Saturday, December 27, 2008

Vedic Astrology Forecast Commencing June, 2008

|Om Bhargavaya Namah|
Interpretation Guide: Read the predictions for all the signs given below, rather than just yours because many general tendencies of the present transits are housed under the descriptions under miscellaneous Rashis. The discerning reader would be able to glean crucial information from the analysis given in respect of another sign. Also, the analysis and predictions are to be applied intelligently to the Lagna, Arudha and Chandra Rashi based on the information given and also based on the following codec:
(i) Use the Chandra Rashi to judge facets relative to the mind and the emotions. The flow of things and societal participation have to be judged from here. Saturn transit should be seen especially from here and only thereafter studied from the other two reference points.
(ii) Judge the transits from the AL for finances and social realities. In the latter there is commonality with the Chandra Lagna since the Moon is Karaka for all Arudha. Kantak Shani or Ashtam Shani from the Arudha carries special import.
(iii) Lagna Gochar is more personalised as this is the deep and more intimate reality of the nativity.
As a final determinant, since all three references are an integral part of all Jatak, study the predictions with reference to all three to derive an effective summation of the transit planets.

Mesha/ Aries:
For this Rashi, whether reckoned as the Lagna, Arudha Lagna (AL) or the Chandra Rashi, the latter often referred to as Rashi simpliciter, the Gochar or transit of the Lagna Lord Mars/ Angaraka in debilitation is not a positive. There can be anger or irritation related troubles at the present time, especially since the higher octave of Mangal, Ketu, the South Node of the Moon is joined the planet. The two form the Pishacha-Badhak Yoga which can cause one to lose one's head, be abusive and encounter generally undesirable and unpleasant situations of this sort.
For those who are vulnerable to black magic and machinations of enemies, this can be a vulnerable transit. Be careful and consult a Jyotishi if such contingencies are at all apprehended. 
The Gochar of Guru can be mistaken to be an outright positive till December 11, 2008, especially if one is following the transit from the societal and financial perspective furnished by the functionality of the Arudha Pada; this could be based on the premise that the Deva Guru in the 9th House from the Arudha Lagna would be hugely beneficial for the fortunes of the manifest image formed and displayed by the Arudha Lagna. While this holds true even for the most malefic planets such as Rahu and Ketu and even for the Upagraha, Guru or Jupiter in the 9th Bhava from the Arudha Pada furnishes something of a notable exception.
Despite the tremendous benefits of the 9th Bhava from the AL, it remains a destructive Bhava with Tamas tendencies due to the basic fact of success accruing in the world through competition. For Jupiter such realities are not entirely suited to his intrinsic nature. Therefore, even though the transit of Jupiter in Sagittarius is not adverse for this AL, it cannot be said to be an outright positive or devoid of some deep-seated discomfiture.
It might be ventured that it would be only after revealing some truths and reality checks that Guru would give most of the benefits for the Aries Arudha Pada.
Work may try to offset some of the bitterness in the heart and in the domestic scene, the latter caused by headless arguments and domestic bickering. This is due to the fact that Rahu in the 10th Bhava from this Rashi in the Karma Sthana will try and influence the Lagna from the professional or work environment. This is the principle of Argala at work. While this zeal may work at the present time, when these words are being written, due to the Yoga of the Moon and Rahu (25th May, 2008), when the Chandra Graha transits out, Rahu will not be able to scheme out a solution alone to counter the rage in the mind.
The great positive that can effectively quell these challenges, as too the challenge posed by melancholic Shani or Saturn in the 5th Bhava, is the fact that Mercury, Venus and Sun are transiting Taurus at the present time. The immediate family and wealth positives can help the Mesha Jatak or native to transcend the issues precipitated by rage and anger, accidents and abrasive interactions. Shukra is in its own Rashi in Vrishabh and the wife and commercial bulwarks can help the native tide over the weakness of the Lagnesh and the slowness in the mind brought about by Shani.
The other great positive is the Graha Drishti or planetary sight aspect of the benefic Jupiter to the Lagna giving the native the much-needed divine grace and wisdom to address himself to the situation at hand. Also because Guru is Vakra or retrograde, the Graha embodies three times the strength to strive and the aspect carries that much more potency, three times in fact, to impose sage counsel and good fortune on the head of the Jatak shown by the Lagna. This can offset the third house blow of Shani to the 7th Bhava of marriage by the malefic third house aspect. The distinction here is that the attitude of the native to the marriage suffers while the spouse is trying to assuage the troubles, Venus being the 7th Lord as well as the Naisargika Karaka for the marriage.

Vrishabh/ Taurus:
For Vrishabh Lagna, the Lagnesh Shukra is in the Lagna itself at the present time and is joined the 2nd and 5th Lord Budh along with the 4th Lord Surya. This is a magnificent Rajayoga. The blessings of the 4th Bhava, a Kendra, showing effort at home and in education and those of Purva Punya, blessings obtained through good deeds done in the previous incarnations all come into play and make this a fortunate time.
However, apart from these facets there are some challenging features at play. The 7th Lord Mangal is Neecha and placed in the 3rd Bhava with Ketu showing that if there are any natal indications in the horoscope towards marital discord and suspicious traits in the spouse, the same might manifest at this moment. For male nativities this could be a latent reaction against forced celibacy or abstinence while for female nativities it could be erring from the proper manner of marital conduct.
Shani in the 4th Bhava for Vrishabh as a reference does aspect the 10th House, but this is not through one of the special aspects of the planet. Therefore, the problems at work will not come through as being severe, at least not because of the Gochar of Shani. Guru in the 8th Bhava is usually not considered good as it makes the native disregard eternal wisdom. However, here Guru is retrograde in Dhanu Rashi which is its Moolatrikona Sthana and it could pave the way for some occult experiences and sudden events.
Rahu, the 10th Lord for the chart with Vrishabh rising is in Marana Karaka Sthana in the 9th House and conventional adherence to religion is excluded. Even is spirituality were to manifest, it would be individualistic rather than conventional. However, if the selfsame Rahu were to be studied from the Arudha Lagna, then this Gochar could be excellent as Rahu has the potential to crown the Jatak with material and societal bounty. Of course, such results can only come to pass if Rajayoga is promised when reckoned through Argala Chakra calculated with reference to the Lagna, Arudha Pada and the Karaka Lagna, and further such Yoga is also set to fructify at the present time so that the Rahu Gochar from the Pada might tie in to precipitate the best Mayik results.
Mithun/ Gemini:

