Powerful horoscopes and weak horoscopes

Life is Change.

Your birth horoscope remains constant. This is the choice of energies which you chose at the moment of your this birth and is the foundation on which you are going to handle the Changes which this Life is going to bring. You are born at one instant, and the very next instant the change starts. Time and space move on. The planets move on, transiting through the zodiac. The zodiac, the Bha-kaksh itself moves on. These changing energies are basically the Dasha periods and the periodic transits. All these changing energies make patterns with each other and with the birth chart you have chosen. These patterns decide how events unfold in life. And the power of the birth chart decides how you will navigate through these changes. Will you soar or sink?

Your birth chart is the only energy you have and it needs to be studied in depth. I often mention ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ horoscopes in my posts. A strong birth position is very helpful in several ways. Your body/ mind and environment is strong enough to weather the changes which will occur in life. Changes in life are more enabling, you can leap to greater heights using the change events as opportunities. The changes are more auspicious and favourable, and the transitions are easier. You are more confident as your personality and your environment both integrate well and are more complementary. You get support from your inner self and also from the others around you. You are more in control of the situation. You have some say in how it unfolds and you can divert its energy to suit your objectives.

Powerful horoscopes and weak horoscopes

Powerful horoscopes will show the following combinations.

Birth chart, the D1,

  • The Ascendent sign determines your overall personality and your environment. It is best if this sign is occupied or aspected by benefics
  • The ascendant lord, the birth moon and the other benefic planets should be conjunct or aspected by benefics. And preferably placed in a kendra, 1st 4th 7th or 10th or kona 5th or 9th house.
  • Malefics are a source of turmoil in life so it is best if they are either in the upchaya houses, 3rd, 6th 10th or 11th houses. And aspected by benefics, especially Jupiter by his 5th or 9th aspect.
  • If there is a Yogkarak graha for the ascendant sign then this planet should be placed in auspicious house and be capable of giving favourable results. It would be even better if he is aspected or with other benefics.
  • Aspects of benefics on the Ascendant lord, the Birth Moon and the Yogkarak, will naturally increase the power of these planets and also encourage them to behave in an overall auspicious manner. These benefic influences also increase the power of that benefic planet on the overall personality/mind of the person. Eg Jupiter aspecting the Ascendant lord will make this person a genuinely kind and benevolent personality, he will meet others who help him and he too will try to help others in life etc.
  • Conjunctions are important as both planets influence each other and also the sign/house they are placed in. Eg you will see Sun-Mercury conjunctions most commonly in your study charts. If this conjunction is auspicious then it will enhance the powers of the Sun, Mercury, the house/sign they are placed in and also Leo, Gemini, Virgo signs wherever they are placed in the chart.
  • The 6th, 8th, 12th houses are the houses of turmoil, the dusham-sthana (I have written several posts on these houses, do check the index). Planets placed here are in charge of service, servitude, enemies, debts, diseases, traumatic changes, death, losses, dissolution etc. Best is if these three houses are empty. Or occupied by malefics and aspected by benefics so that the turbulence they cause in life is minimised.
  • Kendra and kona houses are the houses which directly link to the main 1st house. Bhavat bhavam principle is an easy way of understanding the importance of these houses. The 1st house is bhavat bhavam for only the 7th house. The 7th house is the bhavat bhavam for both the 4th and 10th houses. So these three houses directly feed into the power of the 1st house. Then the kona houses, 5th and 9th are in the Dharma trikon with the 1st house, are linked in its creative genius /foundation axis. So these two houses also link very deeply into the power of the ascendant sign. Having powerful and beneficial planets in the kendra and kona houses grants the personality more power to navigate life successfully.
  • Exalted planets are an asset in a chart. Also planets placed in their own houses or their mool-trikon signs. These are highly comfortable and willing to give auspicious results. If you have such planets in your chart, they pull up its quality significantly. Especially if the ascendant lord, Moon, Yogkarak or benefics are in such positions they give significant positives in life. Even if the malefics are exalted, they will help you navigate the turmoil they cause or at least you will gain something significant after the troubles are over.

