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Practical

Ashtakavarga

Vinay Aditya B.Tech, IIT/Kanpur

Contents

 

Foreword by Dr. K S Charak

v

Preface

vii

List of Case Studies

ix

1.

Ashtakavarga Has Its Own Say

1

2.

The Basic Calculations

2

3.

General Principles

9

4.

Different Strength of Planets

13

5.

Comparison Between Bindus in Various Houses

16

6.

Some Case Studies

20

7.

Divisional Charts Part I

41

8.

Divisional Charts Part II

60

9.

Annual Charts

74

10.

Horary Charts

89

11.

Medical Astrology

103

12.

Mundane Charts

117

13.

Muhurta and Ashtakavarga

130

14.

Profession and Ashtakavarga

145

15.

Transit of Saturn

164

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17. Ashtakavarga

of Rahu, Ketu and Lagna

175

18. Ashtakavarga in Matching

180

19. How is Your Day Today?

184

20. Miscellaneous

190

Gem Recommendation

190

Naming of a

Child/Bride

191

Astrology or Cartography

192

Compatibilty in Friendship

194

21. Samudayashtakavarga Controversy

195

Bibliography

198

Index

199

Foreword

V edic astrology is an exalted tool not just for predicting events but also for timing their occurrence. "Ihe two techniques

of timing events in use are the dashas (or planetary operational periods) and the Gochara (or transits). Belonging to the latter

are: the simple transits of planets through various signs of the

zodiac as are available in the ephemerides, the Varshaphala (or

annual horoscope) and the Ashtakavarga. Ihe first of these three methods, though useful and easy to apply, is rather gross and can be used only to make rather generalised predictions. Varshaphala

and Ashtakavarga are more refined and more accurate. Between

them, Ashtakavarga is certainly more popular amongst the Vedic astrologers because of its relative ease of application. If there were any doubts about its easy applicability, Vinay Aditya's first book on Ashtakavarga, viz., 'Dots of Destiny', lays them to rest. Such is the clarity of his narration.

Ihe 'Practice of Ashtakavarga' is Vinay's second, and more ad- vanced, book on Ahstakavarga. Its idea was conceived more than a decade ago when it was felt that the Bhinnashtakavarga and Sar- vashtakavarga applied to the lagna chart did not always reveal all there was in the horoscopic chart. How could then this technique of Vedic astrology be a reliable tool of prediction as claimed by none other than sage Parashara, the father of Vedic astrology, himself? Parashara could certainly not be wrong. So there must be some-

thing more to the routine method of application of Ashtakavarga. It was necessary to experiment with this technique further, taking care that the standard rules of Vedic astrology were always adhered to and never violated. Application of the Ashtakavarga method to the divisional charts was a natural next option in the search for more. As this research was pursued more and more, the results

were found to be progressively revealing. The method was applied

to the navamsha, the dashamamsha as well as other vargas and the

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results were highly encouraging. Several articles pertaining to this research were published in the bi-monthly Vedic Astrology. Vinay Aditya further applied the Ashtakavarga principles to the Prashna chart, the Varshaphala chart, the Muhurta, and so on. Every time he got good results. The present work of his is a result of his toil of over a decade in this field. Since Ashtakavarga is a refined system of Gochara or transits, it has to remain subservient to the natal chart and its finer divisions. One has to keep the standard principles of Vedic astrology in mind and then apply the Ashtakavarga only judiciously. The operation and order of dashas has to be kept in mind during the assessment of the horoscope. The great quality of Ashtakavarga is that there are fewer contradictions and the analysis is more mathematical. But the principles have to be applied carefully and intelligently. Sage Parashara explained this method to his disciple sage Maitreya with the intention that men of 'lesser intellect' in the Kaliyuga could also make use of it; for them, the elaborate principles of Vedic astrol- ogy could be apparently contradictory and, therefore, too daunting to handle. Ashtakavarga, being mathematical, was supposed to be more easy for them to manage. Vinay's treatment of this subject, however, doesn't make it appear as if fools would handle it. The technique involves a lot of mental exercise if good results are to be obtained. It is a pleasure going through this work, with the author han- dling the subject with care and passion and intelligence. Vinay has carefully stayed clear of the issues like the Trikona Shodhana, the Ekadhipatya Shodhana and the Shodhya Pindas. He might choose to pick them up later or, more likely, leave them to other researchers to establish their veracity or otherwise.

March 31st, 2011 New Delhi

Dr. K S Charak M.S. Surgery, F.R.C.S. (U.K.)

Preface

T his book has been in the making for the last ten years. It con-

tains my experiments with Ashtakavarga over the period. My earlier book, Dots of Destiny, was published in 1996 and ever since I have been trying to figure out how one should make maximum

use of this technique that has not been so popular amongst the

rank and file of astrologers. This technique is not a stand alone system, it is just another layer of information, albeit a very impor-

tant layer, about the chart that gives an idea of the strength of the

signs, houses and planets, bestowed upon them by the collective action of the planets. In the previous book, the idea was to cover the theoretical aspects of Ashtakavarga, where as the stress in this book is on using the fundamentals of Ashtakavarga on all kinds of horo- scopic charts and in various situations. Those parts of Ashtakavarga theory which did not yield encouraging results, such as Shodhya

Pinda, have not been elucidated in this book. I cannot claim that Trikona Shodhana and Ekadhipatya Shodhana that give

rise to the Shodhya Pinda are not efficacious. I am only submit-

ting that the limited experiments, that I and my ICAS students have conducted year after year, have not produced encouraging results. It is but natural for the student and the teacher alike that they would not pursue a subject to its logical or definitive conclusion if they do not feel enthused with their initial forage into the subject. We have no intention to take upon our fragile shoulders the onerous task of either validating or refuting them once for all. Students of Ashtakavarga would find comprehending this book easier if they are acquainted with 'Dots of Destiny'. Nevertheless, I have tried to make this book self-sufficient so that the earlier one does not become a pre-requisite. Some of the chapters in this book were originally written for the

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bi-monthly Vedic Astrology edited by Dr K.S. Charak. With minor modifications and editing they have been included here. They may

seem dated now at places but the principles that are being elucidated through them are timeless.

I have been collecting hints and methodologies about application of Ashtakavarga from many books, many astrologers with whom

I have had personal interaction during the last decade and more. Though too numerous to recall here, I would like to thank them all, for sharing their wisdom generously with me.

I thank Dr K.S. Charak to have undertaken the onerous task of

going through this book and making valuable suggestions at vari- ous important junctures. I also thank him for graciously agreeing to write the foreword. Mr Yashwant Singh Rawat, my colleague for more than two decades, also deserves a word of thanks for his patient and tireless rounds of proof corrections. If this book would persuade and inspire students of astrology to use more and more of Ashtakavarga in their practice, to their own advantage, the book would have served its intended purpose. There are many unique features of Vedic astrology which are not found in astrology of any other country. Ashtakavarga is certainly one of them. Its preservation, embellishment and wide spread use is the mission of this book.

April 3rd, 2011 New Delhi

VlNAY ADITYA

List of Case Studies

M. K. Gandhi

20

Prince Charles

31

Bill Gates

35

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

38

Amitabh Bachchan

45

Jayalalitha J.

48

Monica Lewinsky

51

Barack Obama

53

Tiger Woods

57

An Indian Businessman

60

Indira Gandhi

64

(Becoming PM)

76

(Being defeated)

79

(Power regained)

82

A Suicide Case

86

Murder of a Cartoonist

90

Missing of an NGO Activist

93

Car Theft

95

Vote

of Confidence by AB Vajpayee Govt.

97

Lost Computer

99

Amputation and Cancer

105

Intra-abdominal Malignancy and Leukaemia

112

Heart disease

114

New York on September 9/11, 2001

118

26/11, 2008 Mumbai Terror Attack

127

GSLV-D1 2nd Launch

132

GSLV-F01

134

GSLV-F02

135

Chandrayan-1

136

GSLV-D3

138

PSLV-C-15

139

GSLV-F06

142

Computer Software Engineer

154

An actress par excellence: Madhuri Dixit

155

Olympic Star: Michael Phelps

158

CHAPTER 1

Ashtakavarga Has Its Own Say

T here are numerous techniques in Vedic Astrology. By mastering some of them one can become a competent astrologer. One

such technique which has remained dormant for a long time and is

not practised by run-of-the-mill astrologers, to their own disadvan-

tage, is the ancient technique of Ashtakavarga. Sages like Maharshi Parashara and later astrological geniuses such as Varahamihira have extolled the virtues of this technique in glowing terms. What is interesting from the present day computer-age point of view is that this system of Ashtakavarga is binary in character and hence quite amenable to computerisation. It seems that our sages were laying down the basic construct of computer functioning while

describing the Ashtakavarga system which is essentially based on ' 1 or 0'. Ashtakavarga system is based on 8 points of reference. Initially computers were also based on 8 bit microprocessors. Ashtakavarga is not a stand alone technique but it has a say in almost every situation, provided we are willing to hear it. Just as shadbala, avasthas, dasha, transit and scores of other Vedic astrol-

ogy techniques give important clues to decipher the complex web

of the horoscope, so does Ashtakavarga. For successful predictions we must see the promise in the horoscope and the dasha/transit in which the promise would fructify. Ashtakavarga has a say in all three, in evaluating the promise properly, in deciphering the dasha judiciously and pinpointing the transit accurately. In this book we

will see with practical illustrations the 'say' Ashtakavarga has in myriad situations in life. All this is done very holistically because the strength of the planet is accrued to it by the support of other planets. A monarch is successful only if he marches with his army. A monarch sans

the support of his army has no high place in the scheme of things

when it comes to Ashtakavarga.

