2021 starts with Kaal Sarpa and combustions

There are a lot of things coming up in the next few months. I thought of writing separate posts but the events are occurring simultaneously and are interlinked. So this is a single post on the general astrological trends till Mid-April 2021. The major events are,

  1. Sun entering Capricorn
  2. Stellium in Capricorn
  3. Combustion of Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury in Capricorn.
  4. Combustion of Venus from 15 Feb to 17 Apr in Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces and Aries.
  5. Against the background of the Kaal Sarpa energy cycle till mid-April.


We are already in the cyclic Kaal sarpa loop. All planets are currently transiting within the Rahu Ketu axis. There will be the Kaal sarpa combination for every alternate 15 days till April when Mars finally moves into Gemini. ie Between 10th – 25th Jan, 6th -21st  Feb, 5th -20th  Mar and 1st -13th Apr all the planets will be on one side of the Rahu Ketu axis creating the complete Kaal sarpa energy. (one tip, if you have a planned delivery of your baby, avoid these days where the Kaal sarpa is fully active). On the other alternating 15days during this period only Moon will be out of the Rahu Ketu hemming, temporarily creating a partial Kaal Sarpa. The Kaal sarpa will force everyone to complete a very big chunk of karma in a sudden way. The Kings of Karma provide a huge burst of energy during this period and you get ultra focussed on completing this one major pending karmic work with their blessings. What this karma will be depends on your birth chart and ongoing Dasha. Analyse what Rahu means to you in your birth chart and what he is up to in this current transit. This will give you the clues on what you are being made to work on now. Kaal Sarpa or even partial Kaal Sarpa can be a good thing, if you can consciously use the energy. If you cant then they will swamp you.

The Sun will be entering Capricorn rashi, ie Makar Sankranti on 14th Jan 2021. He will be joining Mercury, Saturn (post here) and Jupiter (post here) who are already there in Capricorn. On this day you should spend the early morning time after sunrise in some spiritual activity, in silence, in mediation, doing some mantra jaap, Dhyan, pujas, Agnihotra, going to Temples etc. Try to sit outside and let the sun rays fall on you during this time. This day is for specifically worshiping the Sun as he enters the 10th sign of the zodiac owned by his son, Saturn. Doing this will help you harness the power of your self-ego, your divine spark. You can actively complete karmic work and reduce the karmic bindings you have laid on your own soul. Sun transiting in Capricorn is generally considered to be useful.


This year, we are going to see a cluster of planets in Capricorn. At one point of time in Feb 2021, there will be 6 planets together in Capricorn, ie Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn. This will aggravate the imbalance in the skies. ‘Stellium’ is a hyped up word, actually having too many planets together in one sign is not a good thing (post here). It causes planetary war, graha yuddha (post here) and messes with the ability of the planets to give auspicious results. The planets are friends and enemies with each other so interfere. One planet may consider another to be his friend but the other may not necessarily reciprocate. The planet who has moved the maximum into the sign tends to dominate the others. At this point of time Mercury is the winner. But Saturn the owner himself, is in Capricorn, so he will always have the over-riding say over the other planets who will enter Capricorn. The over-riding energy will be Saturn, and as long as Saturn remains combust the Sun will dominate all. 

More planets in one house, disturbs the balance of the chart. So many planets focussed on one area of life and the other areas of life are relatively silent. So many planets are going to be in Capricorn. So whatever Capricorn stands for in your birth chart, be prepared to see lots of action here. eg For Libra ascendants, this is the 4th house, so you might see effects like this, old parents come over to stay, you do more housework, more cooking, rest is less, comfort is denied, house will be messy, car will break down, you are always tired at home. However Capricorn being the natural 10th house, all of us will see a lot of activity on the professional and social front, most of it confusing.

Capricorn is going to see some interesting energies. Saturn himself is there with Jupiter who is debilitated (post here). Mercury currently the winner of the planetary war is moving fast. Sun is coming in and he will be combusting the whole lot eventually. As he ‘evaporates’ the planets, he will absorb their energies and paint his self-ego all over the keywords linked to them. The ‘Sun-energy’ in the sky, during these days, will not be the pure Sun as he usually is. He is going to be a blend of so many energies, which will directly hit you at the individual self-ego level.


Jupiter combust from 19 Jan – 16 Feb. He is debilitated to begin with in Capricorn. (post here) His ability to give his regular auspicious results is constrained. And then the combustion will reduce it even more. In these times, malefic energies become more prominent. Generally Jupiter combust reduces public health levels, lowers gold and grain prices, reduces helpfulness, people are less inclined to do auspicious deeds, etc. Getting and giving proper advice will be difficult. As he is debilitated and together with Saturn everyones minds are constrained and self-ego is very active. People have become selfish and hard-hearted. Starting anything new during this time is going to be difficult. Positive energy overall is reduced. A combust Jupiter with Saturn is very bad for general auspiciousness. Saturn will unrestrainedly give his results and repaying bad karma from the past is now due for everyone.

Saturn is also combust from 12 Jan and till 14 Feb. Sun is Saturn’s father and they do not get along with each other. Your past karma or the more negative sort are in focus, things are harsher now. Plus self-ego interferes with your destined duties. Arguments with the father/ boss, more work at office and at home, aged family members needing more attention, etc will make you tired and frustrated, you will feel alone and helpless. Personal loneliness and emotional turmoil. 

Mercury going combust with Jupiter will affect businesses, stocks, finance and the economy. For students especially exams will be difficult. Overall juvenile selfishness will prevail over everything. Mercury has just come out of combustion on 8th Jan and will be again combust from 3-16 Feb. And again from 30 Mar – 28 Apr. Illogical arguments, misunderstandings, loss of tact and diplomacy, rash decisions, etc are all possible during this period. Expect differences with your teammates, officemates and siblings fueled by selfishness.

