Vargas / Divisional Charts

16 May

Divisional Charts

 Divisional charts are sixteen in number — Rashi, Hora, Drekkana, Chaturamsha, Saptamsha, Navamsha, Dasamsha, Dwadasamsha, Shodasamsha, Vimsamsha, Chaturvimsamsha, Saptavimsamsha, Trimsamsha, Kavedamsha, Akshavedmsha and Sashtiamsha.

Each divisional chart identifies a specific nature of the chart as given below

Nature Divisional Chart Designation
Physique Ascendant (Rashi) D1
Wealth Hora D2
Happiness from siblings Drekkana D3
Fortunes Chaturamsha D4
Issues (children) Saptamsha D7
Spouse Navamsha D9
Power and positions Dasamsha D10
Parents Dwadasamsha D12
Good and bad results of conveyances Shodasamsha D16
Worship Vimsamsha D20
Learning Chaturvimsamsha D24
Strength and weakness Saptavimsamsha D27
Evil effects Trimsamsha D30
Auspicious/ inauspicious effects Kavedamsha D40
All indications Akshavedmsha and Sashtiamsha D45 & D60


Acquisition of wealth, property and finance are studied through the Hora chart. When male planets occupy the Sun’s Hora, wealth is acquired with hard work and indicates high position. When female planets occupy the Moon’s Hora, it is beneficial. Female planets in the Sun’ Hora and male planets in the Moon’s Hora may not help. Planets should correspond to the 2nd house, 2nd lord from Ascendant and Moon sign from the Rashi chart.


Kalyanavarma describes certain qualities on the basis of Drekkana, the main concept being the co-borns and their equations and reciprocity between them.

Before analyzing the Drekkana chart, we have to consider the Rashi chart, of 3rd, 5th 7th, 9th and 11th houses. 11th house stands for elder brother/sister while 3rd house represents younger born. When there are younger brothers, we have to see 3rd to 3rd house (5Th house) and 3rd to 5th house (7th house) and so on. For elder brothers, we have to see 11th to 11th house (9th house) and so on.


Houses, vehicles, deposits, investments and property will have to be judged from Chaturamsha. Before analyzing the Chaturamsha, we have to see the 4th house and 4th lord of Rashi chart.


Saptamsha represents children. Before analyzing we have to see the 5th house and 5th lord in the Rashi chart.


Navamsha stands for the spouse. The strength of planets in the Rashi is complemented by the planets in the Navamsha. We have to consider the 7th house and 7th lord in Rashi also.


Dasamsha gives clue to the way of livelihood, power and authority. We have to see 10th house and 10th lord from Ascendant and the Moon sign also.


From Dwadasamsha, we get information about parents. The 4th, 9th and 10th houses from Rashi are to be considered too.


Accidents can be predicted from the Shodasamsha. Comfort and discomfort from the vehicles are found from this chart. We also have to consider 4th lord, 4th house and position of Mars with them.


Vimsamsha indicates spiritual and philosophical improvement of an individual.


Arishta and misfortune can be found by Trimsamsha.

Saravali details the placement of Trimsamsha with particular reference to women.

The details are as follows:

Effects of Moon / Ascendant in Various Trimsamsha in Female Horoscopy.

If it is a Sign owned by Mars, the Trimsamsha of Mars denotes a harlot, that of Venus a female devoid of virtuous history, that of Mercury one with cunning disposition, that of Jupiter a chaste lady and that of Saturn one in servitude.

Should a Sign of Mercury house the Moon/the Ascendant in the Trimsamsha of Mars, the female will be cunning, in the Trimsamsha of Venus one with high degree of lust, in the Trimsamsha of Mercury a chaste girl, in the Trimsamsha of Jupiter a virtuous housewife and in that of Saturn impotent.

Iff it is a Sign of Venus, the Trimsamsha of Mars denotes a female with wicked nature, Venus Trimsamsha one with fame for her virtues, Mercury Trimsamsha skilful, Jupiter Trimsamsha a virtuous female and Saturn Trimsamsha a woman given in marriage, as a second wife.

