The Jatakalankara strictly confines itself to natal astrology. It deals with the interaction of planets and houses in an immaculate style. Several benefic and malefic yogas find their mention in it. As with all classical literature, however, each dictum here has to be judged in the light of the modern times. The principles of medical astrology mentioned here too need a reinterpretation in view of the present day understanding of disease in comparison to an era almost four centuries ago, when this classic was written.
This small classic is a work in Sanskrit language, written in a very charming meter called as the Sragdhara Chhanda. This particular meter is characterized by four lines to a verse, each line consisting of twenty-one letter units which follow the formula:
The Jatkalankara, along with its translation and commentary in English, has been earlier serialized in the columns of the bimonthly VEDIC ASTROLOGY journal. Its current presentation was necessitated by the constant demand of our readers to make it available in the book form. The whole text has been thoroughly revised and all calculations rechecked to ensure accuracy of the data presented. Most of this tiresome work was accomplished by Christine Fournier, our friend from France. Here thorough and meticulous approach proved a great asset in this respect. The cover was designed by Vinay Aditya. Y S Rawat gave secretarial help to produce this book in its present form.
The Jatakalankara is a concise yet highly authentic classic on Vedic astrology concerned with the study and analysis of the natal chart. Many an astrologer uses it in his practice as a reference book. Its special features are as under :
A brief introduction to the twelve houses and the planetary interrelationships.
Detailed treatment of each of the twelve houses of the horoscope with description of several planetary combinations relevant to each house.
A chapter on yogas, or specific planetary dispositions, that deals comprehensibly with the numerous aspects of an individual, including physical, mental, intellectual, financial, sexual and social.
A detailed account of astrological indications of various medical ailments, highlighting subtle principles of medical astrology.
A complete chapter on the highly important subject of determination of longevity, indicating numerous yogas that determine the various life-spans.
Results of exchange of house lords.
A special chapter on yogas for the Visha-Kanya.
The book is profusely illustrated to elucidate its rich astrological content.
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