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Astrological Terms Beginning With V

Vaastu sastra - Divination with complex mathematical calculations along with the energy lines of the earth. It is a traditional theory of architecture outlining guidelines for building design. It suggests ways in which we can live in tune with the laws of nature.

Vach - Speech. The subjective creative impulse, which emanating from the Supreme Creative deity, Prajapati became manifest as Word the beginning of cosmic ideation.

Vahan - A stead, a vehicle, a chariot, an animal which can be ridden. Most of the gods are represented as having animals as their vahanas. Brahma has a hamsa, swan; Vishnu has Garuda, half-eagle, half-man; Shiva has Nandi, a bull; Indra has Airavata, an elephant; Yama, a buffalo; Kartikeya, a peacock; Kamadeva, Makara, or a parrot; Agni, a ram; Varuna, a fish or Makara; Ganesha, a rat; Vayu, an antelope; Saturn (or Sani), a vulture; and Durga, a tiger. In the Hindu scriptures, Vahan represents the nature of the manifesting impulse of the deity who is supposed to possess that stead.

Vaikhari - Speech in its fourth stage of articulation, the first being the stirring of air or breath, second, articulation or utterance, the third is utterance of sound or words, and the fourth, or Vaikhari, is the articulation of intelligible sentences.

Vaikuntha Loka - Heaven of gods like Vishnu, Krishna and others. In Puranic literature, it is described as the eastern peak of the (mythical) Meru mountain.

Vaishya - The trading and agricultural class in ancient India comprising one of the four categories of Varnashram.

Valid Range of Interpretations - The range of interpretations that an aspect or inter-aspect can be reasonably ascribed; the range depends on the breadth and the scope of the numerous validated symbolisms of the planets comprising the aspect or inter-aspect.

Vapi Yoga - A planetary combination formed by all planets either in Panaphara or in Apoklima houses. It makes the individual born under it find buried treasure which he does not share with others.

Varahamihira - An astronomer who was one of the nine gems in the court of Vikramaditya of Ujjain. He authored Brihat Samhita, Brihat Jataka and various treatises on predictive astrology which are still considered valuable guides.

Vargas - Divisional charts such as Navamsha and Saptamsha.

Vargottama - Being placed in the same sign in the Birth chart as in the Navamsha chart.

Varna - Class or caste. The four castes established under the code of Manu are Brahman (sacerdotal and learned class), Kshatriya (regal and warrior caste), Vaishya (trading and agricultural caste), and Sudra (service caste).

Varnashrama - The Vedic society enjoines each individual, specially the Brahmins to pass through four stages in life, viz., Brahmacharya, the celibate studentship; Grihastha, the life of a householder; Vanaprastha, the dweller in the woods, when he passes his time as an anchorite, and Sanyasa, a recluse.

Varshaphala - Annual horoscopy.

Varshphal kundali - Progression chart used in annual horoscopy.

Varuna - The universal encompasser, the allembracer. One of the oldest Vedic deities, a personification of the allinvesting sky, the maker and upholder of heaven and earth.

Vasumati Yoga - A planetary combination constituted by Venus, Jupiter and Mercury, provided Mercury is not associated with any malefic, in Upachaya house from ascendant or with Moon. It produces possibilities for the individual to become a billionaire.

Vayu - Air, wind. The god of wind. One of the Vedic Trinity.

Vedanga - Constituents of the Vedas. Six in number, necessary for understanding and proper sacrificial employment of the Vedas are (i) Sikshas, the science of pronunciation, (ii) Chandas, the science of prosody, (iii) Vyakarana, the grammar, (iv) Nirukta, etymology or glossary, (v) Jyotisha, astronomy and astrology, and (vi) Kalpa, the rituals.

Vedanta - Esoteric and deeper teachings of the Vedas as propounded in the Upanishads and such other systems of thought.

Vedha - An opposition, an impediment or an obstruction. In astrology, it refers to impediments to favorable transit effects of a planet.

Vedha Chakra - A diagram which indicates if the transit effect of a planet is nullified by the presence of any other planet in any specific house.

Venus - Represents love, romance, beauty, culture, the aesthetic, affection, one's social appeal and acceptability, good taste, harmony and values.

Vesta - The Eternal Flame; goddess of the hearth. An asteroid seen by modern astrologers as significant.

Vespertine - A planet setting in the evening after sunset.

Vernal Equinox - Spring Equinox (northern hemisphere). The first degree of Aries, the beginning of the astrological year, when the Sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north.

Vernal Point - Point on the ecliptic marking the position of the Sun at the moment of the Vernal Equinox, when the Sun is directly overhead at midday along the Tropic of Cancer.

Vertex - The western intersection of the Prime Vertical with the Ecliptic.

Vertex Point - used by astrologers in the 70's, representing the inner life of the ascendant. Calculated by inverting the degree of the Ascendant (ie calculating the degree of the ascendant as if the native were born in the opposite hemisphere and calling this point the Vertex).

Verticle - The prime verticle or circle of observation is the circle in which an observer stands when facing south. This circle is divided into 12 equal parts, comprising the 12 houses through which the signs and planets seem to pass obliquely in their apparent diurnal motion from east to west.

Via Combusta - A problematic area of the zodiac between 15° Libra and 15° Scorpio. It is especially difficult for the Moon.

Vibhavasu Yoga - A planetary combination formed by Mars either exalted or placed in the 10th house, exalted Sun in the 2nd house, and Moon along with Jupiter in the 9th house. It enables the individual born under the combination to get an adorable wife and lead a happy personal life. He will be rich and will occupy a high status in life.

Vibhawa - The 2nd year in the cycle of 60 Samvatsaras. It is ruled by Brahma. Persons born during this year are always agitated; they become smugglers but acquire much wealth and are helpful to others.

