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Aśvinī nakṣatra extends from 0°00’ – 13°20’ in Aries and has four pada indicating the four ayana of life.

No. Position Navāṁśa Tattva Ayana D1 Lord D9 Lord
Pada 1 Ar 0° – Ar 3°20’ Aries Agni Dharma Mars Mars
Pada 2 Ar 3°20’ – Ar 6°40’ Taurus Pṛthvi Artha Mars Venus
Pada 3 Ar 6°40’ – Ar 10° Gemini Vāyu Kāma Mars Mercury
Pada 4 Ar 10° – Ar 13°20’ Cancer Jala Mokṣa Mars Moon



Planetary Relationship with the Sun in Aśvinī nakṣatra:

  • Moon: Nature of the native is cruel and his eyes are large and always red.
  • Mercury: the native lives his life peacefully and has an admirable, amicable personality
  • Jupiter: the native enjoys a long life and is a politician.
  • Venus: the native is always engrossed in luxuries and is constantly seeking enjoyments and comforts.
  • Saturn: the native is underprivileged, ignored, and unfortunate. He may be abandoned by parents or kinsmen and is brought up by another.

Pada Placement

If the Sun is in the first pada then the native is long lived but behaves like an old man, maybe very traditional. He is a soft speaker, and enjoys his life with the pleasurable company of spouse and children. If the Sun is in the very first degree of Aries (0°-1° i.e. saṅkrānti birth), then he will suffer from bone related diseases. The bhāva of the Sun shall indicate the part of the body which is very afflicted. There will be problems associated with father or the native suffers separation from father.

If the Sun is in the second pada then the native is not in good condition and suffers from various health problems and other afflictions until 8 years of age. Generally, the Sun gives good results in Aśvinī nakṣatra but if the Sun is in the second pada then these good effects of exaltation are absent due to pada doṣa (of second pada) as the Sun is in a navāṁśa owned by Venus. The native may be subject to inexplicable torment from dangerous things like black magic, evil incantations etc. He may also suffer a curse from an unknown person or a curse to an elder may get directed to him. Such a curse triggers his downfall time and again and he suffers various setbacks. Gradually, surprising turn of events bring good fortune and prosperity provided he has the courage and enterprise to take the opportunity. If not, then he can suffer from acute poverty and even become a beggar. He may be forced by circumstances to leave his home and country. Even the association of the Moon with the Sun cannot remedy the situation. However, the association of the Mars with the Sun will give the courage and enterprise necessary to seize the opportunities that lead to good fortune.

If the Sun is in the third pada then the native will be wealthy and prosperous but longevity is threatened i.e. short life is indicated by the Sun placement. In addition, he also has poor health. Very often he becomes violent and can express a mean streak.

Pada 4
If the Sun is in the fourth pada then Native is respected, intelligent, prosperous and leader of his society. He has popularity at national level. He is spiritual. His heart is filled with good thoughts. He fulfills all responsibilities in time and with excellence. He has have to live out of country or place of birth for work or position. His luck changes in old age. If the Sun is in the eleventh (10°-11°) or twelfth (11°-12°) degree of Aśvinī nakṣatra then it gives better results.


In the chart of Adolf Hitler, Sun is in Asvini Naksatra Pada-3 which promises rajayoga but poor health and longevity. Hitler had suffered from digestive problems his entire life. Since childhood he’d been prone to crippling, painful stomach cramps during times of emotional distress. By the time he’d reached his early 40s, the cramping had become more frequent, often accompanied by violent bouts of farting, along with alternate bouts of diarrhea and constipation. Hitler became a vegetarian in the early 1930s: He didn’t trust doctors, so rather than seek professional help for his condition he tried to treat it himself by eliminating meat, rich foods, milk, and butter from his diet in favor of raw and cooked vegetables and whole grains. After he placed himself under Dr.Morell’s care, it was just a matter of time before his condition improved, and when relief finally came a few months later – at about the same time his eczema began to clear up- Hitler naturally attributed his deliverance to Morell.
Hitler_angryAccording to one estimate, by the early 1940s, Hitler was taking 92 different kinds of drugs, including 63 different pills and skin lotions. Some medicines were taken only when specific complaints arose, but others were taken every day. By the summer of 1941, Hitler was popping between 120 and 150 pills a week on average. And on top of all the pills, Morell also administered injections -as many as 10 a day, sometimes more. So many, in fact, that even Herman Goering, Hitler’s heir apparent and himself a morphine addict, was startled by their frequency and took to calling Morell the “Reich Injection Master.” Most of the pills and shots that Hitler took were unidentified and mysterious, but Dr. Koester’s Anti-Gas Pills came in a little metal container (like Altoids heath mints or Sucrets throat lozenges) that identified them by name and even listed the active ingredients: gentian, belladonna, and an extract of something called nux vomica.
The gentian was harmless enough. But the presence of the other two ingredients in the pills, plus the revelation that Hitler, on top of all his other medications, was popping as many as 20 of the anti-gas pills a day, was startling. Even if Dr. Morell had read the label on the tin, he might not have known that nux vomica is a seed that contains a large amount of strychnine, commonly used as the active ingredient in rat poison. Belladonna, also known as deadly nightshade, contains atropine, a toxic substance that can cause excitement, confusion, hallucinations, coma, and death if taken in large quantities. That’s what alarmed Dr. Geising when he saw the six black pills sitting on Hitler’s breakfast tray that morning in July 1944: Without even realizing it, Hitler’s own personal physician had exposed him on a daily basis to significant doses of not one, but two deadly poisons.
Even after he learnt of the ingredients and stopped taking so many pills, his health did not improve. His physical and mental decline not only continued, it accelerated.He walked with the slow, halting shuffle of a man thirty years older, dragging his left leg behind him as he went. He couldn’t go more than a few steps without grabbing onto something for support. Hitler’s head, arms, and entire left side trembled and jerked uncontrollably. No longer able to write his own name, he signed important documents with a rubber stamp. He could not lift food to his mouth without spilling it down the front of his uniform and could not take a seat without help -after he shuffled up to a table, an aide pushed a chair behind him, and he plopped down into it. Hitler’s mental state had deteriorated as well. His thinking was muddled, his memory was failing, and his emotions whipsawed back and forth between long bouts of irrational euphoria (especially irrational considering how close Germany was to defeat) and fits of screaming, uncontrollable rage that lasted for hours.
Finally the short life indication also happened when he committed suicide by consuming cyanide on April 30, 1945. He was 56 years old and in Dvisaptati Rahu Dasa Moon antara. Rahu is in marana karaka sthana in the 9th house while the Moon joins a marana karaka Jupiter in the third house. What is interesting is the conjunction of Venus, Mercury and Jupiter with the Sun giving him all the magnetism, wealth and intelligence-power needed for meteoric rise. While the conjunction of Mars gives his tremendous enterprise to achieve his ambitions and grab all opportunities that bring fortune, it also enhances “violence and mean streak” of the Sun in pada-3 of Asvini naksatra. The aspect of Saturn causes misfortune and great fall, also poverty is indicated. All these will happen during their dasa while the tamas indications increase with time after 28 years of age.

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Bharaṇī nakṣatra extends from 13°20’ – 26°40’ in Aries and has four pada indicating the four ayana of life.

No. Position Navāṁśa Tattva Ayana D1 Lord D9 Lord
Pada 1 Ar 13°20’ – Ar 16°40’ Leo Agni Dharma Mars Sun
Pada 2 Ar 16°40’- Ar 20°00’ Virgo Pṛthvi Artha Mars Mercury
Pada 3 Ar 20°00’ – Ar 23°20’ Libra Vāyu Kāma Mars Venus
Pada 4 Ar 23°20’- Ar 26°40’ Scorpio Jala Mokṣa Mars Mars


Planetary Relationship with the Sun in Bharaṇī nakṣatra:

  • Moon: the native is very kind natured and has a rare quality of always being of assistance to others. He employs many people for various activities and businesses with the objective of making their lives meaningful.
  • Mars: this association brings forth a very cruel streak invoking the god of death, Yama, the devatā of Bharaṇī nakṣatra, that gives great dexterity in the art of ‘divide and rule’ called ‘vidveṣaṇa tantra’. It gives ability of intervening with supernatural powers – black or white magic depends on lagna. His eyes are red when infused with that power, his body is strong and healthy. He is the best of political advisers and protectors of the king.
  • Jupiter: the native has a helping nature which brings prosperity, popularity and political success. He is very well educated with high qualifications and can serve well as a caring physician, a bureaucrat or senior politician. Whatever the field, wisdom is what he has with a kind soul.
  • Venus: the native has a low life, living with people of low values. He misuses his money with characterless friends in all sorts of frolicking. While this gives a great friend circle due to his loose pocket, it also shows a complete waste of time in this planet.
  • Saturn: the native is lazy, craving for unearned wealth which can make him a robber or a gambler always seeking lotteries and other fantastic schemes for making quick money. However, he will be endowed with patience and can silently wait for the opportune time.

