Raj Yog in the horoscope

There are so many combinations on the Raj yog that it often becomes confusing for students. To begin with remember this simple concept, “Any combination of the Kendra and the Kona energies is a potential Raj yog”. 

The Kendra houses are the 1st 4th 7th and 10th. These are the pillars on which the entire horoscope is raised. There is one house from each of the trikons, Dharma 1st, Arth 10th, Kaam 7th and Moksh 4th trikon-s. The potential of your horoscope is summarised in these 4 Kendra houses. If you understand the Bhavat Bhavam concept, the importance of these 4 houses will be clear. The 7th house is the only house directly linked to the 1st. And the 4th and 10th are directly connected via the bhavat bhavam to the 7th house. The personality expresses itself mainly through these 4 houses in a solid manner.

The Kona houses are the three, 1st 5th and 9th. The 1st house is a Kona as well as a Kendra house and interlinks the energies of these two types of houses. It is the pivot around which the entire horoscope turns. The three Kona houses together are actually the Dharma trikon. This represents the power of the personality and how you use it to ever-evolve yourself. This interlinked 1/5/9 axis of genius, creativity, foundations, luck, blessings and auspicious merits is the real creator of your dynamic personality. In this axis, one aspect of your personality creates the second which again creates the third which cyclically feeds back to the first, in an ever evolving spiralling manner.

  • 1st house –  the overall personality, the overall environment, role in society, will power, health, longevity etc, basically a snapshot of you
  • 4th house – the security, comforts, emotional health, nurture, mother, childhood experiences, basic education, house, lands, vehicles etc.
  • 5th – divine intelligence, creativity, expression of creativity, children, self-ego, recognition as an individual, spirituality
  • 7th house – husband/wife, partnerships, legal relations, business, fertility, passion, foreign travels, business rivals too
  • 9th – all the support you will receive from all sources, your beliefs, patrons, peers, paternal figures, religion, ancestors, your past life merits etc
  • 10th house – social presence, power, prestige, profession, salaries, actions done to resolve karma, power, authority in public etc.

The concept of Yog-karak is also derived from this. If a planet simultaneously owns a Kendra and a Kona house then he is capable of giving a lot of positive results in life. He then called a Yogkarak. This one planet placed well can confer ‘Raj yog’ on his own.


So open your birth chart. If there any connections between the following, you have a ‘Raj-yog’ in your chart. It is as simple as that. (There are other combinations which are also called Raj Yog, but the common factor is that the energy of the Kona or Kendra has to be involved.)

  • 1st lord with 4th lord
  • 1st lord with 7th lord
  • 1st lord with 10th lord
  • 1st lord with 5th lord
  • 1st lord with 9th lord
  • 4th lord with 5th lord
  • 4th lord with 9th lord
  • 5th lord with 7th lord
  • 5th lord with 10th lord
  • 7th lord with 9th lord
  • 9th lord with 10th lord

These connections can be, 

  1. Exchange of houses, also called parivartan (post here)
  2. Kendra/Kona lord occupying a Kona/Kendra position (one exception is the Kendradhipati combination post here)
  3. Sometimes, even if they are conjunct or even aspecting each other in a positive house then too you can consider them to be in a sort of a Raj-Yog. More the combinations more strong is the yog and more likely to give significant results.

These planets creating the Raj-Yog should be strong and capable of auspicious results. So you will have to check out their Shad-bala, Ishta-bala, Vimshopka,  Ashtakvarga, position in the Navamsha etc depending on your level of study. (There are other combinations too which are called Raj yog, but to begin with, start with this concept.)


And it is a very common question is that despite having Raj-yogs in a chart why do they fail to realise their promise. Here are some points which you can use in your study.  

  1. Power of the ascendant sign. This sign produces your physical body, the physical environment around you. If the sign is afflicted by malefics or in any way blocked from giving results, or are not capable of auspicious results then the personality and the environment is not strong enough to produce the results of the raj-yog.
  2. Power of the ascendant lord. This graha coordinates between the personality and the environment. The dynamic aspect. He has to be strong to be able to make full use of the potential of the chart. (post here)
  3. Power of the birth Moon. The birth Moon is a major force in your chart, almost equal to the ascendant lord. Analyse him properly before you do anything else. He controls your astral body, emotions, perceptions etc and subtly influences everything around you. Eg you might become the CEO of your company but if your Moon is weak, you will suffer stress and not be able to enjoy this position.
  4. The Dasha-s which never come or which come at the inappropriate time of life. You have to learn Dasha-s very systemically to be able to time events. Vimshottari dasha system has to be learnt in depth. Study at least one more Dasha system in addition to Vimshottari. Always use two Dasha-s systems to cross check your predictions. The potential of the house is triggered only in the appropriate Dasha, which should come at an appropriate time/age. Eg. If the triggering dasha comes at the age of 4yrs age and it is to do with the 5th house. What is the child going to do about his 5th house potential at this age? He might get parental love, be a confident child etc. His parents will benefit to some extent from the child’s chart’s positive energy and thus the child will indirectly benefit. But that is about it. Now if this triggering Dasha were to come at the age of 25yrs then the actual person would have really been able to use his own energies.
  5. Then it is possible that the results may be delivered only in specific mahadashas/ antardashas/ pratyantar dashas. eg. if it were to occur during Rahu Mahadasha then he will take away the successes after his dasha period gets over. So a spectacular rise followed by a rapid descent is seen.
  6. The fine-tuning can be done using transits. These are the regular movements of the grahas in the zodiac. These can be used to exactly pin-point the exact timing of the event within the broader framework of the Dasha.
  7. Next is the divisional charts. You cannot predict only with the birth chart. Eg a beautifully placed Sun in the D1 becomes debilitated in the D9. The potential is hollow, it will not give happiness, instead give inauspicious results, a beautiful apple with a rotten core. You have to analyse the D9 always. And in case the question is specific then the specific DC should also be referred to, eg for profession then the related D 10 too should be seen. 


