Divisional charts are like mini horoscopes which are created by dividing each sign of natal chart (D-1) into a number of sections. For example, an important and widely used divisional chart “dashamsa (d-10) is created by dividing each sign of D-1 into 10 equal parts.
If you don’t know how divisional charts look like, you can refer the image given below which contains Hora(d-2), Drekkna(d-3), Chaturthamsha(d-4), Saptamsha(d-7) and Navamsha(d-9) divisional charts in it.
A Horoscope reading in Vedic astrology is incomplete without the use of Divisional Charts. In fact, many people do a big mistake by ignoring divisional charts completely.
Same divisional charts can easily test the ability of an astrologer because they are complex to understand and there are no standard rules available which can help in their interpret divisional charts.
Even after such complexity, we keep hearing about the use of divisional charts in astrology and special emphasis has been given to them by our sages.
In own words of sage Parashar:
“no conclusion can be made on any horoscope without considering revelant divisional charts”
Now, you all have heard of navamsa chart and you know everyone focuses on it while giving a horoscope reading. Navamsa is also a divisional chart and is also known as minute horoscope which can be referred to check details of every aspect of human life.
Same way all divisional charts are the microscopic version of houses in a horoscope and they provide minutes details which can not be accessed from the natal birth chart(D-1).
For a better understanding of its functions, you can compare a Horoscope to an Outer body of a Car whereas its engine and other important parts are akin to Divisional charts. Without important parts, you can not use your Car effectively and it will be parked in your place with no use.
Without the use of Divisional charts you can not unlock mysteries which lies within a Horoscope.
Divisional charts should be used along with natal birth chart(d-1) then only you can read a horoscope effectively.
Suppose in a Horoscope you want to know about mother, property or domestic environment here, obviously, you will look into the 4th house in Horoscope first. But in order to get a complete view and predictions related to the 4th house, you need to give attention to divisional chart Chaturthamsa ( D-4) which will give you a complete insight on affairs related to 4th house of a Horoscope.
Same way there are various divisional charts which help to churn minute details of different houses of a Horoscope.
In nutshell, Without the use of relevant divisional charts, you can not predict effectively.
This article of mine will lead you to every aspect of the divisional chart and includes following topics:
Hopefully, you will be able to incorporate them in your horoscope readings.
There are 12 signs in astrology and each sign rises for 2 hours in the eastern horizon which is also called as the ascendant sign.
Now, those who are born in that frame of 2 hours will have the same ascendant sign and there can be hundred thousands of people who have the same natal birth chart(D-1).
Despite that, they don’t share the same destiny and every aspect of their life is different than from others. Not even twins share same destiny or life patterns. Clearly, there is something which creates a difference in the destiny of people even if they share the exact date of birth, time and place.
It happens because of Divisional charts because ascendant of Divisional Charts changes very fast and sometimes even of few seconds of difference can change the ascendant of Divisional Charts completely which leads to different results of Dasha and planetary behavior.
Therefore it is best to deal with divisional charts if you want to pursue astrology seriously.
All divisional charts originate from natal birth chart also known as D-1. Where rising degrees of ascendant decides the ascendant of all divisional charts and same way planetary degrees of 9 planets in natal birth chart decides the position of planets in the divisional chart.
There are two major ways you can construct Divisional charts for a Horoscope:
For example, table given below can be used to construct navamsa (d-9) for any horoscope.
Same way for other divisional charts separate tables can be used and you can easily drive the position of planets for that particular divisional chart.
I prefer method no.2 because it allows you to engage with the horoscope and helps to understand the divisional charts in a better way.
But using above two methods won’t tell you the exact longitudes(degrees) of planets in any Divisional chart.
For finding longitude of a planet in any Divisional chart multiply the degrees, minutes, seconds by the number of the Divisional chart (2 for hora, 3 for drekkana and so on) now leave the completed signs and retain the degrees, minutes, seconds as the longitude of planets for that divisional chart.
For example, if planet Jupiter is at 12 degrees 04 minutes in any sign and we want to calculate the longitude of planet Jupiter in D-7. Here, Simple multiply 12 degrees 4 minutes by 7 and you will get 84 degrees 28 minutes.
