Lunation Record 12 Jan 2013


Planet Sign Degree Lord Nakshatra Pad Lord Sub Lord Position
Asc Aries 14 Mar Bharani 1 Ven Ven
Sun Sagittarius 268 Jup U.Asadha 1 Sun Mon
Mon Capricorn 275 Sat U.Asadha 3 Sun Mer Com
Mar Capricorn 289 Sat Sravana 3 Mon Mer Exl
Mer Sagittarius 264 Jup P.Asadha 4 Ven Mer Com
Jup(R) Taurus 42 Ven Rohini 1 Mon Rah
Ven Sagittarius 249 Jup Mula 3 Ket Sat
Sat Libra 196 Ven Swati 3 Rah Ven Exl
Rah(R) Scorpio 210 Mar Vishakha 4 Jup Mon
Ket(R) Taurus 30 Ven Krittika 2 Sun Rah
Ura Pisces 340 Jup U.Bhadrapada 3 Sat Sun
Nep Aquarius 307 Sat Satabhisaj 1 Rah Rah
Plu Sagittarius 255 Jup P.Asadha 1 Ven Sun

Aspectarian and Speculum

Planet Aspect Planet Orb Value
Sun Conjunction Moon 7.13 148
Sun Conjunction Mercury 3.45 450
Sun Trine Ascendant 5.32 31
Moon Trine Jupiter 7.22 5
Moon Conjunction Midheaven 6.27 90
Mercury Conjunction Pluto 8.42 47
Mercury Trine Ascendant 1.47 62
Venus Square Uranus 1.01 -83
Venus Sextile Neptune 2.33 98
Venus Conjunction Pluto 5.52 132
Mars Trine Jupiter 6.45 12
Mars Square Saturn 3.17 -45
Mars Square Ascendant 3.08 -29
Mars Conjunction Midheaven 7.41 56
Jupiter Sextile Uranus 1.52 60
Jupiter Square Neptune 5.27 -7
Jupiter Trine Midheaven 0.55 31
Saturn Sextile Pluto 0.29 88
Saturn Opposition Ascendant 6.26 -23
Saturn Square Midheaven 4.23 -11
Uranus Square Pluto 4.51 -8
Uranus Sextile Midheaven 0.57 46
Pluto Trine Ascendant 6.55 1

Planetary Periods and Dashas


Combust Planets

– A planet is combust when it is in conjunction with the Sun and therefore hidden from sight by the light of the Sun. Traditionally this is a serious debility and implies that the planet is weakened or restricted in power. However, if the planet is within 17 minutes of the Sun, it is termed Cazimi – in the heart of the Sun – and considered strengthened by the union.

In his Introduction, William Lilly stated that the combust planet should be in the same sign as the Sun and within 8° 30′ – beyond this distance, but within 17 ° of the Sun, the planet is said to be under the Sun’s beams. This condition is debilitating, but not as severe as combustion.

Lilly wrote of this: “The significator of the Querent combust, shows him or her in great fear, and overpowered by some great person”. (CA., p.113)

However, later, in his horary volume, (p.300): he also writes:

  • A Planet within 12 degrees of the Sun, is said to be under his Beames, and then hath not fortitude, let it be in what Signe it will; when a Planet is within 16 minutes of the Sun, he is said to be in Cazimi, or heat of the Sun, and then it’s an addition of fortune, and he is wonderous strong.

That aphorism was no doubt translated from the work of an older author, but it appears to acknowledge the controversy regarding whether a planet can be combust when in a different sign to the Sun.