Why does some event occur? Why does some promised event not occur? If it did occur, why did it occur the way it did? Why at this typical intensity? These are questions which make one a good predictive astrologer. Try to learn astrology systematically (post here), analyse your sample charts. Try to match the events in life, like getting a job, marriage, deaths, divorces, birth of children etc with the charts. This is the only way you will learn. Just reading books is not enough. Learning to predict events successfully in the correct perspective comes only by practical practice.

(There was a question on this and I felt it was better to write the answer as a small post.)

Judge a true Ascetic from the horoscope

We are seeing a surge in spiritualism with ‘spiritual masters’ and ‘mystics’ popping up all around. Most of these are businessmen capitalising on the commercial aspects of the “spirituality business’, looking to cheat you of your money. Or Yogi-s who are on the same path as you are. A real Sat-Guru is someone who has realised the Eternal Advaita, a Jivan-mukt. There are very very few of these in the world right now. (I have written on how to analyse spirituality, the power of the chart and the evolution level of the horoscope.)

Then there are the true ascetic, Sanyasi-s. These are also rare, not very common. These are men/women who turn their back very firmly on the material world in their over-riding desire to experience the Ultimate. Every action they do is only for this objective. Such people cannot enjoy materialistic life and are repulsed by it. If someone really has the qualities to be a Sanyasi/ascetic then the following combinations will exist in his chart. More the combinations more pronounced is the effect.

Judge a true Ascetic from the horoscope

First and foremost is Saturn’s paramount influence. For getting into full time spiritual activity and rejecting the society structure, Saturn has to be powerful in the chart. Or should control important houses of the chart. Without his blessings, no dedicated spiritual activity is possible. He decides when your outer karma have been balanced so that you enter the inner spiritual with the finality of Sanyas.

Some typical combinations,

  • Ascendant lord aspecting Saturn. But no one else, not even Saturn, should be aspecting the ascendant lord in return. This is possible if the ascendant lord is Jupiter or Mars who can aspect Saturn with his extra aspects.
  • Saturn aspecting the ascendant lord. But no one else including the ascendant lord should be aspecting Saturn. This is possible if Saturn aspects this planet with his extra 3rd and 10th aspects.
  • The ascendant lord is Saturn himself unaspected by any one else. This is possible if the ascendant is Capricorn or Aquarius.
  • Check out the planetary ruler of the birth Moon sign. If this planet is Saturn himself and unaspected by any one else then it can give full-blown Sanyasi tendency. Or this planet is aspecting Saturn but no one else should be aspecting this planet.

If any of these above conditions exist in a birth chart, Saturn will strongly repulse all inclinations towards the materialistic world, allow the clean separation from it and entry into Sanyas. Such a person will at some point of time, leave the society and take up Sanyas. The timing of this event will be decided by the transit/ dashas. If the suitable dasha/ transits do not come up at the proper age then this event may not even happen. The promise of the birth chart needs the appropriate dasha/ transit to fructify. eg If this time comes when the age is 3yrs, naturally a 3yr old is not going to take Sanyas! Or if this time comes at the age of 70yrs, then the main life has already passed by and formal Sanyas at this age is rather meaningless, the person has already entered the Sanyas-ashram stage of life. But if this time comes at the age of say 25-50yrs then the formal Sanyas event can occur in a very final manner.

In addition to these conditions, if the Ascendant lord and the birth Moon are strong then he will be very well adjusted to the spiritual path he chooses. If Ketu has some connection with Venus then he gain significant progress in it. And if the Sun is also enabling, then he can be a publicly visible personality eg a Guru with many disciples etc prominent in society.

Judge a true Ascetic from the horoscope

Now if any chart,

  • If any of these above conditions exist but only partially, eg if Saturn is aspecting the ascendant lord with his 7th aspect, ie getting aspected by the ascendant lord in return, or is conjunct with other planets etc.
  • Or if there are other powerful combinations involving these planets with each other, Saturn, ascendant lord, 9th house lord, 5th house lord, Yogkarak planet and birth Moon.
  • If in the birth chart, if the Saturn, ascendant lord, birth Moon or Yogkarak are unaspected by anyone else and very powerful then,

Then this person will have a deep discontent with the material world but the active action of turning into an ascetic, Sanyasi, will perhaps be impossible. He may be unhappy, discontent, may not marry, may not be happy professionally, there may be bouts of isolation, self-doubts, loneliness, depression and dejection. He may have all possible material comforts, a good family, a good job, but he will not derive any satisfaction from these material things. He will desperately long for Realisation, initially there will be obstacles and confusion in this path. Only after middle age will the situation get more comfortable as he will understand himself better. Such a person needs to take up some sort of spiritual practice to maintain his inner balance else his levels of frustration can get very high.

Saturn will grant significant spiritual growth for these following ascendant signs, depending on his position in the chart, the power of the chart as a whole and the evolution level of the chart.

