Meaning And Usage Of Harmonic Charts

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Harmonic charts are commonly used for determining planetary strengths. Planets gain strength as they are located in the signs of their exaltation, own signs, or signs of friends, and lose strength in the signs of their enemies, or fall. We can examine the signs in which each planet is located in each of the harmonic charts. We judge these by the same rules of planetary friendship and enmity as used in the basic birth chart.

Harmonic charts have additional specific usages and focus on particular areas of life.


This is the same as the basic birth chart (Rashi Chakra), relative to which all the harmonic charts are judged. What is present in the birth chart may be heightened or diminished by the influence of the harmonic charts but cannot be overridden by them. The harmonic charts serve to fine tune the meanings in the birth chart but do not serve to radically change them. The birth chart always determines the field in which they operate and should be visualized behind them. The harmonic charts are thus like a series of concentric circles with the birth chart as the outside circle. The subtler harmonic charts are contained within the fields of the larger harmonics.


As indicating the Sun and Moon, the second harmonic or Hora chart shows the nature of the individual and power of the planets relative to solar and lunar, yang and yin, active and passive, male and female, individual and social, mental or emotional energies.

Masculine planets like the Sun, Mars and Jupiter are stronger in the Hora of the Sun. Those of feminine nature like the Moon, Venus and Saturn are stronger in the Hora of the Moon. Mutable Mercury is does well either way but which is better depends upon the planets whose influence it is under. Planets in the solar division tend to make the individual independent, active, energetic, assertive, willful, confident, self-reliant but in excess egoistic, selfish, harsh, unfeeling, manipulative or controlling. Planets in the lunar division tend to make the person sensitive, caring, nurturing, receptive, gentle but in excess can render them dependent, passive, unmotivated, overly emotional, sentimental or hypersensitive.

Solar division planets give more reliance on one's inner power and give initiative. Lunar division planets give more reliance on social influences, family, the past. Not enough planets in solar divisions will make an individual unable to gain recognition for what they do. Not enough in lunar divisions will create a lack of understanding and taking undeserved recognition.

The Hora chart is often given a second house influence and thought to relate to wealth. When the ruler of the second is in its appropriate Hora it gives better results for all the affairs of the second house.

Hora means hour. As each sign governs two hours of the day, that being the time it takes to cross the ascendant, each hora governs about one hour.


The harmonic third or decanate corresponds in meaning to the third house. It governs brothers, sisters, friends and alliances. It shows our capacity to work in a group or in association to achieve a particular goal. It indicates our energy, curiosity, courage, passion and prowess.

The position of the lord of the third in the birth chart should particularly be examined in the harmonic third, as well as Mars, the natural indicator of the third house.

The harmonic third is also useful for fine tuning Sun, Moon and Ascendant positions. For example, if Aquarius is the Ascendant, but Gemini the decanate, the communicative and intellectual power of Gemini will come out in the humanitarian influence of Aquarius. When an individual has many planets located in the same sign, we can often discriminate their action by their decanate positions.


The harmonic fourth like the fourth house is said traditionally to deal with general well-being in life, emotion, home and happiness. If benefic planets like Jupiter and Venus or the rulers of benefic houses are strong in this chart, then well-being is enhanced.

The positions of the Moon, Mercury and the lord of the fourth house should be examined relative to this chart and can be taken as an indication of our emotional contentment and psychological happiness.


The harmonic seventh is said to relate to children and grandchildren. Again, this is not to be taken literally. It refers to the creative projections of the individual in general, which for the majority of us relates to procreation. In this chart we see our creative capacities and the extent to which they can be concretely realized or recognized.

I also like to judge seventh house and relationship issues from this chart. The position of the lord of the seventh and the significator of the seventh, Venus for men and Jupiter for women, in this harmonic can be important.


The harmonic ninth or Navamsha is the main harmonic division and like the birth chart or harmonic first can be used for reading all the domains of life. It is said to traditionally refer to marriage and the partner. It deals with relationship in general and what we need to complement ourselves. Mainly it refers to our ability to share our inner or spiritual values in relationship. In comparing the Navamsha charts of couples we can get a better idea as to spiritual or dharmic compatibility.

The most important indications of the harmonic ninth are like that of the ninth house. It shows our dharma, our inner values, the spiritual or religious motivation we may have. It reflects more the nature of our soul and its aspirations, as the birth chart reflects more the nature of our particular incarnation and the ego. As showing the forces that move us on an inner level it is often a good index of our future life or the evolution of our soul. In this regard, it is often more reflective of who we really are and what our soul is aiming to achieve.

A strong Navamsha but a weak birth chart tends to show a strong soul choosing a difficult incarnation. A weak Navamsha but a strong birth chart tends to show a strong personality but a weak soul.

The positions of Jupiter, the lord of the ninth and the Atmakaraka or significator of the self in the Navamsha are of particular importance. All the planetary significators can be judged from this chart and are most specific to it. If a planet is strong in both the birth and the ninth chart it will give very good results. A planet in its own sign or exalted in the birth chart but in its fall in the Navamsha can be weakened.