Venus combust is spanning 4 signs this time, he is continually combust for over 60days, this is a severe disruption. All things signified by Venus will be absent from life. You will feel disconnected from all personal relationships, finance, spiritual practice will feel a vacuum. Self-centred self-ego dominates all Venusian things. When Venus is combust, he cannot guide us. We cannot offer value and validation, nor do we get this from others during this period, loneliness predominates. Judging the true value of anything, people, actions, emotions, relationships, thoughts, desires etc is difficult. All creative endeavours suffer. Cheating, forgeries, immoral behaviour increases, inability to take decisions. You might get tangled in irrelevant issues. Avoid giving advise to others, else you will be blamed when things go wrong later.


While either Jupiter or Venus is combust, followers of Sanatan Dharma/Hindus will not perform any auspicious ceremonies. Jupiter and Venus are the two Guru-s, even if one of them is unable to guide us, then the auspicious activity etc will not give its full results. And we are going to have both combust back to back, so time from 19th Jan to 17th Apr is not very auspicious overall. The effect of combustion of so many planets together on you individually will primarily depend on the strength of the Sun in your personal birth horoscope. If the Sun is strong then you will feel very self-confident which can easily become a highly self-entered selfishness. If the Sun and is weak in your birth chart and his relationship with the planets he has combusted is uncomfortable then you will suffer from an inferiority complex and other people can take advantage of you.

(For remedies for combust planets read this post and this post)

A general reading for this time till mid-April at least would be on these following lines. The governments will be more strict, will enforce more rules. There will be unpleasantness as the public refuses to acknowledge government authority. Political turmoil, failure of administration and war like situations can develop in several nations. The budget sessions in March will see controversial measures for improving the economic conditions world-over. Public unrest and dissatisfaction will increase. Corruption and cheating will be on a high. Financial institutions and banks can go bust during this period. Religious fanatics will cause terrorist attacks and also try to disrupt the governments by planned protests world over. The COVID 19 vaccines will show some side-effects, but this situation should hopefully resolve after Mars breaks the kaal sarpa loop in mid-April. Overall and also because of this COVID 19 scare, people will turn more towards holistic wellness regimes including ayurved. So after this negative period, hopefully we will be a more healthier world.

This time till mid-Apr is actually not very good for everyone. But still is better for birth Moon signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Pisces. The rest of the birth Moon signs will have a below average time till mid-April and should take care of themselves. There might be challenges, disruption in professional and personal life, health issues, litigations, humiliations etc depending on the individual charts. After the Kaal Sarpa breaks in mid-Apr things will improve to some extent.

There are too many variables and energies are changing very fast in these first 3 months or so of 2021. Kaal sarpa, combustion, graha yuddha, etc mainly in the environment of Capricorn. So events will happen with suddenness and have deep impacts on all of us. The testing times are not yet over. Jupiter is in Capricorn and Aquarius in this year, not of much use. Saturn is in Capricorn, and he will ensure that we all face our karma in 2021. 



Rahu Ketu in the 4/10 axis

The 5 Tara graha, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are connected to the lower 5 chakras. Moon is at the Ajnya chakra and the Sun is the Sahasrara. Rahu and Ketu are the completely astral graha which put your internal geometry out of balance, they ‘churn’ your sense of self. These are the chhaya-graha. Chhaya छाया means that these two forces ‘blend’ or ‘shade’ your inherent energy, awareness and intelligence. They are responsible for the ‘play of consciousness’. Rahu and Ketu are forces who create reflections and shadows. Elusive illusions. (I have written several posts on Rahu Ketu, do use the index page if you wish to read.)

Rahu is the desire to experience all that you can. Ketu is disconnection and limitlessness. The engine which subtly drives the energy of your chart is Rahu. And Ketu is the guard cabin, the deepest learnings you have with you from your past lives experiences. They do not directly affect the material planes but act through the signs/ houses/ planets/ nakshatra they are associated with. So analyse these before you start deciphering Rahu Ketu.

If you have the following combinations in your chart then it is a Rahu or Ketu ‘heavy’ horoscope. More the patterns more dense is the energy and that particular node becomes more important in your life. Check if they are conjunct important graha-s ie the ascendant lord, the Moon or the Sun. Or conjunct highly powerful planets in the chart, ie those with high Shad-bala or owners of the 5th 9th lords or Yogkarak planets. Or conjunct planets linked to the nakshatra of the lagna/ rising degree or the naksahtra of the Moon. Or conjunct or heavily influenced by Marak planets or by natural or functional malefics etc.

The 1st 4th 7th 10th are the Kendra houses, the foundations of the environment around you. The 1st 5th 9th are the Kona houses, the foundation of your personality and the potential for its evolution. The 1st is both a Kendra and a Kona house and the connecting link between these two.

I have written about Rahu Ketu in the 5/11 axis, in the 11/5 axis, the 2/8 axis and 6/12 axis earlier, and there were several requests for their effects in the birth 4/10 and 1/7 axis. Writing a generic post on these two axes is difficult. Rahu Ketu here have to be analysed carefully as they impact the very foundations of your life in their unpredictable and shadowy manner. So this is an indicative post, you must analyse them in depth first before coming to a conclusion on their influence in your life.

This post is about Rahu/Ketu in the 4/10 house axis.

