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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How to analyse the Vimshottari Moon Mahadasha

Vimshottari dasha  analysis is something that every astrologer needs to know. The planets control parts of your life in a sequence which is called a Dasha. There are several Dasha systems but Vimshottari deserves a special place of its own and is the first Dasha system you will learn.

In case this detailed analysis is beyond you at the moment, I have written two basic posts, here and here with a brief analysis of the Mahadashas based on which houses the planets own in your chart.

The Vimshottari Maha-Dasha cover a human life span of 120 yrs and the sequence is,

Depending on which Nakshatra your Moon is in at the time of your birth, ie your Janma Nakshatra, you will begin your sequence. This start point is most important so ensure that you have your accurate birth time before doing Dasha analysis.

If your birth moon Nakshatra/ Lunar mansion is Rohini, Hasta or Shravan, then you will have your Moon Mahadasha/ main period going on at your birth. The balance of the planet’s dasha period remaining at birth is calculated using the location (arc degree/ minute/ second) of Moon in the nakshatra. If you get this birth time wrong, your starting point will be wrong thus your entire life-time’s calculation will also go wrong.

For the other birth Nakshatras, the Moon Mahadasha can occur at any point of time in the above sequence. But the Moon’s sub-periods/ Antardashas in the other planets Mahadashas will also carry his flavour.

Open your Vedic Jyotish software and open the Dasha section. If there are options here, input the ‘Vimshottari’ system. You have to see two things from here,

  1. At the present time, which planet’s Mahadasha/ main-period and which planet’s Antardasha/ sub-period is going on for you
  2. And at the time of your birth, which Mahadasha was going on.

If either of these, ie your ongoing Mahadasha or the birth Mahadasha is/ was of the Moon, then this post is for you,

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First a generic description, assuming that the Moon in your birth chart is favourable for you.

If you were born in Moon Mahadasha then, you are more comfortable around women in general, you are especially close to your mother, feel strongly about your traditions and homeland. You have a family who cares for you. Your basic mind and body are both strong and healthy and the overall personality remains balanced. Communicative, reasonable, attractive, popular, pleasant to be with, a generally active personality. You are receptive to external influences and often modulate these to help you grow. But you are not very forthcoming about your own self, you keep your secrets well and trust only rarely. You have a caring nature, a supportive sort of a person, generous by nature but you can equally get shrewd, narrow minded, jealous and self-centred.

If you are undergoing the Moon Mahadasha now in your life then in this Moon Mahadasha, you will be more focussed on yourself, your needs, your comforts, your growth, your family, your love, your ancestral traditions, family gods etc. Your mother or other maternal figures will be more important in life. You will be taken care of, ie given the nurture, nutrition, love that you need. More settled in life, you might develop regular habits, feel creative, improve personal care, opt for a healthy lifestyle etc. That things which support you as a person will help you grow significantly. You will be able to set up routines for a healthier you. Buying your own house or landed property is possible or shifting into your own personal home is possible. People in professions related to the 4th house or the Moon will see growth, ie homeland security, teaching, home-makers, dealers in liquids, transport, drugs, architects, etc. You might be recognised for something, get awards. Marriage and child-birth is also possible in this period. In these 10yrs you will be required to balance karma related to the position of the Moon in your chart. Caring for others or ensuring that your emotions were being satisfied. Whatever the Moon is supposed to give you in your life will be given in this time. You will go through an emotional period, uplifting or damaging.

If the Mahadasha comes at an age after the maturity period of the Moon then the energies of the Dasha can be utilised consciously thus more effectively. If you are older than 48yrs, then during this Mahadasha it is likely that you will become the understanding and mature elder yourself. You will gain more insights into the working of your own Mind. It can be a very enriching experience. Even if you are older than 28yrs, this time can help self-discovery as you understand yourself more deeply. If you are younger than 28yrs then you will receive what you need from your elders to grow.

If your birth Moon is in Cancer or ascendant sign is Cancer then this Mahadasha will be especially significant for you.

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Now to tailor these predictions for your personal life. This requires some basic understanding of Jyotish. (Here is a post on how to begin learning astrology systematically).

Step 1 is to know the aspects of life represented by the Moon and the power he has to deliver his results. You should know what he is going to give you, only then predicting the timing will be of any use. One graha is going to be directly responsible for so many things and indirectly influence so many more things in life. To keep things simple, learn to use keywords and create patterns using these.

  1. Moon in your birth chart (divisional chart 1/D-1).
    • He is placed in which house and in which sign? Thus which parts of your life is he controlling?
      • Eg Moon in 3rd house will be in charge of your siblings, income from trade, your hands, the internal confidence to take necessary actions, skills, practicality, etc. So in his Mahadasha expect these aspects of life to be more prominent in your life.
      • Eg if the Moon is any way connected to the 2nd or 7th houses then he can help in gaining money/ resources, good family life etc but this Dasha can also be linked to the timing of physical death. So do a quick check on longevity.
    • Which houses does he own? i.e. Cancer is placed in which house?
      • Eg Cancer placed in the 11th house will mean that the Moon is in charge of your friend circle, like minded groups, all gains in life, money from speculation, older siblings, etc. naturally these things will be more significant in your life now.
    • The ruler of the sign he is placed in, is he a friend/ neutral/ enemy planet. How comfortable is he in the sign he is occupying? 
    • Is the Moon exalted/debilitated? Naturally an exalted Moon will give more pleasing results than a debilitated Moon.
    • Which planets is he conjoint/ aspected by? Thus which other aspects of the personality is he influencing directly and indirectly. If he is influenced by benefics then more favourable and pleasing results if by malefics then stress.
      • Eg Moon conjoint Mars in the 10th house. This will mean that Moon is in charge of the profession, social mobility, social image etc. But the Mars is now going to help by making his soft nature more bold, courageous, and allow him to take more risks in life. Thus the natural softness of the Moon is reinforced by the Martian qualities. And the natural aggression of Mars is tempered by the softness of the Moon.
    • Has he matured? Is the Moon’s maturity being held back by conjunction with later maturing planets?
      • Planets give more sensible results after maturity. His Dasha period after maturity will give more useful results.
    • What kind of power does he have.
      • His shadbala, avastha etc also can be seen for more insights into his nature in your chart. You can go deeper, depending on your level of study.
    • And since this is the Moon, you have to analyse the Nakshatra that he occupies at birth, ie your Janma Nakshatra characteristics. 
  2. Repeat this same analysis from the birth Moon sign, i.e the birth Moon chart. (Do this only if you feel upto it, this is for advanced students)
    Re-orient your chart around and count your birth Moon sign as the first house. This is the Moon chart and this tells you about the psychological and emotional aspects of your life. How you will ‘feel’ about the Moon Mahadasha. The psychological and emotional aspects. These aspects of life can be completely different from what is happening on the physical level. 
  3. And this same analysis using the divisional chart 9, Navamsha chart will give a perspective on the sub-conscious expectations and the sum total of Moon’s potential. (Not for beginners. Do this whenever you are a bit advanced in your study, else you will end up confusing yourself.)

Step 2  Smaller sub-periods within the main period/ Mahadasha are called successively Antardasha, Pratyantardasha, Sookshmadasha and Prandasha. The logic on how to analyse these even smaller units remains the same for each planetary owner of the sub/ sub periods. In this post we will learn to analyse up to the Subperiod, ie the Antardasha.

  1. Find out the power of the sub-period planetary lord and the aspects of life that he controls just like you did for the Moon above.
    • Eg if you want to analyse the Moon Mahadasha and Jupiter antardasha, then you will have to find out both Moon’s and Jupiter’s power to give results.
  2. Then analyse the relationship between the Moon and the sub-period owner planet. If they are in the 6/8 or even the 12th from uncomfortable aspects, then that sub-lord’s sub-period will not be comfortable. If they are in the 5/9 axis it will be a favourable sub-period. The interaction between the planetary owners of the main-period and sub-period is quite important, take your time over it.
    • eg Jupiter is in 5th house and Moon in 9th house this will be an extraordinary time. Both are in the pivotal Kona houses, and in the 5/9 axis from each other. This could be one of the best periods of your life. This would also be a Gajakesari yog. So they will give tremendous progress in the Moon Mahadasha’s Jupiter Antardasha.
    • eg Jupiter in 11th house and Moon in 6th house in the birth chart. This time will not give good results. Moon in the 6th house of turmoil. Jupiter in the 11th is better placed for positive results. But they are mutually in the 6/8 axis. This is the Shakat yog, will give instability, ups and downs and significant confusion in the Moon Mahadasha’s Jupiter Antardasha.

Step 3 is the routine planetary transits /gochar. (Not for beginners. Do this analysis only if you have a good grasp of the fundamentals.) Transits can modify the results indicated by the Dasha system to some extent. So draw your birth chart (D-1) on a paper and superimpose the current planetary positions on it. Use a different pen so that you can make sense of the composite chart you are drawing. This is the last step you do.

