Thursday, June 27, 2019
The transit of Jupiter, the greatest benefic planet in Vedic astrology, is important for various reasons. The thrust of these is that Jupiter represents the grace of divinity. So, no matter what else is happening in life, the impact of Jupiter is crucial in our lives. Even in stressed circumstances, the benign grace of Jupiter can bring crucial insights and help an individual through his problems. Perspective and faith can be life-transforming, and these come from the planet Jupiter.
Simply put, Jupiter is the representative of God in the Vedic horoscope. There are unconditional blessings from this planet for all of us and the reason is that He is the significator of Poorva Punya, good actions performed in past lives. The better those actions are, the more positive Jupiter is in the horoscope. Of course, if Karmas were beyond reproach, rebirth would not have occurred and the soul would have found release but with that limitation, Jupiter blesses us to the extent possible, given the contours of the charts that comprise a given horoscope.
When Jupiter (Guru) is in His own sign Sagittarius in a nativity where Jupiter is a functional benefic, irrespective of what else may be happening to the planet by way of conjunctions and aspects or in other ways, the placement can be very significant in life, especially if the native were to experience the Dasha of Guru at an opportune time. This will happen even when Jupiter is not a functional benefic for the Rashi chart, for when can divinity be detrimental for the individual. In these latter cases, it will be a matter of perspective in most cases unless the Deva Guru is not happy with the individual.
Jupiter is transiting to Sagittarius, finally on November 5, 2019. Finally, because He enters the sign and then retrogrades back into Scorpio, where He is in exchange with Ketu, who is co-lord of the sign Scorpio. The exchange is also significant and can work as Parampara Yoga where elevated insights from esoteric traditions can uplift life through heightened awareness and knowledge. Generally, however, the combination is a testing one. The conventional blessings of Jupiter appear to dry up owing to the effect of the Parivartana Yoga with Ketu. No doubt, Jupiter will act from Sagittarius but only in this scenario, till He is himself in His own/ Moolatrikona Rashi.
During this time of Jupiter’s journey in Scorpio and the exchange with Ketu, the effects can be properly studied only when it is simultaneously recognized that Ketu is exalted in the sign Sagittarius. Exalted Ketu highlights its own spiritual goals to the utmost and is likely to denude material prospects which it touches, in equal measure. This makes the exchange between the two planets even more conspicuous.
Dhanusha Rashi/ Sagittarius, even though ruled by the planet Jupiter, is a fiery/ Agni Tattwa Rashi and is a part of the Dharma Trikona. It is associated with a dynamic intellectualism extending to many areas in life. It is also important to know that the sign also indicates the battlefield and so various war-like situations can manifest. The difference is, that with Jupiter in the sign, the parties guided by correct thinking are on a strong footing and fight for a just cause. Jupiter is not alone in the sign and this will modify results accordingly. But the positives of Jupiter in its own sign are noteworthy.
We have mentioned this before and are stating this again- there is Gandanta between Scorpio and Sagittarius and the transit of Jupiter through this region, the last degree of Scorpio and the first degree of Sagittarius is vulnerable. The significations of Jupiter, such as progeny and wealth can be stressed. Mostly though, unless the natal Vedic horoscope indicates a specific occurrence at the time, this will mean uncertain value systems, or the possibility of fissures and breaches therein.
Traditionally, the sign of the archer also denotes fall from a height. In cases of physical challenges or accidents, this is often a defining factor when serious outcomes are indicated for longevity and so on. One may ponder the image of a mountaineer falling off a cliff and meeting his end, as they sometimes do, or indeed an aircraft falling to the ground. These are some of the more stressful physical realities that reside in Sagittarius, and since they do, we are constrained to make a note of them for the sake of fullness.
For Sagittarius Lagna, the transit is in the first house, including where the Lagna rises in the divisional charts (Varga Chakra). This is a facet emphasized in the Nadi and should not be overlooked. Having said that, we are inclined in this paper to focus on the Gochara in context of the Lagna and the Arudha Lagna in the Rashi Chakra of a given Vedic horoscope, since we seek to interpret the influence of the transit in the framework of physical manifestation of Karma in life. Though the transit under scrutiny is that of Jupiter we cannot but refer to the fact that two malefic planets are transiting the Lagna in the form of Saturn and Ketu. It is known and understood that the Lagna is the Marana Karaka Sthana position for Shani. For those with vulnerable health prospects, Shani, the Naisargika Karaka for disease and ill-health transiting the Lagna, the latter being the place of health and vitality, is adverse. Conjunction with Ketu can only worsen the prospects in this area of life and diagnosis of ailments may be erroneous or delayed.
Jupiter will help, and help greatly, through one’s own insights and thinking since the Lagna denotes the self of the individual. Furthermore, Jupiter is the Karaka of Dhi-Shakti, the power of discrimination, otherwise known as Viveka. Guru also has Digbala, directional strength, in the Lagna and directs the intelligence favourably. This is a great positive and can help tide over numerous challenges in life.
For Dhanusha Lagna this is more a time for internal reorientation and seeking of blessings from the Goddess. Guru aspects the trines from the Dhanusha Lagna and blesses the 5thand 9thHouses. Children, future plans, higher education, father, fortunes and so on are favourably impacted. It is not advised that the individual should seek out serious battle, though this may manifest, since Jupiter and Saturn are conjoined, and this does not bode well for the individual and the adversary in this scenario. Let this be a time, instead, for new beginnings for these can truly be made during this transit.
Let the new beginnings be auspicious and not forced, especially owing to misadventures in personal life. The 7thHouse of marriage also bears the brunt of the aspect of two malefics during this time and obviously it is the aspect of Guru which can save the day for the natives of this Lagna. The spiritual thrust will come, but with the insights from Guru (Sanatana Dharma, esoteric arts of India such as Jyotisha, Guru, sage thinking, phlegmatic mindset and adherence to Vedic wisdom) it should come preferably without the severe tests of the Guru-Ketu conjunction. Avoid the temptation of using wisdom superficially and only for the sake of appearances because this happens with the Saturn-Ketu conjunction. The way of Jupiter is better.
