Addressing Disease in Prashna

See occupancy of the Lagna.

If there is a benefic here, doctor is up to speed. 

Malefic here shows doctor’s lack of effectiveness. 

Retrograde planet here means doctor will be changed. 

Weak Lagna Lord with 2nd House / Lord connection speaks of doctor’s eye being on the money with treatment being secondary for the doctor. 

Is the patient getting the correct treatment? Is there a benefic in the 4th?

Malefic in the 4th? Treatment lacks. 

Retrograde planet in the 4th? Approach will be changed.

Is the disease treatable? Is there a benefic in the 7th?

Malefic in the 7th? Disease is probably not responding to treatment.

Retrograde planet in the 7th? This speaks of a relapse.

Though Prashna uses the 7th House for disease, what with its favouritism towards Kendras and all, please also freely use the 6th House and its Lord to also get an idea about implications of disease. 

A benefic in the 10th makes the patient willing to follow rules and guidelines. 

Malefic here results in the opposite. 

Retrograde planet here speaks of a patient not inclined towards treatment in the first place. 

Apart from gauging the patient from the 10th, one can also intuitively use the Lagna and see what fits for the patient. 

Ketu in the Lagna could indicate a hidden condition. Rahu here making healing tough. 

If the Moon is strong, connected to benefics, or in a Shubh Kartari Yoga, recovery will be fast. Moon in Paap Kartari indicates the opposite, with disease worsening. Moon in 6/8/12 is no help either.

Seat of the disease can be intuitively arrived upon, by seeing what hits the eye, and using correspondence between body parts and zodiac signs.

With Lagna Lord and 10th Lord connecting well, doctor takes to the patient. Good. 

With 4th Lord and 7th Lord connecting well, treatment addresses disease. Great.

With Lagna Lord and 4th Lord connecting well, doctor’s eyes are more on treatment and earning therefrom. 

With 7th Lord connecting well to 10th Lord, disease takes to the patient. Not so good. 

Strong Lagna Lord or Moon in Kendra leads to cure. 

Lagna Lord should outdo the 8th Lord in strength. That’s good for recovery. 

Connection of Lagna Lord with 6th House / Lord is not so good for recovery. 

Venus in the Lagna is difficult for cure. Though there is a scientific explanation for this going into House Lordships and Nakshatras, let’s just say that Venus does like luxuries, and the patient might find it difficult to stop indulging. 

Lagna Lord, Moon, or 8th Lord in Kendra, connected to retrogression – this makes things tough. How tough? You decide. Quite tough, though. 

However, look for a string to pull on. Look for hope. Any bit of help you can give the querist is a bonus. Be positive and optimistic. Don’t spell doom – this might worsen the condition.

You’ll see some unique combinations, because Prashnas coming to you are yours alone.

When you see something for the first time, and understand the combination intuitively, don’t be afraid to use what you’re seeing as per your understanding. That’s fine.

Ultimately, you’ll get a full idea of the combination’s working and application, subject to fine-tuning now and then. 

See what works, and go with it. 

See the totality. Speak in summation. Say less. Each word you say will have a large effect. The person coming to you has come at a vulnerable time. Each word from your mouth will have immense power. 

Make sure that maximum goodness comes out of your mouth, to cause maximum benefit. 

There will be times that you are seeing something difficult. 

Your job is to say it in a manner that clutches onto any string of hope and comes forth in a way that is minimally aggravating and maximally beneficial. 

No one said this was an easy job. Now that you are in this line, might as well do it par excellence.

🙂

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Kendras Call the Shots in Prashna

Prashna likes to keep it simple. 

What are the big shots saying?

Whatever the big shots are indicating, that’s the basic direction in which the query is unfolding.

First up, in Prashna, we’re looking at the basic vibration at hand. 

We’re not looking at wheels within wheels yet. 

First, we want to see where it’s going. 

Then, when we have a grip on where it’s going, we can fine-tune. 

However, fine-tuning is an add-on. 

One doesn’t start with fine tuning. 

One starts with the Lagna.

Then one observes the rest of the Kendras, i.e. the 4th, 7th and 10th Houses. 

A basic picture develops. 

Let’s go over the usage of Kendras for specific queries.

In case of illness, status of doctor is seen from the Lagna, treatment is seen from the 4th, disease is seem from the 7th and the patient is seen from the 10th House. 

Theft : person suffering loss (Lagna) / article stolen, happiness or benefit from such (4th) / thief (7th) / authorities (10th).

Buying : buyer (Lagna) / stuff bought (4th) / seller (7th) / price (10th).

Directions : East (Lagna) / North (4th) / West (7th) / South (10th).

Litigation : person for whom the query is (Lagna) / judgement (4th) / person against whom the litigation is (7th) / authority (10th).

