Article: Mula dasa – Varahamihira’s success

This dasa was yet another secret of the tradition of Orissa that has been exposed for the first time to the world at large. This dasa finds mention in the monumental classic ‘Saravali’ by Kalyanavarma and in Varahamihira’s work. While other works spell out the results of Mula dasa, they do not show how to calculate it. This was the great strength of Varahamihira and is being shared with the world for the first time with the hope that all astrologers will work to make this a better place to live in and that all people shall understand the working of their past-life Karma.

This dasa is especially good for timing curses, hardships and other evils at work.
(c) Sanjay Rath (1999)


Lagna Kendradi Graha Dasa, also known as the Moola Dasa (Refer: Saravali of Kalyan Verma), is one of the very important dasa systems of Vedic astrology.  It is a sister Dasa or derivative of the Vimsottari dasa and is fundamental to Jyotish. Although this had been known for quite some time, to my knowledge this would be the first time that this secret of the tradition is being revealed in print. It answers some of the most basic questions in Jyotish. For example everyone has wondered as to how Bhagavan Sri Rama Chandra was banished to the forest in the beginning of Saturn dasa when the Moon was in Cancer at the time of His birth (appearance in this world) and would have been over by the time He left for the forest. Then again the scriptures say that this period of Vanvas (forest dwelling was for 14 years. This is grossly different from the well known period of 19 years for Saturn dasa. Moola dasa gives the vital clues. It maybe noted that the Rishi’s were very careful in using the names of the Dasa and this itself gives a vital clue to its deciphering. Here the word “MOOLA” is short for “MOOLATRIKONA” and the importance of this we shall see later in deriving the period of the dasa.

‘Lagna’ means the ascendant, ‘Kendra’ means the quadrants/Cadent houses and ‘Adi ‘ refers to “the others” which includes Panapara (Succeedent signs 2nd, 5th, 8th & 11th) and Apoklimas (Precedent signs 3rd, 6th, 9th & 12th).  This dasa is vital in that it gives the results of the past life Karma that every individual has to face in the form of suffering or blessing, depending on the Karma.

As the name suggests the dasa begins from the Lagna or any other Kendra, whichever is stronger and has planet(s) disposited in them, and is succeeded by the other Kendra’s (having planet(s) in it) according to their strengths.  After completing the periods of the planets in the quadrants, the dasa shifts to the planets in the four signs in the Panapara and then to the Apoklimas.

However, the following rules apply in deciding which sets of houses – the Panapara or Apoklimas succeed the initial dasa of the planets in the quadrants.

  1. If the Lagna is an odd sign, the dasa of the planets in the Panapara (2nd, 5th, 8th and 11th ) follow the dasa of the Kendra’s.
  2. If the Lagna is an even sign, the dasa of the planets in the Apoklimas (Precedent signs 3rd, 6th, 9th & 12th) follow the dasa of the Kendra’s.
  3. If Saturn is in the Lagna, then irrespective of whether the Lagna is odd or even, the dasa of the planets in the Kendra signs will be followed by the dasa of the planets in the Panapara (2nd, 5th, 8th & 11th).
  4. If Ketu is in Lagna, then irrespective of whether the Lagna is odd or even, the dasa of the planets in the Kendra signs will be followed by the dasa of the planets in the Apoklimas (3rd, 6th, 9th & 12th).

Sequence of the Dasa

  1. In determining the sequence of the dasa of the planets, their relative strengths are to be studied as per standard rules.
  2. Parasara gives four rules for determining the strength of signs/planets (Chapter 46 Sloka 161 to 164). These are as follows: –
    1. The sign with a planet (or with more planets) is considered stronger than a sign without a planet (or with lesser number of planets).
    2. If the signs have equal number of planets, then the status of the planets like exaltation, Moolatrikona, Swakshetra etc, should be considered to declare the stronger sign.
    3. If they are still equal in strength, or without planets, then the natural strengths of Dual signs being stronger than fixed signs and fixed signs being stronger than movable signs is considered.
    4. If they are still equal in strength, then the degrees be considered. The Planet with a higher degree (used in Chara Karaka) shall be stronger and shall make the sign stronger.
  3. Sources of strength should be studied and understood from the Upadesa Sutra of Maharishi Jaimini (see the translation by this scribe).

Period of the Dasa

Count the number of signs from there to its Mulatrikona sign and subtract the number arrived at by 1.  This period is to be subtracted from the number of Vimsottari Dasa years assigned to the planet. The net result arrived at indicates the number of years of Mula Dasa/Lagna Kendradi Graha Dasa assigned to the planet.

Rider 1: Add one year to the final sum if the said planet is exalted and subtract one if the planet is in debility.

Rider 2: For the purposes of this Dasa, the count for Rahu & Ketu shall be reckoned to Aquarius and Scorpio respectively as is done in Narayana Dasa.

In case the number of years to be subtracted and the number of years under the Vimsottari scheme are the same wherein the final figure would be zero, then take the full cycle of years under the Vimsottari dasa as the number of Moola dasa years of the said planet in the first cycle.  Similarly, calculate the dasa years for the other planets in all the Kendra’s, Panapara and Apoklimas. After, having completed the exercise for all the nine planets, we get the first cycle of the Moola dasa for the nine planets. This is bound to be less than 120 years (full period of Vimsottari dasa).

The balance years remaining from the first cycle gives the total period of the second cycle (Param Ayus of man is for 120 years; so it is 120 minus the total Moola dasa years of all nine planets in the first cycle). Thus, the second cycle period of the Moola dasa for each of the planet works in the same order during the second cycle and is equal to the Vimsottari Dasa period of the planet minus its Dasa period in the first cycle.


Let us study the horoscope of Bhagwan Shri Ram as an example and determine the periods and significance of Moola Dasa in his life.

Chart 1 Bhagwan Shri Ram

RASI: Lagna, Jupiter & Moon in Cancer; Saturn (R) Libra; Mars-Capricorn; Rahu- Sagittarius; Venus- Pisces; Sun-Aries; Mercury-Taurus; Ketu-Gemini.

Step 1: Determine the strongest sign in the kendra and planets therein shall furnish the first Dasa.

All the four kendra are occupied and Cancer with two planets is the strongest. Among Moon & Jupiter, the latter is exalted and shall furnish the first dasa. This shall be followed by the dasa of the Moon. Thereafter, the dasa of Mars, Saturn, and the Sun placed in Kendra shall follow.

Step 2: Determine whether the Lagna is odd or even. If the Lagna is odd, examine the strength of the planets in Panapara whereas if it even, examine the strength of planets in Apoklimas. Similarly, if Saturn is placed in Lagna, examine the strength of the planets in Panapara whereas if Ketu is placed in Lagna examine the strength of planets in Apoklimas. If both Saturn & Ketu are present, see their degrees and the one with a higher longitude shall decide whether the dasa of the planets in Panapara (Saturn) or Apoklimas (Ketu) shall follow.

The Lagna is Cancer and neither Saturn nor Ketu is placed in it. Hence the Moola Dasa shall be in the reverse direction and the planets in Apoklimas shall furnish the subsequent dasa. The signs Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces and Gemini are in the Apoklimas. The planets Venus, Rahu and Ketu are placed in it and one planet is in one sign. Venus is exalted whereas the nodes are debilitated. Thus the first dasa in this group shall be of Venus. Now, the signs Gemini and Sagittarius seem to be of equal strength as they have equal planets, both are in debility and are not aspected by the lords of the signs. Further, the longitude of the nodes is equal. In such a case, use the dispositor of the nodes. Both Jupiter (dispositor of Rahu) is placed in an even sign and Mercury is also placed in an even sign.  Then we see that Jupiter is exalted and Sagittarius shall be stronger. Thus, Rahu shall furnish the next dasa and the dasa of Ketu shall follow.

Step 3: The planets in the remaining four signs shall furnish the last dasa’s.

Having covered the Apoklimas and Kendra, the planets in the Panapara houses is only Mercury and its dasa will be the last.

Step 4: Determine the period of the Moola Dasa of the planets.

Planet Vimsottari Dasa Moolatrikona Minus one Exaltation or debility Net Reduction Moola Dasa
A B C D= C -1 E F = D+ E G= B-F
Jup 16 6 6-1= 5 +1 6 10
Moon 10 11 11-1=10 0 10 10
Mars 07 4 4-1 =3 +1 4 3
Sat 19 5 5-1 =4 +1 5 14
Sun 06 5 5-1 =4 +1 5 1
Ven 20 8 8-1 =7 +1 8 12
Rahu 18 3 3-1= 2 -1 1 17
Ketu 07 6 6-1=5 -1 4 3
Merc 17 5 5-1=4 0 4 13


  1. Column E: +1 means exaltation, -1 means debilitation and 0 means neither.
  2. Moon Column G= B-F = 10-10 = 0; If the result is Zero, then the full period of 10 years is given.
  3. If the final result is a negative value, then ignore the negative (minus sign) and the value be taken as it is.

Step 5: Write the Moola Dasa.

The Moola Dasa of Bhagwan Shri Ram began from Moon and is given in the following Table. Readers will appreciate that the periods are exactly as per the Ramayana. Sri Rama was exiled (Vanvas) during the Saturn Dasa for 14 years starting from His 24th year.

Dasa Period Age Remarks
Jupiter 10 10 Janma (Birth & Childhood)
Moon 10 20 Shiksha & Janaki Vivaha (Learning & marriage)
Mars 3 23 Diksha (by Vishwamitra)
Saturn 14 37 Dandakaranya (Vanvas) Exile
Sun 1 38 Simhasana (Coronation)
Venus 12 50 Mantra Pada (Sita is banished and birth of sons – Luv & Kush)
Rahu 17 67 End of all Rakshasha/demons
Ketu 3 70 Establishment of ‘Eka Patni Dharma’ (one-man one-wife principle) in the world
Mercury 13 83 Dharma (establishment of dharma in the world)

Thus, the Moola Dasa system is arrived at and it will be seen that this is the only Dasa system that explains the Vanvas (Rama was banished to the Dandaranyaka) for 14 years and that too exactly from the 24 year of His life as recorded in the scriptures. Thus when the Maharishi’s say that  this period of Sani Dasa was for 14 years, they were referring to the Moola Dasa. This kind of accuracy can be achieved by using the Moola Dasa which gives the results of Karma of past birth. It shows the exact period when a curse or blessing shall come into play. The curse of Narada Muni (Curse of Brahmin) is seen in the placement of Jupiter in the Lagna aspected by Mars and Saturn by the seventh and tenth house aspect. The house owned by Saturn shows the cause of the curse. Saturn owns the 7th and 8th houses for Cancer Lagna and the scriptures teach that Sri Vishnu had to incarnate as Sri Rama (Avatar) due to the curse of Narada Muni when the latter was enraged at a trick played by Bhagavan in trying to prevent him from getting married. Bhagavan made the face of Narada look like a monkey and the bride rejected him. Narada had cursed that the Lord too would have to face such a great sorrow like separation from His beloved (Sita was kidnapped in the forest) and would be helped by monkeys (Hanumanji-Mars). The combinations for curses and remedies can be studied from standard texts like BPHS or from the book of this scribe: Vedic Remedies in Astrology.

