Navamsha and the important years in life

Navamsha is the D9 chart and it gives a lot of information if studied systematically. This post is on how to determine the significant and eventful years in your life using the D9 chart. The times in your life where some important event will occur. However, this event may be favourable or unfavourable depending on the planet triggering it.

This is a practical exercise, so open your birth chart and navamsha chart. As always, you will need the precise birth details in order to be able to use the divisional charts. Navamsha analysis is a vast subject, so do practice and tally your results with what actually happened in your or your subject’s life.

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Let’s begin with this table. It gives, in sequence, all the nine amsha of each of the twelve signs. eg the nine amsha of Aries sign are in sequence, Aries to Sagittarius. eg the nine amsha of the Pisces sign are in sequence from Cancer to Pisces. The vargottam amsha are encircled in the chart for easy reference.

Try to locate the nav amsha of your chart’s ascendant degree and all the 9 planets in this table, it will make things easier later.

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Now our example. This is the birth chart and navamsha chart for Aleister Crowley, 12th Oct 1875, 11: 42pm, Leamington Spa, Britain. He is dead and has a documented and rather happening life, (the wiki on him is quite an entertaining read), so is a good case study. 

Birth chart Aliester Crowley

Navamsha Aleister Crowley

1st Method

Count the number of nav amsha from the nav amsha of the planet to the nav amsha of the ascendant degree.

  • Eg In our example chart, his Moon is in Pisces in the birth chart and in Cancer nav amsha. His ascendant degree is in Cancer in birth chart and in the Scorpio nav amsha. So you can simply count the nav amsha in sequence from Pisces sign Cancer navamsha to the Cancer sign Scorpio nav amsha. The count is 41. Thus Crowley must have had some beneficial results in the 41st year of his life, especially related to the Moon and his function in the chart. Moon is his ascendant lord so this positive effect must have helped him on the physical as well as emotional levels as must have created an environment suitable for him in some way. As per his wiki, he worked as a double agent for Britain during this period, so its possible that he enjoyed every bit of it and had some critical successes. The ascendant lord is ultimately the personality in every way and Crowley chose to use this energy to become a spy for his motherland. Moon also represents the homeland and its security. 
  • Eg. Saturn in in the Capricorn sign and Virgo nava amsha. And the ascendant degree is in Cancer sign and in the Scorpio nav amsha. Saturn is a class one malefic for Cancer ascendant. Even if he is well placed in his own sign he cannot be counted on to give favourable results. Whatever results he gives will be linked in some way to the catastrophic transformational effects of the 8th house Aquarius which is also his mool trikon sign. So at the age of 60 yrs, Saturn must have given Crowley some misfortune which would have affected his standing in the society or financial status or caused some problems in his partnerships etc. In the wiki it says that he was declared bankrupt in Feb 1935. Money is also a function of the 7th house.

Similarly you can calculate the eventful years for the other planets. Depending on the nature of the planet and the aspects of life that he controls you can anticipate the nature of the significant events and their impact on the personality. 

2nd Method 

Count the number of nav amsha from the nav amsha of the ascendant degree to the nav amsha of the planet.

  • Eg. Moon is in Pisces in the birth chart and in Cancer nav amsha. The ascendant degree is in Cancer in the birth chart and in Scorpio nav amsha. So the count is 69. Thus the 69th year of life must have given Crowley some beneficial results especially from the Moon. The ascendant lord being the triggering planet, this event must be related to personal growth, fame, etc. And at this age, as per the wiki, he published his Book of Thoth and the magnificent Thoth Tarot deck. (On a personal note, am very grateful that he created it)
  • Eg. if you count for Saturn in the Capricorn sign and Virgo nav amsha, the count is 59yrs. So at this age, some misfortune related to Saturn must have affected Crowley. Now in the 1st method, we saw that Saturn was going to create a misfortune at the age of 60yrs. And now by the 2nd method the 59yrs age was also going to be impactful in a malefic way. So this period had court cases which went against him leading on to the bankruptcy. Court cases are a subject of the 7th house. So the eventful years triggered by the malefic being so close together caused a severely negative and inauspicious result.

3rd Method

Simply counting the nav amsha occupied by the planet starting from the first nav amsha in Ashwini nakshatra.