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Now to analyse the sub-periods/Antardasha of the Moon’s main period/Mahadasha. This is just a starting point for you to base your own analysis on.

  • Moon antardasha
    • If the Moon is capable of giving pleasant results, this can be a very significant period of growth depending on which houses he is in charge of in your chart. There will be internal stability which will trigger prosperity in all forms. Personal and professional successes, marriage, birth of children, promotions, good investments, increase in wealth, good health and emotional stability, your instinct will work for you etc. If this is so, then you must make the most of this Antardasha.
    • If he is badly placed in your birth chart and inauspicious for you then emotional trauma, mental stress, physical ill health, loneliness, etc are possible in this first sub-period.
    • This is the first sub-period, so observe events around you and yourself carefully. This will set the tone for the entire Mahadasha. If this period has been favourable, you can expect continued generally favourable results. If this period has given mixed or unpleasant results you must take care. Then predicting favourable results will depend on power of the Subperiod rulers of the subsequent Antardashas.
  • Mars antardasha
    • If Mars is powerful, then in this sub-period you will take risks to achieve what you want. Highly motivated, confident, during this time you will bulldoze your opponents and gain your desires. A favourable Mars allows to to change yourself and your surroundings as per your desire. This period can be very fruitful especially if you are connected in any way to the land, eg army professional, agriculturalist, builder etc.
    • But if he is unable to give favourable results then overwork, have no time to rest, over-confidence, carelessness, anger, etc will be triggered. So pay attention to your health especially the blood related aspects. Your close family and siblings will be a source of trouble for you.
  • Rahu antardasha
    • If Rahu is capable of positive results, then this sub-period will make you want more than you have. Satisfaction will be less, you might spend more than you earn. Family may not support and professional life will not give happiness. But conversely all this will motivate you to work even harder and strive to gain more and more. You might achieve a lot of material gain during this period. However do not lie or cheat others during this time as it will backfire on you later. Try to do some Dharmic activity, eg pujas, pilgrimages, Mantra, Daan so as to keep the positivity coming in.
    • But is Rahu is going to be unpleasant for you then, this time will give you stress, losses and trouble on the physical as well as the emotional levels. You will feel tired and dispirited. If Moon or Rahu is connected to the 2nd or 7th and the longevity is at an end then physical death can occur. Even otherwise, you will be surrounded by people and things which drain you. Especially beware of any new women in your life as they can cause you harm. Legal issues are a distinct possibility during this time.
  • Jupiter antardasha
    •  If Jupiter is favourably disposed then this can be a great sub-period. Money, family, profession etc will all give happiness. Promotions, new jobs, better salary, more income are all possible. Long term investments or life time decisions during this period will be favourable. Travelling, pilgrimages etc will give pleasure. Education and learning will be encouraged. Both Moon and Jupiter are natural benefics so make the most of this time for growth and expansion. You will be known for something and there will be positivity in your life. Marriage, birth of children, job openings, educational prospects, health, wealth, spiritual mindset, pilgrimages, etc should be predicted as per the age in which the antardasha occurs. eg if the chart has some form of Gajakesari yog or a favourable Jupiter – Moon interaction you can achieve a lot during this sub period.
    • If he is not aligned favourably with the Moon then he will give erratic results. Avoid getting into any illegal or dubious activity during this time as it will give you pain later. Your luck is not with you at this time so you might think that something is surely in your hands, but it will slip out at the last moment. eg if the birth chart has the Shakat yog then be careful about predicting highly positive results.

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  • Saturn antardasha
    •  If Saturn and Moon together in your birth chart are capable of favourable results then this period can give some benefits. But you will have to work harder. Tiredness, delays, frustrations and loneliness will be there to some extent. You might feel afraid internally. Increase in stress will naturally affect health and happiness. You will be harsher with others and this can spoil relationships. Disputes with your family or mother specifically related to land, home and assets can occur. But try to see the fair and legal position of things rather than giving way to emotions. Try to work with facts and see the practical side of things. If used intelligently, this period will give you long lasting gains. Doing some puja will help you magnify the positivity.
    • In case he is not favourable then these negative effects as above will continue with no respite. You will be unable to make sense of the events around you and remain distressed.
  • Mercury antardasha
    • Both Moon and Mercury are natural benefics so this sub-period can be quite favourable to you. Here you can expect better relations with your siblings, trade related gains may pick up, stock market and investment options may be good, education opportunities will open up. Marriage, children, job etc whatever is a ‘happy outcome’ for your mind, will occur. Your logical mind will support you and you will have the necessary boldness to achieve your goals. You will have and use your skills to resolve any lingering issues from the previous Saturn sub-period.
    • But if they are unable to work together they will cause you pain, disappointment, ill health, mental stress, legal trouble etc. Avoid breaking the law or engaging in high risk speculations as loss of money is quite possible.
  • Ketu antardasha
    • if Ketu in your birth chart can give favourable results, then this can be a short but intensely spiritual time. You will feel disconnected from the people and things around you as your inner worlds are more alluring to your mind. Or if your birth chart is of the material sort then gains from secret sources, unexpected opportunities and gains are possible. Secret tips, insights, lucky guesses etc will help you as your intuition will be high.
    • But if there is a possibility of unpleasant results, then this time can be disturbing, mental stresses, loneliness, psychic interference, restlessness, etc. If Moon or Ketu is connected to the 2nd or 7th and the longevity is at an end then physical death can occur. 
  • Venus antardasha
    • If Venus and Moon are capable of giving auspicious results together then this sub period can be a very rewarding one on several levels. Value, validation, nature, nurture, nutrition will be provided to you. Both the types of love ie needy love and equitable love will be available in your life. All your desires and wants will be fulfilled and you will be happy. Inner satisfaction, balance, fairness etc will be on a high. Depending on the physical age in which this sub-period comes, you might start some meditative practice or get married or birth of children or higher education is possible. Either way this will be a good time and do make the most of it. Money, family and good times are indicated.
    • But if Venus and Moon are unable to give pleasant results together then these very same things will be denied to you. There will be imbalance, unmet needs, loneliness and scarcity. Loss of money, resources, assets is possible.

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  • Sun antardasha
    • this is the chidra dasha, the ‘cutting off’ sub-period, the last antardasha of the Moon’s mahadasha. This is a time of review. You consolidate all that you experienced in your Moon mahadasha and cut off all that you failed to learn. The Moon will have given you opportunities for emotional fulfilment. Your relationship with your mother, maternal relatives, home culture, traditions, landed property etc were in focus. ‘Need’ based love relationships or nurturing relationships. 
    • Now the Sun is personal confidence, ego, self entitlement. ‘Selfishness’ will clean out the Moon persona and prepare for the Mars persona which is to follow. You feel a new rush of energy in you. The Sun will prepare a dispassionate list of things of what you gave and what was received. If you have given more, you might suddenly find these dependant others being systematically cut off. Only the basic unavoidable relationships which you intellectually feel necessary will be sustained by this Sun. All the opportunities for emotional fulfilment, ‘Need’ based love relationships will be consolidated. The softness and gentleness of the Moon will be gradually replaced by qualities of Mars, which is the next Mahadasha in sequence.
    • But in the last Sun Antardasha, you will decisively end all emotionally draining things. And for those emotionally uplifting things, you will remove their emotional parts and appreciate them on an intellectual level.
    • If the Sun is capable of giving positive results, there will be improvement in personal health, vitality, finances, status and power. You will also become more distant from others. ‘Neediness’ will be reduced in all ways.
    • If he is not auspicious for you, even then he will work in the same direction but the process will be painful, stressful. You will face arguments, fevers, ill health, exit of a maternal figure, cut off from the homeland, selfishness from others etc sort of results.

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Everyone who wants to learn astrology should analyse their own horoscope first. It is quite easy to predict major events in life and with some practice you can predict minor events too. Get into the habit of pulling out your own chart for a detailed analysis every 6 months. Look at the Dasha periods and transits that will happen over the next 6 months, try to predict 1-2 things which might happen. These can be very simple things to being with, eg some disturbance over the 4th house = some issue related to mother. Some positivity over the 10th house = a pleasant time in the office. Tally these predictions 6 months later, be systematic about it and evaluate for yourself how accurate you are getting.

Finally remedies can be used to set any unbalanced energies right. These are basically three,

Behavioural, ie you understand what is happening to you and try to intelligently and consciously modulate your behaviour in a way most appropriate to the situation. This requires significant control over the Mind and not everyone can do this. But if you are doing your regular spiritual practice then this becomes inbuilt in your nature.

