The Derived astrology charts and reports
The natal horoscope chart is the basic chart from which a whole lot of other charts are computed based on precise mathematical procedures and formulae.
An astrologer needs to consult those other charts also to make accurate astrological predictions.
A comprehensive list of horoscope charts are given below.
* Natal Chart * Divisional charts ( 15 nos) * Relations * Vimsopak Bal * Shadbal * Avastha * Dasha * Ashtakbarga
The Myriad Charts in Astrology:We have already talked about Natal chart. The Divisional charts are 15 different charts, which are derived from the natal chart.
The Divisional charts are as follows:
Hora (It divides, each Zodiac sign in the birth charts in basically two divisions). It is called D2.
Drekkana Chart (It divides, each Zodiac sign in the birth chart in 3 different parts). It is called D3.
Chaturthamsa Chart (It divides, each Zodiac sign in the birth chart in 4 different parts). It is called D4.
Saptamsha Chart (It divides, each Zodiac sign in the birth chart in 7 different parts). It is called D7.
Navamsha Chart (It divides, each Zodiac sign in the birth chart in 9 different parts). It is called D9.
Dashamsha Chart (It divides, each Zodiac sign in the birth chart in 10 different parts). It is called D10.
Dwadashmasa Chart (It divides, each Zodiac sign in the birth chart in 12 different parts). It is called D12.
Shodashmasa Chart (It divides, each Zodiac sign in the birth chart in 16 different parts). It is called D16.
Vimashamsha Chart (It divides each Zodiac sign in 20 different parts). It is called D20.
Chaturvimsamsa Chart (It divides each Zodiac sign in 24 different parts). It is called D24.
Saptavimshamsha Chart (It divides each Zodiac sign in 27 different parts). It is called D27.
Trimshamsha Chart (It divides the each Zodiac sign in 30 different parts). It is called D30.
Khavedamsha Chart (It divides the each Zodiac sign in the birth chart in 40 parts). It is called D40.
Akshavedamsa Chart (It divides the each Zodiac sign in the birth chart in 45 parts). It is called D45.
Shashtiamsa Chart (It divides the each Zodiac sign in the birth chart in 60 parts). It is called D60.
These divisions are not always equal divisions and they follow complex logic in ascertaining the planetary rulership of each part in a particular division chart.
Each of these divisional charts will also be analyzed along with the natal chart to analyze a specific aspect of a person's life. For instance D9 is for spouse and marital life, D10 for profession and career.
The Natal chart however is of primary importance followed by the D9 chart, whose analysis is also necessary for every aspect of life.
The Relation Reports:
These reports basically indicate whether a particular planet is in a friendly sign or unfriendly sign in the chart.
Based on their individual position in the chart, it indicates whether a particular planet is a great friend or just friend or neutral to another planet or it is enemy or great enemy to another planet in the chart.
Planet Strength Reports:
The 4 th , 5 th and 6 th reports are basically reports which calculate the strength and status of each planet in the natal chart and divisional charts of each planet, to ascertain how powerful and how much beneficial or inauspicious, each planet will behave for different aspects in a person's life.
These reports are again derived from natal chart and divisional charts based on complex mathematical procedure and logic.
The Dasha Report:
This is a unique report in Jyotish and Western astrology has no equivalent of this. Dasha reports are analyzed by astrologers to predict when the planets will deliver their natal signatures in a person's life.
There are different "Dasha reports" in Vedic astrology.
However the most widely used and most useful among them is the "Vimsottari Dasha System".
The basic principles of this Dasha system are as follows:
This system assumes that the theoretical longevity of each person is 120 years. These 120 years are then unequally divided into planet periods of 9 different planets (including Rahu and Ketu or the two lunar nodes)
The system follows a fixed sequence of planet periods, which is applicable to every chart.
This fixed sequence is as follows:
Sun: 6years Moon: 10years Mars: 7 years Rahu: 18 years Jupiter: 16 years Saturn: 19 years Mercury: 17 years Ketu: 7 years Venus: 20 years Total: 120 years.
