Basic of the Sri Lankan Traditional Astrology

Astrology is most interesting, marvelous & historical subject in the world. Astrology informs us anyone can be a distinctive person. From our experiences of parapsychology, meditations, psychology and new technology; astrology can be described as pure mathematical science, that our many of previous life's karmic energies are measured by considering planets and their motions. Also these past energies gave us positive powers to born as human being. Astrology define how our energy body affect with our mind and what kind of positive powers we collected in our reincarnations, which are helping to our current life. Also all planets & objects in space influence to human body according to Physics such as Gravity. We get phlegm, cold, tonsillitis & fever in full moon days while heavy sunny days we have problems with urine system. Such way all planets link with our mind & body. In Sinhalese traditional word for astrology is Jyotishaya, which is Jyothi- meaning light, so with whole word meaning science of the light. In other word, it tells we want to use astrology for success our life as we use light for going on dark roads. Because we don't know our future, astrology is one of the occult subject which tell about our future. Astrology used in Sri Lanka was found by Indian & Sri Lankan seers and monks who had mind power such as clairvoyance. Also these mentors were discussed with gods for define calculations of how universe effect to us. As history said, Sri Lankan king called Rawana was great person who had huge skills in astrology & medicine. So this is a science of the mind power.

As parapsychology, astrology is a sacred geometry, one form of light language and method of the accessing Akashic Records which tells our strengths & weaknesses according to our karmic forces in our reincarnations. Astrology in Sri Lanka use Birth Time, Birth Date & Birth Place (Country with Town) for calculate our birth chart from advanced mathematical formulae. Birth time is normally considered as first breathing time or first crying time of newborn baby. Astrology varies with countries, cultures, sects, religions and customs. But root concepts are same in everywhere. Sri Lankan astrology used Indian Vedic Astrology with some modifications from family of King Rawana's concepts & Lord Buddha's teachings. As Buddhists, we believe that influences from birth chart mean our karma & also as modern science those are planet's radiations which can overcome from our mind power, freewill and persistence. 

Planets or Grahayo (means: Attracting Objects), play important role in astrology. Each of planets has its own areas which belong to personal life & our character. So combinations of planets are helping to determine our inborn skills, mind, educational capabilities, sicknesses, etc. Sri Lankan astrology lump with nine main plants. Their details are given in below table. However remember that these facts are basic of the astrology. Other new planets (like Neptune, Pluto & Uranus) are important in western astrology but Sri Lankan astrology they have minor effects in birth charts. Cause their distance and motions can't make big influences to our life. Hence we are not mention about them in here. Astrology which was found by yogic meditative mentors who have mind power, must be neglected these new planets cause they are not important so much. But some recent sages had said another three main planets called as Indra, Varuna and Yama, so these can be Neptune, Pluto & Uranus. However those sages had not said more clearly about their effects. Rahu and Ketu (in western astrology called as Capet Dragonis & Cauda Dragonis) are two images creating when sun and moon rotate around solar system. These two images create barrier to other planet’s radiations. Rahu & Ketu get more attention in birth chart reading in eastern astrology rather than western astrology. So, here is the table of planets & their some ruling areas:

Ravi/Sun - One’s will power, medicine, creative power, employments, father, management, karma
Chandra/Moon - Changing of feelings, mind state, about religious life, mother, phobias, kindness, women
Kuja/Mars - Encourages, will power, angry, jealous, fighting, property destroy, punishments, sex, lust
Budha/Mercury - Tells about knowledge, talents, education, noble life, mind power, guardian angels, post
Guru/Jupiter - Respect or ideas about our religion, calmness, money, acceptations gain from others, bank
Sikuru/Venus - Spiritual love, marriage life, hobbies, friends, arts, music, dancing, relationships, flowers
Shani/Saturn - Pains, sadness, separations, sicknesses, commotion with others. virus diseases, job
Rahu/Capet Dragonis - Foreign journeys, wrong decisions, insaneness in mind, reputation, aging, politics, fame
Ketu/Cauda Dragonis - Alone, create phobias in mind, properties lost, sicknesses in skin, fears, education, ghosts

