Ashtakvarga Thumb Rules
Late C.S.Patel, India
Translation: Dushyant Trivedi, India.
Copy Editor: Shahina Begum Meah, U.K
This is an unpublished work of the man who introduced Ashtakvarga in its modern avatar to the Indian Astrological Community way back in 1957 from his path breaking book titled ‘Ashtakvarga’. It was such a path breaking book that whenever we would go and introduce us as friends of C S Patel to senior astrologers they would instantly say ‘Ohh Ashtakvarga’.
This article was originally written in Guajarati language and would have not appeared in English, if it was not for the recent pointing out by his student Mr Upendra Singh Bhadoriya who readily gave his copy of the Guajarati printed work & translation by Mr Trivedi. We remain grateful to both of them.
The most special part of this article by Late C. S. Patel is that at the end of the article in the paragraph ‘Successful Years’. You would find two marked sentences, one in maroon colour and the other in red colour. The maroon if you observe is the starting basis of Bhrighu Chakra Paddathi (BCP) that we wrote in Vol: 3 – Aug 08 – C. S. Patel Memorial Issue, which means Patel Saheb also knew about the BCP method at least to an extent. The sentence marked in Red is the research we ourselves had done using BCP method & combining it with Ashtakvarga and this was one of the 60 methods that we mentioned would be revealed at a later date, but it seems the 92 year old Master of Ashtakvarga had done that decades ago. ]
Editor Note: Plz dont take rules verbatim. Intelligent interpretation needed. Be a responsible Student & Astrologer.
In this article dots or zeros are considered benefics and dash are considered malefic.
In an Ashtakvarga horoscope if a planet is at the cusp at the beginning or the end of a zodiacal sign then the results obtained may be doubtful and so will be the case if in a Chalit horoscope when there are two houses in one zodiacal sign or one house containing two zodiacal signs. Hence astrologers are advised to consider the degreecal difference and the zodiacal sign of planets while giving predictions.
Ashtakvarga horoscope which consists of 8 columns inclusive of lagna/ascendant and the final 9th column gives the total known as Samudaya Ashtakvarga or Sarvashtakvarga.
Some astrologers give predictions based on Bhinnashtakvarga which does not include Lagnashtakvarga (benefic dots based on ascendant) where the total is 337 is not proper.
Samudaya or Sarvashtakvarga
A table consisting of 12 houses and 7 planets i.e. of 84 squares (in which starting from lagna/ascendant & all seven planets together) is prepared by putting all the dots/zeroes and adding them together is known as Samudaya or Sarvashtakvarga.
The total benefics should be written in each house along with the planets and zodiacal signs.
Samudaya or Sarvashtakvarga can be prepared without the preparing of Bhinnashtakvarga with much less difficulty ‘Balo Balishtho’ (Prashna Marga Ch 32 sloka 59-60; Horasara Ch 17, sloka 73-74; Phaldeepika Ch 24, sloka 34-35 and Jataka Deshmarga Ch 9, sloka 35-36).
Planets which are exalted in their own zodiacal signs, in friends house, in quadrants, trines and Upachayas (3, 6, 10 & 11) houses being strong etc, but if they have less than 28 benefic dots then they shall give adverse results.
Weak planets such as
- Owners of 6th 8th and 12th
- Planets of 6th 8th and 12th
- Debilitated planets, planets with malefic or in enemies house
Have more than 28 benefic dots then they shall give benefic results.
House and Lords of the House
Zodiacal sign rising at the eastern horizon or ascendant/lagna and its lord/lagnesh and the lords of the subsequent houses are to be noted.
For each and every house a minimum number of benefic dots have been determined & they are as follows:
House No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Benefic dots 25 22 29 24 25 34 19 24 29 36 54 16
Any house containing benefic dots less than shown above will give that much less benefic result in proportion to the difference from the benefic dots. On the contrary if benefic dots are more than those shown above then the benefic results will be that much more in proportion.
If these houses are aspected by benefic planets then the extent of benefic results will be much more. If instead it is aspected by malefic planet then the benefic results will get reduced.
The houses which contain less than benefic dots shown above if aspected by malefic planet then the malefic results will be much more and if aspected by benefic planets then the malefic results will get reduced.
Should such houses be aspected by benefic as well as malefic planets then the results would be mixed.
Houses which contain 30 or more benefic dots give benefic results, houses with 25 to 30 benefic dots give average results and houses with less than 25 benefic dots shall give adverse results.
Houses with 30 or more benefic dots should be taken into consideration for commencing good work.