If the Sun is in the first pada the person is highly educated, full of good thoughts and wise. He has interest and capability for understanding human mind with the knowledge of psychology and astrology. He is fortunate with abundant prosperity and enjoys an excellent reputation. He has an attractive personality and excellent behaviour. If there is a mark, spot or sign caused naturally or by a wound in near his eyes or on face, it is lucky and wards off other evils. He can become a specialist in medicine, law, husbandry etc. He becomes a successful businessman if the Sun is in the 15th degree (14°-15°) and a manufacturer if in the 16th (15°-16°) degree. Businesses associated with “land” like fertilizer, agricultural implements, clothes for workers, flower or fruits harvest and even hotel or buildings.

If the Sun is in the second pada then his upbringing has been positive and happy childhood with a good family that has a good social position. He gets great pleasure from his children and his wife. He gets unexpected wealth which can be sudden inheritance from unexpected relations or sudden business gains through political friendships and such things. He suffers from diseases of throat or private parts. Women can expect uterus problems. He profits from trade and commerce associated with all sorts of goods and water. If the Sun is in the 18th degree (17°-18°) ratija diseases (i.e. diseases from ‘skill in the art of love-making’) afflict him. If the Sun is in the 19th degree (18°-19°) then serious skin diseases are indicated.

If the Sun is in the third pada then the native has to struggle very much in life. Sun indicates rājabhaṇga nīca-yoga i.e. even if a king he loses kingdom and suffers penury. There will be a time when he has enormous wealth, but he all that goes into other hands primarily due to his extravagance and largesse. All planets become negative and none of the mahādaśā or antara give any respite because the primary fall is cause by the Sun, the graha-adhipati (lord of all planets). If he starts worship of the Sun either during its mahādaśā or its antara, then he can regain some of the lost wealth and position just as Savitṛi regained her husband from Yama. When the Sun has fallen (nīca-navāṁśa), of all the graha Mars becomes the most malefic. Accidents causing breakage of skull and such adverse situations can occur during the daśā of Mars in addition to business losses and debts. Income reduces to a bare trickle. A strong and positive Mars can aggravate the fall of the Sun ushering in good profit and income and increasing wealth and prosperity. Traits like aggression and impatience will be seen when Mars is very strong.

If the Sun in the fourth pada then the native has considerable suffering in childhood. Either his father has an untimely death or there is separation from father. Unless other planets assist the native, he lives the life of a beggar with no food and shelter. A single positive planet can protect him. If the lagna lord is not strong, his condition deteriorates drastically, yet he does not beg for a living and instead becomes totally dependent on others who are indicated by that one positive protective planet.


Berndt Andreas Baader

Andreas-BaaderAndreas Baader was born as the only child of historian and archivist Dr. Berndt Phillipp Baader. His father Berndt Baader served in the German Wehrmacht, was captured on the Russian Front in 1945, and never returned. The Bharani problem of ‘missing father’ was activated early when he was barely 2 years old. Andreas was raised by his doting mother, aunt, and grandmother but that would not make up for the strictness required to discipline a boy born with Kala Sarpa Yoga having an exalted Sun in the 5th bhava (very intelligent) but in the 3rd pada of Bharani naksatra. Normally we would have expected this problem for the 4th pada of Bharani, but when we look carefully, we notice that the only planet aspecting the Sun (rasi drsti) is Mars from Aquarius (parakrama).
His first deadly crime was on the night of Apr 2, 1968 when he set fire to two departmental stores causing $2 million damage. Even though convicted in 1968 with his girlfriend, they made a grand escape and toured many countries. Lagnesa Jupiter in the 7th house shows great instability and one who will travel all around. This can be meaningful if the lagnesa is strong, but with Kala Sarpa Rahu dominating the chart and with Jupiter in zero-digbala, it is obvious which direction this chart is moving in – CRIME. To add to the woes, there is a graha-malika yoga cought up inside the Kala Sarpa Yoga and a bad one at that starting from the Sun in rajabhanga nica yoga of Bharani 3rd pada to Rahu in Cancer. Now add Sun and Rahu together as the start and end of the yoga and we see a great fire that threatens to destroy so much.
More infor can be had from Wikipedia or this wonderful History Channel recommended Website. These very planets Sun and Rahu aspect AL3 creating dushta-marana yoga and ensure that he too shall die by the bullet (Sun) in prison (Scorpio is 12H showing prisons). Of course he did not commit suicide as the proceedings would like us to believe – the cops had their revenge and knew that if he got out again because of some legal loophole, there would be no stopping this human-anaconda.

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Kṛttikā nakṣatra extends from 26°40’ Aries to 10° Taurus and has four pada indicating the four ayana of life.

No. Position Navāṁśa Tattva Ayana D1 Lord D9 Lord
Pada 1 Ar 26°40’ – Ar 30°00’ Sagittarius Agni Dharma Mars Jupiter
Pada 2 Ta 0°00’ – Ta 3°20’ Capricorn Pṛthvi Artha Venus Saturn
Pada 3 Ta 3°20’ – Ta 6°40’ Aquarius Vāyu Kāma Venus Saturn
Pada 4 Ta 6°40’ – Ta 10°00’ Pisces Jala Mokṣa Venus Jupiter


Planetary Relationship with the Sun in Kṛttikā nakṣatra:

  • Mars: the native is capable of removing every impediment. He has good earnings due to his enterprise and courage.
  • Mercury: the native has interest in music and arts and is very talented. He has a decent personality and is very likeable.
  • Jupiter: among his family he is the best. He is very good in political strategy and leadership which can lead him to being a minister or topmost adviser. He has ample wealth and financial resources to fulfill all desires.
  • Venus: the native has very attractive and beautiful eyes. The beautiful, well-formed body becomes the topic of discussion making him a celebrity.
  • Saturn: both the health and wealth of the native are poor. Due to fights and internal strife within the family, his home life becomes intolerable and gradually the entire life becomes meaningless as everything (including work, business etc.) collapses.

If the Sun is in the first pada and has the association of any benefic planet then the native has a normal life. His wealth gradually improves and he becomes wealthy. He is blessed with many children. Without aspects or the aspect of malefic planets can drastically change the situation making him poor and underprivileged. He takes to learning vedic astrology, palmistry or other secret knowledge but his partial learning (bookish knowledge without a guru) is not helpful. His eyesight weakens with time but he is blessed with excellent appetite and is very fond of food. His life can take a drastic turn due to some hazard like fire accident or electricity etc.

If the sun is in the second pada the native has a very long life. He is blessed with children, grandchildren and may even live to see great-grandchildren. Prosperity and fame come as age advances. The native has a sharp brain and is intelligent. He becomes the follower of some sadhu (saint) and gets spiritual knowledge and insight. The native is fond of music, art and drama. If the native gets proper education in childhood then he can become a skin specialist (doctor, healer, massage therapist etc.) or a chemist.

The sun in the third pada indicates a person who lives life as a petitioner or a beggar. He suffers from unnatural or incurable diseases. If other negative combinations are present then this adds to the danger of bālāriṣṭa (premature death). The native earns money through businesses like makeup artist, hair dressing, barber or anything to do with leather like cobbler or business involving leather products. With malefic planetary influences, even professions like prostitution can become the vocation and danger of sexually transmitted diseases or death due to the same can happen.

If the sun is in the fourth pada of Kṛttikā nakṣatra, the native lives a normal life and belongs to the lower class. The native serves others. If malefic planets influence the sun, the native can be unfaithful or even a murderer. His mind has cruel thoughts and he causes great hurt to his wife and children. He wastes money and time indulging in alcohol (drugs etc.), gambling and suffers from water-related (circulation or water-borne) diseases.