Every birth chart has a dasha chart, which starts from the date and time of birth and is unique for every individual. This uniqueness comes from the start of the Dasha system for the person. A person's Dasha system can start from any point within the sequence described above. Once the starting point is computed from the birth chart, then it must follow the sequence given above.
This starting point is not chosen at random but it follows a definite mathematical logic and is computed from the exact longitude and zodiac sign where Moon is located in the natal horoscope chart.
To analyze smaller time durations in a person's life, the Dasha system (Planet Main Period) can be further sub-divided into AntarDasha (sub-period) or it can be further divided into 3 rd level of Pratyantar Dasha (sub-sub periods).
Theoretically we can create charts even to 5 th level covering few hours of a person's life, which is called Sukshma Dasha.
However it is not reliable or practical to create a chart beyond 3 rd level as mentioned above because our birth time is never totally accurate, and even if a person has clear birth time recorded at the time of birth, the associated error will be expontially reflected beyond 3 rd level and no reliable analysis can be done. Besides there are different opinions among Vedic astrologers on which moment during birth constitutes the actual birth time. I am not going to such controversies in this article.
The dasha system reflects that planets deliver their natal promises during their period ,sub-period and sub-sub periods as per the person's chart.
This chart becomes the main tool in the hands of an astrologer to predict when and what events will take place in a person's life.
So far I have talked about the permanent charts in a person's life, which does not change because they are all based on birth time and are derived from the natal chart.
We shall now talk about transit charts, which are changing continuously with time and the relevance of transit charts for astrological readings, and horoscope forecasts.
The Transit Chart and its analysis:
The Horary Chart: The horary chart is essentially a transit chart, which is based on the date, time and place when and from where the question is asked. A transit chart can always be drawn for the moment when an astrologer is analyzing a natal chart.
An astrologer looks at the present position of all planets and there relationship with respect to sign and houses in the natal chart. We analyze whether any planet in transit is conjoining with the position of any planet in the natal chart.
That gives us important trigger signatures for events that may take place at a given time in a person's life and always acts as a confirmation for the conclusions drawn based on Natal chart as well as Dasha charts and other charts derived from Natal chart.
In fact for accurate predictions an astrologer must confirm that his conclusions are consistent with both the natal chart as well as the transit chart and the status of planets in the transit chart in relation to the natal chart.
An obvious question, the transit chart at any given moment will be the same for every chart that we analyze, because at any given moment the astronomical positions of all planets are same in the heaven. If a planet is in retrograde motion, it is the same for everybody. Till July 2007, Saturn will transit through Cancer for everybody. However the transit of Saturn through Cancer for me and its impact for you will be different based on the status of Cancer and Saturn in our respective natal chart.
To quantify this difference in impact, Vedic astrology derives one more permanent chart from our natal chart. This is called "Ashtakbarga Chart" which is the 8 th chart in the initial list that I had mentioned in the beginning. This is one of the most sophisticated and elegant report in Vedic astrology, which is computed from the natal horoscope chart.
This report gives for each of the 7 planets in the chart (excluding Rahu and Ketu) in the form of an individual matrix for each planet which is called Bhinnashtakbarga for each planet, what will be the status in terms of its auspicious quality and inauspicious quality and what will be its precise beneficial strength as it transits through each sign in our natal chart for every 3 degrees 45 minutes of its movement through a particular sign or a particular house in our natal chart.
This is like a permanent and unique DNA signature for each of these planets for our life based on our natal chart. This report also combines these 7 individual matrices for each planet and gives a report called "Sarvastakbarga", where we can actually compare quantitatively the status of individual signs or houses in our chart. This becomes a very convenient tool for forecasting for an astrologer to make a precise judgment for different aspects of life as reflected by each houses in our natal chart. Again this becomes a permanent signature of life, which does not change.
I have now described more or less all the charts that a Vedic Astrologer uses to prepare the horoscope forecasts for you. I hope at least after reading this article, the next time you look at all the horoscope or Janma Kundalini charts, they will make some sense to you and will not appear as pure mumbo jumbo for you. |