The 4/10 axis is all about structure. The structure that you bring with you and the structure of your destiny. The 4th is the structure you are born into, the structure of your physical body, the psychological imprints you have with you, the spiritual orientation, the earliest lessons which you get as a small baby/ child. This is the nature, nurture, tradition, culture, house, residence, farms, lands, homelands, security, comforts and needs that you have. The 4th is the structure within you, the structure with which you began your current life with. The 10th is the structure without. Your destiny, the zenith of your this life’s achievements, the things you strive for. The structure of your surroundings, society, organisations etc that you are a part of. You are expected to conform to this structure and also help develop it further. Rules and regulations, the lawful work you are expected to perform. The structure you create and also impose on others subordinate to you is the 10th house.

The 4/10 axis is how your in-built structure gets actualised and expressed as the external structure of your destiny. In the Bhavat Bhavam concept these two houses derive and feed energy from the 7th house which in turn derives and feeds energy to the 1st house. And also to the 1st 5th 9th Dharma trikon too via the common link of the 1st house. The 4/10 houses are thus closer to your own personality/ self. The 4th house is the psychological and spiritual base of your life. It was at the nadir at the instant of your birth, the connection you have with your deepest self, an umbilical cord. If this link is auspicious then you are going to be more secure in your this life. The 4th is your sense of over-all well-being. Are you ‘comfortable in your own skin’? These 4th house forces, auspicious or traumatic, push/pull you towards your core. Then the 10th house is commonly interpreted as the profession but there is more to this house. This house was at the zenith when you were born, the mid-heaven. This house, sign and the planets occupying it were at the center of the skies when you were being born and their mission is take you to the highest visible position possible. The 10th house is the reason you are born, the purpose of your life. Thus 4/10 is the journey from your core to your destiny. It is a very sensitive axis and Rahu Ketu here can also give unpredictable and extreme results.


Rahu in the 4th and Ketu in the 10th house

Rahu in the 4th has some similarities with the Rahu-Moon conjunction, ie Shakti yog (post here). There is a strong attachment to the mother, mother figures, home traditions and culture. You desire to enjoy the comforts of stability, landed property, residence and vehicles. You want peace of mind, emotional security and desire ‘nourishment’. There is a need for love. You desire contentment. 

But the karmic forces represented by Rahu are highly predominant in your immediate environment and cannot be avoided. So this need for affection may never be really satisfied. Your mother, siblings, household etc will behave in typical Rahu style, eg your parents may be outsiders in some way but still strongly settled where they live, ambitious, acquisitive, will buy land, houses etc. One advice is to not get involved in any property dealings with your immediate family members you might get cheated out of your own assets. And never cheat others in matters related to property. Your mother and her family can be of use to you in your life but whenever you take their help be aware that there may be hidden costs. So use them carefully. You like travelling but do so rarely, you are more comfortable at home and in familiar surroundings. You might like expensive/flashy cars.

Professions you might choose are, property dealing, farming, animal husbandry, working with children, junior school-teachers, builders, architects, interior decoration etc. There is a sense of aesthetics and an appreciation for life as a whole. If you can give this a outlet in your profession you will be satisfied. You are spiritual by nature, but will run behind the material. Try to find a spiritual anchor in life, this will keep you happy. You are capable of working hard, are persistent and have a deep insight into human nature. Guard against taking decisions based on the emotional context alone. Wealth will be adequate in life and you might be well-known for some typical things later in life.

If this Rahu cannot give auspicious results then expect severe trouble from the family, depression, a tendency to self-harm. Avoid getting into occult, black magic etc with the intention to harm others. Choose your friends and company wisely. Health might need care so do not ignore any symptoms, after middle age go for routine health check ups. Heart related issues are possible. Avoid sexual affairs and remain faithful to your spouse. (eg Saturn Rahu Shapit dosh)

Now on the other side is Ketu in the 10th house. This indicates that the father is generally not available. He may be busy, distant, dead, working overtime, parents may live separately etc. You might feel a disconnect with your father and father figures in your life. In your profession, generally job satisfaction is less. Accept this and do not chase much after material achievements. Avoid being over-ambitious. You are knowledgeable, intelligent, have original ideas and can be an asset in any organization. But Ketu will not allow your talents to be used so easily. You might not get along well with your boss, disagree with him, this might affect your promotion chances. Setbacks in the career are possible. You feel the hollowness in material pursuits and try to search for philosophy in the office, which is not practical. Try to express your ideas in an organised and understandable manner to make the most of them. You have flashes of creativity or might be psychic. Avoid over-thinking else you might not be able to produce anything solid.

In society, your behaviour can get a bit awkward. Socially you will be respected by some and utterly ignored by others. Confusion or psychological disturbance is possible as you cannot enjoy anything. You are aware of the superficiality of every situation you are placed in. You prefer remaining alone, detached. You do not have close friends or people who understand you so might feel lonely. Try to develop your sense of personal ethics as this will give your mind peace. 


Ketu in the 4th and Rahu in the 10th house

Ketu in the 4th house can give neglect and indifference in your early life. Affection from the mother, heathy nutrition, a secure home may be denied. This may result in life-time or deep rooted psychological issues. A lot depends on the power of Ketu. If he is strong, ie in a good Nakshatra, sign, aspected by benefics and capable of giving auspicious results then you can turn these early experiences into sources of strength. You will be granted an incisive insight into the mysteries of the 4th house. On the outward levels it can grant material possessions and you also have the rare ability to use your subconscious in an active manner. Psychic powers are possible, but again in a weak horoscope this can manifest as mental instability. (Mental instability, psychological issues, insanity etc are all caused by an imbalance in the mutual coordination of the conscious and sub-conscious minds). If the birth Moon, ascendant sign/ lord are powerful then you can use Ketu’s gifts. The 4th house is the navel, the point of creation, your deepest hidden source can be accessible with a Ketu here. Ketu grants intelligence but emotionlessness. Prepare yourself as Ketu knows no boundaries and has no sense of fear or any other emotion. He is pure instinct. You might get dragged into more than you can handle on the psychic planes.

