Varga Chakras (Divisional Horoscopes) In Jyotish  

Varga Chakras (Divisional Horoscopes) In Jyotish

 

 

PREAMBLE

Time and again spirited discussions take place on internet fora pertaining to an examination of the status of a variety of jyotish parameters, including chara dasha (a sign based planetary period astrofactor) and karakamsha (the navamsha in which the atmakaraka (most advanced planet in longitude) is placed. As characteristically happens, some of the discussants began to branch into other side discussions which matka result really had nothing to do with the original questions or topics and some even became a bit exercised and emotional, as also often happens on the internet where attention spans of days and weeks are required in order to get to the bottom of things and where sometimes a topic is being discussed on many different boards and many topics simultaneously on a given board! As too is typical, nothing was really resolved, and some of the regulars began expressing their frustrations about these topics coming up again and again and directing people to archives etc. Unfortunately, the yahoo forums/fora are such that only limited searching of past messages is possible without losing all of one’s hair, and the archives sometimes are maintained on another yahoo site so this does not help matters when all one wants is to get a quick summary of what others are using and if possible their reasons for adopting a certain position! This latter usually brings out more gall than good information even though the intention of the person posing the question may have been very noble and not at all confrontational. Knowing Jyotish does not protect one from harbouring Neurotic traits!

Somewhere, along the path of this former quest, another topic got born and began questioning the use of varga kundalis or varga chakras, divisional horoscopes which are the core of jyotish and have also been used by tropical astrologers in the form of harmonic charts. Now this is something that is utilized in Jyotish going back to almost the first memories of even the oldest members in the forum who eventually admitted to such being the case. I myself, though myself not that senior, have seen horoscopes that were drawn in the century before last where the jyotishi had drawn the rashi chakra and navamsha and dashamsha and so on and more importantly had commented on these charts in his reading. So, at least some individuals had been utilizing varga-charts even a couple of hundred years ago and conceivably perhaps even prior to these times.

Somewhere during the discussion, in one of the lists, one of the members made available an article in which the author had expressed thoughts to the contrary, i.e., vargas should not be used in a chart format. A discussion ensued which sidestepped the more important and pertinent matter of the practical merits of using of navamsha varga as a secondary chart. A few individuals asked for proofs in classics that indicates that ancient jyotishis advocated of varga chakras. The discussants emphasized that ONLY rashi chakra must be used and varga placements should only be used for determining the strengths of planets etc.

Now, those who have studied BPHS would know, that 16 vargas had been defined by the Sage starting with rashi ehich is also known as ‘kshetra’ (field or area) and so on. One of the members brought to all astrologers’ attention that Parashara had described very clearly how to determine bhavas in the rashi chart (ascendant, 10th house and then trisection of the arcs, etc. in Chapter V of BPHS). This was indeed true and a positive step forward in the discussion. There were parallel discussions going on which were rehashing the point that BPHS was not original and was perhaps not even a classic and written by one or a group of ‘latter day saints’ [my term, not the original poster’s!] in Jyotish and therefore cannot be treated as a classic. Obviously, there was some support for this as could be similarly expected if someone were to make a comment that Jyotish was nothing but a derivative of Babylonian astrology that the army that came with Alexander brought to India. A topic that has been known to bring even sedate jyotishis out on the “war-path!”