Shri Plava Naam Samvatsara is coming to an end. As per our national Shakya era, Shri Shubhakruti naam samvatsara will begin from 2nd April 2022. The Chaitra Shukla Pratipada, called the Yugadi युगादि (mispronounced as Ugadi or Gudi in the local languages) and is the first day of the Vedic new year or varsha. Shri Shubhakruti will end on 22nd Mar 2023. On this last day of the varsha, Sun and Moon will both be in Pisces, this is the no-moon Amavasya of the Phalgun month.
Shubhakruti is a compound word in Devbhasha Samskrutam, Shubh + Akruti which means a beautiful shape, bright form, auspicious template, ready for work, rapid movement of form, fortunate aspect etc.
On the new year day, do take some time to reflect on what has happened to you in this past year Shri Plava and think on how you will use the opportunities that the new Shri Shubhakruti will bring for you. There are several methods to predict the Nav Varsha phal, ie the results expected in the new year. In this post we will use the Navnayak scheme of things with the sunrise chart on the Yugadi at Ujjain. This will indicate the broad trends expected in the new year. (Ujjain, the city of Bhagwan Mahakaal is the center of the Earth in the energy sense.)
The chart for the first sunrise of Shri Shubhakruti has Pisces as the ascendant sign with Sun, Moon and a fully combust Mercury in it. Rahu is in the 2nd house and Ketu in the 8th. Saturn and Mars are together in the 11th house. Jupiter and Venus are in the 12th house. The D1 and the D9 Navamsha charts for this new sunrise of the year are as follows.
Broadly, the ascendant lord Jupiter is not placed well in both D1 and D9, pulling down the overall quality of the chart. Moon and Sun in the 1st house are well placed, this means a lot of potential energy is available but combust/ debilitated Mercury will vitiate the thinking process and people will boldly act in undesirable ways affecting the general wellbeing. Homes, children, enemies and partners will be more in focus in everyone’s lives.
Rahu in Aries is aspected by Mars and will cause an unending desire for increasing wealth and assets through any means possible, he will also trigger violence and trauma from time to time. Expect tension in families and mismanagement of family wealth. On the other hand, Ketu is heavily influenced by Jupiter so can give deep philosophical understanding, but coupled with severe turbulence and drastic changes in identity, including physical deaths. Doing some personal spiritual practice, reading deep philosophy eg our Upanishads etc can help channelise this energy. The complete Kaal sarpa is operating and it is strong as the ascendant sign is also within its axis. Thus Rahu will get more power to direct the energies of all the other planets in the direction of his choosing. (Analyse the role of Rahu in your personal chart)
Saturn and Mars in the house of gains are good. Saturn in his own house and Mars exalted so both are comfortable and powerful but they are very close together, barely 2 deg apart. This extreme Saturn Mars conjunction can create several problems in actually getting those promised gains, as their energies which are opposite in nature. One is restrictive/ conservative the other is pioneering/ outgoing. And both are well placed in the D9 too, so are strong from the inside out, so equally matched. So there will be a strange simmering tension in the family, with your elders, friends and in meditative practices.
Venus and Jupiter in the Vyaya sthan can grant spiritual growth as a whole but this will be coupled with the loss of the material. Ascendant lord in the house of losses is not a good thing, expect losses overall and as the 10th lord in the 12th everyone will be required to work hard in the profession, take unpleasant decisions and follow them through boldly. Venus is better placed because his position somewhat improves in the D9, but he will cause loneliness and isolation on several levels.
Overall it is a mixed bag of energy. (Try to analyse the D1 D9 charts together to gain more insights into the power of the planets.)
The Navnayak rulership is that every planet gets a post, a role or a ministry, a responsibility for the year. So the ‘planetary government’ for Shri Shubhakruti is as follows.
- Raja – Saturn
- Mantri – Jupiter
- Arghyadhipati – Mercury
- Sasyadhipati – Saturn
- Senaadhipati – Mercury
- Rasadhipati – Moon
- Dhanyadhipati – Venus
- Nirasadhipati – Saturn
- Meghadhipati – Mercury
The King for the year is Saturn and this one fact clearly indicates the serious nature of the things to come. Whenever Saturn or Mars is King, we generally face misery and turmoil. Last year, Shri Plava had Mars as King. Before that Shri Sharvari had Mercury as King. And before that Shri Vikari’s King was Saturn. Shri Vilambi was ruled by Sun. For Shri Hevilambi it was Mars. The past few years have been dominated by Saturn and Mars and the current year is again ruled by Saturn, adding to our burdens.
