Ramal Shastra Tantra is the source of Geomancy and IChing

Once, quite a long time ago, my brother, Samarpit, was insisting that I learn ‘geomancy’. He is really good at reading all sorts of cards, cartomancy, tarot and things. I wasn’t too interested, so he said it is a degraded version of ‘Ramal Vidya’. This caught my attention instantly as Ramal is a Sanskrit word which means ‘telling fortune using dice’ and Vidya is essential knowledge. And already I knew that there is a Ramal Tantra too. Tantra starts where your Pranayam and Yog stop.

(Modern scholars who study the fundamentals of the Sanatan Dharma, try to classify the deities, the shlokas, mantra, yantra etc into Vedic and Tantric. This is an exercise in futility. It is like giving a 1st standard kid the books required for a Ph.D and applauding him when he sorts them into piles by the colors on their front pages. There is nothing called Vedic or Tantric or Yogic or whatever. It is all Sanatan Dharm.)

So I looked up geomancy books available, these were all referring to Arabic and Latin influenced versions of Ramal, didn’t buy them. Also found a 2 day workshop for Rs 12000, where the teacher was going to teach ‘Basics of Ramal’, didn’t buy this either. Finally I found a Sanskrit book Ramal rahasya, the secrets of Ramal and Ramal sara Tantra the Essence of Ramal Tantra.

The ‘author’ of Ramal Jyotish is Bhagwan Shiv Himself. It is a Vidya taught by Him to Devi Parvati and it has an associated Tantra, quite formidable.

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Ramal rahasya starts off with a dialogue between Shiv and his wife Parvati (they are the intelligent conscious Tamogun, its potential and kinetic aspects respectively). He has clearly states several times that this cannot be learnt or perfected without a Guru. Guru means a spiritual Teacher. A Teacher who unveils to you the conscious intelligence operating in this created universe. So Ramal is something quite serious.

Ramal-Shastra is not Arabic, neither is it European nor Chinese. It is from the Sanatan Dharma/ Hinduism, it is a Vidya and a Tantra and it is in Sanskrit. In Jyotish, Ramal is used as a type of Prashna. It is used to find answers of one single question uppermost in your mind. Ramal Shakal/ Roop have been used by Aleister Crowley in his Thoth Tarot deck illustrations. (No wonder my brother had read about it).

  • Modern ‘geomancy’ is nothing but Ramal Shastra albeit in a degraded form. Ramal Shastra travelled from Bharat/ India to Arabia and thence to Europe. It has been distorted from the original Sanskrit eg the names used are in Arabic/ Latin, but the concepts of divination are almost the same.
  • Ramal shastra also travelled to the east and gave birth to the IChing and got converted to its 8 root trigrams. Again the concepts and the names used are almost similar. I have written about IChing in an earlier post, I use it sometimes for quick answers. (Do use IChing especially if you have questions related to business, politics, strategy and manuvering. It gives very useful insights and solutions)

But the thing is IChing or Geomancy, the Arabic/ Latin/ Chinese versions have lost the connection to the Tantra of Ramal. Tantra is knowing how to put the energy to work. These two are now divinatory methods of lowered consciousness. Of the two, IChing is more powerful than ‘Geomancy’, the ‘Tao’ of IChing is a very aware intelligence.

Tantra tells you the problems and fixes the things too. Tantra also leads to Self-realization. Jyotish too is a Vidya, it leads to self-illumination and Ramal Shastra is very much a part of this. Every Yog or Vidya or Shastra has an associated Tantra or it is not of much use. You have the machine/ yantra, the knowledge/ mantra by you need to know the process/ tantra in order to achieve your goal.

But Ramal is Ramal, nothing can compare with this. You can do much much more with the original Ramal Shastra/ Tantra. Just the act of casting the reading sets the solution in motion.

(I wanted to write a book on the original Ramal Shastra and Tantra but my fingers are unable to type it. I have a typing speed of over 60 words/min. But when I think of writing the secrets of Ramal, pran actually stops moving in my fingers. It is not my karma to write this book. So if you read from some english book on ‘geomancy’, do try to channelise the conscious intelligence behind it, so that your readings become more powerful. )

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So here is an introduction to the original Ramal. You already know astrology, the basics at least? Ramal then will be very easy for you to learn.

