By S N Rao
Drekkana’s or the D3 chart is used in vedic astrology to determine the basic characteristic of a person. 0° - 10° in a sign is the 1st drekkana. 10° - 20° is the 2nd drekkana and 20° - 30° is the 3rd drekkana. The following are the general traits of a person having an ascendant in various signs.
When the 1st Drekkana of Aries rises, it denotes a frank, open, out-spoken and free-handed disposition. The fate of this native is embodied in the native's impulsive and headstrong tendencies, also in his fearless pioneering and progressive spirit. He is ambitious and desirous of rising on the world and he will not ignore opportunity. He is very fond of acquiring knowledge and is keen in all intellectual pursuits. When the second Drekkana is rising we must consider the influence of Leo and the position of the Sun very carefully. The 2nd Drekkana rising modifies the tendency to words ambition and rashness. Fate is influenced by ambition and emotion, the vitality is increased, and the character is strengthened morally. For the 3rd drekkana rising we must consider the power of Sagittarius and the position and aspects of Jupiter. The 3rd Drekkana rising inevitably makes the whole sign more fortunate. It augments the desire for demonstration and expression and attracts the native towards the philosophic and religious sides of life. It stimulates idealism and increases impulsiveness.
When the 1st drekkana of Taurus is rising it suggests a diplomatic, secretive, obstinate and self-willed disposition. The native is practical, dogmatic, determined, resentful, persistent and stolid. He will evince strong likes and dislikes, take sudden prejudices and demonstrate considerable reserve and diffidence. We must consider the position and aspects of Venus, since it is the planetary ruler of Taurus. When the 2nd Drekkana of Taurus is rising it awakens the internal nature of the sign, providing the native more natural intuition, discrimination and practical business ability. There is also a tendency to become more critical as well as intuitive and although he is clever the native will have many strong temptations to become selfish and over inquisitive. The 3rd Drekkana of Taurus rising denotes more ambition, but it also indicates that the native is often over laborious and cautious. It strengthens the Taurean nature, strengthening the intellectual qualities and stimulating reason. The influence of Capricorn tends to lessen the intuitive nature of Taurus. Chastity is one of the chief benefits provided by Capricorn.
For the 1st drekkana rising this position implies a kind, willing, humane, intellectual and expressive disposition. The fate of the native is invariably improved when restlessness and diffusiveness are overcome. The whole life will advance through educational and intellectual progress. The native is very curious and has a tremendous desire to learn. The 2nd Drekkana of Gemini rising balances the whole sign providing the native with perception, foresight and real artistic ability. It also affords an opportunity to blend head and heart with reason and intuition. People born when the 3rd Drekkana of Gemini is rising are generally successful in dealing with the public. It gives an aura of clairvoyance. They usually have an expressionless face. Fate is generally influenced by guardians or friends and it very often there is something connected with domestic affair which affects their whole life.
The 1st Drekkana of Cancer rising denotes an imaginative, fanciful, receptive and tenacious disposition. Fate of the native is usually bound up with domestic ties, family interests and impressionable attachments. The native will exhibit a certain amount of timidity, reserve and mistrust, which will produce morbid and doubtful associations. The 2nd Drekkana of Cancer rising awakens the psychic and mystic tendencies, yet it also provides the native with a certain amount of control over his sensations. It increases the tenacity of the sign, and denotes determination, love of power, ambition, and internal receptivity. The 3rd Drekkana of Cancer rising strengthens the whole sign and suggests a very hospitable and sympathetic nature. The native is very studious and intuitive, possessing a keen love for the acquisition of knowledge.
