Saturn and Mars conjunct or aspecting

Saturn and Mars are both naturally kroor graha, ie they will always give their results in their characteristic harsh, unfeeling, cruel, turbulent etc fashion. However their results are not always as horrible as it is made out. Saturn is auspicious for the ascendant signs, Taurus, Libra, Capricorn and Aquarius. Mars is auspicious for the ascendant signs Aries, Cancer, Leo and Scorpio. Also if you have your birth Moon is any of these signs even then Saturn/Mars will support on the emotional levels. So for a small percentage of the population Saturn and Mars individually are generally auspicious. It is when they are functional malefics for your ascendant sign that they can really cause problems. And when they get together in some way then the results that they give are turbulent as they spoil the significations of the house sign involved. 

Saturn is restriction, constriction, stress, fear, deprivation etc. Practical, systematic, patient, solid, realistic. He does not take any action unless he has thoroughly thought it over and come to a conclusion that this is the right way. Hierarchy, structure, organisation, discipline, long term planning, rules, schedules, hard work, slow movement etc are his keywords. He is mature, pragmatic, a dull personality, burdened by the karmic load he has to work through. He is linked to the lowest, most grounded Muladhar chakra. He is aware of the implications, especially the karmic repercussions, of every action taken. Saturn is the material frame of your body, the skeleton. The solidest part of your body, the bones are linked to Saturn. He hits you with his precisely timed karmic bombs until you learn his lessons. And then he gives you his gains, all profits from the hard work that you have done till then are given to you in full. He is a more spread out sort of energy which maintains structures and resists change.

Mars is a warrior on the war path. He wants to challenge, compete, attack, invade, rage, fight and conquer. He is anger, sexual desire, passion, the urge to live, the drive within you. He is the vital structure of your body, Nadi and also the vital energy, Pran powering it. Mars is the fastest and lightest part of your astral self. He is located at the fiery Manipur chakra. He is also the muscle and the blood, the fast moving and reactive elements of your physical body. He wants to take advantage of every weakness, every opportunity, every chance without much thought to the consequences. Mars is the Will, the impulsive blast of focussed power. He is the the energy of birth and death, catastrophic transformation of the entire identity. He does not allow something to sustain for long as he desires and initiates change. 

So it is obvious that both have diametrically opposite natures with no evident common ground, which is the cause of conflict. If two planets are together they enhance their common qualities and generate tension where they are of dissimilar views. 

For eg, Jupiter and Venus together or aspecting, (post here). Both are uncomfortable together, give dissatisfying results, but ultimately both are Gurus. This is the common ground where they can cooperate. If you can understand this then you can make better use of their synergy. Eg if you can take up some activity related to philosophy or spiritual practice etc the Gurus will be satisfied and help, albeit in their diametrically opposite ways. But help they will as the final goal is acceptable to both. 

So if you have Mars and Saturn together in your chart, you have to find a common acceptable goal that satisfies both their energies.

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Saturn and Mars can influence each other basically in two ways. 

Scenario 1 – If both are together in the same house, ie conjunct or both are opposite each other, ie they mutually aspect via the 7th aspect. Its an uncomfortable situation, sort of a mutually assured destruction if they do not cooperate. If they cooperate then it can give good results.

Scenario 2 – If Saturn aspects Mars via his extra 3rd 10th aspect or if Mars aspects Saturn via his extra 4th 8th aspects. These extra aspects are more intense than the regular 7th aspect. Here only one of them has an effect on the other, it is not a mutual influence.  The recipient has no option to bear and endure under this aspect. This, in my opinion, is more disturbing in life than the scenario 1 above. The recipient planet will be irritated, frustrated and unable to perform. If you have charts with this combination do analyse carefully.

  • If Saturn is aspecting Mars like this then all that your Mars signifies will initially seem very promising but not work out as Saturn will not allow Mars to work freely. The keywords of the house that Mars is in, the houses that he owns and aspects. The overall functioning of Mars in your life will be affected, ie taking the right decision will be difficult, you will not have the right confidence, will feel insecure if you are to show off your passion, feel scared if you have to take an initiative. You will just keep on planning and planning waiting for the right time which will never come. You might get scared to be intimate with your spouse. Relationships with the siblings will be affected.
  • And the other way round, if Mars aspects Saturn, you will not be allowed to systematically go through the activities of that house as Mars will force his impatience on Saturn. Houses owned and aspected by Saturn will also suffer to some extent. You will never be able to plan things well, you might make schedules but Mars will force you to put them into action before you are ready. Premature actions and unwonted aggression will damage the things that Saturn stands for in your life.

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Scenario 1 – In this case, they mutually influence each other. The extent of influence will depend on their individual power, Shadbala, Vimshopak bala, Ashtakvarga scores, etc techniques of astrology. The stronger one will naturally exert more influence over the other. 

Mars will try to push ahead regardless of everything and Saturn will caution, demand that you plan first. Its just like you press the accelerator full on and then immediately stamp on the brakes. Or the other way round, you have the brake on and still you push the accelerator to the floor. This is going to damage the car and cause an accident. Similarly the keywords of the connected sign/ house suffer from indecisiveness, confusion, internally divided mindset, delayed or denied results etc. This inability to use the energy properly will spill over to the overall personality causing several issues, from behaviour to health. But here they both are mutually aspecting, thus there is still some scope of working with them and coming to an mutually acceptable understanding. The common ground is the signs and houses they are in and mutually aspecting.

eg. Suppose they are together in the 10th house.

If only one of them was here then it would have been an excellent placement. But you are now required to live your professional life with these opposing energies together. Mars will want you to jump into every opportunity with full force, commit your 100% energy immediately. Saturn will want you to plan, schedule, take permissions, think on the long term. You are required to blend these energies in a sensible manner. If you have a strong ascendant sign/ lord and birth Moon then this will be easier. You can use the following pointers to find out the best way to use them together.

  • Analyse the strengths of Saturn and Mars in the birth horoscope. Of these whichever is stronger, reinforce his qualities. But also remain conscious of the other one. If Mars is stronger you will be inclined to immediately jump into new projects. So train your mind to wait for a day, so that you can think over before commit yourself. If Saturn is stronger then you will want to wait, but Mars will chafe if you keep delaying. So the strategy is the same, give yourself reasonable time frame, eg a day to think over but then do take a decision. 
  • Check the current transits. If in transit one of the two is more powerful than the other, then use his energy as the predominant one in your work life. 
  • Behavioural changes are always a good solution. Eg you can go to the gym with your office mates. Play some games with them, this can be as simple as cross and noughts. You have to find some activities where you can combine the keywords of the 10th house, Mars and Saturn in a way which makes sense to you.
  • Note the houses owned by them and try to use their energies from there. Suppose Mars rules your 8th and is in the 10th then try to involve yourself in your in laws’ social activities. Or if your Saturn owns 6th and is the 10th then always take the side of your subordinates and lower staff, or involve yourself in some welfare programmes for them. This will satisfy the planets, ie their energies are being given an outlet so they will interfere less in each other’s way of working. And you will also feel more adjusted.
  • Further analyse their extra aspects, in our example Saturn will aspect the 12th 7th house and Mars will aspect the 1st 5th houses. Pay attention to these houses and their keywords, there is a higher possibility of causing real damage here, these parts of your life are aspected by a very uncomfortable planet.

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Similarly you can work out the energy dynamics of the mutually opposing Saturn and Mars. The thing with the 7th house from anywhere is that it drains the energy of that house in a mysterious way.

eg Suppose you have Mars in the 4th and Saturn in the 10th.

  • Here the Mars related things will cause a drain on the 10th house activities. And Saturn will drain the 4th house energies.
  • If you act in a way which expresses the Mars in your 4th house, ie take up a cause for your mother this will cause a problem for your profession in some way by increasing your aggression in the office.
  • Or the other way round, if you get very systematic in the office or get very focussed on your social image this will affect your initiative, passion, drive etc with regards to your home, landed property, vehicle, mother etc.
  • Again the solution is to think and find a balance between these two opposing planets.

Saturn and Mars are both intense forces. Both are focussed, tenacious, won’t let go of their target once they are fixed on them. While using their combined energy, always keep your final purpose in mind. Think of them as your staff who are helping you attain a goal. Eg in our example, both in the 10th house, suppose you are trying for a promotion. Use the energy of Saturn to plan out your strategy, to write your proposal, systemically lay out your achievements, get your subordinates to create a positive undercurrent, etc. And then use the energy of Mars when you go to meet your boss, display your confidence, energy and passion. Use Mars to highlight the work that Saturn has done. Or use Mars to power the plans that Saturn has laid out. In short, keep your Mind very clear on your purpose. Remember that your Mind is the boss of both Mars and Saturn. Use them to fix problems in whichever house they are in, ie use Saturn to systematically analyse and find the problem. Later use Mars to decisively fix it with his direct action. 

With this combination you cannot be very impulsive and neither can you be very systematic. You cannot openly express your outgoing passion and neither can you express your need for structure. It always feels like being torn between two extremes. So here you have to find a balance between these two ways of expressing yourself. Else this churning frustration can cause problems on several fronts including health. A spilt personality type of behaviour is possible. Saturn and Mars will fight each other in the house/sign they are in and destroy it. Another thing is that you are prone to anger. The intense flash of volcanic rage that Mars signifies and also the slow burning one, the simmering resentment which turns inwards which is linked to Saturn. You must be careful about the way you allow your temper an outlet. Eg in our example, the 10th house things can be irreversibly damaged if you lose your temper in office or you let the resentment related to the office enter your heart. You will also find yourself in legal problems in the house/sign they signify. eg if this 10th house sign is Gemini then you will face legal issues in your workplace also get into legal wrangles with your siblings, the landed property or houses you own (4th house) will be stolen from you, avoid buying your own car, use public transport. The people signified by this house/sign in life should not be trusted unnecessarily. If there are any legal documents connected to these houses keep them safely. Physical injuries are possible, fractures, ligament tears, problems with the teeth, blood pressure, muscle tears etc. I have noticed that these people suffer from kidney stones. (For kidney stones to occur, Mars, Saturn and 8th house will be connected). 

Mars and Saturn together if used in the positive sense can grant you maturity, sense, seriousness, discipline, responsibility, endurance, energy, ability to work and persist till the gains are achieved etc. If you can do some pioneering work which will benefit the society it will help you attain inner balance. 

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The effect will be reduced if you have benefics aspecting Saturn Mars. Of if you have a strong ascendant lord/sign and a strong birth Moon. The effects will be reduced in favourable Dasha periods and aggravated during the Dasha periods of Mars and Saturn. Be especially careful during Saturn Mahadasha – Mars antardasha. Also the Mars Mahadasha – Saturn antardasha, as these two sub-periods will be intense.

Even if you do not have this sort of Mars and Saturn interaction in your birth chart, you can also observe yourself and the people around you when Saturn and Mars interact during transits. eg 22nd Oct to 5th Dec 2021 Mars will be aspecting Saturn with his 4th extra aspect. So all of us will feel a strain as our individual the Mars/Libra things will try to aggressively influence the Saturn/Capricorn things in our lives as per our birth chart.

(Someone in my close family has Mars, Saturn and Rahu together, but aspected by Jupiter a major benefic for him. So if you seriously want to learn astrology you must collect the charts of your close family/friends and observe them. That is how you will really learn.)

Sadness and 12th from the Moon

Turmoil, in the real sense, is when felt on the emotional level. So when you analyse the dusham sthan, also analyse these three positions from the birth Moon too. ie In the birth Moon chart, check out which planets and signs are located in the 6th house, the 8th house and the 12th house from him. These energies will hit you on the astral, emotional, instinctive, intuitive etc levels. This sort of pain cannot be expressed openly and neither can be addressed adequately and is generalised into a generic sadness.

Having too many planets in these three houses from the Moon will create a personality which is detached from the inside. Emotional turmoil in life comes from all these connected planets. Their dashas or significant transits are the triggers and because there are so many of them, life is a continuous series of emotional hits. Eventually this will push you into serious psychological issues or turn you into an ascetic. (I know an extreme chart where there are 3 planets 6th from, 2 planets 12th from and the ascendant degree itself 8th from the birth Moon. If this was not enough, the Moon is further aspected by Saturn.)

Generally we are aware of the planets placed in the 6/8 axis from the birth Moon. We factor in the Shad Ashtak axis influence on the personality as these two planets are unable to interact meaningfully and often give traumatic results. Eg the 6/8 axis between the Moon and Jupiter is the Shakata yog. These two planets are caught in the turbulent cycle of serve or suffer / catastrophic changes and significantly affect the personality and the surrounding environment. It is wise to be careful during every time period where such planets are in charge of your life, ie their Dasha periods or significant transits. 

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But we always miss the 12th from birth Moon as it is disguised as the Anapha or the Durdhara yog which is considered auspicious. Anapha means that there are one or more planets, except the Sun, in the 12th house from the birth Moon. Durdhara means that there are one or more planets in the 12th house from and 2nd house from the  birth Moon.

