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What is Astrology 

Planets as they move on in the 12 houses of the Zodiac, over the track of the 27 Stars, have a bearing on living and non-living existing on earth. This bearing, the cosmic influence, good or bad, translated through a period, well analysed and well said, and well in advance is called Astrology.

Our ancients like Siddhas and other class of intellectuals by their long-range intuition, recorded their observations and made it known to the benefit of the people. Following the footsteps of our ancients, the later days intellectuals, developed their finding and evolved different methods. During their days compared to the present day levels, the people had a single-minded devotion to God, disciplined way of life, good character, a simple political atmosphere, and set of professions very limited to the population level based on Varnasrama. Therefore, all their Astrological findings were also very much limited confined to certain approximate levels. On their findings, even the proportions of Dhurva Star, then and now, between Meena and Mesha Rasi, has very much altered. During their days a prediction made according to dasa- bukthi-anthara resulted at the very beginning of the Sookshama period. However, the Present day predictions result either during the middle or during last stage of the Sookshama period. At times, the results are found spread over in the Dasabukthi itself.

In contrast, the present day people are not prepared to accept the very existence of God. The crisis of character is full in all its ugliness. The type of profession suited to the material life, has increased manifold. Therefore, the present day astrology should have a definite say according to the enormous changes. Hence, the fundamental rules of astrology, as handed over to us, has to be developed through constant research, well analysed, modified and applied in our predictions, will reveal the truth. Mere verses from the ancient texts, expressed by-heart, will not throw light on what is in store for us. As such, astrology falls into disgrace.

Stellar Astrology an Introduction 

Stellar astrology is an advancement of the Vedic astrology. In astrology the 360° zodiac belt is divided into 12 zodiacs signs of each 30°.  Similarly, the 360° zodiac belt is divided as 27 star divisions of each 13° 20′. Further each star division 13° 20′ is divided into 4 equal parts of each 3° 20 which is known as Padas. Hence each zodiac sign has 9 Padas. For example, Ashwin Nakshatra 0° to 13° 20 and 1 Pada is 3° 20 = 4 Padas is 13° 20      

 

Zodiac Divisions – Sign Lords, Star Lords, Sub Lords

As the time is divided into hours, minutes, seconds, milliseconds, … the zodiac is also divided into a hierarchical division. The initial level zodiac division is 12 parts each denoted as zodiac signs of 30°. For each zodiac sign, a planet is assigned as a sign lord. Except Sun and Moon, other seven planets get ownership of two zodiac signs. For example, Mars is the sign lord of Aries and Scorpio. The astrological significant nine planets are taken into further levels of divisions. The entire zodiac is divided into 27 (9 x 3) divisions and it is called nakshatra divisions. Similar to the sign, each nakshatra has ownership lord which will be one of the nine planets, it is called as Star Lord. For example, Ketu is the star lord for Ashwini, Maga and Mula nakshatras. Further each nakshatra is divided into 9 parts as per Vimshottari Dasha period length and each part is owned by a planet which is called as Sub Lord. Again, Sub Lord portion is divided in a similar fashion into 9 For better understanding, the following figure shows how the Aries sign is divided as star and sub lords. In similar fashion the other signs in the zodiac belt is divided.

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Zodiac sign division showing the Aries sign division with star and sub lords

Similar to the time accuracy like 10:44:10 (10 hours, 44 minutes, 10 seconds,), the astrological accuracy is done as Sign Lord, Star Lord, Sub Lord, Sub-Sub Lord for the given zodiac point. For example, the zodiac point 16° 32′ 57” can be astrologically represented as Mars (Aries – Sign Lord), Venus (Bharani – Star Lord), Moon (Sub Lord), Jupiter (Sub-Sub Lord). This approach helps in distinguishing the twin births cases and other ambiguities in the astrological calculation.

In Vedic astrology, the astrological interpretation is restricted based on the placement of the planet in the zodiac sign, whereas in stellar astrology the interpretation is based on the star/constellation in which the planet is placed within the zodiac sign. For example, if a planet is in Aries sign then there is chance that it can be in any one of the three constellations Ashwini, Bharani or Krittika, so the planet performs the actions differently according to which constellation it is deposited.

Each constellation is owned by a planet and it is called as star lord. Further each constellation is divided into 9 parts and each part is owned by the planet which is called as sub lord. Stellar astrology uses Placidus System of house division and explores to the level of sub lords with respect to the planet position status in the zodiac. In stellar astrology, the astrological analysis is done by considering the star and sub lords and the inter-links among them with respect to the sign they occupied. Thus stellar astrology is systematic and very well defined for accurate astrological analysis.

Cuspal and Cuspal Interlinks

Cuspal is the beginning point of each house. The zodiac house division consists of 12 houses and the Aries sign is considered as the first house and moreover each house is divided equally into 30°.  In the horoscope, the first house is the one where Lagna falls, usually the starting or mid-point of that house is consider as cuspal beginning and the subsequent cuspal points are derived by adding 30°. However in stellar astrology, cuspal beginning point is the consider as the Lagna point and further divisions is done according to Placidus House Division . Each division i.e. house is termed as Bhavas. The bhavas are being divided based on the concept of long (32°) and short (28°) ascension periods as per Placidus. Hence the formation of bhavas does not maintain its uniform distribution and vary throughout in its longitudinal positions.

Each cuspal point can be represented as {Sign Lord – Star Lord – Sub Lord – Sub-Sub Lord}. For example, the cuspal point 140° 18′ 11” falls in Leo sign so it can be represented as {Sun – Venus – Jupiter – Jupiter}. Suppose the star lord for certain bhavas or cuspal points are same then it is considered as connected known as Cuspal Interlinks. In stellar astrology, the sub lord cuspal interlinks is given more importance.

 

The core theory of Stellar Astrology is based on the principle, the star lord shows the event and the sub lord determines whether that event is favourable or unfavourable.

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