Sarpa yog and Sarpashapa yog

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

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

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


Sarpa  सर्प yog

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

First the Nabhasa yog

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

Next the Dal yog

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

There are two types of Dala yog.

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

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

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

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

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


Sarpasapa सर्पशाप yog 

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

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

Let us briefly understand the implications of these combinations.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

These basic combinations will be aggravated by 

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

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

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

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

35 thoughts on “Sarpa yog and Sarpashapa yog

  1. Shala August 22, 2021 / 12:42 pm

    Sometimes people refer to someone as having a ‘ black tongue’. Is there anything like that astrologically( specific combinations)
    My grandmothers uncle was famous for having a ” Black tongue”.
    Apparently the whole extended family members were terrified of what the old man would utter to whom because mostly they were negative stuff which apparently came true.
    My own grandma used to be wary of him in her 60’s and her uncle in his 80’s.
    People ( family youngsters)would go to him to take blessings before joining job, moving into house, marriage etc. Lot of times instead of blessings he would utter curses freely or say scary things and people would come back from his home totally crushed.
    Unfortunately my grandma was not aware of his birth details so I could never do his chart.
    P. S. it’s a different thing that he was bedridden the last 5 yrs of his life, lost the ability to talk or comprehend, and was not able to understand when his two sons died prior to him.
    I always thought it was a consequence of misuse of power of his own chart whatever that might be.
    Is there anything like that maam like the colloquial black tongue? . ( certainty not vaak sidhi bcoz he was not known to be spiritual / religious or mantra siddhi sort).


    • astrologerbydefault August 22, 2021 / 1:50 pm

      Hi there
      cursing others requires significant personal energy. for that matter even blessing someone requires personal energy.
      if this person had a strong 2nd house but tainted by Rahu then its possible that he could have cursed. Ketu if very powerful in the 8th house can grant unlimited sources of energy, but again as its the 8th house the source of energy can be negative entities, i had written about unscrupulous practitioners using karnapishachnis somewhere.
      its possible that your relative had access to something like this, which seems likely given his bad end.

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  2. Viju August 22, 2021 / 1:09 pm

    Dearest Tejaswiniji,

    Thanks very much for this superb post🙏🏻♥️ I was reading another post of yours when I saw this post.

    I know a chart – Cancer Asc where Moon (Asc lord) and Ketu are in 5th house Scorpio, Saturn/Mercury/Jupiter in 7th house (Capricorn) and Mars/Rahu in 11th house (Taurus). Mars/ Rahu are aspecting 5th house. Does this chart qualify for सर्पशाप yog?

    The reason I asked this question is – although the 5th house does not have Saturn with/ aspected by Moon, the 5th lord is with Rahu. Do both the conditions in your Point # 3 need to happen for सर्पशाप yog to exist?

    In this case Ascendant lord and Moon are debilitated although Mars is Yogkarak.

    Thanks very much🙏🏻🙂

    Lots of love and gratitude


    • astrologerbydefault August 22, 2021 / 1:44 pm

      Hi there
      these conditions are the extreme ones where the really nasty results can occur
      just having the 5th lord with Rahu is not enough for this typical combination.

      but the chart you have mentioned does have some issues, this person should do something to reduce the negativity in his/her life.


      • Viju August 22, 2021 / 10:49 pm

        Namaste Tejaswiniji,

        Thanks a lot for the prompt reply 🙏🏻♥️ By the way I have learnt a lot not only from your blogs but also from your replies to queries🙏🏻 Am forever grateful to you and this blog🙏🏻

        Yes, the chart does have issues. It is the chart of a child born this year – someone I know but am not close to. Among other charts, I had this chart just for my own personal study.

