Jyotish- Purpose of Phalita Jyothish (Predictive Astrology)


The purpose of this article is as follows. a) To understand what Phalita Jyothish is and what it is not. b) How to make the most of your horoscope reading, and c) What should you expect from your reading.

Jyothish, AKA Vedic Astrology has got three branches. 1. Ganita, i.e. Vedic Astronomy, 2. Muhurtha, i.e. the science of determining the auspicious time for a given purpose and 3. Phalita, i.e. predictive astrology. The purpose of the first two branches, i.e. Ganitha and Muhurtha is easier to accept and understand.  If not understand how they work, we can at least appreciate the need for astronomy and the need for a way to decide the suitable time for certain important events in our life. To know more about Ganita, i.e. Vedic Astronomy part of Jyothish, please read my previous articles on the subject. Click here and here.

The Purpose of Phalita Jythish

However, the question arises to our rational minds as to why does ‘Phalita Jyothish’, i.e. predictive astrology as a branch exist at all? If our lives are predestined, then why should we try to predict what’s going to happen as we cannot anyway change the future (Note: So, we presume, i,e, we think that destiny is predetermined and can’t be changed. That presumption is not correct, we can influence our future as we can see in the next few sections). So what’s the actual purpose of Phalita Jyotish and what’s the guiding philosophy behind the same?

Before we go into the philosophy behind Phalita Jyothish, let’s try to understand the need for such a science/technique. Why do we try to predict anything at all? Why do we bother predicting the weather? Why should we try to predict election outcomes? Why and how do election gurus and stock market analysts make so much money? Why was the digital part of the weather channel acquired for billions of dollars? Especially when many reports suggest that the 10-day weather forecast is very unreliable?

Because, it’s not just the curiosity, but these predictions enable us to have an option to do something in response to the predictions. It can be as simple as making a decision about whether or not to carry an umbrella with you Vs, it can be as complex as whether or not to make a bet on commodity futures in the stock market. If they predict harsh winter ahead, then the oil prices tend to go up. If the election predictions show that the opposition is gaining ground in key states, then the governing party will have some time to plan and execute a counter-attack with the hope of changing the election outcome. So the main purpose of prediction is the remedy/response to that prediction, not prediction itself. You want to act on that prediction in such a way that either you change the prediction itself (ex: election outcomes) or you prepare well for the inevitable and minimize the potential damage or maximize the potential good time (‘carry an umbrella on a potentially rainy day and protect your expensive suit’ or ‘wear a swimsuit and go to the beach on a good day’).

Similarly, the purpose of Phalita Jyotisha is mainly upaya (i.e. remedy). You want to know how a particular dasha (a certain time period) is in your life, so that you can actually act on it and make an effort to either do damage control or avoid a potential misfortune or make the best of upcoming good days.

You can use Phalita Jyothish to help you

  1.  understand the direction in which your life is unfolding,

  2. exert some influence on the otherwise inevitable events and

  3.  prepare for the future or avoid/modify the unpleasant outcomes or make the most of potential good times.

Theory/Philosophy Behind Horoscope

Now, the philosophy part. Since this is a theory/philosophy, there is no definite experimental proof for this part. But the techniques used in Phaliata Jyotisha are primarily based on experiential data and a methodical and systematic analysis of the given information.

Now let’s discuss the driving philosophy of Phalita Jyothish. Jyothis’s main driving philosophy is Karma and Moksha. Here’s the central idea. The jeevi (a conscious being) is bound by the eternal cycles of birth and re-birth (not necessarily the physical births as we tend to think) caused by its own karma (action/attachment) and is constantly striving to attain moksha (liberation from this eternal cycle of birth/re-birth). Notice that this philosophy itself does not talk about god or supreme being. Your objective is to liberate yourself from this karma that you’re constantly acquiring through multiple lives. You take a life, you perform karma, you perform new karma to nullify that old karma and you attain more karma in the process. It’s like this a never-ending cycle.

