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Introduction to Parashari Varga
**Accuracy of divisional
charts depends entirely on accuracy of birth time.**
can be exceptionally useful.
However, if accurate birth time is not
available, divisional charts are misleading, and should be ignored.
Names and predictive values
Sanskrit Vocabulary for Varga
SUBDIVISION, class, category, section, or group
mathematical square power
Koeln Digital Sanskrit Lexicon
One who excludes or removes or
A separate division , class , set
, multitude of similar things (animate or inanimate) , group ,
company , family , party , side
Any series or group of words
A class or series of consonants in
the alphabet ...
everything comprehended under any
department or head , everything included under a category , province
or sphere of.
A section , chapter , division of
(in alg.) the square of a number
Sixteen Parashari Vargas:
"Rashi Kundali" - for material life
Hora - for wealth
Drekkhana - for siblings
Chaturthamsha - values, fortunes
Saptamsha - for children (fruits of marriage)
Navamsha - for spouse (fruits of dharma)
Dashamsha - for power, leadership, profession, career
Dwadashamsha - for parents
Shodashamsha - vehicles and their good or bad effects
Vimshamsha - for religious and spiritual development,
- D-24 Siddhamsha
[Chaturvimshamsha]- for siddhis, And formal education
- D-27 Bhamsha [Nakshatra amsha]
- "strengths and weaknesses"
Trimshamsha - general mischief
Shashtyamsha - restrictions on present life fruits, throughdebt
owed from past lives
BPHS Ch. 7, Shloka 1-8:
"Now, I will explain the use of these sixteen divisions.
The physique from Lagna
wealth from Hora
Happiness through co-born from
fortunes from Chaturthamsha
sons and grandsons from
power (and position)from
Benefits and adversities through conveyances from Shodashamsha
worship from Vimshamsha
learning from Chaturvimshamsha
strength and weakness from Saptavimshamsha
evil effects from Trimshamsha
Auspicious and inauspicious effects
All indications from both Akshavedamsha and Shashtyamsha
These are the considerations to be made through the respective
This is how the 16 vargas are to be evaluated."
This chart is from Das Goravani at www.gorvani.com
About Varga Information:
Varga characteristics reflect a more subtle
astral patterning that is ultimately determinative: like the
spring which has the programming
(destiny) to eventually become a
It is the same with the human mind. Changes
made to the small thoughts, embedded within one's total belief system, can
yield huge material improvements through the "trickle down effect"
That tiny spring is not physically big or
heavy like the full-grown river. At the source, it is
easy to redirect it. Yet, intentional changesmade to a small
originating and determinative thought can have massive "downstream"
Changing the nature of that tiny spring
can change the course of a great river!
With that awareness in mind, let us
approach the study of varga charts with an interest in isolating some of the
more subtle and mentally "manageable" thoughts that are more easily
amenable to positive adjustment.
Expectations revealed at the varga level
are purely thoughts and they are absolutely amenable to conscious control.
logic of divisional ["harmonic"] charts:
All of the divisional charts show the field of psychic expectations
created by the accumulation of one's past-life experiences.
There are specific, largely subconscious, fields of expectation which we act
out as if they were a script.
OK, they are a script! As always
it is possible to re-write the script but only if one becomes conscious of
the deep-seated psychic patterns lodged in the depths of the subconscious
Most people walk through these scripts - good and bad, easy and
difficult - like robots. The field of expectation is simply the result
of accumulated experience which predisposes one to react in predictable
Usually there is a repeat of the expected behaviors, the
treatment we receive as children. Then, it is repeated again in
adulthood vis-à-vis all the adult roles - marriage, career, raising one's
own children, handling parents and siblings, etc.
There is a set of expectations
for each of life's basic undertakings: marriage, children, career, wealth, parents, home, education, etc.
You name it, it is the fruit of something which happened in past
lives. Therefore, everything can be assigned some role in some varga!
The three most psychically complex
have in this life involve the partner, children, and parents.