The 1st Drekkana of Leo rising denotes a jealous, frank, generous, and ambitious disposition. Fate develops rapidly, and an eventful life is the outcome of the love of power and the organizing ability which the native manifests. Downfalls and problems are usually the result of hasty and passionate impulses, but the native has the power to recover his balance through firmness, endurance, and self-control. This sign provides great vitality and a splendid physique, the body being strong and generally very healthy. The 2nd Drekkana of Leo rising suggests a liability towards extremes, making the native more demonstrative, active, and at times very rebellious. It awakens the philosophical side of the nature when the nativity denotes such a possibility. The willpower of the native as a whole is strengthened if the Sun is well placed and in good aspect with Jupiter. The 3rd Drekkana of Leo rising strengthens the willpower of the sign and adds to the impulsive and persistent side of Leo. In some instances it provides opportunities to unite head and heart, and the intellect will strengthen the higher emotions providing zeal and ardour. There is also a quiet determination that is unequaled. Fate here is to a great extent under the control of the native. His willpower is controlled by reason and illuminated by intuition.
The 1st drekkana rising Virgo native denotes a quiet, reserved, retiring and receptive disposition. The path is strictly dependant on opportunities. The native, although lacking in determinative ambition, is persevering and ingenious. Here the sign provides more than a usual amount of selfishness, however, this is often counteracted by sympathy for the troubles.of others and by a sense of justice which the native develops when the intelligence awakens. He is very orderly, critical, systematic and often self centered and is rarely understood on first acquaintance. The native thrives best in a business atmosphere and although never lazy or afraid to work he prefers to use his wits whenever they will serve. The 2nd Drekkana of Virgo ascending awakens the independence of the native and makes the native thoroughly practical and well adapted for all business pursuits. It also furnishes him with some artistic inclinations, and/or musical ability. Fate is mainly determined by the social element or the political world in which distinction is generally sought and obtained. Wealth is acquired through industry, thrift and by adopting practical common sense methods in business organization. The 3rd Drekkana of Virgo rising accentuates all the business and practical tendencies of the sign Virgo and adds intuition to the mental qualifications for acquiring wealth where financial enterprise is concerned. It is fortunate for fate as it affects the general disposition by adding determination to all the Virgo characteristics. There is usually considerable artistic ability.
The 1st drekkana Libra ascending suggests a courteous, affable, kind and affectionate disposition. The fate is mostly in the hands of others, as there is little ability to mould or alter circumstances. The native is controlled principally by feeling and intuition, more so than reason. He is keen of observation, fond of company, and generally very artistic, refined and truly sympathetic. There is not much energy or incentive to action, and consequently life tends to run in grooves as the native is prone to lean on others for support. The 2nd Drekkana of Libra ascending accentuates the sympathetic side of the native. The native may be remarkably intuitive, and generally take a keen delight in social intercourse, loving and appreciating all that pertains to the social side of life. Fate is affected by friends and associates, so much so as to make the native a slave, to friends and attachments. The 3rd Drekkana of Libra rising weakens the influence of the sign as a whole, and tends to make life more or less unfortunate. However, somewhere in the horoscope there is usually an influence which provides the native with natural ability to rise up from unfortunate situations and to benefit through the experience. If the native should, however, succumb to restlessness, and impatience it can work to his detriment. This position of Libra suggests that the native can improve his fate through education.
The first drekkana of Scorpio rising depicts a reserved, shrewd, secretive and proud disposition. There are two distinct types of people born under this sign, the extremely ignorant and the highly mystical. The former are inquisitive, deceitful, jealous and treacherous while the latter are prudent self-controlled and highly dignified. In many respects this is an unusual sign as it produces natives of one extreme or the other. The weakest people born under this influence are those who have no control over their criminal senses while the strongest are the mystical and intelligent. When the 2nd drekkana of Scorpio ascends it accentuates either of the extremes mentioned above. Fate is usually unfortunate and often disastrous. If the native is born into a wretched environment he rarely succeeds in raising himself above mediocrity. The natives of this position seldom produce their own opportunities and their life is simply in the hands of chance. The 3rd Drekkana of Scorpio rising awakens the sensitive nature of the sign and provides a keen desire for emotional attachment thus reducing the selfishness inherent in Scorpio's influence. However this position of Scorpio increases the jealous tendencies of the native. He will have to be extremely careful of this otherwise it may ruin his life.