For the Dhanusha Arudha Lagna, the situation is a more testing one. Financially and socially, at the manifest level, the Sagittarius Arudha Lagna is confronted with tests. Saturn in the Arudha Lagna is onerous and so is Ketu. Saturn is not good for the Arudha Pada and Ketu, being the significator for Moksha is not suited for a strong indicator of reality in the world of Maya. Jupiter Himself is not ideal in the Arudha Lagna though He will definitely promote a good perception amongst those who interact with the Dhanusha Arudha Lagna individual. The Arudha Lagna has to do with creating material reality and Jupiter is not ideal because He is fundamentally disinterested in these matters.
For Aries Lagna, the other Lagna in the Dharma Trikona of the Kalapurusha, the transit is in the 9thHouse from the Lagna. Just as generally, the widely differing nature of the three planets in Dhanusha gives mixed results, as it must, the implications for Dharma and Bhagya are also similarly muddled for Mesha Lagna people. While Jupiter suggests visits to temples and taking recourse in religion, Saturn works exactly to the opposite effect. In the natal horoscope, Shani in the 9thHouse portends denuding of belief in God and an agnostic or outright atheistic mindset as age progresses. The 9thHouse is associated with advanced age. Exalted Ketu in the 9thHouse will promote spirituality but may do so harshly for a variety of reasons, including those enumerated above. Implications for the father will depend on the natal condition of the 9thHouse and related factors, as well as on the Karma contained in the Dwadashamsha Chakra pertaining to the parents.
Conventional luck and fortune are being subjected to stresses but that is largely due to the malefics stationed in the 9thHouse. Jupiter will help and to improve matters it is suggested that the individual adhere to the path of the benefic planet. Mesha Lagna benefits with the Graha Drishti of Guru to the Lagna, which imbues the self with positive energies, influencing personal health favourably. The same influence is exerted on the 5thHouse itself which is a positive influence for planning and children.
The Mesha Arudha Lagna is again confronted with mixed possibilities. Here, ironically Saturn and Ketu are most welcome since they aid the individual in his efforts to succeed in the material realm, but Jupiter being the significator for truth balks at some of the Maya. It takes time for Jupiter to support the individual in the 9thHouse from the Arudha Lagna, the time needed to assimilate the truth, which is not an easy process.
For the remaining Lagna in the Dharma Trikona, the Agni Tattwa Leo Lagna, the association of Jupiter, Saturn and Ketu in Sagittarius occurs in the 5thBhava from the Lagna. For Leo, this sign represents children and future planning, and the texture of consciousness, the Chitta. Jupiter coming to the trines to the Lagna augurs well for the advent of blessings, which are needed to counter the adversity of the malefics in the 5thHouse. For these individuals, if the 5thHouse is otherwise fortified in the natal chart, then the entry of Jupiter will elevate matters. The 5thHouse is a place for receiving blessings with folded hands, and this is especially so when there are malefics transiting the 5thHouse; otherwise, malefics in trines are a recipe for depression, especially when there are two or more of these. This is especially true for the natal horoscope for transits by definition are transient and come and go.
Jupiter in the 5thHouse in Dhanusha Rashi can bring about an epiphany. This can be religious, philosophical or anything partaking of intellectualism in its many varieties. The beneficial energies of the planet pervade the mind and lead to a consciousness which is prepared for this. Epiphanies occur when the groundwork required for these is already well in place. People who have been travelling their lives in congruence with this prospect will find that this transit supports the manifestation.
With its 5thHouse Graha Drishti going to the Bhagya Sthana from the Lagna, Guru will inspire good fortune and correct ways of thinking about the world. The 9thHouse aspect of Jupiter also goes to the Lagna Bhava and improves the understanding of the health and the decisions that are made by the self. New beginnings can inspire the future.
Affections and marriage are other areas which can be favourably influenced during this transit, especially if the natal horoscope promises this. This is from another level of these studies but can be made a note of, given the intricate demands of the two Gurus in Vedic astrology in certain cases.
Broadly speaking, the 5thHouse is a Lakshmi Sthana and the axis which is made with the 11thHouse relates to financial well-being. This transit of Jupiter could impact these matters favourably for Leo Lagna.
This is highly pronounced for individuals with Leo Arudha Lagna because Jupiter is transiting the 5thHouse from the Arudha Lagna. in horoscopes with positive wealth potential, this transit can be quite conducive to gains.
For Taurus Lagna, it is the 8thHouse which is populated by these three planets. The 8thHouse, though having the propensity to be neutral, is one of the evil houses of the horoscopes, being a Dusthana. Saturn alone here can sometimes be a positive placement, but for Taurus Lagna, as the 9thand 10thlord, placed in the 8thHouse, this is not really applicable. With Ketu, the 8thHouse shows affliction. The transit of Jupiter through this 8thhouse from the Lagna is that of the 8thlord in the 8thhouse. Any chronic illnesses that have come to the fore will be helped by the presence of Jupiter in the sign. Ketu may be interfering with the correct and timely diagnosis of these ailments and this problem will be assuaged by the arrival of Jupiter, even if in due course.
The 8thHouse is associated with deep personal transformations. These are inscrutable in nature till the point they are either fully or substantially assimilated. Transformations are never conventionally easy and come through intense mental and/ or physical distress and challenges, these latter being hallmarks of the 8thhouse. Taurus Lagna can experience some of these attributes now especially since Jupiter and Ketu will be joined in the sign. The aspect of Jupiter to the other Moksha Trikona Bhavas for this Lagna further accentuates this potential. Loans, debts and other liabilities could show up during this time.
For businessmen with Taurus Arudha Lagna though this transit presents a different proposition. The 8thHouse from the Arudha Lagna deals with loans for business and in some cases this funding can be quite useful. This is an evaluation for a situation where Jupiter alone tenants the sign. Here owing to the affliction, and resultant stresses associated with borrowings, Jupiter can ease the problems and show the best way ahead in this scenario. The main proposition that aids understanding here is that the 8thhouse holds the sustenance for matters that reside in the 7thhouse. The 7thhouse also houses business activities and therefore the transit in the 8thhouse for Taurus Arudha Lagna is relevant.
