The Vedic year Shubhakruti (post here) ends on Phalgun Amvasya ie 21st Mar 2023. Both Sun and the Moon are together in Pisces on this day and it marks the end of one zodiac cycle. The Vedic new year, Shri Shobhakruti naam Samvatsar starts with the sunrise of the Chaitra Shukla Pratipada which falls on 22nd March 2023. This day is called the Yugadi युगादि.
The word Shobhakruti is a Sanskrit compound word composed of Shobha and Akruti. Shobha शोभा means, grace, good, light, beauty, wish, yellow, merit, desire, elegance etc. Akruti आकृति means shape, form, appearance, 22, specimen, aspect, etc.
For predicting the possible events in this new year, the Nutan Varsha Phala, ie the fruits of the new year, we use a combination of,
- The chart of the first Sunrise of the new year
- The Nav Nayak system (post here)
This is the basic D1 chart of the new sunrise and its Navamsha D9. If you are an advanced student of Jyotish you can use the other charts, Ashtakvarga, other chakras etc as per your level of competence.
As usual, the lagna/ ascendant degree is in Pisces with the rising Sun. Moon and Mercury are ultra close, they are on the exact same degree. Mercury is completely combust. Venus and Rahu are perfectly conjunct, both are on the same degree in Taurus. Mars is in Gemini. Ketu is in Libra. Saturn in Aquarius is aspecting Venus (this is uncomfortable for Venus) and also Rahu (this is a intense Shapit dosh). Saturn and Rahu are holding Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury and the Lagna of the new year day in the cruel paap kartari scissor, which is not good.
In the Navamsha, the Sun and Lagna are on the same degree, allotted to Virgo navamsha. Moon and Mercury on the same degree and in Libra navamsha. Saturn is in Sagittarius navmsha. Jupiter and Ketu are both allotted to Capricorn navamsha. Rahu and Venus are on the same degree and together in the Cancer navamsha.
The actual rising degree /Lagna is heavily influenced by Sun, Moon and Mercury, who are practically on top of it. Sun and Moon in the 1st house are well placed and also have enough power in the navamsha. Significant potential energy is available but a combust Mercury exactly with the Moon will vitiate the thinking process and disturb the emotions. The ascendant lord, Jupiter is placed in the Lagna itself which is good. But he is afflicted by the paap kartari, so this year everything will suffer from a curious mix of expansion with restraint coupled with a desire to overreach. Further he is debilitated in the D9. The environment will be restrictive, risky and future uncertain. Everyone will want to focus on his own self, might want to take up new creative ideas or fall in love or or start new projects or express the personality in some way, but this will be difficult. Ideas which seem promising may not be practical or useful in the long run. Jupiter does not have much say in the D1 nor much power in the D9. So this basic energy will reflect on all of our personalities, environments and our interactions with our surroundings.
All the planets except Mars are on one side of the Rahu Ketu axis. Rahu and Venus are in Aries on the same exact degree. So everyone will intensely desire all the stuff that Aries sign and Mars and Rahu graha indicate in their personal charts.
As per the Nav Nayak scheme of things, the ‘planetary government’ for Shri Shobhakruti is as follows.
- Raja – Mercury
- Mantri – Venus
- Arghyadhipati – Jupiter
- Sasyadhipati – Moon
- Senadhipati – Venus
- Rasadhipati – Mercury
- Dhanyadhipati – Saturn
- Nirasadhipati – Moon
- Meghadhipati – Jupiter
This year we have 5 planets directly involved in the rulership scheme. Mercury the King holds an additional post of Rasadhipati. Jupiter holds 3 posts. Moon holds two posts while Venus and Saturn each hold one position this year. Sun, the natural ruler of the zodiac and Mars do not hold any ministry in Shri Shobhakruti.
Technically 4 of the 5 governing planets are considered to be natural benefics but, Moon does not have strength as he is very close to the Sun. Mercury is fully combust so not auspicious, in fact the natural malefic Sun is acting through him. Jupiter is a shubh graha but caught in a paap kartari so unable to do much. And Venus who is also a naturally auspicious force is exactly with Rahu hence cannot be expected to give favourable results. And Saturn is a naturally cruel force.
