Vladimir-Putin_4This is a one day workshop on the horoscope of Vladimir Putin – a man feared and loved by many in this world. The powerful chart indicates superb leadership capabilities that led Russia to its rejuvenated position of wealth and power after the debacle of the 1990’s.

sodasiThe exact rectification of the birth time gives sixteen divisional ascendants. In the old days when charts were prepared by hand, a table showing each of these divsions of the Lagna and all the navagraha was prepared. It gave a glimpse of the positions of each of the planets in each of the D-charts. What we learn in these video’s (please view the entire playlist) is how the lagna impacts the life of the individual. Sometimes one notices that irrespective of dasha, the problems persist and this is due to a weak divisional chart or a weak divisional ascendant, the varga lagna.

ptolemyastrologylrgTithi Pravesha is the high watermark of our tradition. Unlike the Tajaka authors of mid-west and greece who used the solar return charts, we in the east use the tithi return. This is the moment when the sun and moon form the exact same angle that they did at the time of our birth annually. Another condition is that the Sun must be in the same sidereal sun-sign; thats because we are human and not gods. Our soul is still trapped in this human body.

For those who are conversnat with mundane astrology, you will recall that in the Chaitra chart we make for each year, the sun-moon conjunction i.e. the start of the sukla pratipada is the start of the New Year and not the solar ingress into Aries. The King of the year is determined from this annual Tithi Pravesha chakra of the Chaitra Pratipada. The Aries and other sidereal solar ingress charts gives the various ministers and are subservient to this Tithi Pravesha chakra of Sukla Pratipada. In a similar vein the Tithi Pravesha chart of our birthdays is the real start of the new year whereas the solar ingress or solar return is subservient to this TP Chart. Hope you learn from all the nine video’s.

Perhaps the first step in Vedic Astrology is to discard the idea that it is some kind of a superstition. Astrology is composed of two words “Astro” referring to the study of celestial bodies and phenomena and “Logos” meaning the logical application of this scientific study. Vedic refers to the period of the writing of the Vedas and the codification of the data from the Brighu’s (database created across India in the form of Brighu Samhita having records of various birth charts and their life events). Thus, Vedic Astrology refers to the method of Astrology as studied and practised in India since time immemorial. The principal exponent of this is Maharishi Parasara whose writings in the monumental classic Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra form the standard text for Jyotish (Vedic Astrology).

Jyotish is not fatalistic and none other than Brahma Himself can tell you exactly what is going to happen. In fact of the twelve houses that govern the various facets of life, the 3rd, 6th, 10th and 11th houses are called Upachaya or houses of growth. The affairs connected with this house are based on the exercise of free will of the individual and cannot be dictated upon. Thus, the scope for exercise of free will is about 33% in our lives and that is quite a bit if used properly. The Srimad Bhagavat Gita is the discussion between Bhagavan Sri Krishna and His ardent disciple Arjun, the warrior. A question often asked is why does God (Sri Krishna) have to urge and explain the truth of life to Arjuna to fight the battle when He can easily direct him to do so? The sixth house in any horoscope deals with enemies and battles and this is under the FREE WILL of the individual as it is an Upachaya. Hence even Bhagavan had to preach Arjun about the value of standing up and fighting for truth.

The Sun Signs , the “Zodiac”

rashi tattvaDwadas Aditya1– The twelve Sun Signs: For one reason or the other, whether it be the conquest of the Normans or the birth of Christ, the starting date of the year has been varying as calendars come and go. In the scheme of Vedic astrology, the solar calendar consists of twelve houses of 30 degrees each covering the total span of 360 degrees. These are called the twelve Sun Signs (Dwadas Aditya). These signs are fixed (unlike that used in the western astrology) although the names and other significations, nature etc are similar to that used in Western astrology.