In my personal observations I have seen that the Anapha or the Duradhara yog give several physical achievements, this is as per the standard books. But the planets in the 12th from the birth Moon are also a source of undefinable pain and sadness which takes its toll on the astral self.

Eg. Suppose your ascendant is Aries. Birth Moon in Cancer, 4th house. And Jupiter and Saturn in Gemini sign, 3rd house. So,

Jupiter and Saturn are 12th from the Moon, so people and things connected to these two will create emotional strain all the time. This would be,

  • the keywords of the 3rd house and Gemini sign things.
  • The keywords of the 9th 10th 11th and 12th houses, ie Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces signs.
  • Jupiter is the natural karak of higher learning, Dharmapati/ patni ie spouse, children etc.
  • Saturn is the natural agent of profession, the father who teaches how to live in a society, the social image, gains of every sort of activity etc.

All these things will cause you emotional and mental disturbances. Especially the Dasha periods, ie  Jupiter Mahadasha 16yrs and Saturn Mahadasha 19yrs, will be a seamless influence spanning 35yrs. This time will carry the power of the Anapha as well as the subtle energies of emotional loss. If both Jupiter and Saturn are strong, capable of favourable results etc, then these 35yrs will give you all the material results promised by the Anapaha, ie fame, money, social recognition, progress, expansion etc, it will be a good time on the material front. But the underlying theme will be an inexpressible stress on your mind. So as you get all these and other individual chart specific things connected to them, eg get married, get a job, have a child, are recognised socially etc, you will also feel all this to be a loss on the emotional levels. There will be no sense of satisfaction, a subtle strain will pervade each one of these things even as you gain them.

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I have written several posts on the 12th house energies (Index page). When you are analysing the 12th from the Moon you have to remember that all these typical 12th energies of dissolution will operate but now through the lens of the Moon. And the Moon is your existence, past, present future and parallel.

Another thing that we miss analysing is the attributes of the signs, especially so if they are empty. Any sign which is placed 6th 8th or 12th from the Moon, vacant or occupied, should be given the same importance as the planets placed here. In our example, the 12th house from the birth Moon is the sign Gemini. So you will face emotional turmoil from the agents of Gemini sign, ie siblings, people younger than you, teammates, people with the same skills as you, neighbours, extended family etc. You will also feel conflicted when you take decisions or try to create options for yourself or try to walk on a path where personal courage is necessary. If you calculate the Dasha using any Rashi based system, eg the Kaalchakra Dasha, the time periods ruled by Gemini will give you significant material achievements and also the linked typical emotional confusion which is the energy of the 12th house from the Moon. 

Next, analyse the ruler of this 12th from the birth Moon sign as he too has a similar effect on the mind. In our example, Dasha periods or significant transits of Mercury will have the same theme of emotional losses and high material gains. He is the primary incharge of the emotional memories from your past lives and also the memories of your ancestors that you carry in your DNA. We connect more with others if we ‘feel’, so this 12th ruler can grant access to a lot of wisdom, if you can become consciously aware of what he is upto in your life. But this is inherently difficult as he does not allow any conscious individualistic control over him. You cannot rationally analyse him. Another point is to observe people born in Dasha periods of such 12th from the Moon planets. These will be very successful individuals, but in some way separate from their achievements, isolated, self-contained, apart, ie not fully there.

So in our example, if you were born in the Dasha of Jupiter, Saturn or Mercury, you will have this all pervading sense of unbelonging, a ‘sadness’ right from your birth and which will possibly continue till the physical death. But you will be a successful individual in the eyes of the world. (I know a chart born in Saturn Mahadasha, Pisces Moon. And Saturn placed 12th from his ascendant sign, double dose of 12th energies.)

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The 12th house is quite mysterious, more so from the birth Moon. Here the planets are capable of giving you significant power over your subconscious mind. But only if you can manage to overcome the psychic disturbance that they cause to your astral self. If the personality is strong enough, these planets in the 12th from the Moon can grant a deeper understanding of the astral, the occult, past lives, other dimensions, ancestors in Pitrulok, decipher messages from entities, etc. You can simply ask for information, energy or guidance and it will be readily given to you. 

But in typical Dasha/ transits, the negative effect of the planets will be seen on the birth Moon. As the 12th house increases its influence over the mind, it pulls towards its unfathomable depths. Your soul’s past life emotional memories are linked to this house so impressions from several lives impinge on the mind. Your current life may seem insubstantial or you may actually feel confused as to which life you are actually in. Such disturbances may manifest as lack of emotional control, emotionally inappropriate behaviour, mood swings, inability to cope with the emotional aspects of the situations you are in etc.

Enormous information will be channeled into your mind, so you might haze out as your mind takes time to process it. You might want to isolate yourself on the emotional level to be able to deal with what is happening to you. These times periods will be busy on the astral levels, so you will dream more vividly, have more flashes of intuition etc, a sense of non-realness will exist. If these planets are strong then you will be able to use these astral experiences in a more productive manner, ie assimilate them more easily into your life. You might take up meditation, travel to natural/ remote areas, even sleep more etc, this will help. You will feel an emotional separation from the material things represented by these planets even as they give you more and more physical gains. 

Several planets placed 12th from the Moon, will give more intense effects. I have written about planets in the 12th from the ascendant sign, so try to think of the emotional ramifications of these planets when you are analysing in context of the Moon. Especially if the ascendant lord or Ketu is placed 12th from the Moon there will be more intense effects on the Mind.

  • The ascendant lord is 12th from the Moon, will deny emotional satisfaction in everything. Ability to meaningfully emotionally connect with someone or something else will be lacking. You will be emotionally contained within your own mind, not really aware of your deepest emotions. Sharing your feelings will be difficult and only with those rare people with whom you are very closely intimate. Really trusting others may not be easy, as you subconsciously expect everything to cause you emotional loss. You are emotionally disconnected with your personality itself, this happens because you cannot recognise the emotional boundaries of your own self/ environment which is the domain of the ascendant lord.
  • Ketu placed 12th from the birth Moon should always be evaluated carefully. The astral realms will be very busy as in addition to your past life emotional imporessions, your ancestral spirits are very much there. You might have no deep emotional relationships in the waking life. Messages from the ancestors or spirit guides are strongly shown to you. All this can get very confusing, as you seem to ‘hear’ their voices in your mind. Your Mind has no defences. ie Ketu is the nebulous undefinable and in the 12th house from the Moon he does not allow you to be aware of what all causes losses to your astral, emotional, intuitive, subconscious self. This can put you in dangerous situations where your mind can crack due to the strong unstoppable flow of astral energies. Your mind can be overloaded for no apparent reasons and this can lead to emotional collapses and later physical problems.

As usual, if your birth Moon, ascendant sign and its lord is strong, ie has good shadbala, ashtakvarga score etc then you will be more able to navigate through. If not then you should be aware of what is possible and take corrective actions in time to reduce the impact.

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If you have any planet in the 12th from the Moon, check the power of the 9th house from the Moon. If the 9th is strong, ie has powerful planets, is capable of auspicious results, is aspected by benefics etc then you will be able to better use the energies of the 12th. The pure astral nature of the results will change as you will be able to in some way translate them into the current life that you are living.

If there are significant or several planets here, make it a point to remain in solitude or with nature once in a while, it will help. Also do things which will fortify your Moon, ie the mind. 

Finally again, these undefinable intense feelings are not going to affect the physical achievements. Generally the material things in life will be quite good as promised by the Anapha or the Durdhara yog. But the feeling of not completely being there will persist. Genuine enjoyment in those achievements will not be possible. You might desire things which you do not consciously understand. Most of us will classify this indescribable feeling as a deep sadness, a loss on the emotional levels and the rare few will use this feeling to push onwards on their path to Moksh.

(In my life, am going through a combined Mahadasha of 2 very strong planets in the Anapha yog. 20+yrs of a lot of material achievements, with the concurrent effect on the Moon.)

Why different techniques in Jyotish

A simple post today, in response to a feedback that my blog is getting too astrologically rarefied. 

We understand if a planet is going to give auspicious or inauspicious effects by analysing their natural natures, functional roles, linked signs, houses, their several strengths, the avasthas, the yogs, aspects, divisional charts and so on. There is an over-abundance of techniques in Jyotish that the student often gets confused. But these techniques are necessary as you are analysing real life. No real situation is black or white, there are always so many variables, extenuating factors, mitigating circumstances in every interaction and in every situation. 

Generally we use the ascendant sign as the centre of the horoscope for our predictions or the birth Moon or the birth position of the concerned planet. This is how we learn Jyotish, in steps, by breaking down the analysis into bite-sized portions. But real life does not work like that, it is a connected whole. Every house, every sign, every planet, is at the center of your chart. All these represent various energies that are present in you and in your life, all the time. As an astrologer, you have to be able to combine all these data to get the answer which makes sense to you. (And what makes sense to you may not make sense to me.) So we have a plethora of techniques. Every planet contributes to every situation in some way or the other. As an astrologer, you will have to judge the different principles, concepts, case-studies etc and come to a conclusion. So though there will be several Jyotish software and apps, the real predictions will always come from a human Jyotishi. 

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Analysing a planet is a complex process so here are some relatable examples to help understand why we use the techniques we do.

Eg Your mother has a certain idea about your personality. You behave with her in a certain way and she reciprocates in a certain way. But your father has a completely different idea of you which is accurate from his perspective. Your behaviour with him is different from the way you interact with your Mom. Similarly your spouse, child, friends, business partners, boss, staff, everyone thinks of you in their own different way, each of which is perfectly valid from their point of view. You interact with them in different ways and they respond differently. Thus learn to see the planets in several different ways depending on the question that the client asks, the situation that we put the planet into, the environment he is in, the actions he is supposed to take. 

Eg A strong Sun will give power and a superb political reach, genius level intelligence, but most likely a limited connect with the spouse, inability to create deeply felt one-one relationships etc. You cannot reduce a planet to just ‘favourable’ or ‘unfavourable’, the context and the perception of the ‘desired result’ is crucial.

Eg Suppose your 2nd house is very strong, you are the ideal family member. In this, your 7th house is below par, so individual interactions with the spouse cause strain. And the 5th house is fortified by benefics, so your interactions with your child are pleasing. And the 4th and 10th house lords are conjunct, so you feel happier when you are interacting with both parents together. In the same family setting, there are subtly different results depending on the planets/ houses and their strengths.

Eg You want to get married, you have clear criteria for the ideal husband. You find this guy and marry him. Next you want to start a business. You have your clear criteria for an ideal business partner. You love your husband and appreciate his qualities as a ‘husband’, but you do not go into business with him as he does not have the qualities you want in your ‘business partner’. Both husband and business partner are primarily seen from the 7th house. For husband, the 5th 8th 9th etc also play an important role. For a business, the 10th 11th would be additionally relevant. Similarly for the planets. What is it that you want the planet to do?

Eg You have a job which involves working in office and going for field tours. You like the tour part as travelling feels exciting but you feel suffocated sitting at the office desk. Main reason is that 5 of your planets are in moveable signs. This is your innate nature, abilities and disabilities. Similarly a planet and the signs have several linked activities. They feel comfortable powering a particular activity and neutral/ uncomfortable about the others. Thus analyse the innate nature of the planet/sign and combine it with the functional nature for insights on channelising his energy in the work he likes doing best.

Eg You get a significant promotion, power and visibility increases, but you are posted in a different town. An enviable job profile and family time reduced to a weekend/ month. An outcome is good from one perspective but not from the other. This change occurred when the trigger planet Saturn’s transit in Capricorn was favourable from the ascendant sign, Leo but not from the birth Moon in Taurus. Same planet gives different results from different viewpoints.

Eg You do house work and office work, but enjoy the housework more. It gives you more satisfaction seeing your neat and clean house. Your 4th house lord is in Jagrut state and 10th house lord is in Sushupti. You are more aware when you are setting things right in your house rather than in the office.  The Avasthas are used to gain more insights of this sort. A planet in Jagrut avastha is more aware of the surroundings, more practical, more physical world oriented. A Swapna avastha planet is more imaginative, creative, willing to experiment etc. And a planet in the Sushupti avastha is in deep sleep, he is highly content and not really connected to the material things around him. Someone I know has all his planets in the Swapna or Sushupti avastha. He is not bothered about the material world, is genius level intelligent, creative etc but does not have the least desire to put his these things into physical form. 

Eg Your mindset is more suited for teaching small children, 4th house Mercury. But you are a officer supervising a prison, 10th lord is aspected by Saturn connected to the 12th house. This is diametrically opposite from your natural inclinations, but professional ethics require that you perform. This example is somewhat similar to what a planet feels in his Maran karak sthan.