The natural ruler of the zodiac being absent from the planetary government means that there will be lack of direction in everything. He is acting indirectly through a combust Mercury and has spoilt him. Mars being absent means that people will lack that competitive spirit, confidence and boldness that he represents. And there will be underhand behaviour, pettiness, twisted logic and selfishness in everything. So there will be proxy wars, cyber attacks, financial meltdowns, crimes linked to money, economic crises etc and outright aggression will be the last resort.
Some general trends for this year are as follows.
Everyone is going to be more selfish and think only of themselves. Diplomacy will exist but there will be an undercurrent of discord running through. Things may be presented in a convincing manner but motives will be questionable. Disagreements will be frequent, at the personal, local or national levels. The elected governments will find it difficult to govern properly this year. There will be severe interference from anti-national elements in practically every nation. Dictatorships will be comparatively stronger.
New practical ideas, inventions, systems etc will be put in place. Our ancient Indian sciences, Ved, philosophy etc will be re-discovered and will be made popular. Subjects which require logical thinking will be more recognised.
People will try to set up businesses at every level, small scale industry will be more profitable. Small entrepreneurs will take risks and start small units. Everyone will think of novel ways to make money. Social media will boom as content producers try to become influencers. This will lead to a different level of stress and anxiety. People will forget the concept of personal privacy as they try to ‘monetise’ their lives and this will also lead to crimes. Entertainment business will become profitable as new ways of delivering content are explored by everyone and media in regional languages will be more profitable.
New projects should be undertaken only after due risk assessment as there is a high chance of failure. The overall economy on the individual / national /global levels is not supportive and may slide into a depression/ recession.
At the government levels, new industrial policies will be framed to support the economy. New policies, laws, rules etc will be brought in which will be fair but the public lead by anti-national groups will protest against these. New laws will be brought in to help genuine hardworking Indian farmers, labourers and to reduce the dominance of middle men and traders in the agricultural sector. New shipping routes, new ports and new shipping policies will help export / import.
Women will be more prominent everywhere this year, especially in the government, politics, business, crime, etc. There will be an increase in love affairs and women will be more dominant here too. Divorces, separations, multiple affairs and immorality will increase.
Classical arts, music, dance etc will be more appreciated. People will want quality and variety in everything. Branded perfumes, luxury goods, cosmetics, cosmetic procedures, gourmet food, gifts, flowers, alcohol, drugs, jewellery etc will be expensive but also more in demand. Savings reduce as expenses increase.
During this year, diseases of the mind, nerves, skin are possible, especially mental breakdowns caused by stress. Psychological issues will increase as emotional needs will not be met, mental illness will be more in the limelight. Addictions, especially alcohol consumption will increase.
This year, farmers will be required to change their crops and cropping patterns. Rain will be untimely, erratic, heavy but of little use for agriculture. Production of the routine food crops, like wheat, rice will be affected. Water scarcity in some areas and excessive rains in other areas will affect food crops, fruits and cash crop production. White coloured crops eg rice, cotton and sugar will be in demand and will also fetch a good price. Sea food and aquaculture will be profitable. Metals will be mined in greater quantities and also be profitable. Silver, gold and pearls will be in high demand.
Water will be recognised as a valuable resource and people /nations will try to get more control over it. Rain and water scarcity or flooding is possible in several places. Drinking water will become more expensive. Coastlines will more suffer from winds, cyclones and natural calamities connected to water. Eclipses will trigger accidental deaths connected to water.
Demand for minerals, metals, coal, iron, petroleum etc increases and their prices also increase. Dry land crops will be cultivated more and cereals production will decrease. Cash crops, fruits, ‘dry fruits’ will give good profits. However the nourishment provided by such crops will decrease for several reasons including increased pesticide use and adulteration.
There will be a desire to regain health so vegetarian food, Ayurved and Homeopathy will be will be more popular.
Overall, this year will have unexpected challenges on every level. Practically every nation will suffer as these cruel planetary combinations disturb our overall life and living. The Ukraine war will continue and escalate, it will involve other western nations. The west will continue with its downward spiral. Extreme weather conditions, increase in wars and war like situations, civil unrest, cross border infiltration, terrorist attacks, famines, droughts, floods in various parts of the world. Slowing down of the economy and its entering a recession is a definite possibility.