Virgo Lagna is experiencing turmoil at home with malefics transiting the 4thhouse. Jupiter rules the 4thHouse for this Ascendant and His entry into the sign of Sagittarius can at the very least bring true perspective and understanding of the issues that have precipitated the turmoil in the first place. The natal condition of the 4thhouse in charts with this Lagna will determine the true impact of the transit. If the 4thhouse is severely damaged in the natal horoscope, then Jupiter’s transit will only reveal the truth of that affliction for Guru is about Satya. Breach of Sattwa Guna or correct values and action will be precipitated into view. If, on the other hand, the 4thhouse is not afflicted in the natal horoscope then the hopscotch in the 4thhouse will work differently.
If the 4thhouse is not afflicted, then the malefics indicate transient heartache which will be mollified by the presence of Jupiter. Jupiter is well-placed in the 4thhouse and will bring proper understanding to the heart and home. Again, the Tattwa in the Lagna indicates the emphasis on the Moksha Trikona indicating a fundamentally spiritual influence of the Jupiter transit. This manifests in the aspects to the 8thand 12thHouses. Whatever is in the 4thhouse in the natal horoscope, will find play owing to Guru, who makes things ‘succeed’, or in this context bring them to fruition.
For all Lagna, if a Nodal flip is happening, in that one Node of the Moon is transiting over another in the natal horoscope then the other side of the story will manifest. For example, if Ketu currently in the 4thHouse for Virgo is transiting over natal Rahu in the 4thHouse or another Yoga involving the North Node then the other side of what Rahu precipitated will come through. This can be a difficult experience and since the Nodes are Karmic, life can turn around, as if over an axis.
For the Virgo Arudha Lagna individual also, the transit is not very good. What is required in the sign of Sagittarius for this Lagna is creation and what is happening is destruction. Immovable property, home and vehicles need to be watched over carefully. Jupiter helps immensely, trying to stem the flow as it were.
Personal life and intimate choices have, for some Capricorn Lagna people, reached the nadir of self-negation with the transit of Saturn and Ketu in Sagittarius. With the entry of Jupiter in the sign, some sanity will prevail and the feet of the individual will move in the right direction. Personal life can prove to be a real testing stone and the way it has been dealt with in the past will dictate the real impact of the current transits. We need to be aware that just as the 12thHouse is indicative of the pleasures of the bed, it is also the Moksha Bhava. In either event, the self is effaced in some manner. I have seen some Makara Lagna natives with Dhanusha Rashi getting spiritually inclined owing to the pressures of Shani on the natal Chandra. This is especially so since Dhanusha Rashi happens to be their 12thHouse from the Lagna. Some conventional negatives in life have been recognised and there is an attempt to resolve them or truly appreciate their significance through spiritual insight. Since the 12thHouse is also the Ashram of the Guru, they have started meditation practices or attending lectures at the premises of a spiritual figure.
The Moksha Trikona is again influenced owing to the Prithwi Tattwa in the Lagna. The 4th, 8thand 12thHouses receive the aspect or conjunction of the transit Guru. If anyone is trying to throw dust into the eyes of another with this Lagna through false spirituality or fake austerities, they will be taken to task very harshly. Shani-Ketu sometimes cause this, and because of the involvement of Guru, the benefits associated with, and emanating from the planet Jupiter can vanish. Keep Jupiter truly in your lives.
The Capricorn Arudha Lagna suffers massive expenditure during this time. For those with tax related problems, this transit of the malefics is traumatic. Shani is the Naisargika Karaka for forced exactions of a monetary nature and His presence in the 12thBhava from the Arudha Lagna with Ketu (mistakes, error) is a clear pointer to this. If these planets are transiting over an afflicted 12thHouse from the Arudha Lagna, then utmost attention will be required to tide over these problems. With Jupiter in the 12thHouse, if the natal Yogas point to this outcome, and only then, the accumulated wealth (treasure) runs the risk of being taken away.
Gemini Lagna is aided by the transit of Jupiter in the 7thHouse. The attitude to marriage and partnerships was assailed by the transit of Saturn and Ketu and helped only by the Parivartana Yoga between Ketu and Guru. Now, with the arrival of Jupiter in the sign, marital and business matters will receive correct direction. Desires will have some Sattwa Guna because Jupiter aspects the 11thand 3rdHouses with Graha Drishti. The Lagna also receives the aspect of Guru which brings heightened sense of propriety and rationale to the intelligence and to the decision making. But still three is a crowd and people with this Lagna have to direct their state of being in line with the teachings of the Deva Guru. There are bound to be some conventionally challenging experiences, and it is better if one is not directly a party to these, say for example in cases where the Lagnesha is in the 7thHouse in the natal horoscope and these planets are transiting over the functional intelligence.
The presence of Jupiter helps the career as well because the 7thHouse from the Lagna is also the 10thfrom the 10thHouse and supports the 10thHouse.
The Mithuna Arudha Lagna is blocked at the present time and if the blockage is in evidence in the natal horoscope then servants, spiritual figures, lawyers, finance professionals and anybody indicated by Saturn, Ketu and Jupiter will tend to prevent the social and financial personality from exerting itself. With Jupiter people it will be possible to arrive at a settlement to improve this situation.
Libra Lagna has Guru transiting the Marana Karaka Sthana position in the 3rdHouse with Saturn and Ketu bringing ordinary ideas with which to project one’s personality. The 3rdHouse position of Jupiter runs the risk of denuding the planet of His benefic grace for the nativity in question. From this weakened position, Jupiter cannot be expected to transmit any significant blessings to the 7thHouse which He aspects. The 9thHouse and the 11thHouse are likewise influenced beneficially only in a marginal sense. The overall decision-making and conduct is to be watched carefully and advice sought when in doubt, especially if the natal horoscope does not indicate an outright positive time.
Tula Arudha Lagna is not at all helped by the 3rdHouse transit of Jupiter and in fact Saturn and Ketu may help in some mundane pursuits instead. It is recommended that people with these combinations should seek advice at the first sign of adversity during this transit.
