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Ashtak Varg

[From Fundamentals of Astrology/ M Ramakrishna Bhat, p 258-] See also \ Eightfold or Sarvasht Varg System of Prediction

Ashtak Varg is a very important tool to fix good Muhoort for commencement of all activities as well as to judge the auspicious nature of a transit. Mr. C S Patel has written a complete treatise on Ashtak Varg published by Sagar Publications, Delhi. In ch 72, verses 30 and 31 of BPHS, Paraashar teaches us : 1. If a sign (house) contains more auspicious Bindu in Sarvaashtak Varg it should be considered auspicious for the commencement of all auspicious activities. 2. If a planet is transiting any sign and it contains more auspicious points in Sarvaashtak Varg and in own Varg, it will yield to auspicious results. The general rules of transit will not be applicable. You may refer Prashna Marga ch 32 in this regard also. 6th House is for enemies 2nd, 5th, 10th and 11th Houses are for finance. Add the points of these Houses, take the average, and that percent of finance is of that native -----------------------------------------------In Ashtak Varg chart only 8 elements, that are necessary for the chart, are given here. We will start with the Sun and will find out the benefic dots in the Ashtak Varg of that planet. For this purpose, you must have a blank chart beside the above chart in order to mark the benefic dots contributed by the Sun and other significators in the Ashtak Varg of the Sun. In which houses the Sun is favorable from himself and so contributes favorable dots. He produces benefic results on the houses 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 counted from his position at birth. Now put a short vertical line, not a dot, for the sake of clearness, in the 1st House - Capricorn, and 2nd Aquarius, 4th Aries, 7th Cancer, 8th Leo, 9th Virgo, 10th Libra and 11th Scorpio. What does this mean? That the above house will be good while he transits them. In the same manner you will have to find out for other significators also. Count separately the same places from the natal positions of Mars and Saturn. You see that Mars is in Aries at birth. So count 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 from Aries, and put another short vertical line in each of these places. Repeat this process for Saturn from his position Scorpio. Thus we have disposed of three significators.

--Now take up Jupiter's contribution. The Sun is good in the 5th, 6th, 9th and 11th positions from Jupiter's place. Where is Jupiter? in Virgo. So put another mark in these places counted from Jupiter's sign (Virgo) - in Capricorn, Aquarius, Taurus and Cancer. --The Sun is good in 6th, 7th and 12th places from Venus, so mark Gemini, Cancer and Sagittarius. --He is good in 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th houses from Mercury, so mark Aquarius, Aries, Taurus, Leo, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio. --He is good in 3rd, 6th, 10th, And 11th houses from the Moon so mark Taurus, Leo, Sagittarius and Capricorn. --Lastly the Sun is good in places 3rd, 4th, 6th, 10th, 11th and 12th houses from the Asc. So mark the signs Taurus, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, Capricorn and Aquarius. Now look at the chart below of Sun's Ashtak Varg. In this chart you will see only one house without a single benefit dot. 111 111 111 11 111 11 11 1 1111 11 11 1 111 11 111 11 111

Sun's Ashtak Varg Total 48



--Only those houses which contain more than 4 dots can be considered auspicious. In this chart Taurus and Aquarius contain 6 dots each --Cancer, Leo Sagittarius and Capricorn contain 5 dots each. --Though Aquarius is the 12th house from the Moon, yet the Sun's transit will not give as much good results as in the houses containing 6 dots. --Similarly Leo, which is the 6th house from the Moon, should give good results, as it contains 5 benefic dots in it and belongs to himself (it is Sun's own sign). --Similar effects should be considered in exaltation, friendly house, inimical house, or debilitation etc factors. --Although Aries is the Exaltation sign for the Sun, but it contains only 3 dots. This means it has 5 malefic dots, but only 3 benefic dots. So the transitional effects must be very bad.

