pai paddhati – a layman’s guide – part I

Pai Paddhati is a system of analysing a horoscope or a Birth Chart created using the using the rules of Vedic or Sidereal astrology. The purpose of this post is to give a step-by-step process for using the Pai Paddhati.

The Pai Paddhati was created by Dr Arjun Pai of Dr Arjun Pai Astrology. He was assisted by Dr Kanholy Santhip Krishnan, Ms Eve James Mendoza and astronomer Dr Aditya Togi.

This explanation of Pai Paddhati here is neither with the permission of its creators nor does it carry any endorsement from them. However, the method itself is in public domain and thus, this blog post does not in any way infringe on any copyright on the methodology.  The original explanation for this technique was given in three separate public domain videos on KRSchannel hosted on YouTube. The original video links are here:

  • Video One: A short explanation of the technique by Mr Kapiel Raaj
  • Video Two: Part I of the exposition of the concept on KRSchannel by the team which created this system
  • Video Three: Part II of the exposition of the concept on KRSchannel

For those who find the written word more vivid than a video, here is a step-by-step walk-through of the process:

  • Download the Pai Chart or the Pai Table from here
  • I use the Pai Table (Excel) rather than the Pai Map (Schematic representation) of the same Pai Table. I will, therefore, use the Pai Table to explain this process

Before you read this further, download the Pai Table:

Now, let’s look at the various columns of the Pai Table:

  1. Column 1 is the Rasi in which the planet being analysed is placed. Column 2 is the Nakshatra Pada of the Rasi in which the planet being analysed is placed. So, if the planet is in Aries in Ashwini Pada 1 then Ashwini 1 will be shown in column 2. Column 3 is the Rasi Lord. The Rasi Lord for Aries is Mars. Column 4 is the Nakshatra Lord. The Nakshatra Lord for Ashwini Pada 1,2,3 or 4 is Ketu. Column 5 is the Navamsa Lord. If a planet is in Ashwini Pada 1 in the Birth Chart (D 1 Chart) then that planet will be in Aries, in the D9 chart (Navamsa Chart). So, the Navamsa Lord is Mars as it owns Aries in the D9 chart too. Column 6 is the Purushartha of the Nakshatra Pada that the planet is placed in. For example, the Purushartha of Ashwini Pada 1 is Dharma or Goal Orientation or Target Orientation and that of Ashwini Pada 2 is Artha or Money Orientation and so on.

2.The next column is the SC Column. SC is Soul Cycle. All the 27 Nakshatras have been categorised into 9 parts as under:

  • SC I: Ashwini, Bharani and Krittika
  • SC II: Rohini, Mrigashira, Ardra
  • SC III: Punarvasu, Pushya, Ashlesha
  • SC IV: Magha, Purva Phalguni, Uttara Phalguni
  • SC V: Hasta, Chitra, Swati
  • SC VI: Vishakha, Anuradha, Jyeshtha
  • SC VII: Mula, Purva Ashadha, Uttara Ashadha
  • SC VIII: Shravana, Dhanishta, Shatabisha
  • SC-IX: Purva Bhadrapada, Uttara Bhadrapada,
    Revati

So, if you are analysing a planet in, let’s say, Bharani then Aries becomes the Lagna for that analysis (since Bharani is placed in Aries) and the 1st House becomes an important point for analysing that chart. Let’s take another example. If the planet that you want to analyse is placed in Vishakha Pada I then Libra becomes the Ascendant (Lagna) as Vishakha I is placed in Libra. If the planet you need to analyse is placed in Vishakha Pada 4 then Scorpio becomes the Ascendant as Vishakha Pada 4 is placed in Scorpio. Since Vishakha is part of Soul Cycle (SC) VI the 6th house from Scorpio (Vishakha 4) or the 6th house from Libra ( for a planet in Vishakha 1,2 and 3) becomes an important part of the analysis.

3. The column after SC (Soul Cycle) is the Rasi Cycle or Rasi Pada (RP). Each Rasi has 9 Padas. For example, Aries/Mesha has Ashwini Pada 1,2,3 and 4. This is followed by Bharani 1,2,3 and 4. This is followed by Krittika Pada 1 – completing the 9 Padas of Aries or Mesha Rashi. So, a planet in Aries Pada 1 will have Soul Cycle 1 and Rasi Cycle or Rasi Pada 1. If a planet is in Ashwini Pada 2 then it will be considered as  having Soul Cycle 1 and Rasi Pada 2. These details can be taken from the Pai Table or the Pai Map. So, when analysing a planet in Ashwini Pada 2, one will make Aries the Lagna (as Ashwini Pada 2 falls in Aries). Since the Soul Cycle for Ashwin is 1 (for all 4 Padas of Ashwini), the First House will be an important part of the analysis. Next, since planet under analysis is in Ashwini pada 2 the RP (Rasi Pada) is 2 making the 2nd House as an important focal point. The First House deals with self. The Second House deals with wealth/family. So with this combination of SC 1 and RP 2, the wealth or family or one’s own wealth could be analysed.

