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?
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.
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.