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Learn Astrology - Lesson 6
Signification of Signs

Briefly, the significations of the various signs are discussed here:

aries.gif (2099 bytes) ARIES :

It is a fiery sign. It is ruled by Mars. Mars is the significator of energy. The Sun, the significator of vitality, is exalted in this sign. Saturn, the planet of lethargy, becomes debilitated in this sign. These factors render the Arians active, strong, aggressive and healthy when Mars is strong in the birth chart. If Aries rises as the ascendant, the Ishta Devata (form of god for worshipping and meditation) would be mother divine, Goddess Durga. Worshipping the Ishta Devata will help in spiritual evolution and in maintaining mental peace. This sign rules the head (cranium and forehead) and brain. If Mars and Mercury are strong, the Arians enjoy good health. Otherwise, they have a sickly constitution, suffer from wounds, headaches, mental tension, fevers, short-temperedness, insomnia, diseases of impure blood, bilious diseases, inflammatory disorders, constipation, stammering, etc. Aries is the mooltrikona sign of Mars.

Depending on the influences on the ascendant and/or Mars, the sign Aries usually renders their natives independent, adventurous and skillful in what they do. They become leaders with good initiative. They are industrious, ambitious, fighters, authoritative, brave, courageous, competitive, energetic, enterprising and strong-willed. If Mars is weak and under a malefic influence, they become argumentative, offensive, impatient, irritable, impulsive and self-centered. If Aries rises as the ascendant, the influence of Saturn turns them towards construction and makes them entrepreneurs. They earn lot of wealth by persistent efforts. Depending upon the strength of Mars being the prime determinant for profession, the Sun ruling intelligence and being a general significator for success in profession and the Moon ruling education, Arians become commanders, executives, manufacturers, military and para-military forces, police, project erectors, surgeons, etc. The influence of other planets on the tenth, first or second houses changes the professional pursuits.

taurus.gif (2186 bytes) TAURUS

It is an earthy sign ruled by Venus. Venus is the significator for materialistic pursuits and comforts. The Moon, the significator for caring, tenderness and affluence, is exalted in this sign. Ketu, the significator of spiritual pursuits, is debilitated in this sign. These factors render the Taureans materialistic, caring and sensual. They enjoy comfort, beauty and luxury around them. If Taurus rises as the ascendant, the Ishta Devata (form of god for worshipping and meditation) would be Lord Vishnu. This sign rules the face and its organs (nose, throat, mouth, teeth and eyes), neck, cervical region and bones, cerebellum and facial bones. If Venus, as lord of the sixth house, is strong the Taureans enjoy good health. If Venus is weak, those born in Taurus ascendant have a sickly constitution. They suffer from poor digestion, disorders of the throat, eyes, etc., and diseases mainly arising out of a weak venous system. Over-indulgence can be a cause for ill health.

Depending on the influences on the ascendant, the sign Taurus usually renders their natives cautious, prudent, stable, enduring, fixed in their ways and gentle. They become good planners, good communicators, analytical, straightforward, persevering, refined, attractive, patient, romantic, kind, sentimental, devotional, charming when the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Saturn are strong in their birth chart. They become possessive, jealous, stubborn, obstinate, resentful, passionate, lethargic and pleasure seekers if the malefic planets form close influences in the birth chart. Depending upon the strength of Saturn being the prime determinant for profession, the Sun ruling education and being a general significator for success in profession and the Moon ruling entrepreneurial nature, Taureans become businessmen, designers, engineers, technocrats, administrators, industrialists, house keepers, etc. The influence of other planets on the tenth, first or second houses changes the professional pursuits.

