There are FOUR eclipses in 2014 (NASA Eclipse Web). Highlights of the eclipses are –

  • The two lunar eclipses precede the two solar eclipses
  • The first pair occurs in April 2014 – lunar eclipse on April 15 and annular solar eclipse on April 29
  • The second pair occurs in October 2014 – lunar eclipse on Oct 8 and partial solar eclipse on Oct 23

Lunar eclipse

The first eclipse of the year is visible throughout the Western Hemisphere and that makes western astrologers very worried with Susan Miller predicting disaster throughout the month for the western nations at least.

People born in Chitrā nakṣatra, Virgo ascendant (either Lagna or Moon) benefit spiritually. You can check your Birth Nakṣatra from this link. You can check your Lagna and Moon from any Vedic astrologer. You should know this at least. How long will you live in ignorance?

This can imply a serious decision to get away from the troubles of the mundane world and move towards the high Himalayas which are symbolic of the heights of spiritual growth, and they are still growing.

If your lagna is in Virgo, this can imply a little turmoil in your personal life with your spouse suspecting your intentions. Best is to try to talk and explain yourself, but don’t do this on Tuesday. The eclipse is happening on a Tuesday and it will not work in your favour in mundane matters. If the navāṁśa lagna is Virgo, then it can spell bad things for spouse and some separative influences come into play.

I just checked my database and found a few thousand names … maybe we could compile a separate list of famous people touched by the lunar eclipse who will cry ‘Hari OM tat sat’.

Of my near and dear ones, we find my mother is definitely touched by this eclipse as it occurs on her ascendant. She has Virgo lagna both in rāśi and navāṁśa. It could be a trying moment in personal front especially given the fact that spouse has been ailing and is bedridden.

Vedic Remedy

Worship Śrī Kṛṣṇa with a strong mantra for protection having the name ‘हरि’ (hari) in it which normally becomes ‘हरे’ (hare). Choose one of the following mantra for having a smooth spiritual transition.

Born Hindu

Mahā Mantra
हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे
हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे
hare rāma hare rāma rāma rāma hare hare
hare kṛṣṇa hare kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa hare hare

Jānaka Ṣaḍākṣarī
हरे राम कृष्ण
hare rāma kṛṣṇa

Foreigners (not born Hindu)

Śrī Chaitanya kṛta Mahā-Mantra for bhakta Sālbeg
हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे
हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे
hare kṛṣṇa hare kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa hare hare
hare rāma hare rāma rāma rāma hare hare
Jānaka Ṣaḍākṣarī
हरे कृष्ण राम
hare kṛṣṇa rāma

Spouse or power running away

If you think your spouse is running away or is separating for whatever reason or if you are going to lose your power and position, it is desirable to pray to the great Hanuman to bring her back or bring back your kingdom. This is the form of Hanuman who jumped across the the Indian ocean from India to Śrī Lanka both (a) to find Sītā and reunite her with Śrī Rama and (b) bring back His kingdom. The powerful pañca mukha Hanuman mantra –
ॐ हरि मर्कटाय स्वाहा
om hari markaṭāya svāhā

Annular Solar Eclipse of May 31, 2003

Although the Sun is 400 times larger than the Moon, yet it is also about 400 times as far from the Earth than the Moon. This situation causes the two luminaries (Sun and Moon) to appear as about the same size in the sky. When the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, it casts a shadow. If this shadow falls on the earth, it causes an eclipse. The Moon passes between the Sun and Earth every month, yet it does not cause an eclipse to occur every month. An eclipse can occur only when the Moon is zero latitude i.e. it is in the plane of the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. The points of intersection of the orbital planes of the Moon (around earth) and the Earth (around Sun) are called Rahu and Ketu. Rahu is the ascending node i.e. the turning point where the Moon begins to gain latitude and Ketu is the descending node of the Moon. Naturally, for an eclipse to occur, the Sun and Moon would appear to conjoin in the skies, and it is necessary for either of the nodes to be in contact for the shadow to fall on Earth. Since the shadow can fall on Earth only when either of the nodes conjoins this conjunction of the luminaries, the nodes are also called shadowy planets or shadow causing by nature. This is referred to a Maya.

eclipse01The orbits are not circular and instead, are elliptical (egg shaped). Therefore, the distance between the Earth and the Sun changes as the Earth revolves around the Sun, and the same thing happens as the Moon revolves around the Earth. Thus, a number of possible combinations of distances can occur when the eclipse occurs. The shadow of the Moon has a dark portion called the umbra and a lighter shadow called the penumbra. If the umbra does not fall on the Earth, a partial or annular eclipse occurs while if the umbra falls on earth, then the region of the shadow is able to see the total eclipse. The difference between a partial and annular eclipse is that during an annular eclipse, the Moon’s disk appears smaller than the disk of the Sun although it passes directly over the Sun. In a partial eclipse it does not pass directly over the Sun but covers a portion. The annular phase of an eclipse can only be seen from a very narrow track called the path of annularity. The eclipse of 31 May 2003 was an annular eclipse.

Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC writes, “The first solar eclipse of 2003 is a very unusual annular eclipse, which takes place in the Northern Hemisphere. The axis of the Moon’s shadow passes to the far north where it barely grazes Earth’s surface. In fact, the northern edge of the antumbra actually misses our planet so that one path limit is defined by the day/night terminator rather by the shadow’s upper edge. As a result, the track of annularity has a peculiar “D” shape, which is nearly 1200 km wide. Since the eclipse occurs just three weeks prior to the northern summer solstice, Earth’s northern axis is pointed sunwards by 21.8°. As seen from the Sun, the antumbral shadow actually passes between the North Pole and the terminator. As a consequence of this extraordinary geometry, the path of annularity runs from east to west instead of visa versa. As a member of Saros 1471 , this is the first central eclipse of the series.”

Fred Espenak adds, “The event transpires near the Moon’s ascending node in central Taurus five degrees north of Aldebaran. Since apogee occurs three days earlier (May 28 at 13 UT), the Moon’s apparent diameter (29.6 arc-minutes) is still too small to completely cover the Sun (31.6 arc-minutes) resulting in an annular eclipse.” The star Aldebaran is in Rohiëi nakñatra and the reference to the occurrence of the eclipse in ‘central Taurus’ affirms the use of the sidereal (vedic) zodiac, which is the correct way of looking at the sky. If instead, the tropical (western) zodiac were used, the eclipse would have been said to occur in the beginning of Gemini.

Fred Espenak writes that the central line of the eclipse forms a short C-shaped curve, which begins south of Iceland and crosses the country near Reykjavik. Greatest eclipse occurs at 04:08:18 UT about 200 km northwest of the Scandinavian island nation. At that point, the duration of the annular phase lasts 3 minutes 37 seconds with the Sun 2.9° above the northeastern horizon. The central line ends near Greenland after running its complete course in twelve minutes. A detailed report on this eclipse is available from NASA’s Technical Publication series (see: NASA Solar Eclipse Bulletins). Additional information is also available at the 2003 annular solar eclipse web site:

The jyotiṣa perspective

Type of eclipse

Rule 1.2  There are ten types of eclipses based on the appearance and movement of the shadow on the disc of the Sun (or Moon).

It should be borne in mind that the lunar eclipse is due to the Moon entering the shadow of the earth causing the eclipse to begin in the eastern limb, whereas the solar eclipse is due to the Moon covering the solar disc, which causes the eclipse to begin from the western limb3 . The Moon moves into the solar disc like a cloud from the west. Consequently, the solar eclipse is different in different places based on the visibility of the eclipsed disc4 .

  1. Savya: Partial eclipse of the southern side of the solar disc or the south-eastern part of the lunar disc. Such an eclipse causes heavy rains and floods but the people are happy and fearless.
  2. Apasavya: Partial eclipse of the northern side of the solar disc or the north-western part of the lunar disc. Many deaths occur die to the tyranny of rulers and robbers alike.
  3. Leha: lit. Licking and this is a total eclipse where the tongues of darkness seem to lick the disc or enclose it like a ring. A very benevolent eclipse where there is sufficient rains and water and general happiness is assured.
  4. Grasana: lit. Swallowing. This is a partial solar eclipse where the solar or lunar orb is swallowed (covered by a dark shadow). At least one powerful leader shall die and prosperity shall decline. Even the most powerful nation shall see the troubles of an economy under recession.
  5. Nirodha: lit. Obstruction. This is a total eclipse where the central region/solar or lunar orb is completely dark and opaque. A benevolent omen promising well-being and happiness in the region.
  6. Avamardana: lit. Crushing. This is a total eclipse that is long lasting (duration). It causes destruction of world leaders and nations and is considered very inauspicious.
  7. Āroha: lit. Mounting. If after the eclipse, there follows a period where the luminary is again covered by a spell, however brief, of darkness. This is an evil omen and portents war, panic and a lot of fear.
  8. Āghrāta: lit. Smelting. The shadow is partially transparent and appears as a layer of dust over the luminary. This is a very good omen and promises good rains, crops and prosperity.
  9. Madhya-tamas: lit. Central darkness. This is a clear annular eclipse where the dark central shadow is surrounded by a ring of light. This is an evil omen and will destroy people and afflict humanity with disease.

