Today a totally astrology post. So the Divisional chart 60, D-60, Shashtyamsha, ‘your secret life’! This is the chart you get when you divide the 30 degree long rashi/sign into 60 parts, each part being 1/2 deg or 30 secs in length. There are 2 parts in this analysis.
- Each amsha/part is also assigned to a rashi/sign, so you can draw a whole new chart using these new planet-rashi placements. This is the D-60 chart.
- Each of these 60 parts of a rashi/sign has a defined character. Each planet is allotted to this amsha/part in which its degree falls, and thus takes on its character. There are actually 60 classes of the Shashtyamsha parts. Here you get to know in which category each of the 9 planet fall in and thus their deepest natures.
Thus in this way, the 360 degrees of the Zodiac thus has 720 parts/amsha. Thats enough maths! But astrology is maths, cant get away from it.
So here is our tiny list of important charts.
- D-1 is the first divisional chart which we always refer to as the birth chart. The physical manifested reality. We keep on discussing this chart endlessly.
- Then next is the birth moon chart, this gives an indication of the perception and emotional filters of your life. Same as the D-1 just turned around, counting the house that has the moon as the first house you get your birth moon chart.
- The Navamsha, D-9, the 9th divisional chart, this is the Real You, as discussed in this earlier post.
- The D-60 which is another very important chart, we will now know a bit more about this.
So why do this? Divide and subdivide the zodiac to get more and more divisional charts? Each divisional chart gives a deeper insight into the real you, the secret you, the physical you, the astral you, the spiritual you, the emotional you and so on. You and me are very complex beings, you see!
But a note, your birth time should be exact. Only then should you check out the divisional charts, else they will mislead. An error of 1 min will change your D-60. Sometimes I wonder what should be the ‘exact birth time’? Time when the head comes out, or the entire body, or the first breath, or the first cry? It is the exact time when the umbilical cord is cut. This separates the child from the mother, now he /she is an independent individual. Anyways, there is a way of calculating your exact birth time using palmistry. The vertical lines on the fingers are used in mathematical formulae to arrive at your exact to the second birth time. And there are other mathematical ways to rectify the birth time in case you cannot get a handprint. So before dabbling in divisional charts please be sure of your birth time.
Now back to D-60. What is it used for? It is the final tally of the Karma that you will face in this life, severe karmic losses and falls and gains and spectacular rises in power. The final conclusion of the chart analysis is D-60. There are two ways of using the Shashtyamsha.
1.The first and more familiar way of analysing the D-60 chart.
Sometimes you observe that the D-1 is superb but still predictions fail. There are exalted planets but still they fail, oh so tragically! There are charts which gain tremendous power and prestige but then after a few years are found begging in the streets. Big politicians and businessmen are revealed to be ultimately corrupt. This is domain of the D-60. The final tally of the results that a planet will give. Exalted and beautifully placed planets in D-1 may be too good to be true so look into their placement in the D-60 to indicate their actual final results. If the well placed planets of D-1 become debilitated and are destroyed in the D-60, the dasha/time period ruled by this planet will indicate a disaster and fall in power.
Retrograde planets are always a source of confusion in the chart. The energies of these planets are directed differently thus the results expected can be delayed or even denied. The D-60 is the final on the results of retrograde planets. If the planet is in a good placement in in the D-60 rashi and house it will give its results, may delay will not deny them. Similarly for combust planets, their final results are to be determined accurately from the D-60.
The planets placed in the first house of the D-60 have the final say on the chart’s destiny. If benefic planets, or the ascendant lord planets of D-1 or D-9 are located here, it would indicate an outstanding personality.
However all planets are important in the D-60 and should be analysed properly. The chart is analysed with the same principles of exaltation, debilitation, aspects, etc as the main birth chart.
2. Now let us take a look at the Shashatyamsha categories.
This is the real reason why D-60 is important. The 60 categories. This is very very detailed and the character of each planet is micro-analysed. As per the ancient seers/Rishis this analysis is even more important that the analysis of the D-1. If you open any of the Vedic software like Parashara light you will see some of these names against the planets in a table. The inner nature of these planets can be seen at a glance.
- Of these 60 categories, 20 categories are fully malefic and a planet falling in theses categories will be ultimately act like malefic. Even if he is exalted or a functional benefic or anything good in the D-1, he still has the potential to turn the chart into a riches to rags story. (Their 20 names are Rakshasa, Bhrashta, Kulaghna, Garala, Pureesha, Kaala, Ahibhaaga, Gulika, Mrityu, Kalaa, Kantaka, Vishadagdha, Kulanaasha, Vamshakshaya, Utpaata, Kaalaroopa, Danshtraakaraala, Kaalaagni, Dandaayudha, Kroora)
- 10 categories are semi malefic where planets placed give mixed results but tending more to malefic. (Ghora, Yaksha, Kinnar, Agni, Maayaa, Daavaagni, Ghoraa, Yama, Bhramana, Indurekhaa are the categories here)
- 20 categories of these are fully benefic, a planet assigned to these parts will be a benefic and have a positive influence on the D-1 manifested reality. A real benefic in every sense. (Amrita, Mridu, Sudhaa, Amritaa, Poornachandra, Indumukha, Praveena, Atisheetala, Sudha, Payodheesha, Deva, Apaampati, Heramba, Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwara, Devaa, Kshiteeshwara, Kamlaakara, Marutvaan are the 20 classes in this type)
- 10 categories are semi-benefics where planet may give mixed results but more benefic than malefic. (Kubera, Chandra, Komalaa, Ardraa, Kalinaasha, Saumya, Komala, Sheetala, Nirmala, Saumya are the 10 here.)
These categories obviously have more detailed meanings than just malefic/benefic, (you can check out Phaladeepika for more), but for a simple post this much is enough!
Why 60 divisions? The ancient Seers of Jyotish consider this chart to be the defining one. The reason comes from the Surya-siddhanta, the Sanskrit text on which all astronomy is based. It is extremely accurate even by modern standards. eg. it mentions the avg length of the tropical year to be 365.2421756 days and the modern value is accepted at 365.2421904 days! So the definition of an astrological ‘planet’, graha, comes from this book. But 60? The Nakshtra, lunar mansions, take an apparent 60yrs to complete one apparent revolution around the Sun (Bhaa-chakra). These 60 yrs have different names too. So 60 is linked to one cycle of the Zodiac around the Sun.
This was a very brief starter post on the D-60. Our seers/Rishis were supermen in the real sense. They mapped out the universe in tiny tiny bits and assigned names and meanings to each one of these bits. Today we have lost most of this deep knowledge. Your friendly neighbourhood astrologer may know a lot but still there is even more that he does not know. Vedic astrology is like an endless ocean of knowledge, the more you learn the more there remains to be learnt.