gemini.gif (2215 bytes) GEMINI

It is an airy sign. It is ruled by Mercury, the significator of communication and confidence. These factors render the Geminians with excellent powers of speech and communication. They have an energetic nature and are always looking for change. They have an innovative approach to life. If the mind is turned inwards, the native has the ability to progress far in the spiritual field. If Gemini rises as the ascendant, the Ishta Devata (form of god for worshipping and meditation) would be mother divine, Goddess Lakshami. This sign rules ears, lower neck, shoulders, arms, hands, respiratory and nervous systems, bronchial tubes, bones of arms and hands. As both the ascendant and the sixth house do not contain a mooltrikona sign, the Sun, the significator for vitality, would be considered as the prime determinant of health for Geminians. If the Sun is strong, they enjoy good health. Otherwise, Geminians have a sickly constitution and suffer from hypertension, headaches, congestion and respiratory diseases, asthma, imbalances in the nervous system, depression which can result in partial paralysis, stammering, shoulder pain, etc.

Gemini sign in the ascendant gives an ambitious nature with imaginative ideas. They usually love knowledge and like much movement, change and initiative. Depending on the influences on the ascendant, the sign Gemini usually renders their natives with a sharp intellect and conscious mind, spontaneous, adaptable, analytical, educated, learned, helpful, with teaching abilities, humor, wit and imagination or talkative. When the planets Moon, Sun and Mercury are weak, those born in Gemini ascendant become nervous, restless, agitated and indecisive. Depending upon the strength of Mercury ruling education, the Moon being prime determinant for profession and the Sun ruling the entrepreneurial nature and being a general significator for success in profession, Geminians become accountants, auditors, advisors, authors, writers, communicators, business men, computer programmers, engineers, experts in analytical work, intellectuals, journalists, lawyers, poets, publishers, salesmen, secretaries, software engineers, state services, etc. The influence of other planets on the tenth, first or second houses changes the professional pursuits.

cancer.gif (2182 bytes) CANCER

It is a watery sign. It is generally weak as it is ruled by the Moon, which is changeable in nature and tender. Jupiter, the significator of knowledge and fortune, is exalted in this sign. Mars, the significator of energy, is debilitated in this sign. These factors render the Cancerians caring and nurturing, highly emotional, intuitive, gentle and considerate. If Cancer rises as the ascendant, the Ishta Devata (form of god for worshipping and meditation) would be Lord Shiva. This sign rules the rib cage, chest, heart, lungs and breasts. If the Moon and Jupiter are strong, the Cancerians enjoy good health. Otherwise, they have a sickly constitution and unpleasant appearance and suffer from mental maladies, physical ailments of breast, chest, heart and epigastric region, lymphatic and circulatory congestion, jaundice and other liver complaints, etc. Under the Systemsí Approach, Cancer is treated as the mooltrikona sign of the Moon.

Depending on the influences on the ascendant and/or the Moon, the sign Cancer usually renders their natives good hosts, capable of receptivity and adaptability, generous, peace loving, with humor, wit and imagination or overly emotional, sensitive, shy, moody, attached and dependent. As the Moon is of a volatile nature and becomes weak quite often either in brightness or by going to malefic houses from the ascendant or by being in infancy or old age or by going to its sign of debilitation, either in rasi or in navamsa, or by occupying the mooltrikona sign of any weak planet, the Cancerians are changeable to inconstant in their behavior. Depending upon the strength of Mars and the Sun being prime determinants of profession and the Moon for a stable profession, Cancerians become administrators, public relations managers, healers, nurses, house keepers, hoteliers, restaurant owners, catering professionals, cooks, eating-establishment owners, professionals dealing with liquids, etc. The influence of other planets on the tenth, first or second houses changes the professional pursuits.

leo.gif (2304 bytes) LEO

It is a fiery sign. It is ruled by the Sun, the significator of vitality, intelligence, male progeny, social status and magnificence. These factors render the Leos noble hearts, with good character and strong will power when the Sun and Jupiter are strong. If Leo rises as the ascendant, the Ishta Devata (form of god for worshipping and meditation) would be mother divine, Goddess Durga. This sign rules the upper belly, stomach, spine, spinal cord, back, liver, gall bladder, spleen and pancreas. If the Sun is strong, the Leos enjoy good health. Otherwise, they are vulnerable to the diseases of the heart, spine, back, bones, spleen, pancreas, liver, stomach, weak digestion, fevers, etc., and lack stamina and will power. This is the mooltrikona sign of the Sun.