For travelling and other religious workhouses and ascendant with less than 25 benefic dots should be avoided.
Match Making for Marriage
In marriage if the Bride and Bridegroom have more than 30 benefic dots in their rashi (Moon sign) then they would have a happy married life and would be successful.
If instead in the rashi or moon sign one has 30 or more and the other has 30 or less then their marriage will give mix results. It would be good in some aspect and bad in other aspect.
In case they have 25 or less then 25 in their rashi or Moon sign then their marriage would be unhappy and a failure.
- If the 4th house has 24 or more benefic dots and then the house does not have any malefic planet or is not aspected by malefic planet.
- And in the same way the 2nd house does not have malefic planet nor is it aspected by malefic planet and has 22 or more benefic dots.
Any one of the above two combinations in the native horoscopes can give inheritance.
If the 10th house has 36 or more benefic dots and it does not have any malefic planet nor is it aspected by malefic planet then the native will be self made, will earn well and shall lead a happy life.
If the 11th house has 54 benefic dots and it does not have any relation with malefic planet then the natives earns a lot without hard work.
Sudden Monetary Gains
If the ascendant has more than 25 benefic dots & the 9th house has more than 29 benefic dots and both these houses have no connection with malefic planet then such native gets sudden monetary gains.
In a native’s horoscope the special good/auspicious results can be known from the benefic dots in various houses. As for example, if the 12th house contains less number of benefic dots as compared to the 11th house then the native shall be rich. If the case is reverse then the native will always have economical difficulty. If the 11th house contains more numbers of benefic dots than the 10th house then the native will get more money than the efforts put in by him. In case the benefic dots in the 11th house are less than the 10th house then the native will get less money as compared to the efforts put in by him. In this way the difference in the benefic dots also give difference in results.
Add up the benefic dots in the lagna/ascendant, 2nd house, 4th house, 9th house, 10th house and the 11th house. If the total is more than 164 then the native is happy and his income will be more than his expenses.
Add up the benefic dots of the 6th house, 8th house and the 12th house. If the total is less than 76 then the income shall be more than expenses. If the total is more than 76 reverse is the case.
Add the benefic dots in the lagna/ascendant, 4th house, 5th house, 7th house, 9th house and the 10th house. Add up the benefic dots of the remaining houses. If the first total is more than the second then the native is wise, doer of good deeds, satisfied and will be charitable.
1-5-9 Total benefic dots of these houses———-Bandhu
2-6-10 Total benefic dots of these houses———-Sewak
3-7-11 Total benefic dots of these houses———-Poshak
4-8-12 Total benefic dots of these houses———-Ghatak
The names have been given as above. If the total of Poshak is more than Ghatak then the native is a rich man. If the total of Bandhu is more than Sewak then the native will do independent business and will have good colleagues/ associates.
If the 11th house has more number of benefic dots than the 10th house but the 12th house has less benefic dots than those in the 11th house and the 10th house, and if the benefic dots in the lagna/ascendant is more than the 12th house then the native will be famous, rich and strong. The results will differ according to the difference in the number of benefic dots.
If Rahu is in the 6th, 8th or 12th house then the native is likely to be bitten by poisonous snake or can have food poisoning at the age shown by the number of benefic dots in those houses, and if in that year Rahu happens to transit the same house then it is definitely going to happen. If Mars is placed in any house then at the age indicated by the benefic dots in that house the native is likely to get injured by weapons. In the same way where Saturn is placed then at the age indicated by the number of benefic dots in that house the native is likely to get ill or there are sad occasions at that age.
Take lagna/ascendant, 9th, 10th and 11th houses. If in each of these houses the benefic dots are less than 30 the native will be poor, ill and hot tempered.
If in the above houses the benefic dots are between 19 and 22 and there are malefic planets in trines then the native lacks happiness.
Wealth and Children
Where Jupiter is placed then at the age indicated by the number of benefic dots in that house the native gets children and wealth.
Marriage of native takes place at the age indicated by the benefic dots in the house where Venus is placed.
Similarly from Mercury one gets education, wisdom and fame.
Lagna/ascendant 12th house 11th house —————East
10th house 9th house 8th house—————-South
7th house 6th house 5th house—————-West
4th house 3rd house 2nd house—————-East
Add up the benefic dots in the above houses as per the directions given. The direction which has the highest benefic dots indicates benefic results in that direction. The direction which has the least number of benefic dots indicates that the native will have loss in that direction. Hence the native should avoid that direction. The native shall benefit from staying in countries/region of the direction(s) which has maximum number of benefic dots, and also the direction in which the planets are exalted in their own zodiacal signs etc.
