Sage Parashara in his Bhriat Parashara Hora Shastra has discussed 16 different types of divisional horoscope or varga charts. Astrologers use these divisional horoscopes or varga charts to see the strength of planets and for analysis the different aspects of a native’s life. These divisional horoscopes are useful when we have to interpret the results of Nakshatra Dasha’s like Vimshottari, Astottari, Dwisaptati Sama Dasha, Chathura Sheeti Sama Dasha etc. In case of Rashi Dasha’s like Chara Dasha or Mandooka Dasha we only use the Rashi chart mainly. The Sages has given various Navamsha Dasha’s to apply then on Navamsha chart.
In modern times many astrologers have stopped using many of the divisional horoscopes which is not a correct practice when they are mainly relaying on the Nakshatra dasha such as Vimshottari. Such practice can led to lots of confusion if one come across the horoscopes of twins or a pair of identical horoscopes.
The identical horoscope are the one where two natives have similar Rashi charts due to their birth on the same date and around the same time but in the different families. In that case the rising sign ( ascendant) is similar but it is the divisional horoscopes and the background of the native’s families that make the difference in their destinies. I have 4 such pairs of identical horoscopes out of which one case I am going to discuss in this paper.
Study of Divisional horoscopes or Varga Charts
Case 1. Male
16 June 1984, 11:00 a.m. at Hyderabad (Telangana)
Longitude- 78E 28’ and Latitude- 17N 23’
Case 2. Female
16 June 1984, 11:35 hours at Ludhiana (Punjab)
Longitude: 75E 51’ and Latitude: 30N 54’
In the two horoscopes given above the Rashi chart and the planetary position is similar due to the proximity in the birth time of these nativities. In the case 1 the native (male) was born in a rich family of Hyderabad. He was excellent in his studies but couldn’t pursue a career due to a very serious kidney aliment. He had to undergo a kidney transplant in year 2007 and was not able to recover property. He is master’s in Bio-Chemistry and is a very talented painter but didn’t have any career because of frequent illness. He is having dialyses 3 times in a day and has not yet got married. The case 2 is of a female native which has the similar Rashi chart to the case 1 given above. However, due to the difference of 35 minutes in their birth time and an entirely different place of birth the degrees of rising sign are not the same. Thus the rising sign in the various divisional charts are different in both cases. In Bhava Kundali the position of Sun, Moon and Venus has changed in case of the female native. She is having sound health and is living a happy married life in abroad. She was born in a middle class family of Ludhiana and got married at very young age of 23 years. She went to Australia with her husband in 2010. She is a mother of two children now and enjoying a comfortable life thanks to the successful career of her husband. These two nativities have identical Rashi charts but their destinies are contrasting which an astrologer can only understand with the help of divisional horoscopes. Let’s us analysis the various aspects of their lives with the help of divisional horoscopes.
Bhava Chalit or Bhava Kundali analysis:
In the Leo lagna chart the Moon is in the 6th house of disease. In the Bhava Chalit of male chart it has retain its position in the 6th house which made him suffer mentally due to a serious illness. But in case of female native the Moon has move into the 5th house joining Jupiter there giving her a peaceful life. Also notice the change in the position of Sun and Venus in the Bhava-Chalit of female horoscope it has moved into the 10th house joining a benefic Mercury there. The lagna lord Sun in the 10th house of Bhava-Chalit along with benefics Mercury and Venus is giving strength to the ascendant.
Navamsha Chart or D-9 analysis :
Now analysis the Navamsha chart of these two natives separately and also in corroboration with the Rashi chart to understand why one of them had a life threatening illness whereas the other had the normal health. In the Leo lagna Rashi chart the lagna lord Sun is in degree conjunction with Venus and Gulika. They are under the aspect of Jupiter which is retrograde and is himself under the bad aspect of retrograde Saturn. A retrograde benefic coming under the aspect of a retrograde malefic tend to loose its beneficence to some extent. So the aspect of Jupiter in this case is not very helpful. But then why the male native suffer from kidney failure but the female native got the decent health with some little digestive problems only?
In Rahu-Jupiter period in 2007 the male native had to undergo a kidney transplant operation. See how the Navamsha chart revel this contrast in their respective destinies. In the case of male native the 12th house Cancer is rising in the Navamsha which is not very good. The bad houses 6,8 or 12th rising in any Varga chart tend to give bad results related with the signification of that Varga. Here in case of male native the Cancer is rising in the Navamsha chart with dasha lords Rahu and Jupiter both coming under the bad effects of 8th lord Saturn’s aspect there. So during Rahu-Jupiter the native had to undergo a life threatening surgery. The Rahu-Jupiter period from April 2007 to September 2009 was difficult for the health of male native.
On the contrary the female native got married during the Rahu-Jupiter dasha in year 2008. Notice here the Libra, which is the 3rd house of Rashi chart, is rising as Navamsha of female native. Rahu the dasha lord is in the 7th house of marriage in the Navamsha chart of female native. The Saturn here becomes the lord of 4th and 5th house in case of Libra Navamsha of female native. So the aspect of Saturn on the dasha lords Rahu and Jupiter is not bad here in the case of this female native . Also notice here the change in the position of the Navamsha sign of Moon in both cases. In case of female the Moon has join the 5th and 4th lord Saturn in the 5th house of Navamsha which is making a good yoga for progeny. She became the mother of two kids; one born in 2012 (Rahu-Sautrn dasha) and the other in 2016 ( Rahu-Venus dasha). On the other hand the male native is still unable to get marry due to his bad health. In Rahu-Venus dasha in 2016 his kidney’s got failed again and at present he is on dialysis 3 times a day waiting for another transplant surgery to get some respite.