  • Capricorn and Aquarius ascendants can become highly spiritual after middle-age if the other combinations support.
  • Taurus and Libra ascendants too have a significant possibility for spiritual progress as Saturn is Yogkarak for these two.
  • And, as I always stress, Cancer and Leo ascendants have a fast-track on the spiritual route as their 7th house is owned by Saturn. (The 7th house also indicates the highest one-one relationship with the Self.)

If your ascendant is one of these six signs then try to do some regular spiritual practice, it will help in very deep ways. This can be as simple as reciting the Gayatri mantra or lighting a lamp or giving Arghya to the Sun or Dhyan Sushumna Yog- Soham, anything which you feel drawn to, but do it daily.

Judge a true Ascetic from the horoscope

The next planet which has a significant role in spiritual growth is Jupiter. If there is a conjunction of Moon, Jupiter and the ascendant lord in the birth chart, then this person is an ascetic at heart. This personality is sober, gentle, loves God, kind etc. Depending on the triggering dasha/ transit, he will interested in religion and spirituality, start doing some type of spiritual practice. He will experience the higher levels of consciousness and internal awareness with time. This combination by itself is not strong enough to make him formally a Sanyasi, he will not leave the society with just this combination. However he will be apart from the mediocrity of social life, he will be away from the tangles caused by society and remain immersed in his own internal happiness.

Now in such a birth chart,

  • if Saturn also conjuncts or aspects these three, (Moon, Jupiter and the ascendant lord) then also this person may formally take Sanyas in life and leave the material world. The triggers for this actual event would naturally be the Dasha/transits of Jupiter and more importantly those of Saturn.
  • If Saturn’s influence is missing on these, (Moon, Jupiter and the ascendant lord) in the birth chart, this person may live in society, but only till Saturn transits over them or aspects them. Or he goes through an important Saturn’s dasha period or a Saturn’s transit over a significant house. Now this person will change, his internal desire for renunciation of the material will trigger and he can take the decision to leave the material world, become a formal ascetic. Or he may live on in the society but internally he has dissociated from the illusion that is Maya. The humdrum of the social world will mean nothing to him now onwards. He will more strongly embrace the internal world.

The next planet we should consider is the Sun. He has to be either very strong or very weak! Both these options will drive towards asceticism.

  • A strong Sun (check the asktakvarga, shadbala, navamsha etc) will make the personality focus more strongly on his own internal divinity, but with an awareness that hidden behind his own tiny ego is the Eternal intelligence of the Advaita.
  • If this Sun is weak, then the personal ego is already very dim and the personality is more than willing to realise the Highest within.

Finally some connection between Venus and Ketu is necessary. It can be as simple as conjunction, aspect, bhavat bhavam, some connection in the navamsha, or one of these occupying a Nakshtra owned by the other, etc. There will be some interaction of Ketu and Venus energies which will trigger the final realisation of Moksh.

You might not get clients which such full-on ascetic combinations in your practice. But you definitely will get charts where there are partial combinations. Well-off people but with a deep internal turmoil. In such cases, advising them to start some personal spiritual practice will help them. And if your own chart shows such partial combinations then spend time daily in Dhyan, in your spiritual practice and in contemplation of the inner Eternal.



Fine tuning predictions, Dasha plus Transit

In astrology, we need to time events. Making predictions is a necessary analysis. For this we have the Dasha systems. The most popularly know is the Vimshottari dasha system but there are the others too, like Ashtottari, Yogini or Kaalchakra. The potential of the birth charts is converted to reality only during specific Mahadasha/ antardasha main and sub periods (there are further smaller subdivisions too, eg Vimshottari has 5 sub-levels, but interpreting them is tedious). Sub-periods can be upto 2-3yrs in length. So, within a sub-period how do we pinpoint the exact time when an event is to occur. (The potential of the birth chart is the basis of all predictions so do analyse your birth chart in detail before going on to timing events. This will include at the very basic, the birth chart, the birth Moon chart, the Navamsha D9 and the Ashtakvarga.) There are a few rules given in the classical texts for pin-pointing events with transits and Dasha.

Fine tuning predictions, Dasha plus Transit

There are some planet based Dashas like Vimshottari and Yogini. Here the periods in life are ruled by a sequence of planets.

Check out your main and sub periods from your vedic astrology software. eg Vimshottari Dasha system, you are in the Saturn Mahadasha, Venus Antardasha. Saturn Mahadasha continues for 19 years and in this this is the Venus sub-period is about 2yrs 9 mths. So you should be analysing Saturn for 19yrs and Venus specifically for 2yrs 9mths. During this time you should be aware of what Saturn and Venus are upto in the current skies. Their transit positions, combustion, retrograde, conjunction/aspects with other planets. You are interested in the movements of these two planets in the transit as they directly affect you.

When this planet transits the signs owned by his enemies or his sign of debilitation or gets combust he will be unable to give auspicious results in his period.

  • Eg For Saturn this would be when he transits signs owned by enemies, Leo, Cancer, Aries (also debilitated) and Scorpio. He will get combust once a year for about 25days. So during these times during the 19yrs Mahadasha he will be unable to express himself fully.
  • Eg for Venus, this would be during this transits in Cancer and Leo the signs ruled by enemies. He will get combust once a year for about 20days. Look out for these transits during his Saturn-Venus 2yr 9mth sub-period.

Now when the owner of a time period is in his own signs, his sign of exaltation or in signs of friendly planets naturally he will give auspicious effects. Even during retrogression, he can give good results as during this period he allows re-thinking and revising, so you are able to take more considered decisions.