Therefore the most frequently used divisional charts
Some of the varga separate the portfolio of one radix
house into several specific micro-focus charts. E.g., matters of radix
house-4 which includes all types of protection and support, are
Chaturamsha expresses the general state of social, emotional,
physical, and economic security - food, clothing, shelter, cultural
acceptance, and basic manners
Shodashamsha is concerned strictly with vehicles,
D-24 Chaturvimshamsha (Siddhamsha)
is concerned specifically with access to the power of Education, as the
strongest method of gaining security and strengthening one's cultural
Varga characteristics do not override radix
Rather the role of the radix graha within
which are relevant to the question, will supplement and confirm the
radix prognosis for the matter in question.
E.g., for matters of
radix L-4, radix L-7 and radix Budha are is the primary significators.
L-4 is usually the strongest of these, and L-4's radix character will set
the paradigm for education in this lifetime while L-7 and karaka Budha
contribute thematic variations within that paradigm.
For example+ L-4 = Shani, for Thula lagna
Vrischika lagna. This native works hard to utilize whatever educational
opportunity is allotted to them. Shani's character as defined by Shani's
rashi, bhava, yogas, and drishti received, is determinative in predicting
education for the native .
However, to fully understand the limits and
achievements regarding education for the native , we must see not only the
obvious role of Shani (and Shukra L-7 and Budha) but also we must check
the role of Shani (and to a lesser extent Shukra L-7, Budha, and any graha
involved in a parivartamsha yoga with Shani)
(Note that other varga related to bandhusthana
need not be consulted to answer a question about education. D-4
which is for the shelter and prosperity aspect of bandhu, and D-16 which
is for the vehicles, are not relevant.)
Varga charts do not *define* the native 's experience
in the assigned area, but rather provide *confirmation*of radix and navamsha
significations. If confirmation of radix/navamsha strength does notoccur in appropriate varga,career expectations
drawn from D-1
and D-9 should be reduced.
the lord of any varga is empowered in radix (whether a powerful
benefic or a troublesome powerful malefic)
one has programmed highly
significant spiritual information into the web of relationships that
one expects to
encounter in the environment described by that varga.
E.g., if the lord of
is strong, spiritual practice is a site of profound self-revelation to the native . The spiritual path in this case may be smooth (as in a
wonderful benefic) or ragged (as in a violent malefic) but the path is
crucially important in this lifetime.
If the lord of Dreshkhamsha-3
is strong in radix, then teamwork, siblings, group mental process,
competition, and self-made wealth are powerful venues for self-realization.
Mahadasha of the varga lord and its
bhukti periods will emphasize matters of the varga whose lord is strong in
Self-revelation is required to connect us
with missing (subconsciously concealed) aspects of ourselves.
When we get all the pieces of the Self
puzzle, we are whole and at that moment of wholeness we know God. It is
possible to advance on the path toward realization using any environment, any
set of relationships, any mirrors we choose.
If dashamsha lord is strong in radix, the native is choosing career, public service, and earthly power as a vehicle for
self-knowledge on the road to God-realization.
The dashamsha may also be read
"internally" that is, the same method as reading the radix, to very
finely tune the profile of profession.
How to read the varga charts:
One method of approach is to read the vargas the
same way you would read the radix chart, using the standard meanings of the
and yoga. E.g.,
he intra-D-3 7th house of the D-3 [Drekkana]
confirms your sibling's marriage, business contracts and capacity to make agreements.
he internal 10th house of the D-9 [navamsha]
confirms your spouse's career and public standing.
Also read the role which the radix house lords
assume within the varga.
radix L-10 should be strong in dashamsha to confirm
maximum public leadership (e.g., see G.W.
Bush where radix L-10 Kuja is exalted in 7th dashamsha.)
radix L-7 should be strong in navamsha to confirm a
happy marital situation
radix L-5 should be strong in saptamsha to confirm
benefits from children
Also in reading
the varga's also pay special attention to the karaka house.
the 10th dashamsha is especially important for career.
World leaders in Politics almost
uniformly have a powerful 10th dashamsha.
the 7th navamsha is
key to spouse's personality.
the 12th dwadashamsha reveals character of parents.