For the final Ascendant in the Vayu Tattwa Rashi, Aquariushas Guru transiting the 11thHouse and is best amongst the lot. From this location, not only are the gains (Labha) fortified but the aspect to the 3rdHouse mitigates needless aggression and abrasive thinking. The 7thHouse in Leo is a Mitra Rashi for Guru and is positively aided in the realm of marriage and partnerships. For the individuals with the Arudha Lagna in Kumbha Rashi, this is a fine transit and can bring windfall in finances and wealth. The only advice would be to choose the source of income wisely. Keep to the path of Jupiter and this transit promises to be an excellent one.
For the Jala Tattwa Lagna, Cancer Lagna is facing a time of precipitation of internal weaknesses and Jupiter’s transit is not good overall save for the purpose of improving relations with in inimical persons. The transit is through the 6thHouse of Roga, Rina, Ripu where an outright benefic such as Guru does not know what to do. The malefics perform better but only because they give the wherewithal to fight adversity. The 6thHouse ceases to be an Upachaya Bhava of growth during such a Gochara and becomes a Dusthana. The positives of Guru are lost to a degree. Professionally though, the planet will try to help with His aspect to the Karma Sthana and the 2ndHouse, all part of the Artha Trikona.
The 6thHouse is 12thfrom the 7thand can dissipate or stress the marital bond if this is foretold in the natal horoscope.
The individuals with the Arudha Lagna in Karkata Rashi find it a very difficult transit because Jupiter is in a sense renounced for the time being and very strongly at that because Guru is in His own Rashi. It is only Saturn and Ketu who keep the person engrossed in the rough and tumble of life. Wealth and finances are at risk if the danger is evident in the natal horoscope.
Scorpio Lagna again has a chance to enjoy the sustenance of the Dhana Bhava, which applies with greater vigour to the individuals with the Arudha Lagna in this Rashi. Jupiter protects finances vigorously which may have been stressed by Saturn and Ketu in transit especially if the individual suffers adverse Dashas in the nativity. In excellent Dashas, these negatives do not manifest because Gochara only delivers what the Karma promises in the first place. The positives in the 6thand 10thHouses are greater for this Lagna and the Arudha Lagna given the strength in the Dhana Bhava by location.
Pisces Lagna enjoys a spotless reputation, on which slurs may have been cast by the malefics. Jupiter makes everything right for this Lagna being the Lagnesha in the 10thHouse in Siddha Yoga. But you must do this yourself because Guru is the Lagnesha. Self-effort brings a new dawn and gives growth in finances from the 2ndHouse and measurable growth generally from the 6thHouse. For this Arudha Lagna, the effects are the same but always shining bright with their visibility. The 10thHouse is the Swarga or the zenith of the horoscope and the individual shines with the auspicious light of the Deva Guru during the Gochara. Do not succumb to the mistakes of Ketu or the options indicates by Saturn. Again, keep to Jupiter else the cleansing of the Parampara Yoga cannot be more severe than for the sign of the Rishis.
This paper ought to be read together with the following studies on the other transits either operating at the time or otherwise relevant for further perspective:
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Sunday, March 10, 2019
Exaltation and debility of planets:
Exaltation and debilitation are special stations of planets and when we speak of the Nodes of the Moon, Rahu and Ketu, this attains even greater significance simply because the Nodes are unique among the planets by virtue of their significations which influence humanity to such a significant degree.
An exalted planet is at the apogee of its prowess and a debilitated one is at its lowest ebb. An exalted planet is strong and as a rule of thumb, strength is to be preferred over weakness, with notable exceptions, including those based on the station of planets in given nativities. A debilitated planet is considered fallen and is a bad fish in the pond, capable of dirtying the entire thing.
Rahu is exalted in the sign of Gemini, while Ketu is exalted in the sign of Sagittarius. Since the Nodes of the Moon are always retrograde, they shall transit to the preceding signs from their current stations, which are Cancer and Capricorn respectively. In this manner, we see that the Nodes are now going to be exalted in their respective exaltation signs on March 7, 2019, when the transit occurs.
While Rahu indicates the desires of the human being which leads to rebirth, Ketu indicates freedom from those desires. Rahu is Bhogakaraka while Ketu is Mokshakaraka. Since Ketu indicates freedom from desire and travelling towards emancipation, it does not have planetary aspect, because these aspects are indicative of desire. This is also shown by the fact that Ketu does not have a head. We desire what we see and we look at that which we desire; in the absence of a head, the question does not arise.
Rahu has a head, but only a head and therefore Rahu has planetary aspect being replete with the quality of desire.
The Nodes, for this reason, are (generally) always opposite to each other in charts in the Vedic horoscope.
The Sign of Gemini:
The sign of Gemini is the 3rdHouse of the Kalapurusha and the natural expression of personality. It is also a part of the Kama Trikona or the trine relating to desires. Naturally, there is no surprise that Rahu is exalted here. The sign is ruled by Mercury who shall be retrograde at the time of the Nodal transit and therefore some Karmic events pertaining to desires, communications, and the expression of the self may come to pass simply for this reason.
Ketu will be exalted in the sign of Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter and therefore esoteric and spiritual understanding and things like abstract mathematics will grow and prosper.
Exchange between Jupiter and Ketu:
Since Ketu is the co-lord of the sign of Scorpio where Jupiter is currently transiting, an exchange occurs between Ketu and Jupiter. Through an agreement between these two planets, Ketu will finally act from its own sign Scorpio and Jupiter will act from its own sign Sagittarius. Very Karmic events can be expected to manifest in charts depending on the life areas ruled by Scorpio and Sagittarius respectively. This is specially true till Jupiter changes Rashi owing to its own transit on March 29, 2019 and moves to Sagittarius, joining Ketu in the process. If significant events are indicated relating to Scorpio and Sagittarius in the nativity, then these may happen now in a very destine sort of way. Therefore, due to this exchange of signs, the signs of Gemini, Scorpio and Sagittarius come into focus for people, depending on what these signs rule in the given charts. To miss the exchange would be to miss the effect of the transit entirely.