Navamsha chart D9 – Then is using the Navamsha chart to get more insights into your deepest expectations and potential. This analysis is a necessity, but do this only if you have your exact birth time to the minute.

  • Vargottam planets, or the Vargottam ascendant degree indicate that the planet’s outward energy and inward energy is the same, there are no deep-seated conflicts in the personality.
  • Planets placed in the pushkar navamsha generally are auspicious and help in life.
  • If planets shift to their own signs or mool-trikon signs or in their exalted signs etc add more power to face conflicts and rise with every opportunity in life.

Ashtakvarga is another useful tool in astrology. It can be used to gauge the power of a planet or a sign to give auspicious results in life.

  • Planets having more than 4 points in the sign they are placed in at birth are going to be more favourable and auspicious.
  • In case of signs, the signs whose combined score is more than 27 are generally helpful. Those signs which are occupied by benefic planets at birth, or are placed in kendra/ kona, especially the lagna sign should have points more than 27.

Those aspects of life indicated by such planets and signs having such high scores tend to remain stable and non-problematic. Or even if there are problems, their severity is lesser and are more manageable.

Shadbala – in your vedic software, there will be a calculation for the ‘power’ of the planet. These ‘bala’ strength is calculated for the 7 planets, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The strength of the ascendant lord and the birth Moon should be high for overall favourable and enjoyable results in life.

Nakshatra – The lunar mansions are the framework of Jyotish. If you have your vedic astrology software, open it and check out which nakshatra your 9 graha and the rising degree falls in. These 10 Nakshatra energies are going to be more important in your life. Then calculate your Janma nav-tara chart from this post. Check which Tara categories your identified 10 Nakshatra-s fall in. If these fall in the Janma, Sampat, Kshema, Sadhak, Mitra or Ati-mitra Tara categories, then the planets occupying them will be able to give satisfactory results on the subtle/ inner levels.

Powerful horoscopes and weak horoscopes

Now quickly on horoscopes with lesser power or ‘weaker’ horoscopes.

Birth chart, the D1

  • The Ascendent sign occupied or aspected by malefics.
  • The ascendant lord, birth moon and other benefic planets influenced by malefics. Or placed in the dushamsthan, 6th, 8th 12th houses. Or even if in the 3rd house and influenced by malefics. This will increase the number of inauspicious events in life and also the trauma they cause.
  • Malefics aspecting each other increasing their strength to do mischief.
  • Yogkarak graha incapable of giving favourable results, influenced by malefics or debilitated.
  • Aspects of malefics on the Ascendant lord, the Birth Moon and the Yogkarak, will increase the power of that malefic planet on the overall personality/mind of the person. This can aggravate the negative qualities like cruelty, insensitivity, violence etc both in the personality and the environment.
  • Conjunctions with malefics can spoil several aspects of the life all at once. eg Moon with Saturn can cause trauma to the sign/house they are placed in and also Cancer sign wherever it is placed in the chart.
  • Debilitated planets, planets placed in their enemies houses are highly uncomfortable and pull down the power of the chart. Especially if the ascendant lord, Moon, Yogkarak or benefics are in in such positions.

Navamsha chart

  • If planets shifting to the signs which occupy the 6th, 8th, 12th houses of the birth chart D1 become slightly unfavourable.
  • Planets which shift to their debilitated signs or to signs owned by their enemies lose power to do good.
  • I have written several posts on navamsha analysis, do use the index page to locate them if you wish to read.

Ashtakvarga 

  • Planets having less than 4 points in the sign they are placed in at birth generally cause difficult changes in life.
  • The signs whose combined score is less than 27 points can also initiate turmoil when transited by malefics etc in life.

Shadbala for the ascendant lord and the Moon if is very low then you cannot ‘enjoy life’. There may be favourable things around you but you cannot use them or derive happiness from them. So do look up the section on ‘planetary strengths’ in your astrology software.

Nakshatra – In your Janma nav-tara chart, if any of your identified 10 Nakshatra-s fall in the Vipat, Pratyak or Naidhana Tara categories, then the planets occupying these Nakshatra will give subtly inauspicious results which will give you anxiety etc on the subtle/ inner levels.

