Systems' Approach to Interpreting Horoscopes OVERVIEW As developed by Professor V.K.

Choudhry, MBA

Planets, houses, signs and planetary periods rule events and indications in life. During their operating periods, the planets bless the native with the significations ruled by them relative to their strength and placement in the horoscope. The Systems' Approach improves the accuracy of analysis, accelerates the analytical process, and helps in identifying the results of analysis in an unambiguous manner, consistently without confusion. The main points are: • • Identify the Most Effective Point of every house. The most effective point is based on the rising sign degree. For example, if the natal chart rising sign is 10 degrees, then the most effective point of every house is 10 degrees. Note the five-degree orb. Whenever a planet is within five degrees on either side of the most effective point of any house, whether by aspect or conjunction, in either the natal chart or by transit, its results are shown whether positive or negative. Determine the functional nature of planets. That is, determine the functional malefic (FM) and functional benefic (FB) planets in a chart. Rahu and Ketu are functional malefics for all charts. The other FMs are those planets whose Mooltrikona (MT) sign falls in the dusthana (inauspicious) houses, that is the 6th, 8th, and 12th houses from the ascendant.

MOOLTRIKONA SIGNS Planet Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Mooltrikona Sign (5) Leo (4) Cancer (1) Aries (6) Virgo (9) Sagittarius (7) Libra (11) Aquarius

For example, when you look at the natal chart, simply note whether any of these numbers (mooltrikona signs) fall in the 6th, 8th, or 12th houses from the ascendant. If they do, then the planet that rules that particular house becomes a functional malefic for that specific ascendant. The number of functional malefics in a natal chart varies for each ascendant. The following list shows the functional malefics

Rahu. The general significations refer to the subjects ruled by the planet. Ketu The Moon. status of the native. and of the house where the planet is placed in the natal chart. house. Saturn. Natal chart and transit interpretations are always done with reference to the ascendant only. Saturn. Jupiter. Interpretations are not done using any other sign.. irrespective of the house lordship of the Sun in a natal chart. There are no neutral planets in this system. Rahu. or 12th) in natal chart or by transit A weak planet does not have the ability to fully protect either its general or particular significations. Mercury. Ketu The Sun. Ketu Mars. Rahu. etc.for each rising sign. then it is a functional benefic. Ketu The Moon. Ketu The Moon. Rahu. Ketu Jupiter. 8th. Ketu Rahu. ANALYZING THE STRENGTH OF PLANETS Planets are considered weak if they are: • • • • • In their signs of debilitation Are combust Are in the state of infancy (first five degrees of a sign) Are in the state of old age (last five degrees of a sign) Placed in malefic houses (6th. Rahu. Rahu. The Sun. Ketu If a planet is not a functional malefic. Rahu. Rahu. The particular significations refer to the significations of the house where the planet's mooltrikona sign is placed. Rahu. digestive system. for example. Mars. Rahu. Mars. Ketu Saturn. Jupiter. the Sun. Venus. . heart. Ascendant Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces Functional Malefics Mercury. Ketu Venus. Ketu The Sun. Venus. rules father. or lord independent of the rising sign. Rahu. Ketu Mercury.

The combust planets in such cases also suffer in transit afflictions. planets in the last five degrees are considered in old age. Planets in the first five degrees of a sign are considered in an infant state and are rendered weak. and last only for the duration of the operating transit influence. 3. 80%. IDENTIFYING RESULTS OF MAIN/SUB PERIOD LORDS Events take place during the periods of operating planets. AFFLICTIONS The close (within five degrees) conjunction or aspect of the functional malefic planets in a natal chart causes the afflictions to the planets and houses. 2. and 100% when they are 1. However. The results of planets vary in degree of strength as per their longitudes. and are also rendered weak. and 5 degrees. Therefore it is very important to understand the method of analyzing the main period (dasa) and sub period (bhukti) results. and zero when their longitude is 26. respectively. 40%. It gives exponential growth relative to the significations of the planet in close conjunction with the Sun. respectively. Afflictions to the weak planet during the transit influences cause only short term damage. and 30 degrees. 29.due to their natal chart positions. 60%. or altogether suffers. then all the planets involved suffer. Afflictions in the natal chart cause damage during the entire sub period of the weak planet or of the afflicting planets. 27. its conjunction with other well-placed functional benefic planets is considered good. However. This is because the planets become afflicted by the conjunction of the functional malefic Sun permanently -. MEASURING THE STRENGTH OF THE PLANETS Infancy/Old Age There are 30 degrees in a sign. That is. 40%. Similarly. 28. Just as an infant or old person cannot protect or provide for others.Whenever a weak planet is afflicted by close aspect or conjunction with a functional malefic planet. 60%. when the Sun is a functional malefic and is closely conjunct with other planets. the combust planets will suffer when they are under the transit malefic influences. 20%. When planets are in their old age state their power is 80%. . when planets are in their infant state their power is 20%. 4. On the other hand. these planets need to be strengthened when they are functional benefics in a chart. whether or not they are placed on the exact point of exaltation has very little relevance. Combust Planets When the Sun is a functional benefic planet. MEASURING STRENGTH OF THE HOUSES The strength of the houses and the signs is gauged through the strength of their lords and the conjunctions and aspects to the most effective point (MEP) of the houses. Exalted Planets Whenever planets are placed in their signs of exaltation they are considered to have additional strength. the results of its signification manifest with delay.

