About the Author
Shri DS Mathur has been a member of the Indian Administrative Service since 1971. He has held important assignments in the state of Madhya Pradesh and Government of India during his career spanning almost four decades. He has retired from the Indian Administrative Service in 2007.
He has been a keen student of astrology since the last three decades and has written extensively on it. His four books, namely, Predictive Astrology-An Insight, How to Time an Event, Vedic Progression, and How to Read a Birth Chart have already come out. This is the first volume of the fifth book. It meets the long felt need of readers of astrology adequately.
About the Book
This is a book that has ventured into partially explored territory. There is no old classical work that deals with planets in houses and signs both at the same time. Some attempts have been made in recent years. The meager literature that is available does not base itself on classical information. The descriptions are also couched in language of the yore. It does not state the effects in terms of modern idiom. This book addresses the deficiency in a reasonably detailed manner and it is going to be a mandatory addition to all astrological literature shelves.
The planets, signs and constellations are the basics in any chart. A chart is analysed according to interplay between these three components. The deeper the analysis the better and more accurate would the prediction be. A planet in a house would sometimes give diametrically opposite or different results when the sign or the constellation in which the planet is placed is changed.
Generally the effect of a planet in a house is given in many old and new books on Vedic astrology. This is in a very concise form and it is couched in traditional language of the classics. Much water has flown down the Ganga since the times of classics. There is need to describe the planets in houses in modern terms. We can say the same for the effect of planets in different signs.
There are many classics that deal with planets in houses and in signs. The few that immediately come to mind are Mansagar Chamatkar Chnntamani Jatakabharnam, Hon Ratnam, Jataka Ratna Pradeep, Jyotish Makarand, Jatakashiromani etc. There is no old standard work that deals with planets in houses and signs both at the same time. Therefore if we wish to know, for example, as to how Mercury will behave in the fifth house in Scorpio we have nowhere to turn to. The meager literature that is available on this point is sub-standard and does not base itself on classical information. There was need to fill this deficiency. I have tried to do so to the best of my ability.
In the First Chapter I have given the fundamentals and have also stated the principles on which the analysis has proceeded in the following Chapters. In fact the analysis had started becoming so voluminous that I had to use the principles selectively in various Chapters Most of the principles have been used only in a few Chapters at a time. Therefore the statement for each planet in a house and sign is not conclusive; it is more or less indicative. The idea was to show the use of these principles and then leave it to the skill of the reader to apply them in real life situations. Notwithstanding this restraint the book has gone into two volumes of which the first is before the reader now.
Even this first volume that deals with the first six houses and some relevant basics is substantial in bulk. I have given a very large number of charts drawn from my personal collection and a few from astrodatabank which I have acknowledged at the appropriate places. The charts too have been analysed from different points of view in different Chapters. I am working on the second volume and hope to bring it forth expeditiously. The second volume will cover the houses from seven to twelve. The scheme of presentation will remain the same in the second volume as it in the first one. It will have six Chapters as the preliminary information has already been give in the First Chapter of the first volume.
I must thank my wife Lalita for patience exhibited by her during the writing of this book. It had taken most of my free time. We are company for each other now as children have moved on to better pastures abroad. This company she was deprived of while I was writing this book.
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