Preferential Methodology of Divisional Charts

There are 16 Vargas (sub divisions) of ascendant and planets in Vedic astrology, to pin point any prediction and making difference between nativities. Planets stay at a sign for a long time and even ascendant rises about two hours. Several births took place in this duration. We can differentiate every birth by the use of Varga chart.

Most of them calculated on the basis of successive counting making equal division equal to as desired division, starting from the sign Aries or sign itself. But there is often more than one method in vogue to calculate such divisions, resulting in different conclusions.

Often astrologers favor of its scientific nature. The entire astrological theme and it`s mechanism, even our whole cosmos work in a regular and systematic order.

So the methods of calculating certain astrological figure must be logical and in proper order. According to the preferential methodology, simply multiply the Rasi figure by the numerical digit equal to desired division and make the resultant figure within the range of zodiac.

A divisional chart mostly describes the result of house mainly, for which it is known by the name. Such as Drekkana chart carries the significance of 3rd house since it is a result of 3rd division of a sign. The 2nd division Hora which is meant for wealth (2nd house stands for wealth), Saptamsa the 7th division is for conception (7th house stands for cohabitation), Dasamsa is for occupation (10th house stands for occupation), Trisamsa is meant for ill health or misfortune, when we allotted one degree (30th division of a sign) to each house from ascendant, it falls at 6th house that is known for ill health. Similarly Shodashamsa is for vehicle and other divisions also work following this basic natural method.

Hora, Drekkana and Trisamsa divisions are very important divisions. But these are victims of uncertainty obtained from the mixture of calculation methods.

Here I want to discuss about the methods of Hora, Drekkana and Dwadasamsa division.

Hora– the Hora is 2nd division of a sign each of 15 degrees and known for wealth as 2nd house represents wealth in a horoscope. There is various methods and way of calculating Hora chart. We cannot discuss each of them here but we are talking only two mentioned in Parashar Hora. One of them supported by Varah Mihir and in vogue nowadays.  This Hora of Varah divides a sign in two part of Sun and Moon and ignoring sign at all. The logic behind this type of Hora is available in the version of Parashar Hora. The second method is also in the same book, which suggests Hora of sign, continuously reckoning from sign Aries repeating every sign two times. The second method is Vedic method and fit at practical ground too. Related verses are-

parashar hora

The greatest authority of astrology is in confusion! Which one is correct method! This question does not stand before such great sage. We find many old scriptures of Vedic culture as contaminated so we can say that astrological literature may be also haphazard mixture of Yavana`s view and other. The line of above Sloka that is under lined may be corrupt. If is it not so, probably other hidden meaning of this line is same as next sloka. First observe the Hora table of signs of both views together. Brackets are showing view of Varah as per first Sloka.

parasnar hora table

Now observe the sign involving in the Hora of Vedic method in the Sun and Moon Hora as per Varah method of Hora.

Moon Hora- Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Capricorn, Aquarius

The owner of these signs is Venus, Mercury and Saturn. All of them are mutually friends and become mutual Yogakarak in the ascendant ruled by each other and all of them either are female or hermaphrodite planet!

Sun Hora- Aries, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Pisces

The owner of these signs is Mars, Sun, moon and Jupiter. All are mutually friend! All of them are male planet except Moon*! So perhaps Maharishi Parashar called these signs by a single name of Sun and Moon making two groups of planet in a literary way but misunderstood later.

Here we must consider their signs and not planets since divisions are only possible of signs not of a planet. There is another controversy arises when we ignore Hora of signs that is the theory obtaining ‘Parijatadi Sanjya’ in Shada Vargas (group of six divisions) or in Dasa Vargas (group of ten divisions) became defunct because we have ignored an important division of Hora. This is also a strong argument against popular division of Trisamsa (D-30).

Now observe some examples taken from a write up ‘Decoding Parasara`s Hora’ in the Modern Astrology of July 2013.

