Vimshottari dasha of the rulers of the houses 7-12

Vimshottari dasha system is the most popular system used for timing events in your life. I had got a comment in the contact form that it is very difficult, but it is not. You break down the components into small keywords and them mix and match. This is a continued post from here rulers of the houses 1st to 6th.

At the simplest analysis, periods of a planet activate the houses he owns in the chart, this is the major influence on your life. If the house is strong you should expect powerful results. The other planets if placed in this house are also activated and give results.  Planets placed in the house will modulate the results (give about 15% weightage per planet). Several planets placed in a house will make it a focus point of your life as a lot of events of your life will be linked around this house. e.g if you have a SunMercury placed in the 4th house in Aquarius, then in the period of Saturn, your 4th house will be active and you or your mother may get into a government job, she may learn or teach you new skills, hard work will be required but you/she will have the self-ego, confidence to pull through and benefit etc.Vimshottari dasha of the rulers of the houses 7-12Periods of the lord of the 7th house give power to your relations and your ability to relate to others. You will be more in on-one partnerships which may be business, marriage, finances, material, emotional or even spiritual. The focus will be on partnerships linked to the social or legal structure. Marriage, business partnerships, gains, contracts, legal instruments, financial gains will all be possible. During this period you will be successful at bargains, agreements, diplomatic mediation etc, you will balance things and achieve harmony. “Feel good” all around. You might be involved in the concerns of your spouse, understand him/her better and generally have a good time, children may be born.  The 7th lord is a marak, the planet who times physical death. So if you have reached the limit of your allotted longevity, physical death can occur in this period. If you are spiritually inclined then you will make progress in your search for Yourself.

Now you might be wondering, the Sun and Moon own a single sign each, all other planets own two signs each. The planet will activate both his houses where ever his signs are placed. Both will be in the focus.

This effect is seen most vividly in Aries and Libra ascendants where the Ascendant lord, Mars/ Venus rules the 1st and 8th houses. In Taurus and Scorpio Ascendants, Venus/ Mars rule the 1st and 6th houses. And to some extent with the Aquarius ascendant where Saturn rules the 1st and 12th houses. Here the ascendant lord himself rules the main rising house and a house of turmoil/ dushamsthan.

Time periods of the ruler of the 8th house will give your forceful sudden changes. Depending on the chart this change can be on medical, financial, social (especially spouse’s family), emotional, occult, etc levels. Death generally does not occur in this period. This house changes not just on the physical level, it is very deeply within your inner spiritual levels too. If you can recognise this, you can navigate successfully. Depending on the nature of the planet involved you can anticipate, e.g. Mars is decisive action, in a sharp cut, you may undergo a long-pending surgery which will improve your health. If Venus is involved here, you will find the change forcing agents to be linked to relationships or money, e.g some secrets linked to these may come up and you will act to restore balance. Accept the change, you cannot hold back to the old when the 8th house in involved, if you do it will give you pain.  Especially Aries and Libra ascendants be ready to change, and more so for Libra ascendant as Venus Mahadasha is the longest at 20yrs! A continued period creation, destruction and recreation of the personality/environment.

The gift of the 8th house is that it gives you a fresh new outlook and a new set of expectations in life.

If you are seeing possibly negative results, you should analyse the Saturn transits (2.5yrs per sign) and Rahu/Ketu transits (1.5yrs per sign) and Jupiter transits (1 yr per sign). These can either intensify the result or grant some relief depending on where they are located in transit. Saturn acts as a brake, you are required to endure. Rahu will pull you wildly into the experiences of that house, Ketu will make you indifferent to them and Jupiter will expand whatever it signifies. Now use these keywords logically. e.g. The changes triggered by the 8th house will be just as deep but their quality will be modified, with Saturn they can take longer to complete and you will be required to endure patiently.Vimshottari dasha of the rulers of the houses 7-12Periods of the ruler of the 9th house are the high points in life and should be utilised intelligently. Marriage, birth of children, growth, maturity, development of the personality, new directions in profession, you might take up a teaching type of job, help from seniors, travel opportunities, pilgrimages, blessings from the ancestral spirits and advantages in the society are all possible. A deeper understanding of all aspects of life is gift from the 9th house. You become more ‘heavy’, the understanding of your life experiences now reflects in your aura. Realisation, philosophy, acceptance are the keywords here.

The physical age in which the house is activated should be considered. e.g. in the period of the ruler of the 5th house of a 60yr old woman, you cannot predict birth of her children! Always keep the age, home-culture and social context in mind while predicting results.