Videomancy - Divination via moving pictures, television, movies etc.

Vidyuta Yoga - A planetary combination formed by the lord of 11th house in exaltation along with Venus occupying a cardinal house in relation with the house occupied by the ascendant lord. It makes the individual charitable, affluent, and enables him to occupy a high status in life.

Vighatis - A unit of time 60 Vighatis=1 Ghati, 1 Ghati=24 minutes.

Vijaya - The 27th year in the cycle of 60 Samvatsaras . It is ruled by Vishnu. During this auspicious year, famous persons are born who are successful in different walks of life.

Vijnanamay Kosha - One of the finer sheaths of human personality. It receives vibrations from subtler planes, under whose impulse the feeling of egotism is aroused and developed.

Vikari - The 33rd year in the cycle of 60 Samvatsaras ruled by Vishnu. Persons born during this year suffer from blood diseases. They are afflicted with bilious irregularities, are fond of forests and are devoid of any respectable financial status.

Vikaratana -A name given to Sun because his radiance was shorn by Vishwakarma to make him adaptable to his wife, Sanjna, who could not bear Sun's inherent effulgence.

Vikriti - The 24th year in the cycle of 60 Samvatsaras ruled by Vishnu. The individual born during the year is humorous, skilled in dance and music, is charitable, self-respecting, and luxurious in living style.

Vikrama - The 14th year in the cycle of 60 Samvatsaras. It is ruled by Brahma. Persons born during this year are contended, renowned, self-controlled, courageous, and religious.

Vilambi - The 32nd year in the cycle of 60 Samvatsaras . It is ruled by Vishnu. Persons born during this year are lazy, afflicted with maladies, and burdened with family responsibilities.

Vimsopaka Bala - Vimsopaka Bala is the strength of a planet based on its dignity in the divisional charts. There are different groups of divisional charts that are used for calculating the Vimsopaka Bala.

Vireodhi - The 23rd year in the cycle of 60 Samvatsaras ruled by Vishnu. The individual born during the year is fearless, rebellious, fond of flesh-foods, yet he is ethical, respectful, and respected in his society.

Virgintile (semi-decile) - One of Kepler's minor aspects. 18 degrees, somewhat positive.

- The sixth sign of the zodiac. Mutable and earthy. Ruled by Mercury. Emblem: The Virgin with a sheaf of wheat.

Virodhkrita - The 45th year in the cycle of 60 Samvatsaras ruled by Rudra. Persons born during the year are unstable, unpredictable, and defiant of authority.

Vishakha - One of the 27 nakshatras.

Vishnu Yoga - A combination formed by the lords of the 9th and 10th houses as well as the lord of the Navamsa sign lord of the 9th (all three) posited in the 2nd house. It makes the individual favored in an important way by the state. By nature, he is patient, is erudite, skilled in debating and is an engaging conversationalist. He becomes rich and lives for long.

Vishwa - The manifested universe; Earth.

Vishwamsa - One-twentieth part of a zodiacal sign, each equal to 10 30'. The ruler ship of these portions is assigned according to a special rule. The first Vishwamsa of all cardinal signs begins with Aries, of all fixed signs with Sagittarius, and of all common signs with Leo.

Vishwadeva - The universe personified as a god; the presiding deity over Uttara Ashadha. A particular group of ten deities supposed to be the sons of Vishwakarman (q.v.).

Vishwarupa - An epithet of Vishnu in the form of universe, wearing, all forms; omnipresent and universal.

Vishwavyacha - A ray of solar light which is said to irradiate Mercury.

Vocational astrology - That branch of astrology devoted to career counseling in terms of the aptitudes and needs shown in the natal horoscope.

Void of course - A term describing a planet that does not make a major aspect before changing Signs. It is used primarily with respect to the Moon.

Void of Course Moon - A period of time between the last major aspect of the Moon to another planet when in a zodiac sign until the Moon's entrance into the next sign. These "void moon" times have an unlucky reputation, when no activity reaches a proper conclusion. It's usually better to use such times for going inward and recharging your energies.

Voodoo - Magical practice considered to be a form of black magic but also is considered a religion to some.

Vrisha - Also known as Vrishabha. The second zodiacal sign, Taurus. It also refers to the 15th year in the cycle of 60 Samvatsaras ruled by Brahma. Persons born during this year are stocky in build with coarse hair and small palms. They bring disrepute to their family, yet they earn much money.

Vrischika - Scorpio, the 8th zodiacal sign. It extends from 2100 to 2400 of the zodiac. It is ruled by Mars, and Moon is debilitated here. It is classified as a fixed sign, female by sex, watery by element, and related with the northern direction. It is connected with the generative organs. It is a highly mystic sign leading both to intense selfishness as well as to great occult attainments.

Vulcan - A hypothetical planet supposed to lie inside the orbit of Mercury, but always on the opposite side of the Sun from the Earth, making it invisible. Originally postulated to account for perturbations in planetary orbits, this planet is no longer supposed to exist by science, although some astrologers claim it as a sort of spiritual entity having power in a horoscope.

Vulkanus - The seventh symbolic planet used in Uranian astrology.

Vyana - One of the vital airs circulating or diffusing in the body.

Vyathipatha - An evil combination of importance in muhurtham consideration. Any undertaking commenced during this period meets certain failure. It is also the name of an Upagraha.

Vyatipa - One of the Upagrahas.

Vyaya - The 12th house in a natal chart is related with it. It is known as the house of Vyaya, Vyayasthanam, or the house of expenditure. It is also the name of the 20th year in the cycle of 60 Samvatsaras ruled by Brahma. Persons born during this year are charitable, luxurious, respectful and very amiable.