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Andrew Carnegie – Part II

Brendan Feeley M.A., D.Ay.
A Study of Wealth & Philanthropy

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1.   Introduction - Wealth and D-2

Andrew Carnegie was one of the wealthiest men in the history of our world, although he may pale when compared to our modern financial moguls. This article intends to show how the Hora Varga, D-2, can be used to illustrate one’s capacity to accumulate wealth.


The second house tells about our resources and that which sustains our existence in this world. It also tells us about family life, for in our early years all our sustenance comes from family. D-2 is a higher octave of the second house in D-1, and the Varga Kundali are often referred to as the fruit on the branches of the tree. The trunk of the tree is to be seen in D-1. But a strong tree doesn’t guarantee abundant fruit on its branches, and the reverse also holds true. A weak trunk can produce the most delicious fruit, and this is why the study of the Varga Kundali is indispensable in Jyotish. The Hora chart was used in the rectification of Carnegie’s birth time.


The Hora is based on the division of each rasi into two parts, 15 degree intervals. One half is assigned to the Sun’s Hora and the other the Moon’s Hora. Traditionally astrologers restricted the placement of planets to either the sign of Cancer or Leo in this chart; for that’s how Parasara is interpreted, and that’s the standard interpretation presented in the books. But is it correct? This chart is rarely used by astrologers, and perhaps that’s because there is little confidence in its application. It doesn’t look right. How does one interpret a chart when the planets occupy just two signs? These questions were asked by the reputable astrologer, P.V.R. Narasimha Rao, the author of JHora software, and he came up with his own ingenious interpretation of the Slokas in Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra. He refers to his version of D-2 as the Uma-Shambha Hora and I’m going to present his work on D-2 in this paper. I have been using Rao’s version of the D-2 in my studies for some time, and have found it to be accurate.

There are a few other versions of the D-2 Varga chart used by the astrologers in India. We have (i) the Cancer / Leo Hora presented to us by Sage Parasara that has already been referred to above, (ii) the Venkatesh Hora, and (iii) the Kashinath Hora from the Achuyta Das Parampara.


In this paper I’m presenting, (i) the Parasari D-2 and its traditional interpretation, and (ii) the Parasari D-2 with an interpretation according to Narasima Rao, referred to as the Uma-Shambha Hora. The latter is available in JHora software and is referred to as D-2 US in the menu for the D-2 chart.

2.   Parasari Hora - Traditional Interpretation
Parasari Hora.gif

So, if we map this Hora in the D-2 chart of Andrew Carnegie, we get the following result. Parasara tells us that the male planets, the Sun, Mars and Jupiter receive extra strength in the sign of Leo, while the female planets are strong in the sign of Cancer, and this is because of the gender affinity.

D-2 chart of Andrew Carnegie

Mercury does well in both Horas. D-2 has to do with our resources, our wealth, and the Sun is the source of all the prana (intelligence), that which sustains us;  and in truth that’s the only resource that we human beings have available to us. The Moon represents the part of us that has to utilize that intelligence for the creation of our existence. If we apply these principles, it would be difficult to come up with convincing arguments that this chart describes the financial life of one of the richest natives in the history of this world.

3.   The Uma-Shambha Hora according to P.V.R. Narasimha Rao

In his paper published in 2012, Rao tells us that he was inspired by the Navamsa chart calculations presented to us by Krishna Mishra (available in JHora software), where the counting is clockwise for male signs and counterclockwise for female signs. In the traditional Navamsa, the counting is clockwise through all signs, whether male or female. The following is a quote from Rao’s paper available to the reader from that author's website*.

