[From Fundamentals of Astrology/ M Ramakrishna Bhat, p 258-] See also \ Eightfold or Sarvasht Varg System of Prediction
Ashtak Varg is a very important tool to fix good Muhoort for commencement of all activities as well as to judge the auspicious nature of a transit. Mr. C S Patel has written a complete treatise on Ashtak Varg published by Sagar Publications, Delhi. In ch 72, verses 30 and 31 of BPHS, Paraashar teaches us : 1. If a sign (house) contains more auspicious Bindu in Sarvaashtak Varg it should be considered auspicious for the commencement of all auspicious activities. 2. If a planet is transiting any sign and it contains more auspicious points in Sarvaashtak Varg and in own Varg, it will yield to auspicious results. The general rules of transit will not be applicable. You may refer Prashna Marga ch 32 in this regard also. 6th House is for enemies 2nd, 5th, 10th and 11th Houses are for finance. Add the points of these Houses, take the average, and that percent of finance is of that native -----------------------------------------------In Ashtak Varg chart only 8 elements, that are necessary for the chart, are given here. We will start with the Sun and will find out the benefic dots in the Ashtak Varg of that planet. For this purpose, you must have a blank chart beside the above chart in order to mark the benefic dots contributed by the Sun and other significators in the Ashtak Varg of the Sun. In which houses the Sun is favorable from himself and so contributes favorable dots. He produces benefic results on the houses 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 counted from his position at birth. Now put a short vertical line, not a dot, for the sake of clearness, in the 1st House - Capricorn, and 2nd Aquarius, 4th Aries, 7th Cancer, 8th Leo, 9th Virgo, 10th Libra and 11th Scorpio. What does this mean? That the above house will be good while he transits them. In the same manner you will have to find out for other significators also. Count separately the same places from the natal positions of Mars and Saturn. You see that Mars is in Aries at birth. So count 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 from Aries, and put another short vertical line in each of these places. Repeat this process for Saturn from his position Scorpio. Thus we have disposed of three significators.
6th. Now look at the chart below of Sun's Ashtak Varg. --Similar effects should be considered in exaltation.
. --Although Aries is the Exaltation sign for the Sun. friendly house. Leo. 6th. And 11th houses from the Moon so mark Taurus. Gemini. So put another mark in these places counted from Jupiter's sign (Virgo) . Cancer and Sagittarius. --Though Aquarius is the 12th house from the Moon. 7th and 12th places from Venus. Leo. which is the 6th house from the Moon. 11th and 12th houses from the Asc. and Scorpio. Virgo. yet the Sun's transit will not give as much good results as in the houses containing 6 dots. as it contains 5 benefic dots in it and belongs to himself (it is Sun's own sign). Sagittarius and Capricorn. --The Sun is good in 6th. This means it has 5 malefic dots. Where is Jupiter? in Virgo. inimical house. In this chart you will see only one house without a single benefit dot. 4th. --Lastly the Sun is good in places 3rd. 5th. So the transitional effects must be very bad. Taurus and Cancer. 11th and 12th houses from Mercury.--Now take up Jupiter's contribution. Aquarius. 9th and 11th positions from Jupiter's place. 6th. In this chart Taurus and Aquarius contain 6 dots each --Cancer. 10th. Libra. 10th. so mark Gemini. Leo Sagittarius and Capricorn contain 5 dots each. --He is good in 3rd. Aries. Taurus. --Similarly Leo. but only 3 benefic dots. should give good results. --He is good in 3rd. 10th. so mark Aquarius. Capricorn and Aquarius. Sagittarius. Leo. So mark the signs Taurus. or debilitation etc factors. 111 111 111 11 111 11 11 1 1111 11 11 1 111 11 111 11 111
Sun's Ashtak Varg Total 48
--Only those houses which contain more than 4 dots can be considered auspicious. but it contains only 3 dots. 9th.in Capricorn. 6th. The Sun is good in the 5th.
The effect of benefic dots commencing with 1 to 8 are in order:-(1 dot) destruction. (7 dots) prosperity. 10th. Taurus. Leo. Libra. 4th. Some theories have already been given (see "Who is Benefic When" on Transits page). and 11th houses from Venus. So put the mark in Virgo. Aquarius. 9. --Moon is good in 1st. Sagittarius. 10th and 11th from Mars. So put a mark in Taurus. and Scorpio. 8th. (6 dots) acquisition of a damsel. Libra and Scorpio. So put the mark in Pisces. Another principle is that :---a planet produces good or bad results when it has advanced exactly the same degrees in the transit. and Capricorn. 10th and 11th houses from the Asc. Leo. Gemini. 6th. 7th. 6th. Aries. Taurus.