  • Eg For Saturn this would be when he transits Capricorn, Aquarius, Gemini, Virgo, Taurus and Libra (also exalted). He will get retrograde once a year for about 3-4 mths.
  • Eg for Venus, this would be during transits in Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Taurus, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces (exalted). He will get retrograde once a year for about 3-4 mths.

In all this keep track of Saturn’s and Venus’s interactions with each other in the current skies. We are comparing their real time transit interactions with each other.

  • Eg If they go in the 6/8 or 2/12 axis then their ability to mutually interact gets compromised. Eg if Saturn is in Gemini and Venus is in Taurus its a 2/12 axis. Or if Venus is in Virgo and Saturn is in Aries 6/8 axis.

This is how the potential of the promise of the Dasha is fine-tuned using the transits. Do appreciate the difficulty of predicting pin-point events. So if you want to see how the Saturn Mahadasha-Venus sub-period is going to be, you need to know the potential of the birth chart, then track the movements of Saturn and Venus throughout the 2yrs and 9mths in the future. You have software, panchangam and ephemeris to help you but still it will take time, a few hours or more.

Fine tuning predictions, Dasha plus Transit

And there are some Sign based dasha systems, like Kaalchakra, Jaimini rashi dasha etc where the periods in life are ruled by signs and not planets.

The concept remains the same. Identify the Sign/Rashi whose Dasha is on. What all this sign signifies in your birth chart will be in focus during its time period, the background energy. Then check out the transiting planets which will be in or aspecting this sign during its time period. Whatever these planets signify will be in focus on the background of the sign. Their comfort levels, combustion, retrogression etc will help pin-point events. This analysis will also take time.

If you are used to working with the Jaimini rashi Dasha systems, you can draw the Dasha pravesh chart for the exact minute the Sign/Rashi Dasha starts. It gives a quite reliable summary of the events possible during this period. For the other Dasha systems knowing the exact minute for the start of the time periods is not possible, so you cannot use the Dasha pravesh chart.

Interpreting Dasha and transits against the backdrop of the birth chart requires time and practice. Practice with your and your family/friends charts whose exact birth details you know. Get your experience and then start doing the readings professionally. So open your own chart, try to tally events of the past 6 months and then try to predict the events possible in your life for the next 6 months. Practice.


Vimshottari dasha of the rulers of the houses 7-12

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

At the simplest analysis, periods of a planet activate the houses he owns in the chart, this is the major influence on your life. If the house is strong you should expect powerful results. The other planets if placed in this house are also activated and give results.  Planets placed in the house will modulate the results (give about 15% weightage per planet). Several planets placed in a house will make it a focus point of your life as a lot of events of your life will be linked around this house. e.g if you have a SunMercury placed in the 4th house in Aquarius, then in the period of Saturn, your 4th house will be active and you or your mother may get into a government job, she may learn or teach you new skills, hard work will be required but you/she will have the self-ego, confidence to pull through and benefit etc.

Vimshottari dasha of the rulers of the houses 7-12

Periods of the lord of the 7th house give power to your relations and your ability to relate to others. You will be more in on-one partnerships which may be business, marriage, finances, material, emotional or even spiritual. The focus will be on partnerships linked to the social or legal structure. Marriage, business partnerships, gains, contracts, legal instruments, financial gains will all be possible. During this period you will be successful at bargains, agreements, diplomatic mediation etc, you will balance things and achieve harmony. “Feel good” all around. You might be involved in the concerns of your spouse, understand him/her better and generally have a good time, children may be born.  The 7th lord is a marak, the planet who times physical death. So if you have reached the limit of your allotted longevity, physical death can occur in this period. If you are spiritually inclined then you will make progress in your search for Yourself.

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

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

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

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

If you are seeing possibly negative results, you should analyse the Saturn transits (2.5yrs per sign) and Rahu/Ketu transits (1.5yrs per sign) and Jupiter transits (1 yr per sign). These can either intensify the result or grant some relief depending on where they are located in transit. Saturn acts as a brake, you are required to endure. Rahu will pull you wildly into the experiences of that house, Ketu will make you indifferent to them and Jupiter will expand whatever it signifies. Now use these keywords logically. e.g. The changes triggered by the 8th house will be just as deep but their quality will be modified, with Saturn they can take longer to complete and you will be required to endure patiently.

Vimshottari dasha of the rulers of the houses 7-12

Periods of the ruler of the 9th house are the high points in life and should be utilised intelligently. Marriage, birth of children, growth, maturity, development of the personality, new directions in profession, you might take up a teaching type of job, help from seniors, travel opportunities, pilgrimages, blessings from the ancestral spirits and advantages in the society are all possible. A deeper understanding of all aspects of life is gift from the 9th house. You become more ‘heavy’, the understanding of your life experiences now reflects in your aura. Realisation, philosophy, acceptance are the keywords here.

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

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

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

The period of the 11th house ruler is very favourable. This house is all about ’Acceptance’, you are accepted in every sort of environment and you are permitted to operate here. You are not barred from any activity, and risk-taking is also permitted. There are no restrictions! So depending on the power of the house in your chart, this period can give very high gains. Friendship, large social groups, like-minded community, interlinked networks will all be active and expand. You will meet new people. You might receive prizes, public recognition in-addition to financial gains. Whatever you have laid down in your life as of now you will reap its results. You might gain from your father’s family. You will be lucky, so speculation and financial asset creation is possible. Anything that can be inter-linked will be available and anything that can give gains will benefit. You have the widest scope possible here to further your material and social goals. Children getting married is one possible result, giving advantages in every way.

