The constellations in Hindu astrology



The constellations in Hindu astrology

Ancient hindu astrology is based upon the constellations and this is why it is so precise. Unlike western astrology which is based upon the rotation of the sun and signs, the hindu astrology has its foundation on the rotation of planets in the constellations including Moon. Signs come later. The mahadasha, antara and pratyantara of the planets depend upon the position of the moon in a particular constellation and its quarter. There are 27 constellations ruled by the 9 planets and the dasha of planets is fixed in the Indian dasha system, which is called - the vimshottaridasha. here meaning of vimshottari is 120 years. Thus the dasha of planets are based on the assumption that the average lifespan of humans is 120 years. Each sign has 3 constellations in it and there are 4 quarters of a constellation. Thus each sign has 9 quarters of constellations. The constellations, signs and division of quarters is as follows:


Serial
Sign
Star
Quarter
1
Aries
Ashwini
4


Bharini
4


Krittika
1




2
Taurus
Krittika
3


Rohini
4


Mrigshira
2




3
Gemini
Mrigshira
2


Aardra
4


Punarvasu
3




4
Cancer
Punarvasu
1


Pushya
4


Ashlesha
4




5
Leo
Magha
4


Poorvafalguni
4


Uttarfalguni
1




6
Virgo
Uttarfalguni
3


Hast
4


Chitra
2




7
Libra
Chitra
2


Swati
4


Vishakha
3




8
Scorpio
Vishakha
1


Anuradha
4


Jyeshtha
4
9
Sagittarius
Mool
4


Poorvashadha
4


Uttarashadha
1




10
Capricorn
Uttarashadha
3


Shravan
4


Dhanishtha
2




11
Aquarius
Dhanishtha
2


Satabhisha
4


Poorvabhadrapada
3




12
Pisces
Poorvabhadrapada
1


Uttarbhadrapada
4


Revati
4

Each constellation is ruled by a planet and each planet rules 3 constellations. Each planet has a fixed Mahadasha, Antara, Pratyantaraas told earlier. It is as follows:


When we are born, each planet is transiting in a particular constellation.The moon denotes mind. The transit of moon in a particular constellation denotes some peculiar traits in an individual. Thus a person born in satabhisha star will be different from person born in krittika, not only this but a person born in satabhisha will be different from a person born in swati - though both the stars are ruled by Rahu.This is the preciseness of Hindu astrology.

Constellations
Ruler
Dasha in Years
Ashwini,Magha,Mool
Ketu
7
Bharini,Poorvafalguni,Poorvashadha
Venus
20
Krittika,Uttarafalguni,Uttarashadha
Sun
6
Rohini,Hast,Shravan
Moon
10
Mrigshira,Chitra,Dhanishtha
Mars
7
Aardra,Swati,Satabhisha
Rahu
18
Punarvasu,Vishakha,Poorvabhadrapada
Jupiter
16
Pushya,Anuradha,Uttarbhadrapada
Saturn
19
Ashlesha,Jyeshtha,Revati
Mercury
17