Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Yogas: Introduction, Chapter I, Part – 4

Dr. Shanker Adawal

6. Divisional Charts
1. The divisional charts provides excellent opportunity to measure the true strength of planets as only strong planets are capable of giving good results. The weak planets not only fail to deliver results of their significations but also spoil the results of the Brava where they are placed or the yoga they form. Planets occupying benefic positions e.g. exaltation, Mooltrikone, own sign or sign of his friend, in different Vargas become strong and would give good results. On the other hand if a planet is debilitated, in enemy’s sign, combust, defeated or other wise weak, it should be treated as malefic. The location of planets in the divisional charts materially influences the results of planets constituting a yoga.

2. The Navamsha is the most important Varga to indicate basic/inherent strength of any planet. A planet, which occupies same sign in natal & Navamsha chart is called Vargottam. As Per Saravali, “A planet in own Decante bestows good results, in own Navamsha makes one lucky, in own Sapthamsa bestows courage, name & fame, while in own Dwadasamsa makes one devout & helpful”. There are various grouping of Varga schemes, like Shad-varga, Sapt-varga, Dasvarga & Shodas varga; but normally astrologers consider Sapt-varga or Dasvarga scheme only. The strength of a planet in any varga scheme is measured on a scale of 20 (Vimsopaka) by occupying continuously benefic position. The value of each Varga in Sapt-varga/Dasvarga groupings in Vimsopaka (scale of 20) is as under-

i) Rasi (D-1) – 5.0/3.0
ii) Hora (D2) – 2.0/1.5
iii) Drekkana (D-3) – 3.5/1.5
iv) Saptamsha (D-7) – 1.0/1.5
v) Navamsha (D-9) – 4.5/1.5
vi) Dasamsha (D-10) - ---/1.5
vii) Dwadasamsha (D-12) – 2.0/1.5
viii) Shodasamsha (D-16) - ---/1.5
ix) Trimsamsha (D-30) – 2.0/1.5
x) Shashtiamsha (D-60) - ---/5.0

3. Varga Designation & strength: To assess the benevolence/strength of a planet forming a yoga or otherwise, the astrologers normally consider its position in Sapt-varga or Dasvarga scheme of charts. Depending on the number of times a planet occupies a benefic position in Sapt-varga/Dasvarga groups of divisional charts, the strength of planet increases. In Dasvarga scheme, the planet is assigned a specific name with its meaning as shown against each as under-

Benefic in nos. of D-charts
Name of type of planet
Indications of the type of Planet
A wealthy, happy, reputed & virtuous person
A noble, humble, wealthy & religious person
A man of all round prosperity & knowledge
One is object of praise and head of his clan
A King-like man knowing all science & arts
A highly charitable and very high dignitary
An emperor like person with name,
Fame, and many subordinates.
Sri Dham
One highly spiritual & owner of all virtues

4. Contrary to above, if a planet occupies malefic/weak position.
a) In Nine Vargas: Causes destruction.
b) In Eight Vargas: Gives sorrow & lamentation.
c) In Seven Vargas: Denotes bad luck/misfortune.
d) In six Vargas: Makes native unhappy, restless & worried.

7. As per Position of Planet
The Jatak Parijaat (Chapter 7: Sloka 58) and Saravali (Chapter 34: Sloka 14) gives a simple but approximate method of calculating strength of a planet as under:

i) In exaltation sign: Full benefic result
ii) In Mooltrikone sign: 3/ 4 benefic results
iii) In own sign: Half benefic results
iv) In Friend’s sign: 1/ 4 benefic results
v) In enemy’s sign: 1/ 8 benefic results
vi) In debilitation sign: 1/ 16 benefic results
vii) in combustion: 1/ 32 benefic results

The above order should be reversed for malefic. The benefics are good in exaltation and malefic are good in debilitation., A malefic debilitated planet must give 3/ 4 benefic results and when exalted gives only 1/ 32 benefic results. This will be found to hold truer in respect of finance.

8. Concept of Nakshtra & their lords
1. The classical texts are silent about exact role of Nakshtra & their lords of delineating a chart. However it is generally agreed that one of the major influences on any planet or lagna is of its Nakshtra lord, its placement, association or aspects. The real, subtle and invisible strength emerges only when Nakshtra and their lords are integrated in analysis of a chart.

2. The zodiac is divided into 27 equal parts each of 13 degrees 20 minutes, called Nakshtra. Each Nakshtra has four quarters (Pada) of 3 degrees 20 minutes each. Each sign thus has nine quarters of Nakshtras starting from all four quarters of Ashwani in Aries. The nine planets rules each Nakshtra in the same sequence in which dasha periods in Vimshotri dasha are allotted. The analysis of a horoscope should be done as under:

i) The Nakshtra rising in the house is given preference over the sign. The planets influencing the house indicate basically the promise of the house.

ii) The planets’ behavior is determined more as per their placements in the Nakshtra rather than in the sign.

iii) Two planets posited in different houses but under same quarter of Nakshtra lord will influence each other and manifest common behavior whether they have any mutual aspect or not. This may be strengthened further because the same quarters of a Nakshtra are in trine to each other.

iv) The characteristics of a Nakshtra for various aspects are obtained after synthesizing the attributes of a planet ruling the sign and Nakshtra lord vis-à-vis the houses they rule. For example the characteristics of Bharini Nakshtra will be as per Mars (house lord) and Venus (Nakshtra lord) and houses over which they rule in a chart.

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