Dwadamsha chart or D-12 :
The Dwadamsha charts (D-12) of these two natives revel the difference in the status of their families. In the case of male horoscope the Dwadamsha chart has rising sign Capricorn with its lord Saturn giving aspect to the ascendant. The 2nd house of Dwadamsha having Moon and Mercury under the aspect of Jupiter shows the fortune of his parents. The 9th lord Mercury here is conjoined with 7th lord Moon in a good Raja Yoga showing the high status of his father. The father of male native is a rich person having good monthly income from rent and micro-finance business. In Rashi chart, which is identical for both natives, the 9th lord Mars and the 5th lord Jupiter gives aspect to the 9th house of father.
Now the case of female native with Aries sign rising in the Dwadamsha (D-12) is telling an entirely different story. Her father was an employee in Indian Railway who got trapped in a scam and was jailed during Rahu-Saturn dasha from July 2009 to May 2012. He is still having hard time in managing the financial affairs after loosing his job and reputation in the court case. Notice the position of Saturn in the Rashi and Dwadamsha charts in the case of female native. Saturn is the lord of 6th house conjoined with the 9th lord Mars in Rashi chart. In Dwadamsha it is debilitated 10th and 11th lord in Aries ascendant. For Aries chart Saturn is a functional malefic. Its sub period during the major period of Rahu gave this native mental trauma due to the defame of her father.
Chathurathamsha (Destiny and house) or D-4 :
As per the Sage Parashara the Chathurathamsha (D-4) signifies luck, landed property and home comfort. Here in the case to these two natives the planetary position of the Chathurathamsha chart is entirely different. In case of male native as many as 5 planets are falling in the 6th and 8th houses of the Chathurathamsha chart where the sign Scorpio is rising. Mars the lord of Chathurathamsha lagna is falling in the 6th house along with 4th lord Saturn denying him luck and comfortable living. He is struggling with a life threatening kidney aliment at that age when he should have been making a good career for himself. In the 8th house of his Chathurathamsha the Jupiter, Venus and Sun are falling under the bad aspect of Saturn giving him a very uncomfortable living at home. He has to undergo dialysis 3 times in a day at his home due to his kidney illness.
Now see the Chathurathamsha chart of female native where Aquarius sign is rising with benefic Mercury placed in it under the auspicious aspect of Jupiter from the 5th house. It gave her a comfortable living in abroad along with her husband and children. Here the disposition of planets are showing luck and happiness from home. The malefic Mars and Saturn are relegated into the 3rd house and benefic planets are in the trine houses. The 4th and 9th lord Venus is with the 7th lord Sun under the aspect of lagna and 12th lord Jupiter showing her settlement in abroad. She went abroad with her husband in 2010 when she was passing through Rahu-Saturn dasha in her horoscope. Saturn as the lord of 12th house in the 3rd house of movement is giving aspect to the 9th house and its lord showing foreign settlement during its sub-period.
Chathurvimshamsha or D-24 :
This divisional horoscope is to be seen for the education of a native. It has also been observed that the 5th house of the Navamsha chart also tells us about the inclination of the native to study a particular stream of education. Here in the above case the two natives has entirely different types of academic credentials. The male native has studied Msc. Bio Chemistry whereas the female native has done her MBA after the graduation in commerce. The male native has the very good professional skill of making paintings and he has earn some money from his hobby. The female native do not have such interest in artistic pursuits. Now to judge these facts astrologically we will have to see the Rashi, Navamsha and Chathuravimshamsha chart together and individually in both cases. Since Rashi chart is similar here so I will discuss the two concern divisional horoscope in more details.
In Rashi Chart the 5th lord Jupiter retrograde in mutual aspect with Sun and Venus is receiving the aspect of retrograde Saturn is mainly showing the combinations for the study of science stream. In case of male native this combination gets additional backing in the Navamsha chart where the 5th house receives the aspect of Saturn. In Chathuravimshamsha of male native the rising sign is Gemini with 5th house having Mars a technical planet. The 5th lord Venus here is in the sign of Mercury along with Sun, Saturn and Moon showing technical education. The influence of Saturn and Moon with the influence of Mars shows the education of Bio-Chemistry.
Now in the case of female native she studied commerce and did her MBA. Here the Navamsha and Chathuravimshamsha has combinations for the study of finance with the aspect of Jupiter on her 5th house of education. In her Libra Navamsha chart the Jupiter aspect the 5th house where Moon and Saturn are placed. In Chathuravimshasha there is a strong connection between 2nd (finance), 5th (education) and 7th (business) houses/lord which is a combination to study commerce and management related studies. Here in the Chathuravimshamsha of female native rising sign is Sagittarius with Jupiter the Karaka for management giving aspect to the 5th house of education. The 2nd lord Saturn aspect the 7th house of business. The 7th lord Mercury is in the 2nd house of finance. The 2nd lord Mars aspect the 2nd house and the 5th house. Thus the connection between the 2nd house, 5th house and the 7th house in Chathuravimshamsha and the role of Jupiter (management) and Mercury ( commerce) gave her study of MBA.
Conclusion: The above case study is an example highlighting the paramount importance of divisional horoscopes to study the various aspects of a native’s life and to forecast how, when and in which direction the flow of ‘life force’ will take him/her during his life time. If we ignore the divisional horoscopes then the Rashi chart can merely depict the general trends of the life of a native which is sufficient to make predictions but it can not tell about his growth of consciousness and various other factors of his life in details. There are more than 7 billions people living on this planet out of these millions would have been sharing the identical horoscopes having similar Rashi chart like in the above case study. So if an astrologer is simply giving his predictions by looking at the Rashi chart only and not taking divisional horoscopes into considerations then he is giving fluke projections only by not properly studying the nativity on the astrological grounds suggested by Sage Parashara. An astrologer must also be well -versed with the techniques of birth time rectification in astrology.