10. Tamontya: lit. Edge darkness. This is a total eclipse where the central region seems lighter as the outer part of the shadow is very dark. Food shortages, crop destruction and danger from thieves or great losses are indicated by this eclipse.

It is possible that an eclipse may not be of one of these pure types but a mixture of several of these. The observation and results have to be carefully deciphered. Secondly, this is a very subjective reading and one should not rely totally on it.

Rising and setting

Rule 2.5: The regions in which the eclipse is visible at the time of rising or setting (sandhyä), would face financial pressures due to poor agriculture and there would be danger or ill-health to the political leaders and government. This rule is applicable only to those regions where the eclipse is visible at sunrise or sunset.

eclipse04The regions include Arabia, Libya, most of Europe excepting the east and parts of Canada and USA. The financial strain would show in the months to come till November 2003. Moreover, the pressure would increase in the regions from Arabia to West Europe while the pressure will decrease in Canada and the USA indicating some recovery from recession for America. Since this region is outside the main shadow, the financial strain will not be as much as what Scotland, Greenland and Iceland are going to face. Refer to the stereographic projection map of the eclipse path (courtesy Fred Espenak, NASA).


Rule 3: If the eclipse occurs during uttarāyana, then the Brahmin and Kṣatriya will suffer while in dakṣināyana the vaiśya and śūdra shall suffer.

Uttara ayana is from Makara saṅkrānti (14 Jan) to Karkaṭa saṅkrānti (15 Jul) covering the last half of January, February, March, April, May, June and the first half of July.

Dakṣiṇa ayana is from Karkaṭa saṅkrānti (15 July) to Makara saṅkrānti (14 Jan) covering the last half of July, August, September, October, November, December and the first half of January.

These are the vedic sun signs which actually align with the stars unlike the western sun signs which are not going to align with the sky for a few thousand years. Ask anyone at NASA if you doubt this statement.

The annular eclipse of May 2003 is during the northern course of the Sun (uttarāyana) indicating that the learned ones and the warriors, police etc., shall suffer the impact in those nations where the shadow of the eclipse passes.


Rule 4: Directions of the eclipse
4.1: If the eclipse is seen (visible) in the four cardinal directions, then the four classes of people Brahmin (north), Kṣatriya (east), Vaiśya (west) and Śūdra (south) shall suffer.
4.2: If instead, the eclipse is seen in the corners, then for northeast – mleccha, southeast – attacking army, southwest – engineers, fire users and northwest – skilled workers shall suffer.

There are two kinds of directions used in jyotiṣa – (1) the directions of the signs with the two alternatives of (a) triplicity: where fire signs indicate east, water signs indicate north, air signs indicate west and earth signs indicate the south directions, and (b) natural directions where Aries & Taurus are east and so on, and (2) the directions of the houses based on the lagna indicating east, 10th house indicating south and so on. It is obvious that Varāhamihira is referring to the second method of determining the direction based on houses. If it were not so, then the results would be the same for all parts of the world.

For example, the annular eclipse of May 2003 occurred in Taurus. If we were to use the direction indicated by the sign then this will indicate the south (triplicity) or east (natural) for all parts of the world.

Chart 1: Annular solar eclipse first visibility (India)
eclipse05Instead it is better to draw a chart for the time of first visibility of the eclipse and determine the directions accordingly (Chart-1). Local circumstances differ and the first visibility of an eclipse varies from one place to another. Besides, the eclipse is not visible in some places and this rule shall not apply to such places. For example, the shadow of the annular solar eclipse of May 2003 does not pass through Delhi, hence only the penumbra causes a partial shadow to start at 7:37’ AM (2.07’ UT) and visibility lasts till 8:31’ AM (3:01’ UT). For other cities, information can be had from NASA6 .

The Lagna at Delhi is Gemini and the eclipse is in the 12th house indicating the southeast direction. The reading would be that all hostilities in the border regions, aggressive armies of neighbouring countries, terrorists etc, will withdraw and good relations will be resumed with neighbours.

Rule 5: The following creatures suffer based on the beginning of the eclipse in the directions – North – cattle; East – floods torment all terrestrial life; West – husbandmen, servants, labour, seeds and saplings; South – aquatic creatures, elephants

Rāśi & Māsa

Rule 6: The impact of the eclipse occurring in the twelve signs should be examined based on the nature of the sign as taught by Varāhamihira (Bṛhat Saṁhitā V: 35-42).

The annular eclipse of May 2003 occurs in Taurus indicating that shepherds, cattle, livestock, ranchers, and great self-made men shall suffer. In individual horoscopes, the Lagna or tenth house/lord in rāśi and dasāṁśa should be examined. People born in Vṛṣabha navāṁśa lagna also need to be on guard.

The eclipse of May, 2003 occurs in the amāvāsya of the lunar month of Vaiśākha. The destruction of cotton, sesamum and green gram is expected to follow resulting their shortage and price rise. The Ikṣavākus, Yaudheyas (modern Yādava), the Sākas and Kaliñgas would stand to suffer. However, there will be good crops in the ensuing months.

Rule 7: Results of the Vedic month of eclipse should be learnt from Varāhamihira (Bṛhat Saṁhitā V: 69-80).

Rath’s research

  1. The eclipse will impact the health and/or life of people born in the same month as that of the eclipse (especially when the eclipse is in the same nakṣatra as natal Sun). It has been observed that the effect of the eclipse can be felt before or after the eclipse date based on whether the eclipsed luminary is before or after the natal position.
  2. If the longitude of the natal Sun is lower than the longitude of the eclipsed Sun, then the health problem or major change in life direction would happen after the eclipse
  3. whereas if the longitude of the natal Sun is higher than the longitude of the eclipsed Sun, the event would happen before the eclipse date.
  4. Exact timing will have to be done with daśā in the natal chart, but this is an important tool for confirmation.

This is applicable only for natal charts where the eclipse (Sun) is in the same nakṣatra as the natal Sun. However, one must also see the lunar eclipse as given in the research notes under Rule-09 hereunder.

In Chart-2, the natal Sun is in Rohiṇī nakṣatra at 16-43 and the eclipse was to occur on 31 May 2003 when the Sun was in Rohiṇī nakṣatra at 15-21.

Just three days before the eclipse the child broke his hand while playing in the garden.

Note that the natal sun is ahead of the eclipse degree and the event was to happen before the eclipse date.

Eclipse start time

Rule 8.7: An eclipse, whether visible or not, affects the entire world.
8.7A: The length of the day or night duration is divided into seven parts.
The indications of the seven portions are –
(1) Engineers, people whose work uses fire like goldsmiths, Brahmins, priests (agni-hotri), hermits.
(2) Agriculturists, heretics, traders, warrior class and army chiefs.
(3) Artisans, artists, çüdras (cleaners etc), mleccha (including foreign visitors /dignitaries) and ministers.
(4) The king (head of state); region – middle portion/region of the country.
(5) Herbivorous animals, harems, ministers, vaiçyas (merchant class, business).
(6) Women and çüdras.
(7) Robbers, rogues; region – the country border.

The timing used in this calculation is the ‘actual astronomical occurrence’ and not local visibility. For example, the Annular Solar Eclipse (31 May 2003) was not visible in Australia, yet it shall affect Australia based on the rule given above.

8.7B: Determine the part of the day/night when
(a) the eclipse starts,
(b) reaches a peak or greatest eclipse and
(c) eclipse ends i.e. shadow leaves the earth.
The class of people, places and things indicated by the portion shall accordingly (a) suffer, (b) be destroyed and (c) benefit, respectively.

Annular Solar Eclipse (31 May 2003) timing

Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC writes,

The annular eclipse begins in northern Scotland about 100 kilometers north of Glasgow when the Moon’s antumbral shadow first touches down on Earth at 03:45 UT. The instant of greatest eclipse8  occurs at 04:08:18 UT when the axis of the Moon’s shadow passes closest to the center of Earth. As it departs Greenland and crosses Baffin Bay, the shadow leaves Earth’s surface at 04:31 UT. From start to finish, the antumbra sweeps over its entire path in a little under 47 minutes.

New Delhi: The eclipse starts on Saturday, at 9:15’ AM, has a peak (greatest eclipse) at 9:38’:18″ AM and ends at 10:01’ AM.
Sunrise: 5:24’:54″ and Sunset: 19:13’:26″.
Day duration = Sunset – Sunrise =19:13:26 – 5:24:54 = 13:48’:32″;
One-seventh part = 13:48’:32″ / 7 = 1:58’:22″
Ending times: 1st part: 7:23:16; 2nd part: 9:21:37; 3rd part: 11:19:59; 4th part: 13:18:21; 5th part: 15:16:43; 6th part: 17:15:04 7th part: 19:13:26

It is evident that the eclipse (start) time of 9:15’ AM is in the second part indicating that agriculturists, heretics, traders, warrior class and army chiefs stand to suffer during the six months till November 2003. Incidentally, the Minister for Agriculture at New Delhi, Çré Ajit Singh, has just about resigned and has been replaced.

