Like the normal Lagna, there are many other reference points to get an idea of various other characteristics of a native with much more clarity, like his basic mentality towards various spheres of life, his business ideology, prospects in career, business, wealth, inheritance, his political career, or prospects in politics, power, fame, authority etc.
Special Lagnas, Bhava Lagna, Hora Lagna and Ghati Lagna, Sri Lagna, Arudha Lagna, Uppada Lagna, Indu Lagna, Paka Lagna.
Lagna is a reference point to read the lines ahead, Ascendant with Moon as focal point is the normal Lagna as per Vedic Astrology, and this gives us the idea about the general characteristics of a native with respect to the 12 spheres of life manifested by 12 zodiac signs and houses (Bhavas).
Bhava Lagn. From sunrise to the time of birth every 5 Ghatis (or 120 minutes) constitute one Bhava Lagna. Divide the time of birth (in Ghatis, Vighatis etc.) from sunrise by 5 and add the quotient etc. to Surya’s longitude as at sunrise. This is called Bhava Lagna.
Bhava Lagna influences your nature.
Hora Lagna (HL) as you see in any vedic charts is a special lagna calculated as given below,
Hora Lagna. Again from sunrise till the time of birth Hora Lagna repeats itself every 2½ Ghatis (i. e. 60 minutes). Divide the time past up to birth from sunrise by 2½ and add the quotient etc. in Rāśis, degrees and so on to the longitude of Sūrya, as at the sunrise. This will yield Hora Lagna in Rāśi, degrees etc.
Hora Lagna influences earnings, expenditure, savings, scope for career growth and profit or loss in business, so people looking for the status of these characteristics in their chart, then they should take the house with Hora Lagna (HL) as reference point or as Ascendant.
Ghati Lagna (Ghatik Lagna or GL). This Lagna changes along with every Ghati (24 minutes) from the sunrise. Note birth time in Ghatis and Vighatis. Consider the number of Ghatis past, as number of Rāśis, or Ghati Lagnas. The Vighatis be divided by 2 to arrive at degrees and minutes of arc, past in the said Ghati Lagna. The product so arrived in Rāśis, degrees and minutes be added to Sūrya’s longitude, as at sunrise, to get the exact location of Ghati Lagna. So say Maharishis, like Narada.
Ghati Lagna shows the mentality of a native towards fame, power, authority and status, and this is important to see the career of a politician, this will also decide how a person deals with people with power/status or authority.
A person with strong GL might not fall at the feet of people with social power or status, even though this natives status might be very ordinary, and a person with weak GL might fall at the feet of another person even before the person with some social power passes by, even though he might be a son or daughter of a president or a business tycoon. :-)))
Use of Special Lagnas. Keeping the Grahas at birth, as it is, prepare various Bhava Kundalis with respect to each special Lagn and analyze, as done for the natal Lagna.
Varnad Dasha. Just by knowing which one can deal with the longevity of a native. If the natal Lagna is an odd Rasi, count directly from Mesh (Aries)to natal Lagna.
If the natal Lagna is an even Rasi, count from Meen (Pisces) to the natal Lagna in the reverse order. Similarly, if the Hora Lagna is an odd one, count from Mesh to Hora Lagna in direct order.
If the Hora Lagna is an even one, count from Meen to Hora Lagna in the reverse order. If both the products are odd Rasis, or even Rasis, then add both the figures. If one is odd and the other is even, then know the difference between the two products. If the latest product in this process is an odd one, count so many Rasis from Mesh in a direct manner; if an even one, count so many Rasis from Meen (Pisces) in reverse order. The Rasi so known will be the Varnad for Lagna.
Effects of Varnad.
Out of the two, viz. natal Lagna and Hora Lagna, whichever is stronger, from there Varnad starts. If the natal Lagna is an odd Rasi, the counting of Dashas is clockwise, otherwise anticlockwise. Lagna Dasha years will equal the number of Rasis, intervening between the natal Lagna and Varnad. Similarly for other Bhavas (Houses).
Should a Kon (Trine) from Lagna’s Varnad be occupied, or drishtied by a malefic, the native will live only up to the Dasha of the said Rasi.
Just, as the Rudra Graha in Sool Dasha is capable of causing evils, the above-mentioned Grahas related to Varnad’s Kon be treated. The Varnad Lagna be considered, as natal Lagna, while the 7th from Varnad will denote the longevity of the spouse, the 11th longevity of elder brothers and sisters, the 3rd longevity of younger brothers and sisters, the 5th the longevity of sons, the 4th longevity of mother and the 9th longevity of father. The Dasha of the Sool Rasi will inflict greater evils.
Similar assessments be made with reference to the Varnad of each Bhava, commencing the first, and the evils and goods due to a nativity be known. These Varnad Dashas are only for Bhavas (Rāśis) and not their occupants. The sub period of each Dasha will be one twelfth of the Dasha and the order will also be clockwise, or anti-clockwise, as explained earlier. The natal Lagna is to be calculated according to birth place, while Bhava Lagna, Hora Lagna etc. are common to all places.
Varnad Lagna, is also related to the varna of the person, there are four varna, Kshatriya, Brahmin, Vaisya and Shudra, which tell us about the kind of work the native will be given.
Varnad lagna influences the mentality of the native with respect to the behaviour in various social situations, few might immediately sit on the floor the moment they come across a rich person, few might stand next to him and few might just avoid such people, all this happens in the mental plane.
Paka Lagna: Paka Lagna is that house or Rasi where the lagneca or lord of the lagna is posited.
e.g. Lord of Gemini is Mercury and if Mercury is posited in Pisces, or Meen Rasi then Meen is Paka Lagna, and lord of Meen, Jupiter is Pakeca or lord of paka lagna.
In a chart, four points should be well placed to sail smoothly through the arena called Earth, Lagna, Paka Lagna, Lagneca, and Paka lagneca.
Paka lagna: (PL) gives a idea about the ideal career, or the field where the mind is applying the intelligence, it also shows your likes and dislikes, fantasies and desires, a person with genius mind can apply his intelligence in any field he desires, and he can excel in that field with out help, where as a weak paka lagna might cause problems to a native to survive in his own field of expertise, so they might look for talented people to ride on their backs. :-))
Sri Lagna, (SL) Sri lagna is related with Lakshmi which is the blessings of Lord Vishnu, so Sri Lagna gives or enhances the effect of other lagnas and planets.
Sri or Sree is consort of Lord Vishnu, If Lord Vishnu is with Sri Lakshmi, that would mean wealth with blessings, so it would also influence the marital relations, and prosperity, and the mentality of the native towards material aspects of life.
Indu Lagna: (IL) Will show how much money or wealth you might earn, provided the field of earning is correct as per your chart.
Pranapada Lagna: (PP) This lagna shows the amount of positive and negative energy in you life and its influence.
Arudha Lagna: (AL) This shows how others around you perceive you in this world, meaning how you manifest yourself in this world, though your inner self might be entirely different, a very strong person internally might be perceived as a coward by the world and the true self is revealed only after the world interacts, and vice versa, or a very dumb person might rule the world as a genius, and a genius as a dumb person all this can be seen with the Arudha Lagna. (AL), like any lagna point, AL should be seen as another point of reference.
Upa pada Lagna (UL), This lagna shows the nature, life or longevity, and health of the marriage or relations, 7th from UL, gives type of marriage, and 8th from UL gives the health of marriage.
So a complete study of a chart in a general view is complete after it is read from all these angles, then for further minute and specific details we have division charts.
Aum NamaH Shivaya!
Sianala, Montreal, 09 Aug 2011