Vimshottari dasha of the rulers of the houses 7-12

Period of the 12th house lord is a time of retreat. One way or the other you will be put in seclusion. The vitality and activity of the physical body is reduced in some way. You will be distanced from material concerns. Travel, either to foreign lands or to the meditative sub-conscious states is possible. Depending on how this house is placed, you can be required to live in a research lab, forestland, prison, hospital. Activities of the bedroom or the mediation room, take your pick. You might sleep more, travel astrally more, develop ESP and clairsentience, receive guidance of the ancestor spirits etc. If this period occurs after mid-life it is more manageable, but if it comes when you are supposed to be active in life it can cause problems. If this occurs in the teen age, you might suddenly withdraw from your social life, might lose interest in keeping the physical body attractive, self image might shatter, just as you are entering social life, this can be especially traumatic. These are ‘dissolving’ energies, so the teenager will not be interested in learning art/ craft/ life-skills/ athletics etc normal teenage activity. As the Mahadasha ends, you will regain your interest in your physical body/environment.

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

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

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


Vimshottari dasha of the rulers of the houses 7-12



Analysing Rahu Mahadasha

If your birth moon Nakshatra/Lunar mansion is Mruga or Chitra or  Dhanishtha then you will have your Rahu mahadasha going on at your birth. The balance of the planet’s dasha period remaining at birth is calculated using the location (degree/minute/second) of Moon in his nakshatra at birth. If you get this birth time wrong your starting point will be wrong thus your entire life-time’s calculation will go wrong. Rahu’s mahadasha is a long period and goes on for 18yrs, a lot of things can occur in 18yrs!

And then, Rahu’s mahadasha and his sub-periods in the other planets Mahadashas do occur at any point of life. Check out which Mahadasha/Antardasha you are on using any Vedic astrology software. Vimshottari dasha, is the most popular dasha system used for timing events and is quite accurate too, beginners should start with this to get an idea of how planets interact to create an event. So to analyse Rahu Mahadasha, follow these steps, take your time over it.

Analysing Rahu Mahadasha

Step 1 is to know the aspects of life Rahu represents and the power he has to deliver his results. This is the basic minimum. You should know what he is going to give you, then predicting the timing will make sense!

  1. Rahu in your birth chart (divisional chart 1/D-1).
    • He is placed in which house and in which sign? Thus which parts of your life is he controlling?
    • The ruler of this sign, is he a friend/neutral/enemy planet for Rahu? How is this planet placed? Is he strong/weak etc, as Rahu will take on his powers and ability to give results.
    • Is Rahu exalted/debilitated?
    • Which planets is he conjoint/aspected by? Thus which other aspects of the personality is he influencing directly and indirectly.
    • Has he matured?
    • Which lunar mansion/nakshatra is he placed in? He will be influenced by the ruler of this nakshatra and its characteristics too.
    • And finally is there any planet placed in Nakshatra owned by Rahu? He can be influenced by these too!
  2. Repeat this same analysis from the birth Moon sign, to know how you will ‘feel’ in Rahu’s Mahadasha. Your emotional levels and mental comfort is seen from the birth Moon. These aspects of life can be completely different from what is happening on the physical level.
    • E.g. If Rahu is placed in your 11th house from the ascendant, then he will give gains of every sort on the physical levels. But if he is placed 6th from the birth Moon, you will not find emotional fulfilment in those gains, emotionally/mentally you will be in turmoil.
  3. And this same analysis using the divisional chart 9, Navamsha chart will give a perspective on the sub-conscious expectations and the sum total of Rahu’s potential. The subconscious desire, suppressed within your astral self, which will erupt now. (Do this part whenever you feel more confident, else might end up confusing yourself)

Step 2  Smaller sub-periods within the main period/Mahadasha are called successively Antar-dasha, Pratyantar-dasha, Sookshma-dasha and Pran-dasha. The logic on how to analyse these even smaller units of time remains the same for each planetary owner of the sub/sub periods.

  1. Find out the power of the sub-period/antardasha planetary lord and the aspects of your life that he controls just like you did for Rahu above.
  2. Then analyse the relationship between Rahu and the sub-period owner planet. Are they friends, enemies or neutral? How are they placed in the chart? e.g. If they are in the 6/8 or 2/12 uncomfortable aspects, then that sub-lord’s sub-period will not be comfortable, unless the other planet is very strong.

Step 3 is the routine planetary transits/gochar. These can modify results to some extent. So draw your birth chart on a paper and superimpose the current planetary positions on it. Use a different pen so that you can make sense of the composite chart you are drawing.

Analysing Rahu Mahadasha

Rahu is the desires that you have, things that pull your soul. Rahu is perpetually in retrograde motion so his lessons are repetitive and always on the inner psychological levls. In Rahu’s periods expect situations which will test you on the mind/body levels. You may achieve a lot of things but there will always be unexpected things/reversals/gains which will keep you on your toes. He desires privileges, social recognition, ambitions and entry into the elite. Rahu can obscure divine intelligence and basic common sense, so you are carried away with a desire to possess. Things of glamour, thrills, opportunities, secrets, scandals, unusual, foreign, risks, fascinations, surprises will enter your life. You might cheat and use non conventional means to achieve your desires. Rahu is not straightforward. If Rahu in your chart is strongly placed these results last beyond his periods else as his Mahadasha ends these gains can also be taken away.