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Eg You are a sportsperson, a long distance swimmer. You dress up and get ready to compete, but you are taken to a desert and dropped into the ‘sea of sand’ and told to ‘swim’ your way across. This is the concept of debilitation. The environment of the sign is completely unsuitable to the nature of the planet. Such planets are supremely uncomfortable and unable to do much positive stuff.

Eg You go for a movie with your girlfriend. Her Dad sitting in the row right behind you staring at you. This cramps your style. Thus aspects of planets like Saturn and Mars do not allow the others to act freely, put restrictions or threaten violence.

Eg You and your business partner are meeting a client. You set up the meeting in your office room. This important interaction is happening in your own room so you are more confident during the meeting. The client is more impressed by you. Your firm gets the account and the investor insists that you personally handle it. So if there are 2 planets in a house and has one of them has more power, more confidence then he gets the deciding vote on the activities of that house. Evaluate this sort of power using the Shad Bala concepts.

Eg in a similar meeting you and your partners are trying to secure a client. You are the one seated at the head of the table and because of your leading position you aggressively push the firm’s agenda. Again the client wants you to handle the account. This is the Graha yuddha, where the planet at the top position dominates.

Eg A client is trying to decide between your and a rival firm. You tell him that yours is a 4th generation firm, in the same business for the past 100yrs. The rival firm is 2yrs old. You get the client. The power of the result is rooted in the divisional charts. If its source is deep within, then more complete results are expected. This is the Vimshopak Bala.

Eg A client is trying to find more about your firm before he engages you. He asks around and 7 different people come forward and say that you are a very good worker and your firm is the best. They also pledge to support your firm. This is the Ashakvarga, where you analyse how the other planets support the planet in question. 

Eg Cancer ascendant, Venus exalted in the 9th house. The 9th house is the bhavat bhavam of the 11th. So he will give gains, ancestors will help, elderly female teachers will teach, female deities will give blessings, it will be wonderful. But he is the badhak lord so these 9th things fail to support unless the person understands how the Badhak energies create his life foundations. Badhak is the difference between overt and subtle results. The barrier you have to deeply understand and firmly cross.

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Writing these tiny examples felt like writing mini stories. But this is what you have to do. The planets also represent real life situations. So do not always think of them to be esoteric and spiritual, they are also regular guys operating in a fixed system of rules and regulations.

The very many techniques of Jyotish are necessary and each one gives clarity on one subtle aspect of the situation. So before getting into the math and tables of the technique, try to find out what its concept is all about. This way you can avoid asking questions like, ‘ashtakvarga is good, but planet strength is low, so will be planet be favourable or unfavourable’. There is no answer to these sort of questions. Work out for yourself how this planet performs in your life by studying your chart and life situations.

An important component is the effect of these material results on the Mind. How much ever ‘good’ the result may be, if it does not give satisfaction to the Mind then it cannot considered to be auspicious. Analysing this part can be tricky as this depends on the individual perspective.

Eg. Your 4th house has your 11th house lord in it and Ketu is conjunct the 8th lord in your birth chart. In transit Ketu shifts into your 4th house. You receive a huge amount of money from your mother. But it comes after her sudden death, as a legacy in her will. Would you consider this to be a favourable or unfavourable result?

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Another example, you know that the position of a planet from the Ascendant sign will give physical, tangible results. Suppose your Sun in the 4th house, this is how you will analyse. This is just a small glimpse of the very many things which this simple placement can tell.

  • Typical 4th house keywords so he will give you a job in the government set-up. The residence and vehicle will also be from the government. Your mother will be a government employee. She will be a Sun dominated personality.
  • If this Sun is aspected by benefics, your inner motivation will be to work for your homeland and protect it in some way or the other. You are a patriot at heart. 
  • If this Sun is aspected by malefics then though you work for the government you will try to put in your selfish motives into it, perhaps engage in corruption or behave in ways inimical to the nation or at the extreme become a traitor. There will be loads of self ego.
  • If this Sun is the Badhak lord for your ascendant sign, then he will give a slow growth in the profession, ie bring in hurdles from time to time. He will cause you stress from your mother, homeland, landed property etc.
  • If this Sun is the ruler of the 2nd placed in the 4th then you will earn significant money and make close connections in the governmental and political setup during the course of your job.
  • If this Sun is conjunct your 7th house lord, then you will meet your spouse in your government job or the spouse will be a government employee too.
  • If this Sun is in the Sushupti avastha, these things granted by him will not affect your ego as you go about your work. 

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Finally, yes/ no questions. ‘Should I do so-and-so thing or not? Should I marry this person? Should I take up this job? Should I do this mantra?’. Yes or No, the questioner wants clear directions because he does not want to decide for himself.

And clients get addicted to astrology sessions. Following directions is more comforting than deciding for oneself. Once I heard an astrologer boasting that ‘—— person does not do anything unless he asks me first’.  Most people are scared to take decisions because if something goes wrong, they will have no one to blame for it. A practitioner should never answer Yes and No questions. eg If you tell a client, ‘yes, get married to this woman’, you take on part of his karma on the energy levels. On practical levels, if something goes wrong the client will blame you. For the client too, this sort of question is wrong. He is asking for clear direction, giving the astrologer the power to decide what he should be doing. This interferes with his free will and has karmic implications.

The astrologer and the client have different perspectives. Eg If I see problems due to ancestors, I would suggest he repay their debts. A ritual of about 3-4 hrs and some Rs5000/-. I might think this to be urgent because I may see those angry spirits standing behind the client. He may not. So I suggest and leave it at that. He knows the solution, whether to do it now or later or not do it at all is his free will, nothing to do with me.

A genuine astrologer will open your horoscope and tell you things about yourself, the situation and lay out the possible options. If the horoscope is capable of giving good results, there will be more and potentially auspicious options. If the horoscope is of lower quality, malefic influences and uncomfortable planets, the number of options are lesser and the potential benefits will be lesser. He will discuss the options and suggest remedies. But the choice on which option to act on is wholly the client’s. The client is responsible for his own life and should take his own decisions.

Everyone should take responsibility for what happens to them in life. You can ask your parents, your spouse, your teacher or your astrologer for their opinions. Also request your source of faith to give you the intelligence to choose the correct path and the courage to walk on it. But the final choice, the action and its implications are yours alone.

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Curses or Blessings are energy

Curses or blessings are an energy charged with intention. In case the intention is auspicious then it would be a blessing and obviously an intention linked to an unfavourable result would be a curse.

Curses शाप are possible in the current age. A curse is an imprecation, malediction, constraint, prohibition, restriction or a ban. An intention designed to cause negativity, suffering or harm to the recipient. And at low levels, this happens a lot. Eg your maid mentally curses you because you made her do extra work without pay, or you swear at that taxi driver who overcharged you. These low level curses are a part of the daily grind, at max they will make you feel bad briefly but will not cause much/ lasting harm.

Blessings ie Ashirwad आशीर्वाद are also possible. A very basic eg, you feel grateful to your spouse for something he does for you and this warmth in your heart is also a blessing, a positive energy which goes to him from you. Or your parents and elders give you blessings when you touch their feet, chunks of positive energy. These benedictions add to the generic shell of positive energy surrounding you.

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But then there are the high powered curses which do cause genuine harm. Here are a few examples,

Curses powered by mantra siddhi and hurt emotions – Someone who has been living a very Satvik life, doing daily pujas and Sadhana, following the directions of the Guru, a high level spiritual aspirant.

  • Such a yogi level person in rare circumstances can still lose his temper. If he lashes out and curses someone in a fit of rage, then what he has said will happen to that person. His spiritual merit / punya powers this curse and causes harm to the recipient. His own merit also gets reduced a bit by this outburst. 
  • Another possibility is that this aspirant can, in rare circumstances, feel deeply hurt by someone else’s behaviour. And though he consciously may not say or do anything, the pain gets transformed into a curse for the other. This energy causes great harm to the recipient and also drains the spiritual merit of the aspirant. eg. I know such a person who cursed her own daughter in a fit of intense emotional pain and she suffered for years. Obviously the aspirant too suffered. 
  • So it is essential that a genuine aspirant first learn to control his own mind, reduce his sense of personal self-ego, only then increase the intensity of his sadhana and his energy levels. 
  • And if you are a regular person, then make it a point to avoid needlessly angering or hurting such high level aspirants. If you cannot respect them, keep away from them.

Curses powered by mantra siddhi and desire for power – There are aspirants who perform anushthans ie targeted rituals with intention for mantra siddhi and eventually achieve it. But their objective is not self-realization, rather a desire for material power and fame by using the power of this mantra.

  • Generally these practitioners do pujas for others for them to achieve their goals. They charge their clients money. If these people intend maledictions, they consciously channelise the power of their mantra energy they have gained to amplify the negative intentions. These intentions may be unethical or immoral but this does not matter to this practitioner as he is chasing money. These pujas damage the client, the recipient and also the practitioner. 
  • Astrologers who give scary predictions on purpose to create repeat clients fall in this category. When an astrologer reads someone’s chart, he is using the power of his own 5th house and the client’s 9th house to do so, ie this is a function of the astrologer’s Mantrasiddhi and the client’s Purvapunya. But rather than reinforcing the client’s 9th house he is using the power of his 5th house to damage it. This causes suffering to the client and the practitioner both. 
  • Such type of practitioners often die bad deaths. 

Curses powered by rituals which involve killing birds/animals – The lowest level of practitioners are those kill living beings and use the energy released by their physical death to power intentions of causing harm. People approach these ‘tantriks’ and pay them to get this sort of work done. Unfortunately these examples are extremely common and cause damage to the recipient, the practitioner and the people who get this ritual done. (If you are a practising astrologer, never read charts of people who do these things.) In Sanatan Dharma, you cannot kill another being and use its death energy like this, it is the worst karma possible. The only Bali permissible in Dharma is breaking a coconut with intention. And people do this too! Power their curses by breaking coconuts with negative intentions. One tip is to never eat ‘prasadam’, especially broken coconut, offered to you by people whom you do not trust. 

(A curse from a Satguru. I have seen only one example of this in my life. Needless to say, this will be the most inauspicious thing possible, from which there will be no escape.)

Then are the curses from your past lives carried on this life, which can be seen in the horoscope, eg I wrote on the Sarpashapa. And the curses from your past lives connected to your negative karma, eg if you mistreat your mother now, its possible that you will get the combination for a Matrushapa in your next life’s birth chart.

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But even after someone creates a curse energy, it is not necessary that it will affect the target in the way he intends. Two houses, the 5th and 9th in the chart, protect in conscious and unconscious ways.

The 9th house is the house of Purvapunya. So curses will not affect much if,

  • If you have a strong 9th house at birth. Then this protection will be for a life time, there is a higher ability to passively resist negativity. Your own merits, punya from your past lives work as a shield around you all the time. But remember that with every attack you resist, this merit gets used up bit by bit.
  • You are undergoing a favourable dasha period or a significant transit of a strongly placed planet. Especially if this planet is connected to the 9th house, (ie owns it, in it, aspects it, or is conjunct the 9th owner or aspects him), then your ‘timely luck’ factor is active. Here, the overall time is favourable for you so even if the energy of the malediction touches you, it will not do much harm. At max it might manifest as some minor health issue like nausea or typical dreams etc. Or you will be given sufficient warning in time so that you can do something about it. And it is quite possible that the negativity recoils back to the person who sent it to you in the first place. 
  • If you have an extraordinarily strong D9 navamsha chart.

The 5th house is Mantrasiddhi. The conscious efforts you make to enhance your own energy. So, again the curses will have limited effect on you if, 

  • you are doing your own spiritual practice regularly and have generated significant reserves of power, ie you are reinforcing your own 5th house continually with your own actions. In this case you will simply absorb whatever it was, ie burn it by your energy, or briefly suffer something minor or send it back. Doing this also consumes your energy but as you do your regular practice you continue to replenish yourself.

The solution for all this cursing stuff is the same, increase the power of the 5th house by your own actions, ie do your mantra pujas. Or trigger the power of your own 9th house by doing ritualistic pujas, going to pilgrimages, doing tarpan for your ancestors and acting as per your Guru. Both these houses feed energy directly into the personality, the 1st house. This is the power of the Dharma trikon. You cannot be really harmed by someone with a energy level lower than yours. Or if you have more power than the stuff which was sent against you. This is the function of the Dharma trikon as a whole. 

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Next, the blessings, ie Ashirwad. Only someone who has significant energy reserves can give blessings. As in cursing, giving blessings also depletes the energy reserve. These are chunks of energy which move from you to the recipient. 

