Lal Kitab And Astrology
- While the conventional Hindu school of astrology is based on many voluminous works by our rishis and munis ; the Lal Kitaab is a single treatise written in old Urdu , with no mention of authorship. There are many theories on the reasons behind the author choosing to stay anonymous. The most popular of these theories being that perhaps due to Divine instruction, the author was not interested in taking credit for the work.
Coming back to astrology, the most famous and perhaps the most respected of the works it is based on is the Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra , written by the great sage Maharishi Parashara. In view of this, the conventional Hindu school of astrology is frequently and justifiably referred to as the Parashari system of astrology.
- The Parashari system is one of pure astrology and refrains from even mentioning other methods of divination (foretelling) such as numerology and palmistry. This could be understood in light of the fact that astrology, palmistry and numerology have progressed in Indian sub-continent as independent, unrelated and hence competitive sciences.
In contrast, the Lal Kitaab is a treatise on astro-palmistry ; astrology and palmistry complement and supplement each other instead of competing and deleting each other.
For example, in Lal Kitaab , if the sun is in the second house of a native’s horoscope, he must possess a certain kind of sun-line in his palm. Since the hand is always available, the horoscope can be verified and even cast on the basis of the hand’s print, called a palmoscope, for brevity.
- In Parashar Hora , the determining inputs for prediction are the the birth chart, the influencing periods or dasas as they are called and the transit movement of planets called the gochar . Indian astrology is unique in having the dasa system, the most popular of them being the Vimsottari dasa system.
The Lal Kitaab refers only to the birth chart, and its own unique number chart to cast the Lal Kitaab varshphal (literally means yearly fruit) or yearly chart of the native. Predictions are made on the basis of the birth and the yearly chart cast. Needless to mention, Lal Kitaab does not believe in the dasas and the gochar.
- While in the Parashari method, the Sun is regarded as the king of all planets and hence the most important factor in the horoscope, in the Lal Kitaab , Jupiter or Deva Guru Bhrispati (the preceptor of all gods, including the Sun ) is given the supreme status.
- Interpretations of placement of planets in rashis and houses vary greatly in both. For example Jupiter in Cancer in the first house is regarded as excellent by Parashar pundits while the Lal Kitaab considers this placement as average.