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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Shri Shubhakruti naam Samvatsara 2022-23 yearly predictions

Shri Plava Naam Samvatsara is coming to an end. As per our national Shakya era, Shri Shubhakruti naam samvatsara will begin from 2nd April 2022. The Chaitra Shukla Pratipada, called the Yugadi युगादि (mispronounced as Ugadi or Gudi in the local languages) and is the first day of the Vedic new year or varsha. Shri Shubhakruti will end on 22nd Mar 2023. On this last day of the varsha, Sun and Moon will both be in Pisces, this is the no-moon Amavasya of the Phalgun month.  

Shubhakruti is a compound word in Devbhasha Samskrutam, Shubh + Akruti which means a beautiful shape, bright form, auspicious template, ready for work, rapid movement of form, fortunate aspect etc. 

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On the new year day, do take some time to reflect on what has happened to you in this past year Shri Plava and think on how you will use the opportunities that the new Shri Shubhakruti will bring for you. There are several methods to predict the Nav Varsha phal, ie the results expected in the new year. In this post we will use the Navnayak scheme of things with the sunrise chart on the Yugadi at Ujjain. This will indicate the broad trends expected in the new year. (Ujjain, the city of Bhagwan Mahakaal is the center of the Earth in the energy sense.)

The chart for the first sunrise of Shri Shubhakruti has Pisces as the ascendant sign with Sun, Moon and a fully combust Mercury in it. Rahu is in the 2nd house and Ketu in the 8th. Saturn and Mars are together in the 11th house. Jupiter and Venus are in the 12th house. The D1 and the D9 Navamsha charts for this new sunrise of the year are as follows.

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Broadly, the ascendant lord Jupiter is not placed well in both D1 and D9, pulling down the overall quality of the chart. Moon and Sun in the 1st house are well placed, this means a lot of potential energy is available but combust/ debilitated Mercury will vitiate the thinking process and people will boldly act in undesirable ways affecting the general wellbeing. Homes, children, enemies and partners will be more in focus in everyone’s lives.

Rahu in Aries is aspected by Mars and will cause an unending desire for increasing wealth and assets through any means possible, he will also trigger violence and trauma from time to time. Expect tension in families and mismanagement of family wealth. On the other hand, Ketu is heavily influenced by Jupiter so can give deep philosophical understanding, but coupled with severe turbulence and drastic changes in identity, including physical deaths. Doing some personal spiritual practice, reading deep philosophy eg our Upanishads etc can help channelise this energy. The complete Kaal sarpa is operating and it is strong as the ascendant sign is also within its axis. Thus Rahu will get more power to direct the energies of all the other planets in the direction of his choosing. (Analyse the role of Rahu in your personal chart)

Saturn and Mars in the house of gains are good. Saturn in his own house and Mars exalted so both are comfortable and powerful but they are very close together, barely 2 deg apart. This extreme Saturn Mars conjunction can create several problems in actually getting those promised gains, as their energies which are opposite in nature. One is restrictive/ conservative the other is pioneering/ outgoing. And both are well placed in the D9 too, so are strong from the inside out, so equally matched. So there will be a strange simmering tension in the family, with your elders, friends and in meditative practices.

Venus and Jupiter in the Vyaya sthan can grant spiritual growth as a whole but this will be coupled with the loss of the material. Ascendant lord in the house of losses is not a good thing, expect losses overall and as the 10th lord in the 12th everyone will be required to work hard in the profession, take unpleasant decisions and follow them through boldly. Venus is better placed because his position somewhat improves in the D9, but he will cause loneliness and isolation on several levels.

Overall it is a mixed bag of energy. (Try to analyse the D1 D9 charts together to gain more insights into the power of the planets.)

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The Navnayak rulership is that every planet gets a post, a role or a ministry, a responsibility for the year. So the ‘planetary government’ for Shri Shubhakruti is as follows. 

  • Raja – Saturn
  • Mantri – Jupiter
  • Arghyadhipati – Mercury 
  • Sasyadhipati – Saturn
  • Senaadhipati – Mercury
  • Rasadhipati – Moon
  • Dhanyadhipati – Venus 
  • Nirasadhipati – Saturn
  • Meghadhipati – Mercury

The King for the year is Saturn and this one fact clearly indicates the serious nature of the things to come. Whenever Saturn or Mars is King, we generally face misery and turmoil. Last year, Shri Plava had Mars as King. Before that Shri Sharvari had Mercury as King. And before that Shri Vikari’s King was Saturn. Shri Vilambi was ruled by Sun. For Shri Hevilambi it was Mars. The past few years have been dominated by Saturn and Mars and the current year is again ruled by Saturn, adding to our burdens. 

Saturn additionally holds the posts of Sasyadhipati and Nirasadhipati. 3 out of 9 posts are controlled by the karmic enforcer. The Minister is Jupiter who holds only one portfolio in this year. Mercury holds 3 posts,  Senaadhipati, Arghyadhipati and Meghadhipati. Moon holds one post of Rasadhipati And Venus also has one single responsibility, he is the Dhanyadhipati. 

Of the 9 posts in the planetary government, 6 posts are controlled by malefics. ie Saturn, the top boss is controlling 2 more portfolios. Mercury is completely combust and thus is considered malefic, so his 3 ministries are also set to give unpleasant shocks. The 3 posts ruled by the benefics are weak as Jupiter and Venus are not well placed and Moon, as is usual every new year, is with the Sun.

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Notably missing from the scene are Mars and Sun.

  • The Sun is again missing from the planetary government of this year. This is serious, as last year too he did not have any portfolio. The natural ruler of the zodiac not being involved in active governance is not good. We all wondered why our governments were not taking effective actions against antisocial elements etc last year and now this same pattern is set to repeat in the new year.
  • And Mars is a very pure energy. He is the exhilaration you feel when you win. The pure joy of coming first, competing. The wind in your hair and the land under your feet. We will all miss this pure spark of initiative and confidence in Shri Shubhakruti. There will be a lack of courage, an inner sense of inferiority will increase, we will fear to break out of ingrained habits, choose underhanded means to power, try to sabotage and overall dirty games will dominate all actions.

So despite the lovely name ‘Shri Shubhakruti’, life will be not so secure, satisfying or comfortable in this year. There will be issues which have to be, above all else, endured, as Saturn grants infinite endurance. You cannot fight or preempt these problems as there is no Mars nor Sun to help you with their energies of confidence. 

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So the results for this year Shri Shubhakruti are going to be on these lines. (Try to think on the keywords of the planets, signs, houses, Nav-nayak names etc to derive more inferences.)

The government with Saturn at its head will expect a strict adherence to rules, regulations and everyone will be required to follow the law. New rules will be made and strictly implemented. Realignment of the government system and its rules is imminent. Decision making will be slow and only after repeated discussions and longish planning processes. Farmers, miners, labourers, carpenters etc all those who physically work with their hands will benefit from the government policies. Schemes for the benefit of the poor and marginalised groups will increase. 

Ancient Magadh, ie todays Bihar, Jharkhand and surrounding areas are going to prosper. Mining and heavy industries will show profits. Saturn will ensure that various implements made of metals are available including weapons of war. Gold, silver, precious stones etc will become expensive. Agriculture will be good. Especially dry food types eg resins or dryland crops eg millets will be available in sufficient quantities. But specifically grain production, transport and storage will be affected. Overall burden will increase on several fronts and hard work will be necessary. People will be forced to behave in a virtuous way and meritorious people will get their due. Those who sincerely work will get their due returns as karma is on a high in this year.

Diseases to rigidity, dryness, cell death and system failure will increase, ie arthritis, diabetes etc. This year the King himself is in charge of the ‘essences which do not nourish’, which is not a good sign. Everyone’s health will be affected in some way or the other. Deaths of important political and significant religious leaders are expected, more by ill-health than any other reason.

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Mercury will ensure that the military gets more funds. Minor skirmishes at the borders to outright wars in some areas of the world are expected. Governments will set up advanced intelligence networks and engage in systematic spying. Tactics will be well thought out and bring results, ie wars will be waged only after complete analysis and preparation. Terrorist activities and proxy war type of situations will increase, but the perpetrators will also be caught. New software based technical weapons will be developed. Physical fights with conventional weapons will be relatively less compared to invisible cyber wars. The Air Force will be more deployed during this time. Finance and money will be used as a weapon in economic wars. The e-world is the new battle ground as cyber attacks increase. Cyber crime, especially of the financial sort will increase exponentially. Be careful about digital money and digital ways of payments, apps may crash or be hacked.

