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7-Shodash Varg

The 16 Divisional Charts, Dividing a Sign (Raashi with their Ansh-Varg)

Divisional Charts -- 'Varg' are divisions within a sign, 'Raashi'.
The single divisions (e.g. 3°20', 0.5° or 10°) are called 'Ansh' (parts).

A planet posited in an Ansh of a Raashi (a particular part in a sign) gives important hints regarding the topic of the Varg, his natural and functional significations. Disregarding or neglecting Ansh/Varg - a unique feature of Indian/Vaidik Astrology - leads to wrong conclusions.

Vinshopak Bal : -- BPHS describes strengths of planets as a result of their placements in all or a selection of Varg. The most important selection of Varg is the Dash Varg Scheme (10 Varg Scheme) as described in Phal Deepika. The total summary of a planet's strength is a summary of Shad-bal and Vinshopak strength. A planet with weakness in a particular life (e.g. contacts, progeny) area can be strong in another life area (e.g. inner force, ambitions)!

The 16 Divisional Charts are:
There are 16 Varg degree divisional charts, including Raashi Chakra - the main chart, and the Navaansh - means nine divisional degrees (units) in a house derived from main house of Raashi Chakra. Listed below are the divisional charts and areas of life they represent, according to Paraashar's Horaa Shaastra, Ch 3. (It is too complicated to explain its formulations here):

1. Raashi Chakra (D-1) : Individual chart; the knowledge of the body
2. Horaa (D-2) : Wealth;
3. Drekkan (D-3) : happiness through siblings - effort:
4. Chaturthaansh (D-4) : good luck and fortune;
5. Saptaansh (D-7) : Children; sons and grandchildren
6. Navaansh (D-9) : married life:
7. Dashaansh (D-10) : career and status; Kingdom, power, position
8. Dwaadashaansh (D-12) : parents, heredity;
9. Shodashaansh (D-16) : happiness through conveyances and property;
10. Vinshaansh (D-20) : Spiritual life;
11. Chatur-vinshaansh or Siddhaansh : (D-24): academic achievements;
12. Bhaansh (D-27) : Strength and weakness;
13. Trinshaansh (D-30) : good or bad luck; auspicious or inauspicious things from Kshavedaansh
14. Kshavedaansh (D-40) : auspicious and inauspicious effects;
15. Aksha-vedaansh (D-45) : general indications on progress etc:
16. Shashtiyaansh (D-60): general indications.

Each of these charts represents a different phase of life. These helps to uncover many subtleties, which are not available readily from the Raashi Chakra. An astrologer must train himself to study these charts, added to the main chart, and learn to estimate before finding answer to the specific needs in a main chart. This is not difficult these days with computer charting methods largely available. But it is not advisable to predict without studying these sub-charts.
[by AV Pathi]

[Wherever (in whichever house) the planet who is the Lord of a cruel house in the Shashtiyaansh (D-60) is placed, there shall be destruction. This is certain - just like the words of Brahmaa are certain. Wherever the planet who is the Lord of a benefic house in the Shashtiyaansh is placed, there shall be growth and nourishment. This is also certain - just like the words of Brahmaa are certain.]

It should be noted that the word Kalaa can mean both 16 as well as 60 because there are 60 Kalaa in a minute but in this context 60 is more appropriate. It is sad that both Lomash nor Paraashar do not answer the question - “How to predict with Shodash Varg?”

(1) Division of a Raashi by 2 (2 Ansh of 15° each), resulting in Horaa Varg (D-2)
Use: indicates solar/lunar quality of planets, detailing 2nd Bhaav/Jupiter themes (wealth)

(2) Division of a Raashi by 3 (3 Ansh of 10° each), resulting in Drekkaan Varg (D-3)
Use: details 3rd Bhaav/Mars themes, (desires, initiatives, motivation)

(3) Division of a Raashi by 4 (4 Ansh of 7.5° each), resulting in Chaturthaansh Varg (D-4)
Use: details 4th Bhaav/Moon and Venus themes, (inner personality, property, the inner self)

(4) Division of a Raashi by 7 (7 Ansh of 4°.17'09' each), resulting in Saptaansh Varg (D-7)
Use: details 7th Bhaav/Venus themes, (relationships, contacts, way of relating to world)

