#6 Equinox -Uttarayana and Dakshinayana on the Birth Chart

We know that the Birth chart or the Kundli actually the SKY represented on PAPER.

So lets see how the Sun travels in NORTHERN – UTTARAYANA and SOUTHERN – DAKSHINAYANA in the Birth Chart:


The Numbers shown here are NOT the House Numbers BUT RASHI – So When the Ascendant is ARIES this is how the UTTARAYANA and the DAKSHINAYANA is represented on the Birth Chart.


  1. Sun is actually in Cancer Sign when it is at Tropic of Cancer (Summer Solstice)
  2. When Sun enters Capricorn (10) Uttarayana or Northward Movement of Sun starts.(Tropic of Capricorn)
  3. Transit of Sun from CANCER (4) to SAGITTARIUS (9) Represents Dakshinayana or the Southward Movement of Sun or the Winter/ Fall/ Autumn Season.
  4. Transit of Sun from CAPRICORN (10) to GEMINI (9) Represents Uttarayana or the Northward Movement of Sun or the Summer and Spring Season.



  1. Say you were born when Sun was in Leo..What Can you interpret ASTRONOMICALLY ?
    1. Ok, So You were born when the Sun was in Daskinayana moving from Tropic of Cancer to Equinox.
    2. Being Leo Sign – the month would be around August
  2. All Malefic planets like Mars, Saturn are active during Dakshinayana and Benefic planets are active during Uttarayana. (there is more – but at present lets limit here)


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#5 Equinox – Seasons of Earth

We have racked our brains enough on understanding EQUINOX and SOLSTICE. Lets see it practical application:

Take a look at Diagram:


Please note the Red marked Sun in diagram is an illustration just to make an understanding.

What to See ?

  1. Lets start at March 20-21 – Vernal Equinox: Sun at / on the equator shining bright.
  2. March as we know represents start of SPRING – SUMMER – effected by growth of Environment: plants.
  4. From Equator as  Sun Traverses – Northwards (Uttarayana) reaches up to Highest Excursion  referred to as TROPIC OF CANCER. Sun is now in Rashi of Cancer and shining bright on Tropic of Cancer. Here DAY is the LONGEST. This is the Month of JUNE and referred to as SUMMER SOLSTICE (June 20-22). In India, this is the period of Rains Onset.
  5. In July August – Sun again traverses to south from Tropic of Cancer to Equator
  6. As it reaches Equator – the period of AUTUMNAL EQUINOX starts the beginning of Fall/ Winter in SEPTEMBER.
  7. October and November continues the journey of Sun as seen from earth To Tropic of Capricorn
  8. Sun reaches at TROPIC OF CAPRICORN in December (WINTER SOLSTICE – LONGEST NIGHT in the Northern Hemisphere: Area above equator) and resides in the rashi of CAPRICORN.
  9. JANUARY: While Sun, Still remains in CAPRICORN – and makes its Northern Journey back to Equinox  (Vernal) in JANUARY this marks a Celebration in India Celebrated as KITE FESTIVAL called as UTTARAN marks the UTTARAYANA of the Sun.  
  10. February the Sun continues to move Northwards to reach the Equator in March. (EQUINOX)

A TROPICAL SOLAR YEAR is Movement of Sun from Vernal Equinox to Summer Solstice to Autumnal Equinox to Winter Solstice and Back to Vernal Equinox.

Have a look at few diagrams from the net:



Note that the SUN Does not move as shown in first diagram – its the earth’s motion that makes the Sun appear to move.

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#4 Equinox – The Complete Picture

Now lets combine – EQUINOX and SOLSTICE.

Have a look at the Diagram:


What to see in Diagram ? 

  1. Equinox is Sun at Equator. (Happens at March 20-21 and September 22-23)
  2. If Sun moves Northwards – Sun at Equinox is referred to as VERNAL EQUINOX. Happens at March 20-21.
  3. When Sun moves from Vernal Equinox to Tropic of Cancer – It is referred to as Northern Movement – UTTAR-AYANA. (The movement from Tropic of Capricorn to Equinox is also referred to as Uttarayana)
  4. At Tropic of Cancer – It is the longest day – Sun is in the Cancer – happens at June 20-22.
  5. If Sun moves Southwards from equator – Sun at Equinox is referred to as AUTUMNAL EQUINOX. Happens at September 22-23.
  6. When Sun moves from Autumnal Equinox to Tropic of Capricorn – It is referred to as Southward Movement – DAKSHIN-AYANA. (The movement from Tropic of Cancer to Equinox is also referred to as Dakshinayana)
  7. At Tropic of Capricorn – It is the longest Night – Sun is in the Capricorn – happens at December 20-23.
  8. In short any Northern movement of Sun (From Tropic of Capricorn to Equinox to Tropic of Cancer) is referred to as UTTARAYANA and Southward movement of Sun (From Tropic of Cancer to Equinox to Tropic of Capricorn) is referred to as DAKSHINAYANA.

