After creating the north or south indian chart and locating the ascendent, (the constellation that was on the eastern horizon), we have set the stage. We associate the ascendent with a specific constellation or sign, and thus can know the rest of the houses and their associated signs. The stage is set!
The next step is to add in the actors; the planets. Having done this, we will be ready to begin to access the relative strength and weakness of the grahas (planets) as they are placed in the chart.