the Sun rules father. placement. strength. if a malefic planet is conjunct or aspecting the most effective point of a house. During the sub period of a planet. the significations of the mooltrikona sign and house will not prosper. conjunction and aspects to the same. Will bestow good results Functional Malefic Functional Benefic (If weak or afflicted) Will create only hope (that does not get fulfilled) Functional Benefic Functional Benefic (If well placed and strong) Will bestow very good results Functional Benefic Functional Benefic (If badly placed and weak) Will bestow average results with misfortune during unfavorable transit influences Functional Benefic Functional Benefic Functional Malefic Functional Malefic (If involved in close conjunction or aspects with other weak planets) Will cause mild sufferings Will cause grave concerns/tragic happenings RESULTS OF SIGNIFICATIONS The results of the general significations of the sub period lord depend upon its functional nature. heart. male child. etc. RESULTS OF SUB PERIOD LORDS Main Period Lord Functional Malefic Functional Malefic Sub Period Lord Functional Malefic Functional Benefic (If well placed and strong) Results Will cause suffering. For example. digestive system. . the following significations are operating: • • The general significations of the planet. blood pressure. For example. The particular significations of the house where the mooltrikona sign of the operating planet is placed. position with the government. They will be subject to the problems indicated by the lordship of the afflicting planet.The following chart is useful in analyzing results. social status. The significations of the house of placement are touched when transit planets create benefic or malefic influences on the sub period lord.

suppose the 11th house lord. Any planet occupying its sign of debilitation in a particular divisional chart will fail to protect its significations in its sub periods. 2. if it is strong both in the natal chart. during the sub period of Venus. Generally people will not seek astrological consultations or remedies relevant to the significations of those houses. 3. and in transit. Then. Then. In this chart. TRANSIT INFLUENCE Transits refer to the planetary positions at any given time after the date of birth. The transit position of the sub period lord. Under the Systems' Approach the analysis is always done with reference to the placement of planets. CAPABILITY OF PLANETS TO BLESS WITH THEIR SIGNIFICATIONS Study both positions. The impact of transit functional malefics is on both functional malefics and benefics. The planet will be able to bless the native with both its general and particular significations. the sub period planet sets the trend as per its lordship. the sign of Libra is placed in the 11th house. ANALYZING RESULTS OF NON-MOOLTRIKONA SIGNS Until and unless there is a close malefic influence on the most effective point of a house containing a non-mooltrikona sign. The natal position of Venus. is placed in the 12th house of loss. the natal chart and transit position of the planet. that is. Now. a natal chart with a Sagittarius ascendant. house placement.such as elder brother or income. Venus. The significations of a functional benefic planet are harmed when it transits the natal position or close aspect of a functional malefic planet. In essence. Take.• The significations of the house where the planet is placed. there could be loss relating to 11th house significations -. INTERACTION BETWEEN THE SUB PERIOD AND TRANSIT RESULTS .if by transit the functional malefics Rahu and Ketu form a close conjunction or aspect to any of the following: 1. their strength and weaknesses and their mutual relationship with reference to the ascendant. the transit planets cause influence whenever they come into contact with the sub period planets' natal or transit position. or. Venus. The subjects governed by the planets are their general and particular significations. Transiting planets are studied with reference to the natal chart ascendant. Even the death of the elder brother could be caused -. The most effective point of the 11th house. USE OF DIVISIONAL CHARTS The divisional charts are used for judging the true strength of a planet while studying its impact in a particular field. IDENTIFYING TRANSIT INFLUENCES The result of a particular house will be influenced by a transiting planet when it is near to its most effective point depending upon its functional nature whether benefic or malefic. for example. or there could be trouble to friends. the significations of that house will not bother a person. and other influences on it in the natal chart. and in relation to the original position of the planets in the natal chart.