Table-1: The Characteristics of the Signs

Sign Triplicity Quadruplicity Sex Ruler
No Name Mobility Guna
1 Aries Fire Movable Rajas Male Mars
2 Taurus Earth Fixed Tamas Female Venus
3 Gemini Air Dual Satwa Male Mercury
4 Cancer Water Movable Rajas Female Moon
5 Leo Fire Fixed Tamas Male Sun
6 Virgo Earth Dual Satwa Female Mercury
7 Libra Air Movable Rajas Male Venus
8 Scorpio Water Fixed Tamas Female Mars & Ketu2
9 Sagittarius Fire Dual Satwa Male Jupiter
10 Capricorn Earth Movable Rajas Female Saturn
11 Aquarius Air Fixed Tamas Male Saturn & Rahu3
12 Pisces Water Dual Satwa Female Jupiter

Characteristics of the Signs: The signs of the zodiac are classified in various ways. The important ones are listed below:

Ayanamsa4: This difference is due to the fact that Vedic Astrology takes into account the astronomical fact of the precession of the solar system around another point called a “Nabhi” or Navel whereby the system precesses (like going back) at the rate of about 50.23 seconds per year (others take an average varying from 50″ to 54″ per year based on the time of 26,000 years or 24,000 years for the precession to complete one circle of 360 degrees). This precession results in a mathematical correction called Ayanamsa.

Sankranti: The dates assigned to the signs of the zodiac are based on the solar ingress (i.e. entry of the Sun) of the signs. Depending on the value of Ayanamsa used, this date can vary by a few days and different “astrologers” assign slightly different dates based on their belief on the date of conjunction of zero point of the precession and Aries (called beginning of Kali Yuga) and the rate of the precession. The Government set up a committee called the Calendar reforms committee to correct the anomaly between the beliefs of different Vedic calendars. The result was what is popularly called the Rashtriya Panchang (National Calendar) and the Lahiri Ayanamsa. The date at which the Sun enters a sign is called the Sankranti. Thus, we have 12 Sankranti’s based on the date of the Sun’s entry into each of the 12 signs from Aries to Pisces. Good Vedic Astrologers will date events from the days calculated from Sankranti and also the Tithi. The Vedic Sun signs have a profound influence on the desires of the soul, which is the real individual and if charts are matched on the basis of the Sun signs in addition to the Moon, then real compatibility can be ascertained. Thus, in a way, people having the same Sun signs as given below can be called “soul mates”.

Tithi: Tithi is the Vedic date of the Lunar calendar and is a measure of the distance between the Sun and the Moon starting from Pratipada when they conjoin at Poornima when they oppose at 180 degrees. There are 15 Tithi in the Sukla Paksha (Waxing Phase) and 15 Tithi in the waning phase (Krishna Paksha) (Refer Table-1). Each Tithi is an angle of 12 degrees. This angle is mathematically represented as:

Angle = Longitude of Moon – Longitude of the Sun
and, Tithi = Angle / 120

Table 2: Tithi or the Vedic date (All angles in degrees)

Paksha Tithi Angle Tithi Angle Tithi Angle
Sukla Paksha Pratipada-1 0 -12 Dwiteeya-2 12-24 Truteeya-3 24-36
Chaturhi-4 36-48 Panchami-5 48-60 Shasti-6 60-72
Saptami-7 72-84 Astami-8 84-96 Navami-9 96-108
(Waxing Phase)
Dasami-10 108-120 Ekadasi-11 120-132 Dwadasi-12 132-144
Trayodasi-13 144-156 Chaturdasi-14 156-168 Poornima-15 168-180
Krishna Paksha Pratipada-1 180-192 Dwiteeya-2 192-204 Truteeya-3 204-216
Chaturhi-4 216-228 Panchami-5 228-240 Shasti-6 240-252
Saptami-7 252-264 Astami-8 264-276 Navami-9 276-288
(Waning Phase)
Dasami-10 288-300 Ekadasi-11 300-312 Dwadasi-12 312-324
Trayodasi-13 324-336 Chaturdasi-14 336-348 Amavasya-0 348-360

Tattva: There are five principal elements or states of existence of all material bodies called TATWA. These are (1) the Solid state called PRITHVI or Earth, (2) the Liquid state called JALA or Water, the Gaseous state called VAYU, the Vacuum state called AKASH or the Energy state called AGNI. Each sign is assigned one of the four principle elements of Agni (loosely called Fire), Vayu (loosely called Air), Prithvi (loosely called Earth), and Jala (loosely called Water). However the fifth, Akash Tatwa (loosely called Sky) pervades all the signs and represents Vishnu Who pervades everything although not visible to mortal eyes.

