Jupiter retrograde analysis and predictions 

Jupiter goes retrograde for about 4 months every year and about 22% of us have a retrograde Jupiter in the birth chart (post here). In addition, all of us go through the transit effects of retrograde Jupiter every year. Retrograde planets in transit indicate that this is a time to review and redo things. So now, if you have made any mistakes or serious blunders or left things halfway in the recent past, Jupiter will help you revise all this stuff and complete things or at least bring them to a logical conclusion. If any negativity has happened in your life in the recent past, eg betrayal from others, losses, pain, restlessness, etc then now Jupiter will help you make sense of all this. You will either be able to give a befitting reply to these things, set them right from your point of view or wrap them up in a way which gives you some positive benefit.

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At the present time, Jupiter will be going retrograde in transit in his own Pisces sign for 119 days from 29th Jul 2022 to 24th Nov 2022. He will be going retrograde at 1:26am Indian standard time, so technically the vaar/solar day is still Guruvar and the lunar day/ tithi is Ashadh Amavasya (amavasyant maas). The Ashadh month is the most secretive month of the year and this is one of the major Amavasyas. (we do pujas of Deepaks in the evening Sandhyakaal). The next tithi/lunar day is the start of the Shravan month, the Shukla pratipada. The Moon is in Pushya nakshatra so the auspicious Guru Pushyamrut yog is operating. Point being, Jupiter is going retrograde at a very significant time.

During this retrograde, Jupiter will be will be moving within the Uttarabhadrapada nakshatra which is linked to Saturn. This is one positive, he will neither be changing his sign nor his nakshatra during this retrograde. He will be aspected throughout this time by Saturn who is presently in Capricorn.

The other significant events are,

  • Saturn is retrograde from 5th Jun to 23rd Oct
  • Mars will be retrograde from 30th Oct till 13th Jan
  • Mercury will be retrograde between 10th Sep – 2nd Oct
  • Venus will be combust from 2nd Oct to 18th Nov
  • Malika yog for 3 days 22-24th Aug
  • Partial Solar eclipse on Deepavali Amavasya

The other planets, Saturn, Mercury and Mars going retrograde and forward will affect the results expected from Jupiter. Saturn retrograde can cause unforeseen delays in your work schedule, trigger karma and tire you out. Mars retrograde will add his flavour of repressed and misdirected aggression, overconfidence and failure. Mercury retrograde will encourage selfishness, miscommunication, illogical behaviour, block on creativity and financial losses. Venus combust will reduce auspiciousness and fairness, increase heartbreaks and cause financial losses. Overall this time requires all of us to revise, rethink, rework and redo things which have happened in the past few months. 

As per the standard Jyotish texts (post here), Jupiter’s transits are seen from the birth Moon sign. He is generally favourable in the 2nd 5th 7th 9th and 11th houses from the birth Moon sign. And unfavourable in the houses counted 1st 3rd 4th 6th 8th 10th and 12th from the birth Moon. If we analyse just this, Jupiter in Pisces, he is generally favourable for Aquarius, Scorpio, Virgo, Cancer and Taurus and not so favourable for the remaining signs. Karma and its unfolding is always more connected to the birth Moon (post here). However, if your ascendant sign is powerful, you can count from the ascendant sign to get additional information.

But now that he is retrograde, some of us who were suffering will gain some relief from the negativity. Especially those with their birth Moon in Uttarbhadrapada, Pushya or Anuradha nakshatra will see a positive change after the turbulence of these past few months. Overall all the signs will be able to make positive use of the retrograde, except Aries, Leo and Libra, who should be more careful during the retrograde as sudden unexpected events may cause stress.

  • Pisces who has been dealing with the subtle negativity of the Janma Guru will also gain in some way. Health, relationships etc will improve and it will be appreciated for all that it does. Significant amount of money will come in.
  • Aquarius can get some financial windfall or some sort of a legacy, but it needs to be careful about using this money. Chances of squandering this asset is a real possibility.
  • Capricorns will be able to take bold decisions and profit but do refrain from becoming overambitious and unpleasant else this will backfire after Jupiter becomes forward again.
  • Sagittarius will improve its finances but will make enemies on the home front as it becomes more arrogant.
  • Scorpio will become cruel and act in unethical or immoral ways which will land it in trouble later. 
  • Libra will gain strength to overcome its enemies and options may open up on the professional front.
  • Virgo will gain from partnerships but should careful not to get too emotionally involved, remain practical so as to retain the profits.
  • Leo will strongly move towards spirituality after at least one unpleasant event.
  • Cancer will gain knowledge and will be able to use this practically to promote itself in society.
  • Gemini will be able to confidently use its professional knowledge and skills in the office to make some significant improvement on the career front..
  • Taurus will network and communicate with long lost friends, pressure groups and important people thus gain both money and reputation during this period.
  • Aries will turn to mediative activities but there may be a couple of unpleasant events to go through first.

During this period, all of us can achieve significant spiritual goals. Especially if you have been doing pujas with specific intentions or specific anushthans or Daan or even your daily pujas sincerely, you will feel the difference now as Jupiter turns retrograde. You will get the actual physical positives on the material level.

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If you have your birth Jupiter retrograde then you will see a positive change during this transit retrograde. You will be able to complete projects or pick up some long pending work and finish it or capitalise projects abandoned by others, etc. It is possible that you may be appreciated for the work that you do during this period, so keep an eye out for such projects which may come your way.

If you are born with your birth Jupiter retrograde then you are introspective, have a unique approach to education, religion, spirituality, culture etc. You are hard working, ethical, kind hearted, benevolent, helpful and philosophical. A powerful retrograde Jupiter can indicate an evolved soul who does not accept ‘modern philosophy’, but sticks to the proven systems. You have a different way of seeing things, perceptive, you can pick up hidden things and subtle cues, anticipate future issues in the future etc. You can be cheated by ‘gurus’, so choose your spiritual guides carefully. There will be a very strong urge to turn towards the spiritual during this time frame.

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Uttarabhadrapada nakshatra is ruled by the deity Ahirbudhnya and linked to Saturn. It represents the two back legs of a cot, specifically a funeral cot. It is linked to deep knowledge, wisdom, trance like states, secrets, enlightenment through dissolution, etc. It is a versatile nakshatra and can perform competently in life. Outwardly flexible and internally rigid, it clear about its own self. It is a Kshatriya nakshatra and takes its Dharma seriously. 

Jupiter going retrograde in Uttarabhadrapada can lead to laziness or complacency, shyness, insecurity, over empathy, misplaced sympathy, over calculative nature, etc which leads to issues later. There will be an internal simmering righteous anger about the situations that you find yourself in. You will try to find reasonable solutions at first but most likely this anger may be released via a dispassionate sort of destructive behaviour. You will want to move towards the higher spiritual often at the cost of the immediate material. The middle 10days of the Bhadrapad month will see a greater release of this nakshatra’s energy. 

If we consider the attributes of the Nakshatra quarters, then Jupiter in the 4th quarter of Uttarabhadrapada, will create situations with intensity, violence, unexpected turns, a layer of cleverly created confusion hiding the reality. In the 3rd quarter, there will be an attempt to restore balance as things quieten down again. In the 2nd pad, there will be more detailed planning and strategic action but the focus will be on benefiting the individual rather than the collective. And in the 1st quarter, there will be clarity coupled with a sense of achievement.

The energies of this lunar mansion are best channelised into activities which are performed in solitude, eg meditation, research, planning, creative work etc. It does not favour actions which require instant reactions or immediate responses.

As a general rule, a strong birth chart can tide over all temporary events created by the transits. So if your birth Moon, ascendant lord, and ascendant sign are powerful, then you have an inherent capacity to convert negatives into positives. You will also have to read this transit in context of your individual charts. When analysing an individual chart, keep your eyes open for all sorts of patterns which the planets make, using the following points.

  • consider the power of the birth Jupiter, at least use the Ishta kashta phala values
  • the houses he controls – ie where does Pisces and Sagittarius lie in your chart,
  • his functional nature – is he a functional malefic or a functional benefic in your chart,
  • the planets he is aspected by or conjoint with or aspecting.
  • check which house Jupiter is transiting over (post here).
  • Or if Jupiter in transit crosses over any planet from your birth chart (post here).
  • eg If your Ascendant is Cancer and Moon is in your 9th Pisces. Now Jupiter transiting over Pisces will influence this Moon, but as he is transiting over your ascendant lord, this will be an auspicious transit for you, irrespective everything else.
  • Jupiter aspects the 5th 7th 9th houses from his position and enhances their positive and auspicious results. Jupiter in Pisces will increase the positive results of Cancer, Virgo and Scorpio, so you can expect some benefits from these areas of life.
  • Depending on your level of study you can check out the Ashtakvarga score of Jupiter in Pisces and the power of Pisces sign to give favourable results (post here).
  • The Janma Navtara table (post here) can also be used for quick analysis.
  • For subtle level analysis the Kota chakra (post here) can be used.
  • Also consider the Dasha periods that you are undergoing. Mahadasha and Antardasha of favourable planets will enhance positive results. But if you are in the Dasha periods of functional malefics then you should take adequate precautions. 

Remedies, as always, are only two, Daan (post here) and Mantra (post here). If you can do a regular spiritual practice or even a daily puja, any routine activity, it will help you increase your overall strength which will help you in all ways.

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Jupiter going retrograde will also have his impact on the national and global events. 

Prices of food items, grains, ghee, medicines, essential supplies etc will increase. This will cause a resentment against the elected governments. Weather will remain erratic. In Bharat randomly excessive rains and floods and lack of rains are going to cause problems in agriculture. At least one severe earthquake expected in the Asian region. Expect a change in the political systems, governments, or at least the portfolios of the ministers. Horse trading, politicians changing their parties etc all is possible. In short there will be confusion and lack of coherent policy or philosophy at the political levels. Judicial interference in the functioning of the elected governments will lead to an eventual loss of face for the judicary. People will protest against it. (Combust Venus opposite retrograde Jupiter.) War like situations will continue and now more nations will get sucked into the conflict. Nations to the west of Bharat are now on the downward slope (have mentioned this in several posts). Economy will continue its collapse. Abhorrent and unnatural lifestyles will be promoted as strong foundations and the governments will take action against them as the common people will now start protesting against erosion of long held values. A Malika yog, where 8 planets are in 8 continuous signs is going to occur on 22-24th Aug, (from Pisces Jupiter to Libra Ketu) this will cause at least one significant event. This will be traumatic or positive depending on the nation’s birth chart. And the solar eclipse on the Deepavali Amavasya will also cause several changes with far reaching effects.

Jupiter is retrograde, but is neither changing his sign nor his nakshatra which makes him very powerful. It is his own sign and a Saturn linked lunar mansion. So he will force people to get into philosophy and spirituality, ie Dharma. Those who do so sincerely, will be able to manage their karmic pendency better. Those who fail to do so will face a severe karmic backlash. 

Anteyshti Dharma and the Shmashan

For a follower of Sanatan Dharma his life on this Martyalok is sandwiched between the 1st and the 16th Sanskar.

  • The Garbhadhan is the mantra of conception, where the parents-to-be invite individual soul of the baby-to-be for its incarnation here on Martyalok. Mantra power the intention and Agni carries it to the designated jivatma, fortifying it and then bringing it into Martyalok, establishing it within the astral bodies of the parents-to-be.
  • And after the designated lifetime of work is done, it is back to Pitrulok with the last Antim Sanskar, the Anteyshthi. The rightful heir offers the discarded physical body/sthool sharir to Agni at the Shmashan bhoomi. The mantra power the intention and Agni carries the jivatma back to Pitrulok.

We adore Agni, the Jaatved, the primordial energy, the power of motion. He is the start, the continuation, the end of illusion and also exists beyond the end of illusion.

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The Shmashan श्मशान is a high energy environment superficially turbulent and dangerous but subtly silent and very still. On the energy level, the Shmashan bhoomi is a specific location, ‘made with mantras’, ie we do not perform Anteyshthi at any random place. There are criteria for selection and a process which changes the energy of a generic plot of land into a Shmashan. A flat land with flowing water/ sea next to it. Mantra are used to invoke and install the energies of the Shmashan Devata here and only then it does it become a Shmashan bhoomi. Bhagwan Mahakaal, Devi Shmashankali and their Gan are present here in all their fierce awareness.

This physical land resonates with the inner Maha Shmashan at the third eye. This is why doing Sadhana reduces all attachments to the created world. You offer your Karma (imbalances) and Vasana (conditionings, desires) to Bhagwan Mahakaal sitting at your 3rd eye in your own Maha Shmashan. As your accumulated baggage burns, you realise that your family, job, identity, everything is an illusion. As the limited self ego burns the Eternal Advaita emerges. When you do your daily pujas, the act of applying Bhasma to your forehead indicates your intention to resonate with the Bhagwan Mahakaal within you.

After physical death, the soul has to safely traverse from the Martyalok to the Pitrulok. Burning the body in the Agni, in a proper Shmashan, with the proper mantra and by the correct heir gives a tremendous energy boost to the departed soul, helping it reach Pitrulok easily. If this is not done systematically, the jivatma suffers and sometimes remains trapped here in Martyalok as a ghost.

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There are a few rules to be followed in a Shmashan bhoomi. The energies are violent, catastrophic and dangerous, so women and small children are generally not allowed inside. They are more susceptible to this turbulence and can more easily influenced by the entities who reside here. (This not a fantasy, am sure everyone has seen what happens when a living person gets influenced by an entity.) Only exception to this rule is when the Guru allows them to enter here under his protection. This Bhoomi is the visible environment of the 8th house, death, occult, final exits, dangerous travel through unimaginable routes, destruction, conscious fire, Agni etc. The energies of the purest Vishuddha Tamogun or the destructive Tandav are clearly evident available here.

