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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Argala: Argala and General Characteristics

Argala: What is it?

In vedic Astrology, Argala plays a very important role. In general term Argala means "Obstruction" or it means "Bolt on a door". But in vedic astrology it is meant by a decisive caused on a planet and/or on the house.

Argala is a decisive effect on a planet or a house. In Simple language we can call it 'House Aspects' It is different from Sign aspects (Rashi drishti) and Planetary aspects (Grah Drishti).

Some characteristics of Argala:

1) It is casted by House and planets in that house on a house and planets in aspected house.

2) It has more decisive effect on a house and significations of that house. On the contrary, Rashi Drishti show permanent effect and Grah Drishti shows the desire of a planet to effect the significations of a house.

3) It's effects are seen in the periods and subperiods of that planet and Rashi. On the other hand Rashi Drishti have a permanent effect which is independent of Dashas.

4) Argala can be "Shubhargla" or "papargala" (Malefic effect and Benefic effect respectively)

5) Argala can be and should be used in all divisional charts.

General Principles of Argala used in Vedic Astrology:

For this I will like to stick to Maharishi Parashara's Teachings in Brihat Parashar Hora samhita. Parashara Describes Argala in Chapter 31 of BPHS. I will use those teachings and will try to explain those teachings in a more simple language. Infact I will try to make it as simple as possible so that everyone can understand. Some advanced readers may find it too stretched or boring. I request them to forgive me.

BPHS Says: Formation of Argala. Maitreya, I explain below Argala to know the definite effects of Bhavas and Grahas. Grahas in the 4th, 2nd and the 11th cause Argalas,
In other shaloka: The 5th is also an Argala place, while the Grah in the 9th will counteract such Argala.

Means, Planets in the 2nd house, 4th house and 11th house from a specific house will cause Argala on that specific house. Parashara also described that 5th house from that specific house will also cause argala.

Parashara described Argala of 2,4,11 at different shaloka. and that of 5H is different shaloka. Because the argala cause by 2nd, 4th and 11th are more important and more decisive and in modern terms it is also called "Primary Argala". Whereas Argala from 5H is not that important Hence it is called Secondary Argala. But it doesnot mean that we should not use this in interpretation. It also plays very important role.

In other Shaloka Parashara says: If there are 3, or more malefics in the 3rd they will cause Vipreet Argala (more effective intervention), which will also be harmless and be very favourable.

Means, If there are 3 malefics or more in 3H from o house then they will also act as Argala on that specific house. Normally 3H is of Virodhargala (We will discuss in coming para) But in such a condition it will act as Argala itself.

Let us see the example of Argala in this diagram

As we can see, on lagna, 2nd house (saturn and jupiter) is causing argala so effects of Jupiter and saturn will be carried to 1st house. But as 11H is empty. It will not have any evident effect on 1st house.

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