Total lunar eclipse 16 May 2022 astrological results

The first lunar eclipse of this year is a total lunar eclipse on 16th May 2022. It is the second eclipse of this 2022, following the partial solar eclipse of 30th Apr 2022 (post here). The results will also be somewhat on the same lines, but now hitting on the keywords of the Moon. This map below from timeanddate.com shows the areas which will experience the eclipse. The event will last for an approx 5hrs so its effects will fade in about 5 weeks.

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First, the astrological configuration of the graha in the skies.

During this eclipse, all the nations in South America will witness totality and it will have a significant effect on them. Also some parts of Antarctica, Mexico, USA and Canada will experience totality. All those nations whose national capital will experience the totality will be more affected by the eclipse energies. It is advisable that people living here perform some mantra etc to channelise the energy, else it will swamp them.

Nations experiencing the some part of the total and the partial Umbral eclipse phases will also be affected by the energies. The intensity of disruption will depend on if their ‘birth charts’ are weak at this point of time. This includes western part of the African continent and the western tip of Asia which includes the European nations. The people living in these areas should try to channelise the energy of the eclipse so that it helps them in some way.

The eclipse is occurring above the oceans. Practically the whole of Atlantic ocean, the eastern half of the Pacific and a huge chunk of the South Ocean will be affected. A lunar eclipse and affecting such huge tracts of water is bound to cause significant disruption. The global weather patterns which originate from these oceans will be affected and this will have long term repercussions all over the globe.

For the other nations/ people who are going to experience just the penumbral eclipse or will not experience the eclipse at all, its effect will be negligible.

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The eclipse is occurring in Krutika nakshatra. Even if Rahu and Sun are in different signs they are in the same lunar mansion. Mercury is retrograde and combust too. He is in Krutika thus closely involved with the eclipse energies. Ketu and Moon, though in different signs, are still in the same Vishakha nakshatra. 

Saturn and Mars in the same sign but thankfully now they are so far apart, one at the very start of Aquarius and one on the verge of leaving it. They have minimal influence on each other per se. But Saturn will continue to feel the effect losing the graha yuddha to Mars. Saturn continues to aspect Aries with his 3rd aspect thus also influencing Rahu in it. Mars is aspecting Sun and Mercury with his 4th aspect.

Jupiter and Venus are not directly connected to the eclipse, but Jupiter is aspecting Moon with his 9th aspect which is good. But they have their own war going on the sidelines, with its own repercussions. They are close enough to influence each other. Exalted Venus has won the graha yuddha and Jupiter will have to follow his lead for the time being.

The eclipse is releasing its energies in the Krutika-Vishakha axis so let’s briefly analyse these two lunar mansions to gain some insight into the subtle aspects of this eclipse. 

  • Krutika is connected to the Sun, ruled by Agni and is very fiery by nature. Expect increase in harshness and a ruthless desire to conquer everything. Arguments, conflicts, wars etc at different levels will continue tinged by ego, ambition, pride, politics etc. Actions requiring courage, ability, initiative etc will be taken but at their core will be a knot of selfishness. Military activity will increase, police and other enforcement agencies will also remain on high alert.
  • Vishakha is connected to Jupiter and ruled by Agni and Indra. Personal goals will become all important as everyone is willing to go to any extent to achieve their desires, selfishness increases. Peace of mind, pleasantness and relaxation will reduce as negative emotions, internal emptiness, restlessness and frustration increases. Immoral and unethical behaviour increases. Challenges will also increase. However most of us will have sufficient resources to tide over. Agriculture will be affected by untimely rain and violent winds. Expect an increase in consumption of intoxicating substances. Troublemakers will try to disrupt the society. Secret dangerous activities will cause problems.  

I have already written detailed posts on the results expected in this Vedic year, Shri Shubhakruti. Result of Saturn’s transit in Aquarius. Saturn’s transit in Dhanishtha nakshatra. Rahu Ketu transit into Aries/Libra. Jupiter’s transit into Pisces. A post on Apr-Jul 2022 and several on the past eclipses etc. (do use the index page.) This year 2022-23 is a very happening one with lots of activities and changes expected during this time. Eclipses act as trigger points for events which have personal and global implications. 

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Some general predictions. As with every eclipse, first and foremost there will be disruptions in the weather. Heavy winds, rain, cyclones, flooding and turbulence especially for the nations who will witness totality (map above). Weather will be affected on a global level. On the political front, Canada and USA (capital cities of both nations will see the total eclipse) will face political/ economic crises. All the South American nations are also going to feel the energy hit, their governments should be ready for turmoil. African nations, especially those on the west coast will see tension, local skirmishes, civil unrest and terrorist activity. European nations will continue to feel unsafe. The lack of food, energy etc will now start showing its impact, the local population here will get restless and civil disruptions are expected. The Ukraine Russia war continues and it will trigger several critical events in this decade. Russia has a better birth chart and a current transit chart, so will have the upper hand. Overall, secretive actions and clandestine activities will increase everywhere. We might see deaths of a few prominent national leaders/ famous individuals during this time. Few unsavoury secrets of celebrities will be out in the open. Industrial, mining and agriculture related mishaps are possible. In our homes, electrical equipment can malfunction. Karma will come calling for some at the individual levels too. Deaths are possible by drowning or by blood related diseases, sharp wounds and connected to the fluids in the body. Emotionally charged but essentially hollow rhetoric will cause more damage to everyone at some level or the other. 

For Bharat, both coasts will see cyclones, the east coast will suffer more. Central areas will be hot and windy. Monsoon will arrive earlier than expected. The rain will be overall sufficient but will be accompanied by high winds, thus cause damage to agriculture. Landslides and flooding is possible. Civil disturbances, internal traitors etc will continue their anti national activities. But overall, despite everything, the nation will progress. 

On personal levels, if you are born with Cancer, Leo, Aries, Libra, Taurus or Scorpio Moon signs or even as ascendant signs then you will be more influenced by the eclipse. In case you are undergoing a Vimshottari Mahadasha or Antardasha of the planets involved, ie Moon, Sun, Rahu, Ketu or even Mercury you will see more eclipse triggered action in your life. In case your birth Moon nakshatra is Punarvasu, Vishakha or Poorvabhadrapada then too you can expect some significant change in your life during these coming 5 weeks. 

Eclipses give spiritual gains and can also be channelised to give material stuff. They are energy released by a combination of Rahu Ketu and Sun Moon. Sun and Moon are the energies of the Sahasrara and Ajnya chakras while Rahu and Ketu are the energies of desire/ non desire which push your perfect energy geometry out of shape. So if you perform some spiritual activity during eclipses, you can create or trigger events connected to the houses of your individual charts where the eclipse is occurring. ie for the present eclipse, it would be Taurus – Scorpio axis and the Krutika – Vishakha nakshatra axis. Whatever these signs/ nakshatra indicate in your life will see some significant change.

Positive effects are more likely if your own horoscope is powerful enough to absorb this energy burst. In any case, it is advisable to perform some sort of puja, mantra jaap, daan, spiritual practice etc during the duration of the eclipse so that negative effects are reduced and positivity is generated in life.

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Saturn in Aquarius results from Apr 2022 to Jul 2023

Saturn is currently the strongest planet consistently dominating the others since 2019 or so. He was strong in Sagittarius, then continued in power in his own Capricorn and will again retain his strength in his own Aquarius. Aquarius is also his mooltrikon sign ie the sign where he feels most at home and can give the best results which are visible on the outside.

He will be aspecting Jupiter in Pisces whenever he resides in Capricorn. And when he shifts into Aquarius he will be aspecting Rahu in Aries and later Jupiter in Aries. Thus he will influence these major graha as they give their results. He is also the King of this current Vedic year Shri Shubhakruti naam samvatsar. Overall, he currently enjoys a very significant say over the events unfolding around us.

  • Saturn is poised to enter Aquarius on 29th Apr 2022 and he will be here till 29th Mar 2025. 
  • In this current year 2022 he will be retrograde from 5th Jun till 23rd Oct for 141 days.
  • He will return to Capricorn on 12th Jul 2022 and reenter Aquarius on 17th Jan 2023. 

This post will cover Saturn’s results in Aquarius till 29th Mar 2025 so it will necessarily be a generic post. I prefer writing posts on Saturn’s nakshatra level transits which last for about 13 months. Currently Saturn is transiting through the Dhanishtha nakshatra (post here). 

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Saturn stays in a sign for average 2.5 long years. Advanced students can try analyse Saturn’s movement through the Nakshatra filters to improve the accuracy of their predictions. Aquarius is composed of Dhanishtha, Shatataraka and Poorvabhadrapada nakshatra, and Saturn will give different results as he transits through each one of them. And if you wish to fine tune further then try to factor in the Nakshatra pad/ navamsha in your predictions (post here).

Saturn in Aquarius progressively creates situations which lead to a complete change in systems. This is traumatic in the short term but in the in the long run can lead to gain. This is a release of explosive energy which stabilises over a period of time. These initial situations will be turbulent, messy, traumatic and dangerous. War or civil unrest leading to new geopolitical alignments. Or economic collapses on the global levels followed by a complete overhaul of the financial systems. Restructuring of the social hierarchies and even governments is possible. He will rearrange everything that can possibly be rearranged on the material levels. And he does not back down once he gets started, he is implacable, relentless. The players who initiate these activities under his influence show courage in following their vision and not stop till they are done.

This transit will be painful and uncertain for common people. Saturn positioned in Aquarius has a sobering effect as he forces revaluation of all those concepts which you think to be precious or stable. he challenges your preconceived notions and requires you to adjust to the new realities around you. This phase can trigger negative emotions, behaviour and habits in several of us. But, if Saturn is capable of giving you auspicious results, then he will help you discipline yourself and eventually grow.

During this time people will be more politically aware, more materialistic, more driven by personal ambitions, focussed on the profession, business and money, status in the society, activities outside the home, networking, meeting new people, making new groups. Everyone will desire more material things especially upward mobility, power over others and control over resources. And will be more vocal, demanding, act strongly in motivated groups for what they want and sometimes with violence, deceit and fraud.

For Bharat, Saturn will give mixed results. On the physical front, our nation is going to grow and very much so. Our economy will remain stable compared to the rest of the world, our industries etc will continue to perform etc. Our government will focus on keeping our systems stable and insulate us from the external shocks that the world, especially the west will be undergoing. But our problems are going to be internal, ie civil disruptions, terrorist attacks etc the reasons of which are obvious to anyone who follows the news. Genuine Bharatiya will be required to support the nation now. There will be turmoil. However at the end of this period the elected government and PM will prevail and a more sensible and sustainable society will be in place. 

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Saturn in Aquarius transit results for the individual signs, considering only Saturn’s influence. These are generic readings which will be modified as per your birth chart details and the transits of the other major planets. These are based on your birth Moon sign, as the Moon determines the timing and fructification of karma. But if your Ascendant sign is strong, then you can blend the results of both the signs to gain a better picture of what can happen.

  • eg. if your ascendant sign is Sagittarius then you will get several physical opportunities for growth. In this if your birth Moon is Gemini, then unless you do the Kuldevata/ Guru/ ancestor worship etc, you will suffer emotionally and will not be able to make anything of the opportunities before you. And in this, if Sagittarius is stronger than Gemini in your birth chart then it may overall be a good time (easiest way is to compare the scores of the Ashtakvarga table for these signs).

Aries – This transit is favourable for you as Saturn in the 11th house will give you exceptional gains. But if you have worked for it or are willing to work for it in the coming 2-3 yrs. New opportunities for wealth creation, new connections, new friends will come into your life, make use of them. Your family and social life will be quite happening, expand your friend circles and network. Keep on working hard and remain active, you will get significant successes and growth. Be fair in your decisions as some of these will be life-time decisions. This is a good time and try to make the most of it.

Taurus – Saturn in the 10th house gives overwork, travel and strain. Generally physical health goes down during this transit, so take care of your diet/habits. Your boss will be very demanding but may not give you credit. However keep working sincerely as you will eventually gain from all the work you put in. Professional success is possible if your birth chart supports you. Expect a few delays in achieving your dreams. Money will be adequate but as always plan and budget. Parents, especially the father’s health may be of concern. Your family/ spouse will be cross with you as you won’t get time to be with them. Do schedule your life appropriately. If you do not do this then, Shani will dictate your time table and then it may get difficult. Do your daily pujas and take up some spiritual activity to add positivity to your life.

