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

Kantak Shani, Saturn in transit

I have written a post on the transit of Saturn over the 12 houses in a previous post, but there was a question on ‘Kantak Shani’, the Saturn who puts thorns in your life. When Saturn is transiting 4th, 7th, 8th or 10th from your birth Moon sign he is called a Kantak Shani. At present Saturn is in Capricorn, so if your birth Moon sign is Libra, Cancer, Gemini or Aries, Saturn is a thorny proposition for you. He and his agents can take away the peace of your mind, cause restlessness and emotional pain

Saturn is fear personified. You have done something in the past and you are going to have to rebalance it now. But you do not remember what it was and you do not know what you have to do to balance it. This ‘ignorance’ is the fear that Saturn represents. Saturn’s transits through your horoscope takes out one aspect of your life with unvarying regularity. He goes through your chart like a wrecking ball, completing one cycle in 30yrs. Saturn in every placement in transit causes stress to the house he occupies. When counted from the ascendant, it is the physical events which cause stress. And when counted from the Moon sign, stress on the emotional/psychic/astral levels is indicated. You can call it Kantak Shani or Dhahiyya or Sade-Sati but Shani will act as a wrecking ball, cause disillusionment and thus help you work off your karma.

Saturn’s transit in 4th house from the birth Moon – 

When Saturn transits the 4th from the birth Moon, he aspects the birth Moon itself, the 6th and 10th houses from the birth Moon. So he may cause a change in residence, maybe linked to a job transfer? But this change will not be smooth, it will cause hassles. In any case issues related to the house will occur, maybe major repairs, loan repayments something which causes you stress. Mother’s health may suffer, she may die if her horoscope indicates. Overall family will not be happy. There may be medical issues with your heart and circulatory system, if it is indicated in your birth chart. The profession will also give stress, restrictions, obstacles and mental overload. And Saturn’s aspect on the birth Moon causes mental fear, dejection, disappointment and loneliness. Even if the physical things are ok in life these results will be seen on the emotional/psychological levels.

Kantak Shani, Saturn in transit

Saturn’s transit in 7th house from the birth Moon – 

When Saturn transits the 7th house counted from the birth Moon he aspects the birth Moon and the 4th and 9th houses counted from the birth Moon. The spouse suffers, either it is fully an emotional suffering or a minor medical issue which causes disproportionate mental suffering to both of you. The 9th house is restricted so luck, divine blessings, support from society/elders is reduced. You will feel no connection with your life’s foundations, either physical or spiritual. Work and business can suffer. The family life is disturbed again as above, you may have to travel a lot, stay away from home for long periods of time, home comforts and peace of mind is denied.

Saturn’s transit in 8th house from the birth Moon –     

When Saturn transits the 8th house from the Moon, he will aspect 2nd 5th and 10th house from the birth Moon sign. Long term medical issues may be trigged, the recovery will be long drawn, accidents are possible, if the time of death has arrived as per the birth horoscope then this too can happen. Relations in the birth family will be affected and there may be demands on your time/resources by your close relatives. You will face problems because of them. Children during this time will be a source of worry and you may also be separated from them. The reason may be good in a way, eg they might go to study in a hostel for an expensive higher education. The birth father may be ill or might die if his horoscope indicates this. Profession will give mental stress, workload might increase or salary might decrease.

Saturn’s transit in 10th house from the birth Moon

When Saturn transits the tenth house from the Moon sign, he also aspects the 4th 7th 12th houses counted from the Moon. So again the 4th house things as above will be a source of emotional stress. The 7th house, spouse, business partnerships, income, legal issues, litigations, contacts and one-one relationships will be a cause of tension. You will not be happy with these aspects of your life. The profession, salary, office-work and boss will give you stress. You might face emotional disappointments in practically every area of life.

When you see things from the birth Moon sign remember that it is an emotional hit. The actual physical event may be auspicious/unfavourable as per the strength of the ascendant lord, that house/sign’s lord and other aspects on it. But because this is Saturn operating from the birth Moon he will not allow happiness from this event, instead he will grant fear, dejection, restriction and pain on the emotional levels.

If the birth Moon is powerful enough then this effect will be less intense. In addition if there are other favourable transits operating eg Jupiter in transit at that same time is putting his favourable aspect on the birth Moon or the houses in question then the negative  effects will be felt less intensely. But if during this Saturn’s transit there are additional influences of malefics, Mars, Sun, Rahu/Ketu then the negative effects will be worse, in this case the client should take more care of himself.


Kantak Shani, Saturn in transit


Cancer ascendant, the depth of disinterest

I got this comment, ‘What is your advice on removing any fatalistic view on certain placements? There is such a massive emphasis on countless articles of the malefic effects for a Pisces ascendant that it is overwhelming! How would you suggest interpreting this info?’

I do not consider any ascendant to be evil or bad or good or anything. Each of the 12 ascendants have their particular attributes. Some of these attributes favour the material or the intellectual/ mental or emotional or the spiritual facets of life. Ultimately they are all beneficial. So I will try to write a few posts on the ascendant signs, the typical challenges that they face and their unique plus points from my perspective. These posts will be in the nature of a study.

Cancer ascendant, the depth of disinterest

I have always considered Cancer ascendant to be the most challenging of the lot. But gives the biggest prize if you dare reach for it.

It is ruled by Moon, a luminary, linked to Ajnya chakra, his primary work is to take you within yourself ie spiritual. Cancer is the natural 4th sign of the zodiac and linked to the principle which sustains and binds you to this life.

  • Moon is considered to be a friend by Sun, Mars, Jupiter.
  • Neutral by Ketu.
  • Moon is considered to be an enemy by Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Rahu. In addition its 6th house Sagittarius is owned by Jupiter and this is his Mooltrikon sign. So these 5 planets cannot be expected to give very good results outrightly, they need to be examined (People think that if Jupiter is aspecting something it is all well, it is actually not so!) Whatever is represented by these planets generally, also will be uncomfortable in life. Mercury particularly hates his father, Moon so Mercury-linked things will be distorted. Venues hates Moon’s brand of ‘needy love’ so all one-one relationships are going to be severely affected. Saturn is the worst for the changeable Moon and here for Cancer he is in charge of one-one partnerships and catastrophic traumatic changes both together! Rahu can drive him crazy with his endless desires. Jupiter will just smile benevolently and expand the karmic service requirements!

So broadly the personality will be something like this.