Zodiac Signs or Rashi, play important role in one's characters. All signs have their ruling planets which give their own natures. As an example Libra is ruled by Venus therefore people who born on Libra are somewhat romantic personals & have kindness. Also some planets are behaving as exaltation to some signs. It means that planet helps to related zodiac sign to it's upgrading. So it is not harm to even it staying in negative house. Some planets are debilitated planet for some signs, which means they become low level in that signs. But there have debilitation destroying planetary combinations in lot of horoscopes. But these concepts can be varying with other nine planets. Here provided basic character details of zodiac signs according to Sri Lankan astrology.

Sinhala English Ruled By Exalted Planets Debilitated Planets Some Characteristics
Mesha Aries Mars Sun Saturn Rule other people, proudest & have creative mind.
Vrishabha Taurus Venus Moon & Rahu Ketu Changing their mind at moment to moment.
Mituna Gemini Mercury No Exalt No Debilitate Like to learn complex subjects and religions.
Kataka Cancer Moon Jupiter Mars Religious character with ability to use mind power.
Sinha Leo Sun No Exalt No Debilitate Have good political & managing skills. Proud people.
Kanya Virgo Mercury Mercury Venus Learning oriented people & they are very kindness.
Tula Libra Venus Saturn Sun Romantic, kind, soft, flexible & religious character.
Vrischika Scorpio Mars Ketu Moon & Rahu Want to success life from own working hard.
Dhanu Sagittarius Jupiter No Exalt No Debilitate Religious character have ruling power in social life.
Makara Capricorn Saturn Mars Jupiter Have great will power & they are positive thinkers.
Kumbha Aquarius Saturn No Exalt No Debilitate Have will power but don't like to changes in their life.
Meena Pisces Jupiter Venus Mercury Romantic, educational & social minded people.

Each zodiac sign has own lucky gems, numbers, months, colors & dates. Numerology is used for find out those lucky signals. Numerology is section in occultism which is discussing how numbers are joining with our life. It means from our birth time we can guess, what numbers are positive to us or negative to us. Basic Lucky Number is calculating from adding all individual numbers in our birth date, together till achieve single number among one to nine. (As example, Basic Lucky Number for Birth Date 1980:03:28 is = 1+9+8+0+0+3+2+8 = 31 = 3+1 = 4)
From complex calculations, astrologers find out more 16 lucky numbers related to our birth time. However from our main Lagna or Ascendent, we can find out some more powerful lucky signals. Below chart show those lucky signals which will help you while taking lotteries, buying new vehicles, starting new business, etc...


Rashi Name Lucky Gems Lucky Months Lucky Numbers Lucky Dates Lucky Colors
Mesha Beryl Jan, Feb 6 - 8 - 9 Tues, Sat, Fri Blue
Vrishabha Emerald Feb, Mar 5 - 6 - 8 Wed, Fri Green, White
Mituna Beryl Mar, Apr 3 - 5 - 14 Wed, Tur Green, Yellow
Kataka Emerald Apr, May 2 - 7 - 9 Tues, Fri White, Yellow
Sinha Brilliant May, June 1 - 4 - 5 Tur Red
Kanya Ruby June, July 2 - 5 - 7 Wed, Fri White, Yellow
Tula Diamond July, Aug 1 - 2 - 4 Sun, Mon White, Red
Vrischika Topaz Aug, Sep 3 - 4 - 9 Sun, Mon Yellow, Red
Dhanu Crystals Sep, Oct 3 - 5 - 6 Wed, Fri Green, White
Makara Moonstone Oct, Nov 6 - 8 - 9 Tues, Fri Red, Blue
Kumbha Sapphire Nov, Dec 2 - 3 - 9 Tur, Fri Yellow, Red, White
Meena Crystals Dec, Jan 1 - 3 - 4 Sun, Tur Red, yellow