The sub period lord sets the trends. the significations ruled by the transiting planets suffer badly. relations with the government. the benefic transit effects are mild while the malefic transit effects are more severe. Whenever. during the main periods of functional malefics. benefic transit effects are more pronounced. Saturn. Rahu and Ketu are more pronounced when during the course of their close conjunctions/aspects. . the Sun rules father. higher studies. whose lord is weak. The afflicted planets/houses are those planets/houses with whom the functional malefic planets form exact conjunctions/aspects or close conjunctions/aspects. they become stationary. The natal positions mean the longitudes of the planets at birth and the rising degree of the ascendant. is treated as a weak position. and not with reference to the natal Moon sign. The significations of the house in which the concerned planet is located. For example. The significations of the house where the mooltrikona sign of the concerned planet is placed. The malefic effects of slow moving planets when functional malefics i. This is more so when the weak natal planet is weak in transit. liver.Three areas of significations are operating during the course of a sub period planet. it affects both the houses in which it is located and the houses which it aspects. they trigger happy incidents. or move more slowly as compared to their normal speed. Jupiter. the happenings occur depending upon their functional nature in connection with the house with reference to a particular ascendant. heart. it triggers an undesirable incident concerning the planet and the house involved. the transit planets . The transit effects are to be seen with reference to the natal ascendant.e. (The rising degree is treated as the most effective point of every house.transit over the natal functional malefic planets. The various planets rule the following type of significations: The general significations of the planets.both the functional benefic planets and the functional malefic planets .) Any house. READING TRANSIT INFLUENCES Significant events are triggered by the transit of planets over the natal planetary positions: Whenever a functional malefic planet transits a weak natal position. too. Whenever planets in transit form conjunctions amongst themselves. a transiting functional malefic planet transits the most effective point. Whenever. During the main periods of the functional benefic planets. Whenever the functional benefic planets transit auspicious natal positions. etc. Its own general significations. However. Similarly. son. These include: • • • The house it rules. The close conjunctions are treated where longitudinal difference is around five degrees or less between the two planets. and Jupiter rules the progenic matters. The house where it is placed. transit effects as mentioned above can supersede the trend results of the sub period lord and create significant events. while malefic transit effects are mild.

. The detailed analysis can only be made from an individual's horoscope for his/her own self only and general indications for spouse. Problems are always with regard to the weak. For example we can see whether the person will derive happiness from his children or at a particular time whether the child is enjoying or in trouble but we cannot identify about the educational or professional or emotional matters of a child from one's chart in details. elder and younger coborns and friends. However. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. HAWTHORNE COPYRIGHT 1999. or 12th). Note the weak. then despite weakness it is good. Rahu and Ketu in their exaltation states give materialist benefits. ADVANCED ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES The key issues in horoscopic analysis are: • • • • • • • Identifying the functional nature of planets in a nativity. The techniques for judging the strength of a planet. A functional benefic planet becomes weak if placed in any of the dusthana houses (6th. V. On the other hand. The most malefic planet. The impact of weak and/or afflicted planets. as it aspects the most effective point of the second house. children. The systems' approach always considers the strength or weakness of the planet that is placed in the mooltrikona sign of another planet. The distinction between the weak and/or afflicted planets. badly placed.HOW TO ANALYZE A CHART To start the analysis of a chart: • • • • • Note the Ascendant degree. and/or the sub period of the functional malefic planets (for trend results). Put a circle around the planets and house that are afflicted due to the close influence of the functional malefic planets. parents. The best thing is in the shortest possible time indicate the strong and weak areas in chart and prescribe appropriate remedies. EDITED BY DAVID M. CHOUDHRY. near the most effective point. Identify the conjunctions and aspects within a five-degree orb from each other. which becomes the Most Effective Point of every house. and afflicted planets. Good results are identified for the significations of the well placed strong planets having good and close conjunctions/aspects. debilitated Rahu involves in exposed scandals and acute physical sufferings.K. Short-term problems are indicated by the malefic transit over the weak natal planets. and The most effective point (MEP) of various houses in a chart. 8th. badly placed and afflicted planets and/ or the sub periods of the functional malefics. The orb of longitudinal difference for judging the impact of conjunctions and aspects. Underline the functional malefic planets. if it is in the eighth house.

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