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 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. 



Exalted planets analysis, Birth chart and Navamsha

I always insist that you should analyse your birth chart D1 and the D9, 9th divisional chart Navamsha, for a complete analysis. If you do not see these two together, your analysis will be skewed. It won’t be wrong but it will be about only 50% of the complete picture. The Birth horoscope D1 is your physical reality and the navamsha is the total sub-conscious potential. Your birth chart is a sub-set of the the D9.

So to begin with, find out what your planets signify for you. Every planet is an agent of something in your chart.

Natural agents are fixed, eg Moon is for mother, Venus for relationships etc. This is a standard list. If you find this list difficult to remember just remember the sequence of signs and their planetary owners. These will always subtly affect your this part of life. Eg Jupiter 9th and 12th, Sagittarius and Pisces, will always have a say on your philosophy, mediation, also wife/ husband, Dharm pati/ patni. This is how you know the natural agents/karak.

Chart-specific agents will vary as per the ascendant sign. Eg for Pisces ascendant, Gemini is placed in the 4th house, so the Mercury will also indicate the mother. This is an addition to whatever he is the natural agent of. In analysis, always give more weightage to chart-specific agents. Eg such a person’s mother will have Mercury-like qualities, eg be skilful, analytical skills, a good conversationalist, an instructor at work, one of a large group of siblings, a friend more than a mother, etc. So before you start analysing your planet, first get into details what it stands for in your chart. Only after this can you think of consciously modulating its results.


So to analyse the D1 vis-a-vis the D9, this is something like a ‘reference to context’ question. Let’s focus on the exalted planets in this post ( I have written separately about the debilitated planets and pushkar navamsha analysis)

If a planet is exalted in your birth chart, it means that its energies are most suited to the environment of the sign it occupies. It will give good results in the physical life. These results will be linked to the sign the planet occupies in the D9, but still the results will be auspicious. The context background will be the D9 sign and the actual physical effect the D1 sign.

Whichever sign the planet is placed in the D1, if it gets allocated to the navamsha of its exalted sign, it will still offer you all the potential possible. However to use this, you will have to actively and intentionally change your behaviour and actions. Eg If your Jupiter in Aries in D1, gets allocated to a Navamsha owned by Cancer in your D9. You can actively use his energies to initiate something physical, related to your homeland, in a wider perspective helpful, teaching, yet commanding. Eg if you are an Indian, you start a Yog-teaching studio, a mix of exercise, pran, teaching/learning, homeland, ancient science etc keywords.

If the planet is placed in the D1 in its exalted sign and in the D9 also it gets allocated to the same sign. This would be a ‘vargottam’ situation, same sign in both charts. The energies of the sign are reinforced, the planet is extra-comfortable so will give very auspicious results. Only thing you should guard against is going into things without cross-checking everything first, over-optimism can backfire sometimes. Use your common-sense and all will be very good.

Now if the planet is exalted in the birth chart at the highest degree. The Param-uccha. Now you are in for a surprise, check out this table. (This table is so beautiful, I could write an entire book on it.)



Sign D1

Sign D9


10th deg of zodiac

10 deg Aries



33rd deg of zodiac

3 deg Taurus



165th deg of zodiac

15 deg Virgo



357th deg of zodiac

27 deg Pisces



298th deg of zodiac

28 deg Capricorn



95th deg of zodiac

5 deg Cancer



200th deg of zodiac

20 deg Libra



50th deg of zodiac

20 deg Taurus



230th deg of zodiac

20 deg Scorpio


(I follow B.V. Raman/Parashara)

Here are some points to help you trigger your own thought process.

The degree of highest exaltation ie in different signs in D1 and D 9, except for Venus.

Sun is the creative intelligence which works best if supported by the skilful analysis of options in the background Navamsha. Gemini is the sign which allows a choice in thought processes and actions, and the confidence to carry out both. This is not just ‘duality’. So the background provides choices, options, analysis which is manifested as the best possible thought/action executed with boldness, courage, genius, intelligence, self-awareness. This is also a reason why a combust/ caizmi Mercury with the Sun doesn’t cause serious problems, both work very well together. (Mercury is nearest to the Sun so gets combust more frequently compared to the others.)

Moon though enjoying the luxuries of Taurus, is best when linked to the practicality, structure and work of Capricorn. The hoarding and resource building behaviour is made practical use of in improving social reputation and creating regular sources of income and also the other way round. Always remember the D1 is derived from the energies of the D9. Capricorn is the practical. Only of you have the potential to work practically can you really make profit! A full treasury is a reflection of the hard work that has gone on the background. The creation of the work-Capricorn is wealth-Taurus (5/9 axis, Arth trikon) and Taurus-wealth in turn acts as a foundation for more work-Capricorn.

