## Ashtakvarga, an easy way to analyse transits

Jyotish or Vedic astrology has so many tools, but you should know which ones to use and how to use them. There is a lot of confusion about the Ashtakvarga, so here is a very simple way of using them in interpreting transits. You will need your Ashtakvarga table. There is system on how to make them, but now with everything available on software and free online calculators, am not writing on the maths.

This is how an Ashtakvarga table looks like. This is called a ‘samudaya ashtakvarga’ or a ‘sarva ashtakvarga’, the combined table. Input your birth details into any online software and you will get a chart which looks like this.

The top row is the Signs from 1-Aries to 12-Pisces. The first right column is the Ascendant degree and the 7 planets. ‘The Eight divisions’. Rahu-Ketu are not used in this table, instead the Ascendant degree/ Lagna is considered as a full-fledged ‘planet’ by itself. Each row is the score of that planet in the specific sign, this can vary from 0-8 points. The lowest row is the combined score of every sign this can vary from 0-56. The total number of points of the grand total are 337, this is constant at the lowest right cell. (I have tried to simplify this post to the lowest possible, but you need to read the rows and columns correctly, that is it.)

So to interpret individual planetary transits. The rule is that

• if the planet is transiting a sign where its score is 5-8 then the results will be good.
• If he is transiting a sign where the score is exactly 4, it will be average, not-good, not-bad.
• If the he is transiting a sign where his score is 0-3, then the results will be  inauspicious.

If some planet has a score of 8 in a sign, the maximum score, then his transits in this sign will give you several benefits, prosperity, official favours, marriage, family times, wins over enemies, gain of land/property, promotions, leadership etc. Such opportunities will come on their own. And you can also plan and actively use such transits for auspicious activities, long journeys, new undertakings, purchase of gold/ property etc, depending on the nature of the planet and the sign involved. eg in out example table the Mercury transiting in Leo is excellent at 8 points.

Especially in the Moon’s row in your table, check which sign has the highest score. You might end up marrying someone with this sign, or your best friends will have this sign as their moon or ascendant sign. You will gain from people having this birth Moon sign. eg Moon has the highest score in Taurus in the above example table.

The intensity of the results progressively diminishes as the planet’s score in the signs diminishes. If he has the exact 4 point score in some sign, the planet transiting that sign will be neutral for you while he transits. He won’t create problems and neither will he actively aid you if you need his help. (However you can trigger his energies by using any of his remedies.) eg the Sun transiting in Gemini in the above example.

And if some sign has a score of 0 for some planet, be very very careful when that planet transits that sign. It can signify extreme misfortune. For the nature of misfortune, locate this sign in the D1 and check out what house it is in? Where is its owner? Who is occupying/aspecting it? In the D9, check the power of its owner planet, which new house does this sign shift to etc. In short, get all the information about the possible results of that this sign is capable of. Then also do a full ‘agent-analysis’, Karakatva-analysis of this particular planet too. Such transits can signify extreme misfortunes, diseases, losses, loss of wealth, loss of job/position, death of children/ wife/ parents, death of self etc. (To change this situation for the better, you should perform some spiritual practice or some remedies of the concerned planet.) The example table does not have such an example. However Saturn has a very low score of 1 point in the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius each. This would represent a Saturn- Capricorn-return for the person (his birth chart is below), so physical effects would be damaging. Saturn in Aquarius would be Saturn transiting the 8th house and also second from his own birth position, rather bad for the health and position in society.

Now an example in detail, refer to the above table. Let’s take the eg Sun. Sun transits one sign per month.

• He has score of 5-8 in the signs, Aries, Leo and Virgo. So his transits in these signs will give auspicious results for the person. Sun has the highest score in Virgo, so this transit period will give him the best possible Sun related results.
• A score of exact 4 in Gemini, Cancer, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius and Pisces. This is a rather long list! Average indifferent results for the Sun-related things when he transits these signs.
• A score of 0-3 in the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Capricorn. Sun’s transits in these signs will give more problems than solutions. He has the lowest score in Scorpio ie 2 points, so the Sun’s transit in this sign will be the most problematic.

