Kitab needs no formal introduction. It is popular amongst neophytes and masters
of astrology equally. The enamoured of the remedial measures of Lal Kitab and
the astrologers who suggest them take pride in them. The measures are too
simple to be explained in detail and too typical to be understood by an
intelligent human being. Whatever be the facts they are quite effective and
cannot be just given up for their simplicity. Rather they bring credit to him
who suggests them.
the face of it Lal Kitab is an important treatise on palmistry and astrology.
Ordinarily the palmists talk of mounts and lines Sun, Moon and Mars etc. but it
is in Lal Kitab only that we comes across the birth charts of the natives
having twelve houses and all the planets (earliest known nine planets) posted
there. Rules of prediction are also very much like those enunciated in
astrology. Despite all this, the astrology of Lal Kitab is different from
astrology we know of, be it eastern, western or of any origin.
Lal Kitab is essentially palmistry.
The astrological contents that are added to it are to reflect the findings of a
palmist or rather to corroborate it. The palm has been divided into 12 parts
just as the natural Zodiac is divided into twelve signs like Aries, Taurus etc.
Some types of shapes have been alloted to planets. These shapes wherever they
exist on palm are supposed to be occupying particular houses of the birth
chart. These signs represent the planets they are alloted to. Thus we have the
twelve houses and the nine planets posted in the chart having twelve houses.
The astrological chart is ready on the basis of the palm. They are often
different from the birth charts prepared on astrological principles. The
authenticity of astrological charts is to be corrected by the chart prepared
from palm imprints. How charts are made from the palm is not our subject here.
We propose only to discuss and deal with astrological contents of the book.
Whatever be the system or method of
preparation the chart has ascendant or the lagna and the other twelve houses
numbered serially. Though they are the 12 sings of the Zodiac the signs have no
significance in the chart. For signs, we may say, each horoscope is to be
treated just like the horoscope of Kala Purusha; that is, house No. 1 should be
considered as identical with Aries in all cases. As Sun is exalted in Aries and
debilitated in Libra, we say that Sun is exalted in Lagna and debilitated in
the 7th house. The lordship of the houses will also go likewise.
Mars is always the lagna Lord and Venus the 7th Lord.
In the palm we talk of lower Mars and
upper Mars. In Lal Kitabís astrology we have two Mars, one a malefic or bad
Mars and the other a benefic or a kind of good Mars. This is one peculiarity of
Lal Kitabís astrology. Both the Mars have their own properties.
As regards the comparative power of
the planets it is the same as given in classical texts but at the same time we
come across the concept of equivalent planets. Mercury for instance, is
considered to be equivalent to Sun in power of giving results.
We have a concept of blind or sleeping
planets and blind or sleeping houses in Lal Kitab. The planets are supposed to
have an aspect of some houses and affect the results of those houses. In Lal
Kitab if the aspecting planet has no planet in the aspected house the aspecting
planet becomes a blind planet in the aspected house the aspecting planet
becomes a blind planet himself. It may be pertinent to note that the aspect of
the planet is not the same in each house. Sun if posited in house 2 shall not
aspect the 8th house but the 6th house only and if 6th
house is unoccupied sun becomes blind. In short it is the house that grants
aspect to the planet. The house is blind if it has no planets in it. This is
the concept in astrology also. We call that house as weak.
There is also a concept of the
artificial planets. A group of two planets together form one particular
artificial planet or a substitute of that planet. Sun and Venus together form
one artificial Moon. Likewise there are artificial planets for each of the
planets including the nodes Rahu and Ketu.
There is also a concept of sacrificial
goats. If, suppose, Sun is afflicted by Saturn the effects of Sun shall be
affected. This will not affect the effects of any other planet like Mars,
Mercury or Rahu etc. According to Lal Kitab the affliction of Sun shall be
passed on to Ketu. In other words the affliction would affect the results of
Ketu. The affliction of Saturn would be spoilt. The wife of the native may die
or suffer from miseries and troubles. It may be brought on record that such
effects have actually been noticed although Saturn does not represent wife nor
he is the significator of wife. Such results do need a deep research and the
results are likely to enrich our astrology.
We have a basic assumption that a
planet gives the results of the houses of his lordship and those of the house
occupied by him. He may, according to some, also offer the results of house or
houses of which he is the natural significator although we have our own
reservations but the planet in Lal Kitab can give results of any house by
applying suitable remedies. This is a revolutionary concept and really needs
deep research work like the assumption of sacrificial goats referred to above.