It is said in the classics that a planet would be more powerful when they are radiant. If you look at the zodiac, the point rising in the horizon is called ascendant (the first house) and the point at mid heaven is called the 10th house. The belt of zodiac from ascendant to descendant across the 10th house is called visible half of the zodiac. 10th is regarded as most powerful kendra. Similarly, a special muhurta when sun transits in the mid heavens is called Abhijit. The results of Abhijit muhurta is beyond the scope of this article. When a planet is opposite to Sun, it would be visible when the sun sets and also when the sun rises. A planet in such a condition is said to be auspicious. When a planet comes closer to sun, it would set and rise along with sun and hence are lusterless. Such a position is called combustion. Combustion is caused due to certain longitudinal distances from Sun and it is necessary that both Sun and the combust planet be in the same sign. Combustion is deemed to be bad at it would rob away the effects of the planet. The combustion distance varies from planet to planet. Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn come at distance of 17˚, 14˚ (12˚ when retrograde), 11˚, 10˚ (8˚ when retrograde) and 15˚on either side of Sun, they are subjected to combustion. On the other hand, when the planets come close to Moon, it is called Samagama. In Prashna chart, association of Moon with the significator implies quick and pleasing results. Nodes do not have combustion as they are not radiating planets but merely mathematical points. Generally speaking, combustion is a phenomena most talked about in muhurtas (election astrology) than natal horoscopy – as if the combust planets hit at the person for selecting a combust muhurta and spare the man born in combust circumstances! Uttara Kalamrita says, ” (Natural) Benefic planets if combust, lose their potency, while (natural) malefics become more mischievous”.

If you look into your Panchanga (Indian conventional Ephemeris), you will find that suitable muhurtas for inauguration of house, business expansion, marriage etc., would not available during the period of combustion. Combustion goes by several names – asta or moudya, astangata and dagdha. Moudya means foolishness. Astangata and dagdha mean ‘burnt up’. That means the combust planet would behave like a fool during this period as so the name.

Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra says,” If ascendant lord is in debilitation, combustion or in enemy sign, there will be diseases. (Sloka 1-2, “Effects on Tanu Bhava). This stanza highlights the importance of combustion in natal horoscopy. There are two only moudhyas which have been given importance  of Venus and Jupiter. When Jupiter is combust, Upanayana (reborn-ceremony) is not conducted. Unfortunately the other planets do not enjoy such respect! On the similar argument, when Mercury is combust, you panchanga should have mentioned that certain days as not good for education, journalism and court dealings. When Saturn is combust, it should have told you not to take up a labour contract!

A combust Venus is supposed to cause losses in business. This means when you go to buy a pair of shoes you will meet loss, the shop keeper also incurs losses. Losses and losses everywhere. Since Mercury and Venus move close to Sun, the phenomenon happens frequently, say every year. In that case, it is wise to examine the trading activities during that time. In my humble experience, such period of combustion marked in the Panchanga has not brought about slacking trade activities, divorces etc., It is possible that you will not loose any amount nor the shop keeper gains – as the shops could closed due to various natural or national causes. Such a situation, as viewed from the national fiscal point, is not good at all! Yes, when combustion is going on, it is possible we get across such a time. However, the distance of combustion should be taken as 3˚ 20′ or less on either side of Sun. It is wise not to do any business transaction, conduct marriages, house warming ceremonies during that time.

“If the planets forfeit their strength as a result of combustion the native will enter the holy order, that is, he will become a saint” (sloka 5 “Ascetism Yogas” Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra). Well, not all is bad with combustion! Suppose you have a strong Venus in the chart, the effect of combustion is less. By combustion, the planet looses his strength to Sun. In the event Sun is a benefic like 5th lord, 9th lord, 10th or 11th lord etc., then how can such a combustion effect you? You will make good tidings through the significances of Venus and the matters represented by Sun will flourish. Despite this, the natural signficances (beauty, artistic nature, refinement of the native) would suffer due to combustion. Other attributes should also be considered. “If 11th Lord is exalted, though in combustion there will be many gains”. (sloka 2, “Effects of Labha Bhava” -Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra).

You need not panic that you were born when Venus was combust nor that you should not conduct your beloved daughter’s marriage during the entire period shown in your panchanga as sukra moudhya. It is suffice to avoid the muhurtas during the time when Venus comes close to Sun by 3˚20′ or less. Generally, in panchangas only the combustion of only Jupiter and Venus are published. It is understandable that combustion of Mercury is not given much importance by panchanga makers, it happens quite often! I suggest to avoid combustion period of other planets, Mars, Mercury and Saturn for the muhurta for the events signfiifed by these planets. In these cases also, 3˚ 20′ or less on either side of Sun is suggested. It is prudent to view the possible results of combustion based on the functional role of the combust planets, in addition to natural significances.



Antiscia & Contra-Antiscia (Equinoctial Mirror Points)

Antiscia & Contra-Antiscia

– From the Greek, literally ‘opposite shadows’, the antiscion of a planet is its zodiac degree mirrored across the solstice points of the Cancer-Capricorn axis (so a planet at 5 degrees Capricorn has its antiscion at 25 degrees Sagittarius). This mirroring ties the planets into a relationship based on the fact that at both points the length of day and night will be equal. Generally, the antiscion of a planet is considered to be a favourable point.