In the Sign owned by the Moon the Trimsamsha of Mars bestows her freedom not due to a housewife, Venus Trimsamsha will make her unchaste, Mercury Trimsamsha will bestow skill in arts, Jupiter Trimsamsha will make her quite virtuous and in Saturn Trimsamsha she will betray her husband.

In Leo the Trimsamsha of Mars will make the female garrulous, Venus Trimsamsha chaste, Mercury Trimsamsha male-natured, Jupiter Trimsamsha a queen and Saturn Trimsamsha a fallen woman

In a Sign of Jupiter the Trimsamsha of Mars will make her a gentlewoman with many (of the seven principal) virtues, the Trimsamsha of Venus a female with evil speech, the Trimsamsha of Mercury one with knowledge, the Trimsamsha of Jupiter one with many virtues and the Trimsamsha of Saturn a female desiring limited physical union.

Lastly in a Sign owned by Saturn, a Trimsamsha of Mars will make one servant, that of Venus intelligent, that of Mercury cruel and devoid of conduct, that of Jupiter a chaste lady and that of Saturn himself one addicted to base men.

Brihat Jataka tells us that when Mars is in his own Trimsamsha, the native will have wife, strength, ornaments, generosity, personal attraction and an enterprising spirit. When Saturn is in his own Trimsamsha, the person becomes sickly, loses his wife, possesses double heart, is sorrowful, possessed of houses, clothes, servants, etc. and will be unclean. When Jupiter is in his own Trimsamsha, the person will have wealth, happiness, intelligence, attraction, respect, health, hope and enjoyment. When Mercury is in his own Trimsamsha, he gives the man intelligence, education, poetic ability, eloquence, and skill in arts, philosophic acumen, enterprise and much respect. When Venus is in his own Trimsamsha, the man will be blessed with many sons, much happiness, health, popularity, wealth, beauty, vindictiveness, handsome body and enjoyment with many women. When Sun and Moon are in the Trimsamsha of Mars, etc., the person will be warlike and slothful, cruel and killing, virtuous and wealthy, happy and learned, handsome and popular respectively

Kavedamsha, Akshavedmsha and Sashtiamsha

These charts indicate general favorable or unfavorable effects.

Uses and importance of Divisional Charts

1. Divisional chart is a microscopic study of each Bhava.

2. Rashi does not give complete picture of all 12 Bhavas in a Dasha and a Bhukti.

3. Divisional charts spell out in clear terms Dasha/Bhukti effects on all 12 Bhavas.

4. Transit has a special importance in all divisional charts.

5. Since each Bhava has many Karakatwas, it is difficult to differentiate each Bhava Karakatwa on Rashi chart only.

Importance of Ascendant in Divisional charts

Ascendant lord is important in all divisional charts.

In other words Ascendant lord should be very strong in the divisional chart and Ascendant should not be occupied by malefic planets.

Karakas in Divisional Charts

1. The positions of Karakas in relation to the Ascendant of the Divisional Chart are important.

2. Special emphasis is made to Drekkana, Saptamsha, Navamsha and Dwadasamsha as karakas in these charts should not occupy the Ascendant.

3. Karaka position in other divisional charts especially in Ascendant will not affect the Karakatwas of the respective chart.

4. Karakas should not occupy Dusthanas

5. Mars and Jupiter should be considered as additional Karakas in a female chart in the Navamsha.


Transit of Saturn over the moon’s position in each divisional chart is important. It acts as 2 ½ years of Sade Sathi for that divisional chart.

Dasha / Bhukti Interpretation

1.The positions of Dashanatha or Bhuktinatha are important.

2. They should not be 6-8 or 2-12 mutually.

3. Their position should not be debilitated either.

4. If they occupy Kendra and Trikona or are in 3 -11 positions they are good.

5. The mutual position of Dashanatha or Bhuktinatha will not be same in all divisional charts. In one chart it may be good in another it may not be. For this reason there is a mix of good and bad things. In other words a native may be happy in one aspect and unhappy in another aspect of life. These things are made clear in divisional charts while it may not be possible to understand the 12 aspects of life in a major/minor period according to Rashi chart alone.