The direction indicated by the group which has 2nd house is favourable for making money. The direction indicated by the group which has 8th house is the direction in which the native’s death takes place.
Note the number of benefic dots in Lagna/Ascendant. If the native is born in Sampat Suchak yoga (indicating richness) then the native will after the age indicated by the benefic dots will get honour from government, money, son and higher education etc.
If the 12th house lord is in the lagna/ascendant in the zodiacal sign ruled by Saturn and if the ascendant lord and the lord of the 8th house are weak in strength, then the native will live as much years as indicated by the benefic dots in the ascendant. Note this happens only in Capricorn and Aquarius ascendant.
Determination of Longevity
For determining the life span of the native the use of Samudaya/Sarvashtakvarga is of prime importance. Compare the benefic dots in the ascendant with those in the 8th house. Also compare the benefic dots placed in the Moon sign and the 8th house from the Moon sign. In case the benefic dots in the ascendant and the Moon sign are more than their corresponding 8th house then the native will have Deergha Aayush/Long life. If they are equal then the native will have average life span and if they are less then the native will have short life span.
If the lord of the ascendant is in the 4th house and the lord of the 4th house is in the ascendant (Parivartan yoga-Exchange of the lords of the houses) and if the benefic dots are 33 in both the houses then the native shall have affluence and have kingly status. He will be best among the people.
If the benefic dots in the ascendant and the 11th house are more than 30 and if these benefic dots are same in both the houses then at the age indicated by the number of benefic dots the native will get financial gains from the King/Government.
If in each of the first, fourth and the eleventh house the benefic dots are more than 30 then the native after the age of 40 will have commanding personality and will earn lots of money.
Counting from ascendant and starting from the 4th house till the 9th house if all the 6 houses have benefic dots between 25 and 30 then the native shall after the age of 28 at any time will be as rich as King Kuber (King of wealth).
If exalted Jupiter is in the 4th house and if there are 40 benefic dots, Sun in the ascendant of Aries and if Moon is in Capricorn then the native will be like King.
If the ascendant has 40 benefic dots; Jupiter is in Sagittarius, Venus is in Pisces, Mars is exalted and Saturn is in Aquarius then such a native will be extremely rich and King of Kings.
If there are 30 or more benefic dots in the ascendant, 9th house, 10th house and the 11th house then such a native will be happy like a king all through out his life or shall have power and affluence like that of a king.
If the ascendant, Moon sign, 10th house and the 11th house; all these four have 30 or more benefic dots and if the ascendant is fully aspected by Jupiter then the native becomes minister or a chief minister of a state.
If the ascendant has 30 benefic dots and majority of planets are placed in the 9th and the 10th house then the native enjoys happy and relaxed life. If instead there are 35 benefic dots in the ascendant then the native is also leader amongst his family members.
Ownership of Vehicles
If the 4th house has 30 or more benefic dots and it is associated with benefic planets either by placement or aspect then the native owns vehicles.
If the ascendant lord is in the 4th house containing more than 30 benefic dots then the native is happy and without any problems.
Vargottam planet in any house that has more than 30 benefic points then the native shall have good results of that house in great extent.
Difficulty due to Evil Spirits
If the Moon is weak and if the Moon sign lord is having less than 25 benefic points and if Moon is fully aspected by Saturn (birth is on New Moon day and if Moon is aspected by Saturn) then that native is harassed by evil spirits.
Upturn and Downturn
In a horoscope there are minimum benefic points (for e.g. 18) in any house and the next house contains maximum benefic dots (for e.g. 35) Then all of a sudden the native experiences good luck or Upturn in his fortunes. On the contrary if any house contains maximum benefic dots (for e.g. 35) and the next house contains minimum benefic dots (for e.g. 18) then the native experiences all of a sudden bad luck or downturn in his fortunes.
If in all the houses of horoscope there are benefic dots between 27 to 29 then the native leads happy and leisurely life through out his life span.
Information regarding Zodiacal Signs
All the 12 zodiacal signs are divided into 3 parts. Each part contains benefic dots of 4 zodiacal signs. There are many ways given by our Rishis & Sages to form these divisions. Some of them are given below:
- Aries to Cancer; Leo to Scorpio and Sagittarius to Pisces.
- Aries to Cancer; Leo to Scorpio and Sagittarius to Pisces. Deduct from them the benefic dots from the 8th and the 12th
- Pisces to Gemini; Cancer to Libra; Scorpio to Aquarius.
