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This is not only dictionary of astrology but also the Index to Astrology Folder. So you may use it to find the terms in the folder also.

Aarohinee and Avarohinee
When the Dashaa of a planet approaching its exaltation, departing from debilitation, is known, as Aarohinee (climbing) Dashaa. Conversely, if a planet has departed from its exaltation, its Dashaa is known, as Avarohinee (stepping down) Dashaa.

Abhijit Nakshatra
Abhijit Nakshatra is not a proper Nakshatra. It is a period which is 24 minutes before 12 (Noon) and 24 minutes after (Noon) time is called Abhijit Nakshatra It is very auspicious Nakshatra, even if the whole Panchaang is not auspicious, one can do his work now.

Highest point.  Summit.

AD (Antar-Dashaa)
Antar-Dashaa, or Sub-period.


1/40th part of a Raashi

AL - Arudhaa Lagna
Means Arudhaa of Lagna. A2 means Arudhaa of 2nd Bhaav, and so on.

Antar-Dashaa (AD)
In every Dashaa all the nine planets take their turn and thus divide the Dashaa in nine periods. So these Sub-periods in a Period are called Antar-dashaa and thus the sub-divisions of the Mahaa-Dashaa or Dashaa. A Dashaa's first Anter-Dashaa starts from the same planet's Antar-Dashaa whose Mahaa-Dashaa is there, for example Mars Dashaa will start with mars Anter-Dashaa.

Antya is another name of 12H.

Apa-Mrityu  See also   Mrityu
Apa means accidental and Mrityu means death. - The death which is by accident. Death happened due to the three kinds of Yog described under the heading of Mrityu, or suicide, not getting proper treatment after eating poison or an accident etc, before reaching full longevity as indicated by the chart.

Argalaa and Virodh Argalaa
Argalaa is intervention and Virodhaa Argalaa means obstruction.  (2) Aatm Ichchhaa Shakti - Self will power.


Arudhaa System

Ashtak Varg System

Ast is another name of the 7H, meaning in the mode of setting.

Astrology is the science which deals with the knowledge of man's past, present and future. This is of five types -
(1) Horary (is concerned with two Houses - the 1st one and the questioned one and their Rulers; therefore Horary results are very sharp, quick, and hard answers to the problems, much like a charcoal outline drawing of a person),
(2) Electional (is the creation of chart),
(3) Decumbiture (is the analysis of chart for the first moment the client realizes that he is sick - it helps to diagnose the problem and its solution),
(4) Inceptional (looks at actual marriage charts, business incorporation charts to predict the outcome) and
(5) Mundane. Natal astrology looks at the whole chart, so it is more like a photograph

Avarohinee and Aarohinee
When the Dashaa of a planet approaching its exaltation, departing from debilitation, is known, as Aarohinee (climbing) Dashaa. Conversely, if a planet has departed from its exaltation, its Dashaa is known, as Avarohinee (stepping down) Dashaa.

Solstice - There are two solstices -


Badhaka is a Dosh (a kind of disability) which a planet obtains by virtue of its placement or Lordship of a Baadhak place.

Strength. Such as Taaraa Bal - Star Strength; Graha Bal - Planets Strength

Beej Mantra   see also   Stotra
Beej Mantra is to invoke a planet or Devtaa, to imbibe its strength. No wonder you would feel heat when reciting the Beej Mantra because you are invoking a planet or Devtaa.

9th Lord is the Lord of one's Bhaagya.

Bhaav means House. Thus a chart is divided in 12 Bhaav. Every Bhaav has a name, for example --
(1) 1st House is Lagna Bhaav or Tanu Bhaav - tells about birth time situation and self, body etc
(2) 2nd House is
Randhra Bhaav

Bhaav Kundalee

Bhaav Lagna
This term used in Jaimini, means the ordinary Lagna as is mentioned in the ordinary books on Astrology. The sign that rises at birth on any particular day.

Bhaav Spasht

Bhavat Bhavam
6th is trine (5th) from 2nd (wealth)

Bhukti (Pratyantar Dashaa)
(1) Consumed, or already finished. In astrology every planet has his own Period (Dashaa), Sub-Period (Antar-Dashaa), Sub Sub-Period (Pratyantar Dashaa). Whatever period (time of that particular Planet has passed at the time of the Native is called Bhukti (or already passed Periofd).
(2) Its another meaning is Sub Sub-Period also. Mahaa-dashaa (Dashaa or Period) -> Antar-dashaa (Sub-period) -> Pratyantar Dashaa (Sub Sub-period). 