Rahu takes on the characteristics of the planets he is associated with, so you will need to pay special attention to these influences on him. Most importantly the karakatva of the sub-period/antardasha ruler planet is extremely important. Rahu will amplify all that this planet stands for (karakatva) in your horoscope. If the lord of the sub-period is benefic or poised to give good results in your chart, this Rahu Mahadasha can bring them as Rahu will amplify. e.g. Marriage is also possible in this period as desires and passions are on a high. If the sub-period planet is associated with partnerships and/or romances then love affairs/marriages can occur.

Then Rahu’s periods can also cause physical death, he is quite capable of bringing physical death by himself. Especially so if he occupies the 2nd or 7th house. Or if his sign owner is an Marak, owner of the 2nd or 7th house. Or his sign ruler is placed in the 2nd or 7th house. Or if the sub-period owner is the Marak (but predicting physical death requires in-depth analysis, so don’t scare yourself).

Analysing Rahu Mahadasha

Now to analyse the sub-periods of Rahu’s main period/mahadasha. This is just a starting point for you to base your own analysis on.

  1. Rahu antardasha
    • This period continues from the Mars Mahadasha and compared to the physical movement and single pointed conquest of Mars, your horizons suddenly seem to widen. Desires increase, but it is a diffuse desire that you feel for several objects at once. These desires will depend on Rahu’s karakatva which you have analysed above.
    • This period can disorienting, Mars and Rahu are both passionate planets so actively bring about things. Changing from one to the other will not be a smooth transition, at least the first 6mths will be full of rapid change.
    • Rahu-Rahu results will be as per Rahu’s nature in your chart which you have evaluated above. This is pure Rahu giving whatever he is capable of giving in your chart.
    • You might have to face misunderstandings, rebellions, upheavals, extremes of passions, obsessions, entry of foreign elements. Try to keep an intellectual rein on yourself during this period, do not over-step limits.
  2. Jupiter antardasha
    • Jupiter generally allows Rahu full permission to express himself. You will get all the opportunities to follow your desires. There will be few restrictions, the environment is gentle, generous, benevolent, cheerful and you tend to be successful in your endeavours.
    • You might be required to perform some guidance or elder type of roles depending on the mutual relationship between Rahu and Jupiter in your chart. You might gain students/children or a new teacher/higher education. You might also gain insights into the occult if your chart permits.
    • Do not get carried away in this period, use your wisdom to rein in Rahu’s more wild antics because karma is judging.
  3. Saturn antardasha
    • Now the restrictions and rules begin, also the repercussions of the permissive Rahu-Rahu and Rahu-Jupiter sub-periods. It can be severely disappointing period with physical/emotional etc stresses often illnesses, as the physical frame of the body is under stress.
    • This a difficult period as Saturn restricts Rahu’s desires and allows just the legally permissible stuff to happen. Karma. So here try to accommodate and accept whatever is coming at you. Try to remain neutral to events unfolding around you. Shani is completely materialistic, so there might be restrictions on your personality/environment and also on your spiritual growth. Conversely if Shani and Rahu are mutually well placed you can actually benefit and gain material pleasures.
    • Evaluate Saturn’s karakatva, potential to give results minutely before coming to a conclusion about this Rahu-Saturn sub-period. If he is connected to the 6th especially be prepared (and to some extent the 3rd, 8th and 12th). Both Rahu and Shani are airy planets, fierce and related to Karma. In all cases, be careful.
  4. Mercury antardasha –
    • Rahu and Mercury are normally friends, so material benefits can be available. Depending on the karakatva of Mercury you can gain money, fame, courage, defeat your enemies, stay healthy and out of debt, act decisively and resolve karma.
    • However generally this period will be quite dynamic, you will be at the center of your group, your contributions will be recognised both in the office and family, and you might get a promotion too. You might learn new skills, make new contacts.
    • But if your impressionable adolescent Mercury is not strong enough to resist Rahu’s enticements, he can also grant addictions and psychiatric problems.
    • Analysing Rahu Mahadasha
  5. Ketu antardasha –
    • There will be minimum free will and scope to actively change things. The Karmic axis will operate as per its own cryptic mechanisms. Try to remain calm and engage in some spiritual activity to maintain yourself.
    • There may be occult, paranormal experiences, or even people behaving in strange ways, situations may not pan put as normally expected.
    • Loss of control over self is possible so try to use your intellect to control yourself and your activities/behaviour at least.
    • This period will be full of activity, either on the physical, mental, emotional or astral planes as karmic rebalance is accelerated. If either of these are connected to Marak functions, physical death can occur.
    • There may be gains as per their karakatva but the underlying theme of distress will exist.
  6. Venus antardasha –
    • Venus and Rahu are generally on good terms so can grant material pleasures, with the family, children, wife and money.
    • If your Venus is spiritually inclined he can grant progress in your spiritual practice, tantra and the occult.
    • Rahu’s periods are intense and obsessive, and Venus has the habit of putting his seekers to the tests of the ‘material pleasures’. So try to maintain a larger perspective. Before you commit yourself to any relationship think twice. Marriages often occur in Rahu’s periods but after his influence stops, these often seem to be mistakes.
  7. Sun antardasha –
    • Here finally intelligence has the chance to pair up with desire. You should make the most of this period to rationally advance only those desires which are legitimate and have a possibility of giving lasting gains.
    • You might get opportunities for higher education, stage performances, creative outlets, use them intelligently.
    • But if you have let your Rahu loose in the previous sub-periods you might find your self regretting and also losing those unlawful gains.
  8. Moon antardasha –
    • Moon is related to nurture, nourishment and security. So during his sub-period he can grant socially prominent positions related to parenting, army/police, schools, promotions, responsibilities, housing, farming, animal husbandry etc.
    • All these desires linked to Moon’s keywords will be amplified, emotional relationships, care-giving, a fulfilling routine, staying closer to loved ones, astral experiences, occult.
    • If you can access your spiritual self during this period and work with your astral expectations and desires, there is a good chance that you might create something solid and gainful for yourself.
  9. Mars antardasha –
    • this is the chidra-dasha, the cutting off period. (detailed post here)
    • this generally concludes a 18yr period of social etc. accomplishments. No new foundations for public recognition are laid now, it is a wrap-up.
    • As both Mars and Rahu are energetic and passionate there will be unexpected twists at the very end of Rahu Mahadasha.
    • The next Mahadasha belongs to Jupiter so the personality will now change from uncontrolled desires to contemplative philosophy.

