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Ashtakavarga is a very sophisticated and unique transit system. There is nothing else like it anywhere in the world. In Vedic Astrology, there is such a plethora of techniques to choose from. According to Parasara, to make the process of prediction a lot simpler, Ashtakavarga can be used. To practice Ashtakavarga effectively, it is important to be very familiar with the qualities and actions of each planet as a karaka and the qualities and actions of each house. This is the key. In Ashtakavarga, Varga charts are not used. A transit of a planet through a Sign has many layers of meanings. For example, when Jupiter is transiting a Sign, you judge the effect of Jupiter transiting to all the planets plus the Ascendant. You judge the transit of Jupiter to not only the natal Moon, as in Gochara, but also to the natal Sun, natal Mars, natal Mercury, natal Jupiter, natal Venus, natal Saturn and the Ascendant. The transit of Jupiter is judged from eight places, hence the name of Ashtaka (Eight) Varga (Divisions). A planet is favorable or unfavorable from where it is transiting from a particular planet. Ashtakavarga is more important than Gochara. It is a more precise measurement because it measures a planet’s strength from every planet, not just the Moon. Gochara is just 1/8 of Ashtakavarga. If a planet is transiting a house with high points in Ashtakavarga, but a bad house from the Moon (Gochara), then the results of Ashtakavarga trump the results obtained from Gochara. For example, Saturn transiting the 12th, 1st and 2nd from the Moon is considered inauspicious, but Saturn may be very auspicious in other respects, as in the case of Saturn transiting a house with high Ashtakavaraga points. In this case, Saturn would be able to perform very well and give auspicious results. Ashtakavarga takes a more accurate and holistic look at the transiting planets than just those transits from the natal Moon. A planet transits a sign. Based on this placement, it either receives a 1 or a 0 depending on whether it is auspicious or inauspicious from a certain planet. For example, Saturn transits Aries and in the birth chart, Saturn is in Cancer. Saturn in the 10th from itself is not auspicious, so Aries received 0 points. Whenever a planet is transiting a sign with low points, low points being below 4, it is always going to give trouble to that sign and trouble to the planet’s significations. 0, 1, 2, or 3 points = Bad; 4 points =Average; 5, 6, 7, or 8 points = Good. Jupiter will tend to have more than 4 pts in every sign. Saturn will rarely have more than 4. Jupiter and Venus are favorable in transit to most planets and Saturn is unfavorable in transit to most planets. The following is a tabulation of where each planets give points from it’s natal placement, from all the other planets’ natal placements and from the Ascendant.
4th. From Saturn: 3rd. From the Moon: 2nd. 10th and 11th. 9th. 11th and 12th. 5th. 10th and 11th. 5th. From Venus: 2nd. 9th. 8th. 6th. and 12th. From Venus: 3rd. 4th. 2nd. 5th. 10th and 11th. 11th. 6th. 9th. From the Sun: 3rd. From the Ascendant: 1st. 4th. Mercury Mercury gives a point to the following houses from himself: 1st. From the Moon: 3rd. 7th. From Mercury: 3rd. From Jupiter: 1st. From Venus: 6th. 7th. From Mercury: 3rd. From the . 9th. Mars Mars give a point to the following houses from himself: 1st. 9th. 10th and 11th. From Venus: 6th. 9th. 6th. 9th. 6th. 8th. 4th. 7th. 7th. 4th. 6th and 11th. From the Sun: 3rd. 9th. 9th. 3rd. 6th. 5th. 7th. 9th. and 12th. From Saturn: 3rd. and 11th. 11th and 12th. 2nd. 10th and 11th. and 11th. 4th. 5th. Saturn Saturn gives a point to the following houses from himself: 3rd. 8th. 11th. 4th. 5th. 10th and 11th. and 11th. 6th. 8th. From Ascendant: 3rd. 2nd. 8th. 7th. 8th. 3rd. 9th. 7th. 5th. 7th. 4th. 6th. 11th and 12th. and 11th. From Mars: 2nd. 5th. 6th. 3rd. 8th. 9th. 7th. 3rd. 6th. From Jupiter: 6th. 5th. 10th. 4th. 6th. and 11th. Moon The Moon gives a point to the following houses from himself: 1st. the 1st. 9th. 8th. 6th and 11th. From Jupiter: 5th. 6th. 5th. 2nd. 10th and 11th. From the Ascendant: 1st. Venus Venus gives a point to the following houses from himself: 1st. 4th. 10th. 9th. 8th. 10th and 11th. 11th and 12th. From Mars: 3rd. 10th and 11th. and 11th. 8th. 9th and 11th. 5th. 7th. 2nd. 9th and 11th. From the Ascendant: 1st. and 11th. 10th and 11th. 10th. From the Ascendant: 1st. 11th and 12th. From the Ascendant: 3rd. 4th. 8th. 5th. 10th and 11th. From Mercury: 1st. From the Sun: 1st. From the Sun: 8th. 11th and 12th. From the Moon: 1st. From Mercury: 1st. 7th. 4th. 7th. From the Moon: 2nd. 6th and 12th. 11th and 12th. 10th. 10th. 10th. 5th. 10th and 11th. 8th. and 11th. 7th. 10th and 11th. From Mercury: 3rd. 5th. From the Sun: 5th. From Mars and Saturn: 1st. 7th and 12th. 6th. Mars and Saturn. 6th. 8th. 6th. 8th. 4th. 8th. 10th. 10th and 11th. 4th.10th. 6th. 6th. 10th. 2nd. 10th.Sun The Sun gives a point in the following houses from himself. 6th. 5th. 5th. 9th. 6th. 6th. 3rd. 4th. 10th and 11th. From Jupiter: 6th. From Saturn: 10th and 11th. 8th. 10th. 2nd. 4th. and 11th. 4th. From Saturn: 3rd. 11th and 12th. 2nd. 8th. From Mars: 1st. 2nd. 9th. 3rd. 3rd. 3rd. From the Moon: 3rd. 9th. 8th. 4th. Jupiter Jupiter gives a point to the following houses from himself: 1st. 2nd. 3rd. 10th and 11th. 6th. 5th. 5th. From Venus: 1st. 3rd. 6th. From Jupiter: 5th. 10th and 11th. 5th. 8th. and 11th. 9th. 4th. 2nd. 10th and 11th. 9th. 2nd. 5th. 3rd. 5th. 2nd. 11th and 12th.