When rising in the ascendant with a strong Sun, Leo makes the person noble, generous and gives a majestic appearance. They prefer to be the center of attention. Depending on the influences on the ascendant and/or the Sun, the sign Leo gives intelligence, strong will, initiative, awareness of authority and decisiveness, making their natives visionaries, patient listeners, rulers, aristocratic, persevering, dramatic and bold or authoritative, dominant and ambitious. When the Sun is weak the Leo born people become jealous, impatient, stubborn, demanding, irritable and impulsive. Mercury is the prime determinant for professional affairs The Sun is a general significator for success in profession. Venus rules the entrepreneurial nature. Depending upon the strength of Sun, Mercury and Venus, Leos may join a high service in government which offers security and good income, may earn through entertainment, sport, medicine, speculation or scientific pursuits, or may head large organizations, becoming organizers, administrators, contractors, corporators, leaders, politicians, etc. They will like to be self-employed and will not like subordination. The influence of other planets on the tenth, first or second houses changes the professional pursuits.

virgo.gif (2282 bytes) VIRGO

It is an earthy sign. It is ruled by Mercury, the governor of the nervous system. Mercury, the significator of analytical faculties, is exalted in this sign and Venus, the significator for materialistic pursuits and comforts, is debilitated. These factors render the Virgos of a discriminating nature and deep sensuality. If Virgo rises as the ascendant, the Ishta Devata (form of god for worshipping and meditation) would be Lord Vishnu. This sign rules the waist, abdominal umbilical region, nervous system, small intestine, upper part of large intestine, appendix and kidneys. If Mercury and Saturn are strong, the Virgos enjoy good health. Otherwise, they become hypochondriacs and are vulnerable to overexertion, nervous breakdowns, appendicitis, constipation, etc. This is the mooltrikona sign of Mercury.

When Mercury is strong, it gives the power of analysis and discrimination. Depending on the influences on the ascendant and/or Mercury, the sign Virgo usually makes their natives communicative, attractive, charming, prudent, cautious, protective, analytical, dependable, honest, truthful, practical, sincere and detailed or critical. If Mercury is weak and afflicted, Virgo born people become neurotic, distant, resentful, indecisive and nit pickers with a fault finding tendency. As Mercury transits in a band of 28 degrees on either side of the Sun, for quite some time in the year it remains combust and weak. Then it goes to its sign of debilitation once a year for about a month and goes to infancy and old age about twelve times a year besides coming under the close influence of Rahu, Ketu and other functional malefic planets in a natal chart. The usual weakness of Mercury makes Virgo-born people feel insecure in life. They are generally worried and need support for maintaining self-confidence. If natal Mercury is weak, the person has prominent veins, lacks witticism and has no charm. Depending upon the strength of Venus, the Sun and Mercury, Virgos become accountants, artists, craftsmen, draftsmen, teachers, mathematicians, engineers, traders, writers, etc. They will be good at jobs that involve detailed work. The influence of other planets on the tenth, first or second houses changes the professional pursuits.

libra.gif (2288 bytes) LIBRA

It is an airy sign. It is ruled by Venus, the significator for materialistic pursuits and comforts. Saturn, the planet of hard work and discipline, is exalted in this sign and the Sun, the significator of vitality and status, is debilitated. If the Sun which rules the soul is involved in this sign which rules luxuries and pleasures, the spiritual development of the person is obstructed and that is why the Sun gets debilitated in this sign. If Saturn is placed in this sign it gets exalted because Saturn ruling the working class occupies the sign of luxuries and pleasures. These factors render the Libras a magnetic personality, if Venus is strong. If Libra rises as the ascendant, the Ishta Devata (form of god for worshipping and meditation) would be mother divine, Goddess Lakshmi. This sign rules the lumbar region and lumbar bones, skin, lower part of large intestine, bladder and inner sexual organs such as ovaries, uterus, testicles and prostate gland. If Venus is strong, the Libras enjoy good health. Otherwise, they are vulnerable to diseases connected with the parts ruled by this sign, skin diseases, diabetes, venereal diseases, renal problems, urination problems, arthritis, gout pains, etc. This is the mooltrikona sign of Venus.

