This opens a much bigger question that I have had: how should we actually define uttara-ayana. It seems that it was originally the winter solstice, where the days begin to get longer, but since it has become associated with Makara Saṅkrānti it has been riding a sidereal year, of which it is not really a sidereal calculation but a tropical calculation. If we truly are observing the Sun returning or the Sura increasing, then there is no relation to the signs, just actual ayanas (solstices).
“Sama-Saptaka” means mutual seventh and refers to the placement of two ‘otherwise friendly planets’ in mutual one-seventh houses from each other. The placement of two diremalefics in such places is not considered ’sama-saptaka’.
An article by Pandit Sanjay Rath with an introduction by Das Goravani
This is a very old article created from some mails in the Goravani Jyotish List by Raghunandan Das Goravani. A more comprehensive explanation of the Karma Theory is in available in this video presentation
Raghunandan Das Goravani wrote
Pandit Sanjay Rath’s Article on free will is below my introduction here. See below the dashed line for his article. I’m simply re-posting Sanjay’s letter in response to another thread on my astrological list.
Rath wrote: Cities have tremendous satva guna to keep so many human beings together in such a small space but in the process the human beings tend to brush their rajas in a bad way thereby spoiling the beauty of the city.
Ramakrishna A : With respect to your above mail I have few queries. Could you please clarify?
While it is true that cities pack a lot of people in a small space, they don’t care for each other in cities. For example, most of the people in big apartments don’t even know who their neighbor is.
Sohamsa is, perhaps, the best place for learning Vedic Astrology in the tradition. It offers free lessons from the old Bṛhaspati Jyotiṣa Course. The two professional courses relate to the teaching of the two most important classics of Vedic Astrology – (1) Jaimini Scholar Program and (2) Parāśara Jyotiṣa Course.
SoHamsa is the name of the Sun God as addressed to by Sri Ganesha. Soham is a Sanskrit word or mantra which means I am Him (Him refers to the omniscient Brahma) and thus, Soham is the mantra stating ‘aham brahmasmi’.