Cancer ascendant is generally a confused mix of contradictory attributes, extremes are the norm. Analytical process, communication skills, ability to think logically, mental stability will be compromised. There will be streaks of rebellion, immaturity. The vitality and energy of Cancer sign will decide the entire physical functioning. It is a watery sign, shy, gentle, unable to express his innermost feelings completely. The constitution is delicate, prone to bloating or salt imbalance type of cryptic diseases. Moon himself rules Cancer, so passion, emotion and mentality will also be significantly controlled by the 1st house itself. His attitude, perceptions and outlook will always change drastically depending on what is influencing him at that time. So analyse aspects/ dasha/ transits minutely and their influence especially on the ascendant sign and its lord/ Moon. He will be encouraging, sympathetic, over sensitive, emotional, sometimes high strung. Likes luxury items, sometimes interested in spiritual stuff and likes a comfortable life. There will be unexpected changes in his personality and environment, cyclic rhythms can be observed. He has a variable nature ranging from mild to furious, overall erratic. He cannot sustain his interest in one thing for long, does not get deep satisfaction from anything. He may live a grossly materialistic life or attain Moksh! Either way his life is not completely natural. He does not have the endurance or interest in maintaining any sort of one-one relationships for long. Fickle minded, can get into a series of affairs, marriage is unhappy, cycle of marriage-divorce-remarriage is possible. He needs love, it is not an ‘equal love’ it is ‘needy love’. He requires support and security. If he does not get this, he collapses.

His over riding quality is a deep internal ‘disinterest’ on all levels, material, emotional and spiritual.

If I get a horoscope, I try to find out if the person is materially inclined or spiritually. Thus I can speak what he understands best. With Cancer ascendant, he is always at extremes. Even if the chart is spiritually inclined he can deny it completely and sincerely talk on the material and the other way around! And this behaviour will change again soon. So counselling him is difficult. If his material life is going well, he will long for the spiritual. And if the spiritual is going well, he will long for the material. He longs for the things which he cannot have at that point of time and always remains dissatisfied internally.

If Cancer is occupied by some planet then it will exert an inordinate amount of influence on the personality. Sun makes him passionate, dominating unable to get along with the spouse. Moon is better, can help endurance in marriage, but health is generally weak. Mercury gives medical problems and issues in marriage. Venus gives many physical affairs and unstable marriage. Mars makes him an active leader, so intense that he burns up within, impulsive, attracted to sex but marriage in a mess. Jupiter can give good results here if the rest of the horoscope is supportive. Saturn here is not good, later in life he may turn to spirituality or remain miserable. Rahu/ Ketu axis here can grant spiritual gifts but marriage is again a bit dowsy.

Similarly if there are planets conjoint/aspecting the birth Moon they will also expert significant effect on the entire personality. If the Moon is in the 3rd 6th 8th or 12th the houses of turmoil especially, do analyse him in depth.

Cancer ascendant, the depth of disinterest

Now let’s go deeper into his watery depths.

We have learnt about the Bhavat bhavam concept earlier. The 1st house is the bhavat bhavam for the 7th house and only for the 7th. Here the 1st house is ‘partnership of partnership’. The potential attributes of the 7th house will be given scope and actualised by the power of the 1st house. To ‘activate’ the 7th, the 1st has to give its energy. ie the 7th house is the potential related to marriage, business, partnerships, practices which take you to your own reality etc, but to make full use of this, the 1st has to divert its energies into the 7th.

Eg if you want to make the best of your marriage you have to give your own personal time, physical strength, mental energy, spiritual strength etc else the marriage will not realise its full potential. And since the energy of a house is limited, if you focus too much resource on your spouse, you might see yourself neglecting your business commitments or your spiritual practices or the other things linked to your 7th house. This is a general concept applicable across ascendants. (Similarly if you want to secure your 4th and 10th houses, your 7th house has to contribute its energy.)

The 1st and 7th houses are different from the rest, the rising and setting degree, ‘dawn and dusk’? The 1st is the morning dawn, things are coming out in the light. Things are more optimistic and if you have equal malefic v/s benefic influences on this, the benefic ones will give more results. The 7th house is the house of evening dusk, twilight, things are being obscured. Here the malefic influences are more powerful than benefic influences.

So always analyse this 1st/ 7th axis in depth to know about the entire personality. The 7th is the shadow part of the 1st. And choose your life/ business partners, spiritual practices and one-one relationships with the due diligence. They have a very direct effect on your personal energy.

Cancer ascendant, the depth of disinterest

And back to the Cancer ascendant with this 1/7 axis concept.

He has the most difficult 7th house. His biggest trauma comes from one-one relationships. This spills over all the one-one relationships in the family/ friends, profession/ business, spiritual practice etc also, and can poison his life subtly. (Leo ascendants also have a similar possibility.) The basic premise remains the same,

(1) The ascendant lord moves rather rapidly. Moon covers one sign in 2.25days so the ‘ascendant return’ is around every 28 days. Sun covers one sign in every month, the ascendant return is once a year. Whenever the ascendant covers one complete movement around the zodiac the personality also completes one cycle and noticeably changes. Thus the rate of change (personality/environment) for these two ascendant signs is rather high, Cancer is the highest.

(2) These two are the luminaries, the Kings of the zodiac. They preside over the highest chakras, Ajnya-Moon and Sahasrara-Sun. Sun represents the self-ego and the Moon represents the summary of all your present, past, future, parallel selves. They both are different from the rest of the graha. (The lower 5 chakras are the 5 non-luminaries. The forces which push the perfection of the energy structure out of order are the two astral Rahu/ Ketu).

The 7th house for these two ascendants is either Capricorn or Aquarius, both owned by Saturn. Saturn considers both Sun and Moon as his enemy. The slowest Saturn completes his round of the zodiac in 30yrs. So the preferred partner does not change his basic personality for 30 long years and also dislikes sudden changes. Coupled with point (1), this factor alone is reason sufficient for disagreement in partnerships of marriage or business. Saturn is linked to the lowest Mooladhar chakra. He is earthy, bound by karma, hard-working, dour, resistant to change, servant class, very serious, the divine spark is dimmed to the lowest denominator here. This with reference to point (2) above can ensure that ‘love’ or agreement in the marriage partnership soon becomes irrelevant and only duty remains. The person and the spouse, both are uncomfortable on the internal levels, often frustrated and alone. This affects the children if any. On the outer levels they may continue in a marriage of convenience or divorce. True companionship is always denied.

Both Capricorn and Aquarius are owned by Saturn but there is a subtle difference between the two. Aquarius is the Mool trikon sign for Saturn and he is more comfortable here, ie the energies represented by Saturn are more easily expressed in Aquarius. Moon’s mooltrikon is in Taurus not Cancer. And the Sun’s Mooltrikon is Leo itself. Mooltrikon is an important concept when interpreting planets placed in own signs. In this analysis too Cancer ascendant gets the raw deal.

Cancer ascendant, the depth of disinterest

Back to our analysis, now partnerships. The 7th house, Capricorn.

Spouse prefers personal privacy, is highly secretive, he will never let on how he feels or what he is doing. Dour, restrictive, hard, unfriendly, attracted to material stuff, serious, rigid, careful about money/ assets, miserly, harsh, hard working, conscious of social structure, somewhat cruel. If someone is in trouble will not help as thinks that they got what they deserved, not bothered? unkind? He is unemotional, also indifferent to other’s emotions etc. (For a Cancer ascendant guy, such a spouse is very traumatic). Then this spouse will not be in the least interested in religious or spiritual stuff. There may be severe arguments on this specific topic between the two. (This factor is very important. When I see charts for marriage, if the material is a bit dim but the emotional/ spiritual is supportive then the marriage will have its problems but mutual sympathy for each other’s emotions and faith in a common divinity can help the marriage survive. For Cancer ascendant this is typically not possible.)