For learning Ramal you will need to know,

  1. The descriptions of the 12 houses of the horoscope. You already know the brief keywords.
  2. The descriptions of the 9 graha of Jyotish, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. This also is quite easy. You have read about them, you know how they behave. If not, I have written posts on them which you can read. Even if you remember a few keywords to begin with, it is good start. (Use the index page to locate the posts you wish to read)
  3. The detailed descriptions of the 16 images/ Shakal शकल used in Ramal. For this you will have to consult some ‘geomancy’ or modern Ramal book.
    • I use the original Sanskrit names as they have actual meanings. These 16 Shakal, are 16 types of figures drawn with single dot/ Bindu and a single line/ Rekha (In modern geomancy, the line is drawn as 2 dots, thus their tantric power is lost).
    • Shakal शकल is a Sanskrit word which means fragment or bit or small piece. (Sakal सकल is ‘entirety’.) Shakal are also called Roop रूप which means the ‘clue to the form’.

These 16 images, the Shakal शकल , made me want to learn Ramal Shastra. These are the 16 forms of the Moon/ Chandra. Each form of the Moon is called a Chandra-kala, this lasts for one day and this day is called a Tithi. So each Shakal is in fact the conscious intelligence of the Tithi or the Kala. These Kala कला are a part of Shri Vidya, the knowledge of your own internal energy geometry. These 16 images give Ramal its tantric identity. Ramal Shastra is Tantra.

The 7 regular graha-s rule 2 Shakal शकल each and the shadow planets, Rahu and Ketu rule one Shakal each. The names of the Shakal are the names of the planets. The figures you will need to practice a bit so that you can remember them. Don’t stress yourself by trying to by-heart things, as you do your practice readings you will understand them. Keep all your reference books near you. Divination is best when you have your mind relaxed.

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Sixteen, is ‘Shodash’ in Sanskrit. There are several sixteen things in Sanatan Dharm and linked to your energy self. Sixteen is one of the esoteric numbers of the Shri yantra, the geometry of the manifested universe.

There are the sixteen vowels of the Sanskrit varnamala. These are the energies of the Shakti. You already know that the vowels are connected to the Ida nadi or the ‘feminine’ energy or the Moon, ie these 16 vowels are linked to the Devi Prakruti, ie they are the 16 emanations of the Devi Lalita Mahatripursundari.

The Moon/ Chandra has sixteen phases. The no-moon Amavasya, the full-moon Pournima and the fourteen phases as he waxes or wanes, it is a total sixteen. These are the sixteen Chandra kala. Into Shri-vidya again, these 16 Chandra-kala are the Sixteen Matrika Devi-s.

And there is also an entire book in Jyotish called the Chandra-kala Nadi used for predictions. Jyotish is very much a part of Sanatan Dharm, it is a Ved-ang and it is a route for self-realisation.

  • चन्द्र – Chandra is the – moon, golden-reddish-silvery, brilliant, glimmering light, shining, fluid motion, graceful, pleasing, excellence etc.
  • कला – Kala is a – part, sound vibration, elements of the material world, fineness, embryo, skill, division of time, 16, intelligence also ignorance, the sapta-dhatu of the body, etc.

These 16 chandrakala are then the 16 beams of light radiated by MahaShodashi. The word ‘Maha-Shodashi Devi’, in Sanskrit, literally means the great 16 beams of internal light. She is the Prakruti, she is all manifested creation and everything in it.

There is a very powerful Shodashi mantra composed only of 16 beej akshar-s. It is hidden in one of the shlokas of the Devi Atharvasheersham in the Devi Mahatmya. It is obviously available on the internet, but it is dangerous, fast acting and one should not use it without guidance from a realised Guru.

The Vishuddhi chakra, described as a ‘lotus’ is the lower chakra of the Chandra-mandal has 16 ‘petals’. The chakras are called ‘lotus’ and is not just a poetic gesture. Lotus flower is called ‘padma’ in Sanskrit. But ‘padma’ has several other deeper meanings also. ‘Padma’ also means a phase, a step, the dimensions and ultimately means ‘Great-Time’ the Maha-Kaal. So the Vishuddhi chakra can be more correctly understood as a knot in the Brahma-nadi within the Sushumna. This is a place where the brahma-nadi curves and recurves around itself perfectly creating these 16 loops. These loops exist in time, in space and the other dimensions. The space-time curve of science-fiction actually exists inside your own self. Vishuddhi chakra is an important milestone in your spiritual progress. It is only when the kundalini crosses this point that you are called ‘Nara’ नर , otherwise you are still a ‘Pashu’ पशु .

