I would not be wrong when I say that the horoscope is like a mirror, from where an astrologer can peep into the past, present and the future. Horoscope is a complete snapshot of the natives live. Natal chartcan be prepared by using the date, time and place of birth, and these days it is possible within minutes with the help of software, unless the astrologer is a big fan of calculations and doing things manually after reading the ephemeris. It is the interpretation of the horoscope that is challenging for any astrologer.
There are three basic parameters in a horoscope and they are Signs, Houses and Planets. The 12 Signs are spread over 12 houses. There are in total 9 planets including Rahu and Ketu which are just mathematical points in Vedic astrology. Many houses will not contain any planets and some houses will have more than one planet. Interpretation of the horoscope has to be done in a very systematic way to reach any tangible conclusion. The interpretation of any horoscope is a very complex process and it involves many steps that need to be undertaken so that correct predictions can be made. Every astrologer should be aware of the fact that whatever he says will have a positive or a negative effecton the life of hisclient. There are no strict rules that should be followed when reading a chart but everyone has a methodology that they follow, generally all have some similarities. I have mentioned below some of the steps that should be undertaken when reading any horoscope.
For analyzing any aspect of natives life, the astrologer assesses the house related to that aspect along with the Karka. Karka planets are those planets that do the work for you. Suppose we are checking for timing of marriage in a male horoscope, we will check the 7th house, along with the significator of that particular event, for Marriage we will look at Venus as Venus is the significator of Marriage, marital happiness and sex. We will also look at the malefic aspects on the 7th house and the 7th lord. Below I have explained with the help of an example.
Date of Birth: 08 Feb 1950
Time of Birth: 6:55 AM
Place of Birth: Calcutta – West Bengal
In the above horoscope as we are looking for marriage we will start with the 7th house. In the chart we see that the 7th house lord is the Sun as Leo sign is posited there. The ascendant lord Saturn is posited in the 7th house. Saturn in its enemy sign is not promising stability in the marriage. However as lagan lord is in the 7th house, the native will always have a desire towards marriage. Jupiter the lord of the 11th house which is the house of fructification of desires and Venus which is the lord of the 9th house or the bhagesh are conjoined with 7th lord Sun in the 12th house.Jupiter although debilitated in the natal chart is exalted in Navamsha chart. 5th house lord Mercury in gains that is the 11th house, the native was very much interested in romance and moving about with members of the opposite sex. The strong period of marriage of the native was to be during the Mahadasha / antardasha of planets Saturn, Sun, Jupiter and Venus as these planets are strongly connected with the 7th house, its lord and the karka. As studied from the horoscope of the native that he was running the antardasha of Saturn in the mahadasha of Jupiter from 22 -02-1972 to 04-09-1974. This was indeed a very strong period of marriage as the native was running the dasha and antardasha of the planets of which one was posited in the 7th house and the other was indicating gains or fructification of desires.
The transit in towards July 1973 saw Saturn and Sun conjoined in the 5th house which is the house of romance. Venus and Jupiter aspect each other and Rahu posited in the 11th house which is one of the upachya house and Rahu in upachaya enhances results and when in the 11th house it aspects the 5th and the 7th house. The native did love marriage on 10 July 1973 in the period in which he was in the mahadasha of Jupiter, antardasha of Saturn and patyantardasha of Sun.
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