What does Jyothish have to do with the above? Using a specific technique, Jyothish (Jyothi means light and isha means that all-pervading supreme consciousness) throws light onto that karma that was acquired so that you can find a way to liberate yourself from that.

So how does Jytohish do that? What’s the technique and what’s the foundational principle behind that technique?

Briefly: Jyothish uses the alignment of the grahas wrt Nakshatars (note: Nakshatra is not the same as Star and graha is not the same as planet) to interpret your karmic baggage for this life. It then uses the transit of the grahas at any given point of time to time the likely events in your life. Jyothish presumes that we are part of the universe and the universe reveals a lot about us.

Many people explain this concept in many different ways. I am presenting here the philosophy behind these foundational principles of Jyothish the way I understand the same. Someone else may explain the same concept differently.

The central idea is this. Your place of birth, time of birth and date of birth is not accidental. You chose a particular place, date, time and family to take birth and create the life for a specific purpose.

What’s that purpose? The purpose is to burn a certain amount of karma out of the total karma that you’ve been accumulating over numerous lives. It’s like you’ve been accumulating certain type and amount of karma in your karma bank account. In order to attain liberation from the same, you write a contract with your conscious-self saying that in this coming life, I am going to expend this much karma that I owe to this person in this way. So your birth is a contract written by yourself, addressed to your own supreme self. Say for ex: You owe certain karma to your grandfather in one of your previous lives. In this life, you decide to pay off that part by taking birth as his father and by taking care of that child (who was your grandfather in one of the previous lives) and clear that part from your karma kitty. Same thing with your spouse/spouses, friends, children, parents etc. You carefully craft out a contract to fulfill the chosen karma from your karma kitty. Hence you choose that family, that place and that time to start your life that’s conducive to burn that karma.

Now, the question becomes, is there a way for me to know the details of that contract that I wrote with myself? If there is a way to read that contract, maybe I can amend the same and make adjustments as I face situations here on earthly plane. The answer lies in your date of birth, time of birth and place of birth. The idea is that we, the jeevas (the conscious beings) are very well connected with the universe. So by studying the state of the universe at the time of the birth, we can understand that contract. It’s like you left the clues behind in the universe about your contract when you were born. Those clues are your horoscope. The science of that horoscope analysis is Jyothish. The person who has learned that vidya (knowledgebase) on how to read that horoscope (you can think of that person as the person who can read your contract and explain that to you) is Jyothishi. Jyothishi not only should be able to read your horoscope to you, but he/she should be also able to give you ideas/techniques on how to amend the contract, i.e. upaya/remedy for certain clauses in that contract (horoscope). For ex: In the original contract that you wrote with yourself for this life, you may have chosen to live in poverty and work for a particular person to pay off your karmic debt. Suppose, you want to find another way of paying off that debt to that jeevi without having to go through poverty. So you can amend that contract if you’re aware of your original contract. If you just lead your life unaware of your own contract, then you let things happen to you rather than you actively steering your life the way you want.

Sample horoscope chart is given below. Notice how this chart explains the alignment of the sky when that person was born giving clues to the Karmic contract that person wrote for herself.

For ex: In the picture below, you can see that when this person was born, Sun was in Pushyami – pada 3, Moon was in Ashwini – pada 1. Etc. This is literally the astronomical information. True placement of the sun, moon etc. in the sky at that time in that place. I’ve explained the astronomical basis of Vedic Astrology in my previous articles on this website. Will explain in more detail in my future articles.

I’ll answer the famous “Twins Questions” in my next article. The clue to that question lies in the above picture. See the “Rasi” chart above? That can be the same for twins. Sometimes, even that changes. But more often, the other charts above like Navamsha etc. they change for twins even if the Rasi chart is the same. This is the clue for twins birth chart analysis. This is really an advanced concept for beginners. Will cover that in my future articles.

What should we expect from a horoscope reading?