Birth Time Rectification (BTR)
--In Jyotish
--In KP System

BPHS    see    Brihat Paraashar Horaa Shaastra

Brahm Raashi
Brahm Raashi is the other name of Makar Raashi (Capricorn Sign). The Brahm Raashi has been mentioned in the Mahaabhaarat but in the later texts this name has been has been dropped. Abhijeet Nakshatra was a part of the Shravan Nakshatra in the Makar Raashi and in the 28 Nakashatra system the Abhijeet Nakshatra was an independent Nakshatra but belonged to the Brahm Raashi (another name of the Makar Raashi when Abhijeet Nakshatra was shown as a separate Nakshatra). This obviously means the use of the Abhijeet Nakshatra as an independent Nakshatra was discontinued after the times of the Mahaabhaarat (means, after the 32nd century BC).

Brihaspati (Jupiter)
One of the 9 planets. Also called Guru

Brihat Paraashar Hora Shaastra
A Jyotish book written by Paraashar

Birth Time Rectification      see      BTR (Birth Time rectification)

BTR (Birth Time Rectification)
When somebody's birth time is not known, or not certain, or one's life events do not match with his chart, his birth has to rectified - means "found out or decided". That is called BTR.

Budh (Mercury)
One of the 9 planets in Indian astrology. He is a highly intellectual Graha.

Chakra   See also   Ghatak Chakra
There are 84 Chakra in astrology. Some famous Chakra are Panch Shalaakaa (used in fixing marriage), Sapt Shalaakaa (used in Upanayan), Sarvatobhadra, Shatapad, etc. One such Chakra is Sapt Naadee Chakra, from which the concept of 28 Nakshatra are divided into 7 Naadee from which Jal or Amrit are taken. Read Krishi Paraashar and Makarand Prakaash for details.

Chandra (Moon)
Astronomically it is a Moon, but according to Indian astrology he is one of the 9 planets. He rules the mind of the native.

Char Dashaa

Chara Kaarak

Every Nakshatra has been divided into four parts, and those parts are called Pad or Charan. Since the Sun passes through 12 Raashi, each Raashi is made up of 2 1/4 Nakshatra or in other words 9 Charan make up one Sign.

Chart, Rotation of

Charts or Kundalee
Chart is a diagrammatical representation of the planets in the sky. There are several types of charts in Jyotish. (1) Janm Kundalee or Lagna Kundalee;  (2) Chandra Kundalee - taking Moon House as the Lagna House.


A Planet is in conjunction with the other when he is posited within the same House in wide, close or exact contact (in degrees).

Constellation/Nakshatra     see also    Pad/Charan
(1) An arbitrary formation of stars perceived as a figure or design, especially 1 of 88 recognized groups named after characters from classical mythology and various common animals and objects.
(2) An area of the celestial spheres occupied by one of the 88 recognized constellations.
(3) There are 27 of them through which the Sun passes while the Earth revolves around it. Since the Sun passes through 12 Raashis, each Raashi has 2 1/4 constellations.

Point.  Pointed end. The Zodiacal degree that marks the beginning of the House or a Sign.  A person born on the first day of the Sign. A point that marks the beginning of a change.

D-9 Deities

Dashaa    see also   Antar-dashaa,    Pratyantar Dashaa,  
(Dashaa or Mahaa Dashaa -> Antar-Dashaaa (AD) -> Pratyantar Dashaa or Bhukti (PD) -> Sookshm Dashaa (SD) -> Prran Dashaa (PrD))
(Period -> Sub-period -> Sub Sub-period)

Dashaa  -  see also   Sudarshan Chakra Dashaa

Dashaa Pravesh Chart   see   Entry Charts

Very weak. A point on the Zodiac where a Planet at its lowest strength.

Deeptaansh Theory (Light Distance)
Yog, combination of planets or association of planets means when a planet is close with another planet in the same Sign. But the Deeptaansh Theory states that the planet should be within 12 degrees of the other planet for any Yog or association to be valid  to be in Yog.

Dhan Raahu Lagna
When Raahu is placed in the 2nd House.

Sagittarius. 9th of the 12 Raashi (signs).

Dhruv Taaraa


Din Maan

Dishaa Shool
Inauspicious days to travel in a specific direction

That planet is a dispositor which is the Lord of the sign where another planet is sitting. Means the other planet has disposed the Lord of the Sign and he himself is sitting there.

Dispositor Theory
A planet transmits his power to any planet posited in his own Sign. If the planet is powerful - then the signs ruled by him become powerful

Divorce   see   Marriage and Divorce

DLR    see    Dhan Raahu Lagna

Flaw or fault.

1/10th part of a Raashi, means 3 degrees.

Aspect or Sight. There are some aspects through which a planet "sees" or "aspects" another planet, for example Full Sight, Half Sight etc. Raashi (Sign) also has the aspects to another Raashi.

Evil places or houses - 6, 8, and 12.



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Created on 05/18/2008 and Updated on 04/14/2014