On the practical side, there might be ghosts/ hauntings in your residences. Your mother will not be supportive generally and especially in property related disputes. She may have psychic abilities. The father too is rather distant. Social relationships especially with the maternal family might be affected. Never buy joint assets with your family members, you might get cheated out of them. Emotional storms are common around you, but you will not be emotionally involved. Misunderstandings are possible. Most of these issues will be more psychological than material. You might feel inadequate in life and might burst out emotionally, intensely but temporarily. You might be more connected to your grandparents or live with them (Ketu is the oldest graha).

You might function as a regular person on the outside but inside you are disconnected from everything. Often a lack of love in relationships. Social interactions are a strain as you are very sensitive to everything. You are not consciously aware of what you need and this can drive you nuts. But do not take drastic means to fulfil this unknown need else you will get into trouble. There will be unpredictable events in life, random high-lows. But you have a philosophical mindset which will ultimately make sense of all these things.

Rahu in the 10th house is driven to perform. You are on a karmic mission, so take adequate precautions and assess risks before jumping into any project. Avoid taking emotional decisions and do not self-sacrifice too much. You have the ability to endure, persist and follow your life’s desire. You will achieve your dreams but again these will not satisfy nor comfort. You can mobilise people and get things done your way. If the chart is supportive you can be a champion for the poor/ deprived masses and gain a lot of fame and popularity. Politics is a natural profession here. You feel that you are destined for some special purpose. A Rahu supported by auspicious planets especially Jupiter, can take you very high in life. You might get help from your father’s family and also from your bosses, but again there might be hidden costs so be careful. Life after middle age can be highly successful with this Rahu. There is a tendency to sacrifice the 4th house keywords of comfort, personal need, shelter, psychological support, protection etc for what Rahu promises you. However do not neglect these aspects of life else you will not get inner satisfaction and peace. Outer successes will then seem hollow.

However if Rahu in the 10th is incapable of giving auspicious results then he can seriously mess things up. So if he is with or aspected with cruel planets then analyse this chart carefully. Fanaticism, anti-social behaviour can be triggered. A lack judgement, bad company, tendency for mental imbalance, loans, owing money, servitude, underhanded or criminal dealings are possible. At the very least he can affect your professional life and bring disrepute.


Interpreting Rahu Ketu the 4/10 axis is slightly tricky as it has very deep impacts on the mental, emotional as well as the physical bodies. And writing a generic post is even more difficult. So analyse everything systematically in your chart before coming to a conclusion. Then Rahu and Ketu will emphasise their typical results during their Maha Dasha periods and their typical transits. The Rahu-Ketu Antar-Dasha and the Ketu-Rahu Antar-dasha will be specially happening. There will be generally upheaval, unexpected changes, sudden reversals in fortune, unexpected help/ hindrance, luck or bad luck, etc coming your way during the Node-heavy times. The birth horoscope shows the overall life but when these things are to happen are a function of the Dashas. If the appropriate trigger Dasha does not come or comes at an inappropriate time/ situation the result does not occur fully.

Most important is the power of the ascendant sign, the ascendant lord and the birth Moon. If these three are powerful then the personality is strong enough to convert the typical nature of these nodes into opportunities. Historically horoscopes of the realised Guru RamKrishna Parmahansa, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Subhashchandra Bose, John F.Kennedy etc can be studied if you feel like it. And follow the lives of people you know from your study samples (learn astrology systematically).

In summary, the power of Rahu Ketu in the 4/10 has the potential to create extraordinary individuals. How this will happen depends on the rest of the horoscope.

Chakra, Graha and the Rashi

 As you know there are the 7 chakras from the Sahasrar to the Muladhar. Each chakra is linked to one planet/ graha in a sequence. (Have written two posts on this earlier, here and here).

The Sun is the individual soul, self-ego, the self. He is linked to the Ultimate reality but he is not that. He is just the link. He is the seed of duality which insists that you are separate from the Singular reality. He is just one ray of the Ultimate reality. The light of the Sun, the self-ego is so blinding that you do not realise that it hides the Ultimate reality behind it. This radiance is so magnificent, you are hypnotised here and you do not progress further. This is the last test in your spiritual journey.

In our spiritual practice, we regular humans generally do not focus on the Sun. In all our Dhyan systems, even the Soham mantra/ Sushumna Yog, we do not focus on the Sahasrara chakra at the top of the head. (If you want to experience what happens, try and see once, only once. It causes severe disorientation and other imbalances). However in Vijnyan Bhairav Tantra there is one Dhyan technique which does exactly this, focus on the top of the head at the Brahma-randhra. But this is only for advanced Sadhak-s who have taken Sanyas from the material world and do their Sadhana in extreme seclusion. It is not advised for householders like us.

We always focus on the Ajnya chakra, the third eye chakra between the eyebrows. This chakra is linked to the Moon. The Moon’s job is to ‘reflect’ the brilliance of the Sun. At the Ajnya chakra you ‘reflect’ in more ways than one. You reflect on yourself, your reality, the perceptions surrounding you, your mind, the emotions, the sum total of your existence. You reflect on your Mantra. Here at the Ajnya chakra, the blinding brilliance of the individual soul/Jivatma is brought to levels where you can work with it. The Moon tempers the harshness of the Sun. First you experience the reflected light, transcend it, then onwards to the light of your individual soul then transcend it to experience the Ultimate reality.

The ‘individual soul’ is called the ‘Jivatma’, this is the soul+karmic baggage. The Ultimate Soul or Paramatma is the Reality which we all desire to experience, our deepest desire.