Thakur Natwar Singh


The fourth son of Thakur Govind Singh of Deeg and his wife Thakurani Prayag Kaur, Singh was born in the princely state of Bharatpur to an aristocratic Jat family related to the ruling dynasty of Bharatpur. He attended Mayo College and Scindia School, Gwalior, both traditionally for Indian princely clans and nobles, and took an undergraduate degree at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He subsequently studied at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University and was a visiting scholar for a period at Peking University in China. The Sun is in the second pada of Krttika naksatra which is considered the most fortunate of all the four pada. Given the right education the native will make a mark for himself in life.
The Sun is conjoined lagnesa Mercury and Jupiter in the ninth house enhancing the result “sharp brain and is intelligent”. Read the impact of Jupiter on the Sun in Krittika. Singh joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1953 [Sun dasa Jupiter antara] and served for 31 years. In 1984 [Rahu dasa Mercury antara], after resigning from the Indian Foreign Service, Singh joined the Congress party and was elected to the 8th Lok Sabha from Bharatpur constituency in Rajasthan.In 1985 [Rahu dasa Mercury antara] he became the Minister for Steel and Coal and in 1986 [Rahu dasa Venus antara] he became the minister for External Affairs. Venus has parivartana rajayoga with Jupiter that influences the Sun in Krittika nakshatra. His fortunes nosedived in the last part of the Rahu dasa, Sun antara to the end in 1991, as Rahu has a malefic aspect on the Sun.
He was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan in 2002 [Jup dasa Ven antara]. The Congress party came back to power in 2004 [Jup dasa Moon antara], and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appointed Natwar Singh the Minister for External affairs (23 May 2004). However Mars is a very malefic planet in this chart being in debility in the seventh bhava from arudha lagna. It has rasi drsti on the Sun which is very damaging especially as it is a debilitated malefic, and a dire malefic for Virgo lagna. On 27 Oct 2005 in Jup dasa Mars antara the “oil for food” scandal surfaced which forced him to resign and gradually he was pushed into retirement. He got into a war of words with Sonia Gandhi and in August 2014 [Sat dasa Ketu antara], Natwar Singh’s autobiography which promised to be a ‘say-it-all’, “One Life is Not Enough”, was released. Ketu also has rasi drsti on the Sun and is another malefic for Virgo lagna. I guess when a politician publishes memoirs it means retirement.
Sun in second pada promises children and grandchildren – he has a son, Jagat Singh (b. August 1968 Mars dasa Rahu antara) and a daughter, Ritu Kaur (b. November 1970 Mars dasa Saturn antardasa). He has two grandsons from his son – Hanut Singh (b. 1995) and Himmat Singh (b. 1997). Unfortunately his daughter-in-law committed suicide by jumping from the balcony of her room at the Delhi Hyatt Regency Hotel and later his daughter Ritu hanged herself in her bedroom on 9 May 2002. Atmakaraka Venus in ksaya bhava in Gandanta can bring a lot of sorrow from daughter, daughter-in-law when it is 9th lord.

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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.

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Nakṣatra
25.08.2017 Interview on KRSchannel of Kapiel Raaj
Transcribed by Natalia Fedorova Наталья Федорова

Kapiel Raaj: Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, he is back, he was a blockbuster head on KRSchannel so we are bringing the sequel because the blockbuster head movie needs the sequels. Please help me welcome Shri Sanjay Rath ji. Welcome, you are in huge hit.

Sanjay Rath: Thank you Kapiel, thank you very much.

KR: Today you are going to cover my favorite subject ‘Nakshatras’, as you promised.

SR: That’s right. In fact, what we were talking initially was – I wanted to go into a concept of Nakshatras before I get into anything else. And the concept of the Nakshatras is very important. Unless we understand these Nakshatras and have a clear idea about what we are talking, getting into an integrity of individual Nakshatras will be pointless, because we need to get a broad picture first before we are going into more detail picture. For example, often people ask me, what exactly are Nakshatras. When you look up at the skies, there are thousands and thousands of stars over there. So what exactly is the Nakshatra? And why are these Nakshatras exactly of equal sizes? Right? That is very important question. If you take the Lunar motion around the Earth, it is about 27 days and about 7 hours, – roughly, 7 and 3 quarters, – there are two ways, we can round off this number. We can round off it to a lower portion, 27, or we can round off it to upper portion, 28. So, basically, there are two types of Nakshatras, one, which is 27 Nakshatra breadth, and one, which is 28 Nakshatra breadth. Now, if I take a Zodiac of 360° and divide into 27 parts, I am getting each of 13°20’. What am I assuming out here? I am assuming that the motion is uniform, that the motion of the Moon around the Zodiac is uniform and that it is passing through each of these mansions, called Nakshatras (Nakshatras are mansions, that is why we called them Lunar mansions), of 13°20’ in approximately 1 day. Approximately. But actually, it is slightly more time to pass. So, that is the reason why we are cutting it into equal portions. But in the Vedic Time they realized that the motion of the Moon is not uniform. It accelerates and decelerates, something like that. So, if we are going to Vedic Nakshatras, which is far more intricate system of Nakshatras, the length of each Nakshatras is actually different. This is something nobody talks about, because a very few people even know such a things exist. If, for example, we take the first Nakshatra, which we all know as Ashvini. We know that it is from 0° Aries to 13°20’ of Aries. But, according to Brahma, the Creator, this is not true, because actually the speed of the Moon is different. So, we has assigned different length for each Nakshatra. But that is called the Creation Nakshatras.

KR: That is how Moon is slowing down in Rohini and that is why it is favorite Nakshatra.

SR: You’ve got it. That is the reason why, that is why we say – it is favorite Nakshatra. Because it slows down over there. It hangs on over there more. It means it is favorite, it is being biased. And who is the Deity of these Nakshatra? It is Brahma, Prajapati. That is why Brahma says: ‘Hey, there is different times assigned for different Nakshatras. And so, that is the Vedic Nakshatra system. But what we call the Shrishti, the Creation Nakshatras, are different from Sustenance. In the Sustenance they are all the equal sizes of 13°20’ each. And each of them has got four legs like animal, like four legged animal. So, each Nakshatra is like a cow. Think of Nakshatra like a cow.

KR: I always asked this and I never been able to really find the true answer for it. We know, that Nakshatra has four padas and those padas land a planet in certain sign in Navamsha, but is there actual meaning of a planet being in the first pada versus second pada versus third pada… Can we just say: “Oh, you have Sun in third pada, OK, this is supposed to happen.” Is there something like that? Whether pada itself has some meaning of why it is in third pada?

SR: See, these padas are not just about tattvas. The first pada has been known as Agni, because it is always mapped to Agni Navamsha. The second pada is Prithvi, it is always mapped to Prithvi. Third is Vayu and the fourth is Jala. And based upon these four padas we are getting Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. And these four padas are like four legs of the Bull. Because the Moon in the end of the day is representing the Bull. So, the Bull is going to visit each of these cows, one by one. Ashvini Nakshatra is a cow, the Moon, which is the Bull, is going to visit her. And first pada, second pada, third pada and fourth pada are four legs of the Bull, the four legs of the cow. And these are four legs of Dharma actually, if we’ll see. During Satya Yuga all the four legs are very strong. During Dvapara Yuga three are strong. In Treta two are strong. And Kali Yuga only one is strong. What does that mean? That means that during Kali Yuga it is not only quite to see [Moon’s] Nakshatra, but we also have to see Nakshatra pada, because only that Nakshatra pada is strong. The rest of them are going to be weak.

KR: OK. So, if Moon is in Rohini Nakshatra in the first pada of Agni, that means that Dharma of that Nakshatra is much stronger.

SR: Exactly. That means this person is focused on Dharma. That is only thing which has got strength in it. If it is in the second pada, then the Artha pada is strong, the others are weak. Earlier, in Satya Yuga, the Moon had so much strength, then when he was in Rohini, all the four padas would be strong. Therefore, that is the importance of the understanding the padas in the Nakshatra. Further, we realized that, look, every Nakshatra which has a pada, is basically going to map into certain kind of destiny. For example, if my Moon, let us say, in Agni pada, that means, that Agni rashis are strong in my chart, that leg of Dharma Bull is strong. So, planets, which are placed in Agni rashis are going to be enjoying a lot of Moon light. Because you mind has only got the capacity to focus on one thing. It does not have the capacity to focus on all the four things. That is why only one thing is going to be strong. Let us say, in my chart I find the Moon to be in the fourth pada of Satabhisha. Forth pada is being known as Moksha pada, which has to do with a Jala rashis. So, all the planets in the Jala rashis – my mind is going to dwell on them. So, naturally they are going to be strong. The remaining planets will not be as strong, that is the point of having the Moon’s pada.