A few practice rules for
reading varga charts are quite different from the way we read radix charts:
the intra-varga configurations (relative yogas etc.)
are significant in the interior psychological and reflective life of the native , and they do rather precisely map out the interactive mechanisms on
the material, astral, causal and spiritual planes (and subdivisions of those
But frankly most people do not possess the level of reflective
awareness to realize that they are subconsciously causing their own
Except for the lagna lord of each varga, whose relative position intra-varga is so
prominent psychologically that the native will often recognize its effects,
reading intra-varga house-lordships will not produce much useful
insight regarding actions on the material plane.
the Jyotishi can described in great details the subtle
belief-system interactions defined by D-27 Bhamsha -- but the native who
does not objectively observe one's own belief system will hardly recognize
any truth to this Bhamsha analysis.
For a more vivid and real-world explanation of the
event-triggers and their material consequences, read the effects of varga
lordship from the behavior of that varga house-lord in radix.
E.g., the lord of the 6th navamsha is a
trouble-maker in marriage. Periods of the L-6 in navamsha causes the
spouse to create or experience a loss of marital agreement. If, within the
navamsha only, the native would have L-6 occupying the D-9's lagna, then
this native is probably an instigator of one's own marital conflict.
However the native is unlikely to recognize this pattern because he very
much perceives the conflict to originate with the spouse.
The nature of the
trouble-making behavior is more vividly described by the lord of the 6th navamsha's behavior in radix., The explanation provided by reading
the navamsha as if it were an independent chart like radix and evaluating
the behavior of L-6 within navamsha only, will be much more psychological
and too ephemeral for most natives to comprehend. and much less by
his behavior inside the navamsha.
Varga planets are
seen only as natural malefics or benefics.
Budha, bright Chandra, Guru and Shukra are
Dark Chandra / Surya / Shani /
Mangala / Rahu-Ketu are always troublesome.
If the dasha/bhukti lord= lagnesha of a kendra
of a varga = the period of this
lord will give strong results in matters of the varga. E.g. in periods
of the Moon, varga with Karkata rising are activated. Or, if Chandra rules
the 10th dashamsha or the 10th navamsha, career can be expected to
intensify. A key method for
predicting whether any undertaking will fare well = determine whether the mahadasha pati
and bhukti-pati will prosper in the relevant varga.
All the usual
yoga apply in varga readings, except for those yoga which depend on house-lordship.
Planets that gain
strength in the radix also benefit their varga position. E.g., a
planet which is retrograde in radix or Vargottamsha
in radix-varga carries
good auspice. Bright Moon in radix does well in all varga.
timing is (normally) predicted to occur during the bhukti of navamsha L-7
or L-1 or Shukra or Rahu, simultaneous with gochara Rahu-Ketu visiting a key
partnership axis = lagna of Chandra, lagna of R-K, or 1st bhava lagna of the
D-1 or D-9.
First of course, the wedding must occur.
But once the marriage is sanctified, will it fare well?
That depends largely on the health
of the navamsha, and the strength of current mahadasha and bhukti lords. Probably more influential
is the mahadasha pati, although a very long-running bhukti, such as
Shukra/Shani might also be very influential in marriage.
If the mahadasha pati
occupies a good house *in navamsha* and is also a natural benefic, all is
well. A natural malefic in a good house is pretty OK. A
natural malefic in a navamsha dushthamsha - not favorable. If
circumstances in the navamsha are bad enough, it would be wise to delay
the marriage or, if that's not possible for family reasons, be
exceptionally cautious in all marriage communications, whilst the
inauspicious mahadasha remains in effect.
So, look to the
navamsha first and foremost for predicting the prosperity of any
undertaking. An event might well occur, but its effects can be good or
For matters of
career, a new position may well be obtained, during the bhukti of 10th lord or
The current mahadasha lord must be favorable in the dashamsha
for true excellence in public service and full recognition of leadership to
IMO, the deepest insights available in Jyotisha come
through recognition of the matching energies that link us into various other
people, environments, and experiences.
Jyotisha has the remarkable power
to show us how we are creating our own reality in real time.
It is like
a movie script, showing not only the character's lines but also their
motivation and history!