In astrological terms, Sun is a natural malefic but the Moon is a natural benefic. The ‘individual soul’ is considered to be malefic but the ‘reflection of the individual soul’ is considered to be benefic. It is a paradox.


Next we analyse the signs owned by the 5 Tara graha, ie the non luminous planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars Jupiter and Saturn. Each one of them rules over one ‘male’ and one ‘female’ sign/ rashi. Rashi means a ‘collection of attributes. And male or female indicate the quality of their energy, these words do not mean sex. Male energies are slower to move, more passive and more stable. The female energies are more changeable, adaptable and kinetic. Both are necessary qualities, neither can exist without the other and neither is lesser/ greater than the other. Continuous stability will lead to stagnation and continuous motion will lead to disaster. There are always burst of energy, followed by its consolidation and again a burst of motion, again consolidation, this is a never-ending cycle.

The planets each are linked to one chakra of your energy body. The male sign resides on the Pingala side of the chakra and the female sign resides on the Ida side of that chakra. The Tara-graha have polarity, thus own two signs each. The 12 signs sort of form a garland in sequence over the chakras.

  • Mercury is linked at Vishuddhi chakra. Gemini is his male sign at Pingala side and Virgo the female sign at Ida side
  • Venus is linked to the Anahata chakra with masculine Taurus at Ida and feminine Libra at Pingala sides.
  • Mars – is located at the Manipur chakra with his feminine Scorpio at Ida and male sign Aries at Pingala sides.
  • Jupiter – is seen at the Swadhisthan chakra with the changeable Pisces at Ida and the solid Sagittarius at Pingala sides.
  • Saturn – is at the lowest Muladhar chakra with Capricorn at Ida and Aquarius at the Pingala sides of the chakra.

The Sun and the Moon, the luminaries have no inherent polarity, they are a single intelligence. The luminaries own a single sign each, Cancer and Leo. One is at Ajnya chakra and the other is at the Sahasrara chakra. The Ida/ Pingala end here at the Ajnya chakra and only one Sushumna remains. This Sushumna is the neutral channel, it contains within it the brightest of all nadis, the most subtle Brahma-nadi. The Sahasrara is the top-most chakra, again only the neutral Sushumna connects here. After the Sahasrara the remaining chakras of the head do not have any graha associations and the energies of the rashi-s do not extend here. Within the innermost core of the Sahasrara chakra is the Bindu, the seat of the Parabrahma.

The Moon and Sun are the two luminaries, they see, observe, the witness, they are your two eyes. They see what you desire to see. The choice is yours, If you look ‘outward’, ‘downward’ from your third eye, you will see the manifested creation. If you look ‘inwards’ from your third eye ‘upwards’, you will see your own Self. The choice, as always, is your own.


Rahu and Ketu are the astral planets, shadow planets, the chhaya graha. They do not own any signs of the zodiac. There are some books, especially by modern authors, which say that the are part-owners of some signs, this is incorrect. Rahu/Ketu do not give any material results whatsoever, so they cannot be even logically linked to any of the Lower 5 Chakras. They do modulate the results (chhaya) of the other graha they are associated with. Rahu is the force of desire for future experience. Ketu is the learning derived from past experiences. You are consciously unaware of both and together they push your energy geometry out of balance. On an esoteric level Rahu and Ketu are responsible for the illusion called Life and Living. They are the Kings of Karma. They help you play the game of Creation. (I have written several posts on their innermost nature, do use the index page to locate these posts)

Conversely they can be consciously used to push your geometry back to its perfect balance, in which case they grant Moksh. These are the singularity hidden in the illusion of duality. If you are travelling inwards towards yourself, you will see that they work as One. If you in your spiritual practice every get the blessing of Rahu+Ketu joined together as One, you will realise the ultimate very soon. A human who has evolved on a spiritual level will always show powerful Rahu/ Ketu, they will be in pivotal positions and will control the entire chart.

Now for a small practical. Jyotish is a Vidya, ie it is used to understand the conscious intelligence operating around you. And to really understand a Vidya you need experience it. If are doing Dhyan regularly for more than 6 months and wish to see how the signs/ rashi and graha/ planets look like within your own energy system, try this. Before sitting for your Dhyan, recite the mantras of the 9 grahas, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu, request them to show themselves to you. Recite a mantra for the Earth/ Pruthvi requesting that she grant you stability. Offer them all your gratitude and then see what you will be shown. If you are an advanced aspirant you can try this during an eclipse, but do this only if you can handle it. (Do change your nadi to the Sushumna before starting. Their strength varies depending on which nadi is active.)

The Graha, the Nakshatra, the Moon and the Sun are all within you. You contain the entire Universe within you. You are the highest Conscious Intelligence yourself Jyotish is just one of the many ways of realising this fact.


I have mentioned this in my several posts on Rahu/ Ketu, yet I am being asked this same question about which Rashi’s are ‘owned’ by Rahu/ Ketu, so this mini post. Again Rahu/ Ketu do not own any rashis.

Karmic events in New year Sharvari 2020-21

The last Vedic year was named Vikari and was from 6th Apr 2019 to 24th Mar 2020. ‘Vikari’ means bad or damaged energy. This past year had Saturn, Ketu and briefly Jupiter in Sagittarius and Rahu in Gemini wrecking havoc in all our lives (I wrote several posts on the combinations from last year do go through them if you are a student of astrology. Use the Index page).

Inauspicious, intense, aggressive karma was released as an unstoppable impulse and it impacted our ability to think logically, create auspicious options, choose intelligently and act correctly. Most of us forgot what our life’s dharma was and actively acted against this. We actively alienated our well-wishers and people who loved us. Instead of taking blessings, we took on curses from others. Look into your behaviour during this past year, especially from Nov 2019 onwards when the energies got even more intense, analyse for yourself.