Even for the men who go there for the Anteyshthis of their family/ friends should be careful as this land creates a temporary but intense sense of detachment, this is called Shmashan vairagya. Seeing the bodies of loved ones being consumed by the Agni is in itself an unsettling experience on the physical level. Added to this is the continuous bombardment of energy as the energies of the Shmashan are the gateway between the Martyalok/ Pitrulok. Plus the intense energies of the spirits and other beings who reside here. Very rarely, this Shmashan vairagya can get so intense that it can convert into genuine Vairagya and the person does not return to the society, ie takes up Sanyas and remains as a devotee of Shri Mahakaal.

If you go here on specific times, nights, midnights, twilights or even midday, you will see occult aspirants doing their practices. The Agni of the Anteyshthi and the Shmashan bhoomi is very high energy, very quick results can be achieved here. But quick results always means extreme danger, tremendous energy, strict rules, high levels of control and rapid transformations. Best keep a safe distance from such aspirants in this location.

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Boys above the age of 6yrs, ie after wearing the Yajnopavit sutra and doing their Gayatri mantra can go to the Shmashan if there is an Anteyshti in their family. If they participate in some way, they will get merit/ punya from the activities here. Helping out at Anteyshtis of family members, friends, people in the neighbourhood, etc is a chance to balance karma before the departed jivatma leaves for Pitrulok. This type of Punya especially ensures the birth of healthy children and the continuity of the lineage. For those who go to the Shmashan, remember that it is the domain of the Bhagwan Mahakaal. So before going there, ensure that you have created the proper mindset within your self. Pray to him, ie recite your personal mantra or the Mahamrytunjai mantra etc. Offer a few coins to the Shmashan. Then do whatever you have come here to do. Avoid unnecessary interactions with strangers or unnecessary activities here. When you go back home, sprinkle Ganga water or clean water on yourself, wash your hands, feet, face (ideally take a bath) before entering your house. This refreshes the aura, ie the occult energies you have picked up from the Shmashan are replaced by your regular aura.

In the past decade, the media is subtly encouraging women to perform Anteyshti for their departed family members. A woman is not the proper heir for this purpose and her doing this subtly damages her and her future generations. Also the departed soul is deprived of the complete merit / punya from the Anteyshti Sanskar of the body it has discarded thus may face obstacles on its onward way. And by doing this, she will have prevented the proper heir from performing his duty, another negative against her. (If you know someone like this around you, observe for yourself how her life unfolds.)

The proper heir for these activities is the nearest male relative from the same gotra. There will be some cultural differences but the following is generally applicable.

  • For a man, this would be his son, adopted son, grandson, paternal brothers and their sons, etc.
  • For a married woman, this is the men from her husband’s gotra, ie her husband, her son, adopted son, grandson, husband’s brother and his son etc.
  • For an unmarried woman, this would be the men from her own gotra, ie her father, her brother and his son, her male cousins from her father’s side and their sons etc.
  • If the deceased has no sons and has daughters then the daughter’s husband or her son can perform the Anteyshthi (but not the daughter herself).
  • And if there is no male relative of any sort to do this final Sanskar for the departed soul, then any man can perform it with due respect in his heart.
  • If this too is not possible, then the attendants at the Shmashan will take on this responsibility and help the jivatma reach Pitrulok.

Whoever does this, gets a huge chunk of punya /merit for himself and his entire family.

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Another unsettling trend in these recent times is that if the son is abroad then the deceased’s body is kept in a morgue till he arrives. The morgue is the filthiest place imaginable with negative entities of the higher sort roaming around in search of victims. Leaving your loved one’s physical body here is equivalent to putting his individual soul alone with no protection in a jail with hardened criminals. The practices that we follow after physical death are intended to protect both, the family members and the departed jivatma, and there is a reason for everything, these are not meaningless ‘rituals’.

The Anteyshti should be performed as soon as practically possible. The nearest eligible male who is available at the spot should perform it and close the issue. The departed soul cannot be left lingering around semi-attached to the body, as during this time it is susceptible to attacks from the several negative things roaming around in this Martyalok. It needs to go to the Pitrulok as soon as possible, to first rest and then to continue its activities there.

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Generally physical death is projected as a sad event. But if you deeply think, it is not really sad. Whatever work the individual soul had decided on before entering Martyalok, it has successfully completed it and is now going back. We come here to work off our karma, not for entertainment. As per some local traditions, drums are played, people are called to sing bhajans etc while taking the dead body to the Shmashan bhoomi.

Then there are several misconceptions regarding the people who serve in the Shmashan. That they are unclean or somehow impure. This is incorrect. On the energy levels they are practically the Gan of Bhagwan Mahakaal, so do respect them. They maintain the Shmashan bhoomi, His residence. They live and work in an environment where normal people think twice before going. They have the capacity to remain calm in the face of such intense catastrophic turbulence. They are on a different level of spirituality which regular people cannot even imagine. Nor understand. If you cannot respect them then at least do not insult them.

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A bit on Sanyasis. Sanyasis formally discard the society and dedicate themselves to finding the Self. I have mentioned in some post that a Sanyasi can neither be considered to be ‘alive’ nor ‘dead’. And every follower of the Sanatan Dharm is supposed to take on Sanyas-ashram at the last quarter of his/her life, ie accept Sanyas. Ever wondered how Sanyas is ‘taken’? It is described beautifully in the Mahabharat, the Sanyas ashram of the Pandavs and their wife Draupadi.

Agni is the foundation of Sanatan Dharma. Every householder after his/ her Vivah sanskar has to maintain the Agni of their vivah for a life time, it embodies the Gruhast ashram. It is used to perform the daily Agnihotra and all the other pujas/ yajnyas where Agni is needed. All the Sanskars which follow their marriage in their and their unmarried children’s lives are performed using this same Agni. Even for the Anteyshti of a family member this same blazing Agni is taken to the Shmashan in an earthen pot.

In the Mahabharat, the Pandavs assiduously kept their Agni throughout their long and eventful life. Can you imagine the power of this continuously burning Agni? Even in the one year of Ajnyatvaas, when it would have been difficult to maintain it, the Agni was sent to their father in law Dhrupad’s home where he maintained it for them. But at end, when the Pandavs and their wife took up Sanyas ashram, this Agni was ‘taken’ within them. ie in a formal setting, this Agni of the Gruhast ashram of the Pandavs and Draupadi was put into water, extinguished. An Agni burning, blazing for decades, physically extinguished and ‘taken inside into oneself’. They had taken their Anteyshti Agni within themselves. Now onwards the Pandavs and their wife Draupadi were technically Sanyasi, they would continually burn in the fire of their own Anteyshthi until they exited the physical shell.

And it is the same thing when someone genuinely takes up Sanyas even today, he formally takes within him the conscious Agni of his own Anteyshthi. His tiny sense of the individual self is continually being consumed by the Anteyshthi which he has himself lit in his own third eye, in his own Mahashmashan. He has awakened the Shri Mahakaal within him, who will burn out his sense of ‘jiv’ and thus the ‘Shiv’ within will be evident. This is why they are not considered to be residents of either martyalok nor pitrulok, they are ‘existing’ continually in their own Maha shmashans.

My Sat Guru had formally taken Sanyas at the age of 17yrs.

My grand Guru, Shri Siddharameshwar Maharaj’s samadhi is at the Banganga Shmashan bhoomi, Mumbai, right on the Sindhu sagar (Arabian Sea). My Sat Guru and his Guru-brothers would go here very often with their disciples, (this pic is over 20yrs old). My Guru’s Guru-brother Shri Ranjit Maharaj’s samadhi was subsequently made at the same place.

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(There were a few questions on Anteyshthi and the Shmashan bhoomi, thus this post)

Predictions for the signs from Jul 2022 to Jan 2023

I have written about the phase 1 readings for 2022 in this post. And for phase 2 in this post. The overall predictions for this vedic year, Shri Shubhakruti naam samvatsar are posted here.

The predictions for the phase three of this year, from 12th Jul to the 17th Jan 2023 will be broadly applicable when Saturn will be transiting Capricorn in the retrograde and forward motion. The outer planets, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn have a more deep impact on events. So the time frames when at least two of these are retrograde will see significant events but in the background. We will become aware of their impact only when they all go forward again. In this phase 3, we will also be experiencing one partial solar eclipse, which is right on Deepawali Amavasya, the most powerful amavasya of the year which will have its own deep effect on everyone. (The true nodes are forward from Sep 29th to Oct 17th)

During this phase, the background energy is,

  • Saturn enters Capricorn from 12th Jul and is retrograde till 23rd Oct. He re-enters Aquarius on 17th Jan 2023.
  • Jupiter in Piscesretrograde from 29th Jul to 24th Nov
  • Rahu and Ketu continue in Aries and Libra. 
  • Mars is in Aries currently. He will enter Taurus on 10th Aug and go retrograde from 30th Oct till 13th Jan 2023 in Taurus/ Gemini.
  • The intermittent transits of the other graha, Moon Sun Mercury and Venus will add to the results against this background.

These are generic results depending primarily on the birth Moon sign. In case your ascendant sign is more powerful (check the Ashtakvarga scores), then you might see a mix of results. You can also combine the results by using the information for your birth Moon sign and ascendant sign.

  • Eg if your ascendant sign is Aries then this will be a physically tiring time. In this, if your birth Moon sign is Scorpio then you will be able to get through with lesser mental and emotional stress.

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Aries

Jupiter in the 12th, Saturn in the 10th Rahu in 1st and Ketu in the 7th house. No major changes are expected during this phase 3. It is going to be a dull period with slow growth. Malefic effects of Rahu and Ketu will be felt and things will be stuck. Ill health is possible. Your children, spouse, siblings and in-laws will create issues. Auspicious functions or starting any new projects will be difficult. However travelling for pilgrimage will give positive results. Office work will increase, office politics and gossip will be hurtful so try to manage things in time. Promotion is not likely, expenditures may increase and savings may reduce. Not a good time to invest. Financial crunch is possible, debts may increase. You will be under both physical and mental stress. Avoid trusting others unnecessarily as you may be cheated. Saturn in 10th and Jupiter in 12th are not very helpful throughout this period. You can take up some private mediation practices as Jupiter in the 12th can support this activity. Mars in Taurus/ Gemini will cause health issues and also strife within the family and with the siblings, teammates and encourage you to engage in risky activities. But if you are able to use him when he is in Gemini then he can grant you the courage to decimate your enemies and gain in different ways, but resist from hurting or cheating others during this period.

Taurus

Jupiter in the 11th, Saturn in the 9th Rahu in 12th and Ketu in the 6th house. This period is overall better than what you were going through for the past few months. Spouse, children etc will be supportive. Auspicious functions, birth of child, new beginnings, new projects etc are possible. Issues at the workplace will reduce and you will emerge victorious in office politics. Promotion, increments, new job etc are possible. Finances will improve, you will repay your debts, investments will give good returns. You can consider investments, short and long term ones after due care. Traveling for business, pleasure or pilgrimage will be good for you. Jupiter and Saturn both are willing to support, more so when they both start moving forwards. Rahu and Ketu are also average to good. However take especial care when Mars goes retrograde/ forward in Taurus. You will be short tempered, aggressive, health issues due to heat will increase, blood pressure type of issues may be triggered so avoid risky behaviour. Mars in Gemini is also not favourable as he will trigger health issues, family disputes, excessive expenditures and risky behaviour. 

Gemini

Jupiter in the 10th, Saturn in the 8th Rahu in 11th and Ketu in the 5th house. Things will improve marginally in this phase 3. As long as both Jupiter and Saturn are retrograde you will be better situated to handle issues. Health will improve, family and friends will be supportive, there will be some stability in your life. Financial position will improve, however this is not a time for risky investments. Use this time to consolidate things in your life. Traveling for business may not give desired results but travel for pilgrimage or completing karmic pendencies will be helpful. Auspicious functions, new beginnings etc may not materialise. The time when Saturn goes forward in Capricorn will be troublesome and you should be very careful regarding your health, finances, managing family issues, office politics, etc overall issues. Be especially vigilant when Mars moves in both Taurus/ Gemini as he will trigger stress, lack of rest, health problems, risky behaviour, etc.

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Cancer

Jupiter in the 9th, Saturn in the 7th Rahu in 10th and Ketu in the 4th house. This time you will feel that nothing is moving in life. You will feel stuck, however things will not go worse. So generally try to maintain yourself the best you can. Take care of your diet, health, finances etc. Try to keep cordial relationships with others, especially there may be minor issues with the spouse. Profession will be routine, dull, nothing much happening here. If you work hard, then a promotion or salary raise is possible. Budgeting is required as expenses will rise. Your can invest in safe options during this period. Saturn going forward is not very favourable but once Jupiter also starts going forward again you will see positivity as your 9th house again starts giving favourable results, so health, finances etc will improve. You can consider performing auspicious events, starting new projects etc till 17th Jan 2023. Use this time when both are forward to consolidate. Mars when in Gemini can cause issues related to health, irritation, overwork, lack of rest, issues with spouse etc so it is best to be alert during this time. However in Taurus he can give some profits especially when he goes forward in this sign.