Mithun Rashi has finished the Sade-Sati as Shani left Karka and entered Simha. In fact for Mithun AL people, Shani in the 3rd Bhava can give a resolute image as malefics in the 3rd and 6th Houses from the Arudha Lagna indicate material success unless they are debilitated in Rashi or Navamsha.
The Argala of Mars and Ketu from the 2nd Bhava is obstructed by Mercury, Venus and Sun in the 12th House. Thus harsh speech might give way to heavy spending to compensate and perhaps foreign travel also if the Dashas are appropriate and the chart is attuned to the native travelling long distances.
In spiritual charts, this could also entail a visit to the Ashram of the Guru as the 12th Bhava happens to be the 4th from the 9th, denoting the house of the spiritual master.
When the Moon is in Gochar in the 8th Bhava, as it is at the time these words are being written, there is a serious danger of dwindling finances as it would be the 2nd Lord of the Rashi Chakra in Marana Karaka Sthana, damaging the 2nd Bhava. One conspicuous feature of this transit chart is the placement of Guru in the 7th Bhava. So, if Guru is aspecting the 2nd Bhava or Lord from the functional and relevant Upapada in the radix, it could be times for the wedding bells to ring. Otherwise, this is a good time to meet the future spouse as when Gochar Guru aspects the 7th Lord or Bhava in transit, ceteris paribus, it is a good time for the future spouse to be met.
Karka/ Cancer:
Karka Rashi natives are in the final third of the Sade-Sati of lord Saturn and have experienced the transformation brought about by Saturn at the level of the emotional mind. For those with Karka Lagna, the crucial age of Saturn return, 30 years, has been crossed and another stage of life has begun one where basic realities indicated by Shani have been assimilated and recognised.
For accurate appraisals of the effect of Gochar Shani in the 2nd Bhava from the Chandra Rashi, the first step should be to find out the numerical strength of the said Bhava through the technique of  the Ashtakavarga Bindus. If the Bhava is strong in this respect and there are contributing Bindus, then the financial contraints of this phase of the Sade-Sati and the tension at home might not be felt acutely.
My other worry for this Rashi at the present moment stems from the fact that the Jala Tattwa is temporarily quite afflicted. Thus in nativities that are marred healthwise by the presence of Rudra Yoga, especially that to which radical Mars has made a contribution, then this is a time to watch out for health adversities. The fire energy of Mars, as too Ketu, in accord with the classical dictum 'Kujavad Ketu': Ketu is like Mars, the Agni Tattwa collides and is incompatible with the watery Karka Rashi. When this occurs in the Panchanga in the Tithi-Vara duality, namely, the same Graha lords over both, it can precipitate a Dosha. The reason is not far to seek: while Vara carries Agni Tattwa, Tithi is watery, much as the Moon-lorded Cancer.
Shani has unobstructed Pap Argala on the Lagna, so food and drinks intake especially junk food needs to be watched with care. Rahu and Moon are joined in the 7th Bhava so the attitude towards marriage needs to be channeled and watched carefully. Though the Moon is not at all a lasting placement, the 8th Lord Rahu is transiting the 7th House and cannot be considered a happy phenomenon especially if the Rashi Upapada and Darapada show affliction as well.
In any case, the challenges of the conjunction of Ketu and Mars in the Lagna are somewhat offset by the placement of Guru in the 6th Bhava. The conduct of the Jatak shall be such that it would be difficult for others to find grounds for enmity. This is especially so if some such combination exists from the natal Rashi Lagna and the Shatrupada also shows similar character traits of the competitors and those inimical which might travel the distance in understanding the Jovian nature of the native's competitive personality traits.
The other quite significant positive and one almost certain to show itself at the present time is the unobstructed Labha Argala of three planets to the Lagna. According to Parashara, such an intervention of Grahas is sure to make its mark in the affairs of the native. Wealth and overall expansion and optimism shown by Budh and Shukra as too the 2nd Lord Sun will help the finances. These should be well-placed from the Pada and the Atmakaraka for the effects to be truly felt and even this last sentence has some ifs-and-buts one of which is that the Mahadasha or Antardasha of one of these Grahas, or more, should be on to derive noticeable results. These are some of the limitations of divining fortunes through transit horoscopy.
Simha/ Leo:

 For Simha Rashi, one recent benefit has been that due to the nodal transit, Ketu has moved out of Yuti or conjunction with Gochar Shani. While in some cases, where the radix is basically predisposed to spirituality, this Yoga can further the spiritual impulse, especially if Shukra is also involved, the conjunction of two dire malefics in the Lagna is not good at all. So, Simha Rashi Jataka can breathe easier, now that Ketu is in Karka or Cancer. Of course, at the present time, Ketu has gone and joined Neecha Kuja, so it is a bit of 'out of the cauldron and into the fire' situation.
Shani in Lagna is in Marana Karaka Sthana (MKS) and influences the Lagna badly. For those with Simha Lagna, health can pose troubles as Shani is the antithesis not only of the life-giving Lagna but also of Leo, lorded by his father, the Cosmic King. The picture abpve is apt as Simha depicts forests and hills and Shani in the Lagna aspects the 10th Bhava of Karma with his 10th Bhava aspect or Latta/ kick. The King can limp a bit in work and for this, Kantak Shani, which would be more pronounced when judged from the Simha Chandra Lagna since the 10th Lord and Bhava from the radical Moon are crucial in garnering societal support to the professional commitments, is largely responsible. Of course, those with Simha Rashi and the Moon tenanting this sign in the Atha Janmanga Chakram, the Sade-Sati is in full flow and this is the white-hot phase of the Sade-Sati.
The emotional sheaths of the mind are under stress and the working ability has also taken a beating. For those with Chandra in the Lagna, the effects can be excruciating. Even if the Gochar subsists from one of the Lagna, AL and the Chandra Rashi, the relevant stanza of the Rudra Chamakam must be recited for relief and mitigation. For those who have learned to work hard and have also learnt the lessons of Shani previously, the Gochar of Shani in the Lagna only may not prove to be overly disastrous, given that the Rashi Chakra does not display any overarching trials and the Moola Dasha is not indicating the precipitation of some thorny Karma.
Deva Guru Brihaspati has been in Gochar in Dhanu Rashi in the 5th Bhava from the Lagna and for those running the Guru Vimshottari Mahadasha or indeed any other applicable conditional Nakshatra Dasha of Guru as taught by Parashar in the BPHS could reap a rich harvest in every sense of the term, once again keeping in mind the Karmic facets listed above, including the sum total of the Karma to be experienced in the given lifetime as deciphered through a rectified Shashtyamsha Chakra/ D-60 chart. This chart has been given the most weightage amongst all the Varga Chakra or divisional charts and for this reason.
The debilitated and afflicted Yogakaraka Mangal in the 12th House furnishes strong grounds for the fructification of Vipreeta Raja Yoga purely because it is a natural malefic. Otherwise also, the Lagna Lord Sun has maximum Digbal in the 10th House and forms a powerful Yoga with the 10th Lord Venus in the 10th House. Some work related developments could be expected at this time with the Gochar as it is. The 2nd and 11th Lord Mercury which acts as Kubera for this Lagna forms a powerful Dhan Yoga with the Lagnesh and also forms a good combination with the 10th Lord Venus.
The malefic Rahu is transiting the 6th Bhava eminently suited for malefics and does not hurt in this location. Even though it is the co-lord of the 7th Bhava for this Lagna, its Gochar in the 7th Bhava could not have furthered the prospects of marriage. For those on the brink, it might be prudent to have a learned Jyotishi unravel the Hindu annual chart or the Varsha Tithi Pravesha Chakra as revealed by Pandit Sanjay Rath, the Param Guru of the Sri Jagannath Centre a few years back. This technique remains the crowning glory of Hindu Jyotish and might offer some reprieve from the Tajak Varshaphal technique about which this writer expresses no opinion whatsoever.
Kanya/ Virgo:
The defining factor for Kanya Chandra Rashi natives is that Saturn is transiting the 12th House from the Rashi indicating that the Sade-Sati of seven-and-a-half years has begun in right earnest. So the transits for this Moon sign are going to run  subservient to the power of Shani to transform the inner landscape and psychological moorings. Therefore, whether we speak of 2007 when Saturn had come to Leo, or of now when Saturn is in Leo in 2008 or of later times, the personality traits that are to be outgrown must be outgrown even though the process can be a bit painful at times. Factors that are important for this transit are the numerical strengths of Bhavas in the Ashtakavarga system that the Sade-Sati influences, the fact whether Saturn is simultaneously transiting over natural malefics in the radix and perhaps most importantly whether the natal Moon shows psychological vulnerablities such as over-sensitivity, coldness, emotional callousness and societal shortfalls. If any or similar lacunae show up in the Rashi Chakra, then this period can be a significant learning curve and has the potential to persist even in the phase of potent and conspicuous Dashas in any of the applicable systems of periodicities.
More about the subsisting Sade-Sati relating to various signs has been written elsewhere on the webpage and be sure to look around and to refer to the same for further information. I would, at the risk of repetition, state that Moola Dasha facets in the nativity and the importance of the Rudra Chamakam are absolute in such a period. Work on the horoscope accordingly.
Moving away from this transit we observe that Guru in Dhanu Rashi is providing unobstructed Sukh Argala at the present time and the atmosphere at home is good and learning undertaken proves useful and relevant. As this intervention is unobstructed, work is unlikely to interfere. As Shani is in the 12th House for Kanya Lagna, those not running the Sade-Sati but having Saturn transit the 12th House from the Lagna, run the risk of incurring bad expenditure, either accruing due to general despondency or through like factors.
Venus, Sun and Mercury in the 9th House form a tremendous and positive Yoga which can bring about a lucky break or foreign travel or basically help you to achieve success since the Lagna Lord Mercury is involved. This is also a transit Dharmakarmadhipati Yoga and if this Yoga is there in the radix then the native shall perform sterling Karma in this transit. The work and actions of the native shall be spotless and worthy of being emulated. The Yoga is usually considered the highest in the land and the native takes and approaches his work (10th Lord) as his Dharma or religion (9th Lord). For those interested in going to a pilgrimage this is ideal as the 12th Lord Sun is also conjoined the combination.
Malefics in the 11th give the requisite drive to attain while Rahu in the 5th House should not be allowed to hatch illusory and grandiose plans which have little foundation in reality.
Tula/ Libra:
Jatak of this Rashi and Lagna are lorded by the bright-eyed diamond, Shukra, with an attention for detail and tend to feel overlooked if their concerns are not met with an attention to primacy. Thus, their forcast must not be placed at the end and perhaps should be given in more deliberate detail, to assuage their worldly expectations. All this is, of course, half in jest, just in case.
The present time actually shows a lot of focus on inner transformation, sudden changes, and having to encounter and overcome stumbling blocks. All this can have divergent meanings based on the Dashas in the radix and the natal Karma to be experienced; for example, these transits could just as well mean reaping a rich harvest, a windfall, a sudden blessing and also unfloding of the some important Karma that might alter the tenor and nature of life itself.
For Tula Pada, the placement of two benefic planets in the 8th therefrom is good and there may be ready access to the resources of others as the 8th Bhava is the 2nd Bhava of resources from the Lagna of the other, namely the 7th Bhava when reckoned from the original reference. Kuja, even in debility has maximum directional strength from the Lagna and can help in decision making. It gets Gochar Neechabhanga both from the Lagna, indicating that the challenges can be overcome through self-effort and from the Moon, showing that proper Mantra and social support can also ease the situation.
If a nativity has Jara Yoga then one's conduct ought to be watched as the 7th Lord Mangal is in the 10th House. The violence and cutting nature of the Gochar applicable to all nativities in some manner or the other are also reflected in the brutal double murder of the young Arushi Talwar and the Nepalese help, Hemraj in the Delhi suburb of Noida . It ought to caution the right-minded citizens that violence and anger represent the collective Achilles Heel at the time of the present Gochar.
Brihaspati is in Marana Karaka Sthana in the 3rd Bhava and the sage counsel of the Guru runs the risk of being discarded in view of the urge foe temporary gratification as Jupiter does not feel comfortable in the place of copulation, one of the Bhavas of the the Kama Trikona. Needless emphasis and identification by all Tula Jatak with these findings must be avoided at all costs since these are cautionary musings which become applicable only of something of the sort is a constant risk in the nativity and not otherwise.
The Sukha Argala of the Rahu-Chandra Yoga cannot really bring happiness to the heart right away because Rahu will give delusion to those with an afflicted Moon and/ or 4th House and Lord in the natal Rashi Chakra. In fact there is a Gochar Bandhana Yoga at the moment where the native might feel caught up between the shrill fears of the mind and the heavy traffic at work. Attempt to strike a balance and to view the whole thing with some sort of perspective. The Rajayoga in the 8th House can bring inheritance and insurance benefits to the fore as well.
Shani in the 11th Bhava in an Upachaya Sthana is well placed and Tula Rashi natives would do well to appreciate that the next Gochar of Shani is going to be in Kanya Rashi when they would begin their Sade-Sati. Though Shani is Yogakaraka for the Lagna, the Sade-Sati inevitably brings some emotional turmoil with it. So use the intervening period to enjoy emotional freedom to the utmost if the same should be available to you based on the natal Karma.
Vrishchik/ Scorpio:
For this Rashi, the Gochar appears promising as the benefic Guru being 2nd Lord of wealth and movable assets is stationed in the 2nd Bhava itself. This position gives Dhan Argala to the Rashi Lagna and this Argala is not obstructed by any planet in the 12th Bhava, making it quite powerful. So finances, wealth and speech will bring great gains especially as the Naisargika Karaka for speech, Budh or Mercury is also very well placed in Vrishabh Rashi in the 7th House. This latter sign is a friendly sign for the Graha and so commerce and business transactions are also going to be fruitful.
The 7th Lord Venus is in the 7th Bhava itself so for those people whose natal Upapada Lagna and the Darapada in the Navamsha show that marriage might be in the offing, people with this sign rising in the Varsha Tithi Pravesha Chakra/ the annual chart can be optimistic of the chances of marriage. As far as Hindu annual horoscopy is concerned an assemblage of Grahas in the 7th Bhava is to be construed differently from the negative implications it carries in natal horoscopy. Here many Grahas in the 7th Bhava can show a focus on marriage, especially since the Naisargika Karaka for marriage, Venus, is also placed in its own sign in Vrishabh and that too in the 7th Bhava. The location of the 10th Lord Sun in scuh a Yoga also shows that marriage may be instrumental in career growth or may mystically spur the porfessional prospects without any mundane pushing necessarily coming in.
When this piece for this Rashi is being written, on 4th June, 2008 at about midnight, coming into the 5th morning, Chandra is in Marana Karaka Sthana, so just for these few days, the luck factor needs to be watched especially as Neecha Mangal and Ketu form the Pishacha Badhak Yoga in the 9th Bhava of fortune and luck.
There is Kantak Shani in operation for Scorpio whether this Rashi tanants the Lagna, Arudha Lagna, Narayan Dasha Rashi, Tithi Pravesha Lagna or the Chandra Rashi as Shani is positioned in the 10th Bhava. The native may not feel like working or work and societal support in work may appear to dry up in case of Vrishchik Chandra Rashi. the 10th Bhava from the Moon is extremely crucial in this regard in natal horoscopy as well and often it is found in Jyotish practice that the flow of social support in work is determined from the 10th Bhava and house when reckoned from the Moon in the radix. Thus, if the 10th House or lord from the natal Moo is involved in a Shrapa then the social support is lacking or if placed in a Dusthana from the natal Lagna, then suppport in the contemplated areas is not readily forthcoming.
The relevant stanza of the Sri Rudra Chamakam based on the degrees of Shani in the radix ought to be chanted for relief from the travails of the Saturn transit.