Corona and COVID 19 is just one part of this karmic turmoil. Each one of us has faced and is facing turmoil in our lives in some way or the other. Frayed emotions, best friends turning hostile, separations from loved ones, more couples divorcing, financial messes, jobs lost, homes broken, health issues, students missing on education, deaths in the family etc. All of us are going through this scripted Rahu-Ketu trauma very intensely at this point in life. (My husband and I are both remembering even more of our past lives and their learnings which we are required to assimilate in our present.)

Karmic events in New year Sharvari 2020-21

Economy. In Sharvari, global economy will be worrying. Indian situation is a bit better than the rest of the world, but everyone will feel the pinch. The major reason is that Jupiter this time is behaving quite erratically. Sharvari naam samvatsar, vedic year, is from 25th Mar 2020 to 13th Apr 2021. In this period Jupiter will be doing this,

  • He was in Sagittarius on new year day
  • Entered Capricorn on 29th Mar
  • He will go retrograde in Capricorn on 14th May
  • Return retrograde into Sagittarius on 30th Jun
  • Turn around and move forward in Sagittarius on 13th Sep
  • Enter Capricorn again on 20th Nov
  • Run through Capricorn very fast and enter Aquarius on 6th Apr 2021.

Jupiter is the agent of expansion, economy, resources, gold, wealth, economy and he is running through signs like this. That too through all the possible eight types of motions from Atichar/very fast to Vakri/ retrograde. And look at the signs involved. Sagittarius is his own sign, in fact his Mooltrikon sign. And it is currently occupied by Ketu till 23rd Sep, so he really cannot do much there. A fiery incisive cut coupled with expansion and hope. Then Capricorn is his sign of debilitation, already occupied by its own ruler Saturn. Constrictions and expansions, I really wonder what these two will be up to in this environment, as this sign indicates social hierarchy, governments, public activities, mass movements etc. Then we have Jupiter running full tilt into Aquarius, in his Atichar movement at the end of Sharvari.

All this will cause severe shocks in the global economy. Signs of a recession were already there and the Coronavirus precipitated it. Most businesses which shut down at the start of Sharvari will not be able to revive themselves. Few will be able to get back in shape only by the end of 2021. Recession will go on for a couple of years and improve somewhat after Jan 2023. Gold prices will also show fluctuations but still remain very high. Saturn’s influence will ensure austerity and deprivations in our day to day life. We will be required to organise our lifestyles very carefully now. Stuff ruled by Jupiter in your life will show the same erratic pattern, eg if Jupiter is connected to your 3rd house expect issues with your siblings or if he is linked to your 11th house you will face issues with your friends etc.

Saturn in Capricorn is in charge. A very practical advice would be to use your resources very sensibly. Budget and avoid spending on non-essential items, branded goods, luxury items etc. If you have a job do give it your 100%. Saturn will not tolerate laxity now. If you are into business, try using the government schemes which support small business entrepreneurs and earn, but think logically before attempting such projects. He will not allow you the luxury of ego now. No work is small or big and it all will be eventually rewarded in time, you have to be patient. (eg a small tea-shop can also earn well, if you look on it as genuine work rather than something below your dignity.) If you are a student, opt for skilled jobs rather than white-collar jobs. We are going to have to rebuild the economy. People who work with their hands, skilled people will be in demand. Work as trainees or apprentices. He will be focussing on sectors where physical work takes place, eg metals esp iron. Service sector will take a hit, travel for pleasure too, in fact all activities related to leisure and pleasure will not flourish. Professionals related to these sectors will see mass unemployment.

Karmic events in New year Sharvari 2020-21

The Society we live in. We will be seeing war like situations in several nations including India. Elections are due in several states and nations, these will give very unusual and messy results. Terrorism will increase, racism and religious fanaticism will create law and problems. Public will disobey the nation’s laws as rifts in the social structure become more prominent. Hot-heads will try to spew dissent. The governments will take strict actions which will lead to civil riots like situations. Social media will be checked by new laws. Crimes will increase, especially the financial ones. There will be a rise in depression, addictions and psychological type of illnesses. Suicides can increase. Mercury is King in Sharvari, so try to keep your mental processes logical and think before you act.

Natural calamities. Some will occur in India and also in the rest of the world. To begin with we are going to face a scorching summer from mid Apr to mid June till the monsoon starts (Sun aspected continuously by Mars). So fires can be there in cities and forests. There could be danger for the east coast and hills on the eastern side, ie the Himalayan region, either an earthquake or severe cyclones. Rains will be unpredictable, heavy and less in some places and cause problems for cities and agriculture, will continue till late. Jupiter is also Sasyadhipati for Sharvari so expect problems in agriculture given his movements in this year.

Corona virus remains a concern. I am getting questions on Corona virus and COVID 19, I have already written on this. Again, India will see some improvement after 14th Apr. The cases which are coming to light now are those who were infected 2 weeks ago. Though death rates may remain high till Mercury remains debilitated in Pisces. Start and mid-May will see some positive changes. But mid and end of May as planets start going retrograde and combust and June will unpredictable as we face another total solar eclipse in the same Gemini-Sagittarius axis. Some viral infection will be seen in spurts till Sept. June is a very critical month and we should be prepared for this. Open your horoscope, evaluate what the Gemini-Sagittarius axis means to you in your life and take precautions. For India, I am anticipating a worrying dengue wave in the monsoon. We all must take care of our personal health, I cannot emphasise this enough. The governments cannot do it unless we listen to what they are saying. India is relatively better off than the other nations. For the rest of the world, Europe, USA, China and the eastern parts of Asia will be affected more.

