The corpus of Maharishi Satyacharya a.k.a Satya Jataka

satyacharyaSatya Jataka

Time of Birth Janmanakshatra

Strength of a Bhava Significance of the houses

The great sage Satyacharya taught the principles of astrology to his disciple

Manithlha and these principles are contained in this work.

1.Addressing his pupil, Salyacharya said, “Oh my dear disciple! I am going to

reveal the principles of Astrology to you. These principles are not known to

anybody and are a great secret. By means of these, you can predict the future

events accurately”.

2. The science of Astrology is a great secret. It should be guarded with care. It

should never be revealed to people who have no faith in God, who are sceptics

by nature and to those who do not show reverence to their Guru.

3. This sacred science of Astrology should never be taught to bad people. Nor

should it be revealed to too many people and very frequently. It should be

taught only to a few chosen disciples who really deserve and have the necessary

qualifications. Listen to me with care. Now I shall expound the principles of

Astrology according to “Dhruva Matham” i.e. according to the school of


4. During the course of everyday (24 hours) the twelve ascendants continuously

rise and set one after another. The twelve ascendants are Mesha, Vrisha etc.

The ascendant at sunrise is naturally the sign in which the Sun is posited.

During the course of each lagna millions of creatures are born.

5. There are three different moments which can be taken as the tune of birth and

for which the horoscope can be cast.

These are(1) Adhana lagna i.e. the moment of conception. (2) Siro-darshma lagna

i.e., the moment at which the head of the child is first sighted. (3) Bhupatana

1agnathe moment at which the child leaves the body of the mother and touches

the earth. As it is difficult to determine the first two moments accurately, the

third one should be taken for preparing the horoscope.

6. The fortunes of a native are to be studied with reference to:

(1) the ascendant lord; (2) the lord of the ascendant in the navamsa diagram (3)

The lord of the birth star; and (4) the lords of the rasis occupied by the above


7. Birth-star : Consider the strengths of the Moon and the ascendant. If the

ascendant is Stronger than the Moon, the lord of the star in which the

ascendant falls, is to be taken as the birth star. If, on the other hand, the Moon

is stronger than the ascendant, the lord of the star in which it is posited is to be

taken as the birth star.

Note Thus, it should be noted that the term, “birth-star” is a technical term and has

special meaning in this book.

8. Determination of Birth-star : Two views : Firstly, Birth star has to be determined

by a careful consideration of the strengths of the Moon and the Ascendant,


which is the star in which either the Ascendant falls or the Moon is posited at

the moment of birth. Whichever is stronger of the two i.e. the Moon and the

Ascendant, that should alone be taken into consideration for purpose of

determination of the birth-star. This is the view generally accepted and

(followed. However, there is another view in this matter. Instead of considering

the strengths of the Ascendant and the Moon, we consider the strengths of the

Ascendant lord and the Moon. If the ascendant lord is stronger than the Moon,

the star in which it is posited at birth should be taken as birth-star. But, if the

Moon is Stronger than the Ascendant lord, the star in which it is situated at

birth should be reckoned as the birth-star. But this view is generally not


The lords of the twenty-seven stars are given below :


