How to learn the Art of  Prediction through Retrograde Research ?

(For knowers of Astrology)

Do you often look at Birth charts and end up giving wrong predictions ?

And how often do you loose confidence on wrong prediction ?

Why not convert the Prospective way of Prediction to a Research of Retrograde type ?

This is also a way told as the best way to learn astrology by Mr. K N Rao.

Heres an insight that changes the attitude of Learning the Art of Prediction from whether the Prediction went Right/Wrong to focus on Why and How things happened…

Take a look..

Instead of directly predicting things and going wrong. Convert prediction to astrological research of Retrograde Nature

Start with :

To Predict: write your prediction

Explaination: write why you predict so based on astrological principles

: observe the event when it happens at a later date.

Inference: Infer why you went wrong or how far your prediction proved correct. If wrong why it went wrong and if correct – see what principles you used to arrive at your predictions

Try your approach of Prediction this way – RETROGRADE RESEARCH and see the advantages:

1. Helps you learn

2. Helps you to apply Astrological Principles

3. Helps you understand analytically where you went wrong on which principle and why.

4. Does not make you loose confidence. 
Go ahead and give a try…

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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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Birth Chart and Sky: Planetary Motion – 5


The question from the previous Blog…

Let say…today is Thursday…And lets say Sun will rise at 6 am and set at 6:30 pm

Now first we need to understandWhere actually the planets are in the sky (in regards to proper motion) Not for TODAY or Today’s Timing. Lets pick the chart form Previous Blog.

Lets say, Saturn is in Scorpio, Jupiter in Aquarius. SUN IN LEO. See diagram. This the actual placement of planets Lets say in SEPTEMBER 2016 (For our understanding).


Consider, Today is Thursday – September 15, 2016 and we will see how these planets (SATURN, JUP and SUN) will appear from earth at different timings.

Let’s say we see the sky at 12 pm Noon. 


Note the following: (AT 12 pm – noon)

  1. FIRST HOUSE Represents EAST and we Shall see Saturn in the EAST (Note SATURN IS IN SCORPIO – No sign Change)
  2. Jupiter is in 4th House – WE WONT BE SEEING IT BECAUSE Its At MIDNIGHT And other half of earth might see Jupiter at MIDNIGHT in Aquarius
  3. SUN IS STILL IN LEO but in 10th house – highest in sky at 12 noon.

Now, Lets say its evening 6:30 pm and Sun is about to set 


Note the following (At 6:30 pm – Sunset – Sky from Earth on 15th Sept 2016 – our example) – MOST IMPORTANT (PLEASE READ)

  1. Sun is in 7th House (WEST) setting. BUT SUN IS STILL IN LEO(5) – Its changed only Houses not the Sign. It will Change the Sign after 1 month (Proper Motion) – We are studying the Daily motion.
  2. Saturn which was earlier seen in the east at 12 pm is at the center of the Sky at 10th house. 
  3. Jupiter which was NOT Seen initially Now APPEARS TO RISE IN EAST AS SUN SETS. Note that Jupiter is STILL IN AQUARIUS – Only it has changed the house. All this is due to Earths Rotation.


  1. Planetary PROPER Motion is movement of Planet From one sign to other. It is slow motion from WEST TO EAST and ANTI CLOCKWISE.
  3. IN FACT THE RASHI MOVES in Daily motion.
  4. Each Rashi changes house in 2 and 1/2 hours.

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Birth Chart and Sky: Planetary Motion -3

Your Birth chart is the Sky as you see from earth at time of your birth. Refer the old blog to have a basic understanding…

Old Blog: What is this House stuff ???

We have seen in the old blog planets have 2 motions:

  1. Daily / Diurnal Motion: Planets appear moving due to Earths Rotation (East to west)
  2. Proper Motion: The actual motion of all planets (West to east)

Old Blog (For Reference): How do Planets move ??? – Planetary Motion – 1

See the diagram Below:

  1. DAILY/ DIURNAL MOTION OF PLANETS: Planets APPEAR to move in Sky due to Earth’s Rotation


This is How Planets move as seen on the Birth Chart. The 1st house represents EAST and the 7th House Represents WEST. The 10th house is the Highest point in the Sky seen from Earth. Note that Sun at 12 pm noon is highest and centered in Sky when seen from earth

This how the planet Sun moves DAILY as seen from earth (EAST TO WEST – DIURNAL MOTION)

Take a look at another Diagram:


See how Sun moves from 1st house to 12th to 11th and so on till 7th house. And at 7th house (West) it sets. Similarly ALL PLANETS HAVE DIURNAL MOTION MOVE CLOCKWISE. This Motion is very fast as it is apparent motion seen from earth as Earth itself moves fast (Only 24 hours for a day)

Look how Saturn, Moon, Venus APPEAR to move from Earth (See diagram)

Note that: Direction from 1st House to 12th to 11th to 10th and so on till 7th house REPRESENTS DAY. 10th House being approx 12 pm 

The Movement to 7th to 1st house is NIGHT and 4th House BEING MIDNIGHT. All these has signification in Astrology we will see later in Coming Blogs…

Take another diagram:


Don’t confuse Here between Rashi and House – We have talked only of the houses here.

