Saturday, 16 August 2014

How to Evaluate a Horoscope - Technical Details



How to Evaluate a Horoscope
To start with, let me tell you that Astrology is not a predictive science and you cannot predict your future using astrology. If anybody tells you so, you must immediately discount his knowledge to be a very superficial one. God has created us in his own image and He resides within each of us to carry out His assignments intended to be done using our body and soul. Astrology can only give you a blueprint of your life and prediction of individual incidents is only done by fake astrologers. At best astrology can only be used to evaluate our horoscope based on your date, time and place of birth. Each one of us has different definitions about the qualities of life like Health,Wealth, Happiness, Education,  a Good career, Marital bliss, Luck etc. We are all unique in our creations and no two living beings are identical in nature or spirit. If you can digest the above, then read on.



I am writing this article at the behest of many of my readers who would like to know how I calculate the strengths of planets and houses and evaluate them to produce a Mark sheet of Life. Needless to say, to understand this article one has to have a basic knowledge and should be familiar with the terms and axioms used in Astrology. Familiarity with the Natal Charts and divisional charts and the Dasa system is imperative. To top it all you must have all the canons required for becoming an Astrologer which are detailed below as extracted from Brihat Samhita. This article is not for beginners.

Varahamihira gives the following qualifications of an astrologer in his Brihat Samhita. "The astrologer must be pure, skillful, bold, eloquent, possessed of a ready wit, a knower of time and place, filled with equanimity, not timid in assembly, victorious in debate with other astrologers, expert, free from vices, well-versed in the art of performing rituals of both curative and preventive types, ever engaged in worshipping deities, performing observances and austerities, possessed of scientific knowledge and capable of answering questions and prescribing remedies.”

In his Brihat Samhita, "Canons of the Astrologer", Varahamihira gives more lengthy rules or qualifications of an astrologer. Students should read these statements by Varahamihira and be aware of these ancient principles in their daily life if they want to be Astrologers. That person, who has mastery of this science of Vedic astrology, who has a good knowledge of Mathematics, who leads a religious life, who is truthful, who is free from conceit and who is well versed in the Vedas, mantras, and tantras, he alone can be called a Daivajna or a seer. 


In the Hindu Vedic tradition, "religious" refers more to a secular way of respecting the Divine presence in all people and in the environment also. It also refers to one who has a genuine spiritual path and practice. In so doing, one should have an inherent respect for all religions, bearing in mind that though spiritual paths may vary, they all have the same goal. The study of the Vedas and the Upanishads, which underlie all of Vedic astrology, speak of many deities. But all are aspects of the One Supreme Deity, also called the One Underlying Reality. 

If a person is unable to understand the real purport of the Science(by separating the essentials from the non essentials by means of his intellectual acumen), or unable to answer any question put to him, or cannot explain the science to pupils, how could he be known as an Astrologer, one well versed in the Science?

If an Astrologer has mastered the astronomical Science, and has brought about perfect agreement between the mathematical results and observations made by means of the shadow of gnomon and the water appliance, and is well established in the science of predictive astrology, his pronouncements will never go wrong or fruitless.

Vishnugupta, also known as Chanakya declared that perchance a man might be able to reach the other shore of the ocean by swimming, being driven by the force of wind. On the other hand, never could one, who is not a Sage, even dream of crossing the great ocean that is known as kalapurusha or the God of time, i.e the Science of Astrology.

A true astrologer therefore must lead a life of contentment, detachment and contemplation.

The predictions made by an astrologer who has mastered both the theory and practice of the science of Astrology and Astronomy, as if it were spread before his eyes in this world, inscribed in his intellect and firmly implanted in his heart, will never go wrong.

The basic input that is required to prepare a horoscope or a Natal Chart is the date, time and place of birth which must be totally accurate. Special instructions should be given to the delivery room attendants to note down the time of the first cry of the baby as that is what is required to prepare a horoscope.

Once the Birth details are obtained, the astrologer should work out the longitudes of all planets and the Ascendant(Lagna) either manually or using a computer software as shown below.

For a sample let us take the natal chart of a baby born on 16 July 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in Calicut, India.