Saturn additionally holds the posts of Sasyadhipati and Nirasadhipati. 3 out of 9 posts are controlled by the karmic enforcer. The Minister is Jupiter who holds only one portfolio in this year. Mercury holds 3 posts, Senaadhipati, Arghyadhipati and Meghadhipati. Moon holds one post of Rasadhipati And Venus also has one single responsibility, he is the Dhanyadhipati.
Of the 9 posts in the planetary government, 6 posts are controlled by malefics. ie Saturn, the top boss is controlling 2 more portfolios. Mercury is completely combust and thus is considered malefic, so his 3 ministries are also set to give unpleasant shocks. The 3 posts ruled by the benefics are weak as Jupiter and Venus are not well placed and Moon, as is usual every new year, is with the Sun.
Notably missing from the scene are Mars and Sun.
- The Sun is again missing from the planetary government of this year. This is serious, as last year too he did not have any portfolio. The natural ruler of the zodiac not being involved in active governance is not good. We all wondered why our governments were not taking effective actions against antisocial elements etc last year and now this same pattern is set to repeat in the new year.
- And Mars is a very pure energy. He is the exhilaration you feel when you win. The pure joy of coming first, competing. The wind in your hair and the land under your feet. We will all miss this pure spark of initiative and confidence in Shri Shubhakruti. There will be a lack of courage, an inner sense of inferiority will increase, we will fear to break out of ingrained habits, choose underhanded means to power, try to sabotage and overall dirty games will dominate all actions.
So despite the lovely name ‘Shri Shubhakruti’, life will be not so secure, satisfying or comfortable in this year. There will be issues which have to be, above all else, endured, as Saturn grants infinite endurance. You cannot fight or preempt these problems as there is no Mars nor Sun to help you with their energies of confidence.
So the results for this year Shri Shubhakruti are going to be on these lines. (Try to think on the keywords of the planets, signs, houses, Nav-nayak names etc to derive more inferences.)
The government with Saturn at its head will expect a strict adherence to rules, regulations and everyone will be required to follow the law. New rules will be made and strictly implemented. Realignment of the government system and its rules is imminent. Decision making will be slow and only after repeated discussions and longish planning processes. Farmers, miners, labourers, carpenters etc all those who physically work with their hands will benefit from the government policies. Schemes for the benefit of the poor and marginalised groups will increase.
Ancient Magadh, ie todays Bihar, Jharkhand and surrounding areas are going to prosper. Mining and heavy industries will show profits. Saturn will ensure that various implements made of metals are available including weapons of war. Gold, silver, precious stones etc will become expensive. Agriculture will be good. Especially dry food types eg resins or dryland crops eg millets will be available in sufficient quantities. But specifically grain production, transport and storage will be affected. Overall burden will increase on several fronts and hard work will be necessary. People will be forced to behave in a virtuous way and meritorious people will get their due. Those who sincerely work will get their due returns as karma is on a high in this year.
Diseases to rigidity, dryness, cell death and system failure will increase, ie arthritis, diabetes etc. This year the King himself is in charge of the ‘essences which do not nourish’, which is not a good sign. Everyone’s health will be affected in some way or the other. Deaths of important political and significant religious leaders are expected, more by ill-health than any other reason.
Mercury will ensure that the military gets more funds. Minor skirmishes at the borders to outright wars in some areas of the world are expected. Governments will set up advanced intelligence networks and engage in systematic spying. Tactics will be well thought out and bring results, ie wars will be waged only after complete analysis and preparation. Terrorist activities and proxy war type of situations will increase, but the perpetrators will also be caught. New software based technical weapons will be developed. Physical fights with conventional weapons will be relatively less compared to invisible cyber wars. The Air Force will be more deployed during this time. Finance and money will be used as a weapon in economic wars. The e-world is the new battle ground as cyber attacks increase. Cyber crime, especially of the financial sort will increase exponentially. Be careful about digital money and digital ways of payments, apps may crash or be hacked.
Expenses will increase overall as essential commodities will see a hike in price. Water and food quality will decrease. Consumption of medicines will increase. Accidents caused by sabotage, fire and rage are possible along with losses due to natural disasters. It will be difficult to perform auspicious ceremonies, functions etc as money will be tight.