  • eg. Moon is in Pisces in birth chart and in Cancer nav amsha. This is the 100th nav amsha in sequence. So if Crowley had lived to a 100yrs, this year would have been favourable for him, especially for the results possible from the Moon.
  • Eg. Counting for Saturn, this comes to 90yrs. So at the age of 90yrs, some sort of displeasing result could have occurred in case he would have lived till this age.
  • Eg. Ketu is in Virgo sign and Taurus nav amsha. So the count comes to 50yrs. As per his wiki, he wrote a book on some visions he experienced. And his lover miscarried his child. Virgo is the 3rd sign so writing a book is logical, plus the vision explains Ketu’s influence. And the miscarriage is a classic effect of Ketu. 
  • Similarly the time indicated by his Sun is 54yrs. He wrote more books including a part of his autobiography. Sun is the reason that he attempted to write an autobiography this time. 

4th Method

You have to count from the nav amsha the planet is placed in to the lord of the nav amsha in which the planet is placed in.

  • Eg. Moon is in Pisces in Cancer nav amsha. The owner of Cancer is Moon himself. So the count is 109. Obviously he did not live for so long, but if he would have, this year would have given him some good results from the Moon.
  • Eg. Jupiter is in Libra sign and Aquarius nav amsha. Saturn the owner of Aquarius is in Capricorn sign Virgo nav amsha. So the count is 44. So Crowley must have gone through some eventful happening connected to Jupiter at the age of 44yrs. As per his wiki, he received financial assistance from patrons for publishing his books. He was engaged in translating philosophical works from other cultures during this time. Classic results attributable to the position of his Jupiter, owner of the 9th, with Venus and Mercury in the 4th house in Libra. As the ruler of the 6th he ensured that this shaped Crowley’s mind and actions in such a way that he was ultimately rejected by others of British origin and also the Christian faith. And more immediately, made him destitute, lonely, ill and got him addicted to heroin.

5th Method

This is a relatively simple count. Count from the nav amsha occupied by the planet concerned to the nav amsha occupied by the Moon.

Eg. Moon is in Pisces in Cancer nav amsha. Jupiter is in Libra sign and Aquarius nav amsha. So counting will give you 42yrs. This would be the time where Jupiter must have given some significant event in Crowley’ s life. As per his wiki, he had a relaxing time promoting his new religion. Jupiter as the lord of the 9th and 6th house giving his classic result, seemingly pleasant but ultimately malefic.

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So now you can calculate the eventful years in your life using all these methods.

Note the years you arrive at separately for every planet. Some of the planets will be functional malefics and some will be functional benefics. And some will be natural malefics and natural benefics. You will have to reconcile them in a subjective manner to understand the nature of the event and its effect on you.

Eg for Cancer ascendant, Mars is the biggest benefic, yogkarak, but technically he is a natural malefic. So though he will act in his typical aggressive, invasive, courageous, cruel, dominating etc manner and also create events of severe and disruptive energies, still these Martian energy will propel the native, Crowley in our example, to sure-shot successes, gains and fame. Then again for Cancer ascendant, I consider Jupiter more of a malefic as he is incharge of the 6th and 9th houses, additionally the 6th Sagittarius is his mooltrikon. So the natural tendencies of Jupiter, kindness, benevolence, traditional learning, philosophy, support from patrons, etc will more likely than not land the native, here Crowley, in trouble, which is quite evident from the life that this typical man lead.

Next, you will see that a particular year might repeat as per the various counts. eg you might have two benefics giving a positive event eg at the age of 42yrs. So this year becomes more significant in your life and has the capacity to propel you upwards even more rapidly. But if you see two malefics giving their effect at the same age, then you must be doubly careful during this time as there will be added misfortune. eg, was the example related to Saturn granting Crowley bankruptcy in the years 59-60, it was just one Saturn affecting two successive years so the trouble was just his doing. But if there are two different planets then expect trouble from different directions in life.

Also, if you have your eventful years coinciding with the ages of the maturity of the houses or the maturity of the planets then should be more aware of what is happening around you during this time. Try to proactively use the opportunities presented to you by this double surge of energy.

Finally, there will always be several events going on around you but the events indicated by these planets in these times will have the maximum impact on you. You will feel the ripples of these events more deeply within your being and they will change the course of your life. These five methods will give you the most important years in life which will have the most significant events, but to find out what exactly these events will be, do use your own logic, common sense, analyse the texts and practice.

(These methods are directly from C S Patel’s books, I have added just a few minor observations. His books are invaluable for serious student of Jyotish as he gives important insights which are not available elsewhere.)

Navamsha analysis for beginners

This is an example chart which I use in my blog. Aleister Crowley, the genius occultist of recent times. His birth details are 12th Oct 1875, 11:43 pm Leamington UK. His Birth chart and Navamsha chart are as follows.

