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.

Analysing Vimshottari dasha of rulers of houses 1-6

Time 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.

Analysing Vimshottari dasha of rulers of houses 1-6

Time 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.


Analysing Vimshottari dasha of rulers of houses 1-6

Chidra Dasha, the closure part 3

This is a continued post. I have written about the closing sub periods of the planets, Ketu, Venus, SunMoon, Mars and Rahu in my previous post. This is now about the closure periods/chidra-dasha, i.e. the last sub period of the main periods of Jupiter, Saturn and finally Mercury.

The main-period of Jupiter follows that of Rahu. The Mahadasha of Jupiter lasts for 16yrs, and the last sub-period, chidra dasha belongs to Rahu, this extends for 29 months.

Depending on what Jupiter stands for in your chart, his karakatva, he will have granted you expansion, growth, maturity and wisdom during his 16yr long mahadasha. Maybe you have learnt yourself or taught others. He is a benevolent expansive planet and tends to hope against hope, believes everyone to be good, gives others a second chance, if there is negativity he will ignore it in the belief that it will be good. Jupiter can work for others, help them as he takes a hopeful and wide humanitarian angle. But this sort of idealistic situation does not exist in real life. There are crooks and people often wilfully cheat you.

Rahu is the exact opposite of Jupiter, he is sneaky, calculative, breaks rules, aspires for higher stations. He knows how to spot a crook, because he is one himself. In the closing phase of Jupiter mahadasha, Rahu cuts off your Jupiter persona. He accurately identifies all those things where you have let others take advantage of your benevolent Jupiter phase. Rahu will take stock of what you needed in these 16yrs, not what you gave of yourself. Misplaced hopes, humanitarian thoughts, misdirected charity work will stop. Even knowledge which you may have gained, if not furthering your personal goals and desires will be discarded. Rahu is very thorough about this, he will infuse ambition in all that Jupiter created. And this will be linked to your karma.

So during your Jupiter main-period, however kind and generous you may feel for others do keep track of what you are gaining from the interactions. This does not mean you have to be selfish, Jupiter will not allow you to be selfish. But at least be aware that what you are doing should benefit you too in some way or the other. This will make this last Rahu chidradasha more easy to navigate and you will be able to better consolidate your gains from Jupiter. Rahu will prepare you for your next Saturn persona, thus he will link your gains from Jupiter with a deep understanding of your karmic desires.

Chidra Dasha, the closure part 3

And next is the Mahadasha of Saturn which goes on for 19yrs. Saturn will make you work systematically and help you work off your karma. Whichever houses Saturn is linked to, you will work. He is a strict taskmaster and expects dedication, sincerity and honesty.

Here the last closure antardasha belongs to Jupiter and this lasts for 36 months. In this last sub-period, Jupiter will take stock of all the work you have done, or failed in and grant you an optimistic and wise perspective. You will use guidance from your elders, teachers, religion, philosophy and make sense of the back-breaking work that Saturn made you do. Relationships based on duty, responsibility and work will be analysed. If these relationships have failed to nourish your soul and failed to make you wiser they will be discarded. You will choose wisely the duties you will carry on with you into the next phase. You have worked through a significant portion of your karmic baggage and now you will separate yourself from this burden.

Social obligations, duties to the parents and elders, earning prestige /social position, gaining assets and wealth, working within the restrictions of social law, you have really worked hard! Saturn’s is the second longest Mahadasha and a lot happens in 19yrs of life, and you are probably exhausted. Jupiter will now provide his relief, he is the one who kisses and makes it better.

You do not look back with regret, but with kindness. Finally you are kind to your own self and appreciate yourself. Saturn-Jupiter give this blessing to you, of hope.

Chidra Dasha, the closure part 3

The Mahadasha of Saturn is finally followed by that of Mercury. His main-period extends for 17yrs. Mercury is all about skills, mental analysis, getting things working, technical knowledge, money, trade, communication, brotherhood, siblings, arguments, discussions, immaturity, risk-taking behaviour, courage, the recklessness of youth etc. He likes to learn, experience and also teach these things. He represents the karmic load (6th house/Virgo) you have taken on in this life and also your choice of thinking and acting (3rd house/Gemini).

