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North Indian chart format used in Vedic Astrology
Graphical presentation of general significations of houses
Graphical presentation of body parts ruled by various houses
Graphical presentation of blood relations ruled by various houses

The lordship of the houses is reckoned from the placement of signs in a particular house. The lord of the sign placed in a particular house is called the lord of the house. The counting of houses is done in an anti clockwise direction.


In general houses are classified into four categories:

  • Kendra: the angular houses, that is the first, fourth, seventh and tenth houses. These are very strong houses for grahas to occupy.
  • Trikona: the houses forming a triangle within the chart with the first house, about 120 degrees apart from one another, that is the first, fifth and ninth. These are the most auspicious houses.
  • Dusthana: the less fortunate houses which tend to rule unhappy areas. These houses make no clear geometric connection to the Lagna. Dusthanas include the sixth, eighth and twelfth houses.
  • Upachaya: "growth" or "remedial" houses, where malefic planets tend to improve, include the third, sixth, tenth and eleventh houses.

Houses and the Elements

Houses relate to the elements, like the signs, but this is a secondary factor. Yet a fiery planet in a fiery house will receive some boost thereby. Many planets in the twelfth, for example, can be found in the charts of those who drawn.

  • Houses 1, 5, 9, like Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, represent fire. Fiery houses are dharma houses and relate to the kshatriya or warrior temperament.
  • Houses 2, 6, 10, like Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, represent earth. Earthy houses are artha or wealth houses and relate to the vaishya or merchant temperament.
  • Houses 3, 7, 11, like Gemini, Libra and Aquarius, represent air. Air houses are karma or desire houses and relate to the shudra or servant temperament.
  • Houses 4, 8, 12, like Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, represent water. Water houses are moksha or liberation houses and relate to the brahmin or spiritual temperament.

Further reading


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Pages in category "Houses"

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