CHAPTER 2

The Basic Calculations

I n the Ashtakavarga system each planet (excluding Rahu, Ketu and the extra-Saturnian planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) is considered to be casting a benefic influence on certain rashis counted with respect to its own rashi position in the natal chart as well as with respect to the position of other planets. Each benefic influence is marked as '1' and the rest are marked as '0'. This seemingly complex and laborious process is competently taken care of by modern astrological computer programmes. One may, however, need to check the correctness of the specific programme in order to ensure accurate Ashtakavarga calculations. Let us show as an exercise how the Ashtakavarga figures are ar- rived at through the example of the horoscope of a giant of a man known as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He has been termed by many as the prophet of the 20th Century. The most well known scientist of the 20th century, Albert Einstein, went on to say that, "Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as Gandhi ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth." His case study is being presented in chapter 6 along with some others'.

Ketu

Jupiter

(R)

MK Gandhi October 2, 1869 7:11:48 AM Porbandar India

^Lagna

Mars

Saturn

Mercury

Venus

Moon

Rahu

Sun

\.

Q

Saturn

8

9 / < \

\

/

Ketu

1 /l2\ V\

Lagna

Mars

Mercury

Venus

\ 7 / ioX 4

/

1

\

Jupiter

(R)

Sun

\ 6/

/V

Moon

Rahu

/

/V

2

\

z 7 '

\

/

3

The Table-1 on page 4 has to be referred to as the standard table, to mark the benefic positions for all horoscopes. The rationale behind this table is lost in the dust of time. We need to have the bare horoscope (rashi chart) 1 , the longitudes of various planets are not necessary for casting the Ashtakavarga figures, nor are the positions of Rahu and Ketu. Firstly, a Prastarachakra is constructed for each of the 7 plan- ets with the help of the standard table and then all benefic posi- tions called bindus 2 (i's) 3 are added together, sign by sign, to give rise to Bhinnashataka figures (Tables 2 to 8). By adding the Bhinnashtaka figures, sign by sign, we arrive at the Sarvashtaka figures (Table 9). It is customary to present the Prastarachakra starting from the sign where the respective planet is positioned in the rashi chart. It is also customary to choose the sequence of the planets in each Prastara starting from the farthest planet from the earth, i.e., Saturn, and end up with the Moon and then the lagna. But one can always start from Aries as the first sign horizontally, and from the Sun vertically as the first planet in the natural sequence of days, without losing any substance. The former makes sense when one makes kakshya 4 analyses, otherwise it is of no consequence. It is also customary to enter the planets in the sarvashtakavarga table in the signs in which they are posited in the birth chart.

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Ashtakavarga, that the positions ofplanets should be taken fromthebhava chart rather than

the rashi chart, for the purpose of casting the Ashtakavarga bindus. A thorough discussion on this issue was presented in the author's earlier book Dots of Destiny and the merits of preferring the rashi chart were explained. On a chance meeting in USA, Mr RG Krishnan, a disciple of Mr Patel, told me that in the last few years of his life, Mr Patel had also tome round to the view that rashi chart should be used. Mr Krishnan has also written a book on Ashtakavarga. The irony ofthe situation is that the man who presumably started the contro- versy is no more amongst us to clear it in writing. So, the controversy might remain in the

minds of the students for ever though it has been withdrawn in private conversation.

usedto behot debates on this issue in theAstrologicalMagazine for many years. In the ancient literature, the bhava position is considered the same as the rashi position.

the convention is opposite. The benefic

z In astrology Sanskrit literature and in north India,

point is called a Rekha (line) and the rest are called a bindu (dot). 3 A benefic influence (1) has been shown in the following tables by the tick mark/

'Please see p. 11 for explanation of kakshya.

'Some

authors,

notably Mr

C S

Patel,

has

advocated,

in

his

famous

There

Table-1: Benefic places from each planet in their respective Bhinnashtakavargas

 

SUN

 

MARS

 

(g)

JUPITER

 

Sun

1

2

4

7

8

9

10

11

3

5

6

10

1 4

2

3

7

8

9

10

11

Mon

3

6

10

11

3

6

11

2 5

7

9

11

Mar

1

2

4

7

8

9

10

11

1

2

4

7

1

2

4

7

8

10

11

Mer

3

5

6

9

10

11

12

3

5

6

11

1

2

4

5

6

9

10

11

Jup

5

6

9

11

6

10

11

12

1

2

3

4

7

8

10

11

Ven

6

7

12

6

8

11

12

2

5

6

9

10

11

Sat

1

2

4

7

8

9

10

11

1

4

7

8

9

10

11

3

5

6

12

Lag

3

4

6

10

11

12

1

3

6

10

1

2

4

5

6

7

9

10

11

 

MOON

 

(g)

MERCURY

(g)

VENUS

 

Sun

3

6

7

8

10

11

569

11

12

8

11

12

Mon

1

3

6

7

10

11

2

4

6

8

10

11

1

2

3

4

5

8

9

11

12

Mar

2

3

5

6

9

10

11

1

2

4

7

8

9

10

11

3

5

6

9

11

12

Mer

l

3

4

5

7

8

10

11

1

3

5

6

9

10

11

12

3

5

6

9

11

Jup

1

4

7

8

10

11

12

6

8

11

12

589

10

11

Ven

3

4

5

7

9

10

11

1

2

3

4

5

8

9

11

1

2

3

4

5

8

9

10

11

Sat

3

5

6

11

1

2

4

7

8

9

10

11

3

4

5

8

9

10

11

Lag

3

6

10

11

1

2

4

6

8

10

11

1

2

3

4

5

8

9

11

SATURN

(g)

1

2

4

7

8

10

11

3

6

11

3

5

6

10

11

12

6

8

9

10

11

12

5

6

11

12

6

11

12

3

5

6

11

1

3

4

6

10

11

Note: 1. The numerals given in thesetables representplacesfrom the respective planets.

2. We have taken the 337 bindu

Ashtakavarga system which is

more widely accepted.

3. the total number of benefic

bindus of each planet have been encircled.

4. One may observe that benefic

placesfromMoon foreachplanet are the same as are taken in ordi-

nary transit considerations.

5

Table 2: Prastarakavarga of Sun

Sign -> 6 7 8 9 10 II 12 1 2 3 4 5 Saturn
Sign ->
6
7
8
9
10
II
12
1
2
3
4
5
Saturn
Jupiter
Mars
Sun
Venus
Mercury
Moon
Lagna
Totals
7
2
2
6
2
3
4
4
4
4
5
5
The Sun is in Virgo in the birth chart.
Table 3: Prastarakavarga of Moon
Sign ->
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
1
2
3
Saturn
Jupiter
Mars
Sun
Venus
Mercury
Moon
Lagna
Totals
7
4
2
2
3
5
5
5
5
6
2
3

The Moon is in Cancer in the birth chart.

8

4

8

8

3

7

4

6

@

4

7

7

6

7

8

6

4

@

6

Table 4: Prastarakavarga of Mars

Sign -y 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 Saturn
Sign -y
7
8
9
10
11
12
1
2
3
4
5
6
Saturn
Jupiter
Mars
Sun
Venus
Mercury
Moon
Lagna
Totals
2
3
3
3
4
4
1
4
2
4
5
4
Table 5: Prastarakavarga of Mercury
Sign -y
7
8
9
10
11
12
1
2
3
4
5
6
Saturn
Jupiter
Mars
Sun
Venus
Mercury
Moon
Lagna
Totals
5
5
4
4
6
3
2
6
4
5
7
3

7

4

7

5

4

4

3

5

(39)

8

4

8

5

8

8

6

7

(54)

7

Table 6: Prastarakavarga of Jupiter

Sign -y 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Saturn
Sign -y
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Saturn
/
/
/
/
4
Jupiter
/
/
/
/
/
/
8
Mars
/
/
/
/
7
Sun
/
/
/
/
9
Venus
/
6
Mercury
/
/
/
/
8
Moon
/
/
/
5
Lagna
/
/
/
/
/
/
9
Totals
5
4
5
6
5
1
6
7
1
6
4
6
(g)
Table 7: Prastarakavarga of Venus
Sign _
7
8
9
10
11
12
1
2
3
4
5
6
Saturn
/
7
Jupiter
/
5
Mars
/
/
/
6
Sun
3
Venus
/
/
/
/
9
Mercury
/
5
Moon
/
/
/
/
9
Lagna
/
/
/
8
Totals
3
4
5
4
7
4
1
3
6
4
8
3
(52)

8

m

Table 8: Prastarakavarga of Saturn

Sign - >.

Saturn

Jupiter

Mars

Sun

Venus

Mercury

Moon

Lagna

Totals

Sign

Lagna

Sun

Moon

Mars

Mercury

Jupiter

Venus

Saturn

Totals

8

9

10

11

12

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

 

4

4

 

/

 

6

 

/

/

 

7

/

3

 

6

3

6

0

4

2

2

7

2

2

2

4

5

7

2

 

Table 9: Sarvashtakavarga

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

3

4

3

5

6

3

4*

4

6

4

4

3

49

4

4

4

5

5

1*

2

2

6

2

3

4

48

6

2

3

7*

4

2

2

3

5

5

5

5

49

1

4

2

4

5

4

2*

3

3

3

4

4

39

2

6

4

5

7

3

5*

5

4

4

6

3

54

5*

4

5

6

5

1

6

7

1

6

4

6

56

1

3

6

4

8

3

3*

4

5

4

7

4

52

2

2

2

4

5

7

2

0*

4

2

2

7

39

21

25

26

35

39

27

22

24

28

26

31

33

*Shows the rashi position of the planet and the lagna.

CHAPTER 3

General Principles

rmed with the Ashtakavarga bindus one can make two forms of analyses from the chart:

1. Static Analysis:

This gives results applicable over the entire life-span and are indica- tive of the general pattern of life. It helps character-analysis and tells about predispositions of a natives mental make-up and proclivities of his destiny. 'Promise' is what is seen more clearly here.