Expenses will increase overall as essential commodities will see a hike in price. Water and food quality will decrease. Consumption of medicines will increase. Accidents caused by sabotage, fire and rage are possible along with losses due to natural disasters. It will be difficult to perform auspicious ceremonies, functions etc as money will be tight.

This year, summers will be short and scorching. Expect water scarcity in large cities. Rains will be sufficient but accompanied by strong winds. In cyclone prone areas there will be serious damage. For our nation, both the east and west coast, especially WB, should be prepared. There is a possibility of heavy rains in the mountains, ie areas from JK, Ladakh, HP, etc till the NE states and resultant floods in the plains. One devastating earthquake is possible in the Himalaya. Winter will be severely cold. Expect unnatural rains, fog, hail, snow etc especially in Jan-Feb 2023. 

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Jupiter as the Mantri is one good thing this year. He is weak but still can infuse some positivity in the system. The coordination within the national government will be smooth, clear thinking will be appreciated. Some archaic laws will be removed and new forward thinking laws etc will be brought in. Education policy will see a change. Also our economy as a whole should improve. Devbhasha Sanskrutam, our ancient sciences Ayurved etc and Dharmic philosophy will see a boost. A revival of culture and tradition is expected to some extent. Temples will be rebuilt as people try to find support in their traditional thought processes. Religious leaders will try to cause confusion but will be stopped before causing much damage. Gold prices will soar, gold and precious metals will soon go out of the reach of common people. 

Moon as Rasadhipati means that availability, demand and consumption of liquids, alcohol and drugs, etc will increase. But these products will also be susceptible to adulteration. Nutrition will be affected so general public health will suffer. People will be interested in relationships more because of selfish and personal need based motives. Crimes against women can increase. Warmth in relationships will reduce, expect arguments within the family and with people with whom you have ‘need-based’ relationships. Chemicals and chemical related fields will see a boost as their need will increase in the coming times.

Venus will ensure that there will be enough cereal production in the year. Especially white coloured grain will be plentiful. But despite this people will be inclined to eat unhealthy and adulterated food which will have a negative effect on their health. Cultivation of medicinal herbs will be plentiful and profitable. But fake and adulterated ayurvedic medicines will have a negative impact on public health. Choose your medical professional carefully in this year. There will be opportunities for those who engage in secret trades and private type of businesses, their riches will increase. Silk, perfume and essential oil industry will see a boost.

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There are several major transits in this year,

  • True Rahu Ketu have just entered Aries/ Libra on 12th Mar 2022 (Mean nodes on 12th Apr)
  • Jupiter will enter Pisces on 13th Apr
  • Saturn will enter Aquarius on 29th Apr
  • Saturn will re-enter Capricorn on 12th Jul
  • Saturn will re-enter Aquarius on 17th Jan
  • Mars will be going retrograde and forward, something which he does every 2 yrs, in this year.

Such high quantum of change and with such rapidity in a year where Saturn, the Shanishchara is the King will be fundamentally problematic.

The overall results for individuals will depend on the power of the personal horoscope. If you have a strong birth horoscope, ie a strong ascendant sign/ lord or a strong birth Moon or a strong Ashtakvarga table or your D1 D9 dynamics is strong or if several of your planets are Vargottam etc then you are better equipped to deal with whatever comes up in life. If the basic personality is strong, then you will be able to easily tide over issues in life. If you are undergoing Dasha periods of benefic planets, you will get their help in overcoming any possible negatives now. And if you have helpful planetary transits over your birth chart positions, then these graha too can create opportunities for you. Even if you feel that things are going adverse you will be able to make something positive for yourself. (Use this post as a baseline to develop your own line of thinking about the coming future.)

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Pujas for welcoming the new Samvatsar are similar all over Bharat. Obviously there will be local and cultural variations but the basic concept remains the same.

Briefly, everyone should wake up before sunrise, get fresh etc. Rangoli, Kolam etc is to be drawn outside the front door. Torans, garlands of marigold flowers, ripened wheat stalks, mango leaves etc should be tied to the front door. The daily Agnihotra is to be performed at the exact sunrise time. Next is to offer Arghya to the newly risen Sun. Regular pujas of the household deities are to be performed. The head of the family should read 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 coarse mixture of neem flowers/new neem leaves, coriander seeds, jaggery, tamarind and salt coarsely crushed together is the special naivedyam for this day). Then the family should go to a local temple, do puja, give Daan and intend for a happy new year. 

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Predictions 2022 – 23 Rahu in Aries and Ketu in Libra

The Chhaya graha are presently in the Taurus Scorpio axis. Taurus is one of the most conducive environments for Rahu and similarly Scorpio is one of Ketu’s favoured haunts, they are practically exalted here. They transit in the retrograde motion so true Rahu and true Ketu will be transiting through Aries and Libra respectively from 17th Mar 2022 to 29th Nov 2023. This is a significant transit of about 20.5 months, which is longer than their average transit of about 18months. (For the mean nodal positions, the tranit is from 12th Apr 2022 to 29th Nov 2023.) If you observe their effects in their recent transits, they have been raining pain on the world ever since their Gemini Sagittarius transit. And this has continued strongly during their Taurus Scorpio phase too.

To make sense of what their current transit, first try to think back on what happened in the world and in your personal life during their last sojourn here, ie from Apr 2003 to Mar 2005.

  • At the global levels we saw the launch of Facebook, NASA reached Mars, private players reached space, Macedonia, Haiti, Ukraine, Spain, USA, India, etc went through political upheavals for several reasons, NATO expanded, European Union expanded, Hurricane Catrina took her toll, the Indian ocean earthquake/tsunami caused tragedy etc.
  • For our Bharat, it was all topsy turvy. Our national election yielded a surprise PM with tainted politicians brazenly in power. Veerappan was killed, Kanchi Shankaracharya was in jail, violence in JK and NE, achievements in sports, the Best Bakery case and the Tsunami disaster. And we had the best President ever and our market was bullish throughout this time.

If you analyse these past events carefully, you can pick up the underlying themes. Expansions of political and government structures by whatever means possible. A dramatic change in the leadership, unexpected people rising to power. A positive change in the economy as Rahu’s exit from Taurus allowed the markets to regain common sense. Significant confusion in the legal system as Ketu went to Libra. And several natural disasters as the very elements, air, water, earth were against us.

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As always, transits of Rahu and Ketu bring up dramatic changes in life, ie new opportunities open up as some fruits of past karma come up for resolution. During their stay in Aries Libra 2022-23, the lunar nodes will be influenced by the signs, their component nakshatra and the intermittent conjunctions/ aspects of the other planets.

Rahu in Aries. the natural 1st house of the zodiac. Let’s add the keywords here, a pioneering mindset, physical ability, confidence, movement, invasions, explorations, etc now enhanced by Rahu’s endless desire to experience it all. Aries is composed of the Ashvini, Bharani and Krutika nakshatra.

  • Rahu will be aspected by Saturn from 29th Apr to 12th Jul 2022 and will again come under Saturn’s aspect from 17th Jan to Nov 2023. This will be an especially traumatic time, this combination is also called a Shapit dosh with its typical results.
  • Rahu will be conjunct Jupiter from 22nd Apr to 29th Nov 2023. This is a Guru chandal yog operating with its own typical results.
  • Mars will be aspecting True Rahu from 12th Mar to 7th Apr. They will be conjunct from 27th Jun to 10th Aug. And Mars will aspect him again from 3rd Oct to 16th Nov 2023. This will again be an exceptionally dangerous time.

Ketu in Libra, the natural 7th house which represents balance, equitable relationships, marriages, law and legal issues, bargains, partnerships, gains through business etc now affected by Ketu’s apathy, disinterest and yet his typical deep philosophical tilt. Libra is composed of the Chitra, Svati and Vishakha nakshatras.

  • Jupiter will aspect Ketu from 22nd Apr – 29th Nov 2023. This will be a favourable time for spiritual aspirants but will give pain on the material level.
  • Mars will be aspecting Ketu with his 4th aspect during 17th May – 27th Jun. And he continue doing so, when conjunct Rahu ie from 27th Jun – 10th Aug. Mars will again aspect Ketu from 10th May – 1st Jul 2023 and then they will be be together from 3rd Oct – 16th Nov 2023. These times will be very dangerous on several levels as aggression is enhanced.

In all this, we will experience the eclipses where Sun or Moon will be together with Rahu or Ketu. The nodes move in the forward direction and also remainstationary during eclipses. The eclipse energies will be active during Apr – May and Oct – Nov 2022. Also again during Apr – May and Oct 2023 again triggering pending karma on several levels.

