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Praśna III: Lost Horoscopy

The basic requirement for Astrology is to have a Horoscope and the details required for casting a horoscope are the Date of Birth, Time of Birth and the place of birth. However, many times it so happen that the native who comes to an astrologer does not have a horoscope and he even does not know his birth date or time. In such cases, it is necessary to cast a horoscope for the native before venturing into the details of query. Although most queries can be answered using Praśna alone, it is nevertheless to d raw the horoscope for overall analysis of the horoscope. Since it is difficult to cast a lost horoscope it is not very popular among the modern days astrologers. There are many scholars who have written on this subject. However, without the effort of Mukunda Daivagna who beautifully compiled all such views of the scholars and given his comments, these could have been lost as well with time like many other ancient classics on Jyotish Shastra. Among all the prevalent views of the scholars, in this article, I will be focusing on that given by Varahamihira and Kalyanavarma in their immortal classics Brhat Jataka and Saravali. Lost horoscopy is an art of pinpointing the time of birth and the technique given by the scholars is quite systematic to pin down the exact moment of birth by zeroing in the order of Birth Year, Birth Ayana, Birth Seasons, Birth Month, Birth Tithi (lunar day) and birth Lagna (the moment of birth). In this article also we shall follow the same order of finding out the smaller measure of time moving from larger measures. Birth Year: Since Jupiter moves approximately 1 sign in a year, if we are able to fix the position of Jupiter, we would be able to ascertain the year of birth, keeping in mind the approximate age of the native. Here is how it is done. According to the teachings of my Tradition, find the number of Dvadasamsa traversed by prasna lagna. In the derived Natal Horoscope, Jupiter will be placed in as many signs from Aries. For instance at the time of query, the lagna has traversed 10 Dvadamsas in the sign where it is placed, then in the natal horoscope, the native's Jupiter should be placed in 10th from Aries, which is Capricorn. The sign of Jupiter could be +/1 sign of the the arrived sign. Another method which is given by Varahamihira is see the Drekkana rising the time of query. Jupiter will be placed in Prasna Lagna if 1 drekkana is rising, 5th sign from the Prasna Lagna 2nd drekkana is rising or 9th sign from the Prasna Lagna if 3rd drekkana is rising at the moment of query. Birth Ayana: An ayana is the 6 monthly course of Sun from either Cancer to Capricorn which is known as Dakshinayana or Capicorn to Cancer which is known as Uttarayana. Both Varahamihira and Kalyanavarma are of the opinion that if 1st Hora of a sign is

Check the stana bala of the planet as per the shadbala scheme to know the relative strength of the planets. Gemini Leo . the birth is in Dakshinayana. . If there are more than one planets in the rasi lagna. then season will the one governed by that planet However. Vasanta (Spring). If there are mutual contradictions between the Ritu and the Ayana. Since Virgo and Libra belong to Dakshinayana. Hemanta (Mild-winter). the drekkana lagna lord will govern over the season at birth.. say the birth is in Uttarayana (Capricorn to Cancer) and the season is ruled by Mercury i. the stronger among them will have its say on the seasons. if there are no planets in the prasna lagna. If the prasna lagna rises in the first half of the drekkana (0 5deg) then birth happens in the 1st month of the identified season else if 2nd half (5 10deg) of the drekkana rises. then the birth is in Uttarayana and if the 2nd hora is rising. Sarad (Autumn). ruling Taurus. Aries . Birth Month: The season of birth is shown by the drekkana rising. If yes. Varsha (Rainy). seasons Sun : : : & : . The names of the seasons are Grishma (Summer).rising. the month of the birth can be seen from half of the drekkana. Libra Sagittarius Aquarius . then the planets can be exchanged as per following pairs: Moon Mercury Jupiter <--> Saturn <--> <--> Venus Mars For example. The seasons are related to signs in the following manner: Summer Rainy Autumn Mild Winter Spring The Summer Rainy Autumn Mild Winter Spring : winter: : Scorpio : ruler of Taurus : Cancer Virgo : Pisces the : . the seasons of Mercury needs to be replaced by that of Mars. then check if there are any planets placed in the Prasna Lagna. Capricorn. Sishira (Winter).e. Gemini. birth happens in the 2nd month. Birth Season: The whole zodiac is divided into 6 seasons with each season spanning over two signs. are: Mars Moon Mercury Jupiter Saturn winter (Vasanta) : Venus (Grishma) (Varsha) (Sarad) (Hemanta) (Sishir) To find the season at birth. Virgo & Libra.