The eclipse (end) time of 10:01’ AM is in the third part indicating that Artisans, artists, çüdras (cleaners etc), mleccha (including foreign visitors /dignitaries) and ministers shall benefit during the six months till November 2003.

United States of America

Washington D.C.: The solar eclipse starts on Friday 30 May 2003, at 11:45’ PM (23:45’) and ends on Saturday (Friday night – Vedic day) at 00:31’ AM (24:31’).
Sunrise: 5:47’:33″; Sunset: 20:25’:09″;
Night duration: 9:22’:24″; One-seventh part: 1:20’:21″
Ending times: 1st part: 21:45’:30″; 2nd part: 23:05’:50″; 3rd part: 24:26’:11″; 4th part: 25:46’:31″; 5th part: 27:06’:52″; 6th part: 28:27’:12″

The eclipse starts in the third part of the night indicating that artisans, artists, çüdras (cleaners etc), mleccha (including foreign visitors and dignitaries) and ministers shall suffer during the next half year till November 2003.

The eclipse ends in the fourth part of the night indicating that the President George Bush Jr. (the king or head of state) is surely going to get some very good news and shall benefit considerably in the next six months. The central states of the country shall also benefit.

Moscow: The eclipse starts on Saturday, at 7:45’ AM and ends at 8:31’ AM.
Sunrise: 5:00:33; Sunset: 21:56:51
Day duration: 16:56:18; One-seventh part: 3:08:07
Ending times: 1st part: 8:08:40; 2nd part: 11:16:48; 3rd part: 14:24:55; 4th part: 17:33:02; 5th part: 20:41:09; 6th part: 23:49:17

Thus, the eclipse starts in the first part of the day indicating that engineers, people whose work uses fire like goldsmiths, Brahmins, priests (agni-hotri), teachers, researchers, spiritualists and hermits shall suffer losses.

The eclipse ends in the second part of the day indicating that agriculturists, heretics, traders, warrior class and army chiefs stand to benefit as there is a renewed impetus towards increasing food and business giving a fillip to the economy.

Effect of consecutive eclipses

Rule 9: Two consecutive eclipses of the Moon and Sun normally occur within a month. If the solar eclipse were to occur at the end of the pakña (fortnight) after the lunar eclipse, then the people in general tend to become unruly and unjust and couples quarrel and divorces/separation increases. In the reverse i.e. the lunar eclipse occurring after the solar eclipse, the Brahmins and priests increase their prayers and people are happy and contented.

Rath’s research: Since Varāhamihira states that this rule affects people, how it will affect individual people can be studied from their natal charts as well. For those people where the eclipse is occurring in the same nakṣatra (or rāśi) as natal Sun, the above rules would imply that the occurrence of two consecutive eclipses (one solar and the other lunar) would set them on either a new path of
(a) separative influences causing fighting, unrest and disturbances if the lunar eclipse precedes the solar eclipse or
(b) spiritual growth, happiness and contentment if the lunar eclipse succeeds the solar eclipse.

eclipse07In chart-3, the natal Sun is in Ārdrā nakṣatra at 14Ge12’. The global solar eclipse occurring at this nakṣatra is on July 2, 2000. This is followed by a lunar eclipse occurring on July 16, 2000. It is not important that either the Sun or Moon position be checked for the lunar eclipse. What needs to be ascertained is that the solar eclipse is in the same nakṣatra as the natal Sun. Since in this case, the lunar eclipse succeeds the solar eclipse, a period of spiritual growth, contentment and happiness is to come. True to the indications, she started serious studies in spirituality; regular visits to the Śāradā Mission (ladies wing of the Ramakrishna Mission) and also joined the Sri Jagannāth Center to learn Vedic astrology and spirituality.

eclipse08In chart-4, the natal Sun is in Puṣyā nakṣatra at 10Ge57’. The global solar eclipse occurring at this nakṣatra is on July 31, 2000. The eclipsed Sun was at 14Cn20’. This is preceded by a lunar eclipse occurring on July 16, 2000. As per Rule-09 and the research notes above, this indicates a very negative separative phase causing fighting, unrest and disturbances. Varāhamihira is explicit in stating that couples separate. She started fighting with her spouse on various grounds and they are headed for a separation. Of course, such predictions will also require that such indications are present in the natal chart and the daśā prevails. This eclipse factor is a tool to confirm the readings from the natal charts and should be used wisely.

Om Tat Sat

  2. Varähamihira, B.S. V-43-52
  3. Varähamihira, B.S. V-8
  4. Varähamihira, B.S. V-11
  5. Varähamihira B.S. V-27
  7. Varähamihira B.S. V-28-31
  8. The instant of greatest eclipse occurs when the distance between the Moon’s shadow axis and Earth’s geocenter reaches a minimum.

When we wrote about Crimea breaking from Ukraine, so many were alarmed but then this is only the beginning of a very long daśā (vedic period) of Jupiter which is involved in a battle with Mercury in the natal chart of Ukraine.
Nikita-KhrushchevTIMELet us say that for some reason whatever, Nikita Khrushchev had not had that whim about adding Crimea to Ukraine in the erstwhile USSR, then in 1991, Crimea would have been part of Russia. What is really happening is that the whim and fancy of some historical leaders, who sat and drew lines on maps and then advised Nikita Khrushchev to make that gift of land, is being reversed. It was a forgone conclusion that Crimea is going to be operated out of Ukraine and like any surgery, this one too is going to be a little painful. But you got to give credit to the ‘doctors’ who have performed this miraculous surgery without shedding any blood. It was excellent anesthesia – to say the least. What’s happening in the world feels like a slow dream with people saying and doing things they have to say to be politically correct. And that’s fine.

Phālguṇa Pūrṇimā: Holi

But this Sunday, 16 Mar, 2014 on Phālguṇa Pūrṇimā, when everyone in India celebrates the great festival of Holi playing colours with Kṛṣṇa, Crimea will become a part of Russia. Every Pūrṇimā indicates the spiritual power of a great guru. We have a list.

Pūrṇimā Sun Full Moon Guru’s Light
1 Vaiśākha Aries Viśākhā Buddha
2 Jyaiṣṭha Taurus Jyeṣṭha Yama Dharmarāja [Vaṭa Pūrṇimā]
3 Āsāḍha Gemini Āsāḍha Vyāsa, Mahāvira [Guru Pūrṇimā]
4 Śrāvaṇa Cancer Śrāvaṇa Viṣṇu [Rakṣa Bandana]
5 Bhādra Leo Bhadrapada Uma-Maheśvara [Madhu Pūrṇimā], Indra
6 Aśvina Virgo Aśvinī Kṛṣṇa rāsa [Śarad], Lakṣmī [Kojāgarī] or Kārtikeya [Kumāra]
7 Kārtika Libra Kṛttikā Guru Nanak, Tripura Sundarī
8 Mārgaśira Scorpio Mṛgāśiras Dattātreya
9 Pauṣa Sagittarius Puṣyā Durgā [Śākhāmbarī Pūrṇimā]
10 Magha Capricorn Magha Hari, Śrāddha Devī [Best day for donations]
11 Phālguṇa Aquarius Phālguṇī Kṛṣṇa (Holi Festival)
12 Chaitra Pisces Chitrā Hanuman, Śrī Chandra

It is very interesting to note that the great phālguṇa pūrṇimā having the power of Śrī Kṛṣṇa was chosen for the referendum in Crimea. The way I see it, people will be dancing in the streets and playing colours in Crimea on that day. Let us not forget that the Mercury-Jupiter exact conjunction shows the Bhagavat Gita, the spiritual power of the holy words of Śrī Kṛṣṇa.

EU Trigger

ukraine-divide We thought that the Berlin Wall was down and that the German people would live in peace, but looks like the rapid expansion of the European Union is being perceived by some in Europe as German expansion. Someone once said that “true freedom starts with economic freedom”. Hypothetically, if a nation becomes completely indebted to the EU and is in such a pathetic emasculated state where it has to beg for alms for survival, that too on a monthly basis, would it not be apt to say that it has lost its freedom? I don’t know – let the economists ponder this. But it is this fear that has triggered the present Crisis. This is indicated by the graha yuddha occurring in Leo, the ninth house of fortune and freedom. As such the Sun does rule wealth.

Mars is in Virgo: Mesa Rasi Kanyā aṁśa shows the logical perfectionist Germany but this can indicate other people as well. That is the trigger to the deadly piśāca bādhaka duryoga in the chart of Ukraine. It is like a ghost attack and you cannot see the enemy.

What Next?

