Role of AtmaKaraka Planet in Horoscope

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Atmakaraka Planet

AtmaKaraka Planet is a term which is mostly used in Jaimini Astrology.

Maharshi Jaimini is another great sage who was also contemporary of Maharshi Parashara. He has given some method to check Horoscope and his methods are known as jaimini sutra or jaimini Astrology. It is slightly different than Parashara astrology. Jaimini was a worthy disciple of great Vedavyas, writer of Mahabharata and son of sage parashar. Atmakaraka Planet is one of the Key factor in Jaimini astrology.

What is Atmakaraka planet and How to find Atmakaraka Planet in Vedic Astrology

Atma Means Soul and Karaka Means Significator. So it is the significator of desire for a particular soul. There are Two types of Atmakaraka Planet-Natural and Char Atmakaraka. Sun is the Natural Atmakaraka planet in every horoscope. The planet with highest degree in Natal chart is considered as char Atmakaraka, going forward which will be termed as AK. Except Ketu all other 8 planets can become Atmakara in Vedic astrology.

AK plays a Vital role in every horoscope. It is like the king of the horoscope. It actually shows the desire or the goal of the soul for which it has taken the rebirth.The main purpose of the Atma or the soul is to meet with the parmatma or god and to become free the cycle of birth and rebirth. This is called Moksha. So Atmakaraka Planet is actually giver of Moksha.To attain this, one should lead the satwik or dharmik path.By looking at the strength of the AK we can tell how strong the individual is in a soul sense, how strongly they are connected to their higher selves.  A strong atmakaraka planet (having the planet in good dignity, with benefics, or aspected by benefics can all add to the strength in descending order) signifies a strong individual and distractions can not deter them from their dharmic path.  A weak Atmakaraka in vedic astrology will indicate a native that will be more confused in the world.  They will not have the focus that a strong AK can give them and thus may end up suffering. No planet can give result whether good or bad beyond what AK wants.

  • Atmakaraka in Navamsa

The Sign which Atmakaraka planet occupies in Navamsa, is known as Karakamsa. This word basically has two part- Karaka i.e. Atmakaraka and Amsa i.e. Navamsa. The sign of the Navamsa Lagna is known as Lagnamsa. If there is any connection beween them, The desire of the Atmakaraka Planet will be fulfilled. The Trine(5th and 9th house) of the Karakamsa Lagna is very crucial for spiritual growth as 5th and 9th house is known as dharma house in vedic astrology.

  • Karakamsa and Career

The Karakamsa Lagna and 10th house from it indicates about the career of a individual. the sign Lord, planets posited and aspecting the 10th house from Karakamsa will have a say in deciding the Career.

There is another way to check the career from Karakamsa. Use the Planets position as per the original rasi chart but instead of using the Lagna or Ascendant of Rasi chart, use Karakamsa as the Lagna. For example if a person is born with Mesh rashi and he is having Jupiter Atmakaraka and Jupiter is plaed in Sagittarius Navamsa. So Sagittarius will become the Karakamsa Lagna. Now Read the Rashi chart with original planet Placement but with Sagittarius Lagna. This approach will also give hints about the career.

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  • Result of Different Atmakaraka Planets

If a Natual Malefic Planet like Rahu becomes AK, it signifies very good spiritual development whereas Benefic planet signifies much less. Rahu was the Atmakaraka for Ramkrishna Paramhansa. But the Vimhottori Dasha of Atmakaraka planet is very troublesome and full of sufferings specially if it is malefic. But if a person is spiritually inclined, it will be helpful in its dasha. A retrograde AK  indicates a deep-rooted desire as being the cause of the birth. This has to be seen from the nature of the planet which becomes the AK. If the Atmakaraka Planet is exalted, it shows that the soul has done very good deeds in his/her past lives and individual with debilitated Atmakaraka planet in vedic astrology will indicate a fallen soul or who has done bad deeds in past lives. Atmakaraka should not only be strong but also very supportive of the lagna and lagnesha. More specifically, the position and strength of Atmakaraka planet in D60 chart will indicate past life Karma.

One more important thing, in Jaimini astrology, 7th house from Atmakaraka Planet is crucial for judging the married life of a person also. You can read more on Married life & Divorce for getting some insight on the Marital bliss.

Now Lets See the effect of different planets when become Atmakaraka as per Vedic astrology.

Sun Atmakaraka-Sun Signifies Soul in Vedic Astrology. So Sun is natural Atmakaraka for every human being. When Sun is also char atmakaraka, the person automatically posses Leadership qualities. He is Authoritative and self confident. But he will be egoistic. He need to learn how to overcome the Ego and become humble. This is the purpose of the soul in this birth.

Moon Atmakaraka-With Moon Atmakaraka , The person is very compassionate, kind hearted and friendly in nature. He should understand the sufferings and unhappiness. With Moon Atmakaraka, He should learn the difference between true Love and false Love.