Libra signifies a sense of justice, clarity, strong will-power, optimism and is highly sensitive. Depending on the influences on the ascendant and/or a strong Venus, the sign Libra usually gives their natives a strong sense of harmony, justice, balance, charm and aesthetic sense. It makes them spontaneous, artistic, charismatic, harmonizing, humanitarian, independent, adaptable, idealistic, talkative, thinkers and able to consider different points of view and judgments. Depending upon the strength of the Moon, Sun and Venus, Libras become actors, actresses, financial advisors, hoteliers, legal advisors, managers, musicians, physicians, etc. They like public professions. The influence of other planets on the tenth, first or second houses changes the professional pursuits.

scorpio.gif (2193 bytes) SCORPIO

It is a watery sign. It is ruled by Mars, the significator of energy. Ketu, the planet of secrecy and intuition, is exalted in this sign and the Moon, the significator of change and tenderness, is debilitated. These factors render the Scorpios intuitive and rigid. If Scorpio rises as the ascendant, the Ishta Devata (form of god for worshipping and meditation) would be Lord Shiva. This sign rules the outer sexual organs, scrotum, rectum, anus and pelvic bones. If Mars, as lord of the sixth house, is strong the Scorpio enjoys fairly good health. The Scorpios are of short stature, well built and enjoy good health when Mars is strong. When Mars is weak, they have a sickly constitution and suffer from piles, fissures, urinary infections, boils, and operations, etc., in the parts ruled by Scorpio.

Scorpio signifies severe sentiments. Depending on the influences on the ascendant, the sign Scorpio usually renders their natives determined, disciplined, self-restrained, fearless, persevering, energetic, intense, dynamic, decisive, self-centered, straightforward and tough or very sensitive, introverted, secretive, stubborn and ready to defend themselves. Depending upon the strength of the Sun and Jupiter, Scorpios become administrators, advocates, chemists, detectives, officers in the Armed Forces, policemen, politicians, surgeons, traders in metals and chemicals, etc. The influence of other planets on the tenth, first or second houses changes the professional pursuits

sagi.gif (2253 bytes) SAGITTARIUS

It is a fiery sign. It is ruled by Jupiter, the significator of fortune and knowledge. These factors render the Sagittarians ambitious, eager to learn and with good judgment. If Sagittarius rises as the ascendant, the Ishta Devata (form of god for worshipping and meditation) would be mother divine, Goddess Durga. This sign rules the hips and thighs, arterial system, nerves and ear/hearing. If Jupiter is strong, the Sagittarians enjoy good health. Otherwise, they are vulnerable to anemia, poor digestion, flatulence, disorders of liver/gall bladder, jaundice, high fevers, diabetes, rheumatism and troubles in hips and thighs, etc. The native may also face troubles due to his tendency to overindulge in food and drink. This is the mooltrikona sign of Jupiter.