The chandra-mandal is the highest part of the Shri-chakra composed of the Vishuddhi and Ajnya chakras. The human body is a yantra, basically a machine, it is a means to an end but is also a barrier if you do not know how to use it. It is a means  of control and can imply a bondage or a chain too. You have to use the force that this body (all its 5 layers) contains only then can you achieve Moksh, there is no other way. The yantra are put to work by application of the appropriate mantra and how to actually do this is the tantra.

And on an astrological note, I always assert that Venus is the real Moksh-karak, the agent of realization. His other name is षोडशांशु Shodash-anshu, he is a ray, thread, end-point of the 16. Recognise his real nature and follow him back to the Maha-Shodashi Devi and then go inwards into yourself.

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So back to the topic, the 16 Shakals of Ramal are linked to all these 16 powerful energies as above. The शकल are raw power in themselves, they are not just figures. If you intend to use Ramal in any way, try to use the correct Sanskrit names of the Shakals. This will add to your divination and you will get precise results. Here is a brief description of the 16 Shakals, their real names in Sanskrit (Devbhasha Samskrutam).

1. vagmi Vagmi वाग्मि – represents Pratipada Tithi, the first day after the no moon or full moon. Its ruler is Jupiter. Vagmi means excellent, philosophical, teacher.

2.  lohitah Lohitah लोहित: – Dwitiya tithi. Ruler Mars. Lohitah means red, copper, metal. 

3.  ushnaguh Ushnaguh उष्णगु: – Trutiya tithi. Ruler Sun. Ushnaguh means the one with very hot rays.

4.  vidhuh Vidhuh विधु: – Chaturthi tithi. Ruler Moon. Vidhuh means solitary or of rhythmic movement

5. patah Patah पात: Panchami tithi. Ruler Rahu. Patah means downfall, illusory appearance, misfortune.

6.  bodhanBodhanah बोधन: Shashti tithi. Ruler Mercury. Bodhanah means instructor, clever, exciting.

7.   ketuh Ketuh केतु: Saptami tithi. Ruler Ketu. Ketuh means a banner, unusual.

8. saurih Saurih सौरि: Ashtami tithi. Ruler Saturn. Saurih means the Son of Sun. Saturn Shani is the son of the Sun Surya

9. mandahMandagah मन्दग: Navami tithi. Ruler Saturn. Mandagah means slow moving.

10. Teekshnanshuh Teekshnanshuh तीक्ष्णांशु: Dashami tithi. Ruler Sun. Teekshnanshuh means sharp fiery rays.

11. daityarchithDaityarchitah दैत्यार्चित: Ekadashi tithi. Ruler Venus. Daityarchitah means the one teacher respected by the sons of Diti.

12. soorihSoorih सूरि: Dvadashi tithi. Ruler Jupiter. Soorih is a learned thinker, scholar.

13. aarahAarah आर: Trayodashi tithi. Ruler Mars. Aarah means iron, several enemies, or a sting.

14.  kavih Kavih कवि: Chaturthi tithi. Ruler Venus. Kavih means enlightened, in-control, a sage.

15.  sheetanshu Sheetanshu शीतांशु: Amavasya tithi. Ruler Moon. Sheetanshu means cold rays.

16.  saumyahSaumyah सौम्य: Pournima tithi. Ruler Mercury. Saumyah means Son of the Moon, likeable, bland. Mercury Budha is the son of Moon Chandra.

Eclipses in the horoscope, birth and transit analysis

Now if you intend to use Ramal as a divinatory tool you will need the typical Ramal dice. I saw some Ramal dice on sale on etsy. But if you don’t want to buy them, you can always use cards. You will need one set of these 16 images above, you can draw them on cards with a marker. Write the Sanskrit names on the cards, so that at least some part of the real power of the Ramal gets channelised into your reading. Try with the cards first, if you get inspired then buy the dice. (The dice are very convenient as with one single roll you get the entire group of mother images 1 to 4.)

So you have your Ramal cards and your question. Now you have to pull out 4 cards from the set and create the Ramal Khet or Shield. The actual Khet has 16 computations like this below. This is a completed khet, your reading. There are 16 positions and each position is occupied by a Shakal. Each position can be interpreted to get insights into your question.