So remember the general principle --A bad house in transit will not be so bad, if it contains more than 4 benefic dots. --Even though a Raashi may contain many benefic dots, still the effects will not be so good, if the particular house happens to be the planet's Debilitated, inimical or Upachaya house. --If a house doesn't have any benefic dot in a planet's Ashtak Varg, the effect is that the native is like to lose life, when the planet transits that house. The effect of benefic dots commencing with 1 to 8 are in order:-(1 dot) destruction, (2 dots) loss, (3 & 4 dots) fear, (5 dots) gain of wealth, (6 dots) acquisition of a damsel, (7 dots) prosperity, (8 Dots) kingship or high govt position.

Who is Benefic and When

Now you might be interested to know when these effects will be experienced. Some theories have already been given (see "Who is Benefic When" on Transits page). Another principle is that :---a planet produces good or bad results when it has advanced exactly the same degrees in the transit, as it had advanced at birth time. Next we should work out the Ashtak Varg for Moon ---Moon is good in 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th houses from the Sun. So put a mark in Pisces, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Libra and Scorpio. --Moon is good in 1st, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 11th houses from herself. So put a mark in Pisces, Taurus, Leo, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Capricorn. --Moon is good in 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th and 11th from Mars. Mars is in Aries at birth. So put a mark in Taurus, Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius. --Moon is good in 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th from Mercury. So put Marks in Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Gemini, Cancer, Virgo and Libra. --Moon is good in 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th places from Jupiter. So put the mark in Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius, Pisces, Aries, Gemini and Cancer. --Moon is good in 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, and 11th houses from Venus. So put the mark in Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio. --Moon is good in 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 11th houses from Saturn. So mark Capricorn, Pisces, Aries and Virgo. --Moon is good in 3rd, 6th, 10th and 11th houses from the Asc. So mark Taurus Leo, Sagittarius and Capricorn.

The result is this:-111 111 11 111 1 111 11 111 1 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 1111 11

Moon's Ashtak Varg Total 49


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So Moon's Ashtak Varg benefic dots are 49. Only three Raashi contain more than 4 dots - they are Pisces and Virgo with 6 dots each and Sagittarius with 5 dots. You know that a planet is beneficial when it transits certain houses counted from the Moon's position at birth - which in addition happens to be his own, friendly and Exaltation houses. So now the Moon's transit is good in 1, 3, 6, 7, 10, and 11th houses from his natal position. In the chart, although the 1st house contains 6 dots, so the transit through that house must be excellent. The 3rd house which also ought to give good results as it his Exaltation house, cannot be good here, because it contains only 4 dots. The same situation applies to the 6th house. The 7th and 10th houses are good. In the same way make this Ashtak Varg chart for Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn should also be made. --Mars is good in 3, 5, 6, 10, 11 from the Sun. So mark Pisces, Taurus, Gemini Libra and Scorpio. --Mars is good in 3, 6, 11 from the Moon. So mark Taurus, Leo, and Capricorn. --Mars is good in 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11 from himself. So mark Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Libra, Scorpio, Capricorn and Aquarius. --Mars is good in 3, 5, 6 and 11 places from Mercury. So mark Aquarius, Aries, Taurus, and Libra. --Mars is good in 6, 10, 11, 12 from Jupiter. So mark Aquarius, Gemini, Cancer and Leo. --Mars is good in 6, 8, 11, 12 from Venus. So mark these houses from Capricorn. --Mars is good in 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 from Saturn. So mark these house beginning from Scorpio. --Mars is good in 1, 3, 6, 10 and 11 from Lagna. So mark these house beginning from Pisces.