Sri Lankan Horoscope Usages

Sri Lankan people use mainly two birth charts which are called as Lagna & Nawansaka. Apart from these two charts, there have other four birth charts which help to more accurate readings. All of six charts are called as six groups or Sad Vargha. Astrologers use nine planets and their motions in zodiac signs & asters for verify our future. Normally one person have own one Lagna and one Nawansaka. Therefore we can determine 12 kinds of basic characteristics run on people in the society according to astrology. Lagna is main Zodiac Sign called as Ascendent & Nawansaka is used to determine angle of planets in houses, determine aster power and verify links between planet's power & aster’s powers. However important chart is Lagna Chart. Also it is called as our main Horoscope. In Sinhalese, main horoscope is identified as Kendaraya as social astrology used in Sri Lanka. Following picture is sample Sri Lankan birth chart or horoscope. Also this is mention as natal chart.

Lagna (also related to other five charts) are again divided into 12 areas as below picture. These 12 places are called as Bhava Places or Houses. All houses have their own area about our life & effects to our body parts. Also all bhava places have zodiac signs which are started from Lagna. Houses are counting as anti-clock wise such as below. So planets are situated in these bhava places.

Also planets can influence from their housing place to another places such as Sun sits in 1st house in sample horoscope but can influences to 7th house too. So this is called as Graha Dushti means Planetary Showings or Planetary Aspects. Normally we need to understand it as sun sits in 7th house. Only main seven planets have enough power for influences on other houses, so other minor planet's showings are no need to care too much when does birth chart readings. Normally major planets can aspect to 7th house from their original house. It is most strong aspect. Different astrological sects have different methods for calculating aspects. Comets called as Duma Ketu and mathematical points in space called as Upahgraha or Sub Planets also play some role in eastern astrology. You can understand some planets have moons and in the universe, there have infinitive number of planets, stars & galaxies. From upahgrahas these kind of objects are taken into consideration by ancient sages who formulated astrology.

Planetary Combinations or Graha Yogas mean how one particular planet stay on birth chart with other planets or with 12 bhava places. And what kind of planetary showings they had got. Planets are not staying steady way in our birth chart. They transit from one sign to another in universal chart or in sky. So astrologers consider where planet is in really at this moment. It is like if your birth chart, Mars is in seventh house, but in universal birth chart now it is going on tenth house. This is called as Planetary Transits or Graha Chara. We can know where planets are going at current or particular time in universal chart by referring Almanacs of Five Factors or Panchanga Litha. Below picture is one of sample Sri Lankan Horoscope and there have 12 houses where planets stay as one or with combinations. You can see eleventh house have such combination of Sun & Saturn. Here Lagna is Kanya. Because there is Kuja (or Mars) stays in first house, so this person can be aggressive one.


Sample Sri Lankan Horoscope

Planets - Functional Benefics And Functional Malefics

As told in early section, planets rule their own zodiac signs while other planets are treating as their friends. But some planets are negative with some zodiac signs. As well as some planets are not either rule, friendly or even negative. They are called neutral planet to related zodiac sign. However in generally there have rule that each zodiac signs have benefic planets which give positive results, excellent planets which give courage to person, malefic planets which give negative results and then maraka planets which give deadly occurrences and objections to life. Here is table going on such facts. As some astrological sects, wearing gems related to negative planets helping to give worse conditions. (However for determine planet's power, we need to use complex calculations such as aster power, sodasha vargha power, bhava place power, etc...)

Reference: Rv - Ravi, Ch - Sandu, Ku - Kuja, Bu - Budha, Ju - Guru, Si - Sikuru, Sa - Shani


