Narrow it Down

I just had the opportunity to give a talk on significators in Jyotish, and the Divisional Charts – one of Jyotish’s most potent tools for getting deep and specific about the topics of life.  As I stood up there and went over what significators we read in the divisional charts I chose for my examples, I kept telling my audience that the instructions for all the shodasha varga were in their handouts – oops!  They were not; I did not get the page with this chart in to the file I had printed.  So here they are – all 16, just follow the rules, use the sign-based aspects, and look for changes in dignity and angularity.  Remember, find the significators  in the birth chart first, read them there, then take the special significators listed below and take them to the divisional chart.  I refer to rulers of houses as house lords, and I abbreviate, for example the lord of the second house, as L2.

Divisional Chart Relevant Significators or Karakas from the D-1
D-1 Nativity Any Relevant house lord, Natural or House Significator, or Moveable Significator (Charakaraka)
D-2 Hora L2 (Lord of the Second house) and Jupiter
D-3 Drekkana L3 and Mars
D-4 Chaturamsa L4, Moon Mercury
D-7 Sapthamsa L5, Puk, and then read the D-7 Ascendant in the D-1
D-9 Navamsa L7, Venus, Dk for Marriage – All other topics:  Any Relevant house lord, Natural or House Significator, or Moveable Significator (Charakaraka)
D-10 Dasamsa L10, Sun, Mercury (Can add Jupiter and Saturn if you feel they are significant based on the D-1)
D-12 Dwadamsa L12, Moon, Saturn
D-16 Shodamsa L4, Moon, Mercury
D-20 Vimsamsa L5, Jupiter
D-24 Chaturvimsamsa L9, Mercury, Jupiter, Atmakaraka
D-27  Bhamsa Moon – if you are fine tuning the D9:  any relevant karaka
D-30 Trimshamsa L6, L8, L12
D-40 Khavedamsa L4, L10
D-45 Akshavedamsa L5, L9
D-60 Shashtiamsa Past Karma – L12, Moon, Saturn  The end result of all things:  Any Relevant house lord, Natural or House Significator, or Moveable Significator (Charakaraka)


By the way:  in case anyone at the talk was confused about why I choose the D-45 and who the heck Prince William is for my last example, sorry – that was super anglo-centric of me.  Prince William of the House of Windsor is second in line, after his father, to the throne of England.  We look to the D-45 because if he is expected to inherit the throne from his father.  His father will inherit the throne from his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, and we would look at D-40 for him.

An Introduction

I started writing this bio, and I had a standard set of lines about how long I’ve been studying X, doing Y, where I was from, etc., and I realized how deeply uninteresting it all was!  Digging a little deeper, and opening up a little more was challenging.

So yes, I am an artist, a diviner, and a formulator of fine complexion waters – to sum up succinctly.  I’m also a Mambo Asogwe, initiated in a traditional Haitian lineage.  But more to the point of what I hope interests you, I am a student and practitioner of Western Medieval and Renaissance-style Astrology, and, more recently, Jyotish, otherwise known as Vedic Astrology here in the West.  Although I’m still working out what my astrological practice for others will look and feel like, I clearly see how I settled on the type of astrology I study and practice.

When I first encountered astrology, it was as a dabbler, surrounded by dabblers, and practitioners whose approaches were steeped in New Age philosophy and a sort of bland positivism.  I personally didn’t feel like much can be done with that, and the approach seemed sorely lacking, and I lost interest and moved on to more explicitly divinatory practices.  Then in 2011 I encountered the traditional revival and it cracked a whole world open to me.  I found people working with material from the early modern period – a period that I knew and loved through history and literature, and a stream in which I knew I could wade in deeply.  I found a revival of astrological magic, and to me that filled the huge gap between knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses, inherited and fated tendencies, and then doing something with that knowledge.

With Jyotish, it was, almost amusingly so, as if I had been actively avoiding the obvious:  I’d spent time in India, knew a little of the cultures and history, and at one point even spoke and read passable Urdu and Hindi.  But still, it took until two years ago to start down that path – and it feels fated.

Join me here to explore ideas and techniques, look at lives and events through the different lenses of astrology, examine the signposts along our spiritual paths, consider upcoming conditions, and work a little magic.