Rahu and Ketu will not truly be opposed to each other during the transit and while the exchange operates. Ketu in Scorpio will elevate the occult and research. Deep delving into things will come to the fore. Ketu can either indicate decimation of material reality or its highest flights because Ketu can raise its flag in surprising ways if Scorpio should indicate material bounty in any horoscope. If Jupiter supports this in the natal Rashi chart, then it is quite likely to happen.
On the other hand, if these two planets should indicate a spiritual event of transformation, then that is equally likely to happen because Jupiter in Sagittarius supports it, as does Ketu in the sign of Scorpio.
Impact of Rahu-Ketu Transit:
For the reasons stated above, Rahu in Gemini will promote aspiration and hedonism. Owing to the wealth of information in the sign of Gemini, the transit shall be marked by intellectual curiosity and growth and flights of the mind in every way conceivable.
This can be good in material and practical terms if Rahu is otherwise well-placed both in the nativity and in the transit when reckoned from the relevant reference points. This is a complicated calculation and ought to be carried out only in specific horoscopes without too much generalization. Still, generalize we must in this article for it is not possible to examine every or even any number of placements of the planet hypothetically.
So we can say that if Rahu is in Upachaya Bhava in the natal horoscope/ and or during this transit then it can foster materially positive results in some way or the other though in some of these places it can also promote vices. Likewise, if Rahu is well-placed from the Arudha Lagna in the natal horoscope or during the transit then also it is quite likely to transpire, if not even more so, for the Arudhas and the Bhavas therefrom are to do with the manifestation of events. The same goes for Ketu.
The more difficult aspects of Rahu’s placement, whether natally or in transit, are usually in the Kendra/ quadrant from the Udaya Lagna or its Trikona/ trines unless it forms Rajayoga.
Even in the other personal places like the 12thHouse from the Lagna, Rahu in certain charts only, can give food for thought. One has observed, that in charts otherwise not susceptible or open to occurrences of a particular kind, these transits are not particularly adverse. But if adversity is indicated in the natal horoscope, and supported by the applicable Dashas, then this transit of Rahu should be watched.
The same principles are applicable to Ketu because Ketu materially is an even greater malefic than Rahu. Ketu denotes Shunyaand can reduce everything to zero, and to rubble.
On the positive side, if Scorpio is materially beneficial in any horoscope, then Ketu can indicate either buying an apartment or improving one’s apartment especially of Scorpio influences the 4thHouse of home from the Lagna or the Arudha Lagna. In the Upachaya, Ketu will bring gains and competitiveness while decimating the enemy (like Rahu) in certain cases.
In the chart of Bhagwan Shri Rama, for instance, Rahu is in the 6thHouse from the Lagna. One should not fight with such a person even if ones thinks that one is Ravana because we all know what will happen. This is very pertinent from the Arudha Lagna and applies at least with equal force to the 3rdHouse from the Arudha.
Impact of Jupiter-Ketu conjunction:
On March 29, Jupiter will move into its own sign Sagittarius and will join Ketu there. This is a very spiritual combination which makes it conducive to tap into the wisdom of esoteric traditions. Materially, though it can be testing because Guru is Dhanakaraka, the significator for wealth, and its conjunction with Ketu can stress the signification. Sagittarius is the 9thHouse of the natural zodiac and indicates religion and religious sentiment. These can occupy a position of prominence during the transit. Jupiter and Sagittarius also indicate intellectualism and specifically the law. Radical expressions of the law may also be more in evidence during the transit.
We can never forget Saturn. We can never overlook Saturn, or the planet will remind us of its existence and placement. Saturn in a sign of Jupiter is not an adverse placement but when Jupiter conjoins two first-rate malefics in Dhanusha Rashi, Saturn and Ketu, the paradise of Jupiter is lost. It is the placement from the Arudha Lagna and/ or conjunction with specific Arudha Padas which will determine more precise results.
The association of Saturn with Ketu is not considered auspicious and a battle of sorts is going on between the two. Likewise, the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn is sometimes very testing. The beneficence of Jupiter is taken by the malefic. It is for this reason that an un-conjoined Jupiter is preferred in any nativity. At times it can indicate a fight to the finish which does not have a victor and can lead to very dire consequences for both parties. So, all is not well in Sagittarius and since the Chandra Rashi is also going through the Sade-Sati of Saturn, caution and appropriate measures are strongly advised.
It cannot also be forgotten, that while Ketu does not have planetary aspect, Rahu does and therefore aspects Sagittarius from Gemini. From its exaltation, Rahu aspects its sign of debility. Value systems and internal frameworks of morality and ethics can be severely stressed for people vulnerable to these in any way, in their own horoscopes.
THE AIR SIGNS:
The air signs are strongly influenced by the nodal transit. Rahu is placed in Gemini and aspects Libra and Aquarius with planetary aspect. The aspect to Libra is the 9thHouse aspect from Gemini (in reverse) and imbues the sign of Libra with the peculiar intelligence of Rahu. For people with the sign Libra dominant in the horoscope, this is something to look out for. Notable exceptions can be people working on the world stage or with a global perspective, because Rahu is in its Marana Karaka station when reckoned from Libra.
Aquarius truly comes into its own with the 5thHouse aspect of Rahu from Gemini (in reverse) and can people with the sign dominant start planning for the future in right earnest. Rahu in Gemini can show them the way forward, for better or for worse. As long as this planning is characterized by supreme intellect, it will tend to be positive at the mundane level for the natives of Aquarius Lagna. Some similar trends can come for Leo because Rahu is exalted in the 11thHouse of gains, friends and income.
THE HANGMAN’S NOOSE:
The so-called 2ndHouse aspect of Rahu is actually its 12thHouse aspect (in reverse). This aspect denotes secret enmity and viewed in regular direction is the Maraka (killer) aspect of Rahu. It is the hangman’s noose. This aspect falls on Cancer and people with this sign dominant should be careful of deceit and machinations during this transit especially if this is indicated in the natal charts.