This insight comes from the INTERACTION BETWEEN THE
RADIX AND THE VARGA CHARTS.
to locate the point of origination of any situation or
relationship, find the psychological "seeds" of
energy within ones own character. Find the expectations,
preconceptions, or other subconsciously driven reactive patterns which
cause repeating situations in life. If you can consciously alter the
seeds, you can change the fruit! Karma is resolved through this
to see the energy in YOU that IS CREATING YOUR REALITY -
children, career, wealth, education, spiritual development, parents, siblings,
etc - follow these three steps:
the radix shows real-time material life.
Locate the ruler of the radix house which signifies the matter at hand -
house-7 for marriage, house-10 for career, etc.
the Amsha(varga) shows the fruits of
that reality. Find that ruler in the relevant amsha (D-9 for
marriage, D-3 for siblings, D-12 for parents, etc.)
see the lord of that amsha sign within
the radix. This is the part of YOU -- the seed of the projection --
that is creating the reality seen in the amsha.
If this planet is doing well in radix, expect a smooth
ride in the matter at hand.
If this planet is troubled, the amazingly good news is
that YOU CAN FIX IT. All skandha,
the accumulated heaps of past karma, can be improved through CONSCIOUS
Under supervision of a therapist, psychic counselor,
guru, meditation instructor - or just by personal self-discipline and
commitment to remain "awake" to the action-reaction patterns
dominating our lives - these compulsive patterns can be released and
replaced with positive energy.
the key, as any Buddhist will confirm, is to PAY
ATTENTION to the reactive pattern.
In practice this method applies to any varga. However,
perform this study on the navamsha FIRST, for all questions. Navamsha
reveals the underlying dharma, or reality, of the situation. After
examining the neutral facts of the dharma or "phenomena as-it-is",
then proceed to the individual vargas and do the radix-to-varga-to-radix
From: the writings of the eminent Jyotishi,
Vargas are grouped in sets of six, seven, ten or sixteen.
These are known as Shad,
If planet is in 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 good vargas (exaltation,
own, friendly signs,
or a sign that is owned by a planet ruling an
angle (1,4,7,10) from the arudha,
then it is called kimshuka,
vyanjana, chaamara, chatra, kundala.
Add saptamamsha to the above six.
Planets in good vargas in 2 to 6 vargas are called the same as
If in good vargas in all seven, it is called Mukuta.
To the above seven, add
Planets in good vargas in this classification are from 2 to 10
Parijaat, uttam, gopur, simhasan, parvat, devlok, brahmalok,
To the above ten, add
I was wishing to understand the difference of Divisional Charts of D-5
5th house in a birth Chart denotes, Fame, Children, Creativity, Love,
Romance. The 5th house is again sub divided into D-5 and D-7.
For Love do we need to consult the D-5 or D-7? Since both are
sub-divisions of Fifth house?
Where to look for Radix L-5 in sub-chart for
success in love and romance?
Do the Divisional charts give such results also? Kindly tell.
questions! Many Jyotisha beginners struggle with the correct interpretation of
varga charts. When I began my studies years ago, I found the matter of
interpreting the varga to be a great conundrum. However they do make sense
What follows is my viewpoint. You will find other viewpoints from other Jyotishi,
so please do keep an open mind.
D-5, D-7, and D-9 in relationships
Building a knowledge base
As with all Jyotisha practice, looking at a variety of charts is the best
path to understanding of varga significance.
Avoid fixating On one or two emotionally charged nativities.
As with all Jyotisha practice, looking at a variety of charts is the best
path to understanding of varga significance.
is too much anxiety associated with the nativities of persons regarding whom
one has powerful expectations. Rather, study a variety of nativities of
persons well-known to you such as parents and grandparents, siblings and
cousins, co-workers and neighbors, in order to establish a neutral and
data-driven knowledge base.
Since the vidya
engages both lunar intuition and solar reasoning, Jyotisha is not exactly empirical science.
Yet it is important to see a
wide variety of Jyotisha nativities in order to validate the teachings of the
classics. Otherwise, unfortunately, the whole enterprise falls into conflict
Read lots of charts! Even a
offer a brief, positive reading.
Regarding D-5, D-7, and D-9:
D-5 Panchamsha is not too much used, except for answering questions from
those seeking Fame, Celebrity, Applause, or other ego-flattering effects of
natural 5th house = individual creativity. These questions usually
come from actors, politicians,and those in the entertainmentor
Romance or Idealization(which is what I think you mean by 'love') of Self and Other, look to the D-5.
