Prasna (aka prashna) is an accurate and precise system within Vedic Astrology (aka Jyotish). No birth dates, birth times or locations are needed to answer questions accurately. You see, in prasna, the moment a person asks an important question of the astrologer, the astrologer creates a chart of that exact instance. Within that moment lies the information needed to answer the question. Now, this is extremely accurate for one very important question. The accuracy, while still valid, declines up to the 5th question. Ideally, a querent, should only ask one or two questions.
You’ll notice I made bold and italicized “important question”. This is because, flippant questions should not be answered using this science. It is ideal if the questioner has spent some time reflecting on the question in mind, or at least has a sense of urgency about knowing the information. It needs to be important. Otherwise, the astrologer, is advised through ancient teachings not to entertain that questioner, and tell them to go away.
I decided to write on this wonderful branch of Jyotish, because of its extreme usefulness. The precision and accuracy with which information is revealed from this method, by far, exceeds my expectations and those of my clients. Also, there is no horoscope needed, and so the potential of having to deal with incorrect birth times, is not an issue.
In this writing, I endeavor to share the basic principles of this science, for those learned astrologers who have not yet experienced it’s validity. Also, if you find fascinating the fact that you can answer questions accurately for those who are in need, by creating a chart in this way, I’d love to work with you. We can go through some personal tutorials to bring you up to speed on your astrological knowledge, and then specialize in the art of prasna.
Onward now, to the principles…
1) Prasna (aka horary astrology) reveals the future based on the current disposition of the planets.
2) How should a questions put the question to an astrologer? This is beautifully described by Varahamihira, “One should approach a learned astrologer of pleasant disposition, early in the morning, with fruits, flowers, and money and facing the east, after making due obeisance to the astrologer, put only one question of an auspicious nature.”
3) Note that the astrologer, based on the moment a question is asked, can ascertain the sincerity of questions and the honesty of the questioner. Isn’t that interesting? How does the astrologer know if the questioner is not sincere or honest?
a)-If the Moon is in the ascendant, Saturn is in a quadrant, and Mercury is combust
b)-Mars and Mercury aspect the Moon in the ascendant
c)-A malefic joins the ascendant
d)-Jupiter and Mercury cast a negative aspect on the lord of the 7th
How do we know if the questioner is honest?
a)-There is a benefic planet joining the ascendant
b)-Mars or a Full Moon AND Jupiter aspect the ascendant
c)-Jupiter and Mercury are positively aspecting the lord of the 7th
To Practice Prasna, These Yogas Need to be Known
“54-55. If a faster planet with less longitude is backwards of a slower planet with a greater longitude, Ithasala Yoga is caused. If the latter planet is ahead of the former by a minute or 30″, it is a complete Ithasala. This Yoga becomes Muthasila.
56. When a faster-moving planet is ahead of a slower-moving planet by one degree, Easarapha is caused. It is also called Musaripha. This is an unfavourable combination.
57. When there is no mutual aspect between two planets but a faster (than the two not in aspect) planet is in between in aspect with both then this faster-moving planet transfers light from the (other faster) planet to slower one. This is Nakta Yoga.
60. When there is no aspect between two lords and a slower-moving planet is in between these two lords involved in aspect with to them, then the slower-moving planet will transfer light from the other faster of the two lords to the slower. This is Yamaya yoga.
61. When there is Ithasala between two planets and the Moon is also involved in Ithasala with one of the planets, the resulting yoga is Kamboola. There are three varieties of this yoga, viz., exalted, mediocre and debilitated.”