From To

1 0 AR 00 13 AR 20 Aswini Ketu

2 13 AR 20 26 AR 40 Bharani Venus

3 26 AR 40 10 TA 00 Krittika Sun

4 10 TA 00 23 TA 20 Rohini Moon

5 23 TA 20 06 GE 40 Mrigishira Mars

6 06 GE 40 20 GE 00 Ardra Rahu

7 20 GE 00 03 CA 20 Purnavasu Jupiter

8 03 CA 20 16 CA 40 Pushyami Saturn

9 16 CA 40 00 LE 00 Ashlesha Mercury

10 00 LE 00 13 LE 20 Magha Ketu

11 13 LE 20 26 LE 40 Purva Phalguni Venus

12 26 LE 40 10 VI 00 Uttara Phalguni Sun

13 10 VI 00 23 VI 20 Hasta Moon

14 23 VI 20 6 LI 40 Chitra Mars

15 6 LI 40 20 LI 00 Swati Rahu


16 20 LI 00 3 SC 20 Vishakha Jupiter

17 3 SC 20 16 SC 40 Anuradha Saturn

18 16 SC 40 00 Sg 00 Jyeshta Mercury

19 00 Sg 00 13 Sg 20 Mula Ketu

20 13 Sg 20 26 Sg 40 Purvashadha Venus

21 26 Sg 40 10 Cp 00 Uttarashadha Sun

22 10 CP 00 23 CP 20 Shravana Moon

23 23 CP 20 6 AQ 40 Dhanishta Mars

24 6 AQ 40 20 AQ 00 Satabhisha Rahu

25 20 AQ 00 3 PI 20 Purva Bhadra Jupiter

26 3 PI 20 16 PI 40 Uttara Bhadra Saturn

27 16 PI 40 00 AR 00 Revati Mercury

10. Calculate the shadbala of all the planets, (according to the rules given by

Sripati). Then judge the horoscope. If all the four determinants, (i.e. the

ascendant lord, the navamsa lagna lord, the lord of the birth star and the lords

of the rasis occupied by the previous three) the native will be very powerful. If

these be of medium strength, the native will be moderately fortunate. If any

two of the above determinants are endowed with full strength, the position and

status of the native in life will be of middle nature. If only one of the

determinants has full strength, he will have just ordinary type of luck. If none

of the determinants is strong, the native will be miserable and poor throughout

his life.

(Rasi Chart)

Rasi Venus






Sat. Merc.





(Navamsa Chart)

Navamsa Venus

Moon Sat. L Jup.



11. Illustration : Consider the horoscope of a person born in Sagittarius lagna in

the star of Uttarashadha and in the Leo navamsa.

For this horoscope the first determinant i.e. the ascendant lord is Jupiter. The

second determinant i.e. the lord of the Janma rasi (i.e. the sign occupied by the

Moon at birth) is the Sun. The third determinant i.e. the lord of the star

Uttarashadha is the Sun. The lord of the signs occupied by them also happens

to be the Sun. The above horoscope is given by Sage Satyacharya in order to

illustrate the principles of determining the birth-star and the other

determinants. This horoscope, Satyacharya says, is the horoscope of a male

child born under the star of Uttarashadha first quarter .(wr) in the month of

Simha. The ascendant is Dhanu. In the navamsa chart, the ascendant is Leo.

So, the first determinant i.e. the lord of the ascendant is Jupiter. The second

determinant i.e. the lord of the Navamsa lagna is the Sun.

The third determinant is the lord of the birth-star. Satyacharya judges like this. As

the Moon is Vargoththama it is stronger than the Ascendant. Hence the birthstar

is Uttarashadha in which the Moon was posited at birth. Lord of

Uttarashadha being Sun, it is the third determinant

To find the fourth determinant, according to the definition, we have to consider

the lords of the rasis occupied by the above three. Here, the first three

determinants are Jupiter, Sun and Sun. The lord of the rasi in which they are

situated is again Sun. Hence the determinants are Jupiter and the sun.

In this horoscope, Jupiter is posited in the 9th house (Bhagya Bhava)in

conjunction with the Sun who owns the 9th house.

Moreover, Jupiter has shubhakartari yoga as it is between Venus and Mercury.

Venus being labhadhipati (11′) and Mercury being Rajyadhipati (10′).

Therefore, Jupiter is very strong.

Now consider the Sun. Sun is in the Bhagya Bhava (9th house), in its own sign

(Leo). It is Vargoththama and is in conjunction with Jupiter which is highly

auspicious. It is also hemmed between two benefic planetsVenus and Mercury,


(the Labhadhipati and Rajyadhipati). Thus the Sun is also very strong.

As Jupiter and the Sun happen to be the determinants for this horoscope and as

they have been found to be strong, the native will be blessed with long life,

fortunes and prosperity.

Satyacharya is of the opinion that the native of this horoscope is a very fortunate

person, sure to become an emperor endowed with much wealth and power,

[strictly speaking, the comparison of the strengths of the Lagna and the Moon

is to be made on the basis of the calculated values of their respective shadbalas.