Reasons for Secrecy

Rather than blaming the tradition for hiding things indiscriminately, it is necessary to understand the reasons for the same. Knowledge that can cause sorrow or that can be misused by unscrupulous astrologers was kept secret by the families associated with the tradition of Jyotish. This Moola Dasa delves into the past Karma and brings out the exact period when the effect of curses and bad karma would fructify. This knowledge can be misused by bad astrologers who could start telling all kinds of tales to loot their gullible clients and the net result would be a bad name for Jyotish. I am giving this with a prayer that this may not be misused. Another reason for giving this is that in a book titled Mandooka Dasa, Sri K.N.Rao has actually given the Lagna Kendradi Rasi Dasa. Readers will appreciate that the dasa taught by him is not the Mandooka Dasa and is very similar to this Moola Dasa or Lagna Kendradi Graha Dasa. After debating for many years the benefit or otherwise of keeping this knowledge a Secret, I have now given this to all. The primary case being that it delves into past births and helps us to gain a better understanding of our selves and the causes of so much sorrow, its timing as well as its remedy.

hari om tat sat

Note that this old article is just to show/illustrate the importance of Mula Dasha.

Aśvinī Nakṣatra spans from 0° – 13°20’ Aries and has four pada also called charana each measuring 3°20’.
1st Pada: 0° – 3°20’ Aries Rasi Aries Navamsa
2nd Pada: 3°20’ – 6°40’ Aries Rasi Taurus Navamsa
3rd Pada: 6°40’ – 10° Aries Rasi Gemini Navamsa
3rd Pada: 10° – 13°20’ Aries Rasi Cancer Navamsa

Results of different planets in Aśvinī Nakṣatra is given below. These results give an idea of how these planets behave and in order to understand then, consider the placement of the planet in rasi and navamsa.

1.01 The Sun (Surya)

If the aspect of Mars (Maṅgala) is on the Sun (Sūrya), the nature of the native is cruel. His eyes are large and bloody. The aspect of Mercury (Budha) on the Sun (Sūrya) indicates that the native will lead his life peacefully.  He possesses an admirable personality. If the aspect of Jupiter (Bṛhaspati) is on the Sun (Sūrya), the native enjoys the life of a politician. The aspect of Venus (Śukra) on the Sun (Sūrya) indicates the native will indulge in all the luxuries in life. The aspect of Saturn on the Sun deprives the native of necessities in life and makes him underprivileged.

Sun in Aśvinī Pada-1 |0°-3°20’ Aries

If the Sun (Sūrya) is in the first pada (Prathama Caraṇa) the native is said to possess a long life. He is soft spoken; enjoys life with his children and pleasures but suffers from many diseases.

Sun in Aśvinī Pada-2 |3° 20’ – 6°40’ Aries

If the Sun (Sūrya) is in the second pada (Dvitīya Caraṇa), of Aśvinī, it is not a favourable position for the native. He suffers from multitude of problems until the age of 8. The Sun in Aśvinī Nakṣatra generally grants good results but if the Sun (Sūrya) is in the second pada (Dvitīya Caraṇa) the benign effects of placement in this Nakshatra are negated. The native might suffer the consequences of black magic. He might also suffer from a curse, the source of which will be unknown. It indicates downfall from status etc. It is observed that even in a generally prosperous life certain unexpected events begin to occur, due to such a placement of the Sun. This position is unfortunate, as the native might have to beg for a living. This placement might make the native leave his home or native country. Similar results are obtained with Moon in the second pada of this Nakshatra. One obtains excellent results with the aspect of Mars (Maṅgala).

Sun in Aśvinī Pada-3 |6° 40’ – 10° Aries

If the Sun (Sūrya) is in the third pada (Tṛtīya Caraṇa) the native is wealthy and prosperous but his life has much mental or physical suffering. He suffers from health problems due to this placement of the Sun and often becomes violent and hardhearted.

Sun in Aśvinī Pada-4 |10° – 13°20’ Aries

If the Sun is in the fourth pada (Caturtha Caraṇa) the native is respected, intelligent, prosperous and a leader. Immense popularity is indicated with this placement of the Sun. He is spiritual and has an unsullied mind with pristine thoughts. He is dutiful and completes all tasks successfully displaying excellence in all work. This placement indicates residence outside one’s native country. Change of fortune in old age is indicated. If the Sun (Sūrya) is in the 10th or 11th degree of Aśvinī Nakṣatra then its results are fabulous.

1.02 The Moon (Chandra)

Aspect of the Sun (Sūrya) on the Moon (Chandra) indicates that the native is compassionate but maybe harsh in his speech. If the aspect of Mars (Maṅgala) is on the Moon (Chandra) then he does something very innovative or special for the benefit of society. The aspect of Mercury (Budha) on the Moon (Chandra) indicates that the native is blessed with all material and physical pleasures such as money, popularity, etc. The aspect of Jupiter (Bṛhaspati) makes one an intellectual. The native is keen to share his knowledge with others.  If the aspect of Venus (Śūkra) is on the Moon (Chandra), the native becomes wealthy and co-habits with women from the higher strata of society. If the aspect of Saturn (Śani) is on the Moon (Chandra), his physical health is poor. The native will be callous and brusque with his relatives. Such a position of the Moon indicates lack of progeny.

Moon in Aśvinī Pada-1 |0°-3°20’ Aries

If the Moon (Chandra) is in the first pada (Prathama Caraṇa) the native is captivating and possesses a personality worth emulating. The native is highly principled and maybe an advisor to people in position of authority and power. Such a placement of the Moon indicates someone working in the area of administration. The lagna and Moon placed together in the 1st pada of this nakshatra, with the aspect of Jupiter on the pada, indicates longevity of more than 82 years. Moon in the first pada of the nakshatra indicates suffering due to blood and eyes related diseases. The native is an efficient worker but may not receive due recognition from co-workers and subordinates. Aspect of Jupiter (Bṛhaspati) on the Moon (Chandra) indicates a person who commands a high position in society. Such a person is in a high-ranking position and a leader of thousands of people.

Moon in Aśvinī Pada-2 |3° 20’ – 6°40’ Aries

If the Moon (Chandra) is in the second pada (Dvitīya Caraṇa) the native is tall in stature. He is clever but addicted to intoxicants and fond of spicy food. He suffers on account of women. The native may live in poverty or deprivation for some part of his life. Remedial measures can alter the above situation. The native is highly ambitious and miserly. If Mars (Maṅgala) or Rāhu have a mutual aspect with Moon (Chandra) the wife of the native leaves him at an early age; roughly at the age of 30. If the aspect of Venus (Śūkra) is on the Moon (Chandra) then he is fortunate and he lives with his children. The native will be envious of others’ success and prosperity if the aspect of Saturn (Śani) is on the Moon (Chandra). The native will have face suffering and sorrow in his life.

Moon in Aśvinī Pada-3 |6° 40’ – 10° Aries

If the Moon (Chandra) is in the third pada (Tṛtīya Caraṇa), the native’s field of education is related to the sciences.  He may become a religious preceptor or priest.  Work keeps him occupied. He is a well-wisher of those who seek him out for advice.  The native is a supportive and trustworthy comrade.  If the aspect of Mars (Maṅgala) is on the Moon (Chandra) then he suffers due to diseases related to the skin, tooth or ear.

Moon in Aśvinī Pada-4 |10° – 13°20’ Aries

If the Moon (Chandra) is in the fourth pada (Caturtha Caraṇa) the native is highly educated and wise.  If the Sun (Sūrya) is not in the fourth pada (Caturtha Caraṇa), with the Moon (Chandra) this position is favourable. He is proficient in multiple branches of science and technical education. The native is highly educated by virtue of his hard work and abilities. He is extremely dedicated to his work.  If the Moon (Chandra) is in the last ansh (aṁśa) of Aśvinī Nakṣatra, the native becomes a physician, engineer or a high-ranking official in the government.

1.03 Mars (Maṅgala)

If the aspect of the Sun (Sūrya) is on Mars (Maṅgala) the native respects his parents, is modest and wise.  If the aspect of Mars (Maṅgala) is on the Moon (Chandra), he is guilty of extra-marital relationships. The native is callous, antagonistic towards people in general, and deceptive by nature. If the aspect of Mercury (Budha) is on the Moon (Chandra), he is bombastic, proud and lives with women of a questionable character. If the aspect of Jupiter (Bṛhaspati) is on the Moon (Chandra), he is the head of his family.  This aspect blesses the native with wealth and unique privileges. The native is deprived of healthy food and prosperity if the aspect of Venus (Śūkra) is on the Moon (Chandra). He is ostracized by society and his family due to his association with and ill-treatment of women. He may become a competent social worker.  If the aspect of Saturn (Śani) is on Mars (Maṅgala), the native is deprived of parental love and is separate from his family.

Mars in Aśvinī Pada-1 |0°-3°20’ Aries

If Mars (Maṅgala) is in the first pada (Prathama Caraṇa) the native is short in stature. The native achieves success and pre-eminence in his business and career.  He is respected and reputed in the society. The native is fortunate in health-related matters. He obtains advanced degrees in the area of science and mathematics. He may also succeed in the army or any team related activity, if he chooses to take it up.