Birth day (Solar day): The position of Sun can be ascertained from the amount traversed by the prasna lagna in the half drekkana which signify the season at birth. If Sun's degree is 0 to 1deg. Birth Tithi (Lunar day): There are 30 tithis in a month starting from Krishna Pratipad (1st day of wanning phase) to Purnima (full moon). Similarly if Sun is at 20deg. For instance if Lagna's position in the prasna is 17deg.PK : : : Singapore 103 8:00:00 E 51' City.08" USha 4 Cp Pi . then the birth happened in night and vice versa. the Sun's longitude at birth would be (2/5)*30 i. January (East 00".20deg). Birth Lagna: Tradition teaches that the birth lagna will be trine or the 7th from the Prasna Navamsa Lagna.26 22:48:37 Time: Longitude Nakshatra Pada Rasi Navamsa 20 Ta 04' 03. Thus the native will be born in the 2nd month of a season. 12deg in the sign. Sagittarius and Capricorn (reflection of Moon) whereas the Day signs are Leo to Scorpio (ruled by Sun). Since Sun has traversed 2deg in the 2nd half (15 . 1 23. 2008 3:45:05 pm of GMT) N 17' 00" Singapore 23-58-19. This will help in reducing the number of possible lagnas to 6 out of 12 lagnas. Illustration: Prasna Date Time Time Zone: Place Ayanamsa: Sidereal Body Lagna Sun .86" Rohi 4 Ta Cn 8 Cp 42' 19. Aquarius and Pisces (reflection of Sun).e. The Night signs are Aries to Cancer (ruled by Moon). Birth in day or night: The next step to ascertain the birth time is to find out whether the native is born in the day time (Sunrise to Sunset) or night time (Sunset to Sunrise). this means 2nd half of 2nd drekkana is rising.. If day sign rises in the prasna chart. the native is born at Shukla Panchami (5th day in the waxing phase). The tithi at birth can be ascertained from Sun's degree in the prasna chart. the native is born on the 1st tithi which is Krishna Pratipad.

.PiK Rahu . which indicate that the birth happened in Dakshinayana. whose birth date and time had some ambiguity. Day or night birth: Since the prasna lagna is in night sign. Tithi at birth: Sun is in the 9th degree. here is what we can see. Thus Moon at birth should be in Aquarius between 6deg and 18deg. 8. when Sun transited through Scorpio somewhere between 15Nov 15dec. Drekkana rising is Capricorn ruled by Saturn who rules over Sishira. which means that the birth could have happened in Cancer or other watery signs such as Scorpio or Pisces or 7th from it. we arrive at 210deg 24min + 108deg = 318deg 24min = 10s 18d 24m. Month of birth: Since lagna is in the 1st half of 2nd drekkana.MK Venus .04" Mrig 27 Cp 16' 54.59" Asre 0 Ge 28' 53. Which means that Moon was separated from the Sun by around 108deg. Hemanta. Conclusion: This horoscope belongs to my Mother.DK Mercury .AmK 18 Cn 28' 28. Day of birth: By applying the proportion of Sun traveled through the half drekkana we find that Sun should be in 0deg 24min Scorpio. However since the signs fall in uttarayana.e.AK Jupiter . . Currently Jupiter is also in Sagittarius which indicate that the person's current age would be 60 years. which indicate that the Tithi at birth was Krishna Navami. which is Capricorn. 7.83" Dhan 4 Aq 1 3 2 1 2 1 Sc Cn Ge Cp Sg Sg Le Sg Li Vi Le Ta Le 1.63" Dhan 14 Sg 04' 29.98" Mool 13 Le 31' 39. the season should be replaced with Jupiter's season. 4.50" PPha 5 Aq 11' 19. Ayana of birth: Lagna is in 2nd hora. Adding this to the longitude of Sun.GK Saturn (R) . 2.BK Mars (R) . when Sun was in signs from Cancer to Capricorn. Based on my casting of her horoscope. 6. the signs Scorpio and Sagittarius.21" PSha 4 Sg 47' 29. 5. Scorpio or Capricorn. The position of Jupiter could be in one of the signs of Sagittarius. the birth should have happened in the 1st month of the season i. the signs Capricorn and Aquarius. Lagna at birth: The Prasna navamsa lagna is Cancer. Year of birth: Lagna in the prasna chart is in 9th Dvadasamsa hence Jupiter should be in Sagittarius at birth. the birth should have happened during the day time.Moon . 3. Season of birth: There are no planets in the prasna lagna so that drekkana lagna lord should decide the season.

66" USha 2 Cp Cp 12 Cp 14' 28.PiK Ketu Longitude Nakshatra Pada Rasi Navamsa 5 Sg 01' 18.49" Srav 1 Cp Ar 21 Cp 40' 33.DK Jupiter .She was born when Jupiter was in Capricorn. Body Lagna Sun . One must note that at the Kunda in the prasna is in Saturn's Nakshatra which is same as the native who is born in Uttara bhadrapada nakshatra.92" Srav 4 Cp Cn 26 Le 16' 26.89" Reva 1 Pi Sg 19 Vi 13' 08. but may be god didnot want to reveal the actual horoscope since the horoscope of the person is actually known.38" PPha 4 Le Sc 19 Pi 13' 08.01" UPha 4 Vi Pi 0 Cp 06' 44.89" Hast 3 Vi Ge . I am giving them here.AmK Saturn .26" Mool 2 Sg Ta 11 Sg 45' 52.PK Mars .MK Moon .BK Venus .AK Rahu .76" Mool 4 Sg Cn 8 Pi 52' 36. Sun in Sagittarius and Moon in Pisces in Uttarabhadrapada Nakshatra.GK Mercury . At birth Sun was in Sagittarius (instead of Scorpio as we found) and Moon was in Pisces (instead of Aquarius) as we found and she was born in Krishna Ashtami (instead of Krishna Navami that we found) and Sagittarius Lagna (instead of Scorpio Lagna) This shows that we are almost near (behind by 1 sign). For those who are interested in knowing all the planetary details.38" UBha 2 Pi Vi 7 Vi 09' 17.