Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Definitions in Astrology

When we evaluate a horoscope we calculate the strength of individual houses which I have discussed in detail in my earlier articles. Say for example a person has a strength of 58% for his 4th house which signifies mental happiness, ability to enjoy material comforts, happiness of mother  etc. But these are terms which cannot be the same for everyone like mental happiness may have different definitions for different people. For some if they have a lot of money they may be mentally happy and for some others if they have a good house and furnishings they may be happy and so on. These days when people run after materialistic pleasures, they have varying reasons for being happy. Here I am trying to give the real definitions as applicable to astrology of different qualities of Life.


There are people who think that they are healthy if they do not have ailments while some others consider that if they can have one or two pegs everyday and if they can enjoy a drink in the evening that is a signal of being healthy.  Here I am trying to define Health as follows.

Being healthy is a state of the organism when it functions optimally without evidence of disease or abnormality and is also in a state of dynamic balance in which an individual's or a group's capacity to cope with all the circumstances of living is at an optimal level characterized by anatomic, physiologic, and psychological integrity, ability to perform personally valued family, work and community roles and ability to deal with any physical, biologic, psychological, and social stress,  a feeling of well-being, and freedom from the risk of disease and untimely death.

Generally speaking, Health of an individual is perceived by looking at the first house and sixth house of a horoscope.

Personality :

This is evaluated by the first house and is the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual's distinctive character. Personality can be defined as consistency in a person's way of beingthat is, long-term consistency in their particular ways of perceiving, thinking, acting and reacting as a person with organised patterns of thought,  feeling and behaviour.  Your personality style is your organizing principle. It propels you on your life path. It represents the orderly arrangement of all your attributes, thoughts, feelings, attitudes, behaviors, and coping mechanisms. It is the distinctive pattern of your psychological functioning—the way you think, feel, and behave—that makes you definitely You.

There are people who think Personality is how one looks physically like Amitabh Bachan or Charlton Heston both of them were tall and  handsome  in their years of fame.


Wealth is the abundance of valuable resources or spiritual / material possessions, or the control of such assets. One who knows he has enough is Wealthy. Wealth creation refers to the combination of all available resources in a strategic way in order to generate surplus earnings. The surplus earning is what is referred to as wealth and it is used to acquire more resources to become more productive. It is also defined as how little you have to spend to keep yourself alive and can meet all your obligations with ease. This is analysed by the second house in a horoscope. Your bank balance is not the indication of your wealth. There are many rich men and women who though with a fat bank balance are not wealthy or healthy. Spiritual wealth is the most important which we could aspire for. Material wealth is like having high degrees from universities, but lack knowledge and we call them educated. This is evaluated using the 2nd house in a horoscope.


Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. An acronym PERMA is there to summarize Positive Psychology's co relational findings : Humans seem happiest when they have
  1. Pleasure (tasty food, warm baths, etc.),
  2. Engagement (the absorption of an enjoyed yet challenging activity),
  3. Relationships (social ties have turned out to be extremely reliable indicator of happiness),
  4. Meaning (a perceived quest or belonging to something bigger), and
  5. Accomplishments (having realized tangible goals).
The strength of the fourth house is used to evaluate Happiness in one’s life.

Courage :

Courage is the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation.  Physical courage is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement.

The third house evaluates Courage in one’s horoscope.

Marriage :

Marriage is the union of body, mind and soul between opposite sexes. The rituals associated with marriage has no place in Astrology. If you have the above with a person of opposite sex, you are technically married. Losing your virgin status for the first time is marriage.

People often ask me whether they have a second marriage indicated in a horoscope. In fact this question cannot be answered. Every sexual intercourse with the opposite sex is a marriage. It can be with the same person or a different person and is very much dependent on the rules of the society you live in. In either case it is a marriage.  If you observe nature you will understand that marriages take place with different partners and is intended for reproduction and not for sexual pleasure which is incidental.

We are all to some extent hypocrites. I can say that hardly anyone would be there in this world who mentally do not undress one of the opposite sex and at least mentally enjoy sex with them. This is even found among saints and sages in our epics.

A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short. In a happy marriage it is the wife who provides the climate, the husband the landscape. The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret. The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.

The seventh house strength of the horoscope indicates success in marriage/s.

Luck :

In a horoscope Ninth house signifies Luck. That which happens to a person, an event, good or evil, affecting one's interests or happiness, and which is deemed casual, a course or series of such events regarded as occurring by chance, a purposeless, unpredictable and uncontrollable force that shapes events favourably or unfavourably for an individual, group or cause is called Luck. It signifies the overall blessings of God bestowed on you.

Career :

Success can be defined for almost all of us in terms of our ability to live a life where we are not dependent on someone or something else (like the government) to be able to put food on the table and a roof over our head.   The great thing about this standard for success, however, is that if you live your talents, passions and values, the money comes in a way that provides for what you need, and, in many cases, what you want.  Money is a result of living by defining your own success instead of the means by which to define success. And you should get good job satisfaction and contentment too to be having a successful career. You look at the strength of tenth house to evaluate success in Career/Profession.


Distress is an aversive, negative state in which coping and adaptation processes fail to return an organism to physiological and/or psychological homeostasis.  Extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain, acute physical or mental suffering, affliction, trouble and a state of extreme necessity or misfortune indicate Distress in life. Eighth house of the horoscope is analyzed for evaluating distresses in life.


The ability to use memory, knowledge, experience, understanding, reasoning, imagination and judgment in order to solve problems and adapt to new situations, the ability to learn, and have opinions that are based on reason is Intelligence. The strength of the Fifth house signifies the intelligence quotient.


Spirituality is that which gives meaning to one's life and draws one to transcend oneself. It is a broader concept than religion, although that is one expression of spirituality. Other expressions include prayer, meditation, interactions with others or nature, and relationship with God or a higher power. Having to do with deep, often religious, feelings and beliefs, including a person’s sense of peace, purpose, connection to others, and beliefs about the meaning of life are also part of Spirituality. It is usually evaluated by the twelfth house of a horoscope.

Foreign Travels:

Astrology do not endorse man made divisions of this globe into countries and continents. Therefore questions like "Will I go abroad?" is beyond the scope of astrology. What at best we could say is that there can be long distance travels in life which again means long distance from the place of your birth. In the olden days, if you cross a river or any running water, it was considered long distance travel since in those days crossing such obstacles were very difficult when modern transport systems were not there. Today you can go to Los Angeles from Bombay in a matter of just a day and the world has become a global village. 

Long Distance travels are indicated by the 7th house and if the house is potent, you can have fruitful travels and futile travels if the house is weak

Perhaps if you keep these definitions in mind, evaluation of a horoscope becomes more refined and meaningful rather than having individual definitions based on whims and fancies.

By Ramachandran Nambissan T.M.

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