4. The next column is NL-O.  NL-O stand for ‘Nakshatra Lord’s Own House. If the planet being examined is in, say Bharani Pada 1 then the Nakshatra Lord’s Own Houses (NL-O) are Taurus and Libra. This is because the Nakshatra Lord of Bharani (under the Vimshottari Dasha System) is Venus and Venus owns Taurus and Libra.

5. The next column is ‘H’. H stands for House and indicates the House No. of the Houses specified under NL-O. The Houses under NL-O (above) are Libra and Taurus. Since Bharani 1 was being examined above, the sign of  Aries (where Bharani 1 is placed) becomes the Lagna for the purpose of this example. With Aries as the First House (Lagna), Taurus becomes the Second House and Libra becomes the Seventh House. Therefore 2 and 7 are the indicators here indicating the role of Houses 2 and 7 for the purpose of the analysis of this chart.

6. The next column is NL-M. NL-M stands for the Moolatrikona Rasi of the Nakshatra Lord. If Bharani 1 is being examined (as an example), then NL-M is represented by Libra as Libra/Thula is the Moolatrikona Rasi for the Nakshatra Lord Venus.

7. The subsequent column is H. This H stands for the House No. of the Nakshatra Lord which was identified in point 6 above. It was identified above that the Moolatrikona Rasi of the Nakshatra Lord, Venus is Libra. Libra or Thula is the 7th House from Aries – where Bharani Pada 1 is placed. So, the 7th House becomes important in this analysis.

8. The next column is NL-E or the Exaltation Rasi of the Nakshatra Lord. If Bharani Pada 1 is being examined then the Nakshatra Lord is Venus and the Exaltation Rasi of the Nakshatra Lord is Pisces/Meena Rasi.

9. The column after NL-E is, once again, H. This H  here stands for the House No. of the Nakshatra Lord which was identified in point 8 above. It was identified above that the Exaltation Rasi of the Nakshatra Lord, Venus is Pisces. Pisces/Meena the 12th House from Aries – where Bharani Pada 1 is placed. So, the 12th House also becomes important in this analysis.

10. The next in line is the column NL-D or the Debilitation Rasi of the Nakshatra Lord. If Bharani Pada 1 is analysed then the Nakshatra Lord is Venus and the Debilitation Rasi of the Nakshatra Lord is Virgo/Kanya.

11. The column after NL-D is, once again (not again! They could have called this HD instead of H!) H. This H stands for the House No. of the Nakshatra Lord which was identified in point 10 above. It was identified above that the Debilitation Rasi of the Nakshatra Lord, Venus is Virgo. Virgo/Kanya the 6th House from Aries – where Bharani Pada 1 is placed. So, the 6th House also becomes important in this analysis.

12. Now, the column is II-M or the Invisible Influence of the Moolatrikona Planet. Here’s how you determine it. If Bharani 1 is being analysed (or a planet in Bharani 1) then the Rasi in question is Aries/Mesha since Bharani 1 is placed here. The question to be asked is: ‘ Is there a planet which has its Moolatrikona position in Bharani Pada 1 in Aries?” The answer is that Mars has its Moolatrikona position in Aries in Bharani Pada 1 (The Moolatrikona position of Mars extends from 0 degrees to 12 degrees in Aries). So, Mars becomes an important  planet in this analysis

13.M,E,D – H:  This is the heading of the next column. M stands for Moolatrikona. E stands for Exaltation position. D stands for Debilitation position. Here you have to check if any planet has its Moolatrikona position in Bharani Pada 1 which is being analysed. Mars has its MT (Moolatrikona) position in Bharani Pada 1 (which is the Nakshatra being analysed). Mars will cast its influence on Aries (its Moolatrikona House) which is House No. 1 (Aries as Lagna), on Capricorn which is the Exaltation Rasi of Mars (House No. 10 from Aries) and Cancer which is the Debilitation House of Mars (House No. 4 from Aries). So, in this chart analysis, the MT sign (Aries which is the First House) will get the benefit of  the positive influence of Mars, Capricorn, which is the 10th House will get the benefit of being the Exaltation position of Mars and Cancer which is the 4th House may suffer (this is the place where the native needs to work hard)  if the native does not put in extra effort in this part of his/her life.

14. The next 2 columns are II-E and M,E,D -H. The concept of Moolatrikona (MT) which was applied in point no. 13 above has to be applied if there is any planet which has it Exaltation Positon in Bharani Pada 1 (the Nakshatra being analysed). Since no planet has its Exaltation position here, there is no Invisible Influence (II)  associated with the Exaltation of any planet in connection with Bharani Pada 1.