The time when Rahu will be in Ashvini and Ketu in Svati nakshatra will be exceptional in some way. If Rahu and Ketu are favourable for your chart, they will grant some very significant progress, but if they are poised for negative results then they will ensure karma is balanced in whatever way possible.

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A general interpretation for this transit would be something like this. Selfishness, aggressiveness will increase, there will be furious fights over trivial issues. Religious fanaticism and racism will increase. Breakdown of relationships, loss of pleasure in interpersonal relationships. This is not a good time to create new relationships and carelessness and stupid behaviour can break existing relations for ever. Increase in deviant sexual activities, misuse of drugs and hallucinogens. Corruption and crime will increase, especially the crimes against women. Genuine spirituality will increase for some of us but the path will be difficult, through material pain.

Expect forest fires, followed by cyclones, excessive rain and a very cold winter as all the seasons are going to be extreme. So drought and flooding both are expected. Earthquakes and volcanic disasters are also possible in this time. For our nation, cyclones are imminent on all the coasts, especially the east coast should be prepared.

War situations will be active, internal civil wars are possible, borders will be breached. Every nation will think only for itself and try to damage other nations who affect their national interests. Civil tensions will increase so expect acts of terrorism from fanatics, ie bombings etc. Those nations who have misused the global financial network will face repercussions as their economy will slow down eg USA. Generally the world to the west of Bharat will suffer more than the nations to our east. The west is on a slippery slope and should be careful.

Whenever Saturn or Mars aspect Rahu or Ketu in transit, there will be an exponential increase in the turmoil at the global and local levels, expect bombings, attacks, terrorism, fire related accidents etc. These times will be very dangerous as world leaders will actively use underhand means to destabilise others and the fall out on the global level will be high. Rahu Ketu are subjective energies and Saturn Mars are their objective counterparts so if they get together in some way they are capable of causing havoc on both physical and astral levels. Overall ‘separation’ on several levels is expected.

Whenever Jupiter will be influencing Rahu and Ketu, expect a positive increase in the economy, especially cryptocurrency and gold trading will see a rise. Spirituality will see an increase as people will try to make sense of what is happening around them.

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Briefly the predictions for the signs.

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. These results are only those which can be ascertained from the position of Rahu and Ketu. (I have written a separate post combining the results of Rahu, Ketu, Saturn, Jupiter.)

Aries – Finances will be affected, budgeting is necessary. Not a good time to invest in long term assets. Personal health will be a concern, so do not delay in consulting medical professionals. Occult, astral and issues from the ancestors will erupt. Health of the parents will be a concern. There will be some estrangement from the spouse. Avoid short term flings. Try to find happiness in your children/ students.

Taurus – You will be required to relocate in some way, either a new job, residence or transfer to foreign locations is indicated. There will be mental and physical stresses. Managing resources properly is necessary, do not lend money to others in this time. If your Ketu is stronger than Rahu then this time can be average to good as your enemies will be scattered, your debts will be non existent and your health will remain good. You might suffer due to the nebulous occult but you will be able to manage it well.
Doing pujas of your adored deity can greatly alleviate things.

Gemini – Rahu has the capacity to give good results with respect to gains, friends and social visibility. You may be required to relocate to foreign or strange places during this time. Loss of ancestral properties and heavy loans is possible. Ketu can grant intelligence and ability to think clearly. This can help if you are in working in such professions. Expect stress from children. Take care of your diet.

Cancer – If your birth chart is strong enough you can expect some positivity in your profession, however the overall period will be tedious. Unexpected transfers are possible which will force you to go to foreign environments. Physical deaths of elders especially on the paternal side are possible. Make sure to decide on matters only after you think things through. Do not gamble or invest in risky prospects. If Ketu is favourable then spiritual inclinations will increase.

Leo – Financial problems will exist but you will be able to tackle them fearlessly. You might feel inclined to practice occult or convert into another religion or change your thought processes. Timely luck and overall support in life will reduce. But still you will manage to pull through by harnessing your personal courage and logical mind.

Virgo – There will be problems and losses from several fronts in life. Mainly the physical and emotional heath will suffer. People whom you trust will betray you. There may be physical deaths of close relatives during this time. Diseases of the mouth, difficultly in speaking coherently, stammering, etc are possible. There will be a scarcity of essential stuff in your life, home life is afflicted.

Libra – Avoid getting into situations where you have to compromise with your position. Your self-confidence will be low and there will be a tendency to argue for no reason, you will be irritable. Break up with the marriage or business partner is likely. Avoid flings as they will cause more trouble. Skin disease, discolouration and scarring is possible. Injuries due to accidents, fire and surgeries are likely. You will become more spiritual during this time. Those in professions/ business connected to heavy metals can see some gains during this time.

Scorpio – Rahu is generally favourable for you, more than Ketu. Your enemies will be decimated, money issues will be sorted out and there will be relief from disease. There is a possibility of gain from foreign sources. However you may be accused for things which you have not done, so ensure that you behave in an ethical manner always. If Ketu is stronger in your chart then he can grant intense spiritual experiences.

Sagittarius – Money flow will be adequate but there will be a tendency to spend on unnecessary items, so budgeting is necessary. Important decisions should be taken only after thinking over issues dispassionately. Health of the children and the older sibling can be an issue. If your Ketu is stronger than Rahu then this time can be good for you. Perform pujas of your adored deity and try to cooperate with the female members of your family.

Capricorn – Health will be an issue as overwork and lack of rest take their toll. You may face some problems from your landed property and house. Separation from the mother or some close maternal relative is possible or you may be forced to leave your native lands. Be careful while travelling, avoid rash behaviour on the roads. For students this is not a good time as you might fail to concentrate on you studies. There is a possibility of going for pilgrimages and performing religious activities.

Aquarius – Rahu will grant a good time, there are opportunities coming up but evaluate everything before taking the plunge. Money should be adequate, friends will be around and family life will be happy. However try stick to your ethics and morals to avoid issues later. There may be some trouble from the in-laws. Also avoid travelling without a purpose. The difficulties faced by you during this time will help you gain a new perspective on the spiritual and philosophical levels.

Pisces – Expenditure will increase, think twice before you spend your money on unnecessary things. Self esteem and confidence might take a hit as you might feel afraid for no good reason. Health will be affected, fever, food poisoning etc can occur. There will be quarrels in your family but your spouse will be generally supportive. You can try to learn music, singing and doing pujas at temples to channelise the energies.

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These general readings will be modified as per the individual chart and the ongoing Dasha periods. If you have your birth Rahu Ketu in Aries/Libra then the effects will be more intense. Or if you are undergoing a Dasha period of Rahu or Ketu.

Remedies are as always Dana and Mantra. Also behavioural changes as you intelligently try to use the energies of the time coming up. If you are doing some regular spiritual practice then the remedies will work more effectively.

(I have taken these dates from the Drik panchang)

Predictions for the signs, the second phase of 2022, Apr to Jul 

This year 2022 is very turbulent and so I have divided the prediction posts. The predictions for the first phase, ie from Jan to Apr 2022 in this post link here.

The major highlight of the year 2022 is that the 4 slow moving graha, Jupiter, Saturn Rahu and Ketu, will be changing signs within a few days of each other, in March/ April. This quantum of change in such a brief span of time is not normal and all of us will see rapid and significant changes in ourselves and our surroundings triggered by these,

  • Saturn moves into Aquarius on 29th Apr 2022. He will go retrograde on 4th June. And on 12th Jul transits back into Capricorn in the retrograde motion. 
  • Jupiter enters Pisces on 13th Apr. He does not change signs again this year. He goes retrograde from 29th Jul to 24th Nov but remains in Pisces itself.
  • True Rahu enters Aries 17th Mar 2022 (Mean Rahu 12th Apr)
  • True Ketu enters Libra 17th Mar 2022 (Mean Ketu 12th Apr)
  • Apart from these major movements, the regular movements of the Moon Sun Mercury Venus and Mars will fine tune results.

These predictions are for the second phase ie after the major planets make their move into their new signs and till Saturn is in Aquarius.

  • These are as per the birth Moon sign. In case your ascendant sign is more powerful than the birth Moon sign 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 Libra, it may 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 then it may overall be a good time.
  • Also they will be modified as per the individual birth chart’s power and the ongoing Dasha/ transit.