KR: Wow. OK. So, like even mine is in the Moksha pada, that means – this is why my mind always to know what is beyond this plain, is this why I dwell: ‘why am I here, in this place?”

SR: You and me are searchers, we are searching. Look at the Moksha pada – here are the 4th house, 8th house and 12th house. It is all about life after death, 12th house, all about transformations, 8th house: ‘why am I born? Why am I passing through the transformation?’ And the 4th house is about home, about relationships. What are these karmas that are associated with relationships? That is more important, that this why we connect.

KR: And at the same time you have desire: ‘Oh, I want to eat, I want to buy a nice shirt and I want to buy a nice car.’ How does that also play because we have so many different desires… sometimes we have Kama desires, sometimes we have Artha desires, ‘I want to have a good career.’ So, how is that playing at the same time?

SR: The thing is we are not as good in that as we are in this. The mind, ultimately, it is the mind that matters. The mind tends to focus more on the Moksha area. So, if next couple of years you have to go to buy your shirt, then I will at least need one planet in let us say Agni pada for you to care for yourself. That planets, which are in Agni padas, – you end up caring for yourself. Planets, which are in Prithvi pada, will make you care for your work and money. Planets in Vayu padas will deal with your travel and your relationships and things like that.

KR: And in the end I have all four happening. First, second, third, fourth. They all help me in the certain areas of my life.

SR: Exactly. So, every planet will be in the certain pada and that planet will be only able to focus better on the pada, in which it is placed. Whereas it will be unfit in the other padas. A Venus, which is placed in a Vayu pada, will be super with relationships.

KR: And that is what I have, Vayu pada.

SR: That is why you are super, you are smiling all the time, you are so good to interact people. How old is your channel?

KR: 7 years by now.

SR: And I think you are number one. That is your Venus in Vayu. You see? You are able to interact, because, end of the day, if planets are not in Vayu pada, you cannot go out there. You are friendly, you are interacting and you can easily see how it is going. And beauty is – because Venus is the Lord of pada therefore it will go global.

KR: It is landed in Libra in Navamsha with Mercury.

SR: That is awesome, you see.

KR: And it is opposite Sun and Mars in Aries.

SR: Awesome. Normally, I found Mars – Venus opposition in the Navamsha to be good for Astrologers. Very interesting. It is something to do with the Gandanta point of Fire and Water. Mars rules the Fire and Venus rules the Water.

KR: My Mars is in the Gandanta between Leo and Cancer, it is nearly, less than 1 degree of Magha Nakshatra. And Moon landed itself in Cancer and Saturn in Capricorn, as we have discussed it in New-York, for Navamsha.

SR: Very good karma. So we come back to the Nakshatras. Now, the questions is since we have 27 Nakshatras, where does the counting start from? There are seven planets, like the Saptarishi, who are sitting around Parvati, who is the Moon. And normally they reckoning all the stars from the Sun. But the Moon said: ‘No, I am the Lord of the Nakshatras.’ And therefore the reckoning will start from where the Moon gets exalted. And the Moon gets exalted in the 2 degree of Taurus, which is in Krittika Nakshatra. That is the reason why Nakshatra counting is always done from Krittika. It is very basic thing – why from there?

KR: Why it is also starting from Ashvini?

SR: We will come to that. We will see the dominance of the Sun. The Sun is the Boss of the System, right? So, naturally, when it comes to talking about Nakshatras, the reckoning always starts from Krittika. But the Sun says: ‘Hey, I am the Boss of the whole Zodiac.’ Therefore, where does the Zodiac reckoning start from? From where the Sun gets exalted. The Sun is exalted the 10 degrees of Aries, that is the reason why among the Rashis Aries, or Mesha is the first Rashi. And Ashvini is the first Nakshatra of the Kalapurusha. That is why. The question is: ‘Why am I starting from Ashvini?’ Because that is the exaltation of the Sun. So, the Sun elevates to himself, all Nakshatras start from Ashvini as far as Manushya Jataka is concerned. And human beings will be made on basis of Aries. Aries will be the head, Taurus will be the face and so on. Similarly we have something calling Nakshatra Purusha. And then again we are start counting from Ashvini. To understand the Nakshatra schema.

Since the Moon is from Krittika therefore all Dasha allocations, like Vimshottari Dasha and all, will be from Krittika. You see the shlokas, they always start with Krittika as the first Nakshatra and since the Sun is the King, the chain will be allocated to the Sun, as a Dasha. That is how we have two different reckonings of Nakshatras – one from Ashvini and one from Krittika. But there is one which is called the Night System. And the Night System says: ‘ ‘Hey, I do not agree with both of you. I am different. And I will start from Ardra.’ So, technically, we have three different Nakshatra schemes: one, that starts from Krittika; one, that starts from Ashvini, and one, that starts from Ardra. That is called Ardradi. That means ‘from Ardra and others’. Krittika – Krittikadi, ’from Krittika and others’. Ashvinadi – ‘Ashvini and others.’ So, we have three Nakshatra schemes, not one.

KR: Who controls that Ardra scheme? Because we know Sun is exalted here, Moon is exalted here..

SR: Must be another planet that gets exalted. You see? So, when people asked me: ‘Who gets exalted there?’ I said: ‘I guess, the only one left is Rahu, is not it?’ Who is the one that is going dissolve the Sun and the Moon? Only Rahu. There you go. So, therefore we have creation, that is happening from Ashvini; we have a sustenance, which is happening from Krittika; and we have a destruction, which is happening from Ardra. That is why we have Shrishti (or creation) from Ashvini, Sthiti (or sustenance) from Krittika and Samhara (or destruction) from Ardra. So, let us say, we are using Vimshottari Dasha. What are we going to do with Vimshottari Dasha? We are going to use it see, how the native or any being is being sustained in the Planet. Since it is for sustenance, that is why Vimshottari Dasha reckoning must be from Krittika.

KR: But Vimshottari is based on the position of the Moon.

SR: Exactly. But when we say that the Moon is the certain Nakshatra, where are we counting Nakshatras from? Because the order is Navatara System. And Navatara order is Surya, Chandra, Mangal, Rahu, Brihaspati, Shani, Budha, Ketu, Shukra. So, the starting point is Surya. Therefore the starting point is Krittika [Moon is Lord], and then, three times nine they go around the Zodiac. And then we see where exactly the Moon is. And from there we get the Vimshottari Dasha. So, the System that is being used, is the Krittikadi System. Although the Creation is from Ashvini, the Sustenance is happening from Krittika. So, he Dashas are all running from Krittika.

KR: Is there Dasha that also will give some importance to Ardradi?

SR: Of course, if I have Dasha System only to find out death, how is death coming towards, it is reverse, it is retrograde. Death is always there and he is walking towards you. The point when you and Death will cross the paths, we call Samnas.

KR: That make sense because you come close  and that is why death happens.

SR: So, the death’s time is actually retrograding from some point, let us say, 144 years. From 144 year it is retrograding. And here you are going forward. It is very interesting, you know. So, there must be a whole system of Dashas, which is associated with Death only. OK, we will leave that for now because right now we just need to understand the foundation of the Nakshatras. Right?

KR: Right.

SR: So you got these three schemes of Nakshatras very clearly. Good. And then, what we have, something called Sabhya Apasabhya Nakshatras. That means some Nakshatras are going forward and some Nakshatras are retrograding. This is based upon three steps of Vishnu, because Vishnu takes three steps forward and three steps backward, then three steps forward and three steps backward. And it does this with Rashis and it does this with Nakshatras. This is very advance concept. For example, you will see, Aries, Taurus and Gemini are walking forward, whereas Cancer, Leo and Virgo are walking backwards. So, they are called Sabhya Rashi – walking forward; Apasabhya Rashi – walking backwards. Similarly, Nakshatras. From Ashvini you can count: Ashvini, Bharani, Krittika are walking forward, Sabhya Nakshatra; then after that Rohini, Mrigashira and Ardra are walking backward, Apasabhya, like that, Every three Nakshatras are walking forward or walking backward.

