Mahabote Charts - Reveal the Influence of Planets on Your Life
From the convents of Burma come the practice of Mahabote, a
fascinating method of astrology that is both easy and revealing.
Practised also in Thailand, in recent years it is becoming increasingly
popular in the USA and Europe due to the pioneering work of westerners
like Roeland de Looff who lives in the Netherlands. All you need to
create your personalised Mahabote chart is your day of birth and your
date of birth.
Your Mahabote chart does not require your hour of birth. The
Mahabote chart works with seven planets that are placed inside seven
houses and the placement of these planets is what offers clues to the
kind of person you are. It also offers some clear-cut guidelines on how
anyone can use the reading of the chart to bring out the best in
themselves, as well as to maximise the opportunities in their lives.
First Steps - your DAY of birth
creating your Mahabote chart, it is necessary to find out the day of
the week when you were born. So you need to know if you are a Monday’s
child or Tuesday’s child… this small piece of information will reveal
which of the seven major planets exerts the greatest influence on your
life and aspirations. Once you know your ruling planet, then according
to Mahabote, it is always a good idea to strengthen it. Thus the first
thing to do is to find out the planet that represents your day of
birth. This is shown in the table here:
For those born on a Wednesday, if you are born before
noon, Mercury is your birth planet. If you were born after noon, you
are a Rahu person. Mercury persons have excellent communicative traits.
Rahu persons are stronger versions of Mercury people being far more
powerful, assertive, strong and confrontational.
Once you know your planet, Mahabote prescribes that you use its
attributes to strengthen your planet. Thus according to Mahabote:
being constantly in motion. This is what benefits those born under the
influence of this planet. They should be involved in work that requires
a lot of travel because the further away from home they journey, the
greater will be their success. They should give free rein to their
feelings, as this is the best way for their personality to radiate and
glow. It will bring out the best in them. Moon people signify Queen
energy in the same way that Sun people signify King energy. Wearing
white is most beneficial. The favoured gemstones for Moon people are
pearls and rubies. Theirs is the element of earth and their preferred
taste is salty.
to be involved in some way with the military. Anything associated with
regimented and disciplined approach is most beneficial. Strength comes
from wielding power and being in control. Mars is a male planet and the
dominant colour is red. Mars people benefit from being surrounded by
siblings and relatives. They make good doctors and nurses. Mars people
benefit from anything made of gold. For them, the lucky gemstone is
coral of the highest quality. Their element is air and their preferred
taste is bitter.
you to make a career in communications. Anything requiring you to use
your voice and vocal cords will benefit you. Your best colour is green
and you will be a great success if you are surrounded by children,
either your own or within your immediate environment. Emeralds benefit
Mercury people greatly. Their element is water and their deity is
to wear dark colours. This brings out the competitive spirit and power
that is part of your personality attributes. Rahu people benefit most
from being involved in fishing and hunting. Thus, if you are in sales
or marketing, you are sure to do well. If you are in competition with
others, it is likely you will have victory. But your life is also
filled with people jealous of you. You will have enemies, but you also
have the destiny to emerge victorious. Rahu people benefit from wearing
you to be good friends with others. If you take on the role of advisor
or teacher, you will be enhancing your Jupiter attributes and creating
the scenario for you to be happy and fulfilled. Gathering knowledge and
seeking wisdom is also good for you. Wearing yellow is recommended.
Jupiter people make excellent teachers, professors, senators,
lawmakers, ministers and scholars. Silver objects and wearing zircon
have a good effect on anyone with Jupiter as their ruling planet.
Meditating on the Deity Indra is helpful. And sweet tastes are
you to be surrounded by beautiful people and beautiful things. Venus
people make excellent progress in commercial and business ventures and
are strengthened by such pursuits. They should dress as much as
possible in white, as this brings out the creativity in them. They
should also do charity. The more charity they do, the more successful
they will be. Venus is a female yin planet and benefit women more than
men. Venus people benefit from wearing pearls and diamonds and being
surrounded by water.
you to play the role of being a good subordinate. If your work requires
you to use physical strength, you will succeed. You also benefit from
following tradition, keeping in tune with the belief systems of your
community, race and cultural background. Wearing black is suitable for
you. The beneficial metal is iron and the preferred gemstone is
sapphire. The element of Saturn is fire.
to play the role of leader in your community. Sun-born people possess
the charisma of authority and power. To bring out the best in them, it
is a good idea for them to wear the colour red. Sun people are best
when male attributes and yang energy are strong. It is vital to develop
confidence and a sense of individuality. The best metal is copper and
the lucky gemstone is ruby. The element of the Sun is fire, so Sun
people benefit from well lit homes and surroundings. They like spicy
Calculating The Mahabote Chart
Mahabote is of course more than merely offering recommendations on
the basis of the day of birth. It also involves creating a birth chart
that comprises the placement of planets inside seven houses. These
houses tell something about specific areas of life. Four of these
houses i.e. the houses 3,4,5 and 7 are considered to be good, and three
houses, 1, 2 and 6, are considered bad.
To calculate a Mahabote chart:
1. Take the year of birth, for example 1945.
2. If the person is born on or before April 15, you subtract 639
from the year of birth. If the person is born after April 15, you
subtract 638. This brings the Western birthdate into harmony with the
traditional Burmese calendar.