Dhanu/ Sagittarius:
People with Dhanu Lagna, Rashi, AL and those running the Narayan Dasha of Dhanu Rashi are singularly blessed as Jupiter, the lord of this sign is transiting the Rashi. This is its Moolatrikona Rashi where Jupiter is happiest working so put all those plans into action. For those who are teachers, priests, financial consultants, lawyers, judges, astrologers, professors: all governed by the planet Jupiter, this is an excellent time to be active in the sphere of your calling. As Guru is in Lagna, the Dhi Shakti or the power of discrimination will be acute and splendid. Guru aspects the 5th, 7th and 9th House with its special Graha Drishti.
Guru's 5th Gochar aspect promises intellectual merit and happiness from progeny. Speculation and metaphysical contemplation can yield benefits. Those interested or adept at Mantra could consult a competent Mantrik for information and advice. However, this is to be distinguished from actual recitation and practice of the Mantra as for this to accrue the Gochar of Guru must aspect the Mantra Pada/ A5 with Rashi Drishti or must be transiting the same. In other words, Mantra practice can be begun to discover the magnificent pragmatic utility, if nothing else, of Sattwic Mantras sanctioned by the scriptures, only if the Mantra Pada/ A5 in the radix is tenanted by Dhanu, Meena, Kanya or Mithun Rashi as mutable Rashis aspect each other without exception by Rashi Dishti showing deterministic influences coming to bear in the form of correct and beneficial Mantra.
The 7th House aspect is very positive because the desires of such a potent Guru are only the best. The 9th House aspect fuels auspiciouness in Dharma, parental attitudes, higher education, foreign travel and fortune. Guru is the Karaka for the 5th and 9th Houses and its planetary aspect to these Bhavas is an excellent and supportive phenomenon.
For those with Dhanu Arudha Pada, this Gohar will first expose uncomfortable societal truths and only then unequivocally begin to support the manifest image in the world; for this reason it is a mixed bag for the AL during this transit. The sudden anger precipitated at the sudden level is obstructed by the benefic Yoga os Mercury, Venus and the Sun and devoting yourself to the daily hard work of whatever it is that you do is the best insurance against sudden irritability and rashness. Do guard against the same while driving. For those suffering with chronic ailments, this transit of Mars and Ketu could bring about symptomatic recurrence and relapses. Blood related ailments, accidents, fire related mishaps, injuries sustained through sharp edged instruments are possible. Bone marrow pathology and leucocytes count should be checked as a matter of importance for those who have these as crucial medical checks even otherwise.
Guru is in Vargottama Navamsha at the present time indicating that delving into the realm of the Guru could be life-altering for some.
Rahu has Papa Argala though on the Lagna and the views of the dependents if not otherwise sound should not be allowed to interfere, much as careless eating and drinking binges. The Gochar Moon is cursed by the Graha Drishti of three planets: Rahu, Mangal and Shani and conjoined with the placement of Shani in the 9th Bhava indicated by the Naisargika Karaka Surya, a lucky break which may have otherwise come easily may be impeded somewhat despite the tremendous support of Jupiter.
Jupiter placed in strength in the Lagna can destroy a thousand evils according to Parashara and the native is expected to bow to Shiva sincerely for this. Do that and things should be nothing short of great.
Makar/ Capricorn:
For some reason the forecast for Makar Rashi has been delayed and this is the last Rashi being discussed in this write-up. It may have something to do with the exclusive lordship of Shani over this Rashi. The lord of this Rashi, Shani, is transiting the 8th Bhava of delays and obstacles as too inner transformations and so this is a period of these qualities and areas of life coming to the fore. This also forms Kantak Shani where even a lion is compelled to walk with a limp, amd which sentiment is specially apt in the circumstances because Shani is transiting Simha Rashi/ Leo directly symbolic of the lion.
The Kantak or thorn like period accrues because of the third house aspect to the 10th House stressing the work scenario and slowing things down in the work area. The Rudra Chamakam needs to be recited during this phase to mitigate the Gochar. This would apply to Jatak with Makar Chandra Rashi, Arudha Lagna and Lagna. Thus the basic need is to seek the opinion of someone who knows regarding the specific stanza to be recited based on the degree of Shani in the radix. If this is not possible then the 3rd Anuvaka of the Chamakam can always be recited to build up resistance to the testing transit of Saturn by way of cultivating the will to Parakrama or effort symbolised by the focus on the 3rd Bhava through the recitation of the 3rd stanza.
The transit of Rahu in the Lagna or the Narayana Dasha Rashi is not good for those running the Makar Dasha. The only positive is if Rahu is in Makar Arudha Lagna or if Makar Rashi falls in the Trikona Bhava to the radical Arudha Lagna in the Rashi Chakra AND the native is also running a period in which some strong Rajayoga can be expected to be fulfilled. In this case, if the above stated requirements are fulfilled then this transit of Rahu can bring a social crown to the native and can catapult him to great material heights.
As Chandra is in the romantic Tula at the time of the writing of this piece, being the 7th Lord for Makar, it forms a Gochar Jara Yoga and those who lean to passion would do well to watch their relationships. Otherwise, it appears to be quite a positive as Moon in the 10th House for now can indicate a willingness to particpiate in work despite the aspect of Saturn.
However the need for caution and restraint in personal interaction, marriage and romance is further highlighted by the presence of the dangerous Pishacha Badhak Yoga formed by the conjunction of Neecha Mangal and Ketu in the 7th house from Makar. Watch out for incendiary emotions, rage, anger and violence in the personal realm especially if there has been a history of this sort. At thr risk of making all this sound a trifle too ominous it has also to be pointed out that the Karaka for relationships, sex and marriage, Venus/ Shukra is transiting the 6th Bhava which is its Marana Karaka Sthana where it feels as if it is dying for the reason that it is the 12th Bhava of dissipation and loss when reckoned from the 7th Bhava and also because the 6th Bhava from the Lagna stands for a celibate life which Venus is utterly opposed to.
One would avoid people who are facing troubles in their marriages to be specially cautious in this transit due to the unfavourable effects of the transits at the present time.
The delusion fostered by Rahu and the Argala of the difficult Aquarius from the 2nd House is countered by a very powerful Guru in the 12th House from Makar. Thus sage and eternal truth and wisdom can go a long way in quelling intellectual decisions that might later lead to suffering. Trust the words of the Guru. If this is done then the transit Neechabhanga for Mars can be effected by: 1. proper thinking, as Mars is, after all, in a quadrant from the Lagna; and 2. for those who read and assimilate this knowledge while the Moon is still in Tula or even later, when it is in a quadrant therefrom, they can effect a double Neechabhanga due to relief from society in this direction.
Mercury can be considered to be very well placed as a natural and functional benefic for this sign as it is placed in the 5th House.
 Kumbha/ Aquarius:
The Moon is in Gochar in this Rashi and this is a good omen for the present time. Shani in the 7th House can make for a lot of desire in the marital realm and this could translate into a keenness for finding the spouse. If married it could mean a healthy focus on the marriage as Shani has Digbal in the 7th Bhava from the Lagna.
However, Shani is not overly conducive to the prospect of marriage if it is transiting the Upapada or has Rashi Drishti on the Upapada; this is especially so if the divine grace of Brihaspati is not present by the Garaha's Rashi Drishti or Graha Drishti to the same locations in the radix.
For those having Aquarius Arudha Pada, duly calculated with the two exceptions that the Graha lording the original Bhava, the Arudha of which is being sought to be computed, cannot fall in the original Bhava or the 7th therefrom, the transit Moon in the AL is an execellent thing for social networking and for the image to come into transient prominence. The rationale behind exclusing the original Bhava and the 7th therefrom for the computation of the Pada is that the Bhavas denote metaphysical reality or the Satya Peetha while the Arudha indicates manifest, visible and Mayik reality which is not stable in its coexistence with the former. Indeed, the Arudha will first come to the Lagna and the 7th if the calculations demonstrate it thus, but it cannot stay as Maya cannot coexist with absolute truth for long. Then it will go away to the final juncture as per the classical rules given by Parashar. So, the Arudha changes at times, for more reasons than one which explains why are social groups change, why our personal realities change and why we leave things behind and adopt novel ones.
On a more immediate and practical footing, there is an excellent combination in the 4th House formed by the Yoga of Venus, Mercury and the Sun. These transit results, I might add, could be viewed with equal efficacy from the Narayan Dasha/ Padakrama Dasha rashi as this sign becomes the temporary Lagna where Narayan or the sustaining forces in the chart sit.
Budh and Shukra are great benefics for Kumbha Lagna. In fact, Shukra is a Yogakaraka Graha, lording both a trine and a quadrant and is capable of generating a suo moto Rajayoga. That it is joined in this auspicious task by the 5th Lord Budh only adds a good measure of Purva Punya or good fortune and the presence of the 7th Lord Sun insists that the element of personal interaction, marriage and business partnership would be crucial in this success especially if the same were to be radically and dynamically promised by the natal Rashi Chakra.
Shukra has Digbal from the Lagna showing beauty, love, pleasure and women as being essential parts of this growth at the present time while for Kumbha Arudha Lagna people, the South-East could be a better temporary option if there is a choice during this transit. If Venus is excellently placed from the natal AL, in maximum Digbal or aproaching the same, this choice should be availed in matters societal, financial and professional. These constitute Sukha Argala that is utterly unobstructed for Jatak with this Lagna and those with other Lagnas but running the Kumbha Narayan Dasha as too for Kumbha Rashi. For the last named these effects are mental and social rather than visibly physical. The distinction is subtle but quite real. This will show as a wonderful domestic environment and pleasure at home checked only by issues of pride and ego brought by the lordly Sun, indicating the wife. For fear of choosing Mothers of these Jatak over their spouses or loves, one shall refrain from elaborating further.
There is yet another unobstructed Argala from the 11th House where the sage, prosperous Jupiter is stationed in Dhanu Rashi in tremendous retrogression. These people may be benefited by a sage friend who may be a teacher, professor, priest, lawyer, judge, finance professional or astrologer all indicated by Guru. This Argala being Labha Argala indicates things and benefits coming in including knowledge as the 11th is 4th (Jnana) from the 8th (occult) and can bring teachings from an esoteric and occult tradition.
The unobstruction means that domestic bliss is not diluted by work constraints and the incoming blessings are not constrained by bleak and blind Kama desires of the 3rd Bhava. This is fortunate indeed. While one may need to strive hard, three times harder, for the Labha Argala to accrue, the Sukh Argala will come automatically as there are three Grahas in the 4th Bhava.
For Kumbha Pada do not rely on violence an dthreats in overcoming adversity and competition because Mangal is Neecha in the 6th House and the Pishacha Badhak of abusiveness and wild anger may inflict a setback when the other factors indicate a good time. This would be your choice as the 6th Bhava is an Upachaya and if you can curb these facets, one can be happy about the current status of your well-being.