(sixfold strength). Sometimes, as a rough method, the comparison of the

strengths of the Lagna and the Moon is to be made on the basis of the

calculated values of their respective shadbalas. (sixfold strength). Sometimes,

as a rough method, the comparison is made on the basis of swakshetra,

exaltation, (Vargoththama positions of the ascendant lord and the Moon).

The significance of the Houses:

12. The Significance of the twelve Bhavas : The first house signifies the body, its

form, colour, caste, stay in foreign lands, strength, weakness, good and bad acts,

place of residence, balarishta, happiness and unhappiness. For the benefit of

the readers we quote some verses in this connection from standard works like

Phaladeepika and Jataka Parijata.

Here, Satyacharya cautions that the twelve bhavas should be considered with

reference to both Lagna and Chandra Lagna in interpreting (heir significances.

For example, if we are to study the financial prospects of the natives the second

house from Lagna and Chandra lagna should both be considered and then only

we should proclaim the net results through a careful judgement of both of

them. For example, even if a person appears to be short lived when examined

with reference to Lagna, but there are yogas for longevity with reference to

Chandra lagna, these yogas will certainly contribute to his life and the result

will be that the person will have medium length of life.

13. Strength of a Bhava: A Bhava is said to be strong, when its lord as well as the

lord of the rasi in which it is placed are both strong. (The latter is known as the

depositor of the former). If both these are strong, all the good results of the

Bhava will fructify. If only one is strong, the results will be ordinary. If both are

weak, bad effects alone will result.

14. Satyacharya illustrates these principles with the help of the following



The native of this horoscope is born in Mesha lagna and Mesha navamsa.

Satyacharya has given the positions of the two planets. Saturn in Tula and Mars

in Makara. He says that this person will be a great emperor endowed with

much wealth and fame.

The reason is, the ascendant lord is in the 10th house and is exalted. (Excellent

Ruchaka Yoga). Its depositor (i.e. lord of the rasi in which

Mars is placed) is Saturn and it is also exalted in the seventh house. Also, Mars, the

ascendant lord aspects the Lagna which is its own house. Also the lagna is

Vargoththama. (Navamsa lagna also being Mesha). The aspect of Mars over

the ascendant makes the person short in stature. (Mars is described as short in

stature). Satyacharya says here that other combinations should also be taken

into account For example, if the Navamsa lagna is hemmed between benefics, it

will be more auspicious and the fortunes will be much increased. If these

benefics are auspicious by their lordship (i.e. they own trine houses or happen

to be Yogakarakas), it will further contribute to the increase of fortunes. But if

the benefics who are on either side of the navamsa lagna, are malefics by

lordship (i.e. if they own bad houses 6, 8,12), auspicious nature will be reduced

and there will be bad results in addition.

Note: The extension of Navamsa lagna is 3? 20′. By saying that the Navamsa lagna

should be hemmed between benefics it is implied that benefics should be quite

close to the lagna point within a range of 3? 20″ and no malefic should

intervene. It is doubtful, whether this is to be read from the Navamsa chart


15. The Second House

The second house rules over finance, money, wealth, eye, face, speech, family,

food, tongue, teeth, death, begging, timidity, nose and welfare of family



Note: If the second house is extremely weak or afflicted, naturally the native will

be driven to begging. The reason why Satyacharya assigns timidity to this house

is perhaps because it is the twelfth house from the third house which denotes


16. The third house signifies brothers, courage, bravery, fear, voice, ear, fruits,

father’s death, strength, dress and mental stability and firmness.

Jatakaparijata says:

Note : Third house is seventh (Marakasthana) from the 9th house. Hence it

denotes the death of father.

Phaladeepika says:

17. The fourth house denotes comfort education, conveyance, heart, landed

property, house, mother, friends, relatives, cattle and buildings.

Jataka Parijata says:


18. The fifth house rules over children, intelligence, meritorious deeds, charity,

kingship, duty, respect for parents and success in attempts.

