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Studies in Vedic Astrology

Studies in Vedic Astrology

Vedic astrology and its technique

For most western astrologers who have spent years studying the technique of the tropical system with its aspects and other nuances, making the jump to the use of Vedic or sidereal horoscopes can seem a daunting task.

Apart from the myriad of different names and terminology, chart shapes and aspects, many an astrologer I have spoken with are taken aback when they read the descriptions of planets in specific signs, accusing the ancient Vedic writers of being extremely fatalistic and negative in their interpretations.

Western tropical astrologers prefer to take a more psychological and humanistic approach to the interpretation of the chart, claiming that Vedic astrology leaves very little room for self-determination, these statements come obviously from a lack of in-depth study across a wide range of systems within Vedic astrology and its gamut of writers who have their own perspective.

Probably the most illustrious of the Vedic astrological sages is Parashara, who has enunciated the elaborate technique with all its planetary, Zodiacal and subtle interpretations for analyzing not only character but also the future and destiny of individuals.

The system of Vedic astrology is therefore, a complex exercise, but best explained through the use of examples to show just how, precisely, accurate, the interpretations can be. Yes, there is a fatalistic element to the way a Vedic horoscope is studied, but this may have something to do with the origins being in the subcontinent of India where over thousands of years the people, as a result of great poverty, have for the most part not felt that empowered to change their circumstances. That is now changing. With the advent of the great technological revolution in India and there are many astrologers now who agree that there are methods for helping one overcome the constraints of the horoscope, of what one is born with as a karmic legacy.

No less impressive in the Vedic astrological system, apart from the sheer magnitude of information and the insights that can be gleaned from a chart, is the novel use of remedial measures to help one overcome the handicaps and other shortcomings that one is born with as reflected in planets which are weak or harmful to the individual.

Following are examples to show you some unique techniques for studying horoscopes. For both professional and lay person alike this may throw some light on the procedures that are used to ascertain not only the meaning of the planets but how and when, during their cycles, they are likely to play out in the life of an individual.

Serial Killers and the use of Jamini Bhava and Arudha Pads in the determination of Psychopathy

Pada basically means division and can be attributable to the division of virtually anything. For example a chapter in a book may be broken down into any number of padas or sections, if the author so wishes. The nakshatras or 27 stars are commonly ascribed 4 padas or quarters and depending on which pada the nakshatra falls it gives different shades of meaning to the interpretation of the fixed star.

Another type of division is that of Jaimini astrology and the reflective division of the houses – called Arudhas. The definition for arudha has been hard to ascertain precisely. It seems that everyone knows what it is so there is no set statement. Perhaps the most common understanding is that arudha means the way in which subtle division of a house is further extended to add more subtle meaning.

Some of the most important arudhas are:

  1. Lagna, called Arudha pada or Arudha lagna
  2. 12th house called specifically Upapada 3.7th house, called Kalatrikapada
  3. 7th or A7 or Pada 7 or P7.

3rd house, called Bhratrupada 3rd or A3 or Pada 3 or P3 etc etc and this can apply to any other house also.

The way to count the arudha of any sign is thus: Count from the house to the position of the lord of the sign and then count the same number of signs from the lord, in a clockwise motion.

There are three exceptions to this general rule:

  1. Where the lord of the house falls in its own sign then the arudha of the house falls in the 10th therefrom
  2. When the lord of a sign falls in the 4th house from the house in question then the 4th house is the arudha of that house
  3. When the lord of the sign falls in the 7th house from the house in question then the 4th house from the house in question is the arudha house of that house.

Also take note of the Karakas or significators;

  1. Atmakaraka (AK) is the planet with the highest degrees (up to 30) and represents self
  2. Atmayakara (AMK) is the planet with the next highest degrees and represents the sub-lord or mind of the individula
  3. Bhratarukaraka (BK) is the planet with the next highest degrees and becomes the lord of the brothers
  4. Matrukaraka (MK) is next highest in degrees and is lord of the mother
  5. Putrakaraka (PK) is next highest degrees and lord of the father
  6. Gnathikaraka (GK) is next highest and is lord of relations
  7. Darakaraka (DK) is next highest (or least) and is lord of spouse.
  8. The house in the navamsa in which the AK falls is called the karakamsa Rahu and Ketu do not become Karakas, except under unusual circumstances.

