16 Vargas of Jyotish Astrology Listed & Illustrated

In Vedic (Jyotish) astrology there are 16 Vargas that are akin to the Harmonics of a nativity. Remember to think sidereally when considering these branches of the Vargas. The Rasi Varga is the undivided zodiac in its normal form, creating the 12 signs of the zodiac. The other 15 Vargas reveal the subtleties of the nativity, and are described below in this chart:

I haven’t yet found a translation of Jyotish texts that give the different planetary rulerships of these harmonic charts, but all Vedic software “Parashara’s Light” as an example, does. This merely illustrates the breakdown of these Vargas and what their general indications will point towards.

*Note: The ‘parts’ here mean how many sections each zodiacal sign has been divided into, hence only the Rasi Varga is not divided at all.

 

1. Rasi Varga – Not Divided (12 x 30˚)

  • Physique, behavior, all basic indications (1st house matters)

 

2. Hora Varga – 2 parts of 15˚ (24 x 15˚)

  • Wealth (liquid assets), masculine/feminine tendencies (2nd house matters)

 

3. Drekkana Varga – 3 parts of 10˚ (36 x 10˚)

  • Happiness through brothers and sisters (3rd house matters)

 

4. Chaturthamsa Varga – 4 parts of 7˚20’ (48 x 7˚20’)

  • Wealth (fixed assets), happiness, emotions (4th house matters)

 

5. Saptamamsa Varga – 7 parts of 4˚17’8.57” (84 x 4˚17’8.57”)

  • Family Dynasty, children and grandchildren, creative energy (5th house matters)

 

6. Navamsa Varga – 9 parts of 3˚20’ (108 x 3˚20’)

  • Overall strengths and weaknesses, partner, subtle characteristics (7th house matters)

 

7. Dasamsa Varga – 10 parts of 3˚ (120 x 3˚)

  • Career, status, professional accomplishments, income from individual effort (10th house matters)

 

8. Dwadasamsa Varga – 12 parts of 2˚30’ (144 x 2˚30’)

  • Parents, (Look to Sun & 9th for father, and Moon and 4th for Mother

 

9. Shodasamsa Varga (also called Kalamsa Varga) – 16 parts of 1˚52’30” (192 x 1˚52’30”)

  • Benefits and adversaries from conveyance (eg. car accidents)

 

10. Vimsamsa Varga – 20 parts of 1˚30’ (240 x 1˚30’)

  • Progress to be gained from spiritual practices

 

11. Chaturvimsamsa Varga (also called Siddhamsa Varga) – 24 parts of 1˚15’ (288 x 1˚15’)

  • Learning, education, achievements gained through studies

 

12. Saptimvimsamsa Varga (also called Bhamsa or Nakshatrasamsa Varga) – 27 parts of 1˚6’40” (346 x 1˚6’40”)

  • Physical strengths and weaknesses, endurance

 

13. Trimsamsa Varga – 30 parts of 1˚ (360 x 1˚)

  • Arishtas or the advent of unfavorable effects in life, integrity of the individual

 

14. Khavedamsa Varga (also called Chatvarimsshamsa Varga) – 40 parts of 0˚45’ (480 x 0˚45’)

  • Auspicious and inauspicious effects in general

 

15. Akshavedamsa Varga – 45 parts of 0˚40’ (540 x 0˚40’)

  • Quality of character, integrity

 

16. Shashtiamsa Varga – 60 parts of 0˚30’ (720 x 0˚30’)

  • All general indications, very fine tuning
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5 comments

  1. sandy

    can you teach me in four to five examples how to divide multiply add and
    minus – Rashi ansha kala and vikala,
    I know rashis are 12 ansha are 30 and kala vikala are 60 but how to operate maths in it.

    Above details are new and helpful for me.
    Thanks

  2. padmanabham

    can u give how to calculate these vergas in addition above like
    navnavasa ( 81) and 12*12=144 and 12*9 =108 and how thery related to the horoscope sir

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