Vikari means that damaged energy was triggered in all of us last year. This abnormal year, Vikari, brought out a lot of unfinished negativity from within us. Eg if you have a deep wound festering for several lives, it first has to be re-opened, cleaned out, this process is painful. Then you put medicine on it and bandage it etc. It is very deep, several lives, so will take time to heal. Sharvari means night, specifically the night of the Amavasya (it draws out negative things to ultimately heal), twilight (highly cryptic Sandhya time) and turmeric (very highly medicinal). So in this year all the deep seated negative stuff will be brought out, cleaned up and bandaged with turmeric, it will sting but it is all for your good. We are living through a very unique time, though it may seem painful on the material levels its all for your good on the spiritual levels. You and me have had quite a bit of negative karma accumulated over so many lives which had to be cleaned out. Just that it is happening in one go for all of us very intensely in a very short period of time. All the Karma heavy planets are on an over-drive. (I don’t think there has been such a conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and Ketu in Sagittarius, Nov-Dec 2019, Jan 2020, in the past 500yrs at least and coupled with a total solar eclipse of Dec 2019 it is after a really long time.)

The challenge now is to strongly think on what you have chosen at birth. If you are an astrologer do go through your chart dispassionately. Think on what your birth chart indicates especially on the spiritual levels and what you have been doing to materialise it. This time is a one-off opportunity for some of us.

One typical thing we choose our karma at birth. We do get some options to tweak it a bit but by and large we have to honor that choice made at birth. Now Saturn is in Capricorn and will go to Aquarius next. He will enforce this choice. So you will be made to follow your own karmic choice at birth during these next 5yrs. He will not let you cannot deviate from it. (He has returned to Capricorn after 30yrs, do some research on world events from 1990-95 or in 1960-65). Saturn rules over karmic duty and when you complete his tasks he will naturally reward you (he is the ruler of the 10th and 11th houses of the zodiac). So whatever you have chosen will be brought into sharper focus. Do check out what Capricorn and Aquarius mean in your life and how you have used their energy till now in your life. (eg my favourite Cancer ascendant has Saturn right now in their 7th house, so if someone has started on the spiritual path, best would be to work on this till Saturn exits Aquarius, you will gain a lot then. Or if Leo ascendant, Saturn is now in your 6th house, you will be given opportunities in life to destroy your karmic debts and work to reduce your karma significantly.)

These 5 years are going to be hard work for all of us in every way. This is not the time for pleasure or idleness. Do think logically on what you do, do not be swayed by temporary illusions or shortcuts. Saturn transiting his own signs is an indication of tests coming up. Also do some spiritual practice, eg your Soham mantra, try to convert every breath you take consciously into Soham. You may not get time to sit in full-fledged Dhyan but at least do your Soham with your breath as you work. This will help relax the mind and if you have your mind in your conscious control, success is yours, even if it may take upto 3-5yrs for it to actually materialise in front of you.


Karmic events in New year Sharvari 2020-21

Corona virus and the current transits

I got a question on the Corona virus, everyone is worried about it. So writing this quick post, it can get a bit technical, as I assume that my readers are students of astrology, Vedic Jyotish.

The Gemini – Sagittarius axis is in tremendous stress for the past about 3yrs with several transits and planetary configurations affecting it directly. And this stress reached epic proportions from Nov 2019 onwards. With Rahu- Ketu in this axis, I had written in my March 2019 post (post here) “Increase diseases related chest, heart and lungs. Also incurable and strange diseases will increase. Faulty diagnosis will increase and inappropriate medication given.” Viruses are controlled by Ketu.


Till Nov 2019 – Ketu was in Sagittarius with Saturn. Sagittarius is foundation of all humanity. Ketu is viruses, undiagnosable hidden diseases (Last when Ketu transited Cancer /Gemini in 2009-10, Swine-flu erupted) Saturn is restriction. So Ketu was upto something but Saturn’s presence was restricting his actions. In Nov 2019, Jupiter joined them in Sagittarius, Jupiter is expansion, so he expanded Ketu’s activities but also helped Saturn maintain its restriction on the situation. (Jupiter+Ketu means that Jupiter aspects Rahu, which can also deliver results similar to the classic Guru-Chandal yog)

Rahu in the other half of the axis, ie in Gemini meant that the respiratory system specifically its paired organs, ie the lungs would be the target. Rahu gives direction to Ketu’s energies, as always. He was already in Aradra, his own nakshatra, since 12th Sept 2019, preparing the background for Ketu.

Then in Dec 2019 we had a very weird situation dominated by Ketu, the king of weird! Combustions of several planets including Jupiter and Saturn. Solar eclipse, stationary nodes, a lot of planets put their energy into the mix, 7 graha were directly involved in this eclipse. This caused an imbalance in practically everything, from inter-personal one-one human relations to broader political situations, global financial markets to global health concerns all went for a toss. This eclipse was also the trigger for release of the COVID 19 corona-virus into the greater humanity.

Then Jan 2020 saw more movement. The nodes remained stationary in the middle of Gemini/ Sagittarius grinding their energy in the middle of the sign (they did this for over 2 months!). Stationary nodes release a lot of energy, karmic back-log due for resolution. There was a minor penumbral lunar eclipse during this period. Mercury was combust for sometime, affecting logical behaviour and mental abilities. Saturn shifted to his own Capricorn and immediately became combust. Thus Jupiter and Ketu were left in Sagittarius. Freed from Saturn, Ketu expanded under Jupiter’s influence and the virus’s influence expanded simultaneously. Its effects became quite visible. Jupiter is moving very fast, Ati-char movement, so giving more energy to Ketu’s actions, making them also very fast.