Let us take some examples of some serial killers and see if we can ascertain what in their chart makes them so. Let us first make observation of some of the inclusions in the profile of a serial killer as compiled by forensic psychiatrists in the USA. The person is more likely to be male than female and is white, heterosexual, in their 20s or 30s, are sexually dysfunctional having low self-esteem; methodical rampages are almost always sexual in nature; the killings are almost always part of an elaborate fantasy which builds to a climax at the moment of their murderous outburst; murders strangers, with cooling off periods between each crime is estranged from society; derives sexual organism from the thrill of the victim’s pain and/or actual moment of death ; is cannibalistic, enjoys necrophillia and keeps trophies like body parts or locks of hair as part of their enjoyment. ; is sadistic ; has an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs ; has a history of cruelty to animals in childhood, which can include vivisection ; is violent and viscous and often sets fires ; presents as sweet, smooth and affable to the public ; has a secret hidden inner life ; is very intelligent and plans well ; returns to the scene of the crime to relive fantasies ; often inserts himself into the investigation and/or deliberately leaves clues ; has an abused upbringing with a history of chronic bedwetting ; maybe genetic inheritance.

The houses to look at for deeds and profession are 2, 6, 10; for desires 11; maraka houses 2 & 7; for homosexuality and other aberrations of the mind including murder, torture etc 3, 6, 7, 8 & 12. Take note of the badhaka house ( karmic obstructors )which are the 11th houses for a movable or chara sign; 9th house for fixed signs and 7th house for mutable signs. Let’s look at a serial killer and his birth data

( For those reading this article, the charts will have to be calculated or, if you wish we can email them to you for further study

Serial Killer - Jeffery Dahmer

Jeffery Dahmer, born 21 May 1960 16:34, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, serial killer.

Jeffery Dahmer

All the arudha lagnas have been inserted in the chart. The AK is Venus so the karakamsa is Sagittarius. One of the important aspects to bear in mind for a Virgo ascendant is that you do not know what goes on behind the scenes, and especially with Mars as 8th lord there is an outwardly smooth, sweet, affable nature with a hidden and often vicious streak.

In 1992 Dahmer first talked about his crimes, and he confessed to 17 killings of men and boys. In 1994 he was killed in prison by a fellow inmate. His 18th victim escaped death by blacking out. When police investigated his apartment there was a horrible stench, deadbolts on the bedroom door, 55 gallon drums containing torsos of his victims, various skulls in the freezer, photographs of his various victims and various body parts scattered around. He insisted he didn’t hate his victims, he did it because that was the only way he could think of to keep them with him.

It also gave him feelings of total sexual control. His early upbringing was influenced by a sanitized upbringing, his mother’s mental illness and his parents’ violent and cruel marriage which ended in divorce. He dissected dead animals as a child and rattling their bones sent a sexual shiver up his spine.

Note the exceptions when determining the arudhas of this chart. With the 2nd house, Libra, its ruler, Venus, falls in the 7th from the 2nd, Aries. However, the exception states to use the 4th house therefrom, so counting 4 from the 2nd we get to Capricorn which becomes Arudha of 2nd house or A2.

With the 4th house, Sagittarius, its ruler, Jupiter falls in its own house, therefore the exception states to take the 10th therefrom which brings us to Virgo as A4. In Dahmer’s chart the Lagna lord has gone to the 9th house where it is associated with the 12th lord, Sun. The dispositor of the 9th is Rahu. The lord of the 8th, Mars, is aspected by the Lagna and is conjunct dark Moon, lord of desires and wishes.

Lord of 6th, Saturn, aspects the Lagna and is conjoined with Jupiter, lord of 7th and 4th. There is a yoga, kemadruma, which states that when the lord of 6th is associated with badhaka (Jupiter for Virgo Lagna) then the person is cursed. This combination also falls in the 4th house of the mother and a genetic house. The 6th lord has its energy carried along by a badhaka. Interestingly enough Jupiter is (GK) lord of relations, which it destroys absolutely.

Jupiter is lord of two kendras, 4 and 7, which gives it added power, and it aspects houses 12, 10 and 8. Also note that both Jupiter and Saturn are retrograde, which again gives added strength and power. Jupiter, in the nakshatra of Ketu, aspects 9th lord Venus, in the nakshatra of Sun, in the 8th house owned by Mars, in the nakshatra of Saturn.

It is bad for the 9th lord to be aspected by a badhaka. Jupiter aspects Rahu, in the nakshatra of 12th lord Sun, in the 12th house of Leo, which is owned by Sun. Jupiter aspecting Rahu tends to destroy Jupiter, and the houses it owns, which are 4th and 7th.

