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Prasna is a very important part of astrology and is very useful. In some
cases, only the prasna astrology is helpful. The prasna means when we
reply a question based on the horoscope/chart prepared for the date and
time when a querent has approached for astrological help. Generally, the
prasna chart is made when the querent does not have a birth horoscope. It
is very important that whenever a querent has approached for the first time,
the time and date are noted. The place would be the location of astrologer.
In case of a telephonic or an e-mail query the place remains as the location
of the querent.

For the researchers and advance learners noting down the time of first
query is helpful in timing of events and rectification of the birth charts. Even
the astrological remedial measures prescribed according to the ascendant
of the prasna have proved to be helpful in majority of the cases, wherever
the birth details were not available.

The study of prasna is very useful:-

(i) When the querent or the person about whom the prasna is being made
does not have a birth chart;
(ii) To ascertain the ascendant when the ascendant is either in the ending
degrees or in the beginning of a sign. In such cases, the ascendant rising in
the prasna generally matches with the ascendant of the birth chart. The
correctness of the ascendant of the birth chart is very important to figure
out the true functional nature of planets in a particular nativity. Not only the
functional nature of planets plays a key role in the analysis of a chart but
also it is necessary for prescribing the astrological remedial measures;

(iii) To time return of missing persons;
(iv) To time recovery of patients;
(v) To predict recovery of stolen or misplaced items;
(vi) To predict solemnization of marriage;
(vii) To predict success of new business ventures.

The only requirement for the success of the prasna astrology is that the
querent approaches the astrologer without any prior fixed appointment for
the solve purpose of a query. If a telephonic call is made to fix up the
appointment, then the time of the telephone call is noted for the prasna
while the actual meeting for the consultation may take place at the
appointed time.

Sometimes, it so happens when a person is introduced to an astrologer,
the former immediately puts a question. Such a question should always be
replied according to the birth chart of the querent, if it is available. In case
the birth chart is not available, then he/she should be asked to contact the
astrologer after a week or ten days without fixing an appointment. If the
astrologer is not available at the time of the approach made by the querent,
then the time of the approach should be noted and should be used for
preparation of a prasna chart. The prasna chart is prepared in full for
identifying the strength of the planets and working out the planetary periods
for timing of the events. The events are timed with the help of the operating
planetary periods and the triple transit influences, both formation and

Even at the cost of some repetition, the essential predictive techniques of
the Systems Approach have been given in this book so that the case
studies included in this book are properly understood by the readers
without referring to the other books of the Systems Approach.

Prasna brings out the main question(s) of the querent based on the
conjunctions, aspects, placements and the operating planetary periods. If
the lord of the fifth house is afflicted, the prasna may pertain to progeny
matters. If the lord of the seventh house is afflicted, the question may
pertain to spouse or marital affairs or foreign visit or foreign stay. All the
conjunctions, aspects, placements and the operating planetary periods are
to be studied with reference to the ascendant and not treating the house
pertaining to the relation about whom the question is made as an
ascendant for replying the question. For example if one wants to know
about the spouse then the influences on the seventh house are considered
and the seventh house is not treated as the ascendant of the spouse.


Generally, people ask for astrological help in the hour of distress. Of
course, some blessed ones seek astrological help when they want to
venture in to something new. How to identify prasna is the question? This is
necessary to identify the correct planet/house to give proper advice. If the
sub-period lord or the ensuing sub-period lord is the lord of the third house
or a planet placed in the third house or a planet aspected by the lord of the
third house, then the prasna may be a new venture signified by the
concerned planet. If the lord of the third house is creating a close influence
on the ascendant or the third house or the tenth house, the prasna may be
connected with the new venture or initiative.

The prime determinants of prasna are weak planets and one or more
afflictors, explained below, involved in close conjunction or aspect with
other planets or the most effective points of the houses.

The following are the determinants of the prasna:

Weak Planets:

The weak planets are not in a position to protect their general significations
and the significations of the houses containing their mooltrikona sign.
Therefore, the native suffers because of malfunctioning of health ruled by
the weak planets.

Afflicted Planets:

Those planets which have close influence of the functional malefic planets
(afflictors as mentioned above) either by conjunction or aspect are treated
as afflicted planets. The close influence of the lord of the sixth house and
Rahu causes diseases which may respond to the symptomatic treatment.
The close influence of the functional malefic planets ruling the eighth and
twelfth houses and the planet Ketu gives chronic diseases. If the afflicted
planet is weak and badly placed, the native suffers from fatal diseases and
may have to undergo surgery, etc.

Planetary Periods:

The sub-periods of the afflicting or afflicted planets as mentioned above
and the sub-periods of the planets placed in the sixth house and other
malefic houses. These sub-periods give rise to the trends which continue
throughout the sub-periods and the trends can be reversed if the prime
determinants are strong and the following sub-periods are of strong, well
placed and unafflicted planets.

Transit Influences:

Sometimes, the illness is triggered by the close transit influence of slow
moving malefic planets on the natal planets. If the natal afflicted planets are
strong the symptoms of the illness ends after the transit impact is over. If
the natal afflicted planets are weak and badly placed and the sub-periods
of the afflictors are in progress then the illness turns into chronic illness.

The problems of ill health start surfacing during the sub-periods of the

1. the lord of the ascendant; or
2. the lord of the sixth house; or
3. the planets placed in the sixth house; or
4. the planet causing affliction; or
5. the planet afflicted; or
6. the malefic transit influence on the weak natal positions.

If a planet is afflicted, the following aspects will be touched:-

1. General significations of the planet;
2. The significations of the house containing mooltrikona sign of the
afflicted planet.
3. The significations of the house where the afflicted planet is placed.

These are the golden principle which provides us the key to identify the
prasna and suggesting possible remedies.