Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Tajik Shastra and Annual Horoscopy: Salient Features, Chapter VIII, Part - 2

Dr. Shanker Adawal

Salient Features

Part 2

2. The annual horoscopy as based on Tajika system has certain salient features, which makes it distinct. These may be described in brief as under:

1. Duration: Varshphal or annual chart is applicable to a specific period of one year only. It extends from one solar return to the next, thus covering one solar year. For any other year of life, another annual chart has to be cast.

2. Relation with Birth Chart: A Varshphal or annual chart is a derived or progressed horoscope from the birth chart. A Varshphal is basically a chart showing transit of various planets at the exact time of solar return. This position holds sway over occurrence of events for the next one year. Therefore, it can neither be prepared nor interpreted independently of the Birth Chart. It is essential to analyze the Birth chart thoroughly before proceeding to analyze the annual chart. What is not promised in the Birth chart is not likely to materialize whether or not the annual chart indicates it. An annual chart provides a magnified view of one particular year and put across more clearly and in more minute details what is promised as per Birth chart in that particular year. Thus an annual chart is basically a complementary, supplementary or confirmatory to the Birth chart of the native, but still subordinate to it.

3. A transit chart: the annual chart is basically a transit chart. What is considered here is the transit of various planets at the exact moment of solar return. This moment of solar return is highly significant. The position of various planets at this moment of time holds sway over events for the next one year.

4. Varsha-pravesh (Solar Return): An annual chart or Varshphal is basically solar based. Sun’s longitude at birth of the native forms the basis of an annual chart and hence the Sun retains the same position in the annual chart as it was in the birth chart. The solar year for a native begins every time the Sun returns to the same longitude as it had at the time of the native’s birth. The time of solar return is called Varsha-pravesh, which literally means “entry of the year”. A Varshphal or annual chart is a chart prepared with the Varsha-pravesh determined for a particular year of life. Such a chart is meant to be prepared for every year and examined in details to derive maximum benefit from astrological point of view.

5. Muntha: A connection is recognized between an annual chart and birth chart of a native through a mathematical point known as Muntha. It is a sensitive and normally auspicious point in an annual ahrt. Muntha is like a shadowy planet, which adopts the qualities of the sign in which it is posited. The position of Muntha in an annual chart and the planets aspecting or associated with it, as also its sign lord, are all important in influencing the events during the year for which the annual chart is being considered.

6. Lagna: The lagna or ascendant in the annual chart is one of the houses of the birth chart of the native as well. Most of the results of the annual chart during the year will reveal the results signified by that house in the birth chart. The disposition of birth lagna & its lord in the annual chart is also very significant as it also influences the events occurring during the year. Moreover lord of lagna of the annual chart and of the birth chart are also one of the claimants for the post of the lord of the year.

7. Lord of the Year: It is also called the Varshesha or Varsheshwara. One of the seven planets (from Sun to Saturn, excluding Rahu & Ketu) is supposed to hold the rulership over the entire year. The events of the year are significantly influenced by the strength and disposition of this lord. While delineating an annual chart, the lord of the year plays an important role. The determination of this lord involves an elaborate method, which is typical of annual horoscopy.

8. Sex of the Planets: Like Parashari, there are no eunuch planets in Tajika system of annual horoscopy. Both eunuch planets- Mercury & Saturn, of Parashari are treated as female planets here. The male planets (Sun, Mars, & Jupiter) are strong during day and in odd signs, while female planets (Moon, Mercury, Venus & Saturn) are strong during night and in even signs.

9. Aspects, Yogas, Dashas, Strength of planets, Sahams and Tripataki Chakra have already been discussed in previous chapter on “Tajika Shastra”. However our understanding and application of some of the principles of these features needs further research before we get consistent and infallible results.


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