Vedic astrology defines each hour of the day as ‘Hora’. Just like the western clock, there are 24 horas, starting from sunrise to sunset in the Hindu Vedic calendar. A Hora is of one hour duration in a day and is ruled by a particular planet and depending on these planets; horas can be beneficial or inimical.
Horas are used to plan an auspicious event, to have its maximum impact on one’s life and to avoid disadvantageous times for bad results. Hora charts are created when predictions are made at the time of birth of an infant or for fixing a time to undertake an auspicious event. Hora charts help to identify the strong and weak areas of one’s life.
The calculations of a person’s birth or natal chart are done on the basis of Hora. One needs to know in which Hora they were born. People are born in either the Hora of the Sun or in the Hora of the Moon. Sun, Venus and Jupiter are the strongest planets when the Horas of day time are considered, while Moon, Mars and Saturn are the strongest when Horas of night-time are considered. Apart from these, Mercury varies depending on the time of birth. It remains strong when the time of birth is close to sunrise or sunset, but is neutral when otherwise.
Births occur between 0-30 degrees only and these degrees are further divided into two halves, each of 15 degrees. Natives of the signs Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces are of the night Hora and are governed by the Moon. Natives of the signs Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius are of the day Hora and are governed by the Sun.
The chart is prepared based on all of these characteristics and once the planetary hours or horas have been analysed, it produces results in the form of auspicious and inauspicious times of the day for performing various tasks.