Now lets cross-check if this tallies with what the chart says. (It will always tally, but this is an educational post so doing this extra analysis.) This is the chart and birth details of Aleister Crowley, the greatest occultist that the western world has produced in recent times. 12th Oct 1875, 11:43 pm at Leamington UK. This chart is so extraordinary that I have decided to use it as my example chart. This man was a superlative genius. And he has my gratitude because of all the things he did, he, with Lady Frieda Harris, designed the Thoth Tarot deck. (haven’t been able to locate her birth details). I use the Thoth deck and it is actual magic. We know a man by his creations!

See the main D1 – birth chart and D9 – navamsha. If you look at the position and the power of the Sun from these charts, you can see that the Ashtakvarga makes perfect sense. The Birth Sun is placed in the 3rd house in Virgo. He goes to Virgo navamsha so is Vargottam, capable of giving very good result inside-out! Sun’s Virgo transits are going to give the best results. His lowest score was in Scorpio. A watery secret occult sign placed in the 5th house the natural owner of the 5th sign Leo is the Sun. This sign is placed third from the Birth Sun. Sun when transiting Scorpio will be in his natural house 5th but in a watery mysterious environment. (You, a radiant king, come back to your bright sunny house and see that it is taken over by neo-goths, now its dark, full of occult paraphernalia and you are supposed to work from here, naturally you are uncomfortable.)

Now why is the ascendant sign taken a separate ‘planet’ level item in this analysis? Your ascendant sign is the ‘concentrated’ you + your environment. Sometimes you need to calculate Muhurt-s, the perfect time to perform some action. It is called Electional/ Event astrology. Now in a day, all the 12 signs rise at the east direction, each for approx 2 hours. How do you decide if this particular 2-hr time frame is good for you to buy a house or a car? Or if a person has had an accident and you know what time the accident occurred. You can use this time to find out the ashtakvarga of the ascendant sign and determine the severity of the injuries. Here we are into very high details, we are analysing how 2-hr slots on every day are going to be for the person.

So again refer to our Ashtakvarga table, this time read the ascendant sign/Lagna row.

• The rising degree has a score of 5-8 in the signs Gemini, Libra, Scorpio and Capricorn. The highest being in Scorpio and Capricorn at 6 points each. So the two 2-hours slots when Scorpio and later Capricorn rises in the east will be especially favourable for this person.
• The ascendant degree has a score of exact 4 in Taurus, Leo, Sagittarius, Aquarius and Pisces.
• And has score of 0-3 in the Aries, Cancer and Virgo. The lowest being in Virgo at 1point.

To cross-check from the D1 and D9 horoscopes. Scorpio placed in 5th Kona house, its owner Mars exalted, placed with Saturn in 7th Kendra house. Capricorn in 7th house containing an exalted Mars and its owner Saturn. Genius coupled with the ability to think, analyse, use with discipline, power and balance etc. This is backed up by the D9, Scorpio becomes the 1st house and Mars remains vargottam, exalted and in the 3rd house. Capricorn goes to the 3rd house and Saturn shifts to the 11th house. This combination is quite good, so the personality is most productive, well-balanced when the ascending signs are Scorpio or Capricorn. (This person was obviously famous in society as a very high level occultist, a mountaineer, a spy, numerous affairs/marriages and more things!)

One more point, look at the totals row, the lowest row, where the total score of each sign is computed. Here the range is from 0-56 points for each sign. The mid-point is 28. A sign with a score of 30+ points generally gives better results than a sign with -25 points. Signs with scores 25-30 give average results. This is a very generic statement, but good enough for a very rough understanding.

So this was on using the Ashtakvarga for analysing the power of a planet to give his results during his transits through the various signs. Earlier this table was quite typical to calculate, but with software, it is as easy as a click of a button. So do use it, it is always accurate. No complicated stuff to learn by rote. But you will need to find out what your planet stands for in your chart first, this is the first step of every astrological analysis. This can be as simple as matching keywords to begin with. Later you can add more shades of meanings as you learn and observe yourself more.

Have written more on Ashtakvarga here.