2. Dynamic Analysis:

a. Dasha: While the static analysis indicates the promise in the horoscope, dasha analysis gives the time of fructification of that promise. Ashtakavarga bindus of the dasha lord have strong bearing on the dasha results.

b. Transit Analysis: It is criminal neglect to analyse the transit results purely from natal Moon or Lagna without taking re- course to Ashtakavarga bindus.

General Principles applicable to Ashtakavarga figures:

1. The total of Sarvashtaka bindus is 337 distributed over all the 12 signs. Therefore, the average that a sign would have is 28 (337/12). The most important rule, thus, is that any house or sign associated with bindus above 28 gives auspicious results. Higher the bindus, better the results. In practice, however, houses having 25 to 30 bindus are considered average. Positive results pertaining to the house will manifest increasingly fuller if the house is associated with more than 30 bindus and vice versa.

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4.

Conversely, whenever a house containing more than 30 bindus is traversed by a planet, the favourable results pertaining to that house may be predicted in accordance with the karakatwas of the transiting planet.

5.

When a house is being transited by many planets simultane- ously and its Sarvashtaka bindu strength is significantly higher

than 28, the planets multiply the good effects of the house. The nature of effects will be in accordance with where this house is from lagna and the lordship of the transiting planets and their

karakatwas.

6.

Quantum Jump: If one house has low bindus and the very next house high bindus, the native may experience sudden rise. If the difference is very sharp, the rise may be spectacular.When the difference between maximum and minimum bindus in the adjacent houses is moderate, the native leads more or less steady and progressively prosperous life. If there are quantum jumps up or down at several places, the life of the native is also full of sharp ups and downs — now a king, then a pauper.

7.

a.

Planets associated with high bindus in the signs they own

and where they are posited give good results in their dasha and

antardasha. For a more accurate analysis, the Bhinnashtakavarga of the dasha lord should be taken into consideration.

b.

For the antardasha to be auspicious, its lord should command

good bindus in the Bhinnashtakavarga of the mahadasha lord, in the sign it is posited. This, sort of, gives an idea of what mahadasha lord 'thinks' of the antardasha lord.

c.

Some thing interesting from the kakshya domain: If the dasha

lord enjoys a bindu by the kakshya lord in the natal chart in its own Bhinnashataka, the planet acquires intrinsic support to bestow favourable results in its dasha or antardasha.

8.

For a happy marriage where there is good mental compatibility, the Moon sign of the bride and groom should both have more than 30 bindus in each others horoscopes. A similar rule can be extended to the Moon's bhinnashtaka bindus too. More on this in the relationship chapter.

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which results are good and below which results are bad. When a planet transits over a sign having the following number of bindus in its own bhinnashtakavarga, the results in general can be classified as:

8

binuds

Magnificent

7

bindus

Remarkable

6

bindus

Fortunate

5

bindus

Advantageous

4

bindus

Average

3

bindus

Tolerable

2

bindus

Mediocre

1

bindus

Adverse

0

bindus

Calamitous

10. It is also of considerable importance as to which planets have contributed the bindus. Are they malefics or benches; are they friends or foes to the sign lord; are they debilitated or combust etc.? So, while Ashtakavarga system is largely digital yet it has a qualitative fervour to it when it comes to subtler nuances.

11. To narrow down the time of fruition of a promise in the horo- scope, one must closely watch the kakshya* in which the planet is travelling. When a planet transits a sign in a kakshya where there is a bindu in its own bhinnashtakavarga, it produces good effects corresponding to:

a. karakatwa of the planet

b. house occupied by the planet at birth

c. house occupied by the kakshya lord (in the natal chart) which has contributed the bindu and its relationship (friend, enemy or neutral) with the transiting planet.

*A sign of 30 degrees is divided in 8 equal parts of 3 0 45' each, called a kakshya. In transit when a planet enters a new sign it starts its journey in the 1st kakshya whose lord is always Saturn. After the first 3 0 45' minutes in the sign it goes to the 2nd kakshya whose lord is Jupiter. "Ihe subsequent lords are Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon and Lagna, in order of the increasing speeds with which they move. For a detailed study of the subject please refer to author's eariler book: Dots of Destiny.

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When the kakshya lord does not provide a bindu in the kakshya in its own bhinnashtakavarga, then the planet is considered to be powerless to do good.

12. When a sign containing the least number of bindus in Sarvash- taka is rising (on a particular day) one should consult the doctor and begin treatment of ailments for quick recovery. Similarly, that is also the time to take loan because it can then be paid back soon.

Note: Richard Houck, the author of Digital Astrology raised a question mark about validity of this principle as it seems contradictory to general muhurta principles. Our answer to this question is (though Richard is no more to hear this out) that a good muhurta should be found with good bindus for auspicious activities. For 'dark' activities like war or surgical operation or loan, the muhurta with least bindus is appropri- ate. In the epic Mahabharata, Duryodhana goes to Sahadeva to find the muhurta for beginning the war. Sahadeva, though belonging to the opposite camp, told him that the amavasya, the new Moon day, would be the best muhurta. Normally the new Moon day is avoided for auspi- cious activities as the Moon has lowest pakshabala on that day.

CHAPTER 4

Different Strengths of Planets

A planet is supposed to give results as per its characteristics but

in a measure as per its strength. As a general rule, though exceptions exist, a weak planet gives unfavourable results and a strong planet gives favourable results. Therefore, before pronouncing the results, it is of paramount importance to ascertain the strength of planets. For this purpose, the ancient seers devised a mathematical model

with the help of which the strength of a planet could be calculated.

It was called Shadbala. Shadbala: It is a fairly comprehensive index of strength of a planet comprising of 6 different factors, hence the name shadbala

(six strengths).

1. Sthana bala ; Positional strength as per the sign placement

2. Dig bala ; Directional strength as per the house placement

3. Kaala bala : Temporal strength

4. Cheshta bala : Motional strength

5. Naisargik bala : Inherent strength

6. Drik bala : Aspectual strength

Each of these factors could by itself be a combination of several factors*. Ishta/Kashta phala: This is an index which is derived from cal- culations that are part of shadbala calculations and is a measure of whether a planet will be a helpful planet or cause troubles. Vimshopak bala: This is a consideration born out of how a planet fares in the divisional charts (shodashavargas). A planet is considered strong if it is in exaltation, own sign, a friend's sign

*For

a detailed description of these calculations the reader is referred to Elements of

Vedic

Astrology, Vol. 1 by Dr K.S. Charak.

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or in a benefic's sign in more number of divisional charts. Some consideration of this kind is included in the shadbala calculations, notably in the Sthana bala. It must be mentioned here that planets that are in favourable signs in different vargas have been given special names and they are supposed to give superlative results. If a planet scores well in two vargas it is said to be in Paarijaata amsha; if it is good in three vargas it is considered in Uttamamsha; if in four vargas it is said to be in Gopuramsha; if in five, it is in Simhasanamsha, if in six, then it is in Paaravatamsha; and so on. Then there is the concept that if a planet is in Pushkara navamsha it is said to be capable of giving very auspicious results. A planet is said to be in Pushkara navamsha if it is situated in the:

1. 7th or 9th navamsha in any of the fiery signs (1, 5, 9)

2. 3rd or 5th navamsha in the earthy signs (2, 6, 10)

3. 6th or 8th navamsha in the airy signs (3, 7, 11)

4. 1st and 3rd navamsha in the watery signs (4, 8, 12)

Jaimini Graha bala: It is the strength of a planet which is cal- culated some what parallel to shadbala. Since the planets and signs are handled differently in Jaimini astrology, the calculations have to be obviously different from shadbala.

ASHTAKAVARGA STRENGTH

This is the strength of a planet born out of the Ashtakavarga considerations. Each of the strengths mentioned above are garnered by the planet on its own individual merit and it does not depend on where the other planets are situated. But the fact of the matter is that in practical terms no planet acts in a vacuum. Whether it is dasha or a yoga or transit, the native experiences the result of the combined action of planets. Ashtakavarga is the only system in Vedic astrology, or any other astrology in the world, that gives combined consideration to the position of planets with respect to each other. In this sense, Ashtakavarga is the only system where the strength of a planet is not autocratic but democratic. All the planets vote individually to make up the Ashtakavarga strength. For this reason, the actual strength is not vested in the planet, it belongs to the sign or the house. The planet only basks in the reflected glory

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of the strength of the sign in which it is placed natally or while in transit in a particular sign. Moreover, the Ashtakavarga strength is always for auspicious results. This may not be true of shadbala where strength simply means that a more powerful planet is able to give its results fully, auspicious or inauspicious, as the case may be. Since the bindus imply a benefic influence, higher bindus are always auspicious and lower bindus always inauspicious, which ever the house or sign, though there is some difference of opinion on this point. Even at the cost of repetition let us enumerate how to judge a planet's Ashtakavarga strength.

1. The first and the foremost, the planet is supposed to have strength as per the sarvashatakavarga bindus in the sign it is placed in.

2. The second strength is the bindus a planet has in its own bhin- nashtakavarga in the sign it is placed in.

3. The third strength comes from the bindus (in sarvashtaka as well as bhinnashtaka) that the signs owned by the planet have. The Sun and the Moon owning one sign each stand outside this purview.

4. The fourth strength comes if the planet enjoys a bindu given by the kakshya lord. (Please see note on kakshya on page 11.)

5. It would be an incomplete consideration if we do not factor in the Ashtakavarga strengths of the planet in the divisional charts.

6. All these strengths are mandatory to consider both for the natal position of the planet as well as for the sign it is transiting.