 Meena/ Pisces:
For the sign of the Rishis, it is happy going and they have been striving manfully due to the placement of the Lagna Lord Guru in Siddha Yoga in the 10th Bhava. As pointed out elsewhere in this predictive-analytical write-up, Guru has tremendous Cheshta Bala or the propensity to strive three times harder. The retrogression makes for Bhupa/ kingly energy levels in professional skill structures and their manifestation. Retrogression makes the person come back to perfect the work, especially when it is the retrogression of the greatest benefic like Guru. However, in temporal reference frames, this still means expending time and energy and having to work much harder. So do not be bogged down by the fact that you are having to strive hard in the work arena. This is all towards an end of attaining expertise and perfection.
Transit Saturn is very well-placed, in fact, ideally placed. Shani is the Karaka of the 6th Bhava and is placed here casting an Amrit Drishti on the 8th House from the Lagna with its third house aspect. This has the tendency to protect longevity and since the 8th House is Tula or Libra, its exaltation sign, this aspect can also protect against chronic or lingering illness. Especially from the Meena Arudha Pada, this is an excellent Gochar as Shani in the 6th will surmount any opposition and quell competition effectively in the material and societal realm.
Shukra and Budh form Bhagya Yoga in the 3rd House as they aspect the 9th Bhava with Graha Drishti and the presence of Sun does not mar this as he is another Karaka for the 9th Bhava, in fact the primary Karaka for the 9th Bhava of Dharma and righteous conduct or the perfect path.
Once again the Yoga of Neecha Mangal and Ketu in the 5th House cannot be said to be good and decisions that might have significant ramifications in the future ought to be made with care. Rashness and impulse are to be eschewed as far as possible as clarity of thought and planning shall be lacking with this combination in the 5th House. Else, Rahu as a natural malefic is nicely placed in the Upachaya Bhava of the 11th House and can be good for material striving.

SATURN (SHANI) IN LEO (SIMHA) ON JULY 16, 2007

The Gochar of Shani is, of course, very significant in that it indicates where the stressful and testing results of our past Karma shall obtain over a broad period of 2 ½ years. This Karma at the level of resources and inanimate realities, such a circumstances, is divined from the inherent nature of the Rashi that Shani shall tenant in the said phase, at too its functional role when reckoned from various reference points indicative of the Self. I shall now proceed to illustrate these premises with the aid of express astrological terminology. These are centered around the quite significant astrological event of Saturn’s entry into Leo on July 16, 2007.

SIMHA RASHI (LEO):

Let us begin with Simha Rashi itself, where Shani shall transit over the next 2 ½ years beginning the 16th of July, 2007 in the early morning hours. This Rashi is ruled by Surya and indicates power and authority. The basic tenor of the inanimate or Jada reality that subsists in this Rashi is antithetical to the nature of Shani. Shani is sallow and reluctant. He does not shine. In the proud and somewhat egoic domain of the spiritual Surya, Shani feels overwhelmed and uncomfortable. He is malefic here. If Simha Rashi should be your Chandra Rashi, then this transit can be a time of intense and personal transformation. The innate pride and exclusivity of the psychological makeup could be thwarted and minimized by the realistic and ponderous pressures of Shani.

If this Rashi tenants the Lagna, then decision making, health and such issues could be troublesome. In both cases, work performance will be challenged. In the former scenario it will be the social support and professional recognition and partnership due from people and colleagues that shall dry up; in the latter it shall be the ability to work that will be hampered for some reason. If Simha houses the Arudha Lagna or the Rajyapada/ A10, the external manifestation of work, namely the office and tangible professional output, then these areas can struggle to emerge. The Rajyapada suffers as the person is required to work very very hard and yet the people who are given the responsibility to judge this seem to feel that not enough has been accomplished and more effort must go into it. Likewise, any other Arudha will feel the weight and withdrawal of Saturn’s Karmic portfolio.

It ought to be understood at this juncture that those who are undergoing auspicious Vimshottari Dasha in their horoscopes and are aided by a Moola Dasha that is not fructifying a curse, these trials imposed by the transit of Shani can prove to be basically tolerable.

While this Gochar for Simha Chandra Rashi/ the natal Moon sign in the Rashi Chakra forms the white-hot heart of the Sade-Sati, for those with this Lagna and Arudha Lagna, the transit is formative of Kantak Shani. Generally speaking, it would be a good idea to seek remedial measures and start performing them. The eternal rationale behind Shani’s resolute punishment is transformation and weeding out the dead parts of our lives and personalities; if one were to aid Saturn in this task by free-willed choice and seeking to understand the core of the spiritual nature of the human being and that of life itself, the suffering can be mitigated.

The Graha Mantra or Tantric Mantra of Shani should not be attempted without proper horoscopic evaluation. Mental health for those in the Sade-Sati will be contingent on the strength of the Moon in the radix. If Chandra is involved in Matri Shrapa, and the Moola Dasha is precipitating the Curse, then direct attention should be focused on psychological propriety and emotional constructs. Anxiety disorders, panic attacks, melancholy, psychological aberrations like Obsessive Compulsive Disorders should not be swept under the dusty carpet of mundane existence as these can be life altering issues. The manifestation of natal Tithi Dosha can also lead to such outcomes.