Sagittarius signifies impressive personality. The first half of Sagittarius is human and the second half is quadruped. Depending on the influences on the ascendant and/or Jupiter, the sign Sagittarius usually makes their natives nature lovers, goal-oriented, clever, generous, cheerful, quick-witted, organized, philosophical, self-righteous or nit pickers, impatient, easily irritated and impulsive. The persons born under this sign are best suited for training or advisory roles due to their pleasant nature and analytical bent of mind. Depending upon the strength of Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn, Sagittarians play advisory roles and become businessmen, trainers for jobs, financial advisors, lawyers, legal advisors, teachers, physicians, religious leaders, etc. The influence of other planets on the tenth, first or second houses changes the professional pursuits.

capri.gif (2330 bytes) CAPRICORN

It is an earthy sign. It is ruled by Saturn, the significator of dutifulness and responsibility. Mars, the significator of energy and ambition, is exalted in this sign and Jupiter, the significator of fortune and knowledge, is debilitated. These factors render the Capricornians ambitious, hardworking and selfish if not having a spiritual practice. It is the sign of practical realization. If Capricorn rises as the ascendant, the Ishta Devata (form of god for worshipping and meditation) would be Lord Vishnu. This sign rules the knees and kneecaps, skin, bones and joints. As both the ascendant and the sixth house do not contain a mooltrikona sign, the Sun, the significator for vitality, would be considered as the prime determinant of health for Capricornians. If the Sun is strong, they enjoy good health. Otherwise, Capricornians have a sickly constitution and suffer from joint pains/inflammation, arthritis, general weakness, emaciated body, skin diseases and allergies, etc. The native may also have troubles resulting from over work and nervous disorders.

Capricorn signifies tact, cheating, lethargy and a melancholic nature if Saturn is weak in the nativity. Capricorn rising gives good looks if Saturn is strong. The aspect of benefic planets to the ascendant provides charm to the personality. The negative influences on weak Saturn, as lord of the second house, gives an appearance of a person advanced in age, sunken eyes, wrinkled body, etc. Depending on the influences on the ascendant, the sign Capricorn usually combines diligence and commitment with flexibility and adaptability and renders their natives traditional, level-headed, cautious, thrifty, conservative, methodical, social, practical, with organizing ability, faithful, prudent, protective, dependable and persevering or selfish, rigid and resentful. Depending upon the strength of Venus, the Sun and Saturn, Capricornians become businessmen, agriculturists, lawyers, leaders, politicians, etc. They are careful with their money. The influence of other planets on the tenth, first or second houses changes the professional pursuits.

aquarius.gif (2043 bytes) AQUARIUS

It is an airy sign. It is ruled by Saturn, the significator of dutifulness and responsibility. These factors render the Aquarians independent and prepared to go against the established ways of behavior, if they feel that in doing so they are morally correct. If Aquarius rises as the ascendant, the Ishta Devata (form of god for worshipping and meditation) would be mother divine, Goddess Lakshmi. This sign rules the shanks, calves, ankles, shin bone, blood circulation, etc. If Saturn and the Moon are strong, the Aquarians enjoy good health. Otherwise, they are susceptible to colds and infections, and suffer from fractures in lower legs, cancerous diseases and wounds, etc., in the parts of the body ruled by Aquarius. Rheumatism and arthritis are also indicated with age. This is the mooltrikona sign of Saturn.

Aquarius signifies characteristics like honesty, ideals and sensitiveness, etc., according to the strength of its lord. The body description resembles Saturn i.e. long stature, thin body and with prominent veins if Saturn is strong. Depending on the influences on the ascendant and/or Saturn, the sign Aquarius usually makes its natives willing to serve, helpful, with initiative, persevering and concentrated in work, active, courteous, deliberate, full of new ideas, decisive, humane, industrious, intuitive, scientific, studious, sympathetic, talented and unconventional or stubborn, rigid and impractical. Depending upon the strength of Saturn, the Sun and Mars, Aquarians become industrialists, leaders of the underdog, servants, thinkers, writers, religious teachers, etc. The influence of other planets on the tenth, first or second houses changes the professional pursuits.

pisces.gif (2170 bytes) PISCES

It is a watery sign. It is ruled by Jupiter, the significator of fortune and knowledge. Venus, the significator for materialistic pursuits and comforts, is exalted and Mercury, the significator of intellect, is debilitated in this sign. These factors render the Pisceans romantic, imaginative, compassionate and generous. If Pisces rises as the ascendant, the Ishta Devata (form of god for worshipping and meditation) would be Lord Shiva. This sign rules the feet and toes, lymphatic system, bones of the feet and toes. If the Sun, as lord of the sixth house, is strong the Pisceans are healthy. Otherwise, they have a sickly constitution, suffer from gout pains, joint pains, and disorders related with blood circulation, lymphatic system, feet, toes, bones of the feet/toes, etc.