        It is World Sanskrit Day today and you were the first person who came to my mind🙂

        सर्वेभ्यः संस्कृतदिवसस्य शुभाशयाः।

        Lots of love and gratitude

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      • astrologerbydefault August 23, 2021 / 11:13 am

        Hi there
        सर्वेभ्यः संस्कृतदिवसस्य शुभाशयाः। 🙏🏻

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  3. VPR August 22, 2021 / 5:19 pm

    Namaste mam. I’ve couple of questions:

    1. What happens when Rahu is very closely conjunct with a planet? Like less than 4 degrees, does rahu engulf the planet, like does it become powerless and is taken control by rahu? One obvious thing that happens is the conjunction continues in different varga charts and there is some dearth in the significations

    2. Also whenever an inauspicious yog takes place and natural malefics are involved (especially in 8th or 12th excluding 6th as it is an upachay bhav), is it a good thing for the planets to be weak in strength so as to reduce their negative impacts in their dasha? (eg: in bal avastha only 25% of the results are offered)


    • astrologerbydefault August 22, 2021 / 7:53 pm

      Hi there
      naturally closer the conjunction more will be the influence of rahu on the planet.

      malefics being weaker are going to give milder results in their dasha periods.
      but if its a case of vipreet raj yog then strong malefics also give quite good results.


  4. DV August 22, 2021 / 8:49 pm

    Hello Ma’am,

    I have read many posts on your blog, I sincerely thank you for all the knowledge you have shared.

    I want to know your insight on handicapped children, why does it happen other than the reason of modern genetic malformation that we are told? How to help them with their karma according to Sanatan Dharma ?
    What about their parents? How do we explain them with logical reason?

    Thank you.


    • astrologerbydefault August 23, 2021 / 11:01 am

      Hi there
      damaged 5th 9th houses will grant damaged children
      first marry after checking the charts, then perform the sanskars ie garbhadhan punsavan semnatonayan done during the pregnancy to ensure that this does not happen
      continue the remaining sanskars till the last anteyshti to ensure that the lifetime and its exit happens auspiciously


  5. shandilyasandilya August 22, 2021 / 8:49 pm

    Hi Mam,

    Today is Poornmashi, I have a different query, please look into this :

    Some people suggest keeping vrat(fast) according to one’s horoscope.

    – But according to you on which day one should keep fast?

    – Among these which is the most significant(auspicious) for keeping fast? : Ekadashi, Poornnmashi, Amavsaya, & Pradosh Vrat.

    – Does any scientific evidence also support these? For e.g ,I have read somewhere keeping fast on Ekadashi purifies the blood.

    – Is fasting done for 24hrs or 48 hrs/ For e.g in people start fasting the day before in the afternoon and follow after the day after Ekadashi .



    • astrologerbydefault August 23, 2021 / 11:07 am

      Hi there
      keep one fast in a week or once a fortnight or even once a month as per your convenience,
      ie it is generally drinking water, milk, eating fruits during the daytime and after sunset, doing pujas and eating one full meal.

      you can fast on
      your birth tithi
      your birth vaar
      chaturthi esp the Sankashti is very useful
      ekadashi etc
      as per your family of personal tradition, but stick to it.
      they are all the same in terms of generating power, body/mind health etc.

      my personal preference is the chaturthi as per my family tradition.
      but as i work full time with a lot of physical movement too, i cannot stay only on milk and fruits, so i eat the other things like sabudana. ideally one should be at home doing pujas etc on the upvas day.

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      • shandilyasandilya August 23, 2021 / 8:50 pm

        Thanks, A Lot Mam.
        For the malefic moon, is it poornmashi or Amavasya for keeping fast? Otherwise, chaturthi , is it best for every remedy?



      • astrologerbydefault August 23, 2021 / 10:25 pm

        Hi there
        Chaturthi is basically for Ganapati, who is the Vighnaharta, everyone can do fast on this day

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  6. Shala August 22, 2021 / 9:08 pm

    for people born few minutes post midnight( rectified birth time included) , they will have different solar and vedic day.
    Eg.. Tonight post midnight -00.04 am would be sunday night( vedic day) but monday solar day.
    Would the person then be considered as more of sunday or monday birth?
    Am asking since each day of the vara also carries certain characteristics. Which day’s characteristics would affect them more?