The nodal transit indicates the shifting of Karma and is therefore pertinent for that reason itself.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
TRANSIT OF JUPITER IN SCORPIO:
Jupiter has now moved into the Vedic sign of Scorpio on October 11, 2018. In order to understand this event, which is, and is going to undergo metamorphosis, with the efflux of time, into a process, we need to quickly revisit first, the basic essentials of both Jupiter and Scorpio.
JUPITER IN VEDIC ASTROLOGY
In Vedic astrology, Jupiter is the greatest benefic planet as far as the true good for mankind goes. It is therefore clear that goodness in life, in its myriad hues, must depend, at least in part, on the position of Jupiter in the natal horoscope, and in transit. It is one of those planets in Vedic astrology, whose transit movements are studied irrespective of whether it governs any conspicuous Dasha in the given nativity or not. Jupiter is the Deva Guru or the Preceptor of the Gods. His advice and influence, thus, often operate as a measure of protection in the form of blessings, which are themselves a function of cohesiveness and binding. Things bind and split based on the presence and absence of the blessings of Jupiter.
DRAMATIC EVENTS TIMED WITH THE JUPITER TRANSIT:
Oftentimes we see significant events associated with the very ingress of the planet into a sign, which is also the same as marking its exit from the preceding sign. To say this more clearly in the present context, the movement of Jupiter into Scorpio and out of Libra may have shown up dramatically in certain Vedic horoscopes. By definition, this can raise eyebrows for Jupiter is phlegmatic and his movements are not intended to precipitate drama. In actual fact also they do not; the dramatic events that sometimes show up are precipitated by natal Yogas which may or may not have anything to do with Jupiter. The transit brings these forth often as a result of a single factor, which has been referred to above- the introduction of, or the cessation of, the element of protection and cohesiveness which depends on the movement, and aspect of the great benefic.
IMPORTANCE OF THE ASPECTS OF TRANSIT JUPITER:
The presence and aspect of Jupiter, and by aspect we mean both Rashi Drishti, the sign aspect of the planet, and the Graha Drishti, the planetary aspect, in that order, decide binding and cohesion or their absence in given areas in life. Generally, for this reason, in traditional Jyotisha, it is thought beneficial if Jupiter is not associated with any planet in the natal Vedic horoscope, especially by conjunction. The conjoined planet takes on the auspiciousness of Jupiter but the auspiciousness of Jupiter is gone. We do not want the auspiciousness of Jupiter to go.
To give a specific instance of the foregoing proposition, when we judge the auspiciousness of a certain time we look at the sign aspect of Jupiter in transit to the relevant area of the horoscope. If it is there, we can hope for this single factor to help us tide over any negatives, should they be there. Conversely, we would like to avoid such an aspect of a dire malefic. Whereas Jupiter binds and favours success, the malefic splits and disfavours success. The much-vaunted aspect of the transit Jupiter to the 2ndHouse from the Upapada Lagna (UL) has its roots in this thinking. And conversely, with malefics.
THE VEDIC SIGN OF SCORPIO:
Scorpio, though a malefic sign, has much more to it. It is a Jala Rashi, a Water sign, in one of which, Cancer, Karkata, Jupiter is exalted. Jupiter is very good in the Jala Tattwa Rashi fostering correct emotion and social connection. Scorpio is also a Brahmin Rashi, and for that reason also, Jupiter the Karaka for knowledge feels happy here. If we see, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces form the Water trine and an examination of each sign in the context of the happiness of Jupiter will easily show that Jupiter is happy here.
Jupiter has just left Libra. No matter how unhappy Jupiter was here, if there are troubling facets in natal Libra in any given horoscope, Jupiter was pouring Ganga Jal (non-polluted) over these troubles. Now, Jupiter has left, and so, the troubles in Libra no longer have the protection of Jupiter. It is for reasons such as these that sometimes we will have dramatic events unfold. Of course, the clock may have been ticking in several other ways, but transit is always a device to time that which was always meant to happen, like a postman delivering mail which had been marked to your address and put in the course of dispatch earlier, but has arrived only now, at this point in time.
Yogas associated with the sign of Scorpio will tend to fructify with relative ease, and now that Jupiter is there, the transit will further aid matters. Scorpio, otherwise is a malefic sign and despite its Jala Tattwa has a lot of heat associated with it. In this sense, the transit of Jupiter in the sign of Scorpio is very good because it tempers the aggression there and gives it sage direction. Scorpio is also directly associated with sexuality, more so with matters which are not always in full view.
SCORPIO AND PERSONAL LIFE:
Being the 8thHouse of the natural zodiac, Scorpio is prone to breaking marital alliances and bringing in discord in relationships. It is for this reason that even certain auspicious planets placed in this sign in the Navamsha always portend caution in the personal realm, for the Navamsha chart is the specific domain of the personal and the marital and Scorpio, and placement in Scorpio, is very sensitive here for the horoscope.
JUPITER IN THE LAGNA (ASCENDANT):
Jupiter in the Lagna in the natal horoscope is considered to be a great blessing. One is advised to worship Shiva in such a case, and it is said that even one sincere bow before the trident holder is sufficient to cure the chart of a thousand evils. We can then readily surmise that the transit of Jupiter in the Lagna is equally beneficial since it directly impacts the life circumstances and the power of discrimination. The horoscope starts with the Lagna and when the Lagna is made auspicious owing to the transit of Jupiter, the beneficial aspects will percolate throughout the chart. The decision-making will be vastly improved because Jupiter always shows the correct direction.
For those with Scorpio Lagna, therefore, this is a good time, and for those with this Lagna, for whom the Dashas indicate a positive time in life, the transit is apt for them to try and accomplish the best works. The Graha Drishti or the planetary aspect of Jupiter both to the 5thand the 9thHouses ensures that the future and the past are well-illuminated. What this means in actual practice is that the light shines in such a way that the events of the past are properly construed, and future steps are taken with appreciable insight.
THE ENIGMA OF THE GURUS:
As one has mentioned before, the Gurus are not easy to understand and there can be cases where either one of Jupiter or Venus take on the mantle of the positive Guru for the nativity. It can be therefore, that for people with malefic combinations in the sign Scorpio, and for whom Jupiter is not playing a conventionally positive role, the transit precipitates the testing nature of the combinations in the sign.