Mars in Aśvinī Pada-2 |3° 20’ – 6°40’ Aries

If Mars (Maṅgala) is in the second pada (Dvitīya Caraṇa) the native is indigent. He is bereft of progeny but attempts to be blessed at least with 1 child. Such a native normally has one or two love interests in the course of his lifetime.  He might be vengeful. He suffers from fear of fire and water. He might meet with unexpected accidents or illness. The native might have a mole or distinguishing mark on this face.

Mars in Aśvinī Pada-3 |6° 40’ – 10° Aries

If Mars (Maṅgala) is in the third pada (Tṛtīya Caraṇa) the person becomes a businessman. He might live far away from his native place of birth and this would prove to be beneficial for the native. If the aspect of the Sun (Sūrya) is on Mars (Maṅgala), the native leads a healthy life with prosperity and a stable marriage. Aspect of Sun, especially from its sign of debility, on Mars causes lowly qualities and crudeness.  If the aspect of Jupiter (Bṛhaspati) or other benefics is on Mars (Maṅgala) the mother of the native dies during the native’s childhood. The native indiscriminately spends money on luxuries and indulgences.

Mars in Aśvinī Pada-4 |10° – 13°20’ Aries

If Mars (Maṅgala) is in the fourth pada (Caturtha Caraṇa) the native enjoys a life filled with pleasures. This placement of Mars indicates that work will keep the native constantly occupied. Modesty is one of his virtues.  He might suffer from of blood related diseases. The native becomes an engineer if his birth is in the 11th or 13th degree of the Nakṣatra. The native is likely to have more female rather than male progeny. He inherits paternal property if Jupiter aspects this placement of Mars.

1.04 Mercury (Budha)

If the aspect of the Sun (Sūrya) is on Mercury (Budha), the native is popular amongst his relatives, is truthful and may benefit from the Government.

If the aspect of the Moon (Chandra) is on Mercury (Budha), the native is interested in music and poetry and he might earn money through modern art. He has possesses varied comforts such as vehicles, garments, ornaments and built-up property. He might have love affairs with women from the higher strata of society or who are wealthier than he is.

If the aspect of Mars (Maṅgala) is on Mercury (Budha), the native might be an influential person in the government.  If the aspect of Jupiter (Bṛhaspati) is on Mars (Maṅgala), he may belong to a highly respectable, wealthy and large family. If the aspect of Venus (Śukra) is on Mars (Maṅgala) then his conduct is above board and the native may attain popularity among the masses.  The aspect of Saturn (Śani) on Mars (Maṅgala) makes him a very competent social worker.  The downside of such a placement of Mercury is that the native may be hardhearted. He may be dragged into controversies as he starts to wield more power.

Mercury in Aśvinī Pada-1 |0°-3°20’ Aries

If Mercury (Budha) is in the first pada (Prathama Caraṇa) the native is an atheist.  He has very low standards of morality, indulges in alcohol, and partakes in illicit relationship with women. This is an unfortunate position indicating insult and humiliation due to his dishonesty. He is a difficult person to live with because of his uncooperative nature. The aspect of Moon (Chandra) makes the native characterless. The aspect of Jupiter drastically alters the results.  Such a person is highly educated, earns well and is well off. He has a philosophical bent of mind and is respected in society because of his knowledge (parāmamanovijïāna).

Mercury in Aśvinī Pada-2 |3° 20’ – 6°40’ Aries

If Mercury (Budha) is in the second pada (Dvitīya Caraṇa) the native has a fulfilling life with spouse and children. Opportunities and exposure to learn several branches of knowledge present themselves to the native.  The native attains fame of magnificent proportions in his middle age (35 to 40 years.) If the Sun (Sūrya) is in the second pada (Dvitīya Caraṇa), of Aśvinī Nakṣatra with Mercury (Budha), the native earns advanced educational degrees and becomes a physician or surgeon.  The native is virtuous with a liberal in outlook towards people and life in general. He maintains sanctity in his relationships.

Mercury in Aśvinī Pada-3 |6° 40’ – 10° Aries

Mercury in the third pada (Tṛtīya Caraṇa), is a very fortunate position that showers the blessings of God himself. The native undertakes and completes several outstanding works. He is responsible and dutiful.  The native might have many male children. His health is an area of concern. His longevity is roughly 60 years.

Mercury in Aśvinī Pada-4 |10° – 13°20’ Aries

Mercury (Budha) in the fourth pada (Caturtha Caraṇa), is not a fortunate position. Such a person is characterless and meets with failure in all tasks undertaken. He lacks strength of mind and character. He suffers because of business losses. The aspect of Jupiter (Bṛhaspati) makes the person an author of ordinary caliber, a clerk or a moneylender.

1.05 Jupiter (Bṛhaspati)

The aspect of Jupiter (Bṛhaspati) on the Sun (Sūrya) makes the native righteous and averse to any illegal transactions or dealings. Such a person has high faith in religion and in general, treats people with respect and dignity. The aspect of Jupiter (Bṛhaspati) on the Moon (Caraṇa), makes one famous worldwide and he enjoys immense popularity. In the negative, he might be considered rude in his behavior and guilty of underhand dealings (such as accepting a bribe) from political/government bodies. He is capable of quelling pride in others, with the aspect of Mars (Maṅgala). The aspect of Mercury (Budha) makes him rebellious, rude and short tempered.  The aspect of Venus (Śukra) makes the native a businessmen dealing in scented products for women and fond of youthful company. He is deprived of pleasure, wealth and family and subject to severe hard work due to such an aspect.

Jupiter in Aśvinī Pada-1 |0°-3°20’ Aries

Jupiter (Bṛhaspati) in the first pada (Prathama Caraṇa), makes the native highly educated and religious. The native is knowledgeable in the areas of philosophy, spirituality and the scriptures. The native is blessed with a pleasing and appealing voice. Such a position confers charisma making the native the centre of attention. He attains popularity and prosperity after the age of 35 years.  The native becomes very wealthy due to support from friends and his paramour. He rises from insignificant or humble beginnings to a position of authority. This position might also indicate a poor financial condition and fear of debt.

Jupiter in Aśvinī Pada-3 |6° 40’ – 10° Aries

If Jupiter (Bṛhaspati) is in the third pada (Tṛtīya Caraṇa) the native is intelligent, well educated, popular and wealthy.

Jupiter in Aśvinī Pada-4 |10° – 13°20’ Aries

If Jupiter (Bṛhaspati) is in the fourth pada (Caturtha Caraṇa) the native is fortunate and enjoys all pleasures of life. He has self-earned wealth and has many people working under him. He is a responsible and caring father. He is dutiful and an engaging speaker. He earns money through an existing or inherited business (career of parent etc.)

1.06 Venus (Śukra)

If the aspect of the Sun (Sūrya) is on Venus (Śukra), the native obtains many benefits from the government. Incompatibility with spouse is indicated and married life might be marred by arguments. The aspect of Moon bestows a political post. He may be of a lowly character, associating with women of disrepute. The aspect of Mars makes him poor and he is deprived of any benefits from his family.  The aspect of Mercury may lead to a speech affliction or he may become a liar. This position also confers a long life on the native. History may be an area of interest and he may attain popularity in writing, especially in during old age.

Venus in Aśvinī Pada-1 |0°-3°20’ Aries

Venus (Śukra) in the first pada (Prathama Caraṇa), bestows on the native a sound physical body and friendly nature.

Venus in Aśvinī Pada-2 |3° 20’ – 6°40’ Aries

If Venus (Śukra) is in the second pada (Dvitīya Caraṇa) the person loves his family and friends. He is financially well off with sound sources of income. The above benefits are conferred on him during old age. He becomes an author, painter and lover of art.  If the native is provided opportunities for a stable education, he might succeed as an engineer, mediator, or negotiator

Venus in Aśvinī Pada-3 |6° 40’ – 10° Aries

If Venus (Śukra) is in the third pada (tṛtīya Caraṇa) the native is intelligent and wise. He treats people with respect. He might become a doctor, politician or artisan of high and unique abilities and repute. He might suffer from some disease. The aspect of benefic planets indicates the native is loved by many people and will be religious.

Venus in Aśvinī Pada-4 |10° – 13°20’ Aries

If Venus (Śukra) is in the fourth pada (Caturtha Caraṇa) the native is desirous of money. He speaks fluently, is an effective speaker and writer.  He is a actor, singer or instrumentalist of high caliber. If the Sun (Sūrya) is in the fourth pada (Caturtha Caraṇa), with Venus (Śukra), his married life might be the cause of his unhappiness.  Either such a person marries at a young age or the marriage is sudden and takes place under dramatic conditions.

1.07 Saturn (Śani)

If the aspect of the Sun (Sūrya) is on Saturn (Śani) the native’s livelihood is related to animals. His business is connected to products such as dairy or leather. The native generally performs good Karma in his life. With the malefic aspect of the Sun (Sūrya) paternal happiness may be short lived. The aspect of Moon (Chandra) might lead him to be influenced by people of ill repute. native might be of a cruel nature and he will either be poor or live frugally. The aspect of Mars (Maṅgala) might make the native indulge in gossip. The native might be corrupt and disinclined to help others.  If the aspect of Mercury (Budha) is on Saturn (Śani), the native earns money through illegal means. The aspect of Jupiter (Bṛhaspati) bestows on the native a high-ranking administrative post. The native possesses enormous wealth and leads a fulfilling life with a good-natured wife and virtuous children. The will reside abroad with the aspect of Venus (Śukra). He leaves a lasting impression or mark on all people – friends and foes alike. Women love him and his spends his money indiscriminately on them.

Saturn in Aśvinī Pada-1 |0°-3°20’ Aries

If Saturn (Śani) is in the first pada (Prathama Caraṇa) the native is poor during his childhood.  He is happy (with kālāntara), although slow and lethargic besides having poor intelligence (does stupid things)

Saturn in Aśvinī Pada-2 |3° 20’ – 6°40’ Aries

Saturn (Śani) in second pada (Dvitīya Caraṇa), makes the native dark complexioned. He has curly hair and a large skull. He might suffer from health-related problems. The native is intelligent and earns well but may not be prudent and enterprising in financial matters. He may be violent and rude in his behavior. He may associate with undesirable people and engage in anti-social activities until his middle age.

