will experience loss of mother and happiness.