We all know the natal chart is prepared by taking the birth details of a person. This chart represents the position of the planets in the sky at the time the person is born. A Birth Chart is also called Janma Kundli or Lagna Chart. Each house or Bhava as well as each zodiac sign or Rashi of the twelve houses of the birth chart covers an angle of 30 degrees. A Lagna Chart gives a gist of different facets of a native’s life. It largely focuses on his physical features and temperament. It also depicts how others perceive the native – his appearance, his family, his wealth and property, his job and career, his enemies, etc.
Now each of the 12 zodiac signs can be further divided in any number of divisions; each of the divisions being called a Varga. Each such division gives a new chart – more precise and concentrating on one particular aspect of the Birth/Lagna Chart. For example, when a zodiac sign is divided into two parts, we get the Hora Chart (D-2) which signifies wealth matters. Likewise, when a zodiac sign is divided into 3 parts, it is called Drekkana Chart viz the D-3 Chart, which is used to study the native’s relation with his siblings in details. And if the zodiac sign is divided into 9 parts, we get the Navmansha Chart or the D-9 chart. In this way, each sign can be divided into a number of sections, thereby creating different charts known as Divisional Charts or Varga Charts.
Of all the charts, 16 types of divisional charts are more commonly used as they cover the major and significant aspects of life such as wealth, luck, Profession, Education, etc. These sixteen charts are collectively called ShodashVarga – meaning the Sixteen Divisions. Each divisional chart represents an explicit facet of a person’s life.
Navmansha or Navamsa consists of two words – ‘Navam’ meaning Nine and ‘Ansha’ or ‘Amsa’ meaning Division. Navamsa means one-ninth part of a Zodiac sign. Hence each Navamsa measures 3 degrees and 20 minutes in longitude minutes which is exactly the same as the one segment or charan or pada of a Nakshtra. Navmansha chart is known by different names such as Navamsa Chart, D-9 Chart, the Ninth Harmonic Chart, etc.
The essence of a Birth horoscope lies in its Navmansha chart. Navmansha chart is considered as important as the Lagna or Birth Chart; it can be said one cannot be read one of them accurately without the other. D-1 chart reflects the deeds of the previous lives; while D-9 chart represents the rewards you are likely to get due to those deeds of previous lives. In other words, it shows the actual fructification of the actual part of the total previous deeds which one is destined to face in this present life. Thus Navmansha chart analysis is necessary to testify the general predictions and temperaments of ones’ life. While the D-1 chart gives details about our superficial personality, D-9 chart indicates out inner personality.
Every authentic scholar of Astrology has supported the view that Navmansha chart is very vital while analyzing the birth horoscope of a person. Right from Varahamihira in Brihat Jatak and Parashar in Brihat Parashar Hora Shastr to the late B. V. Raman, astrologers have consensually agreed that the strength and results of a planet should be judged only after a careful study of its disposition in both the Rasi Chart and the Navmansha Chart. While D-1 chart displays possibilities and desires, D-9 chart indicates whether such possibilities and desires shall materialize or not.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE NAVMANSHA CHART:
The ninth house of the birth chart represents Dharma. D-9 or Navmansha Chart delves in the detailed study of the 9th house of D-1 i.e. it indicates the ‘duty’ or the ‘Dharma’ of the native. In other words, Navmansha shows the fruits of Dharma. Thus, D-9 chart is also called the Dharmamasa. It specifies the Soul Purpose of the person’s life. According to the principles of Jamini, the Navmansha shows the soul nature of the native. Hence the Navmansha is also called the ‘Swamsha’.
The 9th house is also related to Luck. Hence, Navmansha chart can also be called the Luck Chart or the Fortune Chart. The strength or weakness of the D-9 chart decides your good or adverse luck. Navmansha chart holds the force to decide your destiny. The tangible indications to the outcome of a person’s life lie in the Navmansha.
NAVMANSHA CHART & MARITAL LIFE:
Now the question arises that when Navmansha examines one’s Dharma and the fruits of one’s past Dharma, why is analysis of the Navmansha Chart so important in the marital life of the native?
We know that the fruits of any bhava or house is seen and analyzed from the 11th house of that particular bhava or house. Thus the potentials of the 9th house or Dharma are to be analyzed from its 11th house viz the 7th house i.e. the house of marriage! So in a way, it can be said that the result of one’s Dharma manifests itself in one’s marriage and through one’s spouse. Thereby, if one wants to understand the core interactions of marital life and the personal equation of the partners, one needs to study the divisional 9th house viz the Navmansha Chart.
Analysis of the Navmansha Chart can indicate many things such as promise of a marriage, early or late marriage, timing of marriage, multiple marriages, nature and financial status of the partner, conjugal happiness, progeny and growth of family, etc.
ESSENCE OF NAVMANSHA CHART:
All in all, the Navmansha chart affirms the overall dispositions and outlooks in one’s life. Though it is a common practice to analyze marital life from the D-9 chart, it can actually be used to examine and evaluate other aspects of life too.
The position of the 10th lord in the Navmansha Chart throws light on one’s career and profession. Astrologers use the D-9 chart also while analyzing and predicting mundane events like earthquakes, droughts, rains, victory or loss of political personalities, etc.
In other words, one can understand the vivid descriptions and potential of any house of the D-1 chart from the D-9 chart. Hence it wouldn’t be wrong to say that D-9 Chart is a MUST in order to understand the full implications of the D-1 chart. The importance of the Navmansha Chart lies in assessing the strength of the planets as well as the relation between the houses and the planets placed in it.