Leo 

Jupiter in the 8th, Saturn in the 6th Rahu in 9th and Ketu in the 3rd house. The period when both Jupiter and Saturn are retrograde will be helpful for you as problems will reduce in intensity and you will get some breathing space. Try talking to others clearly as often helps resolve problems. Health, relationships, etc will improve because you will get the time to address these issues in your life. Things will also improve in profession and business but promotions or salary rises may not materialise. If you are jobless then you can expect a new job in this time. Financial situation will improve to some extent as your expenses will remain manageable. However investments can be risky so put your money in safe deals. Saturn in Capricorn is favourable for you but Jupiter in Pisces is not. So use the time when Saturn is forward and Jupiter retrograde to consolidate and establish yourself. Once Jupiter starts forwards he will give you at least one very negative experience. Mars in Taurus can make you irritable at work and with your friend circle unless you learn to channelise your aggression in a productive manner. Mars in Gemini can give some profits and positivity in the forward motion.

Virgo 

Jupiter in the 7th, Saturn in the 5th Rahu in 8th and Ketu in the 2nd house. You will feel stifled and dull during this phase. The positive things which were going on you will suddenly seem to stop, but they will not become worse. Self confidence and creativity may go down. Not a good time for risky speculations but money flow will be consistent. Your children, students and other creative endeavours will make you tired, you will feel all this to be more work than genuine expression of your personality. Projects may be delayed as meeting dead-lines will be difficult. Romance will take a back-seat, your significant other will cause stress and you too will cause him/her stress by being over-possessive or jealous. Your relatives and friends will try to dominate you and you might feel internally disconnected from them. Also pay attention to your diet. Do not hurt others with your speech as you can easily make enemies now.  Jupiter going forward in Nov will bring you more opportunities and life will start looking up. Now onwards you can consider new projects, etc as positivity increases. Mars in Taurus/ Gemini will create issues in your work place so try to control your temper and use the fiery energy to productive use.

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Libra

Jupiter in the 6th, Saturn in the 4th Rahu in 7th and Ketu in the 1st house. Both Jupiter and Saturn are not very favourable but during their retrograde phase the problems they create might reduce in intensity. Your health will improve, disputes with the spouse will be resolved, finances will improve etc. Profession or business will see some growth, however over-work will remain. Use this time to recoup your energies. Once both turn forward, you will again feel the stress. Family life will be disturbed. In your office you will be a victim of rumours and gossip, be very careful and try to nip these in the bud. Avoid loose talk and remain very professional during this time. Do not invest in the stock market or in similar risky ventures and budgeting is necessary. Mars going retrograde/ forward in Taurus will be an extreme energy release in your 8th house and you must be careful during this time. Avoid all risky activity and try to perform some spiritual routine to channelise this transit Mars. Mars is Gemini will cause mental restlessness and inability to concentrate.

Scorpio

Jupiter in the 5th, Saturn in the 3rd Rahu in 6th and Ketu in the 12th house. The time when both Jupiter and Saturn will be retrograde will put brake in your growth, but things will not get worse. Minor problems will erupt but you will be able to handle them. Especially your spouse or children may fall ill or get into some situation where you will have to help them. Your friends and extended family may be supportive. Profession and business will cause you stress, but problems in this phase will be short term and manageable. However this is not a time for new projects but you can use this time to plan. Avoid over-spending and unnecessary traveling. But once both of them go forward again positivity will return and everything will start moving in a favourable direction. All that blockage or dullness that you felt during the past 2-3 months will go away and you will do well in almost every aspect of your life. However be careful when Mars transits Taurus/ Gemini as he can cause unpleasant unexpected changes in your or your spouse’s life and create sudden traumatic situations. However for Scorpio, this entire year 2022-23 is overall favourable in some way or the other, so you will be able to cope. 

Sagittarius

Jupiter in the 4th, Saturn in the 2nd, Rahu in 5th and Ketu in the 11th house. Saturn and Jupiter retrograde together will reduce the positivity that you were enjoying till now. Things will seem stuck but you still have some breathing space. Personal health and health of your family members can be an issue. Pay attention to your diet and finances too. This is not a good time to start new projects. For profession and business, there will be some slowdown and you will have to work harder. The time when Saturn is forward and Jupiter retrograde will be stressful. This will be a return of the Sade sati energies with their expected restrictive, tiring etc effects. Try to avoid family quarrels and be careful about your resources and savings. Anything cut off now will be permanently gone from your life. Traveling will be stressful. This is not a good time for investments or property dealings. Do not unnecessarily trust others as you may be cheated. Jupiter also going forward will reduce the stress but you should remain alert as long as Saturn occupies Capricorn. Mars in Taurus can help you decimate your enemies if you use him properly, however when he occupies Gemini he will have a negative impact on your relationship with your spouse, business partner or personal mediative practice.

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Capricorn 

Jupiter in the 3rd, Saturn in the 1st, Rahu in 4th and Ketu in the 10th house. As long as both Jupiter and Saturn are retrograde, things will remain average. Sade sati continues. Profession, health, family, finances etc will remain average. But you should try to make use of this time to prepare. Try to maintain your health, finances, etc sensibly. But even during this time there will be a undercurrent of things subtly going against you. If you can understand what is happening, take immediate corrective action before things get worse. If you can perform any pujas, pilgrimages, mantra, dana etc do this during this time. Once Saturn goes forward on your birth Moon you will face the full impact of your Sade sati. And the other three are in no position to support you. This will be a significantly bad position and you should be alert in all ways. Try to take up some spiritual practice etc which will help you cope in this time. Mars in Gemini will have some potential to destroy your enemies, diseases and debts but when he is in Taurus your children and finances both may be affected.

Aquarius 

Jupiter in the 2nd, Saturn in the 12th, Rahu in 3rd and Ketu in the 9th house. Saturn retrograde will ease out things for you. The Sade sati results will continue. But then Jupiter too will go retrograde so there will be average to mixed results in this phase. There are no significant changes and life will seem dull. Family might see some stressful events and there might be a temporary resource crunch. Nothing serious but still you should budget. Investment can be thought of but in safe options. Health will be low, you might be unable to rest. In the office your team-mates might cause issues for you and you may have to face gossip and non-cooperation. Try to go for a pilgrimage type of travel in this period, it will help. But travelling for work or pleasure will be tiring. The time when Saturn is forward and Jupiter retrograde will be especially stressful. However once Jupiter goes forward you will again feel his positive effects. Then you can again try for profits through calculated risks. Auspicious activities, new projects etc can be considered in this time. Profession and business will see growth. Mars In both Gemini and Taurus will cause issues with your mother, children, finances, landed property etc and arguments with your family. Personal health can also be of concern.

Pisces 

Jupiter in the 1st, Saturn in the 11th Rahu in 2nd and Ketu in the 8th house. Saturn retrograde in Capricorn is favourable giving you a respite from the Sade sati energies. Jupiter going retrograde will add to the positivity. These past few months have been a tiring time for you on several fronts as the Sade sati energy coupled with the Janma Jupiter have been draining. Now you will get time to rest and think on what all has happened to you in this past few months. Use this time to sort out the issues and bring them to a logical conclusion. Health will improve. Social interactions will improve. Finances will be better, however spending sensibly is ideal. Invest with due care. Profession and business is going to be slightly better. Not a time to be experimental with job prospects but if you were unemployed this time may grant you a good job.  Travelling for business, tourism, pilgrimage is possible. Saturn will remain favourable throughout his stay in Capricorn but Jupiter going direct in Pisces from 23rd Nov will again trigger draining energies. So prepare yourself for a turbulent phase which will aggravate from mid Jan to mid Apr 2023. Mars in Taurus will be favourable give you courage but when he is in Gemini your mother, family, property, health, etc can give you stress. However, despite everything, Pisces still has a good chance of making use of the planetary energies in 22-23.

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As always, the remedy for every sort of unbalanced energy is either,

  1. Mantra ie you use the power generated by using mantra to reduce the negative effect to the bare minimum. This can be a regular system of daily pujas, daily mantra, daily routine, daily sadhana etc or can be a one time major Anushthan which is a more intense puja involving Brahmins who help you perform it. Mantra is not a ‘prayer’ as it is commonly interpreted to be.
  2.  Daana. Here you use the power of your intention to give this unbalanced energy away to a consciousness capable of absorbing it. This imbalance is generally linked to some sort of a physical object eg sesame oil for Saturn and given away to a temple, nature or to a genuine Brahmin. Daan is not ‘charity’ as is commonly understood.
  3. Behavioural changes. This is possible for someone who has significant intelligence, deeply understands himself, analyses the situation and capable of controlling his mind enough to find a way out from the adversity before him.

The last phase of this year 2022-23 will be from mid-Jan 2023 to mid-Apr 2023 when Jupiter is in Pisces, Saturn is in Aquarius and both will be moving forward. Transits of Saturn should always be analysed in depth as he determines the intensity of karma operating on you. Since in 2022-23 Saturn has been in Capricorn, then in Aquarius, then retrograde in Aquarius, retrograde in Capricorn, forward in Capricorn and again forward in Aquarius. For the slowest moving planet, this rate of change has been very high and is evident in its impact on the world and personal affairs.

Simple Sangeet Sadhana 

I am getting comments from readers who seem to be dejected in life. And with the nature of the current Time/ Kaal, as indicated by the current planetary influences, several of us are genuinely feeling demotivated.

However the easiest way remaining centred and focussed is to adopt a ‘daily routine’. This regular practice, helps you subtly ‘bind’ your life together, one day at a time. Just as the drop of water falling on a rock, for a hundred years destroys it, so does your daily routine destroy negativity in your life. Our Dharma has prescribed several such practices, starting with the Surya Arghya in the morning to lighting a deepak before the Tulsi plant in the evening. I have written about several such small daily practices (index page).

But my readers apparently want an even simpler practice. Thus this post.

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Devi Sarasvati gives her ashirwad/ blessings in two major forms. One is when you are alone, sitting on your Asan and doing your Mantra given to you by your Guru. eg the daily Gayatri mantra sadhana. And the second is when you are singing out aloud either alone or with a group of similar minded people or playing your musical instrument, ie performing Sangeet. This activity is also ingrained in our Dharma in the form of the numerous bhajans, kirtans, aartis etc that we sing daily. eg the Bhajan mandali groups. It is also the responsibility of every parent to teach his/ her child to sing, this helps the child understand ‘Bhava’, ie emotion and makes his/her life richer in the future.

Sangeet is a Sadhana in itself. Music is directly connected to the Naad and ultimately leads to Laya. Naad is the intelligence which creates Om and thus the manifested creation. And as every student of music knows, Laya is the complete absorption of the student into the Swar/ notes, Raag/ melody and Taal/ beat of the Sangeet/ music. As you become one with the emotion that the song expresses, its melody, its beat, you lose your limited sense of the individual self and briefly experience a small part of that Eternal Self. This brief touch of the Eternal then pulls you along even more strongly till eventually you realise Moksh especially if you practice it daily.

If you are not feeling inspired to do any personal spiritual practice, then the only option that remains is to sing out aloud. If you feel that there is nothing more left to do in this world, then the only thing that you must do is to sing.

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Ideally everyone should take up Music. And this is how you can very easily make it a part of your life.

Sing a song of your choice aloud, daily, for a lifetime. Just one song per day, ie 5-10 mins of your time. Even if your voice is toneless, dull, boring, cracked, untrained, makes you cringe, etc yet you must sing out, aloud. And record/ listen to your own singing (also share this audio with your loved ones if you wish.) You can choose movie songs, bhajans, stotras sung like songs, classical music, street-type of music. Sing any thing which you feel like singing, but it should have the following components. 

  1. Words, ie the Shabd – Your chosen song should have lyrics which express a mood, ‘Bhav-geet’. It has to convey, a ‘rasa’, an essence, an emotion, ie happiness, sadness, longing, devotion, anger etc. Check out movie songs, these cover a wide range of human emotions, choose one which resonates with your current mood. Random words stuck together is not a song, avoid this stuff. (You can also sing in Aakaar, ie vocalise just the sound of ‘aaaa’ in the chosen beat/melody, but attempt this after 1yr of the daily song practice.)
  2. Beat, ie the Taala – Every song has a tempo, ie you can clap your hands in time with it. So first try to tap your foot along the beat of the song you choose to sing. Taala is an entire concept by itself, an entire subtle philosophy of the ‘Taa’ and ‘La’ akshar and what they stand for. 
  3. Melody ie the Raag – You are required to sing a song, ie your voice should reach into the notes/ Swar – Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni…, you are supposed to modulate your voice. This rhythm of the sound notes, their melodious ‘movement’ is called Raag in Bharatiya classical music. There are over 800 Raag and further about 400 Ragini in our music. Generally old movie songs from all Bharatiya language are set to the melody of the Raag. Performing rap or reciting in a plain monotone is not ‘singing’, avoid this.

Choose your songs and sing loudly, confidently. Try to pronounce the words clearly, follow the beat and the melody the best you can. And it is perfectly ok if you miss a beat or sound off-tune, you are after all learning how to sing. Try to hear your own voice with your own ears as you sing the songs. Becoming aware of your own voice is a big achievement in spiritual practice. This daily song will also help you practice ‘hearing’. Ultimately your ears have to be trained to ‘hear’ the fundamental sound of Om, the Anahata Naad, the ‘unstruck’ sound and the daily song will help you achieve this with time. Try to feel the sound vibrating in your throat, chest, upper abdomen. With time, you will sense that these sound vibrations are actually emanating from your navel/ Nabhi. When this happens, you will have completed a very significant phase in your Sangeet Sadhana.

Sound evolves from Silence in 4 distinct phases (Para, Pashchanti, Madhyama, Vaikhari). When you start feeling the vibration of the ‘sound’ in your navel, it means that you are now becoming aware of the Silence ie reaching towards the point of Para. Here ‘Silence’ does not mean ’emptiness’, it is not shunya. Silence here is the Poorna, the ‘completeness’, the conscious energy which has the potential to create anything and everything. Poorna is Advaita.