This kind of a situation can be understood only on specific personal study of the horoscope where the individual concerned is ready to receive the insights from this relatively rarefied realm. Otherwise of course, generally speaking, Jupiter can be understood to give His positive grace wherever He goes, for that is His nature.
ASPECT OF TRANSIT JUPITER TO CANCER AND PISCES, GENERALLY:
Since Cancer is the exaltation sign of the planet Jupiter, the aspect of Jupiter to this sign by its planetary aspect is excellent. Jupiter desires the results of its exaltation to come to the Rashi. So, the sign Cancer benefits in every nativity to the extent possible for that nativity. In the abstract, one can venture that home, education, heart and the feeling of positive competition, as that which used to exist in the Brahmins of yore, in the realm of knowledge of the scripture, will be positively impacted depending on a host of factors which will decide for each person whether the benefit is notable, and if so, to what extent. Cancer is one of the blessed signs, and so if a blessing exists in the sign in any chart, it will be fructified by the aspect of Guru. If instead a curse exists, then it may be mitigated or brought into clear focus with a view to resolution. It is in this manner that the grace of Jupiter is to be understood.
Now, Pisces is the own sign of Jupiter and the aspect of transit Jupiter to this sign is also excellent, simply for that reason. Whatever Pisces should represent in any given Rashi Chakra, will stand to benefit subject to the contours of that particular horoscope. Pisces is considered to be the sign of the Rishis. The aspect of Jupiter to this sign brings forth the opportunity to tap into the eternal teachings of Hinduism, the Sanatana Dharma. Of course, Vedic Astrology never says that eternal teachings are appropriated by any one religion and so no matter to which faith one subscribes, spiritual bounty is all set to be received if one is interested and the Karma for that person points in that direction. Pisces can also indicate travel and expenses, and with the influence of transit Jupiter these can be positively influenced to indicate travel and expenses for higher and intellectual pursuits. Pisces can also bring in auspiciousness, happiness and goodness by triggering these in the chart in some way and so the more discerning among us can try and tap into these benefits if we can.
SIGN-WISE ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT OF THE JUPITER TRANSIT FOR EACH LAGNA AND ARUDHA LAGNA:
For ARIES Ascendant (Lagna), this promises to be a very interesting time in the positive, and a somewhat testing time in the negative. With Jupiter, the greatest benefic transiting the malefic Scorpio, and that too in the 8thHouse from the Lagna, things can lead to great transformation through accessing matters which were hitherto hidden. This applies with special force to the occult and the esoteric, matters governed both by Jupiter and Scorpio in different ways. In the negative, however, the benefic Jupiter in the 8thHouse is not good. It is the 9thLord for the Lagna and in the 8thHouse, it dissipates the luck and fortune that it rules as the 9thLord.
Things are very different for the Mesha Arudha Lagna (AL) and the transit of Jupiter in the 8thHouse from the AL indicates taking loans and repayment of debts. The 8thHouse and its role from the AL depends on some specific factors in the nativity when reckoned from the AL, which cannot be gone into here, and so we will leave it there. Suffice it to say, that in some cases the element of loans and debts will not play out during this transit, or at least for this reason, for the Mesha AL.
For TAURUS Lagna, the transit of Jupiter is in the 7thHouse and is good in the sense that better sense will prevail in the marriage and in personal relationships. Unless, Guru is the Dasha lord for the Lagna in a major Dasha system, the transit will largely give positive results in marriage, partnerships and will also reflect well in the career and work. If it is the Dasha lord, there can be food for thought for Guru is the 8thLord of the Mangalya Bhava for this Lagna. Whatever it may be, marriage and personal relationships are brought into sharp relief during this transit of the planet.
For the AL of this sign, the transit of Jupiter in the 7thHouse is excellent and may aid emergence into the world into their own right, and facilitate transactions of some importance with society at large.
The movement of Jupiter to the Dusthana for GEMINI Lagna is stressful because the 6thHouse is very inimical to the Lagna and the presence of the great benefic in this Bhava from the Lagna indicates distancing from the attributes of Jupiter. Jupiter indicates benefic grace and this is getting lost and dissipated in the illness and adversity that comprises the 6thHouse. When the grace of God is not forthcoming to the Lagna, it can be said to be an ordinary time. For the people with the AL in Gemini, the situation is not better but decidedly worse. The AL shows what is actually coming to pass in life, and the various houses when reckoned from the AL show much the same thing. Wealth and auspiciousness can take a downswing for vulnerable horoscopes with Mithuna AL, either generally or at the present time, coinciding with this transit.
I have written above about the positive impact of the transit for the Jala Rashi, of which CANCERis one. For this Lagna, the transit of Jupiter is in the 5thHouse of the future. Jupiter transit is very good in the trines from the Lagna because blessings are more readily forthcoming from the divine. Also, from this position, Jupiter aspects both the 9thHouse of Bhagya and the Lagna itself, infusing the self with optimism and correct thinking and triggering fated events. In a similar vein, Jupiter is even better in transit for the Cancer AL, because Jupiter in the 5thHouse from the AL will help sustain all positives associated with the Bhava.
For the fiery LEOLagna, the transit of Jupiter is in the 4thHouse from the Ascendant. The 4thHouse is that of home and family, properties and academic attainments. All these matters stand to benefit greatly during this transit for the Leo Lagna. It also indicates a considerable change from the transit of Jupiter in Libra, where it was in the Marana Karaka Sthana (MKS) placement for the Lagna which is not good. Goodness would have appeared to die around Leo in the past and so merely cessation of such a scenario is a positive sign. Additionally we know that for the Kalapurusha, Cancer is the natural 4thHouse and Jupiter is exalted here. By necessary implication, the transit of Jupiter in the 4thHouse for Leo, in a friendly sign will prompt Jupiter to approximate to His exaltation when it comes to precipitating results.
For the Leo AL also the results are positive as Jupiter expands learning and acquisition, if these should be promised in the nativity through Yogas in the horoscope.