Gemini – If you do pujas of your adored deity, pay your dues to your ancestors and follow the direction of your Guru then this Saturn will give you gains otherwise he will cause trouble by restricting your own luck, purvapunya and the support you get in life. Ill health, loss of money, loss of Dharma, quarrels with the family, arguments with parents, physical deaths of elderly people in the family etc are possible. Try to keep your ego under control as anger etc will lead to mental stress and other losses too. Luck, if not on your side can lead to several issues so be prepared. 

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Cancer – Saturn in the 8th Ashtam Shani, is a dangerous position and this time should be navigated with extreme precautions. He can hit on all the aspects of life which make life secure and comforting. Health can take a beating, especially the body frame can break down. Bones, ligaments, tendons, teeth, nerves, skin, private parts etc related issues can emerge. Accidents and sudden surgeries are possible. If the longevity is at an end then this period can cause physical death. Trouble from the wife, the in-laws and occult activities are possible. Litigation, court cases, fights linked to ancestral property and humiliation is possible. Loss of wealth, loss of intimacy with the spouse. Lack of nourishing food, lack of rest are typical results. Money should be adequate but it is advisable to budget. 

Leo – This is a Kantak Shani/ thorny Saturn, position. He brings danger to the self or to the spouse. If the longevity is at an end, physical death is possible else physical /emotional separation can occur. Professional failures, loss of income, reduction in wealth and humiliation is possible. You will have to work hard in order to succeed during this time. Lack of comfort, restlessness, unnecessary travel, loneliness, depression is a common result. Physical health can show signs of disease and ageing. Pay attention to your married life and to your business in case you operate with a business partner.

Virgo – Saturn’s transit through the 6th is considered to be quite good as he does not let enemies, disease, debts, etc surface so make the most of it. However do not ignore any symptoms and consult medical help as needed. In this transit, you can expect a reasonably good health, success in profession, a stable income and mental peace. You might be tempted to take on loans or engage in land deals, do so only if you are sure about things. Things will be better than what they were in the past so you can take calculated risks to move ahead in life.

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Libra – Here Saturn is transiting the 5th sign from Libra and he will affect the creative expression of the personality as a whole. So raising your children will require more efforts from your side. You will be required to pay more attention to them and their activities. This is not a good time for speculation or gambling. Creativity will be low and this may lead to demotions or loss of job or failure in exams. Pay cuts and need to budget is possible. Health can be adversely affected. You must continue doing your daily pujas, mantra etc to keep yourself positive in this time.

Scorpio – Ardha-ashtama Saturn is when he transits your 4th. This is also called a Kantaka or thorny Shani. He generally drains resources on several levels, ie emotional, physical, monetary resources are all affected. You may be required to leave your homeland or at least compelled to leave your residence and relationships with your dear ones will be strained. Your parents, especially the mother will be a source of worry and there may be agreements within your family regarding property. You might be forced to sell landed properties or be cheated in property cases. Diseases of the joints, nerves and skin and road accidents are possible. This is not a time to be careless or rash.

Sagittarius – Saturn is transiting your 3rd and it will be a good transit. Your Sade sati is over and now you can enjoy the results that Saturn will give you during his Aquarius transit. You will feel more empowered, your skills will be recognised, your luck will improve, health will be good, team-mates and family members will be helpful etc. Wealth will increase, you will pass all competitive exams, a promotion is possible at work, traveling for work or pleasure will be fruitful, spouse and children will be supportive. Overall it is a good transit, so make the most of it. Time is on your side.

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Capricorn – the last phase of Sade sati is often the most emotionally tiring as Saturn brings several unpleasant truths before you. Your family members, mother etc can cause you stress, you might be cheated in matters of ancestral property. Your spouse and children can be a source of unhappiness and you might be separated from them temporarily. You will be given several responsibilities in the office and this may affect your health and rest. Try to take up some spiritual practice to restore your emotional stability. Ego, pride, arrogance will be counter-productive and can land you in trouble. However the very last part of this transit can bring a different maturity within you as you slowly emerge from Saturn’s intense influence with a new confidence.

Aquarius – this transit is the middle phase of Sade sati. Janma Shani causes severe strain on the mind as he directly affects the birth Moon. A sense of fear, depression and loneliness ensues. You may not feel enthused about anything, laziness and lethargy will affect your mind. Everyone whom you feel emotional support from can cause you unhappiness, this can have its effect on your physical health too. Your married life can see turmoil. Family and friends will cause you stress. Income can reduce so budgeting is necessary. Do your daily pujas etc to support your mind in this time.

Pisces – you have now started in the first phase of your Sade sati. The run of luck that you were enjoying in the past 2-3yrs is now done with. You are going to have to grow up as Saturn will bring in maturity with his scripted karmic lessons. With Saturn you cannot break rules, show self-ego or cheat others, if you do this now, he will ensure that you get your karma delivered in the next two stages of the Sade sati. Health, physical and emotional, will be affected. Money might get tight as expenditure increases, budgeting is advisable. Your boss will expect more from you and not appreciate you for what you do. Expected promotions or salary raises may not materialise. If in business, do not trust others unnecessarily and remain aware of what your partners are upto. You need to maintain your positivity by doing your daily pujas etc.

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When you tailor the above for your personal chart here are some tips you can use.

  • If Saturn is favourable for you, ie if your ascendant sign is Capricorn, Aquarius, Taurus or Libra then he can give you the promised benefits as per your birth chart.
  • Generally Saturn is favourable in the 3rd 6th 11th so another way of looking at this is that whatever Aries, Virgo and Sagittarius signify in your chart, these areas in your life may show some positive changes connected to Saturn.
  • If you have a significant planet in your birth chart Aquarius then Saturn will constrain him from giving his full results. Anything represented by Aquarius in your birth chart has the potential to cause stress in your life. But if you accept the routine that Saturn represents then this planet can give slow but sustained results.
  • If you have a strong birth chart, ie strong birth Moon, ascendant sign/lord, vargottam planets, strong yogkarak, etc then you will be better able to handle the inevitable changes in life. Whatever happens, you will somehow retain your position of strength.

Use the Ashtakvarga system for a rapid analysis of the transits. Note the points that Saturn has in Aquarius sign in your personal Ashtakvarga table. If this is 4 or more then this transit will be more significant for you, he will create some positive opportunities in your life. Also check the power of Aquarius sign, ie if its total point score is 27 or more then the sign as a whole will more positively influence your life.

Dasha results are will be modified by this Saturn transit. So if you are under a Mahadasha or Antardasha of Saturn you should carefully analyse what this transit means to you, as the results will be stronger. If you are under the Dasha period of a favourable planet, ie Ascendant lord, Yogkarak, owner of kendra/ kona then you will be more easily able to navigate the issues presented by Saturn during this transit. 

These these past two months, March and April 2022 we have seen the transits of Rahu, Ketu, Jupiter and now Saturn. The four slow moving graha changing their signs back to back in a very short time span is not a good thing. All the aspects of life which they control in your chart will see significant changes in a very short time frame. If the birth chart, ascendant sign/ lord and birth Moon are powerful then you will be able to adjust to this rapid change, else there will be stress.

There are several ways of analysing charts, they are all used to cross check the results you are predicting. The same positive/ negative results repeating in at least 3 different analysis patterns indicates that the predicted effect will be strong. 

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Remedies, as always are two, Daana and Mantra. You either give away the unbalanced energy with Daana or reinforce your energy with Mantra. (use the index page for more posts on this). When you are doing remedies you are basically strengthening your 1st house by powering on your 9th and 5th houses, harnessing the 9/5 axis. Your purva punya protects your personality and your environment if you perform activities linked to the 9th house. Similarly your mantra shakti feeds energy into yourself if you perform activities of the 5th house. When you add energy to your Dharma trikon, your capacity for weathering events in life increases. Doing Dana on the day of the transit is a good way of ensuring that his energies remain balanced in your life during the duration of the transit. You can also give Dana on Saturdays, especially sesame oil can be given to Shani temples regularly. You can also do his mantra on Saturdays. Doing regular daily pujas and some personal spiritual practice, ie your Dhyan mantra or your Jaap-mantra is a life time remedy which addresses the very many issues which continually pop up in life.

The third option is behavioural changes but this is possible only if you have some understanding of your own self and have a back up of strength and energy from your regular spiritual practice. 

Personally I associate Bhagwan Shani with Bhagwan Mahakaal as Saturn is the power of Time, the slow grinding force which reduces our ego into dust. He is capable of giving a lot on the material front and also on the spiritual front, but he demands that you work for it. Most of us do not appreciate his discipline and ethics so suffer during his typical transits.

Jyotish helps us become aware of what is possible in the future and to take appropriate steps to reduce the negativity or enhance the positivity of what is coming up. It is an empowering tool so do use it as such.

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Dangerous trigger Partial Solar eclipse 30 Apr 2022

A quick post.

We will be experiencing the first eclipse of this year on 30th April 2022. It will be visible only in some parts of South America, Antarctica, the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. The effect of the eclipse is generally limited to areas where it is visible. For the rest of the world it has negligible effects. But this time it will be affecting the oceans so will have significant effect on the weather patterns generated from here. Also considering the current precarious situation of the world, analysing the eclipse will be helpful. The eclipse duration is for about 4hrs so its effects will fade after about 4yrs.

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  • First location to see the partial eclipse start – 30 Apr, 18:45 UTC
  • Maximum Eclipse – 30 Apr, 20:41
  • Last location to see the partial eclipse end – 30 Apr, 22:37 UTC
  • (This map is from timeanddate.com)

Let’s look at the chart drawn for the maximum eclipse point time. There are some interesting combinations here which should be analysed. I am just outlining the basic theme, pointing out the combinations, students of Jyotish can fill in the details with their own analysis.

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Primarily the eclipse is being caused by Rahu in Aries. He is in the Krutika nakshatra, a fiery lunar mansion ruled by the deity Agni and linked to the Sun. It is a solar eclipse so is obviously it is occurring during an Amavasya. Both Sun and Moon are in Bharani nakshatra. These three graha are strongly influenced by Saturn via his 3rd aspect. The additional aspects of the planets, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are more effective than their regular 7th aspect. Saturn aspecting the Sun and the Moon is a severe constriction on everyone of us. But far more dangerous is Rahu aspected by Saturn, this is called Shapit dosh (post here) and has the capacity to cause pain, struggle and sorrow on both the objective and subjective levels.

Mercury in Taurus is not involved in the eclipse energy as such, but he has broken the hemming of the Kaal sarpa. This energy was active intermittently since Dec 2021 and it getting broken is a positive.

Ketu in Libra – post on the Rahu Ketu transit into Aries Libra here.

Saturn and Mars in Aquarius – Saturn has just entered Aquarius on 29th and is now in a planetary war with Mars. Obviously Saturn has lost the Graha yuddha at the moment and will be required to follow Mars in most matters. He is even more uncomfortable as Aquarius is his own sign and he is being constrained by Mars from acting as he wishes. Saturn with Mars is a very dangerous combination capable of spoiling each others results and the significations of the house they occupy (post here).And he is aspecting Rahu. As per our texts and what has been seen in the past, whenever Saturn, Mars and Rahu get together in some way or the other, there is a heavy loss of human life all over.

Venus and Jupiter are in Pisces and they are also engaged in a fierce graha yuddha because they are on the same degree! But Jupiter is very slightly ahead so has won for the moment. Both are Gurus but engage in a philosophical sort of enmity so both so close together are extremely uncomfortable. Added to the fact that Pisces belongs to Jupiter and it is the sign of exaltation for Venus. Both are here, want to relax, get expansive, at home etc but are constrained by the other’s presence. So both are not going to give very happy results at this time. Venus and Jupiter otherwise also when together give subtly traumatic results (post here).The Devguru and the Daityaguru are the two benevolent planets who are ready to help us even in the direst of circumstances, but here they are both caught in a paap-kartari yog with double strength natural malefics hemming them in.

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Eclipses act as trigger points as the subjective forces of Rahu and Ketu obscure the internal divinity Sun or the nourishing divinity Moon. This event releases unbalanced karma on significant levels. After an eclipse some of us will experience unexpected losses and some get some unexpected gains depending on the individual charts.

