BASICS OF ASTROLOGY (PART –IV)

Fundamental steps in beginner’s level astrology

continuation of part III…
5. Venus
Just like Jupiter, Venus is also a teacher, and is a natural benefic. Venus represents sexual life, obtainment of a good spouse. Only if Venus is well-placed will you have abundant cash flow, a nice home, furniture and vehicles. Venus is strong in artists, actors, dancers, models, musicians, poets and people in the entertainment, jewelry and beauty industry.
Suitable placement in houses – 6, 8 and 12 placements are considered challenging. 2, 5, 7, 9, 11 are considered auspicious. 1, 3, 10 are good as well.
Day – Friday
Gemstone – Diamond
Aspects – 7th place from itself.
Exalts in – Pisces
Debilitates in – Virgo
Considered a natural – benefic planet
Friends with – Mercury, Saturn, Mars, Jupiter
Not friends with – Sun and Moon
Remedies for badly placed Venus in birth chart – Take a bath every day. Dress well and wear a nice perfume. Use a lot of Diyas and incense sticks at home. Keep your house very clean. Distribute sweets to public. Wear white clothes on Fridays.
6. Mercury
Mercury represents our intelligence and our education. It also rules books, literary wisdom, communication, advertising, giving lecture or imparting knowledge, etc.
Mercury represents youth and enthusiasm. Those who are cheerful and talkative have a well-placed Mercury in their horoscope. Astrologers, linguists, businessmen, computer professionals, accountants, and mathematicians typically have an influential Mercury in their horoscope.
Suitable placement in houses – 6, 8, 12 placements are considered challenging. 2, 5, 7, 9, 11 are considered auspicious. 1, 3, 10 are good as well.
Day – Wednesday
Gemstone – Emerald
Aspects – 7th place from itself.
Exalts in – Virgo
Debilitates in – Pisces
Considered a natural – benefic planet
Friends with – Sun, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus
Not friends with – Moon
Remedies for badly placed Mercury in birth chart – Buy books and notebooks for school children and feed them. Donate and volunteer at an orphanage and mental institutions. Include a lot of greens in your diet and wear green clothes on Wednesdays.
7. Mars
Mars is masculine, fiery and energetic in nature. It needs to be in good place in one’s chart if one wants to excel in sports, leadership, law, real-estate business, and army and military services. It represents fire and knives and so, good chefs and firemen are also seen with exalted Mars. When Mars is powerful, the person is energetic and helpful to others. When Mars is afflicted, they will waste their energy.
Suitable placement in houses – 6, 8, 12 placements are considered challenging. 3, 10 are good.
Day – Tuesday
Gemstone – Red coral
Aspects – 4th, 7th and 8th place from itself.
Exalts in – Capricorn
Debilitates in – Cancer
Considered a natural – malefic planet
Friends with – Jupiter, Sun, Moon, Venus, Saturn
Not friends with – Mercury
Remedies for badly placed Mars in birth chart – Sleep on floor as much as you can. Chant Hanuman chalisa every day and visit Hanuman temple especially on Tuesdays. Help people in the army and military services by donating food for them and their family. Wear Red clothes on Tuesdays.
8. Rahu
Rahu is a planet that causes mental chaos and illusion. It makes us thinks outside the box and shed our regular habits. It intensifies the effects of the house in which it is situated and behaves like the sign lord where it is placed. If conjunct with a planet, it gives the effects of that planet. For example, Rahu in the second house causes financial problems and Rahu in the seventh may cause trouble with the spouse. Rahu in the ninth house causes problems with father and/or teachers or Gurus. Rahu can give luxuries and the ability to attract masses, when it is suitably placed.
Suitable placement in houses – 6, 8, 12 placements are considered challenging but good, 3 is also good.
Day – Wednesday and Saturday
Gemstone – Hessonite
Aspects – 5th, 7th and 9th place from itself.
Exalts in – Taurus
Debilitates in – Scorpio
Considered a natural – malefic planet
Friends with – Mercury, Saturn, Venus.
Not friends with – Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Mars.
Remedies for badly placed Rahu in birth chart – Washing the bathrooms and toilets of your house and keeping them clean. On Wednesdays, pray to Lord Hanuman and visit Hanuman and Lord Shiva temple. Chant Hanuman Chalisa regularly and stay away from alcohol. Wear Black clothes on Saturdays and green on Wednesdays.
9. Ketu
Just like Rahu, Ketu is a shadowy planet that acts like the lord of the sign it is in. Rahu acts like Saturn and Ketu acts like Mars. Ketu is a planet that causes obstructions to one’s actions and can lead a person to extreme poverty and difficulty in life. This is because Ketu is the Moksh-karak (the facilitator of liberation), it wants you to shed your ego and attachment to any materialistic thing. That is why it pushes you towards challenges, to make you think and ultimately realize yourself.
Suitable placement in houses – 6, 8, 12 placements are considered challenging but good, 3 is also good.
Day – Tuesday
Gemstone – Cats eye
Aspects – 5th, 7th and 9th place from itself.
Exalts in – Scorpio
Debilitates in – Taurus
Considered a natural – malefic planet
Friends with – Mercury, Saturn, Venus.
Not friends with – Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Mars.
Remedies for badly placed Ketu in birth chart – Meditate daily. Let go of materialistic desires and go on a spiritual journey at least once or twice a year. Impart knowledge on spiritual topics to people. Wear red or grey clothes on Tuesdays.

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