नमः सवित्रे जगदेकचक्शुषे जगत्प्रसूती स्थिति नाश हेतवे।
त्रयीमयाय त्रिगुणात्म धारिणे विरञ्चि नारायण शङ्करात्मन्॥
I, Visti Larsen, born to Kaj and Maymuna Larsen on November 21st 1981 at 6 AM in Nairobi, Kenya.
Grandson of Christian and Agathe Larsen as well as Ali Fakih and Fatma Swaleh.
In tribute to my Guru Sanjay Rath and the lineage of Śrī Acyutānanda Dāsa of Orissa, I hereby present this book, in its second edition, as a fruit of my learning.
I hope with the publication of this book, the tradition of Jyotiṣa will be recognized by the astrology community, as well as society at large for the traditions depth, understanding and intellectual approach.
This publication is the result of a promise to my teacher, namely to teach on to others, what I have learned. The book is a contribution to the aspiring astrologers, with knowledge gained both from my personal association with my Guru, and the application of the same knowledge in my own experiences with my clientele.
This book is structured to enable beginners and intermediate level astrologers gravitate to an advanced comprehension and competence, emulating the hightened pace that I was exposed to under the tutelage of my Guru Pt. Sanjay Rath.
To work on the core roots of the subject, the first chapter deals with the ‘Pañca-añga’, or the five limbs of the Vedic calendar. This particular area of Jyotiṣa is often overlooked due to lack of knowledge in application on part of the astrologer, and also the idea that it is merely a calendar system, and hence overlooked completely by astrologers following the Western Astrology System. To give a more practical use of the pañcāñga, I have introduced some very useful methods of application to identify flaws in the quality of time, and how it relates to the chart.
Suffice to say, that this is ‘only the tip of the iceberg’. This chapter may seem difficult for beginners, and I do recommend students to give themselves adequate time to understand this. This chapter is however given first, as this is the first thing that an astrologer is taught to see before analyzing the chart… the reader will appreciate why, after reading it.
The subsequent chapters deal with more commonly known concepts, such as Graha, Rāśi, Bhāva, Kāraka, etc. however to avoid a repetition of already available literature, I have added a deeper understanding to aspects of the topic which are lesser known, such as Māraṇa Kāraka Sthāna, Bhāva and Graha Tithi, use of day/night births, planetary castes and the Varṇadā Lagna, Upagraha – just to mention some topics under the Graha chapter. In a similar vein, I have given some deeper understanding and principles on the use of the Rāśi as well as the Bhāva, and a particularly important topic, namely Sambandha or relationships. Two topics which are very close to heart among the members of Sri Jagannātha Centre are Ārūḍha and Kāraka. I have devoted a chapter to each in an attempt to establish a stronger foundation for the use of these techniques, and also an idea of their importance. In fact the entire book deals very strongly with the use of the Ārūḍhas.
Four chapters are devoted to the twelve Bhāvas. Each bhāva has been picked up and with it some extremely practical and repeatable techniques are shown which are not mentioned in the modern Jyotiṣa books.
The last chapter is devoted to the Nārāyaṇa Daśā which is the hall mark of the Jaimini Sutras, and one of my personal favourites. It should however, not be assumed that this Daśā system is the only one used in this tradition. In fact Pt. Jagannāth Rath, the grandfather of Pt. Sanjay Rath, was fond of Vimśottari Daśā, which he used down to a precision of 6 sub-levels in his predictions! Yet, he used to calculate Nārāyaṇa Daśā mentally to confirm the same. These Daśā systems are but a few of the many Daśā systems learnt in the paramparā, but to begin with giving the aspiring astrologers a sidestep from the more commonly used Vimśottari Daśā (or the Aṣtottari Daśā used in eastern India), I have given some practical use of Nārāyaṇa Daśā.
I would like to thank my Guru, Sanjay Rath, for having devoted time and energy to teaching and encouraging the next generation of astrologers, with the knowledge from the paramparā of Śrī Acyutānanda Dāsa. He is further to thank for making the front cover of the book. My thanks go to the members of Śrī Jagannāth Centre, for having established a e-forum for learning, to help the learning process for aspiring jyotiṣas, through intellectual discussions and serious application of scriptural knowledge. For participation the forum can be found through: http://srijagannath.org.
Further, I would like to acknowledge show my gratitude for the tedious and detailed work of Smt. Sarbani Rath in enabling this work to be in its present form. Finally my gratitude goes to the entire staff of Sagittarius Publications which made this book available and worked towards enabling the knowledge of Jyotiṣa to be available to all.
I offer this book for the benefit of all astrologers. Visti Larsen (firstname.lastname@example.org)