Powerful horoscopes and weak horoscopes

This is a framework post. One placement does not make a reading. You have to look for patterns always. More patterns means more potential for the prediction to actually happen in real life. More powerful patterns add strength to you. More weaker combinations pull down you down. Every chart will have some auspicious and some inauspicious parts, eg if you have a very strong professional life then it is possible that you will have a less joyful home life. One cannot have everything at once. Try to understand your birth chart, your basic personality, your behaviour, your expectations and potential. Jyotish is Illumination, use it to see yourself first, analyse yourself dispassionately. Find out what aspects of life are going to give you successes, follow these. Try to leverage your strengths to grow, take every change connected to these aspects of life as a challenge and grow with it. Try to fortify those parts of life which are going to bring you turmoil, or try to channelise these turbulent energies into more productive things. Every change is an opportunity if only you know how to use it and you have the will to do so.

 

Retrograde Saturn in Capricorn 2020

The next few months are very typical, just check what the planets are upto, the highlights.

  • Saturn retrograde from 11th May to 29th Sept in Capricorn.
  • Venus retrograde from 13th May to 25th Jun. He is going to be retrograde in Taurus and will remain in Taurus till 1st Aug. In this he will also get combust from 31st May to 8th Jun. Venus stays in one sign for about 29days, now he will be in his own Taurus for 3.5months!
  • Jupiter retrograde from 14th May to 13th Sep. In this period he will transit backwards through Capricorn and enter Sagittarius on 30th Jun and continue retrograde in Sagittarius.
  • Mercury retrograde from 18th Jun to 12th Jul in Gemini. And he will be going get combust practically every month adding his typical confusion to the potent mix brewing.
  • Mars retrograde from 10th Sep to 14th Nov. In this period he will transit Aries and Pisces in the retrograde motion.

The effects of the last year’s eclipse are still on and we are now fast approaching the most confusing period of the year. In these next 5 months several planets are doing their retrograde-forward dance. Venus and Mercury will get combust for a bit. We will see one lunar penumbral eclipse and one more humongous Solar total eclipse in June in the Gemini-Sagittarius axis.

Retrograde Saturn in Capricorn 2020

Saturn retrograde, in Uttarashadha nakshatra, is the over-arching theme for these few months. So let’s first find out which signs are going to be most affected by his reversal.

  • You have to count from the ascendant sign for the physical effects.
  • And count from the birth Moon for the effects on the emotions, comforts, security, astral body, intuition, instinct, love, kindness etc.

The first sign affected is naturally Capricorn. Then Saturn will aspect Pisces, Cancer and Libra from here.

Capricorn is in the 5/9 axis with Virgo and Taurus. ie Capricorn is either the 5th or 9th house counted from these signs. 5th house blocked means that there will restriction in life, the energies of creativity, divine connection, genius, intelligence are blocked. The 9th house restricted causes trauma, especially from the ancestors, the past lives, social patrons/peers can betray, teachers can misguide, higher learning can be affected, conflicts about the philosophical foundation of life, divine blessings are blocked, auspicious benefits from past lives fail to support. If the 5/9 axis is influenced the ability to differentiate between auspicious and non-auspicious stuff is affected. So these two signs, Virgo and Taurus will face typical issues affecting all aspects of life as above.

Uttarashadha Nakshatra falls partly in Sagittarius, ie its 1st quarter lies in Sagittarius, so Sagittarius ascendant sign or birth Moon should also exercise due caution.

Then Aquarius is Saturn’s own sign, so if he is going to reverse his energies then this sign too will face his effect.

So our identified signs are Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces. Wherever these signs fall in your horoscope, whatever they signify for you, you will face obstacles, restrictions, suppression, problems, karmic issues etc. So analyse your horoscope in depth. The readings will vary from person to person depending on the power of the birth chart, the on-going Vimshottari dasha and the other transits (depending on your level of experience/study go through the Nakshatra, Ashtakvarga, Navamsha etc).