This year, summers will be short and scorching. Expect water scarcity in large cities. Rains will be sufficient but accompanied by strong winds. In cyclone prone areas there will be serious damage. For our nation, both the east and west coast, especially WB, should be prepared. There is a possibility of heavy rains in the mountains, ie areas from JK, Ladakh, HP, etc till the NE states and resultant floods in the plains. One devastating earthquake is possible in the Himalaya. Winter will be severely cold. Expect unnatural rains, fog, hail, snow etc especially in Jan-Feb 2023.
Jupiter as the Mantri is one good thing this year. He is weak but still can infuse some positivity in the system. The coordination within the national government will be smooth, clear thinking will be appreciated. Some archaic laws will be removed and new forward thinking laws etc will be brought in. Education policy will see a change. Also our economy as a whole should improve. Devbhasha Sanskrutam, our ancient sciences Ayurved etc and Dharmic philosophy will see a boost. A revival of culture and tradition is expected to some extent. Temples will be rebuilt as people try to find support in their traditional thought processes. Religious leaders will try to cause confusion but will be stopped before causing much damage. Gold prices will soar, gold and precious metals will soon go out of the reach of common people.
Moon as Rasadhipati means that availability, demand and consumption of liquids, alcohol and drugs, etc will increase. But these products will also be susceptible to adulteration. Nutrition will be affected so general public health will suffer. People will be interested in relationships more because of selfish and personal need based motives. Crimes against women can increase. Warmth in relationships will reduce, expect arguments within the family and with people with whom you have ‘need-based’ relationships. Chemicals and chemical related fields will see a boost as their need will increase in the coming times.
Venus will ensure that there will be enough cereal production in the year. Especially white coloured grain will be plentiful. But despite this people will be inclined to eat unhealthy and adulterated food which will have a negative effect on their health. Cultivation of medicinal herbs will be plentiful and profitable. But fake and adulterated ayurvedic medicines will have a negative impact on public health. Choose your medical professional carefully in this year. There will be opportunities for those who engage in secret trades and private type of businesses, their riches will increase. Silk, perfume and essential oil industry will see a boost.
There are several major transits in this year,
- True Rahu Ketu have just entered Aries/ Libra on 12th Mar 2022 (Mean nodes on 12th Apr)
- Jupiter will enter Pisces on 13th Apr
- Saturn will enter Aquarius on 29th Apr
- Saturn will re-enter Capricorn on 12th Jul
- Saturn will re-enter Aquarius on 17th Jan
- Mars will be going retrograde and forward, something which he does every 2 yrs, in this year.
Such high quantum of change and with such rapidity in a year where Saturn, the Shanishchara is the King will be fundamentally problematic.
The overall results for individuals will depend on the power of the personal horoscope. If you have a strong birth horoscope, ie a strong ascendant sign/ lord or a strong birth Moon or a strong Ashtakvarga table or your D1 D9 dynamics is strong or if several of your planets are Vargottam etc then you are better equipped to deal with whatever comes up in life. If the basic personality is strong, then you will be able to easily tide over issues in life. If you are undergoing Dasha periods of benefic planets, you will get their help in overcoming any possible negatives now. And if you have helpful planetary transits over your birth chart positions, then these graha too can create opportunities for you. Even if you feel that things are going adverse you will be able to make something positive for yourself. (Use this post as a baseline to develop your own line of thinking about the coming future.)
Pujas for welcoming the new Samvatsar are similar all over Bharat. Obviously there will be local and cultural variations but the basic concept remains the same.
Briefly, everyone should wake up before sunrise, get fresh etc. Rangoli, Kolam etc is to be drawn outside the front door. Torans, garlands of marigold flowers, ripened wheat stalks, mango leaves etc should be tied to the front door. The daily Agnihotra is to be performed at the exact sunrise time. Next is to offer Arghya to the newly risen Sun. Regular pujas of the household deities are to be performed. The head of the family should read the Varsha phal from the new year’s Panchangam so that the entire family hears it. A naivedyam is offered to the deity and distributed as prasadam. (A coarse mixture of neem flowers/new neem leaves, coriander seeds, jaggery, tamarind and salt coarsely crushed together is the special naivedyam for this day). Then the family should go to a local temple, do puja, give Daan and intend for a happy new year.