Ketu, in nakshatra of Jupiter, is lord of past karma and is in the 6th house which is also A8 and Upapada (A11). Ketu and Jupiter have a mutual reception as nakshatra lords This is called nakshatra parivarthana yoga.

Rahu, in nakshatra of Sun, has a malefic influence from 12th house. Rahu/Ketu falling in 12/6 axis brings ….. And being right on the cusp of each house gives added strength. Moon/Mars combination in 7th house gives unstable emotions, especially in partnerships.

Mars as lord of houses 3 & 8 is malefic and aspects houses 10, Lagna and 2.

Sun, in own nakshatra, is conjoined combust Mercury in Saturn’s nakshatra, in 9th house owned by combust Venus. This is a nice combination as it endows intelligence and higher learning.

With Mercury as Lagna lord and Venus aspecting into its own sign in the 2nd house it makes for a nicely spoken, pleasant personality. Venus at nearly 29 degrees makes the planet weak, however it is right on the 8th house cusp, gives influence to the 8th house, and thus gains strength and sexual appeal.

However, Sun is 12th house lord which rather spoils things. The lagna also falls in Mars’ nakshatra and is not good as Mars is ruler of 3rd and 8th houses. Gulika in 10th house gives deeds and activities an insidious, devious, malicious aspect.

Arudha lagna and A2 are in 5th house Capricorn, owned by Saturn, again bringing in badhaka influence. (hint: study the 5th house as the mind of man and see what you come up with.) Houses 2 (Libra/Venus) and 7 (Pisces/Jupiter) are maraka houses, which makes Jupiter doubly bad. Ketu in the 6th acts like Mars and owns the house of weapons (3rd).

A3 has gone to 11th house owned by dark Moon. Dahmer had an extensive collection of weapons. In the navamsa chart Saturn, Mars and Gulika have combined in 4th house of Scorpio owned by Mars. Saturn owns 6th & 7th.

Venus (AK) is conjoined with Rahu in 6th house and is opposite Jupiter conjoined with Ketu in 11th house of desires again destroying Jupiter and here its houses 6 & 8. Moon is again aspected by Mars and is again in 7th, this time conjunct Uranus and Neptune, which combination gives a kooky twist to an unstable Moon in the house of relationships.

Sun is in 8th house Pisces, owned by destroyed Jupiter. Mercury is again in 9th house, and aspects into the 3rd house of communications, courage, and weapons. Mars aspects 7th, 10th and 11th houses, whilst Saturn, again from 4th house, aspects 6th, 10th and Lagna.

From karakamsa in Sagittarius, Venus and Rahu are in lagna, opposite Jupiter and Ketu in Gemini, 7th house of relationships. The karakamsa is the 4th house, which reinforces the hereditary/genetic background. Jupiter and Saturn have gone to the 12th house, Rahu and Ketu are on the 8/2 axis. From Arudha lagna (which has gone to 6th house) A1 and A11 have gone to 2nd house owned by malefic Saturn,

A10 has gone to 4th house owned by malefic Mars, A4 and A7 have gone to 9th house Virgo owned by Mercury, A6 has gone to 10th house Libra, owned by Venus; A5 and A11 have gone to 11th house Scorpio owned by Mars.

Dahmer’s chart shows a continual repeat of destroyed relationships. Destructive Jupiter aspects 11th house of desires, and 3rd house of communication, courage, weapons. Saturn, Mars and Gulika have gone to 12th where Saturn aspects 2nd and 9th, whilst Mars aspects 3rd and 7th. The constant repeat of houses in a 2/12 or 6/8 position shows lots of strife, losses and undoing.

Moderator Kevin Barrat, President of the ACVA: “Dadhichi would greatly appreciate it if you would look at the above charts and analyse those as an exercise in research and let him have the details. It would be further appreciated if you would also look at arudhas, karakamsas, etc in other charts you have as additional research.

This is all to understand the subtle shades of meaning and to see whether they really do enhance chart reading or are really just a waste of time. For example, would you see in advance that these men are serial killers’ What shows in the chart the taste for human flesh? Can you see Dahmer’s death before the end of 1994′ How did he die and what shows this in his chart?” More on this later.

James Holmes - The Batman Killer

James Holmes, Born December 13, 1987


Astrology is capable of revealing the psychological condition of a person. Generally, psychological states vary with the transits and even the best of us sometimes feel downright crazy and ready to murder the closest person to us! We all know however that this is a passing phase and generally, we quickly calm down to a state of normalcy. There are however individuals born with a predisposition to kill and there are many references to specific planetary combinations which reveal this.