Saturn in Aśvinī Pada-3 |6° 40’ – 10° Aries

Saturn (Śani) in the third pada (Tṛtīya Caraṇa), bestows sound business sense on the native. He is a fond of travelling. By nature, he is very helpful and takes care of people working under his supervision. People fondly remember him for his noble work. The native is highly ambitious and might have the predominance of Agni in his body.

Saturn in Aśvinī Pada-4 |10° – 13°20’ Aries

If Saturn (Śani) is in the fourth pada (Caturtha Caraṇa) the native lives a fulfilling life enjoying all the pleasures. The native is religious but his work will not be above board and might engage in bad Karma.  He earns money from agriculture if the aspect of the Sun (Sūrya) is on Saturn (Śani).

The person is a great warrior and has great endurance and power. He is truthful by nature if Saturn is in the fourth pada (Caturtha Caraṇa). He may suffer from Gulmaroga, Apacana and Vāyuvikāra.  If the aspect of the Sun (Sūrya) is on Rāhu, the native is efficient and responsible in all work he undertakes.  Such a position of Saturn makes the native fortunate as friends provide him timely help.

1.08 Rāhu

Rāhu in Aśvinī Pada-1 |0°-3°20’ Aries

Rāhu in the first pada (Prathama Caraṇa), makes the native intelligent. Such a position of Rāhu makes the native healthy. The native is devoted to his father, if Rāhu is in the first pada. Parents constantly support the native. native with such a position might have a prominent mark or mole on his face. The aspect of Rāhu on a malefic planet might make the native prone to accidents but it will not be life threatening.

Rāhu in Aśvinī Pada-2 |3° 20’ – 6°40’ Aries

Rāhu in the second pada makes the native religious. He travels abroad. He might depend on others throughout his life. He suffers fluctuations in his fortune and might be fickle minded and inconsistent. He might suffer from diseases related to the brain, at the time of his death.

Rāhu in Aśvinī Pada-3 |6° 40’ – 10° Aries

Rāhu in the third pada (Tṛtīya Caraṇa), is an unfortunate position, materially, for the native. He is devoid of wealth and marital bliss. He lacks desires, is filled only with thoughts about God and becomes a saint.  In the negative, he steals other’s wealth. With the aspect of Jupiter (Bṛhaspati), the native has large hidden wealth. This position makes him cruel. He may be a moneylender or a smuggler and he is happy leading a life engaging in these vocations. He is Jalavivijïānī or knowledgeable about instruments.

Rāhu in Aśvinī Pada-4 |10° – 13°20’ Aries

Rāhu in the fourth pada (Caturtha Caraṇa), gives mixed results.

1.09 Ketu

Ketu in Aśvinī Pada-1 |0°-3°20’ Aries

Ketu in the first pada makes a person highly educated and popular. He earns his livelihood through work related to building and construction and it might be that of a technical engineer or any technical business.

Ketu in Aśvinī Pada-2 |3° 20’ – 6°40’ Aries

Ketu in the second pada makes the native poor but he benefits due to his public relations skills or due to work related to people or masses such as social work.

Ketu in Aśvinī Pada-3 |6° 40’ – 10° Aries

Ketu in the third pada (Tṛtīya Caraṇa), makes the native associate or live with people from the lower strata. Such a position deprives the native of children. The native commands respect in society and is of a helpful nature.

From the ISIS Lagna chart (previous article), it was obvious that they are trying to establish a kingdom as the lagneśa Mercury is in 9th bhāva (independent) and is also a ātmakāraka (king). Since the ārūḍha is in Libra with Rāhu and Saturn, the manifestation of this ārūḍha shall take place during their period – Saturn daśā Rāhu antardaśā (Apr, 2013 – Mar, 2016). After their initial huge victories, the formation of a Caliphate was declared. ISIS Caliphate chart given below.

Caliphate Chart

isisOn June 28, 2014 at 7:05 am the Caliphate was declared at Ar Raqqah, Syria (Zone:  3:00 E, 39 E 01′, 35 N 57′). It was the first day of the lunar month of Āsāḍha and a Saturday showing the manifestation of Saturn-Rāhu energy.

The lagneśa Moon, dhaneśa Sun are with 12th lord Mercury – and Saturn is kāraka for this bhāva. The dominant yoga is the deadly Kālasarpa showing that the end shall be very bad, especially as Saturn (in rājabhaṇga nīca yoga) conjoins Rāhu. To add to the woes, the lagneśa Moon is combust. The only saving grace is that of Jupiter, exalted and lord of janma tārā.

The tenth house has Ketu aspected by Mars showing piśāca yoga. The tenth lord is ill placed in the 3rd bhāva (battle) and its dispositor has gone to 12th bhāva (loss) and conjoined a combust Moon (longevity). Mars is also in debility in navāṁśa in the 12th bhāva. It is clear that its leaders will fall one after another and that is the manner in which the Caliphate will disappear. The terrible Kālasarpa spells doom for the chart. Firstly, Rāhu is the ātmakāraka and is also the 8th lord. Secondly, Saturn in exalted rāśi and debility navāṁśa is in rājabhaṇga nīca yoga. Saturn conjunction with combust Moon and warrior Ketu in Aries (war) navāṁśa shows the end shall be terrible with many falling in battle.

Haṁsa mahāpuruṣa yoga is defunct as the same Jupiter, although vargottama is placed in 12th bhāva in navāṁśa. In addition, the Moon, placed in the 12th bhāva from lagna is combust and is very severely afflicted by debilitated Saturn and Ketu. Venus as bādhaka adds to the woes. In fact, Jupiter favours the enemy and not the native.

The People

isis-roadEvery Caliphate must have people to govern and this is indicated by the fifth bhāva, Scorpio. Scorpio is vacant and it has two lords – Mars and Ketu. Mars indicates one part of the population which is in the 3rd bhāva Virgo (battle weary, normal people, farmers) and in debility in navāṁśa (frightened) in the 12th house (fleeing). Ketu indicates another part of the population which is in the 10th bhāva Aries (ruling, militant, violent and headless) that includes the Caliph himself. Now, unfortunately these planets are in ṣaḍāṣṭaka (mutual 6th-8th) showing that Ketu shall punish Mars and Mars must keep paying all sorts of debts, in cash and flesh, that a headless Ketu extracts.

ISIS has been tightening security along the borders of its “caliphate” to prevent people from fleeing and have started forcing people to register with the de-facto government. People are terribly scared of the forced recruitment drive and are fleeing. Women below 45 and boys below 19 are prohibited from leaving Ar-Raqqah. The area that is controlled by the terrorist organization has one road that civilians can go out from, and they open it in specific dates and times. They have various tactics for blocking the exodus. “In Mosul, ISIS requires anyone leaving the city to provide the militants with the names of relatives who can vouch for their return” reports The New York Times. If the person does not return, their relatives are arrested. The New York Times reported that a “cottage industry” of smugglers have cropped up to extricate people from ISIS territory.

daveed-gartenstein-rossThey claim to create this Islamic utopia, and Muslims are fleeing in droves. A legitimate caliphate … is supposed to be able to provide services to its citizens.Daveed Gartenstein-Ross Counterterrorism Analyst, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; quoted in Business Insider, September

Ādhana Vimśottari Daśā

We apply ādhana vimśottari daśā when the Moon is very weak in the 8th or 12th bhāva.

Maha Daśā Mars MD – Antardaśā
Mars:  2013-08-19  –  2020-08-18
Rah:  2020-08-18  –  2038-08-19
Jup:  2038-08-19  –  2054-08-19
Sat:  2054-08-19  –  2073-08-19
Merc:  2073-08-19  –  2090-08-19
Ket:  2090-08-19  –  2097-08-19
Ven:  2097-08-19  –  2117-08-20
Sun:  2117-08-20  –  2123-08-21
Moon:  2123-08-21  –  2133-08-20
Mars:  2013-08-19  –  2014-01-13
Rah:  2014-01-13  –  2015-01-31
Jup:  2015-01-31  –  2016-01-08
Sat:  2016-01-08  –  2017-02-14
Merc:  2017-02-14  –  2018-02-12
Ket:  2018-02-12  –  2018-07-12
Ven:  2018-07-12  –  2019-09-13
Sun:  2019-09-13  –  2020-01-17
Moon:  2020-01-17  –  2020-08-18

The ādhana vimśottari daśā of Mars shows that the people will continue to be beaten and will flee until something is done. In fact, this will become the common cause for the world to take up arms against the Caliphate. With the advent of Saturn antardaśā the enemy (World forces, A6 in Aquarius) will start dealing crippling blows to the Caliphate (Saturn in 6th bhāva from AL is in nīca navāṁśa) and their territory will shrink considerably (Saturn in 4th bhāva). Many of their leaders (Saturn in rājya-aṁśa i.e. Aries navāṁśa which is 10th bhāva of rāśi chart) will be felled (Sat in debility with Moon + Ketu) by enemy aircrafts and battles (Ketu in Aries).

The battle is going to be long drawn due to many squabbles between the World forces (śatrupada A6 Lords Saturn and Rāhu are in bādhaka sthāna from A6 which causes troubles due to vidveṣaṇa). They need to improve their coordination, talk together and have a clear focus – elimination of the terror-government that threatens to take the world back to the dark ages.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), better known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a Salafi jihadist militant group that follows an Islamic fundamentalist, Wahhabi doctrine of Sunni Islam. The group is also known as Ad-Dawlah Al-Islāmiyah fī ‘l-ʿIrāq wa-sh-Shām (DAESH) and has been informally active since 1999 in collusion with various other jihadi outfits. However, the entire terror took a completely new turn when they formed ISIS formally on 9 Apr, 2013 with a clear objective of forming a Caliphate. The ISIS chart shows this resolve in the tenth house with two planets Mars and Sun, in digbala (directional strength). These planets are responsible for administration and security indicating that they were serious about their objective of forming a separate country. Let us examine this chart.