Now the weird part, inter-linked karma. When you marry someone you take on the characterises of his/ her 7th house. Marriage means that you really take on additional karma. If you observe people married to Cancer ascendants, they become all this as above, more so after the marriage. So if our Cancerian guy marries someone with the expectation that the tiny niggling doubts will ease out after marriage, he is sorely mistaken as these tiny things will immediately flare up in a negative fashion as Saturn and Capricorn change him and his spouse both after marriage. (I have seen a lot of Cancer ascendants. eg in my own family, have been observing my two maternal uncles, their wives+children in depth all my life.)

Though Saturn is its ruler, Capricorn can easily bend or even break rules, ethics and morals if it thinks that this in its best interests. Capricorn is very clear on its personal level what it wants and has the determination to get it at any cost. Highly individualistic. All partnerships, one-one relationships of the Cancer have this energy at the core.

(Families can be a great life-time study sample. Observing them, we learn a lot about ourselves. Eg I have 3 people with my similar ascendant+Moon sign under observation. When I got married, my Dad pulled out couples from his client database who have the same ascendant+moon sign as me and my husband as reference samples. Transits give similar results.)

Cancer ascendant, the depth of disinterest

Deeper into our Cancer ascendant guy.

The 1st house is Cancer so this sign nourishes these attributes of its 7th house Capricorn and allows it full expression in his own personality. Pure Capricorn is not a friendly sign for one-one relationships and it is the fill-in-the-blanks for the Cancer ascendant. Cancer allows other impressions to register on itself. Overall this will be expressed as a very complicated mix in him. Cancer mixed with Capricorn is supremely uncomfortable. All the attributes of Cancer now overlaid with Capricorn. Quite passionate, amoral in a way, traditional only till it is convenient for himself, mixing with others only till he wants to, argumentative, to some extent immature etc. On the inner side there exists a core of harshness, cruelty, indifference to the other’s emotions etc the Capricorn traits. This is how a Cancer ascendant will behave especially after marriage as Capricorn gets fully ‘activated’. Now his own personality becomes very uncomfortable for him. And also to his family and friends. (He generally loses his pre-marriage close family/ associates/ spiritual practice). Remember Saturn causes maximum problems for Cancer.

So he takes emotionally charged decisions. He will leave a stable job and start an ill-considered business with an unsuitable business partner who will cheat him. He will take up some weird spiritual practice which will damage his energy body. Or join some cult. He will marry under a temporary attack of passion, romantic notions, infatuation. He will give himself over to his spouse in a frenzy of emotion only to realise that his understanding was unrealistic, done in a hurry, against all common sense, or against societal norms, or in expectation of some gain etc. This marriage then becomes a mill-stone around his neck and a source of life-long regrets.

If Capricorn is occupied by some planet, then the person will generally get married and then lead a typically difficult life. In this case, the personality becomes extra susceptible to the influence of the spouse and this carries on to his other relationships also ultimately spoiling them. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter if here or aspecting, cannot give a good marriage. Saturn, Venus, Mars can give a marriage of convenience if other positions support.

But if Capricorn is vacant, then there is a real possibility that marriage with another person will not occur and the person will prefer to find the deepest relationship within himself. This perhaps is the best option.

On the marriage front, I have seen that several of these Cancer ascendants do not get married nor into serious relationships. They do some regular spiritual practice. Second possibility is that they have a distant marriage where the job involves travel or something so that they never get to really be at home. Third situation is that they get divorced or widowed or get into flings or illegally keep more wives than allowed by law. There have been several exclusive studies and actual books on Cancer ascendant and its failures in marriages. Invariably Cancer ascendant with the Capricorn 7th house has the unhappiest marriages. (Leo ascendants too often do not enjoy a happy married life.)

On the business/ profession front, I have seen that these people generally do better in service, working in a company etc. If they start their own business, the possibility is that at least one business partner will cheat them. If they restart with another partner, the same pattern can repeat. Best would be to go solo in business.

The take away point for Cancer ascendant is that he should be willing and able to endure (this is extremely difficult given his basic nature). And second keep zero expectations from the material and emotional fronts (again this is practically an impossible feat). And the third, to involve himself in spiritual practice on a regular basis. Try doing Dhyan using the Mantra Soham, it will take 30 mins daily. This will help you gain internal stability to endure the disappointments of the material and emotional lives.

And all this is a reflection of Cancer’s deepest tendency, ‘disinterest’.

Cancer ascendant, the depth of disinterest

The current Saturn in Capricorn for Cancer ascendants is a sort of a make or break. They should be very very careful about defining what they exactly want in their one-one relationships. Whatever path they commit to now cannot be revisited in future as it will be powered by the irreversible Saturn+Capricorn power. Excerpt from my earlier post on Saturn transits “Transit Saturn in the 7th house, all your partnerships will suddenly develop issues. All activities which require fair play, negotiation, balance will fail. You will develop problems in business partnerships, marriage, contracts and legal situations. Patience and perseverance is the key. Do not make it worse by ill considered rash acts or immature behaviour.”

In addition, Jupiter is transiting your 6th house, Sagittarius, there is increase in ‘unhappiness’. Here is an excerpt from my earlier post on Jupiter’s transits. “Transit Jupiter in 6th house – The natural ruler Mercury is a number-cruncher analyst with limited deep understanding. Here Jupiter is exploited by endless, detailed, tasks and duties. You may be required to endlessly help those who are victims of disease, arguments, legal issues. These matters related to the 6th will expand in your life and drain you. Be careful of your own health, financial situation here. You may be required to give money/loans. Your enemies will suddenly get active. Professional front will be good and you will earn money from your job and family assets.”

Cancer ascendant, the depth of disinterest

After all this, finally the wonderful plus point for the last. The most challenging ascendent sign can grant the biggest prize, Self-realization.

If you analyse the horoscopes of enlightened Guru-s, the sages who attained Mukti, most of them are Cancer ascendants. (There are books which have these horoscope collections and analysis, do study them, they are fascinating). He can be extraordinary on the spiritual, unless he spoils his outlook and wastes his potential by getting married to unsuitable persons. He is capable of secluding himself, withdrawing from the society, doing spiritual practices, deep mediations. He is inherently dissatisfied with everything, so if he can divert this energy in the pursuit of the most highest it would be its best use.

And the best part is that spiritual conquest also does not appeal to him, so there are less chances of him failing. He is not fascinated by occult powers, Siddhi and thus naturally avoids the pitfalls. He pursues the Ultimate in the same ‘it is of no consequence’ mindset, disinterest here too. If he has grace/Guru-krupa on his side, he meets someone who constantly emphasises that he should continue doing his practice. He sort of drifts into Moksh. My own Sat-guru, Shri Muppin Kadsiddheswar (12:40 pm 23rd April 1905, Sangli, Maharashtra) attained Moksh in April 1934 at the age of 29yrs. Thus this theme of ‘disinterest’ then finds its real purpose.


