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Originally written for Journal of Astrology. This article and related material has been syndicated to other websites.

Lost in wilderness, shrouded in the ambiguity of aphorism and interpreted in arbitrary fashion by astrologers with genuine to fraudulent claims, Jaimini astrology will continue to baffle astrologers for many more decades.  

What then should be the approach of an astrologer in genuine search of working and workable Jaimini methods tormented me, as it must have many astrologers. I therefore evolved a seven step approach.

First step
Each astrologer wanting to make Jaimini astrology his predictive tool must first read whatever books are available, most of them in translations.

My Findings: Karakas
The first problem was to decide when to use seven karakas and when eight. It was not a ticklish problem at all as if all planets are calculated upto seconds, there never was a clash between two planets contesting for the position of a karaka. Try it and see if I am right. I solved this problem easily. 

Meaning of Karakas: My Original Research
I studied whatever was available on Jaimini and collected a huge library and found that no one, even the most respected Krishna Mishra or Neelakantha even hinted at how these Karakas were to be used. It was like someone telling me that he lived in Bombay but never gave his address. It shocked me totally and sometimes I felt that either it was hidden or these great and famous commentators never understood their uses. Then, B.Suryanarain Rao, B.V.Raman, P.S.Sastry or Iranganti Rancharya who wrote articles in the Astrological Magazine never even pointed out or produced any research to show how these karakas were to be used. I took a bold decision to do it myself, a task which had never been done before by anyone. 

Rule of harmony
Then as in law, so in astrology follow the principle of harmony in the interpretation of karakas. I reasoned out myself and came with a workable method which has turned to be a very effective tool for prediction. I have shown it through various examples for twenty six years now in 2010 and will show many more in this article. 

In Parashara you have the first house and its lord for self so that should be the Atmakaraka a planet with the highest degrees. 

In Parashara you have the third house and its lord for siblings etc so that should be the Bhatrikaraka. So that should be a planet with the third highest degrees. 

In Parashara you have the fourth house and its lord for mother and home etc so that should be the Matrikaraka. So that should be a planet with the fourth highest degrees. 

In Parashara you have the fifth house for education, children, mantra etc. So the fifth karaka must be Putrakaraka. So that should be a planet with the fifth highest degrees. 

In Parashara you have the sixth house and its lord for enemies, diseases etc and so it should be the Gnathikaraka.So that should be a planet with the sixth highest degrees. 

In Parashara you have the seventh house and its lord for spouse etc and so it should be the Darakaka. So that should be a planet with the lowest degrees. 

What about Amatyakaraka then ? What about the second karaka then ?

It is Amatyakaraka which means a courtier or an important man in the court of a king in the days of monarchy. So in our days it should mean an important man and by extension your own importance. Is it a hint about career I wondered and proceeded with this assumption with my research and got amazing results as I will show. 

What about a karaka for father? The problem is easily solved if you use Bhatrikaraka and Sun for father and Bhatrikaraka and Mars for siblings as has been as shown in some books on Jaimini. Here we must remember that sthirakarakas must always be considered in Jaimini astrology. 

The abbreviations I used then were AK, AmK, BK, MK.PK.GK. and DK. I then combined sthirakakas like Sun for father, Moon for mother etc. 

For padas I decided not to use any exception and got excellent results which I will show partially in this article or a later article. 
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