The "Ashtakvarga" is recognized as an outstanding
system of prediction among the several systems advocated in
the standard works on Vedic astrology. It has been commended
as the best and the most indispensable key, so that all
predictions have to be made only after a consideration of the
Ashtakvarga. The system appears to have originated in the very
remote past. Acharya Varahmihira (circa 500 A.D.) mentions it
rather casually, as if it had already become an integral part
of the standard teaching on astrology in his day, not
requiring a very detailed exposition. It is quite likely,
therefore, that the system originated some centuries before
Varah, perhaps a couple of centuries before Christ. Generation
after generation of astrologers will remain eternally indebted
to the great seers who devised the system of
"Ashtakvarga" which accomplishes the complex task of
handling the intricate web of matrix generated by interactive
planetary positions, with admirable aesthetics and commendable
ease. This system has a certain originality parallel of which
is not found in any other system, anywhere else in the world.
"Ashtakvarga" system presents a scope of departure
from its traditional applications to the "research"
minded Vedic Astrologer. It can be subjected to many
innovative applications suited to the modern context. Its use
in 'Argha Prakaran' or 'Financial Astrology’ is one such
area in which innovations are waiting to be explored (See
the article "Ashtakvarga
and the Financial Astrology").
use of Ashtakvarga system by the wisest of astrologer was
almost limited in pre-computer era. While calculating it
manually, if one error crept in, one could not make use of
Ashtakvarga. With the appearance of computers, some good
astrological softwares also dawned on global horizon since 1982.
The preparation of complex
tables of Ashtakvarga (up to shodhya pinda) was now a matter of
few seconds. But unfortunately, no one tried to develop the
"APPLICATION PART OF ASHTAKVARGA" which could help
an astrologer to make the gross, subtle, subtler and subtlest
uses of Ashtakvarga, of which this system is capable of.
"Ashtakvarga" has been called 'Nishchayaansh"
(or The Decisive part) of astrology. It really deserved a
better attention from software developers.