Astrology | Charts
Our Prithvi is round. And a round shaped figure has 360 degree. Our whole system is divided into 12 Raashi (Signs), when they are written on a paper they are called Houses. Thus each Raashi is assigned a House, and this Raashi or House is 30 degrees wide. There are several systems to draw the diagram of this - North Indian, South Indian, Western etc.
North Indian Style Chart
The same process is repeated for all the Houses and thus the whole chart is filled with the Sign numbers all the planets' names therein are written in their respective Signs according to their placement in the Sign. Sometimes some Signs are empty and some Signs occupy, not only 1, but even 2, or 3 or even 4 planets in a Sign or the House. It should be noted that the House No 1 is the same always - the uppermost diamond House, and then the 2nd House is towards your left - a Tri-Kon House, anti-clock wise. The whole astrology is filled in these 12 Houses. That is why it is very necessary to know about these Houses.
The uppermost diamond is House No 1. Then if you go towards left (anticlockwise), the second space - Tri-kon (triangle) in House No 2, and thus the numbers go on till they reach 12.
Houses No 1, 4, 7, 10 are called Kendra Houses
Aapoklim - 3, 6, 9, 12
South Indian System of Drawing Chart
The South Indian chart is in the rectangular form and follows a clockwise direction. It was initiated by B Suryanarayana Rao and has been consistent in the South since then. South Indian chart format is adapted from Jaimini Sootra. Jaimini was a disciple of Sage Paraashar who founded an opposite system to Paraashar. It was convenient to show Raashi to Raashi aspect in the square format. As there is no reference available to the chart format as such, it is mere placement in stars, signs that were available to us through the classical works. In many ways the South Indian chart is very easy and convenient to read, as it has a fixed order of Mesh to Meen and is clockwise. The Kendra, knows, aspects etc with respect to Lagna is very easy once the Lagna is placed in the sign it is allotted rather than start the chart with a Lagna mark in a chart and rest is assumed to follow the order as it is in the North Indian chart (Persian). Some did use the South Indian kind of fixed order in North Indian formats too, but it is rare.
The following is the South Indian type of chart. In this type of chart the House numbers are fixed, the Signs and Planets are changed according to their positions at the time of the birth of the native. The Houses are counted clockwise --
There are different ways to draw a chart, shown in Raajasthaan, Western UP, Eastern India, with a different format. They are also anticlockwise and have 2 perpendicular columns and cut diagonally into 4 other parts in 45 deg spaces to show the 12 Houses but the order is fixed as top mid portion is Mesh Raashi so once you place the Lagna in any one of the assigned location rest appear in natural order.
Why is the Difference Between North Indian and South Indian Charts
Western Style of Drawing Chart
After Drawing the Chart
Created and Maintained by Sushma Gupta
Created on 05/18/2008 and Updated on 07/02/2012