6th. then it will affect that house and its inherent significations positively. 10th. For example if Venus has the most Ashtakavarga points. The auspicious directions method can be effective when used in relationship with your home. 10th and 11th. When the Sun is at the farthest North. There is another system as well that is based upon the elements – fire signs rule the East. For example. From Jupiter: 5th. the points will number between 0 and 8. To find the important ages for Jupiter. For each planet. These are the times the person meets with many Saturnian experiences. 11th and 12th. 9th. 4 is average. then you will have auspicious experiences with vehicles. children. The ancient texts say that the ages of Saturn are the most important ages. 10th and 11th. like for example vehicles. 3rd. When these two planets transit houses that have 4 or more points. 10th. knowledge. meeting one’s husband if the person in question is a woman. 7th. the bedroom and comfort from the directions of West and SE. Let us take for our example Jupiter. 11th and 12th. From the Ascendant: 1st. Each planet should have a chart with its corresponding Ashtakavarga points. add up all of the points given and combine them into one chart. In this case. The total of those points will give an important age in the person’s life for Jupiterian things. earth signs rule the South. life changing events in these years. Jupiter. 4th. water signs rule the North and air signs rule the West. From the Moon: 3rd. then a person will have more luck with Venusian type things like romance. 5th. when it is coldest. 0 – 3 is inauspicious. because Libra rules the West and Pisces rules SouthEast. Auspicious Directions Each planet’s Ashtakavarga has auspicious directions. From Venus: 6th. For vehicles. it is in Cancer and Leo. When these two planets transit a house with 3 or less points. add up all the points in each house beginning with the Ascendant to the house that contains Jupiter. From Mercury: 6th. If you want to know about a specific area of life. 11th and 12th. Determining Important Ages Important ages are best explained by using an example. 11th and 12th. The most important planets to watch for transits are Saturn. 6th and 11th. it is in Capricorn and Aquarius. religion or philosophy. and the dasa lord. watch the transit of the 4th lord and Venus. Then we combine all of the points we just added up and that will also be an important year for Jupiter. 6th. The second step is to add up all points from Jupiter to the Ascendant and that will also be a very important age for Jupiterian things. 2nd. When a planet transits a house where it gives more than 4 points. 6th. 4th. In each house. Important Transits The house from the karaka is always a pertinent house. like wealth. you would also look at the transit of the house lord. in Libra and Pisces. The person will experience long term. From Mars: 3rd. 8th. Another example would be Jupiter having the most Ashtakavarga points in Capricorn. and 5 – 8 is auspicious.Sun: 1st. The directions are tabulated based upon the South Indian Rasi Chart and the movement of the Sun in the Northern Hemisphere. 8th. Jupiter rules many . keeping your valuable in the South of your home would increase your wealth. a person would have inauspicious experiences with vehicles. finding a spiritual teacher. when it is farthest South.
