• Ṣaḍbala Introduction - Ṣaḍbala Defined Derived from ṣaḍ (six) and bala (strength), ṣaḍbala refers to the six sources of visible or true strength of a planet. These are different from the other sources of strength of the planet which are changeable and therefore considered untrue. Maharṣi Parāśara uses the word spaṣṭa bala for this which means something clearly […]
  • Sthāna Bala - The word sthāna generally means place and position and sthāna bala includes various details about the native. Position Position or posture of the body; the kendra have four postures of standing, sleeping, sitting and walking; yet this can be more detailed Dignity Rank and office which is by appointment or otherwise. It is the dignity […]
  • Uccha Bala - अथ स्पष्टबलं वक्ष्ये स्थानकालादिसम्भवम्‌। नीचोनां खचरं भार्धाधिक चक्राद्‌ विशोधयेत्‌॥ १॥ atha spaṣṭabalaṁ vakṣye sthānakālādisambhavam | nīconāṁ khacaraṁ bhārdhādhika cakrād viśodhayet || 1 भागीकृत्य त्रिभिर्भक्तं लब्धमुच्चबलं भवेत्‌। bhāgīkṛtya tribhirbhaktaṁ labdhamuccabalaṁ bhavet | 2½ The calculation is extremely simple. Consider two factors (a) Longitude of Planet, say ‘P’ and (b) Debilitation Degree of Planet, say ‘D’. If […]
  • Saptavargīya Bala - स्वत्रिकोणस्वगेहाधिमित्रमित्रसमारिषु॥ २॥ svatrikoṇasvagehādhimitramitrasamāriṣu || 2½ अधिशत्रुगृहे चापि स्थितानां क्रमशो बलम्‌। भूताब्धयः खाग्निनखास्तिथ्यो दश युगाः कराः॥ ३॥ adhiśatrugṛhe cāpi sthitānāṁ kramaśo balam | bhūtābdhayaḥ khāgninakhāstithyo daśa yugāḥ karāḥ || 3||एवं होरादृकाणाद्रिभागांकद्वादशांशजम्‌। त्रिंशांशजं तदैक्यञ्च सप्तवर्गसमुद्‌भवम्‌॥ ४॥ evaṁ horādṛkāṇādribhāgāṁkadvādaśāṁśajam | triṁśāṁśajaṁ tadaikyañca saptavargasamudbhavam || 4| Sapta means seven and varga refers to the divisional charts. In the sapta-varga […]
  • Oja-yugma-rāśi-aṁśa bala - शुक्रेन्दू समभांशेऽन्ये विषमेऽञ्घ्रिमितं बलम्‌। śukrendū samabhāṁśe’nye viṣame’ñghrimitaṁ balam |5 ½ Translation: Venus and Moon in even signs and the other [planets] in odd signs get one-foot strength. The word अञ्घ्रि (añghri) means a foot. In jyotiṣa, all measures are always expressed as having four feet, like nakṣatra have four pada. Therefore, a foot normally means […]
  • Kendrādi Bala - केन्द्रादिषुस्थिताः खेटाः पूर्णाऽर्धाऽङ्‌घ्रिमितं क्रमात्‌॥ ५॥ kendrādiṣusthitāḥ kheṭāḥ pūrṇā’rdhā’ṅghrimitaṁ kramāt || 5|| Translation: Planets in Kendra, Paṇapara and Apoklimas obtain full, half and quarter strength respectively. Previously in PJC-Year2 we had learnt the importance of the Kendra, which is the grand cross where the lotus of life blooms guarded by the lokapāla devatā. The lokapāla are […]
  • Drekkāṇa Bala - आद्यमध्यावसानेषु द्रेष्काणेषु स्थिताः क्रमात्‌। पुंनपुंसकयोषाख्या दद्युरङ्‌घ्रिमितं बलम्‌॥ ६॥ ādyamadhyāvasāneṣu dreṣkāṇeṣu sthitāḥ kramāt | puṁnapuṁsakayoṣākhyā dadyuraṅghrimitaṁ balam || 6 Translation: Drekkāṇa bala is based on the placement of planets in the initial (ādya), middle (madhya) or last (avasāna). पुं (puṁ) Male planets [Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Rāhu] in the initial (0°-10°) drekkāṇa नपुंसक (napuṁsaka) Eunuch planets [Mercury, […]
