Till now all we have seen is Planets and their properties and effects, but in addition to planets even the Zodiac signs have their own effects.
Reference: Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra.
1-2. Importance of Hora. The word Hora is derived from Ahoratr after dropping the first and last syllables. Thus Hora (Lagnas) remains in between Ahoratr (i.e. day and night) and after knowing Hora the good and bad effects of a native be known. Śrī Vishnu, the Invisible is Time personified. His limbs are the 12 odiac Signs/ Rāśis, commencing from Areis/Mesh.
.3. Names of Signs/Rāśis. The 12 Rāśis of the zodiac in order are Aries/Mesh, Taurus/Vrishabh, Gemini/Mithun, Cancer/Kark/Karkataka, Leo/Simha, Virgo/Kanya, Libra/Tula, Scorpio/Vrischika, Saggitarius/Dhanus, Capricorn/Makar, Aquarius/Kumbha and Pisces/Meena.
.4-4½. Limbs of Kaal Purusha. Kaal Purusha (or Time personified) has his limbs, as under with reference to the 12 Signs/Rāśis, respectively: Head ( Aries), face ( Taurus), arms ( Gemini), heart (Cancer), stomach (Leo), hips (Virgo), space below navel (Libra), privities ( Scorpio), thighs ( Saggitarius), knees (Capricorn), ankles (Aquarius) and feet (Pisces).
How it influences: If a Native has his Lagna in Aries and the Lagna Lord and the Planets are weak, thenthe Native might suffer from health problems in in head, or might be weak when it comes to Intelligence.
.5-5½. Classification of Signs/Rāśis. Movable, Fixed and Dual are the names given to the 12 Signs/Rāśis in order.
Aries= Movable, Taurus= Fixed, Dual= Gemini, Cancer= Movable, Leo = Fixed, Virgo=Dual, Libra = Movable, Scorpio = Fixed, Saggitarius = Dual, Capricorn = Movable, Aquarius = Fixed, and Pisces = Dual.
E.g. How it influences.
A Native with Lagna in a Dual Rasi/Sign has a possibility of earning in not only his own home also in a foreign lands, A Native with Lagna in a Movable Rasi, has better chances of earning n a foreign land, and a Native with Lagna in a Fixed Sign/Rasi, has good chances to make a better living in his own home place.
Similarly are male and female.
Odd ( Male)
(1) Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Saggitarius and Aquarius are called odd Signs /Rasis or Vishama rasis or Oja rasis. They are also known as male Signs/Rasis.
Even ( Female)
(1) Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces are called Even rasis or Sama rasis or Yugma rasis. They are also known as Female rasis.
This division is used in some dasas and in the determination of the sex of children.
Odd-footed and Even-footed.
(1) Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Libra, Scorpio and Saggitarius are called Odd-footed rasis or Vishamapada rasis or Ojapada rasis.
(1) Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces are called Even-footed rasis or Samapada rasis or or Yugmapada rasis.
Aries/Mesha, Leo/Simha and Saggitarius/Dhanus are bilious.
Taurus/Vrishabh, Virgo/Kanya and Makar are windy.
Mithun, Tula and Kumbh are mixed, while the rest are phlegmatic.
e.g. These are very important when it comes to compatibility between a Male and a female partners, same type of people should not get married.
Rasis & Five Element
According to Hindu philosophy, this world is made up of 5 elements – fire, water, air, earth and ether. Water is a substance with a flexible state. Air is a substance with a varying state. Earth is a substance with a constant and solid state. Fire is a substance that transforms the state of things. Ether is something that is present everywhere.
For example, suppose one has a good memory and remembers something he learnt 10 years back. It involves a skill of earthy nature. Suppose a poet’s imagination creates a nice poem that appeals to one’s aesthetic sense. This involves watery skills. Suppose one is in a bad mood and his mind is wandering aimlessly. This shows airy state of the mind. These 5 elements are behind every material substance, every action, every thought, every emotion and every happening in this universe.
(1) Aries, Leo and Saggitarius are called agni rasis or fiery rasis.(1) Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are called bhoo rasis or earthy rasis.(1) Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are called Vaayu rasis or airy rasis.(1) Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are called Jala rasis or watery rasis.
(1) The 5th element of aakaasa or ether is present in every rasi.
How they influence:
E.g. The 5th house in one’s chart shows one’s emotional nature. The 5th house in a fiery sign may show a normally angry, aggressive or determined person. The 5th house in an earthy sign may show a balanced, logical and stable person. The 5th house in an airy sign may show someone with unstable and wandering emotions. The 5th house in a watery sign may show one with an imaginative and creative mind.
12 Signs/Rasi Properties.
6-7. Aries/Mesh described. The Aries/Mesh is blood-red in complexion. lt has a prominent (big) physique. It is a quadruped Rāśi and strong during night. It denotes courage. It resides in the East and is related to kings. It wanders in hills and predominates in Rajo-Gun (the second of the three constituent qualities and the cause of great activity in living beings). It rises with its back (a Prishtodaya Rāśi) and is fiery. Its ruler is Mangal.
Aries: Dynamic, enterprising, valiant, ruddy, head, forests, large forehead, hasty, impulsive, restless, thick eyebrows, leadership, overbearing, dry, lean, tall.
8. Taurus/Vrishabh described. Vrishabh’s complexion is white and it is lorded by Venus/Śukr. It is long and is a quadruped Rāśi. It has strength in night and resides in the South. It represents villages and businessmen. An earthy Rāśi, Vrishabh rises with its back.
Taurus: Beautiful, face, stable, sluggish, loyal, meadows, plains, luxury halls, dining halls, eating places, fine teeth, large eyes, luxurious, faithful, thick hair, stout.
