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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Seeing Karma

Chart.

It’s open.

You are immersed. 

What do you see?

Lagna?

LL?

Moon?

ML?

Sun?

Planets?

Nodes?

Aspects?

Dashas?

Exchanges?

Houses?

Nakshatras?

And so on …

… or …

… do you see Karma?

Strands of Karma …

… do you see them?

How strong are the strands?

Are they fickle?

Thin?

Breakable?

Or are they strong?

Unbreakable, like cables of copper or aluminium?

Or, are they maybe breakable, maybe not, like a jute strand?

Gauge.

Gauge the strength of Karma.

That’s not all. 

You’re gauging a few more things. 

You’re gauging the speed at which an arrow has been shot.

You’re extrapolating to it’s current speed.

Is the speed slow enough, such that the arrow can change course if a wind starts to blow?

Has the arrow been shot with such speed that it’s course will not change, no matter what?

That’s (drida) Prarabdha Karma.

Now gauge the target.

Is the target mobile and tensile enough to bend away from the arrow?

Is the target even aware of an arrow headed his or her way?

What leverage does the target enjoy?

Enough to get away with it?

Not?

You’re gauging whether Kriyamana Karma is strong enough to perhaps lessen impact of Prarabdha.

Next you’re looking at the entire bunch of arrows, including the dormant ones. 

Some are waiting to be shot. 

Some have been nullified before being shot. It’s almost like they won’t be shot. 

A couple are in the bow, which has been pulled. These are about to go off. 

What’s the bottom-line?

You’re talking more Karma and less Astrology. 

Is that a good thing?

Why not?

It all boils down to Karma in the end. 

We can start talking about Karma from the beginning.

More like a top-down approach as opposed to a bottom-up one.