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Aries

Jupiter in your 12th, Saturn in your 11th, Rahu in 1st and Ketu in your 7th house is the background energy. Saturn in the 11th is favourable for you and in this brief time you will see some opportunities coming your way, make the most of them. Long term investments are possible but check everything before investing. Finances should improve slightly, but avoid high risk speculations and over confidence. But this is not a good time for businessmen with partners. Solo businessmen, professionals or in service people can expect new expansions, new assignments or promotions. Personal health will be an issue so do not ignore any warning signs in this aspect of life. Jupiter in the 12th is not favourable but his aspects on the 6th and 8th houses will ensure that there will not be much suffering in any case. Jupiter’s aspects will help your home environment 4th house remain generally positive. But partnerships will suffer and expect quarrels or temporary separations with your spouse, her health too will demand your attention. This time is average to bad.

Taurus 

Post Apr till mid Jul, Jupiter will be in the 11th house, Rahu in the 12th Ketu in the 6th and Saturn in the 10th house. Dharma karma yog will be operating and Rahu Ketu are also favourable, so this time will be good. Heath of elders in your family may be a concern. Also your seniors and peers in the society will demand work from you. Be careful of new friends who might get close to you in this time, they may try to cheat you. You might be overworked so make sure get time to rest ie take care of your health. Going for pilgrimages, worshipping the Kuldevata, ancestors etc will give you relief. Avoid addictions and immoral activities as it will give significant negative karma. Your spouse and children will support you. Interactions with siblings and extended family will give mixed results. Overall this time is good so expect achievements and results from the hard work you sincerely do. Students will be able to give their competitive exams etc. Businessmen, sportsmen, professionals, politicians, farmers, etc all will benefit in some way or the other. Hidden enemies will be decimated, heath will be good, overseas options will open up. You might get money and resources from several sources. Auspicious functions, positive news, education and job prospects and investment opportunities etc are quite possible. But it is best to first find out the details before committing yourself to anything. Overall this time is good to excellent for you.

Gemini 

The main planets are Jupiter in the 10th, Saturn in the 9th Rahu in 11th and Ketu in 5th. There will be a reduction in the luck that you have been enjoying. Stresses in your profession will start building up with unexpected obstacles and restrictions popping up. Your hard work will not be appreciated much. Office politics and gossip may cause problems for you. This is not a good time to start new things or try for a new job etc. You will feel tired so avoid unnecessary travelling etc. Financial position will remain ok, unless you engage in risky ventures. This is not a good time for speculation. You can invest in long term options only after checking out everything. Personal health will need attention in the sense that this particular time will let you recover. But as soon as Shani goes back into Capricorn, health can again deteriorate, so use this time to build yourself up. Your elders’s health may need your attention. There is a possibility of unexpected expense. Not a good time to conduct auspicious events etc. But it is still a Dharma karma yog going on with you, so it will give some pleasing results. Do some pujas of your Kuldevata, ancestors, go for pilgrimages etc and try to follow Dharma as much as you can, this will help you. Overall this time is average. 

Cancer

Jupiter in the 9th Saturn in the 8th Rahu in the 10th Ketu in the 4th house is the background. Jupiter will ensure that you have luck and timely help on your side. Health will improve, self confidence will return and opportunities will open up. But Rahu, Ketu and Saturn are all unfavourable for you. So you have to concentrate on your Jupiter to give you relief, whatever he signifies in your life focus on its its positivity. This also means adding energy by doing pujas, pilgrimages, worshipping Kuldevata, meditation, getting enough rest etc 9th house activities. If you do this, you will be able to better navigate through life. If your birth Jupiter is auspicious then you can expect good results in this time frame. This means auspicious events, resolution of pending issues, recovery, new relationships, new job openings and most importantly hope. Your life will be easier, family and profession both will be in balance. Financial situation will improve and there is a good possibility of long term investments. Use this time well, as Saturn moving backwards into Capricorn will again bear heavily on you. Overall this time mid Apr to mid Jul is average to good. 

Leo

Jupiter in the 8th Saturn in the 7th Rahu in the 9th Ketu in the 3th house are the main energies for this brief period. This time is less pleasant than what you were enjoying till now. You have to be careful in these 2.5 months as the major energies are not very positive now. Issues with your life partner will start, your children may not listen to you. Business partner will cause problems, business may slow down. Beware of cheats entering your life at this point. Never trust others unnecessarily as enemies will come out in the open. Things will slow down and you might face critical setbacks. Office work will be affected, you might be subject of gossip and office politics. Your boss may not be satisfied with your work and your juniors will create trouble. Businesses may suffer losses or legal problems. Avoid travelling and it will tire you out and most likely not be fruitful. This is not a good time for speculation or investments of any type. Overall this time from mid Apr to mid Jul is average to bad.

Virgo

Jupiter in the 7th house, Rahu in 8th Ketu in 2nd house and Saturn in the 6th house is the background energy from mid Apr to mid Jul. Saturn in the 6th will stop your enemies, give relief from your physical ailments. Opportunities will come your way from mid Apr to June first week, make the most of these, ie business projects, or a better job etc. You can engage in limited speculative investments to improve your finances. But do not get carried away, use your common sense. Income as well as expenses will increase, so sensible use of resources is advisable. Your relatives and friends will try to dominate you which might depress you. However the life partner will support. But you will not be able to enjoy good times with your loved ones, as an internal disconnect will prevail. Do not hurt others with your speech. This time is better than what you were undergoing in the past. Try to reconnect with your genuine well wishers with whom you had broken up in the past. If you were quarrelling with your life partner, this too will be resolved. There is a good scope for auspicious events. Business opportunities and long term investments are possible. This time of about 3 months is good to excellent so make the most of it. 

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Libra

Post Apr till mid Jul, Jupiter in the 6th Rahu in 7th Ketu in 1st and Saturn in 5th house are the background energy. None of these positions are very favourable for you so you must take care. Remain alert at least till the first week of Jun when Saturn turning retrograde will offer some relief. Sudden shocks, blocks and obstacles are possible. Health will be a concern. If you feel anything amiss you must consult a medical professional. Your spouse’s and children’s health will demand your attention. Also misunderstandings with the spouse will begin and the children will not listen to you. Medical expenditure may increase so use your resources carefully. Performing auspicious functions ie marriage etc in this period is not advisable. New projects, searching for new job, starting new business, getting into new partnerships etc is not advisable, even if planning for a baby, this is not the right time. Travelling will not be productive. Avoid speculative activity and major investments. Creativity and self confidence will be restricted. You will not be appreciated in office or at home for the work you do. Work load may increase giving you stress and emotional depression. Overall time is average to bad.

Scorpio

Apr till mid Jul the background energy is, Jupiter in the 5th Rahu in 6th Ketu in 12th and Saturn in 4th house. Except Saturn, all the three are favourable and this will be a good time overall. Saturn will not be able to damage much in this brief time, but still it is better to be alert in the matters connected to the 4th house, ie mother, property, residence, vehicle etc. Overall you will feel confident, energetic, creative and fortunate. Expansion of positive energy in your 5th house will last for the entire year. You will meet your enemies head on and decimate them. Professional successes, new job, promotion, pay rise etc is possible. Financial and legal matters will turn out in your favour. Also some insights in your dreams and mediative states. Auspicious functions, ie marriage, new projects, or start a new baby etc during this time. The spouse will support you during this time and personal life will be happy. You can invest in long term investments or in stocks or take risks in this matter, but always use your common sense, do not get carried away. This time is good to excellent for you. In fact this entire year Apr 2022 to Apr 2023 is very good for you, so do make use of the opportunities which will come. 

Sagittarius 

Apr till mid Jul, the background energy is, Jupiter in the 4th Rahu in 5th Ketu in 11th and Saturn in 3th house. Jupiter moving into your 4th will give relief on several fronts, home, profession and health. As Saturn moves into the 3rd, you can expect things to improve. You will feel more happier, energetic and relaxed compared to the past. You might want to get several things done at once but better plan and do them systemically. Financial status will improve but you may not be able to save much as expenses will also increase. You can engage in speculative investments but only after checking them thoroughly. Use this time to consolidate things in your home and office. You might be offered promotions or a better job. Your boss will support and teammates will be with you. The sources of stress would be your children, students and friends. Especially avoid monetary transactions with your friends. Avoid gossip, pointless chatting with others, do not interfere in other’s lives as this can backfire. Your Sade sati has temporarily ended, so in this 3 months Saturn will be willing to give you very good results. Use this last week of Apr to first week of June well. Overall this time from mid Apr to mid Jul is average to good for you.