Mantra- You use the power of the Devbhasha Samskrutam and your own intentions to change the course of the event energies. Mantras of the Moon can be used during his Mahadasha, especially do something every Monday. Or any of these activities which enhance his power. Or mantra of the Bhagwan Shankar also work well enough.

Daana You give away the unbalanced energies to a Consciousness capable of absorbing them, a worthy Brahmin, a deity or a river/sea, this is the real meaning of Daana.

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How to analyse your birth Moon chart

I have referred to the birth Moon chart in several of my posts. There were some recurring doubts on this so writing a basic post for analysing the birth Moon chart. Use this step wise framework to know more about your emotions, innermost tendencies, feelings and the astral body.

In Jyotish, you first analyse the Ascendant sign/ lord, and the basic birth chart. This gives you the physical and material stuff. The vitality of the physical body, the power of the overall environment around you. And how you make use of all these physical stuff.

Next in importance is the birth Moon. He represents your astral body, (there are 5 layers to the the body you are in post here). He is the sum of all of the individual you, ie your past present, future and parallel lives. He is your needs, your capacity to receive, your ability to change in response to the external/ internal stimuli, your entire potential. He is your experience, perceptions, feelings, emotions, instinct, nature and nurture. A strong Moon in the birth chart significantly elevates the quality of the entire life. You can never ignore the birth Moon chart.

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Let’s use the example Aleister Crowley. A genius occultist, creator of the Thoth tarot deck, a spy, a mountaineer, writer, highly confident, intelligent etc and also the other negative stuff which you can get from the internet. He is dead, accurate birth data available and a well documented life, an ideal subject. His birth data 12th Oct 1875, 11:43 pm Leamington UK.

The ascendant is Cancer and so the birth chart is this,

Birth chart Aliester Crowley

The birth Moon is in Pisces sign and he is in 9th house from the Ascendant sign. For deriving the Moon chart, we redraw the same planet positions but put the Moon in Pisces sign as the first house. The rest of the planets and their signs remain the same as the birth chart. We just count everything in relation to the Moon. Birth Moon in Pisces is our focus point. We want to know more about the Moon and how the other planets are interacting with him.

So this below is his birth Moon chart, Pisces as the 1st house containing Moon and also Rahu.

analysing the moon chart

Step 1 –

  • First to understand how the Moon functions in Pisces sign.
  • Then to work out how Moon in the 9th house will behave.
  • And finally how the other planets conjunct (Rahu) and aspecting (Saturn, Sun) will affect him.
  • If you have studied the lunar mansions, then use the keywords of the Purvabhadrapada nakshatra to get more information on Crowley’s personality.

This analysis will tell you what exactly is his birth Moon capable of.

(You can also use the Ashtakvarga points of Moon in Pisces, the total points of Pisces sign, the Shadbala, the Vimshopaka bala, the Navamsha etc if you are an advanced student)

Step 2 –

To find out how this person ‘feels’ about the various aspects of his material life.

  • We will refer to the birth chart for the actual physical material life event and the Moon chart for the connected feelings etc (revise the basic keywords).

The birth ascendant sign (Cancer) is placed in the 5th house from the Moon (in Pisces). So he felt his entire personality and the overall environment to be very strongly a part of his creative power. He felt all the keywords of his ascendant sign to be capable of pushing him on the center-stage, he felt confident about his genius. He felt his physical existence to be a ‘child/ product/ extension/ creation’ of his astral immensity and he deeply felt this to be true. No wonder he used the occult so extensively in his life, his personality was defined by the occult. (‘Occult’ is nothing but a way of connecting to the astral dimension controlled by the Moon)

The birth chart’s 5th house (Scorpio) which represents the physical expression of creativity is counted 9th from his birth Moon. So his physical genius felt like the foundational philosophy of his life. ie he physically created several things, books, Thoth tarot deck, secret societies etc. He perceived his these actions to be his anchor on the internal levels. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces form his Dharma trikon in both the ascendant chart and the moon chart.

(Having the birth Moon in the 1st, 5th or 9th house from the ascendant sign always drives you upwards, it is a self feeding positive loop. You feel emotionally good about the material events. This motivates you, your creativity, foundation, personality, feelings all are working together, ie the astral and the material work together perfectly.)

Next his birth 2nd house (Leo) is placed 6th from the birth Moon. So he must have felt the matters of the family, the time spent with the family /friends to be a waste of his energy, a drudgery. He must have felt saving money to be stressful activity. Maintaining a link with his family history must have felt draining etc.

His birth 3rd house (Virgo) is placed 7th from the birth Moon. He must have felt a business-like bond with his teammates and group members etc. Similarly link up every house of the ascendant chart to the birth Moon to get a sense of how he interpreted the physical things around him on the deeper levels.

Here you have combined the keywords of the houses (1) as counted from the ascendant sign and (2) as counted from the Moon sign. This analysis will give you precious insights into how the subject feels about every physical aspect of his life.

What you ‘feel’ about something is paramount. eg someone may ‘feel’ good even if living a life of a beggar. Or someone may not ‘feel’ satisfied even if he is the richest man in the world. Your feelings about the reality surrounding your individual soul are decided by the Moon, ie the birth Moon chart.

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Step 3 –

Locate the other planets from the birth Moon sign to know how they interact with the Moon’s energy. In our example, Rahu is with the Moon. Ketu is 7th. Sun is also placed 7th from the birth Moon. Venus, Jupiter and Mercury are placed 8th from the Moon . Mars and Saturn are placed 11th from his birth Moon. There are several combinations/ yog which are seen from the birth Moon, do find out more about them in case the chart shows any. Here is a basic analysis,

  • Rahu with the Moon is the Shakti yog. He will not hesitate to ‘use and throw’ others on the emotional levels, an inherent desire for destruction exists etc. Plus it means the Moon’s maturity is held back till Rahu matures in the late 40’s.
  • Jupiter in the 6/8 axis from the Moon is the Shakat yog. It gives a delay in marriage/ failed marriages/ multiple marriages, immaturity in love affairs, lack of judgement, headstrong nature, arrogance, vacillating nature which ultimately causes damage to oneself. There are cycles of misery and happiness in life.
  • Venus in the 6/8 axis from the Moon will give inappropriate love affairs and unnatural intimate relationships. Secret affairs and problems with the legal wife. Highly sensitive to emotions which can cause problems. Can grant intuitive abilities and spiritual growth later. But there are severe shocks and changes to be gone through first.
  • Saturn placed 11th from the birth Moon gave him a lot of communities/ associations of the occult and also non-occult kind. Mars adds his energy here. Crowley lived a rather happening public life, had several colleagues with whom he cooperated and also competed. Plus the aspect ensured a deep set fear.

Step 4 – 

Analyse the birth Moon chart just as you would analyse a regular chart.

  • the 1st house, (here Pisces) defines the emotional personality and the astral environment this person live in. Here you will use the keywords of Pisces but in the context of emotions, nature, nurture, astral, occult, intuition etc.
  • the 2nd house here Aries is vacant but aspected by Venus, Jupiter and Mercury. Also aspected by its own lord Mars. Mars in the 11th. So Crowley was capable of using emotionally charged words to gain his like minded groups, create fundamental change in the people he was emotionally close to by catastrophic means etc.
  • Similarly analyse the remaining houses as counted from the Moon.

This is a brief framework which you can use to analyse your own birth Moon chart and get more pointers into your own Mind.

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There are several more things which you can deduce from the birth Moon chart but one particular thing of interest will be the Dasha analysis. The Vimshottari dasha is the first Dasha system you will learn and it is based on the position of the birth Moon.

  • In this example chart there are 3 planets placed 8th from the Moon. In the Dasha periods controlled by these planets, there will be sudden transformative shocks to the emotional self, to the mental make-up and to the astral body. ie during their Mahadasha and their Antardasha in other planet’s Mahadashas. There will be significant pain to the self, deep seated changes in how the subject feels himself to be, his innermost subconscious tendencies desires etc will change drastically, occult, secrets, explorations, danger to the mind etc are all indicated in such dasha periods.
  • Similarly if there were any planets placed 6th from or 12th from the birth Moon we would have predicted emotionally turbulent results in their Dasha periods too.
  • If there were any planets placed in the 5/9 axis from the birth Moon then their Dashas would be expected to go well. The mental, emotional component of the life during this time period would be stable and show a positive growth.

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There are two typical situations with the birth Moon.

  1. The birth Moon is in the ascendant sign itself, then your birth Moon chart is the same as your basic birth chart. You feel about the material situations in the same context, there is no conflict, no difference in what is happening and what you are feeling about it.
  2. The Cancer ascendant. Here Moon himself is the ascendant lord. The ascendant lord is responsible for creating the physical environment, the physical personality and specifically controls how the material environment and the personality interact. So the person’s feelings about his reality and what is actually happening will not vary much. However even then, the birth Moon chart still will have to be seen for more details.