Table 3: Sun Sign & Healing Gemstones

Name of Sign Vedic Name Dates of Sign Healing Color Healing Gemstone Hindi Name
Aries Mesha April 15 to May 14 Red Red Coral Moonga
Taurus Vrisab May 15 to Jun 14 White Diamond Heera
Gemini Mithun June 15 to July 14 Green Emerald Panna
Cancer Kark July 15 to Aug 14 Lt. Pink Pearl Moti
Leo Simha Aug 15 to Sept 14 Off. White Ruby Manik
Virgo Kanya Sept 15 to Oct 14 Gray Emerald Panna
Libra Tula Oct 15 to Nov 14 Black Diamond Heera
Scorpio Vrischik Nov 15 to Dec 14 Lt.Yellow Cats Eye Lahsanya
Sagittarius Dhanus Dec15 to Jan 15 Yellow Yellow sapphire Pokhraj
Capricorn Makar Jan 15 to Feb13 Blue Blue Sapphire Neelam
Aquarius Kumbh Feb14 to Mar 14 Varigated Hessionite Gomedh
Pisces Meena Mar 15 to April 14 Crystal white Yellow sapphire Pokhraj

1. Aditya is the name of the Sun God as born from Aditi [the mother of the Gods or Deva’s (Deva is derived from Diva, meaning the giver of light or enlightenment)]. There are 12 Aditya’s or Sun Gods for each of the 12 months of Solar transit through the 12 signs. To find your Sun God/Aditya, refer to Vedic Remedies in Astrology by Sanjay Rath.

2 Ketu, the descending node is the co-lord of Scorpio

3 Rahu, the ascending node is the co-lord of Aquarius

4 Ayanamsa: this is the precession of the solar system and is to be added or subtracted from the zero point of Aries in the western chart to arrive at the Vedic Horoscope. For example, the solar ingress into Aries resulting in the start of the Aries Month in western astrology is March 21. However, the Ayanamsa at present (2000 AD) is about 23 degrees and adding 23 days to March 21 we get April 14 as the date for Solar ingress into Aries in the Vedic Calendar.

gh1“This Mysterious Beatle” George Harold Harrison needs no introduction. The date and time of his birth as recorded are [1]25 February, 1943; 00:05’ BST; (-1Hr GMT); Liverpool, U.K. Later this was ‘corrected’ by an astrologer. He wrote, “For instance, I only learned recently after all these years that the date and time of my own birth have always been off by one calendar day and about a half hour on the clock,” reported in Billboard magazine, 12/1992.” On a prior occasion, he had given out February 25, 1943, 00:05 AM GDT, (23 minutes later). Tashi Grady met Harrison in 7/1993 and he said that he and his astrologer had rectified the time to [2] 11:52:19 PM. Lois Rodden’s Astrodatabank has further ‘corrected’ this time to [3] 11:42’ PM.

We have examined the three timings and are of the opinion that the time that was corrected by the astrologer at [2] to match his life events is correct. The time of 11:52’:19” has been slightly touched to 11:53’:05” on 24 February, 1943 based on Pranapada being in trines to Navamsa Lagna.
Harrison, George
Date: February 24, 1943
Time: 23:53:05
Time Zone: 1:00:00 (East of GMT)Longitude: 2 W 55′ 00″Latitude: 53 N 25′ 00″
Lunar Year: Chitrabhanu
Lunar Month: Makha
Tithi: Krishna Panchami (43.42% left)Weekday: WednesdayNakshetra: Swati (96.03% left)
Yoga: VriddhiKarana: Taitula
Hora Lord: SaturnSunrise: 8:18:12
Sunset: 18:34:01
Janma Ghatis: 38.9535