KANYA RASHI (VIRGO):

For nativities with this Chandra Rashi, the psychological horizons are about to undergo a sea-change. Shani in Simha Rashi signals the beginning of their Sade-Sati and a complete overhauling of the manner in which societal stimuli have been interpreted by the mind. Issues related to home, character and personal life might arise. If health is suspect, recovery from irritating medical conditions might become lingering and slow, much like the deliberate and lame progress of Shani. If Shani is malefic and dominant for the horoscope, or if Simha Rashi has few Bindus in the Sarvashtakavarga scheme, the next couple of years can be pressing. People may say unjustified things and there may be character-assassination.

If Chandra in the radix is cursed, or in other words, afflicted by the conjunction and/ or Graha Drishti/ planetary aspect of two or more malefics, this transit can change the mental personality of the native. It will be a long period of changes and seemingly inexplicable events, which are all designed to expose the native’s short comings and the Achilles Heel, which the Jatak may have been overlooking to his final detriment. One may discover how it feels to have unpleasant things said callously and unreasonably in respect of one’s actions and intent. This can infuse caution and surrender, depending upon the astrological destiny and nature of the person in this incarnation. For those with Shani in Lagna, or Paka Lagna, these can be conspicuous and important lessons. After the seemingly interminable 7 ½ years, the native will emerge a new person.

For those with Kanya Lagna, if Shani Mahadasha in the Vimshottari Dasha scheme is running, sleep patterns and displacement from the place of residence might be focal areas. For Kanya Arudha Lagna people, this is not of too much consequence, save if such people have natal Shani in Simha Rashi. In such cases, if politics or a power-centric profession is the chosen calling, great success may accrue or beginnings made in this direction.

For those commencing their Sade-Sati with an afflicted Moon or a malefic or Marana Karaka Sthana Shani may remember to seek qualified opinion to better handle the challenges likely to come. This is specially so if Shani is the malefic lord of the Moola Mahadasha fructifying a curse. To discuss Shrapa is not to dwell fruitlessly on grey topics, but it is to look at the fundamental mechanics of rebirth and the suffering either felt or likely to be felt in this incarnation. It is to trace from the Shashtyamsha/ D-60 chart, the nature of the sum total of Karma to be experiences, the precise act that invited the curse and then its physical and manifest consequences in this life from the Rashi Chakra.

TULA RASHI (LIBRA):

For nativities with this zodiacal sign housing the radical Moon, the obstacles and problems in career and achievement in societal participation are about to come to an end with the change in sign placement of Shani. Likewise, for those with Tula Lagna rising who have found the will to put in quality work dissipating and a sense of despondency creeping in to their work ethics. All these things would be giving way to a lighter professional and societal environment. Since Chandra is the Karaka for the manifest world, the fundamental indications accruing to the Arudha Padas also apply in great measure to mental and societal constructs pertaining to Bhavas reckoned from the Moon. In other words, those with Tula Arudha Lagna and Chandra Rashi shall feel similar relief.

Shani moves to an Upachaya Bhava, the 11th, when reckoned from the Tula Rashi. This is a good placement for the hardworking and realistic Saturn. It will compel the native to pursue his desires with painstaking realism without looking for shortcuts. People with Tula Rashi occupying crucial astrological stations are more comfortable with the work and nature of Saturn and thus this transit can be encouraging for them, contingent on the strength of the horoscope and the prevailing Dashas at various levels. For mental, fiscal, and participatory derivations use the Vimshottari Dasha. For deterministic, fated and circumstantial moorings rely on the Narayan Dasha/ Padakrama Dasha. For the underlying truth of Karma manifesting, see the Moola Dasha: this is the most important Dasha. In fact, Varahamihira relied almost solely on this Dasha. It can give very clear insights into the underlying thematic of the unfolding Karma; thus, even while the mental realities may be auspicious, the native may be experiencing a Curse due to the Moola Dasha. Often we feel that another person is achieving great things at the societal level while at a real and private level he may be struggling to get past the day. The intelligent application of the various Dashas taught by the Rishis is a key to the correct analysis of the various Chakras of the horoscope and thus of life itself. Also remember the conditional Dashas of Parashara as given in the Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra. They must be applied prior to and along with the Vimshottari Dasha if the special conditions relating to their applicability are fulfilled in the horoscope.

VRISHCHIK RASHI (SCORPIO):

Where the relenting occurs, just adjacent to that the trials begin. For those with Vrishchik Lagna or Chandra Rashi, Shani shall transit the 10th house therefrom forming Kantak just as it did for Tula nativities till July 16. It might be best to take precautions as for this Lagna and Chandra Rashi, Shani does not assume a benign posture.

A symbolic thorn might prick the foot of the Scorpion and the experience of the sting is always testing. This is not a perverted phenomenon but it is cosmically designed to slow down certain aspects while speeding up certain others. This Gochar is a reality check, pause and take stock as Shani is not a planet of choice in any case. The distinctions between the varying impacts for Scorpio Lagna, Arudha Lagna and Chandra Rashi shall be similar to those details for Simha above as the 10th House would be the focus. It would be less intense for those with Simha as here only Shani’s Latta/ the 10th House kick is being felt, onerous though it is, while for Simha it is the stark and palpable presence of the Dharmaraja himself. Be meticulous in your appreciation of and adherence to reality constraints, else Shani shall ask questions and explanation relating to Karmic transgressions. Those questions might be harshly posed as for the life of us we cannot believe what could give the human being the right, power and authority to speak to us in that manner, either literally or symbolically.

If we come down to the brass tacks, it is a puppet show when it comes to Saturn as the Graha is not willing to oblige, take bribes, accede to requests, being moved by tears, pain, suffering etc. Remedial measures will allow easier breathing and some lightening up. One is immensely grateful that Shani listens to prayers and will respond, though perhaps not in the way and not to the extent we would ideally prefer. Discard those precious preferences that cause so much suffering: ask the Mind to give them up or at least to view them in a newer light.

DHANU RASHI (SAGITTARIUS):

Dhanu Rashi has also been undergoing the Kantak Shani while Saturn has been transiting in Karka Rashi, which tenets the 8th Bhava therefrom. Sudden obstacles and impediments in work have been assailing the natives with this Rashi. With Shani moving to the 9th House, the Kantak Gochar shall abate and things that had appeared so challenging and unmovable shall abate and relent now. Use this time wisely to reflect on the challenges and slights encountered and tolerated and pave the way for sounder and more secure future courses of action.

MAKAR RASHI (CAPRICORN):

The natives of Makar Rashi and those with Arudha Lagna in this sign shall experience the Kantak Shani as the Karmic planet will transit their 8th House. Much of what the natives of Dhanu Rashi had been experiencing till now will come to pass. For those with Makar Lagna and Shani Mahadasha in the Vimshottari Dasha scheme running, this could be a time to ensure caution as far as health is concerned. Come chronic ailments may either be precipitated or may crop up again if they have been symptomatic hitherto. If Makar houses the Arudha Lagna, Shani as a natural malefic is not welcome in the 8th House. This may not prove to be auspicious for finances and social success. Remedial measures should be procured and performed if the going should get tough.


KUMBHA RASHI (AQUARIUS):

Shani will transit through the 7th House from the Lagna, Chandra Rashi or the Arudha Lagna. This is not a very conspicuous Gochar for Shani save if the Upapada Lagna is afflicted and the native has Kumbha Lagna. This too if the native is on the first Upapada Lagna. In such a scenario, the marital scenario can show signs of stress. Otherwise, this Gochar must be coupled with other Yogas etc in order for its import to be understood fully.

