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Celestial Shape of Sun-signs Houses!


House of Aries: 
The cluster of stars pertaining to this house has been named after a ram known to Indians as Mesh. This house has 27 bright stars, of which two stars of the third grade luminosity are its head; two stars of the fourth grade luminosity  on its mouth; four stars of the fourth grade luminosity  on its hands; five stars of the fifth grade of luminosity  on its back; four stars of the fourth grade of luminosity  on its feet; and two stars of the fourth grade of luminosity  on its abdomen, which appear in the east like a ram.

House of Taurus: This house resembles a bull called Braksha. There is no fixed number of stars in it. However, it has seven stars of the fourth grade of luminosity on its head, seven stars of the fourth grade on its neck and seven stars on its hump called Pliads; one star of the first grade on its eye; three stars of the third grade  on its left eye and two stars of the fifth grade on its ears, which appear at the particular time in the south direction.

Houses of Gemini: This house resembles the figure of twin boys joined at the loin and known as Mithun. This house has 18 bright stars with two of the second grade  of luminosity on its head; five  of the third grade on its arms; two of the fourth grade on its thigh; and two of the fifth grade on its foot which appear to cling together at a particular time in the west direction.

House of Cancer: This house resembles a sea crab known as Kark. It has twelve stars, of which one is mercurious and  found on  its chest; two at its mouth and nine of the fourth grade on its chin which appear like a crab in the north direction.

House of Leo: This house resembles a lion called Singh. It has 27 bright stars of which two of the first grade luminosity are on its heart; one named lion’s heart and the lion’s tail respectively; two of the second grade in its eye; six of the third grade in its loin and eight of the fourth grade on its back; four of the fifth grade on its foot; and five of the sixth grade on its paw which appear like a lion in the east direction. Indians call it the eastern house.

House of Virgo: Its shape is imagined after a damsel holding on the ear of hyacinth. Indians call it Kanya. It has twenty six brightest stars of which one beautiful star of the first grade of luminosity is in its left hand called ‘Samaakal a’zal’; six of the third grade on its neck; six of the fourth grade on its loin; and three of the sixth grade on its navel which appear at the particular time like hyacinth in the south direction.

Recognition of the Celestial Houses: Although the monument of the celestial houses is invisible to us, if we look from the west to the east, leaving, one part from the Zenith, in the evening a part of one house will be seen in the beginning while the side of other celestial houses will appear gradually.

House of Libra: This House resembles scales called  Tula by the Indians. It has eight bright stars of which brighter  four of the third grade  of luminosity are on its paw, two of fourth grade and two of the fifth grade one on its chin which appear at the particular time like a pair of scales in the west direction. The Indians call it western house.

The Imaginary Shape of the House of Scorpio: This house is said to resemble a scorpion called Vrischak by Indians. It has 21 bright stars of which one star of the first grade of luminosity is on its heart and is called the heart of the scorpion; three excel stars of the first grade is on its heart and is called the heart of the scorpion; three red stars of the third grade are on its hack called ‘akleed-al-aqrab’. Out of the remaining eight stars of the third grade two are on its  nail and six are on its foot while three stars of the fifth grade are on its neck which appear at the particular time in the north direction in the shape a scorpion.

House of Sagittarius: This house is considered to resembling a man armed with  an arrow and bow from bust  to back and resembles somewhat a neck less horse. Indians call if Dhanu. It has ten bright stars of which seven are of the third grade of luminosity. Two are on the arm; four on the bow and one on the arrow. It has twelve stars of the fourth grade on its four legs while eight of the fifth grade is on its thigh; four star is on its mercurious tail. They appear at  the particular time in the east direction like a bow.

House of Capricorn: The shape of this house is a congregation of 34 stars which are said to resemble a crocodile or a goat. Indians call it maker. If has 34 bright stars of which six of the third grade are on its head; three on the right and three on the left; two on the tail. Eight of the fourth grade and five of the fifth grade and seven of the sixth grade on different parts of the body which appear at a particular time like a crocodile in the south direction.

House of Aquarius: In somber books of astrology, where needed to show the shapes of houses, Aquarius is shown with a well taking clues from the word Kumbh. However, it is linked to a male person standing on a patch of heaven, holding a small bucket in his hand. Indians call it kumbh. This house has forty two bright stars of which two extra bright are on the right side of its head; one of the third grade of  luminosity  is on its back; three of the third grade are on its right hand; nine of fourth grade, twelve of the fifth grade and nineteen of the fourth grade are scattered all over its body which appear at the particular time in the west direction. Indians call it western house.

House of Pisces: This house is considered to resemble a pair of fish. Indians call it Meen. It has 34 stars which rarely appear in the dark night. Along with it there is a cluster of seven bright stars named Pliads often seen near the northern pole Kritika nakshtra. It has two stars of the third degree on its eye while twenty one stars of the fourth grade, five stars of the fifth Grodel and six stars of the sixth grade are scattered all over its body which appear at the particular time in the north direction like a fish. Indians call it northern house.

Dr. A. Shanker
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