Mercury’s mahadasha ends with the sub period of Saturn, this chidradasha lasts for 33 months. Saturn the elder, will systematically and dispassionately cut through Mercury’s adolescent and irresponsible behaviour/acts. Your gains will be reviewed in the lens of social conformity, responsibility, honesty, discipline and if they have helped you reduce your karmic backlog. If not, then he will cut them off, e.g your drinking buddies might vanish, friends who used your connections will vanish, teammates who used your skills without giving you credit will move away. He will also ensure that you conform to social and legal standards and make you risk-averse, you will put safety first now onwards. Saturn will make you pragmatic, realistic and less trusting. The skills you learnt will be utilised for creating a socially acceptable mature persona. Your mental patterns will have to fall in line with your material reality.

This can be a traumatic period as it is a harsh wake-up call and Saturn is anything but gentle. If this period occurs relatively early in life, it can be devastating, but if it occurs after you cross your 30s, it will be easier to navigate through. Saturn is preparing you for the next Ketu’s mahadasha, a complete new cycle. So he will remove anything that remotely resembles ‘spaciness’, ‘vagueness’ and try to ground you firmly so that you can face up to Ketu’s mindless detachment more safely.

So under Mercury’s direction however exciting it may be, remember that Saturn is going to go through all that you do think and behave. So use your intellect and try to control your thoughts and actions so that you gain something permanent from this period.

Chidra Dasha, the closure part 3

Analysing the chidra dasha effects helps you make an intelligent transition from one planet’s mahadasha to the next. If you remain aware of how things are going to be accounted for at the end, you can act more wisely during the main-periods. This last sub-period/bhukti/antardasha is a period which also acts as bridge, from one persona to another.

One thing to look into would be, if planets in sequence occupy the same house, their periods will be contiguous, focussing on the same overall themes related to that house. Especially so if it is Rahu or Ketu together with their planets in sequence, their combined periods can seem to be interminable and the house-things that they stand for will remain continuously in the spot-light. If you analyse your chart you will realise that not all houses are in focus, in your life you will deeply experience matters related to very few houses, the rest of your life will be as if on auto-pilot.

e.g. I know a chart where,

  • at birth he started with Saturn mahadasha (Saturn was placed in 12th house, so not very interested in physical/environment).
  • Followed by Mercury mahadasha, who was the ruler of the 12th house (Mercury and Saturn had exchanged houses, so more 12th house stuff).
  • Followed by Ketu mahadasha (Ketu was with Venus as the ascendant and 8th lord, more haziness with deep changes for the personality).
  • Followed by Venus mahadasha who couldn’t give his full results because he was with Ketu, it was like a combined 27yrs of Ketu+Venus!
  • So this person’s life was dominated by his 12th house and Ketu, the only relief being that the Yogkarak for Libra ascendant, i.e Saturn was controlling everything, so ultimately took him along the spiritual path after a lot of heartache and emotional pain related to his personality /physical environment.

So now, pull out your chart (Vedic system, lots of sites give free online charts), see which mahadasha you are in at present. Which house does this planet sit in? Which aspects of your life are in focus? Then the sub-period/antardasha, which planet is controlling this? Where is he placed? How are his links with the main-period planet? And finally are you navigating through with awareness or allowing these 2 planets to dictate your behaviour?

As always, observe charts and the people around you. Books and other people’s experiences can only be a reference, but what you observe and experience is real knowledge.

(This was the last in the chidra-dasha series. I hope it is of use to the kind soul who had asked this question in the contact page. There are whole books on Vimshottari system. But the easiest way to learn is to observe. Get charts of your family members and try to correlate how events in their lives have played out with the planets. Major events like getting a job, marriage, childbirth, divorce, medical conditions, death etc can be easily tallied from the charts, even by beginners.)

Chidra Dasha the closure part 2

This is a continued post. I have written about the closing sub periods of the planets, Ketu, Venus and Sun in my previous post. This is now about the closure periods/chidra-dasha, i.e. the last sub period/antardasha of the Moon, Mars and Rahu main period/Mahadasha in the Vimshottari system.