KR: And what is the significance of that walking backwards versus forward? If a planet is in walking backward Nakshatra, will it behave any non-commensal way or how does that scheme play out?

SR: See, the forward and backward Nakshatras we use in multiple ways. We have a lot of Nakshatras and sometimes we count from one Nakshatra to another Nakshatra -how far away it is from this Nakshatra. Just as we have Signs and planets from Signs. Let us say, you have Mars in Leo. From Aries Mars is in the 5th sign because I am counting forward. From Scorpio I am again counting forward, because both signs of Mars are forward counting signs. Now, let us say, I would talk about Nakshatra Mrigashira. From Mrigashira how far is Mars? From Mrigashira I will not count forward, I will have to count in the reverse.

KR: OK, so, it is 11th from itself?

SR: Exactly. Mrigashira is looking at Mars as it is in 11th house from it.

KR: OK… Because my Moon is here…

SR: How interesting, right? So, you observe that from Mrigashira he is looking at Mangal as in 11th house, so he is friendly to Mangal and he is happy with the position of Mangal. But I have to count the exact number of Nakshatras and see exactly what that means. OK, these are advanced concepts, but there are much more simple concepts, like Navatara. Everybody talks about Navatara.

Think about Navatara latency. Every human being is passing through 9 stages of life. Ketu, who rules Ashvini Nakshatra is indicating a stage of headless. Ketu is headless. Who is headless? A baby or child is headless. Have you seen a little two-year-olds running around? That is complete Ketu situation. You cannot get angry with them because you know, that are kids over there, they do not understand. Everybody knows that the kid does not understand because he is headless. After that, he grows up. Venus. What is Venus? The hormones are jumping around. The teenager is fighting, angry. He does not know why he is angry. Second Nakshatra is the second stage of your life. Then the Sun. I have got to work. I have got to be timed. It has got to be a discipline. I have got to take responsibility, to settle down in my career. So, what does the third Nakshatra do? Ruled by the Sun. And the Sun is one who takes everyone to work. Then the Moon. My family. It means I must marry, I must settle down, I must have kids. Who wants that? The fourth Nakshatra. Then the 5th Nakshatra. Mars, power, position, authority. You have been working for such a long time, now you have got a wife, she would like to know why the hell you stay in your career. Till then you were just happy, like ‘OK, I have got a job my boss told me I got to do certain things’. But suddenly now you need your power position, your authority, all these things. So, that is 5th Nakshatra. Then Rahu, the Nakshatra of doubts, the 6th Nakshatra. You go through your period of doubts, that ‘what the hell, what power, what the meaning of this power, what did I achieve?’ It is all about reflecting, thinking, thinking, thinking… And then realizing that may be this whole thing is a dream, this may be all false. ‘What am I doing wasting my time in this? I should be doing something better for myself.’ All those questions come up. Then the 7th Nakshatra, Jupiter. ‘I need to have a spiritual path. I may die now.’ And then the 8th Nakshatra, Saturn. Disease, old age. Then the last Nakshatra, Mercury. You become like a child. When you real become old you are like a child. You cannot do anything, you are dependent completely, like a child.

So, keeping that order in your head, wherever the Moon is, from the Moon we make Navataras. And, no matter what dasha you are running, what you need to count is which dasha are you in? In the 1st dasha, 2nd dasha, 3rd dasha, 4th dasha…? Because the 1st dasha for everybody, you and me, is like a Ketu dasha, irrespective what planet there. See, there are two things in the dasha. One is planet, that is running the dasha, two is governor of the dasha. Let us say, your Moon is in Mrigashira, your Janma Tara. So, Naturally you first dasha is going to be Mars. But Mars is there like a Lord. He is a Lord of dasha. But who is the Karaka for that dasha?

KR: Ketu.

SR: Exactly.

KR: OK. And how do we relate all? Because the first dasha would be like a headless dasha, you are just running around.

SR: Exactly. So, I have to study the relationships between Ketu and Mars in your chart to figure out what exactly happen in your childhood. Just from Mars I cannot make out. Mars alone may not be sufficient.

Then we go to your second dasha. That means ‘Hey, how long did it take to mature?’ Did you mature quickly? So, people born in 4th pada mature very quickly, because that is not much of the first dasha left. Interesting? You are not given too much time for being headless. Imaging somebody, who is born in, let us say, Pushya Nakshatra, right at the beginning. 19 years of heedlessness! That whole Saturn dasha is like Ketu. He is really not growing up. Late starters, late bloomers. It is a mind, the mind is maturing late.

Your second dasha will be that of Rahu, but the governor, the controller of the dasha is Venus. You third dasha is that of Jupiter, but the governor of that is the Sun.

KR: So, you always look at the position of the Lord and the Karaka.

SR: Karaka is very important. If the Karaka is negative, even if the Lord is exalted, you will not get super results. Because Karaka is the hand of God, is the hand of Nature.

KR: And this is why we have 9-9-9 scheme: Brahma – Vishnu – Maheshwara?

SR: Exactly. Totally. Navatara is very-very advanced concept in Nakshatras. It is not as simple as people talk about. This is one of the ways to understand Navatara, the Karaka system of understanding Navatara. Another way of understanding Navatara is – where you have a Lagna in Nakshatra – from your Lagna Nakshatra where is the Moon? From the Lagna Nakshatra I can have Navataras. Look at your Lagna. Your Lagna is Cancer. So, from Cancer, if I start counting the Navataras, I can say that it is not in the first group, it is not in the second group, it is in the third group. Your Moon is in the third Navatara group counting from Lagna. From Lagna till the 4th house childhood. Basically, it we call Vartamana, ‘right now’. From Lagna to the 4th house Moon will be very conscious of Now, mind is always dwelling in Now. From the 5th house to the 8th house Moon will always be in Future, you always think of Future. From the 9th house to the 12th house roughly – I am not taking Nakshatras, OK? – roughly, you see, it will be about Past. Studying History, studying Astrology, studying Cosmology, going into depth of Time. Life before birth and after death, those things.

So, basically, you can clearly see that this is Navatara. What is Navatara? Navatara is nothing but 4 Signs. You can clearly see that these people like to dwell into past, like to think about the past, like to wonder about past and deep past – History, Anthropology, Jyotish, all those things. That is how the mind is.

KR: And that is only for the Moon you are looking for, irrespective of the Ascendant? It could be Sagittarius Ascendant, but Moon in the 11th house that 3rd stage.

SR: Exactly. Then we are going into individual Nakshatras. And then we get more details. So, like that there are multiple kinds of things that we learn about the Nakshatra schemes. Then we have various Chakras like Surya Kalanala Chakra, Chandra Kalanala Chakra, Mangala Kalanala Chakra, that different-different Kalanala Chakras for each Nakshatra to understand to what extend that planet is giving good results or bad results. Because end of the day there one dictum, which says: if the Moon does not agree with Rajayoga, that Rajayoga cannot manifest. Id the Moon is giving Rajayoga, then even all the negative Yogas will get destroyed. So, both ways it is the Moon that gets to decide. He is deciding. It is like the mind. The mind gets to decide. So therefore, even if a planet is giving Rajayoga, we need to do certain calculation just to find out whether this planet is actually being favored or not? If it is not being favored by the Moon, by the mind, then it is not going to function. So, you can see, Nakshatras Jyotish is a very-very deep Jyotish. After studying and finishing the Rashi you go back to Nakshatras to understand, what will work and what will not work. OK. I want to give you a deep idea about basics of the Nakshatras plus how deep is this.

But, you know, Navatara is just one scheme, there are other schemes. For example, everybody says that the 22nd Nakshatra is Vainashika Nakshatra; it destroys you. And how do we use it? For example, the 22nd Nakshatra will exactly map to the 10th house, it is roughly the middle Nakshatra in the 10th house. Why should the planet in the 10th house in the 22nd Nakshatra be a destroyer? So therefore, the question I ask – is it a destroyer or is it one who prevents destruction. Because that Nakshatra can destroy. The planet over there can prevent the destruction. So, he can protect you.

KR: OK. So, the Nakshatra can destroy, but the planet can actually step on and say: ‘No, you are not going to destroy.’

SR: Exactly. And so, you see, they say some of the highest mantras for protection are 22 syllables mantras.

KR: And did you say about 22nd Nakshatra from Ashvini or where the Moon is placed?