And if you critically analyse, as you sing, you are using the power of Silence strategically intertwined with the Sapta-Swar, Sa, Re…. Ni in a melodious, rhythmic format and also generating some emotions along the way. So with each song that you sing, you are subtly cleansing your own self, getting rid of the impurities in your astral body, moving forwards towards the Self. Singing is not a task, it can never be by force, you sing because you enjoy singing. You are singing for your own self, for your own enjoyment. This emotion in your mind generates very deep happiness on the inside. And happiness / Anand is also the Advaita.

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Once you get into the habit of singing your daily song, you will notice several positive changes about yourself. First your lung capacity will increase, ie you can breathe more deeply into your lungs. This helps your heart and your physical body will benefit. Singing out aloud helps elevate the mood, you feel fresh, active yet relaxed. Your brain is learning something new daily and also practicing it, ie producing the sound from the throat, this helps it remain active and alert. Your confidence will increase, public speaking will become easier etc.

One song per day means that in one year, you will have 365 audio clips with you. After this one year, again listen to the first song which you had recorded and compare. Analyse your performance, your voice quality, ability to follow a beat, to stick to a rhythm, the power of your voice etc. Then analyse your personality, you have changed dramatically in this one year. This one year mark is going to be an eye-opener for you as you analyse your own performance. 

Now, if you feel like it, you can start learning Bharatiya classical music under a proper teacher. Our music is categorised under Uttar Bharat aka Hindustani and Dakshin Bharat aka Carnatic. Uttar gives more importance to the essence and Dakshin is more focussed on the purity of the technique. Both are fundamentally the same concept expressed in two different ways. Both are equal, so choose whichever appeals to your mind.

Or you can choose to learn a musical instrument. Our instruments are generally of three basic types

  • stringed – eg Veena, Sitar, tambora, Ektara, Santoor, Sarangi, Gopichand etc.
  • wind – bamboo flute, Nadaswaram, Shehnai, Pungi
  • percussion (made of either metal or stretched leather). – Damaru, tabla, mrudangam, Dhol, etc.

Bharatiya instruments are designed to evoke Bhav, emotion from the inner depths of the mind. If possible, try to go to concerts where artists are performing the Raag live, or playing our Bharatiya instruments live, you will understand what I mean here. There is a depth to our Raag and to our instruments, the generated sounds are deeply absorbed within, they are healing in nature. (Hearing the same sounds through the electric speakers is also good but it does not give the same depth.)

Musical instruments are called ‘वाद्य’ Vadya in Devbhasha Samskrutam. Vadya means something that is played or sounded and it also means ‘speech’. So the basic Vadya that each one of us always has with us is the throat. This is the greatest of all musical instruments and everyone must use it, ie sing. There are fancy courses on ‘voice training’ these days, but the easiest ‘voice training’ is to train your throat to sing the notes/ Swar – Sa Re Ga…. in their correct frequency. Eg if your base note Sa is at D# then you must be able to consistently vocalise this same D# frequency as Sa. You can use a tanpura/ tambora app for training your mind/ throat or there are mobile apps which you can use to monitor the frequency of your base note. Again do all this after 1yr of singing your daily song.

In my opinion the most difficult instrument is the bamboo flute. This is called Bansuri in Uttar and Venu in the Dakshin. There are no keys, no strings, nothing inside it, nothing outside it. Perhaps this is why Bhagwan Krishna held the Bansuri / Venu to his lips. You can play the bamboo flute only if your mind is relaxed and your breath is perfect. Each hole has the capacity to play notes in 3 different pitches and both the regular and flat notes. It is your control over your mind and breath, that creates the specific note you want to play. It is an extraordinary instrument (even keeping a bamboo flute in the house is brings auspiciousness.)

Sangeet derives from the Ved. The technical name is Gandharva ved and it is one of the 4 upa-ved, ie is is a supplement to the Ved. The Ved themselves are understood and experienced through the lens of Music, thus Sangeet has a very high value in our Dharma and our life. This term ‘Gandharva’ is the understanding which brings near the Eternal Auspiciousness, creates that relationship, perfumes with the eternal aroma etc. Music is sometimes called Gandharva vidya and just like any other vidya it has its Para and Apara versions, ie it can grant you realisation of the Self or it can grant you material and worldly successes. How to use a Vidya is as always your own choice.

Sound is conscious and intelligent. and has its own undeniable power. eg Once, my Guru told me to sing Raag Bhairav in the searing heat of the afternoon. Bhairav is an early morning raag which uses shuddha Madhyam Ma while the afternoon Raags use Teevra Madhyam Ma. As I sang naturally, the first Ma I sang was Teevra! I stopped and then with conscious control sang in the correct Raag Bhairav at a time where it does not flow naturally. Another eg, when I get back home, it is the time for the evening Raag Yaman, so if I play my flute without thinking anything, the fingers automatically play a melody with the Swars in Yaman as is suited to the time/ Kaal.

Sangeet is very intricately connected to the Kaal, ie conscious energies of Time and if you take efforts and excel in the Gandharva vidya, Kaal / Time too will flow favourably for you. 

Point being, Sangeet has its own power, it is a Vidya, an Upa Ved and a Sadhana. If you take one step in its direction, the Gandharva ved will pull you 100 steps onwards. Even if you think that singing a movie song daily is silly, do it. It is the first step towards the Para. And it is perhaps the most delightful route that you can think of.

So sing as you flow towards your Self.

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Effects of Mars and Rahu conjunction 

Mars is said to be like Ketu and Rahu is said to like Saturn. However do remember that Rahu and Ketu are subjective in nature, they are astral forces. Mars and Saturn are objective in nature, they give tangible physical ‘real’ results. These are cruel forces, kroor graha who cause turbulence and sorrow in life.

The keywords for Mars are birth, death, vitality, challenges, exploration, secrets, domination, pioneering spirit, competitiveness, winning, blood and the circulatory system, pran and the Nadi system etc. He is an explosion of raw power, always on the move.

And Rahu is the desire to have it all. To gain every sort of experience, to reach and then over-reach, to achieve in every way possible, amoral by nature. He wants satisfaction but by his very nature he is never ever satisfied. 

Rahu and Mars together have the potential to become very intense. Rahu will enhance Mars’s objective results on the subjective plane too, so you will feel very deeply when you act as per Mar’s significations in your life. This can get so intense that all positive results of Mars are destroyed by the endless desire of Rahu. And they are enemies.

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If you have Mars-Rahu together in your birth chart then you need to analyse it step-wise like this-

The sign in which this is happening and its nature is critical. If Mars is comfortable in this sign, he can constructively use Rahu’s power. Mars is exalted in Capricorn, debilitated in Cancer, his own signs are Aries (also mooltrikon) and Scorpio. Plus he functions well in the other two fiery signs, Leo and Sagittarius. Rahu is generally malefic for every ascendant sign but rarely he can function as a Yogkarak, so check this aspect before predicting severe results and scaring yourself.

Check if the Mars is retrograde, combust or debilitated which can change the way his power moves. I have observed that these combinations turn the Mars energies inwards. You might cause damage to yourself rather than others with this sort of Mars, so being careful is advisable. You need to find an outlet for your Mars Rahu energies else you suffocate inside.

Also check Mars’s shad-bala, vimshopak-bala, avastha, ashtakvarga, nakshatra etc as per your level of study. The more information you have on your Mars the more you will be aware of Rahu’s influence on him and thus you. If they are less than 15deg apart then the effect will be even more intense. If they are in the same Nakshatra or in the same Nakshatra pad (this means in the same Navamsha), then the effect will be obviously felt more.

Next is the house in which this is happening. Generally if this occurs in the 3rd, 6th, 10th 11th houses and has some beneficial influences then the combination can generate revolutionary leaders of the positive sort. You will be able to use this energy to fight injustices, right wrongs, help the downtrodden etc.

Analyse the houses owned by Mars, ie where do Aries and Scorpio lie in your chart. Both the house controlled by Mars in your chart will also show the effect of Rahu. His typical over reach, habit of creating illusions, playing politics, cheating, etc will also influence these two houses.

You should also check the houses which are aspected by Mars, he has the regular 7th aspect and the additional 4th 8th aspects which in my opinion can be more intense. Then Ketu is always opposite Rahu, so in this Mars-Rahu conjunction, Mars will be fully aspecting Ketu. This aspect generally intensifies the fiery energies in the house/ sign of Ketu as it aggravates his fiery nature. If the rest of the chart is unable to absorb or regulate this energy then it can cause immense damage to this house. 

The conjoint Rahu will hold back Mars’s maturity period. So you will remain unaware of Mars’s power and potential for a significant part of your life. You will become aware of them both together as you cross your mid 40s and their full effect will be evident by the age of 48yrs.

In the Vimshottari Dasha system, Mars Mahadasha is followed by Rahu Mahadasha so this is a continuous experience of 25yrs, which is a very significant time frame. So if your Rahu Mars are in a progressive house/sign and are capable of giving positive results then you can have an extraordinary 25yr span in your lifetime, else this period can be quite turbulent.

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A few typical results of this combination will be as follows, however they will vary in intensity as per individual chart combinations. So do tailor them to your personal chart keeping in mind the above listed points.

This combination grants you an hyper alertness about the things connected with Mars. And your aggression is generally directionless, ie you are generically aggressive towards everyone. You may not be aware of this but everyone is a little bit scared of you.

There is a tendency towards self-harm. But depending on the other combinations in your chart, you might or not act on these thoughts. But you think about violence, dangerous situations etc. You might visualise yourself doing risky acts or wish to do so. You are not afraid of physical injury and are willing to get yourself hurt in the process. 

There is an elevated sense of ego as you always feel very powerful. You think that you can get over any situation by a display of sheer power, intimidation, domination and aggression. You are willing to offer violence as a solution to every problem in life. However this is not the pure Mars, it is linked to the sneakinesses of Rahu. So you might show that you are brave strong etc but there is a hollowness in your these claims. Given a chance you might to choose underhanded tricks rather than fair competition to achieve your aims.

And you can be whipped into a fighting frenzy. So be very clear about the life philosophy that you follow. You can be goaded into religious or racist intolerance which can easily turn violent. And you can further inspire others into similar violence, as you have significant leadership qualities. This sort of combination can thus lead to terrorist, anti-social, activities. Depending on the rest of the chart you can even become some sort of a revolutionary leader of the negative sort. 

On the health front, there are possibilities of blood related issues. Rash behaviour can lead to accidents, injuries, surgeries or even physical death. There is a tendency to get into addictions, drinking, gambling, womanising, etc negative habits. 

In the family, you most likely are the oldest among your siblings. In case you are a woman, relationships will be affected. Multiple serious relationships, two or more marriages, divorce, widowhood, extra-marital affairs, serious love affairs which do not culminate into marriage, marriages with strangers/foreigners etc are possible. These situations can be averted or their intensity be reduced if the 7th lord and Jupiter are strong in your chart.

If you have this combination in your birth chart, then you should learn techniques to help you control your thoughts. Yogasan, Pranayam, Dhyan, Mantra pujas, etc are a good option as here both Rahu and Mars will get an outlet to express their physical and astral energies. Going to the gym or engaging in only physical activity is just Mars, it does not give control over the astral Rahu. Remember that it is very easy to provoke you into violence, so best learn to count to 10 before exploding into action.

Depending on which house this combination occurs, you can try to invest in stocks of companies manufacturing arms or work in such an environment or work in R&D to develop weapons or work in the police or the army or in turbulent situations where you can release this energy in a productive and positive manner. Explosives, petroleum, fire etc related jobs where you work with destructive energies can suit you. You can also write motivational articles, engage in rigorous research, occult, invent new stuff etc. You need a continual stimulation of new horizons to explore and you are willing to do anything for this. You are also quite intelligent, opportunistic have a very strong will and are willing to take risks. This Mars and Rahu then can shape an extraordinary individual if the rest of the chart permits it.

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On the transit front, the Rahu Mars conjunction occurs once every about 1.5yrs or so and it is now due from 27th Jun to 10th Aug 2022 in Aries. This time can give extreme results as Saturn will be aspecting them with his 3rd aspect from 27th Jun to 12th July. And then from 12th Jul onwards he will start aspecting Ketu!

World events will become more destructive in nature as Rahu in Aries will suck Mars into his web of deception. The Ukraine-Russia war will intensify. Europe and USA will suffer the most. Civil movements, several of them armed, will erupt all over the world for different reasons. Terrorist activity, gunmen, bomb blasts, destruction of public property, open civil riots etc fueled mainly by intolerant thought processes including religion, corruption, political dramas, etc will occur. Police and the military will be forced to act at great personal risks. The courts will be aggressive and try to control the armies in some way, but this will lead to even more confusion for the elected governments. Deaths of a few aged or prominent leaders is expected. Industrial accidents are possible.

Bharat too will see these same patterns of disruption as above, we are already seeing it in the newspapers daily. In addition the Indian monsoon has arrived, but rain itself is going to behave like a weapon, so cyclones and torrential rains will occur in some places and drought like situations in other areas of our nation.

This Mars Rahu combination is going to give negative results for all the birth Moon signs. All of us will suffer unexplained loneliness, emotional upsets, aggression, rage issues, body pain, mental stress, pressure at work and home, controversies, etc. The best thing to do is to keep a low profile, avoid arguments, avoid risky behaviour, budget and take due precautions for health.

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Birth Moon in airy signs Gemini Libra or Aquarius

As you think, so you are. We are but thoughts, crystallised into human form. We think ourselves into existence by the power of the mind. And this is why the position of the birth Moon is very significant. He is the embodiment of the Mind, the Manas. The Moon determines your thought patterns and thus your very existence.