Ketu entered his own Nakshatra, Moola on 16th Jan, gaining even more power to destroy. Moola nakshatra also contains the Vishnu-nabhi ie the center of our galaxy, thus has hidden reserves of power. It is a very cryptic lunar mansion, ruled by Niritti, the energy of destruction.

Feb 2020 saw Mars adding his energy to Sagittarius, now Ketu and Mars both fiery graha together with Jupiter who was still giving them his expansion energy. Feb saw even more nations being affected as the virus came out from its confinement in China and spread. But now Saturn recovered from his combustion so the response started in earnest, governments and societies started organising themselves. But Ketu was still powered up, so the spread continued. In this period on 26th Feb we had an exact conjunction of Ketu+Mars which briefly gave immense power to Ketu’s expansion. In Feb-Mar, for 3 weeks, Mercury was unable to work so there was some confusion and lack of logical coordination in mounting a response. As mercury came out of combustion/retrograde, the response became more systematic. This much we all know as analysing a situation in retrospect is rather easy.

We have the periodic full-blown Kaal-sarpa alternating with the partial Kaal-sarpa for the next few months till 21st Jun, giving more power to Rahu/ Ketu to act as they are using the power of the remaining grahas trapped within them to further their agenda.

Viruses are controlled by Ketu.

Now in March 2020, there are significant transits coming up. Exact Mars+Jupiter conjunction is due on 20th Mar, so a burst of fiery expansion will be available. The medical teams will use this energy to gain significant understanding on the virus and its cure. Possibly we will get news on confirmed treatment plan for the virus affected people. And Ketu will also use this energy, perhaps a new mutant strain can also develop. Then Mars will shift to Capricorn to be with Saturn on 22nd leaving Jupiter and Ketu alone in Sagittarius again. Mars is exalted in Capricorn so will give his fiery pioneering innovative energies in a very useful form to help the governments/ society. And Jupiter will shift to Capricorn on 31st Mar. Mars+Saturn exact conjunction on 31st so again a fiery/airy expansive energy burst. So in this last week of March there will be a lot of activity on the virus-spread/ evolution and also on the government/medical teams front. When several planets occupy a sign, we have to consider the implications of planetary war/graha yuddha to know whose energy will drive the potential of the others, as we are trying to read the destiny of nations/humanity.

April 2020 sees Saturn, Mars and Jupiter in Capricorn. This will provide the necessary energy to the governments/ societies/ medical teams who are trying to contain/ cure the virus. But Ketu in Sagittarius, alone and un-aspected by anyone, will continue his actions and the virus will do its job of spreading and affecting people, but its speed and intensity should slow down now. Delivery of drugs and treatment to the affected patients should be initiated by now.

May 2020 will see significant movements, with Jupiter, Venus and Saturn all going retrograde together. This will lead to a period of confusion. There might be a lapse in government/ society/ medical response which can lead to a temporary spurt in infections again in the last week of May.

June 2020 is a very happening month. First there is a minor penumbral lunar eclipse and then we have a major total Solar eclipse again in Gemini-Sagittarius! This time, Venus, Mercury, Sun will be with Rahu in Gemini. This eclipse will be visible in the eastern hemisphere again! From China, Russia, India, middle East to Africa these nations will again face some problems which can include the virus but can also involve global society/finance in turmoil. Again the nodes will slow down, reverse direction and go forward, then again reverse direction and go retrograde. This month sees several planets going combust and retrograde together so will be the most confusing month of the year.

July 2020 sees Jupiter back in Sagittarius. He will not be very close to Ketu, which is a blessing but still Sagittarius will see the energy of Ketu and Jupiter operating in its environment. So some parts of the world will see a complete recovery while some parts will suffer in bits. This situation will continue in spurts till Sept 2020 till Jupiter and Saturn both gain their forward movement. Ketu will remain in Moola nakshatra, ie in Sagittarius till 23rd Sept. So expect some spurts of the virus to pop up in some places till this time. Last week of September will see marked improvement and October onwards the situation will defuse.

During this period, humanity as a whole is being uprooted from the very foundations as we know. The concept of ‘shrinking world’ or ‘one world’ will be reversed as each government/ nation/ society will now monitor its boundaries very seriously. A new normal will be established in terms of medicine, understanding of viruses, financial markets, government functioning, social dynamics, our very behaviour will change in a very fundamental manner.


Sagittarius-Gemini is a powerful axis of the zodiac, as it gives the fastest acting results coupled sudden events which operate on a larger global humanity-level scale. Everyone’s limits are being tested to the breaking point, from the individual human-level to the government-level. You have to adapt to these new normals now. The correct option is to take care of your health, adopt all the hygiene related practices, try to improve your innate immunity, eat healthier foods, live a more balanced life-style, stop the earlier norms like shaking hands and adopt new norms of doing a Namaste in greeting others etc as fundamental changes in each one’s life-style are expected.

Rahu-Ketu affecting the Gemini- Sagittarius axis is a deeply karmic event for all of us. Some are affected by the corona-virus, some are scared of it, some are working to prevent it, some are working to cure it, some are suffering because of the quarantine and lock down measures imposed because of it. And even if you are not directly affected by the Corona virus, Rahu/ Ketu must be playing havoc in your life in some way or the other as past lives karma shake the foundations of your life and affect your ability to choose and act, in one way or the other. Whatever this axis stands for in your life as per your horoscope, you will see deep events which shake your life to the core occurring here. Corona-virus is just one part of it.

(India-specific post here and continued in another post here)

Edited on21st March 2020, On 20th March the medical teams have announced a possible cure. This is as per what I had predicted in my initial post above.