As a result of this partial solar eclipse, we can expect misdirected fiery energy at all levels. The military, police and other enforcement agencies will be ruthless and relentless about their objectives. Invasions which are already underway will intensify. Invasions which were being planned will be put into motion. Diplomacy, rest, socialising, friendship etc will be on the backseat. Civil unrest, violence and terrorist activity will see an increase. These will be put down equally firmly. Tempers will be high and anger will be misdirected.

There will be changes in the weather patterns. It will get windy now so expect cyclones in coastal areas, these will bring rain, flooding and possible destruction. And the heavy winds inside the land masses will be hot and dry, this may lead to fires and heat related accidents. Volcanic activity or earthquakes are also possible. Hills will see storms and rains which may cause floods in the downstream or plains.

Global economy will remain shaky. We are in a transition period now, the current system is changing and dramatically so, Saturn in Aquarius is ensuring this. It will take a decade or so to settle, meanwhile, be ready for pain as such transitions are never easy. This eclipse will be a trigger for some smaller nations to experience severe issues and seek help from others, this can lead to their losing their economic sovereignty. And the Ukraine Russia war is not going to stop so soon, it will continue and lead to economic instability in Europe and USA. Russia will remain in a better shape.

On the health front, COVID 19 is on the wane, however there will be increase in cases in the next few months. People will generally fall ill but recover with regular medicines. This will be serious only for those who have not taken adequate steps for improving their immunity or those who remain careless about their health. Those who have a combination of Rahu, Mars and Saturn in their birth charts or are near their allotted longevity should avoid taking unnecessary risks with their lives. Those who are in Mahadasha or Antardashas of any of these three graha should also exercise due caution.

Some will experience an intense desire to get rid of all bindings, naturally there will be physical deaths too. Overall the combinations point to cruelty and cold bloodedness. On the personal level, be careful while driving and avoid risky endeavours as minor to major injuries are possible.

Not all nations will be affected by this eclipse. Only those who will experience the eclipse and the people living there will see the full effects of the eclipse. But because the energies are so severe, every nation will feel the effects to some extent. Every nation has a ‘birth chart’, ie the chart drawn at the time/date linked to some significant event considered to be the formation of the nation and the place will be the national capital. So those nations who have Aries or Libra as ascendants will see some disruptive activity triggered by this eclipse. Also for all nations whichever house Aquarius falls in will see dangerous developments during this time.

For our Bharat, we will see some extreme weather and natural disasters but more troubling will be the secret enemies within who will cause problems. Our nation has Taurus ascendant and Moon in Cancer. Saturn entering the 8th from Cancer, ie ashtam Shani and this eclipse trigger within a day of each other can bring hidden enemies to the forefront. We all follow the news and the present unfolding events, so it should not come as a surprise if internal unrest, riots and political upheavals increase in certain states. Our borders might see some action. COVID 19 will be seen again in some states but mostly people should recover. I am counting on Saturn as yogkarak for Taurus ascendant to bring some positivity after the initial turbulence.

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If you live in a location where this eclipse is visible then you can make use of the energies to give a boost to your spiritual practice. It is advisable to perform some sadhana, ie Dhyan, or read some spiritual book, eg Bhagwat Gita, Upanishads etc or recite a mantra of your choice, eg Mahamrutyunjai mantra during the duration of the eclipse.

As always, the energy remedy for every problem in life on the energy front, is either Mantra or Daan. You reinforce your energy by doing Mantra or give away the unbalanced energy by doing Daan.

I have written several posts on eclipses and how to analyse their effects in birth and transit charts. (refer the index page for more posts).

Shri Shubhakruti naam Samvatsara 2022-23 yearly predictions

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. 

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.)

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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. 

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Predictions 2022 – 23 Rahu in Aries and Ketu in Libra

The Chhaya graha are presently in the Taurus Scorpio axis. Taurus is one of the most conducive environments for Rahu and similarly Scorpio is one of Ketu’s favoured haunts, they are practically exalted here. They transit in the retrograde motion so true Rahu and true Ketu will be transiting through Aries and Libra respectively from 17th Mar 2022 to 29th Nov 2023. This is a significant transit of about 20.5 months, which is longer than their average transit of about 18months. (For the mean nodal positions, the tranit is from 12th Apr 2022 to 29th Nov 2023.) If you observe their effects in their recent transits, they have been raining pain on the world ever since their Gemini Sagittarius transit. And this has continued strongly during their Taurus Scorpio phase too.

To make sense of what their current transit, first try to think back on what happened in the world and in your personal life during their last sojourn here, ie from Apr 2003 to Mar 2005.

  • At the global levels we saw the launch of Facebook, NASA reached Mars, private players reached space, Macedonia, Haiti, Ukraine, Spain, USA, India, etc went through political upheavals for several reasons, NATO expanded, European Union expanded, Hurricane Catrina took her toll, the Indian ocean earthquake/tsunami caused tragedy etc.
  • For our Bharat, it was all topsy turvy. Our national election yielded a surprise PM with tainted politicians brazenly in power. Veerappan was killed, Kanchi Shankaracharya was in jail, violence in JK and NE, achievements in sports, the Best Bakery case and the Tsunami disaster. And we had the best President ever and our market was bullish throughout this time.

If you analyse these past events carefully, you can pick up the underlying themes. Expansions of political and government structures by whatever means possible. A dramatic change in the leadership, unexpected people rising to power. A positive change in the economy as Rahu’s exit from Taurus allowed the markets to regain common sense. Significant confusion in the legal system as Ketu went to Libra. And several natural disasters as the very elements, air, water, earth were against us.

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As always, transits of Rahu and Ketu bring up dramatic changes in life, ie new opportunities open up as some fruits of past karma come up for resolution. During their stay in Aries Libra 2022-23, the lunar nodes will be influenced by the signs, their component nakshatra and the intermittent conjunctions/ aspects of the other planets.

Rahu in Aries. the natural 1st house of the zodiac. Let’s add the keywords here, a pioneering mindset, physical ability, confidence, movement, invasions, explorations, etc now enhanced by Rahu’s endless desire to experience it all. Aries is composed of the Ashvini, Bharani and Krutika nakshatra.

  • Rahu will be aspected by Saturn from 29th Apr to 12th Jul 2022 and will again come under Saturn’s aspect from 17th Jan to Nov 2023. This will be an especially traumatic time, this combination is also called a Shapit dosh with its typical results.
  • Rahu will be conjunct Jupiter from 22nd Apr to 29th Nov 2023. This is a Guru chandal yog operating with its own typical results.
  • Mars will be aspecting True Rahu from 12th Mar to 7th Apr. They will be conjunct from 27th Jun to 10th Aug. And Mars will aspect him again from 3rd Oct to 16th Nov 2023. This will again be an exceptionally dangerous time.

Ketu in Libra, the natural 7th house which represents balance, equitable relationships, marriages, law and legal issues, bargains, partnerships, gains through business etc now affected by Ketu’s apathy, disinterest and yet his typical deep philosophical tilt. Libra is composed of the Chitra, Svati and Vishakha nakshatras.

  • Jupiter will aspect Ketu from 22nd Apr – 29th Nov 2023. This will be a favourable time for spiritual aspirants but will give pain on the material level.
  • Mars will be aspecting Ketu with his 4th aspect during 17th May – 27th Jun. And he continue doing so, when conjunct Rahu ie from 27th Jun – 10th Aug. Mars will again aspect Ketu from 10th May – 1st Jul 2023 and then they will be be together from 3rd Oct – 16th Nov 2023. These times will be very dangerous on several levels as aggression is enhanced.

In all this, we will experience the eclipses where Sun or Moon will be together with Rahu or Ketu. The nodes move in the forward direction and also remainstationary during eclipses. The eclipse energies will be active during Apr – May and Oct – Nov 2022. Also again during Apr – May and Oct 2023 again triggering pending karma on several levels.

The time when Rahu will be in Ashvini and Ketu in Svati nakshatra will be exceptional in some way. If Rahu and Ketu are favourable for your chart, they will grant some very significant progress, but if they are poised for negative results then they will ensure karma is balanced in whatever way possible.

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A general interpretation for this transit would be something like this. Selfishness, aggressiveness will increase, there will be furious fights over trivial issues. Religious fanaticism and racism will increase. Breakdown of relationships, loss of pleasure in interpersonal relationships. This is not a good time to create new relationships and carelessness and stupid behaviour can break existing relations for ever. Increase in deviant sexual activities, misuse of drugs and hallucinogens. Corruption and crime will increase, especially the crimes against women. Genuine spirituality will increase for some of us but the path will be difficult, through material pain.

Expect forest fires, followed by cyclones, excessive rain and a very cold winter as all the seasons are going to be extreme. So drought and flooding both are expected. Earthquakes and volcanic disasters are also possible in this time. For our nation, cyclones are imminent on all the coasts, especially the east coast should be prepared.

War situations will be active, internal civil wars are possible, borders will be breached. Every nation will think only for itself and try to damage other nations who affect their national interests. Civil tensions will increase so expect acts of terrorism from fanatics, ie bombings etc. Those nations who have misused the global financial network will face repercussions as their economy will slow down eg USA. Generally the world to the west of Bharat will suffer more than the nations to our east. The west is on a slippery slope and should be careful.

Whenever Saturn or Mars aspect Rahu or Ketu in transit, there will be an exponential increase in the turmoil at the global and local levels, expect bombings, attacks, terrorism, fire related accidents etc. These times will be very dangerous as world leaders will actively use underhand means to destabilise others and the fall out on the global level will be high. Rahu Ketu are subjective energies and Saturn Mars are their objective counterparts so if they get together in some way they are capable of causing havoc on both physical and astral levels. Overall ‘separation’ on several levels is expected.

Whenever Jupiter will be influencing Rahu and Ketu, expect a positive increase in the economy, especially cryptocurrency and gold trading will see a rise. Spirituality will see an increase as people will try to make sense of what is happening around them.

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Briefly the predictions for the signs.

These are based on your birth Moon sign, as the Moon determines the timing and fructification of karma. But if your Ascendant sign is strong, then you can blend the results to gain a better picture of what is expected. These results are only those which can be ascertained from the position of Rahu and Ketu. (I have written a separate post combining the results of Rahu, Ketu, Saturn, Jupiter.)

Aries – Finances will be affected, budgeting is necessary. Not a good time to invest in long term assets. Personal health will be a concern, so do not delay in consulting medical professionals. Occult, astral and issues from the ancestors will erupt. Health of the parents will be a concern. There will be some estrangement from the spouse. Avoid short term flings. Try to find happiness in your children/ students.

Taurus – You will be required to relocate in some way, either a new job, residence or transfer to foreign locations is indicated. There will be mental and physical stresses. Managing resources properly is necessary, do not lend money to others in this time. If your Ketu is stronger than Rahu then this time can be average to good as your enemies will be scattered, your debts will be non existent and your health will remain good. You might suffer due to the nebulous occult but you will be able to manage it well.
Doing pujas of your adored deity can greatly alleviate things.

Gemini – Rahu has the capacity to give good results with respect to gains, friends and social visibility. You may be required to relocate to foreign or strange places during this time. Loss of ancestral properties and heavy loans is possible. Ketu can grant intelligence and ability to think clearly. This can help if you are in working in such professions. Expect stress from children. Take care of your diet.

Cancer – If your birth chart is strong enough you can expect some positivity in your profession, however the overall period will be tedious. Unexpected transfers are possible which will force you to go to foreign environments. Physical deaths of elders especially on the paternal side are possible. Make sure to decide on matters only after you think things through. Do not gamble or invest in risky prospects. If Ketu is favourable then spiritual inclinations will increase.

Leo – Financial problems will exist but you will be able to tackle them fearlessly. You might feel inclined to practice occult or convert into another religion or change your thought processes. Timely luck and overall support in life will reduce. But still you will manage to pull through by harnessing your personal courage and logical mind.

Virgo – There will be problems and losses from several fronts in life. Mainly the physical and emotional heath will suffer. People whom you trust will betray you. There may be physical deaths of close relatives during this time. Diseases of the mouth, difficultly in speaking coherently, stammering, etc are possible. There will be a scarcity of essential stuff in your life, home life is afflicted.

Libra – Avoid getting into situations where you have to compromise with your position. Your self-confidence will be low and there will be a tendency to argue for no reason, you will be irritable. Break up with the marriage or business partner is likely. Avoid flings as they will cause more trouble. Skin disease, discolouration and scarring is possible. Injuries due to accidents, fire and surgeries are likely. You will become more spiritual during this time. Those in professions/ business connected to heavy metals can see some gains during this time.