  • A real Satguru has enormous power, ie he is the Advaita itself. But he will never ever give ‘direct blessings’, ie he will never say specific things like, ‘you will get married soon’ etc. He will use generic words like Ashirwad, Kalyan, Shubh, Sukh, Shanti, Prasanna etc, that too rarely. These words give the recipient a chunk of auspicious energy. What is to be done with the energy is the decision of the recipient. He will never interfere in the disciple’s free will, his choice of actions. One extreme example with my Guru, someone was asking him for clear cut directions for changing his job. He finally said ‘do whatever you want but do not forget why you are doing it’, he did not give him a clear yes/ no answer that he was insisting on. 
  • Genuine Yogis may give specific blessings or give specific guidance etc, again in rare circumstances. But these words also drain them of their own merit/ punya. In all my interactions with such higher-level Sadhaks, I have never seen this happening. In fact some of the Yogis I met, would not let others even touch their feet. Genuine Yogis also use generic words for giving their rare blessings.
  • So be careful if someone claims to be a Guru or Yogi and gives you directions regarding your life ie the business, job, marriage etc part. Or gives specific blessings for material gains. To gauge the genuineness of this person always evaluate the type of ‘blessings’ that they give to their disciples. 

Again, not everyone can receive such blessings from Yogis or the Satguru. The thing is that when a Satguru uses a word like ‘Ashirwad’, the quantum of energy that he sends is extraordinarily high. The recipient needs to have an equally high capacity of absorbing and assimilating it. And the mental stability to use it in a sensible way. So again only if you have a strong 9th house and overall Dharma trikon will these sort of blessing energy be give to you. 

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So in life, do not feel scared of random people cursing you, most of them do not have that reserve of power to do so. And do not get swayed by random people blessing you, not many have the capacity to do so. Do your own regular spiritual practice, keep reinforcing your own energy, that is always the best option. 

Mantra pujas the dos and don’ts

I wrote about practicing the Gayatri mantra daily and there were several questions, thus this generic post.

Everyone above the age of 6yrs should take up one mantra or stotra as a life time thing. ie Recite it every day during your daily puja routine. Choose this as per your convenience and inclination but dedicate yourself to this mantra, your life line for this lifetime. When you do a mantra jaap regularly, you are actually working very hard, focussing your mind, body and soul on this mantra daily for a few mins. This regular practice adds up over your lifetime. Eg exercising daily for 15mins is more sensible and useful than working out once a month for nonstop 24hrs. The mantra is pure Intelligence, it magnifies the work you have done on it and reflects it back at you.

The quantum of energy does not matter as much as your conscious control over your own Mind does. Read this line twice. 

Eg. someone I know, does intense jaap of Navavaran mantra but without the necessary lifestyle to be able to absorb such enormous amounts of energy. This has affected her negatively, her mind has become unstable. Generating power from intense mantras is dangerous if you cannot control it.

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Sadhana is something that genuine aspirants, Sadhaks or people with a genuine ascetic bent of mind do. They will invest time, energy and sacrifice several things in this process. For doing Sadhanas, you need combinations for asceticism in your chart. Intense Sadhana creates Nivrutti in the mind of the aspirant, ie detachment from the material, from the Game of Creation, from the Lila. This intensity is not for everyone. And, in fact, it is not even necessary for everyone.

So when it comes to spiritual practice, do only that much which you can easily do. You should feel happy when you do it. If you ever feel that it is a burden, review and reduce the practices. Rather than trying for ‘high power’ mantra which others recommend, do what you feel is the best for you even if it is for a few minutes, eg do it for 3 repeats if you feel 108 repeats is too much. But do something daily.

Generally gruhast ie householders do not do such Sadhana. What we do is, perform our daily puja and sometimes Anushthans, ie a targeted pujas. Daily puja would be something quite brief, 10mins max, generally lighting a deepak, putting tilak, putting flowers and doing Arti of the family gods. Daily pujas do not have many rules and are simple. Anushthans are more intense and last for a few days. eg I might intend to do a Gayatri Laghu Anushthan, ie 24000 repeats of the mantra in 9 days of the Ashwin Navratri. In these 9 days I will be bound by several restrictions. I will follow these rules to safely channelise the energy I generate with this mantra into my body. As a householder we are used to certain habits which we cannot continue when we take up targeted Anushthans. The rules vary in the different Anushthans but there are common themes. The first restriction will be on food, ie tamasic foods like non-veg, brinjal, heavy pulses like masoor, highly oily food, very spicy food, alcohol and other addictive substances, food cooked by others etc will stop. Eating ghee, milk from desi cows, eat food you cook yourself, keeping to yourself, not speaking much, not touching random people, shaking hands etc or travelling in crowded public transport will not be possible, physical intimacy with your spouse will stop for that time. Sticking to the schedules determined by your Anushthan will be necessary. You have to discipline your body first, this discipline will then more inwards as the mind gets disciplined. Thus you will get the results of the Anushthan.

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Common householders/ gruhast, cannot channelise much power, ie the entire ocean cannot be poured into a small cup. Householders are tiny cups, highly insufficient to hold the power of the mantras in their full-fledged form. So gruhast people are encouraged to slowly increase their capacity with all these festivals we have in the Sanatan Dharma. And we have a festival practically every fortnight. As you do the pujas associated with these festivals throughout the year, every year, you are actually training your mind. In Sanatan Dharma we have a plethora of options. You can choose your favourite deity, source of faith as per your wish. The beauty of Sanatan Dharma is that no one can compel you. You are responsible for your own actions and are required to follow your own Conscience at all times. We have the most beautiful life possible, genuinely happy from the inside. Our festivals are the backbone of our society. We worship pure nature, ie the Samudra Sea on Narali pournima, the Mountains on Govardhan puja, the Sun on Makar sankranti or Ratha saptami, Dawn and Dusk on Chatt puja, the Moon on Kojagiri pournima etc. We worship our Rivers, Sarasvati, Ganga, Yamuna, Narmada etc as our mother, we adore them. We worship animals with equal fervour eg Snakes on Naag Panchami, Bulls on Pola etc and plants eg Banyan tree on Vat Savitri. We worship human like deities ie the embodiments of the three Gun, Satva Vishnu-Laxmi, Raja Brahmadev- Sarasvati, Tama Shankar-Parvati with the rest of the pantheon. We even worship Mathematics with the same devotion, the Shri yantra and the other yantra are complex geometry. We revere sound, light, vibrations, energy. We recognise Divinity embedded in every aspect of creation. We worship Intelligence because we intend to recognise that same Consciousness inside us.

In my blog I have mentioned a few stotra, mantra, sukta which can be taken up as a regular practice. This practice helps still the mind. If the mind is still, you are more Aware, more focussed on the Real. I have written briefly about several including the Amrit sukta, Shri Sukta, Purush Sukta, Mahamrutyunjai mantra, Gayatri mantra, Guru stotra, Teekshna Damshtra Bhairavashtakam, Chakshushi mantra, Navavarna mantra etc. And referred to several books like the Ved, Upanishad, Vijnyan Bhairav Tantra, Ramayan, Mahabharat, Devi Mahatmya etc. All mantra (except the Ajapa mantra and Om) are generally linked to a ray from the Eternal, ie a deity, an Aware Intelligent Consciousness. Eventually all merge into the same Eternal Advaita. It is so elegant.

I have written on Soham, the Ajapa mantra which my Satguru ‘gave’ to all his disciples, the easiest option. It gives control over the Mind, slowly and steadily with every breath you take. You gently train your mind to become aware of the most natural rhythm in the world, the rhythm of your own breath.

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Now for some specific dos and don’ts for women in general life. Two events in life are very stressful for women, the menstrual phase of the monthly cycle and the pregnancy.

I wrote a detailed post here on the restrictions during the menstrual phase of the monthly cycle, do go through it.

Next, during pregnancy, there are mantras and stotras which you can recite or listen for your and your baby’s well being during this time. Here your body is doing enormous amount of work. The astral bodies of the mother and child are highly intertwined.

  • So doing any sort of practice where you channelise mantra with your breath while sitting on the asan is not advisable. ie you can recite the Gayatri 3 times with your daily puja routine but do not sit on your asan and do a 108 jaap of the mantra with the breath. Or you can mentally recite Soham to relax your mind, but do not sit on your Asan for targeted 108 Soham sadhana. 
  • Then eclipses. If there are any eclipses visible in your town when you are pregnant, you must be very alert. Best would be to sit in front of your puja ghar/ altar and read something eg the Bhagvat Gita or recite or listen to mantra and stotra while the eclipse is on.
  • The Sutak time. In case there is a physical death in your close family ie this is the paternal family or after marriage husband’s paternal side of the family for married women, then from the day of the death till the pindadana on the 13th day, the dimensions of the spirits and humans, ie the Pitrulok and Martyalok are interconnected. This affects everyone in the family. If this event occurs in the same house you live in, try to keep away from the Anteyshti related activities as much as possible. A pregnant woman should not go for condolence visits to relatives or friend’s families, her husband can go if it is necessary.
  • The Natak time. Similarly if a new baby is born in your close family, then from the birth to the name ceremony day, again the dimensions are interconnected as the soul gets settled in his new life. This too is an intense time on the energy levels. A pregnant woman can see this new baby born in her family on the day of its Naamkaran sanskar.

Ideally a woman should stick to the daily pujas till the baby is 6 months old at least. Do not attempt Anushthans or other targeted practice during this time. This is the time when the baby is still absorbing your energy, ie breast feeding, and you are also working hard. So first focus on what the baby needs and on rebuilding your strength. After you do the Annaprashan Sanskar for the baby, if you feel up to it you can increase the intensity of your spiritual practice.

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For men, the life is interconnected with the Gayatri, as every boy above the age of 6yrs is entitled to the Yajnopaveet Sanskar. This means wearing the Yajnopaveet sutra for a life time and doing Sandhya Vandanam, ie Gayatri puja three times a day. Ask your father or paternal relatives for any restrictions or dos and don’ts as this often varies from family to family. If your parents have not done the Yajnopaveet Sanskar for you but you really want to do the Gayatri mantra in a formal manner then you can do a simple intention on an auspicious Sunday, consider the rising Sun as your Guru and start. Do this only if you really feel and your conscience agrees with it. Never do anything against the Antaratma, the inner voice. At the very least you can recite this mantra even once a day when you do your daily puja.

Generally for major Anushthans, if there is a Sutak or Natak period in your close family then you will temporarily stop your Anushthans till this period is on.

Then there are several dos and dont’s which vary from family to family. This is mostly linked to the culture and the family deities. eg in my family we never wear black colored clothes, as the family deity does not like it. So you will have to ask the elders in your paternal family or husband’s paternal family for any such typical things.

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The only requirement for a follower of Sanatan Dharma is that you have faith/ Shraddha in something. This can be in an external source, there are so many options. Or if you prefer, you can put your faith in your own Divinity, ie directly focus on the Eternal, the Advaita that you yourself are. Do not compare yourself with other’s. Don’t ever think that someone is doing so much and you are doing so little. This concept does not exist in Sanatan Dharma. Each one of us is an unique individual, but all linked to the same eternal foundation. We, the followers of Sanatan Dharma, adore Pure Intelligence in every way possible. Every route is acceptable, it only depends on the practitioner’s inclination and conscience.

Sun aspecting the Nakshatra Surya Upagraha

A practical post today on using the Sun aspects of the nakshatra or the Surya upagraha.

Eventually all astrologers have to learn the nakshatra and use them in their readings. If you can master any one of the Chakra, like the Ashtapadmadalachakra or especially the Sarvatobhadrachakra, you won’t even need to calculate dasha and stuff. These chakra are capable of giving both subjective as well as objective types of results.

The Sun is the source of all power. He is the specific ray which connects you to the Eternal Light. And he is considered to be malefic by nature so the nature of his results will always be kroor (post here). Even in regular life the Sun is bearable only briefly ie the early mornings and late evenings. If you go out under his light at other times of the day he will make you hot, uncomfortable, sweaty and finally give you a sun-stroke. Similarly in the horoscope the Sun’s energies are favourable only in certain positions.

This is the same concept with the Gayatri mantra. It is the light of the internal Sun. I always say that it has prachand oorja, ie a very highly humongous energy. Similarly Soham, its core strength is extremely condensed dense indescribable. Gayatri is the seed of this creation, you will know the creator through his creation. And Soham will take you directly beyond creation. In my blog I never recommend Gayatri Anushthan, that would be too much for regular householder type of people. Very few are capable of absorbing the quantum of energy generated in Anushthans. But a simple mental recitation is gentle suitable for everyone. Again do this only if you feel love, respect and faith for the Gayatri mantra in your mind. Mantras immensely magnify, highly energise and pointedly reflect back to you the intention you recite them with. This is true for any mantra you practice, do it only if you feel 100% convinced about it.

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Back to the topic, the nakshatra, ie the lunar mansions, that the Sun aspect are sensitive points in the chart. These are also called the Surya Upagraha. They all give malefic results which are rough on the mind/ body. Here you have to consider 28 nakshatra in sequence including Abhijit nakshatra (post here). 

1. Bhukampa upagraha is the nakshatra that the Sun occupies. Bhu means earth or the material plane and kampa is shaking violently. So anything connected to this Nakshatra will give malefic results and will manifest as an inherent instability. There will be an inherent dissonance between you and the energies of this nakshatra. Events created by this nakshtra will shake you to the core and generally cause turmoil in your life. This will be generated by personal selfishness, self-ego and an inability to consider others point of view. 

