A Journal of Inner Work and Therapeutic Arts
Immanence and Identity in Plural Personality
Richard Dagan

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Adapting the Chara Karaka schema in consonance with psychodynamic resonance.
Idiosyncratic applications.

15-19 October 2014

Astrological study sheet, 15-19 October 2014.

I am thus far not persuaded by any of the findings from common ayanamsas applied in construction of the sidereal chart, specifically with respect to identifying the apposite chara karakas or devatas — Ishta, Dharma, Palana, Guru, etc. Nor do the choices of Chara Karaka schemata appeal to me, with their omissions, combinations or additions — 7 only, mixed 7/8, 8 including Rahu, etc. No system is perfect, of course, but none is acceptable simply by rote. Adaptation is required.

At a time when tSaturn opposes my solar stellium and tJupiter has begun to square it, my interest in this subject has become more sharply etched. The approach to the introspective problem remains essentially the same: identify current process, explore and assess its composition, the issues and dynamics, and develop a cognitive framework that affords a relatively stable platform for further action. These studies are always intense, to be sure, but the transits at play in this period have impact on dynamics of a fundamental nature, with existential significance. tUranus remains conjunct the Venus focus, and closely opposes the Neptune R apex of the kite formation that forms the core of our radix. The theme is completion, transformation, and transcendence — I suppose it always is, given the cathartic reformulations so characteristic in our experience, but in this case...

The study chart at upper right is an exploration of the Saturn and Jupiter transits and related dynamics; it also shows a range of important midpoints activated during a period of several weeks, as well as other factors of consequence. Of particular interest are two aspect patterns, a quintile formation and a YOD formation, which together engage Rahu/Ketu(m) conjunct (-19') MC/IC (and since ☊ ☌ MC are close to 0 ♈, the draconic chart, shown at left, and the radix are very similar). These patterns direct focus to 9th-house Jupiter, first slow-mover oriental to Sun, which qualifies as Atmakaraka in the tropical chart — more on that in a moment. Of salience, in addition to the Jupiter theme, indicating a psychospiritual orientation (Vajrayogini, shown in the Thangka inset at lower right in the chart, has become an important imago in this respect), is emphasis of the Part of Fortune in the quintile pattern and in key midpoints, including Jupiter/Pof, which conjuncts Lilith and Lilith(T) in the stellium.

Moreover, Jupiter/Pluto conjuncts Sun (-10'02"), making evident the idea that, while Pluto is square (the entire stellium, including Lilith, Moon, Mercury R and) Sun (-9s), and Jupiter is binovile Sun (-20') [this could be read as square (-9a), and that has some resonance, but the binovile better describes the pursuit of expanded awareness in] the buildup and breakdown of structures, as both influences apply to transformational work-through in solar fire. The Part-of-Fortune connection goes to the theme of self-development through pursuit of interests. This Arabic Part is also conjunct the following midpoints: Moon/Mars (-22"), Sun/Juno (-6'26"), and MercuryR/Mars (-45'56").

AK?Lagna26 Cn 29' 42.33"PushAshlCnAq
AKSun 25 Ta 10' 44.76"KritMrigTaLi
AmKRahu(M)4 Ar 55' 48.75"
= 25 Ar 0411.35
Rahu(T)6 Ar 3127.53
= 23 Ar 2812.47
BKMars23 Vi 00' 13.52"UPhaHastViCn
MKMercury R22 Ta 15' 53.06"KritRohiTaCn
PiKMoon20 Ta 45' 25.73"KritRohiTaCn
{BK}Pluto15 Le 50' 52.01"AsrePPhaLeLe
{DK}Neptune R14 Li 59' 29.18"HastSwatLiAq
PKSaturn12 Vi 34' 51.57"PPhaHastViAr
GKVenus11 Ar 57' 05.52"RevaAswiArCn
DKJupiter4 Pi 50' 15.79"SataUBhaPiLi
{PK}Uranus2 Cn 49' 23.77"ArdrPunaCnCn

Now consider the chart at left. By happy circumstance I discovered that, although this option is frowned upon in JHora, one may use the Sri Surya Siddhanta [planetary model] (Generalized Makaranda Version) with ayanamsas other than the SSS. When I applied said siddhanta to the sayana, Rahu became Atmakaraka — astounding!  And as I digested its significance, I also learned JHora enables use of the sidereal zodiac for nakshatras and nakshatra dasas when using the tropical zodiac. So I could compare two sets of nakshatras, test them for applicability.

Experimenting further, I found no other ayanamsa which delivered Rahu as Atmakaraka — most Chara Karaka schemata do not include Rahu at all, let alone allow it in first place — though the Tropical, using Drik Siddhanta (planetary positions as observed by modern planetariums) placed Rahu second, as Amatyakaraka. Other ayanamsas showed Rahu in different positions, Bhratrikaraka most significant in my opinion, given Rahu's 9th-house tenancy, Matrikaraka more commonly in different house systems.

These findings were a breakthrough, generating a wealth of insight and new ideas, including the possibility (which I soon found in the literature) of using the AC as Atmakaraka — AC is indeed of highest degree in my chart. And why not also include the trans-Saturnians in that case? They're of higher degree than several of the traditional seven in all of the ayanamsas with which I've experimented to date. We might consider doubling up, combining the trans-Saturnians with Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn ... as: Mars/Pluto, Jupiter/Neptune, and Saturn/Uranus — as we do already with our element schema.