Here we must keep in the mind that we should ignore the idea of calculating Vimshottari Dasa based on Moon`s longitude in divisional charts. This will be too much as there are several divisional charts and become unbearable in the presence of so many Ayanamsa. Secondly interpretation of Dasa also depends upon the lordship of houses besides of planets placement in particular house. But lordship of houses is not recommended in divisional charts except divisional ascendant. The methods of calculating houses only possible in Rasi chart. So we can take divisions of each house like ascendant but this method cannot include all the twelve signs in a divisional chart. If we adopt equal house division method it will defunct other methods of calculating houses and also concept of Chalit chart. It also ignores longitude of mid heaven that is an important factor. So we cannot accept the idea of equal house division.

So observe the impact of Dasa (based on Rasi Moon) of a planet in Hora chart only with placement of it in a particular house within other influences.

Chart 1: Bill Gate: Born October 28, 1955 at 21h 21m (8 hours West of GMT) at 47N36, 122W20, Lahiri Ayanamsa

Balance of Dasa is- Saturn 2 year 10 month 27 days

birth chart

Hora chart as per Varah

hora chart

Hora chart as per Vedic system

Hora chart as per Vedic system

The peak of his wealth graph came during 1999-2002 when Microsoft stock was at his apex. He was under the impact of sub period of Mercury and Ketu under the major period of Venus.

The Venus is well posited with sign depositor Moon in the Hora ascendant as per system of Varah but the sub period lords Mercury and Ketu in the 12th house are not good within affliction at all, making 2-12 relationship with major dasa lord Venus.

According to Vedic system of Hora, Hora ascendant Virgo is within the aspect of its lord Mercury. The major Dasa lord Venus is well posited in the 9th house in his own sign. Lord of sub period the Mercury is Hora lord and in the 7th house and Ketu is in the 11th house! This is massive over Hora of Varah.

Chart 2: Dhirubhai Ambani : Born December 28, 1932 at 6h.37m at Chorwad, India (21N01, 70E14), Ayanamsa-Lahiri

Balance of Dasa- Venus 8y 3m 28days

Balance of Dasa

Hora chart as per Varah

Hora chart as per Vedic system

Hora chart as per Vedic system

He arose during the year 1965 to 1981 when he was under the influence of Rahu Dasa. His successful ventures the Reliance Textiles was started by him in 1966 when Rahu – Rahu was in operation.

According to Varah Hora, Rahu is posited in the 12th house within malefic influence of Mars in debility, Saturn and waning Moon. It cannot provide grand success.

According to Vedic system, Hora lord Sun in the Hora ascendant within the aspect of Jupiter is very good. The Dasa lord Rahu posited in the 6th house with planet in exaltation is more over within the aspect of benefic. The 2nd,6th and 11th house stand for monetary gain in a horoscope. The 6th house also stands for loan. So selling out of shares is a modern form of it. Loan pays interest and shares pays profit. The Rahu in the 6th house in Hora chart can explain all of this very well.

Try following tips with Vedic Hora chart using Lahiri Ayanamsa –

Calculate the Sign, Tithi and Yoga for Hora chart through simply multiplying Rasi figure by two and making the resultant figure within the range of zodiac.

The Moon star and Yoga falling in a benefic Tara from Hora Moon star and Yoga are good to get financial gain. The Tithi of Mrita Vargas is avoidable while Yuva and Briddha Vargas are suitable.


This divisional chart is also victim of uncertainty obtained from the mixture of calculation methods. We shall discuss only two mentioned in Parashar Hora.

Sloka six

The Sloka six is suggesting three parts of a sign, counting from sign Aries continuously and repeating every sign three times to complete Drekkana table for all twelve signs. This is a valid Vedic method. But what was the need to mention second method in next Sloka! That is suggesting three part of a sign, counting from sign itself with jumping to fifth sign for next. This method is supported by Varah Mihir and the great impact of him on Vedic astrology through away Vedic method of Drekkana divisions.

