In astrology, there is only one gold standard – accuracy of predictions!
If two astrologers are getting opposite predictions when reading the same chart, then something is seriously incorrect in the reading due to lack of understanding of the basic concepts of astrology. All inputs, be it the lagna, divisional and/or bhava chalit, western, palm, sixth sense, talking/meeting people/ seeing their face, should lead to the same prediction – it may not be mathematically precise but it should be similar.
I use all of these in my predictions. Moreover, one needs knowledge of mathematics, religion, astronomy, and life experience, as also practical astrological experience, in reading charts and palms. In this manner, one can figure out over time what works and what does not. This is, as I call it, applied astrology versus theoretical astrology.
If I have a eureka moment in my reading, I mostly explain it by way of case studies – a recent one being KSD vs KSY (link below).
Astrology/palmistry is becoming like a video game.
Readymade reports on various portals can offer machine-based predictions from multiple streams of astrology within seconds. The accuracy is highly questionable. But it has resulted in armchair astrologers spouting new and unverified theories to make themselves sound knowledgeable and to make astrology seem more complicated. Actually, they only make things complicated to hide their lack of understanding, since half-baked knowledge is very dangerous – as is doing self/internet astrology without proper understanding. Astrology takes time, sometimes a lifetime. And sometimes even that is not enough. People need to study astrology in totality before they try to formulate new theories or make predictions. Instead, software has allowed armchair astrologers to mix different schools of astrology and think that by using complicated and fancy-sounding words they can get away with fooling people.
Such people are there in each and every field, but luckily, they are always in a minority. Most astrologers know what they are talking about and their intentions are good. A person who has real knowledge will be able to explain it in such a way that even a lay-person will grasp it. This could not be truer for astrology.
I believe first of all you need to accurately read the lagna/D1 chart. With technology, all sorts of charts are available in seconds, as are many ‘newly discovered’ yogas and doshas. They all result in partial and inaccurate reading of the horoscope and, hence, faulty predictions.
For example, you have people only reading the D9 for astrology and D10 for career in silos, without reading the lagna or D1 in conjunction and making it the base chart. No wonder astrology is getting a bad name. But in my humble opinion, properly practiced astrology is beyond science – and it is sound.
When I read a chart, I strive to keep things simple and understandable to one and all while keeping the accuracy of the predictions.
Theoretically, Bhava Chalit chart may be used by some, (there is no unanimity) to fix the position of planets in houses as opposed to rasis. People who do this say that this is more relevant for cases where the planets are close to zero degree or 30 degrees as then planet’s placement can give the result of the next house. But sometimes it can give the result of the previous house too (if closer to Zero degrees).
I already incorporate this and more information in my chart readings. This is not new – it only has a different label. To me, the lagna chart already gives all that information. It also provides more accurate information about the placement and quality of the planets as well as the house in which it is/should be placed. I have time-tested trust in the lagna chart and I use it to decipher a Vedic chart. Hence, at best, the Bhava Chalit chart could be applicable in some cases which I am incorporating in my readings already. Also, one more question is that what do you do with the divisional charts – do you bhava chalit them too? This is some food for thought.
Hence, this is mixing two streams of reading charts and using sweeping statements, which hold no merit. It has to proved by way of case studies.
But regardless of what stream of astrology you follow, it should all lead to the same predictions. That is the bottom line. It should also be verifiable by the palm. Hence, another way of looking at things is that if I agree to the concept of applied bhava chalit, then to me there is no better means than reading the palm since it shows what you have done with your life by way of your karma versus your fixed birth chart. I agree that some people are trying to fill the gap between the birth chart and the end of life by way of the bhava chalit. However, the lagna chart with its dasha system and the quality and houses of the planets, as well noting which houses are empty and which full, more than cover the gap in a reading via the lagna chart.
This is most humbly based on my applied knowledge of astrology and palmistry. In 90% of the cases, the palms and chart of a person reflect each other. But in 10% of the cases, they can be different – 5% better or 5% worse.