Why is Venus the real Moksh-karak, agent of Realisation? He gives his perfect expression in the physical world when he is in Pisces/D1 and again in Pisces/D9. He represents the complete disintegration of the manifested at every level and complete awareness of the undifferentiated energy. Pisces is awareness of the Other. This sign is abstract, in solitude, but expanded out infinitely in the other-dimensions. Its primary role is to be a ‘bridge’. If Pisces is strongly placed in your chart, you will be absent-minded in waking life, but drawn to the meditative states, contemplation, you know how to use your secret energies /pran etc to move consciously into the other realms. Venus uses these ‘bridging’ energies to help you reach Self-realization.

Mars works best in the disciplined work environment of rules in Capricorn. And if backed by the understanding of Karma, system and pragmatic plainness of Virgo, it is his best expression. Virgo and Capricorn are the components of the Arth trikon, the things which give meaning to life. In the deepest sense, life is created because of karma. It is Karma which actually gives meaning to Life. Mars is the energies of life and death together. So if you use your vitality in understanding and rebalancing karma, that is the best possible use of this energy.

Jupiter loves expansion that Cancer gives in all possible dimensions but works best when linked to the genius, self-identity and divine connection that Leo affords from the Navamsha. Cancer and Leo represent the Ajnya chakra. This chakra is where your individual soul/ jiv-atma resides. The Sun is the individual soul, the Moon reflects his light in the best possible way so that it can build the body/mind most suited for the individual soul. So with Leo in the D9, the Cancer in the D1, no wonder this is the best possible combination for Jupiter to give you the highest knowledge of this manifested creation, ie upto the Sagun Brahma you achieve Krama-Mukti. (To attain Moksh ie Nirgun Brahma and Sadyo mukti, you will need your Venus to support.)

Saturn wants precise fairness, one-to-one balance, crisp understanding. Libra, the sign who is bound to balance is his favourite. And this works best if he has the self-less, abstract, infinite energies of Pisces backing him. Pisces is understanding of the Reality. To understand this, you have to give away your limited view of the self. Saturn’s rigidness in Pisces is channelized to the sub-conscious, the residual karmic baggage is available for resolution. Also Pisces also offers no resistance to Saturn. If you observe, resistance to an uncomfortable situation increases the discomfort. Then the D-1 Libra gets the full advantage of this, highly intellectual, it uses all possible means for re-balancing the karma. The energies of the 6/8 axis operate here so its very good for karma resolution. It goes both ways, you can also understand this as, the potential energy of Saturn in D9 Pisces finds its perfect physical expression in the D1 Libra.


There is always a dispute among astrologers, are Rahu /Ketu exalted in Taurus/Scorpio or in Gemini/Sagittarius. This table is the answer.

Rahu works best hoarding luxuries and treasures, if he has the options, skills and analysis of Gemini at his command. Rahu is desire for experience, this energy is the reason we are alive on this earth. As an individual soul we experience, that is all we do. We are here just for the experience, nothing else. To satisfy Rahu with all possible treasuries of experience, it has to be Taurus in the foreground D1 and the choice of experience afforded by Gemini in the background. Gemini is where you initially create your karma, you think and choose with a sense of self. So karma in the background and the treasury of experience in the D1 works beautifully for the degree of Rahu’s exaltation.

And Ketu’s energies find an apt outlet in the mysterious depths of Scorpio if he has the philosophy, inclusiveness and hope of Sagittarius at his back. (Some astrologers are fond of quoting ’Rahu is like Saturn and Ketu is like Mars, Shanivat Rahu Kujawat Ketu. This statement irritates me to no end. They are not like Saturn/Mars! If there were, why would we have them as separate energies?) Ketu is the agent of dissociation. If he makes a good combination with Jupiter and Venus, this can give Moksh. He is the headless one, no ego, no sense of self. When he is in the Sagittarius navamsha he has the accumulated merit/‘punya’ of your entire self, past/ present/ future/ parallel at his disposal. This sign is expansion of the things of the manifested, humanity, philosophy, external component of spirituality, all life forms, benevolence, higher learning etc. This is the background. From this Scorpio targets the things personal to the self, digs down deep into the individual self. Scorpio eventually destroys everything around it and also itself. (This is a deep statement). Ketu is by nature fiery, he can cause movement he is movement! The nebulous moving like a flapping banner in the wind. So now the ‘wind’ is created by the luck of Sagittarius and the force of Scorpio. The indifferent ego-less dispersive energies of Ketu dig deep into the occult mysteries of personal against the background of the manifested multitude of all living selves. This is the ultimate environment to manifest Moksh.

The horoscope is like layers within layers, a fractal geometry. This was just a very basic analysis of how exalted planets really work. So if you have exalted planets in your birth chart D1 you should checkout which sign’s navamsha part they go to in the D9. This will give you more pin-point information on where your planet’s energies can be more effectively directed. No chart analysis is complete if you forget the D9. (If you think its too much trouble for clients, that is upto you. Anyways some clients are not aware of their exact birth time, it is better to check out the prashna kundali for more pointers in this case.) Always remember that the D9 is the context and the D1 is the outer layer. You cannot really understand the external unless you also look at the internal.