Analysing trends over longer time periods

There were several questions on the the long term trends on what is going to happen to us. I do not have time to write detailed explanations, but you can use the following to come to your own conclusions.

Right now the world is going through a horrible crisis triggered by the eclipse of 26th Dec 2019. This annular solar eclipse involved 6 planets in Sagittarius and one Rahu in Gemini, so a total of 7 planets were mixed up in this energy. The, luminaries of the zodiac, Sun and Moon are not effective during an eclipse and unable to guide us. Rahu and Ketu in the stationary or in the forward motion indicates a release of a huge quantum of pending karma during a short span of time. Anything mixed up with an eclipse means that it is karma in fast forward. Whatever you have sown, this is the time you will reap it. 

Sagittarius is the foundation house ie the 9th house of the natural zodiac, and anything which disturbs the 9th house has the potential to deeply destabilise. This eclipse hit very hard and initiated several disasters, most prominently the COVID 19. Sagittarius is the natural Dharma sthan. So on an esoteric level this eclipse has triggered a clash between the Dharma and Adharma. This is evident in the daily news, these sort of clashes suddenly increased after this eclipse. Ketu at the mid-point of Sagittarius, eclipsed the sign itself and also Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn all at once, thus humanity as a whole remained apathetic to and disinterested in these many aspects of life. We failed to pay attention to these many keywords in our personal and collective life. We could not foresee the implications of our actions as Rahu at the mid point of Gemini, ie the natural 3rd house, first eclipsed the sign and its keywords. This ensured that we, as a collective, took risks which now, in retrospect, seem to be an overreach leading to disaster. 

This eclipse lasted for about 5:35 hrs, so its results on the global level will last for at least 5.5yrs, ie till mid 2025. So whatever was triggered by this eclipse on the personal and global levels will continue to show its effects till this time at least. These years will also have their own eclipses and transits which will modify the effect of the trigger eclipse. Especially combinations involving 5 or more planets in a sign will add to the overall instability. 

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With this background let’s try to very briefly analyse the time till mid 2025.

Jupiter has the unique ability to sustain life on Earth, he is called the Jiv karak. He is the sustainer of the body, mind and the individual soul. He allows the accumulation of resources, building up of assets and ensures support from the foundations of life. A favourable and powerful Jupiter has the capacity to set things back on the auspicious track. He owns Sagittarius and is the the natural Dharmesh of the zodiac. 

For an overview of trends over longer time periods, we use Jupiter as the primary agent and see how the other planets are influencing him. We try find out those time periods where Jupiter has the power to set things back on an favourable, auspicious, Dharmic track. 

I have very briefly sketched out the framework, try to see if you can fill in more details yourself. For the past, I have written posts on Jupiter transits. (use the index and see if I had got it right back then)

  • Jupiter in Capricorn, 2020-21 was debilitated and so practically of no use. He allowed the collective health of humanity to deteriorate, economy to collapse, resources to be diminished etc. And Saturn in Capricorn meant karma came calling in a big way and Jupiter unable to do much about it.
  • Jupiter in Aquarius 2021 – 22 is also not of much use, it is an average position for him. And Saturn continues powerfully in his own Capricorn, now more dangerous in the Shravan Nakshatra and will not let Jupiter act freely. 
  • An eclipse on 8th Nov 2022 involving 6 planets will have an undesirable impact on the global affairs. 
  • Jupiter in Pisces, 2022- 23 is a ray of hope but the window that he gets is very small and in pieces, 3 mths in 2022 and 3 mths in 2023. For the rest of his stay here, 6 mths, Saturn will significantly aspect him from Capricorn, hampering his style. This will be his 3rd aspect so will give more inauspicious and extreme results.
  • An eclipse on 6th May 2023 will involve 6 planets causing more confusion. 
  • Jupiter in Aries 2023-24 would have helped global affairs. But Saturn will be aspecting him from Aquarius throughout his time here. Again the 3rd aspect which is not encouraging. 
  • An eclipse on 29th Oct 2023 will involve 7 planets and cause significant instability.
  • Jupiter in Taurus 2024 – 25 is in a better position to do good for us. We will see some positive changes during this time. Jupiter in the natural 2nd house of the zodiac will help us accumulate resources and live a comparatively better quality of life. And he is not affected by the major malefics, ie Saturn Rahu Ketu. Depending on the other transits and personal charts of nations/ individuals, this time can turn around things for several of us.
  • Jupiter in Gemini 2024-25 also should help humanity recover to some extent as he is not afflicted by major malefics, Saturn Rahu Ketu during his time here. The risks that we take will have more potential to be favourable in the long run. Economy will show visible signs of recovery.
  • In 2025 Jupiter will also briefly enter Cancer, get exalted, but he is going forwards and backwards in Cancer over a period of 3yrs, from 2025, 26, 27. This means that the results expected will neither be deep nor long lasting. However there will be brief options opening up for short periods. He will be with Ketu briefly so the Guru chandal yog will operate. 

Thus the 5.5yrs from the eclipse of Dec 2019 will unfold. 

There are so many conjunctions, retrogression, eclipses, combustions etc which will occur during this time giving their own results. But the overall theme is of hardship and harshness. If your original birth chart is powerful enough, you will be able to make use of the windows of opportunity which will come from time to time. But overall for the world, Time is not favourable. Mahakaal has awakened. We humans can start something but how this action will end is in the hands of Mahakaal. 

In your personal lives, take care of your health and finances. Most importantly follow Dharma in some way or the other. ie do your daily pujas, hold on to the mantra your Guru has given to you, practice the Gayatri mantra, practice gratefulness to the Sun, keep a living Tulsi plant in your house etc. Try to increase your internal energy in every way you can and fortify yourself. 

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Jupiter reenters Aquarius Nov 2021 Apr 2022 predictions

Jupiter has reentered Aquarius and most importantly come out of his debilitation in Capricorn. I wrote a detailed nakshatra/ rashi level post on Jupiter’s transit 2021-22. I written some additional observations here about the planetary positions till Apr 2022. 

Jupiter had already entered Aquarius earlier this year, but was retrograde, entered Capricorn and forward, again reentered Aquarius today. Now he will be moving very fast, covering the 30deg of Aquarius and the Nakshatra of Dhanishtha Shatataraka and Purvabhadrapada in about 5 months. So his results during this transit will not be very deep nor long lasting. Added to this is the fact that soon Saturn himself will be occupying Aquarius. So if you act under misguided hope, philosophical attitude etc and forget about the practical work related aspects, whatever you may achieve during this brief transit of Jupiter in Aquarius will be wiped out by Saturn’s upcoming transit on 29th Apr 2022. 

Next year, Mar – Apr 2022, is going to be a very typical time as Rahu, Ketu, Jupiter and Saturn will all change their signs within 45 days of each other. The four slow moving graha changing their signs back to back in a short time span is not a good thing. All the aspects of life which they control in your chart will see sudden changes. If the birth chart, ascendant sign/lord and birth Moon are powerful then you will be able to adjust to this rapid change but if not then there will be stress.

Right now, till Apr 2022, consider this time as a breathing space. Saturn in Capricorn is strong, Jupiter is average in Aquarius and Rahu in Taurus, Ketu in Scorpio can still be made to give something favourable. Try to make something of this. 

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However this time has its own challenges,

  • The Kaal Sarpa will be active intermittently from Dec 2021 – Apr 2022. Total Kaal sarpa alternating with the partial Kaal sarpa as the Moon breaks out from the Rahu Ketu hemming every 15days. (This similar situation existed at the start of 2021.) As the planets get hemmed in between the Rahu and Ketu axis, whatever Rahu has planned for you in your life, pleasant or unpleasant, will get a boost of energy. And whatever lessons Ketu has decided for you, will be absorbed very strongly.
  • Mars and Ketu combination in Scorpio, 6th Dec 2021 to 16th Jan 2022, is an explosive mix. This period can give unpredictable and intense events. Especially those Aries and Scorpio birth Moon or ascendants should take due care. For the rest, whatever Scorpio signifies in your chart, will see severe events in that part of the life. Eg if Scorpio is your 4th house then the home, mother, landed property, sense of security etc can show traumatic changes. Nations should be prepared for unexpected changes.
  • Saturn will be conjunct Mercury and Sun, Jan – Feb 2022 preventing them from giving their full results. Makar Sankranti results which are generally considered to be auspicious will be affected.
  • 28th Feb 1st Mar will see a 5 planet combination in Capricorn, Sun, Moon, Saturn, Mars and Venus which could trigger undesirable events. The COVID 19 crisis was triggered by the stellium linked to a solar eclipse on26th Dec 2019. This resulting instability will have its effect on the world for at least 5.5yrs. During this time, any stelliums of 4 plus planets together have the ability to create additional imbalances in an already unstable system. 
  • Saturn will be conjunct Venus and Mars, Mar – Apr. Saturn with Mars is a problematic combination where energy is simultaneously released and constricted. And Saturn and Venus have known to give weird results, as you are simultaneously attracted and repelled by the same thing.
  • Sun will be combusting several planets during this period. The planets are have moved into one half the zodiac, so he is going to combust Venus, Saturn, Mercury, Jupiter back to back till Apr 2022.

