Prashna, the basics

We use Prashna kundali when we do not have the exact birth time and/or there is only one single important question e.g. medical emergency. Or even if you have the birth details you might want to cross-check using the prashna kundali before coming to a conclusion in delicate matters.signageYou will draw the horoscope for the exact time the question is put to you and use it to answer the question. One big advantage is that you do not need to analyse the birth chart, the dasha or the transits. Limitation is one specific question per client. The basic analysis of the chart will remain the same as for any chart. Just pay attention to the following extra points.

The Question is all important. It generally is medical emergency for elderly persons whose birth details are not known. Missing persons is also another frequent question, missing things, misplaced important papers. Misfortunes in business and financial troubles. Often court-cases litigations and theft. Prashna by itself is very very voluminous and can give precise answers. This post is just for beginners to understand the basics and get interested in the logic. So here goes,

You have your software and you see the planetary chart of the present time.  The Ascendant sign is very important here. This represents the environment of the ‘question’. So analyse everything about this sign. All the information that this sign will give you is important.

  1. is it in a fixed, in motion or dual natured sign –
    • ‘fixed’ rashi means no change in situation e.g. health will remain stable. or questions related to fixed things, marriages etc which require stability will be good.
    • ‘in motion’ sign means that there will be change. e.g. in health, travel, where the favourable outcome is a ‘change’ from the current situation.
    • in dual natured the first half indicates stability second half indicates change.
  2. it is fiery, airy, watery, earthy – again depending on the type of question these natures will be important.
  3. the body parts represented by it – e.g. head by Aries.
  4. the people naturally represented by it (e.g. cancer is mother)
  5. What planets are placed and/or here, malefic or benefic.

The Ruler of the ascendant sign is equally important. Analyse his position (house/sign both), the aspects he is under and the planets he is conjunct with. All this has to be analysed with the nature of the question in mind.

  1. if he is placed in the dushamsthanas 6th, 8th, 12th or with malefics it is not good.
  2. placed in the kendras, 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th it is generally good and also has different meanings depending on the significations.
  3. placed with benefics is naturally good for the question overall, can expect a favourable outcome.

The Kendras – the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th houses.

  1. 1st house – is used to predict change in the current situation.
  2. 4th house – is used to predict success (e.g. finance related question)
  3. 7th house – is used to predict returns of every sort (missing person coming back).
  4. 10th house – is used to predict activity, profession and movement away from the homelands.

Common questions and their Kendra significators,

  1. Missing person – 1st = person, 4th = his condition, 7th = return, 10th = period of absence from home
  2. Health – 1st house = doctor, 4th house = medicines, 7th = disease itself, 10th = patient
  3. Court cases – 1st = person, 4th = judgement, 7th = opponent, 10 = judge/authority

Now the specific house to which the question is related. The keywords will help you identify the house and the planet connected with the question. Plus here are a few more to get you started.

  • 1st house – represents the overall question in every way, this house will have to be analysed for every question
  • 2nd house – missing property, financial issues related to family, family issues
  • 3rd house – brothers/sisters/siblings, extended family issues/litigations, trading, money/stocks, mental illnesses, short travelling
  • 4th house – mother related issues, landed property, house, vehicles
  • 5th house – government related problems, speculation, gambling, higher education
  • 6th house- diseases, debts, enemies, slavery, losses
  • 7th house – wife/husband, business partner, courts and contracts, financial issues in business
  • 8th house – accidents, trauma, black magic, death
  • 9th house – long travels, paternal figures
  • 10th house – profession, (personal father sometimes can be better seen from the 10th)
  • 11th house – overall money
  • 12th house – leaving the homeland permanently, death-like situations, coma etc
  • Example, If a medical emergency related to the mother of the client, in addition to the above analysis, the Moon and the 4th house will be important.

You will similarly analyse the aspects on the house, the planets present in the house. And the power of the owner of the sign. This will give you a general idea of the question situation.prashnaFinally people will not remain content with one question, so if you feel inclined you can analyse the next questions like this. (Best not encourage multiple questions as the client is so focussed on his emergency question that the next questions energies may not really register.)

  1. 2nd question from the same chart – redraw it using the Moon sign as the 1st house.
  2. 3rd question from the same chart – redraw it using the Sun sign as the 1st house.

So here was a short primer on using Prashna kundali to add more information to your analysis. Prashna is a complete study subject by itself and might take a lot of time to master. But every big subject starts from first learning the basics. Jyotish is a vast ocean of knowledge which cannot be learnt in one day. Small exercises like this increase awareness and help in exercising intuition so that you get used to patterns and linking combinations. This is the basis of really understanding Jyotish.