Käla 2002

Created by Ernst & Srishti Wilhelm
Available in English & German

Käla is a new professional-level Vedic program. Based upon the Swiss Ephemeris (with a 10,000 year date range larger than most Vedic software) and with a thoroughly researched time change atlas for 628,000 cities, it has excellent accuracy, as well as a wide range of features. Käla runs under Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, NT, and XP. Like all major Vedic programs, you can select from among many Ayanamsas (including define your own), view charts in North or South Indian formats, use the True or Mean Node, and the Solar or 360 day year.

At first glance, the main screen of Käla is so clear and simple to use that you might not realize the power and depth of the program. You can view one large chart, and eight additional tables, graphs, and/or charts at once; and change the contents of any section by right clicking on it and choosing from the menu that appears. The table of planetary positions is completely customizable. The columns include degrees, sign, retrograde/combust, dignity, nakshatra, pada, nakshatra lord and sublord, tara, BalaAdi, kaksha, speed, distance, latitude, and declination. You can delete any columns or shift them to the left or right. You can also pop up a nicely implemented tool to shift the birth time forward or backwards and watch all of the charts and tables change before your eyes, and hit function keys to switch between North and South Indian formats.

Among the charts you can select are shri pati, bhava equal, an UpaGrahas chart containing all Gulikaadi and Dhoomaadi Upagrahas and Mandi, any Varga (divisional) chart, and a padas chart. (Note: The padas chart shows the pada position by rasi for each of the houses. If you are, for example, running the rasi dasa of Scorpio and the seventh house pada is in Scorpio, relationship issues will come up in that rasi dasa.)

Those using Jaimini predictive methods will appreciate the many features in Käla that support this approach (e.g. the ability to search for yogas based on rasi aspects, the chara dasa system, padas charts, etc.).

The tables include planetary aspects, Tajika aspects, aspects to houses, Chara Karakas, Shayanadi Avasthas, Special Lagnas, UpaGraphas, and a shad bala graph. You can see Ashtakavarga values for any planet, or a Sarva Ashtakavarga table or chart. Käla also comes with predesigned screen layouts for working with Ashtakavarga, Shodashavargas, Varshaphala, Compatibility analysis, Prashna, and Transits.

One very nice feature of Käla is the ability to pop-up any number of additional charts or tables as floating squares that can be moved around and closed easily. You can use these to quickly see an additional chart or table, or stack several windows for access to more charts and tables at once. You can also open new main screens (separate windows) for as many people as you want, and you can tile or cascade the windows for easy access to them all.

Käla's Search tool gives you the ability to search the birth chart for planets and house lords in houses, signs, nakshatras, in planetary or rasi aspect to other planets, or in particular states (e.g. exalted, retrograde, defeated in a war, etc.). You can search for day or night births, for a waxing or waning Moon, and benefic or malefic Moon (based upon Paksha Bala); and also search the navamsha, Chandra or Surya lagna, Atmakaraka lagna, karakamsa lagna, and svamsa lagna charts for planets in signs or houses (depending upon the type of chart). The Search tool allows you to combine criteria with AND and OR logic. For example, you could search for Mars in debilitation AND Mars aspected by Saturn AND Lord of the 8th in Aries OR Scorpio. In viewing the search results screen, you can click on any number of charts to open them into new windows. I found the search tool amazingly fast and effective.

One of the more unusual breakthroughs Käla offers is in its interpretive text. While owners of Western astrology software are used to their programs producing well-written delineations in modern language, up to now Vedic programs have either primarily or exclusively used ancient Vedic classics as their source of content. There are several problems with using classical texts for reports: 1. They present the most extreme manifestations of specific configurations, e.g. your mother will die young. 2. They completely ignore context, i.e. don't take into account modifying factors, so that in a report, one paragraph can completely contradict the previous one. 3. The examples are archaic, e.g. you will contract leprosy, own many elephants, etc. 4. Many combinations are simply described as being good or bad, or with too few descriptors.

Ernst Wilhelm, the creator of Käla, has also authored several books and has a fine grasp of the subtleties of Vedic interpretation. As a result, Käla offers many sections of skillfully written modern delineations. In its section on Core Yogas, for example, the software first makes sure that the conditions for the yoga are met (which many programs do not do adequately) and then it defines the conditions for the yoga, adds quotes from the classical scriptures (in italics), and then gives the modern meaning of each yoga. Many of the yogas are explored in more depth in Käla than in any of the Vedic books that I've read. Here's an example of one of the shortest of the delineations:

Sankha "conch shell" Yoga The 5th and 6th lords in mutual angles, and the lagna lord strong. "One will be endowed with wealth, spouse, sons, and land. Having a life of enjoyment, one is also kindly disposed, compassionate, propitious, intelligent, meritorious, beneficent, and long-lived. One has knowledge of the sacred scriptures, is well conducted, and may live one year after the tale of eighty is completed. One has the authority to discipline or to punish."

The Sankha Yoga formed by the first condition of the 5th and 6th lords in mutual angles supports self-employment or authority and rids the native of performing service. It also indicates a healer or doctor very capable of removing disease in the event that other factors in the horoscope indicate a healer.