19. The sixth house signifies diseases, troubles from enemies, worries, injuries,

litigation, sorrows, maternal uncle, injuries, armies, mental worries and legal


20. The seventh house denotes marriage, wife, travel, death journeys, change of

residence and foreign travel.

Note : The seventh house is one of the marakasthanas, the other being the second

house. The reason is, it happens to be the twelfth from the house of longevity

i.e. the eighth house.

21. The eighth house signifies longevity, misfortunes, sins, debts, enmity, death,

difficulties, impediments, grief and unhappiness resulting from sins committed

in previous births, sudden and untimely death and enemies.

22. The ninth house rules over father, fortunes, preceptor (guru), meritorious

deeds, righteousness, charities and merit accrued from past births.

23. The tenth house represents livelihood, profession, occupations, commerce

trade, honour, rank, fame, authority command, dress, pilgrimage, occupations

of one’s caste.

24. The eleventh house denotes gains, elder brother, profits, ornaments, fulfilment

of desires, acquisition of wealth and profits through commerce.

25. The twelfth house : This house rules over loss, expenditure, misery, salvation

(Moksha), poverty, expenses, donations, charities, inimical activity, loss by

theft, bondage, encounter with thieves, the left eve. sin, comforts of bed, feet,



Strength of Bhavas and planetsPancha Siddhanta criterionsPlanetary


friendshipAuspicious and inauspicious stars etc.

I. General rules for the study of Bhavas :

(i) Each Bhava has innumerable significations i.e. they denote many points of life.

These have to be studied very carefully by considering the relevant Bhavas and

the ruling planets (Karakas).

(ii) A Bhava will flourish if its lord and Karaka planet are strong by being placed

in their exaltation signs, Moolatrikona signs or own signs.

(iii) If the lord of a Bhava is placed between benefic planets or benefic stars, the

Bhava will thrive.

Note: This is called Subhakartri yoga for the Lord of the Bhava.

(iv) If the lord of a Bhava is placed in the 6th, 8th and 12th houses, the Bhava will

suffer destruction.

(v) If the lord of a Bhava is placed in the three stars called Vipath, Pratyari and

Vadha taras, (i.e. die 3rd, 5th and the 7th starts counted from the natal star),

the Bhava will decline.

(vi) If the lord of the Bhava is hemmed between malefic planets, the significations

of the Bhava will suffer.

Note: This is called ‘Papakartri yoga’ of the lord of the Bhava.

(vii) If the lord of the Bhava is combust or has set or is in debilitation the Bhava is


(viii) If the lord of a Bhava is posited in Kendra or Trikona houses, significations

of the Bhava will flourish.

(ix) If the lord of a Bhava is posited within the first six houses from its house, it

tends to improve the significations of the Bhava.

(x) The planet which is moving towards its exaltation point, which has large

number of subhavargas and vargoththamas (remaining in the same rasi,

Navamsa, Drekkana, Saptamamsa and trimsamsas) and which is associated

with Benefics tend to promote the Bhava.

(x;) The planet that has large number of Ashtakavarga bindus (6,7 or 8), will

promote the significations of its Bhava.

(xii) The planet which is not placed as described above will cause the destruction

of the Bhava. (i.e. if it is between malefics, conjoined or aspected by malefics


(xiii) A Bhava flourishes if it is conjoined with or aspected by benefics. Similarly, it

will thrive if it is hemmed between benefic planets. But if it is otherwise i. e. if it

is conjoined with or aspected by malefics or is hemmed between malefic

planets, it will suffer destruction.

Satyacharya says that a wise astrologer should judge the effects of a Bhava by the

principles given above and by the Pancha siddhanta Principles’ which he

proceeds to explain next.

2. Pancha Siddhanta

1. These are five basic principles in the study of a horoscope. They are: (i)

GrahaSeela (the behaviour of nature of the different planets) (ii) Karakatva

(Significators) (iii) Nakshatra (stellar positions of the planets) (iv) Swavarga

(positions of the planets in the rasi, navamsa, hora, drekkana and other varga


charts). These principles are referred to as the ‘Panchasidhanta principles. (The

Panchasiddhantas i.e., Brahma, Pulisa, Ramaka etc. are not meant here are

they are concerned with astronomy and not astrology.)