The Moon mahadasha is for 10 yrs and takes off after the Sun’s main-period. Then the last sub-period of Moon mahadasha belongs to the Sun and this lasts for 6 months. In this chidradasha you will consolidate all that you experienced in your Moon mahadasha and cut off all the lessons you failed to learn. The moon is mind, emotions, the astral, sub-conscious, nurturing, security, comforts etc. In his period depending on what all he stands for in your chart, his karakatva, he will have given you opportunities to gain all those things which bring you emotional fulfilment. Maybe your relationship with your mother, maternal relatives, home culture, traditions, landed property etc will have increased. ‘Need’ based love relationships or nurturing relationships will have prospered. You may have acted as a caregiver or offered maternal love to others.

Now the last sub-period here belongs to the regal Sun. Sun is personal confidence, ego, entitlement and to quite an extent ‘selfishness’. Now he will, with his characteristic confidence, clean-out the Moon persona and prepare the foundation of the Mars persona which is to follow. He will prepare a dispassionate list of things which worked for you and which were more for the use of others in your life. If you have given of yourself to others during the Moon mahadasha, you might suddenly find these others being systematically cut off. Only the basic unavoidable relationships which you intellectually feel necessary will be sustained, e.g to the mother, own family, personal lands etc.

Thus during this Moon mahadasha, do not go with your emotions always, keep an intellectual leash on your feelings. This will help you consolidate when you reach the last sub-period ruled by the Sun. See you have tried to balance karma related to the position of the Moon in your chart and might have gone through an emotional period too perhaps. But now Sun will decisively end all those emotionally draining things which clearly did not work. And for those things which did work, he will ruthlessly remove their emotional components, leaving you with their intellectual appreciation.

e.g If the Moon actually signifies your mother in your chart, she might actually leave her body during this period. Or if he is the owner of the 10th house, profession, this might indicate an end of the career. However before jumping to conclusions do analyse the Karakatva of the planets and how their interactions with each other will modify results. Look for patterns in placements.

Chidra Dasha the closure part 2

After you are done with the Moon main-period, you start on your Mars mahadasha which lasts for 7yrs. The last sub-period here belongs to the Moon and lasts for 7 months.

Mars is the force of your personality in action. Depending on his position in your chart, you will challenge, pioneer, enter into new territories, compete and win. You might have been quite ruthless in achieving your goals, perhaps taken on more than you could manage. In the headlong rush of exploration and conquest perhaps you have used all your resources. Your personality may have changed, you may be more mentally ruthless and able to take calculated risks now.

So now in this final chidra dasha/sub period, belonging to the Moon, you will release all those unmet goals, unfulfilled aspirations and silently move away from the competition. You might get to enjoy a quiet domestic life in this period too. You will appreciate the emotional value of the things Mars has given you in his period. The Moon will grant you an understanding of what you have achieved for yourself. All the risks you took will finally mean something stable in your life. Maybe you protected something or someone, or maybe you created your own personal comforts and security. You will look back on your actions with a deeper intuitive emotional perspective. He will cut off disputes, legal cases, unsolved mysteries etc related to Mars. As the Moon cuts away needless aggression from your Mars persona, you will focus on those things you have actually achieved, and have the potential to sustain you in the future.

If, during your Mars main-period, you try to bring in intuition and emotional understanding, you will gain better. In the rush of competition, do keep in mind why? are you doing this. Ultimately everything we do is for internal comfort, security and happiness.

Chidra Dasha the closure part 2

Following Mars mahadasha, is the Rahu mahadasha period of 18yrs. His main period ends with the last chidra dasha sub-period of Mars which lasts for 12 months.

Before doing anything with your Rahu or Ketu, do understand that your karma will be in full force during this period. These 2 give results as per the houses they are placed in, their house owners, and the planets aspecting/conjunct them. So first analyse their karakatva carefully before analysing the dasha results. Ketu will detach and Rahu will desire.