The period of the 10th house is always linked to the social and professional life. If this period occurs after you start your independent life, i.e. After your 20’s, it can be more fruitfully utilised. If this happens in early life, your birth father will benefit in terms of professional success and social mobility thus you as a child will be benefitted through him. New job opportunities, increase in salaried income, new responsibilities, social recognition etc, but first and foremost duty is demanded. You will be required to perform your visible public duties. But remember this house is the karmic mirror of the 4th so you may neglect your home in favour of your work-place, so try to balance both aspects of your life. You will gain social respect, but wealth will increase with your salary. Speculation and financial asset creation will not be really possible here. The only exception is the Aries ascendant where the same planet Saturn rules the 10th and 11th house, thus gives both lucky money and social respect.

The Birth Moon chart provides valuable insights always. To know if you are going to enjoy this period of professional success on the emotional levels too, check out the house located 10th from the birth moon. If there are positive influences here you have the best of both worlds, you will enjoy a materially and emotionally satisfying career.

The period of the 11th house ruler is very favourable. This house is all about ’Acceptance’, you are accepted in every sort of environment and you are permitted to operate here. You are not barred from any activity, and risk-taking is also permitted. There are no restrictions! So depending on the power of the house in your chart, this period can give very high gains. Friendship, large social groups, like-minded community, interlinked networks will all be active and expand. You will meet new people. You might receive prizes, public recognition in-addition to financial gains. Whatever you have laid down in your life as of now you will reap its results. You might gain from your father’s family. You will be lucky, so speculation and financial asset creation is possible. Anything that can be inter-linked will be available and anything that can give gains will benefit. You have the widest scope possible here to further your material and social goals. Children getting married is one possible result, giving advantages in every way.Vimshottari dasha of the rulers of the houses 7-12Period of the 12th house lord is a time of retreat. One way or the other you will be put in seclusion. The vitality and activity of the physical body is reduced in some way. You will be distanced from material concerns. Travel, either to foreign lands or to the meditative sub-conscious states is possible. Depending on how this house is placed, you can be required to live in a research lab, forestland, prison, hospital. Activities of the bedroom or the mediation room, take your pick. You might sleep more, travel astrally more, develop ESP and clairsentience, receive guidance of the ancestor spirits etc. If this period occurs after mid-life it is more manageable, but if it comes when you are supposed to be active in life it can cause problems. If this occurs in the teen age, you might suddenly withdraw from your social life, might lose interest in keeping the physical body attractive, self image might shatter, just as you are entering social life, this can be especially traumatic. These are ‘dissolving’ energies, so the teenager will not be interested in learning art/ craft/ life-skills/ athletics etc normal teenage activity. As the Mahadasha ends, you will regain your interest in your physical body/environment.

One special case here, if Mercury is the ruler of the 12th and his period occurs in childhood/early life he will continue for his 17yr period and this will be followed in sequence by Ketu Mahadasha for 7 years. Ketu is naturally separative so this will be a seamless 34yrs of separative energies.

The Vimshottari mahadasha which you begin with at birth is important as it leaves its mark on the nurture you receive as a baby/child. If by chance you start off with the period of the ruler of a Dushamsthan it causes a lifetime of repressed trauma. e.g. A baby born beginning with the 6th rulers period, will suffer illnesses at birth, neglect, lack of nutrition/parental love and nurture. A baby in the 8th house ruler’s period might require medical interventions which will impact his entire life. A baby beginning with the 12th lord’s period will suffer isolation and maybe invalid. Such babies/young children need proper medical and emotional care.

Astrology is about recognising patterns and then predicting. So here was a framework post, which you can use as a starting point to analyse your own chart.


Vimshottari dasha of the rulers of the houses 7-12

Analysing Vimshottari dasha of rulers of houses 1-6

The Vimshottari system is the most commonly used system for timing events in a chart. It might seem complicated to analyse but it is not! If you can remember a few keywords of each house/sign and each planet you are off to a good start.

Any Vedic software can calculate which planet’s Mahadasha/ main-period is operating at the present. The planets follow a fixed order, Ketu, Venus, Sun, Moon, Mars, Rahu, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury. The lengths of the Main-periods and sub-periods of the planets are fixed. (There are sub-sub periods too, upto 5 levels, but you can ignore those for now). The period of the ruler of a house, activates the house.

So as a first simple step, find out which planet’s main-period you are currently in and locate which houses in your chart are ruled by this planet. e.g if you are in Moon Mahadasha and you have a Cancer Ascendant, your 1st house is ruled by the Moon. So your 1st house will be in focus during this Moon Mahadasha.

This is a good way to check if the time given to you by your client is correct. Events in a lifetime should match the periods else the birth data is incorrect.Vimshottari dasha of the rulers of houses 1-6Time periods of the 1st house/ ascendant lord generally grant increase in physical vitality, strength and health. You are more active in your social group, you are more known. Your environment is conducive and you act with confidence. You feel energised. You mature, grow up, take on new responsibilities. Learning opportunities, new profession, marriage, birth of children is possible. You are on the move, you explore new things, travel, meet new people, you can take calculated risks which will pay off. It is a new you, more visible. Use this period wisely.

