D-9 is considered as one of the most important D-chart and I understand it is because it is divisional chart which belong to 9th house of our main chart. As we have 3 Dharma Houses/Houses related with Righteous Path in Life, i.e. Houses # 1, 5 & 9. 1st house is Dharma to Self. It shows the righteous life path for Individual which satisfies self. House # 5 is Dharma to Others/World. It shows the righteous actions we must follow towards others, which satisfies others in our life. House # 9 is Dharma towards Universe. It shows the righteous path we should follow to work for Higher Universal Goals. So, 9th house is where we come to know our righteous path for the Universal Benefits. That’s why, 9th house is the highest of Dharma House, as we get rid of our selfish aims and tendency to please others in our life and work towards the true purpose of our being. D-9 is an expansion of this 9th house only.
One thing that is publicised is that D-9 chart rules over your life after mid-30s or person becomes like an individual of D-9 chart after mid-30s to fulfil his Dharma of this life. Well, if it is true then what about someone passing away in early 20s or early 30s? Any views about Swami Ramatirtha, who passed away at 33, or Swami Vivekananda, who passed away at 39 but already gave his historical speech at Chicago when he was 30. Didn’t they fulfil their Dharma as per D-9? This is where I have my reservations on different opinions regarding different things in Astrology. It is incorrect to say that this chart supersedes that chart or this system is better than that system or this dasha is more accurate than that dasha system. Why can’t we just accept all? Why we need to create competition everywhere? Every concept of Astrology has its importance. Let’s value all of them equally. Let’s follow a system where everything can have parallel-existence.
As I said, D-9 should be seen to know the righteous path of a person in this life for universal benefits, but most commonly it is used to see the marriage and kind of married life a person will have. Why is that? I see two reasons for that –
99% of us are not aware of our life purpose. In such cases, marriage and married life becomes the purpose for almost all of us. It just fills that void in our life and we suddenly find our purpose in life by Family and Children. We start thinking that we will do everything for them. That’s where D-9 becomes prominent for marriage.
9th house is house of Righteousness and Morales. Your spouse is supposed to bring and enhance good morale in your life. A marriage which is not based on morality may not last long. Hence, D-9 becomes important in seeing the kind of married life one may have.
I think indicator of spouse should be positions of 7th house lord, Venus (for a guy) or Jupiter (for a girl) and Darakaraka (planet with the lowest degree except nodes) in D-1 and D-9 should be seen to know the righteous path or married life.
Now, let’s cover D-9 on following 2 points –
How D-9 is made?
How D-9 should be read?
Let’s deal with both points one after the other –
How D-9 is made? – I understand that all the D-charts are easily available through softwares and website but it is always better to know the basics and how these charts are made. A little more info doesn’t harm.
As it is 9th divisional chart, we divide a sign of 30 degree in 9 parts. This makes a part of 3 degree 20 mins each. It means 1 pada of nakshatra is equal to 1 part. Now, assign one sign for each pada and it will be like this –
Ashwini - p-1 – Aries, p-2 – Taurus, p-3 – Gemini, p-4 – Cancer.
Bharani - p-1 – Leo, p-2 – Virgo, p-3 – Libra, p-4 – Scorpio.