(Have written about the Leo ascendent in my post here. Do read this post too. Both Cancer and Leo ascendants are similar in many ways.)

Cancer ascendant, the depth of disinterest

Cancer disease astrologically

Cancer is a disease of the entire body in a way. It is linked to dietary imbalances, acidic conditions in the body, weakened immune system, perhaps a bacterial or fungal infection which acts as a trigger, change in the normal growth behaviour of the body cells, exposure to mutagenic agents, then possibly genetically mutated cells, which then rapidly grow and consume the energy of the body weakening it dramatically often causing death of the body.

Generally it is observed that once cancer disease hits the body, life expectancy is drastically reduced and perhaps more importantly, quality of life deteriorates. From an astrological point of view, here are some of the things which are involved. (I have written a detailed post on overall medical diagnosis using astrology here.)

Cancer disease astrologically

Rahu’s nature is malefic, foreign, camouflage, unregulated, uncontrolled, breaking the rules, to reach his goal by any means possible. Ketu is a malefic too and represents dissociation, cut-off, and ‘wandering’, smoking habit in particular is linked to him. They both have a role in addictions and habits which are difficult to break. So both will be linked to cancer. In medical cases, Rahu/Ketu represent misdiagnosis and the disease conditions which are detected in the advanced stage, perhaps beyond treatment.

The Moon represents liquids and nutrition. It is said that mucus in the body is necessary for growth of these cells. These cells use up the nutrition meant for the overall body. Sugary foods and milk products add to the problem. In most cases mental strength of the person is decisive in pulling him out of medical problems, the energy of thought and positive thinking can work. Thus the role of Moon is important. A well placed Mercury too will help boost the mental morale and also help in faster and correct diagnosis. Getting the appropriate medical treatment at the appropriate time is essential.

Mars represents blood, thus red blood cells and bone marrow. Surgeries and invasive and painful operative procedures are his. Acidity in the body can be created by Mars and also increased by a malefic SunSaturn is another malefic who governs the ‘endurance’ and ‘ageing’ of the physical body, thus will be involved in all prolonged diseases including cancer.

Jupiter, is a benefic but represents expansion in every way possible. If he by chance indicates ‘expansion of disease’ he can indicate cancer. Also if he becomes a functional malefic in the chart, his role should be examined in detail. Venus too is a benefic, but can contribute to this by his connection to sugary foods and his role in creating addictions which can further lead to disease. eg chewing tobacco can cause cancer.

And the sensitive points in the chart are,

  1. The ascendant sign, the ascendant lord, these represent your physical body, the environment and the interaction between the two. A strong ascendent sign and its lord indicates the overall well being, vitality and the ability to bounce back after problems.
  2. Then the birth Moon sign, represents the emotional, astral, subconscious etc. A well placed moon is a big asset. The lens of perception he will decide how you perceive events around you.
  3. The 6th house is obviously the house of diseases thus the most  important. If its ruler is malefic, under malefic aspects, retrograde, combust, debilitated or in the sign (or even in the lunar mansion) of its enemy planets, he will give bad results.
  4. The 8th is the house of surgeries and death. Take note of the planets placed here and the ruler planet of this sign which can link to the type of disease and organ involved.
  5. The 12th is the house which indicates loss of the manifested/’wasting away’. Again the ruler planet and the planets placed here can indicate the organ and the type of disease.

Look for patterns involving these houses, signs and their lords and occupant planets. Pay special attention to retrograde planets, diseases indicated by such planets take longer periods to cure.

For Cancer there will always be Saturn and Rahu/Ketu together in some way or the other influencing/ afflicting the Moon and/or the ascendant lord/sign, in addition to other planets contributions. 

Cancer disease astrologically

Malefic influences in the house/sign and the body part which will be targeted, a very general list.
1st House/Aries – Brain, Head
2nd House/Taurus – Mouth
3rd House/Gemini – Throat, Neck, upper part of respiratory system.
4th House/Cancer – Chest, Breasts, lower part of respiratory system
5th House/Leo – Stomach, Blood, Bone Marrow
6th House/Virgo – Liver, Kidneys, Pancreas
7th House/Libra – Spine, back
8th House/Scorpio – organs in the lower parts of the abdomen, reproductive organs.
9th House/Sagittarius- Thighs
10th House/Capricorn – Knees
11th House/Aquarius – Calves, ankles
12th House/Pisces – Feet

The timing of the disease will be during the Vimshottari dasha main-period and/or sub-periods of the rulers and/or planets placed in the 6th, 8th and 12th houses. If death is to occur because of this cancer, then the periods of the Marak planets and/or Venus the natural marak must coincide with the disease causing periods.

Positive influences which can help recovery will be the planetary owners or planets placed in the, 3rd and 11th houses i.e. the bhavat bhavam of the 6th, 8th and 12th houses. Argala on these houses will also help health and recovery.

The physical manifested will be seen from the birth chart and the subconscious potential from the Navamsha D-9. When analysing for such a tragic disease, you should make use of the D-9 at least. Check if the ascendant lord gains power in the D-9, if the benefics and functional benefics/yogkarak gain power to give good results in the D-9.  And the planets involved in the 6th, 8th and 12th houses of the birth chart? How do they get placed in the D-9? Do they get aspected by benefics so that their potential to cause disease is reduced or do they get under more malefic aspects?

Predicting something like cancer, which is being recognised more as a lifestyle disease caused by faulty behaviour, environmental pollutants or cryptic genetic factors will be difficult as it is quite vague in its nature and style of attack. If the exact time of birth os available then you can use the specific detailed divisional chart for the answer. The same logic as above will be used in analysing the detailed divisional charts. But if you need to know and it is just one question you can use prashna kundali, it will give a precise answer.

Cancer disease astrologically


This post was in part response to this question I received in the contact form. I recently discovered your blog and enjoy reading it. Infact i read it almost everyday …..
………. there is a cancer patient in almost every houshold irrespective of lifestyle. Can you write something on the disease of cancer and the auras surrounding the person or the astrological combinations that point to this disease as most people realise that they have cancer only during the advanced stage….) 

Timing death for close relations

Sometimes you will get clients whose parents or near relations are seriously ill and they do not have the correct birth time available. So of course you will use the prashana kundali to analyse the health and recovery of the client’s relative. But sometimes it can be serious and you may see no chance of recovery. Predicting death in clear words is never advisable unless you are very sure, as it can break down the will power of the family/patient. Or later there might be doubts in your own mind if you did the correct thing by telling them what you saw.

Here is a simple way to recheck your grim predictions. So you do not have the birth details of the patient, and the prashana kundali indicates death. But you have the exact birth time of the patient’s son/daughter/brother/spouse. Look up this relative’s chart and find out which Mahadasha/ Antardasha and current transits are on for this relative.

The rulers of the 2nd and 7th houses counted from the ascendant are called the natural marak /death-inflicting planets and determine the timing of physical death of the body. If we count this second and seventh houses from other houses, then their owners can be used to indicate timing of death of the close relations signified by these houses.