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Capricorn 

The background energy from Apr till mid Jul is, Jupiter in the 3th is not favourable and Saturn in 2nd house is not supportive. Rahu in 4th Ketu in 10th are not of much help either. You are in the last stages of the Sade sati, so emotional shocks are expected. There will too many changes in your life in this time making you restless. Budgeting is essential, use your resources carefully. Personal health will be affected and expenses may rise. Your parents may require your attention. In case of any health upsets, do approach a medical professional, do not delay. Your home life as well as office life will be stressful, overwork and lack of rest is expected. This is not a good time to start anything new or to change your job or for new investments. Try to keep an average profile and get through the time the best you can. You can expect some help from your spouse and seniors in society. Try to do some pujas for your Kuldevata and fulfill any pendency of the ancestors this will help you. Overall this time is average to bad for you.

Aquarius 

Post Apr and till mid Jul, Jupiter in the 2nd house is favourable, Rahu in 3rd is good Ketu in 9th is average. Saturn in the 1st house in the middle period of the Sade sati, will give you trouble but I am expecting Jupiter to be able to compensate for this negativity. Your 6th 8th 10th houses are protected so expect some relief on the health, family interactions, professional life etc fronts as troubles will be short-lived. So this time is better than what you were experiencing in the past. Your finances will improve and there will be some positivity. Lingering issues should get resolved in a satisfactory way. If you get any opportunity for progress in this time you should seize it, this can mean some auspicious event, new job, promotion, new projects, investment prospects etc. Always use your common sense and do not get greedy, do not break rules. If Saturn is favourable for you in your birth chart then this time can be good, and if he is not, even then this period will remain average. Try to go for a pilgrimage or at least do your kuldevata pujas to increase positivity. This 2.5 month time is average for you.

Pisces – 

Jupiter in the 1st, Saturn in 12th Rahu in 2nd and Ketu in the 8th house. Your Sade sati starts with Saturn 12th from birth Moon. There will be a reduction in the good fortune that you have enjoyed till now. The Sade sati forces you to grow up, ie accept responsibility and become mature. Jupiter Rahu Ketu are all average. Physical strain and mental overwork is indicated. Try to get adequate physical and mental rest as personal time will reduce. You may not be recognised for the work you put in. Promotions may be delayed. The boss may not be satisfied and especially be careful about dealing with your juniors, avoid loose talk. For businessmen, there will be brief opportunities, especially for businesses dealing with the necessities of life, ie food, oil, spices, vegetables, technical stuff, electricians, carpentry etc. For students it will be difficult as the habit of studying and working hard has been disturbed for the past 2yrs. Monetary gains are possible, but expenditures will also increase. Use your resources carefully, budget. Your social activities will increase, you will be more visible, more active. Avoid arguments, try to resolve misunderstandings now or they will increase later. Do not drag on your ego unnecessarily but remember that both must compromise to come to an agreement. Auspicious functions, educational and job opportunities etc are on hold now. But doing pujas and going for pilgrimages etc will help. Things will start improving after the first week of Jun as Saturn starts his retrograde. This time mid Apr to mid Jul overall is average for you.

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Saturn transits in Dhanishtha nakshatra 2022-23

Saturn will be exiting Shravan nakshatra, entering Dhanishtha धनिष्ठा on 18th Feb 2022 and stay here till 15th Mar 2023. (Again from 15th Oct – 24th Nov 2023). Saturn’s transits at sign level give an overview of a time frame of 2.5yrs. Nakshatra level transit helps analyse things over 13months. And navamsha arc or quarter/pad level transit analysis narrows down his effects to 2-3month time frames. 

(I have used the dates from Drikpanchang)

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धनिष्ठ literally means very swift or very rich in Devbhasha Samskrutam. Dhanishtha in the skies has 4 stars visualised as the Damaru of Bhagwan Nataraj. Thus its beat has the potential to destroy or recreate and for the rare few, illuminate. Dhanishtha is connected to music, beats, rhythm, systematic actions and the higher energy. So its energies can be usefully channelised by reciting Sanskrit stotra, learning to dance especially Bharatnatyam or learning classical Raga or playing percussion or wind instruments.

Its devata are the Ashta Vasu, Apah, Dhara, Anila, Anala, Dhruva, Soma, Pratyusha and Prabhas, so it is deeply linked to the very fabric of time, space and Consciousness. These eight primordial energies combine to create this one lunar mansion giving it very diverse and powerful resources which it confidently uses to achieve its goals. 

Dhanishtha is connected to Mars, so it has initiative, confidence, aggression, militant mindset, powerful personality and secrets. Sometimes it does bring catastrophic change causing a complete change in structure and society. A Chara nakshatra, it is suitable for all activities which require adaptive quick changes and fast movement. Its results are not very deep nor very permanent, but they do push towards expansion. It is the several stepping stones to ultimate prosperity.

It is located partly in Capricorn and Aquarius, both ruled by Saturn. So it has the capacity to work, achieve professional success, social mobility and recognition. It desires to use the power of the individual for the establishment of the collective. It creates leaders from the masses who have the vision to structure and regulate the society, expand it and bring it wealth. Or conversely lead the society down the perdition way.

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Now Saturn entering Dhanishtha will primarily cause a general slowing down, a sobering influence, and situations where dedicated work over longer times is necessary. Everyone will be internally alone though outwardly a part of the community. Generally during this time, human activity will be on a high high, people buzzing about doing something or the other, ie laziness and complacency will reduce. There will be a sense of urgency, of movement with several events racing along in quick progression. Undesirable influences will try to vitiate the social fabric and challenge the structure of democratically elected governments. Breakdown of harmony in the society and amicable relationships in personal lives is possible. Resources will diminish or remain unavailable.

Generally fire and wind related activities will increase on all levels. Fire related accidents, road rage, industrial mishaps etc might increase. Possibility of sabotage, civil unrest, armed aggression and military activity remains high at the national/ international levels. Cheating, immoral, unethical and underhanded behaviour can cause trouble. Expect pitta or vata imbalances as per your body’s tri-dosh constitution and diseases of the legs and knees are possible. 

If Saturn is favourable for you as per your individual charts, then you will be able to systematically analyse the situations unfolding around and act decisively. Time will be favourable, you will be able to put your abilities to use, work hard and create wealth slowly but surely. Self discipline and following the ethical path will help realise your long term goals. Short term goals may disappoint, but you will remain patient and broadminded even under trying circumstances. Travelling might increase and profits from foreign lands are possible. The month of Shravan will give some significant gains. 

But if Saturn is unfavourable for you now, then you will be stubborn, tactless, unable to understand the situations, needlessly aggressive, unwise, destructive, crass, worried, depressed, deceptive, argumentative, narrow minded, bad natured etc. Tendency to avoid work or escape responsibilities will cause further complications depending on your planetary positions. Especially advice from others or following others without thinking will cause issues. Breakdown of marital harmony, hurting others and loss of opportunities are common results.

Briefly let’s note its Navamsha or quarter/pad energies. Remember that Saturn will be occupying them in forward, retrograde and again forward motions during this year. If you are using the drikpanchang app, the quarters occupied by the planets are mentioned in it.

  1. Dhanishtha 1st pad is a Leo navamsha – People will suddenly get ambitious and confidently try to break rules. Personal ego will try to dominate public opinion. Disharmony selfishness and aggression will increase. Social structures will be attacked by unfavourable and intolerant mindsets. A negative impact on or caused by the executive wing of the governments. Some areas of the world are restless, inching towards open hostilities, this may be a flash point for some of them.
  2. Dhanishtha 2nd quarter is a Virgo navamsha – Here coordination on several levels will fail. Rules will be challenged. Communication will be hampered. Media will cause problems. Narratives will tailored to try and cause division. Negative impacts on or caused by worker, labour class etc due to lack of understanding or whipping up of passions.
  3. Dhanishtha 3rd quarter is a Libra navamsha – A negative impact on or caused by the law, legal issues and judicial wing of the government. Turbulence will exist but more on the elegant philosophical and pontificating side, less physical.
  4. Dhanishtha 4th pad is a Scorpio navamsha – These times will have the potential to cause explosive aggression and permanent changes on several levels. Again military movements and clashes are possible during this time. A tragedy or deaths of important people in the military or the government is possible.

