Predicting Means of Livelihood Part 2

Dr. Shanker Adawal                                                                  

Part 2

The 10th from the Ascendant, the Moon and the Sun, their lords, lords of Navamsas of one owners of these Bhavas and planets occupying and aspecting them form the focus of consideration. This aspect of profession should be commenced only after duty assessing the strength, position and states of the concerned planets. A few authors are of the opinion that the 10th from the Ascendant and the Moon only need be studied. Brihat Jataka states that gain of money for livelihood should be ascertained from the strong benefic planets falling in the Ascendant, the 2nd and the 11th. The Ascendant is to be studied as the earnings accrue through the prowess and efforts of the native. The 2nd being the seat of wealth and the 11th being the 2nd to the 10th too are to be scrutinized. The 10th indicates the nature of profession and the 2nd shows the kind of earnings which the 11th confers.

Means of livelihood means gain of money. Therefore, a careful study of the 2nd, the 4th, 9th and the 11th becomes highly necessary. These Bhavas also point out the ways through which the native comes by wealth. Various Raja Yogas, Dhana Labha Yogas and other connected Yogas have to be thought of in this context.

It will be helpful to remember that in fixing the means of livelihood, ancient Acharyas have not made the 10th Bhava the sole source of information. From experience, it can be stated that the Ascendant, the 2nd, the 5th, the 7th and the 9th too are to be examined in addition to the 10th.

A detailed examination of Karkathwas of planets is most essential in this respect. Though some texts have given fairly long lists of Karkathwas for each planet, they are by no means exhaustive. They require further expansion based on the characteristics of planets to keep abreast of modern development.

The nature of a native’s profession may be indicated with some accuracy by Ashtaka Varga method.
In the Ashtaka Varga of Saturn, the points of different planets falling in the 10th counted from Saturn are to be noted. Points belonging to combust, debilitated and weak planets re to be ignored. The other points (planets) in the 10th give a clue to the native’s job. If two or three planets are there, the nature of job (jobs) may partake the characteristics of their Karkathwas. There are many who have had different types of jobs in their career.

The strongest of the three lords of Navamsas of the owners of the 3rd and the 10th reckoned from the Ascendant, the Sun and the Moon is said to indicate the native’s means of livelihood.

Jaimini Sutras state that the planet posited in he Navamsa sign of Atmakaraka points out the profession of the native. The author of Uttarakalamrita advises us that the effects are to be judged also from the Dwadasamsa of Atmakiaraka. In his opinion, the profession is indicated by the planet that is immediately next to Adhikagraha. This is equivalent to Amathyakaraka of Jaimini.

In the opinion of some authors, the nature of the profession is to be judged from all the points mentioned in the opening paragraph and not from the strongest of the planets alone.

Bhagyadeva arunam sidhirbhagyadva dhanayatee


Are the words of Parasara meaning that success in endeavours and gain of money depend entirely on luck. A careful study of the 9th from the Ascendant and the Moon and of their lords in respect of gain of money will throw a flood of light on the profession.


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