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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Role of Divisional Charts/ Varga Chakra in Vedic Astrology/ Jyotiṣa (Jyotisha)
The Varga Chakra/
divisional charts are crucial in Vedic Astrology for the examination of
specific life areas. It is said that where the Rāśi Chakra pertains to the
person himself, the Varga Chakra/ divisional charts relate to the environment
in various spheres of life. The astrological classics in Vedic Jyotiṣa stress
the point that not even a single step may be taken towards successful
predictions in Jyotiṣa without a complete examination of the divisions of the
In this paper we
shall study the primary significance of the divisional charts in life. Let it
be stated at the outset that there are principles which apply specifically to a
divisional chart but not to the other, issues of planets working as project
managers for a given area of life and others that dedicate themselves to
executing the tasks in any given area of life while others provide the
wherewithal. The complexities are numerous and are not to be revealed in public
papers. These are available to those whose Karma dictates that they are to know
it. But a lot of astute and direct traditional knowledge is given in this paper
to furnish a conspectus of understanding about the Varga Chakra.
The Rāśi (Rashi)
Chakra is the primary chart of physical manifestation from which all the
divisional charts are derived.
As far as the Lagna/
Ascendant of the Rāśi (Rashi) Chakra is concerned it shows the life,
circumstances, intelligence and the tastes and preferences of the person. For this
first house of the Rāśi (Rashi) Chakra we find corroboration from the Navāmśa (Navamsha)
Chakra/ D-9 chart which is derived by dividing the Rāśi (Rashi) of 30 degrees
of longitudinal arc into 9 parts. Ways to draw the Navāmśa (Navamsha) Chakra and
the other divisional charts may be learnt from any good primer on the subject.
Most competent Vedic astrology software will automatically compute them.
The Navāmśa (Navamsha)
Chakra is an extremely important divisional chart and is often used
independently of the Rāśi (Rashi) Chakra. It relates to Dharma and the 9th
House (recall the division of the Rāśi into 9 parts for its construction), and
since marriage is a fruit of Dharma being the 11th House from the 9th,
it is the main chart for considering the entire domain of marriage and more
than one marriage, the characteristics of the spouse and all related matters.
chart and judging it from the Saptama Bhāva or the 7th House we can
divine everything about the life of the first spouse.
From the Navāmśa
Chakra we also learn of the skills and attributes of the person both innate the
learnt. There are many higher concepts of tremendous practical utility which
are to be applied to this chart which is also called the Dharmāmśa including matters
relating to the control of focal issues in life. Planets are transposed to and
fro from the Rāśi to the Navāmśa Chakra and vice versa to further elucidate the
House in the Lagna chart or the Rāśi (Rashi) Chakra relates to wealth among
other things. The Horā (Hora) Chakra or the D-2 chart is of several varieties
and the one taught by Parāśara (Parashara) in the Bṛhaṭ Pārāśara Horā Śāstra (Brihat
Parashara Hora Shastra) has only two signs Karkaṭa/ Karkata/ Cancer and Simha/ Leo
where all the planets are placed-this is based on the division of the Rāśi into
two parts. This chart has many usages including judging the strength of the
planets and their propensity to give Rājayoga/ Rajayoga.
There is another
Horā/ Hora chart though which is used solely and exclusively to judge wealth
which is an important consideration in life. This chart is the most important for
judging Dhana Yoga or combinations for wealth and overrides the Rāśi Chakra for
this purpose. The Yogas in the Rāśi Chakra will find specific expression in
life based on whether they find reiteration in this divisional chart or not. This
chart is termed Kāśīnātha Horā/ Kashinatha Hora in the Paramparā of Śrī
Achyūtha Dāsa of Orissa.
signification of the 3rd Bhāva/ Bhava is that of siblings and the
Parāśara Drekkāṇa/ Parashara Drekkana or the D-3 chart is cast by dividing each
Rāśi into three parts of ten degrees of arc. There is however another Drekkāṇa
chart which is described in the Nādī/ Nadi literature in Jyotiṣa/ Jyotisha. This
is the Jagannātha Drekkāṇa (Jagannatha Drekkana) which is used to study the
results of past Karma and the Karma which may be performed in this lifetime
which would bring about things to manifest in this world. This is an important
division though not known widely at all.
Drekkāṇa/ Somanatha Drekkana is another esoteric D-3 chart which explores all
the details about the sexuality of the person and their vitality.
The Caturthāmśa Cakra/
Chaturthamsha Chakra or the D-4 chart is used to study matters relating to home
and properties since the root 4th Bhāva/ Bhava of the Rāśi Chakra carries
chart generally speaking is the Saptāmśa/ Saptamsha/ D-7 chart which is
considered by dividing the Rāśi/ Rashi into 7 parts. This chart is used to
study the children that one has and everything about the children can be known
from this chart. The root is the 7th House and the 7th
division because children which are gauged from the 5th Bhāva/ Bhava
from the Lagna are the fruits (11th Bhāva/ Bhava) of the marriage
seen from the 7th House from the Lagna.
Dashamsha or the D-10 chart reveals the intricacies that exist in the 10th
House of Karma in the Rāśi Chakra and is a crucial chart for the work that the
person does in his life. The 10th House is where the person shines
in their life and for this reason this Bhāva is called the Swarga and the Varga
Chakra is called the Swargāmśa/ Swargamsha. More may be read about this here- http://planetarytransformation.blogspot.in/2013/11/rashi-lagna-chart-and-dashamshad-10.html
Dwadashamsha or the D-12 chart is constructed by dividing the Rāśi/ Rashi into
12 parts and this Varga Chakra is used to study the elders in life such as
parents and the grandparents. These Varga Chakras have their deities which
govern soul-level relations and higher aspects, the deities ruling specific
portions in which the planets find themselves in the concerned division.
Shodashamsha or the D-16 chart is similarly derived from the 4th
House of the Rāśi Chakra and relates to material comforts and luxuries. The Rāśi
is divided into 16 parts to create the divisional chart. From this division, everything
about the acquisitions and vehicles of the person, the creature comforts are
In contrast there
is the Vimśāmśa/ Vimshamsha D-20 chart which is a derivative of the 8th
House of the Rāśi Chakra and relates to the penance and spiritual practices of
the person and indicates meditation and such practices. It is the 20th
division of the Rāśi.
Likewise the D-24
is the Siddhāmśa/ Siddhamsha or the Caturvimśāmśa chart which describes the
formal and spiritual education of the person-the Aparā and the Parā Vidyā. All about
schooling, college, post-graduation, doctoral and higher studies as well as the
characteristics of the institutions that the person learns at are to be seen
The D-30 or the Tṛmśāmśa/
Trimshamsha chart relates to the evils that one encounters in life be it
diseases or weaknesses and traumas. This chart relates to the darker side of
human life and is crucial in understanding the Achilles Heel in life.
The D-40 and D-45
charts are amongst the most crucial in the horoscope but cannot be discussed
and the same applies to the intricate details of Karma contained in the time
sensitive Ṣaṣṭiāmśa/ Shashtiamsha chart/ D-60 which shows the sum total of the Karma
as well as the precise life pattern in the past life, a sort of direct Jyotiṣa (Jyotisha)
In personal work
on the horoscope depending on the tenor of Karma that leaps out at the blessed
Vedic astrologer an in depth investigation of the Varga Chakra which the birth
time rectified is of enormous importance.