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This 13 month Saturn’s Dhanishtha transit will also be influenced by other planets transits. Mainly,

  • Jupiter will be sitting in Uttarabhadrapada from 28th Apr 2022 to 24th Feb 2023, for 10 long months at a stretch! This nakshatra is linked to Saturn so his power to give results here in Uttarabhadrapada will be linked to the support he receives from Saturn. Also Jupiter will indirectly enhance Saturn’s agenda, hopefully temper it with his kindness and wisdom. So in your birth horoscope if Jupiter is favourable then this period will be better for you. 
  • Saturn’s activities in Dhanishtha will be aggravated when Mars amplifies them by his simultaneous transits over Dhanishtha and later Mruga. The times when they aspect each other will also be a turbulent time. Mars being connected to Dhanishtha energies means that if he is favourable for your individual chart then you can expect some positivity in some parts of your life.
  • And Rahu will be in Aries soon. Saturn will soon be aspecting him from his position in Aquarius from 29th Apr to 13th Jul. This time’s energy will be a variant of the Shapit dosh so some form of severe destruction or upheaval etc is indicated. (I am anticipating problems triggered by the environment, ie drought or heavy rainfall, flooding and to some extent unexpected earth movements. Keywords of Rahu graha, Mesh rashi, 3rd aspect of Shani, Shani graha and Kumbh rashi. And humankind under the influence of Rahu can always overreach and then fall flat on its face.)

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Specifically for Bharat, this Saturn in Dhanishtha transit is not good.

  • The first phase of Mars in Dhanishtha over Saturn 30th Mar to 16th Apr 2022 will trigger disaster (or a series of turbulent events) which will consume our collective energies till mid Jul.
  • Then Mars will be going retrograde/forward in Taurus in 2022-23 and this will be especially problematic for us as Taurus is the ascendant sign for India. Mars will be in Taurus from 10th Aug – 16th Oct 2022. And again retrograde/forward during 13th Nov to 13th Mar 2023. There will be several potentially explosive events as perpetrator groups and the governments both take confusing about turns.
  • In this, there will be especially harsh results when he transits forward/retrograde/forward over the Murga nakshatra, ie 24th Sept – 24th Dec 2022 and 25th Feb to 27th Mar 2023. There are full chances of a damaging tragedy in this phase.  
  • One can only hope that Jupiter, ie the Guru and the deities who protect Bharat with the wise men, learned elders, advisors etc of this nation will provide the necessary help us to tide over with minimal damage. 

For determining the fate of the nations, draw the ‘birth chart’ of that nation, ie the time/date linked to some significant point in their history where the nation is considered to have formed. These above trigger times are the same for everyone, but they will trigger different things for different nations depending on the positions of the planets.

  • eg Ukraine is in the news these days. Considering the ‘birth’ chart 24 Aug 1991 12am, Kiev, its real trouble will start as soon as Rahu/Ketu shift into Aries/Libra and Jupiter enters Pisces. Saturn is unfavourable both in Capricorn and Aquarius. Turbulent times for the next 1.5yrs at least.

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Now briefly as per the Janma navtara nakshatra chakra,

  • This transit is not favourable for those with birth Moon in Dhanishtha as they will be at the very core of their Sade sati period. Similarly Mruga and Chitra birth Moons will face emotional stresses and physical weakness. It is Janma tara for them. Trigger factors and affected parts of life will be as per the individual charts during this time. (eg Saturn in the 7th house will cause problems with spouse, or even trigger physical death if longevity is at end)
  • Rohini Hasta Shravan – Sampat tara is average to favourable.
  • Krutika, Uttaraphalguni, Uttarashadha – Vipat tara average to unfavourable
  • Bharani, Poorvaphalguni, Poorvashadha – Kshema, average to favourable
  • Ashvini, Magha, Moola – Pratyari so average to unfavourable
  • Revati, Ashleysha, Jeyshtha – Sadhak so average to favourable 
  • Uttarabhadrapada, Pushya, Anuradha – Naidhana but Uttarabhadrapada has Jupiter in it for a significant part of this transit and this set is linked to Saturn himself. So I have put them at average results.
  • Punarvasu, Vishakha, Poorvabhadrapada – Mitra so again average.
  • Aradra, Swati, Shatataraka – Atimitra so average to favourable results are expected. 

Additional points to analyse would be,

  • If you are undergoing a significant Dasha period of Mars or Saturn then the results during this time will be more exaggerated for you.
  • Or if this Saturn in transit is transiting a significant birth position. eg Saturn transiting your ascendant lord, or over your birth Mars, or your birth Saturn etc.

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Finally remedies. Worshipping the Eternal in his Nataraja form, or invoking the Ashta Vasu. Or taking up mantra or giving away Daana for Saturn or Mars. Daana for the planets on the day they transit is especially useful. Pujas for graha shanti for Saturn will also be helpful.

Remedies basically mean that you are 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. Adding energy to your Dharma trikon, your capacity for weathering events in life increases.

Managing transits through behavioural changes is possible if you are able to understand your chart and what Saturn is upto in your life. If you do regular pujas then you can more easily manage and get through unexpected events in life. Regular routine spiritual practice helps train the Mind. Being in control of the mind lets you take correct decisions and better navigate through life. 

At this juncture, the simplest practice for everyone would be listen/recite the Shiv sutrani, it takes just 15 seconds/day. (Strangely I had the Shivsutrani draft for the past 1yr on my scrivener and randomly posted it 2 weeks ago) Or listen to the listen to the Shiv tandav stotra (Shri Kalicharan Maharaj’s recitation is superlative), Teekshna Danshtra Kaalbhairavashtak or the Shiv Mahimna stotra as per your inclination , even on your way to work is fine, but listen to it daily. Or offer water on the Shivlingam with the ‘Om namah Shivaya’ mantra, or Mahamrutyunjai mantra at least on Mondays, or this can be done daily at home if you have a Shivlingam in your puja ghar. And in this Shravan month, do some puja of the Shivlingam. This can be as detailed as Parthiv-pujas and Rudrabhishekams, or as simple as offering water to a Shiv Lingam, the Bhagwan Nataraj. 

Kuldevata and Ishtadevata 

Kuldevata

Every family belonging to Sanatan Dharma has a Kuldevata, ie a family deity. This ray of the divine eternal specifically protects your family and must be worshipped as per culture and tradition. Your this body, in fact your current existence, is derived from your ancestors and you maintain this with the blessing of the family deity. There are references to the Kuldevata in several of our Puran. Also examples in ancient history where kings built temples of their Kuldevata. The Kuldevata demands pujas at auspicious events, eg before solemnising a marriage in the family, at the birth of a child, at Yajnopavit sanskars, a yearly puja at the temple of the Devata etc. 

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In the current times several of us live physically away from the hometown. ie regularly going to the Kuldevata temple may not be practically feasible. So if you really cannot make it then here are some via media which you can adopt,

  1. Offer the fruit, coconut, sweets, sari/cloth, money, specific items etc to a local temple whereve you are and think of your Kuldevata with all intensity. Request him/ her to accept it as you have offered these items to him from your heart. Even if this is not at his actual temple this does work if you have deep gratitude for him in your heart, ie your intention/ Sankalp is pure.
  2. Keep the offerings in a separate bag in your own puja ghar. Think of your Kuldevata and sincerely tell him that you have kept the offerings ready and whenever he calls, you will go to his temple and offer him these exact offerings. When you do this generally something unexpected helps you complete your pilgrimage soon, eg a few days off or some bonus money.
  3. If your extended family members still reside in your hometown then you can request them to offer the yearly offerings to the temple on your behalf. For this you must make a full set of offerings, ie cloth, money, sugar crystals etc which can be sent by post to your family member’s house. Before sending the items everyone in your family should pray to the deity and touch the offerings before packing them securely. 
  4. Keep in touch with the pujari Brahmin family of the temple and from time to time send some offerings, money, Dakshina to the temple and request them send the prasadam to you by post.

Another more serious problem is that several of us have forgotten the Kuldevata’s name itself. Forgotten the ancestral village. Or the elders of the family are dead. Either way the identity of this deity is lost to you which is highly unfortunate. So here is something you can do to help yourself,

  • Make a small pindi (small rounded mound) of the purest soil you can find. Or take a green coconut with the peduncle intact. Keep this with due respect in your puja ghar, adorn it with a nice cotton cloth, saffron, turmeric, unbroken rice, flowers etc. Intend that your Kuldevata, whoever he is, resides in this and do its puja just as you would do the puja of a regular moorti. You can keep this as a full-time set up or a temporary set up for specific days, ie during auspicious events, festivals etc. Generally what happens is if your intention is pure enough, there will be hints on the identity of the deity, ie dreams where you see the temple, deity’s moorti, hear his name, or his mantra/stotra etc. When this happens, if you want, you can get a proper moorti of your deity and put this coconut / soil in flowing river or sea. 

