Roberto Velicaz, Italy.
Editor: Muhammad Imran, Pakistan
[Roberto is a young astrologer with a humble research oriented mind, his first maiden article deserves great applause and encouragement. Additional applause to M. Imran for being the Editor in piecing together this original research in a very lucid and classical style. – SA]
Chara Dasha is an important predictive technique in Jyotish. It is basically a sign-based Direction and usually ranked top among Phalit Dashas (periods of good-bad fruits). Both Parashar and Jaimini maintained a fair amount of discussion about Chara Dasha. Yet, controversies over its calculation and utility still exist. The first reason is the highly terse and complex formation of ancient Jyotish texts and the second reason is dozens of their commentaries and annotations. On the other hand, modern living authorities on Jaimini Phalit Dashas, have abstained to decode the codes of Chara Karakas and Chara Dasha (at least in their published stuff). That is why, choosing a flawless path has really become hard for today’s Jyotish learner.
This writ-up intends to highlight an untold aspect of timing adverse events through Chara Dasha. According to scribe, there is a direct relation between occurring of adverse event and the running Chara Dasha having Gnathikaraka (GK) in 1st or 6th there from. The particular area of life should scrutinize from relevant divisional chart (Varga Chakra). Before properly establishing the mentioned above thesis, let’s first understand the Gnathikaraka (GK) and Varga Chakra.
There are many types of Karaka (signifying planet or indicator) in Jyotish. Among them Chara Karaka is a special scheme of planetary arrangement with respect to their celestial longitudes in zodiacal sign. But there are three main schools of thought about total number of Chara Karakas. First propounds that there should be 7 Chara Karaka (from Sun to Saturn, and Rahu should never be used). Second school teaches that Chara Karaka can be 7 or 8 depending upon the longitudes of planets. Whereas third cult believes on 8 Chara Karaka and emphasizes to always include Rahu. Following the teachings of B.V. Raman and K.N. Rao, scribe simply considers the 7-planet Chara Karaka scheme. They are as follows:
1) AtmaKaraka (AK) means: indicator of soul
2) AmatyaKaraka (AmK) means: indicator of minister
3) BhratruKaraka (BK) means: indicator of brother
4) MatruKaraka (MK) means: indicator of mother
5) PutraKaraka (PK) means: indicator of son
6) GnathiKaraka (GK) means: indicator of paternal cousin
7) DaraKaraka (DK) means: indicator of spouse
These 7 labels of planets do not compel us to assume just 7 people or 7 areas of life. About the utility and significations of Chara Karaka, this is a widely prevailed misunderstanding, and it should be addressed. That is, whether a Chara Karaka only signifies the matter it is named after, or it can also indicate other relevant areas of life.
Historically speaking, every ancient and medieval Jyotish text (in its preliminary chapter) entitles certain name to houses as well as planets. Say, First House as Tanu Bhava, Second House as Dhan Bhava and so on. But the name or title of Tanu Bhava does not imply that First House merely rules over body of native, and Dhan Bhava only indicates wealth. Obviously dozens of other significations also fall under jurisdiction of Tanu Bhava, for instant; appearance, knowledge, colour, nature, strength, comfort and discomfort. Similarly Second House deals with various matters, say assets, means of getting wealth, place of securing money, grains, food, joint-family, learning abilities etc. Thus, despite many significations, Jyotish authorities labelled First House as Tanu Bhava or Lagna Bhava. Same is the case with planets as well. Following this logic behind naming, AtmaKaraka (AK) should not assume to only rule Soul, and AmatyaKaraka (AmK) should not consider to just rule Minister or Ministerial Position.
Let’s come to the subject of this article, i.e. Gnathikaraka (GK). In Sanskrit, Gnathi simply means paternal cousin. But as explained in above paragraph, this label or title does not entail that GK only signifies cousins. In fact, GK simultaneously shows other significations of 6th house from ascendant. Why 6th house? Because, counting downward from Atmakaraka, Gnathikaraka (GK) comes at number six. If all the 7 Chara Karakas should arrange with respect to decreasing longitude then they are amazingly analogous to significations of First House to Seventh House. Thus Gnathikaraka shows other indications of 6th house, including; enemy, rival, accident, illness, dispute, mishap, litigation etc.
- a) First look at the rashi chart (D1 – natal chart) and check to see if Atmakaraka (AK) is situated in the 6th, 8th or 12th house from the running antardasha. Atmakaraka (AK) represents the 1st house and its significations, the individual concerned.
