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Every birth chart has a dasha chart, which starts from the date and time of birth and is unique for every individual. This uniqueness comes from the start of the Dasha system for the person. A person's Dasha system can start from any point within the sequence described above. Once the starting point is computed from the birth chart, then it must follow the sequence given above.

This starting point is not chosen at random but it follows a definite mathematical logic and is computed from the exact longitude and zodiac sign where Moon is located in the natal horoscope chart.

To analyze smaller time durations in a person's life, the Dasha system (Planet Main Period) can be further sub-divided into AntarDasha (sub-period) or it can be further divided into 3rd level of Pratyantar Dasha (sub-sub periods).

Theoretically we can create charts even to 5th level covering few hours of a person's life, which is called Sukshma Dasha.

However it is not reliable or practical to create a chart beyond 3rd level as mentioned above because our birth time is never totally accurate, and even if a person has clear birth time recorded at the time of birth, the associated error will be exponentially reflected beyond 3rd level and no reliable analysis can be done. Besides there are different opinions among Vedic astrologers on which moment during birth constitutes the actual birth time. I am not going to such controversies in this article.

The dasha system reflects that planets deliver their natal promises during their period, sub-period and sub-sub periods as per the person's chart.

This chart becomes the main tool in the hands of an astrologer to predict when and what events will take place in a person's life.

So far I have talked about the permanent charts in a person's life, which does not change because they are all based on birth time and are derived from the natal chart.

We shall now talk about transit charts, which are changing continuously with time and the relevance of transit charts for astrological readings, and horoscope forecasts.

The Transit Chart and its analysis:

The Horary Chart: The horary chart is essentially a transit chart, which is based on the date, time and place when and from where the question is asked. A transit chart can always be drawn for the moment when an astrologer is analyzing a natal chart.

An astrologer looks at the present position of all planets and there relationship with respect to sign and houses in the natal chart. We analyze whether any planet in transit is conjoining with the position of any planet in the natal chart.

That gives us important trigger signatures for events that may take place at a given time in a person's life and always acts as a confirmation for the conclusions drawn based on Natal chart as well as Dasha charts and other charts derived from Natal chart.