Scorpio – Rahu is generally favourable for you, more than Ketu. Your enemies will be decimated, money issues will be sorted out and there will be relief from disease. There is a possibility of gain from foreign sources. However you may be accused for things which you have not done, so ensure that you behave in an ethical manner always. If Ketu is stronger in your chart then he can grant intense spiritual experiences.

Sagittarius – Money flow will be adequate but there will be a tendency to spend on unnecessary items, so budgeting is necessary. Important decisions should be taken only after thinking over issues dispassionately. Health of the children and the older sibling can be an issue. If your Ketu is stronger than Rahu then this time can be good for you. Perform pujas of your adored deity and try to cooperate with the female members of your family.

Capricorn – Health will be an issue as overwork and lack of rest take their toll. You may face some problems from your landed property and house. Separation from the mother or some close maternal relative is possible or you may be forced to leave your native lands. Be careful while travelling, avoid rash behaviour on the roads. For students this is not a good time as you might fail to concentrate on you studies. There is a possibility of going for pilgrimages and performing religious activities.

Aquarius – Rahu will grant a good time, there are opportunities coming up but evaluate everything before taking the plunge. Money should be adequate, friends will be around and family life will be happy. However try stick to your ethics and morals to avoid issues later. There may be some trouble from the in-laws. Also avoid travelling without a purpose. The difficulties faced by you during this time will help you gain a new perspective on the spiritual and philosophical levels.

Pisces – Expenditure will increase, think twice before you spend your money on unnecessary things. Self esteem and confidence might take a hit as you might feel afraid for no good reason. Health will be affected, fever, food poisoning etc can occur. There will be quarrels in your family but your spouse will be generally supportive. You can try to learn music, singing and doing pujas at temples to channelise the energies.

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These general readings will be modified as per the individual chart and the ongoing Dasha periods. If you have your birth Rahu Ketu in Aries/Libra then the effects will be more intense. Or if you are undergoing a Dasha period of Rahu or Ketu.

Remedies are as always Dana and Mantra. Also behavioural changes as you intelligently try to use the energies of the time coming up. If you are doing some regular spiritual practice then the remedies will work more effectively.

(I have taken these dates from the Drik panchang)

Predictions for the signs, the second phase of 2022, Apr to Jul 

This year 2022 is very turbulent and so I have divided the prediction posts. The predictions for the first phase, ie from Jan to Apr 2022 in this post link here.

The major highlight of the year 2022 is that the 4 slow moving graha, Jupiter, Saturn Rahu and Ketu, will be changing signs within a few days of each other, in March/ April. This quantum of change in such a brief span of time is not normal and all of us will see rapid and significant changes in ourselves and our surroundings triggered by these,

  • Saturn moves into Aquarius on 29th Apr 2022. He will go retrograde on 4th June. And on 12th Jul transits back into Capricorn in the retrograde motion. 
  • Jupiter enters Pisces on 13th Apr. He does not change signs again this year. He goes retrograde from 29th Jul to 24th Nov but remains in Pisces itself.
  • True Rahu enters Aries 17th Mar 2022 (Mean Rahu 12th Apr)
  • True Ketu enters Libra 17th Mar 2022 (Mean Ketu 12th Apr)
  • Apart from these major movements, the regular movements of the Moon Sun Mercury Venus and Mars will fine tune results.

These predictions are for the second phase ie after the major planets make their move into their new signs and till Saturn is in Aquarius.

  • These are as per the birth Moon sign. In case your ascendant sign is more powerful than the birth Moon sign then you might see a mix of results. You can also combine the results by using the information for your birth Moon sign and ascendant sign.
  • eg. if your ascendant sign is Libra, it may be a physically tiring time. But if your birth Moon is Scorpio, there will be several events which will give you emotional support and might make up for it. And if Scorpio is stronger than Libra in your birth chart then it may overall be a good time.
  • Also they will be modified as per the individual birth chart’s power and the ongoing Dasha/ transit.

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Aries

Jupiter in your 12th, Saturn in your 11th, Rahu in 1st and Ketu in your 7th house is the background energy. Saturn in the 11th is favourable for you and in this brief time you will see some opportunities coming your way, make the most of them. Long term investments are possible but check everything before investing. Finances should improve slightly, but avoid high risk speculations and over confidence. But this is not a good time for businessmen with partners. Solo businessmen, professionals or in service people can expect new expansions, new assignments or promotions. Personal health will be an issue so do not ignore any warning signs in this aspect of life. Jupiter in the 12th is not favourable but his aspects on the 6th and 8th houses will ensure that there will not be much suffering in any case. Jupiter’s aspects will help your home environment 4th house remain generally positive. But partnerships will suffer and expect quarrels or temporary separations with your spouse, her health too will demand your attention. This time is average to bad.

Taurus 

Post Apr till mid Jul, Jupiter will be in the 11th house, Rahu in the 12th Ketu in the 6th and Saturn in the 10th house. Dharma karma yog will be operating and Rahu Ketu are also favourable, so this time will be good. Heath of elders in your family may be a concern. Also your seniors and peers in the society will demand work from you. Be careful of new friends who might get close to you in this time, they may try to cheat you. You might be overworked so make sure get time to rest ie take care of your health. Going for pilgrimages, worshipping the Kuldevata, ancestors etc will give you relief. Avoid addictions and immoral activities as it will give significant negative karma. Your spouse and children will support you. Interactions with siblings and extended family will give mixed results. Overall this time is good so expect achievements and results from the hard work you sincerely do. Students will be able to give their competitive exams etc. Businessmen, sportsmen, professionals, politicians, farmers, etc all will benefit in some way or the other. Hidden enemies will be decimated, heath will be good, overseas options will open up. You might get money and resources from several sources. Auspicious functions, positive news, education and job prospects and investment opportunities etc are quite possible. But it is best to first find out the details before committing yourself to anything. Overall this time is good to excellent for you.

Gemini 

The main planets are Jupiter in the 10th, Saturn in the 9th Rahu in 11th and Ketu in 5th. There will be a reduction in the luck that you have been enjoying. Stresses in your profession will start building up with unexpected obstacles and restrictions popping up. Your hard work will not be appreciated much. Office politics and gossip may cause problems for you. This is not a good time to start new things or try for a new job etc. You will feel tired so avoid unnecessary travelling etc. Financial position will remain ok, unless you engage in risky ventures. This is not a good time for speculation. You can invest in long term options only after checking out everything. Personal health will need attention in the sense that this particular time will let you recover. But as soon as Shani goes back into Capricorn, health can again deteriorate, so use this time to build yourself up. Your elders’s health may need your attention. There is a possibility of unexpected expense. Not a good time to conduct auspicious events etc. But it is still a Dharma karma yog going on with you, so it will give some pleasing results. Do some pujas of your Kuldevata, ancestors, go for pilgrimages etc and try to follow Dharma as much as you can, this will help you. Overall this time is average. 

Cancer

Jupiter in the 9th Saturn in the 8th Rahu in the 10th Ketu in the 4th house is the background. Jupiter will ensure that you have luck and timely help on your side. Health will improve, self confidence will return and opportunities will open up. But Rahu, Ketu and Saturn are all unfavourable for you. So you have to concentrate on your Jupiter to give you relief, whatever he signifies in your life focus on its its positivity. This also means adding energy by doing pujas, pilgrimages, worshipping Kuldevata, meditation, getting enough rest etc 9th house activities. If you do this, you will be able to better navigate through life. If your birth Jupiter is auspicious then you can expect good results in this time frame. This means auspicious events, resolution of pending issues, recovery, new relationships, new job openings and most importantly hope. Your life will be easier, family and profession both will be in balance. Financial situation will improve and there is a good possibility of long term investments. Use this time well, as Saturn moving backwards into Capricorn will again bear heavily on you. Overall this time mid Apr to mid Jul is average to good. 

Leo

Jupiter in the 8th Saturn in the 7th Rahu in the 9th Ketu in the 3th house are the main energies for this brief period. This time is less pleasant than what you were enjoying till now. You have to be careful in these 2.5 months as the major energies are not very positive now. Issues with your life partner will start, your children may not listen to you. Business partner will cause problems, business may slow down. Beware of cheats entering your life at this point. Never trust others unnecessarily as enemies will come out in the open. Things will slow down and you might face critical setbacks. Office work will be affected, you might be subject of gossip and office politics. Your boss may not be satisfied with your work and your juniors will create trouble. Businesses may suffer losses or legal problems. Avoid travelling and it will tire you out and most likely not be fruitful. This is not a good time for speculation or investments of any type. Overall this time from mid Apr to mid Jul is average to bad.

Virgo

Jupiter in the 7th house, Rahu in 8th Ketu in 2nd house and Saturn in the 6th house is the background energy from mid Apr to mid Jul. Saturn in the 6th will stop your enemies, give relief from your physical ailments. Opportunities will come your way from mid Apr to June first week, make the most of these, ie business projects, or a better job etc. You can engage in limited speculative investments to improve your finances. But do not get carried away, use your common sense. Income as well as expenses will increase, so sensible use of resources is advisable. Your relatives and friends will try to dominate you which might depress you. However the life partner will support. But you will not be able to enjoy good times with your loved ones, as an internal disconnect will prevail. Do not hurt others with your speech. This time is better than what you were undergoing in the past. Try to reconnect with your genuine well wishers with whom you had broken up in the past. If you were quarrelling with your life partner, this too will be resolved. There is a good scope for auspicious events. Business opportunities and long term investments are possible. This time of about 3 months is good to excellent so make the most of it. 

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Libra

Post Apr till mid Jul, Jupiter in the 6th Rahu in 7th Ketu in 1st and Saturn in 5th house are the background energy. None of these positions are very favourable for you so you must take care. Remain alert at least till the first week of Jun when Saturn turning retrograde will offer some relief. Sudden shocks, blocks and obstacles are possible. Health will be a concern. If you feel anything amiss you must consult a medical professional. Your spouse’s and children’s health will demand your attention. Also misunderstandings with the spouse will begin and the children will not listen to you. Medical expenditure may increase so use your resources carefully. Performing auspicious functions ie marriage etc in this period is not advisable. New projects, searching for new job, starting new business, getting into new partnerships etc is not advisable, even if planning for a baby, this is not the right time. Travelling will not be productive. Avoid speculative activity and major investments. Creativity and self confidence will be restricted. You will not be appreciated in office or at home for the work you do. Work load may increase giving you stress and emotional depression. Overall time is average to bad.

Scorpio

Apr till mid Jul the background energy is, Jupiter in the 5th Rahu in 6th Ketu in 12th and Saturn in 4th house. Except Saturn, all the three are favourable and this will be a good time overall. Saturn will not be able to damage much in this brief time, but still it is better to be alert in the matters connected to the 4th house, ie mother, property, residence, vehicle etc. Overall you will feel confident, energetic, creative and fortunate. Expansion of positive energy in your 5th house will last for the entire year. You will meet your enemies head on and decimate them. Professional successes, new job, promotion, pay rise etc is possible. Financial and legal matters will turn out in your favour. Also some insights in your dreams and mediative states. Auspicious functions, ie marriage, new projects, or start a new baby etc during this time. The spouse will support you during this time and personal life will be happy. You can invest in long term investments or in stocks or take risks in this matter, but always use your common sense, do not get carried away. This time is good to excellent for you. In fact this entire year Apr 2022 to Apr 2023 is very good for you, so do make use of the opportunities which will come. 

Sagittarius 

Apr till mid Jul, the background energy is, Jupiter in the 4th Rahu in 5th Ketu in 11th and Saturn in 3th house. Jupiter moving into your 4th will give relief on several fronts, home, profession and health. As Saturn moves into the 3rd, you can expect things to improve. You will feel more happier, energetic and relaxed compared to the past. You might want to get several things done at once but better plan and do them systemically. Financial status will improve but you may not be able to save much as expenses will also increase. You can engage in speculative investments but only after checking them thoroughly. Use this time to consolidate things in your home and office. You might be offered promotions or a better job. Your boss will support and teammates will be with you. The sources of stress would be your children, students and friends. Especially avoid monetary transactions with your friends. Avoid gossip, pointless chatting with others, do not interfere in other’s lives as this can backfire. Your Sade sati has temporarily ended, so in this 3 months Saturn will be willing to give you very good results. Use this last week of Apr to first week of June well. Overall this time from mid Apr to mid Jul is average to good for you.