A doctor is only as a good as his/her patient. A taxpayer can get the maximum out of his tax consultant’s advice, only if the taxpayer herself has got some understanding of how the tax system works. Similarly for us to be able to make the most of our horoscope reading, we should know what to expect from such an exercise in the first place.

You’re getting your horoscope reading done so that that reading can

  1. Give you some clarity on which direction your life is unfolding

  2. What kind of karmic baggage you’ve got

  3. What kind of potential actions you can take to steer your life in the direction that you’d like to see.

A horoscope reading is about you. Your life based on your karma. Past, present and future and what you can do about it. Horoscope reading uses heuristics developed over thousands of years based on the data that’s been continuously collected, analyzed and updated. These heuristics are refined continuously as we speak. Jyothish is very much data-driven and this shastra uses techniques based on astronomy, mathematics, statistics, and probability. Of course, there is a philosophy that this shastra uses as it’s foundation, which we discussed in this article.

For example, a sample reading from an analysis that I’ve done is given the appendix section. I was not told who she was. But was provided with her birth details and was asked to do the analysis. I was also asked to provide the likely timing of the events in her life. I’ve intentionally not included the timings in the analysis below to not to reveal her identity here. After I submitted the analysis, I was told who she was. The analysis turned out to be correct when we cross verified against that person’s life. The point is not about whether or not the prediction came true. It’s about how the prediction is done. The information in the parentheses is what we see in the horoscope and the interpretation of what that info is telling us is presented outside parentheses.

Refer to the appendix section for sample analysis. 

It turned out that she was a very beautiful woman and was an editor of a magazine (career in writing and communications). Her first husband died(widowhood), but through him she got recognition. She had miscarriages and one of her children died later. Her second marriage (multiple relationships) was to a foreigner (foreign connection to her spouse)

Points to note about the sample analysis is

  1. Notice how heuristics are used to interpret the chart. (Sat in fall in Moola in D-9, Jup in maraka sthana etc. and what can that mean in this case?)

  2. Notice how multiple factors were checked before coming to a conclusion. (See how many factors pointed to her widowhood. Especially for such events, we need multiple factors showing the same thing).

  3. Notice how the likely timings of the events are mentioned ( I did not explain how the timings are predicted. That’s called dasha system analysis and it’s unique to Vedic Astrology. Not there in Western Astrology).

  4. Finally notice how the practical remedies to work around the potential problems about marriage and children are given in the form of remedies? That’s the whole point of predictive astrology. Practical remedies that you can do to work around a potential issue.

This is what you should expect from a horoscope reading.

Specifically, you can also ask your Jyothishi to focus on just one domain of your life at a given point. That’s actually even better.

What should you not expect from a horoscope reading?

Please understand that Jyothishis (i.e. Vedic Astrologers) are not magicians. They do not have supernatural powers. They are no more divine than anyone else. They’re experts in their field, just like lawyers, doctors, tax consultants etc. are.

So do not expect a Jyothishi to be able to answer questions like a) What’s the winning number for the upcoming lottery? b) What will be the stock price for Microsoft a week from today? c) Which color border saree will my wife wear tomorrow?

There is a technique called “Prasna Marga” that can answer some of the yes/no questions that fall under such silly categories as above, but that’s not reliable for these useless questions. “Prasna Marga” is used for much better questions.

Even if you get to know the winning lottery number, if it’s not in your karma to win the lottery, you’ll not get it anyway. That’s not the right question to ask. More appropriate question to a Jyothishi will be

“What are my primary sources of income as per my horoscope in the next few years? and if there are any hindrances to the same, what I can do about that?”

A good Jyothishi should look for multiple factors pointing to the same outcome. Just like Machine Learning models, some aspects of the horoscope carry more weightage in prediction than others. Forex: clouds tend to indicate rain more frequently than other factors. But the presence of the certain type of clouds by itself is not sufficient to improve the accuracy of the rain prediction. Other factors like precipitation, hurricane season, temperature etc. also should be taken into consideration.