Rahu’s main-period is quite long at 18yrs, and quite a lot of things happen in 18yrs of time. He obsessively desires, so as per his karakatva you will also desire. Rahu differs from Mars, in that Mars is fair and competes with confidence, Rahu is often sneaky and tries to grasp by any means possible. You will find ways and means to get what you desire. You will obsess about possessing things which cannot be legitimately yours. You might work hard, or find short-cuts, or even break rules. Your moral compass will be shaky and you will be willing to do anything and everything irrespective of the consequences. Rahu’s pattern is to fall on his face just as he is in grasp of his goal, he cannot enjoy his achievement. He cannot be satisfied. This is Rahu’s main-period, so you might get the impossible things that you desire, but you will not be able to enjoy them.

Rahu is in perpetual retrograde motion so rewinds and replays the experiences of your life so that you can extract the maximum learning from it. Rahu’s period is thus very intense on the psychological and inner spiritual levels.

Then comes the chidradasha, sub-period of Mars where he will clean up the Rahu persona and make you ready for the Jupiter’s main-period to come. Mars will decide and keep only those things which you have won fairly. Any stuff which you are not entitled to, he will cut away. And this period can get quite traumatic, as desires for things which you really do not deserve, and created by Rahu will be destroyed. You might be distraught mentally, emotionally and even may fall physically ill.

During Rahu’s mahadasha, do try to keep your moral compass intact as the law of karma always operates. 18yrs are a significant chunk of your life’s path. You will be doing a lot of things during such a long period. Try to work for your desires with a sporting and fair spirit. Running after unattainable goals and breaking rules will consume energy and have repercussions later. And because this is a very long period, you might think that this is life and Rahu is your personality. But remember that this persona will be vigorously dismantled by Mars at the end of these 18yrs.

Chidra Dasha the closure part 2

(Have continued with the closing sub periods of the Mahadashas of Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury in my next post.)



Chidra Dasha the closure part 1

I have written on how to go about analysing the periods according to the Vimshottari dasha system earlier. It is most common, used for timing the events, like birth of a child or death of the body, which are predicted from your birth chart. The 120 years of the human life are assigned to the 9 planets/graha and then each main period (mahadasha) is further divided into sub-periods (antardasha) and further sub-sub-periods till every single day of your life is mapped out.

Of particular importance is the final sub-period (antardasha) of every planet’s main period (mahadasha), this last phase is called the chidradasha. In this final sub-period you release all the stuff related to the current mahadasha and get ready for the next planet’s mahadasha in the sequence.

Two planets play an important role in this chidradasha period, first is the ruler of the Mahadasha/main-period and second is the ruler of the sub-period/Antardasha. Now you will have to first understand,

  1. the real nature of these 2 planets, this is relatively easy from the basic keywords.
  2. then you will need to know what all these 2 planets stand for in your chart, i.e. their ‘karakatva‘. Your basic birth chart D-1 will give you the physical manifested context. Counting from the birth moon sign will indicate the emotional context. And if you have the exact birth time, you can draw the 9th divisional chart, Navamsha, to get the subconscious undercurrents.
  3. And finally how these 2 planets are placed in relation to each other, will determine their dynamics. If they are placed 6th- 8th from each other they will be out of balance and cause more problems.

This is the most important step in analysis, take your time over this. The charts will tell you ‘what’ you have, the dasha will then tell you ‘when’ and ‘how’ this will happen.

Chidra Dasha the closure part 1

The Ketu Mahadasha (detailed post) lasts for 7 years, its last sub-period of 12 months belongs to Mercury. Ketu is the agent of spirituality, Moksh, dissociation from the material, etc. Wherever he is linked to in your horoscope, you will be apathetic to the concerns of that house/sign. During his period you will want to attain spiritual progress and an internal detachment from the material. You will ‘wander through spirituality’, search for a Guru, maybe explore different spiritual concepts, try out different practices, perhaps go on pilgrimages, read books on esoteric stuff etc. He will orient you as per his position in your chart and give you results depending on his ‘karakatva’. All through these 7yrs, Ketu will be the undercurrent flowing in your life.

Ketu is in perpetual retrograde motion so rewinds and replays the experiences of your life so that you can extract the maximum learning from it. Ketu’s periods are thus very intense on the psychological and inner spiritual levels.

