Bhavat bhavam, convert the potential into the actual

Bhavat bhavam is an important concept in analysing houses. I have written about one way of looking at it in this earlier post. It means ‘house of the house’, ie to analyse a house, you also need to check the power of the house placed that same number of houses away from it. A house may have the potential but this bhavat bhavam house provides the opportunities for the potential to be realised. If the house under scrutiny is a house of turmoil, then the bhavat bhavam for this house will reduce the effects of the turmoil in life. And if the house concerned is an auspicious house then the power of the bhavat bhavam house will accentuate the beneficial effects.

These are the bhavat bhavam houses for the 12 houses of the horoscope.

  • 1st house – the ascendant has no Bhavat bhavam house
  • 2nd house – 3rd house (counted second from the 2nd house)
  • 3rd house – 5th house is the bhavat bhavam
  • 4th house – 7th house is the bhavat bhavam
  • 5th house – 9th house is the bhavat bhavam
  • 6th house – 11th house is the bhavat bhavam
  • 7th house – 1st house is the bhavat bhavam
  • 8th house – 3rd house is the bhavat bhavam
  • 9th house – 5th house is the bhavat bhavam
  • 10th house – 7th house is the bhavat bhavam
  • 11th house – 9th house is the bhavat bhavam
  • 12th house – 11th house (this is counted twelfth from the 12th house)

If you notice the Bhavat bhavam houses are all the odd houses of the chart. Every odd house is the bhavat bhavam for two other houses which are in an axis. The odd houses are related to the expression of the personality outwards, towards the others. These houses are the way you pull in the stimuli from the outer world and how you respond to these stimuli. These houses generally look outwards from the personality, ‘extro-spective’ and are more inclusive. This doesn’t mean that the even houses are less important than the odd houses. It just means that they have different orientations and functions. The even houses are more directed inwards, towards the home, the family, the self and the inner self. Here you are more introspective and more exclusive. The energies generated here are pushed inwards as you analyse the events occurring around you with reference to your individual self.

Bhavat bhavam, convert the potential into the actual

Now let’s check out the ‘house of the house’ using the trikon concept. The Dharma trikon is the 1st 5th 9th houses. The Artha trikon houses are the 2nd 6th 10th. The Kama trikon is the 3rd 7th 11th houses. The Moksh trikon is the 4th 8th 12th houses. The houses belonging to the Dharma and Kama trikon subtly influence the other houses in the chart through bhavat bhavam. The houses which are the foundation and the houses which are the desires/actions are the odd houses. And the houses which are linked to your secret self, your inner life, those things which have real meaning for the individual you are the even houses of the horoscope.

The ascendant house has no other house influencing it. This is a subtle reminder that the 1st house is the all important house which is the essence of the entire personality. If the 1st house is powerful enough, then just this one factor can elevate the quality of the entire horoscope significantly. The 1st house is the bhavat bhavam only for the 7th house. So for the 7th house to give its results effectively, the 1st house has to be strong. Obviously, 7th house is the second most important house of the chart. The 7th house is used to determine the significant partnerships, time of death etc. But now the 7th house is the bhavat bhavam for the 4th and 10th house. Ie the 4th and 10th houses can give their promised results only if the 7th house is powerful enough. And the 1st, 4th, 7th 10th are the pillars of the chart, kendra houses. So you see how the power of the 1st house subtly influences these pillars of your horoscope.

The houses placed in the 7/7 axis, ie opposite to each other have the same bhavat bhavam house and this is quite an important way of looking at the axis as a whole.

Then the 3rd house is the bhavat bhavam for the 2nd and 8th houses. The 2/8 axis is linked to your personal assets and how you use them, change them, evolve them through sudden opportunities. Your ability to navigate through these sudden changes is a function of your personal boldness and risk taking abilities, ie the 3rd house. The 2nd house gives the timing of death and the 8th house is the situation of death, so the bhavat bhavam the 3rd house is the desire for life, the courage to live. A powerful 3rd house will help actualise the positive potential of the 2/8 axis and reduce the inauspicious fruits of the 2/8 axis.

The 5th house is the bhavat bhavam for the 3rd and 9th houses. The 3/9 axis is how you create multiple options in life and also choose between them. The 9th house signifies universal philosophy. So in the 3/9 axis, you first create multiples and then synthesise then back to the singular. Here you try to understand rational logic as well as deep philosophy. The bhavat bhavam for both the 3rd and 9th houses is the 5th house. The 5th house is your personal genius, intelligence, creative actions, self confidence and self-ego. A auspicious 5th house will help you make better use of the power of the 3/9 axis.

The 7th house as we saw earlier is the bhavat bhavam for the 4/10 axis. The security and comforts that you are born with and the work that you would like to perform in this life. Both these houses are the kendra houses, pillars of the chart. The 7th house is one-one relationships which is the basic foundation of both the home and the society. A powerful 7th house ensures that you are successful on the home and the work fronts both.

The 9th house is the bhavat bhavam for the 5th and the 11th houses. The 5th house represents your self confidence, genius and your personal channel for divine inspiration. The 11th house is how you interact with the greater society and your gain from your personal creativity. To convert the promise of the 5/11 axis to reality, a powerful  9th house is necessary. This would mean that you would have the necessary life philosophy, luck, blessings from the Guru, help from your peers/patrons and your own auspicious benefits from your past lives to push the agenda of the 5/11 axis.