Similarly, the presence of Mars in 7th house itself does not indicate a bad marriage. Other factors like Saturn, Sun, Lagnesh, 7th house lord, Moon’s position, Nakshatras in Rasi-chart and placement in Navamsha chart also need to be taken into consideration. So horoscope reading is not easy. It gets better as the Jyothishi learns more techniques, gets used to doing more data analysis, gets more experience by analyzing more and more horoscopes, and very importantly, keeps himself/herself up to date with the research and studies that are continuously going on in this subject.


In Summary: You do have free will and you do not need to accept destiny as is and leave that to chance. Though you cannot change what has happened, you can change what will happen in your life. For that, you need to understand what’s your contact about and then work towards changing your future by acting in present. Jyothishis cannot act on your behalf excepting for executing certain remedies like Yagnas and Poojas, but they can help you understand how to act in the present to influence the future or prepare for the future.

Coming up

In my follow up articles, I’ll try to answer the following questions.

Click here to read that article.

  1. How do we interpret the horoscopes of twins?

  2. How do you draw a horoscope?

  3. Who am I? There are four yous. I’ll explain. This is really the most interesting aspect of horoscope analysis that’s my personal favorite.

  4. Why do some people live in slums/suffer from diseases? Should we leave them saying it’s their karma? The short answer is No, we should not. I’ll explain in my next article, specifically the point that, there is more than one way to experience karma.


———Begin Sample Analysis———-

“(Lagna in Vishaka). Mrs.Mystery is likely a bold and beautiful individual who sets goals and puts in all the effort to achieve the same.

(Tula lagna, L1 Ve in own house, i.e. 8H with Jup and the natural karaka of career, Me with Sun in 10H. Budhaditya yoga in 10H, Amatya Karaka, Mars in 11H, house of gains).  Her primary interest is art, writing and communications Very successful and respected in career

(Raja yoga karaka for Tula Lagna, Sat is her Dara Karaka. Natural karaka of spouse for a female, Jup is conjunct Ve, her Atma Karaka).  Her spouse brings her success.

(L7 Mars of D-1 in 11H, house of gains in D-1). Mrs. Mystery is likely to have multiple relationships/marriages

(Ke in Asc in both D-1 and D-9 and L1 of D-9, i.e. Ve (also happens to be her AK) in fall and Darakaraka Sat, that happens to be L8 of D-9 in fall  in 12H in D-9). Besides natural karaka of spouse for females, Jup in 2H, maraka sthana in D-9). Death of her spouse, i.e. widowhood for her is likely.

(Sun and L7 of D-9. i.e. Mar in 6H in D-9). Her spouse is likely to suffer from some kind of illness involving surgery and fire.

(Ra in 7H in both D-1 and D-9).  She is likely to have ups and downs and sudden changes in her married life

[XXX is the maha dasha for her dara karaka , Sat. [yyy] are the sub dasha years for her 7th lord]. So, she is likely to get maried during these years :[xx-yy]

(Co-lord of 5H and also happens to be Putra Karaka, Ra in 7H). She has got children.

(L2 is Ma and Ma’s dispositor, Su both are malefics. Also Saptamsa indicates similar alignment). So, she is likely to have trouble in her family.

She’s likely to have children during these years: [xxxx]

(L5 Sat in 2H, maraka sthana. Besides Sa is in retrograde in Moola nakshatra with a drishti on 5H. Also L1 of D7, i.e. Jup in 12H, house of expense in D7.  Also L5 of D7, i.e. Mo in 2H in D7 and L8 of D-7, Ve in 3H in D-7 another dushtana for longevity). She is likely to have miscarriages or longevity issues with her children.

Remedy: Sat is very important for her to appease as this graha is in Moola and is in fall in D-9. She can do yagna related to Sat. Also she needs to ground herself, walk in the forests, and follow a routine in her daily life maintaining an organized lifestyle to appease Sa. Slow down. Don’t make any decisions in haste. Help people with disabilities. “

———End Sample Analysis———-