His mother Louise was a housewife who was the cheer leader as the young Beatles practiced at his home. The Moon is a crucial planet in the chart and is placed in the Lagna in Libra in rapt conjunction with the ascendant. This promises fame and a lot of popularity and is also the natural significator for mother. It shows that her blessings and encouragement would translate into a meaningful life in music. As the tenth Lord in Lagna, the Moon promises fame and pursuit of an independent and unique path. This was his life of music. The Lagna in Dwadasamsa shows the mothers profession and the Lagna Lord Jupiter is placed in the 12th house from the fourth with the routine worker Ketu indicating that the mother would not have any meaningful career choice.

His father Harold Harrison was a bus driver. The sixth house in the Dwadasamsa chart shows the fathers career and here we find Venus (Vehicles) in Taurus as the tenth Lord showing the profession as a driver. He was the youngest of The Beatles and the only Beatle whose childhood was not marred by divorce or death. This is the blessing of the great Moon in such rapt conjunction. Moon is also one of the three Yogada in the chart besides Saturn and Venus as it is placed in Lagna and aspects the Ghatika and Hora Lagna by Rasi Drishti.


George had two brothers Peter and Harry, and a sister, Louise. The third house is severely afflicted by Mandi, Gulika and Mars and its Lord Jupiter although aspecting it, is retrograde. This indicates the absence of younger co-born. The eleventh Lord from Lagna is the sun in conjunction with Ketu, the Lord of its exaltation star and is also aspected by Jupiter. Rahu although placed in the 11th house is the Atmakaraka and will not harm in this matter. Arudha Lagna is in Leo and the eleventh Lord from it is Mercury placed in Capricorn. Mercury has gained FIVE Navamsa indicating that there can be about five elder co-born. Expunging Pisces the sign of debility of Mercury and Saturn & Rahu conjunction in Aries Navamsa, we get three elder co-born. This is further confirmed in the Rasi chart as Mercury is only aspected by Saturn and Rahu (Rasi Drishti) and is not conjoined any planet showing three elder co-born.


gh2During the filming of the movie, A Hard Day’s Night, George met Pattie Boyd, and the two were married on January 21, 1966 in Jupiter Dasa Mercury Antardasa. In the Navamsa (D-9 Chart), Jupiter is the Lord of Lagna and mercury is the Lord of the seventh house and is also placed in the seventh house. His greatness lies in his befriending Eric Clapton despite Clapton’s visible longing for his wife Pattie – a desire t
hat is immortalized in the song “Layla” by Clapton’s band. Pattie gave George love and self-confidence while Clapton gave him respect as a guitar player and self-esteem. After his disastrous tour of the USA in 1974 (after the breakup of the Beatles), he went into a depression that led to his divorce in 1977. The couple did not have any children. Note that the Dasa of Saturn had just started in June 1976 and Saturn is placed in the eighth house indicating the break of marriage.

In 1977, George met Olivia Arrias, a Mexican-Californian who had originally come to work as a secretary (Saturn-subordinate) in his ‘Dark Horse’ record company. They fell in love and lived together which led to the birth of their son, Dhani[1], born on August 1, 1978. George and Olivia married one month later. All this happened in Saturn dasa Saturn Antardasa as Saturn is the Yogakaraka lord of the 4th and 5th house promising a child, and is also an independent Yogada as it is placed in the Hora & Ghatika Lagna Taurus and aspects the Lagna in Libra by Rasi Drishti. Note the name of the child “Dhani” as referring to the sign Taurus and Hora Lagna that is associated with wealth.

