What is Karaka in Astrology


Karaka is a very popular word in astrology and in Sanskrit dictionary Karaka means a operator, factor,  and who or what produces. Karaka is a planet which controls certain factors in astrology. In Parasara astrology, there are 2 types of Karakas. They are Sthira Karaka and Naisargika karaka. In Jaimini astrology, the Karakas are known as Charakaraka

Sthirakaraka are these

Strong planet in Sun or Venus becomes the Karaka of Father

Strong planet in Moon or Mars becomes the Karaka of Mother

Mars becomes the Karaka of Younger siblings and Spouse’s Siblings

Mercury becomes the Karaka of Maternal relatives

Jupiter becomes the karaka of Husband, Son, paternal relatives

Venus becomes the karaka of Wife, parents-in-law, maternal grandparents

Saturn becomes the karaka of Elder siblings

 These are Chara karakas( Jaimini Astrology)

These  Chara Karakas: They are calculated based on the degrees of the planet. The degrees are seen through the descending order

Atma Karaka – The indicator of the  soul

Amatya Karaka – The indicator of career

BhratruKaraka – The indicator of siblings

Matru Karaka – The indicator of mother

PitruKaraka – The indicator of father

Puthra Karaka – The indicator of children

Gnaathi Karaka – Indicator of obstacles

Dhara Karka – Indicator of spouse

Naisargika Karaka

 Sun:  soul , vitality,  father, eyes  health, east direction and dawn : Karaka of the 1st house ( Lagna), 10th (Career), 9th, and 5th houses.

 Jupiter:   – Family, wealth matters, expansion, happiness, finances,  children, guru-teachers, religion, fortune, elder brothers: Karakaka of the 2nd , 5th, 9th, and 11th houses. The Nortth East direction

 Mars: Mangala – Courage, younger siblings, strength or stamina, blood, war, defense, enemies: Karaka of the 3rd, 6th, 4th, 5th houses. The south direction

 Moon:   Mother, compassion, feelings, mind & emotions, milk and ghee , divine medicine, herbs, water,   pearls, the evening: Karaka of the 4th, 1st and 11th houses, and the NW direction.

 Venus:   -spouse, partner,  martial relationships, vehicles, sexual pleasures, fluids, perfumes, dance , music, song,  : Karaka of the 7th house, 4th house, 12 house . The SE direction.

 Mercury:   speech, learning, memory, intellect, analytical power, friends, business, and literature, mathematics: Karaka of the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 10th and 11th houses and owner of the North direction.

 Saturn:   longevity, delay, grief, losses, ailments, limps, humiliations, hard labor, imprisonment, renunciation, lower class. Karaka of the 8th, 6th, 5th and 12th and the  west direction.
 Rahu: accidents, occult knowledge, life in a foreign land, poisons, skin diseases, arguments, darkness. Karaka of the 7th, 9th and 6th houses.  It indicates  SW direction.
Ketu:- occult knowledge, moksha, detachment, isolation,  imprisonment. Karka of the 12th, 9th and 8th houses. It indicates NW direction.