Nature and Identity

Lagneśa Mercury is in the ninth house (religion) showing a very independent organisation that is tightly wedded to its theology. The dispositor and ninth lord Saturn is exalted showing that they will have quite a few success and are fortunate. Rāhu conjoining Saturn forms śrāddha yoga (final rites, death) showing that the dharma (actual religious practise) will translate to many deaths and beheading (Rāhu is a head without body). However, the karma associated is better called ‘preta yoga’ since it leads to the creation of many ghosts. In addition, since this is the ārūḍha lagna, the reputation of the organisation will be tarnished and they will become terrorists and wild barbarians. Since this is also the fifth house of followers, all such people will swarm to fill their ranks and form a terrible blood-thirsty army of great evil. The number of fighters is estimated at 31,000 by CIA and ISIS says 40,000 but this does not include the large number of children who are also trained to wield weapons. Rāhu shows that a majority shall be foreigners – about two-thirds.
Bear in mind that the strong mix of politics and religion is quite old in this planet. Politics (Rāhu) causes serious disruption when it mixes with faith and religion (Jupiter). This was also the underlying philosophy of the Nazi party.

Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, during a speach in September 1934.

My Party is my church, and I believe I serve the Lord best if I do his will, and liberate my oppressed people from the fetters of slavery. That is my gospel. Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels
Paul Joseph Goebbels (29 October 1897 – 1 May 1945) was Adolf Hitler’s Propaganda Minister in Nazi Germany.
ISIS Dream World Map

Territorial Authority

Such a powerful Saturn sitting in the bhāva of power and authority brings them to power quickly. By December 2015 ISIS controlled over vast landlocked territory in Iraq and Syria, larger thank the UK and with a population of about 5-8 million people. The extreme interpretation of sharia law was enforced by Rāhu. In addition, its affiliates control areas of North Africa and South Asia. In Saturn daśā Rāhu antardaśā (Apr, 2013 – Mar, 2016) it’s ‘negative’ preta-ārūḍha of fear and prominence rose as these planets occupy the ārūḍha in Libra in great strength. In 2014 it fought a pitched war with Iraq capturing major areas in the west including Mosul followed by the Sinjar massacre.

Powerful Communication


If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed. Adolf Hitler

Mercury as lagneśa and ātmakāraka shows powerful propaganda and communication through social media and internet (in Aquarius). Dextrous with social media, ISIS has purposely made videos of beheadings of both soldiers and civilians, including journalists and aid workers, to aid its propaganda of fear. It is through fear alone that political power and law can be reinforced. Mercury in Aquarius is the means to carry forward the objectives of the preta-yoga of Saturn-Rāhu combo in Libra.

Navāṁśa Lagna

Aquarius rises in the navāṁśa promising that the preta-yoga shall be strongly implemented and followed. Sun and Saturn forming pitṛ-doṣa (suffering of the manes) is in lagna showing that many families shall shed tears due to their rise to power, particularly in Saturn daśā. Being in the ninth from kārakāṁśa (Me AK in Ge navāṁśa), it forms their dharma-devatā as Saturn is the lord of 9th bhāva from kārakāṁśa. Fortunately, this daśā ends in Sep, 2018.

They will be forced to change by the power of Jupiter and Mercury (AK) in the fifth bhāva. This is the power of holy books like the Bhagavat Gita, the power of god.

I take this opportunity to thank Sanjay Prabhakaran, my ardent student for retrieving this old article so that t maybe available for the benefit of all astrologers. SanjayP is the SJC Jyotish Guru for Chennai

Ravi Rohini Pravesha Chakra

Forecasting rainfall has been one of the primary functions of Jyotish. In the days of yore when the economy was primarily agricultural, planning depended on accurately forecasting rainfall and crop. Various methods are available in Jyotish for this purpose and include (1) Ravi Rohini Pravesha Chakra[1] (2) Rohini Chakra (3) Saptanädi Vedha Chakra (4) Jala Nädi Chakra (5) Trinädi chakra etc.

The Ravi Rohini Pravesha Chakra is given below:

Table 1 Rohini Pravesha Chakra

Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Rain 72 50 45 42 39 34 21 30 28 24 21 16 12


#1: Rohini Pravesha
Rohini nakshatra is the fourth nakshatra reckoned from Aswini and extends from Taurus 10*-23*20’. The sun traverses this nakshatra in 13 days as reckoned from the date of its entry (day-1). Depending on the day from this Rohini entry, if even a meager rain is noticed, the starting date of rainfall (monsoon season) is predicted using the Rohini Pravesh chakra.

Chart 1 Rohini Pravesh 2002
Example 1: this year (2002), the Sun chart for the entry of the Sun into Rohini nakshatra is drawn. If on the very day of its entry (day-1), a brief shower or rain is noticed in any region, then predict that the monsoon shall commence 72 days thereafter. Since the date of entry is May 25 2002, then the 72nd day will be August 25 2002[2]. It is evident that this requires a genuine observation of rainfall and that this has to be noted for major villages in a region before a final conclusion is drawn for the region as a whole. This is a late monsoon and the farmers will have to be advised to depend on irrigation facilities and accordingly time their sowing.
Example 2: If some rainfall is noticed on the ninth day from the date of Rohini Pravesh, then rainfall should be predicted from the 28th day thereafter. The ninth day reckoned from May 25 2002 is June 2 2002. The 28th day reckoned from this date is June 29, 2002 and this is the day the Monsoon will begin. This is an early monsoon and hence the farmers will have to be forewarned to quickly sow the seeds and be prepared.

#2: Excess Heat
If during the Sun’s passage of Rohini nakshatra excessive heat is noticed, then predict that during the forthcoming monsoon/rainy season ample rainfall shall occur.

#3: Flash Floods
If heavy rainfall (like those causing flash floods) occurs during the Sun’s passage of Rohini nakshatra, then during the subsequent monsoon/rainy season excellent/adequate rainfall shall occur.

#4: Drizzle
If low rainfall or just meager showers with moderate temperatures occur during the Sun’s passage of Rohini nakshatra, then during the subsequent monsoon/rainy season drought like conditions will prevail in the region with very low or meager rainfall. Suitable irrigation schemes will have to be launched and water will have to be managed carefully.


  1. Get the meteorological data for (a) any station, (b) any district and (c) any country during the period of Rohini Transit and check the validity of the rules.
  2. What is the importance of Rohini Nakshatra and what is its link to rainfall?

Rohini Chakra

This Chakra is based on the tide factor. It is a well-known fact that the tide follows the Moon and the height of the tide is also proportional to the gravitational pull of the Moon. On days of the full Moon the tide is the highest as the Moon has a tremendous pull. The Moon indicates the tide and consequently rainfall. Its favorite nakshatra is Rohini, which is its Moolatrikona (office), although the exaltation of the moon occurs in Krittika Nakshatra (2° Taurus).

The longitude of the Moon (or simply Moon sign or star) at any point of time indicates the point of high tide and consequently, the point (or sign/star) in the seventh house from it also indicate high tide. The signs in the fourth/tenth from the Moon sign will indicate the low tide. If the high tide of the Moon indicates high rainfall, then the low tide signs/stars indicate low rainfall.

Drawing the Rohini Chakra

Two constellations from the Moon star are called Samudra (Sea), the next two are called तट (taṭa: bank, shore), the next one is called Parvata (mountain) and the next two are called Sandhi (junction)[3]. In this manner the 28 nakshatra (including the intercalary nakshatra Abhijit) are group into the four categories of samudra, tata, parvata & sandhi respectively.

Judgment of results

Draw a chart for Mesha Sankranti (solar ingress of sidereal Aries – used for Samvatsara determination). Count from Janma nakshatra to Rohini nakshatra. If Rohini nakshatra is in Samudra, predict excellent and adequate rainfall and excess harvest & grains. If Rohini nakshatra is in Tata, predict just adequate rainfall and sufficient harvest & grains. If Rohini is in Parvata, predict sporadic and meager rainfall with poor crops, low yield and shortage of food. If Rohini nakshatra is in sandhi, then predict draught or floods causing a bad harvest and

Example 3: New Delhi, Samvatsara Chakra (during 2002 AD). The Samvatsara Chakra is used for mundane astrology including the prediction of rainfall, drought, earthquakes etc. In the example, the Moon is in 13Ar17’ in Aswini nakshatra. Draw the Rohini Chakra for this Nakshatra.

Chart 2 New Delhi, Samvatsara Chakra
Table 2 Rohini Chakra Example 3

Samudra (Sea) Tata (Shore) Parvata (Mountain) Sandhi (Junction)
2 2 1 2
Ashvini Bharani Krittika Rohini Mrigashira Ardra Punarvasu
Pushya Ashlesha Magha Purva Phalguni Uttara Phalguni Hasta Chitra
Swati Vishakha Anuradha Jyeshtha Mula Purva Ashadha Uttara Ashadha
Abhijit Shravan Dhanistha Satabishak Purva Bhadrapad Uttara Bhadrapad Revati

Rohini is in the second column in Tata (Bank/shore) indicating just about sufficient rainfall and that there will be adequate rainfall in the world.

Simple rule: This calculation can also be done in a simple manner by counting from the Janma nakshatra to Rohini, expunging multiples of 7 and then reckoning the position of Rohini. If the remainder is 1-2 the result indicates Samudra; if 3-4 Tata; if 5 Parvata and if 6,7 or 0 Sandhi

Example 2: Determine the rainfall for India in 2002. The same chart-2 is used. The Janma Nakshatra is Aswini (1). Counting from this to Rohini (4), we get four (4) both inclusive. This indicates Tata (bank/shore) indicating just about sufficient rainfall and that there will be adequate rainfall and harvest will be just sufficient.

Now, for India as a region, consider the Lagna nakshatra. Lagna is in Pisces, which is an ubhayodaya rasi while its Lord Jupiter is in Gemini. The results of the Lagna shall be felt in the middle (or beginning) while that of the Lagna lord shall be felt later. Lagna is at 22Pi49’ in Revati (28) nakshatra. Counting from here to Rohini (4) both inclusive, we get five (5) indicating Parvata or that in the beginning there shall be drought like conditions. The Lagna lord Jupiter is at 14Ge37’ in Ardra (6) nakshatra. Counting from here to Rohini (4) both inclusive, we get twenty-seven (27). Expunging multiples of 7, the remainder is six (6) that is a Sandhi, confirming that there shall be drought like conditions and flash floods in some regions.

It is noteworthy that in the middle of the year there were various announcements of drought and every part of India either feared drought while parts of Bihar had flash floods and loss of lives! However, later the Monsoon picked up and there is just about sufficient rainfall for adequate harvest and food.


