Pivotal Nature of the Prashna Lagna

Prashna gets activated when the seed of the query is sown in the Astrologer’s mind.

The Lagna is the starting point of a chart.

The seed is the starting point of a new beginning.

First, an Astrologer will always look at the Lagna.

With the seed of the Prashna sown and growing in the mind, the Astologer approaches the Prashna chart, and first looks at the Lagna.

Why is this a defining moment?

The condition of the Lagna will deflect the Astrologer’s mind one way or the other.

He or she will then follow upon that lead to find a suitable answer.

That’s why, the condition of the Lagna is pivotal for the way a query is answered.

What is the Lagna?

What is its degree?

Is it on an edge?

Is it troubled?

Who occupies it?

Is it empty?

Is it aspected?

Fixed?

Movable (Chara)?

Mutable?

Who is its Lord?

Is it’s Lord looking at it?

How is its Lord faring overall?

What is its Nakshatra?

How is its Nakshatra Lord faring overall?

These and such questions gauge the condition of the Lagna.

A groove gets set. A platform is built, upon which one can build further.

Let us say that above questions are not able to set a defining groove.

Meaning, that gauging the condition of the Lagna and following upon the lead to its logical conclusion is not helping one arrive at something.

Then one looks at other factors with more focus.

Moon.

Moon Lord.

Sun.

Occupancy of fixed, movable and mutable signs.

Anything else that is conspicuous.

Is an answer emerging? If not, one has the option of continuing to delve into the chart with self-defined or classic-defined tools. Fair enough.

However, if nothing concrete is emerging, even after such delving, one can also say that one isn’t able to gauge the answer.

That’s totally acceptable. Not every reading goes smoothly. Sometimes one is not able to read.

At other times the chart is inconclusive.

Readings also have to do with how much the querist is being allowed to know by Nature, karmically. Yeah, sometimes the answer stares you in the face, and you are just not able to see it. You realize later, but by that time the querist has already endured. Karma.

5 to 6 times out of 10 though, by the time one has gotten through above check-list till the word conspicuous, one does seem to have some kind of a satisfactory answer to the Prashna.

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Pillars

Constructs are built on pillars. 

If the pillars are off, walls come tumbling down. 

Pillars need to be spot on. 

Today we’ll speak about three very basic and vital pillars. 

We look at these pillars after casting, to see if any manual mistake has been made while casting. 

I’m sure everyone does this already. 

However, checking up on whether the chart has been cast properly is such a basic and non-negotiable activity, that the pillars of casting deserve reiteration. 

Ok, so you’ve just cast a chart. Let’s say you’re doing a Prashna, and have just fed the details into your device, and your device spits out a chart. 

What’s the next step?

CHECK. 

See if the chart is proper.

Perhaps you’ve made a mistake. 

You can check your details, but that’s not a double-check. 

What you want here is a double-check. 

Something that tells you in a snapshot that yes, this is the correct chart, and I can go into interpretation without any tension. 

You look at the Sun.

In the chart, is the Sun where it should be, on, lets say the 4th of April?

Sun changes its sign between the 14th and the 17th of a month. Roughly, in your mind, you know, that around let’s say the 14th of April, the Sun enters Aries. We’re talking Vedic Astrology. 

So on the 4th of April, the Sun should be roughly 10 degrees or so short of Aries. In other words, it should be around the 20 degree mark in Pisces, give or take some minutes. Fine?

Proceed. 

Not fine?

You’ve fed in the wrong date. 

Correct it. 

Check again. 

Fine?

Proceed. 

Time. 7:12 pm. 

At sunrise, Sun was in the Lagna. 

Therefore, after sunset, the Lagna should be 7 houses or more away from the sunrise Lagna. Is it?

Fine. 

Not?

You’ve fed in the wrong time. Correct it. Check again. Fine?

Proceed. 

2017.

Is your chart reflecting 2017?

Are the slow-moving bodies where they should be?

Is Saturn in Sagittarius? Is Jupiter in Virgo. Are the nodes in Leo and Aquarius? Yes?

Good to go. 

No?

You’ve fed in the wrong year. 

Correct it. Check. Proper positions? Yes. 

Go ahead with interpretation without any tension.