Now from 84 degrees 28 minutes remove two completed signs(subtract 60) which will give us 1 degrees 22 minutes and this will be longitude of planet Jupiter in D-7.
Knowing longitude of planets in divisional charts can help you a lot and I will discuss it in my future posts.
There are total 20 different types of divisional charts (excluding higher divisional charts D-81, D-108, D-144) which deal with specific houses and significations in a Horoscope and for their effective use, sages have developed four divisional charts schemes where certain no. of divisional charts are studied together.
Divisional Charts Schemes:
Out of these four, the most versatile and important is Shadashvarga.
Let’s discuss the Shadashvarga scheme along with significations ruled by divisional charts in it:
Apart from above mentioned divisional charts, there are few other Divisional charts known as non-parashari divisional charts which are as follows:
As you can see above there are many divisional charts and a question can arise in your mind is that which one is most important among them and which divisional chart holds most importance while judging the strength of planets.
The answer to this question is quite simple and one need to look into Vimshopk Bala allotted to each division charts.
In Shodashvarga ( the group of 16 divisional charts) following unit of strength is allotted to divisional charts.
Note: unit represents the Vimshopak Bala allotted to divisional chart.
As you can see Natal Birth Chart, Navamsa and Shastiamsa charts have higher Vimshopak Bala and surprisingly Shastiamsa (D-60) have more Vimshopak Bala then any other Divisional chart.
Not just in Shodashvarga scheme, even in dasvarga scheme Shastiamsa is alloted 4 units where as main birth chart(D-1) & navamsa(D-9) have 3.5 and 4 units are alloted to them respectively.
All this proves that following divisional charts should be given more importance:
Divisional charts are the basis of planetary strength calculation which is known as Shadbala.
A planet in Divisional Charts can be placed in following signs:
But since we are dealing with multiple divisional charts here and we would like to examine the combined strength of a planet in many divisional charts. For that, we need some system where we can easily gauge the strength of planets from divisional charts.
To make things easy, sages has given a beautiful and easy method where planets placed in exaltation or own sign in divisional charts is considered as BENEFICIALLY placed.
In this system, a special nomenclature is used for planets which indicate its strength to bestow good results.
These special nomenclatures are as follow:
Note: Varga is used here instead of the divisional chart.
Adopting this method can easily help you to gauge the strength of a planet and you will be able to predict results of Dasha more effectively.
While judging any horoscope we always look into Dasha to predict the outcome of any Dasha.
The first step here is the condition of Dasha Lord in natal chart(D-1) and based on that some broad conclusions are made. Now, to get into more details we need to look into Divisional Charts where lordship of Dasha lord and its placement is divisional charts are checked thoroughly using standard rules of astrology.
Now, to get into more details we need to look into Divisional Charts where lordship of Dasha lord and its placement is divisional charts are checked thoroughly using standard rules of astrology. It may happen that Dasha lord is debilitated or afflicted in the natal chart but in Divisional Charts is strong and well placed. In such a case, your prediction for certain dasha will not be correct because attention was not given to divisional charts.
Make sure you use them in your all horoscope readings.
So far we have covered different types of Divisional Charts, its importance, methods of computation and their usages.
Now the most important topics which are required to discuss is rules for examination of divisional charts or in simple words we need some guidelines which can help one to read divisional charts.
Though there are different rules for each Divisional Chart but there are some set rules which are universally applicable to all divisional charts.
Let’s explore these rules along with examples.
The above-mentioned rules are very important and work all the time and from my own experiences, I have felt that people get scared to use divisional charts which lead to wrong predictions in astrology.
You should never hesitate to use divisional charts and try to find new ways to utilize them properly.
But there are certain errors which comes into play while using divisional charts which I will discuss now.
This particular topic has to be covered here because in the excitement you may start using divisional charts and due to errors confusions will bound to happen.
Divisional charts are the soul of astrology, they allow us to dissect a horoscope at a very minute level and brings wonderful results which are not possible by using natal chart alone. If not all, at least divisional charts like drekkana(d-3), navamsa(d-9) and dashamsa(d-10) should be analyzed and mastered properly because they deal with important life affairs, have higher Vimposhak bala and have a major say in results of dasha, without them astrology is incomplete.