  1. Determine the Mesha Sankranti chart for any nation and determine its results for any given year in the past. Compare this to the actual rainfall for the year.
  2. Predict the rainfall for next year (2003) for three countries and compare this to the rainfall that will happen next year.


Sapta Nädi Vedha Chakra

Chart 3 Sapta Nädi Chakra

Saturn Sun Mars Jupiter Venus Mercury Moon
Nakshatra Krittika Rohini Mrigashira Aridra Punarvasu Pushya Ashlesha
Vishakha Swati Chitra Hasta Uttara Phalguni Purva Phalguni Magha
Anuradha Jyeshtha Mula Purva Ashadha Uttara Ashadha Abhijit Shravan
Bharani Ashvini Revati Uttara Bhadrapad Purva Bhadrapad Satabishak Dhanistha
Nädi Chanda Väta Dahana Saumya Nira Jala Amrita
Bhäga Yama Madhya Soumya

Starting from Krittika nakshatra the twenty eight nakshatra (including Abhijit) are placed in the seven Nädi in the snake order (Sarpa gati[4]) moving forward and then reverse. A group of four nakshatra constitute a Nädi.

  1. Chanda Nädi: The group of four nakshatra Krittika, Vishakha, Anuradha & Bharini fall in this category. Saturn represents this Nädi. Chanda means fierce, violent, cruel, impetuous, hot, and angry; The Harivamsa refers to it as a demon causing diseases while the Matsya Purana uses this to describe the clouds that cause the deluge (drowning) of the earth. Devi Mahatmya refers to this as one of the eight sakti of Durga and its use in Mahisasura killing. As such this is a violent and very destructive nadi causing excess heat and wind.
  2. Vata Nädi: The group of four nakshatra Rohini, Swati, Jyestha & Aswini fall in this category, which is represented by the Sun. Vata refers to the Wind-God (Vayu) and indicates strong winds that blow away rain clouds. Thus, this is also a violent nadi causing strong wind.
  3. Dahana Nädi: The group of four nakshatra Mrigashira, Chitra, Moola & Revati fall in this category, which is represented by the Mars. Dahana means burning, consuming by fire, scorching, destroying and specifically refers to the Fire-God (Agni). This is a violent and destructive Nädi causing by excess heat.
  4. Saumya Nädi: The group of four nakshatra Ardra, Hasta, Poorvasadha and Uttar Bhadrapada fall in this category. Jupiter represents this nadi. Saumya means placid, gentle or mild and refers to the Soma juice[5]. As describing a mood it indicates happy, pleasant, cheerful and also a worshipper or an adherent. This is a pleasant, non-destructive nadi causing mild temperatures and moderate breeze.
  5. Nira Nädi: The group of four nakshatra Punarvasu, Uttar Phalguni, Uttarasadha & Poorva Bhadrapada falls in this category, which is represented by the Venus. Nira means juice or liquor and also refers to water. This is a benevolent nadi causing some water/fluid (humidity) in the atmosphere.
  6. Jala Nädi: The group of four nakshatra Pushya, Poorva Phalguni, Abhijit & Satabhisaj fall in this category, which is represented by the Mercury. Jala specifically means water. This is a benign Nädi causing rain and distributing water over the planet causing the greenery to flourish.
  7. Amrita Nädi: The group of four nakshatra Ashlesha, Magha, Shravana & Dhanistha fall in this category, which is represented by the Moon. Amrita means ‘life rejuvenating nectar’ and refers to water for human beings and as such to those liquids and juices that rejuvenate life or cause life to sustain. This is a very beneficial nadi causing water.

The nädis are further grouped into three parts called Bhaga. The middle Saumya nadi is called Madhya (literally ‘middle’) while the three nadi prior to it are called Yama Bhaga and the three succeeding it are called Saumya Bhaga. Yama is the God of death and the three Chanda, Väta & Dahana nadi belong to the portion presided by Yama (represented by Saturn). Sauma is the Moon-God who rejuvenates and sustains life and the three Nira, Jala and Amrita nadi belong to the portion presided by Sauma (represented by the Moon).

Judgment of Results

  1. If malefic planets are in the Yama portion and benefic planets in the Saumya portion, then mediocre results obtain for the year.
  2. If either of benefic or malefic planets are in the Madhya (middle) portion, then the nature of the planet shall dictate its result.
  3. Planets in Chanda nadi indicate extreme winds and heat.
  4. Planets in Väta nadi indicate strong winds, hurricanes etc, but no heat.
  5. Planets in Dahana nadi indicate tremendous heat but low winds.
  6. Planets in Saumya nadi indicate a pleasant weather.
  7. Planets in Nira nadi indicate some humidity and mild to moderate rain.
  8. Planets in Jala nadi specifically indicate rainfall, especially if it is the Moon.
  9. Even one planet in Amrita nadi gives substantial rainfall for the year.
  10. Planets in their own nadi show profound increase in the indications of the nadi. For example if Mars is in Dahana (heat) nadi, we should expect excess heat with low or stagnant wind.
  11. Determine the nakshatra occupied by the Moon and the nadi this nakshatra is in. If the Moon conjoins/aspects the lord of the nadi, then there shall be rainfall. This is sure to happen during a full Moon.
  12. The Moon in Amrita nadi and three other planets in Amrita nadi indicate rain throughout the day; four planets in Amrita nadi indicate rain for three days consecutively, five planets in Amrita nadi indicate rain for seven days consecutively and if all planets are in Amrita nadi, the whole earth has rainfall and appears like an ocean!
  13. The Moon in Jala Nadi and three other planets also in Jala nadi indicates rain for half a day; five planets also in Jala nadi indicates rain for five days.
  14. The Moon in Nira nadi and three other planets also in Nira nadi indicates rain for one Prahara (3 hours); four planets instead indicates rain for half a day; five planets instead in Nira nadi indicates rain for three days.
  15. If all planets other than the Moon are in Amrita nadi then it rains consecutively for 18 days; if instead they are in Jala nadi, it rains for 12 days and if in Nira nadi the rainfall is for 6 days.
  16. If all planets are in the Saumya Bhaga then at least 3 days rainfall is observed whereas if the malefic planets are in Yama Bhaga, then shortage of rain occurs.
  17. If all planets other than the Moon are in Dahana, Väta or Chanda nadi, excessive heat and strong winds cause and the earth to dry up.
  18. If malefic planets conjoin/associate with the Moon & Venus, even if other indications like their presence in Saumya portion (Nira, Jala or Amrita nädis) are for good rainfall, there will be a shortage of rain. On the other hand benefic planets influencing Venus & Moon indicate rainfall even if they are in Yama portion (Chanda, Väta & Dahana Nadi).
  19. The various traditional tools for timing should be used. These include (a) the moment of retrogression & direct motion (especially of Saturn & Jupiter) or (b) the time of Sunrise (udaya käla) which can be used for the day or (c) the moment of solar ingress into a sign called Sankranti which can be used for the predictions for the month while the Mesha Sankranti can be used for the year itself, or (d) the natural seasons ruled by the six planets with the Sun indicating specifically for the year etc.

Example 4: Predict the seasons using the Samvatsara Chakra
The Samvatsara chakra will always have the Sun at zero degrees in Aries in Aswini nakshatra and hence this effect is to be ignored. The remaining six planets as per 19 (d) above are used to predict the seasons.
Refer to Chart-2: The Saptanädi Vedha Chakra is given below

Saturn Sun Mars Jupiter Venus Mercury Moon
Nakshatra Krittika








Punarvasu Pushya Ashlesha
Vishakha Swati Chitra Hasta Uttara Phalguni Purva Phalguni Magha
Anuradha Jyeshtha


Mula Purva Ashadha Uttara Ashadha Abhijit Shravan







Uttara Bhadrapad Purva Bhadrapad Satabishak Dhanistha
Nadi Chanda Vata Dahana Saumya Nira Jala Amrita
Bhaga Yama Madhya Soumya

The aspects to the planets are seen as per the Sarvatobhadra chakra. As an example, let us examine the Moon to determine the rainy season.

Figure 1 Sarvatobhadra chakra showing aspects on Aswini

The Moon is placed in a Vata nadi, which should normally indicate scanty rainfall. Lord of Vata nadi is the Sun and it conjoins the Moon indicating excellent rainfall in the year. [Rule 11 above]

The Moon is also ill aspected by Saturn & Ketu from Rohini & Jyeshtha respectively indicating fears and initial shortages i.e. the rainfall maybe delayed (Saturn). However it is well conjoined by natural benefic Mercury indicating that there shall be sufficient water for the crops. Venus is ill placed in a Dahana nadi and is ill aspected by Mars showing some trouble to the seeds and crops due to excess heat and wind in the initial months of monsoon. [Rule 18 above].


  1. Investigate the other methods for prognostication and determine how you will use this knowledge for each season, month and day.
  2. Try to predict tomorrow’s weather and keep a list of the right and wrong predictions. Pat yourself for a good prediction and try to find out the errors you made in the wrong predictions. Try to predict the exact time rain would start on a particular day. Late Pt. Ramesh Bhattacharya could do this, and so can you with some practice.
  3. What are the other methods for predicting rainfall? Have you investigated this area at all? Take a look at the classics and maybe you will find some clues and tools.


[1] Literally Solar ingress of Rohini nakshatra chart.
[2] May 6 days + June 30 + July 31 + August 25 = 72 days.
[3] Pronounced samudra taṭa parvata & sandhi respectively
[4] Sarpa gati indicates moving onwards and then reverse as the table progresses.
[5] A kind of nectar emanating from the Moon (Mind) or like the Moon and referring to the Moon-God

There can be nothing more fearful than the 8th house which is called Randhra bhava in Jyotisa. The lord of the 8th house represents that which we astrologers call “the hand of destiny,” in a most negative sense. While many studies have been made about this house and its lord, here we are examining the effect of Rahu on the 8th house. Normally most astrologers assume that the conjunction of two malefic factors – the most malefic bhava (i.e. 8th house) and the most malefic planet in Jyotisa (i.e. Rahu) should produce the worst malfeasance, but that is not true all the time. When Rahu is in the 8th house, it can give sudden changes of fortune, and when in conjunction with the lord of another house, activities related to the other planet activate the results of Rahu – both positive and negative.