Let us see the table of Drekkana division-

According to Varah-

According to Vedic system

In the second Sloka perhaps Maharishi Parashar is saying same thing as previous Sloka but in literary sense. He had to mention the owner of Drekkanas. So he added this line in literary sense with the line mentioning owner of Drekkanas. Observe the word “Swa-Panch-Nav”. This word is telling about the nature of sign falling in the first, fifth and in the ninth place from sign Aries. The first sign (Swa) is a Movable sign, fifth (Panch) sign is fix one and ninth sign (Nav) is of dual nature. He also said in the same line “Rashinam Krimshashch te”. Counting must be continuously.

So First Drekkana for all sign is in movable sign, second Drekkana should be in fix sign and third Drekkana in dual signs. Adopting this meaning with continuous reckoning from sign Aries shall draw only the table of Drekkana as it is showing above the Vedic Drekkana table. Either this is the proper meaning of line that is under lined or it is added later by someone.

There are some other controversies in the system of Varah. Let us observe them.

  1. First Drekkana of every sign always becomes Vargottam!
  2. It always falls in friendly sign. This is an anomaly. Neighbors and sibling for which Drekkana chart known for may be also unfavorable. It is also known for ‘fruit of action’ (Karma Phal) that is not generally so auspicious.
  3. It always falls in Trikona houses, the most benefic houses of a horoscope. The result of Drekkana is not always so auspicious. Secondly we cannot examine a planet just like Navamsa chart as equal to eighth Navamsa from ascendant or planet himself.
  4. A male sign have all the three Drekkana in male sign and a female sign have all the three Drekkana in female sign. So what is the need of calculating Drekkana sign to determine the sex of a concerned person** !
  5. Observe the following Sloka of Prashna Marg.

suggesting taking trine signs

Author is suggesting taking trine signs (तत् सुत तपः 1st,5th,9th) from Drekkana of Sun or Moon. According to scheme of Varah there is no need to draw Drekkana signs of Sun or Moon. Since Drekkana signs are always trine already and taking trine sign from there will be same signs. It is out of question that the author of the Prashna Marg is not aware of this. But he is talking about the Drekkana of Vedic view.

The most of predictive tools are developed within the context of Varah Drekkana. However there are some which supports only Vedic system of Drekkana.

  • Birth with cord (Naal) like snake-

Drekkana of Mars

Moon in the Drekkana of Mars, ascendant should be belong to malefic and benefic in the second and eleventh house results the birth with cord (‘Naal’) like snake. There is another Sloka with same meaning in the 3rd chapter, verse 38 of Jatak Parijat.

I have some charts to discuss within this context of birth with cord (Naal) like snake.

Chart 1: Male: Born July 7, 1971 at 10h.30m at 78E09, 26N12 (Gwalior), with balance of Dasa- Ketu 4 year 2 month o days, Ayanamsa- Lahiri

Drekkana chart as per Varah

Drekkana chart as per Varah

Drekkana chart as per Varah

The Moon is in the Drekkana of Mars in the Vedic Drekkana chart while she is attaining the Drekkana of Jupiter under the scheme of Varah Drekkana.  Both type of Drekkana chart have a malefic in the 2nd house while a benefic in the 11th is in the Vedic Drekkana chart. The combination is only relevant with Vedic Drekkana chart.

I am examining only the position of Moon in next cases otherwise write up will cross its limit.

Chart 2: Female: Born January 25, 1956 at about 17h.45m at 77E13, 28N36 (New Delhi), Ayanamsa-Lahiri

Ascendant- Cancer (3-10/14), Moon- Gemini (2-11/41)

Drekkana of Moon as per Varah is Libra but according to Vedic scheme of Drekkana is Scorpio, as desired by author of Jatak Tatvam and Jatak Parijat.

Chart 3: Female: Born October 3, 2007 at 22h.15m at 78E43, 23N08 (village-Gorakhpur, tehsil Udaipura, Dist-Raisen, M.P.), Ayanamsa-Lahiri

Ascendant- Taurus (1-29/09), Moon- Gemini (2-19/36)

Drekkana of Moon as per Varah is Libra but according to Vedic scheme of Drekkana it is Scorpio! Here neither ascendant nor Moon is in the Drekkana of Mars according to scheme of Varah.