MEENA RASHI (PISCES):

For those with Meena Chandra Rashi and Arudha Lagna this transit shall be a golden period as Shani will be in the 6th House. Shani gives good results in Upachaya Bhavas. Here it has Amrita Drishti on the 8th House. This can be a time to surmount any opposition whatsoever and applies especially to those with Arudha Lagna in this sign. The enemies shall be soundly thrashed and this would be especially so if the Shatru Arudha is conjunct Simha Rashi, irrespective of which Rashi or Lagna or Arudha Lagna the native has. The Meena Lagna or Rashi natives, as too those with Meena Arudha Lagna can anticipate a time of material success and worldly sating.

MESHA RASHI (ARIES):

Creative thought and progeny could be areas under scrutiny especially if the Mantra Pada/ A5 or the Naisargika Karaka for children, Guru is afflicted or Cursed in the radix. This applies most to Mesha Lagna natives. If the Putra Bhava is housed by natural malefics, Shani in Gochar could precipitate trials in that area.

For those who are in powerful positions, close to ministers or occupying ministerial berths, this is again a time of care and due attention to decision making.

VRISHABH RASHI (TAURUS):

This is not an adverse Gochar like Kantak Shani but cannot be considered totally free of trials. Some impediments in happiness can accrue as the Graha shall be over the Sukha Bhava. It will also aspect the 10th House with its 7th aspect. Unless Shani is natally placed alone in a Dusthana for this Lagna where it is causative of Vipreeta Raja Yoga, (yes, despite not being a Dusthana Lord, and even being a Yogakaraka) and it is afflicted, as the Badhak it can precipitate troubles at home in its Vimshottari Dasha. This is a hypothetical instance cited as otherwise, the Gochar is not overly conspicuous.

MITHUN RASHI (GEMINI):

If the upcoming Gochar of Shani was not conspicuous for the Jatak with Vrishabh Rashi or this Rashi tenanting Lagna or Arudha Lagna, it is exactly the positive opposite for natives with Mithun Rashi occupying one of the reference points highlighted in this advisory instruction. Those with Mithun Chandra Rashi are going to come out of a life-altering phase imposed by the Sade-Sati of Shani. The dark experiences of the mind, the humiliations and slights imposed by even near and dear ones would be a thing of the past and much humbled you are now ready to embrace the world anew. It is akin to a psychological rebirth. Those who have got overwhelmed and developed phobias, fears, doubts and superstitions in this fearsome phase should develop an attitude of positive surrender to the Cosmic Will and participate in the Mayik drama with vigour and directed intent.

Strive to recall and remember the forced lessons taught by Shani who has exposed the secrets of Kala/ Time to you. It is clear to you that many things are just the way they are and no matter what you may have tried in these 7 ½ years nothing would have shaken the conventional trauma experienced. Failure is only one side of the coin and it is now time to experience the light world of success, frothy and quick. If Shani does not transit your Arudha Lagna or Lagna or some crucial Arudha Padas and you run good Dashas in a potent nativity, then this is the time to give the nectar to the world churned out of the poison of your Karma you have drunk over these seven years and more. Forgive your enemies for the terrible things they may have said and done to you, and even more importantly view the friends who may have broken your hearts and robbed you of your faith and trust as mere mouthpieces and puppets chosen by your Karma; after all what is the hurt inflicted by a stranger compared to that inflicted by someone close to the heart and soul. Shani chooses to make you suffer now, so that you may not have to visit unsavory Talas later. Move ahead with such positive thoughts having been now freed by Shani.

KARKA RASHI (CANCER):

This sign is entering the final phase of the Sade-Sati of Lord Shani. This will stress the Artha Trikona or the Trinal Bhavas pertaining to material striving and achievement. Movable assets, food, home and speech should be watched. Daily work should be carefully and religiously undertaken and enmity shunned. The professional and Karmic profile will also be tested as the matters related to the 2nd, 6th and 10th Houses shall come under the scrutiny of Shani. Keep the sentiment ‘This too shall pass’ uppermost in the mind and avail of the authentic remedial measures from the Shastra without succumbing to Tamasic remedies culled from a book of this colour or that. Graha Mantra if it has been lightly recommended should be discontinued as it can be disastrous of it is not suitable for the horoscope at hand. Likewise for the Tantric Mantra.

POST SCRIPT ON SHANI IN THE RADIX:

By way of a note on the radical placements for Shani, it is stated that Lagna Shuddhi is usually a good idea if Shani occupies the Lagna in the Rashi Chakra for anyone. This is done to control the coldness in the body and the vulnerability to disease. Shani is in Marana Karaka Sthana here and will adversely impact the Bhavas lorded in the Rashi Chakra. In the Bhavas (s) are afflicted then stressful results might come to pass in those realms. If Shani is joined the Chandra Lagna, then Sattwic Kalika worship is a good idea. If Chandra Lagna happens to be in the 4th, 10th or 11th House from the Lagna, this will create a Rajayoga that shall fructify after great initial suffering and hardship. If Shani afflicts the Darapada/ A7 badly or is involved in a Shrapa there, then for better and more tolerable relationships this ought to be addressed. Likewise for the 7th Bhava. In the 10th Shani can impose requirements of severe hard work and the native is said to plummet from great professional heights. Seek remedial measures if this is the case in your chart. In case, Shani is in Rajyapada, the native works slavishly but is never recognised for his labour. One ought to try and be appreciated for genuine work.

THE TRANSIT (GOCHAR) OF JUPITER (GURU) IN 2007-2008

Guru/ Jupiter is the greatest benefic planet in the zodiac and in any nativity represents the presence of divinity. While the phenomenon of Gochar of various planets is stated to be studied from the position of the Moon/ Chandra in the radix, there are very useful principles that should be applied from the Lagna as well as the Arudha Lagna. The transits from the natal Moon are advised static and well-recorded results and function according to the mitigating and countering effects of Vedha/ obstruction of various other planets in transit. These can be studied from any standard text on the subject.

In the instant essay, the transit of Guru shall be briefly judged from the Lagna and the Arudha Lagna. Some ways of judging this transit shall be stated hereinbelow. Guru transits in Vrishchik/ Scorpio Rashi till November 22, 2007 and shall move to Dhanu/ Sagittarius Rashi at about 4:14 AM on that date. In this Rashi and the next Guru would be in friendly and own/ Moolatrikona Rashi respectively.

If Scorpio should house your Arudha Lagna, this transit can elevate the image but only after revealing the Satya/ truth of the image as it exists. This means that the vulnerabilities and pitfalls associated with the image as it exists at the present time shall be exposed and then Guru shall become auspicious for the manifest existence and the way the native is perceived. One of the most important fallouts of the transit of the benefic Jupiter is that of judging its impact on the Upapada Lagna. This latter is gleaned to determine the manifest features of the marriage. Whenever Guru has Rashi Drishti on the 2nd House from the Upapada Lagna, and/ or on the 2nd Lord from the Upapada Lagna it can be a very good time to tie the knot. So, for those with the Upapada Lagna in Tula Rashi this is an auspicious time to tie the knot before Guru moves to Dhanu. Likewise for those with the Upapada Lagna in Meena Rashi as Guru aspects Mesha/ Aries with Rashi Drishti.

Even the Graha Drishti of the Guru to the said places is sufficient provided Jupiter is strongly placed in the natal chart. Graha Drishti embodies the desire/ Ichcha Shakti of the Graha while Rashi Drishti shows manifest circumstances. The transit principle of Jupiter is used like a yearly Muhurta principle for isolating the most auspicious year for marriage, having already considered the Naisargika Dasha suitability along with the more standard tools like Vimshottari Dasha in Rashi Chakra and Navamsha Chakra and Narayan Dasha in the two charts for both the prospective groom and the bride.