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Capricorn 

The background energy from Apr till mid Jul is, Jupiter in the 3th is not favourable and Saturn in 2nd house is not supportive. Rahu in 4th Ketu in 10th are not of much help either. You are in the last stages of the Sade sati, so emotional shocks are expected. There will too many changes in your life in this time making you restless. Budgeting is essential, use your resources carefully. Personal health will be affected and expenses may rise. Your parents may require your attention. In case of any health upsets, do approach a medical professional, do not delay. Your home life as well as office life will be stressful, overwork and lack of rest is expected. This is not a good time to start anything new or to change your job or for new investments. Try to keep an average profile and get through the time the best you can. You can expect some help from your spouse and seniors in society. Try to do some pujas for your Kuldevata and fulfill any pendency of the ancestors this will help you. Overall this time is average to bad for you.

Aquarius 

Post Apr and till mid Jul, Jupiter in the 2nd house is favourable, Rahu in 3rd is good Ketu in 9th is average. Saturn in the 1st house in the middle period of the Sade sati, will give you trouble but I am expecting Jupiter to be able to compensate for this negativity. Your 6th 8th 10th houses are protected so expect some relief on the health, family interactions, professional life etc fronts as troubles will be short-lived. So this time is better than what you were experiencing in the past. Your finances will improve and there will be some positivity. Lingering issues should get resolved in a satisfactory way. If you get any opportunity for progress in this time you should seize it, this can mean some auspicious event, new job, promotion, new projects, investment prospects etc. Always use your common sense and do not get greedy, do not break rules. If Saturn is favourable for you in your birth chart then this time can be good, and if he is not, even then this period will remain average. Try to go for a pilgrimage or at least do your kuldevata pujas to increase positivity. This 2.5 month time is average for you.

Pisces – 

Jupiter in the 1st, Saturn in 12th Rahu in 2nd and Ketu in the 8th house. Your Sade sati starts with Saturn 12th from birth Moon. There will be a reduction in the good fortune that you have enjoyed till now. The Sade sati forces you to grow up, ie accept responsibility and become mature. Jupiter Rahu Ketu are all average. Physical strain and mental overwork is indicated. Try to get adequate physical and mental rest as personal time will reduce. You may not be recognised for the work you put in. Promotions may be delayed. The boss may not be satisfied and especially be careful about dealing with your juniors, avoid loose talk. For businessmen, there will be brief opportunities, especially for businesses dealing with the necessities of life, ie food, oil, spices, vegetables, technical stuff, electricians, carpentry etc. For students it will be difficult as the habit of studying and working hard has been disturbed for the past 2yrs. Monetary gains are possible, but expenditures will also increase. Use your resources carefully, budget. Your social activities will increase, you will be more visible, more active. Avoid arguments, try to resolve misunderstandings now or they will increase later. Do not drag on your ego unnecessarily but remember that both must compromise to come to an agreement. Auspicious functions, educational and job opportunities etc are on hold now. But doing pujas and going for pilgrimages etc will help. Things will start improving after the first week of Jun as Saturn starts his retrograde. This time mid Apr to mid Jul overall is average for you.

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Saturn transits in Dhanishtha nakshatra 2022-23

Saturn will be exiting Shravan nakshatra, entering Dhanishtha धनिष्ठा on 18th Feb 2022 and stay here till 15th Mar 2023. (Again from 15th Oct – 24th Nov 2023). Saturn’s transits at sign level give an overview of a time frame of 2.5yrs. Nakshatra level transit helps analyse things over 13months. And navamsha arc or quarter/pad level transit analysis narrows down his effects to 2-3month time frames. 

(I have used the dates from Drikpanchang)

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धनिष्ठ literally means very swift or very rich in Devbhasha Samskrutam. Dhanishtha in the skies has 4 stars visualised as the Damaru of Bhagwan Nataraj. Thus its beat has the potential to destroy or recreate and for the rare few, illuminate. Dhanishtha is connected to music, beats, rhythm, systematic actions and the higher energy. So its energies can be usefully channelised by reciting Sanskrit stotra, learning to dance especially Bharatnatyam or learning classical Raga or playing percussion or wind instruments.

Its devata are the Ashta Vasu, Apah, Dhara, Anila, Anala, Dhruva, Soma, Pratyusha and Prabhas, so it is deeply linked to the very fabric of time, space and Consciousness. These eight primordial energies combine to create this one lunar mansion giving it very diverse and powerful resources which it confidently uses to achieve its goals. 

Dhanishtha is connected to Mars, so it has initiative, confidence, aggression, militant mindset, powerful personality and secrets. Sometimes it does bring catastrophic change causing a complete change in structure and society. A Chara nakshatra, it is suitable for all activities which require adaptive quick changes and fast movement. Its results are not very deep nor very permanent, but they do push towards expansion. It is the several stepping stones to ultimate prosperity.

It is located partly in Capricorn and Aquarius, both ruled by Saturn. So it has the capacity to work, achieve professional success, social mobility and recognition. It desires to use the power of the individual for the establishment of the collective. It creates leaders from the masses who have the vision to structure and regulate the society, expand it and bring it wealth. Or conversely lead the society down the perdition way.

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Now Saturn entering Dhanishtha will primarily cause a general slowing down, a sobering influence, and situations where dedicated work over longer times is necessary. Everyone will be internally alone though outwardly a part of the community. Generally during this time, human activity will be on a high high, people buzzing about doing something or the other, ie laziness and complacency will reduce. There will be a sense of urgency, of movement with several events racing along in quick progression. Undesirable influences will try to vitiate the social fabric and challenge the structure of democratically elected governments. Breakdown of harmony in the society and amicable relationships in personal lives is possible. Resources will diminish or remain unavailable.

Generally fire and wind related activities will increase on all levels. Fire related accidents, road rage, industrial mishaps etc might increase. Possibility of sabotage, civil unrest, armed aggression and military activity remains high at the national/ international levels. Cheating, immoral, unethical and underhanded behaviour can cause trouble. Expect pitta or vata imbalances as per your body’s tri-dosh constitution and diseases of the legs and knees are possible. 

If Saturn is favourable for you as per your individual charts, then you will be able to systematically analyse the situations unfolding around and act decisively. Time will be favourable, you will be able to put your abilities to use, work hard and create wealth slowly but surely. Self discipline and following the ethical path will help realise your long term goals. Short term goals may disappoint, but you will remain patient and broadminded even under trying circumstances. Travelling might increase and profits from foreign lands are possible. The month of Shravan will give some significant gains. 

But if Saturn is unfavourable for you now, then you will be stubborn, tactless, unable to understand the situations, needlessly aggressive, unwise, destructive, crass, worried, depressed, deceptive, argumentative, narrow minded, bad natured etc. Tendency to avoid work or escape responsibilities will cause further complications depending on your planetary positions. Especially advice from others or following others without thinking will cause issues. Breakdown of marital harmony, hurting others and loss of opportunities are common results.

Briefly let’s note its Navamsha or quarter/pad energies. Remember that Saturn will be occupying them in forward, retrograde and again forward motions during this year. If you are using the drikpanchang app, the quarters occupied by the planets are mentioned in it.

  1. Dhanishtha 1st pad is a Leo navamsha – People will suddenly get ambitious and confidently try to break rules. Personal ego will try to dominate public opinion. Disharmony selfishness and aggression will increase. Social structures will be attacked by unfavourable and intolerant mindsets. A negative impact on or caused by the executive wing of the governments. Some areas of the world are restless, inching towards open hostilities, this may be a flash point for some of them.
  2. Dhanishtha 2nd quarter is a Virgo navamsha – Here coordination on several levels will fail. Rules will be challenged. Communication will be hampered. Media will cause problems. Narratives will tailored to try and cause division. Negative impacts on or caused by worker, labour class etc due to lack of understanding or whipping up of passions.
  3. Dhanishtha 3rd quarter is a Libra navamsha – A negative impact on or caused by the law, legal issues and judicial wing of the government. Turbulence will exist but more on the elegant philosophical and pontificating side, less physical.
  4. Dhanishtha 4th pad is a Scorpio navamsha – These times will have the potential to cause explosive aggression and permanent changes on several levels. Again military movements and clashes are possible during this time. A tragedy or deaths of important people in the military or the government is possible.

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This 13 month Saturn’s Dhanishtha transit will also be influenced by other planets transits. Mainly,

  • Jupiter will be sitting in Uttarabhadrapada from 28th Apr 2022 to 24th Feb 2023, for 10 long months at a stretch! This nakshatra is linked to Saturn so his power to give results here in Uttarabhadrapada will be linked to the support he receives from Saturn. Also Jupiter will indirectly enhance Saturn’s agenda, hopefully temper it with his kindness and wisdom. So in your birth horoscope if Jupiter is favourable then this period will be better for you. 
  • Saturn’s activities in Dhanishtha will be aggravated when Mars amplifies them by his simultaneous transits over Dhanishtha and later Mruga. The times when they aspect each other will also be a turbulent time. Mars being connected to Dhanishtha energies means that if he is favourable for your individual chart then you can expect some positivity in some parts of your life.
  • And Rahu will be in Aries soon. Saturn will soon be aspecting him from his position in Aquarius from 29th Apr to 13th Jul. This time’s energy will be a variant of the Shapit dosh so some form of severe destruction or upheaval etc is indicated. (I am anticipating problems triggered by the environment, ie drought or heavy rainfall, flooding and to some extent unexpected earth movements. Keywords of Rahu graha, Mesh rashi, 3rd aspect of Shani, Shani graha and Kumbh rashi. And humankind under the influence of Rahu can always overreach and then fall flat on its face.)

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Specifically for Bharat, this Saturn in Dhanishtha transit is not good.

  • The first phase of Mars in Dhanishtha over Saturn 30th Mar to 16th Apr 2022 will trigger disaster (or a series of turbulent events) which will consume our collective energies till mid Jul.
  • Then Mars will be going retrograde/forward in Taurus in 2022-23 and this will be especially problematic for us as Taurus is the ascendant sign for India. Mars will be in Taurus from 10th Aug – 16th Oct 2022. And again retrograde/forward during 13th Nov to 13th Mar 2023. There will be several potentially explosive events as perpetrator groups and the governments both take confusing about turns.
  • In this, there will be especially harsh results when he transits forward/retrograde/forward over the Murga nakshatra, ie 24th Sept – 24th Dec 2022 and 25th Feb to 27th Mar 2023. There are full chances of a damaging tragedy in this phase.  
  • One can only hope that Jupiter, ie the Guru and the deities who protect Bharat with the wise men, learned elders, advisors etc of this nation will provide the necessary help us to tide over with minimal damage. 

For determining the fate of the nations, draw the ‘birth chart’ of that nation, ie the time/date linked to some significant point in their history where the nation is considered to have formed. These above trigger times are the same for everyone, but they will trigger different things for different nations depending on the positions of the planets.

  • eg Ukraine is in the news these days. Considering the ‘birth’ chart 24 Aug 1991 12am, Kiev, its real trouble will start as soon as Rahu/Ketu shift into Aries/Libra and Jupiter enters Pisces. Saturn is unfavourable both in Capricorn and Aquarius. Turbulent times for the next 1.5yrs at least.

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Now briefly as per the Janma navtara nakshatra chakra,

  • This transit is not favourable for those with birth Moon in Dhanishtha as they will be at the very core of their Sade sati period. Similarly Mruga and Chitra birth Moons will face emotional stresses and physical weakness. It is Janma tara for them. Trigger factors and affected parts of life will be as per the individual charts during this time. (eg Saturn in the 7th house will cause problems with spouse, or even trigger physical death if longevity is at end)
  • Rohini Hasta Shravan – Sampat tara is average to favourable.
  • Krutika, Uttaraphalguni, Uttarashadha – Vipat tara average to unfavourable
  • Bharani, Poorvaphalguni, Poorvashadha – Kshema, average to favourable
  • Ashvini, Magha, Moola – Pratyari so average to unfavourable
  • Revati, Ashleysha, Jeyshtha – Sadhak so average to favourable 
  • Uttarabhadrapada, Pushya, Anuradha – Naidhana but Uttarabhadrapada has Jupiter in it for a significant part of this transit and this set is linked to Saturn himself. So I have put them at average results.
  • Punarvasu, Vishakha, Poorvabhadrapada – Mitra so again average.
  • Aradra, Swati, Shatataraka – Atimitra so average to favourable results are expected. 

