Saturday, September 30, 2017

Difference between Shri Rama vs. Ravana and Sun vs. Rahu in the Vedic Horoscope

There is a common misapprehension that the adversarial stance between the Sun and Rahu in a given horoscope is just a mirror of the battle between Shri Rama and Ravana.

This important correlation between two diametrically opposite Karmic entities in the Vedic horoscope is studied at this link in the highlighted text which is a newsletter written on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami or Dusshehra.

Anurag Sharma
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Monday, September 11, 2017

Jupiter Transit in Libra on September 12, 2017 in Vedic Astrology

Jupiter transit in Libra:
Jupiter, the greatest benefic, moves to Vedic Libra in transit on September 12, 2017.
The Jupiter transit is always noteworthy, since apart from being the greatest benefic, it is an outer planet and changes Rashis only after 13 months or so. Its heavy beneficence, therefore, shifts location and the influence if felt by all in their lives.

The Gurus:
There are two Gurus in Vedic astrology, Jupiter and Venus. Though by their mythic personalities, Jupiter is the preceptor of the Devas and Venus of the Daityas, the Gurus are inscrutable in their working. Their influence in our individual lives is not so readily deciphered as their personalities and portfolios would suggest.

Role of the Gurus in Higher Teaching:
In higher teachings on the subject of the Gurus, it is systematically derived as to which of the two is ruling the material Karma of the individual, and which the spiritual. Therefore, it is quite possible in a given chart that Venus is the one adamant on spiritual insight while Jupiter is insistent on material Karma manifesting. This can completely change the reading of the horoscope at the higher levels. Sometimes the Guru will force his hand and will not let life unfold at all unless his wishes are met.

Transit Chart for the Ingress of Jupiter into Libra:

The Basic Fact of Jupiter in Libra:
Apart from what has been stated above, it is to be remembered that Libra is ruled by Venus, and the two planets are often at loggerheads with each other being advisors of opposite camps. In the result, Jupiter is not comfortable in Libra, which is the 7th House of the natural zodiac. The preceptor feels flummoxed in the Kama Bhava. Doubtlessly, Jupiter will seek to give its blessings but these are fundamentally priestly in nature and may impede the enjoyment of Libra. If in any Libra horoscope, Jupiter is also intent on spirituality then it can be a very enigmatic transit for them. By Libra horoscope is meant a Vedic horoscope with Libra rising in the Lagna. These can be in the nature of a lifting of the veil from over the matters which are governed by Libra, and which were not visible earlier. This may not be a conventionally easy experience. Jupiter does not like what he sees in Libra and a lot will also depend on the natal planets in Libra in any given nativity. This will contribute heavily to the overall texture of experience in this transit. This accompanies the recent transit of Rahu-Ketu to Cancer and Capricorn respectively, which in turn followed the Saturn transit to Sagittarius. Certainly, the movement of all the slow-moving Karmic planets indicates a significant shift in the delivery of Karma for individuals and entities.

Graha Drishti or Planetary Aspects of Transit Jupiter in Libra:
We are considering only the full aspects of Jupiter here though the other aspects of Jupiter are equally important in discerning the influence of the planet. [See, Source Material for Advanced Detailed Chart Analysis by Anurag Sharma]
From its transit station in Libra, Jupiter aspects Aquarius with its 5th House aspect. If Aquarius is afflicted in any horoscope, the delusion inherent in the sign coupled with the affliction, will be dispelled and clarified, due to the aspect of Jupiter. The error, if any, in knowledge-based perception of reality, the future, income, gains and future prospects and hedonistic or philosophical ideals in general have a good chance of being corrected. However, sometimes ignorance is bliss, and when ignorance comes to an end, it can be a testing time.
Jupiter also aspects Gemini with its 9th House aspect and brings religiosity to the sign. Jupiter guides the incessant flow of information to higher ground and the intellectual resources of Gemini may be put to good use. Communications and relations with the peers, acquaintances and siblings are set to undergo a change in an active way. Jupiter’s aspect to Aries is weak and is unlikely to cause any significant change unless other factors in a given horoscope override this.