If Guru Mahadasha in the Vimshottari Dasha scheme is running for a native with Vrishchik Arudha Lagna and the Mahadasha is auspicious for the rising Lagna, the Gochar in the Arudha Lagna can pave the way for rise in society and the manner in which the native is perceived. Similarly, predictions of a positive nature can be made for other Arudha Padas.

For instance, if the Rajyapada/ A10 were to be in Vrishchik, ceteris paribus one might say, that the research potentials of the tangible features of work would rise, or perhaps occult insights would deepen, only after having exposed the weaker aspects of the same. The Lagna taken from any reference is a Kendra/ Quadrant and especially from Arudha Padas Guru gives very fine results in these places. The principle of the transit in the 9th House from the Arudha Lagna, and other Arudha Padas, does not apply to Guru. Guru is an exception. This should be understood carefully as explained below.

The 9th House from the Arudha Lagna is a Tamasic or destructive house despite the fact that the 9th from Lagna is the most auspicious house in the Rashi Chakra. Having said that, it ought to be noted the 9th House from the Arudha Lagna will yield the greatest material upliftment for the image and visible reality. It is destructive only in the sense that it makes the native try to compete and benefit itself. The gentle and selfless Guru does not give good results here only in Gochar. Natally, it will still lift the image of the Jatak through Sattwic means.

For Vrishchik Lagna, Guru is an outright functional benefic and if it is the Dashanath in the Vimshottari Dasha scheme or in any other conditional Dasha of Parashar, its transit in the Lagna can be good, especially of Guru is powerful in the nativity. Similar results can be had for natives with Simha Lagna, as Guru is the 5th and 8th Lord. If it is the Dashanath and the results of its 5th House lordship dominate in the Rashi Chakra, either by placement in the 5th house itself or being placed in an even Rashi in the horoscope, the transit can be favourable in the 4th House.

It will impart greater impulse to the domestic environment, immovable assets, family life, vehicles and learning. For Mesha Lagna natives, Guru is the 9th and 12th Lord and is benefic. In Gochar in the 8th House it can give gains from speculation and investment as too from worthy occult and spiritual circles. Even if Guru is not a functional benefic for the rising Lagna, say for Vrishabh/ Taurus Lagna, it is still the greatest natural benefic and in the 7th House can help matters marital and those to do with personal interaction and partnership.

Regarding the role Guru plays in the Kendradhipati Dosha for Mithun and Kanya Lagna, the Dosha will manifest only if Guru is afflicted. If it is placed in the 7th House itself, such natives rise after marriage and Hamsa Yoga is formed. If there is gross affliction then as the Badhak Graha carrying the blemish of the Kendradhipati Dosha can give very bad results. For Kanya Lagna, if natal Guru is placed in Vrishchik and if it is the Mahadasha lord, this Gochar can be troublesome as Guru in the radix would be in the Marana Karaka Sthana and will give adverse results for marital prospects and partnership. For Karka/ Cancer Lagna, this is a good transit for an auspicious planet and progeny, accruals from the investment portfolio and association with the highly placed can happen.

For Tula Lagna, Guru does not play a good role according to Parashar as it lords the malefic 3rd and 6th Houses. Its Gochar in the 2nd House can further interaction with Jyotishis and those who deal with the future as the 2nd is a Panaphara Bhava. For those with Dhanu Lagna, the Gochar post November, 2007 would be far more fruitful as the Lagna Lord would be in Gochar in Lagna. This would specifically take care of overall life issues if Guru is activated in Mahadasha or Antardasha in some Dasha scheme.

For Kumbha Lagna, Guru plays a role akin to Kubera, the lord of wealth, despite the fact that it is a functional malefic being the 11th Lord for the chart. In the 11th House, it can augment gains while after November, 2007 it can fuel expenditure on Sattwic matters, investments to elevate wealth, spending on spiritual or religious items and ceremonies. For Meena Lagna, as Guru is the Lagna Lord in the 9th House in Gochar, many people have been found to be performing Havans and generally coming closer to their spiritual roots. Even when Guru transits to Sagittarius, it would be strongly placed in the 10th House and for those with Amala Yoga, the working skills would be sharply honed.

After November 22, 2007 Guru will transit in Dhanu Rashi which is its Moolatrikona Rashi. Guru is at work here. Lawyers, judges, astrologers, priests, spiritualists, religious thinkers and philosophers can attain special success. For nativities running Guru Dasha or having a prominent Guru placed in Narayan Dasha Rashi or in Kendra therefrom, this can be a prominent Gochar. All the functional and active attributes of the planet can undergo deep renewal in the chart. For natives with Guru in Dhanu Rashi itself, prominently placed, Guru will be transiting over its natal position. This is a highly auspicious transit and can bring the Grace of God and the divine nectar of immortal Jnana. If the Mantra Pada/ A5/ the Arudha Pada of the 5th House is associated with benefic planets then the native may receive Mantra from a Shiksha or Diksha Guru if transit Guru aspects the A5 with Rashi Drishti or conjoins the same in Gochar.

For such natives, they may come to important metaphysical understandings about themselves and the world around them through subjects and musings of their choice even if they are not particularly inclined to avail of the spiritual gems of India. Guru indicates the highest flights of human thought and the most elevated thinking: great philosophical insights in Vedanta or those relating to the world as one large family (Vasudaiva Kutumbakam) with huge differences and yet a fundamental unity can accrue.

As mentioned elsewhere on this website, when the Gochar of planets is being evaluated to see which natal Yogas and Dashas shall crystallize to yield what influences, the knowledge from the esoteric Chandra Kala Nadi must be utilized. The transit Moon and Sun either atop Arudha Padas or in the 7th House or in Trikona from them shall fructify matters related to them. For example, for events pertaining to the actual vehicle, or home see the above stated Gochar from the Matri Arudha/ A4.

For developments relating to work, see the Gochar from the Rajyapada/ A10. The other matters are to be similarly seen from other Arudha Padas. If other features such as the ending of highly malefic Moola Dashas involved with Curses in the chart and with the 8th House of the Nija Dosha are ending, then this benefic Gochar of Guru into Dhanu Rashi can portend a reaping of the rich harvest of Sattwa, patience and burning away the old bad Karma. Jupiter gives without being asked and as the Karaka for the imperceptible Akash Tattwa or ethereal element it is never perceived while it is doing the job of enriching life, both materially and spiritually.

For Agni Tattwa Rashis like Mesha, Simha and Dhanu the Gochar of Guru in Dhanu/ Sagittarius shall be quite auspicious. For Karka/ Cancer Lagna, it can appease inimical tendencies in life if the natal 6th House is afflicted but not in an extreme fashion. For the Prithvi Tattwa Rashis, the Gochar is not adverse but will open avenues for spiritual abundance, home and foreign travel or visits to the Ashram of the Guru respectively for Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn Lagnas.

For the other Jala Tattwa Lagnas like Vrishchik and Meena, the Gochar is auspicious for family, wealth and movable goods (Scorpio) and for Meena (self and self specifically from the viewpoint of work).

For Vayu Tattwa Lagnas, Mithun may realize how lucky they are to have the spouse they do, while Kumbha/ Aquarius will see an upsurge in the quality of friends and gains. The fulfillment of desires and an overall optimism may also infuse proceedings. For Tula Lagna, it is a more ordinary Gochar of Guru in Dhanu as the Graha feels uncomfortable with the matrix of desire in Marana Karaka Sthana in the 3rd Bhava from the Lagna.

The divine grace of Guru can also offset some of the pressures of evil transits of Rahu and the pressures of Shani though not necessarily in the same areas that are afflicted by the latter malefics. Though Guru will never ask us, let us pay our regards and prayers to this great Graha, an unassuming but tremendous and unconditional boon to mankind.
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