2. Vidyunmukha upagraha means the mouth of electrical storms, it is the 5th nakshatra counted from the Sun. This nakshatra will give malefic results related to children, students, creative endeavours, intelligence, etc. Children are the most precious expression of the creative power and sometimes Vidyunmukha can give truly tragic results. Mental stress in personal life and wherever way you use your intelligence and genius. Remedy for the issues here is Shanti puja for the Sun himself. 

3. Shool upagraha is the 8th nakshatra counted from Sun. Shool means means a pointed spear, sorrow, stabbing pain, death etc. It can cause physical harm, like accidents, surgeries and other serious trauma in life. Specifically it can cause problems to the spouse, business partner, spiritual practice, income from business etc. Remedy for this is the Shanti pujas etc for the Moon.

4. Shanipat upagraha is the 14th nakshatra from the Sun’s position. Shani is ‘slow’ and pat means ‘fall’. This indicates that danger will be huge, slow but unstoppable, will loom in the distance for some time and then arrive when you least expect it, something like an avalanche or a landslide. This is a karmic thing and cannot be completely neutralised. You will be immobilised. Acting to get out of this situation will also be difficult. Whatever this nakshatra indicates in your life, it is better to be aware of it and take corrective action in time. Remedy for this issue is the Shanti puja and other remedies for Mars

5. Ketu upagraha is the 18th nakshatra from the Sun. Its nature is nebulous, unexpectedly piercing and you may not be aware of what this nakshatra is up to even when you are going through situations created by it. Relatives from the spouse’s side will either cause problems for you or suffer because of your actions. Enemies, diseases, debts, demands for service etc are more active under the Ketu upagraha. Remedy for this issue is the Shanti puja and other remedies for Mercury.

6. Ulka upagraha is the 21st nakshatra from the Sun. Ulka means a meteor, so this nakshtra will cause small stinging incidents in your life making you miserable for extended time periods. This hits most on the finances, there will be a resource crunch. You will receive wrong advice which will get up into trouble. Your support systems, luck, peers, patrons, life philosophy etc will fail to support you. Remedy for this is Shanti puja and other remedies for Jupiter.

7. Mahakampa upagraha is the 22nd nakshatra from the Sun. Mahakampa means  a very high level of violent tremors, discordant vibrations of the highest type. It gives inauspicious results, causes damage to the social standing, social prestige, public image etc. Issues in profession, disagreements with the boss and loss of job or reduction in salary. Expected gains do not materialise and you have to work hard for limited returns. there will be disagreements with your family and friends. Remedy for this issue is the Shanti puja for Saturn.

8. Varja upagraha is located in the 23rd nakshatra from Sun. Varja is something not allowed to you, something denied to you, omitted from your life. This Nakshatra causes harm in business, in spiritual practice, in partnerships, issues with spouse, separations and divorces. Relatives will cause problems or suffer problems because of your actions. It can be very inauspicious. Remedy for this issue is the Shanti puja for Venus.

9. Nirghata upagraha is located in the 24th star from Sun. This word means whirlwinds or thunderstorms. It causes all around negatively stemming from your own ill considered actions. It will encourage you to do immoral, unethical activities like cheating others etc. It can hit all aspects of life from emotional to physical, professional to personal depending on the nature of the nakshatra. Remedy for this issue is the Shanti puja for Rahu.

Their names are the names of natural disasters. So the idea is that you cannot do really much about them. This much is from the standard texts which you can simply open and read. 

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Now to apply these concepts to your chart. Open your chart and find out these nakshatra counting from your birth Sun nakshatra. You will get your list of 9 birth Upagraha.

Here you have to interpret the Surya upagraha in two ways,

  1. as per the birth position, their effects will last for a lifetime. 
  2. from the Sun’s transit ie from his current nakshatra position in the skies. This will keep on changing every 13.2 days. (The Sun covers 1 deg per day.)

First for the birth positions. Let’s open our example chart. Aleister Crowley, 12th Oct 1875, 11: 42pm, Leamington Spa, Britain. He is dead and has a reasonably well-known life, happening on several levels, a good study subject.

Birth chart Aliester Crowley

So as per this birth chart,

  1. His Sun is in Chitra. So Bhukampa is Chitra
  2. Vidyunmukha is Jeyshtha
  3. Shool is Uttarashadha 
  4. Shanipat Uttarabhadrapada 
  5. Ketu Krutika 
  6. Ulka Aradra 
  7. Mahakampa Punarvasu
  8. Varja Pushya 
  9. Nirghata Ashleysha 

So the first layer of interpretation is that whatever these nakshatra mean to him in his life will be afflicted by the nature of the Surya upagraha. Try to match the keywords (post here) of the nakshatra with the qualities of the Surya upagraha as per the list above. This will mean finding out the houses in which these upagraha lie.

  • eg Jeyshtha nakshatra lies in the 5th house so the energies of Vidyunmukha will be seen in some of the results derived from the 5th house.

The next layer of interpretation – find out if any of the houses are completely afflicted by the Surya upagraha. Calculate the bhav madhya, ie center of the house of each house. As we are using the simplest equal houses concept in our studies this is rather easy as each house is 30deg in width. Check if the mid-point degree of any house falls in any of these Sun’s Upagraha points.

  • In our example chart the rising degree, which is the bhav madhya, central degree for the 1st house falls in the Mahakampa Sun upagraha point, subtly spoiling the significations of the 1st house.

The third layer of interpretation. Check the birth planets affected by the Surya upagraha.

  • Venus is in Chitra – so the things signified by Venus will give him inauspicious effects as defined by Bhukampa. So for his lifetime, equitable love, business partnerships, profits in business etc natural significations of Venus will be afflicted by a core of instability. His personal ego will not let these endeavours succeed as they should. In this chart, Venus rules the 4th and 11th houses and sits in the 4th, so the comforts of a home, support from tradition, gain in life, company of like minded friends etc will be afflicted by Bhukampa. 
  • Mars is in Uttarashadha – so the results that Mars gives will have shades of Shool. Natural significations of Mars, ie actions taken with courage, bold initiatives, his siblings/ brothers etc will cause him pain and sorrow. In the chart, as the ruler of the 10th and 5th houses, sitting in the 7th house, Mars will give him piercing pain from the professional life, social life, partnerships, money will be short, children and students will disappoint etc.
  • Rahu is in Uttarabhadrapada – the results that Rahu would give in life would have the flavour of Shanipat. Events triggered by Rahu will fall on his head like an avalanche and cause severe distress. Most of these will stem from his own moral turpitude, trust in unworthy people, non-support, conflicting life philosophies, trying for things which he can never have, wasted efforts, acting under illusions or delusions etc.
  • And finally the ascendant degree itself is in Mahakampa – so his entire personality and the environment that he would have moved in would be under the subtle effect of Mahakampa, ie Pushya nakshatra. If you go through the life history of this man, this one reading is sufficient to describe his entire life.

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Next to analyse the transits using the Sun upagraha. 

Currently the Sun is in Poorvaphalguni nakshatra, so the current Surya upagraha are,

  1. Bhukampa is Poorvaphalguni 
  2. Vidyunmukha is Swati
  3. Shool is Jeyshtha  
  4. Shanipat Dhanishtha 
  5. Ketu is Revati
  6. Ulka is Krutika
  7. Mahakampa is Rohini 
  8. Varja is Mruga
  9. Nirghata is Aradra

So for our sample chart analysis,

1. Check if any of Crowley’s birth planets are in the transiting upagraha.

  • Vidyunmukha is Swati – Swati has Jupiter in his birth chart. So temporarily the Jupiter related activities will suffer the inauspiciousness of Vidyunmukh upagraha.
  • Shanipat is Dhanishtha – This nakshatra is occupied by Saturn in the birth chart so Saturn connected things in Crowley’s life will give him the Shanipat type of result temporarily.

2. Check if any transiting planets are in the Crowley’s birth upagraha. 

  • Currently the transiting Venus is in Chitra nakshatra. This is the Bhukampa upagraha for Crowley. So Venus related things in his life will temporarily gain the Bhukampa flavour.

3. Check if a transiting planet is occupying a transiting Upgraha. This will be common for everyone living on earth at this point of time. 

  • The current position of Jupiter in the skies, he is transiting in Dhanishtha. So the things connected to Jupiter in life for everyone will be subtly affected by Shanipat. 
  • The current Rahu is transiting in the Mahakampa upagraha. So for everyone including Crowley (if he were alive now), Rahu is causing subtle effects of the mahakampa type. 

This is briefly how to make use of the Nakshatra in predictions. The birth chart analysis will give somewhat subjective results. For objective and precise results, do use the transit positions. Advanced students should ideally start their own sample charts collection and make their own observations to learn astrology systematically.

The Surya upagraha describe the nature of the results expected. This you cannot change, but you can reduce the intensity by taking the remedial actions, doing the Shanti pujas, your personal practice etc (index page). The final outcome of these results will depend on the power, nature and function of the planet affected. Finally to absorb this event and to convert it into positive growth is a function of the ascendant sign, ascendant lord and the birth Moon. 

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Rahu transit in Krutika, predictions for Signs and Nakshatra

Rahu and Ketu stays in one Nakshatra for about 8 months and in a sign for about 18 months. Currently Rahu is in Taurus and Ketu in Scorpio (post here).

  • True Rahu has been in Rohini since 13th Feb 2021. (These dates are from Drikpanchang).
  • He will enter Krutika Nakshatra on 19th Sept 2021 and will be here till 12th July 2022.
  • In this, he will enter Aries sign on 17th Mar 2022 and Ketu will enter Libra sign
  • True Ketu had entered Anuradha on 9th May 2021 and will be here till 14th Feb 2022. 

This post will briefly touch general trends, events in Bharat and the sign/ nakshatra wise predictions.

This has to be seen in the background of Saturn in Shravan nakshatra (post here) and the movement of Jupiter in Capricorn/ Aquarius during this time (post here). Saturn is very powerful and Jupiter is weak so we all will go through Rahu’s illusions without adequate guidance from Devguru and under scrutiny of the karmic enforcer, Shani. The time when Jupiter will be debilitated in Capricorn will be especially sensitive, ie from 14th Sept to 21st Nov.

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The underlying energies 

Krutika Nakshatra lies partially in Aries 1/4th and in Taurus 3/4th. The Nakshatra devata, is Agni, (fire, the conscious intelligence, energy of motion). Krutika is also linked to the Sun. Combining these keywords with the force that Rahu represents will give us a generic prediction on what can occur. During his time in Krutika, Rahu will encourage the following tendencies in everyone and everywhere. (These will be modified as per the individual charts.)

Everyone will want to be direct, to the point and take decisive action based on their own personal assessment of the matter. Diplomacy, social conventions and a sensible approach will be abandoned. Misplaced anger can cause enmity. Unfounded criticism and fault finding may cause rifts. Personal ego will be on a high. Misunderstanding will be created on purpose to cause harm. Bitter enemies and fast friends both will come out in the open. Krutika is a teevra natured nakshatra, it cuts sharply, so whatever is going to happen will happen intensely. Karma is calling, negative as well as positive will hit hard and fast. Economies will be hit, financial crimes may increase. Major nations may take the path to an open war. This may be paralleled by an unfair or secret war being waged on the general populace, eg bioweapons, cyber viruses, sabotage, perception management etc. Naturally these wars will cause instability. Critical hidden truths will come to light, however they will be used in a unscrupulous manner for giving gains to a few. Also important things will be hidden, secrecy will be high and danger imminent. Cheats may convince others to take action by pretending to be genuine. New courses, trainings, education etc options will seem attractive, but it is necessary to critically evaluate them before committing. People will chase after illusions. Harsh experiences coupled by sobering knowledge and perhaps wisdom are due for several of us. Rahu will not allow socialising, diplomacy, rest, relaxation but rather force you to strive unceasingly for your goals, whatever you think them to be. 

For the human body, Krutika rules over the face, neck, back of the head etc. So during Rahu’s transit these body parts may cause issues.

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Now, let’s see how you can use this time for personal progress, the positives. To begin with, be very clear on your objectives, your purpose. You will be tested on this.

This time is ideal for doing personal Homa, Agni hotra, community Yajnas and all sorts of activities related to fire. I repeatedly stress on the Gayatri mantra as a daily routine. You can give up old habits which cause you pain and easily take up more suitable new ones with this Rahu. This time will let you make rapid and sudden changes in your life, beginnings and endings both. Rahu in Kritika grants penetrating intelligence and insights into what is really happening around you. The ability to delve deep into causes, reasons and analyse things in depth will be available. If you introspect you will come across several things which were not in their place, imperfect, inaccurate or not utilised properly. This is the time to resolve these pending things. This would include identifying and breaking barriers which were holding you back. There will be an increase in initiative, courage, desire for leadership and capacity to take decisions, use this energy. Stand up for yourself and end things which were pulling you down. Take care of yourself. Sincerely perform the responsibilities assigned to you, build up some positive karma, you will need it. Take new steps and learn something that will be of use to you, eg some training, education or abilities. For some this can be a purifying phase, as Krutika burns the past negative karma.