The details will depend on the nature of the planet involved. e.g. for 1st house, Aquarius sign the ascendant lord is Saturn. Saturn will always make you work hard. He is your ascendant lord so will be favourable to you, but that won’t stop him from making you work hard with discipline.

The periods ruled by the lord of the 2nd house are the possible Marak periods. You might leave your physical body if the longevity of your chart has reached its limit. The 2nd and 7th houses are the houses of Value or Maya. If you have saturated your capacity to accumulate, you leave this physical body and come back with a new one. The owners of these two houses decide the timing of the physical death. On the material side this period is about solid tangible things. You can use this time to generate wealth, investing sensibly, buying assets and making yourself financially secure. As the 2nd is also about the family you will get time to be with the family, connect with your family members, and also furthering your family interests, eg investing the family’s combined wealth. You will benefit in your profession, your social standing will improve and your birth father will also benefit through you.

The results will depend on the power of the house to give results. e.g. if you have a separative malefic planet like Ketu placed here, he will work to separate you from all that the house signifies. Thus it will be a difficult period.

Periods of the lord of the 3rd house are busy with communications. You communicate more or receive more communications. You might write, explain or teach skills. You will talk, interact. For writers, this will be a productive period as your work will be published and appreciated. Trading and gains will be possible. Brothers and brother-figures, fellow teammates will support. If you are married, this period will be favourable for your spouse as the 3rd house is in the favourable 5/9 axis from the 7th house. If the 3rd house is well-disposed this period can be quite active and fruitful.

As a general rule, the houses placed in the 5/9 axis, 1/7 axis and 4/10 axis from the house under the spotlight fare well. The houses placed in the 6/8 axis are always adversely affected, the 3/11 and 2/12 axes are also negatively impacted to some extent.Vimshottari dasha of the rulers of houses 1-6Time periods of the lord of the 4th house are obviously linked to the home, the homeland, traditional activities and customs. You are ‘rooted’ in some way or the other. You might acquire things which give you security, e.g buy a new house, new car, landed property, orchards etc. Your parents, especially the mother will give you affection and you might feel more deeply about her. If this period occurs in the childhood, it can be better for nurture/nourishment as the mother is more available. During this periods, protection and shelter is more available. You will receive parental love in one way or the other. You might also complete your schooling, pass exams successfully etc. This period is a good one.

A lot depends on the placement of the house owner planet whose period is on, e.g if this planet is himself placed in the 12th house, then this period will cause pain and abandonment. In case you are predicting a negative result, do check if the planet concerned has matured. The intensity of the planet becomes more reasonable after this age. e.g if this is Mars, he matures at the age of 28yrs (unless his maturity is held back by late maturing planets conjunct). Before this age, he expresses himself as aggression, physical dominance, fighter, challenger, rash, ready for a physical fight. But after he matures he can become cooly competitive, impersonal, coldly calculative, business-like, focussed, the cold rage variety, a more ‘grown-up’ way of expression.

Time periods of the ruler of the 5th house are full of creativity, a whirl of bright lights, the focus on the self. Birth of children is almost always a result, or you gain students, children of your soul. This period is favourable for all sorts of activities. Gamblers, politicians, creative people, actors, celebrities, etc are all benefitted. Even for common people like us, there are gains in health, confidence, money flow, investments and overall luck. Now if your 3rd or 6th house allow breaking of rules, you might commit petty crimes and get away with them.  If the self-ego is very high these crimes may not even be considered as ‘crimes’. Actively use this time to create lasting benefits for yourself.

Some placements are more challenging and some are pleasurable, but we cannot call them bad/ good. They all just Are. Each placement helps you resolve karma and was chosen by you at birth. How you go about them is your choice always. If you resist the events unfolding around you, it will create more conflicts. But if you actively participate in them with full awareness they become more manageable.

Now the period of the ruler of the 6th house are always difficult. Karmic payback big-time! If there are planets placed here it can get worse. There is bodily illness or injury, social conflict, accusations, cheating, servitude victimisation, exploitation, addiction, crime, poverty, financial problems, problems in marriage, business, partnerships. You might have to face court proceedings. If this period occurs in childhood there might be neglect by the parents/care-takers. You are bound to experience stress during this period one way or the other. Whatever you go through, it is karmic in nature. You will feel a lot of things, try to think objectively. Physical pain, emotional pain, something painful in your family/ social/ inter-personal relationships, little things which add up and make you uncomfortable. It can become so stressful on the outer levels that you are unable to think on the internal root cause. You think in loops, you go over the details but never look beyond them into the causes. Then finally you lose faith, you doubt that there is anyone looking out for you. You feel lost and alone and this pulls you down a negative spiral. So instead, think this as a problem which you have to solve, try to be analytical rather than emotional, this would be more helpful.

This was the first step in analysing the Vimshottari dasha. The keywords from the houses 1st to 6th, will write about the 7th to 12th in my next post.


Vimshottari dasha of the rulers of houses 1-6