Body                    Longitude

Lagna                   20 Sc 02' 14.75
Sun                     29 Ge 47' 15.81
Moon                    25 Aq 27' 32.75
Mars                     1 Li 06' 38.88
Mercury                  9 Ge 28' 53.91
Jupiter                  5 Cn 57' 41.05
Venus                    3 Ge 22' 25.06
Saturn                  22 Li 36' 46.28
Rahu                    29 Vi 41' 00.68
Ketu                    29 Pi 41' 00.68
Uranus                  22 Pi 26' 58.01
Neptune (R)             13 Aq 12' 10.74
Pluto (R)               17 Sg 56' 22.75
Maandi                  19 Vi 40' 42.54
Gulika                   7 Vi 49' 49.24
Bhava Lagna             25 Sc 37' 45.64
Hora Lagna              21 Ar 51' 30.03
Ghati Lagna             10 Cn 32' 43.23
Vighati Lagna           13 Le 58' 49.19
Varnada Lagna           20 Sg 02' 14.75
Sree Lagna              17 Ar 25' 59.02
Pranapada Lagna         14 Sg 22' 03.76
Indu Lagna              25 Ta 27' 32.75
Bhrigu Bindu            12 Sg 34' 16.71
Dhooma                  13 Sc 07' 15.81
Vyatipata               16 Le 52' 44.19
Parivesha               16 Aq 52' 44.19
Indra Chapa             13 Ta 07' 15.81
Upaketu                 29 Ta 47' 15.81
Kaala                    5 Sc 05' 50.53
Mrityu                  18 Sg 29' 38.92
Artha Prahara           10 Cn 15' 33.39
Yama Ghantaka            2 Le 37' 54.00
Prana Sphuta            18 Sc 01' 02.99
Deha Sphuta              1 Sg 30' 11.24
Mrityu Sphuta           24 Cn 36' 00.46
Sookshma TriSphuta      14 Sc 07' 14.69
Tithi Sphuta            25 Sc 40' 16.94
Yoga Sphuta (Sun-Moon)  25 Ta 14' 48.56
Rahu Tithi Sphuta       29 Ge 53' 44.87
Kshetra Sphuta           2 Sg 31' 52.68
Beeja Sphuta             9 Sg 07' 21.92
TriSphuta               23 Pi 19' 36.74
ChatusSphuta            23 Ge 06' 52.55
PanchaSphuta            22 Sg 47' 53.22

Now we can prepare the Natal Chart which you are all familiar with depending on the region you live in and there are several types of charts in use. A sample you can see in my article "Scientific Evaluation of a Horoscope". 

The next thing you should do is using the longitudes of planets in the chart, the strengths of planets should be computed as shown below. You can either use a software or work it out manually which will take approximately 80 man hours to complete.

Planet
Shadbala
Sthana Bala
 Kala Bala
DigBala
Cheshta
DrigBala
Naisargika Bala








Sun
6.76
132.78
176.4
43.25
52.4
-6.79
60
Moon
7.21
179.99
135.44
58.19
41.44
7.69
51.43
Mars
5.69
159.79
53.45
46.31
38.98
25.83
17.14
Mercury
8.03
211.91
221.26
6.48
22.79
-6.1
25.7
Jupiter
7.79
194.68
230.7
15.31
1.43
-8.78
34.28
Venus
5.64
116.63
144.43
25.55
15.98
-6.86
42.85
Saturn
7.23
152.88
206.38
9.14
37.29
19.7
8.57


The method of calculation is well illustrated in the book of “Graha and Bhava Balas” by Dr.B.V.Raman. Or it is available on the net if you search for “Shadbalas and Bhavabalas”.

Using these strength of planets we should now calculate the strength of all the 12 houses of the horoscope which is also illustrated in the above book. Let us now have a look at it.



House Bhava Bala In rupas Lord's bala DigBala DrigBala

1st   402.40     6.71     341.49      0.00    60.92
2nd   549.40     9.16     467.61      20.00   61.78
3rd   551.50     9.19     433.96      50.00   67.54
4th   526.83     8.78     433.96      30.00   62.87
5th   552.81     9.21     467.61      50.00   35.20
 6th   342.59     5.71     341.49      20.00   -18.90
 7th   356.64     5.94     338.58      30.00   -11.95
8th   487.27     8.12     482.05      10.00   -4.78
9th   435.71     7.26     432.73      10.00   -7.02
10th  514.61     8.58     405.63      60.00   48.98
11th  603.13     10.05    482.05      40.00   81.08
12th  462.86     7.71     338.58      50.00   74.28

These are the main figures we require to evaluate a horoscope. Using these figures we have to now moderate them for the relevant residential strength of planets and its benefic/malefic aspects for which we can use a Spread Sheet like Microsoft Excel.

The planetary dispositions calculated thus is given below.

Planet
% Strength
Good %
Bad%
Nature





Sun
35.00
69.73
17.52
Benefic
Moon
63.86
65.70
28.34
Benefic
Mars
26.18
47.72
41.90
Benefic
Mercury
29.63
42.22
49.98
Malefic
Jupiter
6.16
15.38
6.02
Benefic
Venus
11.09
41.02
50.70
Malefic
Saturn
82.83
78.27
5.13
Benefic
Rahu
35.69
42.22
49.98
Malefic
Kethu
35.69
15.38
6.02
Benefic





Net
36.23




From the above you will note the residential strengths of all the planets and their respective nature whether it is a benefic or malefic. Malefic planets if they have a good residential strength will not be that bad in fact, its maleficence will be considerably reduced. You must bear this in mind.

We will have to now moderate the strength of houses calculated above with these planetary dispositions by interpolation techniques. Have a look at the final figures duly moderated.