The real problem is not about Crimea joining the Russian Federation in some form or another, but this is the beginning of the great graha yuddha of Jupiter and Mercury. Such a combination in the chart of Śrī Kṛṣṇa showed the Mahabharata war. It also showed the singing of the Bhagavat Gita just before the start of the Mahabharata. And now after all these years we have a similar situation in the chart of Ukraine. But unlike Kṛṣṇa the Moon is nowhere around and instead Mercury and Jupiter show the warring factions – Russia and Ukraine respectively, who are actually brothers – just like the Pāṇḍava and Kaurava.

The Future

This Crimea surgery from Ukraine is not the end of Ukraine’s problems. It will start a much bigger rumble inside in the years to come, starting with 2018 [Mercury antardaśā of Jupiter daśā] when some economic treaties [Mercury] will again trigger unrest. In the coming years there will be considerable social unrest in Ukraine. People will leave their homes and see so much suffering, death and disease. Does that mean another divide, the East-West language-culture divide, can split Ukraine into two parts? It can be prevented if the people realise that taking sides with foreign nations or groups is the trigger. All they have to do is talk to each other [Mercury] and stop taking sides as it causes fear in the minds of other Ukraine people.

The most peculiar feature of this entire period is that the leaders and people will not want to talk to each other [Mercury rules communication and speech]. And that can only increase the power of Rāhu leading to doubts, mistrust and division.

MH370picMalaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing over the South China Sea on Saturday morning (8 Mar, 2014). The Boeing 777-200 took off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at 12:41 a.m. Saturday. It was scheduled to arrive in Beijing at 6:30 am the same day, after a 2,700-mile journey. Around 1:30 am, air traffic controllers in Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur, lost contact with the plane as it was flying over the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam. MH370 with 227 passengers and 12 crew members. It was cruising at 35,000 feet and the skies were clear. Besides, no distress signal was deployed.

First Post15 Mar
Even after three days there is no information on the missing flight MH370. In the age of information, not having answers instantly is feels horrible. But this is not the first time such a thing has happened. There are all sorts of stories afloat about terrorists but nothing of that sort seems to have happened. The vedic chart drawn for the moment of take-off for flight MH370 resembles another one – Air France Flight 447 (abbreviated AF447).

AF447 was a scheduled international flight from Galeão International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris, France. On 1 Jun 2009, the Airbus A330-203 airliner serving the flight crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, resulting in the deaths of all 216 passengers and 12 aircrew. The accident was the deadliest in the history of Air France. Details of AF447

Did not crash on water

Various Theories are doing the rounds, particularly about the flight falling into the ocean as tiny objects are found on the sea. Oil slicks, stretching for metres in the South China Sea, gave the first glimpse of hope followed by the spotting of an orange object and then a door! But one by one, all that has been dismissed.

Jyotiṣa Rules

For a natural disaster, the rajas planets Venus and Mercury must be afflicted by Mars. Further, for a flight (vehicle), chara rāśi (movable signs) are expected.

  • MH370: Venus and Mercury are together in Capricorn (chara rāśi) having the graha dṛṣṭi of Mars from Libra
  • AF447: Venus and Mercury are together in Aries (chara rāśi) with Mars

The violence comes from storm clouds or water elements (ruled by Venus) if Mars is in Venus navāṁśa, else it is from earth movement (ruled by Mercury) if in Mercury navāṁśa. Mars would need a solar trigger.

  • MH370: Mars is in Libra (Ve) navāṁśa aspected by exalted Sun in Aries navāṁśa
  • AF447: Mars is in Taurus (Ve) navāṁśa conjoined the Sun

Having confirmed that there was a natural disaster happening (of some sort), we need to check failure of the machine-energy system. For this, the Sun must be effectively blocked by a malefic. From Sūrya Lagna, Rāhu must be ill placed and also aspect the Sun. Rāhu is always looking to destroy the Sun by its conjunctions and aspects. Jupiter can intervene and save but then the negative must he higher to confirm that the machine-energy system failed.

  • MH370: Sun in Aquarius with Rāhu in maraṇa kāraka sthāna in 9th house from it in Libra. Jupiter does aspect Rāhu to try to save the machine but the conjunction of Saturn and Mars shows that the evil is much greater.
  • AF447: Sun in Taurus with Rāhu in maraṇa kāraka sthāna in 9th house from it in Capricorn. There is no saving grace of any benefic planet.

Now that we know that it was a natural disaster like a terrible electrical storm that demolished the aircraft, we need to check for survivors. For this we need to examine Jupiter, the saviour of the human race. We also need to see the position of Ketu, the significator of the vertical (aerial) direction. These should neither be ill placed, weak nor beaten up to save some lives.

  • MH370: Both Jupiter and Ketu in duṣthāna. Jupiter is in the 8th house while Ketu is in the 6th house. Involvement of 8th house shows few survivors or none at all.
  • AF447: Both Jupiter and Ketu in duṣthāna. Jupiter is in maraṇa kāraka sthāna in the 3rd house while Ketu is in the 8th house. Involvement of 8th house shows few survivors or none at all.

No terrorist attack

Based on the unknown identities of two passengers, it was speculated that they were terrorists who had purchased ‘one-way’ tickets together for travel to Amsterdam, Europe via Beijing using stolen passports. This happens all the time in this part of the world. Even authorities in the airports are known to tear away visa pages from passports for the black market where these fetch good money from desperate immigrant seekers. People thought it was the ‘toothpaste’ bomb. Honestly, if toothpaste is going to be used for terror bombs, then most of us will have to go back to using dantoon (neem sticks that are chewed to create a brush at one end).

Finally, the Chinese Martyrs’ Brigade (CMB for short) realised, a little too late, that it’s a good time for some media attention and claimed it did the terror job. The encrypted Hushmail message stated “you kill one of our clan – we kill 100 of yours as pay back” referring to a 29-people stabbing incident at the train station in Kunming, China. It is very unlikely that one of them could have jumped 35,000 feet in the air and stabbed the aircraft with his knife! Those things happen only in Chinese Kung-Fu movies.

Anyway, the chart does not indicate a terror attack although Mars is involved with two other malefics in the 12th house (foreign travel). Mars will protect his home, the ascendant which simply means that it would put up a good fight against Rāhu and Saturn.


Having ruled out terror and such things, the two options are whether (A) the natural disaster (Mras afflicts Mercury, Venus) like storm or some electric spark in the high altitude was the chief cause or (B) whether a mechanical fault (Sun-Rahu) was the chief cause.

Most reports are that the weather was good but that’s never sufficient to confirm local activity on the spot. While the natural trigger was minimal as Mars is also Lagna lord for MH370 Chart, it was the chief cause for AF470 as it was the 12th Lord. Either way, none seem to have survived (C) Ketu and Jupiter in dusthana

Praśna Mārga states that the disturbances in a journey are to be studied from the 7th bhāva.

The 7th house is Taurus and is vargottama indicating great strength, and that was the only thing which troubled me as a vargottama lagna has the power to protect. But the 7th bhāva has the rāśi dṛṣṭi of Saturn, Rāhu and Mars, all retrograde. Further, the 7th lord Venus (both rāśi and aṁśa) is placed in Capricorn and is involved in a parivartana yoga with Saturn. Therefore, instead of Venus, Saturn will be indicating the disturbances in the journey. Saturn is with Mars and Rāhu indicating the deaths of the passengers and a deadly end to the journey. That was the basis of the prediction made in the article. The exalted Moon in the 7th bhāva is also the bādhakeśa and under the aspect of Mars is going to form Rudra yoga.
A closer look at the navamśa shows a pāpa kartari yoga on the 7th bhāva caused by Sun, Saturn and a debilitated Ketu.

Recent Report on Flight Path
The latest reports on the flight path indicate a retrograde behaviour where, instead of flying north towards Beijing, the aircraft reversed and the final direction it chose to fly was South-West which is ruled by Rāhu. It is now clear that among the 3 planets – Saturn, Mars and Rāhu, the latter decided the flight path reversal. Saturn has the parivartana with Venus and planets conjoining are Mars and Rāhu. Among the two, Rāhu is the one afflicting as Mars is lagneśa. Besides, Rāhu has higher longitude.
Khareśa: Rāhu is Khareśa of the chart as it lords the 4th bhāva from navamśa lagna. It afflicts the lagneśa Mars as well as the functional controller of the journey viz. Saturn. Rāhu is also debilitated in Sagittarius navamśa which specifically indicates “fall from a height”.

