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C.B. Prasad
ASHTAKAVARGA: Concept & Application - M.S. Mehta, $14.00
Introduction; Acknowledgement; 1. Ashtakavarga; 2. How to make ashtakavarga charts; 3. Reductions; 4. Shodhya Pinda; 5. Mandal Shodhana; 6. Interpretation of horoscope through ashtakavarga; 7. Ashtakavarga of Sun; 8. Ashtakavarga of Moon; 9. Ashtakavarga of Mars; 10. Mercury's Ashtakavarga;

11. Jupiter's Ashtakavarga; 12. Ashtakavarga of Venus; 13. Ashtakavarga of Saturn; 14. Sarvashtakavarga; 15. Ashtakavarga & transit; 16. Kakshaya; 17. Indu lagna & financial prosperity; 18. Longevity; 19. Worlds of wisdom - important principles of ashtakavarga; 20. Miscellaneous; 21. Use of benefic points in ashtakavarga; 22. Example horoscopes.

Comment: Adapted from a note on page iv by K.N. Rao: In the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi, we have been running successful astrology classes since 1987. As years rolled on, we discovered the need to introduce small books on different subjects. They should be self-contained & comprehensive books which can help students learn a new subject and help the advanced astrologer revise his half-forgotten lessons. The advantage of teachers writing the book is that unlike other writers, here the communication is direct, lucid & easy. That is what this book on Ashtakavarga does.... The book, planned & written by M.S. Mehta with the cooperation of Shiv Raj Sharma & C.B. Prasad, is the beginning of a new era in astrological writing.... It is also necessary to master ashtakavarga manually as some of the computer programs are very erratic & wrong.

Alpha Publication, 146 pages.

PREDICTING THROUGH DWADASHOTTARI DASHA, A conditional dasha of Maharishi Parasara - R.S. Panwar & S.R. Mishra, $12.00


Why this book?

1. The dwadashottari dasha: Importance of navamsha & classical commentary on Venusian navamsha

2. Calculation of dwadashottari dasha: Table of mahadasha, table 5, and antardasha, tables 6 & 6a

3. Applications of dwadashottari dasha:

  1. Aries lagna / Taurus navamsha
  2. Aries lagna / Libra navamsha
  3. Taurus lagna / Taurus navamsha
  4. Gemini lagna / Taurus navamsha
  5. Gemini lagna / Libra navamsha
  6. Cancer lagna / Libra navamsha
  7. Leo lagna / Taurus navamsha
  8. Leo lagna / Libra navamsha
  9. Virgo lagna / Taurus navamsha
  10. Libra lagna / Taurus navamsha
  11. Libra lagna / Libra navamsha
  12. Scorpio lagna / Libra navamsha
  13. Sagittarius lagna / Taurus navamsha
  14. Sagittarius lagna / Libra navamsha
  15. Capricorn lagna / Taurus navamsha
  16. Aquarius lagna / Taurus navamsha
  17. Aquarius lagna / Libra navamsha
  18. Pisces lagna / Libra navamsha
4. Authors speak: The authors's views & observations

5. Ephemeries


This is a conditional dasha, in other words, it is to be used only when the navamsha falls in that of Venus, which is to say, in Taurus or Libra, hence the examples listed in the table of contents, above.

The Dwadashottari Dasha is for a period of 112 years. All 27 nakshatras are taken into consideration. Lordship is restricted to 8 planets, Venus being omitted. Order is as follows: Sun, Jupiter, Ketu, Mercury, Rahu, Mars, Saturn, Moon. Periods: Sun 7 years; Jupiter 9; Ketu 11; Mercury 13; Rahu 15; Mars 17; Saturn 19; Moon 21, or in other words, the periods increase by two years as you move through the sequence of planets. On pg. 21 & 22 are given instructions for calculation, along with helpful tables.

Chapter 5, Ephemeries, amounts to a handy set of tables to determine balance of dasha at birth, according to the Moon's sign and degree.

In A.K. Gour's Preface, mention is made of the ongoing series of books investigating the various conditional dashas, there are now quite a number of them. You can find them listed here.

Vani Publications, 108 pages.