  • Sthāna Bala Overview - The sum of the five parts viz. uccha bala, saptavargīya bala, oja-yugma-rāśi-aṁśa bala, kendrādi bala and drekkāṇa bala gives the sthāna bala. In this example we have computed the sthāna bala for the seven weekday planets which is normally done by vedic astrologers. Planet Sthāna Bala Uccha Saptavargīya Oja-Yugma Kendra Drekkāṇa Sun 106.93 1.78 26.30 […]
  • Digbala - Digbala is composed of दिग् (dig) and बल (bala) simply meaning directional strength. However the word दिग् (dig) is a compounded form of दिश् (diś) which has various meanings and connotations. To understand digbala we need to know the meanings of दिश् (diś) – Quarter or region pointed at, a direction Cardinal point (four in […]
  • Kāla Bala - There are umpteen meanings of the word काल (kāla), a proper understanding of which is very necessary for all vedic astrologers. In the context of kāla bala, we use the meaning as ‘a measure of time’. When we think of the passage of time, it manifests as changing seasons, and we know of the six […]
  • Natonnata Bala - The compound word natonnata (नतोन्नत) is composed of two words (a) नत nata and its anonym (b) उन्नत unnata. Some translations and books have mistakenly spelt this word ‘nata’ as ‘natha’. Be sure that there is no such Sanskrit word as नथ (natha) and the one with the longer ‘ā’ as नाथ (nātha) has a […]
  • Pakṣa Bala - Pakṣa refers to the waxing and waning phases of the Moon which is divided into the śukla pakṣa (waxing phase) and kṛṣṇa pakṣa (waning phase). The maximum angular displacement of the Moon from the Sun is 180° which is the moment of pūrṇānta (end of pūrṇimā, full moon). Just as Mercury gets a special position […]
  • Tribhāga Bala - दिनत्र्यंशेषु सौम्यार्कशनीनां निट्‌त्रिभागके। चन्द्रशुक्रकुजानां च बलं पूर्णं सदा गुरोः॥ १२॥ dinatryaṁśeṣu saumyārkaśanīnāṁ niṭtribhāgake | candraśukrakujānāṁ ca balaṁ pūrṇaṁ sadā guroḥ || 12| Translation: The three-parts of the day-time are lorded by Mercury, Sun and Saturn in that order while the three-parts of the night have Moon, Venus and Mars as their lords. Besides the lord […]
  • Varṣeśādi Bala - वर्षमासदिनेशानां तिथ्यस्त्रिंशच्छरार्णवां। होरेशस्य बलं षष्टिरुक्तं नैसर्गिकं पुरा॥ १३॥ varṣamāsadineśānāṁ tithyastriṁśaccharārṇavāṁ | horeśasya balaṁ ṣaṣṭiruktaṁ naisargikaṁ purā || 13|| Translation: Parāśara says that the lords of the varṣa (year), māsa (month), dina (weekday) and horā (hour) have Varṣeśādi bala increasing by 15 virūpa. Explanation The four planets that attain the position of lords of varṣa (year), […]
  • Yuddha Bala - Meaning of Yuddha The word युद्ध (yuddha) as is generally understood, means to fight, battle, encounter, conquer and subdue. It implies the power to oppose and is symbolised in the sky by a conflict of the planets. The word योध (yodha) refers to a fighter, warrior, soldier or even a bull trained or fit for […]
  • Ayana Bala - Introduction Very often we find new vedic astrologers remarking that jyotiṣa only uses the sidereal zodiac whereas western astrology uses the tropical zodiac. This is very far from truth as in this calculation we see the use of the tropical zodiac in vedic astrology, especially to calculate one of the important strengths called अयनबल (ayana […]