(5) Division of a Raashi by 8 (8 Ansh of  3°.45' each), resulting in Ashtaansh* Varg (D-8)
Use: details 8th Bhaav/Saturn themes, (money of other people, financial transformations and changes)

(6) Division of a Raashi by 9 (9 Ansh of 3.20° each), resulting in Navaansh Varg (D-9)
Use: details 9th Bhaav/Jupiter themes, (purpose of life, Dharm, fortunes)

(7) Division of a Raashi by 10 (10 Ansh of 3° each), resulting in Dashaansh Varg (D-10)
Use: details 10th Bhaav/Sun themes, (important activities, vocational life, profession)

(8) Division of a Raashi by 12 (12 Ansh of 2.5° each), resulting in Dwaadashaansh* Varg (D-12)
Use: details 12th Bhaav/Ketu themes, (qualities overtaken from former life, hidden qualities, conditions not to change in this present life)

(9) Division of a Raashi by 16 (16 Ansh of 1°52'30" each), resulting in Shodashaansh Varg (D-16)
Use: details 4th Bhaav/Moon and Venus themes, (wealth, material pleasures, property and prosperity)

(10) Division of a Raashi by 20 (20 Ansh of 1°30' each), resulting in Vinshaansh Varg (D-20)
Use: details 5th Bhaav/Jupiter themes, (spirituality, religious matters, spiritual teachers and practices)

(11) Division of a Raashi by 24 (24 Ansh of 1°15' each), resulting in Siddhaansh Varg (D-24)
Use: details 6th Bhaav/Saturn and Mercury themes, (learning, knowledge, formation)

(12) Division of a Raashi by 27 (27 Ansh of 1°06'40" each), resulting in Nakshatraansh Varg (or: Bhaansh Varg) (D-27)
Use: details 9th Bhaav/Sun themes, (hidden strength and weaknesses, our unconsciousness)

(13) Division of a Raashi by 5 (5 Ansh of 5°, 5°, 8°, 7°, 5°), resulting in Trinshaansh Varg (D-30)
Use: details 6th Bhaav (!)/Saturn and Mars themes, (main character traits, problems of all kinds, health problems)

(14) Division of a Raashi by 40 (40 Ansh of 0°40' each), resulting in Khavedaansh Varg (D-40)
Use: details 4th Bhaav/Moon themes, (qualities inherited by mother's line)

(15) Division of a Raashi by 45 (45 Ansh of 0°45' each), resulting in Aksha-vedaansh Varg (D-45)
Use: details 9th Bhaav/Sun themes, (qualities inherited by father's line)

(16) Division of a Raashi by 60 (60 Ansh of 0°30' each), resulting in Shashtyaansh Varg (D-60)
Use: details 12th Bhaav/Ketu themes, (qualities inherited by own former incarnations, hidden strengths, often unconscious)

Basic Varg are: Hora, Drekkaan and Trinshaansh
Most important Varg thereafter are: Navaansh, Dwaadashaansh and Shashtyaansh.
Followed by: Saptaansh and Shodashaansh.

It is possible to make further division within a Varg, based on the given divisional charts:
D-81, Nava-Navaansh, division of Navaansh by 9
D-108, Dwaadashaansh-Navaansh, division of Navaansh by 12
D-144, Dwadashaansh-Dwaadashaansh, division of Dwaadashaansh by 12

Some astrologers also work with additional Taajak Varg :
D-5, Panchaansh, division of a sign by 5
D-6, Shasthaansh, division of a sign by 6
D-11, Ekadashaansh, division of a sign by 11
These Varg are not mentioned in most important classics.

There are different calculations necessary for some Varg, which will be explained later when going into detail.

Varg and Vinshopak Bal

16 Varg has been given by the classical texts like Brihad Paraashar Horaa in which the author (Supposed to be Sage Paraashar) clearly says the name of other sages like Garg whose opinion he (Sage Parashara) has provided.

There are basically 4 classification of Varg - (1) Shad Varg, (2) Sapt Varg, (3) Dash Varg, (4) Shodash Varg. Out these four practically every ancient masters has commented that the most important are the Shad Varg. We shall probably understand from the following.