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PREDICTING THROUGH DWISAPTATI SAMA DASA, A conditional dasa of Maharishi Parasara - Manoj Pathak, $15.00
1. Dedication; 2. Acknowledgements; 3. Contents; 4. Why this special dasha?; 5. Introduction; 6. The scheme; 7. General principles of interpretation of dasha; 8. Worked examples; 9. Antar dasha; 10. Mesha lagna;

11. Vrishabha lagna; 12. Mithuna lagna; 13. Karka lagna; 14. Simha lagna; 15. Kanya lagna; 16. Tula lagna; 17. Vrischik lagna; 18. Dhanu lagna; 19. Makar lagna; 20. Kumbha lagna;

21. Meena lagna; 22. Charan Singh; 23. Indira Gandhi; 24. K.N. Rao; 25. Russian rhapsody; 26. Observations.

Comment: Notes adapted from the back cover: Here is a comprehensive research on one of the special nakshatra dashas of Maharishi Parasara done with the sole aim of equipping astrologers of future generations with an effective technique of cross-checking an event through a dasha applicable to those horoscopes where: 1. The lagna lord is in the seventh house, or, 2. the seventh lord is in the lagna, or, 3. the lagna lord is in the 7th house & the lord of the seventh house is in the lagna. Dwisaptati Sama Dasha is easy to understand, simple in application. Includes many sample charts, including that of K.N. Rao himself.

How to calculate Dwisaptati Sama Dasha: Count the number of nakshatras from Moola to the birth nakshatra, divide by eight. The remainder indicates the dasha at birth. Dwisaptati sama dasha is a nakshatra dasha but the nakshatra lords under this scheme are different from the Vimshottari dasha scheme. Dasha periods are 9 years each. On page 20 is a table of nakshatras & their lords under this system. Ketu has no lordship. Order of dashas follows that of days of the week: 1. Sun (Sunday), 2. Moon (Monday), 3. Mars (Tuesday), 4. Mercury (Wednesday), etc., with Rahu (8 & 0) following after Saturn/Saturday (7). The numbers indicate the dasha lords as found in the division by 8 remainder.

Vani Publications, 181 pages.

Contents: Dedications; Foreword, by K.N. Rao; About the author; Acknowledgments; Preface;

Part 1: Muhurta: 1. Muhurta & its relevance; 2. Componets of muhurta; 3. Some benefic & malefic combinations or yogas; 4. Effects of planets in transit; 5. Some special muhurtas; 6. Ashtakavarga, an aid to muhurta.

Part 2: Marriage: 7. Marriage as a social institution; 8. Timing of marriage by ashtakavarga method; 9. Marital anomalies: multiple marriages, application of classical principles on actual horoscopes; 10. Denial of marriage or Kumar yoga; 11. Planetary combinations for widowhood; 12. Planetary combinations for wife' death.

Part 3: Children: 13. The effects of Poorva Janama "karma" on the birth of children; 14. Timing of birth of children by ashtakavarga method & composite analysis applying Parasari principles; 15. Determination of the sex of the child & combinations for the birth of daughters; 16. Loss of progeny: miscarriages & mishaps to children; 17. Childlessness; 18. Father-son relations; 19. Some controversies: Sade-Sati, Kaal sarpa yoga, regrogression of planets & effects of planets in Mool Trikona signs.

Comment: The author is an honorary lecturer at the Institute of Astrology, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, in New Delhi. As with all books by students & friends of K.N. Rao, there are many example charts.

Sagar, 322 pages.

INTERPRETING DIVISIONAL CHARTS: An innovative approach through the destinies of twins - N.N. Sharma, $17.00


Some thoughts, by Deepak Bisaria, editor

Divisional charts
38 case studies


This is a study of twins, as shown by divisional charts, in particular the navamsha. In the Introduction it says,
The purpose of divisional charts is to highlight the position of the planets as these are the power centers in the horoscope. Highlighting of a planet also pre-supposes discarding a certain useless portion of the chart. A navamsha chart actually represents only forty degree of the original zodiac of 360 degree of the birth chart. In scientific parlance, it can be said the navamsha chart is the nine times magnification and focus around the position of planets (which are the power centers) and the remaining 320 degree of unwanted load is to be discarded in interpretation of specific area.

In most of the cases, it is observed the ascendant in a divisional chart has got changed while the planets stick to the same rashis in one set of twins. This small observation forms the basis for differentiating between the prarabdha of twins....

Ascendant is a reference point from where the planet's position and its karkatawas (significations) are demarcated. In other words, with the change of the ascendant, the role of different power centers (planets) get altered. (pg. 11-12)

On the back cover it says, A Bold Innovation. Not run of the mill. Not lukewarm. Not mild but revolutionary. . . Methinks the folks at Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan are pleased with themselves. The author is a member of the teaching faculty.