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  • The 4 cards you pull out are the 4 मातृ Matru ‘mother images’. (these are filled in the right side top 1 to 4 slots). Note them as per the sequence you pull them out as you will be using the 1st mother image again to calculate the 16th image.
  • You derive the ‘daughter images’ from the mother images. These daughters are filled in the 5 to 8 slots on the top left of the Khet.
  • Then you calculate the four ‘niece images’ at number 9 to 12 in the second line. These are derived using the images of the daughters.
  • The niece images at 9 and 10 are combined to make the first witness at 13. It is filled in the third row right side.
  • And the nieces at 11 and 12 are combined to make the second witness at 14. This image is at the third row left side.
  • The two witnesses at 13 and 14 are combined to get one Judge image at 15. This is at the lowest row, left side.
  • And the Judge image and the 1st mother image are ‘combined’ to get the 16th image called the Reconciler.

Learning how to compute the Khet using the 4 cards, the ‘mother images’ you draw is very easy, it is given in every geomancy book. But I suggest that you get an app which gives you the computed shield directly. I use ‘Brian’s Geomancy’ app by developer ‘AoA’, it is a free app for iPhone. It computes till the 15th image. So you will need to compute the 16th image manually.

But ‘geomancy’ as it is taught today generally uses 15 images like this below. The 16th figure is not calculated. The Bindu/Dot and Rekha/Line of the original Ramal Shastra have tantric significance and inherent power. In geomancy, these have been changed, Dot is continued as a Dot but the Line has been converted to a Double Dot.

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So this is how you cast your Ramal Khet.

  • Sit in a neat and clean place, face north or east.
  • Deep breathe a few times, relax your mind, focus on your question.
  • Shuffle your Ramal cards and pull out the 1st one. This is the 1st ‘mother image’ so input it in your app.
  • Similarly input the 2nd 3rd and 4th cards ‘mother images’ in the app and touch ‘done’. 
  • The app will compute the complete shield and give you the final figure of the 15 images.
  • This is how you calculate the 16th Shakal, the Reconciler. in the example below, figure one will be the 1st mother image and figure two will be the 15th Judge image. You combine them together using this formula to get the 16th Reconciler image.

Ramal Shastra Tantra is the source of Geomancy and IChing

So if you are learning ‘geomancy’ or ‘ramal’ from any arabic/ english book do remember to cast the 16th Reconciler Image too. This is the gist of the entire reading and offers unique insights into the corrective actions which you will be taking up to address your problem.

And as Ramal Shastra and Tantra is authored by Bhagwan Shiv and the first ‘student’ of this Vidya is Devi Shakti, it would be best to think of them with gratitude before doing the divination. This will make your Geomancy/Ramal or IChing readings more powerful.

Chakra, Graha and the Rashi

(I had got a question on Ramal Jyotish some time ago but was putting off writing this post as I did not know how much I would be allowed by karma to write on this topic. So this post is a bit disjointed.)

Delayed or denied marriage

You will get clients who have questions related to marriage. When will they get married? Or will they ever get married? There are a few typical combinations where marriage can be delayed or denied. You will need the exact time of birth. The birth chart, the birth Moon chart, the navamsha chart and the Ashtakvarga are required. (If birth time is not available, use the Prashna system. You can use the current moment’s chart, its Navamsha etc).

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Some of the factors linked to marriage,

Things to see from the birth chart –

  • Venus is the natural ruler of the 7th sign of the zodiac, so naturally his power to give results must be examined. He is the natural ruler of all types of relationships.
  • The 7th house is the most important house of legal partnerships. The planets placed or aspecting here will influence marriage matters.
  • Similarly the lord of the 7th house has to be examined. These above factors will give the physical results related to marriage.
  • Libra is the natural 7th house of the zodiac, so check if there are any adverse impacts on it. These will be subtle effects modifying the physical situation.
  • Role of the 5th house and its lord is rather limited, this represents ‘glamorous self-centred love’, not marriage. But you can use the information from this house. Eg ‘love affairs’ which did not lead to marriage. Or ‘broken-heart’ situations, where the 5th house’s unfulfilled romance changed the person’s mindset against formal marriage. A very strong 5th house can indicate that the person is a genius, a celebrity, a star and not interested in the partnership of marriage.
  • If the entire Dharma trikon, ie the 1st, 5th and 9th house/lords of the chart is very powerful, the person may remain unmarried because of a very dominant personality, focussed on the self, which is very comfortable with himself.
  • In rare cases, a 8th house/ lord if heavily influenced by malefics can also deny marriage as this house represents the family of the spouse. A 8th house which can give auspicious results gives a good relationship with the in-laws and the spouse’s family is well-off.
  • Finally and most importantly, power of the ascendant sign, ascendant ruler and the birth Moon. If these three factors are well placed and give auspicious results, problems in the chart are reduced in intensity. Eg the person may not get married but the mental worry and physical hardship of living the life alone will not exist. The personality, the environment, the ‘fitting in’ and the emotional states are robust.