The Guardian reports “According to two US officials who spoke to ABC News, the 777’s data reporting system was shut down at 1.07am, while the transponder – which sends back information to civilian radar regarding performance, location and altitude – was turned off at 1.21am.”
The scheduled journey was 5h49’ and the compressed Vimśottari daśā is given below:
Vimśottari Mahā Daśā (Using local Malaysia time)

Moon: 2014-03-08 (12:34:18 am) – 2014-03-08 (1:01:45 am)
Mars: 2014-03-08 (1:01:45 am) – 2014-03-08 (1:20:58 am) → Data Reporting system shut at 1:07’am
Rah: 2014-03-08 (1:20:58 am) – 2014-03-08 (2:10:22 am) → Transponder shut, flight turned SW
Jup: 2014-03-08 (2:10:22 am) – 2014-03-08 (2:54:17 am) → Flight seen in radar
Sat: 2014-03-08 (2:54:17 am) – 2014-03-08 (3:46:27 am) → Journey ends?
Merc: 2014-03-08 (3:46:27 am) – 2014-03-08 (4:33:07 am)
Ket: 2014-03-08 (4:33:07 am) – 2014-03-08 (4:52:20 am)
Ven: 2014-03-08 (4:52:20 am) – 2014-03-08 (5:47:14 am)
Sun: 2014-03-08 (5:47:14 am) – 2014-03-08 (6:03:42 am)
The last known position of MH370 was at 1.21am when the transponder was shut off at 35,000 feet roughly 90 miles off the east coast of Malaysia, as the Boeing MH370 with 239 people on board made its way towards Vietnam, en route to Beijing. This was a minute after the period of Rāhu started. It was during this period of Rāhu that the flight was turned in the South-Western direction.
From there, plot indications show the plane zigzagged towards the Thai island of Phuket and then, at 2.15am, when the period of Jupiter started, MH370 either (A) continued on northwest route which would lead it towards the Andaman Islands and perhaps onward to Europe OR (B) further south. Malaysian military officials have previously confirmed that an aircraft that could be MH370 was last seen on military radar at 2.15am some 200 miles off Malaysia’s west coast. It is noteworthy that the missing flight was suddenly seen when Jupiter’s period started.

Hand of Nature
We cannot ignore the natural elements indicated by Mercury and Venus in chara rāśi having the dṛṣṭi of Mars.
There is no further information at to the time of end of this journey. Where would the aircraft be between 2:54’am to 3:46’am? That’s the question which if answered, should be able to locate the flight.
What is most disturbing is the role of the Sun which is the lord of the tenth house showing the boss or controller of the flight. The Sun is in the 6th bhāva from Ārūḍha Lagna and is also in a navamśa ruled by Mars, which points a finger at the pilots. The 3rd and 8th bhāva from ārūḍha lagna is either ruled by Ketu or has Ketu in it showing the accident as the final report is likely to say.

  1. No. it’s not pilot suicide! Such theories are quite baseless.
  2. It could be a hijacking as is indicated by the malefic Saturn and Rahu and Mars
  3. But that is not why the disaster happened which is likely to have killed everyone. There was the hand of the elements and it was a watery grave. Honestly I don’t know why they are looking in the Andaman Islands. They should spend the time looking in the water.
  4. I have always maintained that the passengers were death (or at least unconscious) when the final end happened. So it was painless. Point is what caused this state – I don’t know as yet.

It is very evident that Ukraine is going to go through a surgery where its appendix is going to be removed. Chart attached – data below for others
Date: August 24, 1991; Time: 5:46:00 pm; Time Zone: 3:00:00 (East of GMT); Place: 30 E 31′ 00″, 50 N 26′ 00″; Kijow, Ukraine

The time has been corrected due to the inputs from Constantin. Thanks to him I think we have a more accurate chart. The Rashi chakra does not change but the varga have been altered

Rahu-Ketu debilitated in Lagna-7H axis with Mars in 10H … not much hope in this matter as 12L Ketu and Mars are intent on doing the Pisacha thing at night. The division will happen at night time, after 7PM. Note that Ketu is in Gemini with the sound क (ka) as in क्रिमीया (krimīyā) Crimea. This is the organ that will be removed. Mars shows Russia.

Mercury is COMBUST indicating loss of lands and property for the sake of spiritual upliftment as 7H (relationship, RUSSIA) and 10H (ego, status) shall be destroyed
Jupiter is COMBUST indicating that the Lagna and 4th bhava shall undergo serious cleansing and spiritual growth

Caturthamsa D4 Chart
4th Lord Mercury is in 6H … definite loss of property

Mercury (R) – PK 2 Le 17′ 47.86″ Magh 1 Le Ar
Jupiter – GK 2 Le 15′ 02.53″ Magh 1 Le Ar

A war is taking place in MAGHA Nakshatra of Leo. The Place where the war shall happen is 12H Scorpio, which is like an Island or Island state [Crimea] Lagnesha Jupiter seems to be defeated. Why? We are speaking on the four types of yuddha in London in April and will give details.

Regular Vimshottari shows that the 16 Year cleansing (Combustion) phase of Jupiter has started from 21 Dec 2013. Thats a long way to go.
Maha Dasas:
Mars: 1988-12-20 – 1995-12-21
Rah: 1995-12-21 – 2013-12-21
Jup: 2013-12-21 – 2029-12-21
Sat: 2029-12-21 – 2048-12-21
Merc: 2048-12-21 – 2065-12-21
Ket: 2065-12-21 – 2072-12-21
Ven: 2072-12-21 – 2092-12-21
Sun: 2092-12-21 – 2098-12-21
Moon: 2098-12-21 – 2108-12-22

Lets pray for some peace in this region and some sort of an amicable settlement in the next 3 days when Moon in in Aries (although this is unlikely). Danger till 4 March.
When the Moon goes to Rohini on 7 March, Ukraine could feel the pain.
May Shiva bring peace on the world

Shyam Devani, a budding PJC Student adds…
Last year in your note titled “Chelyabinsk Meteor” you concluded with the following…
The navāṁśa has an exalted Ketu in Sagittarius lagna showing that this is definitely an indication from the heavens of a great spiritual change to come in the Christian nations. Russia is the unstated capital of the orthodox ancient Christian church which is so very different from the Protestant church. We have just also heard about the resignation of the Pope Benedict. What can all this mean? Jupiter and Mercury conjoining the Moon in the 5th house is indicative of the power of the “word of god” which in India would have been translated to mean the Bhagavat Gita. We wonder in what manner this “word of God” is going to change things in Russia or Europe to be more precise.
Given the above, thee are some interesting details worth sharing…
The first Christian ruler of Russia converted to Christianity in Crimea.
In the 10th Century, Vladimir Sviatoslavich the Great (often called the prince of Novgorod), great-grandson of Rurik (the traditional founder of the Russian state), had assembled a Varangian army and reconquered Novgorod from his brother Yaropolk. By 980 Vladimir had consolidated the Kievan realm from modern-day Ukraine to the Baltic Sea. In 988, having taken the town of Chersonesos in Crimea (presently part of Sevastopol) Vladimir converted to Christianity, got married and eventually proceeded to Christianize Russia. The place of Vladimir’s baptism is marked by St. Vladimir’s Cathedral.
It appears that Crimea has a little more to it than just a few Russian speaking people and a bit of manufacturing
Note: I am not an expert on Russian history.
Final observation for whatever it is worth: Crimea was given away by Khrushchev in 1954 when Saturn was in Libra…this is the second Saturn return.

Dharma is seen in the 9th bhāva. Mercury as the lagneśa in the ninth bhāva indicates freedom (9H) of speech (Mercury) showing a parliamentary democracy while the conjunction with Ketu (religion, spirituality, belligerence) shows the dominant theocracy. Iran combines elements of a parliamentary democracy with a religious theocracy run by the country’s clergy, wherein the Supreme Leader wields significant influence. A multicultural nation comprising numerous ethnic and linguistic groups, most inhabitants are Shi’ite Muslims, the Iranian rial is its currency, and Persian is the official language.

Iran-Iraq War (1980-88)

Coming to the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), we have seen that the opportunity that Iraq was looking for came into reality with the Islamic Revolution. With ample support from the western powers, Iraq started a long war with Iran claiming many of the border territories [Mars conjoins 3rd lord (neighbour) Sun in Capricorn in the 8th bhāva in rāśi chart]. Moon is māraka and conjoins bādhakeśa Jupiter, besides being the 6th lord in navāśa. On 22 Sep 1980 under Moon-Sun-Mars aśottari daśā, the Iraqi army invaded Iran at Khuzestan, precipitating the Iran–Iraq War. Although Saddam Hussein’s forces made several early advances, by 1982 the Iranian forces successfully managed to drive the Iraqi army back into Iraq. Despite receiving large amounts of foreign financial and military aid (including chemical weapons1), all of Saddam’s subsequent offensives were thrown back. In 1987, under Moon-Jupiter aśṭottari daśā, Iran used economic warfare (Jupiter is bādhakeśa) plans and tried to close the Persian Gulf to stop the flow of Iraqi, Kuwaiti and Saudi oil, as a way to strangle Iraq, with which it had been fighting a bloody war for almost seven years. On 15-16 Oct 1987 (Moon-Jup-Jup aśṭottari daśā), Iran hit American supertankers with Silkworm missiles only to face retaliation on October 19 when two U.S. warships shelled an Iranian oil platform in the Persian Gulf.