Birth chart Aliester Crowley

Navamsha Aleister Crowley
Navamsha Aleister Crowley

To analyse the navamsha chart start with these steps. Here the rising degree is also considered to be equivalent to a ‘planet’. There are 10 forces, 9 planets and one rising degree which you have to analyse. Remember to begin with, Navamsha is about sign or more correctly which 1/9th part of the sign a planet occupies.

Navamsha starts with analysing every planet individually and his sign dynamics. For every planet you will have two signs, one in the birth chart and one in the navamsha. Check the sign of the planet in the birth chart and check which sign he shifts to in the navamsha. This is the first basic analysis.

  • If he shifts to his own sign, his own mooltrikon sign, his friend’s signs, his exalted sign or is in the pushkar navamsha. His auspicious results, irrespective of anything, will be enhanced. Eg In our example, Moon shifts from Pisces in the birth chart to his own sign Cancer in the navamsha so gets more power.
  • If he shifts to his enemy planet’s sign, his sign of debilitation his inauspicious results, irrespective of everything, will be enhanced. eg Rahu/ Ketu in the example chart shift to their debilitated positions in the navamsha, these now will give strange results in physical life, but contribute to spiritual development.
  • If the planet continues in the same sign in the birth chart and the navamsha, this is called the Vargottam. His auspicious results, irrespective of everything else, will be enhanced. Eg in our example chart, Mars-Capricorn and Sun-Virgo are vargottam. Also Venus retains his own Libra sign in birth chart and the navamsha, he is at 2deg 19mins Libra, which is also his mooltrikon zone. This gives Venus extraordinary power and ability to give extraordinary auspicious results.

So now you know how to examine the power of the planet to give results. And how his apparent outer expression can be a reflection of his energies linked to another sign working in the background. Think of this as a subtle blending of attributes.

‘Apparent conjunction’ and conjunction of planets in the navamsha chart. This invariably causes a lot of confusion always. Let’s break this down.

If both planets are placed on the same degree of the zodiac they both will obviously be in the same sign in the birth chart and will be allotted in the same navamsha also. One Navamsha is 3deg 20min in arc length. The two planets are actually conjunct, physically with each other, will influence each other completely and give results in tune with each other. If there is such an example in your chart do analyse these two planets and their role in your life in depth.

  • Most commonly you will find such examples in eclipse births where Rahu-Ketu are with the Sun-Moon, or Moon-Sun together on no-Moon Amavasya births, or even combust planets very near the Sun. These two planets will share the same birth chart sign and the navamsha both. The background and the foreground will be defined by the same set of signs for these two planets. Our example chart does not have this combination.

If the two planets are placed in the same sign in the birth chart but at a distance greater than 3deg 20mins from each other they will get allotted to different Navamsha. One Navamsha is 3deg 20min in arc length. This will change the results that they are going to give.

  • In our example chart, you see there is Venus, Jupiter, Mercury in 4th house, Libra sign. But they get allotted to different Navamsha, ie Jupiter goes to Aquarius, Venus-Libra, Mercury-Aries. Each planet is going to give very different results because of the different Navamsha sign potential backing its physical expression. In this, Venus is vargottam, in his own sign and mooltrikon too, so will give very strong Libra-Libra results. Jupiter will be a blend of Aquarius and Libra. And Mercury will blend Aries in the background with Libra in the foreground.

Then there is the ‘apparent conjunction’ in the navamsha sign. (I am using the word ‘navamsha’ and ‘navamsha sign’ with different meanings. Navamsha is the actual 108th part of the zodiac. ‘Navamsha sign’ is the sign which owns 9 parts. The circular table below will clear this up). The planets are placed in different signs in the birth chart but seem to be in the same navamsha sign in the navamsha chart. This confusion is caused by not studying the logic of the navamsha allotment and not knowing the math. If the two planets are placed at a degree distance of 40deg, 80deg, 120deg, 160deg, 200deg, 240deg, 280deg and 320deg from each other they will seem to fall in the same sign in the navamsha. These two planets are not going to influence each other like conjunct planets do. Both will be influenced by the Navamsha sign independently but will not be influenced by each other.

  • In our example chart, Saturn and Sun are both in Virgo navamsha. But you cannot call them ‘conjunct’ in Navamsha. They are physically in very different parts of the zodiac. Sun is in Virgo in D1 and Saturn is in Capricorn! Thus Sun and Saturn will not give effects of conjunction.

So if you see that the planets in the same sign in the Navamsha they are not necessarily going to influence each other, do understand this concept.

This is how the navamsha are allotted. This table is a reference table and used everywhere.