’Examine’ means to check out every influence on the planet/houses we have identified above. eg Venus, the sign he is placed in, the condition of this sign’s owner and his interaction with Venus (eg if they are in the 6/8 axis it will give some discomfort). The planets together with or aspecting Venus. All this from the birth chart also called the 1st divisional chart. Do this for all the planets/signs we have identified.

  • Malefics, benefics, neutral planets conjoint or aspecting. Especially look for involvement of Saturn, he delays/denies.
  • Exalted, debilitated, in maran-karak sthan. Is the planet in the sign owned by a friendly, enemy or neutral planet.
  • Retrograde, combust, or involved in graha-yuddha/planetary wars.
  • Hemmed in by malefics, ie the houses on either side of the planet have only malefics, this gives unfavourable results. Or hemmed in by benefics which gives good results. (Hemming in of the 7th house by malefics, ie the 6th and 8th houses contain malefics generally denies marriage and gives a good professional life.)
  • Exchange of this planet with the owner of the 6th or 8th or 12th houses.
  • If the planets in the horoscope are concentrated in fiery and earthy signs only, it can delay/deny marriage or grant childlessness.

Every influence will give its result, nothing gets cancelled out. Intensity may vary, depending on aspects and placements, but something of the effect will be there. (Eg one chart I know has an auspicious Venus with Ketu in the 5th house, aspected by a well-placed 7th house ruler from the 11th house. This person had two marriages. She married her current husband a few years after death of the first. Both were well-known, powerful and rich. Both marriages were pleasant experiences with a spiritual angle.)

Delayed or denied marriage

The Moon chart –

Now turn around the birth chart so that the Moon and his sign are counted as the 1st house. Examine the 7th house from this Moon. This sign and its lord will give the astral, emotional and comfort levels of the married state. Malefic influences here can impact the marriage event itself. Examine the position of Venus relative to the Moon, if it is in an uncomfortable axis, it will reduce the auspicious nature of the marriage event.

The Ashtakvarga table –

Open the Ashtakvarga table and check out the power of the planets which we have identified above to give results. (Two posts on how to analyse the Ashtakvarga, here and here).

Navamsha chart –

Next open the Navamsha or the 9th divisional chart. The Navamsha is analysed in comparison with the birth chart. Look for the following at least,

  • You have identified the signs in the 1st house and 7th house from the birth chart. Now check if any planet gets placed in these signs in the D-9. If malefics occupy these signs in the D9, it is unfavourable.
  • You have identified the planets (placed in or aspecting) connected to the 7th house from the birth chart. In addition there are 4 planets, Venus, ascendant lord, 7th house lord and Moon. Locate these planets in the D9, in which signs are they placed? Note these signs and open the basic birth chart again, locate these signs in the birth chart, which houses do these signs occupy in the birth chart? If these signs occupy the 6th house, 8th house or the 12th house of the birth chart, then the concerned planets are unfavourable.

Now we have identified a lot of points which are linked to the marriage event, some of them are bound to be there in the client’s chart. As a basic idea, if there are more than 5 of these points in the chart you are examining, consider it as case of delay and with every additional point it can become a case for denial of marriage.

Dasha and Transits

In addition the transits and Dasha-s have to be examined to get a complete picture. Marriage is possible only during Dasha periods of the planets involved in the marriage potential as we have identified above. In addition this has to be supported by favourable transits influencing the 7th house. In delayed marriages, this favourable time comes late in life. In denied marriages it does not occur in the life-time.