Bhava bala: A standard principle of Vedic astrology is to check the bhava, bhavesha and the bhava karaka. Therefore, whether a house is powerful or not, as far as Ashtakavarga is concerned, we should see by:

1. The sarvashtaka bindus earned by the sign falling in the house.

2. The sarvashtaka and the bhinnashtaka bindus of the lord of the house where it is placed.

CHAPTER 5

Comparison Between Bindus

in Various Houses

C omparisons are odious yet they are inevitable. It is quite a

sport amongst astrologers, whether they are students or they are examiners, to ask questions comparing the bindus in two houses.

1. If the 11th house has more bindus than the 10th house; 12th house has less than 11th; Lagna has more than 12th and 2nd has more than 12th, the native enjoys all material happiness. Out of these comparisons the most popular is the comparison between the bindus of the 10th and the 11th houses.

Needless to mention that if 11th house has more bindus than the 10th house, it denotes 'less effort, more gains'. If 10th is higher, the gains are not considered commensurate with the effort put in.

But in our opinion, a more appropriate meaning of 10th house

having high bindus is that the native may get a 'large canvass to paint on' as far as his profession goes. Such people feel less re-

stricted in their job situations and have higher degrees of freedom

and opportunity to exercise greater creativity and influence. They

generally get a lot of free hand to do as they please in their profes-

sion and consequently derive greater job satisfaction. They always

have a lot to do.

Here, an all important question props up, '11th from where?'.

The important reference points:

a. From the lagna (allround self effort)

b. From the Moon lagna (mental effort)

c. From the Sun lagna (godfather support)

d. From Saturn (public support, due to merit)

e. From dasha/antardasha lord (time specific)

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f. From Pada/Karakamsha/Upapada lagna nature of source of gains)

g. From Indu Lagna (material prosperity)

h. From any Karaka planet (to look into the event specifically related to the Karaka).

(Jaimini astrology:

The results from different reference points will obviously have different shades of meanings. Rudimentary hints have been given in the brackets.

2. The next in popularity is the comparison between the bindus in the 1st and the 7th house. If the 7th house bindus are higher, the spouse is supposed to dominate. Therefore, every one ap- preciates lower bindus in the 7th. However it has been observed extensively that if the bindus in the 7th are low, generally there is a marital problem. In our opinion the general rule must always be kept in mind that the significations of only those houses get fulfilled fully that have high bindus. Low bindus in the 7th would mean some diminution in the marital felicity, spouse dominating or otherwise notwithstanding. One should also remember that 7th house is marriage as experienced by the native; spouse is 7th lord. So a comparison between the bindus of the lagna lord and the 7th lord may speak louder about who might dominate. In this connec- tion the best is that the bindus are nearly equal in the 1st and the 7th houses. Needless to add that this matter has to be seen in the navamsha chart also. Moreover, the 7th house does not represent marriage only. It has many other significations; which one would suffer due to lack of bindus would be determined by the karaka and the relevant varga. For example one of the prominent significations of the 7th house is the profession and business partnership. The relevant karaka would be Saturn and the varga would be the dashamamsha.

3. The bindus in the 1st house should be high as the strong lagna is admired in all situations. They should also be higher than the bindus in the 8th house. 1st house is life and the 8th is death, yet for good longevity the 8th house bindus should not be too low. If they are too low, it may pose a problem with ayu, inheritance, and the spouse's wealth. With too low bindus the sudden gains get converted to sudden losses, both being the significations of the 8th house.

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4. Bindus in the 12th should be lower than the 2nd and 11th

otherwise one may get into debts. This does not require much ex- planation as the 2nd and 11th houses are for earning wealth and the 12th is for expenditures.

5. Normally it is said that the bindus in the trika houses (6th,

8th and 12th) should be low (Phaladeepika by Mantreshwara and many others). This is right as well as wrong. This is right because if the bindus in these three bad houses are low, the bindus in the good houses can be more because the total is fixed, 337. It is wrong because when the bindus are low, the positive significations of these houses get weakened, and some of those significations are very important. The 6th house denotes one's ability to fight the odds of life, victory over enemies, winning the competition, resistance against disease. 6th is also an upachaya house; high bindus in the upachaya houses should hurt no one. Afterall the 6th is the 9th from the 10th house. Besides the 6th, the other upachaya houses are 3rd, 10th and the 11th. High bindus in the 10th and 11th have always been appreciated.

The virtues of 8th house have already been described; moreover it happens to be the 11th from the 10th and 10th from the 11th, an upachaya from these important houses. It has been observed extensively that in the charts of politicians or public figures, the 6th house has high bindus. After all they have to fight many battles on the way to success.

For a similar reason, the 12th house also should not be too low. It signifies bed pleasures, sound sleep, spending on one's own pleasures and charity, loan, travel abroad and earning from foreign sources etc. What is the use of earning money if you can't spend it on your enjoyments. It also enjoys the distinction of being the 2nd from the 11th and 11th from the 2nd.

6. The 5th house bindus should be less as compared to the 10th

house for professional advancement. However queer it may look one can see some rationale behind it. The 5th house is the 8th from the 10th. Since the 8th house from any house causes obstructions to the significations of that house, therefore, it should be weak as compared to the house in question. However, very low bindus in the 5th damage the cause of education or children, whether or not they promote the cause of the 10th house. The idea seems a bit

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hard to digest (and it does not find mention in the classics) but the chart of Bill Gates, the wealthiest man in the world is the most brilliant example of this phenomenon. His 5th house from Lagna has only 19 bindus and the 10th has 27. In his case, the 5th house is also the 8th from the Moon. He did drop out of college without completing education. Let us now take a few case studies to illustrate the applicability of the principles of Ashtakavarga.

There are several other ways of comparing the bindus in various houses, individually and collectively, within the same chart and between two charts. What is given in the classics has been recounted in the author's earlier book Dots of Destiny.

CHAPTER 6

Some Case Studies

Case Study 1

MK Gandhi

L et us apply the principles of Ashtakavarga analysis along with the general principles of Vedic astrology on our example horo- scope of Mahatma Gandhi. The horoscope of Mahatma Gandhi at first glance does not look so special until we dig deeper and see how Ashtakavarga bindus modify the subtle nuances of the planets.

1. General analysis first: There are some wonderful rajayogas forming in the lagna. The lagna lord on one hand is conjunct with the 9th lord Mercury, and on the other, it is conjunct with the 7th lord Mars. This powerful combination is being aspected by a retrograde Jupiter from the 7th house. According to Mantreshwaras Phaladeepika, Jupiter here can be treated as exalted due to retrogression.

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Jupiter

(R)

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Moon

Rahu

@ Porbandar

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Lagna

Sun

Moon

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Mercury

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Ketu

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May 1905

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Venus

Ketu

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May 1915

(R)

Venus

Saturn

Rahu

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Sun

(27)

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Rahu

24 0 23' 20°19 , ISMO'

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May 1940

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The rajayogas in the lagna are not without blemishes as these very planets are also bringing in the influence of the 6th, 8th and

the 12th lordships. He has a very special horoscope involving several opposites in his lagna:

a. Venus and Mars: They are not only the 1st and the 7th lords

they also represent the male-female polarity, on their own.

b. Mars and Mercury: They are dire malefics for each other's

lagnas. But they are considered very good for legal profession. Time and again Gandhi silenced his critics by putting forth incisive argu- ments. Mercury has 7 bindus in the 11th house of gains, but it is also the 12th lord of losses.

c. Venus and Jupiter: They are opposing each other in the chart.

They are the gurus of the asuras and the devatas respectively, who do not see each other eye to eye. Moreover if Venus is the lord of the lagna, Jupiter is the 6th lord of enemies. If Venus is the lagna lord, Jupiter is the Attmakaraka, both representing self. d. Jupiter and Mercury: They are in opposition. Though they are the father and son duo but Mercury does not like the overbear-

ing, self righteous and disciplining presence of Jupiter around as is evident from its sign of debilitation, Pisces.

e. Venus is both the lagna lord of birth as well as the 8th lord

of death. It is conjunct with the 12th lord of losses and the double maraka Mars. All these opposites made him internalise the dichotomy in nature. The great beauty of Gandhian methods was that he could carry the opposites with him and create harmony between contradictory im- pulses. His Satyagraha, and non-violent civil disobedience (Dandi march) exemplify that he had a special gift of harmonising seemingly

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paradoxical ideas. Gandhi was a great man and was called Mahatma because all his life he struggled against discrimination, injustice and prejudice. But struggle it was — against the mightiest in the world at that time. He was a short 5'4" frail man by the body but had a giant stature and steely determination. Check his Moon and the Sun. The other significant yoga in the chart is the powerful Gajakesari yoga formed by Jupiter being in a kendra from the Moon. The Moon is in the 10th house and Jupiter is in the 10th from the Moon. This also gives rise to the Amala-Kirti yoga. The Gajakesari yoga is rendered very strong because the Moon is in its own house in the rashi chart and Jupiter's sign, Pisces in navamsha. Jupiter being in its own sign Sagittarius is forming a very powerful Gajakesari yoga in the navamsha also. The chart has many other powerful, though less known, yogas, such as Bheri yoga, Shankha yoga, Parvata yoga and Rajju yoga.

2. Both the luminaries, the Sun and the Moon have 7 bindus in their respective Bhinnashtakas. Please see Table-9 in chapter 2. The Moon is in the nakshatra of the 9th lord Mercury and the Sun is in the nakshatra of the 10th lord Moon. And the lagna lord is forming the Pancha Mahapurusha yoga called Malavya yoga. Thus we see that all the three lagnas are very strong, one way or the other.

