What is Karakamsa in Jaimini Astrology? A deeper look
Karakamsa is a term mainly used in Jaimini sutra, or Jaimini astrology. In Jaimini there are seven karakas which represents different things in your life. Based on their degrees they play a certain role in the horoscope. From the highest to the lowest (7th) degree, planets are given a certain karaka name. The planet with the highest degree in the horoscope which is between 0-30 degrees, becomes the atmakaraka. Planet closest to the 30th degree is the atmakarka. This excludes Rahu, Ketu, Neptune, Uranus and Pluto. These planets are not part of the Jaimini. Once you add these plantes in Jaimini your entire prediction will be wrong.
Once you figure out which planet is the atmakaraka, look at the sign placement of that planet in the navamsa chart. This is known karakamsa: Placement of atmakaraka in Navamsa. This is sign and house placement both for D9 (Navamsa chart). Such placements give a much clear indication of the native's spiritual and professional life. Through the placement of karakamsa one can see what the soul or 'Atma' is desiring. How it wants the life to be live and viewed on this three dimensional plain. There is a lot more information on this besides this small article, but due to tremendous amount of interest in Jamini which has been invoked through my videos, I am obligated to write about it, at least what I have learned.
One thing you can see with karakamsa is the soul's ability to reach the next level of salvation or a higher frequency lokha (world). When looking at the placement of atmakarkaa in navamsa, you should see what planet is sitting in 12th from the atmakarka planet, if any. This will tell what will happen to the soul. A malefic planet like Saturn, Mars or Rahu sitting 12th from atmakarka or Karakamsa shows that souls still has many lessons to learn before elevating itself to a higher plain. If a benefic planet sits 12th from karakamsa, it shows that the soul has reached a point where it will move to the higher world after the death of physical body. Ketu sitting 12th from karakamsa means the soul will not go to any higher world, rather it will go back to the source energy and finally receive moksha, as in no longer returning to any dimenison for eternity, unless it wants to come back. This is just one way of using the karakamsa. If there are multiple planets sitting in 12th from the atmakaraka, then one with the highest degree in the birth chart takes the charge. But most of the time someone may not have any planets 12th from karakamsa, in such a case you will use the sign that sits and its lord. If the lord of that sign is melafic then sturggle in attaining mokhsa, if benefic then easy in attaining mokha.
If you look at 9th place from karakamsa it will show the luck and easyness the souls has in this to achieve it's spiritual studies and guidance from gurus. Malefic sitting 9th from the atmakraka will show a struggle to understand spiritual world, vs. benefic in the 9th from atmakarka will show that one has blessings to learn their way into the other lokha.
You can see many other thing swith karakamsa including one's vocation or career. This is done through a unique technique taught by K.N. Rao. He advises to take the placement of karakamsa and put it back into the birth horoscope and you will see what the soul desires truly in this life. This means that 10th from karakamsa in the d1 chart, after you have put into the right sign which is in the navamsa will show the destiny of the career one should take.
I just started learning Jaimini through K.N. Rao's books, lectures from Vaughn Paul Manley and Marc Boney; including the audio lectures of Ernst Wilhelm which decoded all the difficult sutras of Jaimini.