- b) Check next to see if Gnathikaraka (GK) is situated in the 6th or 8th house from the antardasha running in rashi chart (D1 – natal chart). Also check if GK is in the 1st house from antardasha or aspects the 1st house of the antardasha.
If any of the two conditions (a) or (b) mentioned in the first step are met, we next check the divisional charts. We look at each individual divisional chart to see if Gnathikaraka (GK) is in the 1st or 6th house from antardasha running, or GK is in the house from the antardahsa which represents that particular divisional chart.
If step two is also met we can identify a particular area of life that may present difficulties to the person e.g.; D9 Marriage, D10 Career, D12 parents etc.
As far as divisional charts (Varga Chakras) are concerned, Parashar’s teaching and computational criterion are followed in this article.
|Varga||Notation||Main Signification||From Chara Dasha/Antar, Houses to look for GK|
|Drekkan||D3||Sibling||1st, 3rd, 11th, and 6th|
|Chaturthamsa||D4||Landed Property||1st, 4th, and 6th|
|Saptamsa||D7||Children||1st, 5th, and 6th|
|Navamsa||D9||Spouse||1st, 7th, and 6th|
|Dasamsa||D10||Career||1st, 10th, and 6th|
|Dwadasamsa||D12||Parents||1st, 4th, 9th, and 6th|
|Shodashamsa||D16||Vehicles||1st, 4th, and 6th|
Given are some examples using horoscopes of famous people to aid the readers understanding.
Chart 1: Rajiv Gandhi
Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi lost his younger brother Sanjay Gandhi in an air accident. This mishap in Rajiv’s life occurred on June 23, 1980. As per Chara Dasha, Rajiv was going through sub period of Capricorn-Leo.
The D1 (rashi chart), antardasha rashi Leo has GK Sun. AK Mercury and GK Sun are in Leo, being – the antardasha rashi – it is 8th from dasha rashi Capricorn. Looking in D3 (drekken), GK Sun is in antardasha rashi Leo.
Chart 2: Richard Nixon
On November 8 1960, American Republican candidate Richard Nixon loses election to John F. Kennedy. The sub period of Aquarius-Virgo was activating in the nativity of Richard Nixon. From Sagittarius, the Gnathikaraka Mars casts rashi drishti to antardasha Virgo. In D10 (dasamsa), GK Mars is in the 6th house from Virgo antardasha.
Chart 3: John F Kennedy, Sr
On August 12 1944, Joseph Kennedy, elder brother of John F. Kennedy, dies. The antardasha of Capricorn-Aquarius was running. GK Saturn occupies in 6th house from antardasha rashi Aquarius. In the D3 (drekkana) GK Saturn is again in 6th house from Aquarius antardasha.
On May 13 1948, Kathleen Kennedy, younger sister of John F. Kennedy dies. Pisces-Taurus was running in the chart of John F. Kennedy. In D1 (rashi chart), antardasha Taurus has AK Mercury in 12th house from antardasha. In the D3 (drekkana) GK Saturn is in the 3rd house from Taurus antardasha.
Chart 4: Jacqueline Kennedy
On August 9 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy’s 3-day baby son dies. Chara antardasha of Pisces-Aries was running. In antardasha rashi Aries has GK Moon. In the D7 (saptamsa), GK Moon owns the 5th house from saptamsa lagna, and abodes in antardasha rashi Aries.
Chart 5: Bill Clinton
On December 16 1998, former US President Bill Clinton is impeached by the House of Representatives. Aries-Leo Chara antardasha was running. The D1 (rashi chart), antardasha rashi Leo has GK Sun. Whereas, in the D10 (dasamsa) GK Sun is in the 1st house Leo.
It is to underline again that discussed thesis and illustrations are only scribe’s observations and as such need further research and investigation on many horoscopes. One must always remember to use the rashi chart (natal chart i.e. D1) as the focus point and the Vimshotarri Dasha with this technique.
This predictive technique was used on various charts of scribe’s friends and found very satisfactory results. Yet, 100% guarantee cannot be given. It is up to the intelligent readers and researchers to test this technique and send their feed back.
Finally, a note about the computation of Chara Dasha seems indispensible. Reader may find different Chara Dasha outcome from different programming routines and software. The reason is consideration of different ‘strength criteria’ and dual lordship of Aquarius and Scorpio used by various Jyotish software. Never assume software’s output as flawless, at
least for the calculations of Jaimini’s rashi dasha. It would be fruitful to manually recheck the stronger between Saturn and Rahu, and Mars and Ketu. For correct antardasha sequence, the stronger between 1st and 7th from each rashi should deduct intelligently.