Astro Glossary

Astrological Terms & Definitions          


Adhi yoga: This yoga is formed if benefic planets are placed in 6th, 7th and 8th places/houses from the Moon in a


Amla yoga: The 10th house from Moon or the ascendant being occupied by a benefic planet forms this yoga.

Anpha yoga: This yoga is formed if there is any planet, other than the Sun, in the 12th house from the Moon.

Argala: A term used in Jaimini astrology. It means obstacles.

Aristha yoga: An inauspicious combination.

Aroodha lagna: Count as many places from the ascendant lord as the ascendant lord is situated from the ascendant in the birth chart. The sign falling in that house is the Aroodha Lagna.

Antardasha: Sub-period.

Ashtakvarga: The name consists of two words ‘Ashtak’ means ‘eight’ and ‘varga’means ‘groups’. It is a unique system, which considers eight sources of energy to which each planet in a chart is subjected. This system is useful in predictive astrology. The eight constituents, as considered in this system, are the seven planets and the ascendant (lagna). The nodes of the Moon viz.

Rahu and Ketu are not included in this system.


Bhagyasthan: The house of luck viz. the 9th house

in a birth chart.

Bhavas: Houses of a horoscope.

Bhinashtakvarga: A table showing sign wise auspicious points of each planet as

per a chart.

Budhaditya Yoga: If in a chart Mercury and Sun are placed together, this yoga is formed which gives sharp intellect and studious habits to the native.

According to some this Yoga is near perfect and strong if these two

planets are about 10 degrees apart.

Badhaka sthanapati: Lord of an obstructive house.

Bhagyasthan: The 9th house in a birth chart.

Bhagyavahana yoga: Combinations which give luck and vehicle to the native.

Bhagyesh: The lord of the 9th house in a chart.

Bhava chart: Relocation of planets of a birth chart after defining the boundaries of all the houses.

Budhaditya yoga: A benefic combination due to conjunction of Mercury and Sun.


Chalit chart: Another name for a Bhava Chart.

Chhappad phaadke: Indian slang phrase for receiving

wealth as a wind fall.




Dashamsha: Tenth part of a sign.

Dhaiya: A period of two and a half years. It is generally related to the transit of Saturn in certain houses.

Daridra Yoga: The word Daridra means poverty therefore all such combinations that cause poverty or lack of prosperity come under this heading. There are many such combinations, but basically, association of the lord of 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th or 11th house with 8th or 12th house in particular due to sign exchange, conjunction, aspect or constellations can give rise to an inauspicious yoga which may obstruct prosperity.

Durudhara yoga: Planets other than Sun being posited

in houses on each side of the house

where Moon is posited.




Gajkesari Yoga: Jupiter being placed at a square position from the Moon gives rise to this auspicious yoga. This auspicious yoga gives wealth,

name and fame to the native.

Guruchandal Yoga: Combination formed by Jupiter and




Hora Chart: A chart used for assessing the financial position of a native.


Indu lagna: A specially determined ascendant, which is considered for assessing the financial prosperity of a native.


Kalanidhi Yoga: If Jupiter is posited in the 2nd or 5th house and it is aspected by or it is conjunct Mercury and Venus then this yoga is formed.

This yoga is also formed if Jupiter is posited in Taurus, Gemini, Virgo or

Libra sign and aspected by Mercury and Venus.

Kalpurusha Kundali: It is the chart of the imaginary entity personifying the ‘Kaal’ or time. Basically it is the chart of Aries ascendant.

Karaka: Significator.

Kemadruma Yoga: If there are no planets, other than the Sun, placed with natal Moon or in the 2nd or 12th place from natal Moon or in square houses (Kendra bhavas) from the ascendant then this yoga is formed. This combination causes lack of education and intelligence, and suffering due to

poverty, sorrows and unfavourable conditions.

Ketu: The South node of Moon.

Kala: Certain root numbers assigned to planets other than Rahu and Ketu for determining the Indu Lagna.

Karma: Law of action.

Kendradhipaatya dosha: Malefic nature acquired by a planet due to its lordship of two square houses.

Kendra: The square houses viz. 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th houses in a chart.