Timing death for close relations

First using the Vimshottari system,

Spouse – Period of the ruler of the 1st house can cause death of the spouse. The 1st house is located seventh from the 7th house which represents the spouse. Also the period of the ruler of the 8th house of the native’s chart. (8th is second from 7th)

Mother– Period of the ruler of the 5th house can indicate the death of the mother. The 5th house is counted second from the 4th house. Also the period of the ruler of the 10th house (10th house is counted seventh from the 4th house).

Father – Period of the ruler of the 4th house can cause death of the person’s father. It is seventh counted from the 10th house. The 10th is the house of the father. Also the period of the ruler of the 11th house can be used for timing death of the biological father. (Some consider the 9th house to be the house of the father, but I have found that the 9th is more apt for father-figures, teachers, Guru/second-father/spiritual-father, ancestors, patrons etc. The biological father is better seen from the 10th house).

Siblings – Period of the ruler of the 4th house can cause death of the siblings, cousins, brothers. The 4th house is the second counted from the 3rd house. And the period of the ruler of the 9th house (counted seventh from the 3rd house).

Children – Unfortunately this also happens sometimes, parents have to go through the pain of seeing a child leave the body. In this case birth time would be available so you can check for longevity from the child’s chart itself. But as a secondary confirmation, you will find that in the parent’s charts, the 6th and 11th house lords periods/sub-periods can indicate the death of a child.

Now from the transits,

Check out the transits of the biggest separative graha, Ketu and the agent of constriction Saturn. e.g. Last year, Ketu was in Capricorn, counted fourth from Libra. I observed 3 clients with Libra ascendants bidding farewell to their mothers in this period of 1.5yrs. So check if you have Saturn or Ketu transiting houses which indicate close relations as per your birth chart, e.g. 1st house = self, 3rd = siblings, 4th = mother, 5th = children, 7th = wife/husband, 10th = father. Then check the chart of that person for longevity, if he has neared his/her allotted life-span, then death of the body might occur. If not then this combination will give temporary separation, e.g. living away for studies or work etc.

While analysing, look for patterns which repeat, one single combinations does not make a reading. There will be at least 2-3 combinations which will confirm the reading.


Timing death for close relations

(These are just a few tips to get you interested in analysis. No event occurs in isolation, all are interconnected. Always keep a database of your and extended family’s charts with you so that you can learn as events happen in their lives.)

Ketu + Saturn in Sagittarius 2019, implications

This is a continued post on the present Saturn retrograde, April 2019 to Sept 2019, in Sagittarius (140 days retrograde motion from 30th Apr to 18th Sept).

Apart from the basic analysis, the major concern is that Ketu the headlessSaturn the agent of karma are together. Ketu is fiery and separative, Saturn is airy and restrictive. 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 is intense on the psychological and inner spiritual levels. And Saturn has become retrograde, thus both are travelling in the same direction from Earth’s point of reference. It is going to be quite difficult for Sagittarius and especially Purvashadha born individuals during this period.

Ketu + Saturn in Sagittarius 2019, implications

During this retrograde period, both the planets will be on exact same degree on 1st May when Saturn will be in retrograde motion in Purvashadha nakshatra. And again on 28th Sept when he will become direct again and again conjunct Ketu exactly again in Purvashadha nakshatra/lunar mansion. People with ascendant or moon sign in Gemini (7th from Sagittarius), Libra (11th from Sagittarius) and Aquarius (3rd from) should be extremely careful on these 2 days. Take no big decisions. Observe the events on these days as they can have life-time impacts on you.

If this much was not enough, there are more planetary influences in the mix.

  1. Mars will be travelling in Gemini during 7th May- 21st June 2019, he is in forward motion. (Mars is aggression, sometimes misplaced confidence and temper, a fiery combination in the present Gemini/Sagittarius axis.) He is also going to be combust for a bit (10th Jul – 14th Oct) when he passes near the Sun.
  2. Mercury will enter Gemini on 1st June, go briefly retrograde in Cancer – Gemini from 8th – 31st July 2019. (Thought processes, analytical mind and intelligence may get twisted.) He is also going to be combust for a bit (8th Jul – 2nd Aug) when he passes near the Sun.
  3. Sun is going to be with Rahu the trickster in Gemini from mid-June to mid-July. (Misplaced ego, pride and temper may cause problems.)
  4. Then Venus too is going to be with Rahu in Gemini from 30th Jun to 23rd Jul in forward motion. (Relationships and wisdom under fire.) He will then become combust for a bit (25th Jul – 10th Sept) when he passes near the Sun.
  5. And finally Jupiter is currently retrograde in Scorpio, he started his retrograde motion from Sagittarius in Apr, so till he changes his direction in Aug 2019, the events happening in the Sagittarius-Gemini axis will influence him too. (Wisdom may be lacking and selfishness may predominate your actions.)
  6. And as always, the Moon will do his 2.25 day transits over each sign, so will traverse this Gemini/Sagittarius axis twice every month.

Whenever these planets are going to be in Gemini they are going to be with Rahu and aspected by the Saturn+Ketu combination from Sagittarius (7th from Gemini). Things can get very volatile.

So buckle down and open your charts, go through what every planet means to you in your chart and especially what the Gemini/Sagittarius axis means to you. Almost everyone is going to get hit, in someway or the other, during these few months. A few tips to help you cope,

  1. No big decisions, try to continue as you had started during Apr 2019 and try to continue this till Sept 2019 till things somewhat normalise.
  2. If the currently retrograde planet is retrograde in your birth chart too, you have an opportunity to clear out your karmic balance. It might be painful in the physical context, but will help on the spiritual levels.
  3. If you are already ill in some body part, take care and your medicines on time.
  4. Try to control your mind, emotions and do not lose your temper. There will be ample provocation from the agents of the Gemini/Sagittarius axis in your chart.
  5. Do some spiritual practice everyday for 10 mins at least, anything that you are drawn to. Give yourself this time you are going to need it.

This is a very typical period where the main slow moving graha, Saturn and Jupiter are retrograde both at the same time. Then Saturn interacting with Rahu/Ketu and all the remaining planets interacting with Rahu in sequence, and they are also going retrograde themselves and combust too in sequence. Do analyse your horoscope, am sure everyone can at least try matching keywords at the very basic. At all times try to keep calm, disciplined, be patient and think twice before you act/react.

As always, this period too will pass.


Ketu + Saturn in Sagittarius 2019, implications

(There was a question on the current transits thus these two posts. I hope that they help you in analysing your charts and being more prepared during this period. I have written more about the real nature of these planets in my earlier posts, which you can read by clicking the pink colored word links. I cannot do a personal detailed transit report, but I think I have written enough for you to work out things for yourself.)

