Divisional Charts and when to use them

Divisional charts/ DC are the backbone of Jyotish. But before getting into DC analysis, make sure that you have your exact birth time to the minute available. If you are using a software to calculate do check the settings, Lahiri-Chitrapaksha ayan-amsha, location etc. Or if you are really interested, learn to draw them yourself, so all your concepts will get clear.

We refer to four groups of varga charts or DC.

Shad-varga – the D1 D2 D3 D9 D12 D30 ie six types of charts in this group. These charts are seen when you have to match charts for marriage or any serious question where life time decisions have to be taken.

  • D1 – basic birth chart, the most important chart
  • D2 – Hora, wealth, more specifically the ability to accumulate wealth
  • D3 – Drekkana, boldness, enterprise, options in life, ability to choose between those options, initiative, teammates, siblings
  • D9 – Navamsha, the foundation Dharma, potential and deepest you, the second most important chart which we almost always refer to. The most significant relationship which completes you is seen from this chart.
  • D12 – Dvadash-amsha, parents, issues from your immediate past life
  • D30 – Trimsha-amsha, misfortunes in general

Sapta -varga – In this group we have the six charts of the shad-varga ie the D1 D2 D3 D9 D12 D30 and in addition the D7, so we have seven DC in this group.

D7 – progeny, number, sex of children, their life and fortune. Ideally both parents horoscopes should be seen for greater clarity on any question related to progeny. And for a Brahmachari Sat-guru, this chart will indicate the quality of his disciples. (The Soul is beyond Jyotish, but as long as it continues in the 5-layered body, this body follows the principles of Jyotish.)

For your average clients, you will need to refer to just these 7 types of DC. You have to see the D1, ie the basic birth chart and the D-9 Navamsha chart compulsorily. This will help fine-tune your analysis and your predictions will be more accurate. Then if your client has some specific question you may have to refer to the specific DC mentioned in the Sapta-varga category. Most of your clients will be of this type.

  • If its a question related to marriage you will see the D1 and D9 and if you feel like glance through the DC listed in the Shad-varga.
  • If it is to do with someone starting a small new business, you will check out the D1, D9 and in addition use the D3 to fine tune your prediction. If you wish to check how profitable it is going to be D2.
  • If it is a children related question then the D1, D9 and the D7.

Dasha varga – Here we have the seven DC of the sapta-varga ie the D1 D2 D3 D7 D9 D12 D30 and in addition to these, D10 D16 D60, so we have ten types of DC here.

  • D10 – profession, leadership qualities,
  • D16 – travelling, for business, pleasure, accidents
  • D60 – summary, the final result that all the charts together can give ultimately.

These three extra DC are more relevant for people who are working in high positions, in corporate, government or have their own business, but all at very high levels. For your general average citizen type of clients, you generally do not need to open these additional charts. But in specific cases eg someone asks about his proposed journey or there is an accident and you need to see details then you might need to open the D16.

Shodasha varga – Here we have the ten charts from the Dasha varga ie D1 D2 D3 D7 D9 D10 D12 D16 D30 D60 and in addition to these, the D4 D20 D24 D27 D40 D45. So in total there are 16 DC in this group.

  • D4 – Chaturtha-amsha, assets in life, necessities, resources, shelter, properties, vehicles etc
  • D20 – Vimsha-amsha is for religion and spiritual matters
  • D24 – Chaturvimsha-amsha, learning, education, wisdom, knowledge
  • D27 – Nakshatra-amsha, inherent weakness and strength of your personality as a whole.
  • D40 – Khaved-amsha general auspiciousness of events in life
  • D45 – Akashved-amsha, general issues in life

These extra charts are almost never seen for general people. In earlier times, these full 16 charts, shodash-varga were seen for Kings. So in today’s context they should be seen for the top-most politicians, prime minister, president etc types of people on whom the entire nation relies (even if it is for small 5yr terms!). If someone has to become the president or prime minister of a nation, then all these 16 divisional charts have to be auspicious and capable of giving solid real results.

Ashtakvarga for confirming predictions

DC is a microscopic study of each aspect of your life. The birth chart by itself is good for a broad outline of the life events, but the DC are necessary for the detailed picture. Each house of the D1 stands for so many things, so to narrow down results you need to check the further relevant DC.

The Dasha/ transits are used to predict the timing of events, again the broad picture is from the D1 but the exact timing will come from tallying the dasha /transit and the relevant DC. Eg you might have actual chances of getting a child from your D1 and the potential from the D9, but the exact time of its birth can be best predicted from the transit/ dasha and the D7.

Then it is possible that the Dasha/transit may be good for one aspect of your life but bad for another part of your life. Again this can be seen from the birth chart to some extent but the relevant divisional chart will give exact reading.

  • Eg the 4th house is residence and also the physical mother. Suppose the current dasha/ transit is bad for the D1 chart’s 4th house. But when you check the D4 it is good. And when you check the D12 this dasha /transit is even worse. So you can conclude that the residence will remain good, but the mother will face problems during this period. The DC help you pin-point the results.

Suppose you are under the Mahadasha/ main period of Mars and Antardasha/ sub-period of Jupiter. Check out the seven divisional charts mentioned in the Sapta-varga category. If in any divisional chart you have this following combination. The mahadasha and the antardasha rulers, ie Mars and Jupiter are in the 6/8 or 2/12 mutual axis in that specific divisional chart. Or debilitated. Then that sub-period will affect that aspect of your life adversely.

  • Eg. Suppose in the D3, you have Jupiter and Mars in the 6/8 axis and Jupiter is also debilitated in Capricorn here. So during this sub-period of Jupiter, you may face issues with your siblings, neighbourhood, trade, teammates. The mutual position of these two planets and their power to give results will vary in the different divisional charts. In one DC it may be good in another it may not be. For this reason there is a mix of good and bad things in life.

The sign placed in the 1st house is important in each DC. And the planetary lord of the 1st house is also important as he controls that aspect of your life linked to that DC. If this planet is very strong in the DC and the 1st house is not influenced by malefic planets, that part of your life indicated by this DC will be overall auspicious.

One tip, pay attention to the transit of Saturn in each DC. When he transits over the Moon’s position in each DC, he causes mental stress and emotional turmoil for that aspect of your life for 2.5yrs. This is a very important factor which most astrologers forget to check.

And then if you want to get into even more details, you can check out how the Moon’s position in each DC is affected by the current dasha/ transits. This will give you a clear idea of how you feel about that particular aspect of life. Your happiness and unhappiness can be gauged from your DC.

I find DC very fascinating, analysing the personality through different lenses getting to know more about the person sitting in front of you. And if you intend to learn Jyotish, divisional charts will be a part of your curriculum at some point of time.


Divisional Charts and when to use them