SR: 22 from the Moon. Vainashika Nakshatra. Because that Nakshatra is supposed to destroy you. And when does it destroy you? When you finish your karmas. That is why 10th house has to do with karmas. That this why 10th house is also important house for longevity. Lagna is important for longevity, 10th house is important for longevity, because it decides whether your karma iss done or not. If that is done, what are you doing out here? So, longevity component that is coming from 10th house is basically from 22nd Nakshatra and that is giving you the karma, that you have to do in this planet. Similarly, there are many special Nakshatras like this and we need all the special Nakshatras.

And then we have talked about Gandanta, your Mars is being in Gandanta. And it is very interesting thing to know, that for men and women Gandantas work completely differently. For example, to give you a rough idea, take Magha Nakshatra, since you are interested in Magha. First pada of Magha is Agni dosha, second pada is Jala dosha. You see, the second pada is actually Prithvi, but the dosha is Jala for men. The third pada is Prithvi dosha and the fourth is Vayu dosha. So, the doshas of the Gandanta Nakshatras are different from the Tattvas. In the first case, it was Agni-Agni, in the second pada it is Prithvi, but the dosha is Jala, the third pada is Vayu, but the dosha is Prithvi, the fourth pada is Jala, and the dosha is Vayu. For example, let us say, the Moon is in first pada, then we can say, that is there danger to father. That Moon will destroy the father when his dasha will come. If it was in the second pada, it is not the father, but the mother who is in danger. In the third pada, neither father no mother but your finance is in trouble. The fourth pada could be dangerous for siblings and other things. Whereas for a woman it is very different. The first pada of Magha has Prithvi dosha, second has Agni dosha, third has Jala dosha and the fourth has Vayu. You see, so the doshas of Nakshatra padas from the padas themselves. For example, if I say, that Mars is in Gandanta in first pada, then it is not your father, but whomever Mangal will represent, Mangal is having the problem of Gandanta. Particularly, Mangal. May that could be a sudden change in career. A sudden disruption in career. Mars will sudden wake up one day and say: ‘what the hell career you were doing, enjoy leave and get back in my job.’ And then Mangal will say: ‘OK, what job shall I give him?’ Then, depending on aspects and this and that, Mangal will say: ‘OK, why not the highest job, that I can give?’ What is the highest job of Mangal? Vedanga. What Vedanga does Mangal do? He is Agni and that is Jyotish.

KR: That is so true, I just was laid off from the job, back in 2010 and from that point I said ‘That is it, I have done with this, I do not want to do 9×5 job, I want to do something different.’ And from that transition happened, happened and here I am.

SR: There you go. See, if Moon was there, it would be absolutely different. It is more personal, more about the blood. That is why father, mother… Who are mother and father? They are linked to you through your blood. That is why Moon in Gandanta is considered more dangerous. Mars in Gandanta would hit what it can hit. How can Mars hit something which is related to you through blood? It cannot hit your dad or your mom. Moon has to do with blood. That is why the Moon being there is very sensitive.

Good. So now, basically, we have talked about certain important points. What else should we talk about Nakshatras?

KR: Do we still use Abhijit in some way? And where 28th Nakshatra is placed in our life, what way?

SR: Very good question. As I said, there are two Nakshatra schemes. One is the 27 Nakshatra scheme and one is the 28 Nakshatra scheme. In 27 Nakshatra what did we do? We did 3 Navataras, right? 9 Starts, then 9 Stars and then 9 Stars. So, if I put 9 Stars in one line, I get one side of triangle. 9 Stars – another side… So basically, Navatara is diving the whole Zodiac into three parts. If I joint these 3 points, I get a triangle. And do you know what does this triangle represent? It represents Bhūr, Bhuvaḥ, Svaḥ. The first 9 Stars are Bhu-loka. So, from your Lagna – your Lagna is Pushya? – from Pushya the first 9 Starts will represent Bhu-loka. The next 9 Stars are Bhuva-loka and the last 9 Stars are Svarga-loka. But these are three manifested worlds. They are not the spiritual worlds. The spiritual worlds are Mahar-loka, Janar-loka, Tapar-loka and Satya-loka. How do we represent these four spiritual world? We have to use then 28 Nakshatra. When we use 28 Nakshatras we get 7 x 4. So, each side of a square is 7. This square is called Jagannath or Chouka. In Orissi dance – somebody who knows and understand the Orissi dance, it is a very spiritual dance, because it is based upon the Chouka, the square the Jagannath, in which each side of a square has 7 Stars. From your Lagna Nakshatra to Nakshatra 14 will be Mahar-loka, then from 15 onwards the next 7 Stars will be Janar-loka, then next 7 Stars will be Tapar-loka and the last 7 Stars are Satya-loka. So, basically, there is one Zodiac map that you are seeing. Actually, there are two Zodiacs, two Lunar Zodiacs, super imposed on each other inside the Zodiac.

RK: Is there way to determine what Loka you are coming from or going to? Is that map about?

SR: The starting point for is the Dreshkana. So for that you really need to know whether Moon is stronger or Sun is stronger. And once I know that, I need to know in which dreshkana it is placed. And the Lord of that Dreshkana gives me an idea. Your Moon is in Mrigashira. Now, which Dreshkana System am I using? I cannot use Parashara, because Parashara Dreshkana has to do with brothers and sisters. I have to use Jagannath Dreshkana or the Nādi Dreshkana. In the Nādi Dreshkana the first Dreshkana of every Rashi will go to the movable sign. So, the Moon is in Libra. From where you came – I am assuming Moon is stronger, Venus will tell me from where you came. From there I will get the idea. Let us say you came from higher spiritual world, I assume so, otherwise why would you be so much interested in spirituality? Remember the last interview I was looking at. So, basically we found out that from your Lagna the first 7 Nakshatras are finishing in the Nakshatra 14. So, you are in the second. If I assume that you have come from spiritual plain that is why you are spiritual person. Then I will say: ‘Oh, he has come from Janar-loka.’ And which planet is the governor of Janar-loka? According to that I will know that this planet must have a profound say in your life.

KR: This course is really deep like a Black hole.

SR: Yes, Nakshatras are absolutely fantastic. And you know, the entire concept of Nakshatras is so deep. We were talking about Ashvini today. May be we can take it up next time. The idea today is to really get some idea. Nakshatra has a Devata. They say that the Devata awake us, when the Sun passes through Nakshatra. Because the Sun passes burning the Nakshatra. Whichever the Nakshatra the Sun is in, that Nakshatra is combusted. We only talk about combustion of planets, people do not talk about combustion of Nakshatras. That Nakshatra is called Astangata Nakshatra. That Nakshatra is in pain. It is in pain, it is burning, it is hurting. So, whichever part of your mind that rules, that part will hurt. And if it has to do with your consciousness, the guy can lose his sanity. Do you know that the 24th Nakshatra (in 27 Nakshatra schema; and in 28 Nakshatra scheme – 25th) is called Manasa Nakshatra. And if the Sun is in that Nakshatra, it is very dangerous. It can cause insanity. Because your head is burning, it is heated up. You are not able to take it, as an anger. You do not know why does anger is in your head. Does it get a lot of chili all the time? Like that, each Nakshatra is a part of the mind. So, unless we know the Devata of Nakshatra we cannot really heal that Nakshatra. Because the Devata is healing that part of the brain.

KR: So, when you see somebody’s Sun in the birth chart, does it show that there is the Nakshatra that is going to be really burning and hurting you?

SR: Of course. That Nakshatra is burning you. Nakshatras have to do with the wind, Vayu. If you see the Panchanga, five elements the Panchanga, we have Vara – Vara is associated with Agni Tattva, then we Tithi, which has to do with Jala Tattva, and then we have Nakshatra, which has to do with Vayu Tattva. You see? Nakshatras are Vayu, so Saturn is very happy in Nakshatras, very-very happy. Saturn takes about 28 or 29 years to go around the Zodiac or he goes around one Nakshatra per year.

KR: Yes, he takes his time enjoying every Nakshatra.

SR: Exactly.

KR:  I thought that Saturn is Karma, so brings heavy karma to every Nakshatra, no?

SR: Saturn in any Nakshatra is the wind, Why would Saturn be bad in the Nakshatra? HE becomes unclean over there. He is unclean over there.

KR: If you look at somebody’s Saturn Nakshatra, what would it tell you, mentally, like, what is this person should do with this? Or what is that Saturn trying to do in that Nakshatra?