## Pushkar Navamsha in the D-9 chart

The navamsha chart is essential for gaining an in-depth view of the personality. If you have the correct birth time then you should analyse the following 3 types of charts, this is the basic minimum.

1.  The basic birth chart (D-1) – Manifested reality, the actual stuff which is happening/ will happen.

2. The birth Moon chart – this is easy to draw. You take the basic birth chart and re-orient it so that the house the Moon is in becomes the 1st house. e.g. If your rising sign is Taurus and birth Moon placed in 3rd house, Cancer sign, your birth Moon chart will start with Cancer as the first house. This is used to predict the emotional impact of life-events on your mind.

3. The D-9 Navamsha chart – the sum potential of your life. The things which remain behind the scene but are extremely vital.

Now the Navamsha chart is created by dividing the zodiac into 108 parts. Or simply, each sign of 30° is divided into into 9 equal parts of 3° 20″ size, thus it they are called nav-amsha, ‘9th part’. (the reason is a bit philosophical and includes the framework of the Nakshatra system). These parts are called ‘navamsha’. Each of these parts are assigned to the 12 zodiac signs in sequence. e.g. first part to Aries, the second part to Taurus and onwards till the 108th part belongs to Pisces.

Pushakar navamsha is a special navamsha /9th part. Pushkar means ‘to nourish’. Essentially a part of the zodiac where, if there are planets placed, they get more power. If you have your Vedic software with you, check if you have any planets or the exact ascendent degree, placed in these Pushakar zones. There are 24 such Pushkar navamsha zones.

The location of the Pushkar Navamsha are as follows,

 Planet placed in this sign in D- 1 Pushkar navamsha degree range Planet shifts to this sign in the D-9 Aries 20° 00″ to 23° 20″ Libra 26° 40″ to 30° 00″ Sagittarius Taurus 6° 40″ to 10° 00″ Pisces 13° 20″ to 16° 40″ Gemini 16° 40″ to 20° 00″ Pisces 23° 20″ to 26°  40″ Taurus Cancer 00° 00″ to 3° 20″ 06° 40″ to 10° 00″ Virgo Leo 20° 00″ to 23° 20″ Libra 26° 40″ to 30° 00″ Sagittarius Virgo 06° 40″ to 10° 00″ Pisces 13° 20″ to 16° 40″ Taurus Libra 16° 40″ to 20° 00″ Pisces 23° 20″ and 26° 40″ Taurus Scorpio 00° 00″ to 3° 20″ Cancer 06° 40″ to 10° 00″ Virgo Sagittarius 20° 00″ and 23° 20″ Libra 26° 40″ to 30° 00″ Sagittarius  * Capricorn 06° 40″ to 10° 00″ Pisces 13° 20″ to 16° 40″ Taurus Aquarius 16° 40″ to 20° 00″ Pisces 23° 20″ and 26° 40″ Taurus Pisces 00° 00″ to 3° 20″ Cancer 06° 40″ to 10° 00″ Virgo

If you observe the third column, the Pushkar navamshas shift to the most sensitive and benign signs in the zodiac.

e.g. If you have Jupiter placed in Aries at 22° 30″ it will be in the Pushkar navamsha and in the D-9 will shift to Libra sign. This Jupiter will give very good results because of this.

The * in the table above, represent the Pushkar navamsha which are also Vargottam, i.e. the planet will occupy the same sign in the D-1 and the D-9, which will make it doubly powerful for giving his results. e.g. if you have Mars in 14° 30″ Taurus in your D-1 he will be placed in Taurus in D-9, which makes him both Pushkar and Vargottam, doubly auspicious.