3. Thus for someone born on February 20th in 1945, you make the following calculation: 1945 - 639 = 1306.
4. Next, you divide this value by 7. Suppose we divide 1306 by 7. The outcome of this is 186 with a remainder of 4.
5. Please look only at the remainder, which in this case is 4. This
value decides which planet appears in the first or center house of the
Once we have the planet that appears in the first house, it is easy to
decide which planets appear in the other houses by noting the Mahabote
order of planets. This is as follows:
If Mercury appears in the first house, then Saturn will be in the
second, Mars in the third, Venus in the fourth, Moon in the fifth,
Jupiter in the sixth and Sun in the seventh house (see chart below).
The day of birth planet has a special place in Mahabote analysis.
In our example, the subject was born on a Friday, so the day of birth
planet is Venus (for Monday it is Moon, Tuesday Mars, Wednesday
Mercury, Friday Venus, Saturday Saturn, Sunday the Sun). If you are
born on a Wednesday after 12.00, then the birthday planet will not be
Mercury but Rahu (also called the North Node in Western Astrology). In
the Mahabote chart, Mercury is replaced by Rahu.
In the Mahabote chart, the birth day planet is underlined. When
your day of birth planet appears in an auspicious house, your life
destiny reflects the positive qualities of that house. When you enhance
the planet, it strengthens the good attributes of the planet. If your
day of birth planet appears in an inauspicious house, it suggests that
your planet is afflicted and the attributes of that house will be
strong in your destiny. For instance, if your planet is moon and it
appears in the first house - the house of impermanence - it suggests
emotional instability is part of your destiny.
In our example chart, houses coloured grey cause problems one way
or another. Here is a short analysis of these three inauspicious houses
in the example chart.
The House of Extremity
This is the house of all or nothing. Planets in this house tend to
manifest in an extreme manner. So here, Saturn is found in the House of
Extremity and meaning that if the person having this chart stays a
subordinate all his life, it will either be very good or very bad. If
there is advancement, it will be all the way, and if there is no
advancement, there will be none at all through his life. His destiny as
a subordinate will manifest in an extreme manner.
If mercury is the birthday planet, this house becomes important in
the analysis. As it is not, then Saturn in this house can be deemed to
lack strength which is a good thing. This means the inauspiciousness of
this house has minimal impact.
The House of Impermanence
Planets placed in this house tend to manifest themselves in an
impermanent way. In our example, the planet here is Mercury, indicating
that impermanence has to do with communications. Mercury also has to do
with children, so this means that the person will have difficulty
having children. At most, the person will have only one child and this
too with great difficulty.
The House of Sickness
This is the most difficult house in the chart. In this house, we
find the biggest problems. If the planet here is Jupiter, since it
stands for friendship, it means the subject has problems with friends.
Planets in this house may cause diseases. In that case, the person is
sensitive to diseases that have to do with Jupiter, such as headaches.
Houses coloured in green offer a more positive meaning. Thus:
House of Fame
This house shows how the person is known or recognised. Here, since
Mars is in the House of Fame, it suggests the person will overcome all
competition in life and this is how others will perceive this person –
as being all – conquering and triumphant. Suppose the Moon had been in
the House of Fame. In that case, the person would be recognised as
being caring and sensitive. This house shows how somebody is perceived
House of Wealth
This house gives information on what makes the person feel
contented. Here, Venus is in the house of wealth. This means that being
rich and beautiful is what makes this person feel satisfied and
contented. It also means the person does have it, since Venus is the
birth planet and the more the person enhances Venus, the richer and
more beautiful he/she will be. Suppose we had the Moon in house 4, in
that case, taking care of others would make the person happy. Jupiter
in the house of wealth would suggest the person likes teaching others
and helping others to improve. The House of Wealth does not neccesarily
mean becoming wealthy.
House of Kingly Position
This house reveals the aspirations and ambitions of a person. It
shows what he tries to accomplish and what he needs to do to be
successful in his own eyes. Here, Moon in this house suggests a love of
travel and being constantly on the move. It also suggests that success
comes from travel and recognition comes as a result of travel.
House of the Leader
This house gives information on what motivates the person and what
his or her talents are. In this example, the person will be motivated
by being in a leadership position because the planet here is the Sun.
So in the example chart, the person has Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter
in difficult houses. This means everything that has to do with these
three planets is under stress. If the person is born on a Thursday,
which is a day of Jupiter, it is important to strengthen Jupiter,
because the person will meet many problems related to the planet
Jupiter (like problems with teachers, friends, advisors, and the law).
This will be a major source of aggravation to the person. To overcome
these aggravations it is good to strengthen Jupiter by wearing silver
and strengthening the earth element in his/her surroundings. Similarly,
it is also necessary to strengthen Mercury or Saturn should either of
these be the ruling planet.
Mahabote clearly shows one’s weak and strong points. For example,
Venus, the planet of love and beauty in the House of Wealth means that
the person is definitely beautiful or loves beauty, is creative and
successful in making money and probably also very wealthy.
Venus, the planet of beauty & commercial business, in the House
of Wealth shows that the person has creative skills. In this example,
everything that has to do with the planets Venus, Sun, Moon and Mars
signify the strong points of the person.
Using Mahabote to identify weak and strong planets makes it a
wonderful tool for offering counselling regarding the best kind of work
for anyone. It is also an excellent tool for self-analysis.
Note: For more on Mahabote, visit www.dirah.org
The following article is taken from the "Feng Shui World (May/June 2005)". To subscribe, please click here.