Let observe the situations of planet for being a birth with cord, according to my experience for Drekkana of Vedic view.

  • The Moon generally found in the Drekkana of Mars but not necessarily.
  • Ascendant not necessarily of malefic but Drekkana must belong to Saturn, Mercury or Mars. Mercury is well known for defective birth. Many combinations like ‘birth with teeth’, ‘birth with extra hands’ are made by the help of Mercury or its sign. Observe a verse of Jatak Parijat that is asking for Drekkana ascendant within the influence of these planets for birth with cord like snake. According to my view the sign of mentioned planet should be involved in Drekkana ascendant.

Drekkana of Vedic system

This situation comes true only with Drekkana of Vedic system.

  • The 2nd house of Drekkana chart should be posited by Rahu or Saturn and 11th or 12th house posited by any planet.
  • Generally at least one luminary falls in the square houses from Vedic Drekkana chart.So we must accept the Vedic scheme of Drekkana without hesitation.
  • Rajyoga and Drekkana-

Whenever all the three ascendants namely Rasi, Navamsa and Drekkana are posited or within the aspect of same planet, it results a great kind of Rajyoga.

hora chart1

The greatest example of Rajyoga is of Indira Gandhi in modern age but above cited combination fulfilled in both type of Drekkana charts. So I am not discussing it. Let us see the example of George W Bush who became president of USA two times. His horoscope is not disputed in any manner so I want to discuss on it.

Chart 4: George W Bush***: Born July 6, 1946 at 7h.26m. at 72W55, 41N18 (New haven, CT Connectict, USA), Time Zone- west 5/00 hour ,No DST,

CT Connectict, USA

The Drekkana falling in the sign of Mercury or having the Moon in any Kendra, from Drekkana produce a combination of art, music and acting.

Now let us see some charts of artists under the Vedic Drekkana scheme.

Chart 5: Lata Mangeshkar : Born September 28, 1928 at 23h.00m., 72E50, 15N58 (Munbai), Ayanamsa-Lahiri

Ascendant- Taurus (1-28/40), Moon- Cancer (3-17/16)

The Drekkana ascendant is Virgo in the sign of Mercury as desired by above Sloka.

Chart 6: Hema Malini: Born October 16, 1948 at 00h.30m. at 78E41, 10N49 (Tiruchirapalli)

Ascendant- Cancer (3-6/37), Moon- Pisces (11-03/34)

The Drekkana ascendant is Capricorn and Moon Drekkana is also at Capricorn. Hence Moon is in the Kendra from Drekkana ascendant, fulfilling the second condition of Sloka.

Chart 7: Shahrukh Khan : Born November 2, 1965 at 2h.30m. at 77E13, 28N39 (Delhi)

Ascendant- Leo (4-21/48), Moon- Capricorn (9-21/32)

The Drekkana ascendant is Gemini in the sign of Mercury and Moon Drekkana sign is Virgo in a Kendra from Drekkana ascendant. Hence both the conditions are presents in this horoscope.

There are many such instances where Varah Drekkana failed miserably and Vedic Drekkana scheme presents astonishing result.

Many astrologers have supported Vedic scheme of Hora and Drekkana but his attempts were in vain. I plead to leading astrologers to make Vedic system in vogue.

Dwadasamsa (D-12)–  According to a Sloka of Parashar Hora, this is the 12th division of a sign and counting must be from sign itself. Observe the Sloka-

The word ‘TESHAM” which suggests sign itself for counting of Dwadasamsa, may be ‘MESHAM’ (sign Aries). But this idea is product of my mind. There are some other arguments in favor of Aries counting.

  • First Dwadasamsa always (for all signs) becomes Vargottam so strong even when the ascendant is at initial part hence weak. This is a controversy. This is not completely avoidable but we must try to lessen such probability. We can accept it with some signs but not for all twelve signs.
  • The Prashna Marg is a book of practical results and is in support to count from sign Aries to get Dwadasamsa sign. Dwadasamsa is widely used by various authorities for pre natal horoscopy but ‘Prashna Marg’ only used it in right way. Onserve the Sloka-

Author suggests counting the number of Dwadasamsa and count again equal to that number from sign Aries to get probable birth sign of a baby.

