Predictions is what makes Astrology really interesting. As the proverb goes "Fools obey planets, while wise men control them". The school of thought here is that, while you may not be able to change the outcome, you will be able to plan a risk mitigation strategy (or) even better, there may be a remedial measure. Fate is not final, and there are ways to speed up karmic evolution like Japa, Stothra, Puja, meditation etc. Astrology is a tool which helps you navigate ,plan , be prepared, rather than a path breaking tool for performing a remedy to change
Accurate predictions requires detailed analysis of Birth chart (Rasi chart), various divisonal charts and Gochara. Birth horoscope is frozen at the time of birth while Gochara shows the position of planets at this instant. Predictions are made based on the Zodiac sign , House Lord and its position, planets either occupying (or) aspecting the house and the planet. The zodiac sign rising in the east at the time of birth signifies the Ascendant , referred to as "Lagna". The Ascendant sign, position of the Lord of the House, planets aspecting the ascendant defines the charescteristics, looks, health, and various other important charecteristics of the invdividual.
Planets are the actual bodies emiting Energy & rays, while Zodiac sign a.k.a House often represents a field of experience in the native's life. Each zodiac sign has peculiar attributes, and each planet has definite charecteristics. As with any other subject of Science, understanding of fundamentals is extremely important. House represents environment / circumstances while a planet represents energy, intelligence and manifestation of desired outcomes. House and House Lord (Planet) should not be used interchangeably while predicting.
Per Vedic Astrology, Predictions require detailed analysis of Varga Chakras a.k.a Divisonal charts. Rasi Chart ( Divisional Chart #1)referred by most Astrologers is a reference for physical existence and physical manifestation, while Varga chakras should be referred for specifics like career, children etc. Ascendant, Sun and Moon form the three most important reference points. While some Astrologers in South India, use Moon as Ascendant, that is possibly not the best way to analyse. We need to understand that Sun signifies Soul (Atmakaraka), Moon signifies Mind and Ascendant represents rising point of physical existence. While 4th house from Ascendant may be an index for happiness, learning, material prosperity, and 5th house from Ascendant may denote children, 5th house from Sun can be an index for children of the Soul (as sun represents soul). While the person may not have physical children, he may have various followers in office, sat-sang etc who follow him because of his principles, that is an index for followers of his soul.
Vedic astrology divides the zodiac into several divisions, these divisional charts are called Varga chakras. Location of planets in Varga chakras influences the overall strength of the Planet and its outcome. Most common divisional charts that are used besides Rasi chakra are Navamsa D-9, and to a certain extent Drekana D-3. There are a total of 16 vargas or divisions defined in Vedic Astrology. These vargas help predict define various aspects of past life and current life to a much greater detail
According to Parasara , Shastiamsa chart (D-60), 60th Division, is more important than Rasi and Navamsa combined. While most Astrologers dont refer D-60, it carries a lot of importance and predictions may not be accurate if it is not referred. While for most of mankind, regular chart like D-1, D-9, D-60 and other divisional charts represent many things, people with very high karma inheritance like offsprings of rulers/politicians/CEO's need analysis of D-40 and D-45. D-40 and D-45 represent the karma inherited from mothers side and fathers side respectively. Inherited karma is said to last 7 generations.
While Houses are classified as Chara, Sthira and Dwiswabhava ( Moveable, Stable and Dual mode) , Planets act with different intensity based on thier state. Planets have 4 different states : Debilitation,Own House , Moola Thrikona and Exaltation. Planet shows the best results in exaltation state. Planets are said to give less than 25% results in debilitated state unless there is a powerful aspect. Sun and Moon rule 1 house each, while Mercury, Venus , Mars, Jupiter and Saturn own 2 houses. Rahu and Ketu dont own a house as such, they often show the charecteristics of the house lord in which they are positioned.
Houses are 12 in number, the Ascendant (or) Lagna is considered as the first house for calculations. Houses are classified into 4 thrikonas (4 triangles) based on Purushartha : Purpose of Life :
- Dharma Thrikona : 1,5, 9 : Represents rules to be followed for honest life
- Artha Thrikona : 2,6, 10 : Purpose to be served
- Kama Thrikona : 3,7,11 : Desire and motivation
- Moksha Thrikona : 4,8,12 : Attaining Mokhsa, overcoming Karma
Various events are predicted based on positining of planets in various houses. We will cover more in the subsequent chapters