Another very interesting feature of this chart is that almost all the planets are under the influence of Mercury, the 9th lord of dharma. Venus, Mars and Jupiter are either conjunct with or as- pected by Mercury. The Moon and Saturn are in its nakshatras and the Sun is in its sign. For Rahu and Ketu it is the nakshatra lord of their dispositors, Saturn and Moon respectively. Moreover Mercury also influences Rahu by being in its nakshatra Swati. Dharma, the essence of spirituality in its highest form, was the guiding force of everything Gandhi did and stood for. Mercury, which also stands for logic, has comfortable 5 bindus where it is posited. The edge of his cutting logic was always superior to other's though they often did not understand and therefore approve of it.

3. Rahu is accentuating the properties of such a powerful Moon. Rahu in Cancer, that too in the 10th house, is considered a very powerful augury for a public figure. Rahu is in Pushya nakshatra owned by Saturn, the yoga karaka planet for this Libra lagna chart. The presiding deity of Pushya is Brihaspati, the chief advisor of the

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gods, and this nakshatra is known for its great nurturing qualities. Such a Moon-Rahu combination with a Sarvashtaka score of 35 bindus is highly admirable. Ketu in the 4th house, the first of the Moksha trines is also in the nakshatra of the Moon, thus lending its support to the Moon (his resolve) in the 30 odd fasts that Gandhi undertook on various occasions to cleanse his own as well as the collective conscience of the nation. To many, it might seem eccen- tric Ketu at its best. Moon-Rahu combination made him the most unorthodox mass leader. His vision was futuristic (Rahu) though some people consider it to be regressive.

4. All this is very positive. But Saturn, the planet of karma has zero bindus in it own bhinnashatakavarga in the 2nd house where it is posited. This Saturn in Jyeshtha, in the nakshatra of the 9th lord Mercury again, being in trine to the Moon, is influencing it strongly. Besides, Saturn from the 2nd house is aspecting the 11th house also. Thus both the houses that indicate wealth are under the influence of the zero bindu Saturn. Though the famous money bags of his time were always at the beck and call of Gandhi but he himself lived a simple and spartan life. The sarvashtaka support of 24 bindus to Saturn is also deficient. There was a time in Gandhi's life when he was earning 5000 Pound Sterling per month in South Africa, a huge sum of money for late 19th century. That happened during the dasha of Venus, the lagna lord, from where the 10th house has 35 bindus and the 11th has 39 bindus. But he donated all that to the ashram he built in the dasha of the Sun, placed in the 12th. What is interesting here is to note that Saturn has the high- est shadbala strength in the chart (1.62) but it has the lowest Ashtakavarga strength 1 . But for this poor strength Gandhi's eldest son, Hiralal would not have become estranged with his father and would not have done every thing at his command to humiliate his famous father. He even converted to Islam and died a penniless, uncared for recluse. Saturn is the 5th lord from the lagna, is in the 5th house from the Moon lagna and is aspecting the 5th from the karaka Jupiter. The fact remains that none of his children did any

'Ashtakavarga strength should be taken more seriously as it is the measure of confidence reposed by all the planets in the planet under consideration. It is not a measure of indi- vidual strength of a planet. In fact one must learn to use different strengths in different ways just as one should do in the case of avasthas of planets.

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thing significant to make a mark on the time and society they lived in. From the 5th house, the 10th house has Saturn, in it but with zero Ashtakavarga strength. The BAY strength of the 5th house from lagna is only 2. Gandhi may not have had 4 sons if the strength of the 5th from Jupiter was not 5B/39S 2 . The high shadbala strength of Saturn however did not fail to give him vairagya of the highest order. His vairagya was real and not just for public consumption, (not that any one has ever questioned it), is clear from the fact that Saturn is in its own house in the navamsha in the 3rd aspecting the 12th house. He may have had difficulty related with other children too but Jupiter has given 7 bindus where Saturn, the 5th lord is posited. This means that Jupiter was fully supporting his 5th lord. Although Saturn is aspecting the 4th house, its own, yet its poor score and the presence of Ketu in the 4th aspected by Mars, never allowed him to live at his own place. In keeping with the auster- ity professed by Saturn he established various ashrams and lived a frugal and self-sufficient life. Saturn is aspecting the 4th house, but there also it has only 2 bindus. His penchant for ashram building started from his South Africa days where he established Phoenix settlement at Natal, and an ashram he named Tolstoy Farm near Johannesburg; and then in India he established Sabarmati ash- ram near Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and later, Sevagram at Vardha, in Maharashtra. The 4th from the Moon is also afflicted and is in a paapkartari yoga.

5. Mars is conjunct with the lagna lord which also happens to be the 8th lord of death. Mars is a double maraka for Libra lagna be- ing the 2nd and the 7th lord. Mars is also the dispositor of Saturn, the karaka of death. Mars is also aspecting the 8th house. Saturn is not only the yogakaraka but also a maraka planet for his chart be- ing in the 2nd house. Thus a violent death was inevitable for him. He himself had made that prophecy several times that he would die through a bullet. One would never know whether he was as- sisted by some astrologer in making that prophecy. He died on

2 It is customary to mention the bindus as B/S, B Stands for BAV, the short form of bhin- nashtakavarga and after oblique S stands for SAV, the short form of sarvashtakavarga. Some times B and S are dropped but the meanings remain the same. The important thing is that the first figure has to be between '0' and '8'. The second figure has a usual range of 15 to 50 though the lower and upper limits cannot be strictly defined.

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January 30,1948 in Jupiter-Ketu-Saturn through thebulletofaHindu fundamentalist. The Sarvashtakabindus in all the three houses where thedashalordsarepositedhavelowbindus,21,26 and 24 respectively. In transit Ketu was in the lagna exactly on the same degree as Mars, and Saturn was on the natal Moon just a degree apart.

6. It is not that Saturn has uniformly low bindus. A strong score

in the 6th is always helpful in fighting any kind of battle. The SAV score is 33, Saturn and Jupiter have contributed 7and 6 bindus each respectively. Fight is all that he did throughout his life — against injustice in every form, be it racism, casteism, communalism, dis- crimination, poverty or the foreign rule and the exploitation that goes with it.

7. Saturn has 7 bindus in the 12th house also. His fight against

prejudice started in a foreign country and sowed the seeds of Satyagraha and Ahimsa that he followed so fervently all his life. The 5th lord having high bindus in the 12th house also in- dicates significant education in a foreign land. His popularity never remained confined to India, it had spread all over the world in his own life time and many Britishers, including the judges who often sentenced him to jail, were amongst his admirers.

8. The 5th house is known for authorship. Gandhi produced as much

written word in one life time as 10 other prolific writers put together

would have done in 10 life times. He would start writing with the left hand when his right hand would get tired. He is known to begin writing at 3 a.m. and would answer all letters that came to him from the world over. The 3rd house of communications and writing from the Moon has 7 bindus each contributed by Sun & Saturn.

9. In Gandhi's case sometimes it becomes difficult to ascertain whether it is the Moon lagna that is dominant or the actual lagna. Both are fortified with their own lords. The difference lies in the Ashtakavarga strengths. The lagna has 3B/22S where as the Moon lagna has 7B/35S. Rahu is only accentuating the Moon where as the same can't be said about Mars supporting Venus. Mars is almost in grahayuddha } with the lagna lord being only 2 degrees away from

'Technically speaking the grahayuddha (planetary war) is supposed to take place when the two planets are in the same sign within a degree of each other longitudinally and latitude-wise. Most astrologers believe that the planet that has lesser longitude wins the planetary war and prevails over the other.

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Venus. As a result Gandhi was consumed by the conflict between violence and the nonviolence as a means to fight injustice. This alone took the centre stage in the ideological churning that went on in his mind since the South Africa days. As far as the grahayuddha is concerned, Venus having lesser longitude became the winner and Gandhi taught the lessons to the world of nonviolence and love for all beings throughout his life. After all Mars and Venus both are in Vishakha, the nakshatra of Jupiter; Indra, the king of the gods and Agni, the purifying form of energy, are its deities. May I propose another consideration for deciding the winner planet in a grahayuddha. This would be to give credence to what the Ashtakavarga has to say about the two planets. In this case Venus has 3 bhinnashataka bindus and Mars has 2, where they are posited. Venus has garnered higher support from all the planets (and the lagna) and therefore must be declared the winner. After all Ashtakavarga is a democratic system. The case of Adolf Hitler is just the opposite. He also had the grahayuddha between Mars and Venus, the longitudinal difference being only 19' (minutes), Mars was the winner by being younger. The sign in which they both are posited is Aries, the Martian sign and the house is 7th. Gandhi's chart where the conjunction is taking place is Libra, the sign of Venus and the house is 1st. This difference alone brings out the contrast between the personalities of these two historical figures. Hitler chose the path of violence where as Gandhi fought with the weapon of nonviolence. Both wanted the world order to change. Gandhi had the turmoil inside his own self which he made public and fought for a worthy cause; Hitler inflicted his inner turmoil upon others and tried to enforce an unjust cause.

10th and the 11th houses

10. Let us examine the bindus in the from some important reference points.

From

10th house

11th house

Lagna

5/35

6/39

The Moon

6/21

2/25

The Sun

4/26

5/35

Saturn

5/39

7/27

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From the Lagna: 5/35 and 6/39; Both the scores are very high indicating that his field of work was very large and the gains he got were even larger. He worked throughout the length and the breadth of India amongst the masses. He had given himself the most formidable task of liberating India from the British rule. He did gain that objective, and paved the way for freedom of many other countries that were under the colonial rule at that time. The con- tribution of all the planets in the 11th house is average or above average, but the notable contribution of 8 bindus is that of lagna lord Venus, and 7 bindus of 9th lord Mercury. This fortifies the 11th house with very good bindus and by very good planets. The 11th house need not be considered as the house of financial gains always, it is actually a house of rewards of work done.