Additional points to analyse would be,

  • If you are undergoing a significant Dasha period of Mars or Saturn then the results during this time will be more exaggerated for you.
  • Or if this Saturn in transit is transiting a significant birth position. eg Saturn transiting your ascendant lord, or over your birth Mars, or your birth Saturn etc.

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Finally remedies. Worshipping the Eternal in his Nataraja form, or invoking the Ashta Vasu. Or taking up mantra or giving away Daana for Saturn or Mars. Daana for the planets on the day they transit is especially useful. Pujas for graha shanti for Saturn will also be helpful.

Remedies basically mean that you are strengthening your 1st house by powering on your 9th and 5th houses, harnessing the 9/5 axis. Your purva punya protects your personality and your environment if you perform activities linked to the 9th house. Similarly your mantra shakti feeds energy into yourself if you perform activities of the 5th house. Adding energy to your Dharma trikon, your capacity for weathering events in life increases.

Managing transits through behavioural changes is possible if you are able to understand your chart and what Saturn is upto in your life. If you do regular pujas then you can more easily manage and get through unexpected events in life. Regular routine spiritual practice helps train the Mind. Being in control of the mind lets you take correct decisions and better navigate through life. 

At this juncture, the simplest practice for everyone would be listen/recite the Shiv sutrani, it takes just 15 seconds/day. (Strangely I had the Shivsutrani draft for the past 1yr on my scrivener and randomly posted it 2 weeks ago) Or listen to the listen to the Shiv tandav stotra (Shri Kalicharan Maharaj’s recitation is superlative), Teekshna Danshtra Kaalbhairavashtak or the Shiv Mahimna stotra as per your inclination , even on your way to work is fine, but listen to it daily. Or offer water on the Shivlingam with the ‘Om namah Shivaya’ mantra, or Mahamrutyunjai mantra at least on Mondays, or this can be done daily at home if you have a Shivlingam in your puja ghar. And in this Shravan month, do some puja of the Shivlingam. This can be as detailed as Parthiv-pujas and Rudrabhishekams, or as simple as offering water to a Shiv Lingam, the Bhagwan Nataraj. 

Kuldevata and Ishtadevata 

Kuldevata

Every family belonging to Sanatan Dharma has a Kuldevata, ie a family deity. This ray of the divine eternal specifically protects your family and must be worshipped as per culture and tradition. Your this body, in fact your current existence, is derived from your ancestors and you maintain this with the blessing of the family deity. There are references to the Kuldevata in several of our Puran. Also examples in ancient history where kings built temples of their Kuldevata. The Kuldevata demands pujas at auspicious events, eg before solemnising a marriage in the family, at the birth of a child, at Yajnopavit sanskars, a yearly puja at the temple of the Devata etc. 

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In the current times several of us live physically away from the hometown. ie regularly going to the Kuldevata temple may not be practically feasible. So if you really cannot make it then here are some via media which you can adopt,

  1. Offer the fruit, coconut, sweets, sari/cloth, money, specific items etc to a local temple whereve you are and think of your Kuldevata with all intensity. Request him/ her to accept it as you have offered these items to him from your heart. Even if this is not at his actual temple this does work if you have deep gratitude for him in your heart, ie your intention/ Sankalp is pure.
  2. Keep the offerings in a separate bag in your own puja ghar. Think of your Kuldevata and sincerely tell him that you have kept the offerings ready and whenever he calls, you will go to his temple and offer him these exact offerings. When you do this generally something unexpected helps you complete your pilgrimage soon, eg a few days off or some bonus money.
  3. If your extended family members still reside in your hometown then you can request them to offer the yearly offerings to the temple on your behalf. For this you must make a full set of offerings, ie cloth, money, sugar crystals etc which can be sent by post to your family member’s house. Before sending the items everyone in your family should pray to the deity and touch the offerings before packing them securely. 
  4. Keep in touch with the pujari Brahmin family of the temple and from time to time send some offerings, money, Dakshina to the temple and request them send the prasadam to you by post.

Another more serious problem is that several of us have forgotten the Kuldevata’s name itself. Forgotten the ancestral village. Or the elders of the family are dead. Either way the identity of this deity is lost to you which is highly unfortunate. So here is something you can do to help yourself,

  • Make a small pindi (small rounded mound) of the purest soil you can find. Or take a green coconut with the peduncle intact. Keep this with due respect in your puja ghar, adorn it with a nice cotton cloth, saffron, turmeric, unbroken rice, flowers etc. Intend that your Kuldevata, whoever he is, resides in this and do its puja just as you would do the puja of a regular moorti. You can keep this as a full-time set up or a temporary set up for specific days, ie during auspicious events, festivals etc. Generally what happens is if your intention is pure enough, there will be hints on the identity of the deity, ie dreams where you see the temple, deity’s moorti, hear his name, or his mantra/stotra etc. When this happens, if you want, you can get a proper moorti of your deity and put this coconut / soil in flowing river or sea. 

For women, after you get married, the Kul devata for you is now of your husband’s family. During the Vivah sanskar, the bride formally does the final pujas of her birth family Kuldevata. And immediately after marriage she does the first pujas of her new family deities.

(The Gram devata is the deity of the village where your family has its ancestral home. Generally the oldest temple in the village. So if you go to your ancestral village do go to this temple too.)

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Ishta devata

Ishta devata is the deity which you personally feel drawn to and want to worship. But this does not mean that you forget your Kuldevata. First puja is always offered to the Kuldevata, for protection of the family, the departed ancestors and the future generations. In some cases, the Kuldevata can also be worshipped as the personal Ishta devata. Your Guru, if a genuine Atma jnyani Mahapurush, a Jivan Mukt Satguru can also be adored as an Ishtadevata.

Jyotish gives some pointers on the Ishtadevata. Let’s first use the basic birth chart D1,

  • The Deity connected to the 9th house of your basic birth chart helps you live a balanced life as per Dharma. He ensures that you get the benefits of the 9th house as and when you need them. Your role in this process is a bit passive as even if you do the bare minimum it will be enough to trigger the 9th house benefits. This is an ongoing background life time support. 
  • The deity connected to the 5th house of your birth chart helps you fructify the sadhana you perform in your life. To reap these benefits you are required to be active, ie do your mantra, jap etc. After you complete it will you get the huge and evident result, all at once.
  • Functionally benefic planets placed in the 1st 5th 9th houses of the birth chart and the deities linked to them can also be a choice for the Ishta devata as they protect and help you grow.

But if you have the exact birth time available then open the divisional charts. 

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Navamsha Aleister Crowley

BPHS Chapter 33 shloks 63-74 Using the D9 Navamsha chart to find the Ishta devata 

  • First find the Atmakarak, ie the planet who has traveled the highest degree in any sign. In our example chart it is Saturn at 27deg 24mins. 
  • In the D9 chart, he shifts to Virgo navamsha. This is called the karakamsha navamsha. 
  • Check if any planet placed in the sign 12th from the karakamsha. Here it is Leo and it is vacant.
  • So we try the second option given in the BPHS. Find the Amatyakarak, ie the planet who has travelled the second highest in any sign in the D1. This is the Sun at 27deg 10min. 
  • Locate the Sun in the D9. He is in Virgo navamsha. Now count the 6th sign from Virgo. This is Aquarius and it has a planet, this is Jupiter.
  • So our example Aleister Crowley, could have worshipped the deity linked to Jupiter as his Ishta devata. 
  • (If there are no planets in either of these two locations then the planetary owner of the sign can be used to locate the Ishta devata. Eg here Leo – Sun or Aquarius – Saturn. This is not given in BPHS but can be inferred in practice)

BPHS chapter 16 shloks 17-21 – The D 20 is seen for spiritual progress so you can choose a deity from here. Either the one associated with the ascendant degree’s Vimshamsha or the deity of the Atmakarak planet’s Vimshamsha. (This is not given in the BPHS explicitly but I have seen in several cases that this deity is very close to the person and always willing to help especially so if you are doing tantra sadhana)

Let’s do this with the example. A bit of math. One division in D20 is equal to 1deg 30min. In the example,

  • Ascendant degree at 15deg 55min Cancer sign (even sign) – Devi Pingalaa
  • Atmakarak Saturn at 27deg 24 min (even sign) – Devi Mangalaa

Sequence of deities for even signs – Daya, Megha, Chinnashirsha, Pisachini, Dhumavati, Matangi, Bala, Bhadra, Aruna, Anala, Pingala, Chuchuka, Ghora, Vaarahi, Vaishnavi, Sita, Bhuvaneshi, Bhairavi, Mangala, Aparajita.

Sequence of deities for odd signs – Kali, Gauri, Jaya, Lakshmi, Vijaya, Vimala, Sati, Tara, Jvalamukhi, Sveta, Lalita, Bagalamukhi, Pratyangira, Sachi, Raudri, Bhavani, Varada, Jaya, Tripura, Sumukhi.

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Now for the deities associated with the planets. This is always a source of confusion so I am directly copying from the BPHS.

BPHS chapter 2 shlok 1-13 – The general Vishnu Avtars connected to the planets.

  • Surya Sun – Shri Ram avtar
  • Chandra Moon – Shri Yadunayak Krishna avtar
  • Bhoomiputra Mars – Shri Nrusimha avtar
  • Somasuta Mercury – Shri Budha avtar
  • Vibhudejya Jupiter – Shri Vaman avtar
  • Bhargav Venus – Shri Bhargav Parshuram avtar
  • Bhaskarputra Saturn – Shri Koorma avtar
  • Sinhikeya Rahu – Shri Sookara Varaha avtar
  • Ketu – Shri Meen Matsya avtar

(One point to be noted – the Budha avtar is not the generally known Siddhartha Gautam. As per the BPHS the actual Budha Avtar of Bhagwan Vishnu was before his Krishna avtar. We can only wait for more texts to be translated or recovered or brought into the public domain to know more about this Avtar.)

BPHS chapter 3 shlok 18 – General deities/ Adidaivata connected to the planets

  • Sun – Bhagwan Agni
  • Moon – Bhagwan Varun
  • Mars – Bhagwan Subrahmanya
  • Mercury – Bhagwan Vishnu
  • Jupiter – Bhagwan Indra
  • Venus – Bhagwati Sachidevi
  • Saturn – Bhagwan Brahma

BPHS Chapter 33 shloks 63-74 – The planets in the 12th from the Karakamsha or 6th from the Amatyakarak’s position and the deities/ Adidaivata

  • Sun and Ketu – Bhagwan Shiv
  • Moon and Ketu – Devi Gauri
  • Venus and Ketu – Devi Laxmi
  • Mars and Ketu – Bhagwan Subramanya
  • Mercury and Sun – Bhagwan Vishnu
  • Jupiter – Bhagwan Shiv
  • Rahu – Devi Durga in her Tamasic form
  • Ketu – Bhagwan Skanda or Bhagwan Ganpati
  • Saturn if inauspicious – Tamasic deities
  • Venus and Saturn if inauspicious – Tamasic deities

Point is, there are several deities which can be chosen as per the BPHS. Choose one who appeals to you. Generally while you are thinking about this, you will get some signal ie in your dreams or some shakun, ie omen which will help you discover your Ishta devata.

Finally do read this one post on the real nature of the deities. The deities are not ‘gods’, they are conscious aware and intelligent energy, a ray from the same Non dual source. You are also a ray from that very same source. As you express your gratitude to them on the outside, you in fact enhance your own energy on the inside.

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How to analyse the Vimshottari Moon Mahadasha

Vimshottari dasha  analysis is something that every astrologer needs to know. The planets control parts of your life in a sequence which is called a Dasha. There are several Dasha systems but Vimshottari deserves a special place of its own and is the first Dasha system you will learn.

In case this detailed analysis is beyond you at the moment, I have written two basic posts, here and here with a brief analysis of the Mahadashas based on which houses the planets own in your chart.

The Vimshottari Maha-Dasha cover a human life span of 120 yrs and the sequence is,

Depending on which Nakshatra your Moon is in at the time of your birth, ie your Janma Nakshatra, you will begin your sequence. This start point is most important so ensure that you have your accurate birth time before doing Dasha analysis.