Trishamsa (D-30)- Here I am arguing in favor of oldest style of division of the Trishamsa chart, which is based upon equal thirty division each of one degree, regularly counted from the sign Aries, on practical and logical ground.We shall call it the Vedic Trishamsa (D-30).

1-The entire astrological theme and its mechanism, even our whole cosmos are working in a regular and systematic order.

If we put the popular Trishamsa chart based upon unequal five divisions attributed to planets with other divisional charts, it will stand clearly peculiar, unfamiliar and absurd.

So we should follow the Vedic Trishamsa ( D-30 )based upon equal 30 division each of one degree and continuous, regularly counted from the sign Aries; according to its name.


2-Trishamsa Chart being used for calculating Arishta-misfortune related to health. If a sign divided into equal thirty parts each of one degree and start counting from ascendant allotting one degree to each house continuously, than its 30th degree falls in the 6th house. The 6th house is known for misfortune and ill health.

So it is logical to accept without hesitation the Trisamsha chart with equal 30 divisions each of one degree counted from the sign Aries.


3-The learned author late Mr.C.S.Patel quoted a Sloka from Dhurva Nadi in his major work “Navamsa in astrology” on the page no.51 for Virgo ascendent.

It is clear in observing above Sloka that the Trisamasha is finer than Navamsa. The author of above Sloka maintained major divisional charts before than finer one.

Though Mr.Patel in his notes wrongly interpreted and puts Trisamsha first than Navamsa due to maintain some logical meaning with popular and absurd said Trisamasha.

If we follow the Vedic Trisamhsa according to wish of the author of Dhruva Nadi than we can come at true meaning.

as thus-

In Virgo sign- -Sun hora    —————- 5-15/00 to 6-00/00

Capricorn (Makar) Drekkana—-5-10/00 to 5-20/00

Taurus (Vrishava) Navamasa– –5-13/20 to 5-16/40

Sagittarious (Jupiter)Trisamsha –5-14/00 to 5-15/00

4-There is a Sutra in the “Jaimini Sutram”.

3rd pada Jaimini Sutram by Dr.Suresh Chandra Mishra Ranjan Publications New Delhi

The learned author explained this sutra for the native of extra limb (Adhikang) and writes that if the Atmakarak planet posited in Trisamsha chart in its debilities sign than native may have extra limb. I examine it in some birth chart and found its accuracy using Vedic Trisamsha chart.

Let us see some examples-

a-A native was born with six fingers.

DOB-17/06/2005 Time- 08/02AM at 23N08 & 78E55 (Tendukheda,Dist-Narsinghpur ,M.P.)

In this example the Atmakarak planet is Moon and its longitude is 5-25/48. It is debilities in sign Scorpio in the Vedic Trisamsha chart.

b-Another native also have six fingers.

DOB-25/01/1990,  Time-02/30 AM at 23N08 & 78E43,Bhind (M.P.)

In this case the Atma karak planet is Saturn and its longitude is 8-24/41 which falls in debilities Trisamsha according to Vedic Trisamsha.

These two cases prove the correctness and validity of the Vedic Trisamsha chart on practical ground.

Above examples also prove the correctness of the Lahiri Ayanamsa over other on practical ground.

  • There is a Sutras for fixing native`s inner quality related with Trisamsa of Sun. That is natives virtues are according to the owner planet in which sign the planet Sun posited in the Trisamsa chart.

But in the popular Trisamsa scheme there is not any place for the sign of Sun and Moon. So no one can attain the quality of these planets! This is a controversy. While in the Vedic Trisamsa scheme all sign of all planets get place.


Hence the preferential methodology, of calculating divisional charts is it that multiplies the Rasi figure by the numerical digit equal to desired division and makes the resultant figure within the range of zodiac.

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