House
Description
Self Analysis %
Aaroodha Analysis
1
Personality, Individuality, Head
47.54
32.42
2
Wealth, assets, family, speech, Face
64.89
44.25
3
Co-borns, confidants, courage, Hands and Shoulders
65.11
44.40
4
Happiness, comforts, pleasures, Heart & Lungs
62.20
42.42
5
Children, intelligence, mind, Upper Abdomen
65.25
44.50
6
Debts, Diseases, Enemies, Lower Abdomen
40.45
27.59
7
Marital Happiness, Small Intestine, Liver
42.08
28.70
8
Longevity, Distresses, Colon, Kidneys, Genitals
57.53
39.23
9
Luck ,Fortune, Thighs
51.43
35.08
10
Career, Profession, Job Satisfaction, Knees
60.78
41.45
11
Gains, Returns from Career, Calf  and ankles
71.20
48.55
12
Wasteful Expenditure, Losses, Feet
54.62
37.25





Net strength
57.70
39.35

Higher strength for positive significations makes it more potent



Higher strength for negative significations negate the negatives (Debts, Diseases, Enemies, Losses etc.)



No. Of Horoscopes Analysed : 36250+
Freq.Distbn %


Less than 30%        - Not Satisfactory enough
46


> 30 to 40                   -  Passed
14


> 40 to 45                   -  Above average
12


> 45 to 50                   -  Third Class
11


> 50 to 60                   -  Second Class
8


> 60 to 70                   -  First Class
5


> 70 to 80                   -  Distinction
3


> 80 to 90                   -  Excellent
1


Greater than 90     -  Outstanding
198 Nos.


In this particular example the native has a net strength of 57.70% which is graded as a Second Class horoscope. From the frequency distribution you will note that he has a 83% percentile strength which means that 83% of the population are below him in happiness and success factor. Aaroodha strength is how the native will be viewed by others, further details of which you can get from the internet using the link http://astroveda.wikidot.com/use-of-arudha-lagna.


In a similar way we can also find out the transitory influence of planets while in transit using a similar exercise when ever there is a planet which transits a zodiacal sign. We recalculate the strengths of houses after the transit using the same Ascendant of the natal chart. An example of such a chart is given below. This chart shows the influence of Jupiter’s transit in July 2014 to Cancer in respect of my own horoscope. In fact you can use this technique on a day to day or month to month basis since all the planets are constantly in motion.

House
Description
Birth Self Analysis %
Now Transitory %

Difference %
1
Personality, Individuality, Head
65.28
91.03

25.75
2
Wealth, assets, family, speech, Face
76.42
67.44

-8.98
3
Co-borns, confidants, courage, Hands and Shoulders
63.22
54.83

-8.39
4
Happiness, comforts, pleasures, Heart & Lungs
71.05
78.42

7.37
5
Children, intelligence, mind, Upper Abdomen
78.08
58.00

-20.08
6
Debts, Diseases, Enemies, Lower Abdomen
67.41
52.55

-14.86
7
Marital Happiness, Small Intestine, Liver
73.97
77.28

3.31
8
Longevity, Distresses, Colon, Kidneys, Genitals
64.72
46.29

-18.44
9
Luck ,Fortune, Thighs
83.06
56.70

-26.36
10
Career, Profession, Job Satisfaction, Knees
64.25
75.33

11.08
11
Gains, Returns from Career, Calf  and ankles
48.29
47.51

-0.78
12
Wasteful Expenditure, Losses, Feet
66.22
92.90

26.67







Net strength
69.04
68.32

-0.72

Higher strength for positive significations makes it more potent




Higher strength for negative significations negate the negatives (Debts, Diseases, Enemies, Losses etc.)





From the above you will note that the Jupiter transit to Cancer has benefited me in respect of some houses like 1st, 4th,7th,10th and 12th houses while in respect of the other houses, I have been a loser. However the net strength is lower by 0.72% which is negligible.


I have also now introduced one more column to the above evaluation titled "Naked Analysis". An example is given in an earlier article. 

The Naked Analysis (The minimum Score) is the strength below which it will not go down during the life. The self analysis strength is the mean of the strength of any house during the whole period of one's life which can go up or down due to transitory influences of planets. With a Net Strength of 49.50% and with a Naked Strength of 35.14% means that during the course of one's entire life, the net strength will vary from 35.14% to 63.50% due to the constant motion of the planets.

Now you might have got an idea how well we can evaluate a horoscope using figures rather than groping in the dark and trying to interpret them using axioms which cannot be empirically computed.

Those interested in having your horoscopes computed using the above algorithms can contact me using tmramach@yahoo.com and giving your birth details. Obviously this will be a Paid service $35 per horoscope to be paid in advance using Paypal to my email tmrnambissan@gmail.com or ask me for an invoice by email. Alternatively Indians can use PhonePe to send me the charges to my mobile number 9847823847. I am charging this amount only to limit the number of requests since my inbox is mostly flooded with requests for free consultations. You can be rest assured that the money will be spent solely for charitable purposes.

Ramachandran Nambissan T.M
16 August 2014.

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