When you reach the last sub-period, you will cut your losses and consolidate the overall gains from your Ketu. Depending on the ‘karakatva’ of Mercury in your chart, he will systematically dismantle the Ketu persona of these 7 years and help create your Venus persona which will last for the next 20yrs. He will analyse and systematically organise all that you have learnt and will cut off all those failed attempts at learning Ketu‘s lessons. Ketu’s periods are always abstract, but Mercury will bring it all to a focus during his Ketu-Mercury chidradasha and you might actually teach, or be vocal, or write, in any way actually organise Ketu’s randomness and lessons with Mercury’s help. You might feel that the past 7 years suddenly making ‘sense’ now.

During your Ketu mahadasha, however spaced out you may feel, you will have to make some efforts to gain some skills, practical knowledge and actually do it too. Just being hazy will make this last chidradasha difficult to consolidate.

As your Ketu mahadasha ends, your Venus mahadasha will start. If you have managed to lay down a good ground work for your spirituality or if your chart has the potential, Venus will take you on in his real form of Daitya-Guru, he will push you onwards on your spiritual path. If not, then he will take you into a 20yr period of material pleasures, love, romance, hoarding treasures, song and dance. More details will depend on the karakatva of Venus in your chart, his power and ability to give results.

(Specifically for Libra ascendant, Venus is the ruler of the 8th house. Thus the first sub-period of Venus Mahadasha, ruled by Venus himself, will catastrophically change your expectations of the external relationships and treasures and make you go deeper within yourself.)

Chidra Dasha the closure part 1

The Venus Mahadasha (detailed post) which lasts for 20 yrs, has the last sub-period belonging to Ketu, this chidradasha lasts for 26 months.

Venus the owner of Taurus and Libra represents beauty, balance, fairness, treasures, relationships etc at every level. His Mahadasha is the longest at 20yrs and often represents significant periods in your life. During these 20yrs you will engage very deeply with others, the society at all levels, professional, emotional, legal, inter-personal interactions, maybe get married, have children, job, etc so many things depending on your chart. But remember this Mahadasha ends in the last sub-period of Ketu, the agent of dissociation. Ketu will in his apathetic way cut through all the material stuff that your Venus persona has created, leaving just the spiritual and the psychic with you.

Thus it is very important that you do some spiritual practice which brings you closer to yourself throughout the Venus Mahadasha. Else this last sub-period of Ketu will cause extreme alienation, separation and detachment coupled with despair from the material stuff that you have been after during the Venus main period. It will be a hazed out separative period, as you drift away from your Venus persona. There will be no clear cut understanding of what was achieved or not, just an internal sense that that the material that one tries to hold on to is unsubstantial. You may drift into spiritual practice or become unavailable to your loved ones as you realise that validation and real love from another human being is really not possible.

And finally because he is Ketu, he does not complete the job at hand! His Venus-Ketu chidra dasha does not allow complete separations. He will detach you physically. But you will retain a deeply intimate bond with all the treasures and relationships that Venus gave you, as an undercurrent throughout your life now onwards. But you will have to understand though you may long for those material pleasures again, that phase is over. Use your learnings and experiences from this period to find your internal treasures, else you will remain with regret.

After Venus’ Mahadasha ends, starts the Sun’s main period which lasts for 6yrs. At the end of this period you will experience the last sub-period, the chidra dasha which belongs to Venus. This period lasts for 12 months.

Sun’s periods are characterised by the individual self, self-creativity, self- intelligence, self-progress, self-recognition, self-power, self-success, self-entitlement, will and intention. Depending on the Karakatva of Sun in your chart, you will be granted opportunities to grow in the material or spiritual directions. Your Sun persona will be very individualistic, self-referential and with self-ego to a great extent. And the last sub-period/chidradasha is of Venus, who indicates balanced relationships and hoarding treasures. So there will be conflicts of two sorts, one is Venus will consolidate learnings related to partnering and equitable behaviour, which is sort of antithetical to the Sun persona. And second this is supposed to be the chidra-dasha, the sub-period of separation and closure from the Sun persona, but Venus will, in his desire to hoard and balance relationships, not let this separation happen so easily.

You have been self-focussed for all these years, now at least appreciate those others whose efforts assisted you in your way. Also recognise that there were some aspects of your personality, habits, behaviour, relationships, partnerships etc which were actually draining you, were a disappointment. Now is the time to release them, not with regrets but with understanding and balance.