Rashi Drishti or Sign aspects of Transit Jupiter in Libra:
Jupiter in Libra is very aware of Leo, Aquarius and Taurus, having sign aspect on these Rashis. Sign aspects are a function of awareness. In this sense, Aquarius is very strongly influences by Jupiter. Aquarius is also going to be quite aware of Jupiter in Libra. So for Aquarius Lagna, Jupiter in the 9th House is bringing some major changes through events related to the father, the Gurus or the teachers, students in higher studies and foreign travel. Jupiter is changing the concept of Dharma for them. Similarly, for Libra Lagna since Jupiter is transiting the Lagna itself, the future, children, love affairs, planning and such matters are being put into focus through one’s own thought processes and life circumstances.
For Leo, Jupiter is transiting its Marana Karaka Sthana position showing some problems with the 3rd House significations but Jupiter aspects the sign with Rashi Drishti showing that the awareness and the higher truths pertaining to these events are known to Leo. Taurus is similarly influenced and both for Libra and Taurus Lagna, the other sign will show developments. For example, for Libra, the 8th House of health and chronic conditions, the atmosphere prevailing in the marriage, and other matters are put into focus due to the transit of Jupiter in the Lagna and for Taurus, the 6th House of work and adversarial interaction has the weight of Jupiter in it.
It can be readily seen that a myriad factors must be painstakingly and exhaustively analysed so as to come to a clear picture regarding the contours of life in the horoscope of a given person, when it is studied with all its planets and all the divisional charts; just the basic parameters pertaining to the transit of a single planet are themselves fairly elaborate. In the exhaustive analysis of the natal horoscope, it is nothing less than a crystal-clear picture of Karma which is sought, given the complexity of life across the world in the current times.