In the next Blog we shall see… 2. PROPER MOTION OF PLANETS

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Retrogression – Planetary Motion -2

Have you heard the term planets retrograding ?

If you are new to astrology – its like you are walking straight on a footpath – that’s how you normally walk. But for a few seconds, say you get crazy and start walking backwards. Well, that is what Retrogression means. Walking Backwards in simple terms.

Lets see in more detail,

Lets say you are a Bike Racer. You are the best bike racer and speed is your passion. So you decide to race against another Car Racer.


You are still the best. Both you on the bike and the Car are moving in the same direction towards the finish line.

Suddenly you over speed your bike lets say to 220 Km/hour and overtake the car. What do you see when you look at the car ?

Something like this:


You see…The car APPEARS to move backward then you although both the bike(you) and the car are moving in the same direction. 

This is what Retrogression is…

All Planets are moving at their same pace and direction…. But from earth due to varying speeds and perception sometimes the planets appear to move in OPPOSITE DIRECTION. This is called Retrogression of a Planet.


All planets move from (West to east) one sign to other (From 1 to 12). Lets say Jupiter is moving from Cancer to Leo. But sometimes it appears from Earth that it is moving reverse from Leo to Cancer. This is Retrograde Jupiter.

A Retrograde Planet in Astrology gives Vague/ unknown results then what it is supposed to give…

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What is Ayanamsha ?

We saw Zodiac in the last blog. Remember there is only one Zodiac. Do not confuse the term Zodiac with Zodiac Signs.

But to locate the Zodiac Belt – there are 2 ways. A zodiac belt may be located by:

  1. Fixed Stars called as SIDEREAL ZODIAC or
  2. Based on apparent Sun position (Equinox) at about spring. (Mar-Apr) called as TROPICAL ZODIAC

We know that Tropical Zodiac is based on Sun placement and it changes by 1 degree by every 72 years.

Remember the old diagram from Last blog on Zodiac Belt:


This is simple straight forward Zodiac Belt.

Now consider – for example today i want to locate the Zodiac Belt. I would be locating Both by fixed stars (SIDEREAL) and Sun’s apparent position (TROPICAL). It would be found that THESE TWO WILL NOT COINCIDE. That is because Sidereal Zodiac is Fixed based on stars/constellation. But Tropical Zodiac Belt is based on Sun’s Position in spring (Equinox) and it changes by 1 degree every 72 years. So its not fixed. Therefore, the two cannot coincide.


In the above Diagram – Orange belt is the SIDEREAL ZODIAC and the Green belt is the TROPICAL ZODIAC. Note that Zodiac Belt is the same but since they are measured differently there is some difference in their origin. Here the difference is exaggerated in the diagram, just to show the difference.


The Sidereal and Tropical Zodiacs coincide in some 28000 to 29000 years.


Currently there are many ayanamsha developed by different individuals. Based on dating the time when the coinciding of the Sidereal and Tropical Zodiac happened there are different AYANAMSHA. Like: According to:

  1. Lahiri – Chitra Ayannamsha: 
    1. According to him – Coincidence happened in some 285 AD
    2. Most Commonly used for predictions
  2. Krishnamurti Ayanamsha:
    1. According to him – Coincidence happened in 291 AD
  3. Raman Ayanamsha:
    1. According to him – Coincidence happened in 397 AD


Importance of Ayanamsha:

Since planets play in Zodiac Belt wrong calculation of Ayanamsha will result in wrong placement of Planets since zodiac origin is only wrongly calculated. Thereby giving all wrong predictions.


A sidereal zodiacal position can be converted to tropical by adding ayanamsha(Distance) for the year in question to the sidereal zodiac position

Example for year 2000, Ayanamsha was 23 degree 51 minutes as per Lahiri Ayanamsha means distance between Sidereal and Tropical Zodiac was 23 degree and 52 minutes.

As per Raman Ayanamsha the distance was 22 degree 24 minutes. in the year 2000.

If you dont understand give  a reading of previous blogs. This is BASIC. But now-a-days Computer does all calculations so dont worry… You just have to click on the Ayanamsha and the calculations will be done.

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