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Continued from Complexity of Jaimini Sutra

Interpretation #1: śukra+āt gauṇa pada+astho rāhuḥ sūrya dṛṣṭo netra+hā
Translation: “Further, Shukra associating the Gauna-Pada with Rahu and Surya aspects causes damage to the eye [sight]”

The dictum that affliction to the fifth house from Venus leads to Netra Roga from BPHS is based on a totally different yoga called Acchadana Drsti of Graha. There is just no need to extend this to the ninth house nor to trines from Lagna.

Chart 1: Page 63, Jyotish Digest Jul-Sep 2006, March 28, 1999, 09:07:35 1.00 East, 19E51, 45N46
Chart1Gemini Lagna with (1) Venus as Lord of 12th house

(2) Upapada UL is in Pisces conjoined Sun and aspected by Rahu by graha drsti

Since the problem was caused by a Graha Drsti, the eyesight improved with the help of medical intervention. Benefic Jupiter in Upapada also made a big difference, especially in Pisces

Shukra Acchadana: If we examine the fifth house from Venus is Leo, it has only the aspect of Rahu (graha drsti). But when we examine the Rashi drsti, we find the aspect of a debilitated Saturn from Aries and Mars from Libra is on Leo. It is wrong to stretch the rule to 9th house from Venus or trines to Lagna. There is no need for that as we can see that the fifth from Venus is quite afflicted. However, Leo has the conjunction of the Moon and its lord Sun conjoins Jupiter in Pisces promising recovery.

Of course there is one tiny point to consider – Pisces Lagna does have the Janma Dosha of the Sun which rules eyesight.

Chart 2: Page 63, Jyotish Digest Jul-Sep 2006, June 9, 1965, (1:00 East), 14E36, 45N06

Chart2Gemini Lagna with Sun and Rahu in the 12th house in Taurus as the 12th Lord Venus is in Lagna. Note that all three factors of Venus, Rahu and Sun associate with the 12th house. Check the Upapada in Cancer. This has the rashi drsti of Rahu and Sun.

Shukra Acchadana: The fifth from Venus in Gemini is Libra which is vacant. However it has the rashi drsti of Rahu and Sun.

Of course there is one tiny point to consider – Gemini Lagna does have the Janma Dosha of the Venus which rules eyes.

Chart 3: Page 104, COVA by Sri Sanjay
Chart3The twelfth Lords are Saturn and Rahu. ULSat is in Taurus owned and aspected (rashi drsti) by Venus and Rahu from Libra.

ULRahu is in Gemini aspected by Sun. Fortunately Jupiter conjoins Gemini but its Lord Mercury has also gone to 12th house and is afflicted by Mars.

Shukra Acchadana: The fifth house from Venus is Taurus which is afflicted both by Saturn in it and rashi drsti of Rahu from the eighth house of chronic diseases.

The graha drsti of Mars on Taurus is only going to add fuel to the problems already there without much mitigation.

We do not see any reason to examine the 9th bhava from Venus or trines to Lagna for eyesight.

Of course there is one tiny point to consider – Pisces Lagna does have the Janma Dosha of the Sun which rules eyesight.

Chart 4: Page 104, COVA by Sri Sanjay Rath.
Chart4Lagna is Pisces with the 12th lord Rahu in it aspected by Sun and Venus from Gemini (rashi drsti. This is sufficient but we need to examine other conditions.

The twelfth Lords are Saturn and Rahu. ULSat is in Taurus with Lord Venus conjoining Sun in zero digbala. But an exalted Moon with Mercury does provide relief.

ULRahu is in Aries conjoined a debilitated Saturn and its lord Mars is also in debility. The aspect of Jupiter is expected to provide relief.

Shukra Acchadana: The fifth sign from Venus is Libra owned by Venus conjoining the Sun but the affliction by the joint aspect of debilitated Saturn and debilitated Mars is quite terrible. This graha drsti will cause damage to the eyesight in time.

Of course there is one tiny point to consider – Pisces Lagna does have the Janma Dosha of the Sun which rules eyesight.

Chart 5: Page 105, COVA by Sri Sanjay Rath

Chart5Leo Lagna with Ketu; 12th Lord Moon is exalted in Taurus with Upapada in Pisces conjoined Sun and aspected by Saturn and Rahu (graha drsti). This is a kind of Pitris dosha. Rahu also afflicts Venus.

Both Rahu and Venus have rashi drsti on Cancer, the 12th house

Shukra Acchadana: The fifth sign from Venus is Gemini and its lord Mercury is debilitated and afflicted by Sun and Saturn. Saturn also afflicts Gemini along with Rahu drsti. Debility of the fifth lord from Venus is really unfortunate in any chart.

While prima facie it may not show any Janma dosha, we can consider Ketu as a co-lord of Pisces (mulatrikona of Ketu is Pisces). Then there is parivartana between Sun in Pisces and Ketu in Leo. But thats another issue altogether.

Chart 6: Page 105, COVA by Sri Sanjay
Chart6Virgo Lagna with 12th house Leo; Prima facie it may seem that the 12th lord Sun placed in its own sign is good but we must bear in mind that this is the marana karaka sthana of the Sun. Further the Sun is also afflicted by Rahu

Upapada is in Taurus with Venus as its lord conjoined a debilitated Mars. Taurus also has the graha drsti of Rahu and Saturn. The rasi drsti of Moon conjoined Ketu (eclipse kind of yoga) is only adding further fuel to the fire. The benign rasi drsti of Jupiter and Mercury on Taurus are good.

Shukra Acchadana: The fifth sign from Venus is Scorpio and once again we have the unfortunate combination of the fifth lord Mars in debility. The co-lord of Scorpio is Ketu and it is not in any better place in battle with the Moon.

The rashi drsti of Rahu and Mars on Scorpio does show the problems related to eyes. To what extent can an exalted Jupiter cause the cancellation of debility of Mars, especially when influenced by Mrcury, the terrible enemy of Mars.

Chart 7: Page 106, COVA by Sri Sanjay Rath

Chart7This is a straight copybook case – Sagittarius Lagna with Rahu debilitated in 12th house starts the evil rolling.

Upapada is in Leo conjoined Sun and Venus to complete the Netraha Yoga. That Moon in UL is not really going to help as it is 8th lord of chronic diseases and is also too weak, without light to behave like a benefic.

Shukra Acchadana: The fifth sign from Venus is Sagittarius which is afflicted by the graha drsti of Rahu and Mars. Mars would not have been so malefic except for the fact that is conjoins a debilitated Ketu. Mars also aspects the UL in Leo and Venus.

These are some interesting cases. Readers will appreciate the clear lines and do’s and don’ts in case study.

eye-of-horus-t9848The most difficult of the classics in Vedic Astrology is the Upadesha Sutra of Maharsi Jaimini. Needless to say there are many scholars who have studied this when they reach that level where they have a fairly good mastery over the standard texts and have digested Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra to a decent level of competence. A competence that allows their minds to move through the sutra like thread in a needle stitching the various sutras into a fine cosmic diagram. There are a number of pitfalls and only a total humility in the humble mind that brings reverence to the great Maharsi Jaimini, allows these sutra to open up to an endless stream. A stream that is meant to achieve the highest purpose of any branch of Vedic knowledge.

Another problem that is consistently seen is the young mind taking anything written by a commentator as the final and only truth in the sutra. Nothing is final, nobody understands everything. Every scholar of the past, present and the future is yet another seeker of the upadesha sutra, struggling to see the big picture.

Netraha Yoga

In this context let me discuss just one sutra which is composed of just a few words in the third pada of the first adhyaya.

शुक्रात् गौण पदस्थो राहुः सूर्य दृष्टो नेत्रहा
śukrāt gauṇa padastho rāhuḥ sūrya dṛṣṭo netrahā

Reference an article by Shanmukha titled Jaimini on Blindness

Shri Iranganti Rangacharya has followed the commentator Somanath in deciphering this sutra as follows:

“If Rahu occupies the Arudha of 5th house of Lagna and aspected by Sun, there will be loss to eyesight. Gaunapada means Panchama Arudha (A5).” – Shri Somanatha in Kalpalatha (Sanskrit)

“If Panchama Arudha (A5) is occupied by Rahu and aspects by Sun, and then there will be loss of eyesight.” – Shri Iranganti Rangacharya

While Shri Somanatha has stated the Gaunapada means Panchama Arudha, has explained the teachings of Shri Rangacharya as follows:

” गौण –> ग (3) ण (5), 53 divided by 12 = 5, that is 5th; पद –> Arudha; So, according to Somanatha and Sri Rangacharya, gounapada means Panchama Arudha”

That is a very brilliant interpretation of Gaunapada using the Katapayadi Varga. However, the other statement made is the interpretation of the word – शुक्र (Shukra) where he writes

” शुक्र –> श(5), र (2) , 25 divided by 12 = 1 , that is lagna”

There are two errors in this argument

Error #1: Removing the matra from the word शुक्र (śukra), we have the consonants श (śa) and क (ka)

The Katapayadi Varga for this is श (śa) = 5 and क (ka) = 1; reverse this we get 15; Now expunge multiples of 12 and the remainder is 3

Therefore the numerical value of शुक्र (śukra) = 3 or third house. The first error is an incorrect calculation which shows Shukra as meaning Lagna whereas the calculation actually shows third house.

Error #2: Maharsi Jaimini has explicitly stated previously that the Katapayadi Varga shall only be applicable for Bhava and not for Graha. This means if the Graha names are mentioned at all, in any place, they have to be interpreted only as the planet

Else, why was Rahu or Surya not interpreted as numbers like it was done for Shukra?

To our knowledge, there are two completely different interpretations of this Sutra. One of these has been taught in the Jaimini Scholar Program and is also given in the book Maharsi Jaimini krta Upadesha Sutra.