    • astrologerbydefault August 23, 2021 / 11:12 am

      Hi there
      Vaar is from sunrise to sunrise, it is the ‘solar’ day.
      the ‘lunar’ days are the Tithi

      the midnight to midnight way of calculating a ‘georgian day’ is artificial and meaningless in the energy sense. we do not use it.

      if someone were to born at 2am today ie post midnight and before the sunrise, his janma Vaar would be the Somvaar.

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  7. Hayls August 22, 2021 / 11:17 pm

    Thank you for writing this and clarifying these yogs. When you google these, often information regarding kaal sarp shows up so this is has been an informative read.

    Can you please clarify- you mention above that saturn in the 5th house generally means that the house is damaged. Is this true in general or only in the context of Saturn with/ aspected by Moon and the 5th lord with Rahu?

    Thank you!


    • astrologerbydefault August 23, 2021 / 11:14 am

      Hi there
      Generally Saturn in the 5th house unless in his own or house of exaltation must be studied carefully in context of the question asked as he causes restrictions in the matters of the 5th house.


      • Abk81571 August 23, 2021 / 12:00 pm

        Harih Om Tejaswini ji, Does that mean even if Saturn is the asc lord or yogakarak, the house is still considered to be damaged/Saturn considered malefic for the native? Same question applies to Mars as well.. is it considered malefic for Scorpio,Aries,cancer & Leo ascendants in this particular yoga?

        And many thanks for this wonderful post🙏


      • astrologerbydefault August 23, 2021 / 2:29 pm

        Hi there
        fr libra asc saturn will be in his own aqu in the 5th, it will be good
        fr taurus asc saturn will be in virgo which generally suits him.

        fr cancer asc mars in asc will be debi, so though he is yogkarak his debilitation will cause several problems with the 10th and 5th houses.

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      • Abk81571 August 23, 2021 / 11:44 pm

        Ok, thank you Ma’am! So the general rule is the planet’s comfort ability… for e.g. Saturn as the ascendant lord in 5th house is better for a Capricorn asc (Taurus sign) than an Aquarius one (Gemini sign), correct?


  8. prabhavathi12 August 23, 2021 / 2:01 pm

    Namaskaram Mam

    When so many changes is happening in the society , at times we wonder on how much these changes will be more in the future.
    Wanted to ask whether the concept of homesexuality is even mentioned or accepted in Sanatan Dharma.
    How do we handle circumstances when someone we know in our family goes through that? Does mantras and japas help?

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    • astrologerbydefault August 23, 2021 / 2:48 pm

      Hi there
      there are several combinations which indicate this tendency, ref bphs or any other standard ref for combinations on unnatural desires. the basic tendency in the chart will be expressed in the connected dasha/transit if corrective actions are not taken.
      i have had clients of this sort who were so damaged that it would take them several lives to recover. as remedies do not work much on these people who have by their own actions damaged themselves at such basic levels.
      it is an aberration, causes so many problems on so many levels, plus the curse from the ancestors etc in the future lives.

      sanatan dharma does not recognise this, i think i wrote about this in my posts on marriage.
      if you follow the sanskar from garbhadhan onwards in sequence for your child, this will not happen.

      there is a reference that the mantra used during the pumsavan could change the biological sex of the child in the womb.
      If you have mantra siddhi you can do anything.

      the greatest inauspiciousness possible is not having regular children. it stops the transmission of all that you received from your ancestors. u cannot pass on what you received frm your ancestors, culture and DNA.

      that is why i stress on the Gayatri mantra.
      everyone above the age of 6yrs must compulsorily recite it.
      think of it as a ‘prayer’ not a ‘mantra’ if you feel its too intense.
      recite it only once at a time instead of 108. but say it,
      think of it as a mother, the internal sun, the illumination or random words, but say it at least.
      the Gayatri is the only way we can protect our Swa-dharma.

      the only exception for not having regular children is for sanyasi-s,
      but they too have ‘children’ in a way, ie they have students who are children of the soul, they carry on their teachings

      changes in the society? more correctly the degradation in the society. its the Kali yug.