15. The last two columns are II-D and M,E,D – H. Check if any planet gets debilitated in the Nakshatra being analysed – which in this case is Bharani Pada 1. No planet gets debilitated here so there is no II (Invisible Influence) of any planet on its Moolatrikona Sign, Exaltation Sign or Debilitation Sign. However, if the Nakshatra being analysed had been Bharani Pada 2 then you would have noted that Saturn gets debilitated in Bharani Pada 2. If this had been the case then Saturn would have cast its Invisible Influence (II) on Aquarius which is its MT sign and the 11th Rasi from the Lagna (Aries which hold Bharani Pada 2). Saturn would have also cast its II (Invisible Influence) on Libra which is the 7th House from Aries and the Exaltation Sign of Saturn. Also, Saturn would have also cast its influence on the Lagna (First House) which is Aries and which is the Debilitation Sign of Saturn.

This concludes an explanation of Pai Paddhati. In the next instalment, I will analyse a chart using this technique. Should you have any queries, leave a comment or write to me.

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moon sign predictions for april 2017

The following general predictions for April 2017 is based on your Moon sign. If you do not know your Moon sign, check it here using this calculator from drikpanchang.com: Moon Sign Calculator 

Aries Moon Sign

In the first week of the month, you may have travels related to your business or profession. Students pursuing higher education may do well.  However, after the first week of the month, there may be minor reversals in your travel plans and students may find it necessary to redo their assignments. After the 10th April, there may be a slowdown in communication pertaining to contracts and employment. If there are differences of opinion with your children, the time from the 15th April till the end of the month is a good time to sort out these differences

Taurus Moon Sign

There may be long distance travel related difficulties during this month. There may also be minor disturbances in your professional area.  If you have retrograde Jupiter in your Birth Chart then there may be some gains via lottery or speculation during this month

Gemini Moon Sign

For those who are looking to marry, there may be news of engagement or marriage during this month. Business and matters related to the profession are also highlighted in this month. A lady may play an important role in your business or profession

Cancer Moon Sign

For those seeking employment, things may work out well – especially if you have retrograde Saturn in your Birth Chart. There will be interviews and negotiations commencing from this month. There may be long distance travelling or plans may be made for long distance travelling. There may be a gain of prestige for your children (if so applicable).

Leo Moon Sign

You may consider Real Estate transactions during this month. If you do have some Real Estate transactions, be very careful with the paperwork. Double check everything. Some may have minor injuries to areas near the knee – or they may just be concerned with a previous injury in this area.

Virgo Moon Sign

There may be differences of opinion with siblings, especially after the 10th April. There may be minor reversals in partnerships or income from partnerships.  If negative thoughts bother you, you may do well to snap out it.

Libra Moon Sign

You may accumulate wealth through business transactions. This is a good time to enter into partnerships – if other non-astrological factors are supportive of this.  You need to be diligent when transacting with partners in a distant place or in overseas locations. You could be prone to fiery speech during this period and will do well if you are appropriately restrained

Scorpio Moon Sign

Be careful of flames, especially in the kitchen. Also be evaluative and restrained with communication in your workplace – especially with subordinates and employees. You may make plans for work related travel towards the end of the month

Sagittarius Moon Sign

There may be an enhancement of your status in the workplace, especially if you have retrograde Jupiter in your Birth Chart.   There may be gains from speculative transactions. Some of you may develop an interest in spiritual knowledge and practices. Sports, speculation and spirituality may be important themes depending on your age, background and interests.

Capricorn Moon Sign

You need to be careful about financial matters. There are indications of some loss of wealth (only if this is also indicated in your Birth Chart) during this month if you are not careful.  If you are considering selling a property, you may gain financially. There are indications of commencing a process of selling Real Estate during this month.

Aquarius Moon Sign

Any effort put into learning and education will lead to good results. Those interested in higher education or postgraduate education will be successful in your endeavours.  Some may gain from your mother and others may invest in a vehicle.  Mother, housing, clothing are emphasised during this month.

Pisces Moon Sign

Some may develop an interest in hidden knowledge. Others may have good intuition. Some others may gain through wills, donations and gifts. Your ability to diagnose will be strong. If you have any chronic health problems these may come to the fore (if also signified in the Birth Chart) and may need to be addressed. You may be secretive and guarded. Those interested in performing arts will do well during this month as well those of you who are in professions connected with sales. You will put in energy and effort to pursue your goals

your moon sign

Your Moon sign is the sign of the zodiac in which the Moon was placed at the time of your birth. This is also known as the Janma Rashi or the Birth Sign in Vedic astrology. If for example, the Moon was in the sign of Leo at the time of your birth then your Birth Sign ( Janma Rasi) would be Leo or Simha. Your Moon sign may offer you more clues about your future when compared to your Sun Sign. This is since the Moon moves much faster through the zodiac when compared with the Sun.

If you do not know your Moon sign, check it here using this calculator from drikpanchang.com: Moon Sign Calculator