‘Marriage’ from an astrological point of view is a Karmic and Dharmic bond willingly accepted by a man and a woman in front of a witness. The witness can be the law of the land, a ritual, the Agni/fire, Sun, deity, priest, society or even the person’s internal conscience. The energies of the two link at the deepest energy levels as a Dharma-pati and Dharma-patni. it is a Sanskar., there is no concept of divorce, this lasts till one of the two physically leaves the body. However there can be multiple marriage events in one lifetime.

In these times, where the profession and personal life style is becoming more important, marriage is not mandatory anymore. People opt for romantic liaisons, flings, live-in relationships often with no children. So you might see more clients with delay/ denial of marriage in their horoscopes. And there is nothing wrong about not getting married. But in the long term, the existence of a solid society and robust traditions/culture still depends on the institution of marriage.

 

Delayed or denied marriage

Unknown birth details and exact time of birth

The birth horoscope and the further divisional charts are calculated on the basis of the exact birth time. You canno predict anything accurately without the divisional charts, (you need the 9th divisional chart/ Navamsha at least). So the exact time of birth is vital. There are several interpretations as to what is the exact time of birth; when the head comes out of the birth canal, or when the entire body comes out or the the first cry etc. Perhaps the true time of birth can never be determined, as it actually is the time of conception!

From the astrological point of view, ‘birth’ is when the umbilical cord is cut. This is done generally within a couple of minutes after the baby’s body is out of the mother’s body (it may be a natural birth or Caesarean birth). This is the instant when the baby becomes an individual. Now it is separate from its mother, it is now self-sustaining. Now, from this instant, its own horoscope will start operating. The baby has been born and is a separate human being when its umbilical cord is cut.

In our modern times everyone has a watch, or the hospital has a wall-clock, and the doctors/ nurses do note the birth time sincerely. If you are having a baby, you can request them to note the time when the umbilical cord is cut. Or if you are accompanying your wife in the delivery room, you can note this time accurately yourself.

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Now for clients there often is a discrepancy in the birth time. There is generally an error of upto 5 mins in noting the time e.g. 12:18 may be recorded as 12:20 or 12:15. Most of the clients you get will be of this type with a few minutes off their actual birth-time. In these clients you can draw their birth chart and the D-9. The accuracy of the D-9 can be cross-checked by asking a few questions about their life events. A 5min error in birth time can be easily corrected like this. You may not be able to pin-point the exact time but the D9 generated will be good enough. In my opinion, doing the a full-fledged ‘birth-time rectification’ in such cases is not really necessary. If you can get the Navamsha chart correct you are good to go. (the other divisional charts are not necessary for the usual client questions. The birth chart and D-9/ Navamsha are enough.)

For older clients, sometimes the precise birth details are generally not available. These clients know their day of birth but not the accurate birth time. In these cases if the client is more than 48yrs old, draw the chart with the house containing the birth Moon as the first house. And read it like you would read a normal birth chart with the keywords of the houses etc. This works quite well for future predictions, and there is a valid reason for this. The planets mature at specific years of life. Rahu/ Ketu mature the last, at the age of 48yrs. After this age this birth Moon chart becomes more important than the ascendant sign birth chart.

As you know, the body is composed of five sheaths, the panch-kosh. These five sheaths are sub-divided into three types of bodies, physical body, the subtle body and the causal body. The physical body is linked to the ascendant sign/ lord. The subtle body is linked to the Moon and the causal body to the Sun. When we cross the age of maturity of all the planets ie 48yrs of age, the focus shifts to the subtle body self. The physical self has given its maximum and the environment has given its potential too. Now onwards the focus of the entire personality gradually shifts away from the material life represented by the ascendant sign and its lord. If you have crossed this age, think back on the events and experiences at the age of 46-50yrs, you will notice that gradually the charm of material achievements had subtly lessened during these years. After this age, you are more willing to be content, there is a mental stability, you are more resilient to emotional turmoil etc (unless the Moon is badly afflicted). The vagaries of the material life are less important to your sense of self-content and personal happiness. Eg a teenager gets his hand amputated in an accident, it is extremely tragic to him on all levels, physical, emotional, mental etc. And a 55yr old gets his hand amputated in an accident, it is equally tragic but he would be more able to cope with the loss on the mental/emotional levels. This is the effect of maturity of all the planets as they change perceptions.

So the point is that if you get a client older than 48yrs, and he knows his day of birth but not the exact time, use his birth Moon chart as his horoscope and predict from it. It will work.