The first drekkana of Sagittarius rising denotes an open-minded, honest, sympathetic and generous disposition. The native is highly impressionable, though fond of liberty and independence. He is often reckless extravagant and careless. When undeveloped he is thoughtless, erratic and rebellious but when intellectually awakened he is philosophical, a lover of law and order, peaceful and intuitive. The 2nd drekkana rising depicts the impulsive and headstrong tendencies of the sign as a whole. It also indicates that the native goes to extremes in exhausting his mental and physical energy. The native of this position must be very careful not to become over-excited. If he can not learn to control his excitability mental and nervous disorders are indicated. He must cultivate his powers of self-control and learn to conserve his energy. When the third drekkana of Sagittarius ascends it awakens the better half of this dual sign and it incites the intuition and provides the native with the ability to prophesize and forsee the future. It increases the love nature of the sign and makes the native very demonstrative and ardent in affection. The native must be careful of his impressionable nature as it can accentuate his problems. He may find himself drifting aimlessly from one relationship to another without appreciating the true value any of them.
The 1st drekkana of Capricorn in the ascendant provides an ambitious, persevering plodding, and persistent disposition. Fate is determined by the moral growth and the power to organize and rise above the difficulties of the early environment. The native is basically reserved, firm and self-reliant and anxious to be at the head of affairs. The Capricorn influence provides the native with tremendous potential for tact, prudence, and progress both financially and socially. The 2nd drekkana of Capricorn rising incites the ambitious qualities of the native and provides him with a persistent driving nature. He is inclined towards conservative and orthodox conditions. This position of Capricorn strengthens the character and indicates that the native will be a strong willed person. The 3rd drekkana of Capricorn ascending modifies the self-reliance of the sign but strengthens intellectual and mental qualifications. If the native can manage to obtain a good education the indications are that he will become a useful and important member of society. Circumstance will dictate the life of the native, much more than the ability to rule his own destiny.
The first Drekkana of Aquarius ascending implies a refined sympathetic, and humane disposition. Fate depends upon the nature of friends and acquaintances the native gathers around him. He has the ability to read character, and study human nature, but he does not always act upon his own intuition. He must be careful not to let his sympathies over-rule his reason and intuition. The undeveloped Aquarian is often quiet and true, with good and kind intentions, but easily led by companions. He will often agree to do something without considering the results. The second Drekkana of Aquarius rising modifies the tendency to day-dream, as it renders the mind active and capable of intellectual attainment. It does not, however, provide sufficient continuity or concentration to qualify for literary or educational work. Fate is often affected by relatives and companions. Much of this influence will depend on the type careers and occupations in which the latter are involved. The third Drekkana ascending improves the Aquarius nature, providing more balance and a higher standard of intellect with very refined tastes and clear discrimination. This Drekkana attracts the native towards the occult and mystical side of life, as it often awakens the clairvoyant faculty. Fate is affected by marriage or love affairs, yet the native is not inclined towards marriage and he may well prefer a celibate life.
1st drekkana of Pisces ascending denotes a restless, anxious, impressionable and mediumistic disposition. Fate is rarely under the native's control, as there is some impelling force behind pushing him toward good or ill unconsciously. He is kind and just, and he tries to encourage the romantic and sentimental side of his nature. He rarely understands himself or his emotions. He is inclined to be secretive, is very receptive and often inspired. The second Drekkana of Pisces rising awakens all the latent sensitiveness of the sign Pisces. It also provides a keen internal aspiration to become a channel through which the forces of good may flow. It lessens the methodical tendency of Pisces, but increases the inclination towards economy and usefulness. This position provides the native more persistency and the ability to utilize the virtues of Pisces without all it's vices. The third Drekkana of Pisces ascending encourages the weaker side of the sign. It intensifies the selfish and jealous tendencies of the sign. Conventionality and the material side of life are cultivated. The native must carefully control these preferences or his life will be an unhappy one.
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