Analysing Rahu Mahadasha

Everyone who wants to learn astrology should analyse their own horoscope first. It is quite easy to predict major events and with practice you can predict minor events too. Get into the habit of pulling out your own chart for a detailed analysis every 6 months, take a couple of days over this in-depth analysis. Look at the Dasha periods and transits that will happen over the next 6 months, try to predict what may happen. Tally these predictions 6 months later. Evaluate for yourself how accurate you are getting with practice.

  • It would help if you do jaap of Rahu’s beej mantra regularly during his main-period. ‘Om bhrang bhreeng bhroung sah Rahave namah (once, thrice, 108 times as per your wish) Om’.
  • If you feel that Rahu is capable of giving malefic results, you can do charity of the things associated with him, food, colors, flowers or anything else.

Rahu’s period is quite long at 18yrs and his sub-periods in the other planet’s mahadashas will also carry his ‘flavour’. He works for 18yrs so there will be long periods of comparative inactivity interspersed with sudden bursts of quick actions. Lot of things occur in 18yrs, and Rahu grants them all, overall it is a good period for material gains, but always use your intelligence and sense of fair play during this period for lasting gains. And it is one half of your karmic push-pull axis. So be prepared for karma overdrive whenever his times come up in your life.


Analysing Rahu Mahadasha

Venus Mahadasha

I have written a very detailed post here on Vimshottari dasha analysis, generally on how evaluate the effects of planets during their planetary periods. This post is about the time periods controlled by Venus!

If your birth moon Nakshatra/Lunar mansion is Bharani, Poorva-falguni or Poorva-ashadha you will have your Venus mahadasha going on at your birth. The balance of the planet’s dasha period remaining at birth is calculated using the location (degree/minute/second) of Moon in the nakshatra. If you get this birth time wrong your starting point will be wrong thus your entire life-time’s calculation will go wrong.

Venus mahadasha is the longest, a full 20 years. If Venus is well placed this period can be extraordinary covering a lot of life’s major activities, education, marriage, children, health and profession. I have written about how to evaluate Ketu’s Mahadasha earlier, so  follow the same 3 steps for Venus’s analysis.

Step 1 is to know the aspects of life which Venus represents and the power he has to deliver his results.

  1. Venus in your birth chart (divisional chart 1/D-1).
    • Which house and in which sign is he placed? Which aspects of life is he controlling?
    • Is he in the sign of a friend/neutral/enemy planet.
    • Is Venus exalted/debilitated?
    • Which planets is he conjoint/aspected by? Thus which other aspects of the personality is he influencing directly and indirectly. Also which other aspects of your personality are linked to Venus thorough these other planets.
    • Has he matured? Is your client yet to reach the maturity age of Venus or is the maturity being held back by conjunction with later maturing planets?
    • Is he retrograde?
    • Is he combust?
  2. You can repeat this same analysis from the birth Moon sign to get the effects that this Venus Mahadasha is going to have on the emotional aspects. These aspects of life will be completely different from what is happening on the physical level.
  3. And this same analysis using the divisional chart 9, Navamsha chart will give a perspective on the sub-conscious expectations and also the sum total of Venus’s potential. (If you find this complicated, do it whenever you feel more confident.)

A simple example, in D-1 – Venus is the owner of 3rd house Libra and 10th house Taurus. Venus is placed in 4nd house Scorpio. Moon is in 9th house Aries. Thus Venus is placed in the uncomfortable 6/8th from Moon. Now in D-9 Venus shifts to the 2nd house in sign Pisces and is exalted. So during Venus’s periods, the physical environment will grant lots of interactions, validation, money, resources, good times, with family, property, mother, females in general, siblings, bosses, culture, traditions, society and profession. But emotionally it will not suffice, there will be a curious sense of grief, a discontent leading to changes in how relationships being felt emotionally. On the subconscious inner level however there will be a sense of achievement and the native may start some solid spiritual practice during this period.

Step 2  Smaller segments are called successively Antar-dasha, Pratyantar-dasha, Sookshma-dasha and Pran-dasha. The logic on how to analyse these even smaller units remains the same for each planetary owner of the sub/sub periods.