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I have seen that the easiest thing is to use Prashna kundali, rather than getting into birth time rectification. If the client has only one question uppermost in his mind, the Prashna system will give accurate answers. The time that the question is asked is used as the rising sign and the chart drawn. Reading this chart will give the answer to this single query. And often the client has one pressing query, about health, education, finances, profession, property, missing things, lost objects, medical problems, children, etc. Prashna system is quite very easy to learn. Buy the books and simply refer to the chapters. Read from the books and practice first then take on clients.

And finally the toughest, if the client wants a life reading and does not have any birth details. Now if you take this up, you have a lot of work. First to calculate his birth details, ‘birth time rectification’. Then to verify its accuracy by comparing with his life details and his physical features etc. And then predicting the future for the life-reading.

There are two ways by which you determine the precise birth details. If you are interested, look up a teacher who can teach you this, face to face.

  • Palmistry – in this birth time rectification method, the vertical lines on the fingers, thumb and the base of thumb are counted and put in different mathematical formulae. This will give the year, month, fortnight, tithi (lunar phase), day, yog, karan, nakshatra etc, the time in ghati (vedic time measurements). You have to take the palm prints of the client and count the tiny lines properly on every finger, segment-wise. It is very tedious, one of my astrology teachers showed me how to do it. You can calculate the birth time upto seconds level accuracy. A competent astrologer/ palmist can do this.
  • Mathematics – There are several mathematical techniques for finding the exact time of birth described by standard authors. These are pure math calculations so you need to have an aptitude for maths and a thorough knowledge of the effect planets have on the physical body structure and life events. Only an experienced astrologer will attempt this method for clients.

So in answer to your question (whoever had asked it). If your astrologer claims that he will do birth time rectification and give your exact time of birth, check if he really knows how to do it. There are these two methods for genuine birth time rectification. And if he is charging a large amount for it, it is justified as calculating it by either method takes a significant amount of time and knowledge of practical astrology.

 

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Genuine clients? Ask Prashna

You get clients sometimes who are not genuine. They do not have questions as such, and nor do they believe in astrology, but are here to test you! To waste your time and possibly to poke fun at you. They think of astrology as superstition and want to prove astrologers wrong. Sometimes they might tape the session with intention to harm you and your reputation.

Genuine clients? Ask Prashna

There are a few ways you can test the ‘genuineness’ of the client. First and foremost is the ‘feeling’ you will get from his aura. Thanks to software and apps you can get the planetary positions of the current moment instantly. This is a type of Prashana kundali where you are asking about your clients intentions. If you are not sure about your clients intentions, a quick look can help you decide how you want deal with them.

So in the Prashna of that moment check if there are negative influences on the ascendant sign, the ascendant lord, moon and mercury.

  1. Ascendant sign represents your ‘question’ and the ‘environment of the question’.
  2. Ascendant Lord tells you if the energy of the ‘question’ matches the energy of the ‘environment of the question’.
  3. Moon here is the overall impact the question situation is going to have on the querent (here it is you. You have asked the question for yourself)
  4. Mercury represents the intelligence, database, the analytical ability and the eventual inference of the question situation.
  5. The natural malefics are 5, Saturn (restrictive, Karma, payback), Sun (selfish super-ego), Rahu (over-ambitions leading to a fall), Ketu (thing to be discarded, detachment), Mars (aggression and domination)
  6. Benefics are Jupiter (expansion, conventional wisdom) and Venus (equitable partnerships, gain, esoteric wisdom).

A few sample combinations are like this.

  1. Malefic planets placed in the ascendant sign/1st house. Or aspecting the first house.
  2. At least 2 of the natural 5 malefics i.e. Saturn, Mars, Sun, Rahu and Ketu aspecting/conjoint with the Moon and Mercury. Such a Moon or Mercury or both if placed in the kendra houses it will be more negative (1st, 4th, 7th or 10th).
  3. Ascendant lord with or aspected by at least 2 malefics. Or placed in the dushamsthanas 6th, 8th or 12th.

However if the Ascendant sign, the ascendant lord, the Moon and Mercury are placed well, with benefics, in the auspicious houses you can rest assured that your client is genuine.

So here was a quick way of establishing if your client is really serious about what he is asking or is here to create stress for you.

 

Prashna kundali, 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.

Prashna kundali, the basics

You 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.

Prashna kundali, the basics

Finally 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.