Käla provides an entire report delineating each planet as the lord of the houses it rules. These interpretations are again well-written and based upon the Lagna (rising sign) at birth. Here's an example for the Moon in a Leo Lagna chart:

Moon as 12th Lord The Moon is the Lion's den, the Lion basking in the Sun, as well as the thorn in his paw, his hidden sensitivity. The Moon, as the 12th lord, indicates that retreat and seclusion are necessary for the Leo native's mental and emotional wellbeing. The sensitive feelings, emotions, and care hidden behind the dignified personality are represented by the Moon. The Moon gives a strong desire for rest, as well as a spiritually contemplative and meditative mentality in the horoscope of a spiritual nativity. The Moon is temporally neutral due to ruling the 12th house. Bright it gives, but expensively or through lengthy investments. The Moon is also socially active, though usually extravagant or expensively so. Dark, the Moon tends towards greater mental introversion and retreat.

In Käla's Modern Delineations section, the program interprets the nodes, their aspects, and any planets in debilitation or combustion in clear modern language.

Käla also offers several sections with interpretations from the classical sources such as Jataka Parijata, Brihat Jataka, Saravali, Hora Sara, and Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, which should definitely be used only by experienced Jyotishis, and certainly not marketed. In the Delineations_Classical section, the program interprets the Lagna, and the planets by sign and the Janma Nakshatra), the planets by house, the house position of house lords, conjunctions of planets, planets in rasis aspected by other planets, and planets in the rasis aspected (with rasi aspect) by the other planets. In the Dasas-Planets, Mental Illness, Marriage and Sexuality, and the Illness and Accidents sections, Käla presents all of the yogas in a person's chart pertaining to these themes. In the Gochara Report, the program shows the classical interpretations of transiting planetary positions relative to the natal Moon sign. One must, of course, evaluate all of the classical material in the context of the whole chart.

Käla also offers the most in-depth compatibility interpretations of any Vedic program. Based upon the Kuta system, which analyzes the relationships between the Moons of both people, Kala's report reveals the effect of each kuta's results. The Kuta report not only interprets Vedha, Rajju, Stree Dirgha, Mahendra, Nadi, Rasi, Gana, Graha Maitram, Yoni, Dina, Vasya, and Varna kutam, but also looks at both the total number of Kuta points and which factors can ameliorate the influence of other factors. While not for the general public, this report is very informative, well-written, and effective.

Käla's Transit screen shows a biwheel with the precessed transiting planets around the natal chart, with toggles to switch between Lagna, Moon, and Aries rising. The program draws aspect lines between transiting and natal planets when they are in the same navamsha portion (1 - 9). You can stop the motion, or have it move in real time, or at several accelerated rates. This screen offers several tables with the positions of all of the transiting planets and the transiting lagna by degree, sign, nakshatra, pada, sarva ashtakavarga, bhinna ashtakavarga, kaksha, and tara. Also shown is the present navamsha chart.

The Compatibility screen again shows a biwheel, this time of two people's charts. It can be oriented by either person's lagna or the sign Aries (on the left). This page shows the individual and total kuta scores for all of the planets, not just the Moon, as well as tables showing one person's planets aspecting the seconds, one person's planets in the other's houses (both of which can be switched to the other person simply), and a table of the tajika (western) aspects between the planets. You can also change the contents of the biwheel to show either person's navamsa (to compare it with the other's rasi or navamsa), or view a composite chart instead.

The Varshaphala screen is much like the main screen, but its planetary positions table shows the data for the varshaphal chart, and adds a tajika aspect table, shri pati and navamsa charts, a scrollable dasa listing for Mudda, Patyayini, or Vimshottari- 1 year dasa systems to up to 5 levels, and two tables. The first table shows the age, date and time of (precessed) return, muntha, year lord, muntha pati, janma lagna pati, varsha lagna pati, tri-rashi pati, and dina-ratri pati. The second table shows for each of the planets each of the varshaphal strengths: the pancha vargiya, dwadasha vargiya, and the harsha, and is unique to Käla. You can also popup a floating table of 40 sahams (what Westerners call Arabian Parts), and select the Varshaphal year easily.

The Prashna screen is not designed to answer questions for you, but instead as a prashna learning tool that shows you the principles you need to take into account in making an assessment based upon a chart for the moment. Like on the main screen, a large chart is displayed, for the present time, and a drekkana, navamsa, and Vedic Equal House chart are also shown. There is also a scrollable 1 year Vimshottari Dasa listing, a planetary positions table, a table of the hora, yama sukra position, and the meanings of the Chandra kriya, vela, and avastha. Another table shows the positions of gulika, trisphuta, trisphuta navamsa, chatursputha, panchasputha, pranasputha, dehasputha, mrityusputha, and sukshma trisputha. You can view a screen of many classical prashna factors for the chart, from 12 classical books on prashna, for both the success/failure and general indications, and for nine additional topics including illness, marriage, financial gains, purchasing, and lost articles. Finally, you can select an arudha for the prashna.

Käla has come a long way in a very short time, and its creator has wonderful plans for its future, including a Muhurta module showing a calendar of auspicious dates, more countries in the atlas, and additional Jaimini dasas. Käla's ease of use is exceptional, its custom-designed screens for compatibility, varshaphal, transits, and prashna are excellently designed, and the quality of its modern Vedic interpretations are unparalleled. Käla is a fine asset to both beginning students and advanced Jyotishis alike.

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