9-9½. Gemini/Mithun described. The Rāśi Mithun rises with its head and represents a male and a female, holding a mace and lute. It lives in the West and is an airy Rāśi. It is a biped Rāśi as well and is strong in nights. It lives in villages and is windy in temperament. It has an even body with a green (grass like) hue. Its ruler is Mercury/Budh.
Gemini: Chest, garden, communication, journalism, schools, colleges, study rooms, cables, telephone, newspapers, tall, well-built, prominent cheeks, thick hair, broad chest, curious, learned, jovial.
10-11. Cancer/Karka described. The Rāśi Karka is pale-red. It resorts to forests and represents Brahmins. It is strong in nights. It has many feet (i.e. it is a centipede Rāśi) and has a bulky body. It is Sattvic in disposition (seen in gods) and it is a watery Rāśi. It rises with its back and is ruled by Moon/Candra.
Cancer: Heart, breast, watery fields, rivers, canals, kitchen, food, attractive, small build, emotional, deeply attached, mother-like, sensitive.
12. Leo/Simha described. Leo/Simha is ruled by Sun/Sūrya and is Sattvic. It is a quadruped Rāśi and a royal Rāśi. It resorts to forests and rises with its head. It has a large, white body. It resides in the East and is strong during daytime.
Leo: Stomach, digestion, navel, mountains, forests, caves, deserts, palaces, parks, forts, boilers, steel factories, thin, dry, hot, royal, self-pride, insolent, domineering.
13-14. Virgo/ Kanya described. This Rāśi is a hill-resorter and is strong in daytime. It rises with its head and has a medium build. It is a biped Rāśi and resides in the South. It has grains and fire in its hands. It belongs to the business community and is variegated. It relates to hurricanes (‘Prabharanjani’). It is a Virgin and is Tamasic (a disposition of demons). Its ruler is Mercury/Budh.
Virgo: Hip, appendix, lush gardens, fields, orchards, libraries, bookstores, farms, intelligent, sharp, orator, nervous, physically weak, discretion, tactfulness.
15-16½. Libra/Tula described. Libra/Tula is a Seershodaya Rāśi, rising with its head; Tula is strong in daytime. It is black in complexion and is predominant with Rajo-Gun. It relates to the western direction and resorts to land. It is destructive, or mischievous (‘Dhatin’). It represents Sudras, or the 4th Varna. It has a medium build physique and is a biped Rāśi. Its Lord is Venus/Śukra.
Libra: Groins, Businessmen, markets, trade centers, banks, hotels, amusement parks, entertainment, toilets, cosmetics, balanced, wise, good talker.
Scorpio/Vrischik described. Scorpio/Vrischik has a slender physique and is a centipede Rāśi. It denotes Brahmins and resides in holes. Its direction is North and it is strong in daytime. It is reddish-brown and resorts to water and land. It has a hairy physique and is very sharp (or passionate). Mars/Mangal is its ruler.
Scorpio: Private parts, holes, deep caves, mines, garrages, small build, dusky complexion, bright eyes, secretive, scheming, occult, best friend or a worst enemy, peevish, sensitive.
17-18½. Saggitarius/Dhanu described. The Rāśi Dhanus rises with its head and is lorded by Guru. It is a Sattvic Rāśi and is tawny in hue. It has strength in night and is fiery. A royal Rāśi, Dhanu is biped in first half. Its second half is quadruped. It has an even build and adores an arch. It resides in the East, resorts to land and is splendourous. Lord is Jupiter.
Sagittarius: Thighs, royal, attorneys, government offices, aircraft, falling, sparse hair, muscular, deep eyes, uproght, honest, genial, gambler.
19-20. Capricorn/Makar described. Capricorn/Makar is lorded by Saturn/Śani and has predominance of Tamo-Gun (a disposition, seen in demons). It is an earthy Rāśi and represents the southern direction. It is strong in nights and rises with back. It has a large body. Its complexion is variegated and it resorts to both forests and lands. Its first half is quadruped and its second half footless, moving in water. Lord is Saturn.
Capricorn: Knees, marsh lands, watery places, alligators, beasts, bushes, slender buils, long neck, prominent teeth, witty, perfectionist, patient, organizer, cautious, secretive, pragmatic.
21-21½. Aquarius/Kumbh described. The Sign/Rāśi Kumbh represents a man holding a pot. Its complexion is deep-brown. It has medium build and is a biped Rāśi. It is very strong in daytime. It resorts to deep water and is airy. It rises with its head and is Tamasic. It rules Sudras, the 4th Varna and the West. Its Lord is Saturn/Śani, Sun/Sūrya’s offspring.
Aquarius: Ankles, charity, philosophy, tall, bony, small eyes, mountain spring, places with water, ill-formed teeth, coarse hair, hard-working, stoic, honest.
22-24. Pisces/Meena described. Pisces/Meena resembles a pair of fish, one tailed with the head of the other. This Rāśi is strong at night. It is a watery Rāśi and is predominant with Sattva-Gun. It denotes resoluteness and is a water-resorter. It is footless and has a medium build. It rules the North and rises with both head and back.
It is ruled by Jupiter/Guru. This is how the twelve Rāśis, each of 30 degrees extent, are described to evaluate gross and specific effects.
Pisces: Feet, oceans, seas, prisons, hospitals, hermitages, short, plump, large eyes, large eyebrows, lazy, emotional, timid, honest, irresolute, talkative, intuitive.
While reading any Chart, all these properties need to be considered in addition to the Planets and their effects.
Aum NamaH Shivaya!
Sianala, Montreal May 2009