Second marriage is seen from the second house in the Navamsa chart and Saturn is the second lord placed in debility in Aries Navamsa indicating the second marriage as soon as its period started. This conjunction of Saturn with the Atmakaraka Rahu also gave him a wife who would appreciate his spirituality. Its aspect on the seventh house damages the first marriage while promoting the second. After all, in the words of Chanakya, of what use is a wife if she cannot give you children. Of what use are friends and wives who will only share the laughter. In fact friends who have such longing for one’s wife are the propagators of the greatest evil that goes against the basic moral fibre that builds homes and a decent society. He did well to end his first marriage and marry his erstwhile secretary who at least shared his initial sorrow and gave him the strength to rise again, besides the great joy of a son.



George had a normal happy childhood with both parents growing up in a public housing project. He attended Dovedale Primary School two forms behind John Lennon, and then the Liverpool Institute, one form behind Paul McCartney. He was a mediocre student. Most of these years were in the dasa of the Atmakaraka Rahu placed in the eleventh house and having malefic Argala on both the fourth Lord Saturn and the fourth house.

In Rahu dasa Venus Antardasa at the age of 13 his mother got him his first guitar. Venus is the natural karaka for the arts and is a Yogada in the chart being the lord of the Lagna, Hora Lagna and Ghatika Lagna. Venus is also exalted in the Rasi chart and is laced in the ninth house in the Navamsa thereby promoting his artistic talents. His natural talents are seen in the trines to Navamsa Lagna. Moon in the Lagna shows a desire to sing while Jupiter the Lord of Navamsa Lagna in trines makes one a good author and in trines to Venus, poetic abilities will be marked. This reaches a very high level of self actualization as the Lord of Navamsa Lagna conjoins the Atmakaraka Rahu promising a very high (international level) of achievement. Saturn in trines to Lagnamsa makes him hardworking and dedicated to his line. These factors are sure to give success.

The ability with the musical instrument comes from the Sun ruling the rhythms. The sun is the Lord of the ninth in Navamsa and is in the second house having Argala on Lagna showing that this ability would be acquired with some hard work more so as Saturn is the dispositor of the Sun and is in trines to Lagnamsa. This is confirmed by the fact that his early efforts at guitar playing were somewhat futile–he bought a guitar as a young adolescent, but found he couldn’t understand the chording patterns. While he was experimenting with one of the screws, the instrument fell apart. In frustration George hid the guitar in the closet and turned his efforts to the trumpet, where he met with a similar lack of success. Eventually one of his older brothers [Note that the Sun is the Lord of the eleventh house ruling elder brothers in the Rasi chart] repaired the guitar. This happened in Rahu Dasa sun antardasa. On his next attempts George managed to learn a few chords. After that he practiced diligently, listening to recordings of famed guitarists in order to perfect his style.

George joined Paul McCartney at the Liverpool institute and later became a member of John Lennon’s group ‘The Quarrymen’ at the age of 15 years. With the advent of the Rajyoga dasa of Jupiter in 1960, the group changed its name to ‘The Beatles’.

Why would Jupiter, a dire malefic for Libra Lagna give such an astounding Rajyoga and success during its Dasa? Jupiter is the dispositor of the exalted Lagna Lord and its placement in a trine, that too the ninth house gives good fortune to the native besides good health. It is also the dispositor of the second and seventh Lord mars and is aspected by it to indicate increase in wealth. In the Navamsa it is the Lagna and Moon sign Lord and is placed in the fifth house with the Atmakaraka indicating great success and position akin to a king during its dasa. In the Dasamsa, it is again the Lagna and Moon sign Lord and is placed in the second house in debility with Venus. This is the strongest of the Artha Trikona and directs the career successes. It aspects both the sun and Moon promising that the Rajyoga during its period will bear fruit for a long time. Jupiter is also placed in the 11th house from Arudha Lagna promising immense amount of legitimate income.

With the advent of Jupiter dasa, in August 1960 the Beatles set off for Hamburg on the invitation of the ‘Indra Club’. Note that the name Indra is associated with the deity of Jupiter. However, the Beatles performed for a rival club which irked the owner of Indra club. The latter lodged a police complaint against George for being underage (17 years) and he was sent back to England.

To be continued…..

[1]Dhani is a Hindi name meaning ‘Rich’ and refers to a gift of Vishnu. “Vishnu de dhanam