The war ended on 20 Aug 1988 (Moon daśā Saturn antara) with both sides having lost 1.25 million people including many children! Mahari Jaimini’s dictum “when Jupiter and Saturn conjoin, both the native and enemy are destroyed” is fully applicable. Ātmakāraka Sun is in Virgo (karakāṁśa) conjoined Jupiter and Saturn confirming the final result of this war with neighbour (Sun) as a stalemate with huge death toll.

Iran and World

The ninth house determines the world view of the nation and this dharma of Iran is also its world view. However the manner in which the world will react to this is also going to be determined by the 9th bhāva. Aquarius in the ninth house invariably creates confusion and fear of all kinds and the world has always been fearful of the manner in which this Islamic revolution has progressed. Especially since the 6th lord Ketu is also in the 9th house, it indicates battles and enmity as a part of its destiny. Mercury conjoining Ketu shows the United States (Gemini) as the chief proponent of those who will try to contain the belligerence of Ketu and will use Mercurial means (money, finance) as the chief tool. Rāhu is the co-lord of the 9th bhāva and in 1984 (Moon daśā Rāhu antara), the first sanctions were imposed against Iran that prohibit weapons sales and all U.S. assistance to Iran.

Aśṭottari daśā
Merc MD: 2003-02-05 – 2020-02-05
Antardaśā in Mercury Daśā:
Mars: 2003-02-05 – 2004-05-09
Moon: 2004-05-09 – 2006-09-22
Sun: 2006-09-22 – 2007-09-02
Ven: 2007-09-02 – 2010-12-21
Rah: 2010-12-21 – 2012-11-11
Jup: 2012-11-11 – 2015-11-08
Sat: 2015-11-08 – 2017-06-03
Merc: 2017-06-03 – 2020-02-05

However, it was only with the advent of Mercury daśā that the World took a very serious view of the nuclear enrichment program for weapons development and the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA – renamed in 2006) became the chief means to coerce Iran to comply. Over the years, sanctions have taken a serious toll on Iran’s economy and people. Since 1979, the United States has led international efforts to use sanctions to influence Iran’s policies, particularly Iran’s uranium enrichment program, which Western governments fear is intended for developing the capability to produce nuclear weapons. Iran counters that its nuclear program is for civilian purposes, including generating electricity and medical purposes. Nuclear talks between Iran and Western governments have almost always failed and this has only created further doubts about Iran’s intentions.

There are many loopholes and losses involved in the sanctions –

  1. Unlike other US sanctions programs, foreign subsidiary companies of US companies are not restricted from doing business with Iran, even to the extent of supplying US-origin goods to Iran
  2. sanctions have had the counter effect of protecting Iran in some ways, for example the 2007 imposition of U.S. sanctions against Iranian financial institutions to a high degree made Iran immune to the then emerging global recession
  3. U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control had approved nearly 10,000 exceptions to U.S. sanctions rules worldwide (by 2010) over the preceding decade by issuing special licenses for American companies. It defeats the purpose of having sanctions in the first place
  4. sanctions created new business opportunities for Iranian companies to develop in order to fill the gap left by foreign contractors
  5. European and U.S. sanctions do not affect Iran’s electricity exports, which creates a loophole for Iran’s natural gas reserves
  6. According to Bloomberg News, Boeing and Exxon have said that new Iran sanctions would cost $25 billion in U.S. exports

Yet it is obvious that the sanctions have been having the desired effect of bringing the Iranians to the negotiating table – after all, we share this planet and the risk of nuclear bombs at the hands of a belligerent nation is too big a risk to overlook or take lightly.

  1. Iran may lose up to $60 billion in energy investments due to global sanctions. This simply means a big financial crunch for everyone.
  2. expensive basic goods and an aging and increasingly unsafe aircraft fleet – as an example, 17 planes have crashed over the past 25 years, killing approximately 1,500 people
  3. Akbar E. Torbat, “overall, the sanctions’ economic effect” on Iran “has been significant, while its political effect has been minimal
  4. September 2013, the International Chamber of Commerce-Iran posted an open letter by 157 Iranian economists, lawyers, and journalists complaining of the humanitarian consequences of sanctions and calling on their colleagues across the world to support the humanitarian campaign against sanctions on Iran and to persuade their governments to take steps to resolve the underlying conflict – it’s obvious that’s its hurting
  5. $100 billion of Iran’s money is frozen in foreign banks because of the sanctions
  6. 85,000 cancer patients require chemotherapy and radiotherapy which are now scarce. Iranians with serious illnesses have been put at imminent risk by the unintended consequences of international sanctions, which have led to dire shortages of life-saving medicines such as chemotherapy drugs for cancer and bloodclotting agents for haemophiliacs. Western governments have built waivers into the sanctions regime to ensure that essential medicines get through, but those waivers are not functioning

Keeping this in view, we need to examine the New Deal …

1 Venus is in bādhaka rāśi shows the weapons used by a frustrated enemy


Iran, historically known as Persia and officially as the Islamic Republic of Iran since 1980, is a country in Western Asia. Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdom in 2800 BCE. The Iranian Medes unified the country into the first of many empires in 625 BCE, after which it became the dominant cultural and political power in the region. Iran reached the pinnacle of its power during the Achaemenid Empire founded by Cyrus the Great in 550 BCE, which at its greatest extent comprised major portions of the ancient world, stretching from the Indus Valley in the east, to Thrace and Macedon on the north-eastern border of Greece, making it the largest empire the world had yet seen. The empire collapsed in 330 BCE following the conquests of Alexander the Great, eventually rising to prominence once more after the establishment of the Sasanian dynasty in 224 CE, under which Iran became one of the leading powers of Western and Central Asia for the next four centuries.

In 633 CE, Arab Muslims invaded Iran and conquered it by 651 CE. Iran thereafter played a vital role in the subsequent Islamic Golden Age, producing numerous influential scientists, scholars, artists, and thinkers. The emergence in 1501 of the Safavid dynasty, which promoted Twelver Shia Islam as the official religion, marked one of the most important turning points in Iranian and Muslim history. The Persian Constitutional Revolution of 1906 established the nation’s first parliament, which operated within a constitutional monarchy. Following a coup d’état instigated by the UK and USA in 1953, Iran gradually became autocratic.


Growing dissent against foreign influence and political repression culminated in the Iranian (Islamic) Revolution with the return of Ayatollah Khomeini on Thursday, 1 February 1979 (after the Shah left on 17 January 1979). This was one of the “days that shook the world” (BBC). Some astrologers use this date, the return of Khomeini, as the chart of the Islamic Republic, but the Republic was formed only a few days later on 11 February 1979 by a proclamation at 2pm of the Islamic Revolutionary Government. There was bloody fighting in the streets for a few days before this final takeover and February 11, 1979 is labelled as ‘The day the Shah fell’. Just like the independence of India in 1947 which led to the establishment of republic in 1950, this Iran Independence of 11 February 1979 was the formation of the interim government on 1 April 1979 which established the Republic in 1980. Therefore, the correct Chart for the Islamic Revolution of Iran would be 11 February, 1979. We call this the Iran Revolution Chart and the one of 1980 as the Republic Chart, just like the India Independence Chart (1947) and the Republic Chart (1950).

Pahlavi Dynasty 1925–1979
Interim Government 1979–1980
Islamic Republic 1980–present

Further, Iran radio broadcast a message at 2PM that the army was staying neutral in the battle between the old Shah’s regime and the incoming revolutionary presence of the Ayatollah Khomeini and his supporters. It was on 11 Feb 1979 that the Shah’s prime minister resigned and left his office thereby effectively giving the Ayatollah control of the reins of government. And, to this day, Iran celebrates February 11 as the birth of its Islamic Revolution.

Iran Islamic Revolution Chart

Lagneśa Mercury in the 9th bhāva indicates people who are determined to fight for freedom and justice which is a very good sign but its conjunction with the headless, militant Ketu shows fundamentalism dominating the logic. It was a forgone conclusion that under such stars, a referendum in December 1979 (Mercury daśā Sun antara Saturn pratyantara) approved a theocratic constitution thereby bringing about a complete transition of power from the Sun (Pahlavi dynasty, Shah of Iran) to Saturn (also 9th lord, indicating the religious head). Note the parivartana yoga between Sun and Saturn involving the 8th house of legacy or inheritance as well as the Saturn lording the 9th house of religion. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned from exile to Tehran to become the head of the revolution and religion as well as the state.

The combination also indicates battles and wars as Ketu is the 6th lord (enemy in destiny) and is also significator of armed forces. Mars the co-lord of 6th house of enemies is exalted showing that the enemy would be very strong and will attack as Mars is in the 8th house showing long-term war and disease, death as well as long-term suffering. Sun (3rd lord, neighbour) conjoining the 6th lord shows that the immediate or first enemy at the door is a neighbour who has ‘land claims’ as Sun conjoins Mars, the land significator. This was the Iran-Iraq conflict.

