Edward redefined Jaimini’s karakas as follows, ranked from highest degree to lowest. See his website, his book on Ayurveda, and this book on astrology.
1. Spiritual Path — There are eight archetypal spiritual disciplines.
2. Wealth — Your primal desires and how they support or distract you from your spiritual aspirations.
3. Relationships — Your personal style of interacting with others.
4. Career Nature — Your professional aptitudes and how to be happy at work.
5. Creative Play — How to find satisfaction in recreation.
6. Dharma — How to serve society through an understanding of your caste nature.
7. Mental Health — Your emotional and energetic needs: How to best relieve stress and maintain a constant state of restful dynamism.
8. Physical Health — How to achieve optimum health and longevity in accord with your unique physical strengths and challenges.
According to my research Tarablida used an alternative ayanamsha. I think he was influenced by a student of Sri Aurobindo – Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet who he mentions on his website. She placed the zero-point of sidereal and tropical Aries at 234 BCE.
I spent a lot of time mining Tarabilda’s website and noted every planet, house, sign, nakshatra, and dasha that he mentioned. Working backwards I am unable to pinpoint the exact date that Edward used though it does seem to be in the vicinity of 234 BCE.
I’ve settled on the the vernal equinox on 21 March 234 BCE. But it could be the vernal equinox in 232 BCE. Either way it works for every chart on Tarabilda’s website and for every chart published by Gandharva Sauls on Facebook. The difference between these two dates has a tiny effect on 20th century charts – about 0°02. So if you’re dealing with a planet on the cusp then keep this in mind. If you find a chart where 0°02 changes the ordering of the planets then please let me know. It will help to pinpoint the correct ayanamsha. I tried to find such a chart where one planet overtakes another at the exact moment of birth or changes sign but alas it was too difficult to find.
If you use software like Kala which allows customs ayanamshas then set it like this:
Other software programs may give you the option to change existing ayanamshas. In this case the range to adjust the Lahiri ayanamsha is:
– 7° 9′ 42” (232 BCE) to – 7° 11′ 15” (234 BCE).
Also, Tarabilda used mean nodes. Mean nodes are important. I’ve found two charts – one of them mine – that require this setting to make the formula work. Also, the Nodes travel backwards around the chart so for the purpose of establishing karakas they are calculated inversely. ie if they are at 5 degrees in a sign then 30 – 5 = 25 degrees. Your software should calculate this automatically.
He used regular Vimshottari dashas.
Example Chart: Tony Blair
The karakas are found by ranking the planets from highest degree to lowest regardless of the sign or house they are in.
1. Spiritual Path……………Jupiter 28°47′
2. Wealth/Desire…………..Mercury 25°59′
3. Relationship Style…….Nodes 22°58 (30°00′ – 07°02′)
4. Career Nature…………..Saturn 21°56′
5. Creative Play……………..Sun 14°58′
6. Dharma……………………..Venus 14°37′
7. Mental Health…………..Moon 11°05′
8. Physical Health…………Mars 3°03′
An Alternative Formula
Some people use the Lahiri ayanamsha to calculate the blueprint. You can make up your own mind about its efficacy. The only chart that really made me think about this is David Ickes’ because it would make Rahu his AK and to me he looks like the poster-child for Rahu as AK.
Personally, I never look at the Lahiri ayanamsha for the blueprint and Edward thoroughly dismissed it. However, Lahiri seems to be the best ayanamsha for nakshatras. Lahiri is my preferred setting for generally reading the chart and it has proved its predictive power over and over again – both in my experience and also in the experience of great astrologers like KN Rao and many others.
I use Edward’s settings primarily for the blueprint and it always gets it right. However, apart from the blueprint, I often struggle to interpret the chart or establish its predictive power. Sometimes it is spot on, but frequently I’m scratching my head.
KN Rao says that a great astrologer must be able to reconcile many charts, dashas and systems. ie we must find confluence from different angles. Consequently, I look at Lahiri, Tarabilda and tropical settings and also Parashara, Jaimini and neo-Vedic systems.
Ordering of the Planets
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of the three archetypal orderings of the planets in delineating the principles of spiritual science. It is the basis for virtually all aspects of The Art of Multi-Dimensional Living. Study these orderings well with both your intellect and your intuition; then you will come upon true Insight!
Unfortunately, this knowledge is lost. If you want to understand the ordering of the planets – aka the script – then you will have to work it out for yourself. IMO the deeper aspects of Edward’s work cannot be understood without this knowledge.
I believe this knowledge is found by studying Edward’s work and following the references he provides. My research makes me think that the enneagram, the Law of Three from Gurdjieff, The Gnostic Circle by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet and the work of Rudolf Steiner are important factors.
It seems this work requires a deep understanding of the principle of trinity. As Nikola Tesla said:
“If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9 then you would have the key to the universe.”