Lal Kitab is a single treatise written in old Urdu , with no
mention of authorship ; the reason as to why the writer chose
to remain anonymous is not clear , but it seems that he was
not interested in getting any credit . The Divine instruction
to do so is also not ruled out.
The conventional Hindu school of astrology is based on many
great , voluminous works by our rishis and munis . The most
famous and perhaps the most respected of these is Brihat Parashara
Hora Shastra, written by the great sage Maharishi Parashara
. In view of this, the conventional Hindu school of astrology
is frequently and justifiably referred to as the Parashari system
of astrology. Needless to mention this and other similar texts
are in Sanskrit, the literate language of India.
The Parashari system is one of pure astrology and refrains
from even mentioning other methods of Divination (foretelling)
such as numerology and palmistry. This could be understood in
light of the fact that astrology, palmistry and numerology have
progressed in Indian sub-continent as independent, unrelated
and hence competitive sciences.
In contrast, the Lal Kitab is a treatise on astro-palmistry
; astrology and palmistry complement and supplement each other
instead of competing and deleting each other. For example, in
Lal Kitab ,if the sun is in 2nd house of a native's horoscope,
he must possess a certain kind of sun-line in his palm. Since
the hand is always available, the horoscope can be verified
and even cast on the basis of the hand's print, called a palmoscope,
In Parashar Hora, the determining inputs for prediction are:
- the birth chart
- the influencing periods or dasas as they are called
- and the transit movement of planets called the gochar.
Indian astrology is unique in having the dasa system, the most
popular of them being the vimsottari dasa system.
The Lal Kitab refers only to the birth chart, and its own unique
number chart to cast the Lal Kitab varshphal or yearly chart of
the native. Predictions are made on the basis of the birth and
the yearly chart cast .Needless to mention, Lal Kitab does not
believe in the dasas and the gochar
While in the Parashari method, Sun is regarded as the king
of all planets and hence the most important factor in the horoscope,
in the Lal Kitab, Jupiter or Deva Guru Bhrispati ( the preceptor
of all gods, including Sun ) is given the supreme status.
Interpretations of placement of planets in rasis and houses
vary greatly in both. For example Jupiter in Cancer in 1st house
is regarded as excellent by Parashar pundits, the Lal Kitab
considers this placement as average. Instead the best house
for Jupiter is 2nd and not 1st , and Cancer is not the best
sign for it. Similarly pisces for moon is bad and scorpio for
moon is good in Lal Kitab ; the last part will amaze many because
in Parashari school moon is debilitated in scorpio.