Impact of the Jupiter Transit on the Various Lagna/ Ascendants:
It is relative to the twelve Lagna in Vedic astrology that the influence of the transit planet is to be determined. By Lagna is meant the Udaya Lagna or the sign rising on the eastern horizon at the time of birth.
As stated above, Libra Lagna is dominantly influenced with the great benefic blessing the sign in its own way. Jupiter is the 3rd and 6th Lord for the Lagna and is a functional malefic and this is another reason why the blessings may not come in the traditionally easy way. Aries Lagna is strongly influenced in a positive way since Jupiter is transiting the 7th House from the Lagna. The attitude to the marriage, spouse and partnerships becomes healthy and guided by higher principles. Both matters relating to income, gains on the one hand and siblings on the other are positively influenced. The darkness and opacity in the minds of friends can be dispelled by the strong Aries during this transit and he can render forthright advice.
Taurus feels the influence largely in work and wealth related matters due to the focus of the planet on the Artha Trikona. Those in knowledge based professions and work will benefit since Jupiter transits through the 6th House and aspects the 10th and the 2nd Houses from the Lagna. Intellectuals gain from the work they put in and shine in their sphere of work as well, though the two facets are not always seen together in life. The Kutumba, or the family, and financial liquidity improve. Gemini sees important developments pertaining to children and it will depend on the natal planets in Libra as to the nature of events which transpire. Religion and belief in God, and a change in the way the world is perceived are significant shifts in life.
Cancer has the transit in the 4th House where Jupiter feels exalted but the sign is Libra and the happiness is short-lived. Again its basic discomfort in Libra will be conditioned by the natal planets placed there. Jupiter is a planet of spiritual illumination and in the 4th House of home and the heart, these areas could be illuminated for the better in the long run. This transit is about feeling and emotions. Jupiter aspects the 8th House and the 12th House, both quite personal houses. The 8th is Aquarius where the light of Jupiter shines bright to dispel the confusion and the 12th is Gemini, where personal interaction receives the benefic rays of the planet.
Leo has an interesting time of it because Jupiter is the 8th Lord in the 3rd House in Marana Karaka Sthana. Siblings, Karma, peers, neighbours, writing, and certain personal matters come to the fore. Awareness is a key word due to the sign aspect. Since Jupiter is in Marana, a person indicated by the Libra in the 3rd House could be going through a difficult time during this transit, should their horoscopes so indicate.
Virgo feels empty as Jupiter exits the sign and family and money come into sharp focus. Here too matters pertaining to work and status in society are at the forefront. It will depend as to which planet is placed in Libra in the natal horoscope. Due to the indifferent mood of Jupiter in Libra, a difficult planet in Libra could prove testing as the person will suddenly see the higher perspective pertaining to wealth and family matters. Scorpio has Jupiter in the 12th House which is good for expenses on the right things and for new beginnings in anything in life. Like Cancer Lagna, emotions are feelings are at the forefront during this transit. The difficult home situation receives the grace of Jupiter and so do matters which decide the continuance of the marital alliance. These are all helpful inputs from Jupiter in these areas.
Sagittarius has Jupiter in the 11th House which is the Karaka Bhava for Jupiter and despite being in Libra, Jupiter will help friendships, social participation and income. Personal matters, marriage and relationships come into focus with minor influences on children and future planning.
Capricorn has Jupiter in the 10th House which is excellent for an elevated attitude to work. Like Virgo, it is the Artha Trikona which comes into focus and work, sustenance and status in life become important areas of focus.
Aquarius has been discussed elsewhere but additionally the self and luck and fortune will be the matters which will influence this Lagna the most. Pisces transforms itself with Jupiter in the 8th House. The marriage receives the blessings of Ganga Jala. People start investing in the markets and taking loans for projects. The emotional structuring of the individual may change due to the influence on the Jala Tattwa if this is indicated at the given time in a Pisces Lagna Vedic horoscope.
As for the impact on the Arudha Lagna (AL), Jupiter is basically good for Virgo Arudha, where it blesses the wealth and shows the right ways to earn and manage the liquidity in pragmatic ways. Gemini Arudha has excellent future planning in this period and children excel. Pisces AL benefits due to the excellent worldly situation of the spouse. Sagittarius AL gets great income from wonderful sources in the best possible way.
This is an important transit and ought to be considered in any serious interpretation of the natal horoscope. If Jupiter is ruling any major Dasha system, then it becomes all the more significant.    

Anurag Sharma
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Monday, August 28, 2017

Planets at the time of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Verdict

When the Gurmeet Ram Rahim verdict of guilty was pronounced on August 25, 2017 and violence broke out in parts of the country, the transit Moon was in Virgo, joined the greatest benefic in the zodiac, Jupiter.

Many could find this confusing at the outset but the confusion would not be well-founded in Vedic astrology. As we often write, the more advanced works at this resource also delve deeper into the nature of the signs and the planets.

Virgo is the 6th House of the natural zodiac and also deals with illness, debts and enemies and punishment as well. The concept of Danda comes from here. So, we need to be clear that Virgo houses all the malefic potential that may be expected from any 6th House in any nativity and these 6th Houses only follow and copy the potential of Virgo.

A mention of Virgo generally reminds us of Mercury but we forget that Rahu has its Moolatrikona in Virgo. The most devious of the planets goes to work in the domain of Virgo. It is with this fact that many of the less-palatable prospects in Virgo come to the fore.

Rahu and Mars were forming an incendiary Yoga in Cancer at the time. Cancer indicates the home and the homeland, the mother and the motherland.The sign has been brought into focus by the recent transit of Rahu-Ketu

Both Rahu and Mars were in the Gandanta, or in the junction, between Cancer and Leo. When Rahu and Mars are conjoined a war breaks out and this is what happened in certain cities of India on the day. There were widespread incidents of murder, looting and arson precipitated by the conflicting conjunction of Rahu and Mars.