The 11th house from Jupiter will be an important house for income. income. A planet is going to have some effect transiting these sensitive houses based on the method shown above. The 2nd house is wealth. then it is making us look forward to that realm of life and expanding that realm of life. in the Ashtakavarga system. vehicles. Take the total of the Ashtakavarga points multiplied by the yoga pinda and divide by 12. So Scorpio will become an important house for wealth. When Jupiter is transiting. then the planet will give beneficial results. What type of effect will they have? It depends upon the Ashtakavarga points that the planet has in that house. So any planet transiting that sign is a sensitive point when it comes to the significations of that house from the karaka. you must assess the number of points the planet is giving to the Sign. the 2nd from Libra. multiply the yoga pinda by the Ashtakavarga points in the sign from Jupiter you want to know about. To do this. Saturn closes us off and narrows the path. The stress will be through its natural significations and through its lordship of house. we look to see how many Ashtakavarga points that transiting planet is giving the sign of Scorpio. if a planet is transiting Scorpio and we want to know if that planet will harm or help the income. Saturn transiting will force us to face that area of life and we will have a lot of responsibilities in that area of life even if we do not want them. Continuing with Jupiter in Libra as our example. well-being of the husband for a woman. to ascertain if Saturn or Jupiter will be good in transit. The remainder is the number of the sign as counted from Aries. so multiply 4 x 98 = 392. It is a rather tedious process to do this by hand and most Vedic Astrological Software will calculate the yoga pinda. Let us say Jupiter is in Libra. the 5th from Libra. then women. students and/or the love life will cause stress to the income. In any sign Jupiter is in. then there will be some stress experienced when dealing with income. Saturn and Jupiter are planets that orient us toward our destiny. we take the 11th from Jupiter and Jupiter is in a sign of Libra so the 11th from it is Leo. The Ashtaka for Jupiter in Leo is 4. If it is 3 or less. . The 5th house from Jupiter will be an important house for children. The method is also explained in BPHS in chapters 69 – 71. Jupiter makes us expand in that direction.things like wealth. If we want to look at the income. For example. Using the example above. it will open us up to any possibilities of that house. Saturn and Jupiter transits are the ones you want to look at first. However. take the Asktakavarga points for Aquarius. children. Now divide 392 by 12 = 32 and remainder is 8. If it is over 4 points. it is necessary to find something called the Yoga Pinda. if it is Venus transiting Scorpio. the 5th house is children and the 7th house is the husband. If you want to know about children. If you want to know about wealth. So the 8th sign of Scorpio is a very sensitive place in respect to the income for planets to transit. take the Ashtakavarga points for Scorpio. The 9th house from Jupiter will be an important house for knowledge. Saturn is our duty and responsibilities and Jupiter is our excitement and hope. The 2nd house from Jupiter will be an important house for wealth. it is a little more tricky than simply just looking at the house from the karaka. We must find the sensitive houses of transit for each planet. the 11th house is income. For example Jupiter has a Yoga pinda of 98. As stated above.
If there is no remainder then we take 12 as the number of the sign. Saturn is important in timing when something leaves our life or when we are forced into responsibilities regarding the house from the karaka Saturn is transiting. Treat it like Jupiter. And if 6. The 2nd from Venus is healthy and nourishing food. He will have an important impact on life events. This is Pisces. The Ashtakavarga points for Venus in Libra is 5. 4th from Venus also has to do with automobiles. 8 and 12 is higher then full of struggle without much success. 11th labha and 12th expenses. You can also use the Moon to time the event within 2 and a half days. The yoga pinda for Venus = 96.10 Karma sthana and 11th Labha sthana.Let’s take Venus for relationships. He will stimulate and expand that house when the dasa lord passes through that house or its trines. Divide this by 12 = 40 and there is no remainder. Jupiter indicates the year that an event could happen. therefore when planets are transiting Pisces. Classical texts tell us to look at the 8th from Saturn. so we take the 7th from Venus which is Libra. If the total of 1st. 9th luck. For example. The Lagna can be used for timing the 2 hour period. Pisces and Cancer are also sensitive places for income. When a planets transits the sensitive signs for the 8th house from Saturn. 1st house should be definitely higher than that of individually 6th. When the Sun transits a sensitive bhava (house).9th and 11th is higher than that of 6th 8th and 12th a successful life is assured generally. If the total of houses counting on 1st. . Ashtakavarga chart to be verified and find out the strenth of each houses. Venus occupies Aries. Mercury will show when we will improve upon that thing. 5 x 96 = 480. Also look at the Mahadasa lord and where he is transiting. Mars shows when we have to fight for something. 9th. Venus shows when we relax and get nourished. it can be difficult time for the health and physical well-being of the native. The Sun is a timing system. Home is 4th from Mars. Every planet is a karaka for a bhava but some are less important than others. that indicates the month that the relative event will happen. they influence the relationship life because Pisces is a sensitive house for relationships. 4th. 8th or 12th for a smoother life. instead of dividing by 12 we divide by 27. In this example. the sensitive sign for that is Scorpio. usually destiny will force a change on our lives. 10th and 11th comes above 170 means yoga for being rich and above 175 means yoga for very rich. 4th sukha sthana. Everything that has just been written about Ashtakavarga for the signs can also be applied to the Nakshatras. so Scorpio’s trines. 2nd dhana sthana. for income. In the yoga pinda method of finding the sensitive Nakshatras. 2nd. Not only is the sign in question a sensitive point but also the trines to that sign. The 4th from Venus is the swimming pool and interior decoration. 9 Bhagya sthana. When Saturn transits sensitive points. 10th karma. The important houses are 1st the Lagna.
. so 10th should be equal or more than 9th and 11th(income) should be more than 10th(Karma/profession) and 12th(expenses) should be less than 11(income) and then the horoscope promises for a steady finance life.All kendras and trikonas should have ashtakavarga strength other than 2nd and 11th.