Q: WHAT’S the difference between Western and Indian astrology? SS
A: A birth chart is a diagram made up of eight triangles and four rhombus-type shapes called houses. The 12 houses each denote different things and aspects of life. At the time of birth, the nine planets occupy different houses in one’s birth-chart. Each depicts a different date, time and place of birth.
The planets revolve around the sun at different speeds through an invisible zodiac path. Vedic astrology is based on moon signs. The moon changes its zodiac (rashi) sign after every two-anda-quarter days. That’s why the Indian zodiac sign changes.
Western astrology gives greater importance to sun signs whereas Indian astrology focuses more on moon signs. Although there are techniques available to experts for deeper analysis, Western astrology gives general predictions that are common to millions of people. On the other hand, Indian astrology looks at your date, time and place of birth.
Use of the divisional charts, Dasa System, Ashtakavarga and so on and the precise calculations of the strength of planets makes Indian astrology more accurate and individualised.
Q: I READ your column about Yamraj granting freedom to all souls during Pithar Paksha. How, when according to our karma, the soul is reincarnated into another form? DM
A: From the onset of death, a soul embarks on a journey that is governed by nature and its laws. No soul is born again directly after death.
It takes about a year for the soul to reach Yamraj. That’s why Hindus do a one-year ceremony after a person’s death. Above observing the rituals of Pithar Paksha, if one looks after their parents and respects their elders and learned people, they keep away from the effect of Pitra Dosha in their horoscopes. A more detailed explanation can be found in the Garuda Puran.
Q: WHEN will I marry and can you tell me about the person’s religion and character? I am 32 and beginning to worry. RG
A: Between 2020 and 2021, your sub-ruling period will be Mars and it is the lord of the 7th house which denotes marriage, partnerships, relationships and so on. Keep your options open. You can meet someone during that time and it can lead to a lasting relationship. Generally, if Mars and some other astro factors affect the 7th house, they generally get tall, stubborn and financially stable spouses.
Q: I HAVE been employed with the same company for about 18 years but recently, things have quietened down dramatically. I am almost certain the company will close soon. At my age, will I find another job? SSB
A: You will lose your job soon as per your planetary configuration. You’ve entered a bad time and it will get worse before it gets better. You will get a job but it will be a battle before you get one with a high salary. Fast every Saturday from the end of next year onwards and chant “Om Namah Shivaya” daily for 30 minutes. Also read the Sundera Kanda every Saturday. Be patient.
Q: I am a Hindi-speaking man. Please advise me about my job and my marriage prospects. I have been trying to land a good job for two years. I am 32 years old and looking for the right person. SR
A: I do not see a problem in your horoscope. Some other factors are blocking your path to success and happiness. However, I am unable to determine what because we have not met face to face. Follow the suggestions below as religiously as possible to improve your fortunes. I wish you well.
Do the following:
Try to modify your home according to the Vastu principles.
Perform the Pitra Paksha diligently each year.
Be positive and hopeful.
Hard work, faith and devotion will ultimately earn you rich rewards.
If you hurt or offend people deliberately or unknowingly, offer a sincere apology from your prayer place.
Avoid quarrelling at home.
You can offer water to the rising sun daily and chant “Om Namah Shivaya” daily for 30 minutes.
Give a loaf of bread to the poor every Sunday until you land the job you desire. Next year, by God’s grace, you could be in good and secure job Once the job becomes yours, you will meet the right partner. rituals