SR: He is polluted. Since he is polluted in that Nakshatra, whatever is indicated by that, could get polluted. Or, alternatively, it can give you a consciousness, that ‘I am polluted and I should become clean’. That is how it works in the brain. Brain realizes that this part is polluted, so ‘I need to clean it’. Saturn is a problem, but it is not as much problem as Sun or as Mars. Because that is Agni. Agni will burn out that Nakshatra. Because these are Lunar Mansions, these are water. And fire and water form Gandanta. That is why fire is not welcome in any Nakshatra. Wherever it is going to be it is going to create problems.

KR: Once you see that, what would you tell that person, looking at that Nakshatra? What should they do to may be cool that Nakshatra down? The Sun combusted Nakshatra?

SR: For the Sun there is only one solution. Whenever we talk of the Sun, go to the Pratyadi Devata. The Pratyadi Devata of the Sun is Rudra or Shiva. Go to the Shiva Temple and pour water.

KR: That is what I do every two weeks. It is religious thing.

SR: As simple like that. He is heater; give him some water. What do you do to yourself when heat is up to cool down? Go to swimming pool. So, it is simple like that. But, the worst is Ketu. Whichever Nakshatra Ketu is in, the day when the Moon shall pass on that Nakshatra, that is the day you need to take day off. No matter what – take a break. Because Ketu is the fire that does not die down with water. Among the three fires, – Hindu is having three types of fires, – Ketu is that fire, which is the worst. The Sun will come down with water. Oblations with water will calm down the Sun. Mars will need more than that. He will need honey, he will need other things, other offerings to cool down, lots of yogurt. What do you do when your stomach burns? Yogurt. But then there is a terrible fire, let us say you were talking to somebody and you got one of red chili, you know red, which is the worst chili in the planet. And we have one more chili from South Orissa, which is like a size of upper portion of your thumb, tiny like that. If you bite it, next seven days you’ve had it. That is the Ketu kind of burning. Your brain ceases to function, you cannot think any more, when you eat chili like that. What is the way out for that? Rice. Now you know why rice is called mahaprasad. Because rice can stop that burning, which neither milk no water cannot do.

KR: Does it mean that day you should eat rice?

SR: You must eat rice.

KR: You are also saying to take the day off, but let us say in this modern year and age if you do not work they will fair you. What can people do in real life on that day, when you know it is Monday and you are going to work and Moon is transiting that Ketu Nakshatra. Is there any solution?

SR: Let us say, I want to do daily remedy. I do not want to see the chart, I do not want to see the Panchanga, I do not know what happens, when dasha comes… I want to do daily remedy. From your Lagna start moving backwards at the rate of 4 minutes per degree. Come to Ketu. How long does it take for Lagna your moving backwards to Ketu? How long does it take? Every day, if you take rice at that time, you will never suffer because of that. That terrible burning by which you become headless, it has gone, it will never happen. Just eat little bit of rice or some form of rice. The best is white boiled rice. If it is offered to Krishna – Oh my God! It works like Wow! That is ultimate remedy.

KR: One thing else, I want to ask you: whenever people see – you have your Moon or Sun between 6 degrees to 11 degrees of Capricorn, meaning, that your Moon is also in Abhijit Nakshatra, is that concept true when people see that – like is not only Uttarashada but also Abhijit? That means it is doubled power you have…

SR: It is Abhijit for the Zodiac, it is not Abhijit for you. Abhijit is the last pada of Uttarashada and about degree of Shravana. Let us say, planet is there, that portion of Zodiac. Yes, it is in Abhijit Nakshatra. And Abhijit Nakshatra also has four padas, which means that you are supposed to break it into smaller parts. See, the point is not if planet over there is powerful or not. What means – what is he doing for you? It is in Abhijit for the Zodiac, not for you. Your Abhijit is in the different place. Your Abhijit is in the exact fourth house of your Sun. Tell me, where is your Sun in your horoscope. It is in the Vishakha Nakshatra.

SR: Vishakha Nakshatra. Then the 4th house from that I definitely Capricorn. But let us say somebody has the Sun in Cancer. Like me, I have Sun in Cancer. For me Abhijit is not in the Capricorn. For me Abhijit is in Libra.

KR: Why is that? I have never heard that.

SR: See, what is Abhijit? Abhijit is that, which has a maximum light. And when is the maximum light during the day? When the Sun is in the 10th house. So, if my Sun was in Cancer, that on that time, when the Lagna was in Libra, the Sun would be in the 10th house. So, the Abhijit would then be at that time. That is the midday. You know that Abhijit Muhurta? That is the midday. So, for me those special degrees should occur somewhere in Libra and not in Capricorn. For me a planet in Libra is super. Any planet. For you any planet in Capricorn will be super. They are playing critical role in your money matters, if you look up though all your life. The Lord of that sign (for you – Saturn) is very fortunate for you. He is very lucky for you as a symbol because he is going to ensure that you are succeeding and getting light all the time. You see my point. Kapiel? The way we need to study Dashas, we have to take all these into account, otherwise we miss out on the main points. Whereas you look at any planet in 10th from the Sun, he is horrible. The 4th from the Sun is Abhijit, or full of light. 10th from the Sun is zero light; it is like midnight.

KR: But 10th from the Sun should be the strong place, because it is 10th from the King, no?

SR: It is horrible. It is midnight. Midnight is not a good time. The Sun is like sunrise. 7th from the Sun is like sunset. 4th from the Sun is like midday. 10th from the Sun is like midnight. For the Moon it is reversed. Where the Moon is – it is moonrise, which is like evening. Opposite the Moon is like sunrise. Therefore 7th from the Moon is more important than the Moon, because that is like a sunrise. The 4th from the Moon is then become midnight and the 10th from the Moon is like full of light, midday. That is why the 10th Lord from the Moon takes you to work. He gives you jobs, he gives you everything. When the mind dwell Sun, he is giving full life. What is life? Life is nothing but light. And where is the light? 10th from the Moon has light like the 4th from the Sun.

KR: This is why Moon chart becomes important to look at the planetary positions from the Moon.

SR: Of course. Exactly, Totally. A single planet in the 4th from the Moon can kill you. Just like that any planet in the 10th from the Sun can make your finance go worst, unless it is a planet who does opposite things. How interesting, yes? This is just Abhijit concept.

KR: Yes, that is right, you are just talking about the Abhijit concept. But having the planet in the particular degree is only good for the Zodiac in this Uttarashada?

SR: That is why God is sitting over there. Jagannath sits over there. What is Makara Sankranti? Why are we celebrating Makara Sankranti? You know why? Not because Sun goes to Capricorn. Sun is going to Capricorn – there is nothing to celebrate. It is a house of Saturn, what is good about it? It is the Sun going to Abhijit Nakshatra. Because I told you, wherever the Sun, the Devata of that Nakshatra will awaken.

KR: So, when I say in the end of horoscope or whenever they want to declare some war, do something great, they look for Abhijit Muhurta. When this Abhijit muhurta operating and when the Moon is transiting in Abhijit, should they be doing there or should they be doing in the 4th from the Sun or 10th from the Moon?

SR: 4th from the Sun of course. But if you are doing something for a Country, that is not about individual. If you want to go to war, then of course you are not looking at Abhijit Muhurta. What is exactly Abhijit Nakshatra? Abhijit Nakshatra has a Devata, who is called Hari. Hari is Vishnu. Therefore, when the Sun enters Abhijit Nakshatra, Jagannath, Vishu, Hari is waking up. That means this is a very good time to start any kind of a spiritual practice, associated with Vishnu, with Krishna. So, obviously, that is why we celebrate that time. That is why we have a festival. That is why we worship Vishnu at that time. He awakes us.

KR: If you see also this one concept that Saturn is the enemy of the Moon, but if you look at trikona Nakshatra of Cancer Ascendant, Saturn rules that trikona Nakshatras of Bhagya and of Dharma. That is something I want to ask you, how is that? Because it sounds like Saturn actually gives you more than Jupiter, because Jupiter then goes and rules Moksha Nakshatras for the Cancer. Is that a concept we can really use to see how planet will give us good or bad results or take you to the right place?