The 11th house is the bhavat bhavam for the 6th and 12th houses. The 11th house is the ‘house of gains’, but then what is gain? The 6th house is about the deepest understanding of your personal karma imbalance, it is a very serious house. The 11th house can reduce the harshness of the 6th house and help you work out your karma in a gentler manner. The 12th house is the final culmination via meditative states, you have rebalanced the karma and have gained something very Real. The 11th house can reduce the losses signified by the 12th house and increase its positive qualities. This is the real gain which is signified by the 11th house. So if the 11th house is powerful you will be able to use the 6/12 axis in the real sense and increase your awareness levels.

The entire chart is interlinked. You cannot see one house in isolation and neither does one placement make a reading. There are patterns within patterns and influences from unlikely places. So if you get charts where the promise of a house is denied or reduced, then do check out the power of its corresponding Bhavat bhavam house. This is very useful concept in Jyotish and helps in analysing the power of the chart to convert the potential to the actual.


Bhavat bhavam, convert the potential into the actual





Analysing a single placement

The Question is most important.

There are just these 9 planets/graha, the 12 houses and the 12 signs, these in all their infinite permutations and combinations will answer anything and everything about life, death and beyond. So always ask what you really want to know. If you have clear questions you will get precise answers. Sometimes I get clients who just want to know ‘what the horoscope says’, there is no real answer to this sort of question.

Analysing a single placement

For example, here is just this one placement – Libra ascendant, Venus in 5th house/Aquarius with Ketu. (Just with this, not considering their house owners and not considering Rahu) What all can you deduce from this one line? See if you can get some of these following answers! With this placement there is a potential for,

  • a highly balanced personality, disciplined, intellectual and fair nature, lucky!
  • Inferiority complex, shy, uncertain in public
  • oval face, fair or light colored hair, shorter than average stature
  • Backache always
  • problems in normal vision
  • can see ‘extra’ things with the eyes, psychic abilities, can be a tantric with significant occult abilities
  • significant access to past life experiences, will have relationships with people known from the past lives, will live in places/situations with karmic connections to the past lives and know it!
  • has no sense of personal self, detached from the personality and the environment.
  • first half of the life will go in a haze, second half (after 48yrs) will be more aware of himself
  • has no personal ‘self-love’, as cannot relate to himself in any way whatsoever, unaware of self, ‘hazed-out’.
  • Odd sense of dress and makeup. At least one thing will be out of place in the dressing style. e.g. maybe mismatched socks always.
  • life is characterised by ‘change’, there is something changing continuously, rate of change is very high
  • can engage in several marriages or affairs, will indifferent to relationships, these will be karmic in nature
  • few real friends, but will be known as a public figure by several
  • education /knowledge /wisdom will be quite impressive but the person is not bothered about his educational qualifications. Will not boast about this. Will have knowledge of the occult.
  • will have gains from various sources, several routes of wealth.
  • is capable of making connections with large numbers of people belonging to like-minded groups
  • Can get into spirituality and practice and can progress quite a lot. If this happens will worship the Devi, the feminine personified Divinity.
  • Marriage to someone significantly older or to someone who is away from home a lot
  • problems in child-birth if female chart. Even if it is a male chart, his wife will suffer during pregnancy and childbirth, surgery or something will occur.
  • Child will also have psychic abilities.
  • Will have few children and will be attached to the child. Child too will be attached to him.

This was briefly, a cursory look at one placement and you have now so much potential information about the person. All these things will happen at some point of the life. But when? And ‘how much’? You will also need to evaluate the intensity of the events. E.g will the person just wear spectacles for his life time or will he be affected by an undiagnosable medical problem to the eyes? Without this targeted reading this all will be too much and perhaps irrelevant.

  1. So the next step would be to look up the Dasha. With the Vimshottari Dasha there will be one peculiarity. Ketu Mahadasha of 7yrs is sequentially followed by Venus Mahadasha of 20yrs. So a combined seamless 27yrs of Ketu-Venus dominated period. A significant chunk of life where these results will be expressed. If the person is in this 27yrs period these above observations will be accentuated.
  2. To fine tune the timing and intensity of the readings look up the transits of Ketu and Venus. How their in-transit position is influencing their original position in the birth chart.

Now if you have the complete birth chart/ physical aspects, the birth moon chart/ psychological context and the navamsha chart D-9/ complete potential, the entire life story is open before you. So you need a definite question!

There is no good or bad placement of the planets/ houses/ signs, they just exist. In the above example, the person would have several problems but then there are so many things which are really good too. The chart is a tool, each planet/ house/ sign is a bundle of energy resonating with you. These do not control you nor do they influence you, They Are You. Unless you understand this you cannot make use of the horoscope.

The other methods of divination, like cards or runes are question oriented. The client will ask a question and you will give a definite answer. I have had clients who didn’t have questions, just a vague sense of unease. For this too, cards/ runes have a solution, there is a way you can access their subconscious mind. But it is only in astrology that you will get ‘just tell me about my chart’ type of clients. To get them to open up, you can look at the current in-transit chart and their birth chart and tell them one interesting thing about their relationship, wealth, profession or health (most clients are quite similar in this respect). And do encourage the client to ask. Help him frame a question which you can then answer. Only then will the session be fruitful for both of you.

For your self-analysis too, ask yourself questions and look for patterns in your chart which indicate the answer. Analysis requires time, a sense of intuition and a habit of reading patterns. So practice.


Analysing a single placement