Āruḍha Pada

Āruḍha literally means mount and refers to the illusion (Maya) created by the reflection of a sign about its lord or vice versa (i.e. the image of the lord reflected by its sign). The first is called Rāśi Āruḍha or simply Bhāva Pada while the latter is called Graha Āruḍha. Not going into the details of usage, we shall touch on its calculation. The most important point to note is what I call the satya principle. According to this principle, the first and seventh houses from any sign represent its satya or truth representing Brahma and Śiva respectively[8]. Maya (illusion) is asat (untruth) and is divorced from Sat (Truth). Hence, the Āruḍha Pada representing illusion can never be in the first or seventh sign. Accordingly, both Maharishi Parāśara and Jaimini have given the following rules for calculating Āruḍha.

1) For Rāśi Āruḍha, count from the sign to the sign occupied by its Lord. Then count as many signs from the Lord. The sign arrived at is the Rāśi Āruḍha.

2) For Graha Āruḍha, count from the planet to its own sign. Then count as many signs from this own sign. The sign arrived at is the Graha Āruḍha.

3) If the Āruḍha of a sign/planet happens to be in the same sign itself, then the tenth house from it should be treated as the Āruḍha.

4) If the Āruḍha of a sign/planet happens to be in the seventh sign from it, then the fourth house from it should be treated as the Āruḍha.

Illustration Rāśi Āruḍha Chakra

Figure 8: Rāśi Āruḍha Chakra
Figure 8: Rāśi Āruḍha Chakra

Draw the Rāśi Āruḍha Chakra for the Standard Nativity. The nomenclature used for indicating the Āruḍha in the chart is “A” with a sub-script that shows the house/planet (or both[9]). Sometimes the Āruḍha Lagna (A1) is written as AL and the Āruḍha of the 12th house (A12) called Upapada Lagna is written as UL. Some illustrative calculations (refer fig.8):

1) AL: Āruḍha Lagna in Sagittarius: Lagna is in Pisces and its Lord Jupiter is also placed in Pisces. Count from Pisces to the sign occupied by its Lord we get ‘1’. Now count ‘1’ from Jupiter to again get Pisces as the Āruḍha. Since the Āruḍha cannot be in the same sign, apply rule-3 above and the tenth sign from Pisces (Sagittarius) becomes the Āruḍha Lagna.

2) A2: Dhana Pada in Aquarius: The second house is Aries and its Lord Mars is placed in Virgo. Count from Aries to Virgo –we get ‘6’. Now count ‘6’ signs from Virgo. The sign arrived at (Aquarius) is the Āruḍha of the second house (A2).

3) A12: Upapada in Libra: The 12th house is Aquarius having two Lords. Determine the stronger of the two using the rules given under Chapter-II Para (5). In this case Rāhu in exaltation and in a dual sign is stronger than Saturn. Count from Aquarius to Gemini (Rāhu placement) – we get 5 signs. Count ‘5’ signs from Rāhu (Gemini) to arrive at Libra which is the Āruḍha Pada of 12th house (A12) or UL.

Illustration: Graha Āruḍha Chakra

Draw the Graha Āruḍha Chakra of the Standard Nativity.

Figure 9: Graha Āruḍha Chakra

The nomenclature used for indicating the Graha Āruḍha in the chart is “Name of planet” with a sub-script that shows the sign. This is not necessary for the Luminaries (Sun & Moon) and the nodes (Rāhu & Ketu) as they own one house each. The Graha Āruḍha Chakra for the Standard Nativity is given in Fig-9.

Some illustrative examples:

1) Sun: Sun is in Cancer and owns the sign Leo. Count from the Sun to Leo – we get ‘2’. Now count ‘2’ signs from Leo, we get Virgo as the sign occupied by the Sun in the Graha Āruḍha Chakra.

2) Ju-9: Jupiter owns Sagittarius. Count from Jupiter (in Pisces) to Sagittarius – we get ‘10’ signs. Now count ‘10’ signs from Sagittarius to arrive at Virgo the Āruḍha. However, the Āruḍha cannot be in the first or seventh house from the natal position. Since Virgo is the seventh house, apply rule-4 and the fourth house from the natal position Gemini becomes the Graha Āruḍha.

3) Note that the Graha Āruḍha of Rāhu & Ketu is always in the same sign. In this case it is Libra.

[8] In Hari-Hara-Brahma Yoga, the Lagna Lord represents the blessings from Brahma whereas the seventh lord represents the blessings from Shiva. (Refer-300 important combinations by Dr B V Raman).

[9] This is a very advanced concept and may be ignored by beginners.

Introduction By Sanjay Rath and P.V.R. Narasimha Rao

Tithi Pravesha is the Annual Horoscopy of Jyotish. The Tajika System of annual horoscopy employs a chart cast for every year of life based on the solar return (i.e. sun’s return to its natal sidereal position). Many scholars of history and Vedic Studies have held a view that this system is primarily not ‘Vedic Astrology’ and might be a borrowed feature from Yavanas or Tajikas, who interacted with Indian scholars. Notwithstanding the peculiar yoga’s like Iṭṭasāla, Easarpha etc. nor divisional charts like Aṣṭāṁśa  (D-8) etc., which are not a part of Parāśara’s available teachings, outstanding scholars like Nīlakaṇṭha and Dr Raman set a precedent by accepting the Tājaka system as a branch of Vedic astrology.

However, the solar calendar has been widely followed in India only since Varāhamihira started Vikrama Saka. India had been following the Vedic luni-solar calendar for millennia. When Maharshis like Valmiki and Vyasa mentioned the timing of events in epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata, they identified events only by the tithis. It maybe interesting to note that traditional Hindu’s celebrate their birth days (called Jayanti or Janma tithi) on the Vedic date (Tithi) of the luni-solar calendar instead of the date of Sun’s return. All festivals (except for Sankrantis) commemorating the birthdays of deities, Gurus etc are also based on the luni-solar calendar of Tithi. For example, Hindus celebrate Lord Rama’s birthday on the Sukla Navami Tithi of Chaitra month every year and Lord Krishna’s birthday on the Krishna Ashtami Tithi of Sravana month. If birthday as per the luni-solar calendar is more important than birthday as per the solar calendar, why do we cast a chart for Varsha pravesha (commencement of a new year) based on birthday as per the solar calendar? Does it not make sense to cast a chart for the commencement of a new year based on birthday as per the luni-solar calendar of tithis?

In fact, not only does it make sense, but the technique of annual horoscopy using the luni-solar calendar is one of the most reliable techniques – and hence a guarded secret – taught by tradition for fine predictions.


Tithi is the Vedic date of the luni-solar calendar and is a measure of the angular displacement of Moon from Sun. It is known that the period between two consecutive full moon’s (i.e. exact 180° displacement of the Moon from the Sun) is about 29.5 civil days. The total movement of 360° of the angle between the Luminaries in transit in a month was divided by 30 to obtain a measure of 12° called ‘Tithi’ (luni-solar day). Tithi is the period in which the angular displacement of Moon from Sun increases by exactly 12°. There are fifteen tithi (15 x 12° =180°) in the waxing phase (śukla pakṣa) and fifteen tithi is the waning phase (kṛṣṇa pakṣa). The displacement angle = Longitude of Moon – longitude of sun. When this angle is divided by 12°, we get an index to the tithi, starting from śukla pratipada.

The Luminaries

A child is a product of both parents and the importance of the Moon, even over the Sun in the determination of fortune is a well established aspect of Vedic Astrology. The tripod of life is the ascendant (body), Sun (soul) and Moon (mind). In another sense, these are self (Lagna), Father (Sun) and Mother (Moon). It is but natural that a better definition of the moment of birth would be the angular displacement of the Moon from Sun, instead of just the natal Sun position. This is the Janma Tithi.

We should be equally careful to ensure that such a definition does not dilute the importance of the sun as it is the representative of the real self/the soul. For this purpose Maharshis have defined the twelve sunsigns (or simply signs of the zodiac) called Dwadasa Aditya. These define the boundaries within which the Sun’s placement causes it to have the specific form of a ‘deva’ and a ‘Jyotirlinga’. Thus the longitude of Sun in a sign is not as relevant as its placement in the very sign itself and this fact is taken as an ‘anchor’ for drawing the annual charts. As the soul is the anchor of our existence, Sun’s transit in its natal sign signifies the figurative re-establishment of this anchor, i.e. a new beginning (In fact, it is because of this re-establishment of anchor that marriage is prohibited in the solar month of birth).

Such an anchorage would be meaningless without a consideration of the ‘Mind’ – the emotions, sustenance and fruits of existence. Thus including the Moon’s ‘angular return’ along with the annual solar natal sign anchorage defines the astrological Janma Tithi return.