The 12 signs of the zodiac are divided into,

Vayu वायु in Sanskrit means air, Vaat, wind, pran, greed, desire, breath etc. It is also the name of the deity Vayu, which is a conscious intelligence.

This post is about the common characteristics of the three airy signs, Gemini, Libra and Aquarius, the intellectual tycoons of the zodiac. If your birth Moon is in any of these three signs then maybe you can identify the following traits in yourself. Use your knowledge of Jyotish to become more aware of your own self. Learn to identify your strengths and weaknesses to leverage them intelligently in life, thus making the most of it.

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As a Vayu rashi, you are first and foremost quite changeable. The refreshing playful zephyr on a summer morning or equally the furious hurricane, demolishing everything in your path, you are always in motion overtly or covertly. This activity can be physical ie you like travelling, seeing new places, meeting new people, taking in new experiences. New settings, stimulating conversations and exchange of ideas make you happy. Adaptive, flexible, accommodative, cooperative and broad minded, you are made welcome every in every social situation.

You sometimes subtly experiment with people, a well placed word here and there to move situations as per your desire. Setting things into motion with these light interventions and then observing the outcomes is something you do naturally. You are a good conversationalist as you have a strong grasp of language, you instinctively know which word should be used where. Genuinely curious about everything you want to know more, about people, the place or the situation. Information attracts you like nothing  does.

And you need company, your close friend circle, your partners or the infinitely expansive like minded groups. Your interactions with others are your life and soul. Cooperation with the other comes naturally to you. You are generally a transparent personality and do not bear malice or feel hatred in your heart for long. However you can sometimes be unstable and unpredictable. So if anyone crosses you there is no saying how you will react, you might blow the hurt away with the wind or equally keep it within as a grudge to be repaid in full later. This can make you seem flighty or sometimes vindictive.

You also love to physically touch others in the course of your interactions with them. So you engage in shaking hands, clapping others on the back or hugging etc as per the norms of your home culture. Perhaps you do this to reassure yourself of the physical reality of the person before you.

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And this desire to be on the move is equally a mental exercise. So you often travel into the delightful environs of your own mind and think. Ideas, alternative scenarios, projections, playing with your thoughts. Even if you look outwardly relaxed, your mind is always running in the ten different directions and at full speed. Your mind is your favourite toy and your thoughts never stop. You imagine things and sometimes put them on paper, ie write prose and poetry. With such immense creative skills, if you choose, you can be an awesome writer. 

You have the capacity to visualise a situation in the mind’s eye, turn it round and round, gain new perspectives, bring in more information. And you are quite perceptive, you can easily capture different angles of the same situation which others cannot sense. Then you use your intelligence and analysis to logically reduce things to their building blocks. This often leads you to new and unexpected opportunities. You can project into the future and also perform root cause analyses using your judgment and analytical skills.

Your are capable of subjective as well as objective thought, individually and together. And this is a rare ability. Generally people focus on the specific situation before them, ie think only in context of the situation they are in, ie concrete thought patterns. But some are able to observe the concrete before them and extrapolate it to the abstract, and use both these ways to make more sense of the situation. Eg you tell your friend something accurately about his chart. He argues, asserts that you are wrong. You know your subject and are sure about the analysis. There are two overlapping scenarios here, the objective, ie the current argument, the actual question that is being discussed. And the subjective, you now use this event to revalue your friend’s personality. You analyse his reaction, his behaviour and revaluate his personality and fundamentally change your perception about him forever. Both these thought patterns always go on simultaneously in your mind. In fact your mind can think in several directions at once. And other people who cannot comprehend what your mind is capable of will call you egoistic.

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These three signs are the Shudra rashis. This indicates that you have an infinite capacity for working, hard. Always in motion, active and tireless. Even before one project is complete, you have another one ready in your mind. You have the rare ability to multitask. You can communicate, talk, write and are the glue of human interactions, which is the real physical foundation on which this society exists. You produce ‘thought’ which is of immense value and essential. The ability to think is most important as it in turn creates everything else. The Mind is the real creator. And this is ‘work’ in the real sense. Thus the airy rashis are the real actual creators. And finally deep philosophy is not your forte, ie you do not subscribe to any ideological foundation, you are willing to experiment with several thought processes to achieve your goals.

This same theme is continued in the Kama trikon. These signs make up the 9/ 5 axis of creation/ foundation of the desires of the mind. You set your Will in a specific direction and this is the function of the Kama trikon. This trikon crystallises a set of desires in your Mind. You try to get those things which your Mind longs for. Once the mind conceptualises an idea, the rest of the body starts working to achieve it. You are successful at every profession which requires creative thinking and visualisation coupled with lots of diverse activities. 

If we check out the light and dark halves concept and the location of the signs in the natural zodiac. Gemini lies in the inward moving energy part and Aquarius are in the outwardly moving energy half. Libra can go either way (depending on the rest of the chart.)

All are odd signs so are male rashis. This means that your are more the instigator of action. You activate, inspire or provoke others into action. You provide the intellectual, technical etc backup which assures these others who lean on you for guidance. 

The signs opposite to the airy signs are the fiery signs. So your preferred partner is often someone who has a fiery sign in the ascendant sign or the Moon sign or significant planets in the Agni rashis. Though fire and air do not seem a very logical combination but you like interacting with such people. They are opposite to your nature but strangely provide you the fill in the blanks energy which you need. 

These airy signs are composed of Nakshatra connected to Mars, Rahu and Jupiter. That means the 9 nakshatra quarters of each of these signs are composed of,

  • 2 quarters of Mars energy.
  • 4 quarters of Rahu energy
  • 3 quarters of Jupiter energy.

This combination is a very potent mix. Initiative, confidence, secrets, desire for change added to unlimited desires, infinite longings, superlative Will with kindness and luck. A well placed Moon in such an airy sign can create an extraordinary individual. 

If you observe the sequence of Chara, Sthira, Dvi-swabhavi rashis, ie moveable, stable, dual natured, then the signs progressively are dual, moveable and stable. This is the fundamental sequence where first the personality explores options, experiments with each one of them till it is satisfied and stabilises on one of them as the most suitable. All the airy signs will in some way follow this sequence in the life.

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These airy signs are composed of Nakshatra connected to Mars, Rahu and Jupiter. That means the 9 nakshatra quarters of each of these signs are composed of,

  • 2 quarters of Mars energy.
  • 4 quarters of Rahu energy
  • 3 quarters of Jupiter energy.

This combination is a very potent mix. Initiative, confidence, secrets, desire for change added to unlimited desires, infinite longings, superlative Will with kindness and luck. A well placed Moon in such an airy sign can create an extraordinary individual.

If you observe the sequence of Chara, Sthira, Dvi-swabhavi rashis, ie moveable, stable, dual natured, then the signs progressively are dual, moveable and stable. This is the fundamental sequence where first the personality explores options, experiments with each one of them till it is satisfied and stabilises on one of them as the most suitable. All the airy signs will in some way follow this sequence in the life.

For those on the spiritual path, these Moon signs are connected to air, Vayu, Mind, Pran. So if you have some grounding influences in your chart which help you focus then you can easily achieve control over your breath and pran. But to get on the spiritual path you will need to have a powerful watery sign in your chart as airy signs are neither philosophical nor emotional. And to trigger spirituality, you need to have that emotional connect with your adored deity or a deep understanding of philosophy.

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One negative here is that you love the thinking process by itself. So when think of a project and arrive at a conclusion in your mind, this in itself is so highly satisfying that you do not even bother to put your project into actual practice. This can make you unreliable in life.

Another is that you cannot emotionally connect with others on a one to one level and this can affect your relationships with your loved ones. Especially in emotionally charged contexts, such remote behaviour can traumatise your loved ones. Your inability to express emotions in depth can sometimes be a problem in personal relations. This can lead to irresponsible, immature or flighty behaviour.

If this Moon in Vayu rashi is unable to perform optimally he will first create an inflated ego. You will talk illogically, gossip, boast a lot, have an opinion on everything, be impractical and suffer from a lack of grounding. Only talk and zero action. Or you may be cold, calculative, aloof and unapproachable.

This airy Moon can sometimes cause imbalances of the mind, psychiatric problems as general sensitivity is exaggerated. Sometimes this constant thinking can also be a source of stress as the mind gets tired and literally melts. Also medical issues with the physical nerves, allergies and skin related problems.

If you of the Airy Mind, are suffering from such negatives then you should analyse yourself, develop coping mechanisms and try to leverage your positives so that you can live a better adjusted life.

You live your life in your mind. 

Total lunar eclipse 16 May 2022 astrological results

The first lunar eclipse of this year is a total lunar eclipse on 16th May 2022. It is the second eclipse of this 2022, following the partial solar eclipse of 30th Apr 2022 (post here). The results will also be somewhat on the same lines, but now hitting on the keywords of the Moon. This map below from timeanddate.com shows the areas which will experience the eclipse. The event will last for an approx 5hrs so its effects will fade in about 5 weeks.

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First, the astrological configuration of the graha in the skies.

During this eclipse, all the nations in South America will witness totality and it will have a significant effect on them. Also some parts of Antarctica, Mexico, USA and Canada will experience totality. All those nations whose national capital will experience the totality will be more affected by the eclipse energies. It is advisable that people living here perform some mantra etc to channelise the energy, else it will swamp them.

Nations experiencing the some part of the total and the partial Umbral eclipse phases will also be affected by the energies. The intensity of disruption will depend on if their ‘birth charts’ are weak at this point of time. This includes western part of the African continent and the western tip of Asia which includes the European nations. The people living in these areas should try to channelise the energy of the eclipse so that it helps them in some way.

The eclipse is occurring above the oceans. Practically the whole of Atlantic ocean, the eastern half of the Pacific and a huge chunk of the South Ocean will be affected. A lunar eclipse and affecting such huge tracts of water is bound to cause significant disruption. The global weather patterns which originate from these oceans will be affected and this will have long term repercussions all over the globe.

For the other nations/ people who are going to experience just the penumbral eclipse or will not experience the eclipse at all, its effect will be negligible.

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The eclipse is occurring in Krutika nakshatra. Even if Rahu and Sun are in different signs they are in the same lunar mansion. Mercury is retrograde and combust too. He is in Krutika thus closely involved with the eclipse energies. Ketu and Moon, though in different signs, are still in the same Vishakha nakshatra. 

Saturn and Mars in the same sign but thankfully now they are so far apart, one at the very start of Aquarius and one on the verge of leaving it. They have minimal influence on each other per se. But Saturn will continue to feel the effect losing the graha yuddha to Mars. Saturn continues to aspect Aries with his 3rd aspect thus also influencing Rahu in it. Mars is aspecting Sun and Mercury with his 4th aspect.

Jupiter and Venus are not directly connected to the eclipse, but Jupiter is aspecting Moon with his 9th aspect which is good. But they have their own war going on the sidelines, with its own repercussions. They are close enough to influence each other. Exalted Venus has won the graha yuddha and Jupiter will have to follow his lead for the time being.

The eclipse is releasing its energies in the Krutika-Vishakha axis so let’s briefly analyse these two lunar mansions to gain some insight into the subtle aspects of this eclipse. 

  • Krutika is connected to the Sun, ruled by Agni and is very fiery by nature. Expect increase in harshness and a ruthless desire to conquer everything. Arguments, conflicts, wars etc at different levels will continue tinged by ego, ambition, pride, politics etc. Actions requiring courage, ability, initiative etc will be taken but at their core will be a knot of selfishness. Military activity will increase, police and other enforcement agencies will also remain on high alert.
  • Vishakha is connected to Jupiter and ruled by Agni and Indra. Personal goals will become all important as everyone is willing to go to any extent to achieve their desires, selfishness increases. Peace of mind, pleasantness and relaxation will reduce as negative emotions, internal emptiness, restlessness and frustration increases. Immoral and unethical behaviour increases. Challenges will also increase. However most of us will have sufficient resources to tide over. Agriculture will be affected by untimely rain and violent winds. Expect an increase in consumption of intoxicating substances. Troublemakers will try to disrupt the society. Secret dangerous activities will cause problems.  

I have already written detailed posts on the results expected in this Vedic year, Shri Shubhakruti. Result of Saturn’s transit in Aquarius. Saturn’s transit in Dhanishtha nakshatra. Rahu Ketu transit into Aries/Libra. Jupiter’s transit into Pisces. A post on Apr-Jul 2022 and several on the past eclipses etc. (do use the index page.) This year 2022-23 is a very happening one with lots of activities and changes expected during this time. Eclipses act as trigger points for events which have personal and global implications. 

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Some general predictions. As with every eclipse, first and foremost there will be disruptions in the weather. Heavy winds, rain, cyclones, flooding and turbulence especially for the nations who will witness totality (map above). Weather will be affected on a global level. On the political front, Canada and USA (capital cities of both nations will see the total eclipse) will face political/ economic crises. All the South American nations are also going to feel the energy hit, their governments should be ready for turmoil. African nations, especially those on the west coast will see tension, local skirmishes, civil unrest and terrorist activity. European nations will continue to feel unsafe. The lack of food, energy etc will now start showing its impact, the local population here will get restless and civil disruptions are expected. The Ukraine Russia war continues and it will trigger several critical events in this decade. Russia has a better birth chart and a current transit chart, so will have the upper hand. Overall, secretive actions and clandestine activities will increase everywhere. We might see deaths of a few prominent national leaders/ famous individuals during this time. Few unsavoury secrets of celebrities will be out in the open. Industrial, mining and agriculture related mishaps are possible. In our homes, electrical equipment can malfunction. Karma will come calling for some at the individual levels too. Deaths are possible by drowning or by blood related diseases, sharp wounds and connected to the fluids in the body. Emotionally charged but essentially hollow rhetoric will cause more damage to everyone at some level or the other. 