  • Eg for Libra ascendant, the body health will face some breakdown, surrounding environment will be suffocating, siblings will cause issues, loss of money, lesser options in life, will lack courage to choose, family life will cause problems, creativity might be stifled, children may cause problems, hidden enemies will try to hurt but you may be able to tide over this part, also professional/social life will be problematic. This will happen despite Saturn being a yogkarak for you so examine your chart carefully and remain alert during this period.
  • Eg if your birth Moon sign is Libra then these above aspects of life will cause mental stress, emotional trauma. Eg your Mom will cause you some sadness. Or your residence will be briefly haunted, etc. This will again depend on your personal chart so go through it in depth.

Retrograde Saturn in Capricorn 2020

I have written about using the Nav-tara chakra (post here), draw up yours and find out in which Tara, the Uttarashadha Nakshatra falls. You will be required to undergo karmic events connected to that Tara.

Let’s briefly check out the Uttarashadha naksahtra whose energies are going to be used by Saturn to give his effects.

Uttarashadha is ruled by the deity Vishvedev and linked to the Sun. The word means ‘final victory’, or ‘final celebration’. It is represented by an elephant’s tusk. Leadership, aggression, responsibility, law, character, guidance, good, truth, will, skill, time, apex, light, justice, ancestors/past lives, plans, firmness, introspection etc are some of its keywords. Actions taken under Uttarashadha have long lasting effects are more permanent in nature. If you have any planet in Uttarashadha or your ascendant degree is in this then you are a person of good qualities, intelligent, airy, satvik, modest, fortunate, introspective, mature, in touch with your inner divine and with significant leadership qualities. Practical, achieving, creating structures, truthful, clever, courageous, taking on challenges and winning them. You inspire others. On the spiritual levels, you will be determined to attain the highest Moksh in this highly balanced Uttarashadha. Uttarashadha is deeply connected to the Ida, Pingala Sushumna and your Kundalini etc.

Now Saturn is retrograde in this nakshatra. Time and Karma both working backwards into the energy of this very powerful naksahtra, using its potent energy. For these few months things will take on a very traditional tone, harshness, rigidness, intolerance, secretive underhand stuff, imbalances, challenges will over-whelm. Spiritual practice will pall and materialistic tendencies rise up. People may get caught in destructive relationships, leave things incomplete, get stressed, seem active without doing real work etc. Ego and selfishness will rise. People will speak of many grand things but will do nothing in actuality. Lawlessness will increase. The individual’s sense of right/ wrong will be lost. People will be inspired to do inauspicious stuff and not be inclined towards auspicious things.

This Nakshatra combines the influence of Jupiter, Saturn and Sun, so whatever these planets signify in your life you will face issues from these things during Saturn’s retrogression. This will be a critical time for several of us.

If you can work with these energies to Observe dispassionately, you will be able to use this unprecedented opportunity for your spiritual progress. Just as the most ill-adapted chart for the material life becomes the highest genuine Guru so do the toughest times for the material indicate the best times for the spiritual. But yes there is the pain of disillusionment. Saturn brings out the Reality within everything. So be prepared for some hard truths coming your way.

Saturn entered Uttarashadha 1st quarter which lies in Sagittarius in Dec 2019. This quarter is a Pushkar navamsha so all planets here work for the auspicious. Till here Jupiter the owner of Sagittarius also had some say in the matter, so Saturn had not taken on his ‘Lord of Karma whose Time has come’ role. But when he entered the Capricorn portion of Uttarashadha on 23rd Jan 2020, his own sign, his energies changed completely. He will remain in this nakshatra till the end of this year.  So practically this entire year is dominated by Saturn in Uttarashadha, the Capricorn portion.

(The 1st quarter is owned by Sagittarius, Jupiter’s mooltrikon. The 2nd and 3rd quarters of Uttarashadha are owned by Capricorn and Aquarius respectively, Saturn again. The 4th quarters is owned by Pisces, but Jupiter is not so effective in Pisces.)