. Aries. Pisces. 6th. Cancer. 7th. Gemini. 5th. and 11th houses from Saturn. --Moon is good in 3rd. 6th. the effect is that the native is like to lose life. Mars is in Aries at birth. Virgo. 10th. So put Marks in Sagittarius. So put a mark in Pisces. --Moon is good in 1st. Next we should work out the Ashtak Varg for Moon ---Moon is good in 3rd. --Moon is good in 3. (5 dots) gain of wealth. and 11th from Mercury. Sagittarius and Capricorn. 6th. 8th. 5th. 3rd. Pisces. 9th. still the effects will not be so good. Virgo. Aries and Virgo. --Moon is good in 1st. Virgo. Gemini and Cancer. and Aquarius. 5th. 10. So mark Capricorn. if it contains more than 4 benefic dots. 11th houses from herself. So mark Taurus Leo.
Who is Benefic and When
Now you might be interested to know when these effects will be experienced. 3rd. (8 Dots) kingship or high govt position. inimical or Upachaya house. Pisces. (3 & 4 dots) fear. 4th. --If a house doesn't have any benefic dot in a planet's Ashtak Varg. if the particular house happens to be the planet's Debilitated. Leo. Cancer. (2 dots) loss. 7th. Gemini. and 11th places from Jupiter. Sagittarius. Capricorn. 5. 2nd. --Moon is good in 3rd.So remember the general principle --A bad house in transit will not be so bad. Aries. --Even though a Raashi may contain many benefic dots. 10th. 4. 7th. 8th. when the planet transits that house. Libra. 3rd. Sagittarius. 11th houses from the Sun. 7. Cancer. as it had advanced at birth time. --Moon is good in 2nd. So put a mark in Pisces. Virgo and Libra.
Gemini. 8. Venus and Saturn should also be made. Taurus. --Mars is good in 3. --Mars is good in 1. So mark these house beginning from Pisces. 10. 11. 4. --Mars is good in 6. Taurus. 2. Mercury. So mark these houses from Capricorn.
. so the transit through that house must be excellent. 7. You know that a planet is beneficial when it transits certain houses counted from the Moon's position at birth . 10. 10. Libra. The 3rd house which also ought to give good results as it his Exaltation house. So mark Pisces. 10. 6. The 7th and 10th houses are good. 6 and 11 places from Mercury. 7. --Mars is good in 3. --Mars is good in 3. So mark Aries. because it contains only 4 dots. 10 and 11 from Lagna. --Mars is good in 6. Taurus. 12 from Jupiter. Leo. The same situation applies to the 6th house.they are Pisces and Virgo with 6 dots each and Sagittarius with 5 dots. Jupiter. 11 from himself. friendly and Exaltation houses. 6. So mark these house beginning from Scorpio. 8. 5. So mark Taurus. 3. Gemini Libra and Scorpio. 6. So mark Aquarius. although the 1st house contains 6 dots.which in addition happens to be his own. 5. 11 from Saturn. and Capricorn. --Mars is good in 1. Cancer and Leo. 12 from Venus. Aries. Scorpio. Capricorn and Aquarius. 11 from the Moon. 11. and 11th houses from his natal position. 6. In the chart. So now the Moon's transit is good in 1.The result is this:-111 111 11 111 1 111 11 111 1 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 1111 11
Moon's Ashtak Varg Total 49
So Moon's Ashtak Varg benefic dots are 49. --Mars is good in 1. In the same way make this Ashtak Varg chart for Mars. 4. 3. 11 from the Sun. So mark Aquarius. 10. Only three Raashi contain more than 4 dots . 8. 9. and Libra. cannot be good here. 7. Cancer.