D-5 provides an accurate psychological view of idealized, poetic love,
including the love of children. It is nearly impossible to see the negative
attributes of one's own beloved children, unless one suffers a projecting personality
D-5 shows fine-tuning of one's ability to channel true genius.
Everyone has "genius" which is the purest expression of divine
intelligence channeling through one's unique character. But not everyone has
permission to express that genius. The D-5 will give a closer view of the
D-5 at maximum can confirm brilliant
creative genius, but always rational-ego-driven.
In the Idealization mechanism, one develops a temporary
causes the "falling in love" vis-à-vis the Other or vis-à-vis the Public. The
idiom refers to "falling" because one is indeed falling out of
D-5 gives a clear view of the idealization-divinization mechanism in the life of the native .
If radix L-5, radix lagnesha, the arudha
lagna, and the lord+Lagna of D-5 all point in essentially the same direction
or if the Jyotishi looks across the full range of 16 vargas and sees
perhaps Shukra or the auspicious radix L-5 in all or most of the varga lagnas
then of course the native is set up for a lifetime of charismatic fame.
will "fall in love" and "be fallen in love with" frequency and with
intensity, when the Idealization (Surya) mechanism is strongly
Procreativity or the production of children is typically read through the
D-7. What is the logic of using the D-7 saptamsha rather than the D-5 for
children? It is
that children are not the product of individual's creativity as much as they are the
"fruit" or achievement of the physical union of marriage.
Production of children, although indeed a function of divine intelligence
channeling through the bodies of the parents, is not considered to be
primarily the result of individual self-expression (Surya). Rather, a child is
typically the fruit of two people joined in sensual union (Shukra).
radix, bhava-5 = 11th-from-yuvati = fruits of marriage.In terms of
physical creativity ("procreativity") matters of bhava-5 constitute
the material outcome Of bhava-7.
"Barren" graha (Budha, Shani, Surya) which have other strengths
(e.g., in lagna, with Chandra, in lagnesha) when prominent in D-7 will
indicate successful gain of children through adoption.
In reality, the desire to produce children for self-justification - rather
than as a service to the divine -- can have a significant ego motivation.
Nevertheless, the conception will originate in some type of contract or alliance,
moral or sensual, whether simple or complicated (as some adoptions are quite
complex and multi-party).
Therefore always consult D-7 for children, regardless of complexities in
the child's situation.
In the case of strong ego-motivation for acquiring/producing a child,
Surya the Self will be in D-7 lagna or similar rationalizing configuration.
Children are considered a function of the marriage contract, at the
physical, social, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. But children are
not a purely spiritual undertaking - they have a solid physical dimension! -
so children are not seen as clearly through the D-9. For children, the D-7 is
In addition to predicting children, D-7 may show more
details about contracts, agreements, negotiations, commercial transactions,
legal advice, counseling, pursuit of shared sensual experience (Shukra) and
other social balancing and design functions within a marriage or other
At the human level, D-7 describes
exchanges, trades, agreements, and alliances for mutual benefit.
D-7 is a
useful varga to consult for professional practice in the contract-making and
alliance-building professions, such as commerce and law; also interpersonal
counseling and all forms of professional advising including int'l diplomacy
and peace-making roles.
For the true, non-rationalizing and non-idealizing, wise and inclusive,
divinely guided love of sacred *marriage*, ruled by Brihaspati (not Surya's D-5
and not Shukra's D-7!) look to the D-9. The essential "complete and
all-inclusive" mirroring function of established marriage relationships
is reflected in the D-9.
Why D-9 and not D-7?
The D-9 shows fine-tuning for All relationships sealed with a sacred vow,
including vows of Holy Orders (monastic vows of poverty, chastity, etc.) and
promises made to Sacred Spirits.
9th-from-lagna represents one's ability to
Hold onto Heaven, or to connect with the divine aspect of the human self.
Dharma bhava is the house of priesthood, of making and keeping the connection
with Divine Truth. The life partner provides a mirror image of that
If the graha are favorable, the life partnership
most vital and demanding spiritual practice of the entire incarnation.
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