But still, there is a potential for positivity, and this must be consciously utilised as Jupiter, entering Poorvabhadrapada in Mar 2022, ie a Nakshatra linked to him, can give some individual specific gains.  Overall, he still does not have the necessary power to lift the global economy, this will remain in doldrums. There might be some small improvements, but if the people/ nations fail to consolidate them till Apr 2022, these too may not last. Those who manage to plan and act will see continued improvement during the Saturn in Aquarius phase too. At present Saturn is dominating everything from his position in Capricorn so budgeting and sensible use of resources remains necessary. 

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A brief prediction as per the birth Moon signs, from today till April 2022. Remember that Jupiter always gives better results for the signs/houses he aspects ie 5th 9th 7th from him. So whatever the signs, Gemini, Leo and Libra mean to you in your chart, he will grant you a good chance of positivity here.

Aries – overall situation especially profession will improve from what it was earlier. But physical health may go down, especially when Mars is conjunct Ketu in Scorpio. Not a time to take risks, keep a regular profile and be consistent. You will see better results for the duration when Mars transits Sagittarius, Saturn Capricorn and Jupiter Aquarius, use this time well and try to create some long term assets.

Taurus – professional life will see some positive changes, if the birth chart is favourable then you can take carefully calculated risks. Overall restlessness and loneliness in personal life as you remain focussed on your career. Health can be a concern, so pay attention to yourself. Do some thing to fortify your 9th house, pujas pilgrimages etc to trigger your luck.

Gemini – Jupiter becomes favourable so some positivity in life but Saturn still overshadows everything. Physical health and money can cause concern. Try to do some Kuldevata or Guru pujas to get more benefits from Jupiter, this will stabilise your personal and professional life.

Cancer – neither Jupiter nor Saturn are of much use, take adequate care. Several fronts in life, from personal to professional will be unsatisfactory. Expenses and stresses will be high. Do not get into arguments as you might end up offending important people in your life. In case you suffer from some medical condition, do not neglect your health in this time.

Leo – Saturn and Jupiter both are going to give positive results almost on all fronts.  Opportunities, new people, new ideas, new philosophies, new discussions etc will open for you. But you have to convert them into practical work, tangible stuff, else Saturn in Aquarius will dissolve them all in Apr. Budgeting is required. Leos will see the most dramatic changes post 21st Nov and post Apr 2022, so keep yourself grounded. 

Virgo – Personal health can be an issue. You might find yourself blocked in critical areas of your life, progress in profession/business will be slow. Arguments within the family will increase, overall stress will increase. Budgeting is required. Try to be consistent and avoid unnecessary risks.

Libra – Home life continues to be a burden, you feel tired all the time. Opportunities will come your way, profession will give some satisfaction, but make sure everything is right before taking decisions. You might feel overly optimistic about things so be practical about taking decisions. This time can be used to create a good foundation for the future.

Scorpio – this time is going to be better than what you were facing till now, there will be some positivity in profession and finances. Health issues are possible when Mars and Ketu are conjunct in Scorpio. But unexpected legal issues and overwork is a possibility.

SagittariusSade sati’s last phase can cause issues as Saturn shows you the real face of people and situations. Jupiter in 3rd is not very useful but his aspects over your 7th, 9th, 11th houses can give positive results. Pay attention to your diet, savings and avoid giving unnecessary advice to others. 

Capricorn – Middle period of the Sade sati but Jupiter can grant some benefit now, especially on the money front, but budgeting will be required. Overwork and loneliness can cause emotional and physical issues. Still you can take calculated risks if you feel convinced.

Aquarius – starting phase of Sade sati with its troubles. Health and emotions both can be an issue. Try to make use of Jupiter, read some philosophical works or take up some spiritual practice. Try to combine ideas with actual work.

Pisces – Saturn remains favourable. Jupiter goes a bit negative, still overall it is a good time. Pay attention to your health, savings and avoid unnecessary risks.

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If Jupiter is your ascendant lord 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.

Check out the Ashtakvarga points that Jupiter has in the Aquarius sign in your ashtakvarga table. Points below 4 indicate unfavourable results and above 4 he can give pleasing results.

Similarly you can use the Janma Navtara chakra and Jupiter’s nakshatra level transits to get more precise idea for results for periods of about 2 months, as he will stay in one Nakshatra for about 2 months.

If you are in a Vimshottari Dasha ruled by Jupiter, ie if you are in Jupiter Mahadasha or Jupiter’s Antardasha in any other planet’s Mahadasha then the effects will be stronger.

Remedies are Dana and Mantra, for reducing the negative effects and boosting the favourable effects of Jupiter’s transit. Doing pujas of your Kuladevata ie family gods is one of the best ways to increase the auspiciousness of Jupiter in your life.

Saturn transiting through Navamshas or Nakshatra pads

Jyotish has several techniques which help give accurate predictions. A astrology technique post today. (Navamsha posts are based on CS Patel’s work.)

One navamsha arc of 3deg 20min, exactly corresponds to one quarter of the nakshatra. 108 navamsha (9×12) and 108 nakshatra quarters (27×4). The navamsha arc is the same as the nakshatra pads (lunar mansion quarters).

If you analyse the transits at this level especially for the slow moving planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu, you can get some really precise predictions.

Saturn fascinates my readers the most, so I will take Saturn’s transit as an example.

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First to understand this “table of navamsha signs”.

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  • The first column has the arc ‘degrees of signs’ of the 9 navamsha in a sign. Each navamsha covers a 3deg 20min arc of the zodiac so there are 9 navamsha arcs in a 30 deg sign.
  • The top row has the 12 signs, from Aries to Pisces, ie the Mesha to Meena rashi.
    • In the column of Aries/Mesha, you see the 1-9 navamsha of Aries. They are ruled by the signs from Aries to Sagittarius, these are given as numbers from 1-9. ie the first navamsha arc is owned by Aries itself/1. The second arc by Taurus/2 and so forth.
    • In the column Taurus/Vrishabha, the its 9 navamsha are ruled by the 9 signs starting from Capricorn/10 to Virgo/6.
    • And similarly for the other signs.
  • eg if your ascendant degree is in 14deg Cancer/Karka, it will be allotted to Scorpio navamsha.
  • eg if your Jupiter is at 1deg Pisces/Meena then he will be allotted to Cancer navamsha.

Saturn stays in one navamsha, ie a 3deg 20 min arc in the skies, for approx 1-3 months. He completes his round around the 360deg zodiac in 30yrs. He tends to go forwards and retrograde for months, has different speeds etc so its approx 1-3 months per navamsha.

At present he is in Capricorn sign. Currently in the Shravan nakshatra. Capricorn sign contains nine navamsha belonging to the nine signs from Capricorn to Virgo. Shravan lunar mansion is made of the four quarters which are the four navamsha owned by the four signs from Aries to Cancer. So to put it together, 14th Nov 2021, Saturn is in Taurus navamsha which is the same as the Shravan nakshatra 2nd pad/quarter, in the Capricorn sign.

He was retrograde from 23rd May 2021 to 10th Oct 2021. So in this year that he has transited over this Shravan 2nd quarter three times in total, forwards, backwards and now forwards again.

The Janma navtara chakra

The example chart. Aleister Crowley, 12th Oct 1875, 11: 42pm, Leamington Spa, Britain. He is dead and has a reasonably well-known life, happening on several levels, a good study subject.

Birth chart Aleister Crowley

Navamsha Aleister Crowley
Navamsha Aleister Crowley

Birth Moon is Poorvabhadrapada nakshatra, this lunar mansion lies in Pisces sign. He was born in the 4th quarter of Poorvabhadrapada, so birth Moon is in a Navamsha owned by Cancer sign.

(This post on the Janma Navtara chakra, it is useful in several ways. Find the lunar mansion occupied by your birth Moon, the ‘Janma nakshatra’. Next find out the nakshatra’s specific pad/quarter in which the Moon was at the time of your birth.)

We are taking it down to the navamsha levels here. I have also written the quarter/pad number, so this chakra is technically called the Janma navtara amsha chakra for Crowley.