Saturn turns retrograde, 2019

Planets move around the Sun in at constant speed and in one constant forward motion. But when we see them from earth, they seem to go through various types of movements in the sky  Perspective! These movements are of eight types (as listed in the Suryasiddhant written by Mayadanav),

  1. Vikala – no movement, the planet seems to be stationary. This can be for hours or upto 5 days days depending on the planet. e.g Saturn seems to stop /stambhit, for about 5 days before he changes his apparent direction of motion while Mercury is stationary for just a few hours.
  2. Vakra – Retrograde, when the planet in the motion reverse to the usual forward motion and apparently moves backward into the zodiac. e.g. Saturn will turn retrograde on 30 April 2019 and Jupiter is retrograde now.
  3. Anuvakra – When a retrograde planet goes back into the previous sign continuing in its retrograde motion. Jupiter did this when he reversed direction and came back from Sagittarius to Scorpio in Apr 2019.
  4. Manda – forward motion but somewhat slower than usual
  5. Mandatara – forward motion and even slower than the previous Manda motion
  6. Sama – the planet has started accelerating in the forward motion
  7. Chara – is faster than the previous Sama
  8. Atichara – when a planet in forward motion enters the entering next sign really very fast, e.g. Jupiter entered Scorpio in 2018 Nov and he moved really fast and entered Sagittarius in April 2019, in just 6 months.

Saturn turns retrograde, 2019

Retrograde planets are linked to your past life lessons, those few lessons which you revise again and again. So their energies are more directed inwards towards the self rather than outwards. Rahu/Ketu are always in perpetual retrograde motion they rewind and replay the experiences of your life thus you extract the maximum learning from them. They are are very intense on the psychological and inner spiritual levels. Now to evaluate the results of any planet in retrograde motion in your birth chart, first evaluate,

  1. the basic nature of this planet, e.g his natural karakatva, Saturn is your work and gains,
  2. then which signs/ houses of the zodiac he naturally rules, Capricorn/10th house and Aquarius/11th house,
  3. then in your personal birth chart, where he is placed, the aspects that he has on others and the aspects he is under, is he retrograde, debilitated, combust or with malefics/benefics etc. This is the routine analysis which you already know by now.

Now here are a few rules for specifically analysing retrograde planets in your birth chart.

  1. If the retrograde planet is exalted in your birth chart, he will not give his results in the physical life, his energies will be completely directed inwards. This is good from the spiritual point of view as this would mean you have finally internalised your lesson.
  2. If he is retrograde and debilitated in your birth chart, he will give all his results in the physical world, he gains power and can be very helpful. Can give extraordinary power and position. But he will give nothing for the internal spiritual life.
  3. If more than one planet is retrograde in your chart the power of the planet which has advanced most in its sign will be comparatively more. eg. Saturn retrograde placed in 27deg Taurus will be more powerful than Venus retrograde placed at 5deg Cancer.
  4. If the currently retrograde planet is retrograde in your birth chart too, you need to do some spiritual activity till he turns forward again. You may face some slow downs and problems in those aspects of life which are in linked to this planet and his position in your chart in your physical life. But this will boost you spiritually. So plan on doing some meditation, pranayam or any practice which you are drawn to.
  5. The 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th houses are the pillars on which your life rests, the Kendra houses.
    • If natural benefics owns 4th, 7th and 10th houses and are retrograde then they will not give good results in the physical life. i.e Jupiter, Venus, Mercury (Moon is never retrograde). But will give good results for the spiritual things.
    • If natural malefics own 4th, 7th and 10th houses and are retrograde, they will give good results for the physical life, but not for the spiritual life.
  6. The 1st, 5th and 9th houses are the Dharma trikon which represent the help you get from others, this ensures you achieve your life objectives easily. Any planet which owns these houses and retrograde can give very good results in the physical life. (If he owns the 6th, 8th and 12th houses too at the same time, his results will be a bit lowered).
  7. One important point is that in case the retrograde is a Anuvakra. The planet crosses back into the previous sign during the retrograde motion. e.g the present Jupiter has started retrograding from Sagittarius in April 2019 and has crossed back into the previous sign Scorpio now. So for babies born now, Jupiter will give a mix of results Scorpio+Sagittarius.

Saturn turns retrograde, 2019

Astronomically Saturn reverses his direction whenever Sun enters the 5th or 9th house counted from his sign (Sun is in Aries in April 2019) and turns direct again when Sun enters the other 5th or 9th sign (Sun is in Leo during September 2019).

Very briefly on Saturn’s present retrograde. He is aspecting Gemini (7th from), Libra (11th from) and Aquarius (3rd from) as he is placed in Sagittarius. Right now he is with Ketu and aspected by Rahu, briefly Mars will aspect him in May-Jun. So if you are born with the ascendant or the Moon in these four signs will need to take special care. Also check out what these 4 signs represent in your chart, you will get some trouble from these parts of your life. Libra will be the least affected followed by Aquarius, Gemini and then Sagittarius which is going to bear the brunt of this retrograde.

This Saturn will make everyone go slow and think before taking decisions related to career, professional things, investments, like-minded groups, speculations, stock markets etc. Do not take big decisions related to legal issues, relations, financial matters, you might need to review them after Saturn turns forward again. If you are ill in some body part connected with Saturn (bones, teeth, ligaments, nails, hair etc) take special care. If you also have a retrograde Saturn in your birth chart, then expect issues with money flow and work. Try to behave in an honest, legal and professional manner, be disciplined, self-restrained and efficient as possible as taking on Saturn’s qualities will be good during this period.


Saturn turns retrograde, 2019

Yogkarak planets, functional benefics

Yogkarak planets are an important concept in reading a chart. These are functional benefics for the chart and are determined as follows. In your chart, the basic birth chart with the ascendant as the 1st house, check out the following planets,

  1. The lords of houses 1st, 4th, 7th, 10th (these are called the Kendra houses)
  2. The lords of the houses 5th, 9th (these are called the Kona houses, together with the 1st they make up the Dharma trikon)

If you have a planet which simultaneously owns a house in both of these categories then it is a Yogkarak, a powerful functional benefic for the chart and your life.

Here is the list of Yogkarak planets for the ascendants,

  1. Aries ascendant – None of the planets fulfil this condition
  2. Taurus ascendant – Saturn is the lord of the 9th house (sign is Capricorn) and the lord of the 10th house (sign is Aquarius).
  3. Gemini ascendant – None of the planets fulfil this condition
  4. Cancer ascendant – Mars as he owns one Kona house i.e. 5th house (sign is Scorpio ) and one Kendra, the 10th house (sign is Aries).
  5. Leo ascendant – Mars, as the lord of the 4th house, Kendra (sign here is Scorpio) and also owns a Kona, i.e. is the lord of the 9th house (sign here is Aries).
  6. Virgo ascendant– None of the planets fulfil this condition
  7. Libra ascendantSaturn, he is the lord of one Kendra, lord of 4th house (sign is Capricorn) and also owns the 5th house (sign here is Aquarius).
  8. Scorpio ascendant – None of the planets fulfil this condition
  9. Sagittarius ascendant – None of the planets fulfil this condition
  10. Capricorn ascendant – Venus as the lord of the 5th house (sign here is Taurus) and the lord of the 10th house (sign here is Libra)
  11. Aquarius ascendant – Venus as the lord of the 4th house (sign here is Taurus ) and also is the lord of the 9th house (sign here is Libra)
  12. Pisces ascendant – None of the planets fulfil this condition

It may seem a bit strange that the so-called malefic planets, Mars and Saturn are Yogkaraks but Jupiter considered to be the biggest benefic is not a Yogkarak for any ascendant.

