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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

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