Recently, we saw the shocking mass murder of over 20 people in a theatre in the US. This was supposed to have been perpetrated by James Holmes of his own free will and we are lead to believe that this neuroscientist just woke up one morning and out of the blue decided to kill a whole lot of people.

On closer scrutiny, we see that he has had some connection with the intelligence agencies and my guess is that he probably has undergone some sort of military training, having to a large extent been programmed to do what he did.

In this individual’s chart, we observe the position of Mars and Pluto influencing the house of death. This clearly shows either violence perpetrated on him or he himself committing the act. Neptune, Uranus and his karmic planets adversely affect the Moon and this tells us that he is an unstable, confused and disturbed individual who unexpectedly acts out his violent fantasies.

It’s quite interesting to note that in my introduction to this newsletter I spoke about the Mars and Saturn conjunction, and said that we can expect such violent and shocking events during these transits and also problems for society generally in terms of loss of life.  

This also reflects a very real need for the United States to reconsider its laws on gun ownership and weapons of mass destruction – and make no mistake about it when so many lives are lost at the hands of a single gunman, we can unequivocally say that this is mass murder.

Under the Mars and Saturn transits episodes like this often happen. The question of whether to allow people their intrinsic constitutional rights to arm themselves, even at the expense of so many lives being lost. This is not an easy problem to solve, especially when so many citizens are already armed.

Here is horoscope of John Holmes based upon the Vedic lunar chart. In the absence of an accurate birth time, we rely on in based chart to decipher the character unlikely events of the individual.


I have often said that particularly in the chart of a man, with the lunar position of the rising sign of Virgo we see a person who has two faces. Don’t forget that Virgo, like Gemini, is ruled by Mercury, a convertible planet which indicates that part of the person’s persona is hidden or not easily discerned.

In Vedic astrology the fifth Lord or in this case Saturn rules the mind and is moving quickly to firstly conjunction of Uranus. Also, the fact that it is in the last degree of the sign does not augur well for the mental health of the individual.

Yes, it is honestly a brilliant student having attained a high level of neural scientific knowledge but this placement of Saturn gives cause for concern over this man’s mental health. Incidentally, both Saturn and the starboard of Saturn, Mercury are combust with the Sun, further damaging the strength and expression of his mind.

The Sun is also associated with government bureaucracy and being in the sign of Scorpio, this leads me to believe that this man has had some connection to intelligence agencies had may have himself been brainwashed, linguistically hypnotised or program to do this job is a false flag operation, at a time when the Obama administration must certainly be looking at ways to curb the individual’s right to possess arms.

Even if we discount the fact that some military or intelligence intervention in this man’s mental health, the close conjunction of the Moon with the South node is also a problem for the man’s emotional stability. I have often seen this planet associated with the eighth house when suicide is concerned that even here in the house of Virgo with the Moon it’s quite clear to me that this man has had some long-standing emotional fantasies about death, suicide and other morbid things.

Mars in conjunction with Pluto gives violent transgressions against others and society. Here we see a very close conjunction of these two planets in his second house aspect in the eighth house of death. Mars in the combustible sign of Libra adds further fuel to the fire of Mars. Air and fire equal explosions.

Although the orb is a little wide, this loose conjunction of Venus the ninth ruler of ideals, spirituality and religion, Neptune, also points to the fact that this man’s philosophy on life and his ideals must have had some rather unusual twist. In the sign of Sagittarius, it shows us that this would have been a rather liberal view of his own self-justification for doing what he did.

Most authorities declare the position of Jupiter in the angle from either the ascendant or the Moon sign as a benefit to the person in question. That is of course unless the person is born in Gemini or Virgo in which case Jupiter then assumes the malefic role of karmic obstructer.

We see this occurring in its own sign of Pisces rendering its strong with the capacity to do a great deal of damage to this individual. This would indicate some aberration in the area of personal relationships which may have spiralled out of control and then was transposed to the general public.

The other interesting astrological combination which is not fulfilling the technical requirements exactly is the fact that all the planets appear to be either on or contained within one hemisphere of the lunar nodal axis. Naturally, celestially speaking this also points to a rather significant imbalance which would translate to an imbalance in John Holmes life.

Unfortunately, as is the case with many people who are unhinged mentally to this extent, as the general public and sadly the family of these deceased people who bear the brunt of such astrological disparity.

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