Chandrama Manaso Jataha : From His Mind was Born the Moon

Significance of Moon in Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) 

 Most of the popular astrology columns appearing in daily newspapers, periodicals, TV shows and many websites tend to be based on the position of Sun in one’s horoscope. Therefore, when one says- I am an Aries or my birth-sign is Aries, it basically means that that person's date of birth was between March 21 –April 19. The Sun would be in Aries in his/her horoscope. For Taurus, it would be during April 20-May 20; for Gemini, May 21-June 20 and so on. 
 But in jyotish studies,  it is the placement of Moon in one’s horoscope that determines one’s birth-sign. The zodiac sign occupied by Moon in an individual's horoscope, prepared according to jyotish vidya is often called as rasi, rashi, janma rashi, or the birth-sign.
  The amount of attention and significance given to the Moon in a horoscope in jyotish is truly humongous. 
 On an individual level, the placement of Moon in one’s horoscope is used to gauge: 
 1. Personality traits and Mental makeup. 
 2. Relationships (8-fold match-making). 
 3. Janma Nakshatra (birth-star). 
 4. Mahadasha (progressed horoscope / karmic timeline / good and bad periods). 
 5. Vastu (match-making between one’s house and themselves),. among other issues
  
 Moon is also used to find out the most suitable name for a person. You are known to the world by a few letters of the language that come together to form a pattern of sound that becomes your identity. Moon helps in recommending the most harmonious sound patterns for you.
 In mantra shastra, moon is used to analyze the name of the god whose mantra would help you accomplish worldly desires. For example, Lord Shiva is also known as : Rudra; Linganath; Maheshvara; Nagendra etc.. Not all names of Shiva will help if one is seeking a mantra for material gain; though for bhakti and moksha any of those names would be effective. 

 On a collective level, the Indian Calendar is lunar based. Most of the Indian festivals are based on the movement of the Moon. Fasting during some of the lunar dates (tithis) is based on the position of the Moon. Electional astrology (muhurta) that helps one in finding out auspicious nakshatra is based on the placement of Moon. Many of the Ayurveda and yoga's principles are based on the transit of  Moon. The list hence, is endless. 
 The effect of the Moon , both on an individual and on a collective level  is evident from the commentaries on Moon in almost all the treatise available on jyotish shastra. 

 The Western astrology is Sun based whereas the Indian astrology is Moon based. 
 Sun's energies are often termed as fiery, cruel, hot, passionate, aggressive, dominating, ambitious and masculine. Moon however, is known to be soothing, submissive, emotional, peaceful and feminine. 

 Sometimes I have thought - on a collective consciousness level, the energies of the Sun influencing the West have made it aim for the field of science, technology, inventions, dominance, power etc.. Moon, on the other hand, may have made the Indian psyche to be content, tolerant, sensitive, embracing, peaceful, religious. If you look at Indian gods, though they might have gotten into great wars, they don't look like muscle-flexing warriors. Most of them have a certain feminine qualities about their roopa (appearance).  This has a deep metaphysical meaning.

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 In sadhana marg - Sun represents the jnana marg (path of knowledge); Moon represents bhakti (path of love). In sahitya( literature), Sun is prose; Moon is poetry. Sun is the father whereas Moon is the mother.
 It is not a question of Western astrology vs Jyotish studies. Western astrology has its own extensive method of interpreting a horoscope.  But, the way jyotish connects man to the cosmos is truly profound and Moon has a paramount role to play in this enigmatic connection.

Role of 6th House in Mukesh Ambani's Horoscope

The 2nd, 6th, and 10th houses are grouped as the Earth Houses and together referred to as THE TRINITY OF WEALTH.  These houses (2, 6 and 10) are mainly responsible for the extent of material success in one's horoscope. 
 2nd house influences accumulation of money (bank balance) and other immovable assets such as properties, houses, jewelry and various other acquisitions. 10th house rules profession and indicates the extent of success in terms of professional/business accomplishments, name and fame etc.

What is very significant about 6th house is that it helps one win over competitors and indicates victory over enemies. What does victory over enemies mean  for an ambitious business magnate such as Mukesh? Well, he is one of the richest persons in the world.

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Sun is in 6th house in the star of Ketu who also occupies the 6th house.
 Moon is in the 2nd house in the star of Ketu who occupies the 6th house.
 Mars is in his own star in 7th but owns the 6th house.
 Mercury is in the 6th house in the star of Venus who is also in 6th.
 Jupiter is in the star of Sun who occupies 6th.
 Venus is in the 6th house in the star of Ketu who occupies the same house.
 Saturn is in the star of Mercury who occupies 6th.
 Ketu is in the star of Sun in 6th.
 Rahu is in the star of Jupiter who occupies 10th.

 There are two more noticeable combinations in Mukesh's chart.
 The 9th house indicates father. The 10th house from 9th indicates the profession of the father. And what is that house? It is again 6th house. This shows a business that has been inherited. 
 We have seen how majority of the planets are connected to the 6th house in Mukesh Ambani's horoscope.  Now, it is true that he inherited a well-established corporate empire from his father the Late Dhirubhai Ambani. But it is not easy to manage such a vast corporate empire and ensure that it grows from strength to strength. One has to be born with excellent understanding of the intricacies of running such a huge corporation. 
 In Mukesh's chart Moon gives the required native intelligence to handle this challenge. The Moon that rules the mind and provides the natural orientation for one to excel in a field is placed in the 2nd house of his chart. Moon in 2nd house rules over finance/bank/wealth etc. gives a natural flair and aptitude for business administration. One would be born with that kind of ability. 
 Credit for this natural flair that he must have gotten from birth goes to him alone.