For Bharat, both coasts will see cyclones, the east coast will suffer more. Central areas will be hot and windy. Monsoon will arrive earlier than expected. The rain will be overall sufficient but will be accompanied by high winds, thus cause damage to agriculture. Landslides and flooding is possible. Civil disturbances, internal traitors etc will continue their anti national activities. But overall, despite everything, the nation will progress. 

On personal levels, if you are born with Cancer, Leo, Aries, Libra, Taurus or Scorpio Moon signs or even as ascendant signs then you will be more influenced by the eclipse. In case you are undergoing a Vimshottari Mahadasha or Antardasha of the planets involved, ie Moon, Sun, Rahu, Ketu or even Mercury you will see more eclipse triggered action in your life. In case your birth Moon nakshatra is Punarvasu, Vishakha or Poorvabhadrapada then too you can expect some significant change in your life during these coming 5 weeks. 

Eclipses give spiritual gains and can also be channelised to give material stuff. They are energy released by a combination of Rahu Ketu and Sun Moon. Sun and Moon are the energies of the Sahasrara and Ajnya chakras while Rahu and Ketu are the energies of desire/ non desire which push your perfect energy geometry out of shape. So if you perform some spiritual activity during eclipses, you can create or trigger events connected to the houses of your individual charts where the eclipse is occurring. ie for the present eclipse, it would be Taurus – Scorpio axis and the Krutika – Vishakha nakshatra axis. Whatever these signs/ nakshatra indicate in your life will see some significant change.

Positive effects are more likely if your own horoscope is powerful enough to absorb this energy burst. In any case, it is advisable to perform some sort of puja, mantra jaap, daan, spiritual practice etc during the duration of the eclipse so that negative effects are reduced and positivity is generated in life.

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Saturn in Aquarius results from Apr 2022 to Jul 2023

Saturn is currently the strongest planet consistently dominating the others since 2019 or so. He was strong in Sagittarius, then continued in power in his own Capricorn and will again retain his strength in his own Aquarius. Aquarius is also his mooltrikon sign ie the sign where he feels most at home and can give the best results which are visible on the outside.

He will be aspecting Jupiter in Pisces whenever he resides in Capricorn. And when he shifts into Aquarius he will be aspecting Rahu in Aries and later Jupiter in Aries. Thus he will influence these major graha as they give their results. He is also the King of this current Vedic year Shri Shubhakruti naam samvatsar. Overall, he currently enjoys a very significant say over the events unfolding around us.

  • Saturn is poised to enter Aquarius on 29th Apr 2022 and he will be here till 29th Mar 2025. 
  • In this current year 2022 he will be retrograde from 5th Jun till 23rd Oct for 141 days.
  • He will return to Capricorn on 12th Jul 2022 and reenter Aquarius on 17th Jan 2023. 

This post will cover Saturn’s results in Aquarius till 29th Mar 2025 so it will necessarily be a generic post. I prefer writing posts on Saturn’s nakshatra level transits which last for about 13 months. Currently Saturn is transiting through the Dhanishtha nakshatra (post here). 

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Saturn stays in a sign for average 2.5 long years. Advanced students can try analyse Saturn’s movement through the Nakshatra filters to improve the accuracy of their predictions. Aquarius is composed of Dhanishtha, Shatataraka and Poorvabhadrapada nakshatra, and Saturn will give different results as he transits through each one of them. And if you wish to fine tune further then try to factor in the Nakshatra pad/ navamsha in your predictions (post here).

Saturn in Aquarius progressively creates situations which lead to a complete change in systems. This is traumatic in the short term but in the in the long run can lead to gain. This is a release of explosive energy which stabilises over a period of time. These initial situations will be turbulent, messy, traumatic and dangerous. War or civil unrest leading to new geopolitical alignments. Or economic collapses on the global levels followed by a complete overhaul of the financial systems. Restructuring of the social hierarchies and even governments is possible. He will rearrange everything that can possibly be rearranged on the material levels. And he does not back down once he gets started, he is implacable, relentless. The players who initiate these activities under his influence show courage in following their vision and not stop till they are done.

This transit will be painful and uncertain for common people. Saturn positioned in Aquarius has a sobering effect as he forces revaluation of all those concepts which you think to be precious or stable. he challenges your preconceived notions and requires you to adjust to the new realities around you. This phase can trigger negative emotions, behaviour and habits in several of us. But, if Saturn is capable of giving you auspicious results, then he will help you discipline yourself and eventually grow.

During this time people will be more politically aware, more materialistic, more driven by personal ambitions, focussed on the profession, business and money, status in the society, activities outside the home, networking, meeting new people, making new groups. Everyone will desire more material things especially upward mobility, power over others and control over resources. And will be more vocal, demanding, act strongly in motivated groups for what they want and sometimes with violence, deceit and fraud.

For Bharat, Saturn will give mixed results. On the physical front, our nation is going to grow and very much so. Our economy will remain stable compared to the rest of the world, our industries etc will continue to perform etc. Our government will focus on keeping our systems stable and insulate us from the external shocks that the world, especially the west will be undergoing. But our problems are going to be internal, ie civil disruptions, terrorist attacks etc the reasons of which are obvious to anyone who follows the news. Genuine Bharatiya will be required to support the nation now. There will be turmoil. However at the end of this period the elected government and PM will prevail and a more sensible and sustainable society will be in place. 

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Saturn in Aquarius transit results for the individual signs, considering only Saturn’s influence. These are generic readings which will be modified as per your birth chart details and the transits of the other major planets. These are based on your birth Moon sign, as the Moon determines the timing and fructification of karma. But if your Ascendant sign is strong, then you can blend the results of both the signs to gain a better picture of what can happen.

  • eg. if your ascendant sign is Sagittarius then you will get several physical opportunities for growth. In this if your birth Moon is Gemini, then unless you do the Kuldevata/ Guru/ ancestor worship etc, you will suffer emotionally and will not be able to make anything of the opportunities before you. And in this, if Sagittarius is stronger than Gemini in your birth chart then it may overall be a good time (easiest way is to compare the scores of the Ashtakvarga table for these signs).

Aries – This transit is favourable for you as Saturn in the 11th house will give you exceptional gains. But if you have worked for it or are willing to work for it in the coming 2-3 yrs. New opportunities for wealth creation, new connections, new friends will come into your life, make use of them. Your family and social life will be quite happening, expand your friend circles and network. Keep on working hard and remain active, you will get significant successes and growth. Be fair in your decisions as some of these will be life-time decisions. This is a good time and try to make the most of it.

Taurus – Saturn in the 10th house gives overwork, travel and strain. Generally physical health goes down during this transit, so take care of your diet/habits. Your boss will be very demanding but may not give you credit. However keep working sincerely as you will eventually gain from all the work you put in. Professional success is possible if your birth chart supports you. Expect a few delays in achieving your dreams. Money will be adequate but as always plan and budget. Parents, especially the father’s health may be of concern. Your family/ spouse will be cross with you as you won’t get time to be with them. Do schedule your life appropriately. If you do not do this then, Shani will dictate your time table and then it may get difficult. Do your daily pujas and take up some spiritual activity to add positivity to your life.

Gemini – If you do pujas of your adored deity, pay your dues to your ancestors and follow the direction of your Guru then this Saturn will give you gains otherwise he will cause trouble by restricting your own luck, purvapunya and the support you get in life. Ill health, loss of money, loss of Dharma, quarrels with the family, arguments with parents, physical deaths of elderly people in the family etc are possible. Try to keep your ego under control as anger etc will lead to mental stress and other losses too. Luck, if not on your side can lead to several issues so be prepared. 

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Cancer – Saturn in the 8th Ashtam Shani, is a dangerous position and this time should be navigated with extreme precautions. He can hit on all the aspects of life which make life secure and comforting. Health can take a beating, especially the body frame can break down. Bones, ligaments, tendons, teeth, nerves, skin, private parts etc related issues can emerge. Accidents and sudden surgeries are possible. If the longevity is at an end then this period can cause physical death. Trouble from the wife, the in-laws and occult activities are possible. Litigation, court cases, fights linked to ancestral property and humiliation is possible. Loss of wealth, loss of intimacy with the spouse. Lack of nourishing food, lack of rest are typical results. Money should be adequate but it is advisable to budget. 

Leo – This is a Kantak Shani/ thorny Saturn, position. He brings danger to the self or to the spouse. If the longevity is at an end, physical death is possible else physical /emotional separation can occur. Professional failures, loss of income, reduction in wealth and humiliation is possible. You will have to work hard in order to succeed during this time. Lack of comfort, restlessness, unnecessary travel, loneliness, depression is a common result. Physical health can show signs of disease and ageing. Pay attention to your married life and to your business in case you operate with a business partner.

Virgo – Saturn’s transit through the 6th is considered to be quite good as he does not let enemies, disease, debts, etc surface so make the most of it. However do not ignore any symptoms and consult medical help as needed. In this transit, you can expect a reasonably good health, success in profession, a stable income and mental peace. You might be tempted to take on loans or engage in land deals, do so only if you are sure about things. Things will be better than what they were in the past so you can take calculated risks to move ahead in life.

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Libra – Here Saturn is transiting the 5th sign from Libra and he will affect the creative expression of the personality as a whole. So raising your children will require more efforts from your side. You will be required to pay more attention to them and their activities. This is not a good time for speculation or gambling. Creativity will be low and this may lead to demotions or loss of job or failure in exams. Pay cuts and need to budget is possible. Health can be adversely affected. You must continue doing your daily pujas, mantra etc to keep yourself positive in this time.

Scorpio – Ardha-ashtama Saturn is when he transits your 4th. This is also called a Kantaka or thorny Shani. He generally drains resources on several levels, ie emotional, physical, monetary resources are all affected. You may be required to leave your homeland or at least compelled to leave your residence and relationships with your dear ones will be strained. Your parents, especially the mother will be a source of worry and there may be agreements within your family regarding property. You might be forced to sell landed properties or be cheated in property cases. Diseases of the joints, nerves and skin and road accidents are possible. This is not a time to be careless or rash.

Sagittarius – Saturn is transiting your 3rd and it will be a good transit. Your Sade sati is over and now you can enjoy the results that Saturn will give you during his Aquarius transit. You will feel more empowered, your skills will be recognised, your luck will improve, health will be good, team-mates and family members will be helpful etc. Wealth will increase, you will pass all competitive exams, a promotion is possible at work, traveling for work or pleasure will be fruitful, spouse and children will be supportive. Overall it is a good transit, so make the most of it. Time is on your side.

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Capricorn – the last phase of Sade sati is often the most emotionally tiring as Saturn brings several unpleasant truths before you. Your family members, mother etc can cause you stress, you might be cheated in matters of ancestral property. Your spouse and children can be a source of unhappiness and you might be separated from them temporarily. You will be given several responsibilities in the office and this may affect your health and rest. Try to take up some spiritual practice to restore your emotional stability. Ego, pride, arrogance will be counter-productive and can land you in trouble. However the very last part of this transit can bring a different maturity within you as you slowly emerge from Saturn’s intense influence with a new confidence.

Aquarius – this transit is the middle phase of Sade sati. Janma Shani causes severe strain on the mind as he directly affects the birth Moon. A sense of fear, depression and loneliness ensues. You may not feel enthused about anything, laziness and lethargy will affect your mind. Everyone whom you feel emotional support from can cause you unhappiness, this can have its effect on your physical health too. Your married life can see turmoil. Family and friends will cause you stress. Income can reduce so budgeting is necessary. Do your daily pujas etc to support your mind in this time.

Pisces – you have now started in the first phase of your Sade sati. The run of luck that you were enjoying in the past 2-3yrs is now done with. You are going to have to grow up as Saturn will bring in maturity with his scripted karmic lessons. With Saturn you cannot break rules, show self-ego or cheat others, if you do this now, he will ensure that you get your karma delivered in the next two stages of the Sade sati. Health, physical and emotional, will be affected. Money might get tight as expenditure increases, budgeting is advisable. Your boss will expect more from you and not appreciate you for what you do. Expected promotions or salary raises may not materialise. If in business, do not trust others unnecessarily and remain aware of what your partners are upto. You need to maintain your positivity by doing your daily pujas etc.

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When you tailor the above for your personal chart here are some tips you can use.

  • If Saturn is favourable for you, ie if your ascendant sign is Capricorn, Aquarius, Taurus or Libra then he can give you the promised benefits as per your birth chart.
  • Generally Saturn is favourable in the 3rd 6th 11th so another way of looking at this is that whatever Aries, Virgo and Sagittarius signify in your chart, these areas in your life may show some positive changes connected to Saturn.
  • If you have a significant planet in your birth chart Aquarius then Saturn will constrain him from giving his full results. Anything represented by Aquarius in your birth chart has the potential to cause stress in your life. But if you accept the routine that Saturn represents then this planet can give slow but sustained results.
  • If you have a strong birth chart, ie strong birth Moon, ascendant sign/lord, vargottam planets, strong yogkarak, etc then you will be better able to handle the inevitable changes in life. Whatever happens, you will somehow retain your position of strength.

Use the Ashtakvarga system for a rapid analysis of the transits. Note the points that Saturn has in Aquarius sign in your personal Ashtakvarga table. If this is 4 or more then this transit will be more significant for you, he will create some positive opportunities in your life. Also check the power of Aquarius sign, ie if its total point score is 27 or more then the sign as a whole will more positively influence your life.

