Dig Bala (directional strength)
In Vedic astrology texts there is a system called "Shad Bala" (translated as "six times the strength"). This is a system for evaluating planets and their effects based on various universal factors - many astronomical in nature. One of the most important components of Shad Bala (and easiest to use) is called Dig Bala - Directional Strength.
The general concept of Dig Bala is that planets support certain angles in the map better than others. When a planet is closest to its best Dig Bala position, it not only supports the angle, but also its target.
Dig Bala is a universal principle, since each astrology card has four angles that refer to the different directions. As with all principles of "universal astrology", the rule itself is only important insofar as we examine and understand the reason for it. If we just repeat a rule like "Mercury has Dig Bala in the first house, so it is good", we are not adding anything to the reading except a general black and white claim. One of the big problems with memorizing rules without understanding the "why" is that we cannot unravel the contradictions of numerous placements.
For example: We may have a planet with a good Dig Bala, but it is weakened or declining, or is getting very difficult aspects or governing difficult houses, etc. In fact, you can rely on this complexity. For this reason, it is important to understand exactly what the strength of Dig Bala shows about the planet, the house / angle, in a very specific and detailed way.
In this class we will examine why each planet has Dig Bala in the position it is in and compare / contrast this directional position with the other directional positions, especially with its opposite position - where Dig Bala is lowest.
Directions Please, ...
Each astrology map that we are going to put up has four directions, as shown in houses 1, 4, 7 and 10. Let us examine these positions in general.
The first house / ascendant is the east. It shows the energy that is being born at that time based on the exact location of the rotating earth relative to the sky at the location where the map is created. The first house shows the body / personality / style and overall experience on a single card or the same characteristics (minus the physical body) on a choice card.
The fourth house / Nadir is the north. It shows what is deepest and most hidden. When you draw a table in which you are sitting, the nadir is directly below you. The fourth house shows the feelings and inner emotional life of an individual or an event.
The seventh house / descendant is the West. It shows what is farthest from the person or event (that was born in the first house). It is commonly known as a "relationship house". The seventh house shows what is completely opposite to the person or event. There is a strong magnetic attraction to our opposite. The seventh house shows this and acts as a mirror of the first house.
The 10th house / Midheaven is the south. It shows what lies directly above us and what has the highest ability to influence us or what effects we can have. The 10th house shows the quality of action and the impact that a person or event can have on the world and / or the world on the person or event.