The basic idea is this: We can go through two cycles of the zodiac and map those 24 signs to the 24 horas, i.e. 24 halves of 12 signs. The order of reckoning the 24 halves can be as follows: the first half of Ar, the second half of Ar, the second half of Ta, the first half of Ta (reversed for Ta as it is an even sign), the first half of Ge, the second half of Ge, the second half of Cn, the first half of Cn (reversed for Cn as it is an even sign), and so on. This does obey Parasara's guideline of parivritti dwayam(two cycles) of signs from Ar being mapped to the 24 horas. This also reckons the horas (halves of signs) in even signs in reverse order as Parasara said.

Hora Cycles

The following Table illustrates the principle clearly:

Newcomers to Jyotish are likely to be confused by all the options available to us for Varga chart calculations, as well as many other topics such as Ayanamsa, the time of Sunrise, the length of a year, etc. Students should always approach this subject with an open heart and an analytical mind-set, and come to their own conclusions. This leads to mastery of the subject if that indeed is ever possible. Jyotish makes us humble and has tremendous value to a spiritual aspirant.

4.   The Uma-Shambhu Hora, D-2 - Andrew Carnegie

The lagna in any Varga chart represents the experience the native undergoes in that aspect of life as well as the intelligence he brings to that field of activity. Here we see an exchange between the lagna lord and the lord of the second house, a Parivartana yoga, and a Dhana yoga par excellent for the generation and sustenance of wealth.


As in any Varga chart, we can read the entire life of the native; for example, we saw that Carnegie left his home country early in the Rahu dasa, at the age of 11, because of his mother’s inspiration. Rahu is placed in the third house, the twelfth to the fourth, indicating loss of home. The Sun, the lord of the fourth house, indicating mother, is conjoined Rahu, and the Moon is aspecting the twelfth house as well as the lord of the ninth, Saturn, which is in the twelfth house, so the move was to a foreign country far away from home.

5.   The Hora Lagna in D-2

The HL, the Hora Lagna is a Special Lagna related to wealth, and it is important to examine the HL in D-2, to determine the native’s capacity to accumulate wealth. Planets influencing the HL, by aspect or conjunction, are givers of wealth. Saturn is lord of the HL and one might be inclined to think, that having neecha Saturn in the twelfth house would destroy his wealth. But the opposite is true. Why? We must remember that Saturn, although a yogakaraka, is a badhak for Taurus lagna as lord of the ninth house, and having the badhak debilitated in the twelfth house destroys his ability to obstruct the native and instead confers a great yoga. In this case, great wealth. You will often notice that those with Taurus lagna with a debilitated Saturn in the twelfth house hold high positions and often prosper in that dasa. The twelfth house is the house of loss and the badhak loses his capacity to obstruct. Saturn is also aspecting the HL and the lagna lord, Venus. Carnegie accumulated all his wealth in his Saturn dasa. Saturn is in the sign of Mars, and Venus is influenced by both Mars and Saturn, another indication that the source of wealth was related to an engineering activity, iron and steel.


Jupiter, the karaka for wealth, is placed in the fifth house and aspecting his own bhava, the eleventh house. His dispositor, the fifth lord, is Mercury, a Maha Yogada planet in D-2. Jupiter is also aspecting the HL and the lagna. Carnegie’s business took off in the Jupiter dasa and his income rose many fold. Jupiter is also lord of the eighth house, other people’s money; and many investors, including bankers, supported his ventures during that period and gained substantially as Jupiter is in the eleventh from the seventh house, indicating tremendous gains for his investors.


* Reference:
Parasara's Hora Chart Decoded: Uma-Shambhu Hora, P.V.R. Narasimha Rao, August 26, 2012;


Brendan Feeley is a professional vedic astrologer in the Washington, DC area. He holds graduate degrees in both engineering and Jungian psychology. He began his astrological studies in 1975 and in the early 1980s he began his study of vedic astrology because of his interest in Vedic spirituality. He has been blessed with the generosity of many great teachers since that time. He offers classes on both the fundamentals and advanced aspects of Jyotish as well as regular ZOOM lectures on Mundane and Political Astrology to his students and the public. He practices Bhakti Yoga and can be reached at

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