Doing all this will be easier if you are in your late 40s, ie Rahu Ketu have matured. Or if you have been doing some regular spiritual practice or specific remedies for Rahu during this period.

Those who are born in Krutika nakshatra, ie either ascendant degree in Krutika or the birth Moon in it, should be very careful for these 8 months. These above effects will be exaggerated in your life. Keep your mind steady work on your Gayatri mantra to use what is going to happen around you. If you have any other birth planet in Krutika nakshatra, you will see results somewhat like the above in matters related to that planet. If your birth chart is powerful, ie you have a auspicious ascendant sign/ lord and a powerful birth Moon, life become easier to handle.

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Ketu in Anuradha

If illusions are Rahu then Ketu is the reality which everyone ignores. What is really happening has to seen from Ketu’s position in Anuradha nakshatra. The current situations created by Rahu are simultaneously being converted into these Ketu things. This process will not be obvious because of the obscuring effect of Ketu. But if you are in your late 40s or do regular spiritual activities or have done remedies for Ketu then you will be able to use his energy better. (I have written a lot on these astral forces Rahu and Ketu, index here)

Anuradha nakshatra is ruled by Mitra (friend, ally, Light) and linked to Saturn (Saturn is the son of Sun). Saturnine energies magnified by the limitless Ketu are behind everything that you see unfolding around you. This is the common denominator, past Karma due in a big way. So if you are supposed to endure karma then Ketu will create confrontations, threatening situations, loss of livelihood, sudden deaths, communal violence, fanaticism and even suicides. There will be a sense of rebellion, everyone wanting to break free from whatever is binding them. Several will leave their physical bindings too. General life routine will be disturbed in some way for everyone.

People will be relying on their ‘reserves’ in every sense. This may be health, spiritual or financial or any other type of reserves, but these will be drained. Actions taken during this time will more be in self-defence, self-preservation. Sensitivity to all things will be on a high, this may translate into an allergy or occult phenomena or whatever as per your own chart. You may be called on to help others during this period but be careful about draining your own resources. Exercise due caution in all matters, be logical not emotional. There will be loneliness, so be prepared. Diseases linked to the lower abdominal area are possible during this time. 

If you have earned positive karma which you are to enjoy during this period then wisdom will be given to you. You will learn deep things which are ordinarily not accessible. The ability of tearing illusions apart and thinking on new lines will be available. You will decisively win at whatever undertakings you take up during this period. Your resources will be converted into gains. There will be help from unexpected sources, opening of several options and attainment of goals. Logic, analysis and mental processes will support you, there will be an internal balance. Relocation to a new place might occur, this be good for you as your potential may find a proper outlet.

Ketu, during mid Sept – mid Oct 2021, will cause more wastage of resources, problems here will be more linked to personal ego issues. Till mid Dec he will be generally more supportive as he will have access to the Pushkar navamsha energies, but especially intense effects are possible from mid-Dec 2021 to mid-Feb 2022, positive or negative will be determined by the individual charts.

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Readings on the global level

For individual nations, their ‘birth charts’ have to be seen. ‘Birth of a nation’ is associated with a defining moment in the history of that piece of land, independence from invaders, a proclamation of nationhood etc. In mundane astrology, detailed predictions require the use of the Koorma chakra which gives site specific results. You superimpose this chakra over the map of a city, a nation or the world to get a sense of the planets in action on the mundane levels. (Ujjain city is the center point for the world level predictions). In this Chakra, Krutika is placed in the center. And now Rahu placed in Krutika will deeply affect the ‘soul’ or the subtle core of each and every nation and the overall world. In the past, Rahu has given undesirable results while transiting in Krutika.

Overall everywhere, politicians will face the brunt as karma comes calling. You might see news of prominent politicians losing and other unexpected ones taking their place in power. Politicians will cause problems for the general public. Especially those with ulterior motives will try to whip up passions and cause turmoil. The easiest way to do this in the current age is via social media so we should verify such news before getting emotional and acting rashly. Wars, ie outright fighting and also insidious use of biological weapons are possible. COVID 19 and its aftereffects will continue in patches around the world, health and money should be in focus for all. There is a possibility of cyber attacks, as Rahu will encourage viruses of this type too. Leaders will perform in a decisive manner, some unpleasant actions will be taken, depending on the individual fate of each nation these actions will help it rise or ruin it.

For Bharat, apart from what spills over from the global arena, we must be careful as in the birth chart of Bharat, ie 15th Aug midnight, New Delhi, Rahu is in Krutika and in the ascendant itself. It is essential for every Bharatiya to invoke the Gayatri mantra as it is the only real solution to this Rahu in Krutika. We, as a collective have to use the power of Rahu transiting Krutika in the chart of our nation else he can very easily mess up things. Briefly in the past, when Rahu transited Krutika we faced the following events,

  • 1947 itself triggered horrible events, Partition where a very large number of Hindus and Sikhs were killed and even larger numbers uprooted from their lives. 
  • Death of PM Sh. LB Shastri ji in unknown circumstances, an assassination or a natural death, it is a secret till date. The nation went through turmoil.
  • Assassination of PM Mrs I Gandhi, followed by terrible riots where Sikhs were targeted and the nation went through a horrible phase.
  • In 2002, mid-Feb, Rahu entered Taurus, Saturn was already sitting here. The Godhra riots, started with several Hindus burnt alive. Terrorism, economic slowdown, SARS etc in 2003 as Rahu transited into Krutika. 
  • And now Rahu in Taurus has already caused significant havoc, this time his motif is primarily thorough the COVID 19 virus. What will happen next is for you to predict for yourself and to observe as it unfolds.

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Readings on the individual levels

For individual charts, we use the Janma navtara chakra or the Ashtapadmadala chakra. Or you can use Moorti nirnaya. If you refer to the Ashtakvarga, check the total points for Taurus sign, if it has high points then you may be able to make some use of this Rahu. (Analyse the transit results of Saturn and Jupiter for a holistic picture.)

This following is very briefly for every birth Moon sign. I am using concept of transits of Rahu being favourable or not for the birth Moon sign, ie he is favourable when he transits the 3rd 6th and 11th sign from the birth Moon sign. And framework of the Janma nav tara chakra. The readings for the Nakshatra, ie the Tara should be considered in the context of the main rashi readings.

Aries – loss of saved money, excessive expenses, poverty, lack of proper diet, quarrels in the family etc are common readings. This can signal physical death if the longevity is at an end. You might take decisions without adequately thinking through. Lack of self-confidence and boldness to face issues, overall Rahu is unfavourable transiting 2nd from the birth Moon.

  • Ashwini – Vipat tara 
  • Bharani – Sampat tara
  • Krutika 1st – Janma tara
  • So in these three nakshatra, Bharani birth Moon will be better off than the other two. Ashwini will face more obstacles in life. Krutika birth Moons should be careful.

Taurus – Rahu transiting in Taurus itself is not favourable, so undiagnosable illness, unknown problems, secret issues are indicated. Parents, spouse and children will face issues and cause you stress. Personality and environment will be plagued by overall inauspiciousness.

  • Krutika 2nd 3rd 4th – Janma tara 
  • Rohini – Ati Mitra tara 
  • Mruga 1st 2nd – Mitra tara
  • Those with Rohini birth Moon will find some relief with Rahu shifting to Krutika. Mruga too will be able to cope to some extent. Krutika should be careful.

Gemini – Rahu is transiting the 12th from your brith Moon sign, which is not good. Personal and spouse’s health will be troublesome, undiagnosable diseases, psychological issues, lack of rest, disturbed dreams, hauntings, demands from the ancestors etc are all possible during this period. Losses on several fronts can occur, best would be to avoid taking important decisions during this time.

  • Mruga – 3rd 4th – Mitra tara
  • Aradra – Naidhana tara 
  • Punarvasu 1st 2nd 3rd – Sadhaka tara
  • Given the overall Rahu in Gemini energy, of the three nakshatra here, Mruga and Punarvasu will be able to manage things to some exent but Aradra will face turmoil.

Cancer – Rahu in Taurus is good transit for birth Moon Cancer, 11th from. So use this time to consolidate your gains in life. There will be support from the society, health will be good, you will be able to utilise all the opportunities that come your way, business or profession both will be successful.

  • Punarvasu 4th – Sadhaka tara 
  • Pushya – Pratyak tara 
  • Ashleysha – Kshema tara 
  • Of these three, Punarvasu and Ashleysha will be better able to manage the situations compared to Pushya, which will see confrontations and obstacles in life.

Leo – this will be a troubling time overall from Rahu’s point of view, Rahu occupies 10th from birth Moon. Loss or separation from parents, especially the father is possible, problems in the profession and in salaried income, resource crunch, health issues and loss of mental peace. Avoid taking major decisions especially related to your profession during this time. 

  • Magha – Vipat tara
  • Poorvaphalguni – Sampat tara
  • Uttaraphalguni 1st – Janma tara 
  • Here the birth Moon Poorvaphalguni will fare better than the other two nakshatra. Uttaraphalguni will fare better then Magha.

Virgo – As this Rahu occupies the 9th from the birth Moon, all that you think to be your life foundations will cause trouble, this will be from your seniors, ancestors, father, anger of the family deities etc. Beware of taking advice from the people represented by the 9th house during this time. Education will be interrupted, luck will not be there, timely help will be denied, spouse Dharma-pati Dharma-patni will act adversarial ways and loneliness will be high. You might act in morally/ ethically wrong ways during this time.

  • Uttaraphalguni 2nd 3rd 4th – Janma tara
  • Hasta – Ati Mitra tara
  • Chitra 1st 2nd – Mitra tara 
  • Here Hasta will be able to better cope with the situations created by Rahu. Chitra to some extent, but Uttaraphalguni should be careful. 

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Libra – Rahu transiting the 8th from the birth Moon can also signal physical death if the longevity is at an end. Even otherwise this time can be troublesome, with Rahu hitting on your finances, health, interpersonal relationships, depending on this position in your birth chart. Nameless and secret troubles will cause stress. 

  • Chitra 3rd 4th Mitra tara 
  • Swati Naidhana tara
  • Vishakha 1st 2nd 3rd – Sadhaka tara 
  • Here Swati birth Moons must take adequate care. Chitra and Vishakha will see comparatively better results.

Scorpio – Ketu is occupying Scorpio and Rahu transiting 7th from it. So this period will not be very favourable for you from Rahu’s point of view. Arguments, losses in business, health issues, discord with the spouse, you might be required to leave your home and travel, money will be tight. 

  • Vishakha 4th – Sadhaka tara 
  • Anuradha – Pratyak tara
  • Jeyshtha – Kshema tara 
  • Anuradha is going to be hit doubly as Ketu is sitting in it for most of this time, it could be a difficult time so due caution must be exercised. Vishakha and Jeyshtha will fare better.

Sagittarius – Rahu transiting the 6th from the birth Moon gives good results, so there will be destruction of enemies, you have the power and ability to fight back, you will be cured of diseases, debts and loans will be paid back, there will be stability and progress in life.  

  • Moola Vipat tara 
  • Purvashadha Sampat tara
  • Uttarashadha 1st Janma tara 
  • Moola and Uttarashadha will see worse times as compared to Poorvashada in matters connected to Rahu.

Capricorn – Here too the results are not favourable, 5th from, children will get into trouble and cause mental stress, loss of money, depression, the personality becomes overall negative, you might do some unethical or improper actions during this period which can bring infamy.  

  • Uttarashadha 2nd 3rd 4th – Janma tara
  • Shravan – Ati Mitra tara
  • Dhanishtha 1st 2nd – Mitra tara 
  • Uttarashadha will face more issues than Shravan and Dhanishtha in the Capricorn sign.

Aquarius – Rahu transiting 4th from the birth Moon means health will be affected, accidents, deaths in the family, house and property will demand attention or may be lost, stress from mother and maternal relatives and overall inauspiciousness will exist.

  • Dhanishtha 3rd 4th – Mitra tara 
  • Shatataraka – Naidhana tara
  • Poorvabhadrapada 1st 2nd 3rd – Sadhaka tara
  • Here Shatataraka should be very careful. For Dhanishtha and Poorvabhadrapada the situation is comparatively better.

Pisces – as I have mentioned in my earlier posts too, this time is quite good for Pisces birth Moon sign as compared to all the other signs. Rahu is favourable transiting the 3rd from Pisces. You will be able to take decisions boldly, choose the correct course of action, income will be stable, general health will be good, interactions with others in the society will be fruitful etc.