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1# Equinox – What is Equinox ?

An equinox is an astronomical event in which the plane of Earth’s equator passes through the center of the Sun. (Source: WIKIPEDIA).

In short, Equi means EQUAL and NOX means Night. On an average day – the day and nights are not equal. Remember ? In Summer, Days are longer and in Winters, Days are shorter.

Equinox is a day when DAY AND NIGHT are or more or less equal in duration. It HAPPENS when Sun is exactly at the level of Equator. 

Remember a SOLAR DAY is referred to as time period from ONE SUNRISE to the Next. 6 am today to 6 am tomorrow (an example – actual time of Sun rise may vary).

Equinox (Equal duration of DAY and NIGHT) occurs twice a year: 

  1. Vernal Equinox (At the start of Spring/ Summer) – March 
  2. Autumnal Equinox (At the start of Autumn/ Winter/ Fall) – September


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What is Ascendant, Moon Sign and Sun Sign ?

If you have been reading astrology to know your future, you often come across this terms – Moon or Chandra Rashi, Sun Sign (Western Astrology) and Ascendant (Or the Lagna)

So are you Leo ? or Aquarius ? or Capricorn – No WAIT !!!

Newspaper say my Sun sign as per my Birth date is Aquarius but my Astrologer (Jyotish) says you are Makkar (Capricorn) with Leo Lagna (Ascendant)

Well, what does that mean dont Get Confused ? We crack them all …

You know we see Birth chart as the sky – the sky at the time of your birth. Not today’s sky.

Note where your Sun is placed: In which Sign ? – that becomes your SUN SIGN.

Note where Moon is placed in which sign of the sky the day and time you were born – that becomes your MOON SIGN.

The Ascendant or the Lagna is the SIGN (Not Planet) that rises in the EAST when you were born (or the 1st house)

Lets take an Example. Lets say someone just took birth 2-3 days back. Lets say, 22 October, 2016 at 2:24 pm IST in Mumbai, India.

The Sky at the time of Birth can be represented as below:


Can you point out > What is Sun Sign ? > What is Moon Sign ? > What is Lagna (Ascendant) ?

Sun Sign: Find out where Sun is ? In which Rashi (Not House). Sun is in Libra(7). Sun Sign is LIBRA

You know the Newspaper Horoscope > It says Libra (Sep 24-Oct 23): So since the person was born on 22 October, 2016 – he looks Libra Sun sign for his/her fortune. And see the birth chart – Sun is also in Libra.

Moon Sign / Chandra Rashi: Find out where Moon is ? In which Rashi (Not House). Moon is in Gemini(3). Moon Sign is GEMINI. Note that Moon sign is important as it gives the frame of your mind – Moon is Mind – and in India, Indians get their initial named after Chandra Rashi – Like for Libra -If your moon sign is Libra – your name should start with – Ra, Ru, Re,… In India Astrology TV Readings are based on Moon Signs.

Ascendant / Lagna: It is the Sign rising in the east at the time of Birth. East is represented by the 1 st house. So, Lagna here is CAPRICORN (10)

I hope I have reduced your confusion little…


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October Sky – Transits 2016

Well if you have understood the proper motion of the planet. This blog will enable to let you know which planets are located where in the sky – in which Zodiac Sign in the month of October 2016.

We know we can see the sky in the form of Birth Chart.

So let us see the Sky at present (October 2016) and observe through a telescope from earth. We would see the below image:


So, The Sun is in Libra along with Mercury, Jupiter is  in Virgo(6), Venus and Saturn are in Scorpio and Mars in Sagittarius, Ketu in Aquarius and Rahu in Leo.

Note that Moon changes rashi every 2 and 1/2 days. Moon is represented by a BLACK DOT IN THE ABOVE DIAGRAM. So moon between October 22-24, 2016 will be in Cancer(4) and then for next 2 and 1/2 days will be in Leo with Rahu (Shadow planet in Astrology – Shadow of moon) om 44-26 October and then to Virgo (27-29 Oct) to Libra with Sun and Mercury.

Can we look at Diurnal Motion ?

Yes, Lets say just now we have Scorpio (8) rising in the east – so Scorpio will be in the 1st house (1st house is east). See the chart below:


I haven’t showed all planets to avoid confusion. Now see where Jupiter is ? Its in the 11th House but still in same rashi – Virgo (Look up – above 1st diagram)

Please read old blogs for basics:

How do Planets move ??? – Planetary Motion – 1

Birth Chart and Sky: Planetary Motion -3

Birth Chart and Sky: Planetary Motion -4

Birth Chart and Sky: Planetary Motion – 5

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