Missing person : missing person (Lagna) / derivable happiness from state of affairs (4th) / the path, and the dangers it is laden with (7th).

Renting out : property owner (Lagna) / property (4th) / tenant (7th) / rent (10th). 

One can finish the list for oneself, using experience and common sense. 

The point under consideration here is getting a basic handle on the situation. 

Approaching Prashna looking for nitty-gritties first up is an over-ambitious and complicated approach. 

Approaching Prashna blank, unbiased and looking for basic direction is much more fruitful.

Once a structure is created where the Astrologer knows which way this is going, that’s the time one can start looking to score with nitty-gritties.

For example, you’ve answered for yourself that a missing person will be found. Now you can venture a call about the time-period.

You’ve answered for yourself that a doctor is not up to speed. That’s where you start looking for change, so that disease can be cured. 

You’ve answered for yourself, that querist will derive happiness from lost property. You shape your further search based upon this fact. 

Let’s assume you’ve gone through the Kendras and still don’t have a grip on the Prashna.

What then?

Yes, what if the Kendras are not getting you any further?

Look for something that hits the eye.

Anywhere in the chart. 

Something hitting the eye?

Look there.

Lagna Lagna Rising Bright

How does the Lagna rise?

Head first? Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio and Aquarius rise with head first, indicating a good and sincere query, and favouring fulfilment of query.

Feet first? Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Sagittarius and Capricorn rise with feet first, possibly indicating impure-hearted or insincere queries, and also possibly well leading to failure. 

Pisces rises with both head and feet, which is considered middling to not so bad, as in delay could then be followed by a positive outcome. 

Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are movable Lagnas, and they speak of change in the situation.

Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are fixed Lagnas, and they denote status quo. 

Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces are dual / mutable Lagnas, and here, one needs to see their degree. 0 to 15 degrees makes them closer to the preceding fixed signs, favouring status quo. 15 to 30 degrees makes them closer to the following movable signs, favouring change in situation.

Logic might tell us, that if a natural benefic is sitting in Lagna, this could be considered good for the outcome of the query.

Is this necessarily so?

Let’s observe the following case, illuminated upon by Mr. Deepak Kapoor in one of his Prashna lectures at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, New Delhi, in 2002.

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 Well, Jupiter’s influence on Lagna is generally good for outcome, but above case represents an “exception”.

Jupiter in the Lagna speaks of the querist’s philanthropic approach.

Aspecting the 7th, a good outcome is promised for the opponent, here the brother.

Thus, it would not be unimaginable that querist contemplates donating disputed property to brother.

Hence, Jupiter’s presence in Lagna here is not “good” for querist’s side of things.

Try replacing this Jupiter with Saturn.

Now, the querist will fight long and steadfast, tooth and nail, towards retaining the property. 

Analysis of query will depend upon nature of query. 

Let’s say a fixed Lagna comes up, and you’re asking about your job. Fixed job is indicated with nil movement. 

If a movable Lagna came up, a traveling job would be more befitting. 

Someone is ill.

Will the patient recover?

A movable Lagna comes up. 

Situation will change.

Recovery is indicated. 

Someone is ill.

It’s bad.

Querist doesn’t know if patient will survive.

Querist is battling with question in the mind. 

Finally, the querist asks.

Will the patient die?

It will be great if now a movable Lagna doesn’t come up.

So, Why Prashna Anyways?

I was taught Prashna by Mr. Deepak Kapoor at Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, New Delhi, in 2001 and 2002.

Mr. Kapoor was an excellent teacher, with great depth, experience and dedication. One picked up fast from a teacher like him. 

So, why Prashna anyways?

Accuracy with regard to birth times is an issue. 

When we’re not sure about the time of birth, we try to extrapolate or superimpose, using different Lagnas. 

It’s hit and trial. 

Are we happy?

If not, we might use Chandra Lagna. 

Or, we resort to sheer Prashna. 

Yeah, now we’re happy.

At other times, queries crop up which cannot be answered by a birth horoscope. 

Theft.

War.

Property.

Appearance of thief – what does he or she look like?

Is a missing person dead or alive?

If alive, what is the current status of his or her well-being?

Captivity?

Release?

Pregnant?

One might be surprised at the accuracy of the Prashna chart pertaining to above and related issues. 

So much so, that sometimes, an available birth-chart might even be relegated to supplementary use. 

For example, you might want to reconfirm something you’re seeing in the Prashna chart by then pulling out the available birth-chart. 

Fine. To a level. You do get an idea, after reading the above-mentioned matters, that in some cases, only the Prashna chart is able to give reliable results.

It would be the done thing to acknowledge here that the Prashan chart has its usage and versatility in areas that the birth-chart has limitations in. 

Done. 

What time-frame are we looking at in Prashna?

Near past. 

Near future.

Maximum usable time-frame would be the ball-park figure of one year. 

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.

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.