Division of Zodiac by Months
DESIGNS OF KALACHAKRA OR HOROSCOPE
The scientific foundation on which Kala Chakra, as used by ancient sages of India, is based centres round the nature of the rotation of earth. The Western Astrologers have named it as
There are two methods of casting a horoscope, SAYANA SYSTEM and NIRYANA SYSTEM.
Sayana System : Some astrologers are of the opinion that the motion of the earth with the Sun at the centre should be taken into consideration and the successive signs should be placed
in the horoscope in anticlockwise direction because the earth moves on its axis around the Sun in anticlockwise order from West to East. This is known as Heliocentric (Helios-Sun) or
Niryana System : For the sake of exactitude clockwise direction in placing successive signs is preferred by other section or astrologers. They regard earth as the centre (fixed) and
the other planets move around as apparently in opposite direction. This is known as Geocentric (Geo-Earth) or Niryana system.
In different parts of India different designs are in use, in majority of cases the drawing of kalachakra is in a way that they are distinguishable regionally. The designs used in North
and West India are of similar design to that which were in use by the chaldeans. Casting of horoscope under Niryana system and the use of the same in anticlockwise direction is
conventionally practiced in many parts in India.
THE SHODASA VARGAS
The Vargas. The Zodiac is composited of 360 degrees of the celestial space. 30 degrees constitute one sign of the Zodiac. Each of such signs is further subdivided into a number of
other division, these kind of divisions are known as Vargas. These are based on the assumption that planets get decrease or increase in their strength and capacity to produce evil or
good effects in a horoscope, according to their particular positions within a sign. They become highly potent occupying certain kinds of divisions owned by them, or by planets which
are their friends or in own place or exaltation or fall.
The Shodasa Vargas : These kinds of divisions are really sixteen in number. But in India, different numbers are adopted by the astrologers, a few uses ten or others use seven
known as Dasa Varga or Sapta Vargas, depending on customs for predictions. Generally Sapta Vargas are used effectively.These Shodasa Vargas are known as (1) Rasi (2) Hora
(3) Drekkana or Decanate (4) Chaturthamsa (5) Panchamsa (6) Shastamsa (7) Sapthamsa (8) Ashtamasa (9) Navamsa (10) Dasamsa (11) Ekadamsa (12) Dwadasamsa (13) Shodasamsa
(14) Thrimsamsa (15) Shashtiamsa and (16) Ghatikamasa.
Saptavargas. Out of above vargas, Saptavargas are in common use which are known as (1) Rasi (2) Hora (3) Drekkana (4) Sapthamsa (5) Navamsa (6) Dwadasamsa and (7) Thrimsamsa; which we shall now explain in details as these are not commonly available.
Rasi is commonly known as a sign of 30 degrees or an arc of 30°.
Hora or - of a sign or an arc of 15 degrees.
Drekkana of Decanate, an arc of 10 degrees.
Sapthamsa is 1/7 portion of a sign or an arc of 4 2/7 degrees.
Navamsa is an arc of 3 1/3 degrees or 1/9th part of a sign.
Dwadasamsa is 1/12 th portion of a sign or an arc of 2 1/2- degrees.
Thrimsamsa is 1/30th portion of sign or an arc. of one degree.
Vargottama is the name given to that particular amsa in a Rasi which bears the same name as that of Rasi itself.
Strength. A planet's position whether in a friendly house, its own or exaltation house is to be considered. When a planet attains 2 Vargas it is called Parijata, which will make the native respectable, endow him with many good qualities, wealth, happiness, power and dignity. The union of 3 vargas is termed Uttama it indicates, the native will be modest, clever and of good behavior. The planet attains 4 vargas is called Gopura, Indicates good intellect, wealth, land, cows and house. When 5 vargas are combined it is called Simbasana, which will enable the native to become a friend of kings, persons with authority and power or at par with them. The union of 6 vargas is called Paravata indicates good conveyances, princely life, and happy. The combination of 7 vargas is called Devaloka indicates like a king or a king widely renowned, also for his good qualities.
If a horoscope is weak in Vargas, reverse results are indicated.
The tables indicate the position of planets in the various rasis for different vargas. In other books, only one table for Saptavarga has been provided which creates confusion of the
sign but these tables are a ready reckoner and self explanatory as provided in world famous book, "Saturn a Friend or Foe" ?