In the previous lesson
we learned how to calculate our Vedic charts by subtracting the ayanamsha,
which is approximately 23 degrees, from each planet and the ascendant
in our Western charts. This gives us the Sidereal or Vedic positions.
The next logical thing to do is to learn how to draw up our Vedic
chart and place our Vedic planetary positions into the chart itself.
Vedic astrology we have two chart styles to choose from - the
North Indian or the
South Indian chart style - just in case only
one isn’t enough fun (or enough complication!). But before
we talk about these, let’s take a look at an interesting recent
historical discovery relevant to the subject of chart styles.
The Great Kepler Horoscope Discovery At UC Santa Cruz
In December 1998, Anthony Misch, an astronomer at the Lick Observatory
at UC Santa Cruz, came across a 400 year old horoscope manuscript,
by chance, while leafing through old documents purchased by the
observatory over a century ago.
had the document authenticated, by a European firm, to be penned
great 16th century German astronomer, Johannes Kepler,
considered to be one of the fathers of modern astronomy along with
Copernicus and Galileo. Kepler is famous for discovering the elliptical
orbits of planets, as well as for being the first to realize that
the tides are caused by the Moon. He also coined the word “satellite”.
horoscope Kepler drew up in the manuscript was for an Austrian
nobleman, Hans Hannibal Hutter von Hutterhofen, born on September
20, 1586. The chart clearly shows the Tropical position of the Sun
to be 27 deg Virgo proving Kepler used a Tropical zodiac.
The other planetary degrees are: Mo 7 deg Cap; Me 22 deg Lib; Ve
0 deg Sco; Ma 6 deg Leo; Ju 12 deg Can; Sa 1 deg R Tau; N.Node
18 deg Lib; S. Node 18 deg Ari.
course, there are no outer planets since they hadn’t been
For more information go to: http://www.ucsc.edu/oncampus/currents/98-99/03-01/kepler.htm
discovery proves that Western astrologers previously used a square
style, and that the round “wheel” chart
popular in the West today has only more recently come into use. It
also lends justification to the claim that the old Western astronomers
were also astrologers, as was always the case in the East. Lastly,
it proves that there was an astrological connection between Europe
and India due to the strong resemblance of the chart style in use
in Old Europe and the chart style still in use in North India today.
European Chart Used By Kepler (left) and The North Indian Chart (right):
The only difference between the two charts, besides the fact that
one is Tropical and the other Sidereal and that they use different
house systems, is that the European chart style Kepler used places
the 1st house at the left, whereas the North Indian chart styles
places the 1st house at the top.
The Two Chart Styles Used in Vedic Astrology
mentioned, there are two chart styles commonly used in Vedic astrology
today – the North Indian and
the South Indian chart styles. The North Indian is a house-based
that the houses always stay in the same positions in the chart
and the signs move. Whereas, the South Indian is a sign-based
meaning that the signs always stay in the same positions in the
chart and the houses move. This will become clearer as you draw
up each chart and enter in your planetary positions during the
exercise at the end of the lesson.
The North Indian Chart Style
the North Indian style chart is a house-based chart, the
signs need to somehow be indicated. This is done by either
writing in the
glyph for the sign () in each house or by writing in the
number associated with that sign in the natural zodiac (Aries=1,
Taurus=2 etc.) in each house. Usually the latter method is preferred.
main advantage of the North Indian chart style is that the angular
1st, 4th, 7th & 10th, are emphasized by being full
sized diamond shapes in the center of the chart. You never have to “hunt” for
the ascendant or first house like you have to do in the South Indian
style chart. It’s always at the top of the chart, just as the
10th house is always on the right.
angular houses are called the “pillars” of the chart
and to have benefic influences in these houses add overall strength
and stability to the chart. The North Indian style chart helps to
train your mind to look for the influences on the angles and allows
you to see at a glance what these influences are.
The South Indian Chart Style
South Indian chart style is by far the most commonly used chart
style in use worldwide today and the one we’ll be using throughout
this tutorial course. Even in Northern India the South Indian chart
style seems to be preferred.
this chart style the signs read clockwise starting with Aries
in the second
box from the top left. You’ll find that it becomes
quite easy to memorize this chart style to the point that you won’t
need the glyphs or sign names to remember the sign locations. In
fact, you’ll want to memorize this as soon as possible because
most texts on Vedic astrology won’t give you any break by showing
you the glyphs or sign names.
the South Indian chart style is a sign-based chart, the houses
need to somehow
be indicated. This is done by either putting a diagonal
line through the box of the 1st house, or by writing in “Asc” for
the ascendant. The ascendant is also called the “lagna” in
Sanskrit so sometimes you’ll see “Lg” instead of “Asc”.
From the 1st house the rest of the houses are just counted clockwise
visually and are usually not numbered.
main advantage I find to the South Indian chart style is that,
at a glance, you
can see the influence of the planets in the signs.
For instance, if you see a cluster of 4 planets in the upper left
hand corner of the chart you’ll know that this person has strong
Piscean influences. They may be quite fluid, imaginative, mystical
or even spacey.
other advantage is that the South Indian chart allows you to
track the major transits
easily. For instance, once you’ve
learned that the current transit location of Saturn is in Gemini,
which is the upper right corner box, it stays there for a couple
of years. So, when you’re interpreting a chart, you can quickly
see the influence Saturn’s transit would have on the chart.
Whereas, in the North Indian chart style you have to “hunt” for
where Gemini is located in the chart before considering the influences
of transiting Saturn..
Choosing a Chart Style
started out using the North Indian style chart but after about
two years I switched because I wanted to track
more easily. The other reason for switching was that I became
tired of transposing charts into the North Indian chart style
texts use the South Indian style chart.
do recommend, however, learning both chart styles in the beginning.
find books and articles that only use the North Indian chart
style. For instance, Hart De Fouw and Robert Svoboda’s excellent
introductory book on Vedic astrology, Light on Life, only uses the
North Indian chart style.
The Vedic Equal House System
Vedic system uses a much simplified house system compared to Western
astrology. It uses an Equal House System, which
each house is identical to the 30o degrees of a sign. In other
words, you’ll never find a sign the spans between two houses
in the Vedic system. All signs are associated with only one house.
Whichever sign a planet is located in will also be the house
associated with that sign counting from the ascendant or 1st
is evidence that the old Greek and Arab astrologers also used
a full sign Equal House System.
Up Your Vedic Chart
Draw the North Indian chart style as shown below. Use the Sidereal
position of your ascendant that you calculated in the Lesson #1 exercise
and write in the number associated with your ascendant sign (1=Aries,
2=Taurus etc) into the 1st house at the top of the chart. From the
ascendant, write in the rest of the numbers of the signs into the
remaining 11 houses as shown below. Lastly, enter in your other planetary
positions and degrees.
North Indian style chart with Leo ascendant at 13 degrees:
draw the South Indian chart style as shown below. Draw a diagonal
the box of your ascendant sign or write in Asc. Draw
the glyphs for each sign as shown unless you’ve already memorized
them. Lastly enter in your other planetary positions and degrees.
South Indian style chart with Leo ascendant at 13 degrees:
Jai Sri Ram