SR: It is your Lagna Nakshatra. For you it is like Lagna Nakshatra. For somebody else Punarvasu may be Lagna Nakshatra. Where the Lagna is very critical because that Nakshatra is going to give you life. We will go into that. Let us call it a day today. Let us go to this in our next session, because to end this question I will have to explain to you the concept of Ashvini Nakshatra. Ashvini is not just a Nakshatra. It is a concept. Unless we understand the concept, we will never understand Lagna.

KR: OK, let us do that. Thank you very much Sanjayji. And guys, please, visit his web-site Thank you so much, Sanjayji.

SR: Thank you.


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Sagittarius Publications

Sagittarius Publications is the publisher and distributor the popular quaterly magazine the Jyotish Digest, as well as many thorough books on the subject of Vedic Astrology or Jyotish.
Among its popular publications are Collected Papers in Vedic Astrology, Brihat Nakshatra and Maharishi Jaimini Upadesa Sutra by Sanjay Rath and Nakshatra Vibhuti
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About Rath

  • Solar Eclipse 2014

    Annular Solar Apr-29Fred EspenakSeries: SEsaros148 Unlike the lunar eclipse which has a more spiritual signification as well as personal, the solar eclipse is of much greater importance as this shows the world changing around us. There are FOUR eclipses in 2014 (NASA Eclipse Web). Highlights of the eclipses are – […]

  • Lunar Eclipse of 2014

    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 […]

  • Eclipse Factor

    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 […]

  • Devaguru Bṛhaspati Center

    Devaguru Bṛhaspati Center is a subsidiary of SJC (Śrī Jagannāth Center) with the objective of bringing out the traditional wisdom of the vedic seers which has been passed down through generations of vedic astrologers residing in the coast of Puri at Odissa state. Meanings Bṛhaspati (बृहस्पति) has been extolled in […]

  • Pañca Sakhā

    The five Mahāpuruṣa of Orissa are the initiators of the lineages. Our lineage of Vedic astrology comes from the holy feet of Sri Achyutananda. अच्युताय नमस्तुभ्यं गुरवे परमात्मने। सर्वतन्त्रस्वतन्त्राय चिद्घनानन्दमूर्तये॥ acyutāya namastubhyaṁ gurave paramātmane | sarvatantrasvatantrāya cidghanānandamūrtaye || Pancha Mahapurusha of Orissa … Pancha means five and sakha means friends […]


  • Bondage Freedom

    Ketu as the mokṣa-karaka is the giver of emancipation of every kind. Most astrologers only look at the spiritual aspect of freedom from rebirth, which truly is the penultimate goal. But there are many types of bondages and one seeks freedom from these or protection from it. Something like jail […]

  • Age of Śaktī

    Moon represents Ambikā who manifests as Durgā and all the śaktī of the various devatā. She is the bindu which gives life to every akṣara. If the akṣara represent the deva having the power to enlighten, their very existence and identity depends on the soma-rasa (milk of kindness) they receive […]

  • Om Hrīm Ritam Mantra

    Om Hrīm Ritam By Swami Vivekananda This is a San­skrit hymn to Sri Rama­kri­shna, com­posed by Swami Vivekananda.

  • Multiple Hanuman Jayanti

    In Sanskrit he is more appropriately called हनुमत् (hanumat) which means “one having mighty jaws” indicating the power to bite and hold on to the task – a symbol of determination. He is vānara (monkey) and one of the most celebrated of a host of divine ape-like beings, created by […]

  • Graha Puraścaraṇa Prayogaḥ

    साधुसंकुलि तन्त्र॥ These prayers are from the sādhusaṁkuli tantra and are titled ग्रहपुरश्चरण प्रयोगः (grahapuraścaraṇa prayogaḥ) Sun ॐ रक्तपद्मासनं देवं चतुर्बाहुसमन्वितम् । क्षत्रियं रक्तवर्नञच गोत्रं काश्यपसम्भवं॥ सप्ताश्वरथमारूढं प्रचण्डं सर्वसिद्धिदम् । द्विभुजं रक्तपद्मैश्च संयुक्तं प्र्माद्भुतं॥ कलिञगदेशजं देवं मौलिमाणिक्यभूषणम् । त्रिनेत्रं तेजसा पूर्णमुदयाचलसंस्थितं॥ द्वादशाञगुल-विस्तीर्णं प्रबरं घृतकौशिकम् । शिवाधिदैवं पुर्वास्यं ब्रह्मप्रत्यधिदैवतं॥ om raktapadmāsanaṁ […]

Learn Jyotisa

  • Dhana Kāraka Workshop

    Śrī Jagannāth Center announces its first workshop in the study of Dhana Yoga. This workshop shall lay the foundation for the study of wealth and career directions. There are three pivots to the study of life and these are the three charts – lagna, sūrya and chandra chakra. The role played by each of these charts is to be examined in the first day of this two-day workshop. On the second day, we examine the role of Devaguru Bṛhaspati as the kāraka. It is interesting that all three sattva guṇa planets – Sun, Moon and Jupiter play such an important role in life.

  • NY Workshop on Spiritual Yogas 2017

    Jyotiṣa of the Four Soul Yogas Dates: Weekend 22-23 July, 2017; 9.30am – 6.00pm Venue: The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, 104 West 14th Street, between 6th & 7th Ave. New York, NY 10011; Bookings: One-Day $108 or Complete Workshop $180 Choose Participation Full Workshop $180.00 USD Saturday Only $108.00 USD Sunday […]

  • SFO Vimśottari Daśā Workshop

    Saturday Schedule AM 9-12: Sanjay Rath Introduction to Vimśottari Daśā; daśā periods; easy calculation; Janma daśā from Moon; four main types of vimśottari daśā – Janma, Utpanna, Kṣema and Ādhana Daśā; Choosing correct vimśottari daśā; although vimśottari daśā is to six levels, only two levels viz. daśā, antara will be […]

  • SAYF 18th Vedic Astrology Conference 2017

    18th Vedic Astrology Conference Exploring the Inner Journey through Yoga and Jyotisha Presented by Sanjay Rath, Sarbani Rath, Komilla Sutton, Andrew Foss PhD, William R. Levacy, PhD, James Kelleher, Keiko Ito, Bill Sinclair, Pandit Samavedula, Swami Sitaramananda Dates: Saturday, July 1 – Wednesday, July 5, 2017 Venue: 14651 Ballantree Ln, […]

  • BAVA 18th International Conference

    Faculty Pdt Sanjay Rath, Sarbani Rath, Pdt Samavedula, Dee Lekha, Keiko Ito, Bulbul Barrett, Vijaya Subramanian, Komilla Sutton, Andrew Foss, Geoffrey Pearce, Gordon Brennan, Barry Rosen. A brief biopic is included below. Venue Workshops on Thursday, Monday and Tuesday The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place London W1U 8EA. Nearest tube […]

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    25.08.2017 Interview on KRSchannel of Kapiel Raaj Transcribed by Natalia Fedorova Наталья Федорова Kapiel Raaj: Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, he is back, he was a blockbuster head on KRSchannel so we are bringing the sequel because the blockbuster head movie needs the sequels. Please help me welcome Shri Sanjay Rath […]

  • Bṛhaspati Kavacha Mantra

    In jyotiṣa there is a saying that when Jupiter protects there is none that can destroy. Jupiter brings in the great mantra powers into the fifth bhāva and dharma into the ninth bhāva. He is the ‘jīva graha’ responsible for bringing life into the various bodies. The Brahma Yamala lists […]

  • Sleep Direction

    The direction in which we sleep plays a vital role in automatically charging the body for the next day. Sleep is the natural means to rest and rejuvenate. It heals the mind and the body. In an average we sleep for a third part of our lives and this this […]

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  • Thirty-Six Rājayoga Gemstones

    The Agni Purāṇa recommends thirty-six gemstones for activation of rājayoga for the kings. I guess ordinary mortals can also make good use of these recommendations. The Sanskrit recommendation and our translation is given below. वज्रं मरकतं रत्नं पद्मरागं च मोक्तिकम्॥ vajraṁ marakataṁ ratnaṁ padmarāgaṁ ca mouktikam|| (1) Diamond (2) Emerald […]

Learn from Tradition

Sohamsa offers online courses in jyotish (Vedic Astrology) taught directly by Sanjay Rath as per the tradition, through narrated power points and other audio tools. The courses are at different levels, from the beginners through the intermediate to the advanced and are known as SoHamsa | DBC courses, with individual classrooms and assistant teachers
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