Tara Nakshatra count Planet
Janma amsha P.bhadrapada 4th pad Punarvasu 4th pad Vishakha 4th pad Jupiter
Sampat amsha U.Bhadrapada 4th pad Pushya 4th pad Anuradha 4th pad Saturn
Vipat amsha Revati 4th pad Ashleysha 4th pad Jeyshtha 4th pad Mercury
Kshema amsha Ashvini 4th pad Magha 4th pad Mula 4th pad Ketu
Pratyari amsha Bharani 4th pad P.phalguni 4th pad P.ashadha 4th pad Venus
Sadhaka amsha Krutika 4th pad U.phalguni 4th pad U.ashadha 4th pad Sun
Naidhana amsha Rohini 4th pad Hasta 4th pad Shravan 4th pad Moon
Mitra amsha Mruga 4th pad Chitra 4th pad Dhanishtha 4th pad Mars
Ati Mitra amsha Aradra 4th pad Swati 4th pad Shatataraka 4th pad Rahu

Crowley’s birth Moon in the 4th pad of a nakshatra, so whenever a planet crosses the specific 4th pad of any nakshatra, it will always give him a definite tangible result. This result will depend on what this planet stands for in the life. You know that Saturn is right now favourable for Pisces moon sign overall, so his overall transit in Capricorn sign will be auspicious for Crowley. But if you want to pinpoint the actual occurrence of a specific favourable result, then this table helps narrow down the prediction to a window of 1 month or so.

So, for Crowley, when Saturn transits the Shravan 4th pad, this would be the Naidhana Tara amsha. To predict what kind of results, we have to analyse the karakatva of Saturn. He is the ruler of the 7th and 8th house from the ascendant sign so is a class one malefic. It would be an overall bad time for him with endings of several types, turmoil in the keywords related to Saturn. But because Saturn is overall favourable for Pisces sign, things will not go really bad. Or he will gain something positive from the things which are going to end.

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Note one more thing.

This year, Saturn entered Shravan nakshatra, reached its 3rd quarter and turned retrograde. He moved backwards through 3rd 2nd and 1st quarters. Then while sitting in the 1st pad, he turned forwards again. Going forward, he is again travelled in quarters 1st 2nd 3rd.

  • So if your personal birth Moon is in the 1st 2nd 3rd quarter of your birth Nakshatra then Saturn would have given you more ups and downs as compared to people who were born in the 4th pad of any Nakshatra. As Saturn would have crossed over your birth lunar mansion quarter, ie Janma navtara amsha, three times in this year 2021.

So open your own Janma navtara chakra and see what Tara Shravan is for you.

  • If Shravan is your Janma tara, Vipat tara, Pratyak tara or Naidhana tara and if you were born in the 1st 2nd 3rd quarters of any Nakshatra then you must have experienced a lot of fluctuations in your life connected to Saturn in 2021 which would have caused you significant strain.
  • If you were born in the 4th quarter of any Nakshatra, then you are luckier. You will be facing Saturn in the Shravan 4th quarter for a brief period, 21 Jan – 17 Feb 2022 that too in his direct motion. Whatever he brings for you will not be revised or reviewed as he does not turn retrograde in these degrees in this cycle, it will be his final result for this cycle. So again, be careful if he is in the Janma, Vipat, Pratyak or Naidhana for you, he can give severe stresses. Reasonably average results for Kshema and Mitra. And expect good results for Sampat, Sadhaka and Atimitra, if Saturn is auspicious for you.

This is how you can understand and predict the results of planets, forward and retrograde using the Nakshatra quarters/Navamsha coupled with the transit results.

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The 64th Navamsha. 

One more technique, linked to the navamsha transits.

The Khara navamsha, 64th, its energies are similar to the Khara Drekkana. It lies in your 8th house. Significant transits of planets over this, especially of malefic planets, will cause some sort of ‘endings’ in your life. This can even be your own or your close family member’s physical death in case the longevity of the chart is at an end. Use the table of the navamsha signs above to find the 64th Navamsha starting from your birth Moon navamsha and from the ascendant degree navamsha. So you will get two significant navamshas, both of which can be called the 64th navamsha. The one counted from the Moon will give endings linked more to emotions and the one linked to the ascendant degree will give endings more on the material side.

Eg. for Crowley, the Khara navamsha,

  • from the birth Moon is the 1st navamsha of the Libra sign, owned by Libra itself. He should brace himself for emotional shocks whenever a planet crosses this span of the zodiac arc.
  • and from the ascendant degree is the 5th navamsha of the Capricorn sign owned by Taurus. So he should be ready for some unpleasant change in his material / physical environment whenever a planet crosses these degrees in the skies.

From this table, if your birth Moon or ascendant degree in Gemini sign – Aquarius navamsha, then Saturn currently at Shravan 2nd quarter, is transiting your Khara navamsha. Currently in the skies, Saturn is powerful and forward in his own sign and Mercury, (owner of Gemini) is debilitated in Libra. As you already know that this Saturn transit is not favourable for Gemini sign, he is transiting 8th from it. But to pinpoint the exact timing of the unfavourable results, use the Khara navamsha. So if you were born in Gemini sign Capricorn navamsha, ie your birth Moon or ascendant degree falls in this then you might be facing severe turmoil in life at this point of time, some things may have ended for you. You will get some relief after Saturn moves out from the 2nd quarter Shravan.

Next Saturn will enter the Shravan 3rd quarter, this is the 64th Navamsha for Gemini sign – Pisces navamsha borns. These people should take care then during his this upcoming transit.

When a slow moving planet transits the 64th navamsha, the things that this planet signifies in your life might come to a final end. Thus whatever Saturn signifies in your life may come to a conclusion during his this transit. eg If Saturn is connected to your 4th house then you may have to sell your house. Or if you have a birth planet in your Khara navamsha, you may be separated from what it means to you during this sensitive time. eg if he signifies your physical mother then take care of her during this time.

If there are any planets in the khara navamsha at birth then these planets will not be able to give very stable or satisfying results in life.

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Some more ideas for you to explore with your sample charts,

The elements, the Nakshatra pad and the Navamsha. If you analyse the sequence of the navamsha in the nakshatra, then you will observe that the

  • The 1st nakshatra pad/ navamsha is owned by fiery signs, Agni rashi ie Aries, Leo, Sagittarius. These are the natural Dharma trikon
  • The 2nd nakshatra pad/navamsha is owned by earthy signs, Pruthvi rashi ie Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn, which make up the natural Arth trikon
  • The 3rd nakshatra pad/navamsha is owned by airy signs, Vayu rashi ie Gemini, Libra, Aquarius, the natural Kama trikon
  • The 4th nakshatra pad/navamsha is owned by watery signs, Jal rashi ie  Cancer Scorpio Pisces the natural Moksh trikon.

So as a planet, especially a slower moving one, transits through the Nakshatra quarters, he sequentially change the flavour of his result from Dharma, Arth, Kama and finally Moksh. The planet initiates an activity, gives it meaning, fulfils all desires associated with that activity and finally saturates you with the experiences of that activity. Then he is ready to move on into the activity indicated by the next Nakshatra in sequence. This cycle repeats endlessly.

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You can similarly analyse current events using Jupiter’s navamsha transits, he stays in one navamsha for about 1.5 months or so. Eg in the current time if he is in a positive Tara amsha for you then he will grant you something that is pleasing to your mind, eg the  if he stands for your life partner, you will be given a chance to be reunited with him/ her.

eg Today Jupiter is in Dhanishtha 2nd quarter. For Crowley, Dhanishtha is his Mitra tara, so during this time the Jupiter things/ people will be more friendly disposed towards him. But if Jupiter has to give him some specific result then this will be more likely during 15th – 31st Dec 2021 as Jupiter then will be transiting the Dhanishtha 4th pad, ie the specific Mitra tara amsha.

Rahu and Ketu stay in one navamsha for about 1 month or so. As they are kroor graha their way of giving results will be always turbulent. After this turbulence, if they are auspicious for you then they will give pleasing results or if not then unfavourable results are to be expected.

Try to refine your predictive ability by observing your sample charts, the events in these people’s lives and the movement of the planets in the skies.

(Someone recently said that I am writing only on heavy duty astrology. Todays post is an example. So if my readers want me to write on specific topics apart from astrology, Reiki, Runes, Tarot, Cartomancy, general essay etc etc types do let me know. Will write on something different next week. Thanks 🙂 )

Svarbhanu aka Rahu Ketu and Ksheer Samudra Manthan

Of all the 580+ posts I have written till now, the most read are the ones on Rahu Ketu. And with good reason. These two are the most fascinating forces in the horoscope. If you can understand them, you understand Life, Living and the Beyond. If you analyse the horoscopes of charismatic individuals, Rahu Ketu will always be very strong. From business tycoons to genuine Gurus, they become this by the combined power of Rahu Ketu ie Svarbhanu.