1. The Nature and Indications of the Different Planets:

1. The Sun

Forin: The Sun has a square-built body and is short in stature. His colour is darkred.

He has very little hair on his head. He has strong bones and honeycoloured

eyes. He is eight yojanas high. His gaze is directed upwards.

2. Temperament: The Sun is resolute and wrathful. He is a hot planet. He is of the

bilious temperament.

3. Guna: He is of the sattva guna.

4. Direction: The Sun rules the Eastern Direction.

5. Age: He is represented as thirty years old.

6. Rays: He has five rays.

7. Significations: The Sun represents a King; an intelligent person, gold, copper,

lead, brass, jewels worn on the ear, nose, head and chest, fruit bearing trees,

animals living on grass, thatched house, girls eight years of age, short trees,

bearing fruits, brinjal, beans, pungent articles, coarse wick clothes etc.

8. Grain: Wheat

9. Strength: The Sun is strong in the forenoon and during the day time.

10. Gemstones: Vaidoorya Mani and Manikya.

2. The Moon

1. The Moon is round in shape. His colour is white. He has a huge body. He is one

yojana high. His eyes are very beautiful. He is friendly with others. He likes

travel. The Moon is a feminine planet and is cold in nature.

2. Temperament: The Moon is very mild and meek. He is very soft in his speech.

He is a mixture of the two humours phlegm (to) and wind

3. Caste: Vaisya.

4. Direction: North-west

5. Age: 70 years.

6. Rays: The Moon has twenty-one rays.

7. Significations: The Moon represents white colour, calmness, watery nature,

poets/strong houses, feminine qualities, womanliness, white trees, trees having

milk in them, rope, chain (Pipal etc.), silver, sweet substances, white silk, cloth,

water, lily, conch, aquatic creatures, salt, cucumber and plantain trees, bronze,

brass, trees growing in watery places. Ornaments worn on head and by

youngsters, rice and wheat

8. Grain: Rice.

9. Strength: The Moon is strong during the night and in the suklapaksha.

10. Stone: Pearl.

3. The Mars:

1. Mars is reddish in colour. He has a youthful form. His body is lean and slender


at the waist His head is square. His gaze is fierce and is directed upwards. His

height is seven yojanas.

2. Temperament : By nature Mars is very cruel. He is fickle-minded and ferocious.

He is rash in his actions but is extremely generous. His body is warm.

3. Guna: Mars represents rajasa guna.

4. Direction: Mars rules the southern direction.

5. Rays: Mars has five rays.

6. Age: His age is four years.

7. Grain: Dal and red grains.

Other Significations:

8. He represents thick red colour, fire, bricks, power, thorny trees, wild animals,

mosquitoes, bugs, sheep, bones, brothers, lands, houses, anger, war,

instruments, thieves, marrow of the bone, bitter taste, energy, prowess, sin,

wounds, battles, enemies, daring acts, cruelty and torture, roaming in forests,

bronze, golden waist-string, pomp and show and a house on fire.

9. Strength: He is strong during the night and during the dark lunar half.

4. Mercury

1′. Mercury is green in colour like the blade of a Durva grass. He is rajasic by

nature. He is rather lean. He is talkative. He is fond of fun and humour. He has

long reddish eyes. He wears green dress. He is eight yojanas high. He is of the

vaisya caste. He becomes a malefic if he becomes associated with malefics.

2. Temperament: He is highly intelligent He is very learned. He is a mixture of the

three humours wind (qra), phlegm (aro) and bile.

3. Guna: He is rajasic.

4. Direction: North.

5. Rays: He has six rays.

6. Grain: Green gram.

7. He rules over green colour, blue stones, glass bangles, Neelotpala flowers, (blue

lillies), betel leaves, fruits having seeds, centipedes and creatures having many

legs, uncle. Mathematics, speech, trade, wisdom, wit and humour, pearls,

village administration, birds, smoke, coloured dress, decorated houses, fruits

with seeds inside, bitter fruits, black paddy, bdipeds, pupils and vaisya caste.