Now to use your Pushkar navamsha in predictions,

First generally analyse what this planet is capable of giving you? How powerful is he? Which sign and house does he occupy in the D-1? The signs that he owns, where are they placed in your D-1 chart? Which aspects of your life does he control? Is he exalted, debilitated, retrograde, combust or aspected by malefics/ benefics etc? e.g if he is in a Dushamsthan he will be an agent of disease, death and loss. And if he is placed in the 11th house, he will give gains and expand your material and spiritual profits. But the influence of the Pushkar navamsha is this, it will promote the auspicious results and reduce the intensity of the inauspicious effects of this planet

Continuing our example, whatever results e.g. Jupiter is capable of giving you, in your chart, they will be amplified. The potential of the D-9 is 100% converted to the active D-1 in this case. Jupiter is very comfortable, the inner potential and the outer manifested are complimentary. Your personality can focus and clearly act out whatever this Jupiter directs. Jupiter is benevolent, expansive and philosophical, you will be these things inside and out! Everyone is different on the inside (D-9) as compared to the outside (D-1). But Pushkar planets are the same, inside and out, you will no deep mental/emotional discomfort as you act under their influence. Especially in your actions with your ‘significant-others’, spouse, business partners, partners in profession, parents, children etc. A Pushkar planet affects you and your connected partner in the same way, so your inner expectations are always satisfied in the outer life.

Jupiter’s results in transit will also be modified. First calculate what results are possible by combining the effects of the birth Jupiter and the transit Jupiter together. Pushkar is ‘auspicious amplification’. In the transits of Jupiter, you can calculate the exact period when he will cross this same Pushkar navamsha again. This will occur for 1-2 months during your Jupiter return, at 12yrs, 24yrs, 36yrs etc multiples of 12yrs of life. This 1-2 month window will be poised to give you exceptionally beneficial results if you use it well.

Transits of other planets over this birth Jupiter in Pushkar Navamsha will also give auspicious results. This Jupiter will modify the effects of malefic planets in transit over him. e.g Saturn transiting over Aries in our example will give generally more favourable results and the inauspicious effects are modified by the presence of Pushkar Jupiter in Aries.

Then this will also help during the transits of the rulers of the Vimshottari Mahadasha and Antardasha. Transits of other planets over this birth Pushkar Jupiter during their Vimshottari dasha periods will give favourable results. (Vedic astrology is about patterns within patterns.) e.g if you are going through Mercury Mahadasha and within it Rahu antardasha, whenever Mercury or Rahu transits over Aries with the Pushkar Jupiter, their effects will be more auspicious.

The Vimshottari periods of Jupiter himself will be very powerful. The main Jupiter Mahadasha and also the Jupiter sub-periods in other planets Mahadashas. Your ’significant others’, especially the spouse, will also feel similar effects in this period.

Any special combinations, like house exchange, raj yoga etc formed with such a Pushkar Jupiter will be auspicious and give favourable results.

If the ascendant degree itself falls within a Pushkar navamsha, e.g. You are born at 17° 40″ Libra rising, your chart will be pulled up one level, life will be auspicious overall.

More planets placed in Pushkar navamshas, more powerful this chart will be. If you examine charts of highly successful people you will find 2 or more planets in Pushkar navamsha.

There is a further Pushkar bhaga within the Pushkar navamsha, an exact single degree in the zodiac where the residing planet gains exceptionally high energy. This is for academic interest as you will need the exact time of birth for calculating this degree precisely. These are as follows,

• Exact 21st degree of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
• Exact 14th degree of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.
• Exact 24th degree of Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.
• Exact 7th degree of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

There are two other ways you can use Pushkar navamsha.

1. These degree zones are auspicious and favourable so are used in finding out good times to do things, i.e. in calculating a Muhurt. e.g if you buy a car at the time when a Pushkar navamsha is rising in the east, it will be auspicious.
2. These are also used in Prashna method where the client asks one single important question. e.g. If the planet defining the question in the chart is falling in a Pushkar zone, the answer of the question will be favourable.

This is a rather technical post today but useful. It is something which you can easily check from your software. If you have a planet in such a Pushkar navamsha, it will give very noticeable effects and auspicious results.

(There is little information on Pushkar navamsha, a bit in Jataka Parijat, but you can refer to Shri C.S. Patel’s book, ‘Navamsha and Nadi Astrology’. This post is from the books and also from my personal experience. I know a chart with 3 pushkar navansha, 1 pushkar bhaga and 3 vargottam placements, where despite the D1 being a bit problematic, the D-9 is strong enough to grant very good results)