Lilly describes them on p.90 of Christian Astrology:

  • “The Antiscion signs are those, which are of the same virtue and are equally distant from the first degree of the two tropic signs, Cancer, Capricorn, and in which degrees whilst the Sun is, the days and nights are of equal length; by example it will be plain; when the Sun is in the tenth degree of Taurus, he is as far distant from the first degree of Cancer as when in the twentieth degree of Leo; therefore when the Sun is in the tenth of Taurus, he hath his Antiscion to the twentieth of Leo; that is, he giveth virtue or influence to any star or planet that at that time either is in the same degree by conjunction, or casteth any aspect unto it.

    But that you may more fully and perfectly know where your Antiscion falls in degrees and minutes, behold this following table.

    Gemini Cancer
    Taurus Leo
    Aries Virgo
    Pisces Libra
    Aquarius Scorpio
    Capricorn Sagittarius

    Any planet in Gemini sends his Antiscion into Cancer, or being in Leo into Taurus.”

Lilly also offers a table for easy calculation of the antiscion degree (p.92) which he describes on p.91.

  • “The use is easy if you enter with the whole degrees of your planet, the two first columns serve you, as Mars, supposed to be 14 degrees of a sign, look for 14 in the first column, over against it is 16, to that degree he sends his Antiscion.

    If you have minutes, enter the four last columns; as if you enter with 17 min., in the first column, over against it you find 43. or first look the sign where the Antiscion falls, then subtract the number of degr. and minutes the planet is in, from 30, what remains is the degree and minute where the Antiscion is.”

On page 92 he defines the nature of antiscia (antiscions), and explains their counter-part, contrantiscions:

  • “And as there are Antiscions, which of the good planets we think are equal to a sextile, or trine; so are there Contrantiscions, which we find to be of the nature of a square or opposition: and to know where it is, you do no more than observe in what sign and degree the Antiscion is, in the sign and degree opposite to that place the Contrantiscion: as in the former examples, the Antiscion of Saturn is in nine degr. and 25 min. of Taurus, his Contrantiscion must then be in 9 degr. and 25 min. of Scorpio.”



Night Flight to Venus

Parashara says “venus is charming,has a splendorous physique, is excellent or great in disposition, has charming eyes, is a poet, is phlegmatic and windy, and has curly hair.”

Venus is the brightest planet in the night sky. It shines like a silvery star. Venus is a planet that inspires great hope, love and desire. It is the planet of beauty. It is the force of attraction in the universe thus bringing things together to form a perfect whole. This force is Love.

Venus’ importance stretches back to all ancient civilizations. For Mayans, Venus was the most important planet. Their entire religion and calendar was based around this bright planet. To Egyptians, the Venus or Ankh symbol represented immortality. To the Greeks Venus was Aphrodite, the great goddess of love and beauty, the daughter of heaven and sea. The story of the churning of the ocean in the Vedas is about the struggle to possess Venus,the nectar of immortality. Venus is Laxmi in its highest form, the companion of Vishnu and the highest feminine energy.

Venus is exalted in the mercurial constellation of Revati, in Pisces, the 12th sign showing Venus’s importance in final liberation or moksha. Mars is blood, but Venus is the life in the blood, one is only truly alive (shakti awakens) through devotion and love for God.

Venus is all things aesthetic, balance, harmony, colour, proportion. For artists, Venus represents the the evolutionary step to surpass one’s capabilities in an effort to reflect the divine, the beauty of creation, the beauty of divine love, harmony or perfection. In nature Venus is the perfection of form, the golden mean spiral.

Venus rules the astrological signs of Taurus and Libra. In Libra Venus represents loving relationships, harmony, balance, justice and judgement. Venus rules the bull sign of Taurus, great fertility, the bull having a strong relationship to Krishna, the protector of cows or the mother, giver of life. In Taurus Venus is the life giver, food, money, or wealth. No matter who they are, Deva, Asura, everybody wants Venus or Laxmi on their side. The greatest wars are fought over Venus. Venus is the feminine ideal, the ultimate woman, which all men seek. Venus represents enjoyment of all kinds, Lila being the highest enjoyment for the highest enjoyer, Vishnu.

