Ch. 71. Determination of Longevity through the Ashtaka Varga
1-4. The sage said. I will now describe the method of determining longevity from the Ashtaka Varga. For this purpose the AshtakaVargaas of Lagna and all the Planets have to be studied. The Rekhas in all the Rāśis have been allotted specific spans of life. The Rāśi, which has no Rekhas, has been allotted 2 days, that with one Rekha gets l days, one day for Rāśi with 2 Rekhas, half day for Rāśi with 3 Rekhas, 7 days for Rāśi with 4 Rekhas, 2 years for Rāśi with 5 Rekhas, 4 years for Rāśi with 6 Rekhas, 6 years for Rāśi with 7 Rekhas and 8 years for Rāśi with 8 Rekhas. In this manner the spans of life should be worked from Rekhas in all the AshtakaVargaas. Half of the sum total of all will be the longevity, based on Ashtaka Varga.
Ch. 72. Aggregational AshtakaVargaas
1-2. The sage said. O Brahmin! Write down a Rāśi Kundali with 12 Houses, including Lagna. Then insert the total of the Rekhas in all the AshtakaVargaas of the Planets in the Rāśi concerned. The Ashtaka Varga with such Rekhas is called the Samudaya Ashtaka Varga, or the aggregational Ashtaka Varga. From this should be judged good and adverse effects of the Rāśi Kundali.
3-5. In the aggregational Ashtaka Varga the Rāśi, which has more than 30 Rekhas, gives favourable effects, that, having between 25 and 30 Rekhas, produces medium effects and that Rāśi, who has less than 25 Rekhas, yields adverse effects. Auspicious functions, like marriage etc., should be performed, when the Planet, on whose basis the time and date of functions are performed, moves into the Rāśi with favourable effects. The Rāśi, which is productive of adverse effects should be avoided for these purposes. For example, the strength of Moon is generally acceptable for all auspicious functions. Therefore auspicious functions should be performed, or started, when Moon is in the Rāśi with maximum number of Rekhas. The Planet in the Rāśi with favourable number of Rekhas produces auspicious effects and the Planet in the Rāśi with unfavorable number of Rekhas yields evil results.
6. Amongst the 12 Houses more than 30 Rekhas advance the effects of a House, between 25 and 30 Rekhas produce medium effects and the effects of the House, which contains less than 25 Rekhas, get damaged.
Notes. From the above rules it can be interpreted, that, if there are less than 25 Rekhas in 6th, 8th and 12th House, their effects become favourable. The effects will become adverse, if these Houses contain more than 25 Rekhas.
7-8. If in a Rāśi Kundali there are larger number of Rekhas in the 11th than those in 10th and there are smaller number of Rekhas in the 12th than those in the 11th and Lagna contains largest number of Rekhas, the native will be wealthy and will enjoy all kinds of comforts and luxury.
9-10. Divide the 12 Houses in 3 sections. There will be sufferings and distress in that part of the life, which is represented by the section of the Rāśi Kundali with more malefics. There will be happiness etc., in the part of the life, represented by the section of the Rāśi Kundali, containing more benefics. There will be mixed results in that area of life, when the relative section of the Rāśi Kundali has equal number of benefics and malefics. The Houses from Lagna up to the 4th signify childhood, those from 5th to 8th youth and those from the 9th to 12th represent old age.
11-28. There will be danger of death in the month of the Rāśi (period of Sun’s transit in that Rāśi), which has 7, or less than 7 Rekhas in the Samudaya Ashtaka Varga. To ward off this evil effect 20 Tolas of gold and 2 heaps of sesame seeds, resembling the shape of a mountain, should be given in charity. … possibility of death …, … 8. Tuladan of camphor is recommended to obtain relief from this evil effect. … danger of snakes …, … 9. A ch6thot with 7 horses should be given in charity …. … danger from weapons …, which contains 10 …. An armour together with Vajra should be given in charity to ward off …. … danger of disgrace for no cause …, … 11. An idol of the moon, made of 10 Tolas of gold, should be given in charity …. … danger of death from drowning …, … 12. Land full of crops should be given in charity …. … danger of death from wild and violent animals …, in which there are 13 …. A Shaligram Shila should be given in charity …. … danger of death …, … 14. A Varah Murti, made of gold, should be given in charity …. … danger of the wrath of the king …, … 15. An elephant should be given in charity …. … danger of 6thshta (calamity, disaster, or misfortune) …, … 16. A Kalpa Vriksha, made of gold, should be given in charity …. … danger from diseases …, that has 17 …. A cow and jaggery should be given in charity …. … danger of conflict …, … 18. A cow, jewels, land and gold should be given in charity …. … possibility of banishment from the homeland …, which has 19 …. Family deity should be worshipped …. … loss of intelligence …, … 20. Goddess Saraswati should be worshipped …. … distress from diseases …, that has 21 …. A heap of grains, shaped, like a mountain, should be given in charity …. … distress to kinsmen …, … 22. Gold should be given in charity …. The native will be in distress …, … 23. An idol of the sun, made of 7 Tolas of gold, should be given in charity …. … death of the kinsmen …, … 24. 10 cows should be given in charity …. … loss of wisdom …, … 25. Goddess Saraswati should be worshipped …. … loss of wealth …, … 26. Gold should be given in charity …. … loss of wealth …, …27. Sri Sukta Japa should be performed …. … losses in several ways …, … 28. Havana of Sun should be performed …. … anxieties all-round …, … 29. Ghī, clothes and gold should be given in charity …. … 30gains of wealth and grains etc. …, … .
29. There will be all-round increase in wealth, happiness in respect of children and enjoyments in the Samvatsar, month and Nakshatra of the Rāśi, which has more than 30 Rekhas. … increase in wealth, property, children and good reputation, if the Rāśi has more than 40 Rekhas.
30-31. The Rāśi, which is auspicious in Ashtaka Varga Samudaya, is considered auspicious for all auspicious functions. Consequently the auspiciousness of Ashtaka Varga should be got checked before performing any function, like marriage etc. If a Rāśi is not auspicious in Ashtaka Varga, then its auspiciousness should be checked from transit effects. It is not necessary to check transit effects, if a Rāśi is auspicious in Ashtaka Varga. Thus the auspiciousness of the Rāśi in the Ashtaka Varga should be considered, as paramount.