If your birth moon Nakshatra/ Lunar mansion is Rohini, Hasta or Shravan, then you will have your Moon Mahadasha/ main period going on at your birth. The balance of the planet’s dasha period remaining at birth is calculated using the location (arc 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 also go wrong.

For the other birth Nakshatras, the Moon Mahadasha can occur at any point of time in the above sequence. But the Moon’s sub-periods/ Antardashas in the other planets Mahadashas will also carry his flavour.

Open your Vedic Jyotish software and open the Dasha section. If there are options here, input the ‘Vimshottari’ system. You have to see two things from here,

  1. At the present time, which planet’s Mahadasha/ main-period and which planet’s Antardasha/ sub-period is going on for you
  2. And at the time of your birth, which Mahadasha was going on.

If either of these, ie your ongoing Mahadasha or the birth Mahadasha is/ was of the Moon, then this post is for you,

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First a generic description, assuming that the Moon in your birth chart is favourable for you.

If you were born in Moon Mahadasha then, you are more comfortable around women in general, you are especially close to your mother, feel strongly about your traditions and homeland. You have a family who cares for you. Your basic mind and body are both strong and healthy and the overall personality remains balanced. Communicative, reasonable, attractive, popular, pleasant to be with, a generally active personality. You are receptive to external influences and often modulate these to help you grow. But you are not very forthcoming about your own self, you keep your secrets well and trust only rarely. You have a caring nature, a supportive sort of a person, generous by nature but you can equally get shrewd, narrow minded, jealous and self-centred.

If you are undergoing the Moon Mahadasha now in your life then in this Moon Mahadasha, you will be more focussed on yourself, your needs, your comforts, your growth, your family, your love, your ancestral traditions, family gods etc. Your mother or other maternal figures will be more important in life. You will be taken care of, ie given the nurture, nutrition, love that you need. More settled in life, you might develop regular habits, feel creative, improve personal care, opt for a healthy lifestyle etc. That things which support you as a person will help you grow significantly. You will be able to set up routines for a healthier you. Buying your own house or landed property is possible or shifting into your own personal home is possible. People in professions related to the 4th house or the Moon will see growth, ie homeland security, teaching, home-makers, dealers in liquids, transport, drugs, architects, etc. You might be recognised for something, get awards. Marriage and child-birth is also possible in this period. In these 10yrs you will be required to balance karma related to the position of the Moon in your chart. Caring for others or ensuring that your emotions were being satisfied. Whatever the Moon is supposed to give you in your life will be given in this time. You will go through an emotional period, uplifting or damaging.

If the Mahadasha comes at an age after the maturity period of the Moon then the energies of the Dasha can be utilised consciously thus more effectively. If you are older than 48yrs, then during this Mahadasha it is likely that you will become the understanding and mature elder yourself. You will gain more insights into the working of your own Mind. It can be a very enriching experience. Even if you are older than 28yrs, this time can help self-discovery as you understand yourself more deeply. If you are younger than 28yrs then you will receive what you need from your elders to grow.

If your birth Moon is in Cancer or ascendant sign is Cancer then this Mahadasha will be especially significant for you.

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Now to tailor these predictions for your personal life. This requires some basic understanding of Jyotish. (Here is a post on how to begin learning astrology systematically).

Step 1 is to know the aspects of life represented by the Moon and the power he has to deliver his results. You should know what he is going to give you, only then predicting the timing will be of any use. One graha is going to be directly responsible for so many things and indirectly influence so many more things in life. To keep things simple, learn to use keywords and create patterns using these.

  1. Moon 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?
      • Eg Moon in 3rd house will be in charge of your siblings, income from trade, your hands, the internal confidence to take necessary actions, skills, practicality, etc. So in his Mahadasha expect these aspects of life to be more prominent in your life.
      • Eg if the Moon is any way connected to the 2nd or 7th houses then he can help in gaining money/ resources, good family life etc but this Dasha can also be linked to the timing of physical death. So do a quick check on longevity.
    • Which houses does he own? i.e. Cancer is placed in which house?
      • Eg Cancer placed in the 11th house will mean that the Moon is in charge of your friend circle, like minded groups, all gains in life, money from speculation, older siblings, etc. naturally these things will be more significant in your life now.
    • The ruler of the sign he is placed in, is he a friend/ neutral/ enemy planet. How comfortable is he in the sign he is occupying? 
    • Is the Moon exalted/debilitated? Naturally an exalted Moon will give more pleasing results than a debilitated Moon.
    • Which planets is he conjoint/ aspected by? Thus which other aspects of the personality is he influencing directly and indirectly. If he is influenced by benefics then more favourable and pleasing results if by malefics then stress.
      • Eg Moon conjoint Mars in the 10th house. This will mean that Moon is in charge of the profession, social mobility, social image etc. But the Mars is now going to help by making his soft nature more bold, courageous, and allow him to take more risks in life. Thus the natural softness of the Moon is reinforced by the Martian qualities. And the natural aggression of Mars is tempered by the softness of the Moon.
    • Has he matured? Is the Moon’s maturity being held back by conjunction with later maturing planets?
      • Planets give more sensible results after maturity. His Dasha period after maturity will give more useful results.
    • What kind of power does he have.
      • His shadbala, avastha etc also can be seen for more insights into his nature in your chart. You can go deeper, depending on your level of study.
    • And since this is the Moon, you have to analyse the Nakshatra that he occupies at birth, ie your Janma Nakshatra characteristics. 
  2. Repeat this same analysis from the birth Moon sign, i.e the birth Moon chart. (Do this only if you feel upto it, this is for advanced students)
    Re-orient your chart around and count your birth Moon sign as the first house. This is the Moon chart and this tells you about the psychological and emotional aspects of your life. How you will ‘feel’ about the Moon Mahadasha. The psychological and emotional aspects. These aspects of life can 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 the sum total of Moon’s potential. (Not for beginners. Do this whenever you are a bit advanced in your study, else you will end up confusing yourself.)

Step 2  Smaller sub-periods within the main period/ Mahadasha are called successively Antardasha, Pratyantardasha, Sookshmadasha and Prandasha. The logic on how to analyse these even smaller units remains the same for each planetary owner of the sub/ sub periods. In this post we will learn to analyse up to the Subperiod, ie the Antardasha.

  1. Find out the power of the sub-period planetary lord and the aspects of life that he controls just like you did for the Moon above.
    • Eg if you want to analyse the Moon Mahadasha and Jupiter antardasha, then you will have to find out both Moon’s and Jupiter’s power to give results.
  2. Then analyse the relationship between the Moon and the sub-period owner planet. If they are in the 6/8 or even the 12th from uncomfortable aspects, then that sub-lord’s sub-period will not be comfortable. If they are in the 5/9 axis it will be a favourable sub-period. The interaction between the planetary owners of the main-period and sub-period is quite important, take your time over it.
    • eg Jupiter is in 5th house and Moon in 9th house this will be an extraordinary time. Both are in the pivotal Kona houses, and in the 5/9 axis from each other. This could be one of the best periods of your life. This would also be a Gajakesari yog. So they will give tremendous progress in the Moon Mahadasha’s Jupiter Antardasha.
    • eg Jupiter in 11th house and Moon in 6th house in the birth chart. This time will not give good results. Moon in the 6th house of turmoil. Jupiter in the 11th is better placed for positive results. But they are mutually in the 6/8 axis. This is the Shakat yog, will give instability, ups and downs and significant confusion in the Moon Mahadasha’s Jupiter Antardasha.

Step 3 is the routine planetary transits /gochar. (Not for beginners. Do this analysis only if you have a good grasp of the fundamentals.) Transits can modify the results indicated by the Dasha system to some extent. So draw your birth chart (D-1) 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. This is the last step you do.

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

  • Moon antardasha
    • If the Moon is capable of giving pleasant results, this can be a very significant period of growth depending on which houses he is in charge of in your chart. There will be internal stability which will trigger prosperity in all forms. Personal and professional successes, marriage, birth of children, promotions, good investments, increase in wealth, good health and emotional stability, your instinct will work for you etc. If this is so, then you must make the most of this Antardasha.
    • If he is badly placed in your birth chart and inauspicious for you then emotional trauma, mental stress, physical ill health, loneliness, etc are possible in this first sub-period.
    • This is the first sub-period, so observe events around you and yourself carefully. This will set the tone for the entire Mahadasha. If this period has been favourable, you can expect continued generally favourable results. If this period has given mixed or unpleasant results you must take care. Then predicting favourable results will depend on power of the Subperiod rulers of the subsequent Antardashas.
  • Mars antardasha
    • If Mars is powerful, then in this sub-period you will take risks to achieve what you want. Highly motivated, confident, during this time you will bulldoze your opponents and gain your desires. A favourable Mars allows to to change yourself and your surroundings as per your desire. This period can be very fruitful especially if you are connected in any way to the land, eg army professional, agriculturalist, builder etc.
    • But if he is unable to give favourable results then overwork, have no time to rest, over-confidence, carelessness, anger, etc will be triggered. So pay attention to your health especially the blood related aspects. Your close family and siblings will be a source of trouble for you.
  • Rahu antardasha
    • If Rahu is capable of positive results, then this sub-period will make you want more than you have. Satisfaction will be less, you might spend more than you earn. Family may not support and professional life will not give happiness. But conversely all this will motivate you to work even harder and strive to gain more and more. You might achieve a lot of material gain during this period. However do not lie or cheat others during this time as it will backfire on you later. Try to do some Dharmic activity, eg pujas, pilgrimages, Mantra, Daan so as to keep the positivity coming in.
    • But is Rahu is going to be unpleasant for you then, this time will give you stress, losses and trouble on the physical as well as the emotional levels. You will feel tired and dispirited. If Moon or Rahu is connected to the 2nd or 7th and the longevity is at an end then physical death can occur. Even otherwise, you will be surrounded by people and things which drain you. Especially beware of any new women in your life as they can cause you harm. Legal issues are a distinct possibility during this time.
  • Jupiter antardasha
    •  If Jupiter is favourably disposed then this can be a great sub-period. Money, family, profession etc will all give happiness. Promotions, new jobs, better salary, more income are all possible. Long term investments or life time decisions during this period will be favourable. Travelling, pilgrimages etc will give pleasure. Education and learning will be encouraged. Both Moon and Jupiter are natural benefics so make the most of this time for growth and expansion. You will be known for something and there will be positivity in your life. Marriage, birth of children, job openings, educational prospects, health, wealth, spiritual mindset, pilgrimages, etc should be predicted as per the age in which the antardasha occurs. eg if the chart has some form of Gajakesari yog or a favourable Jupiter – Moon interaction you can achieve a lot during this sub period.
    • If he is not aligned favourably with the Moon then he will give erratic results. Avoid getting into any illegal or dubious activity during this time as it will give you pain later. Your luck is not with you at this time so you might think that something is surely in your hands, but it will slip out at the last moment. eg if the birth chart has the Shakat yog then be careful about predicting highly positive results.

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  • Saturn antardasha
    •  If Saturn and Moon together in your birth chart are capable of favourable results then this period can give some benefits. But you will have to work harder. Tiredness, delays, frustrations and loneliness will be there to some extent. You might feel afraid internally. Increase in stress will naturally affect health and happiness. You will be harsher with others and this can spoil relationships. Disputes with your family or mother specifically related to land, home and assets can occur. But try to see the fair and legal position of things rather than giving way to emotions. Try to work with facts and see the practical side of things. If used intelligently, this period will give you long lasting gains. Doing some puja will help you magnify the positivity.
    • In case he is not favourable then these negative effects as above will continue with no respite. You will be unable to make sense of the events around you and remain distressed.
  • Mercury antardasha
    • Both Moon and Mercury are natural benefics so this sub-period can be quite favourable to you. Here you can expect better relations with your siblings, trade related gains may pick up, stock market and investment options may be good, education opportunities will open up. Marriage, children, job etc whatever is a ‘happy outcome’ for your mind, will occur. Your logical mind will support you and you will have the necessary boldness to achieve your goals. You will have and use your skills to resolve any lingering issues from the previous Saturn sub-period.
    • But if they are unable to work together they will cause you pain, disappointment, ill health, mental stress, legal trouble etc. Avoid breaking the law or engaging in high risk speculations as loss of money is quite possible.
  • Ketu antardasha
    • if Ketu in your birth chart can give favourable results, then this can be a short but intensely spiritual time. You will feel disconnected from the people and things around you as your inner worlds are more alluring to your mind. Or if your birth chart is of the material sort then gains from secret sources, unexpected opportunities and gains are possible. Secret tips, insights, lucky guesses etc will help you as your intuition will be high.
    • But if there is a possibility of unpleasant results, then this time can be disturbing, mental stresses, loneliness, psychic interference, restlessness, etc. If Moon or Ketu is connected to the 2nd or 7th and the longevity is at an end then physical death can occur. 
  • Venus antardasha
    • If Venus and Moon are capable of giving auspicious results together then this sub period can be a very rewarding one on several levels. Value, validation, nature, nurture, nutrition will be provided to you. Both the types of love ie needy love and equitable love will be available in your life. All your desires and wants will be fulfilled and you will be happy. Inner satisfaction, balance, fairness etc will be on a high. Depending on the physical age in which this sub-period comes, you might start some meditative practice or get married or birth of children or higher education is possible. Either way this will be a good time and do make the most of it. Money, family and good times are indicated.
    • But if Venus and Moon are unable to give pleasant results together then these very same things will be denied to you. There will be imbalance, unmet needs, loneliness and scarcity. Loss of money, resources, assets is possible.