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  9. Shweta August 23, 2021 / 2:44 pm

    Dear Mam,

    What’s your perspective on getting vaccination done. I feel it’s a foreign entity which may cause trouble. I am afraid on getting my second dose, that what if it messes with the basics of my body or mind.

    Please suggest what have you planned for yourself regarding vaccination. Does COVID affects ppl on spiritual path equally.



    • astrologerbydefault August 23, 2021 / 2:54 pm

      Hi there
      vaccination is a part of the allopathic system and a matter of state policy. i cannot say anything on this.

      some of my family members suffered from covid. being on the spiritual path helps reduce the impact and faster recovery.
      Do your Gayatri regularly

      and if you are taking any medicines or going to get yourslf vaccinated, do some mantra jaap of the Dhanvantari mantra.
      request him to take care of your health and grant you poorna ayushya and arogya.

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  10. sumitshekhar01 August 23, 2021 / 9:58 pm

    Hi Ma’am,

    Deepest gratitude for sharing such profound knowledge. I never miss your posts and eagerly wait for them every Sunday.

    I had one question. How to judge the health of a native if Rahu in sixth house is aspected by Mars from third house (this is for Libra ascendant).

    Many thanks Ma’am.


    • astrologerbydefault August 23, 2021 / 10:34 pm

      Hi there
      mars as the owner of the 2nd and 7th house will indicate the shoulders, neck, back, etc,
      plus as the natural ruler of the 1st and 8th he has his natural domain over the head etc
      rahu in the 6th generally does not give serious health issues, body is quite fit,
      but mars aspecting him can grant minor injuries in the body parts he is linked to esp during playing or driving etc. avoid rashness and it will be ok

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  11. dew August 24, 2021 / 12:07 am

    Hi madam,

    I have a text book case of sarp shap yoga with virgo asc, Rahu <1 deg conjunct Sat 11 deg in capricorn, with Mars in 10th house, and jupiter conjunct ketu in 11th.

    Is rahu capable of causing trouble, if he remains in capricorn in D9 too (vargottama)?
    You have mentioned that effect is reduced by Jupiter aspect of 5/9th.
    7th aspect is helpful in anyway?
    Is it correct to conclude that mars will create more trouble than rahu as it remains unaspected by any malefic (sat/rahu) (assuming that if two malefics aspect each other, they destroy each other's strength, right?)
    And lastly, is there any good side to Rahu in 5th because I read somewhere that it is helpful for mantra siddhi, though found no such mention on your blog?



    • astrologerbydefault August 24, 2021 / 8:59 am

      Hi there
      Use the index. Wrote a post on rahu ketu in 5/11 axis
      And consult ur regular astrologer fr detailed readings


      • Utpal Desai August 24, 2021 / 9:55 am

        Namaste Madam. This is very insightful blog.

        Rahu in 5th house is key for this yoga. But if Rahu is in 5th house in Libra and its lord Venus is in 11th with Ketu,Sun(exalted) and Jupiter. Mars is in Gemini in Ascendant No other planet in Kendra. Whether Sarpa Yog and Sarpa shapa Yoga is created.

        Further, Ketu in 11th house in Bharni Nakshatra and Venus in Ashwini Nakshatra. Sun and Jupiter also in Bharni Nakshatra. In your earlier blog(Ketu) remedy it was mentioned that more planets with Ketu create disturbance emotionally,materially etc. In which area I should be aware and what kind of awareness should I develop


  12. annaresh August 24, 2021 / 5:42 pm

    Can you write a detailed post on the dynamics of rebirth? I’ve read all your current posts on it madam. Do people become trees or animals?


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