Krittika - p-1 – Sagittarius, p-2 – Capricorn, p-3 – Aquarius, p-4 - Pisces
Rohini - p-1 – Aries, p-2 – Taurus, p-3 – Gemini, p-4 - Cancer
Mrigshira - p-1 – Leo, p-2 – Virgo, p-3 – Libra, p-4 - Scorpio
Ardra - p-1 – Sagittarius, p-2 – Capricorn, p-3 – Aquarius, p-4 - Pisces
Punarvasu - p-1 – Aries, p-2 – Taurus, p-3 – Gemini, p-4 - Cancer
Pushya - p-1 – Leo, p-2 – Virgo, p-3 – Libra, p-4 - Scorpio
Ashlesha - p-1 – Sagittarius, p-2 – Capricorn, p-3 – Aquarius, p-4 – Pisces
Magha - p-1 – Aries, p-2 – Taurus, p-3 – Gemini, p-4 - Cancer
Purva-Phalguni - p-1 – Leo, p-2 – Virgo, p-3 – Libra, p-4 - Scorpio
Uttara-Phalguni - p-1 – Sagittarius, p-2 – Capricorn, p-3 – Aquarius, p-4 – Pisces
Hasta - p-1 – Aries, p-2 – Taurus, p-3 – Gemini, p-4 - Cancer
Chitra - p-1 – Leo, p-2 – Virgo, p-3 – Libra, p-4 - Scorpio
Swati - p-1 – Sagittarius, p-2 – Capricorn, p-3 – Aquarius, p-4 – Pisces
Vishakha - p-1 – Aries, p-2 – Taurus, p-3 – Gemini, p-4 - Cancer
Anuradha - p-1 – Leo, p-2 – Virgo, p-3 – Libra, p-4 - Scorpio
Jyeshtha - p-1 – Sagittarius, p-2 – Capricorn, p-3 – Aquarius, p-4 – Pisces
Moola - p-1 – Aries, p-2 – Taurus, p-3 – Gemini, p-4 - Cancer
Purva-Ashadha - p-1 – Leo, p-2 – Virgo, p-3 – Libra, p-4 - Scorpio
Uttara-Ashadha - p-1 – Sagittarius, p-2 – Capricorn, p-3 – Aquarius, p-4 – Pisces
Shravana - p-1 – Aries, p-2 – Taurus, p-3 – Gemini, p-4 - Cancer
Dhanishtha - p-1 – Leo, p-2 – Virgo, p-3 – Libra, p-4 - Scorpio
Shatabhisha - p-1 – Sagittarius, p-2 – Capricorn, p-3 – Aquarius, p-4 – Pisces
Purva-Bhadra - p-1 – Aries, p-2 – Taurus, p-3 – Gemini, p-4 - Cancer
Uttara-Bhadra - p-1 – Leo, p-2 – Virgo, p-3 – Libra, p-4 - Scorpio
Revati - p-1 – Sagittarius, p-2 – Capricorn, p-3 – Aquarius, p-4 – Pisces.
Ascendant of D-9 – Now, if someone has Ascendant in birth chart at Scorpio, Ascendant Nakshatra Jyeshta and Nakshatra Pada – 3. Then, simply look at the sign name in front of Jyeshtha P-3. It is Aquarius. So, ascendant in D-9 will be Aquarius Ascendant. Likewise, we can know the ascendant for any nakshatra pada.
Planetary Position in D-9 – Likewise, we need to check the nakshatra and pada positions of planets in D-1 and then planet should go into resultant sign in D-9. Like, if someone has Sun in Sravana Nakshatra, Pada 4, it should go into the house where Cancer falls in D-9. If Mercury is in Sravana Nakshatra Pada 3, it should go into the house where Gemini falls in D-9. Out of all D-charts, the calculation of D-9 and its making is simplest.
Now, How to read D-9 Chart?
Every D-chart can be and should be read as an independent chart. It is just that whole analysis changes its shape as per the purpose of chart. Like, D-9 is for Marriage. So, 2nd house of D-9 shows the Wealth you are “making” after marriage, 3rd house will show the kind of communications you may have with spouse, 4th house is Peace in Relation, 5th house is the love factor in marriage etc. Now, if you are seeing D-9 for Righteous Path in Life, then 2nd house of D-9 shows the Wealth you are “making” on that path, 3rd house will show the kind of efforts you may need to make for following that path, 4th house is Peace of Mind after following that Path, 5th house is the Happiness Factor on that Path etc.
But as every D-chart is for a specific purpose, we can include some specific criteria to judge a D-chart relevant with its purpose.
Like for D-9, we should check following things –
Ascendant and position of Ascendant Lord – As always, 1st check the Ascendant and position of Ascendant Lord. Like in example chart here, Ascendant is Gemini, a sign of Communications, and its lord Mercury is with Moon in 11th house. Mercury is again Communication. Moon is taking care of people. 11th house is Higher Purpose/Goals or Social Welfare. So, this person’s righteous path in life would be to take care of people through his communications for the common good and social welfare of all. If looked for marriage matters, then it would show that person needs to be very communicative with spouse and emotionally connect with him/her. Then only higher purposes of marriage will be accomplished.