The seemingly benign conjunction of Moon and Jupiter is not so. The taint comes with an element of reciprocity between the Moon and Rahu, since the Moon is placed in the bastion of Rahu and Rahu is afflicting Cancer ruled by the Moon. The net effect is that Jupiter receives the influence of Rahu while Moon receives the influence of Mars and Venus. There is a double Rudra Yoga.

The Rudra Yoga formed by Mars-Moon and Moon-Venus and the affliction of Venus by Mars reflected the facts that the conviction was for the offence of rape, and that the violence broke out as an expression of entirely misplaced emotional outrage. The gullible masses and the so-called followers of the convict indulged in wanton and willful breach of the peace and of law causing irreversible damage to life and property.

Leo, the seat of power is hemmed in a Papakartari Yoga especially due to the reciprocal influences generated by the Moon and Rahu. The Guru-Chandala Yoga ensures that religious or spiritual sentiment is corrupted and vitiated to lead to loss of life and the Rudra Yogas damages vehicles, buildings and the minds of people, all being significations of the 4th House, which Cancer is, in the natural zodiac.

The Sun is strong in Leo indicating that the governments in question are in no danger of being incapable of meeting the situation but the conjunction with retrograde Mercury which has caused so many communication problems, led to the perception that the highest functionaries were mute spectators. Saturn’s aspect does not help the situation at all.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Transit of Rahu in Cancer and Ketu in Capricorn in Vedic Astrology

Rahu, the planet of past Karma and desires is changing signs, and so is its diametric opposite Ketu. This happens on August 18, 2017. Rahu is moving from Leo to its counterpart Cancer, while Ketu is moving from Aquarius to Capricorn, again linked by the fact that these signs are ruled by Saturn.
Rahu was hitherto influencing decisions impacting the future, children, prowess and aggrandizement, while the focus shifts now to home, emotions, matters of the heart, properties and such significations associated with Cancer.
Ketu was causing mistakes pertaining to hedonism and taking the broad philosophical stand, sometimes for the sake of correctness only. Ketu brought to full throttle the great affection that unfathomable obstacles have towards human beings. Now, Ketu inspires spirituality through mistakes in work, attitude to work, illness, airy-fairy notions relating to actual professional output and such matters contingent on correct exertions.
The additional facet to be noted here is that Rahu aspects with desire while Ketu being the significator for emancipation cannot be bothered with any such aspect.
Rahu aspects Leo and matters related to home may influence children and the future, and other matters associated with Leo. Of course, much will depend on the house positions of Cancer and Leo in any given nativity. It can go on to mean things like a whirlwind relationship having great sway on life circumstances and a variety of other things based on the aforesaid house positions.
Rahu aspects Capricorn and creates the desire for work, and for performance and growth in work. This desire should be kept on an even keel to prevent Ketu from showing the door towards release through developments related to work, unless that is what one seeks.
Again, much will depend on where these two signs of Cancer and Capricorn are in the horoscope to discern specific areas of focus and operation of the two Karmic malefics. Rahu also aspects Scorpio and Pisces with its planetary aspects and Scorpio is its sign of debility of longevity. Apart from health considerations, matters governed by Scorpio could show short time span of fructification of events or cessation of these matters with some speed, if this is otherwise indicated in the natal charts.
Likewise, Rahu will seek to colour the pristine waters of Pisces with its influences, because it is opposed to Jupiter. Some jolt to the belief-system, hiccups in foreign travel and doubts relating to the validity of religion and spirituality could be precipitated.
Karma is shifting.
The change comes with the peculiar collision course of Rahu and Sun which is manifesting at the time of the transit. Rahu is moving backwards to Cancer and colliding with the great luminary, the Sun, as it moves from Cancer to Leo. The junction of the two signs is Gandanta and people have felt great conflict in some manner during this period.  