Navamsha analysis for beginnersThe first column is the degree that the planet occupies in the birth chart in a sign. This 30 deg arc distance of the sign is divided into the 9 navamsha each of 3deg 20min arc length ie the 9 rows. Now open your birth details, check the degree occupied by every planet.

  • eg if you have Jupiter at 17deg Aquarius, check the 6th row, and the second-last Kumbh rashi column, to get the navamsha of Jupiter. This is 12, ie Pisces. So your Jupiter results will be analysed as the potential of Jupiter-Pisces, own sign, expressed as Jupiter-Aquarius in life. How can you express a Pisces as an Aquarius? Think. Aquarius is gains, large friend circles, markets, trades, meeting groups, leader, luck etc. Pisces is privacy, solitude, contemplation, active astral life, guidance from the ancestor spirits etc. Jupiter is philosophy, humanity kindness, hope etc. So one way of interpreting this is, that the person may be some sort of a spiritual leader, who engages in internal contemplation and then interacts with large gatherings to send them a message of hope, philosophy etc.
  • This is why the question is of utmost importance in Jyotish. I get clients who randomly say ‘tell me something about myself?’. This to my mind is very silly, ‘Your whole life story from life to death is laid out on the table, ask a question!’
  • eg if you have Mars at 5deg Virgo in the birth chart, check which navamsha he does to? It would be 2nd row and Kanya rashi column. So Mars goes to Aquarius navamsha. So his expression will be analysed as the potential of Mars-Aquarius expressed in the physical environment as Mars-Virgo. Try to think for yourself on how this can be possible.
  • Now, though the Jupiter and Mars seem to get allotted to Aquarius sign it is rather meaningless to consider them together. The navamsha are not rashi, they are 108 parts of the zodiac, so do not consider that Jupiter and Mars belong to the ‘sign Aquarius’ together.

So do this sort of analysis for your own birth chart and Navamsha placements of the planets. For a beginner into Navamsha this much is enough to being with.

Then, the more sensible way of looking at Navamsha and the birth signs is this circular chart below. The 1, 2, 3, etc numerals in the innermost circle are the 12 signs from Aries to Pisces. Then in the middle ring, there are the 27 Nakshatra with their four quarter-pada sub-divisions in the ring outer to them. And in the outermost ring are the 108 Navamsha divisions.

(I have mentioned several times that Indian/Vedic Jyotish is all about the Nakshatra-s. The signs/ Rashi-s are a short-cut. Now these 27 Nakshatra-s are each divided into 4 parts each, these are called the Nakshatra-pada. So the entire zodiac is divided into 108 parts. These 108 parts are nothing but the Navamsha divisions. The Navamsha or the Nakshatra-pada are the backbone of any prediction. It is very significant that the Navamsha parts and the Nakshatra-pada have the same width ie 3deg 20minuts arc and they are also coterminus. This is the reason that Navamsha is the most important divisional, more than even the birth chart. The birth chart is sort of an approximation, Navamsha is precision.)

Every one of these 108 divisions has different attributes and use in prediction, but you will need to study them in detail and practice using charts. This circular chart brings these three details, sign, nakshatra, and navmsha, before you in just a glance. It need not be drawn again and again. Just the basic plan needs to be drawn once and the planets written on it with pencil for the chart you are analysing.

  • eg Jupiter is in Aquarius sign in the birth chart, in Purvabhadrapada nakshatra and in the Navamsha of Gemini. All these three if considered together will give better understanding of Jupiter’s effect on the chart.
  • eg Mars, he is in Leo in birth chart, Magha nakshatra and Gemini navamsha. To analyse Mars results you have to use attributes from all these three.

Navamsha analysis for beginners

If you can understand the logic of this circle your studies in Navamsha will get easier. A genuine astrologer will never see a birth chart alone. The Navamsha is essential, it is the background energy on which a person functions. You can sometimes ignore the Birth horoscope and use just the Navamsha for predictions. But you cannot ignore the Navamsha and do your predictions from just the birth chart, they will be incomplete.

But Jyotish is all about patterns and there are several techniques available. If the exact birth time of the client is not known, the D1 coupled with the dasha, transits and the prashna chart also can give quite accurate results. But most of us have reasonably accurate birth times available, so the D9 is too valuable to ignore. So do use it for your self-analysis.

For details, refer books by C.S. Patel. I have taken these images from his book ‘Navamsha in Astrology’. Some of his books are available on archive.org if you want to go through. But if you want to really learn, buy a copy. Having a physical book is always easier for better understanding.