How to Read Your Vedic Birth Chart in 5 Easy Steps
“Your Vedic birth chart is a unique karmic map that shares the wisdom of life—past, present, and future.” Following a few simple steps lets you read a Vedic birth chart.
Your Vedic birth chart is a unique karmic map that shares the wisdom of life—past, present, and future.
Your chart holds the key to understanding who you are on a mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual body level. Your chart also shares intimate secrets about your healing and transformation process.
Note: A Vedic birth chart must be created by a qualified jyotishi who has access to accurate jyotish software. An exact birth time, birth date, and location is needed in order to create an accurate chart.
Jyotish is the Vedic science of astrology. It takes hours, years, and even lifetimes to fully explore and understand. Here, I reveal five basic steps for starting to peel back the layers of your own Vedic birth chart.
Before we begin, a birth chart must be created by a qualified jyotishi who has access to accurate jyotish software. An exact birth time, birth date, and location is needed in order to create an accurate chart.
Identify Your Rising Sign
Using the North Indian Style diagram above, notice where the first house is in your own chart. This is also where your rising sign is located. The small number in the first house indicates your rising sign. What is your rising sign?
1 is Aries; 2, Taurus; 3, Gemini; 4, Cancer; 5, Leo; 6, Virgo; 7, Libra; 8, Scorpio; 9, Sagittarius; 10, Capricorn; 11, Aquarius; 12, Pisces.
Finding Your Sun and Moon
Now count counterclockwise around the chart, locating the first through the 12th houses. What houses are your Sun and Moon in?
SU is the abbreviation used for Sun. The Sanskrit abbreviation is SY for Surya.
MO is the abbreviation for the Moon. The Sanskrit abbreviation is CH for Chandra.
What Are Your Sun and Moon Signs?
Now that you have identified the houses that your Sun and Moon are in, identify what signs they are in. Remember the numbers in each house indicate the signs. What is your Sun sign? What is your Moon sign?
Identify All Nine Planets in Your Chart
Use the common abbreviations below to identify the nine planets. What houses are they in?
AS = ascendant, your 1st house. MO = Moon. SU = Sun. SA = Saturn. ME = Mercury. MA = Mars. VE = Venus. JP = Jupiter. Ra = Rahu. Ke = Ketu.
What Are Your Planetary Signs?
Once you identify the planets and what houses they sit in, the next step is to determine what signs each of the nine planets are placed in. Where do your Saturn, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Rahu and Ketu sit in your own chart?
Remember this process takes time. Go slow and remember to breathe! At first, just stick to the identification process. Meaning-making comes next!
Understand Your Vedic Birth Chart
Truth be told, understanding the basic principles of reading a jyotish chart is very different than being able to find meaning in the many elaborate pieces.
Being able to integrate the many layers of the jyotish chart and knit them together with your own understanding is quite a different skill! This is where time, study, meditation and contemplation are essential. Practice is essential for honing this craft. For those who want to practice and increase their jyotish skills, you will need to be diligent in your studies. Reading books, taking classes, and spending time studying charts is essential.
Perhaps the most important part of learning and growing through jyotish wisdom, however, is studying your own chart.
Your own karmic map is your reference point for all other understanding—even understanding other charts. Your jyotish chart is the core of your own awareness and will help you unlock your own inner knowing. First and foremost, study your own chart and use it as a reference for understanding yourself in relation to world.
As the Vedic texts state, Aham Brahmasmi, I am the totality.
For more information on Vedic astrology, read about “Why Western Astrology is Innacurate.”
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*This article is relevant for reading a North Indian Style chart only.