  1. Find out the power of the sub-period planetary lord and the aspects of life that he controls just like Step 1 for Venus above.
    • Which houses he rules over.
    • Especially if this sub-period lord is the owner of the 2nd or 7th house (Marakesh) its sub-period within the Venus mahadasha can cause physical death. If Venus is itself the Markesh then he can cause death in the further sub/sub-sub periods owned by himself.
  2. The mutual relationship between Venus and the sub-period lord. If they are in the 6/8 or 2/12 uncomfortable aspects, that sub-lord’s sub-period will not be comfortable.

Step 3 is the routine planetary transits/gochar which will modify results during their transit periods. Using your software draw your birth chart on a paper and superimpose the current planetary positions on it. Use a different pen so that you can make sense of the composite chart you are drawing. Check out for the aspects and their strenghts.

Venus Mahadasha

Now to analyse the sub-periods of Venus. These are very very general readings just to trigger your own thought processes. Readings/combinations from books are for reference, as a starting point for your own further analysis as every horoscope is unique.

  1. Venus antardasha – 3yrs 4 months
    • If Venus is well placed in your horoscope, he will give luxuries, good clothes, good food, recognition, education, ceremonies and functions, buying property, marriage or multiple marriages, birth of children, religious activities, gains of every type and happiness.
    • If not able to give benefic results in his periods Venus will cause arguments with family members, problems with government, separation from spouse, arguments with women, losses in partnerships, physical pain and other tragedies depending on his karakatva and power to give results.
  2. Sun antardasha – 1 yr
    • If Venus and Sun are mutually comfortable in the horoscope this period will naturally give good results depending on the karakatva of both, relations with father, government, boss, prospects of higher education, creative expressions, birth of children, fulfilling love affairs, luck etc will be good
    • Else you will face problems in all these aspects of life, physical vitality will also be low and there will be losses.
  3. Moon antardasha –  1yr 8 months
    • If Moon and Venus are able to give benefic results together then expect favourable relations and gains from your mother/maternal figures and females in general. Worshipping the Devi will be fruitful.
    • Otherwise this period can cause emotional distress from broken relationships, loss of  stability in partnerships and loss of material comforts money and other resources will diminish.
  4. Mars antardasha – 1yr 2 months
    • If Venus and Mars are mutually in good aspects to each other then it will be a perfect balance between personality and the environment. The concerns of the individual and the partner both will be addressed.
    • Else this period will be a conflict between the persistent needs of the partnership/contract/alliance and the dominating needs of the individual.
  5. Rahu antardasha – 3yrs
    • If Rahu and Venus are comfortable mutually the ambitions indicated by Rahu will be gained. There will be social mobility, awards, recognition, fruitful travels, enjoyments etc but there will remain a chance of physical illnesses.
    • If they are in uncomfortable aspects to each other it will be a miserable period of thwarted ambitions, disgrace, travelling without successes, physical problems etc.
    • Venus Mahadasha
  6. Jupiter antardasha – 2yrs 8 months
    • If Venus and Jupiter are positioned to give benefic results together this period can be extraordinary. In addition to the normal happinesses in the material life, like marriage, children, education, gains, prosperities etc this combination is highly conducive to spiritual progress.
    • Else there will be an expansion of discord and losses on every levels.
  7. Saturn antardasha – 3yrs 2 months
    • If Venus and Saturn are suitably positioned then this period can be quite beneficial, both are quite good friends. The person can experience extraordinary re-balancing of karma in a positive sense. Both balance and beauty and work and fairness will be there.
    • Else this period will burden you will unfulfilled work, tasks which just keep on increasing. There will be pressures and unfairness from the public and in profession. Losses in job and social stability almost always happens coupled with physical strain.
  8. Mercury antardasha – 2yrs 10 months
    • If Venus and Mercury are both well placed and able to give benefit then gains which will be linked to communication, speech, and money. May write or speak or listen to auspicious things. Happy times spent with siblings, team-mates and the younger crowd.
    • Else if they are uncomfortable then losses will happen depending on the karakatva, but especially loss of property is likely, may even get homeless!
  9. Ketu antardasha – 1yrs 2months
    • This is the final sub-period of Venus Mahadasha. In this period you will release all that related to Venus and prepare yourself for the upcoming Sun mahadasha.
    • If Venus and Ketu can give mutually good results then this period will give unexpected gains, but an underlying sense of unease will remain.
    • If not then there will be dangers from snakes, cheats, problems to the head, losses, staying away from homeland, excessive expenses, quarrels etc in all relationships. Things will happen which will cause extreme distress but there will be no real reason for such painful events to happen.

The generic remedy for those suffering from problems during this period of Venus Mahadasha is reciting Shri Sukta or the beej mantra of Venus at least once a week on Fridays.

Analysing the horoscope for results expected during planetary dashas is quite easy. Everyone who wants to learn astrology should analyse their own horoscope first in complete details. But with clients doing this entire Mahadasha reading will always be a thankless job, as your clients to begin with won’t have the correct birth time, so you will have to first correct it. Then they will not have patience and will insist on immediate solutions. And finally if you tell them something as simple as reciting the beej mantra 108 times, not every day but at least once a week! they will not do it, and still expect the problems to resolve magically. And finally will go to another practitioner who will offer them totkes and ‘magical remedies’.

So do this analysis for yourself first and offer these in-depth readings to clients only if you feel that they deserve so much of your time and energy.

If you feel a bit overwhelmed by all his here is a tiny short-cut keyword post on how to analyse the planet’s time-periods based on the which house he rules over.


Venus Mahadasha