Dasha results are will be modified by this Saturn transit. So if you are under a Mahadasha or Antardasha of Saturn you should carefully analyse what this transit means to you, as the results will be stronger. If you are under the Dasha period of a favourable planet, ie Ascendant lord, Yogkarak, owner of kendra/ kona then you will be more easily able to navigate the issues presented by Saturn during this transit. 

These these past two months, March and April 2022 we have seen the transits of Rahu, Ketu, Jupiter and now Saturn. The four slow moving graha changing their signs back to back in a very short time span is not a good thing. All the aspects of life which they control in your chart will see significant changes in a very short time frame. If the birth chart, ascendant sign/ lord and birth Moon are powerful then you will be able to adjust to this rapid change, else there will be stress.

There are several ways of analysing charts, they are all used to cross check the results you are predicting. The same positive/ negative results repeating in at least 3 different analysis patterns indicates that the predicted effect will be strong. 

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Remedies, as always are two, Daana and Mantra. You either give away the unbalanced energy with Daana or reinforce your energy with Mantra. (use the index page for more posts on this). When you are doing remedies you are basically strengthening your 1st house by powering on your 9th and 5th houses, harnessing the 9/5 axis. Your purva punya protects your personality and your environment if you perform activities linked to the 9th house. Similarly your mantra shakti feeds energy into yourself if you perform activities of the 5th house. When you add energy to your Dharma trikon, your capacity for weathering events in life increases. Doing Dana on the day of the transit is a good way of ensuring that his energies remain balanced in your life during the duration of the transit. You can also give Dana on Saturdays, especially sesame oil can be given to Shani temples regularly. You can also do his mantra on Saturdays. Doing regular daily pujas and some personal spiritual practice, ie your Dhyan mantra or your Jaap-mantra is a life time remedy which addresses the very many issues which continually pop up in life.

The third option is behavioural changes but this is possible only if you have some understanding of your own self and have a back up of strength and energy from your regular spiritual practice. 

Personally I associate Bhagwan Shani with Bhagwan Mahakaal as Saturn is the power of Time, the slow grinding force which reduces our ego into dust. He is capable of giving a lot on the material front and also on the spiritual front, but he demands that you work for it. Most of us do not appreciate his discipline and ethics so suffer during his typical transits.

Jyotish helps us become aware of what is possible in the future and to take appropriate steps to reduce the negativity or enhance the positivity of what is coming up. It is an empowering tool so do use it as such.

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Dangerous trigger Partial Solar eclipse 30 Apr 2022

A quick post.

We will be experiencing the first eclipse of this year on 30th April 2022. It will be visible only in some parts of South America, Antarctica, the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. The effect of the eclipse is generally limited to areas where it is visible. For the rest of the world it has negligible effects. But this time it will be affecting the oceans so will have significant effect on the weather patterns generated from here. Also considering the current precarious situation of the world, analysing the eclipse will be helpful. The eclipse duration is for about 4hrs so its effects will fade after about 4yrs.

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  • First location to see the partial eclipse start – 30 Apr, 18:45 UTC
  • Maximum Eclipse – 30 Apr, 20:41
  • Last location to see the partial eclipse end – 30 Apr, 22:37 UTC
  • (This map is from timeanddate.com)

Let’s look at the chart drawn for the maximum eclipse point time. There are some interesting combinations here which should be analysed. I am just outlining the basic theme, pointing out the combinations, students of Jyotish can fill in the details with their own analysis.

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Primarily the eclipse is being caused by Rahu in Aries. He is in the Krutika nakshatra, a fiery lunar mansion ruled by the deity Agni and linked to the Sun. It is a solar eclipse so is obviously it is occurring during an Amavasya. Both Sun and Moon are in Bharani nakshatra. These three graha are strongly influenced by Saturn via his 3rd aspect. The additional aspects of the planets, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are more effective than their regular 7th aspect. Saturn aspecting the Sun and the Moon is a severe constriction on everyone of us. But far more dangerous is Rahu aspected by Saturn, this is called Shapit dosh (post here) and has the capacity to cause pain, struggle and sorrow on both the objective and subjective levels.

Mercury in Taurus is not involved in the eclipse energy as such, but he has broken the hemming of the Kaal sarpa. This energy was active intermittently since Dec 2021 and it getting broken is a positive.

Ketu in Libra – post on the Rahu Ketu transit into Aries Libra here.

Saturn and Mars in Aquarius – Saturn has just entered Aquarius on 29th and is now in a planetary war with Mars. Obviously Saturn has lost the Graha yuddha at the moment and will be required to follow Mars in most matters. He is even more uncomfortable as Aquarius is his own sign and he is being constrained by Mars from acting as he wishes. Saturn with Mars is a very dangerous combination capable of spoiling each others results and the significations of the house they occupy (post here).And he is aspecting Rahu. As per our texts and what has been seen in the past, whenever Saturn, Mars and Rahu get together in some way or the other, there is a heavy loss of human life all over.

Venus and Jupiter are in Pisces and they are also engaged in a fierce graha yuddha because they are on the same degree! But Jupiter is very slightly ahead so has won for the moment. Both are Gurus but engage in a philosophical sort of enmity so both so close together are extremely uncomfortable. Added to the fact that Pisces belongs to Jupiter and it is the sign of exaltation for Venus. Both are here, want to relax, get expansive, at home etc but are constrained by the other’s presence. So both are not going to give very happy results at this time. Venus and Jupiter otherwise also when together give subtly traumatic results (post here).The Devguru and the Daityaguru are the two benevolent planets who are ready to help us even in the direst of circumstances, but here they are both caught in a paap-kartari yog with double strength natural malefics hemming them in.

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Eclipses act as trigger points as the subjective forces of Rahu and Ketu obscure the internal divinity Sun or the nourishing divinity Moon. This event releases unbalanced karma on significant levels. After an eclipse some of us will experience unexpected losses and some get some unexpected gains depending on the individual charts.

As a result of this partial solar eclipse, we can expect misdirected fiery energy at all levels. The military, police and other enforcement agencies will be ruthless and relentless about their objectives. Invasions which are already underway will intensify. Invasions which were being planned will be put into motion. Diplomacy, rest, socialising, friendship etc will be on the backseat. Civil unrest, violence and terrorist activity will see an increase. These will be put down equally firmly. Tempers will be high and anger will be misdirected.

There will be changes in the weather patterns. It will get windy now so expect cyclones in coastal areas, these will bring rain, flooding and possible destruction. And the heavy winds inside the land masses will be hot and dry, this may lead to fires and heat related accidents. Volcanic activity or earthquakes are also possible. Hills will see storms and rains which may cause floods in the downstream or plains.

Global economy will remain shaky. We are in a transition period now, the current system is changing and dramatically so, Saturn in Aquarius is ensuring this. It will take a decade or so to settle, meanwhile, be ready for pain as such transitions are never easy. This eclipse will be a trigger for some smaller nations to experience severe issues and seek help from others, this can lead to their losing their economic sovereignty. And the Ukraine Russia war is not going to stop so soon, it will continue and lead to economic instability in Europe and USA. Russia will remain in a better shape.

On the health front, COVID 19 is on the wane, however there will be increase in cases in the next few months. People will generally fall ill but recover with regular medicines. This will be serious only for those who have not taken adequate steps for improving their immunity or those who remain careless about their health. Those who have a combination of Rahu, Mars and Saturn in their birth charts or are near their allotted longevity should avoid taking unnecessary risks with their lives. Those who are in Mahadasha or Antardashas of any of these three graha should also exercise due caution.

Some will experience an intense desire to get rid of all bindings, naturally there will be physical deaths too. Overall the combinations point to cruelty and cold bloodedness. On the personal level, be careful while driving and avoid risky endeavours as minor to major injuries are possible.

Not all nations will be affected by this eclipse. Only those who will experience the eclipse and the people living there will see the full effects of the eclipse. But because the energies are so severe, every nation will feel the effects to some extent. Every nation has a ‘birth chart’, ie the chart drawn at the time/date linked to some significant event considered to be the formation of the nation and the place will be the national capital. So those nations who have Aries or Libra as ascendants will see some disruptive activity triggered by this eclipse. Also for all nations whichever house Aquarius falls in will see dangerous developments during this time.

For our Bharat, we will see some extreme weather and natural disasters but more troubling will be the secret enemies within who will cause problems. Our nation has Taurus ascendant and Moon in Cancer. Saturn entering the 8th from Cancer, ie ashtam Shani and this eclipse trigger within a day of each other can bring hidden enemies to the forefront. We all follow the news and the present unfolding events, so it should not come as a surprise if internal unrest, riots and political upheavals increase in certain states. Our borders might see some action. COVID 19 will be seen again in some states but mostly people should recover. I am counting on Saturn as yogkarak for Taurus ascendant to bring some positivity after the initial turbulence.

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If you live in a location where this eclipse is visible then you can make use of the energies to give a boost to your spiritual practice. It is advisable to perform some sadhana, ie Dhyan, or read some spiritual book, eg Bhagwat Gita, Upanishads etc or recite a mantra of your choice, eg Mahamrutyunjai mantra during the duration of the eclipse.

As always, the energy remedy for every problem in life on the energy front, is either Mantra or Daan. You reinforce your energy by doing Mantra or give away the unbalanced energy by doing Daan.

I have written several posts on eclipses and how to analyse their effects in birth and transit charts. (refer the index page for more posts).

Predictions for Jupiter transit in Pisces Apr 2022 to Apr 2023

Jupiter, from 2019 onwards, was either with Saturn or in Saturn’s signs, thus unable to behave in his usual benevolent and expansive manner. We were not able to make full use of the Jupiter in Sagittarius energies because of his close proximity to Saturn. Then Jupiter in Capricorn was anyways debilitated. And his sojourn in Aquarius majorly impacted by Saturn sitting very strongly in Capricorn throughout. Now Jupiter will enter his own Pisces on 13th Apr 2022 and stay here till 22nd Apr 2023. (Saturn too will occupy his own Capricorn/ Aquarius during this period.)

Jupiter is the natural Jiv-karak, ie he sustains life on this earth and his being constrained by the karmic enforcer for all these years has caused several problems for us. Significantly, he has been unable to support the economy, public health and sustain the right frame of mind, ie the core life philosophy at the global levels in this time.

Pisces is the natural 12th house of the zodiac, so the keywords of the sign and the house both can be applied to learn more about this environment. The house of mediative states, dreams, bridges to the astral, losses, isolation, impracticality, illusions, depth, etc. And also the sign of spiritual evolution, intuition, longing for the unknown, etc. One of the most sensitive signs, Pisces is composed of the three Nakshatra, Poorvabhadrapada (Jupiter), Uttarabhadrapada (Saturn) and Revati (Mercury). It also has the Gandant energies.

Interestingly, Jupiter will be literally sprinting through Poorvabhadrapada (planetary movements) and entering Uttarabhadrapada on 28th Apr where he will remain for an ultra long 10 months at n uninterrupted stretch till 24th Feb 2023. Then he will again rush through Revati to enter Ashvini on 22nd Apr 2023. This means that this Pisces transit will be more influenced by Jupiter in Uttarabhadrapada and this is again a lunar mansion linked to Saturn. Again Saturn will continue his subtle effect on Jupiter during this transit. (Saturn has the world affairs firmly in his grip for some time now and shows no signs of relaxing)

Jupiter will be going retrograde from 29th Jul till 24th Nov but he will not change his sign, ie not go back into the previous sign and then return as he was doing in the past few years. This is Jupiter’s new trend and this will continue for the next 3 yrs. So these next few years when Jupiter will be transiting in Pisces, Aries and Taurus will grant stability in all those matters connected to Jupiter and these signs in your birth and transit chart. Try to make the most of this energy in the coming years.

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Other planets will be influencing this Jupiter in Pisces transit, modifying his ability to give results.

Jupiter in Pisces technically would have been a very good transit as he owns this rashi, but the time frame where he is fully free to do as he pleases is limited. He is aspected by Saturn, his 3rd aspect from Capricorn for about 6months. I consider the additional aspects of planets to be more effective than the regular 7th aspect (for Mars, Jupiter, Saturn). Jupiter is idealistic, kind, hopeful, benevolent, helpful, expansive etc by nature, while Saturn is realistic, time bound, strict, restrictive, dour etc, somewhat antithetical to Jupiter in temperament so his aspecting Jupiter with his 3rd aspect will tend to give more inauspicious and extreme results. So we can expect somewhat good results from Jupiter from 29th Mar – 12th Jul 2022 and from 17th Jan – 22nd Apr 2023. For the rest of his stay here in Pisces, Saturn will significantly aspect him from Capricorn, hampering his style.

Mars will be in Pisces with Jupiter from 17th May to 27th Jun also affecting Jupiter’s ability to give results. However their combined energies can be used to create and seize opportunities if your birth/ transit chart is supportive. Mars is initiative, confidence, pioneering spirit, desire to compete and win etc so can be usefully paired with Jupiter’s positive qualities to gain some positivity and especially for accomplishing of some daring sort of work related to philosophy, way of life, etc.

There will broadly be two trends in this Jupiter in Pisces transit. 

  • One where Jupiter is free to work without Saturn aspecting him. During this time, spiritual activity will increase, in depth study and genuine understanding will increase, there will be an expansion of positive qualities like universal love and hope, help during dream states, extrasensory abilities will be boosted, desire for peace will prevail, etc. imagination, intuition etc will be useful and you might be able to make a few ‘lucky guesses’ during this phase. On the mundane side, rains will be plentiful, flooding is also possible, prices of gold will increase, yellow colored grain etc will be plentiful, etc. Global economy will be boosted briefly.
  • And when he is constrained by Saturn’s restrictive influence. During this time, expect physical deaths, reduced mental clarity, lack of self confidence, impracticality, a desire to escape from responsibilities and procrastinate, overwork and loneliness, lack of sleep, monetary losses and bad investments, ill health caused by allergies and similar ‘sensitivity’ related issues. During this time, the weather will be windy, cyclones, fog and other atmosphere related phenomena will cause damage but actual rain will be less. Economy overall will slow down. 