- Ascendant to 4th house; 5th house to 8th house; 9th house to 12th house;
- 12th house to 3rd house; 4th house to 7th house; 8th house to 11th house;
- Kendrasthan/Quadrants (1,4,7 & 8);Panafars/Cadent houses (2,5,8 & 11); Apokilams/Succedent houses (3,6,9 & 12)
From the above 6 different methods the 3rd one is more in use.
If the first division has more benefic dots then the first 1/3rd life is a happy one.
The 2nd division has more benefic dots then the middle 1/3rd life is a happy one.
If the last division has more benefic dots then the last 1/3rd life is a happy one.
If in all the three divisions it has nearly same number of benefic dots then the whole life is seamlessly a happy one.
If in any division the benefic planets are placed then that part of the life is a happy one. If in any division the benefic as well as malefic planets are placed then that part of life gives mixed results. That division which contains malefic planets will be unhappy and sad one.
If the 3rd division is bigger than the 2nd division and the 2nd division is bigger than the first division then Kaahal yoga is generated. The result of this yoga is that as the age advances the life of the native gets better and better and he leads happy and prosperous life.
Result of Mudal Yoga
If the 2nd division is bigger than the 3rd and the 1st division then Mudal yoga is generated. The result of this is that the native will be fond of music and of witty nature. He will be happy & prosperous in the middle life.
If all the 3 divisions are nearly same then Bheri Yoga is generated. Such a native’s whole life is nice and smooth.
Result of Damar Yoga
If the 2nd division is smaller then the 1st and the 3rd division then Damar yoga is generated. The result of this is that the native’s first and the last 1/3rd of the life is a happy one.
Results of Planetary Transits
If in a horoscope any of the houses contain benefic dots more than 28 then whenever a planet transits that house the native will experience the benefic results governed to that house and will be in proportion to the extent of the number of benefic dots. If the case is reverse i.e. if the benefic dots are less than 28 then during the transit of any planet through that house the native will experience the bad results governed by that house. Similarly if more number of planets is transiting the house then the native will experience the good or bad results in direct proportion to the amount of excess or less benefic dots.
In the houses which contain more number of benefic dots, and if at the same time more number of planets are transiting those houses then any work commenced during that time will be successful. Whenever Sun passes through the house containing more number of benefic dots; in that month and in the same way determine the day by the passage of Moon if important works are commenced on that day it is certain that the works commenced shall be successful without any hindrance and shall give good results.
Take the zodiacal sign in which there are maximum number of benefic dots; if one commences work during the rise of that zodiacal sign (rapt conjunction) one gets complete success. As the houses/zodiacal signs containing maximum number of benefic dots are good for certain work in the same way the houses/zodiacal signs containing minimum number of benefic dots are good for other work. For example, if the native wants to go for the examinations of certain disease or say if the native wants to borrow or lend money then if such act is done during the time those houses/zodiacal signs which contain minimum number of benefic dots are rising it will prove beneficial. Since such work gets destroyed in a short time. It means that the disease will get cured, money landed is returned or one is able to return the money if borrowed.
The above points are very important in a man’s daily life.
Timings for Good & Bad results: Disease-unhappy
Starting from the ascendant till the house which has Saturn (both inclusive) add up the total number of benefic dots. Multiply this total by 7 and divide the result by 27. Note the remainder as well as the number obtained by the division. Count from Ashwini nakshatra to the nakshatra which coincides with the remainder. Whenever malefic planets are passing through that nakshatra the native gets major illness. If the native has malefic planets in the 5th house and the 9th house then such a native will have severe problems due to illness. Similar is also the case at the age as per the division number.
Just as above, one should calculate starting from the house in which Saturn is placed till the ascendant.
Happiness and Wealth
Do the same calculations for Moon and other benefic planets such as Jupiter, Venus and Mercury. Whenever benefic planets passes through the nakshatra obtained from the remainder or at the age indicated by the result of the division the native will get son, money and happiness.
Prepare Samudaya Ashtakvarga. Note the houses which have more number of benefic dots. Also note the houses with less number. of benefic dots. Consider ascendant as the 1st year, 2nd house as the 2nd year in the same way the 12th house is the 12th year. Once again consider the ascendant as the 13th year. Now the houses which have more number of benefic dots will give good results as per their years, and the houses which have less number of benefic dots will give bad results. Ascendant thus, will indicate 25th year, 37th year, 49th year etc. Such method is known as determining “successful years”.
In this we have considered Samudaya Ashtakvarga and the easy way of giving predictions without much difficulty. Thus we can give immediate general prediction without much effort.