OR ANNUAL HOROSCOPY]
|The Varshphala or the Annual Horoscopy as it may be called, is one of the scores
of techniques of Vedic Astrology employed to understand the occurrence of future events.
The Varshphala is more popular in northern India, though it is used everywhere. The annual
horoscopy differs from rest in the fact that that it picks up one particular year of a
native's life and examine it in more minute details. Going in to more minutest
details, each month of a particular year, and further, each day or half a day during a
month, may be subjected to astrological scrutiny for the clearest view of the events, and
their closest timing possible. Annual horoscopy is widely implemented in Career planning,
travel planning, work planning and job planning and various other important aspects of
The usual horoscope is cast for the time of birth of a native. The
Varshphala, however is solar based. In other words, it is the position of the sun that is
of significance here.
The solar year for a native begins every time the Sun
returns to the same longitude as it had at the time of the native's birth. Between this
time and the next solar return is covered by one annual chart or the Varsha-Kundlani. The
time of solar return is technically called Varshapravesha, which literaly means of
'entry of the year'.
The varshphal or the annual horoscope is a branch of
astrology which has been mainly in vogue in the northern India.
The longitude of the Sun at the birth forms the basis of
annual chart. The annual chart for any given year of the native's life is the horoscope
cast for the moment when the sun attains, during that year, the same longitudes are done
on the sidereal or Niryana basis. The use of Chitrapaksha ayanmsha(as employed in the
Lahiris' Indian Ephemeris) has also given good results.
The solar cycle has a duration of three hundred and sixty
five days, six hours, nine minutes and about ten seconds. In other words, the Sun takes
this length of time to complete one round of the twlve sign of the zodiac. After this
duration of time , the sun will return to its original position.
|Steps involved in preparing an annual chart
|The first requirement is the construction of birth chart along with
dashas and antar dashas. Next come the determination of Varshaparvesha (year entry).
Finally, a chart is prepared for the Varshapravesha so obtained.
The muntha is an important point in the annual
chart. It is located in the lagna at the time of the birth. Each year , the Muntha
progress by one rashi. thus, when the second year of life begins(i.e. at the first
birthday), the muntha has progressed into the rashi falling in the second house from the
birth lagna. At the commencement of the third year of birth, the muntha is in the sign
fallingin the third house from the birth lagna and so on.
In the annual chart, the Muntha is located in the house
where its rashi falls, after calculating this rashiconsidering the birth ascendant and the
year of life in question. There are various computer softwares available in market for
calculation of Muntha, one of the most commonly used software in India is Aryabhatt.
|The Muntha Lord
The lord of the sign in which the Muntha is
located is called the Muntha Lord. In the annual chart, the muntha lord yields desirable
or adverse results according to its location, strength , and other planetary influences on
it. The results accruinf from the Muntha Lord depending on its location are briefly
|The Dasha System
In varshphal several dashas have been
described as of relevance to the the annual chart. Of these, three are more popular. They
The Mudda Dasha
The Yogini Dasha
The Patyayini Dasha
|The Mudda dasha and
the yogini dasha are nakshatra-based dashas, and depend on the birth nakshtra. they are
rhe equivalent of similar dashas (the Vimshottari and the Yogini) in the birth horoscope,
with the difference of that their period of reduced to one year. The Mudda dasha is the
most popular of the three dashas mentioned above.
Planets give favourable or adverse results
depending upon the strangth or wealness in the annual chart. Three different methods are
employed for determinig the planetary strengthin the annual chart. The most popular of
which is Panchavargiya Bala or the five-fold strength of a planet.
|The Lord of the year
The lord of the year also called
Varshesha or the Varsheshwara, is an important planet in the annula chart. It is supposed
to significantly influence the events that takes place during the year. A strong Varsha
Lord ensures success, prosperity and good health throughout the year in question, while a
weak one indicates the reverse. The Varsha lord is selected out of five planets which
holds special significance during the year.
|There are certain rules for selecting the Year Lord
|(1) It should be strongest of
|(2) It should, at the time,
aspect the Varsha Lagna.
The Tri-Pataki Chakara
The Tri-pataki chakra (or the Tri-pataki map) consists of
a special charting of various planets as located in the birth chart in relation to the
ascendant in the annual chart. The planets are progressed by one sign every year starting
from position at birth.
The application and analysis of the Tri-pataki gives a
very broad overview of the nature of events likely to dominate one particular year. While
the Vedha to any planet or the lagna can be determined by charting the planets on the
Tri-pataki, it is customary only to consider the various planetary influences on the Moon,
or sometimes on the ascendant.
|Three parallel lines are drawn
vertically. Across these are drawn three parallel lines horozontally. The ends of these
lines are joined as shown in Figure below :
|On the top of three vertical
lines, customarily, small flags are drawn. The word pataka means 'a flag'; the pre-fix Tri
means 'three'. This forms the Tri-pataki map.
|Marking the Rashis
The central flag (marked 'a') represents the ascendant in
the annual chart. The sign rising at the time of Varshapravesha is mrked
here. The remaining signs are marked in order, in an anti-clockwise fashion, along
the points 'b', 'c', 'd', etc. This forms the sekelton on which the progressed planets
will be located.
The clue to successful predictions on the basis of
the Varshphala lies in proper understanding of the Tajika Yogas. sixteen such yogas or
planetary configurations are described in the Tajika texts. These yogas from as a result
of specific disposition or placement of planets in relation to each other. Most of
these Yogas depend on the mutual Tajika aspects between planets, and on their special orbs
of influence. These yogas are as appropriately applicable to Horary chart as they are to
the annual chart. The hundreds of yogas as employed in the Parashari system are generally
not considered in the Tajika chart. Equally so, the Tajika yogas do not find their use
generally in the analysis of the annual chart.
|There are Sixteen Yogas which are commonly used :
|(1) The Ikabala Yoga (2) The Induvara Yoga (3) The Ithasala Yoga (4) The Ishrafa
Yoga (5) The Nakta Yoga (6) The Yamaya Yoga (7) The Manau Yoga (8) The Kamboola Yoga
(9) The Gairi-Kamboola Yoga (10) The Khallasara Yoga (11) The Rudda Yoga (12) The
Duphali-Kuttha Yoga (13) The dutthottha - Davira Yoga (14) The Tambira Yoga (15) The
Kuttha Yoga (16) The Durpaha Yoga
The Sahams are the sensitive points arrived at by certian
manipulation of the longitudes of the various planets and the cusp of the ascendant (or,
sometimes, of other houses). Different , though specific, manipulations yield different
Sahams. Each Saham then holds sway over one particular event of life during the year
indicated by the annual chart. Thus, such varied events as marriage, child birth, fame,
travel, illness, death, and the like, are each ruled by a specific Saham.
The number of Sahams recommended for application to an
annual chart varies from one author on annual horoscopy to another. thus, whereas
Venkatesh describes forty-eight Sahams, Keshava makes a mention of only twenty-five, while
Meelakantha describes fifty Sahams.
|It is generally
not necesary to calculate all the sahams described in the texts, in a given annual chart.
The practititoners of the Tajika pick up only the relevant sahams pretaining to a
particular year of life of native, and analyse them.
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