Mars Atmakaraka-When Mars is the Atmakaraka Planet, the Person is bestowed with valor, energy, strength, ability to carry out difficult task. But he should follow the path of Non Violence. This is the lesson which he needs to learn in this Life. He must understand the difference between passion and aggression. With Atmakaraka Mars in birth chart, The control of energy and anger is most important.

Mercury Atmakaraka-When Mercury is Atmakaraka, The person become very adaptable, quick learner, witty and intelligent. But he should be truthful and control his speech.

Jupiter Atmakaraka- When Jupiter is Atmakaraka in Horoscope, The native should always respect his guru or seniors and care his children. Jupiter is the Karaka for children, Guru, elderly person. So we should be concerned and careful about these aspect of life. With Jupiter Atmakaraka we have to learn lessons about these areas of life. We have some unfinished Karma from past lives regarding the area Atmakaraka Jupiter signifies.

Venus Atmakaraka-When Venus becomes Atmakaraka Planet, the person enjoys luxury, wealth and all sort of comfort in life. But with Venus Atmakaraka, he should have very clean character and understand the difference between Love and Lust.

Saturn Atmakaraka-This is a tough position. The person will not only absorb his pain and sufferings but also of others. It will give him the ability to work very hard. With Saturn Atmakaraka, the soul need to learn to overcome loneliness and harsh reality of life. But this is good for spiritual growth.

Rahu Atmakaraka-This is also a tough position. The person with rahu Atmakaraka may be cheated by others several time. He will be very simple and innocent. But we must remember that Rahu is always retrograde. If you do not know what is retrograde please read it here Everything about Retrograde Planets. Rahu Ketu degrees are calculated by subtracting from 30º. (However other retrograde planets are calculated in the usual way) For e.g. if Rahu Ketu are 15º 24’ in a chart, you minus this from 30º and the remaining degrees will be 14º36’. If this degree is greater than of any other planet, then Rahu Ketu will be considered the Atmakaraka. Retrograde Atmakaraka generally signifies some very deep rooted unfulfilled desire from not only past birth but from several births. But Rahu as Atmakaraka Planet is also a very good for spiritual growth.

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If the Atmakaraka Planet is the King, Amatyakaraka is the Minister of the Horoscope. If there is any connection either by conjunction or mutual aspect or exchange between Atmakaraka and amatyakaraka, it is a grand Raj Yoga.

Amatyakaraka planet is the planet with second highest degree in birth chart. This plays a very crucial role determining the profession of an individual. The Amatyakaraka Planet needs to be seen from Karakamsa Lagna for determining career growth.The Mahadasha of Atmakaraka may not be very good for materialistic pursuits but dasha of Amatyakaraka Planet if well placed will bring lot of materialistic gain.

Ishta devata:Karakamsa Lagna and 12th house from it shows the Ishta Devata of the native. the 12th house from Karakamsa is called “jivanmuktamsa”. This is the house signifying the emancipation of the soul and we have to examine this house to know about ishta devata. If there is one planet in 12th house from Karakamsa, the rulling deity of that planet becomes the Ishta devata. If there is more than one planet, we have to choose the strongest one. If there is no planet, we need to see the aspect. If no planet is aspecting the 12th house of Karakamsa, we have to consider the 12th lord. But Remember, Ishta devata is not for materialistic gain. It is for learing the karmic backlog and progress in the path of Moksha. This deity will liberate us from the cycle of birth and rebirth. Without adequate preparation, worshiping Ishta devata will bring trouble in life as in the process of cleaning the souls, we have to deal with so much of karma. Further If the planet posited in 12th from Karakamsa,  is in a malefic yoga in rashi chart, serious problem can start. So It is better to worship Kula Devata which is seen from the 9th house of Karakamsa for overall prosperity and good fortune.

Ishta devata as per planet

Sun-Vishnu/Ram/Shiva

Moon-Krishna

Mars-Hanuman/Subramanya/ Narsimha

Merury-Vishnu

Venus- mahalaxmi/ Maa Gouri

Rahu-Maa Durga

Ketu-Ganesha

Karakamsa, Atmakaraka and Amatya Karaka are closely related with Career. You can take my Career Consultation and also see what others say about my predictions.

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Debraj is a professional Astrologer with More than 10 years of Practical experience. Started learning Vedic astrology in a very early age around 12 yrs and almost more than 20 years in astrological study.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Just wanted to know for rahu as atmakaraka how do we calculate degrees. Do we have to subtract from 30 the degree shown in birth chart. At one place I read rahu and ketu cannot be atmakaraka but your article says only ketu cannot be atmakaraka

  2. so if main chart atmakaraka is Rahu and So if navamsha ascendant is libra and jupiter and rahu is with it what does it mean?

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