5. Jupiter

1. Jupiter possesses a big body. He is yellow in colour. He is noble by nature. He is

fat He has big belly. He is a Brahmin by caste. His eyes are slightly brown

(honey-coloured). He is about thirty years of age.

2. Temperament-‘He is exceedingly intelligent. He is very noble and generous. His

speech is clear and pure.

3. Guna: Satva

4. Direction: -North-east.

5. Rays: Jupiter has seven rays.

6. Grain: Bengal gram (^orb) is assigned to Jupiter.

7. He rules over Vedas, devotion, legal affairs, elliptical shape, bankers/charity,


religiousness, honours, children, reputation, gold, fine flowers, sugarcane,

coconut trees, betel-nut trees, trees bearing sweet fruits (like mango etc.)’

beautiful houses in which much wood work is displayed.

6. Venus

Venus possesses 3 beautiful form. His limbs are well proportioned and charming.

His hair is dark and curly. He has fine lovely eyes. His speech is soft and

pleading. He is pleasure-loving. Venus is a feminine planet. He is sixteen years

of age. He is considered to be a watery planet

1. Temperament- He is very passionate by nature and is given to enjoyments. He is

a mixture of the two humours wind and phlegm.

2. Caste: Venus ?s a Brahmin by caste.

2. Direction: Venus governs the south-east direction.

4. Rays: Venus has eight rays.

5. Significations ‘ He rules over white colour, vehicles, fine clothes, beauty, wife,

love affairs, fine arts, marriage, vitality, fame, sexual enjoyment, good qualities

of character, jasmine, houses with much artistic beauty, pcarts, silver, bees,

trees growing in watery places.

6. Grain: cowgram.

7. Strength: He is strong during the night and in the bright fortnight.

9. Saturn

1. Form: Saturn is dark in colour. He had deep set eyes and a lean and tall body

covered with veins. He is dull and has large nails, teeth and coarse hair. He

looks downward. He is cruel and pitiless. His height is eight yojanas.

2. Temperament: Saturn is a tamasic planet He is cruel and pitiless. He is idle and


3. Caste: Soodra caste.

4. Direction: Saturn governs the west

5.Rays: Saturn has five rays.

6. Significations : Saturn indicates evil nature, cunningness, impediments,

wickedness, servants, mean acts, thieves, old dilapidated houses, bitter fruits,

forests, fruits with thick skin, wild flowers, trees full of thorns, bamboos,

palmyra trees, margosa trees and wild animals.

7. Grain: Til

10. Rahu and Ketu

Satyacharya has stated that Rahu resembles Saturn and Ketu resembles Mars in

their significations. We give below some more information collected from other

standard works.


2. Form: Rahu is black in colour and is tall in stature. He suffers from skindiseases.

He is a heretic. He speaks falsehood and ill of others.

3. Direction: South-west.

4. Significations: Paternal grand-father, serpents, scars, cheating, skin diseases,

accidents, violence, worship of Durga, fever, snakes and other reptiles having

poison in the mouth, jugglery, danger from poison, hands, twenty yojanas,

hysteria, imprisonment, foreign languages, backbiting, quarrels, deception,

amputation, excessive speech, stealing, theft, robbery, deeds and occupations

considered low for one’s caste etc.

5. Stone: Agate

6. Grain: Black gram.

12. Ketu

1. Form: Ketu has reddish eyes and a fierce look. His speech is venomous. He has a

big body and holds weapons in his hands. His colour is smoky. He always

inhales smoke. His limbs are covered with wounds. He is very cruel by nature.

2. Significations: Knowledge (an), salvation, worship of Ganesh, religion, maternal

grand-father, sinful habits, ulcers, imprisonment, skin diseases, dacoity, murder,

insects having poison in the tail like scorpion, proficiency in foreign languages,

low and mean acts, occupations too low for one’s caste, accidents by fire,

haughtiness, unhappiness and imprisonment.

3. Stone: Vaidoorya (turquoise).


Om Tat Sat


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