Ketu: The South node of the Moon.


Lagna: The ascendant.

Lakshmi Yoga: If the ascendant lord is strong and the 9th lord is in its own or its exaltation sign in a square or trine house, this yoga is formed. As a

result of this yoga the native is wealthy, good administrator and

enjoys good reputation.


Mahabhagya Yoga: This yoga is formed in a male chart if the birth is during daytime and Sun, Moon and the ascendant should fall in odd signs.

In the chart of a female born during nighttimes this yoga is formed if Sun,

Moon and the ascendant fall in even signs.

Mantras: Potent words usually in Sanskrit which cast good or bad influence on

the person who recites them.

Mooltrikona rashi: Positive signs assigned to planets viz.

Sun – Leo, Moon – Taurus, Mars –Aries, Mercury – Virgo, Jupiter –

Sagittarius, Venus – Libra and Saturn– Aquarius.


Nakshatras: Constellations.

Navamsha: The ninth part of a sign.



Paap Kartari: Any house falling in between two houses where inauspicious planets are posited.

Panch Tatvas: The five elements, which are ‘Agni’ (Fire), ‘Jal’ (Water), ‘Vayu’ (Air), ‘Aakash’ (a finer non physical element).

Prakram: Might or Valour.

Prastarashtak Varga: The table representing the benefic points contributed by each planet in respect of each Ashtakvarga.

Pratyantardasha: The sub-sub- period.

Pada: A term used in Jaimini astrology. A

pada lagan is a house as far from lagna

lord as the lagna lord is from the


Panch Mahahpurusha yoga: Five types of combinations formed when any of the five planets viz. Mars,Mercury, Venus, Jupiter or Saturn occupy its own sign or its exaltation sign in a square house in a chart.

Panpara bhavas: The succedent houses viz. 2nd,5th,8th and 11th.

Paya vichar: Consideration of the position of Moon for assessing the transit results of Saturn.

Poorva puniya: Accumulation of previously done good actions.


Rahu: The North node of Moon.

Rajya Yoga: The name implies such combinations, which give the native a king like status. Rajya Yoga may be formed in many ways. In Vedic Astrology the

square and trine houses of the chart are considered auspicious. A relation

between these two types of houses is considered very auspicious and

all such combinations are termed as Rajya Yoga.

Rashi: Zodiacal sign. In Hindu astrology it signifies the sign in which natal Moon is posited in a birth chart.

Rashi parivartan yoga: Yoga formed due to exchange of signs

between two planets.


Shadbala: A system of determining strength

of planets.

Sarvashtak Varga: It indicates the good or bad influence of planets relative to

different houses of a chart.

Sloka: A Sanskrit verse.

Sooksham dasha: The sub-sub-sub period.

Subh Kartari: Any house falling in between two houses where auspicious planets are posited.

Sanchit karma: Accumulated results of previous Karma.

Sapt dhanya: Seven types of grains assigned to planets.

Shloka: A Sanskrit verse.

Sooksham dasha: The sub-sub-period.

Subh bindu: Auspicious points.

Subh rekha: Auspicious lines.

Subh sthanas :Certain fixed places with respect to the natal Moon where planets give benefic results while transiting.


Trik bhavas: Evil houses viz. the 6th, 8th and 12th.


Upachya bhavas: Progressive houses viz. 3rd, 6th, 10th

and 11th.

Uppada: A term used in Jaimini astrology. It is

a pada of 12th lord.


Vargotam: If any planet falls in the same sign in the Navamsha Chart (D-9 Chart) as it was in the birth chart then it is called a Vargotam planet.

Vedanta: This means end of the holy Hindu Books called Vedas. The Vedanta

Philosophy is the esoteric information contained in the concluding portions of the Vedas.

Vedh sthanas: Places of obstructions and these are also counted from the natal Moon, where the posited planet obstructs

the auspicious results of a planet transiting over a subh sthana

Vimshotri dasha: A sequence of planetary periods

generally used in Hindu astrology.


Yogakaraka Planet: A planet related to a square as well as a trine house in a chart.

Yogas: In astrology this term signifies certain combinations, which give

either positive or negative results.