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Shashtyamsha* Shastyans

the 1/60 portion = Sixtieth Divisional Chart


see also: shastiamsha table of 1800 portions


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Caveat Emptor

**Accuracy of divisional charts depends entirely on accuracy of birth time .**

Varga charts can be exceptionally useful.

However, if accurate birth time is not available, divisional charts are misleading, and should be ignored.


the D-60 varga = distinguishable from the Shastiamsha table of 60 portions within one 30-degree rashi

BPHS Chapter 6: Shloka 33-41 .

Shashtiamsha (1/60th part of a Rashi, or half a degree each)

"To calculate the Shashtiamsha Lord:

  • ignore the Rashi position of a Graha

  • and take the degrees etc. it traversed in that Rashi.

  • Multiply that figure by 2 and divide the degrees by 12.

  • Add 1 to the remainder,

  • which will indicate the Rashi, in which the Shashtiamsha falls.

  • The Lord of that Rashi is the Graha, ruling the said Shashtiamsha.

In odd Rashi the names of Shashtiamsha are:

1. Ghora,

2. Rakshasa,

3. Deva,

4. Kubera,

5. Yaksha,

6. Kindara,

7. Bhrashta,

8. Kulaghna,

9. Garala,

10. Vahni,

11. Maya,

12. Purishaka,

13. Apampathi,

14. Marutwana,

15. Kaala,

16. Sarpa,

17. Amrit,

18. Indu,

19. Mridu,

20. Komala,

21. Heramba,

22. Brahma,

23. Vishnu,

24. Maheshwara,

25. Deva,

26. Ardra,

27. Kalinasa,

28. Kshiteesa,

29. Kamalakara,

30. Gulika,

31. Mrityu,

32. Kaala,

33. Davagni,

34. Ghora,

35. Yama,

36 Kantaka,

37. Suddha,

38. Amrita,

39. PurnaChandra,

40. Vishadagdha,

41. Kulanasa,

42. Vamshakshaya,

43. Utpata,

44. Kaala,

45. Saumya,

46. Komala,

47. Sheetala,

48. Karaladamshtra,

49. Candramukhi,

50. Praveena,

51. Kaalpavaka,

52. Dhannayudha,

53. Nirmala,

54. Saumya,

55. Krura,

56. Atisheetala,

57. Amrita,

58. Payodhi,

59. Brahmana,

60. Chandra-Rekha (InduRekha).

The reverse is the order for even Rashi

  • in so much, as these names are used.

Graha in benefic Shashtiamsha produce auspicious,

while the opposite is true in case of Graha in malefic Shashtiamsha."

"Field of Psychic Expectation for Specific Matters of Total Life Destiny

  • the 10th house (social dignity, respect)"

  • restrictions on present life fruits, through debt (6) owed from parallel lives

~~ BPHS Ch. 7, Shloka 8

"The bhava whose lord is in a malefic Shashtyamsha will diminish, so say Garga and others."

Traditional (Hindu) time measurement units

  • One Shasthyamsa = 30 minutes of Arc.

  • 720 Shasthyamsa = the full 360-degree circle .

  • Shasthyamsha lords are either malefic or benefic.

Auspicious placement: atmakaraka in the Shastiamsha lagna Each of the varga will aid verification of the birth time. One important predictor can be the presence of atmakaraka in the D-60 shastyamsha lagna. Atmakaraka (found in both Parashari and Jaimini traditions) is the graha which holds the highest degree compared to the other seven classical graha.

If the nativity shows a promise of social distinction , note the characteristics of the atmakaraka-graha residing in the D-60 shastyamsha lagna to find a keynote of the native's life narrative and contribution to society.

POTUS-29 Teapot Dome Warren G. Harding had Chandra rising in the Simha lagna of D-60. Harding's life was lived with emotional intensity. He was deeply involved with several of his lovers. His mother (Chandra) was a huge influence in building his political character.

Chandra is an enemy of Professor Budha, and Budha rules his radical Jyeztha lagna. Harding had brief careers in teaching and sales (Budha) before becoming a newspaperman (Budha). His speech style was roguish and very plebian.

Notoriously he fabricated his own words which seemed intuitively right to him (Chandra). He was the laughing stock of the educated urban classes but similar to POTUS-43 Decision Points George W. Bush his chronic malapropisms (Budha + Shani) gave him an aura of rural credibility among the folk (Chandra).

Evaluating retrograde graha

One use of D-60 is to determine whether a retrograde planet will give fruits or not.

Retrograde planet results are normally delayed, but not denied.

  • Some schools of thought assert that a retrograde malefic gains power, while a retrograde benefic loses power. There is some merit to the different opinions on the true effects of retrograde.

  • The Shashtyamsha lord help make the determination of good or difficult results because the Shashtyamsha lord will either be malefic or benefic, and this may help to settle the case.

If the graha falls into a malefic Shashtyamsha , it is considered that negative karma is operating i.e. there is a need for payback.

In the case of negative Shashtyamsha position it becomes more likely that results of the graha will be delayed or denied denied.

D-60 shows unpaid debt from parallel lives which affects the social dignity in the current life.

Humiliation? Respect? Humble station or high ? Use or misuse of social-regulatory power.

One use of D-60 is to determine whether a retrograde"vakri" graha will give fruits or not. Retrograde usually causes delayed results, but not denied results.

However if there is significant karmic requirement for payback through the retrograde planet, then it becomes more likely that results are truly denied.

D-60 may reveal the downside of an otherwise excellent-looking radix graha.

Shastiamsha: karmic underbelly of apparently magnificent D-1 graha

It is common to see the exalted planets of morally corrupt political dictators and apparently successful thieves, as being quite devastated in the shastyamsha.

  • This situation indicates that a temporarily powerful person will endure a tragic fall from power during the period of the D-1's uttama graha which is nichhain the D-60.

  • Jyotishi check the D-60 to correct their spot judgment regarding especially magnificent planets.

  • If that exalted Guru in dharma bhava seems intuitively too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Destiny-defining graha = typically located in the radical lagna of the D-60. Placement of atmakaraka or D-1 lagnesha within D-60 lagna = great aid in rectification

  • The D-60 will reveal the karmic under-belly if there is one.


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