  • Poorvabhadrapada 4th Sadhaka tara
  • Uttarabhadrapada Pratyak tara
  • Revati Kshema tara 
  • Here Poorvabhadrapada and Revati are the best poised to gain from the energy of Rahu in Krutika. Uttarabhadrapada may see some obstacles in life but as Rahu is overall favourable for Pisces he will give sufficient energy for removing these barriers too.

Naidhana taraOne point to be emphasised, the three Nakshatra linked to Rahu himself, ie Aradra, Swati and Shatataraka are going to go through a bad phase ie the Naidhana tara. People with this birth Moon should be very careful for the next 8 months.

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Remedies for this Rahu’s transit in Krutika nakshatra are several, from Homa, Daan, Mantra, addressing any pendency from the ancestors, worship of the family deity, regular personal spiritual practice etc. Doing any Fire or Sun related pujas will help, as Krutika nakshatra’s devata is Agni and Anuradha’s devata is Mitra, which is a form of the Sun. You can perform the Agnihotra Homa, give Surya Arghya, do Surya namaskar etc as per your convenience, but do some thing regularly, a daily puja routine is always helpful. Most importantly do a regular jaap of the Gayatri mantra in addition to whatever remedy you choose.

You can also do pujas on the day of the transit. This day is the Bhadrapad Shukla Chaturdashi, ie the Anant Chaturdashi. This day we do pujas of Bhagwan Vishnu in his Anant form, ie as the endless infinite. The power of this day’s pujas is the same as the power of the Mahashivratri pujas for Bhagwan Shankar. Most of us will do pujas of Ganapati on this day as it coincides with the Visarjan of Ganapati moortis. I think that this a grand coincidence, a blessing arranged by the Parmeshwar, so that we all do some puja or the other on this day, which will off-set whatever Rahu has planned for us as a collective.

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Malefic benefic and planets compensating for each other

A short post for you to appreciate the planetary forces in your life. 

Let’s first see how to handle these much used words, ‘malefic’ and ‘benefic’. These are used so very often so that it seems that the planets will give either positive or negative results and that’s it. This is incorrect.

In Sanskrit the corresponding words are saumya and kroor.

  • Benefic is saumya सौम्य – pleasant, shining, happy, gentle, cool, cheerful, auspicious, agreeable, placid, mild, lovely, likeable, benevolent, beautiful, etc. You get results with this sort of flavour from ‘benefic’ planets.
  • Malefic is kroor क्रूर – cruel, brutal, hurt, wound, sore, sharp, pitiless, inauspicious, harsh, strong, formidable, fierce, disagreeable, frightful, evil, terrible, mischievous, etc. the ‘malefic’ planets give results with this kroor note.

Now planets will also give Shubh शुभ and Ashubh अशुभ results, ie the auspicious, good, fortunate, helpful, beautiful, agreeable, pleasant, clean शुभ etc or not अशुभ  results, this is more important during analysis than simple ‘malefic’ or ‘benefic’. And another common confusion regarding ‘malefic’ and ‘benefic’ is when you mix up the natural and functional roles and the inherent nature of the planet. So let’s decipher all these terms.

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सौम्य Saumya Graha

Jupiter, Venus and Moon (with high Paksha bala) are the natural Saumya graha, loosely translated to have a ‘benefic nature’, but better would be to think of them as forces which give results in a gentle, mild, non-shocking, non-turbulent etc manner. 

If they are going to be functionally beneficial for your chart they will give their positive results with a lot of kindness, gentleness, and also keep you hopeful and happy during the process. 

Even if they are responsible for the Dushamsthan in your chart, ie are functional malefics, they will bring in turbulence with their characteristic ‘Saumya’ nature. In my personal opinion, Venus is the best benefic by nature and if he is going to behave as a functional malefic in the chart, he gives devastating results in very mild, gentle and almost unperceptible manner. And I have written on Jupiter being an over-rated benefic in this post here. These saumya graha in charge of the turmoil of the 6th 8th 12th give deceptively hopeful results which mask their core of inauspiciousness. Seemingly manageable troubles in the initial phases but later their functional inauspiciousness becomes evident and drains you of all hope and positivity. A planet who is a functional malefic for a chart will give his undesirable results in some way or the other, even if he is a natural saumya graha. Eg you might think that you can go ahead with your lifestyle of eating fats and sugars till one fine day you realise that you have developed very high diabetes thanks to Jupiter who rules the 6th house in your chart. 

क्रूर Kroor graha

Mars, Sun, Saturn and Moon (with low Paksha bala) are Kroor graha, ie they give their results with force, are dispassionate even to the point of being cruel, often work with turbulence causing trauma to the mind/body etc. They should not to be thought as ‘malefic’ or ‘evil’ in that sense. 

Even if they bring favourable results, ie Mars and Saturn are yogkaraks for certain ascendants, they will do so with their characteristic ‘kroor’ nature, ie the events which propel you upwards will be kroor in nature. eg You are due for promotion, it happens suddenly when you are least prepared for it, you get posted in an unexpected location, this causes upheaval in your life but soon you get very highly appreciated for some typical work you do there. They will propel you upwards, the path will be tumultuous but the end result will be auspicious.

And if they are in charge of the 6th 8th 12th houses they will give trouble. This will work in two ways. Either give you so many troubles and also remove hope from your life, you will be swamped. Or give you trouble but also the hope that things will slowly improve and the strength to do so.

Mercury is a neutral force and the nature of his results will depend on the planets who are influencing him. He can be Saumya or Kroor depending on the individual chart.

So when we use the words benefic and malefic in English, it is a sharp classification of the planets activities, this does not work in real life. The same planet can give saumya and kroor results depending on so many factors, so you start using the several techniques available in Jyotish, to be able to really analyse them.

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Next let’s analyse the seven graha subjectively to see how they cooperate with each other, combine their strengths and help each other. The seven graha can be broadly divided into three groups.

(I am excluding Rahu and Ketu as they are the astral graha who work indirectly through the planets and signs they influence. They are the desire for the individual soul to either immerse itself deeply in the Game or to resolve to quit the game and go Home. They work on another level altogether.)

Sun, Mercury and Jupiter make up the first natural group together. If you analyse the attributes that are governed by these three planets, they are more about the individual person. How you identify with your self, your life philosophy, your resources, self-image, self-confidence and self-assurance. Also the outgoing part of you, how you project yourself, communication skills, people skills, actions, behaviour in public etc. Faith in your own personality, the inner power which comes when you know that you are right. Finally all this is linked to what people think about you and the image you are projecting. If all these three planets are strong in the chart then you are highly motivated, logical, confident, hopeful about things, have the necessary resources and also the ability to use them.

(‘Strength’ here is any of the following measures, Shadbala, the Vimshopaka bala (use the figure derived from the Dasha-varga) or the Ashtakvarga points they have in the sign they occupy at birth etc.)

In case one of these three is weak then the other two can make up so that the overall personality does not suffer much. 

  • A weak Mercury may not be able to grant logic, mental intelligence, practical skills etc. But if the Sun and Jupiter are strong, they will be able to make up for this lack by their own typical qualities of hope, benevolence, kindness, luck, confidence, creative genius, etc. 
  • A weak Sun may create a crisis with the self-confidence or lack of creativity, but if there is a strong Jupiter to give his support, philosophy, peers, patrons, teachers and foundations with a strong Mercury with his articulate skills and communication, will help partly ally the Sun’s weakness. 
  • If a weak Jupiter denies his support, then a strong Mercury with his skill to create options and choosing the correct one with boldness and courage will help a powerful Sun to make the most of the personality as an integrated whole.

However of these three planets, if two are weak then the third may not able able to compensate so well. Eg if the Sun and Mercury both are weak then the Jupiter alone cannot compensate for this group’s combined attributes. Or if Jupiter and Sun both are weak then Mercury cannot do anything much. And if Mercury and Jupiter both are weak, the Sun alone can’t carry the personality along.

And finally if all three are weak then this first group of attributes will be hit badly and the personality will be weak, non-confident, confused, unlucky, etc all together. 

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Moon and Venus together are the second group of attributes. These two planets are more receptive in nature. Essentially Moon and Venus are the nourishing forces in your life. One nourishes your physical/emotional/astral bodies and the other nourishes your spirit. Both govern love, albeit of different types, one is need based love and the other is equitable love.

If both of them are auspicious and have strength then you feel secure in several ways. Emotional fulfilled, physically fit and spiritually at ease with your self. There is love in your life, in one way or the other. Self-love, needy love, equal love all exist. There is a sense of worth, belonging, value and validation. This is a powerful feeling, knowing that someone wants you to be there in his/her life. Knowing that someone fulfils your needs with their love. And the power of self-love is a spiritual thing. You are aware that you love your own self and are not dependant on the vagaries of someone else for this essential feeling. 

Even if one of these two is weak then the other can compensate in some way so that the personality does not suffer much. 

  • Ie if Moon is weak but Venus is strong, then you may not get the love you need. Or may be denied the nurture that you crave. But you will be able to love your own self deeply. This self love will compensate so that you do not miss this other sort of love in your life very much. You will grow to be a self reliant personality who remains satisfied with himself.
  • Or if it is the other way round, a weak Venus but a strong Moon. Here even if you feel non-confident about your personal ‘loveableness’, there will be someone who will want you in their life. Or someone will be able to give you the love you need and you will be able to accept it. This will help you become emotionally secure comfortable and stable. Your need for ‘love’ will be satisfied, so you will not miss the self-love component much in your life. 

But if both are weak then your life will be bereft of love. And the aftereffects of this will be insecurity, instability, lack of support or comfort etc on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels. 

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Mars and Saturn are the third group of attributes – their theme is conflict of various types, things which can make you upset. But they also grant you the ability to handle this trauma. They indicate the adversities in life, but these adversities bring out hidden qualities within yourself. If auspiciously placed they will help you find solutions, resources and manage these issues. 

Mars indicates those problems which are sudden, catastrophic, dangerous, risky, fast to come and if addressed in time, fast to go. With Mars the human element is more significant, most of his troubles are linked to unnecessary risk-taking. Saturn indicates those problems about which you cannot do anything much, its more a systems generated problem. You are required to endure through eg issues created by someone dying or suffering a protracted disease, you are in a situation beyond your control. So when you need energy to tolerate the sufferings you need Saturn’s help. 

If both Mars and Saturn are supportive in your chart then you have the ability to deal with all sorts of problems in your life in all sorts of ways, you might fight back or suffer but you will be able to manage the issue well enough.

If Mars is strong but Saturn is weak it means that you prefer to resolve your issues in a direct manner, you cannot tolerate long standing and lingering disputes. So you will not let the issues turn into the lingering ones in the first place, ie act proactively to finish them off as soon as they rear their heads. A strong Mars will make you face the situation head on, fight for what is yours. You will face up to the oppression in an aggressive and defensive manner. If you facing problems which can be solved or need to be resolved, you need Mars.

If Saturn is strong and Mars is weak, you will prefer to go the slow way. You will be more meticulous and study the problem before attempting the solution. You will endure through the initial minor issues and then eventually systematically decimate your troubles. A stronger Saturn capable of giving auspicious results means that the troubles will be slow to arise, there will be several options for course correction and a capacity to endure.

If Mars and Saturn are weak in your chart, then the overall ability to weather the storms in life is low. You have neither the power to fight back nor do you have the reserves to endure.

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Jyotish is objective as well as subjective. Today we are all so focussed on the objective that the subjective is ignored. Eg suppose a particular avastha’s result says ‘laziness’. But its quite possible that the planet is in Sushupti avastha, deep sleep, he is content at very high levels, so the person is simply not going to be motivated to perform in matters related to this planet. So calling him ‘lazy’ is not appropriate. Obviously you cannot do this sort of in-depth personality analysis for your clients but you can try doing it for your own planets at least.

‘Malefic’, ‘benefic’ and similar stuff, do not think of it as a sharp black and white, there are several grey areas and the planets do work together to support you as an integrated personality. So do try to observe yourself through your planets, your possible strengths and weaknesses. How you manage issues in life, the tactics you use to resolve issues. There are always going to be some pluses and some minuses, so try to compensate using Jyotish as a tool. ‘

Adopt the Gayatri mantra routine

The Gayatri mantra is an all-round remedy for all issues in life and everyone above 6yrs of age must recite this mantra. It should be a part of everyone’s daily routine. 

Ideal would be to recite the Gayatri mantra mentally 108 times, 3 times a day, ie dawn, midday and dusk, at the three Sandhya times. Simple mental recitation takes 10mins, you can do it wherever you are. But for some reason, if you cannot do 108 repeats, at least recite it 1, 3, 27, 54 times. It is a mantra, but you can even think of it as a prayer to your internal divinity or as a way of invoking your inner light or consider the Devi Gayatri as your mother, or whatever makes sense to you, even a song! but do recite this. It is the only way you can protect your Sva-dharma, your internal foundation, the philosophy you live your life by.