Even the greatest benefic in the zodiac can obstruct, and this is the case for VIRGOLagna. Guru is the Badhaka for the Lagna, but will only be adverse if the planet is poorly placed in the Rashi Chakra of the natal horoscope or otherwise devoid of strength. However, the Badhaka nature of the planet for the Lagna is not of prime concern for the Gochara; the main issue is that Guru is transiting the MKS position from the Lagna. It is in a friendly sign. The results will vary depending upon what Jupiter indicates in the natal horoscope. In some cases, the planet will deliver up whatever it has for the individual in question. In other cases, and by and large, Jupiter transit is not good for the Lagna and once again goodness and blessings may appear to be in short supply during the transit.
As always though, we live in the manifest world, and no matter what is happening from the Lagna internally, it is the precipitate of the Karma which is amenable to the senses that decides the quality of time and experience. From the Virgo AL, Jupiter transit is highly adverse and a cautionary note needs to be struck here. At the first sign of major distress, the individuals of this AL are advised to seek help from appropriate quarters. The position of the benefic in the 3rdHouse from the AL cannot be taken lightly. The human factor in humanity is governed by Jupiter and when in the 3rdHouse from the AL, this runs the risk of being lost, nothing more need be said on the subject.
Though Jupiter has now transited out of LIBRA Lagna, the planet was not very comfortable there and with the ingress into Scorpio, the influence has now come to the 2ndHouse from the Lagna. The 2ndHouse is the Dhana Bhava, the house of wealth and assets. Jupiter is the significator for wealth and finances and if the 2ndHouse is well-fortified then the transit of Jupiter will precipitate positive and auspicious events. If the 2ndHouse if afflicted, even in that situation Jupiter will try and pour water over troubled matters. In any event, more clarity is likely to ensure in matters related to the planets in the 2ndHouse and the significations of the 2ndHouse from the Lagna. The situation is vastly better for the Libra AL, where Jupiter is excellently placed in the 2ndBhava from the AL. This will be mostly focussed on wealth and finances and Jupiter may bring out many positives in this area of life during His transit in the sign.
Jupiter is extremely positive for SCORPIO Lagna, being the 2ndand the 5thLord. Jupiter in the Lagna gives this Karmic Lagna to worship the trident holder and lighten the burden. Jupiter blesses the children and fosters luck and good fortune with His aspects to the 5thand the 9thHouses respectively. Jupiter in the AL for this sign is positive for overall existence and the image of the individual in society.
This is the first Rashi which is undergoing the Sade-Sati transit of Saturn. People with the natal Moon in Scorpio will feel the relief brought by transit Jupiter. Otherwise the sign has been going through the wringer in personal life and relationships, matters of health and emotional well-being and currently, finances. The Moon is debilitated in this sign and so poor decisions of the past in any area will reveal themselves in their true colours. While the Moon in the natal horoscope will continue to be Nicha if it is, this is a chance for these individuals to take the sage advice of the Guru and mend their ways. If this is not done and the horoscope is vulnerable then Saturn can wreak havoc through Artha-related matters. Money, wealth, work, career and all these areas can be damaged by transit Saturn if the benefic grace of Jupiter is not accepted or availed of.
Note- For all signs use the planetary aspects of Jupiter as described above in this paper to decipher the active influences on the other houses. For instance, for Taurus Lagna, Jupiter will aspect the Lagna with Graha Drishti and the 11thHouse of friends and gains and the fulfilment of hopes and desires. The planet will also aspect the 3rdHouse from the Lagna giving sage advice to the Dushchikya Bhava which usually brings competitiveness and Mars-influenced thoughts to the head.
The best starts and expenses on auspicious and positive matters is the first result experienced by SAGITTARIUSLagna. Expenses may be notable but they will be on matters that are laudable and spiritually sanctioned. This can also be construed to mean that expenses oughtto be on good things because the worst thing one can do is to earn the wrath of the Guru. Some serious spiritual transformation and occult insights can be expected because Shani/ Saturn is transiting the Lagna. If the Moon is placed in this sign then the Sade-Sati transit of Saturn is in its peak period, being right on the head of the native. This is a good time to outgrow that which is no longer required in life. Jupiter will aid the transformation because of the aspect to the 8thHouse of secrets and transformation. The heart can undergo a change owing to the aspect to the 4thHouse from the Lagna. All these matters especially related to the expenses and conduct or the Gati (direction) of life will be clearly seen from the AL.
For CAPRICORN Lagna, Jupiter being the Karaka for the 11thHouse is transiting the Bhava. Friends, gains and income will be positively influenced. So too the future prospects, children, marriage and the lesser thought processes that beset human beings in mundane matters. For the people with the AL in this sign, the tangible and manifest aspects of gains and income will be there for all to see.
This is the third sign to be undergoing the Sade-Sati of Saturn. Saturn is testing people in their personal lives and marriages. This aspect is aided for people with the Dhanusha Lagna. If the Moon is in Lagna, marriage and problems in marital life heightened by Saturn can be helped by the aspect of Jupiter to the 7thHouse of marriage.
Amala Yoga or spotless reputation in work comes to people with AQUARIUS Lagna with Jupiter in the 10thHouse from the Lagna especially if the 10thHouse is auspicious in the chart and unafflicted by malefics. The Artha Trikona of work and career is positively influenced because these houses are influenced by the transit Jupiter. Jupiter is just short of excellent for the people with the AL in this sign but the ultimate results will be good in the realm of work and career.
For PISCES Lagna, Jupiter is in the 9thHouse of Bhagya, a house of which it is a significator. Foreign travel, higher education, father, luck and fortune and the blessings of the Guru can all come during this transit. The results are not as good for people with the AL in this sign because Jupiter is the only planet who struggles in this placement from the AL. People may feel disinterested with striving as a way of life with this transit of Jupiter. For the Meena Lagna though, the aspect to the Lagna and to the 5thHouse are auspicious. Self, decision-making and children are all areas that benefit during this transit.
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We become aware on reflecting on matters that if the transit of one major planet can influence so many facets in life, then an elaborate study of the Vedic horoscope can truly enliven the understanding of life in all its myriad hues like nothing else can. Such is the power of the eternal wisdom of the ancient sages of the land.
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