For women, after you get married, the Kul devata for you is now of your husband’s family. During the Vivah sanskar, the bride formally does the final pujas of her birth family Kuldevata. And immediately after marriage she does the first pujas of her new family deities.

(The Gram devata is the deity of the village where your family has its ancestral home. Generally the oldest temple in the village. So if you go to your ancestral village do go to this temple too.)

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Ishta devata

Ishta devata is the deity which you personally feel drawn to and want to worship. But this does not mean that you forget your Kuldevata. First puja is always offered to the Kuldevata, for protection of the family, the departed ancestors and the future generations. In some cases, the Kuldevata can also be worshipped as the personal Ishta devata. Your Guru, if a genuine Atma jnyani Mahapurush, a Jivan Mukt Satguru can also be adored as an Ishtadevata.

Jyotish gives some pointers on the Ishtadevata. Let’s first use the basic birth chart D1,

  • The Deity connected to the 9th house of your basic birth chart helps you live a balanced life as per Dharma. He ensures that you get the benefits of the 9th house as and when you need them. Your role in this process is a bit passive as even if you do the bare minimum it will be enough to trigger the 9th house benefits. This is an ongoing background life time support. 
  • The deity connected to the 5th house of your birth chart helps you fructify the sadhana you perform in your life. To reap these benefits you are required to be active, ie do your mantra, jap etc. After you complete it will you get the huge and evident result, all at once.
  • Functionally benefic planets placed in the 1st 5th 9th houses of the birth chart and the deities linked to them can also be a choice for the Ishta devata as they protect and help you grow.

But if you have the exact birth time available then open the divisional charts. 

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Navamsha Aleister Crowley

BPHS Chapter 33 shloks 63-74 Using the D9 Navamsha chart to find the Ishta devata 

  • First find the Atmakarak, ie the planet who has traveled the highest degree in any sign. In our example chart it is Saturn at 27deg 24mins. 
  • In the D9 chart, he shifts to Virgo navamsha. This is called the karakamsha navamsha. 
  • Check if any planet placed in the sign 12th from the karakamsha. Here it is Leo and it is vacant.
  • So we try the second option given in the BPHS. Find the Amatyakarak, ie the planet who has travelled the second highest in any sign in the D1. This is the Sun at 27deg 10min. 
  • Locate the Sun in the D9. He is in Virgo navamsha. Now count the 6th sign from Virgo. This is Aquarius and it has a planet, this is Jupiter.
  • So our example Aleister Crowley, could have worshipped the deity linked to Jupiter as his Ishta devata. 
  • (If there are no planets in either of these two locations then the planetary owner of the sign can be used to locate the Ishta devata. Eg here Leo – Sun or Aquarius – Saturn. This is not given in BPHS but can be inferred in practice)

BPHS chapter 16 shloks 17-21 – The D 20 is seen for spiritual progress so you can choose a deity from here. Either the one associated with the ascendant degree’s Vimshamsha or the deity of the Atmakarak planet’s Vimshamsha. (This is not given in the BPHS explicitly but I have seen in several cases that this deity is very close to the person and always willing to help especially so if you are doing tantra sadhana)

Let’s do this with the example. A bit of math. One division in D20 is equal to 1deg 30min. In the example,

  • Ascendant degree at 15deg 55min Cancer sign (even sign) – Devi Pingalaa
  • Atmakarak Saturn at 27deg 24 min (even sign) – Devi Mangalaa

Sequence of deities for even signs – Daya, Megha, Chinnashirsha, Pisachini, Dhumavati, Matangi, Bala, Bhadra, Aruna, Anala, Pingala, Chuchuka, Ghora, Vaarahi, Vaishnavi, Sita, Bhuvaneshi, Bhairavi, Mangala, Aparajita.

Sequence of deities for odd signs – Kali, Gauri, Jaya, Lakshmi, Vijaya, Vimala, Sati, Tara, Jvalamukhi, Sveta, Lalita, Bagalamukhi, Pratyangira, Sachi, Raudri, Bhavani, Varada, Jaya, Tripura, Sumukhi.

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Now for the deities associated with the planets. This is always a source of confusion so I am directly copying from the BPHS.

BPHS chapter 2 shlok 1-13 – The general Vishnu Avtars connected to the planets.

  • Surya Sun – Shri Ram avtar
  • Chandra Moon – Shri Yadunayak Krishna avtar
  • Bhoomiputra Mars – Shri Nrusimha avtar
  • Somasuta Mercury – Shri Budha avtar
  • Vibhudejya Jupiter – Shri Vaman avtar
  • Bhargav Venus – Shri Bhargav Parshuram avtar
  • Bhaskarputra Saturn – Shri Koorma avtar
  • Sinhikeya Rahu – Shri Sookara Varaha avtar
  • Ketu – Shri Meen Matsya avtar

(One point to be noted – the Budha avtar is not the generally known Siddhartha Gautam. As per the BPHS the actual Budha Avtar of Bhagwan Vishnu was before his Krishna avtar. We can only wait for more texts to be translated or recovered or brought into the public domain to know more about this Avtar.)

BPHS chapter 3 shlok 18 – General deities/ Adidaivata connected to the planets

  • Sun – Bhagwan Agni
  • Moon – Bhagwan Varun
  • Mars – Bhagwan Subrahmanya
  • Mercury – Bhagwan Vishnu
  • Jupiter – Bhagwan Indra
  • Venus – Bhagwati Sachidevi
  • Saturn – Bhagwan Brahma

BPHS Chapter 33 shloks 63-74 – The planets in the 12th from the Karakamsha or 6th from the Amatyakarak’s position and the deities/ Adidaivata

  • Sun and Ketu – Bhagwan Shiv
  • Moon and Ketu – Devi Gauri
  • Venus and Ketu – Devi Laxmi
  • Mars and Ketu – Bhagwan Subramanya
  • Mercury and Sun – Bhagwan Vishnu
  • Jupiter – Bhagwan Shiv
  • Rahu – Devi Durga in her Tamasic form
  • Ketu – Bhagwan Skanda or Bhagwan Ganpati
  • Saturn if inauspicious – Tamasic deities
  • Venus and Saturn if inauspicious – Tamasic deities

Point is, there are several deities which can be chosen as per the BPHS. Choose one who appeals to you. Generally while you are thinking about this, you will get some signal ie in your dreams or some shakun, ie omen which will help you discover your Ishta devata.

Finally do read this one post on the real nature of the deities. The deities are not ‘gods’, they are conscious aware and intelligent energy, a ray from the same Non dual source. You are also a ray from that very same source. As you express your gratitude to them on the outside, you in fact enhance your own energy on the inside.

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Phonemes of Sanskrit Shiv Sutrani

A phoneme is the the smallest unit of sound which makes sense in a language. The Shiv sutrani शिव सूत्राणि also called the Maheshwar Sutrani महेश्वर सूत्राणि (सूत्राणि is the plural of सूत्र) are the phonemes of the Devbhasha Samskrutam. The highly intense building blocks of the perfect language of this creation, the perfectly arranged definition of Illumination. All common languages spoken in this world today are degraded versions Apabhraunsh अपभ्रंश of Sanskrit. 

In my several posts on the Kundalini, Chakra system, beej akshar etc I have written on the Consciousness that Sound really is. We worship sound as Shabda Brahma, the Eternal Divine. Then the indestructible sounds, the Akshar of Sanskrit are the sounds that the pran makes as it moves in the energy channels/ Nadi inside the Pranmaikosh of the five sheathed body. As you speak Sanskrit, normally in conversation or as a mantra during your pujas you are actually enhancing the power of your own Pran and Nadi system. This is why I reiterate that everyone must be able to speak simple conversational Sanskrit, read one Sanskrit article/ day and recite one Sanskrit mantra for a life time. Sound is Awareness and Sanskrit is the accurately precise mathematically perfect raw power that you directly derive from Sound as Self.

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Maharishi Panini arranged the grammar of the Devbhasha Samskrutam in his book Ashtadhyayi. He did not ‘write’ the grammar, this language is the Devbhasha, ie the perfect description of the Illumination, it is in-built. He merely ‘saw’ the grammar in the Akash and wrote it down. In this following shlok he gives the origin of the Shiv sutrani.

