Hora Shastra roots of Jyotisha (Astrology) – Insight 1

Everyone has to respect and understand the time value because time can respond to evil and good. And often we get to hear the following phrases & idioms:

  • It is all about the right timing.
  • When the time is right, everything will fall in place.
  • It will help if you wait for the right time. A stitch in time saves nine

Be it the world of sports or comedy or entertainment, and it is all about the ” Perfect Timing.” Common Man measures time by the hours, days, years, but in the world of occult science, be it Vedic Astrology or western world astrology or Tarot card reading, or Angelic reading, timing is quintessential, and the most common questions seekers always ask is “When?”

When will I find true love? When will I get married?
When will I find a job? When will I have children?
When is the Good Time? When is The Right Time?

People want to know when something will happen, and they look to occult experts to predict the timing of these critical events accurately. However, for the Astrologer or any mysterious expert, timing an event can be incredibly daunting and challenging! Hence, in this post, I'll explain How understanding Hora an ancient Indian time calculation technique, and its relevance in timing a particular event.

What are Hora and its importance?

Hora is the smallest unit of time that is considered for the selection of Muhurta or auspicious time. It is used to determine the quality of time, spans a concise duration, approx 60 minutes. The English word hour is derived from Hora. Since we have 24 hours in a solar day (Vedic day commences from Sunrise to Sunrise while English day starts from midnight to midnight). Therefore we have 24 Horas during one solar day on Earth. Each Hora has lorded by a particular planet. The lordship is a chronological sequence of the planetary speeds going from fastest first (Chandra/Moon) to slowest (Shani/Saturn) except for the first Hora of the week being lorded by Sun as respect since it is the Lord of the Solar system and significator of Life or Srushti.

Our ancient Hindu Astrologers had subdivided each Sign of the Zodiac into two halves and called each division a Hora. Thus, roughly 1 hour is needed for each Hora to pass the meridian or rise in the East.

But Hindu Astrologers did not measure time in hours and minutes. They used Ghatis and Vighatis. Thus, one day had 60 Ghatis, and each Sign, therefore takes approximately 5 Ghatis, half a sign, or a Hora will be about two and a half ghatis. At the same time, the Chaldeans in remote ancient times had acquired considerable knowledge of the stars. And the raming of the Zodiac was done by them. They gathered enormous knowledge about the influence of planets over the people. They also found that certain hours were favorable for some issues and certain unfavorable. This prediction method is called ‘Hora' and had laid down certain axioms even before the era of Moses or even “The Book of Genesis.”

The Hindus were also aware that some issues' thrive/prosper' during certain Ghatis, and some ‘fall through certain Ghatis. Without getting into the somewhat tedious calculations involved in working out the Hora operating during particular hours of the day, a readymade table is available for our convenient use. To select the “good time” for the various activities we would like to undertake, well in advance, plan for it properly, and accomplish it with confidence that the outcome will be favorable to one. The different Hora and the various matters which will prove beneficial if performed during that Hora are given below for easy reference in a table form.

Suppose we consider the heliocentric system of planets (a cosmological model in which the Sun is at or near a central point,e.g., the solar system or the universe) while Earth and other bodies revolve around it). Now consider the speeds of planets; the Moon has the highest speed (Seven only considered). Now, list all these planets based on their speed and distances from Sun; we get the order as Moon, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

Although Moon is a satellite of Earth in Vedic astrology, it is a planet as it moves, and a necessary condition for the heavenly body to qualify as a planet is that it must be a moving object. Hence in Vedic Astrology, a Geocentric system is followed, which is the basis of the calculation of planetary positions. And as per this system, observation of planets, celestial bodies, and their movements is being done from the Earth. Hence, Moon replaces Earth. Moreover, Moon has a significant influence on the sustenance of human life and thus gets extreme importance in the Vedic Astrology system.

Hora Chakra

A sequential matrix arrangement of Lord of different horas in a day over a week is known as a Hora Chakra. It is 24X7 or vice-versa matrix. Anybody can easily use the Hora Chakra to plan her day in the most beneficial manner, optimizing the planning of events for the day (Bucket List discharged in the best way). The Hora Lord offers its focused energy of the day during that particular time segment. Tasks or decisions and events aligned with the subject matter relevant to the specific planet receive a special blessing from that planet. So, for example, if you want to discuss an important issue with your Boss, then Hora of Sun is best similarly for personal problems, and the romance hora of Venus will be relevant.

The Hora lord provides a notable boost to the subject matter of its domain. Hence, if one gets congruency of event planned with the relevant Hora, the results can be ‘tweaked.' Thus, the Hora Chakra is a great tool to succeed in day to a week to a year life by optimizing and avoiding the minefield or adverse timing. It is a general way of using the Hora. For more customized and personalized use, one should consult a learned astrologer to ascertain particular planets giving success in a profession, health, relationship from one's horoscope. It could then be applied or suitably aligned with the Horachakra to get beneficial results. As we all know, time value is the most important in life.


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