Pisces signifies enjoyments, sensitiveness, etc. Depending on the influences on the ascendant, the sign Pisces usually renders their natives gentle, cheerful, empathetic, caring, devoted to duty, emotional, enthusiastic, idealistic, impressionable, intuitive, with moral values, mystical, philosophical, sentimental and tolerant or timid, vulnerable, indolent and ease loving. Depending upon the strength of Jupiter, the Sun and Mars, the Pisceans join the professions of commerce, development, financial advisor, legal advisor, training, etc. The person rises well in his profession and is generous. The influence of other planets on the tenth, first or second houses changes the professional pursuits.

HOW TO ANALYSE CHARACTERISTICS

The placement of a significator in a moveable sign makes a person dynamic in nature. The placement of a significator in a fixed sign makes a person less flexible in approach. The placement of a significator in a dual or common sign makes a person of adjustable nature. Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are moveable signs. Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are fixed signs. Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces are common (dual) signs.

The placement of the significator in a fruitful sign indicates early gains while the placement of the significator in a semi-fruitful sign indicates slow gains. The placement of a significator in a barren sign indicates gains after lot of efforts.

Fruitful signs: Cancer, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius and Pisces.

Semi-fruitful signs: Taurus, Capricorn and Aquarius

Barren Signs: Aries, Gemini, Leo and Virgo

The fiery element makes the person energetic and agile. Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are fiery signs.

The earthy element makes the person a pleasure-seeker and persistently engulfed in materialistic pursuits. Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are earthy signs.

The airy element makes the person a thinker, creative and spiritualist. Gemini, Libra and Aquarius and airy signs.

The water element makes the person an ease-lover and keeps him fully involved in worldly attachments. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are watery signs.

The positive element shows greater chance of success. All odd signs are positive signs and all even signs are negative signs.

The biped element makes the approach of a person humanistic in life and he is generous, helpful and respectful to others. Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius signs are biped signs.

SOME OTHER CHARACTERISITICS OF SIGNS

Prishthodaya Signs:

Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Sagittarius and Capricorn are signs that rise with their hind parts first. If a significator planet is placed in these signs and is an indicator of timing the event, it will cause the event early.

Sirshodaya Signs:

Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Gemini and Aquarius signs rise with their head first and indicate that normal time would be taken for the fructification of an event.

Ubhyodaya Signs:

Pisces rises with both sides. The events are timed with the help of the strength of the planet in question and merely the placement of the planet in the sign Pisces does not make a difference.

Sex of Signs: 

Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius & Aquarius are male signs.
Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces are female signs.

Humors of body:

1. The signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are pitta pradhan (bile prominent) signs. The imbalance of bile can be expected more by persons born in these signs.

2. The signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are Vatta pradhan (acidity prominent) signs. The imbalance of acidity can be expected more by persons born in these signs.

3. The signs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are Kapha pradhan (phlegm prominent) signs. The imbalance of kapha (phlegm) can be expected more by persons born in these signs.

3. The signs Gemini, Libra and Aquarius suffer from Tri-dosha (bile, acidity and phlegm) problems. The persons born in these signs are get troubled by the imbalance of all the three humors bile, acidity and phlegm.

DIRECTIONS OF THE SIGNS:

Aries, Leo and Sagittarius rule the east direction. Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn rule the south direction. Gemini, Libra and Aquarius rule the west direction. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces rule the north direction. The directions in the prasna analysis are identified from the placement of the significator planet in a particular sign.

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