Shodasha Vargas / Sixteen Divisional Charts have been classified in the following four groups:

Shadvarga consists of Rashi  (D-1), Hora  (D-2), Drekkana  (D-3), Navamsha  (D-9), Dwadasamsha  (D-12) and Trimsamsha  (D-30).

If planet is in 2,3,4,5 or 6 good Vargas (exaltation, Mulatrikona, own house, friendly signs, or a sign that is owned by a planet ruling a Kendra (1,4,7,10) from the Lagna /Arudha, then it is called Kimshuka, Vyanjana, Chaamara, Chatra and Kundala.

Saptavarga consists of Shadvarga + Saptamamsha  (D-7).

If planet in good Vargas in D-7, it is called Mukuta.

Dashavarga consists of   Saptavarga + Dasamsha  (D-10), Shodasamsha (D16) and Sashtiamsha (D-60).

If Planets are in good Vargas in this classification from 2 to 10 Vargas, it is called Parijaat, Uttam, Gopur, Simhasan, Parvat, Devlok, Brahmalok, Shakravahan and Shridham.

Shodhasvarga consists of Dashavarga + Chaturamsha (D4), Vimsamsha (D20), Chaturvimsamsha (D24), Saptavimsamsha (D27), Kavedamsha (D40) and  Akshavedmsha (D45)

If Planets are in 2 to 16 good Vargas, they are called  Bhedaka, Kusuma, Naga Pushpa, Kanduka, Kerala, Kalpavriksha, Chandanvana, Poornachandra, Uchcheshrava, Dhanvantari, Suryakaanta, Vidruma, Shakra Simhasana, Gauloka and Shrivallabha.

7 Responses to “Vargas / Divisional Charts”

  1. Jyoteeshi May 16, 2011 at 17:49 #

    Can you please elaborate on why placement of karaka in lagna of divisional chart is undesirable?


    • Jyothishi May 16, 2011 at 21:26 #

      Karaka hold a special place of importance in dealing with particular aspect of life, namely, Divisional Charts. In order for the person to enjoy positive experiences pertaining to an area of life, not only must the ruler of the house associated with the area be strong and benefic, but also the Karaka.

      However, we have a dictum known as “Karako Bhava Nashaya” meaning: The Karaka destroys the house it represents! Simply put, the planet which is the significator for that house, if placed in that house itself destroys the significations of that house. For example: Jupiter in 5th, Venus in 7th and Mars in 3rd and so on. Some learned astrologers have opined that this principle mostly harms the living beings it represents than the inanimate aspect of life.

      The first question obviously arises as to the source of this dictum. The small treatise, “Bhavartha Ratnakara” written by Sri Ramanujacharya and translated by Sri BV Raman gives certain insights into this.

      Now to our current topic of Divisional Charts, Karaka should not occupy Lagna of that particular chart since it is supposed to destroy the Bhava. I have specially emphasized four important aspects of life, namely Drekkana (D-3) which represents siblings, Saptamsha (D-7) for issues, Navamsha (D-9) for Spouse and Dwadasamsha (D-12) for parents as these aspects
      represents living beings.If respective Karakas occupy the Lagna of the Divisional Chart it may not give the desired result.



  2. mshebbar May 17, 2011 at 07:09 #

    A good work done.-msh

  3. Jyothishi May 17, 2011 at 11:34 #

    Thank you, MSH


  4. panapatti September 18, 2011 at 09:53 #


    Can you please let me know if we need to determine vargottamamsa/Gopuramsa/Parvatamsa etc by merely ensuring that the planet is placed in the same zodiac in the various divisional charts, or does such attainment have other conditions too (swakshetra/moolatrikona etc.)

    • Jyothishi September 18, 2011 at 12:51 #

      Well if you have the planet vargottama in maximum number of Vargas, it is the best. However when we say..’If Planets are in good Vargas in this classification from 2 to 10 Vargas’..we mean planet should be posited in swakshetra / mitrakshetra / uchhakshetra / moola trikona. If any planet meets this five conditions in all the 10 Vargas, it will give excellent results during its period.

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