From the Moon: 6/21 and 2/25: Both the SAV scores are poor, however the BAY of 6 bindus in the 10th indicates that he put in a lot of mental energy in his work. His voluminous writings and ideological framework still impress the whole world after nearly a century, but his followers forsook his ideologies as soon as he de- parted from the scene. We cannot overlook the fact that the Moon itself is very strong and in the 10th from it is a strong Jupiter having 5 bindus in its own BAY colouring his entire work with Jupiterian (spiritually charged) energy. Jupiter has contributed 6 bindus and the Moon 7, where the Moon is placed.

Gandhi was in Calcutta on the eve of independence of India. When asked by some friends to send a telegram of congratulation to Delhi, Gandhi had shot back, "A telegram of congratulation or condolence?" He was extremely unhappy the way India got its independence with the partition. He had said that this was not his idea of Swaraj (self rule). A poor score in the 11th from the Moon means that he was not satisfied mentally from the biggest victory of his life. His immediate lieutenants had not consulted him before agreeing to the terms laid down for independence. His 3rd house of followers has only 28 bindus where the lord Jupiter has given only 1 bindu. Jupiter itself has only 21 bindus where it is placed. His followers let him down terribly around the time of independence and more so after independence.

From the Sun: 4/26 and 5/35: The 11th house is obviously far stronger than the 10th. He was the uncrowned king of his people.

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The British found it much easier to deal with him as compared to the other freedom fighters, like Bhagat Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose, who did not hesitate to take recourse to violence in order to achieve their desired goal. In the midst of insane and mindless violent oppression the British had unleashed during their rule (like Jalianwala Bagh massacre), it was not unthinkable for them to bump off Gandhi too. In this sense the British rulers can be considered as his godfather (Sun signifies father). Here again we cannot over- look the fact that the Sun is very strong with 7 BAY bindus and in the 11th from it is the strong Moon. This situation also means that Gandhi had tremendous mental and spiritual (aatmic) strength and tenacity.

From Saturn: 5/39 and 7/27: The SAY comparison is the worst and

the BAY comparison is quite favourable. In a case like this the BAY bindus should be given preference over the SAY. Moreover, the BAY bindus are pretty good in both houses and even if the SAY in the

By no stretch of

imagination can it be said that he flourished due to his godfathers. He was truly a man of the masses (Saturn). He lived like them, ate like them, dressed like them, worked for them and was amongst them all the time. He was the Bapu (father) of the masses. He still retains that place in the collective memory of the people of India even after 60 years of his death.

From Jupiter, the Atmakaraka: 6/26 and 4/31: In the 10th house it is the BAY that is higher and in the 11th the SAY, as compared to the average. AK is supposed to throw some light on the nature of profession. Jupiter is the one planet that can summarise what- ever Gandhi professed and stood for. Jupiter is also the nakshatra lord of the two planets posited in the lagna, Mars and Venus, as mentioned earlier.

11. The second house is considered as the house of speech and the karaka of speech is Mercury. Therefore the second from Mercury is also speech. In this chart Mercury being in the lagna both the seconds' coincide. The planet posited in the 2nd house has 0B/24S which is rather low. Any one who has heard the tapes of Gandhis speeches would have realized that Gandhi spoke in a tone that was not very clear and easy to understand. This was due to the poor score of Saturn. He was no orator of great repute but we also know

11th is lower than the

10th,

it is not low as it is.

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that Gandhi's spoken and written word had a complete sway on the masses of India. How did this happen? The two wise and erudite planets Jupiter and Mercury, in mutual aspect have given 7 and 5 bindus respectively in the 2nd house. In navamsha the second house is occupied by Jupiter in its own house. People gave importance to the content' of his speech rather than the 'form'.

12. The 2nd house is also known to indicate food habits. Poor

score in the 2nd house explains the reason why Gandhi went on hunger strikes so often. He used upavaasa (fast) as an instrument of cleansing the conscience of self and the others around him. Of this he made use as a weapon to bring other people round to ac- cept his opinions and judgments in order to maintain communal harmony. He was the advocate of consuming food of all different tastes for balanced diet including the much shunned bitter taste. He would make a paste of Neem leaves and use it as a chutney in his food. This kind of austerity is possible if we look at the binduless planet that too the ascetic Saturn in the 2nd house.

13. It is important to check the bindus in the 10th and 11th from

the dasha lords. Gandhi's social activism had started from his Venus

mahadasha itself (1879 to 1899) during which time he established the Natal India Congress at Phoenix ashram at Natal in South Africa (1894). We have already seen that the bindus in the 10th and 11th from the lagna where Venus is posited are high. He was married off in Venus-Venus (1882) at the age of 13 to Kasturba who was then 14 years of age. Jupiter in the 7th and the close conjunction of Venus and Mars in the lagna (also the lords of lagna and the 7th house respectively) was mainly responsible for the early mar- riage which in any case was the norm at that time rather than the exception. Venus has given 7 bindus in the 5th house, the house of fascination with opposite sex. In The Story of My Experiments with Truth, his autobiography, there is significant reference to his experiments with sex and celibacy. It had to be as Venus and Mars are together in his chart that too in lagna. His father died in Venus-Mars (1885). Mars is with the 9th lord Mercury, in the 2nd from the Sun, karaka of father, with only 2 bindus in the 9th house as well as where it is posited.

14. His most important contribution to mankind came on 9/11 of

1906 when the non-violent, non-cooperation movement, Satyagraha

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was born. It is nothing but an irony of history that 9/11 became famous exactly 95 years later for entirely the opposite reason. On 9/11 of 2001 the twin towers called World Trade Center were blown off by suicide planes of Islamic terrorists in New York, leav- ing about 3000 people dead. Gandhis Satyagraha came during his Moon-Mars. We have seen above the 10th and 11th house bindus both from the lagna, where Mars is posited and the super powerful 10th house where Moon is posited. Mars is the yoga karaka planet for Cancer Moon. In 1908, during the Moon-Jupiter came his most important book called Hind Swaraj in which he gave the ideological framework of what he meant by freedom for India. The principles of self reliance and village autonomy enunciated in this small book are valid and applicable even today, a century later. In Venus-Rahu he went to England to study law. In 1893 he went to South Africa where that famous incident took place which made him determined to fight against racial discrimination and injustice. He was thrown out of a railway compartment by an English ticket checker. This happened in Venus-Saturn. Association of Saturn with zero bindu was responsible for the hurt pride which changed the history of freedom struggles in countries around the world. Venus was not too innocent either. It is the 8th lord with only 3 bindus.

15. In 1915 Gandhi came back to India. This was the beginning of Mars' mahadasha. The 7th lord Mars in conjunction with the 9th lord Mercury made him travel across India to know and understand India first hand. At the end of Mars he was jailed for 6 years but was let off in Rahu-Rahu for he needed an operation of appendi- citis. Rahu not only behaves as per Saturn in general, it is also in the nakshatra of Saturn, the 5th lord. The 5th house in medical astrology represents appendicitis. In March 1930 he undertook the famous Dandi March. This was known as Namak Satyagraha and awakened the masses in an unprecedented manner and exhorted them not to pay the tax on salt production. In the views of many around the world he had challenged the might of the British in the most unorthodox way. He was running Rahu-Mercury. Rahu gave him the audacity to try a new non-violent weapon against the British. Mercury being in Swati, the most intense, intellectual and innovative nakshatra of Rahu, was an able supporter as the antardasha lord.

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He was jailed again in 1942 for two years after he gave the final call, Karenge ya Marenge (Do or Die), to overthrow the British rule. He was running Jupiter-Saturn. We have already seen in how many different ways Saturn without Ashtakavarga strength troubled him throughout his life despite being the yogakaraka planet for the Libra lagna. In Jupiter-Mercury a translation of his writings on Bhagvad Gita was published. Mercury being the 9th lord and having 5 bindus where it is posited, and being under the tutelage of Jupiter (9th lord from the Moon) had to bring out his life long engagement with truth and justice which were not different from dharma for him. Jupiter and Mercury are aspecting each other in the birth chart and are together in the dashamamsha. The events in Gandhis life are of momentous importance and are too numerous to recount here. The important thing is that he received a sequence of dashas that continued to keep him in the centre stage of the freedom movement of India. Whether one liked him or not or whether one agreed with his ideologies or not, he could not be ignored. And that turned out to be the bete noire for his opponents. His influence over the masses continued to escalate through Moon, Mars, Rahu and Jupiter dashas. Due to his unfailing faith, God saved him from disgrace and disaster by not letting him see the mahadasha of the lowest scorer Saturn. We have seen, in one context or the other, how the Ashtakavarga bindus participate at every stage in analyzing the chart and under- standing the events of a natives life in a better light.

