The individual’s birth Nakshatra or lunar mansion is the starting point for any Jyotish reading. The Sanskrit word Nakshatra means “that which does not decay” and together the 27 Nakshatras represent the Universe and human consciousness. As such, they saturate universe and each Nakshatra represents a certain aspect of consciousness.
Similar to the sun sign of Western Astrology, an individual’s birth (Janma) Nakshatra is easily determined from the time of birth and the corresponding position on the Nakshatra chart (readily available from innumerable internet sources).
The next factor to consider is the position of the nine planets at the time of birth. The task is made easy with the regular publication of Ephemeris tables. These invaluable tools indicate the position of planets, Nakshatras, Houses, direct and retrograde motion of the planets and timing of eclipses for any date.
Some sources have tables dating back to the 1600s and beyond. It is important to note that there are differences between Eastern and Western Ephemeris tables and practitioners need to be certain they are utilizing the correct information. After the identification of the individual’s House/Rashi the quality, or nature, of the House is classified.
The quality associated with the house gives an indication of how the individual will direct their energy in life and is often reflected in the nature of the individual’s personality. While none of the qualities are regarded as good or bad, they each possess a unique energy pattern which is associated with certain challenges, career choices and family situations, etc.
Similar to the idea of positive, negative and neutral electrical charges, Cardinal/Chara influences may be viewed as positive, Fixed/Sthira and negative Mutable/Dwiswabhava influences.
Driven to motion, people of action are known to possess a Cardinal influence and they tend to be positive, dynamic individuals who are able to achieve a modicum of success when they are walking the right path.
However, these individuals may be self-destructive, impulsive and prone to aggression as they are generally lacking in compassion.
Well suited for contemporary life they have self-confidence, seek individual success, and are determined to achieve their goals. To maintain a balance and healthy life-style, Cardinals work to cultivate compassion, adaptability and patience.
Just as one might assume, fixed types are stable, firm in their beliefs and steadfast on their journeys. They resist change, as their preference is for preservation. As such, they are quite consistent, have and do not waver in their positions. They may be possessive over people and things and have difficulty letting go. When they are out of balance they may be insensitive, detached and resistant.
The fixed can be moved; however, change is slow. Although thoughtful, theses stable individuals aren’t known to generate new ideas or innovations, they prefer to dwell in their comfort zones and rudiment over what is already known and accepted. To maintain balance, fixed personalities to develop their initiative and try new things. With a mindful approach they can be sensitive, flexible and open to new ideas.
Mutable qualities correspond to the subtle, transformative states which may cause instability and hypersensitivity. Mutable types are adaptable, intelligent and can thrive in most environments. Their fluctuating energy pattern may leave a mutable one indecisive, inconsistent and unable to finish what they start. They are generally intellectuals who think, calculate and reflect on contemporary issues.
They more known to by plagued with mental and/or nervous disorders, immune dysfunction, and allergies. They are masters of communication, have a propensity for business and entertainment. When walking their good walk, they are sensitive and non-judgmental and when out of balance are known to be erratic, unreliable, and neurotic.
From the understanding of the Nakshatra, position of the planets in the houses and the character of the House, we can begin reading the individual’s chart. The ancient protocols, rules, exceptions and variations provide an infinite number of combinations which together represent the entire scope of human consciousness.
The practitioner is able to map the variables on a chart specifically designed for the purpose and the reading can begin. It is important to note that interpretation of the map alone won’t result in exceptionally deep or meaningful readings.
The experience, intuition and insight of the practitioner are essential components of every reading and astrology readings created without the guidance of someone with significant experience working with the system will generally result in flat, somewhat lifeless readings.