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ravi Shastri- Yogas in his Vedic Astrology Horoscope

Cricket fundamentals:
Ravi Shastri has always been in the news. Whether it was his beginning as a slow, left-arm orthodox bowler or his growth as an all-rounder, he has almost always been at the forefront of events.

Recently, he has been appointed head-coach of the Indian cricket team after being a notable presence in the commentary-box. Ravi Shastri helped the Indian cricket team earlier with his distinctive style and came out with flying colours. He has not been shy of taking up the mantle despite the unseemly controversy between the former coach Anil Kumble, and the captain Virat Kohli.
Almost immediately he appears to have done away with the appointment of Rahul Dravid as one who would give inputs from the batting perspective, and Zaheer Khan, who would give inputs from the bowling perspective.

World Stage:
Ravi Shastri has played County cricket in the past and also worked on the international stage as an ambassador.  

From batting lower down in the order, Shastri graduated to opening the innings for India. He won the ‘Champion of Champion’ award in Australia and brought back an Audi, which in the day was a very conspicuous thing in India. He shares the rare record of hitting Tilak Raj for six sixes in an over in a first-class game.

Karma from the Vedic Horoscope:
The events in life having been notable, it is axiomatic that Shastri have the Karma which has brought the said events about. Let us then see the Rashi chart of the Vedic horoscope which is given below:

Before we start, we must note that the term Yoga is too lightly used in Vedic astrology. Of course, the coming together of two entities in Jyotisha amount to yoking and almost invariably we can discern its impact. But that is not even the tip of the iceberg. The classical literature in Vedic astrology is replete with the specific impact of Yogas and it should be clearly understood that Yogas are a distinct and major subject in Vedic astrology, and furnish the subject-matter of inquiries which must be undertaken independently due to the sheer width, magnitude and real-life impact that they entail. 
Thus sobered by this knowledge, let us look at this chart as we usually do, noting the coming together of entities but also realising today, that there is a whole substratum of Yogas in any given horoscope which must be strictly interpreted according to the Shlokas in the classical texts and which then dictates the entire fabric of Karma. That level of study and interpretation of the horoscope cannot be given here for a variety of reasons. Even so, let us continue. 

The Sun is in the Lagna and being the significator of prowess and fame, gives precisely that to Ravi Shastri. The fact that he shines can directly be linked to the Sun in the Lagna, and Sun is the Karaka of the Lagna as well.

The fundamental aspect of Yoga tells us that Budha-Aditya or Nipuna Yoga is formed due to the conjunction of the Sun and Mercury and gives high intelligence and expertise in the chosen vocation. Mercury is also the Karaka for speech and communication, explaining a part of his career very well.
Mercury is retrograde showing that this aspect of communication has been cultivated with hard work and did not come very naturally to him. At the basic level we can also see that Mercury is a first-rate benefic for Taurus Lagna and its placement in the Lagna is excellent.

The basic understanding of Rajayoga also reveals that since Surya is the lord of a quadrant and Budha the lord of a trine, their association yields Rajayoga and that too in the Lagna. [One will take the Rajayoga at the cost of a receding hairline, which the Agni of the Sun in Lagna will give without gender discrimination.]

Excellence in the career:
The 10th House from the Lagna is the career, and is the Swarga or heaven of the chart. Any planet here will give good results, as a rule of thumb. We find the oft-celebrated Gajakesari Yoga which is profound being in the 10th House. Also, planets in mutual quadrants are co-workers and support each others’ endeavours, which makes Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Moon helpful to each other. The results of the association of Jupiter and Moon are very auspicious and would have given a spotless life but for the exchange between Rahu and Moon.

The Moon in the 10th House is an excellent placement as the mind, social bearings, popularity and the human factor in life are at their highest. It is no wonder then that Ravi Shastri has enjoyed the popular acclaim that he has.