A planet in the same sign in both the birth chart and Navamsha is regarded as strong. It is called "vargottama", which literally means in the best subdivision. This gives it greater strength, but for good or ill.


The harmonic tenth is much like the tenth house in meaning. It should be examined along with it and the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and the lord of the tenth. It indicates power, position, achievement, status and skill. If the lord of the tenth is strong here it indicates that the individual will accomplish great actions or achieve their goals in life. It shows the impact of the individual upon the world at large and their position in it. It is important in the delineation of vocation and career. It shows our karmic impact upon life.


This is the chart of fate or destiny, of past karma. It is said traditionally to indicate the parents but it stands for past karma and conditioning generally, including hereditary factors, and shows past life influences. It is often used as an index of the last life and seen something like the birth chart of the last incarnation. It indicates what the soul brings with it into this life and what can be discovered by a deeper probing into our psyche. It often shows us the karmic reason for our particular character and destiny in life.

We can use the birth chart for the present life, the ninth for future life and the twelfth for the past life. In this way we can read the evolution of the soul. The meanings of the twelfth harmonic are much like the twelfth house, showing the past, karma, the subconscious and the more hidden layers of the mind, secret motivations, compulsions, obsessions etc. The positions of the Moon, Saturn and the lord of the twelfth are important here.


Sixteen is four times four; hence this chart traditionally refers to the affairs of the fourth house--happiness, home, property and the acquisition of vehicles. It is used like the fourth harmonic and along with it and shows the deeper wishes and desires of the soul, whereas the fourth harmonic often has a more outward value. If the fourth house lord is strong in this chart, then the affairs of the fourth house will be strengthened. This chart is also important in psychology, as relating to mental stability and emotional contentment.


This is said traditionally to be the chart of "Upasana" or devotional meditation. It indicates the religious development of the soul and our capacity for the yoga of devotion (bhakti yoga). It often shows our religious tendencies from past lives and the religions we have associated with. It shows the Shakti, the goddess-energy, at work in our lives and thereby indicates our capacity to surrender to the Divine will. It helps indicate the form of the Divine that we are inclined to worship (ishta devata). It can also show creative and artistic capacity.

Twenty is five times four. Many of the meanings of this house are much like the fifth house and the factors pertaining to the fifth house, like Jupiter and its lord, should be examined here. It shows the joy, love and creativity of the soul.


This is said traditionally to be the chart of mental or meditational achievements, including the siddhis or psychic powers. In the higher sense this is the chart of spiritual knowledge and shows the spiritual development of the soul from past lives. It shows our capacity for and development of the yoga of knowledge (jnana yoga). It is the most important harmonic chart for ascertainment of spiritual nature and the potential for enlightenment. Strong planets here have enhanced psychic and spiritual capacities for greater perception, skill and awareness.

On a general level this chart indicates the educational career of the individual. Whether the knowledge gained will be spiritual or material depends much upon the nature of the character from the birth chart.

The position of the ninth lord, Mercury and Jupiter is important here, as well as the Atmakaraka. Between the twentieth and twenty-fourth harmonics we can understand many of the hidden secrets of our spiritual unfoldment.


This chart measures the strength or weakness of the planets relative to the twenty seven lunar constellations (nakshatra) in which they dwell. As such it is a further fine tuning of the Navamsha chart (which itself measures 1/4 of the nakshatra). This chart indicates particularly strengths and weakness of the Moon. It is also important for planetary significators.


This is the traditional chart of misfortune, injury, enmity and disease. It is an important harmonic chart for discovering the dangers we need to avoid in life. Major health difficulties or potential injuries can be seen in malefic placement of planets here.

The power of the lords of the third, sixth, eighth and eleventh houses can be gauged here. Also any planets located in the sixth, eighth or twelfth houses in the birth chart should be examined here. If they are poorly placed in this chart they are much more likely to cause problems.


This chart deals with special auspicious and inauspicious effects of planets, sometimes said to be good and bad habits, particularly the proclivities of the emotional and psychological nature. As four times ten it relates to the affairs of the fourth house.


This helps fine tune all general indications, though it is often said to relate to the moral or ethical nature of the individual. As nine times five it has the fifth and ninth house indications of good or bad karma. It indicates which of the three deities, Brahma, Vishnu or Shiva, the creator, preserver or destroyer that the nature of the individual most reflects.


This is the most subtle of the harmonic charts and often used in the case of twins. It is used for the subtlest fine-tuning of planetary effects.

These charts have different degrees of importance. Most important are the harmonic ninth, third, second, twelfth, twentieth, twenty-fourth and thirtieth. The position of the Ascendant in these charts is the most specific factor but unless the birth time is highly accurate it cannot be relied upon in the subtle subdivisions. For example, an error of five minutes in the time of birth would change the Ascendant in harmonics more subtle than the twelfth. For this reason we often rely more upon the position of the Moon and the Atmakaraka in these subtle charts. These are turned into the Ascendant and houses are read from its placement.

As the distant planets move slowly all their subtle subdivisions can be accurately calculated. They are often more revealing than their sign placements in the birth chart. The positions of Jupiter and Saturn in the subtler divisions is important for indicating general fortune or misfortune.

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