Vani Publications, 192 pages.

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MYSTERY OF RAHU IN A HOROSCOPE - Shiv Raj Sharma, $13.00
Acknowledgements; Introduction by K.N. Rao; Special introduction; Author's preface; List of horoscopes in the book (77 birth, 23 divisional); Abbreviations;

1. Legends & lores about Rahu; 2. Prayer to Rahu; 3. What one must know about Rahu; 4. What astrological classics say about Rahu; 5. Results of Rahu in different house & the result of mahadasha of Rahu in different classics; 6. Laghu Parasari & Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra; 7. Consolidated table & bird's eye view of all the results; 8. Snapshot predictions on the basis of Rahu's position; 9. Mahadasha of Rahu, a detailed treatment;

10, 11. A standardized approach according to Parasara, parts I & II; 12. Some researches; 13. Guru Chandala yoga & its variations; 14. Transit of Rahu & the birth of children; 15. Rahu associated with curses for child birth; 16. Rahu & fatality; 17. Conclusions; Bibliography.

Comment: Said to be an original research, more a survey of Rahu in classical writing: Parasara, Jatakabharam, Sarvartha Chintamani, Phaladeepika, Uttar Kalamrita. Also the mahadasha of Rahu according to: Mansagari, Sarvartha Chintamani, Phaladeepika, Uttar Kalamrita, etc. (You'll find some of these classics on our Vedic Classics page.) The results are presented in useful tables & as a standardized approach to Rahu's mahadasa & antardasa of other planets, as well as Rahu's antardasa in other planets' mahadasha. In the research section, Guru chandala yoga & its variations, Rahu & childbirth, Rahu & fatality. Extensive introduction by K.N. Rao who admits the book is written in Hinglish (Hindu-English), more so than the others in this series.

Sagar, 128 pages.

PREDICTING THROUGH CHATURSHEEDI SAMA DASHA, a conditional dasa of Sage Parasara - Naval Singh, $15.00
Dedication; Acknowledgements; Contents; Introduction; The Scheme; Worked Examples; General Principles of Interpretation of Dasha;

Aries lagna; Taurus lagna; Gemini lagna; Cancer lagna; Leo lagna; Virgo lagna; Libra lagna; Scorpio lagna; Sagittarius lagna; Capricorn lagna; Aquarius lagna; Pisces lagna.

Enlarged Portraits: George Washington; Amrita Preetam; Harivansha Rai Bachchan.

Observations & Conclusions: Observations; Table III; Table IV.

Comment: From page 11: According to the Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra, Chatursheeti Sama dasha will be applicable to all those horoscopes where the tenth lord is placed in the tenth house. This is a conditional dasha unlike Vimshottari which is general dasha applicable to all the horoscopes without any condition. The method of its calculation has been given in Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra. This method requires very simple exercise. Note down the birth nakshatra. Count the number of nakshatras from Swati to birth nakshatra & divide this number by 7, if it is more than 7. The remainder would indicate the dasha operative at birth. Chatursheeti Sama dasha is a nakshatra dasha like other nakshatra dashas (Vimshottari, Yogini, etc.) but the nakshatra lords under this scheme are different from the Vimshottari dasha scheme. Dasha periods are constant here in this scheme. Each dasha is of 12 years. The nakshatras & their respective lords are table 1. Guide & Editor: K.N. Rao.

Vani Publications, 211 pages.

TAJIKASHASTRA: A guide to annual horoscope, or Varshaphala - R.K. Wishwakarma & K. Rangachari, $18.00
Contents: Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgement; 1. Introductions; 2. Methodology for casting annual horoscope; 3. Muntha & its implications; 4. Dasa system & results; 5. Planetary strength (balas); 6. Varsheswara or lord of the year; 7. Tri-Pataki chakra; 8. Tajika yogas; 9. Sahams & specific events; 10. Planets in different houses & results of twelve annual ascendants; 11. Judgments of houses; 12 Significant points in judging the annual horoscope; Glossary; Index.

Comment: To a simple precessed solar return, Tajika adds Muntha, which, to William Lilly, would be known as profection, eg, the ascendant sign advances by one sign per year. Planetary strengths (chapter 5) also include divisional charts. With many tables & example charts. This book dedicated to Dr. B.V. Raman & his wife, Mrs. Rajeswari Raman.

Alpha Publications, 208 pages.

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