Interpretation #1: śukra+āt gauṇa pada+astho rāhuḥ sūrya dṛṣṭo netra+hā

āt is an emphasis like ‘further’; the argument that shukra has to indicate Lagna as reference point holds no water as there are umpteen sutra without direct reference to lagna and only referring to the bhava in question

Translation: “Further, Shukra associating the Gauna-Pada with Rahu and Surya aspects causes damage to the eye [sight]”

In this interpretation, the Gauna-Pada has been taken to mean the first vyaya-pada as taught by Maharsi Parashara in BPHS. It is based on the high teaching that “the feet shall go to where we put our money”. People who spend money on alcohol will go to the bar, people who spend money on books go to the library … in this manner the guna of the person changes based on where the feet (twelfth house) travel. And in turn this is based on the expenditure (also twelfth house). Thus both “feet” and “expenditure” are linked and in turn they influence the guna that shall dominate. More about this in Parasara Jyotisa Couse.

Secondly, this sutra is not restrcited to Rashi Drsti alone as some have started calling Rashi Drsti as “Jaimini Drsti” without realising that Parashara taught this even before he taught Graha dristi.

We have given ample examples in COVA and other books. Just look for a connection between 12th house and/or Upapada (UL) with Sun, Venus and Rahu. Rashi drsti can cause permanent damage while graha drsti can show diseases with time or those that maybe cured. Bear in mind that the second house deals with the physical eye while the tenth house, being 9th from second house, performs the ‘dharma’ of the eyes i.e. to see or have vision.


The dictum that affliction to the fifth house from Venus leads to Netra Roga from BPHS is based on a totally different yoga called Acchadana Drsti of Graha.

The Acchadana Drsti of the planets are seen from the various houses as follows:

  1. Seventh from Sun,
  2. Ninth from Moon,
  3. Eleventh from Mars
  4. First from Mercury
  5. Third from Jupiter and
  6. Fifth from Venus

It is for this reason that an affliction coming to the fifth bhava from Venus causes loss of sight or eye troubles. We must commend Shanmukha for having stumbled on this ‘affliction to fifth from Venus’ but would like to say that this is different

Continued Illustrations

The Republic of Yemen was formed on 22 May 1990 when the two Yemens (North and South) united as Republic of Yemen with Mr Saleh as president, as the Soviet bloc imploded. However the tension between former states endured as their fundamental differences had not been ironed out. The unification chart is given below
Yemen Unification


The strength of a nation to stay united is seen from the fourth house. In this chart the fourth house Scorpio has two lords – Ketu which is very badly places in the 12th house of losses and breakdowns and Mars placed in the 7th house of death, in marana karaka sthana. Both lords are not in a good position to protect the new nation. To add to the woes, the planets ruling the two factions of Yemen – North ‘Mercury’ and South ‘Mars’ are not in balance. Mercury is sitting with the Moon in the ninth house of good fortune thinking it has just won a lottery ticket while Mars is about to get extinct being in Marana Karaka Sthana in the 7th house.

The Narayana Dasha shows the trends and tensions unfolding in the destiny of this. Trea Aquarius as the first house and study planet positions to know the trend.

Aquarius Dasha 1990-91: While the first dasha of Aquarius with Mars showed the formation, it was for a short duration of one year only. The people were still very confused about the new state of affairs (Mars in Lagna with lagnesa Saturn in 12th house) there are signs of simmering anger.

Cancer Dasha 1991-94: Ketu is in the 12th house in Cancer and Moon ruling food is in badhaka sthana. In 1992 Food price riots in major towns shook the tender fabric of unity. The North-South divide starts showing cracks and in August 1993, Vice-President Ali Salim al-Baid withdraws to Aden, alleging that south is being marginalised and southerners are being attacked by northerners. Mars ruling the ‘South’ is sitting at the door (7H) and will compel defeated leaders of the South-Yemen to flee in fear.

Sagittarius Dasha 1994-2000: Jupiter, the lord is in Mrtyu-pada indicating that the time has come for the unification to die. But since it is Jupiter, the giver of life, this will not happen. In 1994 May-July, just as Sagittarius Dasha started, Al-Baid declared independence of Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen). Northern forces (Mercury) captured Aden and once again southern leaders (Mars) fled abroad (Mars in 7H) and were sentenced to death in absentia.

In the meantime they have a new neighbor Eritrea, which was formed in 1993 and joined the United Nations. In 1995 Yemen and Eritrea clashed over disputed Hanish Islands in Red Sea. Jupiter favours Yemen being in the 11th house and aspects the 3rd house of neighbors. The battles continued till 1998 until they got tired and listened to the United Nations where International arbitration panel awarded the Greater Hanish island to Yemen and divided other smaller islands between the two countries. Yemen was also fortunate during this period as Eritrea found a new enemy to fight and focused its attention in the new Eritrean-Ethiopian border clashes which turned into a full-scale from 1998-2000 killing about 70,000 people. The beneficial effects of Jupiter aspecting its own sign Sagittarius were felt in the last part of Sagittarius Dasha.

Taurus Dasha 2000-11: The Sun is in Taurus showing a new beginning and an effort to establish governance, law and order. Saturn and Rahu are in badhaka rasi (Capricorn) from Taurus showing the head of a very dangerous snake that breathes the poison of hatred, shall rise. In October 2000, the US naval vessel USS Cole was damaged in Al-Qaeda suicide attack in Aden. Seventeen US personnel were killed. It was the first antardasa of Pisces (May 2000 – Apr 2001) with Venus in Pisces showing a sailing vessel. The aspect of Saturn on Pisces in the 8th house shows the suicidal attack and damage.

In the same antardasa in Feb 2001 violence erupted to the run-up to disputed municipal polls and referendum and back extension to presidential term and powers. The perception was of a failed democracy. Whenever the 10th lord in a mundane chart, is in a dusthana, democracy gets reduced to kleptocracy due to the corruption of the leaders. Tenth bhava shows leaders and the placement of its lord shows their character. An exalted 10th lord shows some good ideals but the 8th house – definitely corrupt.

In 2002 February under Aquarius antardasa with MKS Mars (flee, expel, leave…), Yemen expelled more than a hundred foreign Islamic clerics in it’s crackdown on Al-Qaeda. The reaction happened in the next antardasa of Capricorn with the Rahu-Saturn combination. In Oct 2002 Al-Qaeda attacked and badly damaged oil supertanker MV Limburg in Gulf of Aden, killing one and injuring 12 crew members and costing Yemen huge in lost port revenues.

It was only in Scorpio antardasa, the 4th house of Home, with Mars in MKS and Ketu in 12H getting activated that the North-South divide became intense. In June-Aug 2004, hundreds died as troops battled Shia insurgency led by Hussein al-Houthi in the north. In September Hussein al-Houthi was killed by government troops and later in 2005 March, hundreds again died when the Houthi clased with the troops in revenge for the killing of their leader. Fighting continues with various terror acts till 2007 June when rebel leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi accepted a ceasefire. But the problem is that these leaders cannot control the madness they unleash and the very next month a suicide bomber attacked a tourist convoy killing eight Spaniards and two Yemenis in the province of Marib. By the time Taurus dasha came to a close in 2011, Yemen had become a battleground and a pit of scorpions where people had total distrust for each other and stung at the slightest provocation. The poison of the badhaka sign from dasha rasi was too strong to quench.

yemen_houthi_controlLibra Dasha 2011-17: Libra with the Upapada (UL) is the seat of marriage between the North-South Yemen and it is also conjoined the satrupada (A6), the seat of the enemy. Put the words together and it sounds like “sleeping with the enemy”.  The problem in Yemem is that everyone is fighting everyone. BBC gives a nice picture.

  • The Houthis: Zaidi Shia-led rebels from the north, who seized control of Sanaa last year and have since been expanding their control
  • President Hadi: Fled to Saudi Arabia after rebel forces advanced on his stronghold in the southern city of Aden
  • AQAP (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula): Seen by the US as the most dangerous offshoot of al-Qaeda, AQAP opposes both the Houthis and President Hadi.
  • Islamic State: A Yemeni affiliate of IS has recently emerged, which seeks to eclipse AQAP

The fourth bhava from dasha sign has Rahu and Saturn showing that Yemen has become a land haunted by the ghosts of doom. The snake which had slid inside Yemen during the Taurus dasha has nested and is laying eggs. Foreign countries have started to battle openly in Yemen with Saudi Arabia sending troops to battle the Houthi who are supported by Iran.

There is no final result in sight no matter what each side is saying. The Saudi’s cannot afford to fail and Iran will not stop supporting the Houthi who are hell bent on getting a ‘corruption-free government’. They all say that, and when they get power, their own corruption and nepotism knows no bounds.

My only advise to all Asians and foreigners is to get out of Yemen and stay out until 2017. Libra dasha is going to prove to be terrible. It may seem as though the entry of Jupiter into Leo (Summer 2015-16) will bring a lull in the fighting but this only reduce the intensity before the real challenges of 2016-17. Indians who have been working in Yemen should look for job alternative and if they really want to get back, wait and watch till after May 2017.

maxresdefaultThe Solar Eclipse of 20 Mar, 2015 is going to be an important turning point for the world of jyotiṣa. It is going to hit many astrologers, doctors, healers of all types and jailers as well, thereby disturbing the sign Pisces which governs these people. In addition its lord Jupiter indicates scholars, scientists and educators.

The conjunction of Mars and Ketu with this eclipse is particularly dangerous for all these people who have Mars as their ruling planet (ascendant lord) or have Mars or Ketu in the ascendant. IN addition, if the signs Pisces, Gemini, Virgo or Libra is the ascendant then it can spell doom. Rāhu occupying Gemini navāṁśa brings the energy of death when this is also the ascendant (lagna) or sign of ascendant lord (pāka lagna).

If your Sun is in Pisces i.e. birthday is between 15 March to 14 April, then this can prove to be a very vital turning point in life – positive or negative depends on view point. But one thing is assured, it shall be a spiritually rewarding period. Your mantra will have great power and you will have close association with your Iṣṭa Devatā.

The Chart given below is for the Start of Eclipse for New Delhi and is to be used for studying the professions and regions that will surely suffer destruction of some kind. Those who are smart will use this as a turning point to grasp the change. Those who are foolish will cling to memories of past to live with (दर्द भरे गीत). Normally we ignore these eclipse readings as this is the way of life, but since it affects astrologers in particular, we felt that it would be a good idea to share this along with the one infallible remedy from the Mahā Nārāyaṇa Upaniṣad.

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namo rudrāya viṣṇave mṛtyorme pāhi

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