Lagna Benefics Malefics Neutrals Excellent Maraka
Mesha Rv, Ju, Ku Sa, Bu, Si Ch Ju Si, Bu
Vrishabha Sa, Bu, Ku, Rv Ju, Ch Si Sa Si
Mituna Sa, Si Ku, Rv, Ju Ch, Bu Si, Bu Ku
Kataka Ju, Ku Bu, Si Sa, Ch, Rv Ku Sa
Sinha Ku, Rv Bu, Si Ju, Sa, Ch Ku Bu
Kanya Si Ch, Ku, Ju Sa, Rv, Bu Si Ku
Tula Sa, Bu, Si Rv, Ju, Ch Ku Sa Ju, Rv
Vrischika Ch, Ju, Rv Bu, Si Ku, Sa Ch Bu
Dhanu Ku, Rv Si, Sa, Bu Ju, Ch Ku Si, Bu
Makara Si, Bu, Sa Ku, Ju, Ch Rv Si Ku
Kumbha Si, Rv, Ku Ju, Ch Bu, Sa Si Ju, Rv
Meena Ch, Ku Sa, Rv, Si, Bu Ju Ku Si

Also nine planets have their own characteristics of gender, nature, elements & moods as following table. These facts are sometimes important for some occasions. As example, one can choose car according to color of the most powerful planet in his horoscope. If you have malfunction from particular planet, you can ask helping from related deity.


Planet Sex Nature Element Mood Govern Colors Cabinet Deities
Ravi Male Hard Fire - Karma Gold King Iswara
Chandra Female Soft Water -/+ Mind Tawny Queen Paththini
Kuja Male Hard Fire - Strength Blood-Red Marshal Kataragama
Budha Neutral Soft Earth -/+ Speech Green Prince Gana
Sikuru Female Soft Water + Potency Variegated Princess Lakshmi
Guru Male Soft Ether + Knowledge Yellow Minister Saman
Shani Neutral Hard Air - Grief Blue/Black Servant Vishnu
Rahu Male Hard Air - Travels Purple Driver Wibisana
Ketu Neutral Hard Earth - Meditation Gray Sage Natha

Houses in Horoscopes

As well as zodiac signs, each house in horoscope has their own ruling planets. It is called as House Lord or Bhava Adipathi. This concept helps to determine how one house effect to another house. As example, 2nd house of the natal chart belongs to money so its lord is in 4th house means money link with household properties. Cause 4th house in any chart belongs to properties. Only main seven planets consider as house lords. Also sun & moon own only one house while other planets own two houses. Here is the chart related to house lords of each zodiac signs:


Lagna Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn
Mesha 5 4 1 - 8 3 - 6 9 - 12 2 - 7 10 - 11
Vrishabha 4 3 7 - 12 2 - 5 8 - 11 1 - 6 9 - 10
Mituna 3 2 6 - 11 1 - 4 7 - 10 5 - 12 8 - 9
Kataka 2 1 5 - 10 3 - 12 6 - 9 4 - 11 7 - 8
Sinha 1 12 4 - 9 2 - 11 5 - 8 3 - 10 6 - 7
Kanya 12 11 3 - 8 1 - 10 4 - 7 2 - 9 5 - 6
Tula 11 10 2 - 7 9 - 12 3 - 6 1 - 8 4 - 5
Vrischika 10 9 1 - 6 8 - 11 2 - 5 7 - 12 3 - 4
Dhanu 9 8 5 - 12 7 - 10 1 - 4 6 - 11 2 - 3
Makara 8 7 4 - 11 6 - 9 3 - 12 5 - 10 1 - 2
Kumbha 7 6 3 - 10 5 - 8 2 - 11 4 - 9 1 - 12
Meena 6 5 2 - 9 4 - 7 1 - 10 3 - 8 11 - 12

Skills of the Good Astrologer

Astrologer is great person who knows astrology well via learning & doing experiments with his time. He must be armored with skills for tell more reliable perditions. Lot of times astrologer is not person who gain knowledge from colleges or universities. It comes from skills inheritance from reincarnations, meeting own mentor (spiritual teacher), self study, mind powers gained from meditations & own kindness for the world. Astrologer's birth chart has powerful planets combinations related with Mercury, Jupiter, Ketu and Moon link with 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th & 11th houses. Sometime your guardian gods give your future details via your family astrologer. Gods can link via mind with virtuous people. Therefore good astrologers have good virtue for give better terms to their clients.

Following skills are need to be accomplished with good astrologers: