Ashtakavarga – An Ancient Vedic Method to Reveal Your Life Path

Ashtakavarga is a scoring system given to the signs in your birth chart. ‘Ashtaka’ means eight and ‘Varga’ means division. Ashtakavarga is known as the eight-fold strength. There are eight bodies used in the scoring system of your birth chart. This scoring system is known as Sarvashtavarga and Bhinna Ashtakavarga. So your ascendant, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter – these eight bodies will give a score to all the 12 houses in your chart. Through this numbering system, one can know what is in store for him in the particular area of his life.

If you are an Aries ascendant, Aries rules the first house, Taurus rules the second house, Gemini rules the third house and respective signs continue till the 12th house. Each sign in your chart which is controlling a certain house receives certain scores by these planets including your ascendant. On a basic level, it is like A+ to F grades but in numerical form. Ashtakavarga is like a final signature given by the universe and to ascertain how different aspects of your life will be, an Ashtakavarga table is prepared and analysed.

This score will range from 0 to 8. 0 point is considered bad, 8 is an excellent score and the average is 4. When you add up all the points given by these eight bodies, it is known as Samudaya Ashtakavarga. This will show the accumulated score. Rahu and Ketu are not included in Ashtakavarga calculations.

Suppose, you have 4 points in the 3rd house, then the relationship with your siblings will be okay. Suppose it is 2 points, then the relationship with siblings will go for a toss. It is very important which transits will affect you and what dashas will activate the relevant houses, apart from the houses that it signifies.

If you are checking your ashtakavarga scores online, then know that different software can show you different points. One of the popular methods is based on Vedic astrology, lahiri ayanamsa and varahmira calculation.


Some Essentials

The highest point given is 56 and that is endowed by the planet Jupiter. Then you have Mercury with the second-highest points, i.e., 54. Venus is 52, Moon is 49, Sun is 48, Mars is 38 and Saturn is also 38 but considered to be lower than Mars.

If you add up all of these points, it will come to 337. So all these seven planets equal 337 points. Know that, these accumulated points excludes ascendant points. If you divide 337 by 7 planets then the average is 28 points. This average point is considered to be neither good nor bad. Anything below 28 is weak and above 28 is great.


Ashtakavarga - Career Analysis

The 2nd, 6th, 10th and 11th houses are the money houses. Whichever houses will contribute most will determine what the native will end up doing in life. One has to see the placement of the ‘Lagna Lord’ as well. The 6th house specifically shows job prospects and preferences.

Let’s take an example. If you are a Scorpio ascendant, with the Sun contributing 3 points and the moon contributing 4 points, you might not be very interested in worldly affairs. If Mars and Venus have the majority points, you can be very stubborn and focused on yourself only. Why? Because Being a Scorpio ascendant, you have Mars in the 6th house as the sign of Aries falls in it. Aries is all about “I, Me and Myself”. Somewhat like ‘My Way or the Highway’. In this case, you should be doing something on your own rather than being in a job. Your own business or freelancing work where you can have your say and freedom will serve you best. If the lords of the 2nd, 6th, 10th and 11th houses contribute more to each house, it is the best thing for finance in career.


Increase Money using Ashtakavarga

When it comes to money and wealth analysis using the ashtakavarga method, then the relevant houses you check are the 2nd and 11th houses. The 2nd house is about accumulated wealth and the 11th house is about gains. On a practical level, even the 10th house is taken into consideration. First, you need to check the ascendant, the sun and the moon. Then find out what planets are the major contributors of points in different houses.

If Saturn is 10th and 11th lord but doesn’t contribute many points, then the native will be quite interested in his status and gains. If Venus is in the 2nd house and contributes a lot of points, then this native will also be very interested in marriage and spouse’s financial status. When the 4th house is strongly linked to the 2nd house and the moon is majorly contributing, then education is very important in his family environment. He might even be earning efficiently through education.


Life Purpose Determination

The life purpose is known from 3 houses in particular – 1st house, 5th house and the 9th house. The purpose is seen from the trines. Suppose, you are a Taurus ascendant. If the Sun and Mars give high points in the ascendant house, then you will be of a fiery nature. You might come across as very dominant and might even have a false ego. The concept of controlling people or situations will be very important for you. Don’t forget to see the functional malefic planets.

What planets have the highest influence in the 1st, 5th and 9th house of your horoscope and how it is relevant to your ascendant, can reveal your life purpose. It is best to consult an astrologer to have a clear picture of this as there are many things to look at when it comes to astrological analysis.


Marriage Analysis by Ashtakavarga

Just by using Ashtakavarga, one can make your marriage predictions. There are three houses involved – the 2nd, 7th and the 11th house. At times, the 5th and 9th houses can also determine marriage, as the 5th house is about progeny, and the 9th house is about carrying out your traditions. If Venus and Mercury are dominating the 5th house, then it is very important for the native to have good communication with the other person to fall in love.

Suppose you have 34 points in the 7th house; this does not mean that there is a good scope of marriage, or your marriage will be extraordinary. There are other things to be considered, such as Maha-dashas, Antar-dashas and functional benefic or malefic planets. Many-a-times, people get married during their Sadesati period, making them go through a severe karmic process with their spouse and the spouse’s family.


Ashtakavarga Reveals Foreign Settlement

First, check what is going on with the ascendant. For abroad, you need to see how much the 12th lord is interested in the ascendant and vis-a-versa. Suppose you are Scorpio ascendant, then the sign of Libra will fall in the 12th house, and Venus becomes the 12th lord. If Venus in the chart contributes a lot of points, then there is a good chance of foreign settlement. The duration of stay in foreign lands will depend on various factors and your purpose of going abroad.

An astrologer will ask you first why you want to go abroad – whether for education, marriage or settlement. Then he will look for the chances of such happening based on Ashtakavarga calculation. Accordingly, the respective houses are looked in. The 4th house is the prime house of education. The points in it will determine the chances of education in foreign lands.


Lets Wrap It Up!

The Ashtakavarga system is so accurate that it can predict anything about your life. It is calculated individually for all the planets and individual houses. Lagna is also treated as a planet in this scoring system. You can have as many questions as you want, and your Ashtakavarga score will reveal answers. All you need is to consult a Vedic Astrologer who has in-depth knowledge of this subject. You can also find out scores online as many software are available. But to have a proper analysis, you will need the experts.

This system is quite popular these days and a very intensive way of knowing the life map. Earlier you know, better decisions you will take in the journey of your life. Ancient Vedic Astrology is a very scientific method of exploring human possibilities. It is wise to make use of this science when you can do it easily.