Yogkarak planets, functional benefics

Yogkarak for Venus ruled ascendants is Saturn and vice versa. Makes sense in a way, as Venus and Saturn are best buddies. Venus and Saturn may sound a bit funny, something like a happy handsome outgoing man being best friends with an aged sour, workholic discipline freak older man. But look into their natures closely. They match. Both love discipline, Venus too does not like if you break the rules, his rules are moral, of fairness and balance. He is the toughest teacher, teaches us the value of relationships. Both are deeply connected with death. Saturn rules the endurance of your frame and Venus will decide when you have filled your treasuries and thus its time to leave.

So what does this Yogkarak do? In a chart, if the owners of the Kendra and Kona houses are together in a single house they get the capacity to give extraordinary results. The Yogkarak in the specific ascendant’s chart has double the power, as he owns both types of houses, a Kendra and Kona. Thus wherever he may be placed he will always give excellent results. If the Yogkarak planet of a chart is placed well, exalted, with other benefics or in his own sign or has his power enhanced in any way (e.g. in the further divisional charts), it is even better. They can change the entire outlook of the chart.

Saturn is Yogkarak for Libra and Taurus, works well everywhere. If he is placed in a Kendra or Kona, he will give exceptional results for the entire personality. Even in the dushamsthan 6th, 8th and 12th, he will bring out the best possible he can.

  • For Taurus ascendant, if Yogkarak Saturn in the 12th house, sign Aries, he can cause a few problems as he will be debilitated.
  • For Libra ascendant, he will be debilitated in 7th house (sign Aries) which can delay marriage but Saturn’s direct aspect over the ascendant itself can give very good results.

Mars is the Yogkarak for Cancer and Leo ascendant, ruled by the luminaries the Moon and the Sun. Thus the dreaded Manglik tag need not be quite applied to charts having these ascendant signs. Such a Mars can give quite good results overall because of his position as a Yogkarak.

  • For Cancer ascendant, Mars the yogkarak gives very good results in all houses, wherever he may be. If he is in the ascendant Cancer itself, he will be debilitated but still can give good results for the personality. However will cause problems in marriage because of his direct aspect on the 7th house. Such a person will always be aggressive with his loved one.
  • For Leo ascendant, Yogkarak Mars gives good results in all the houses he is placed in, except the 12th house (sign Cancer) where he is debilitated.
  • For both these ascendants, Mars in the 8th can cause some issues, but if such a person follows some deep meditation, Dhyan, pranayam etc where he actively works on his breathing, it will be of use.

Venus is the Yogkarak for Capricorn and Aquarius ascendants. He will perform quite well in all houses, even in his sign of debilitation Virgo.

  • For Capricorn ascendant, Venus debilitated will be in the 9th house. So will be very supportive in life, securing its very foundations.
  • For the Aquarius ascendant, Venus will be debilitated in the 8th house occupied by Virgo. So will support by providing good natured, wealthy in-laws family and also will grant inheritance and legacies and bequeaths.

So if you ever get a chart with the ascendant signs, Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Libra, Capricorn or Aquarius look out for the Yogkarak planets and what they are offering. Their gifts can be so powerful that they can change the entire outlook of the horoscope.


Yogkarak planets, functional benefics

Saturn’s energies and you

Am sure you would wonder why would anyone want to increase the energies of Saturn in their life. Well, we are not increasing/decreasing anything, we are just trying to balance it and make effective use of it.

Wherever Saturn is placed, he puts restrictions and constrictions on the keywords of that house. If badly placed, then he can cause quite a lot of problems, from physical aging, to problems in social identity, profession, money flow, problems in the residence, nameless fears, no comforts, pessimistic attitude, emotional restrictions, no rest, no sleep etc.  He is exalted in Libra and debilitated in Aries (the exact opposite for his father the Sun). However after he matures at the age of 36yrs, his actions become more understandable. Sun, Moon  and Mars are his enemies, MercuryVenus, Rahu are friends with him and Jupiter and Ketu are sort of neutral to him. He is a natural malefic and has the ability to strike fear.

  • Saturn can perform generally well in houses 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th, but this is a very generic statement. You will need to check what aspects he is under and what houses he owns too. E.g. Saturn in the 8th house will give a long life, i.e. he restricts death, but if there are other influences he might make it difficult to leave the aged body! More malefics influence him, more problems will he cause.
  • Saturn in the 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th houses generally gives troubling results unless balanced out by some benefic influences. (One exception here is Libra ascendant, if Saturn is in Libra, as yogkarak and exalted, he can even grant Moksh if other planets support.)
  • If you have Saturn aspecting/conjoint the Sun or the Moon take special care of your eyes.

The Saturn beej mantra is, ‘Om praang preeng prowng sah Shanischarya namah’, which can be recited once, thrice or 108 times on Saturdays.

Saturn's energies and you

There are a few things that you can do to regulate and balance Saturn’s energies.

  1. You can add the colors, smells/fragrances and food tastes linked to Saturn in your life. Don’t overwhelm yourself, just a touch here and there.
  2. Take care of your teeth, brush with astringent toothpastes.
  3. Also take care of your bones, take your calcium and eat a healthy diet.
  4. If you drink milk, do not drink buffalo milk, stick to cow milk.
  5. Try to get an oil based massage once in a while. If it is not possible do a self-massage, apply your favourite massage oil to your feet, hands and head etc wherever you can easily and then shower.
  6. Avoid non vegetarian food and alcohol. It may be impossible but then if you can try to limit yourself to just fish for the protein and limit alcohol intake for only at social events.
  7. Feed ravens once in a while, give them chapati or bread something made of grains. (If ravens are not available near where you live then next option is crows)
  8. Do not lie and do not cheat. Such an important lesson, our teachers taught us when we were children. Also avoid taking up professions where you are required to lie all the time! e.g. lawyers? (If you are already a lawyer, help a genuine poor, blind or aged client free of charge once in a while).

And the kindest things that you can do are these acts of charity. These will help your own soul as well as bring real happiness to those who are forgotten by society. Do this with a genuine intention of being of service with love and respect.

  1. Call up your aged parents or grandparents once a week, or run some errands for them if you get the time.
  2. If you can afford it, maybe once a year, give a treat, sweets or fruits to an old age home. If it is not possible then take your own aged parents or grandparents for a special treat once in a while. Be compassionate.
  3. Specifically try to help out blind people or aged people. It can be as simple as helping them on the street or giving up your seat in the bus.

