The Varshaphala, or the Annual Horoscopy as it may be called, is one of the scores of techniques of Vedic astrology employed to understand the occurrence of future events. While the Parashari system, which is more prevalent, is much more ancient, the Varshaphala in its present form is of relatively more recent origin. The Parashari system found its origin with the rishis of yore, those marvels of human beings whose intellectual excellence the best of present day computers cannot match. There from, this system found its way to the King’s court or the durbar, and eventually shrank into the family tradition as the kingships gradually waned. The Varshaphala originated in the durbar itself. It was developed as an offshoot of the Parashari system to provide a more spontaneous and quick answer to the usual problems of the kings, like conquests, prosperity, succession, etc. the Prasbna, or the Horary astrology, is closely related to the Varshaphala and appears to have a similar origin and utility.
Inherent to the Vedic astrology is the construction of a chart of the heavens, with the placement of the grahas, poorly translated as planets, in different houses and signs in the chart. In the annual, or the progressed, horoscope (or the Varsha-Kundali) too, a chart is constructed and the special principles of Varshaphala employed to forecast events. The annual horoscopy differs from the rest in the fact that it picks up one particular year of a native’s life and examines it in more minutes details. Going into greater day or half-a-day during a month, may be subjected to astrological scrutiny for the clearest view of events and their closest timing possible.
Varshaphala is thus capable of providing a magnified view of one particular year of a native’s life, from one birthday to the next. The usual horoscope is generally cast for the time of birth of a native. The Varshaphala, however, is solar-based. In other words, it is the position of the Sun that is of significance here. The solar year for a native begins every time the Sun returns to the same longitude as it bad at the time of the native’s birth. Between this time and the next solar return is the period covered by one annual chart or the Varsha-Kundali. The time of solar return is technically called Varshapravesha, which literally means entry of the year. A Varsha-Kundali is a chart constructed for the Varshapravesha determined for a particular ear of life. Such an annual chart is meant to be constructed for every year, and examined in details in order to derive maximum benefit from astrological foresight.
Special Features of the Tajika
The Tajika system has certain special features which make it distinct. These may be briefly described below.
1. Specified duration: One Varshaphala or annual chart applies to a specified period of one year only, and extends from one solar return to the next, thus covering one solar year. For any subsequent year of life, another Varsha-Kundali has to be prepared.
2. A transit chart: the annual chart is basically a transit chart. What is considered here is the transit of various planets at the exact moment of solar return. This moment of solar return is highly significant. The position of various planets at this moment of time holds sway over events for the next one year.
3. Aspects: Planets not only exert influence over the house where they are located, they also extend their influence over the houses and planets which they aspect. In turn, they are influenced, favorably or otherwise, by the other aspecting planets. In the Tajika system, the aspects are different from those in the Parashari system.