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  • Sun antardasha
    • this is the chidra dasha, the ‘cutting off’ sub-period, the last antardasha of the Moon’s mahadasha. This is a time of review. You consolidate all that you experienced in your Moon mahadasha and cut off all that you failed to learn. The Moon will have given you opportunities for emotional fulfilment. Your relationship with your mother, maternal relatives, home culture, traditions, landed property etc were in focus. ‘Need’ based love relationships or nurturing relationships. 
    • Now the Sun is personal confidence, ego, self entitlement. ‘Selfishness’ will clean out the Moon persona and prepare for the Mars persona which is to follow. You feel a new rush of energy in you. The Sun will prepare a dispassionate list of things of what you gave and what was received. If you have given more, you might suddenly find these dependant others being systematically cut off. Only the basic unavoidable relationships which you intellectually feel necessary will be sustained by this Sun. All the opportunities for emotional fulfilment, ‘Need’ based love relationships will be consolidated. The softness and gentleness of the Moon will be gradually replaced by qualities of Mars, which is the next Mahadasha in sequence.
    • But in the last Sun Antardasha, you will decisively end all emotionally draining things. And for those emotionally uplifting things, you will remove their emotional parts and appreciate them on an intellectual level.
    • If the Sun is capable of giving positive results, there will be improvement in personal health, vitality, finances, status and power. You will also become more distant from others. ‘Neediness’ will be reduced in all ways.
    • If he is not auspicious for you, even then he will work in the same direction but the process will be painful, stressful. You will face arguments, fevers, ill health, exit of a maternal figure, cut off from the homeland, selfishness from others etc sort of results.

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Everyone who wants to learn astrology should analyse their own horoscope first. It is quite easy to predict major events in life and with some practice you can predict minor events too. Get into the habit of pulling out your own chart for a detailed analysis every 6 months. Look at the Dasha periods and transits that will happen over the next 6 months, try to predict 1-2 things which might happen. These can be very simple things to being with, eg some disturbance over the 4th house = some issue related to mother. Some positivity over the 10th house = a pleasant time in the office. Tally these predictions 6 months later, be systematic about it and evaluate for yourself how accurate you are getting.

Finally remedies can be used to set any unbalanced energies right. These are basically three,

Behavioural, ie you understand what is happening to you and try to intelligently and consciously modulate your behaviour in a way most appropriate to the situation. This requires significant control over the Mind and not everyone can do this. But if you are doing your regular spiritual practice then this becomes inbuilt in your nature.

Mantra- You use the power of the Devbhasha Samskrutam and your own intentions to change the course of the event energies. Mantras of the Moon can be used during his Mahadasha, especially do something every Monday. Or any of these activities which enhance his power. Or mantra of the Bhagwan Shankar also work well enough.

Daana You give away the unbalanced energies to a Consciousness capable of absorbing them, a worthy Brahmin, a deity or a river/sea, this is the real meaning of Daana.

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How to analyse your birth Moon chart

I have referred to the birth Moon chart in several of my posts. There were some recurring doubts on this so writing a basic post for analysing the birth Moon chart. Use this step wise framework to know more about your emotions, innermost tendencies, feelings and the astral body.

In Jyotish, you first analyse the Ascendant sign/ lord, and the basic birth chart. This gives you the physical and material stuff. The vitality of the physical body, the power of the overall environment around you. And how you make use of all these physical stuff.

Next in importance is the birth Moon. He represents your astral body, (there are 5 layers to the the body you are in post here). He is the sum of all of the individual you, ie your past present, future and parallel lives. He is your needs, your capacity to receive, your ability to change in response to the external/ internal stimuli, your entire potential. He is your experience, perceptions, feelings, emotions, instinct, nature and nurture. A strong Moon in the birth chart significantly elevates the quality of the entire life. You can never ignore the birth Moon chart.

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Let’s use the example Aleister Crowley. A genius occultist, creator of the Thoth tarot deck, a spy, a mountaineer, writer, highly confident, intelligent etc and also the other negative stuff which you can get from the internet. He is dead, accurate birth data available and a well documented life, an ideal subject. His birth data 12th Oct 1875, 11:43 pm Leamington UK.

The ascendant is Cancer and so the birth chart is this,

Birth chart Aliester Crowley

The birth Moon is in Pisces sign and he is in 9th house from the Ascendant sign. For deriving the Moon chart, we redraw the same planet positions but put the Moon in Pisces sign as the first house. The rest of the planets and their signs remain the same as the birth chart. We just count everything in relation to the Moon. Birth Moon in Pisces is our focus point. We want to know more about the Moon and how the other planets are interacting with him.

So this below is his birth Moon chart, Pisces as the 1st house containing Moon and also Rahu.

analysing the moon chart

Step 1 –

  • First to understand how the Moon functions in Pisces sign.
  • Then to work out how Moon in the 9th house will behave.
  • And finally how the other planets conjunct (Rahu) and aspecting (Saturn, Sun) will affect him.
  • If you have studied the lunar mansions, then use the keywords of the Purvabhadrapada nakshatra to get more information on Crowley’s personality.

This analysis will tell you what exactly is his birth Moon capable of.

(You can also use the Ashtakvarga points of Moon in Pisces, the total points of Pisces sign, the Shadbala, the Vimshopaka bala, the Navamsha etc if you are an advanced student)

Step 2 –

To find out how this person ‘feels’ about the various aspects of his material life.

  • We will refer to the birth chart for the actual physical material life event and the Moon chart for the connected feelings etc (revise the basic keywords).

The birth ascendant sign (Cancer) is placed in the 5th house from the Moon (in Pisces). So he felt his entire personality and the overall environment to be very strongly a part of his creative power. He felt all the keywords of his ascendant sign to be capable of pushing him on the center-stage, he felt confident about his genius. He felt his physical existence to be a ‘child/ product/ extension/ creation’ of his astral immensity and he deeply felt this to be true. No wonder he used the occult so extensively in his life, his personality was defined by the occult. (‘Occult’ is nothing but a way of connecting to the astral dimension controlled by the Moon)

The birth chart’s 5th house (Scorpio) which represents the physical expression of creativity is counted 9th from his birth Moon. So his physical genius felt like the foundational philosophy of his life. ie he physically created several things, books, Thoth tarot deck, secret societies etc. He perceived his these actions to be his anchor on the internal levels. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces form his Dharma trikon in both the ascendant chart and the moon chart.

(Having the birth Moon in the 1st, 5th or 9th house from the ascendant sign always drives you upwards, it is a self feeding positive loop. You feel emotionally good about the material events. This motivates you, your creativity, foundation, personality, feelings all are working together, ie the astral and the material work together perfectly.)

Next his birth 2nd house (Leo) is placed 6th from the birth Moon. So he must have felt the matters of the family, the time spent with the family /friends to be a waste of his energy, a drudgery. He must have felt saving money to be stressful activity. Maintaining a link with his family history must have felt draining etc.

His birth 3rd house (Virgo) is placed 7th from the birth Moon. He must have felt a business-like bond with his teammates and group members etc. Similarly link up every house of the ascendant chart to the birth Moon to get a sense of how he interpreted the physical things around him on the deeper levels.

Here you have combined the keywords of the houses (1) as counted from the ascendant sign and (2) as counted from the Moon sign. This analysis will give you precious insights into how the subject feels about every physical aspect of his life.

What you ‘feel’ about something is paramount. eg someone may ‘feel’ good even if living a life of a beggar. Or someone may not ‘feel’ satisfied even if he is the richest man in the world. Your feelings about the reality surrounding your individual soul are decided by the Moon, ie the birth Moon chart.

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Step 3 –

Locate the other planets from the birth Moon sign to know how they interact with the Moon’s energy. In our example, Rahu is with the Moon. Ketu is 7th. Sun is also placed 7th from the birth Moon. Venus, Jupiter and Mercury are placed 8th from the Moon . Mars and Saturn are placed 11th from his birth Moon. There are several combinations/ yog which are seen from the birth Moon, do find out more about them in case the chart shows any. Here is a basic analysis,

  • Rahu with the Moon is the Shakti yog. He will not hesitate to ‘use and throw’ others on the emotional levels, an inherent desire for destruction exists etc. Plus it means the Moon’s maturity is held back till Rahu matures in the late 40’s.
  • Jupiter in the 6/8 axis from the Moon is the Shakat yog. It gives a delay in marriage/ failed marriages/ multiple marriages, immaturity in love affairs, lack of judgement, headstrong nature, arrogance, vacillating nature which ultimately causes damage to oneself. There are cycles of misery and happiness in life.
  • Venus in the 6/8 axis from the Moon will give inappropriate love affairs and unnatural intimate relationships. Secret affairs and problems with the legal wife. Highly sensitive to emotions which can cause problems. Can grant intuitive abilities and spiritual growth later. But there are severe shocks and changes to be gone through first.
  • Saturn placed 11th from the birth Moon gave him a lot of communities/ associations of the occult and also non-occult kind. Mars adds his energy here. Crowley lived a rather happening public life, had several colleagues with whom he cooperated and also competed. Plus the aspect ensured a deep set fear.

Step 4 – 

Analyse the birth Moon chart just as you would analyse a regular chart.

  • the 1st house, (here Pisces) defines the emotional personality and the astral environment this person live in. Here you will use the keywords of Pisces but in the context of emotions, nature, nurture, astral, occult, intuition etc.
  • the 2nd house here Aries is vacant but aspected by Venus, Jupiter and Mercury. Also aspected by its own lord Mars. Mars in the 11th. So Crowley was capable of using emotionally charged words to gain his like minded groups, create fundamental change in the people he was emotionally close to by catastrophic means etc.
  • Similarly analyse the remaining houses as counted from the Moon.

This is a brief framework which you can use to analyse your own birth Moon chart and get more pointers into your own Mind.

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There are several more things which you can deduce from the birth Moon chart but one particular thing of interest will be the Dasha analysis. The Vimshottari dasha is the first Dasha system you will learn and it is based on the position of the birth Moon.

  • In this example chart there are 3 planets placed 8th from the Moon. In the Dasha periods controlled by these planets, there will be sudden transformative shocks to the emotional self, to the mental make-up and to the astral body. ie during their Mahadasha and their Antardasha in other planet’s Mahadashas. There will be significant pain to the self, deep seated changes in how the subject feels himself to be, his innermost subconscious tendencies desires etc will change drastically, occult, secrets, explorations, danger to the mind etc are all indicated in such dasha periods.
  • Similarly if there were any planets placed 6th from or 12th from the birth Moon we would have predicted emotionally turbulent results in their Dasha periods too.
  • If there were any planets placed in the 5/9 axis from the birth Moon then their Dashas would be expected to go well. The mental, emotional component of the life during this time period would be stable and show a positive growth.

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There are two typical situations with the birth Moon.

  1. The birth Moon is in the ascendant sign itself, then your birth Moon chart is the same as your basic birth chart. You feel about the material situations in the same context, there is no conflict, no difference in what is happening and what you are feeling about it.
  2. The Cancer ascendant. Here Moon himself is the ascendant lord. The ascendant lord is responsible for creating the physical environment, the physical personality and specifically controls how the material environment and the personality interact. So the person’s feelings about his reality and what is actually happening will not vary much. However even then, the birth Moon chart still will have to be seen for more details.