नृत्त अवसाने नटराज राज: ननाद ढक्कां नवपञ्चवारम्। उद्धर्त्तु कामः सनकादि सिद्धान् एतद् विमर्शे शिवसूत्रजालम्॥

For the students of Pravrutti, this shlok can be understood as,

  • At the site of the act of Dissolution, the supreme actor of the drama, Nataraj, made loud sound using the large drum, Damru, fourteen times. The intention was to elevate the Maharishis Sanak and the other Siddhas Seers. This mesh of the Shiv Sutra, the auspicious phonemes of the  Devbhasha, is truly inside the real Knowledge of the Divine.
  • ie Bhagwan Nataraj danced the Tandav, ie caused the dissolution of creation. At the end of the Tandav, ie at the end of dissolution ie at start of new creation, he played his Damru fourteen times and created the first sound seeds of this present creation. These are 14 lines of the Shiv Sutrani. The realised Seers, the Maharishis Sanak, Sananda, Sanatan and Sanat and other Siddha Rishis etc witnessed this evolution of the Nada. ie the Conscious energy of sound vibration further differentiated into phonemes. As the language of light, Devbhasha took birth, it acted as a catalyst for further creation and subsequent evolution.

For the students of the Nivrutti, the same shlok can be understood as,

  • At the location where movement was occurring. (This is the perceived Creation itself, the site of movement, ie duality.) The ruler of the best of the actors made a large sound, to the disappearance of the newly spread out multitude (All individual souls are the actors. The Paramatma is the sovereign of all these individual jivatmas. The Nada is the source of Om itself. Here the Eternal is has made Om itself disappear). The intention is to draw out the most ancient eternal by subduing the plural. This is verily the the illusion of the web which has the Intelligence of the auspicious thread inside it.

Sanskrit is a palimpsest. The same words will give different meanings depending on the intelligence, awareness and intention of the writer/ reader. This is the true beauty of the Devbhasha, it speaks to the individual soul and always describes splendour of the Eternal Soul.

The phonemes of Sanskrit, the Shiv Sutrani are,

  1. ण् |
  2. क् |
  3. ङ् |
  4. च् |
  5. ट् |
  6. ण् |
  7. म् |
  8. ञ् |
  9. ष् |
  10. श् |
  11. व् |
  12. य् |
  13. र् |
  14. ल् |

This is me reciting them in one breath in the first audio, because I could not find anything suitable online. The effect is clearer when they are recited at one stretch. I have recited them slowly in the second audio. I am not a professional singer so do bear with me on these recitations. (For some strange reason, the Shiv Sutrani  are the first mantra I have put up in my own voice on my blog.

Even though the mantra is in my voice, it is always and ever the Shiv Sutra by Nataraj Raja. One can read, recite and hear the mantra only if the Bhagwan desires/allows it. So do be grateful to the Parmeshwar as you recite/ read/ listen to them. It is by his Krupa.

Ideally the recitation should be in one exhalation, this will come with practice. And remember to start and end your mantra jaap with Om. Recitation of the Shiv Sutrani is called the akshar samamnaya अक्षर समाम्नाय and this is a mantra.

Try to get the pronunciation of these ऋ ऌ ङ् ञ ङ ञ् ष right. Very very few people can pronounce these correctly. The remaining vowels and consonants in the Sutrani are the usual ones we use in our daily life.

  • ऋ – is Rrhhu, the tongue touches the upper teeth on both sides and the tip flicks the palate and you say ‘Rrhhu’, in a short burst (People in Uttar Bharat pronounce ऋ  as ‘Ri’ which is incorrect)
  • ऌ – is Llrrhu, the tongue first touches the sides and tip to the palate. and then flicks out and the sides of the tongue come down to touch the upper teeth. You say ‘Llrrhu’ in a short burst.
  • ङ- ङ् + अ = ङ For the proper pronunciation of this ङ, first recite – Ka, kha, ga, gha, क ख ग घ and keeping your throat and tongue in the same position, elevate the middle part of the tongue towards the upper palate, but do not touch it. This is the nasal ङ of the ka-varga क-वर्ग. I cannot find a suitable english letter combination for this sound, it is something like a breathy ‘nng’. If you follow the rhythm of the Ka, kha, ga, gha, the last nasal ङ will also flow in the same style. Do not overthink. Once you get its pronunciation you can say it stand alone. Like this,
  • ङ् – Here the pronunciation is a bit typical. ङ – अ = ङ् This is the same as the above but only the pure consonant ङ् is to be pronounced, ie do not pronounce the अ. This will come with practice.
  • ञ – This is the last nasal consonant of the च-वर्ग. It will be easier to learn to pronounce with the rest of the Cha-varga. cha, chha, ja, jha, च छ ज झ . And keeping the same throat and tongue position, try to elevate the middle part of your tongue towards the upper palate but not touching it. Again I cannot find an english letter combination for this sound, something like ‘ynn’. As you follow the rhythm of the Cha Chha Ja Jhha, the last nasal ञ will also flow in the same style. Like this,
  • ञ् – This is the pure consonant energy. ञ  – अ = ञ् You will pronounce it in the same way as above but avoid the last vowel अ, speak only the pure ञ्  consonant. Again this will come with practice.
  • ष – This is Shha. In this you will fold your tongue backwards and say ‘shhha’. (This is different from श, here your tongue lightly touches the upper teeth on the sides and you say ‘sha’.)

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The Damaru that the Nataraj plays is not a drum, it is so much more.

  • It produces binaural beats and the ‘soundless’ vibration of the Nada is embedded in it. Binaural beats are formed when two slightly dissimilar tones are played together. They subtract from each other and leave an undefinable ‘soundlessness’ which is very beautiful and intense. In fact, do this as an experiment. Buy a properly made Damaru and play it yourself for 2-3 minutes. See for yourself what it makes you feel. You should experience a mental state equivalent to what you get after your 108 Dhyan mantra repeats. 
  • Playing the Damaru with specifically varying hand movements can create a series of two or more sounds. This is exactly what the Bhagwan did. He played it 14 times and created 14 sequences of sounds. He created the Devbhasha from the primordial conscious non-dual sound.
  • Finally the Damaru is a representation of the continually evolving consciousness. Its shape represents expanding and contracting energies which follow each other ad infinitum.
  • This shape is a representation of Dissolution and Creation perfectly balanced around the central Bindu. Cyclic Shrushti and Pralaya. The Eternal Nataraj plays the Damaru as he dances the Tandav, ie dissolution. And he also plays it to initiate a new cycle of creation. 
  • Playing the Damru while reciting the Shiv Sutrani is an energy high.

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You are saying aloud the smallest elements of the Devbhasha, the building blocks of the perfection of Illumination. When you recite them faster and continue, it sounds just like the Damru playing, the same energy. Channelising the power of creation and dissolution within your self with the power of these vibrations. Trying to find that central Bindu, to stabilise yourself at this point. To become the Observer, the Pivot around which creation and dissolution are perfectly balanced. And the speciality of the Damru, the binaural beats, so in your jap a state will come when the Sutrani literally vanish in a burst of indescribable light/ sound/ energy. This is the state of Samadhi. And it happens.

In families who follow Sanatan Dharma, this sequence is taught to the boy child at the time of the Yajnopavit Sanskar and he is required to recite it during his Gayatri puja sequence regularly. For girls, wearing the Yajnopavit sutra is not compulsory, but all girls should be taught the Gayatri mantra and also these Sutrani on their 6th birthday.

So if you can, do add the Maheshwar Sutrani to your daily routine. Also teach your child and other family members, it takes less than 15 seconds to recite it once. On the very mundane levels, they are healing in nature and regular recitation will ensure that your physical and mental health remains balanced.

This will improve your pronunciation of the Akshar. Today people are unable to pronounce certain sounds, either they purposely spoil the sound or possibly they cannot say these. Spoiling the pronunciation of the Akshar affects your own energy, so always try to be as clear in your pronunciation. स्पष्ट उच्चारण is an asset. Do not unnecessarily fake accents or twist the sound, it will spoil your pronunciation for ever.

(Some people where I live pronounce र Ra as ड Da. eg Hindi Parso as Padso, Mirchi as Midchi, Kar lo as Kad lo. Then Ya as Ja, like Yug is pronounced as Jug! Some add an extra ‘A’ sound, स्त्री stri as istri इस्त्री  though funny is actually common. But the heights was when an astrologer was pronouncing स्पष्ट spasht as अस्पष्ट aspasht, which was actually sad.)

Pronouncing the Akshar correctly means that your tongue is touching the correct parts of your mouth. This is what grants you the complete energy of the Akshar. (For Sadhaks, control over the tongue is critical. Ever wondered why it is attached only from one end?) As you improve your pronunciations, you will be able recite your mantra, stotra etc perfectly, this is invaluable. First is verbal jap, the tongue and the mouth, then as you perfect this, the jap moves inwards, manasik jap at the 3rd eye. And then you see what you are meant to see. Illumination.

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