Venus rules the constellation of Bharani. In this constellation we see Venus’s power to grant life or death. Venus key like shape relates to its ability to unlock the gates of death, which is how Venus is viewed by the hermetic orders . Venus is associated with Bharani’s symbol the vulva representing birth, fertility , primal sexuality. Venus rules semen and sexuality and is directly related to conception and birth. Venus’ rulership of the constellation of Purvaphalguni, manifests in the delight for procreation and creativity. In Purva Ashadha, Venus is the high priestess, the bride of heaven, the immortal one, the sheer delight to be alive, to live forever, the healing powers of the waters of life,the spirit of rejuvenation. Venus thus rules the 2nd, 11th, and 20th constellation, 2 in numerology relates to partnership. We are all partners seeking marriage or union with the divine.

Venus is called Shukra in Sanskrit meaning white or bright. Her metal is copper and silver and her gem is diamond. Two songs in modern times “Diamonds are a Girl’s best friend” and the James Bond theme song “Diamonds are forever” are uncannily astute in illustrating Venus’ power. Venus rules Friday and the Southeast direction. Venus matures in everyone’s life at the age of 25.

Venus is a brahmin planet and associated with Shukra Charya , the guru of the demons. Venus bestows profound knowledge, which cannot be accessed through the intellect alone. But When Venus and Mercury combine it is the alchemical marriage. Venus is in her fall in Virgo ( the sign which sits opposite Venus’s exaltation sign Pisces), a sign ruled by Mercury , the planet associated with Lord Vishnu. Venus cannot play Mercury’s role and needs Mercury in order to become magical or alchemical. This is also inferred by venus exaltation in Revati, a constellation ruled by Mercury. Pisces is the sign of sacrifice, and Virgo is the willingness to serve. Like the Hangman in the tarot deck,service and great sacrifice (sacrifice of the individual ego) is required, in order to access the true powers of Venus. Even the symbol of Christ on the cross a Virgoan/Piscean archetype, his head crowned by rose thorns, can be said to depict the Venus symbol. Christ ‘s crucifixion is symbolic of the Highest Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Sacrifice (Piscean traits) in the Christian tradition.

Venus is a great benefic, and the Aswini Kumaras could not have harnessed the power to raise the dead without receiving Venus’ great blessings, so it is understood that Venus, though unspokenly is closely related to the first constellation Ashwini, just as Venus is strongly related to the last constellation Revati. Venus is the first and the last, birth,death, and beyond…

In Jyotish Venus is the greatest judge, the greatest artist and produces the greatest astrologers. No guru is worth his salt without Venus’s help, because Venus represents one’s ability to harmonize with the Divine. Although Jupiter rules sound and ears, it is Venus which is the living potency of sound, thus Venus is related to the saying of mantras.

Venus is so bright and yet so fleeting. Laxmi serves both the devas and asuras at different times in the mythological history, but it is said one cannot hold onto Laxmi for very long. She always sits by Vishnu… Venus (Laxmi) cannot function at her best without true intelligence (Mercury/Vishnu) which is why Venus is only really alchemical when she is with Mercury. Prana (Mercury) must work with shakti (Venus) for her to awaken and flourish.

Vishnu is also Narayana the Sun. This shows there is an important connection between Sun and Venus. Sun is in its fall in Venus’ sign Libra. Even the supreme power planet is lost in Venus’ embrace,just as Krishna is lost in Radha. Vishakha, the final constellation of Libra is associated with Radha’s yearning which entrances Krishna above all other devotees, and precedes the constellation of “Anuradha” or “following Radha”. The highest illumination of the Sun, or the soul is Venus, Love.

The Libran scales of justice can also be seen in the constellation Bharani. The god of death Yama who presides over this constellation also holds the scales, showing Venus’s power of justice. Although Saturn is the planet normally associated with justice, one can see that Saturn and Venus have a special relationship in that regard, particularly as Libra is Saturn’s exaltation sign. In Vedic mythology it is Radha (Venus) (justice personified) who finally brings devotees to the feet of Krishna (Mercury).

Venus is ultimately that part of us which is striving to merge , to become perfect,to become whole, liberation. Venus is “the most beautiful”.