Briefly for the Moon signs.
- Aries will be under stress continuously as Rahu Jupiter in Aries aspected by Saturn take their toll on your mind. Do not let others take advantage of you and your skills. Learn to recognise the hidden intentions of the people you meet.
- Taurus is going to face one of the most challenging years of their lives. Health and financial stability should be given priority in this year. Past mistakes, regrets and lost opportunities will make you unpleasant.
- Gemini will feel isolated most of the time. Do not let your ‘friends’ put you in awkward situations. Parents will need your attention.
- Cancer will go through multiple challenges on the health, business and relationship fronts after Apr 2023. Try to find genuine friends who can help you in this year.
- Leo should be careful when getting into new relationships. And loneliness can lead to bad habits and addictions. You will regret the opportunities which you lost in the past.
- Virgo have to be careful regarding money this year, budgeting is essential. Overconfidence in the past will show its true effects now. Be careful as this is a challenging time.
- Libra has to keep health as a priority. Loved ones may betray you in this time. Keep a low profile, avoid aggressive behaviour, do not create new enemies.
- Scorpio – Expected results will be delayed. Always keep a plan B ready in professional life. There will be stress from spouse and children at home.
- Sagittarius has a relatively better time this year. New opportunities will be available, choose carefully. Past mistakes will haunt you and family members will not be supportive.
- Capricorn should not trust others more than necessary. Legal issues are possible and you will be blamed for your actions. Family members will disappoint. Do not interfere in other’s affairs.
- Aquarius will face a monetary crunch. Unexpected trouble, hurdles and dissatisfaction in life. Loneliness will cause mental agony. Trying times ahead.
- Pisces should be ready for separation from loved ones. Significant changes in profession or residence is possible. Health and finance will be an issue.
Individual specific results depend on the power of the personal horoscope. A strong birth horoscope, ie a strong ascendant sign/ lord, a strong birth Moon, strong Ashtakvarga table, or if the D1 D9 dynamics is strong or if several of your planets are Vargottam etc then you can better handle the situations which life throws at you. Especially this year, you will be able to get through this Shri Shobhakruti only if you have an auspicious and powerful birth chart. Dasha periods of benefic planets are always helpful. Positive planetary transits over your birth chart positions help create opportunities for growth in life.
The eclipses occurring in this year are,
- Solar eclipse – 20 Apr 2023
- Solar eclipse – 14th Oct 2023
- Lunar eclipse – 28- 29 Oct 2023
- Solar eclipse – 8th Apr 2024
Major transits this year are,
- Jupiter moving into Aries on 22nd Apr 2023 where he will stay for one full year till 1st May 2024.
- True Rahu moving into Pisces on 29th Nov 2023
- True Ketu moving into Virgo on 29th Nov 2023
Pujas for welcoming the new Samvatsar are similar all over Bharat. There are local and cultural variations but the basic concept is the same.
Briefly, everyone wakes up before sunrise, gets fresh etc. Rangoli, Kolam etc is drawn outside the front door of the home. Torans, garlands of marigold flowers, ripened wheat stalks, mango leaves etc are tied to the front door. The daily Agnihotra is performed at the exact sunrise time. Arghya is offered to the newly risen Sun. Regular pujas of the household deities are performed. The head of the family reads the Varsha phal from the new year’s Panchangam so that the entire family hears it. A naivedyam is offered to the deity and distributed as prasadam. (A mixture of neem flowers/new neem leaves, coriander seeds, jaggery, tamarind and salt coarsely crushed together is the special naivedyam for this day). Then everyone goes to the temple, does puja, gives Daan and intends for a happy new year.
On the new year day, Yugadi, do take some time to reflect on what has happened to you in this past year Shri Shubhakruti and think on how you will use the opportunities that the new Shri Shobhakruti will bring for you.
The next Vedic Samvatsara (2024- 25) is the Shri Krodhin Naam samvatsara and ‘Krodhin’ क्रोधिन् in Sanskrit means ‘an angry man’.