Rahu Ketu are the two parts of the Asur Svarbhanu. The head is Rahu and the headless body is Ketu. These two were created during the Samudra manthan, ie churning of the infinite Ocean of Eternal Happiness or the Ocean of Mahapran during the time of the Koorma avtar, ie the incarnation of Shri Vishnu as Koorma.

There are no ’stories’ in Santa dharma/ Hinduism. These are all allegories, deep philosophy in easy to understand events which may also have actually occurred at some point of time. All our deepest philosophy is intertwined in various stories so that everyone, from children to the philosophers can read the same text but learn different things from it, palimpsests.

Samudra Manthan is a very important allegory in Sanatan Dharm/ Hinduism as it describes what happens in you when you do Dhyan. Your journey from apparent Duality to the Non Dual Reality.

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Briefly Samudra manthan goes like this. (Ref Ithihas, Mahabharat, Adi Parva)

Shri Vishnu gives his Vaijayanti mala to Rishi Durvas to deliver it to Dev raj Indra. He goes to Amravati, the capital of the Devatas and gives it to Indra. Indra holds it casually and the Mala falls from his hands. His elephant Airavat stamps on it. Rishi Durvas gets angry at this insult to the Mala and curses Indra that all ‘prosperity’ from his universe will vanish. Accordingly all types of prosperity, all wealth, all comforts, all gold, food, animals etc, Moon, Airavat himself and all symbols of Shri including the Devi Shri Laxmi herself, unmanifest ie dissolve back into the Ksheer Samudra. There is horrific turbulence, inauspiciousness everywhere.

Indra rushes to Shri Vishnu, asks for help. The solution is to churn the Ksheer Samudra with the help of his half-brother, Asur Raj Mahabali. The Devatas/Surs and the Danavs/Daityas/Asuras are to cooperate for this task. Thus the Ocean would give up its treasures and Shri ie prosperity would return to the manifested universe. Mandar mountain would be the churning rod and Vasuki Nag the churning rope.

On the chosen day Anant Nag uproots the Mandar mountain, sets it in the Ksheer Samudra. Vasuki Nag is tied 3 and 1/2 times around the mountain. 54 Devata hold on the tail part of Vasuki Nag and / 54 Asur hold his head portion. They start churning the Samudra. There is terrible turbulence, lightning, storms, Vasuki Nag breathes out fire as he is pulled, stretched and in pain, the beings existing on the mountain and in the ocean are destroyed, their essences merge into the ocean. Then the mountain also starts sinking into the Samudra. Shri Vishnu manifests his Koorma avtar and stabilises the mountain so that the churning can continue.

Finally the churning starts yielding results, embodiments of prosperity start manifesting from the ocean. Kamdhenu (given to the Rishis), Ucchaishrava (given to Asur Raj Bali), Airavat (given to Dev Raj Indra), Parijat (planted in Swarg), Varuni (given to Asurs), Moon (fixed in the skies), Apsara (went to Swarg), Panchajanya, Kaustubh Mani (both to Shri Vishnu), Sharanga (bow, weapon of Shri Vishnu), Mahalaxmi appeared with the Vyjanti mala (She is Shri Vishnu’s wife).

The churning continues, a poison Halahal or Kalkut manifests, it has the power to destroy everything so Bhagwan Shankar drinks it all and Devi Parvati with her power holds it at his throat. (Thus Bhagwan Shankar is pure white just like white quartz, Sphatik, but with a blue throat, Neelkanth.)

Finally Bhagwan Dhanvantari (deity of Ayurved) appears with the Amrut kalash in his hands. Thus fourteen ‘gems’ of prosperity manifest from the Ksheer Samudra.

Seeing the pot of Amrut, the Dev and Asur start fighting on who should drink it. Shri Vishnu uses his Maya and appears as a beautiful Mohini before them. He offers to distribute it fairly and they agree. Devatas stand on one side of Mohini and the Daitya-s at the another. Mohini starts with the Devatas first with the understanding that the Asurs would be served after them. Asur Svarbhanu goes and stands between the Sun and Moon so gets the the Amrut out of turn. Sun/Surya and Moon/Chandra object to this. Shri Vishnu gets angry with Svarbhanu’s behaviour and cuts off his head with his weapon the Sudarshan chakra. But Svarbhanu has already drunk the Amrut, he has gone beyond death. So his head continues to exist as Rahu and the headless body as Ketu. After this episode, Shri Vishnu further punishes the Asurs by not giving them their share of the Amrut.

Rahu and Ketu become specific enemies of the Surya and Chandra. They ‘devour’ the Sun and Moon from time to time, causing eclipses.

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All these words are in Sanskrit, ie the Devbhasha Samskrutam so have various meanings. Let’s try to understand the cast of characters in Sanskrit. 

  • Ksheer Samudra – This is the ocean of intelligent milky sparkly pran that surrounds us. We are all sealed inside this. The power of the configuration of the horoscope that you have tied yourself with. The conscious power of the sound, vibrations etc. 
  • Manthan – shaking, churning, creating fire by friction, energy created by movement of inward/ Purak and outward/ Rechak breath when you do your Dhyan.
  • Vaijayanti – a kinetic force created by terrifying acceleration and speed
  • Mala – line, streak, garland, crown etc.
  • Durvas – something that is difficult to be tolerated or stayed with
  • Rishi – ray of light, ascetic, seer
  • Indra – individual soul, king of the devata, post here
  • Mandar – connected to slowness, largeness,  firmness, meter of prosody, tree, mirror, heaven etc. Mandar mountain is considered to be a splintered part of the Meru itself.
  • Vasuki – the energy which converts the energies of the Vasu into solidity, ie the power which dulls or slows down pure energy.
  • Nag – cobra, serpentine, of the mountains, created from solidity, metal, stone, name of a pran, elephant, gigantic, cloud, karmic bindings, etc.
  • Anant – fraction, infinite, sky, number 1, silk cord, unending, eternal
  • Koorma – means a turtle, a serpent, one of the pran in the body, a intricate knot or the energy which holds the Kundalini tied to the Muladhar chakra, or an intricate locking mechanism.
  • Vishnu – stabilising or potential energy of Satva gun
  • Laxmi – kinetic or moving energy of Satva gun. The ‘sign’, ie the created universes.
  • Dev – light, excellent, sword, organ of sense, heavenly etc
  • Asur – absence of light, cloud, spirit, sun etc
  • Mahabali – big gift, immense offering, large tribute, great worship, great strength etc.
  • Shankar – the stabilising or potential consciousness of the Tamogun.  
  • Parvati – the active or kinetic awareness of the Tamogun
  • Mohini – energy of illusion, fascination, perplexity, confusion, delusion, attraction.
  • Sudarshan chakra – the energy of perfectly visible time cycles. The perfectly arranged energy which pulls inwards like a whirlpool. It destroys illusions in the sense it makes the cycle of creation perfectly visible.
  • Halahal – poison, snake, the reaction to actions done
  • Kalakut – false knowledge related to time/space, the concept of duality being an untruth, illusion of existence, foundation of time/space, destructive power of time/space, contained time/space
  • Chandra – Moon, water, shining, best, meter of prosody, beautiful, camphor, connected to the power of the Ajnya chakra etc.
  • Surya – Sun, number 12, auspicious, connected to the power of the Sahasrara chakra

Try to think on these meanings, in fact there are even more meanings, and to think on what these energies can mean in the allegory. We, followers of Sanatan Dharma do not follow anything blindly. We think, ponder, try to find the deeper essence of things. 