In this chart his own Raashi and his Exaltation do not contain many benefic dots total points 39. Now we will make the chart for Mercury. --Mercury is good in 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12 from himself. So mark the houses beginning from Sagittarius. --Mercury is good in 5, 6, 9, 11, 12 from the Sun. So mark Raashis beginning from Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, Scorpio and Sagittarius. --Mercury is good in 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11 from the Moon. So mark the house beginning from Pisces. --Mercury is good in 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 from Mars and Saturn. So mark the house from Aries and Scorpio respectively. [pages were not seen here] In Saturn's chart, there are 39 total benefic dots; and only two Raashis possess 6 dots each - Leo and Capricorn. And these happen to be 6th and 11th from the natal Moon. Although the 3rd place is also said to be good but it contains only 3 benefic dots, so it cannot produce any good effects. The 6th house, Leo, although belonging to enemy, must produce good effects as it contains 6 dots. The 11th house, besides being his own house, contains 6 dots also, so it must produce excellent effects. Thus you have learnt the Ashtak Varga method. All the 7 planets' points are 337, which is called "Samudaaya Ashtak Varga". The total of benefic points of individual planets is called "Bhinna Ashtak Varga".

Hope for Fewer Benefic Points

So if any Raashi contains the benefic dots fewer than 5, it cannot produce good results - still a distinction is to be made here. Because a bad effect cannot continue for a long time, there must be silver line of happiness somewhere. How to find out that in a house? Let us suppose in an Ashtak Varg, one Raashi contains only 1 benefic dot. Apparently, this dot must have been contribute by one of the 8 significators. -134578


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In the same way prepare these tables for all the planets. Then prepare this following table
Paraashar Ashtak Varg Aries of the Sun Saturn Jupiter Mars Sun Venus Mercury Moon Lagna Total 3 1 1 1 1 6 1 3 5 1 1 1 Taurus Gemini Cancer 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 3 3 4 1 1 1 1 1 5 1 1 5 1 6 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Leo 1 Virgo 1 Libra Scorpio 1 Sagitt 1 1 1 1 Capricorn Aquarius 1 1 1 1 Pisces

Sarvaashtak Varg Chart

Sun Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scopio Sagitt Aquarius Capricorn Pisces Total 3 6 3 5 5 3 3 4 5 5 6 -48 Moon 4 4 4 4 4 6 4 2 5 4 2 6 49 Mars 2 6 4 3 5 1 3 4 2 3 4 2 39 Mercury 6 5 4 3 6 4 4 5 6 4 5 2 54 Jupiter 7 3 3 5 3 6 6 6 3 6 3 5 56 Venus 5 5 5 4 5 3 4 4 2 5 5 5 52 Saturn 2 3 3 3 6 3 2 3 2 6 3 3 39 Sarvaashtak 29 32 36 27 34 26 26 28 25 33 28 23 337

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You can find out the auspicious and prosperous periods by adding the figures to the houses occupied by the benefics and multiplying the same by 7, and dividing the product by 27. In this case the quotient will give the age at which the native will be happy and fortunate. This should be done with the figures of Sarvaashtak chart. In that chart, you see Pisces containing 23 benefic dots, Virgo 26, Sagittarius 25, which make an aggregation of 74 dots. This number multiplied by 7 and the product divided by 27, gives 20th year. So that is the year of prosperity. But this is not all, you repeat this process for in the Ashtak Varg Chart of each of natural benefics and add them up all. Another point is that the native will be happy when :---the total number of the dots in the 11th house will exceed from the 10th house dots; and --the figure in the 12th is less than that of 11th. and lastly --the figure in the Lagna is greater than that of 12th house. In our example, the Lagna has 23 dots; 12th house 28, 11th house 33, and 10th house 25. Here all the condition are met except the last one, so we can say that the native will be spend-thrift, yet he will have plenty of money to enjoy. In the Sarvaashtak Varg chart you make 3 divisions of 4 Raashi, each commencing from Pisces. These three divisions represent three stages of life. The part of life which has maximum number of dots will be the happiest one. In our example chart, the three groups have respectively 110, 113, 114 dots; hence we will conclude that the native's last period of life will be the happiest one. According to another view, the grouping must be done not from the Pisces, but with the one that happens to be the 12th from the Lagna Raashi. According to this you will have to begin with Aquarius in this example chart. According to this calculation the numbers are 112, 113, 112 respectively.