Though birthday as per the luni-solar calendar is traditionally celebrated when janma tithi returns in the same lunar month (which is identified based on the signs occupied by Sun and Moon at the beginning of the month), this definition was probably adopted for ease in civil usage. The most astrologically acceptable definition is based on janma tithi and sunsign (sunsign at janma tithi return and not sunsign at the beginning of the month). This is the most perfect method for defining the moment that is the closest in emulating the moment of birth. Hence, this is the ‘truest astrological birthday’ or rather ‘birth moment’.

Tithi Pravesha Chakra

As outlined above, the definition of the annual birth moment is the moment when Sun transits its natal sign and the Moon is at the exact displacement angle from Sun (degrees, minutes & seconds) as at birth.

Pravesha means entry or return and Tithi Pravesha Chakra is the chart drawn for the birth moment of Tithi return every year. If the angle from Sun to Moon matches that in the natal chart, it means that the Tithi running is the same as birth Tithi and also the fraction of Tithi remaining is the same as at birth. If someone was born with Sun in Aries on Chaitra Sukla Navami with 25% of the Tithi remaining, the native’s astrological luni-solar new year will commence every year when Sun is in Aries and Sukla Navami is running with 25% of the Tithi remaining. A chart cast for this moment for the longitude and latitude of the birthplace – irrespective of where the native is currently living – will throw light on the events during the coming year. This chart is called “Tithi Pravesha” (TP) chart.

Whats with Russia (starting letter र-ra) and the places having starting letter च (cha) like Chelyabinsk or Chernobyl? At least prima facie we find the letter च (cha) in the sign Pisces which is the 6th house of troubles, accidents and suffering from the name letter of Russia.
Apparently, at about 09:30 local time, a very big meteor burned up over Chelyabinsk, a city in Russia just east of the Ural mountains, and about 1500 kilometers east of Moscow. The fireball was incredibly bright, rivaling the Sun! There was a pretty big sonic boom from the fireball, which set off car alarms and shattered windows. Varahamihira talks of these bright meteors he call’s Ketu’s which are always ominous portents of the destiny of the nation.Chernobyl was in the SW direction (Rahu) from the capital Moscow whereas Chelyabinsk is to the East (Sun) of Moscow.
In this video we notice the huge shock impact which made the car sirens and other alerts go off. With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, the meteor blazed across the western Siberian sky and exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs, injuring more than 1000 people as it blasted out windows and spread panic in a city of 1 million.
At least 112 people have been seriously hurt among the 1100 injured, according to the Interior Ministry. About 200 children who had been at schools were among the hurt from flying glass and debris. While NASA estimated the meteor was only about the size of a bus and weighed an estimated 7000 tons, the fireball it produced was dramatic. The space agency estimates the blast over Chelyabinsk occurred at about 14-20 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, and that the energy released was equivalent to a 300-kiloton explosion, Video shot by startled residents of the city of Chelyabinsk showed its streaming contrails as it arced toward the horizon just after sunrise, looking like something from a world-ending science-fiction movie.

Rough ChartUpdate 1VideoNote 1
The chart for the moment of the event shows the Moon (ruling human affairs) in Aśvinī nakṣatra which is ruled by Ketu. The Moon is in the gaṇḍānta part of the nakṣatra in the first pada indicating that a new beginning is about to come to the nation. Indications are that Russia is about to have a major political shift, perhaps in the year or two. The lord of Aśvinī nakṣatra is Ketu indicating the meteor as taught by Varāhamihira in Bṛhat Saṁhitā. Ketu conjoins the Moon and is in Kṛttikā nakṣatra which shows a big Sun – the blast which occurred following the disintegration of the meteor was as bright as the Sun! Ketu Moon conjunction shows shocking sudden changes.
Sun conjoins Mars and Mercury indicating disasters related to the earth element and this is also aspected by Rāhu and Saturn from Libra. This looks like some kind of a curse of Mercury.
Event of meteor happened in the eastern direction from Moscow indicating that this would not bode well for the kings and warrior class of the land. In modern parlance it shows that there could be far reaching political changes and that the armed forces would undergo some changes as well.
Incidentally, the ascendant of Putin is Libra, where Saturn and Rāhu are in transit. Would that indicate plans for retirement? Although an examination of his personal chart indicates otherwise, this meteor could change things, and Putin may call it a day. If Putin were to retire early, then there is no doubt that the entire political scenario would undergo a major change. After all, he is the one who stabilized Russia quickly and brought it back to the helm of word affairs.
The navāṁśa has an exalted Ketu in Sagittarius lagna showing that this is definitely an indication from the heavens of a great spiritual change to come in the Christian nations. Russia is the unstated capital of the orthodox ancient Christian church which is so very different from the Protestant church. We have just also heard about the resignation of the Pope Benedict. What can all this mean? Jupiter and Mercury conjoining the Moon in the 5th house is indicative of the power of the “word of god” which in India would have been translated to mean the Bhagavat Gita. We wonder in what manner this “word of God” is going to change things in Russia or Europe to be more precise.
Friends from Russia have informed that the chart made by the JHora software was incorrect as the time zone was not updated for daylight saving time. Igor ( has mailed the corrected JHD Chart for the event. The chart attached in the email gives a completely changed scenario. Note that the Ascendant has changed from Pisces to Aquarius – what a relief! And secondly Navāṁśa lagna is also Libra with the Sun instead of exalted Ketu in Sagittarius.
However, that’s not the end of the story. Chandramukha Das informs that the “exact” time is 9:20’:33”. He says “The fall of the meteorite in 9:20:33; The coordinates of place of fall of a meteorite 60 E 18′ 30″ & 54 N 58′ 19″ (Time zone +6.00) Time 09:20:33”. This is slightly outside the city and again completely changes chart from Aquarius Lagna to Capricorn Lagna. In addition, the navāṁśa lagna also changes from Libra with the Sun to Virgo.
It is tough to make a call at this moment and we are awaiting some of the readings in the astronomy websites for exact details before we redraw the chart. Bear in mind that the basic reading from the Moon nakṣatra Aśvinī is not going to change as it shows the consciousness in gaṇḍānta (fear) due to sudden event (Ketu conjoining the Moon as nakṣatra lord).
However, the results will change considerably from
(a) Religion focus with the old wrong Pisces ascendant chart to
(b) Business openness and huge democratic changes with the Aquarius Lagna chart [9:20:42 with city coordinates] or
(c) Radical changes in the personal lives of people due to strong Venus focus in the Capricorn Lagna chart [9:20:33 with new coordinates] Charts for (b) and (c) are given below

Chart B: Using City coordinates
Chart B: Using City coordinates
Using Exact Coordinates of the meteor and 9:20:33 time; zone +6
Using Exact Coordinates of the meteor and 9:20:33 time; zone +6
Astrology Notes by Shyam Devani (

I read your recent commentary on Russia with great interest. By way of introduction, I am a markets analyst by profession in London and also a student of Gordon Brennan ( While my analysis of astrological charts is at a very basis level, there are some additional observations that may be of interest. I would like to make a special mention of Vijaya Subramanian ( who “triggered” the thought process re: Nostradamus and the Pope.

Firstly a clip from the BBC website which is really quite clear. The meteorite was indeed described like a Sun
Secondly, a Quatrain written by Michel de Nostradam in the 16th century (Quatrain 41, Century 2)

La grand’ estoille par sept iours bruslera,
Nuee fera deux soleils apparoir:
Le gros mastin toute nuit hurlera,
Quand grand pontife changera de terroir.

One common translation is
The great star will burn for seven days,
The cloud will cause two suns to appear
The big mastiff will howl all night
When the great pontiff will change country

Unfortunately I am not familiar with French, let alone old French. A colleague of mine however translated “mastin” as “morning” instead of mastiff (from old to modern  French, mastin would turn to matin which is “morning”) and used the word “scream” instead of “howl”. She also linked the first two lines and did not use the word “cloud”. I do not know how it could be interpreted nor what the 7 days may refer to.
There is also another Quatrain which is often discussed online (Century 6, Quatrain 6) though I think the above is more relevant.
Thirdly, patterns in financial markets lead me to believe that the price of Oil is going to rise significantly (towards some $200) over the coming months / year. While the natural focus on this issue would turn to developments in the Middle East, it may be interesting if indeed a significant change takes place in Russia, of course a huge Oil producer. Saturn in a strong place sends Oil higher? On this occasion Rāhu is also in Libra which does not sound like good news and an Oil price anywhere near $200 is most certainly bad news. My base case in terms of causality however would probably be a war (Saturn/Rāhu conjunction). At this stage, perhaps I am trying too hard to join up the “dots” between developments in Russia and Oil. Just some food for thought.
Finally, a change in Russia if/when seen may have implications for N. Korea. The last time Saturn and Rahu were together there was tension in the Korean Peninsula. I have noticed that Saturn/Rāhu conjunctions see a repeat of issues/characters playing important roles (examples include Hitler in Europe, Hussein in Iraq and Thatcher in the UK…not meaning to imply anything by grouping her with the other two but her rise and fall both came with Sa/Ra conjunctions). Could conflict (also?) erupt in the Korean peninsula/Far East?


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