How to find out that in a house? Let us suppose in an Ashtak Varg. this dot must have been contribute by one of the 8 significators. 11. 10. Virgo. --Mercury is good in 1. Gemini. 9. And these happen to be 6th and 11th from the natal Moon. --Mercury is good in 5. 4. 7. So mark the house from Aries and Scorpio respectively. 9. Thus you have learnt the Ashtak Varga method. Although the 3rd place is also said to be good but it contains only 3 benefic dots. 10 and 11 from Mars and Saturn. The 6th house. -134578
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. All the 7 planets' points are 337. Now we will make the chart for Mercury. must produce good effects as it contains 6 dots. although belonging to enemy.still a distinction is to be made here. and only two Raashis possess 6 dots each . The total of benefic points of individual planets is called "Bhinna Ashtak Varga". 6. so it must produce excellent effects. 11 and 12 from himself. Leo. 9. So mark Raashis beginning from Taurus. it cannot produce good results . Apparently. 3. 6. 8. 5. 6. there are 39 total benefic dots.
Hope for Fewer Benefic Points
So if any Raashi contains the benefic dots fewer than 5. 8. 2. contains 6 dots also. 4. The 11th house. [pages were not seen here] In Saturn's chart. so it cannot produce any good effects. 12 from the Sun. one Raashi contains only 1 benefic dot. --Mercury is good in 1. --Mercury is good in 2. Because a bad effect cannot continue for a long time. which is called "Samudaaya Ashtak Varga". besides being his own house. Scorpio and Sagittarius. 11 from the Moon.Leo and Capricorn. So mark the houses beginning from Sagittarius. 10. So mark the house beginning from Pisces.In this chart his own Raashi and his Exaltation do not contain many benefic dots total points 39. there must be silver line of happiness somewhere.
18 34 57 238 6 8
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In the same way prepare these tables for all the planets. Then prepare this following table
Paraashar Ashtak Varg Aries of the Sun Saturn Jupiter Mars Sun Venus Mercury Moon Lagna Total 3 1 1 1 1 6 1 3 5 1 1 1 Taurus Gemini Cancer 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 3 3 4 1 1 1 1 1 5 1 1 5 1 6 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Leo 1 Virgo 1 Libra Scorpio 1 Sagitt 1 1 1 1 Capricorn Aquarius 1 1 1 1 Pisces
Sarvaashtak Varg Chart
Sun Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scopio Sagitt Aquarius Capricorn Pisces Total 3 6 3 5 5 3 3 4 5 5 6 -48 Moon 4 4 4 4 4 6 4 2 5 4 2 6 49 Mars 2 6 4 3 5 1 3 4 2 3 4 2 39 Mercury 6 5 4 3 6 4 4 5 6 4 5 2 54 Jupiter 7 3 3 5 3 6 6 6 3 6 3 5 56 Venus 5 5 5 4 5 3 4 4 2 5 5 5 52 Saturn 2 3 3 3 6 3 2 3 2 6 3 3 39 Sarvaashtak 29 32 36 27 34 26 26 28 25 33 28 23 337
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which make an aggregation of 74 dots. 12th house 28. Virgo 26. and 10th house 25. and dividing the product by 27. Sagittarius 25. you repeat this process for in the Ashtak Varg Chart of each of natural benefics and add them up all. so we can say that the native will be spend-thrift. hence we will conclude that the native's last period of life will be the happiest one. In the Sarvaashtak Varg chart you make 3 divisions of 4 Raashi. gives 20th year. you see Pisces containing 23 benefic dots. According to another view. and lastly --the figure in the Lagna is greater than that of 12th house. The part of life which has maximum number of dots will be the happiest one.You can find out the auspicious and prosperous periods by adding the figures to the houses occupied by the benefics and multiplying the same by 7. 112 respectively. the grouping must be done not from the Pisces. In our example. In this case the quotient will give the age at which the native will be happy and fortunate. the three groups have respectively 110. 113. These three divisions represent three stages of life. yet he will have plenty of money to enjoy. Here all the condition are met except the last one. In that chart. 113. In our example chart. This should be done with the figures of Sarvaashtak chart. but with the one that happens to be the 12th from the Lagna Raashi. According to this you will have to begin with Aquarius in this example chart. 11th house 33. Another point is that the native will be happy when :---the total number of the dots in the 11th house will exceed from the 10th house dots. But this is not all. According to this calculation the numbers are 112. This number multiplied by 7 and the product divided by 27. 114 dots. the Lagna has 23 dots. and --the figure in the 12th is less than that of 11th. each commencing from Pisces.
. So that is the year of prosperity.