Also during this Sun’s main-period try to keep your relationships and actions more on the intelligence level or on clearly defined give-take levels rather than needy-emotional levels.

From this Sun’s main period you are now moving towards the Moon’s Mahadasha of 10yrs. So evaluate the emotional significance of Sun and Venus in your chart, counted from the birth moon. This assessment will be important as your Moon’s mahadasha will take off from this foundation.

(For Libra ascendants, this period can be quite traumatic as Venus rules the ascendant and the 8th both. Accepting the contradiction of a stable personality coupled with catastrophic changes in the personality, which will be related to divine intelligence and every sort of gains will be a task. Then Aries ascendant too suffers in a strange way, Venus here rules the 2nd and 7th houses, the Marak, who can decide the time for physical death has arrived. Detailed results will depend on individual charts.)

(Will continue this in my next post.)


Chidra Dasha the closure part 1

Gandant the gap of the zodiac

Nakshatras/Lunar mansions are the basis of Vedic Jyotish, but we too have become too lazy and use the approximate system of rashi/signs, but if you want to really perfect your predictions, you have to know your Nakshatra. Start with the very basics then build up.

The 27 Nakshatra are owned by the 9 planets in a sequence starting with Ketu and ending with Mercury. So there are 3 sets of such 9 nakshatra as per their planetary owners. At every junction of this set, ‘Gandant’ operates. This is a very basic post to pique your interest.

  • So in the first 3 degrees and 20 seconds of every Ketu owned Nakshatra i.e. Ashwini Magha and Moola
  • and the last 3 degrees and 20 seconds of every Mercury owned Nakshatra i.e. Ashlesha, Jeyshtha and Revati, exists this gap called Gandant.

This arc 3 min 20 sec can be approximated as 1/4th of the Nakshatra or one Pada of the Nakshatra if seen very broadly. The Gandant operates at the boundary of watery and fiery signs. i.e Pisces – Aries, Cancer – Leo and Scorpio – Sagittarius. If the birth moon or even the ascendant degree falls within this Gandant zone, there are a few typically peculiar situations in life. Let’s analyse the how and why.

Moon represents the mother, the mothering, nutrition, nurture, emotions, rest, sleep, sub-conscious, mind, astral self, emotions, comfort, security, protection, liquids, house, vehicles, the traditions, heritage, culture, cold, watery etc.

Ketu is dissociation, apathy, disinterest, separation, amputation, unwanted, not-needed etc. But he is the moksh-karak, inclines to the spiritual and is fiery in nature.

Mercury is the analytical working intelligence, skills, superficialities, quickness, duality, impressionable nature etc. He is an enemy of the Moon.

Ascendant i.e. the rising sign represents your personality, the physical body and the overall environment and status in the society.

Gandant the gap of the zodiac

The Ketu owed Nakshatra Gandant operates in the start of the fiery signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.

If the birth moon is in the Ketu owned Nakshatra Gandant, this child has been born in the first phases of the Ketu mahadasha, most likely the first sub-period owned by Ketu himself. This is a very uncomfortable position to be in, double dose of ‘Ketu the headless’ and he has been born into it. The closer to the start of the nakshatra, the more severe the effect. Ketu is fiery by nature creates a strange dissociated environment for the comfort-seeking moon. Then these fiery signs make the Moon rather uncomfortable.

  • Having the Ketu dasha operating at birth can lead to disconnection in several ways, maybe isolated in a natal care ward, or abandoned at birth, or put in an orphanage, or facing parental neglect or even death if it is severe.
  • Then follows the entire Ketu Mahadasha of 7 years. The early childhood is marked by neglect and abandonment issues which have the potential to scar the physical body’s growth. Nutrition and care can be denied.
  • This is Moon Gandant so the emotional expectation of the child is neglect and he himself is emotionally apathetic to overtures from his parents and family too. But in this his body and mind’s growth suffers.
  • Such a child will be more ‘spaced out’, can communicate with the astral/sub-conscious realms and can move on the spiritual path quite well if he gets guidance from a responsible Guru.
  • The Ketu Mahadasha is followed by Venus Mahadasha so then this child will suddenly seem to blossom, develop, create relationships etc. (Unless Ketu is conjoint Venus, in such a case the Venus Mahadasha will be a similar continuation of the Ketu experience, 20 more years of it)
  • If Ketu is aspected by benefics and placed well, the effects will be less severe. Also evaluate the strength of the Moon, the house he is placed in. And the power of the ascendant lord for a more complete picture.

