Astrological Terms under Letter B

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- Lord of obstructions. A planet, which invariably creates difficulties whenever it gets a chance to do so. Such a planet has the capacity to destroy the auspicious effects of lucky planets.


- 12th of the 60-year cycle of Samvatsara . It is ruled by Brahma.
Individuals born during this year are bestowed with religious learning, skill in different arts, and humility in disposition.

Bahya Rasi

- Also known as Bhoga Rasi. A term used in Jaimini Astrology for deciding the planetary ruler ship operating at any time. It is identified by counting the Dvara Rasi or the house under consideration from the ascendant, and extending the distance further by the same distance.

Bajra Yoga

- A planetary combination under which all benefices are located in the 1st and 7th houses in a natal chart. It makes the individual good-natured and lucky during the first and the last phase of his life.

Balsamic Moon

- The Moon less than 45° behind the natal Sun according to natural zodiacal order. A natal balsamic Moon is associated with one's commitment to destiny.

Balsamic Phase

- When a more quickly orbiting planet trails a planet with a slower orbit and appears to "catch up" with the slower body, and the planets are within 45 degrees of one another in their orbital cycles, astrologers say that the faster moving planet is in its Balsamic Phase. Deals with your dedication to your destiny.

Barren Planets

- Sun, Uranus, Saturn and Mars. These planets (along with the Dragon's Tail, or Moon's South Node) tend to prevent the birth, or cause early death, of children when located in either of the parents' fifth or eleventh houses.

Barren signs

- Gemini, Leo and Virgo, traditionally associated with infertility. Aries, Sagittarius and Aquarius are considered semi-barren.


- When two planets are within orb of an aspect, they are said to behold one another.

Beholding signs

- Signs which have the same declination, or are at equal distances from the tropics, i.e., Aries and Virgo, Taurus and Leo, Gemini and Cancer, Libra and Pisces, Scorpio and Aquarius, and Sagittarius and Capricorn.


-Said of planets and aspects considered to be positive or helpful influences. Traditionally, Jupiter is the Greater Benefic and Venus is the Lesser Benefic; the Sun, Moon and Mercury are moderately benefic.

Benefic Aspects

- Planetary relations which permit the unobstructed flow of the cosmic energy conducive to harmony.

Benefic planet

- In horary these are traditionally Venus (the lesser benefic) and Jupiter (the greater benefic). In addition, the Part of Fortune and the Moon's North Node are considered benefic as well as several fixed stars, most notably Regulus and Spica.


- (280 B.C.) Babylonian. a priest of Baal. He founded a school of astrology on the Island of Cos.


- Said of a planet placed between two malefics. Energies of a beseiged planet are thought to be restricted.

Bestial signs

- Aries, Taurus, Leo and Capricorn; so designated because they are symbolized traditionally as animals. Also called quadrupedian (four-footed) and inarticulate (animals have voices but lack the power of speech).


- An imaginary belt around the ecliptic through which the planets traverse during their sojourn around the Sun. It represents a space approximately 90 above and 90 below the path of ecliptic on which all the planets, including the Sun, traverse.

Bhadrapada, Purva

- The 25th asterism extending from 3200 00' to 3330 20' of the zodiac. It consists of 2 stars symbolizing a sword. The Vedic deity Aja Ekapada presides over it. Jupiter owns the asterism. Purva Bhadrapada imparts immensely active impulse: it radically affects the personal life of the individual concerned.


- One of the five combinations under Pancha Mahapurushayoga. Mercury in exaltation or in its own sign occupying a cardinal house either from ascendant or from the Moon produces Bhadrayoga. The combination produces gracious behavior. Another kind of Bhadrayoga is formed by the Moon and Jupiter placed in the 2nd house, the lord of the 2nd house in the 11th house, and the ascendant lord associated with benefices. The combination makes the person learned, intelligent, capable of understanding the feelings of others. He is skilled in many arts.

Bhaskara Yoga

- A planetary combination formed by Mercury placed 2nd from Sun, Moon 11th from Mercury, and Jupiter in a trine house from the Moon. These conditions imply that Mercury is 2nd from Sun, Moon is 12th, and Jupiter is either in the 4th or the 8th house from Sun. A person born under this combination is courageous, powerful, learned, has deep knowledge of religious scriptures, mathematics and classical music.

Bhava Kundali

- The horoscope in which planets are shown in different house divisions worked out on the basis of precise delineation of different bhavas, which are neither necessarily synchronous with zodiacal signs, nor of equal divisions.

Bhava Madhya

- The mid-point of the extension of a house division.

Bhava Sandhi

- The borderline between two house divisions. Planets situated at these points are considered ineffective.

Bhavat Bhavam

- An important principle of predictive Vedic astrology. It suggests that the significance of a house is deciphered by the disposition of the same house relative to it. It implies that the significance of, for example, the 2nd house can be determined also by taking into account the 2nd house from the 2nd house, which will be the 3rd house in a natal chart.

Bhavya Yoga

- A planetary combination formed by Moon in the 10th house, the navamsa lord of Moon in exaltation, and the lord of the 9th house associated with the lord of the 2nd house. This combination makes a person rich, respected and learned; he may be renowned as a botanist and a collec-tor of artifacts.

Bheri Yoga

- The planetary combination which is formed in 3 ways: (i) all planets occupy the ascendant, in the 2nd, 7th, and 10th houses; (ii) Venus and the lord of ascendant are placed in a cardinal house from the ascendant, and the lord of the 9th house is strong. (iii) Venus and the lord of Ascendant and Jupiter are in mutual angles and the lord of the 9th house is strong. All these combinations make the individual learned in scientific subjects, practical in mundane affairs, and well provided with wealth and luxuries of life.


- Longitudinal distance traversed.

Bicorporeal signs

-Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces. Also called double-bodied and double signs, they are associated with twins and dual experiences.

Big Aspect

: Any aspect between the slow moving planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto). These aspects are generally quite potent and influential, especially if they are multi-contact affairs. These energies often act on an unconscious level. See Big Aspects for more information on these influences.

Birth Chart (Chart or Chart wheel)

-A 'map' detailing the positioning of the planets in the Signs at the specific moment of an individual's birth. The chart is rendered by using the individual's place, date and time of birth as the data source for this planetary snapshot.

Birth Moment

- Generally accepted as the first breath taken after the cord has been cut as the person is no longer existing on the mothers blood supply.

Birth Place

- Place where the native's first breath was drawn. Longitude and latitude of the birthplace are required to construct an accurate nativity.

Birth time

- The moment of first breath of a new born.

Bitter Signs

-Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Said to be hot, fiery and bitter.


- A minor hard aspect, separating distance roughly 103° (102° 51' 26"), based on the seventh harmonic (multiples of a septile, 51 1/7°, which is 1/7 of 360°.


- A minor benefic aspect, separating distance 144°, based on the fifth harmonic (multiples of 72°, a quintile, which is 1/5 of 360°).


: One of the dignities also known as terms, thought of as delimiting a certain circumstance within a certain confine of life. Often used in life expectancy calculations.


- The planetary arrangement formed by nine planets occupying approximately one-half of a horoscope with one planet roughly opposing the group that is a focal point of action (bucket handle) for planetary energies.


- One of the seven horoscope patterns wherein ll ten planets are placed in approximately one-half of a horoscope indicate the Bowl. Interpretation focuses on self-containment directed toward the area of horoscope placement.

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