Generally Bharat has an average to good period coming up, we will endure whatever happens. But there will be several trials as enemies try to gang up against us. The national capital and JK UT will face riot like situations and terror attacks for reasons known to all of us. Other major cities will also be targeted but the damage there will be lesser. Our economy will continue to grow, slowly but unstoppably. On the global levels however the economy will suffer. Europe and USA have started on a route of inevitable economic collapse, this may trigger other wars. And the one going on in Ukraine Russia is not going to stop so soon. Overall this Jupiter in Pisces transit will be useful for investing in banks, energy, gold, silver and other precious metals. Always use your common sense and not get carried away by ‘sentiment’ when investing. Long term investments which span this transit will give the best returns. Investing in water related businesses, liquids etc will also be profitable. On the personal levels, avoid over-eating, laziness, sleeping late, over-indulgence in sensuality, drugs/alcohol etc. Try to set up a healthy schedule of waking up before sunrise, exercise, diet etc and stick to it. If you are obese, diabetic, addicted to any substance or over-indulge in fatty / sugary foods etc then health problems are possible in this transit. Avoid loaning money to others. Even if you feel expansive etc do not share your personal details/ feelings etc excessively with others especially on social media. (I have written separate posts on the yearly 2022-23 predictions, here)

Jupiter will be in Uttarabhadrapada nakshatra for a continuous period of about 10 months. Uttarabhadrapada is ruled by the nakshatra devata Ahirbudhnya, ‘the serpentine consciousness which arises from unfathomable depths’. It is linked to Saturn and is represented by 2 stars which are considered to be the rear two legs of a funeral bed. Uttarabhadrapada is a Devbhasha Samskrutam word which means ‘the auspicious stage which comes later’.

People will be required to become more flexible and adapt themselves to fast changing scenarios but this will be difficult. Sleep and rest may be reduced as work and stress increase. Lethargy and laziness will increase. Everyone will keep their true motives and actions secret but being calculative is good only to some extent. Some will try to postpone taking hard decisions and this will lead to trouble. There will be physical exits of several during this time, but these will be a part of karma balanced. Mediation and guidance during dream states will be available for some of us. Some will gain money, spirituality, a new life philosophy etc and achieve their life goals. Research, occult, construction etc type of activities will be fruitful. Earthquakes and volcanic activity is expected. Destruction will occur but as a part of a larger purpose. The month of Bhadrapad will be significant in some way during this transit. The larger lesson here is synthesising the power of Saturn and Jupiter together in a sensible way for self-evolution. These are the two farthest planets, the two largest ones, the two in-charge of the last four signs of the zodiac, the two linked to the lowest most Swadhishthan Mooladhar chakras, etc. If they can be harnessed, they can lead to true wisdom.

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The Jupiter in Pisces transit results for the individual signs. These are generic readings which will have to be modified as per your birth chart details. These are based on your birth Moon sign, as the Moon determines the timing and fructification of karma. But if your Ascendant sign is strong, then you can blend the results to gain a better picture of what is expected.

  • eg. if your ascendant sign is Libra, it will be a physically tiring time. But if your birth Moon is Scorpio, there will be several events which will give you emotional support and might make up for it. And if Scorpio is stronger than Libra in your birth chart (easiest way is to compare the scores of the Ashtakvarga table for these signs) then it may overall be a good time.
  • (I am factoring in the Saturn transit in Capricorn /Aquarius as it is a very significant change and will have an overriding effect on Jupiter’s activities. Also Uttarabhadrapada nakshatra is linked to Saturn.)

Aries – This is an unfavourable transit, be careful. Jupiter may grant wealth etc if he is well placed in the birth chart but coupled with an undefined sadness and a tendency to commit immoral or unethical acts. There is a possibility of humiliation, loss of job or residence, breakdown in relationships etc. Enemies will be active and you will not be able to effectively tackle things. Health may be affected and a longterm illness may start during this transit. Avoid getting into short term affairs as they will cause loss of reputation. Keep some resources available in case of emergencies. Saturn in Capricorn will be bad. Saturn in Aquarius phase will be better, so make use of this time to consolidate. 

Taurus – Jupiter is quite favourable as he will grant gains from several sources, wealth and money will increase. Your physical and emotional health will recover and you will feel good from the inside. Friends, family etc will support you, personal life will be on a high. Professional success will be with you, promotions are possible. This is a good time so use it well. Whatever you had planned for yourself will fructify during this transit. So use your mind, your skills, your networks etc to search for opportunities, they are all right within your grasp. Use the power of the 11th Jupiter to propel yourself onwards. 

Gemini – Generally Jupiter transiting in the 10th house gives overwork. But still this can be a productive transit if you can positively make use of the opportunities which come your way. You will have to work in a realistic and practical manner in your office. Stress and later illness caused by additional responsibilities is a possibility. A side effect of this is that you will neglect the spouse, children and the home which will cause long term problems. Health of the father may be an issue during this transit.

Cancer – Jupiter will help you in several unexpected ways as your luck, the blessings of your deity/ancestors and your Poorva-punya is on your side. Family, peers, patrons, seniors etc will be supportive and you will be happy. Relationships will be good. Professionals will see a growth in the career. Students will succeed in their exams etc. Money flow will be adequate, however it is always best to budget and invest sensibly. Profession will see successes. Whatever you have wished for, the energy of this time will make it happen for you. So be careful about what you wish for. Overall transit is good, make good use of this time.

Leo – This is not a good transit as he can create long term aliments, grief and hardships. Expect stresses in your professional and personal life as your interpersonal relationships with your boss, parents, spouse, children, relatives, neighbours etc get strained. Do not trust others more than necessary as you may face humiliation or losses in the future. Do not ignore issues as they erupt, else they will soon become unmanageable. Especially if you are obese or diabetic or suffering from ‘expanding’ type of illness you should be careful. Jupiter in the 8th house can also function as a Marak, depending on the individual charts. Saturn in Capricorn phase will be better for you.

Virgo – Times have finally changed for you, Jupiter is favourable and he will grant pleasure. Focus on the Jupiter related things as per your birth chart, these will grant you growth. Generally Jupiter in the 7th from the birth Moon sign is very auspicious in all ways, so expect marriages, birth of children, increase in wealth, better health, positivity and emotional support, increase in overall profits, professional success, improvement in relationships etc. Here you have the choice of doing things your way and succeeding. So use your intellect, imagination, ingenuity, skill, abilities etc effectively to materialise what you really dream of. This transit can give you want you really want to complete yourself. Saturn in Aquarius phase will be significantly better for you, so use it well.

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Libra – There will be stress both at home and in the office. Especially expect intense quarrels with the wife, the boss and business partners, legal issues are likely. Ill health is possible especially diseases of the nerves, abdomen and ‘overheating’ type of diseases. Enemies will be active against you. Avoid taking debts during this time, also avoid speculation and hasty investments. Trusting the wrong person during this time will cause unending problems for you. If you expect anything to go right for you, most likely it will go wrong during this time. However internal spirituality will increase, you will use philosophy to make sense of what is happening to you during this time. Saturn in Aquarius phase will be better for you.

Scorpio – as I have reiterated in several pervious posts, Scorpio has a very good time now as all the major planets are favourable. Marriage, improvement in relationships, birth of a child, better health, increase in wealth, successes in education, promotions in profession, good investments, increase in creativity and confidence, timely luck, etc are all possible with Jupiter transiting the 5th from Scorpio. Your enemies will not be able to work against you. If your birth/transit chart is strong then this is one of your best years. Saturn in Capricorn phase will be better but Saturn in Aquarius is still balanced nicely by Jupiter in Pisces. This entire transit is good for you so make the most of it.

Sagittarius – Jupiter in the 4th does have some positivity which you can capitalise on. Your health will improve, some sources of money may become active. You may be required to shift your residence to some place better suited for your profession but away from your loved ones. Do not trust your friends more than necessary. Do not speculate or gamble. There may be separation for your mother, her health may require your attention. Auspicious functions are possible and family members will support your decisions. Students and professionals will do well. Avoid rash driving. Self discipline is always the best option. Saturn in Aquarius phase will be good for you, make the most of it. Saturn in Capricorn will be a return of the Sade sati energy which will drain you, so be extra careful during this time.

Capricorn – The major planets are not favourable so trying times will continue. Health might be affected so do not ignore any symptoms. Issues at the work will erupt which may affect your finances. There will be uncertainty and issues with your extended family, siblings and teammates, try to remain practical with them. Avoid risky investments. Relationships will see arguments and separations from loved ones. This is a trying transit as in addition to the 3rd Jupiter, the middle and last phases of sade sati will tire you out.

Aquarius – this is a good transit. There will be several opportunities for wealth generation, physical health recovery, emotional recovery and good times with the family. Jupiter is fully supportive and will help you get out of the stress that you were under in the recent past. Education, profession, relationships, marriage, child-birth etc, all aspects of life will show some positivity. Try to create a healthy routine and stick to it. Do not get involved in other people’s affairs or do not lend money etc to others, chances of getting cheated is high. You have to make use of this time, especially when Saturn is in Capricorn to consolidate before your second phase of Sade sati starts with Saturn entering Aquarius.

Pisces – There will be some stress on the physical level, loneliness and weakness is possible. Enemies and rivals will try to make things difficult for you. Try to maintain your relationships on cordial levels. The boss may overload you with work. Create a routine and stick to it. Health can be affected so do not ignore any symptoms. Keep your loved ones close, open up to them. Avoid bad habits, gambling, addictions etc. Be careful about your money as budgeting may be necessary. Not a very good time for new ventures, unless there is support from the birth chart. Reduction in comforts as you will be required to work more. Travelling can be non productive. But if you can manage to do all this with the proper mindset, this transit can give you significant growth. Saturn in Capricorn phase and the time when both Jupiter and Saturn are retrograde together will be good for you, so try to consolidate your gains during this time. Otherwise your time will be average as it is a combination of Sade sati first phase with Janma Jupiter.

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If you are an advanced student of Jyotish then you should use the Nakshatra transit and the chakra in fine tuning your predictions..

  • The simplest is the Janma Navtara chakra. This time Jupiter is going to stay in Uttarabhadrapada for almost 10months, so the nakshatra based chakras will give more precise information.
  • The ashtapadmadala chakra gives a more subtle analysis of a personality and can be an enlightening read for the advanced student.
  • (If you really want to master the art of prediction then the Sarvatobhadra chakra is the only one you need to learn in depth.)

Use the Ashtakvarga system for a rapid analysis of the transits. Note the points that Jupiter has in Pisces sign in your Ashtakvarga table. If this is 4 or more then this transit will be more significant for you. Also check the power of Pisces sign, ie if its total point score is 27 or more then it has more potential to influence your life.

If you have a strong birth chart, ie strong birth Moon, ascendant sign/lord, vargottam planets, strong yogkarak, etc then you will be better able to navigate through the inevitable changes in life. Whatever happens, you will somehow retain your position of strength.

If Jupiter is your ascendant lord, ie Sagittarius ascendant or Pisces ascendant or a functional benefic or a functional malefic for your chart or is conjunct significant planets in your birth chart then his transit will be more significant for you.

If Jupiter is transiting over a major birth planet, eg if your ascendant lord is in Pisces in your birth chart then this Jupiter’s Pisces transit will be very significant for you.

Or even if Jupiter strongly aspects a birth chart planet even then he will influence that planet positively. ie at present if you have any planets in Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio then these birth chart planets will benefit from Jupiter’s positivity.

Also if the ongoing Dasha period is of strong and auspicious planets ie ascendant lord, Yogkarak, ruler of the Kendra/Kona etc even then you will be supported and manage to remain positive under testing circumstances. If you are in the Mahadasha of Jupiter or even the Antardasha of Jupiter in another planet’s Mahadasha then this transit will have a stronger effect on you. 

The transits are used to fine tune the results promised in the birth chart. ie the the results promised by Pisces sign as per your birth chart have a very good chance of fructifying in this Jupiter transit in Pisces. Or if you have a significant planet in Pisces in your birth chart, then the results that he promises will also be boosted in this time.

Generally Jupiter is favourable in transit in the 2nd 5th 7th 9th 11th houses. So another way of looking at this is whatever is signified by Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio and Aquarius in your birth chart has the capacity to create opportunities.

There are several ways of analysing charts, they are all used to cross check the results you are predicting. The same positive/negative results repeating in at least 3 different analysis patterns indicates that the effect will be strong. 

These two months, March and April 2022 will see the transits of Rahu, Ketu, Jupiter and Saturn. The four slow moving graha changing their signs back to back in a very short time span is not a good thing. All the aspects of life which they control in your chart will see significant changes. If the birth chart, ascendant sign/lord and birth Moon are powerful then you will be able to adjust to this rapid change, else there will be stress.

Remedies are as always Daan and Mantra. Refer to the index page or the search bar for posts on these if you wish to read. As a general option it is advisable to perform some Daan or Mantra or at least go to a nav graha temple for worshiping Jupiter, Devguru Bruhaspati, on the day of the transit. The third option for remedies is behavioural changes which are based on an understanding of the chart and its energy dynamics. This is possible only if you have a strong birth chart to begin with and are doing some regular spiritual practice. And you can always do the ‘fun’ remedies of wearing perfumes, colors or eating the foods linked to the particular planet to increase its effect on you.

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