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The Yajnopavit Sanskar is a compulsory rite for Hindus where the person takes a life time Sankalp to perform the Gayatri puja three times a day for a life time. This indicates the essential role of the Gayatri mantra. (These days, very few boys from Brahmin families take up this intention.)

But everyone can do this small self-initiation for the Gayatri. Start on a Sunday. Wake up before sunrise and get ready. Face east, look at the rising Sun, see the power of the Gayatri reflected in his light. Offer him some water, vermillion, flowers etc, request help and support and start your practice with the Gayatri mantra. Put your entire faith/ Shraddha in it and continue this for a lifetime. Recite it yourself and encourage your family members and friends to do so. Everyone who thinks of themselves as a follower of the Sanatan Dharma must do this practice, now more than ever.
The Gayatri is the mother of the Ved, it is the Ved-mata, its the source of all mantra, all power is from it, all intelligence is born of the Gayatri mantra, it is pure consciousness. 
I have written several posts on the Gayatri mantra like,

The Gayatri mantra

Gayatri Mantra, Devi Sarasvati, Raja-gun and Agni

(use the index page or the search bar for more).

(For women, no jaap, pujas etc for at least 5days of the monthly cycle as the body is undergoing controlled destruction post here)

The Gayatri mantra is the Adhar-stambh ie the pillar which supports in every way possible. For every other mantra to be effective the Gayatri mantra has to first give its support. eg if you do some Graha shanti pujas but are not doing Gayatri jaap in your life, the Shanti puja will not give full results. The Gayatri mantra is essential for everything. It is mentioned in the Rg Ved (3.62.10) and it’s Seer is Rishi Vishvamitra. Vishvamitra means, ‘Vishvasya Mitra iti Vishvamitra’. Thus Vishvamitra is the friend of the universe, the Sun of the underlying intelligent consciousness, the Illumination within everyone, the all pervading Consciousness. Thus the Supreme intelligence itself has Seen the Gayatri mantra. Thus the power of this mantra.

I am stressing on the Gayatri as a daily practice for a specific reason. Yesterday I thought of writing a post on the upcoming Rahu’s transit into Krutika nakshatra. I started analysing the transits of the other planets etc during this period and felt worried. I abandoned that post and decided to write this short one instead. Focus on the solution.

In the present context, the supreme importance of the Gayatri mantra is the Rg ved rk 3.53.12 which says this, ‘Vishvamitrasya rakshati brahmaedam bharatam janam’. In simple words, ‘This Highest Consciousness of Vishvamitra, ie the Gayatri mantra, continually protects the people of Bharat’. All people who follow the Sanatan Dharma, wherever they may reside on the earth are the ‘people of Bharat’.

Given the situations which might come in the future, it is imperative that everyone invokes the Gayatri mantra. If each one of us does our individual routine with the Gayatri mantra, the collective will also gain its protection.

Om, Bhuh Bhuvah Swah
Om Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat,
Om

ॐ भूः भुवः स्वः ।
ॐ तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम ।
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि।
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात॥

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Sarpa yog and Sarpashapa yog

There was a question on the Sarpa yog which is sometimes mixed up with the Sarpashapa yog. These are two different planetary combinations which give different results in life. The first one destroys the Kendra houses, ie the physical things which support life and living in the physical sense. And the second one destroys the Dharma trikon, which adds that quality of Life to the experience of Living. Both damage the personality in typical ways. The Sarpa yog does this by draining it of positive energy and the Sarpashapa does it by charging it with negative energy.

Sarpa सर्प in Sanskrit means a serpent, a snake, but in this context is more appropriately also a silent, crawling, tortuous motion. 

Shapa शाप means a curse, spell, ban, malediction or an abuse.

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Sarpa  सर्प yog

As per the BPHS, Sarpa yog is a category of the Dala दल yog which is a category under the Nabhasa नभास yog. Let’s break this down. 

First the Nabhasa yog

Nabhasa yog are related to the configuration of the planets, how they are arranged in the chart. Their results, malefic or benefic, are seen throughout the life time and will be exaggerated in the dasha/ significant transits of the concerned planets. There are several types of Nabhasa yog.

Next the Dal yog

These are a category under the Nabhasa. Dal yog are formed when planets are placed in the Kendra houses, ie in the 1st 4th 7th 10th houses of the chart. If one, two or three Kendra houses are occupied then too the Dala yog will operate but at correspondingly lower intensities. The Kendra houses are the pillars of the chart. The personality and the environment, 1st house. The maternal home, nature, nurture, nutrition, culture etc is the 4th house. The partner, business, legal issues, money etc is the 7th. And the father, social prestige and mobility, profession, salary etc is the domain of the 10th. If the Kendra houses are strong, life is easier, if they are damaged life is going to be difficult. The importance of the Kendra केन्द्र houses can be understood by the Bhavat Bhavam भावात् भावं concept. Damaged 4th and 10th houses drain energy from the 7th house which in turn directly drains energy from the 1st house, ie the overall personality and its surrounding environment itself. So if these four are strong by themselves the drain on the main personality is reduced.

There are two types of Dala yog.

1. Mala माला yog – If the Kendra are occupied by only benefics, this is a benefic combination and grants a lot of stability in life. The four pillars of the life are supported and the personality is strongly helped by the agents of the 4th 7th and 10th houses. The pillars are auspicious and favourable thus do not cause a drain on the personality.

2. Sarpa सर्प yog – If the Kendra are occupied by only malefics then it is the malefic Sarpa yog. The pillars of the chart, ie the environment, the home, the partner and the profession are going to be adversarial to the personality. Several issues will be created depending on the nature and power of the malefics. The nature is typically crooked, cruel, there will be poverty, misery, home life and professional life will be disturbed, problems in marriage and with children. Spiritual growth will be negligible. Several things around the person will constantly drain the personality.

The combination will be aggravated if these malefics mutually aspect each other, eg Mars can aspect by the additional 4th aspect or Saturn can additionally aspect by the 10th aspect, thus adding their influences on the other kendra houses too. And all planets obviously aspect by their 7th aspect. The negative effects will be exaggerated during the dashas of the concerned planets, here the Mahadasha, Antardasha and also the Pratyantar dasha should be taken into consideration. Their major transits also can be difficult, causing tiredness and hardship.

The negativity can be reduced if Jupiter aspects these kendras using his additional 5th and 9th aspects. A strong ascendant lord and birth Moon will also help. But in case you have this combination in your chart, it would be advisable to do some remedial action, either Mantra, Daan or regular personal spiritual practice.

For the definition of ‘malefic’ here, consider both types, the planets who are malefic by nature and also those who are malefic by function. And also do a subjective analysis of their behaviour. The planets who are kroor by nature but functionally beneficial will give turbulent results which later become very helpful to you. And the planets who are saumya by nature but malefic by function will give gentler results but cause problems later.

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Sarpasapa सर्पशाप yog 

This is a typical combination which destroys the 5th house. (Ref. 300 important combinations) You might get this in some of your sample charts, but as its results can be devastating it is better to be aware of it. If any one of the followings conditions exist in the chart, the Sarpashapa yog exists. 

  1. The 5th house has Rahu in it and aspected by Mars.
  2. The 5th house has Rahu in it and the sign belongs to Mars ie is either Aries or Scorpio
  3. The 5th house has Saturn with/ aspected by Moon and the 5th lord is with Rahu
  4. Jupiter is with Mars and Rahu in the 1st house and 5th lord placed in a the 6th 8th or 12th house. 

Let us briefly understand the implications of these combinations.

In the first and second condition, Rahu and Mars if associated in any way grant drastic and damaging results. The things associated with Mars occur very suddenly with high intensity and cause a lasting change. It hits on the physical as well as the astral body. These events are caused by illusions and over-expectations etc, or related to negative intentions like cheating. And as Mars is associated with heat, passion, rage, catastrophes, surgeries, reproductive organs, occult, openings of every sort, life and also death, it can get traumatic. The results can become worse if this Rahu or Mars is further aspected by Saturn. And its effect reduced if Jupiter aspects either by his 5th or 9th aspect.

Then in the third condition, Saturn in the 5th house generally means that the house is damaged. Plus the effect of Saturn on the Moon dries him out. Moon is nature, nurture, needs, nourishment etc and Saturn denies him all this plus creates a miasma of fear around the keywords of the 5th house and the Moon. Such a person may not have maternal support, neglected childhood etc and also may neither capable nor interested in having children himself. In addition this Sarpasapa condition requires that the 5th lord be damaged by conjunction with Rahu. There will be problems in expression of the self-genius, creativity and lack of confidence covered up by a superficial layer of assumed superiority. The negative effect will be reduced if Saturn is in his Capricorn, Aquarius or exalted in Libra. And enhanced if Saturn or Moon or 5th lord or Jupiter are further aspected by Mars.

The fourth possibility is that Jupiter is with Mars and Rahu in the ascendant. Jupiter is the natural agent of expansion, which naturally includes children. This Jupiter is damaged and with this damaged energy aspecting the 5th house. So he is not going to let the 5th house give very useful results. This person will not feel the internal divine connect, the urge to produce ‘off-spring’, to showcase his genius etc. In addition this Sarpasapa condition requires that the 5th lord to be in the dushamsthan, ie in the 6th house, 8th house or the 12th house. Any planet who owns benefic houses if placed in the houses of turmoil is spoilt and cannot give happy results. This position of Rahu also means that Ketu is in the 7th house so the marriage event may not happen or will be difficult. Relationship with the spouse will be indifferent and apathetic affecting the possibility of having children.

Rahu is a common factor in all these four options. When Rahu heavily influences the 5th house in any way he creates one typical energy problem. The energy of the 5th house is limited to what the person creates with his own actions. And because of the illusory influence of Rahu this point is never appreciated. Rahu connected to the 5th indicates that the person desperately desires to have some sort of ‘off-spring’ but the very nature of Rahu ensures that the intense desire for his illusions will cause over-reach and a fall in the end. As its most tragic result is connected to the possibility of having children so most books limit themselves to only this aspect, pain from the children. But Rahu here is more insidious than just physical children, he afflicts the entire personality by subtly poisoning the Dharma trikon. 

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In Sarpashapa सर्पशाप yog, the house in focus is the 5th house. It is the house of personal genius, creativity, self-confidence, connect to the internal divinity, self-love, ie it is the house of positivity and a part of the Dharma trikon धर्म त्रिकोण. It directly connects the personality and environment of the 1st house with the foundations and luck of the 9th house. The 5th house also indicates your children, your students, your higher education, your ability to speculate, your capacity to judge the others whom you meet etc. It is the house of mantrasiddhi, मन्त्रसिद्धि ie if the mantras you work on are going to actually be useful for you. 

If the 5th house is damaged then this damage percolates very strongly into your personality, the environment around you and the foundations of your life, ie the 1st and 9th houses are also constrained from giving favourable results. The worst tragedy that one can have in life is seeing the death of one’s own child or having a insane or severely handicapped child. The Sarpashapa yog can give this pain. In addition miscarriages or childlessness is also possible. If you have ‘students’ in any sense of the word, they will cause you suffering. So be careful about choosing ‘students’, they will not be worthy of what you want to teach them. Whatever you desire to create will eventually give you typical pain. Thus this combination can grant a overall personality which is twisted, the personal genius and creativity will be used to feed the self-ego and selfishness will predominate. Such people are deeply disturbed on the inside and cannot interact with others in really positive ways.

An additional combination, since we are analysing Rahu in the 5th house. If he shifts to the Capricorn or Aquarius navamsha, he gains the power to grant severely inauspicious results in matters of children and the other keywords of the 5th house. In the other navamshas this Rahu gives less intense results.

These basic combinations will be aggravated by 

  • afflicted Jupiter, Moon, 5th lord, ascendant lord and sign.
  • a powerful Rahu, Saturn or Mars
  • more the repeating patterns means more intense results
  • you also have to see the D 9 and also the divisional chart D – which is specifically for children. If these same combinations repeat there too then the problem is a deep seated one.

And obviously the intensity of the malefic issues can be reduced by,

  • A powerful Jupiter, Jupiter, Moon, 5th lord, ascendant lord and sign and positive aspects of other benefics.
  • A weak Rahu, Saturn or Mars 
  • Any support you can see in the D 9 and D – 7
  • Finally despite everything if the ongoing Dasha is of a supportive planet or a significant transit during the marriage, conception and delivery of the child is of strong benefics then the intensity of the negative will be reduced. 
  • To reduce the intensity of the negative effects you can perform Mantra, Daan or pujas with a knowledgable Brahmin as you can afford.

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Both the Sarpa yog and the Sarpashapa yog directly hit the personality. But before making negative assessments about your clients, do check if there are any ameliorating influences from the Navamsha chart for the general personality, from the D7 for the children etc. Do not make negative predictions without considering the charts as a whole. And finally as its your role to counsel and help the client, encourage him to perform the remedial measures and to take up the Gayatri mantra as a personal lifetime practice.