Brief explanation of their Content
The charts for each nation show the following information:
Date, time and place of birth for the current political entity.
The position of the planets in signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini etc.) at the moment of birth calculated according to Lahiri’s Ayanamsha. In other words, the positions approximate to ones that would be used by astronomers. They are about 24°away from those applied by western astrologers. (See section 2, “Main Differences between Vedic and Western Astrological Systems”). The signs’ names are shown in an abbreviated format on the charts.
The significations of the planets differ in Mundane (political) astrology from those used in natal charts for individual people. Outline details of the meanings of each planet being applied to nations’ charts are shown under the section “Mundane Astrology – Planets’ Significations”.
The degree of the sign rising over the eastern horizon at the moment of birth is called the “Ascendant”. In the chart it is denoted by a line accross the top left corner of the sign, and the letters “As” followed by degrees/minutes. For example: the Ascendant for the United States is 8 degrees 59 minutes of Sagittarius.
As the Earth revolves on its axis, the sign on the eastern horizon changes on average every two hours.(Twenty four hours divided by 12 signs). This sign will vary according to one’s position on the Earth.In fact, it is the only feature that changes according to locality, as all the planets will be in the same position as viewed from the Earth at the same moment in time.
The Ascendant denotes the position of the first “House”. There are twelve houses in astrology. They are numbered on each chart following in sequence from the ascendant sign. For example: In the United States chart, Sagittarius is the first house; followed by Capricorn as the second house; Aquarius, third house, and so on.
House meanings differ in Mundane (political) astrology from those used in natal charts for individual people. Outline details of the meanings of each house being applied to nations’ charts are shown under the section “Mundane Astrology – Houses’ Significations”.
Each sign has different basic characteristics that vary according to the nature planetary ruler of the sign, combined with the ruling element (Air, fire, water earth), and qualities (moveable, fixed, dual). These are shown in the table below:
|Aries||Mars||Fire||Rajas, Cardinal, Moveable||Ram|
|Taurus||Venus||Earth||Tamas, Fixed, Stable||Bull|
|Gemini||Mercury||Air||Sattva, Mutable, Dual||Man and a Woman|
|Cancer||Moon||Water||Rajas, Cardinal, Moveable||Crab|
|Leo||Sun||Fire||Tamas, Fixed, Stable||Lion|
|Virgo||Mercury||Earth||Sattva, Mutable, Dual||Young Woman|
|Libra||Venus||Air||Rajas, Cardinal, Moveable||Man holding scales|
|Scorpio||Mars||Water||Tamas, Fixed, Stable||Scorpion|
|Sagittarius||Jupiter||Fire||Sattva, Mutable, Dual||Centaur|
|Capricorn||Saturn||Earth||Rajas, Cardinal, Moveable||Crocodile|
|Aquarius||Saturn||Air||Tamas, Fixed, Stable||Pitcher|
|Pisces||Jupiter||Water||Sattva, Mutable, Dual||2 fish going in opp. ways|
As a result of the above features, every nation is different according to the ascendant sign; the nature of the signs ruling each house; the location of the planets in the signs/houses; the system for timing events referred to in Section 6 “Main Differences between Vedic and Western Astrological System”, and so on. All this requires careful interpretation in order determine future events.
For those interested in knowing about the Vedic Astrological system in greater depth, the book “Light on Life” by Hart deFouw and Robert Svoboda is recommended.