If the rising ascendant degree is in the Ketu owned Nakshatra Gandant, it will give pronounced effects on the physical/manifested body more that the astral/emotional self. It can result in Ketu type of medical problems including surgeries, physical handicaps, etc depending on severity.

Gandant the gap of the zodiac

Now when the birth moon is in the Mercury owned Nakshatra Gandant, these will be the last parts of the watery signs Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio.

Mercury considers the Moon as an enemy and this planetary conflict impacts the mind-set of the person throughout his life. Moon is drowned in Pisces, dual natured, uncertain, confused and is great in the astral. Then Cancer is his own sign so double strength Moon energy. And in Scorpio he is debilitated drilling into the watery depths of his mind with catastrophic force. Then the gandant,

  • The person is in the final phase of the Mercury mahadasha, most likely the Saturn sub-period/ chidradasha. The last antardasha phase/chidradasha is a very uncomfortable position, as the mind releases all the unmet expectations and consolidates all the achievements made during the closing Mahadasha and prepares itself for the next planet’s new Mahadasha.
  • This is also the change from one set of 9 Nakshatras to the next set of 9 Nakshatra energies. It is deeply transforming at all levels.
  • It is state of flux on the sub-conscious and emotional levels, and the child has been born in this! The more closer to the junction of the signs the more severe the effect. It can be a very dangerous and traumatic period and under malefic influences can result in severe mental and physical damage.
  • Now after the Mercury Mahadasha starts the Ketu Mahadasha which then is 7 years of Ketu’s apathy, abandonment and indifference related issues as above.
  • Evaluate the positions of Mercury, Ketu, the Moon and the ascendant lord for a detailed picture.

If the rising ascendant sign is in the Mercury owned Nakshatra Gandant, the effects will be seen more on the physical body rather than the mind and the emotions. In such cases, there is a chance of misdiagnosis or incomplete information and Mercury type of medical problems in the early childhood.

Gandant the gap of the zodiac

Some astrologers apply the Gandant concept to all planets, depending on the question being asked. However generally it is used for the birth Moon and the ascendant degree. It is more severe for the birth Moon because it denies the love, protection, nurturing, comfort of a mother. (If the parents deny maternal/paternal love it causes a life time of trauma.)

Ascendant degree gandant creates hidden weaknesses in the body because the birth is at the junction of the watery-fiery signs. These weaknesses may not be visible generally but may suddenly erupt during the transits and dasha periods of the ascendant lord.

If you get a baby’s or young child’s horoscope with these issues, there is a set of pujas to be done to fortify the health, this should be done as early in life as possible. Do analyse the birth chart for longevity in these cases to rule out the possibility of physical death during Mercury’s or Ketu’s Mahadashas. You can also counsel the parents to pay more attention to their child if it is possible. Ensuring that the child gets emotional and physical support, though he may not respond to such loving overtures, will support him deeply in his Ketu period.

Now if you get such charts of adult clients for analysis, it is possible that they may be quite high achieving individuals. But they will have deep seated issues caused by the strange Ketu dominated childhood. These persons will have faced typical issues when they were babies/infants. They might not be consciously aware of the issues but their internal self does. If you feel that the impact is not too severe you can do a simple guided mediation to accelerate the healing process. But if the impact is too severe as seen from the chart, it is best let the client recover himself slowly and gradually through his own spiritual practice. However these charts are quite rare, maybe one out of a 100 will have a significantly Gandant moon or ascendant degree.

Moon gandant however can be quite strangely spiritual, interested in the occult and very aware of the other dimensions, interacting with the other energies quite easily. These persons have been born with a built-in bais against the manifested, right from their birth. They expect detachment from the manifested, and if other planetary placements support, can achieve Moksh.


Gandant the gap of the zodiac