Retrograde Saturn in Capricorn 2020

When Saturn becomes retrograde like this, the best thing you can do is to discipline your own mind first and foremost. In any way you can. You can do any Puja, Homa, Mantra jaap, charity, prayers, Dhyan, any Sadhana you are drawn to, simple or complicated remedies as you can afford to do. Just be sincere and regular about it. Intention is everything. (I have written several posts on these remedies, do use the Index page to locate these posts, if you wish to read)

Saturn is all about work, he is not emotional about anything. So if you get emotional about things happening, your problems will multiply. Avoid the following stuff during this period, addictions, love-affairs, over-spending, wasting time, wasting resources, risky behaviour, rash driving, speculation, big investments, arguments, buying unnecessary things, confrontations with the boss/ government, litigations, etc. Retrograde Saturn is not a time to start new things in life. (Since Saturn entered Capricorn in Jan 2020, scope for starting new things has reduced. Saturn generally does not allow new things, instead makes you complete your unfinished business. So whatever you have planned when Saturn was in Sagittarius has greater chances of actual growth). There will be reverses in life, disappointments and pain from time to time. Plan your life systematically, look at your long term objectives, your life’s aims, work in a disciplined manner to achieve them. Even if you feel that nothing is moving, persevere, be patient.Temporary attractions are not going to be good for you during this period. Just be honest to yourself about what you really want in life. Saturn is about Reality not imagination. Pragmatic not emotional. Saturn in Capricorn is about sustained work, he will give you all your rewards when he enters Aquarius, but only if you work now. He will actually help you if you decide to work, but if you are lazy, he will ensure punishment too.

These months are full of highly fluctuating energies, things are changing very fast on the energy levels and are not suitable for any major decisions in life. Lie low and let things unfold around you. As it is, all of us are suffering the karmic effects of Ketu in Sagittarius, which include the lock-down, diseases, deaths, economic turmoil, broken relationships, breakdown in some way or the other.

The silver lining is for those who are spiritually inclined, this period can be best used for intense mediations, spiritual activity, jaap, Homa Dhyan etc. This will help recover balance from the confusion around you. Also if you lose focus and get agitated by the chaos on the material levels around you, you will miss this once in a life-time opportunity for Dhyan. So the keyword for this period is to focus on the Self as much as possible and avoid making life-time decisions in haste.

In my personal life, I too am seeing karma on a fast-forward. One blessing is that all this, at least for me, is being resolved in Dhyan or Swapna-awastha. As I had already mentioned in some post, if some prarabdha karma has to be gone through by the body/mind in this life, it can be diverted into the Swapna-awastha. Or with the power of the Dhyan, it automatically shifts to the astral body. (ie If I am supposed to die, I will experience this death in my swapna-awastha or during Dhyan.) The astral body will suffer rather than the physical body. And the astral body recovers faster especially if Dhyan is regular. Personally for me this is the best option. However big the karma is including physical death is complete in the astral, leaving the physical planes free to do even more Dhyan.

Now if you have Saturn retrograde in your birth chart (I have), then the conflicts will be more. You might be more targeted by your boss or you may target your staff. Try to be patient and control your emotional outbursts. Whatever is going to come your way as per your horoscope, try to navigate through it in a pragmatic and dispassionate manner. This will be more intense especially if your birth Saturn is in one of the identified signs above, Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces. Or you are going through a Dasha/Antar-dasha/Pratyantra-dasha of Saturn etc.

So many signs are involved just with Saturn’s retrograde. A significant chunk of people are going to go through life’s issues and this will be modulated even more by the other planets’s retrogrades, transits, combustion, eclipse etc which is coming up. We all must be prepared for what is coming up.

Why do planets seem to go retrograde or seem to stop or go faster or slower? There is a very interesting astronomical reason, do read this post to know more.

I have written on Jupiter going retrograde in this post and about Venus retrograde in this post here.

I have written about the karmic events in the year 2020-2021 in this post. The objective of Jyotish is not to get scared, never, this is the science of Light. Learn to use the energies of the time coming up in the most productive manner. Being aware is the first step. Remedies are the next step. And behavioural changes are the final step in this process.

 

Retrograde Saturn in Capricorn 2020

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. 

 

 

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.

Pushkar Navamsha in the D-9 chartPushakar 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″

Taurus *

Gemini

16° 40″ to 20° 00″

Pisces

23° 20″ to 26°  40″

Taurus

Cancer

00° 00″ to 3° 20″

Cancer *

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.

Pushkar Navamsha in the D-9 chartThere 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.

 

Pushkar Navamsha in the D-9 chart

(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)