9th house and 9th house lord – As it is 9th divisional chart, we need to check 9th house and position of 9th house lord in D-9 chart. Jupiter-Venus, 2 teachers, are there in 9th house in sign of Aquarius and Aquarius lords Rahu and Saturn are in 2nd house. 9th house is Higher Wisdom, Aquarius is Humanitarian Purposes, Jupiter-Venus both are Teachers. So, it looks like a righteous path of a World Teacher. Also, both lords of 9th house are in 2nd house in Cancer shows that through his world teaching, this person will take care and nourish people and that will become wealth of following his life path (2nd house of D-9).
7th house and 7th house lord – If D-9 is being looked at for Marriage purpose, then 7th house and 7th lord should be seen. But 7th house actually show Other People and Masses. Here, in this chart as 7th house has Sagittarius sign there and its lord Jupiter is in 9th house of Higher Learning, Philosophy and People of different ethnicity, it shows that this person will meet people of different ethnicity on his life path and will share his knowledge to them as a Guru. If looked at marriage matter, it would show spouse from different ethnicity and person may shift to far distant place after marriage.
Venus – Every D-chart has a karaka and D-9’s karaka is Venus. So, while reading D-9, we must look at Venus position. As this chart has Venus with Jupiter in 9th house, we have already discussed that it shows a life path of a World Teacher.
Atma Karaka & Amatya Karaka – Atma Karaka is the planet with highest degree and Amatya Karaka is the planet with 2nd highest degree in chart, except Rahu & Ketu. Atma Karaka shows the destination of soul and Amatya Karaka shows the path by which you will reach the destination of soul. If Atma Karaka & Amatya Karaka are conjunct in a house, then it is a powerful Raj Yoga as per Jaimini Astrology. As per this birth chart of this person, Venus was Atma Karaka and Jupiter was Amatya Karaka. As I said, both are conjunct in D-9 in 9th house, hence a powerful Raj Yoga. 9th house is again Higher Learning. So, sets his destination as a World Teacher and path to reach there was Higher Education, Religion and Philosophy. Let’s open the secret. This is D-9 of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Darakaraka – Again, if you are looking at D-9 for marriage, you need to take Darakaraka into consideration, which is planet with the lowest degree in birth chart, except Rahu & Ketu. Darakaraka’s position and dignity would also indicate about spouse. In case, person with similar D-9 chart gets married then it again shows that Communications are going to be foundation of relation and spouse can be very communicative, may be a preacher/teacher/counsellor at a big institute or organization.
Mahadasha & Antardasha (MD/AD) – Now, MD/AD won’t only impact D-1 chart but also D-charts. As we can see here, Venus was Atma Karaka, the destination of soul and he went through Venus MD between 5-25 years of age. In that tender age, he already decided to follow the spiritual path in life. It was due to Venus being in 9th house of D-9 in that powerful Raj Yoga with Jupiter.
Aspects – One thing we must keep in mind while reading any Divisional Chart is that we should not use normal planetary aspects. Like, don’t use 7th house, 5th house, 9th house etc aspect for any planet in any position in any house. Reason is simple. Planetary aspect works with D-1 chart as it is the map of sky at the time of your birth. Like, if a baby takes birth right now, he will have Sun in Scorpio and we can easily use 7th house aspect of Sun on the house where Taurus falls. But same Sun will go into a different sign than Scorpio in D-charts. It may be in Capricorn. Now, we can’t say that Sun is aspecting Cancer in a D-chart because in sky it was still at Scorpio, not Capricorn. Hope this is understandable. So, the way out is to use Jaimini Aspects (http://astrosaxena.com/bija) in D-charts. Jaimini Aspects are Rashi/Sign based. There planets don’t aspect each other but Signs aspect. And the rules of aspects are like this –
Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn will aspect Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius and vice-versa, except the sign right before/next to it. It means Aries will aspect Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius but it won’t aspect Taurus as it is right next to Aries. Likewise, for every sign.
Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces will aspect each other.
So, the concept is that when these signs aspect each other, planets sitting in each sign also aspect each other in different signs, hence mutually impact each other. It increases the possibilities of predictions and events.
Last, but not the least. While considering D-charts, keep in mind the concepts of Vargottama Planet, Vargottama Ascendant, Neech Bhang Raaj Yoga and other yogas. They all are inclusive.
Hope this helps and understandable. Please let me know if there is any query through comments.
Vishal S Saxena - Astrologer
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