Case Study 2

Prince Charles

The lagna should be strong to harness the best that the destiny offers. The Prince has 32 SAV in lagna. The strength of the lagna is well above the average of 28. The lagna lord has 5 BAY in lagna. The chart of the Prince has the highest bindus 33 in each of the 11th and the 2nd. These houses indicate gains and the accu- mulated wealth respectively. The second highest 30 are in each of the 3rd and the 6th houses and both are upachaya houses which again stand for expansion and gains. It is a known fact that the British Royalty is one of the wealthiest families in the world. The Prince has 29 in the 8th, the house of inheritance, which is again above average. The 8th lord Saturn has 4B/33S in 2nd house

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Moon

Rahu

®

®

®

'f. Lagna

0

Saturn

0

Venus

Prince Charles Birth Chart Nov. 14. 1948 21:14 hr

®

London

Jupiter

Mars

Sun (29)

Ketu w

®

®

Mercury

Lagna

23°03 ,

Sun

29°19'

Moon

07' > 49'

Sign

>

1

2

3

Sun

4

5

6

Moon

5*

4

4

Mars

3

4

3

Mercury

3

6

4

Jupiter

2

5

5

Venus

5

5

4

Saturn

4

4

3

Total

26

33

29

0

Mars

Mercury

Jupiter (R)

4

3

5

3

6

6

5

4

32

5

6

3

5

5

5

5

4*

33

 

Saturn

Venus

 

Sun

Ketu

g\ Mercury

Mars

 

Jupiter

27 o 50 l 13 0 52' OeMS'

6

7

8

5

3*

3

4

4

2

4

1

3*

6

4*

5

2

7

4

5*

5

4

4

5

2

30

29

23

agna

 

Moon

Rahu

12

23

Venus

23 0 17'

Saturn

12°07'

Rahu

11 0 49'

9

10

11

12

3

2

5

3

7

5

2

4

4

0

6

3

4

2

6

3

6*

6

5

3

4

2

3

5

2

3

2

2

30

20

29

23

aspecting its own house. This Saturn is being aspected by the 9th lord Jupiter from the 6th house having 6B/30S. Saturn and Jupiter, both are posited in artha-trikonas, 2nd and 6th respectively, with good bindu strengths. No doubt, that the Prince is in for a big inheritance, even bigger than the Monarchy, itself. The Prince has higher bindus in the 11th as compared to the 1Oth, from at least 3 importance reference points, namely, the Lagna, the Moon and the Sun, shown in the table below:

From

10th

11th

Difference

Lagna

26

33

7

Moon

20

29

9

Sun

32

33

1

Saturn

33

29

-4

33

Having secured such a favourable position for 'less effort, more gain', he has never had any problems regarding his progressive prosperity. From Saturn, the 10th has 33 while the 11th has 29. Though both the figures are above average (28), yet this comparison is an index of his 'popularity?' amongst his future subjects and how they view his 'merit'. We have discussed the high points (bindus) of the Prince's life. Now let us look at the low ones. His lowest SAV is in the 7th house at 20. The estranged marital life culminating into separation and eventual death of his wife, Princess Diana, is not difficult to explain from such a poor aggregate in the 7th house. From this example, can we formulate that any one who has 20 or less SAV in his/her 7th house will lose the spouse by separation or death? No, this alone is not sufficient. We have to look for more corroboration from Ashtakavarga consider- ations as well as from general principles of astrology applicable to the chart. To begin with, there are no benefic aspects on the 7th house. The 7th lord Saturn is in an inimical sign (Leo) in the 8th from the house of marriage. It is also the 8th lord of the Prince. It is aspected by the 6th lord Jupiter which is also the 9th lord. But for this benefic aspect, the marital differences would have come to surface almost immediately after marriage. The other important reference point for marriage is 7th from the Moon, which is heavily afflicted by Rahu-Ketu axis, a debilitated Sun, and Mercury. For Cancer Lagna and for Aries Lagna both, Mercury is a malefic. This malefic trio is aspected by Saturn. In itself, a debilitated Venus, the karaka of marriage, is an unfavour- able factor for a normal marriage. Ashtakavarga is also telling nearly the same story, thus aggravat- ing rather than alleviating the marital misery. The bindus in the 7th from all the important reference points are below average:

Lagna

Moon

Sun

Venus

20

29*

26

23

4 The bindus are fine but the affliction to the 7th from the Moon is over whelming.

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Mars, the lord of the 7th house, in navamsha chart too (not shown here), is associated with low bindus 3B/23S, both in Aries and in Scorpio. Scorpio is also where Mars is posited. Did the Prince at any time find Diana to be mentally compatible with him? The Prince has only 2 bindus in Aquarius, the Moon sign of Diana (Scorpio lagna). Moreover, Mars, the 5th lord of fascination with the opposite sex has contributed '0' bindus in the 7th house. This means that the Prince was mentally incompatible with Diana completely. This was all by way of static analysis. The dynamic analysis makes use of dasha and transit at the time of an event. Princess Diana died in a car accident on the night of 31st August, 1997. The Prince was running Rahu-Rahu-Mars at that time. Rahu was transiting over his 7th lord Saturn, in Leo, the 8th house from the house of marriage. Mars was transiting his 4th house Libra with 1B/29S. It was aspecting his 7th house Capricorn where it has 0B/20S. No wonder, the dasha and transit proved fatal for his wife—that was. Mars contributing '0' in Capricorn, the 7th house, is specially significant because it is the 7th lord of his navamsha chart. Mars' transit is also an example of quantum decline from Virgo 4B/30S to Libra 1B/23S. The 7th lord Saturn, the representative of Yama, the god of death, was transiting Pisces, the 7th from Venus, with

2B/23S.

The other major planet Jupiter was travelling in debilitation with the lowest 20 SAV. It had come to Capricorn 20 from Sagittarius 30, another case of quantum decline. Jupiter is the 12th lord of the Princes spouse, hence it was not expected to save her, though it is a natural benefic.

The Prince was rumoured to have been going around with Ca- milla even when he was married to Diana. Venus in a dual sign and Mercury, the lord of dual signs, in mutural exchange, sowed the seeds of marital disharmony between the Prince and Diana. For second marriage, it is best to consider the dasha lord and the 7th therefrom. The Prince married Camilla in Rahu-Ketu on April 8, 2005. The lord of the 7th from Rahu is Venus which is forming a neechabhanga rajayoga due to the exchange between Venus and Mercury. The second marriage came about so late in life, and that too to a divorcee, that it cannot be considered as a

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normal marriage.Venus has 5/30 and the 7th house from dasha lord has 5/29. To this house Jupiter, the 9th lord and Saturn, the 11th lord have contributed 7 and 5 respectively. 5 from Saturn are to be looked at with enhanced respect because the average for Saturn is close to 3.

Case Study 3

Bill Gates

For any successful person lagna should be strong. Gemini, the lagna, has the highest bindus 36. The lagna lord Mercury has contributed 8 bindus to the lagna besides being exalted in the 4th house. It is forming a powerful Bhadra yoga, both from the lagna and from the Moon. The fact that Mercury is in a shubha kartari yoga, being surrounded by Jupiter on one side and Venus on the other, makes the lagna lord particularly strong. It is a rare phenomenon that the lagna lord contributes full 8 bindus to the lagna which was touching

0

Moon

@

@

0

0

Ketu

Bill Gates Birth Chart October 28. 1955 21:15 hrs

Seattle, USA

 

0

@

Rahu

1

Sign -> Sun

6

Moon

4

Mars

3

Mercury

4

Jupiter

4

Venus

3

Saturn

3

Total

27

@

Sun Ven

Saturn

2

6

4

4

4

3

7

3

31

3

5

4

4

8

6

5

4

36

31)

Ketu

Lagna

 

Jupiter

 

Lagna

0

 

Mars

 

Moon

 

@

Mercury

Jupiter

 

Sun

Venus

 

11

124

0

Saturn

 

Mars

Kahu

Mercury

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

4

5

3

3"

4

3

5

1

3

5

6

2

1

4

5

4

4

6*

5

5

2*

2

2

2

4

2

4

5

5

4*

4

4

3

6

3

4

6

3*

6

5

5

5

3

5

5

6

5

2

3*

4

3

6

6

2

4

7

2

1*

3

2

4

3

3

35

36

21

19

26

23

32

24

27

36

the average mark of 28 even without this contribution. Mercury is

a planet of communications as well as business acumen and it is

aspecting the 10th house (and the natal Moon). The 10th lord Ju- piter is in the 3rd house, the house of communications. The whole world acknowledges the extra ordinary contribution made by Bill Gates in the field of communications.

Strong Moon in 10th house

Not only the birth lagna is strong, the Moon lagna is also quite strong as Moon has strong pakshabala and also 6 bindus in Pisces where it

is posited. Jupiter the lord of the Moon Lagna has also contributed

5 bindus in Pisces. The tenth lord from Moon is again Jupiter where

it has the same high bindus as in lagna - 36 bindus.

Bindus in 10th and 11th houses

Most astrologers love to make a comparison between 10th and 11th house bindus from some important reference points Wealthier the person, the stronger should the 11th be. If both, 10th & 11th are strong, the man works very hard and also earns very well.

From

10th

nth

Difference

Lagna

27

27

0

Moon

23

32

9

Sun

35

36

1

Saturn

35

36

1

Dasha lord Venus

35

36

1

The meanings attached to different reference points are interest- ing as described elsewhere also. If 11th is higher than 10th from lagna it is due to hard labour, often physical; from Moon lagna it is due to mental effort more than physical; from the Sun it is due to the blessings of a godfather or connivance of State, and if it is from Saturn it is due to diligence and personal merit which causes popularity amongst people, specially employees, as Saturn is the karaka of employees and one's own hard work.

Comparison between 5th and 10th

Most authors on Ashtakavarga have written variously about the comparison of bindus between different houses. The comparison

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between 10th and 5th houses throws up an interesting conclusion - if bindus in the 10th are higher than the 5th, the profession prospers very well since the 8th house of obstruction is weak (5th is 8th from 10th).

From

10th

5th

Difference

Lagna

27

19

8

Sun

35

24

11

Moon

23

35

-12

Jupiter, 10th lord

31

23

8

Dasha lord, Venus

35

24

11

Bill Gates has had to exhibit tremendous tenacity at the mental plane in achieving the stupendous success that he has. On every other count his success has met with little obstruction. The comparison between 10th and 5th is a bit queer in that 5th should be low in order to promote success. One way to explain this may be: when 5th is low, the man develops a single track mind so es- sential for success. High bindus in 5th normally give a man too many varied interests and the man loses focus and persistence towards his profession. One of the significations of the 5th house is 'fascination with opposite sex'. With low bindus in the 5th a man may be expected to devote less energy in chasing girls and more on his work. In Bill Gates case though 5th house has as low as 19 bindus but this is compensated to a great extent by the presence of an exalted Saturn there, in close conjunction with Venus, its friend and dispositor. The presence of debilitated Sun should be cause for no great concern as far as material gains are concerned as Sun is getting the neechabhanga by both, Saturn and Venus. In the Moon's dasha, Bill Gates has practically withdrawn from Microsoft and is devoting time to his philanthropic Foundation. From the Moon, the 5th house is stronger by 12 bindus than the 10th house, so fascination with charity only. The longevity of his professional life was certainly short as he quit working for Microsoft of his own volition.