Paraashar mentions Vinshopak Bal to be reckoned from the Varg.
Vinsh means 20. So each of the above classification gets a total of 20 points as strength. He has also given number of points for each of the Varg gets in each of the classifications. Let us see how. Sorted on the basis that get maximum points at the top and the least at the bottom -

No-Shad Varg-------Points
1--Rashi---- ------------6
2--Navaansh-- ----------5
3--Drekkan-- -----------4
4--Horaa----- ----------2
5--Dwaadashaansh- ----2
6--Trinshaansh- --------1
-------Total- -----20

No-Sapt Varg-------Points
1--Raashi---- ---------5.0
2--Dwaadashaansh- --4.5
3--Drekkan-- --------3.0
4--Navaansh-- -------2.5
5--Horaa----- -------2.0
6--Trinshaansh- -----2.0
7--Sapt Varg- -------1.0
---Total---- ----20

No-Dash Varg--------Points
2--Raashi---- ---------3
3--Horaa----- --------1.5
4--Drekkan-- --------1.5
5--Navaansh- --------1.5
6--Dwaadashaansh ---1.5
7--Trinshaansh- -----1.5
8--Sapt Varg--------1.5
9--Dash Varg--------1.5
10-Shodash Varg-----1.5
---Total---- -------20

No-Shadash Varg- ------------------------Significance- ---------------------Points
1--Shashtiyaansh- --------- --------- --------Akhilam- --------- ------------ 4.00
2--Raashi---- --------- --------- --------- --Dehasya vignanam---- ----------3.50
3--Navaansh- --------- --------- ----------- Kalatra-- --------- -------------3. 00
4--Shodashamas- --------- --------- --------vahanana m Sukha / ashukha----2.00
5--Horaa----- --------- --------- --------- --Sapathi- --------- ------------- 1.00
6--Drekkan-- --------- --------- --------- --Bhraatrijam- --------- ----------1.00
7--Trinshaansh- --------- --------- --------- Arishta Phalam------ -----------1.00
8--Chaturthaansh / Turyaansh---- --------- --Bhagya- --------- ----------- -0.50
9--Saptaansh- --------- --------- --------- --Putra/pautra- --------- --------0.50
10-Dashaansh- --------- --------- --------- --Mahat phalam------ ------------0.50
11-Dwaadashaansh- --------- --------- --------- Pitroh--- --------- -----------0.50
12-Vinshaansh- --------- --------- ----------- -Upasana- --------- ----------- 0.50
13-Chaturvinshaansh / Sidhaansh---- ----------Vidya- --------- --------- ----0.50
14-Bhaansh / Nakshatraansh- --------- --------Bala/ aabalam-- --------- ---0.50
15-Chatvarinshaansh / Khavedaansh-- ----------Shubha / ashubham---- -----0.50
16-Akshavedaansh / Panch Chatvarinshansh---- akhilam-- --------- ----------0.50
---Total---- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- 20

We can see from the above tables why Shad Varg was given more importance than other classifications. Sapt Varg gets the next seat.
More over there is a marked difference in the allotment of points for some of the Varg in each of the classifications.
For ex: In Shad Varg system Navaansh is the second highest point while in Sapt Varg, Dwaadashaansh gets the second highest point.
In both of these Varg, Raashi is given the Highest Point (importance), seconded by Navaansh / Dwaadashaansh.

Shashtiyaansh gets the highest point in Dash Varg and Shodash Varg. It is mentioned that Shashtiyaansh should be reckoned and Saumya if a planet is Benefic; otherwise, it is a Kroor Shashtiyaansh if the planet is Malefic. He shall be bring only bad effects and Dashaa of Malefics; but if they are in Saumya Shashtiyaansh, their malefic nature gets reduced considerably.

In these Varg too (Dash Varg and Shodash Varg) Raashi itself is the King with the highest point (excluding Shashtiyaansh).
All the other higher Varg like Khavedaansh (40th division), Aksh Vedaansh (45th division), Vinshaansh (20th), Chatur-Vinshaansh (24th), Bhaans (27th division) are insignificant compared to other Varg. That is only 2.5% compared to Raashi - 17.5% in Shodash Varg.

That simply means if the planet is Benefic in the Raashi, his Malefic nature could be ignored in those higher Varg to a large extent.



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