Saturn is the energy of Karma, you have to pay-back and rebalance, there is no option sometimes. So some pain will be involved. Interpreting Saturn’s role in your horoscope is very typical. You do not like the lessons that he teaches, he can be quite harsh. So try to bring into yourself the qualities of responsibility, silence, self-discipline, detachment and objectivity, in short ‘grow up’. Know that you have to give back, if you can give it back gracefully, karma will be more easily satisfied.


Saturn's energies and you

Marak, rulers of the 2nd and 7th houses

Marak/Marakesh is an important concept in Jyotish. Marak is the planet/s which decides the timing of exit from the physical body, death. The situation of death is defined by the 8th house and the conditions active at the moment of death are seen from the power of the Moksh trikon, but timing is from the Marak. The planetary lord of the 2nd house and the 7th house of the ascendant is the Marak planet for the chart.

The 8th house and the bhavat bhavam of the 8th i.e. the 3rd house are called the Ayush sthana, houses of longevity. The twelfth house counted from these two houses are thus the 7th and the 2nd houses, these are the Marak/death determining houses.

Then there are natural marak planets i.e. Saturn, Mars, Ketu and Rahu. These three can on their own cause physical death without much assistance from other planets but its quite rare. They need to be connected in some way to the 2nd or 7th houses or their lords. Physical death is an extremely significant phenomenon, it is not determined by a single placement but by a synergy of the entire chart’s energies as a whole. The Mahadasha or antardasha ruled by the Marak, or a particularly important transit of the Marak planets can serve as the final break point.

Marak, rulers of the 2nd and 7th houses

So why the rulers of 2nd and 7th houses? These are auspicious houses, so why should they be used to judge the time of death. Death is not considered auspicious, or is it?

House 2 – You all know quite a bit of astrological stuff by now, so what all does the 2nd house stand for? Think a bit and read on.

  • 2nd house is the storehouse. You, in your life gain experiences of several sorts. Also you accumulate several types of stuff. These are your assets, the treasures of your personality and your environment (defined by the 1st house). These are ‘collected’ in the 2nd house. You finish collecting all that you have decided on, your treasuries are full. Now what? You leave! The body cannot take in anything anymore, you have completed your targets. Saturation.
  • Now the natural ruler of the 2nd is Venus. He is also rules relationships at every level.  Relationship with the act of death naturally ruled by Mars of Scorpio 8th house. The 2nd house here is one-half of the yoke, the other being the 8th house (it is counted seventh from 2nd). When you finish accumulating your assets in the 2nd house, the 8th house will trigger the fast terrifying transformations of your assets, take these stores and use them in a balanced manner, converting your physical identity to that of the astral. Emptying them and making them ready for the next rebirth.

House 7 – After reading this about the 2nd house, I am sure you can work out why 7th house ruler can also indicate the time to exit the physical body.

  • The 7th house rules bargains, partnerships, balance and equatable sharing. Throughout your life you are actively involved in several kinds of partnerships. Every relationship can be viewed through the lens of a ‘partnership’, where both partners gain fairly. So what happens when you reach your goals on partnerships and gains from them?
  • We take birth to re-balance karma, no other reason. ‘Balance’ is the reason for this life in this body. We decide on how much of this karma-balance-target at the moment of birth. This moment of birth is the 1st house, and the 7th is the other part of the yoke.
  • Once you achieve the goals, it is time to set new targets, i.e. leave the old physical body and take on a new one.
  • The stuff you have in the 2nd house also represents the secret gains from the 7th house (it is the eighth when counted from the 7th house). It represents how you have used the energy of the 7th to change the status of your karmic-balance.
  • The natural ruler here is also Venus, as he rules the 7th house of the zodiac, Libra.
  • Venus is the real moksh-karak, when yoked to the vitality of Mars he can even grant you Moksh if the time is right. When all your karma is balanced by the assets you have gained in your this incarnation. This is one of the reasons Moksh is considered to be the primary function of Venus and not any other planet.

Marak, rulers of the 2nd and 7th houses

If in the horoscope the Moon sign is more powerful than the Ascendant sign then check out the 2nd and 7th house lords counted from this Moon sign, they can also act as Maraks.

Then there are those periods in life where life becomes unbearable. There are catastrophic changes and traumas which makes one want to end it all. But these are not periods where death will occur. These hard times are related to the following planets, their Vimshottari Mahadasha /antardasha or significant transits. The power of the planet to give positive or negative results should always be examined before arriving at a conclusion. And then as always look for patterns not single placements.

  • Lord of the 12th house counted from the Moon or Ascendant or Saturn – Loss of emotional support and comfort, extreme loneliness and grief. Separation from love and loved ones. A deep desire to move into the astral dimensions permanently.  This causes a desire to leave the physical body frame. The spirit wants to dissolve and separate.
  • Lord of the 8th house counted from the Moon or Ascendant or Saturn – Again this planet cannot confer physical death but traumatic catastrophic changes which are quite death-like. Transformations of personality in every way, positive and negative. Sudden wealth, legacies, accidents, surgery, magic, tantric stuff, divorce etc, but never actual physical death.

The length of a life is not important the intensity is. Mars rules intensity and Saturn rules endurance. Mars is always willing to change, transform and he has the capacity to generate enough resources to facilitate his fast and furious movements. Saturn is slow, he moves slowly generating his resources and the processes which he rules over linger on. Mars, the ruler of life and death is also the natural partner of Venus, the ‘natural’ ruler of 2nd and 7th, the ‘natural’ marakesh. And Venus is Saturn’s best friend too.

If the chart shows the influence of Mars over this process of physical death, it will be very fast. If Saturn has links to physical death then it will be slow and often via a lingering illness. If you have Mars and Saturn both involved with your 8th house then be prepared for the long haul, a long life has been granted to you. If benefics aspect they will give a graceful and dignified transition.

The timing of death is the Marak. The situation of death is the 8th house. What happens during the death process is the Moksh-trikon together. But do remember that longevity is calculated differently. ie If the longevity is shown to be long then Marak’s periods in young life will not cause physical death. So if you are interested in physical death, first calculate longevity. Sometimes you get a case where the person is enduring a prolonged illness. You look at the chart and see that though the Marak’s periods are on, the life span allotted to the chart is not yet complete. Such a typical time frame gives ‘sickness’, this sickness may manifest as extreme sadness (astral body suffers) or actual sickness (physical body suffers). The pran-link between the jivatma/soul and the body/robot is thinned down. The soul has not yet decided to leave. In such a case, prayers and healing (on spiritual, physical, emotional and mental levels) can convince the soul to stay on and continue in happiness.

Back to Venus, the morning star! The natural owner of the 2nd and 7th signs thus the natural Marak. Venus always fascinates me. He is Maya, cannot be determined if he is real or an illusion. He is beautiful, balanced, he knows the value of stuff, he grants the deepest knowledge, he decides the time when your body has exhausted itself. He tells you it is time to get a new life! He tests you, he does not grant his wisdom so easily. He defines relationships, the most important one being your relationship with your own self. He is perfection! A philosopher might say that the family/ 2nd house and the spouse/ 7th house are the things one most loves and thus these are the ones which destroy him in the end!


Marak, rulers of the 2nd and 7th houses