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Music, Dance, Acting as a Career


So what is astrologically needed to have a successful performing arts career?

1. 5th house represents all forms of creative self-expression. 
2. Many art forms will demand by-birth or acquired skill such as instrumental or vocal music, painting, dance or sculpture. Venus needs to be strong otherwise one would only reach the status of a B, C or D grade artist. It is another story that these days even D grade artists get a chance to go on a world-tour. 
3. Connection to the 10th house (house of profession and also how one is publicly seen) creates the necessary potential and the chances for one to choose or get into performing arts in the public domain. Otherwise it would remain as a strong hobby appreciated amongst a circle of rasika friends.
4. Mars gives the courage to overcome stage-fright.  
5. The 6th house helps win over competitors. If one is participating in Indian Idol or other similar shows with a competitive edge, 6th house need to be strong.
7. The 11th house is the house of networking, circle of friends, fans and well-wishers. 11th house would determine the number of Facebook Likes and the Twitter following one would have.

And last but not the least is the 3rd house representing media and all forms of publicity including social media. Keep them in good humor. No yogas are required for this as this is just common sense.

Let us see the magic of these combination in the horoscope of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar.

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1. Lagna (ascendant is Taurus ruled by Venus) 
2. Moon in the star of Mercury in 5th. Mercury in Libra ruled by Venus.
3. Mars in Libra ruled by Venus. Mars in his own star in 5th.
4. Mercury in Libra ruled by Venus. Mercury in star of Mars in 5th.
5. Jupiter in Taurus ruled by Venus. Jupiter in Mars' star in 5th.
6. Venus in Ketu's star in 5th.
7. Saturn in Ketu's star in 5th.
8. Rahu in Mars star's in 5th.
9. Ketu in Libra ruled by Venus. Ketu in 5th. 
 

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Which Country You or Your Kids were Born in?

Does your or your kids' horoscope take daylight savings time into account?
If you live in Atlanta, GA, USA, then on Sunday, November 1 2015 2:00:00 AM, the clocks would be turned backward 1 hour. Your mobile phone and your computer will automatically take care of this. But your microwave clock or car clock would not. You would have to manually set it.
This is a moment of transition from Daylight Savings Time (DST; also called as Summer Time) to Standard Time. This practice is observed in many countries (though not in India) to make better use of natural daylight.
Your family members’ horoscope would most probably be correct if the birth was in India. India doesn’t observe DST. But outside India, the rules are not only different but also confusing. In USA, prior to 2007, DST began on the 1st Sunday in April. However, from 2007, it was changed to 2nd Sunday in March. You might want to read National Geographic’s humorous and informative article on how confusing and hodgepodge the DST have been (Daylight Savings Time: 7 Surprising Things You May Not Know). The beginning and the end of DST follows no strict pattern as the rules are often revised by the local government. 

During the DST period, the clock is usually advanced by +1 hour. Therefore, if you or your kid(s) were born in a country or a territory where clocks are manually adjusted in accordance with DST rules, and if the birth was when the DST was in effect; it would be time for you to make sure that the horoscope was calculated taking the DST factor into account . A birth time that could be incorrect by 1 hour will undoubtedly result in an inaccurate horoscope. 

Should you be worried? Yes and No.

The good news is that these days one can find on the web, extensive historical data on DST and how it is (or was) observed (or not observed) in various parts of the world. There are a few very credible timekeepers helping the Jyotish community overcome the DST confusion. Thanks to them, a few sites (mostly on Western astrology) offering free horoscopes are now able to integrate this data and make auto correction for the reported time of birth. But most of the sites leave it for the user to make the necessary correction.

But what about those years when the internet was not around to provide the historical DST data that easily? Many good timekeeping websites have come up only recently in the last 5-6 years. Many Jyotish web sites are required to pay a fee in order to integrate reliable DST data. Therefore, it is usually left to the user to manually adjust the DST setting. Here is an example: 

Date of birth: 1st-September-2010
Place: Atlanta, GA USA
Time: 11.00 am 

Clock changes in Atlanta during 2015.
2015 Sun, Mar 8, 2:00 AM EST. Clocks advanced by +1 hours. EST or the Eastern Standard Time becomes EDT or Easter Day Light Time from this moment. 
Sun, Nov 1, 2:00 AM EDT or DST ends. Clocks reset by -1 hours. EST begins.
Our Example birth-particulars fall in the DST range.
When you navigate to free Vedic horoscope sites; you are presented with forms such as below requesting the birth-data. 

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Both of these forms assume that you are aware of the day light saving time at the place of birth for the given birth-date.
The truth is that once the DST starts; very soon we forget about it and tend to treat the DST time as the standard time. In a way, we become oblivious to it. Now, if you contact a pundit or a Jyotishi and request him/her to cast a horoscope for the birth-particulars, you would probably never mention about the DST, and the Jyotishi is likely to be equally indifferent. This is going to result in an inaccurate horoscope. All Jyotish readings thus, would be based on an incorrect horoscope.

I have seen many such cases where a clueless user has been carrying his/her inaccurate horoscope and approaching various Jyotishis for a reading. Not all Jyotishis would take time to rectify and ensure that the horoscope is correctly casted. 

But I believe that user should not be concerned about the DST, and once the time of birth (hospital birth-certificate, wrist-watch time or smart-phone time) is noted and provided, it is the responsibility of the Jyotishi to ensure that DST factor is taken into account while casting a horoscope.