The Rahu Ketu axis

The fourteen gems which manifested out of the Samudra manthan are,

  • Sharanga – Chakata bird, peacock, bee, elephant, the bow wielded by Shri Vishnu. The Sushumna of the spiritual aspirant on which he will shoot up the Kundalini like an arrow. The vibrations, energy build up, discernment, purity etc that the aspirants feel in the body/mind as he begins with his intense sadhana.
  • Varuni – liquor, created by the deity Varun, also linked to war elephants or war horses, the power of motion used for destruction. This would be the energy which pacifies or destroys the dissonant energies which get active as the Kundalini gets access to the lower Sushumna. 
  • Apsara – a small creek, outlet into a larger waterbody, small waterbody, nymph, eddies of thoughts. This stage indicates the growth of divinity in the sadhak. Also indicate the turbulence of the mind which occurs during the Dhyan process. As you try to gain the unmani avastha the Manas/ Mind fights back by creating these attractive thought patterns to divert you away from yourself. Apsara is the wave which rises on the smooth surface of the internal ocean. These Apsara are under the control of Indra and reside in Swarg.
  • Kamdhenu – a being/cow that gives the essence of all desires and intentions. It is also considered to be stationed at the Muladhar chakra. Kamdhenu is the Queen of Cows, ie the magnificent power of vowels. The entry to the Sushumna.
  • Ucchaishravas – clearly uttered or heard loud rapid sounds, moving fast upwards, clear flowing precious substance. This is the sound that one hears when the kundalini starts on its journey in the Sushumna. (Shri sukta also describes the rising of the Kundalini). Ucchaishravas is the King of all Horses, ie the most excellent intelligence. Asur Raj Bali rides this as his vehicle.
  • Airavat – lightning, elephant, Devraj Indra rides him, ie control that the individual soul gains over the Muladhar chakra and its intricacies. When the aspirant brings his kundalini to the Swadhishthan chakra.
  • Kaustubh mani – oil, jewel, mudra, jewel which Shri Vishnu wears on his chest. The aspirant as he crosses the Manipur chakra.
  • Panchajanya – The conch used by Shri Vishnu. It means born from the five, condensation of the spread out substance, created using exact measures, crystallization of insubstantial energies, the sound of OM, the Anahata naada, heard when the kundalini crosses the Anahata chakra. 
  • Parijat – connected to the one who has descended, linked to the one who has fully developed, fragrant, of the one who was conceived. This is the fragrance/aura that high level yogis or realised Jivanmukt emanate, ie the power that we sense in their aura. The kundalini has reached the Vishuddhi chakra.
  • Chandra – moon, water, shining, number 1, meter of prosody, gold, etc. It is the radiance that the aspirant sees at the Ajnya chakra. Seeing the Moon at the Ajnya chakra means that the next stage, ie appearance of the Prakruti is going to happen soon. 
  • Vaijayanti mala – The streaks of pure energy seen at the Ajnya chakra as the aspirant starts his way to the Dashangula. Shri Vishnu wears this auspicious garland made of precious flowers.
  • Mahalaxmi – She emerged from the Ksheer Samudra with the Vaijayanti mala got married to Shri Vishnu and went to Vaikunth with her husband. The tremendousness that ‘Laxmi’ really is. ‘Shri’, seated on a lotus indicates the growth of Vivek and Vairagya in the sadhak. Lotus indicates complete control over Time and the cycles of Time. The Laxmi tantra describes what ‘Laxmi’ really is. At this stage the Sadhak has complete understanding of what creation is really all about. She liberates the sadhak from the bindings of the three gun. This is where you are face to face with Devi Prakruti, ie Satvagun too has been crossed. 
  • Dhanvantari, the deity of Ayurved, with Amrut kalash in his hands indicates the aspirant is ‘healed from the taap-traya, ie Aadhyatmik, Aadhidaivik and Aadhibhoutik sources of pain are destroyed. All types of misery caused by his own actions, by the actions of others or the actions of fate/nature are resolved, cured and healed. Dhanvantari is a form of Vishnu, ie Satva gun and is the deity of Ayurved. We are required to do his pujas on Dhantrayodashi, which comes 2 days before Diwali.
  • Amrut – The energy of non-death. The stage of awareness where death, endings, limits, changes, etc do not exist. There is no beginning nor ending, Moksh. It Is.

Thus the 14 gems of prosperity describe the stages of the aspirant during his sadhana till he realises himself, ie Moksh.

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Rahu and Ketu

Asur Svarbhanu was the child of the Asur King Viprachitta and his Queen Simhika. She was one of the daughters of Prajapati Daksha thus a granddaughter of Brahmadev. In Sanskrit, names have meanings and describe the qualities of the persons they are linked to. Names are Titles, not random meaningless ‘proper nouns’. 

These titles in Devbhasha Samskrutam mean the following

Viprachitta विप्रचित्तः – Vipra means a seer, priest, poet, learned, wise, excited, in-motion, holy, inspired, the highest intelligence. Chitta means intention, notice, aim, mind,  appearance, something you long for, memory, thought, wish, knowledge, reason intelligence and also reflection. So Viprachitta is a pure, elevated intelligence in action.

Simhika सिंहिका – is derived from the root word Simha, which means lion, powerful one, hero, musical tone, etc. Simhika is the movement created by an elevated power.

Svarbhanu स्वर्भानुः – The name Svarbhanu is powerful title in itself, it describes the qualities of this Asur who later became Rahu and Ketu.

  • Svar means vowels, a musical note, sound energy, sunshine, bright space , heaven, the air that you breathe through your nose, the number 7, the space between the Sun and the Dhruv Tara (Dhruv is the pole star, he is the top of the celestial Meru).
  • Bhanu means the Sun, master, king, appearance, ray of light, illumination, etc.
  • Thus Svarbhanu would be the conscious intelligence of the very pran/ vital energy you breathe in. The light you see at the top most point of your internal Meru. The radiance of the king.

The intelligence of the time/ space around the Earth where the Sun and Moon apparently travel is called Svah स्वः In astronomy, Rahu and Ketu are the points where the orbit of the Moon around the Earth intersects with the ecliptic ie the apparent path of the Sun around the Earth. The intersection points of the Sun’s and the Moon’s paths of light are Rahu and Ketu. The divine spark ie the Sun is modulated by the Moon and tied to Earth by Rahu and Ketu.

In your sadhana, if you cross the Ajnya chakra and enter the Sahasrar complex you might find Rahu + Ketu in their united form of Svarbhanu lighting your way right till the very top.

You see, we are all beings of light. In my earlier post somewhere, I had asked you to try this simple test. Sit in a pitch black room. Now what do you see? Darkness? Swirls of coloured light? Streaks of light? A network of white light lines? Or a central white dot? What do you see? Do you see anything at all or is it all dark for you? As you do your Dhyan regularly, you stop seeing darkness. You never see anything to be dark. There will be no night to you. ie even in a pitch black room you will see light, even if you keep your eyes open or closed it will always be bright. This brightness depends on the level of your personal evolution, how much Pran you have managed to channelise into yourself. And this brightness is not external, but internal. It is the brightness of your own self. Just that most of us are so blinded by our own karma that we fail to realise it. We grope around in the dark, we are scared of the dark. But you and me, we are indeed beings of light.

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Svarbhanu

Svarbhanu was a royal prince, born to powerful parents. He was powerful, perceptive, highly intelligent, able to see clearly inspite of the highest illusions which hid the reality around him. If you critically go through the Samudra manthan allegory, among all the Sur and the Asur present in the gathering, only Svarbhanu was able to comprehend that the Mohini standing before them was not what she seemed to be. He was not taken in by the illusion woven by the Satvagun. Only he had this clarity, the perception of the reality, despite the enticing allure of the Maya before him. Svarbhanu was able to maintain his senses in the face of Mohini’s illusions and act decisively. He was a risk-taker, not random rash risks but calculated risks where he thought that he could gain. He was going for the highest prize, the Amrut, essence of non-death. He decided to stand between the Sun and the Moon so that their brilliance would mask his aura. This worked and Mohini, ie Shri Vishnu himself, was unable to recognise him as an Asur and he was given the Amrut. But as he started drinking it, the Sun and the Moon realised that he was Svarbhanu and they alerted the assembly, Shri Vishnu then cut off Svarbhanu’s head with his weapon, the Sudarshan chakra (the kinetic energy of time/space used with intention). But Svarbhanu had already drunk Amrut, his awareness was beyond the coils of birth /death. Thus Rahu, the head and Ketu the headless body were created. These two are also beyond death.

Svarbhanu didn’t believe Mohini’s assurance that the Asur-s too would be given the Amrut, (which was perhaps the truth as after his beheading, Shri Vishnu didn’t give them their share of Amrut.) Thus he was the only Asur who drank Amrut and went beyond death.

Rahu is the start of the eclipse and Ketu is the flaming light that one sees at the end of the eclipse. We, the individual souls/ jivatma residing on Earth are always between them, pulled and pushed by them, in our own individual Ksheer Samudra Manthan. Rahu and Ketu are the energies which bind individual soul/ jivatma to karma, ie Earth. 

They are created from the consciousness of the Svah स्वः by the Maya of the Satvagun using the kinetic power of time/ space. (Time is Kaal and Space are the Dasha Mahavidya). 

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Jyotish is used for objective as well as subjective analysis. Personally after so many years (lives) of horoscopes, objective questions like ‘when will I get a job’ are not exciting any more. Any competent astrologer can answer these objective questions using Jyotish as an Apara Vidya. But Jyotish is also a Ved-ang, a tool for self discovery, a Para vidya. As I open my chart, I see that everything which has happened to me, events, feelings, every tiny thing can be seen from the graha as indicators. I realise that I am quite predictable, so is everyone else. This 5-layered body can be easily deciphered using the graha indicators, no mystery here. So who am I really? A puppet, an actor, the director? These sort of questions lead to spirituality and a desire to know Oneself. Every genuine Jyotishi, Tarot card reader, Rune-caster, Aura-reader etc will eventually turn towards the inner self, it is the actual last frontier.

This is then Rahu Ketu or more correctly Svarbhanu at work.