Dasha sequence

The 20 year dasha period ofVenus started in 1983 when Bill Gates was around 28 years of age. Before that he was running Ketu mahadasha,

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the period in which he received education. Ketu being in 6-12 axis made him a competent competitor. Ketu acts like Mars which is with lagna lord Mercury. As is well known, Bill Gates basic professional strategy was to strangulate or preempt the competition. In the dasha of Venus-Mercury, he lost a case due to which he had to divide his company into two. The State disfavoured him as was to be expected due to Sun's debilitation. The legal case came up during the antardasha of Mercury which is in conjunction with 6th lord Mars. Mercury, though a friend of Venus, is in 12th posi- tion from Venus and does not have adequate bindu strength, 4/21. His Venus-Jupiter started in 1993. Jupiter is in 11th from Venus and carries 3/36 bindus. This was the period when Windows 95, the landmark software was launched. The communication world is not the same ever since. Bill Gates reaped the fruits of this launch in Venus-Saturn from where 10th & 11th both have very good bindus. The fact that a strong Venus is being supported by an exalted 9th lord Saturn has surely contributed to his unprecedented success. Chandra-Mangal Yoga and Adhiyoga (benefics in 6th & 8th from Moon) and Laxmi yoga are the other yogas that have contributed significantly to the coffers of this richest man in the world. To har- ness the good effects of the yogas one needs a strong lagna and that

is a very special feature of this horoscope. But for Ashtakavarga, the remarkable strength of lagna would not be apparent. The most outstanding feature of this horoscope is that all the nine planets directly or indirectly are influencing the 11th house. 5 planets are directly aspecting the 11th house; Mercury and Moon are conveying their cooperation with the 11th house through Mars, the lord of 11th, aspecting 11th. Rahu and Ketu convey their influence through their dispositors - Venus and Mars respectively, which are

aspecting the

11 th house directly.

Case Study 4

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

This is a case study of India's only non-Congress prime minister who had the long enough tenure to make some impact on the nation. His horoscope has a rare distinction of having three houses with 8 bindus in the Bhinnashtakavarga of Jupiter. Jupiter has full 8 bin-

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Mars

0

0

0

Atal Bihari Vajyapee

 

@

Dec. 25. 1924 05:15 hrs Gwalior

Ketu

India

@

Sun

®

Moon

0

Vler(R)Jup

Venus

Saturn

Sign

*

1

2

3

Sun

7

4

3

Moon

4

4

3

Mars

7

4

3

Mercury

6

4

5

Jupiter

4

3

3

Venus

2

3

4

Saturn

4

3

1

Total

34

25

22

0

Rahu

0

0

4

2

5

1

3

5

7

3

26

5

6

5

2

5

4

5

4

31

6

5

6

6

5

(D

4

5

39

Sun Mer(R)

127)

lup/

25

7

7

3

6

5

4

4

4*

33

(34)

8

3

3*

2

7

1

5*

3

24

CJi

Lagna

Moon

Venus

25

9

2*

4

1

5*

©

4

3

27

10

5

4

4

3

4

5

4

29

31

II

2

4

2

4

4

6

3

25

12

2

4

1*

2

®

3

2

22

dus in the 2nd house in Sagittarius where it is posited; Pisces, the other house of Jupiter also has 8 and the 11th house Virgo has 8. The bindu distribution in Jupiter's BAY itself is equivalent to some kind of arajayoga, specially when we consider that the Sun being 10th lord is conjunct Jupiter. The first time he became the prime minister in 1996, Jupiter was traversing Sagittarius. The second time when he became the PM in 1998, Jupiter was traversing in Pisces; both signs have 8 bindus. During the last three years of his tenure he was enjoying the dasha of Jupiter. In 1977 he had become the External Affairs Minister when he was running Mars-Jupiter; Jupiter is in the 10th from Mars. Vajpayee had risen from the ranks, unlike some other prime ministers of India whose sole qualification was a certain dynasty in which they were born or associated with. The main strength behind his rise was his oratorical skill. Jupiter is in the 2nd house ofspeech with 8 bindus and the karaka ofspeech Mercury which has donated 5 bindus in the 2nd house is conjunct with it.

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Although he never married yet he is rumoured to have a daughter. Jupiter has 8 bindus in the 5th house. 5th from itself, Jupiter has 4/34 bindus. Mars, the 6th lord posited in the 5th house, has only 1/22 which may explain a daughter without legal marriage.

Some of the usual aphorisms of ashtakavarga can be verified in his horoscope. The comparison of bindus in the 10 and 11th shows that both the houses have very good bindus:

From

10th

nth

Difference

Lagna

31

39

8

Moon

31

39

8

Sun

39

33

-6

Jupiter

39

33

-6

dasha lord

The 6th house of a politician must have high bindus because he climbs the ladders of success by continuous competition and winning elections repeatedly, first against his own party men and later against the opposition. Mars, the lord of the 6th house has 7/34 in the 6th house. The 5th house has 22 bindus whereas the 10th has 31. The 5th being 8th from the 10th is preferred to have lower bindus, as dis- cussed elsewhere also.

CHAPTER 7

Divisional Charts Part I

T he concept of divisional charts was formulated by the sages to

bring events from different spheres of life of the native into sharper focus. For example, the dashamsha is meant for looking

into the details of the professional life of the native, saptamsha

for his progeny, dwadashamsha for his parents, and so on. To

derive a divisional chart from the rashi chart there is a special technique, specific to that divisional chart only. The rationale of

these techniques is obscured in the antiquity of astrology. Therefore,

the extent and the manner in which the divisional charts can be

used is also obscure. There are few specific principles given in the

classical texts to guide the practitioner to the exact, correct and complete use of the divisional charts. In some ancient texts it is possible to find references to the meaning attached to an individual planet going from one rashi position in the natal chart to another in the divisional chart, but there is hardly any mention of how to treat the divisional chart as a whole. There is no mention whether aspects of different planets

can be applied in the divisional chart in the same manner as is

done in the rashi chart. Nor is there a mention whether one can apply aspects at all in the divisional charts. After all, it is only the rashi chart which takes reference from the actual astronomical posi- tions of planets in the zodiac, and not the divisional charts. Some science-inebriated astrologers have in the past tried to explain the

rationale of aspects through angular distance between planets in

the zodiac. Therefore, any inferences drawn from the divisional

charts would have no basis in the actual positions of the planets

in the skies. Astronomy goes for a six as far as divisional charts

are concerned.

Yet, practitioners of astrology using divisional charts have ad- opted nearly the same methods of analysis as are applied on the

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rashi chart independently. They are not content just with aspects, 1 the innovative and the experimental amongst them apply the same dashas and the same transits too on the divisional charts, with ac- curate and sometimes stunning results. This preamble leads us to the question: 'Can we apply Ashtaka- varga to the divisional charts?' Again, the rationale behind the method of casting the Ashtakavarga charts being unknown, one cannot take up a deductive or logical stand. One can only adopt a commonsensical, extrapolative and experimental stance. Nowhere in the shastra has the use of Ashtakavarga been mentioned as for- bidden for divisional charts. Some eminent astrologers have grappled with this question in the

past. They have advocated using the same Ashtakavarga figures for the divisional charts (they illustrated it only for navamsha), sign by sign, as are calculated for the rashi chart. If a house gets better in the divisional chart by way of a sign with having higher sarvashtaka bindus (after the reshuffle inherent in the process of casting the divisional chart) the house is supposed to have become better. Thus, improved results could be pronounced in respect of that house in the domain ruled over by the specific divisional chart. If we follow their system and suppose there is a sign which has very low bindus, say 17, then some house in the divisional chart is bound to have 17 bindus and its significations would be considered as spoiled. And if this method is to be adopted for all the divisional charts, it would mean that the native is doomed in respect of some house or the other in the domain governed by the divisional chart. This approach may have its own proponents and adherents, but it does not seem rational.

to be sought in the fundamentals of

Ashtakavarga computations. The system is based on the premise that each planet casts benefic influences with respect to its own position in the chart as well as with respect to the position of the other planets in the chart. Thus, it can be seen that the outcome of the computations is solely based on the position of planets in the chart. In a divisional chart, these positions undergo a sea-change

The reason

for

it has

'Some daring and bold astrologers are using the nakshatra (and kakshya) considerations too on the divisional charts, this is possible by extrapolating the position of the planet within the divisional chart arc and by programming the computers for this task. But this approach has to be tested extensively before it can be adopted for every day use.

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(not all planets are likely to be vargottama in a chart along with the lagna) since planets change their rashis in accordance with the rules of casting the specific divisional chart. Therefore, Ashtakavarga calculated on a set of planetary positions should not be applied on another chart having a different set of planetary positions. Hence, logically a fresh Ashtakavarga should be calculated for each divisional chart if one intends to stick to the letter and spirit of the Ashtakavarga computations. Earlier scholars, if not suffering from a mental block in this connection, surely suffered from lack of computational aids. In modern times, astrology programmers have written new programmes to calculate fresh Ashtakavarga for any chart. Despite the rationale and availability of these aids we must recognise that in trying to apply Ashtakavarga to div