Rahu and Moon:
The exchange between Rahu and Moon changes things and brings in controversy and worse because the Moon gets tainted with the energies of the malefic Node. Rahu indicates shock, deceit, deviation from the norm, loss of protection and such things. These matters will have their say in his life and shape his personality. He is known to be stern and quick to take offence, probably because he found out the price of letting things be, when life dished out inexplicable and unpalatable things to him.
Rahu joining Jupiter in the 10th House owing to the exchange forms an adverse Yoga, the Guru-Chandala Yoga which will make it hard to form a reliable value system with which to navigate life. Counsel is required but may not be forthcoming. There is a chance of charlatans entering life if counsel is sought without due diligence, owing to the problems with the latter Yoga.

Image and visible life:
The Parivartana Yoga between the Moon and Rahu impacts the image and visible life because Rahu is in the Arudha Lagna. He has been seen as a person who has not cared for convention (Rahu), his earlier personal relationships were the focus of much public attention and scrutiny and generally the image was dominated by Rahu. But due to the exchange, Moon comes to its own sign in the Arudha Lagna pushing out the earlier perception and giving genuine, clean and conventional acclaim and popularity which are matters governed by a strong Moon. But he will never be too far from controversy because of this exchange. 

There is Kala Sarpa Yoga in the chart as all planets are between Rahu and Ketu and virtually everything is Karmic in life. It is excellence in the Lagna which breaks the Yoga.

Personal life and relationships:
Rightly or wrongly, this aspect of his life has been much discussed and Venus in the 2nd House from the Lagna, as the Karaka for relationships and marriage can contribute to this. The 2nd house from the Lagna is the 8th from the 7th House of relationships and thus adversely disposed to the latter, especially as Venus rules these as the significator.

The 7th Lord Mars has gone to the 12th House which forms his philosophy of ‘Work hard and party harder’.

It was evidently falsely reported in the media that the couple had filed for divorce because Shastri categorically denied it. Anyhow, the Upapada Lagna showing manifest realities of marriage is in the 9th House in malefic Capricorn and has Saturn and Ketu in it. The length of the marriage is seen from the 2nd House from the Upapada Lagna which is protected by the Gajakesari Yoga. The reason why the reports emerged in the media is because of the exchange between Moon and Rahu which brings Rahu to the 2nd from the Upapada and fosters doubts and discussions and these of rumours.

The Navmasha:
The Navamsha is the real test but here it is a pre-requisite that each very serious matter of the heart be tabulated and recorded for these tend to exhaust (apart from the human heart) the relevant reference-points in the horoscope. Suffice it to say that the 7th House in the Navamsha with the given time of birth has a debilitated Rahu.

even a fundamental view of the Yogas can yield an accurate portrayal of the Karma in life. Further, and deeper, Venus for certain reasons indicates that he should always retain professional proximity with companies.
Mars shows whatever may happen at the metaphysical level he will always be accepted as a leader of all he surveys since Mars is in the 10th House from the Arudha Lagna in Aries, and for some other crucial reasons apart from that.
Deeper Yogas:
The deeper Yogas are steps that are to be climbed so proportionally escalate the understanding of the chart, and of life in general. Since one step is higher than the other, there is great significance implicit in this seemingly simple fact. Due to this, these are required to be studied at an entirely different level of appreciation and understanding.


Anurag Sharma,

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Landmark Changes in Life and Vedic Astrology

Life-transition and change simpliciter:

In life, we often place great importance on times of landmark changes in life, or life-transitions, and since Vedic astrology is concerned with this life and everything connected with it, these life-transitions become an important area of focus and investigation in this spiritual art.

It is often that the individual asks, ‘when will things change and in what way’, and more infrequently in times of great fulfillment, ‘how long will this great streak continue, and what follows after this’.

A life-transition is a larger concept than that of mere change, as changes are implicit at smaller levels, in general life itself. They may be notable or may not be notable, but a life-transition is an alteration of the very framework in which existence continues. Needless to say then, it is a fundamental factor in life which alters directions, areas of focus, ways of thinking and being, goals and ambitions in any permutation and combination depending upon the placements in the various charts in the Vedic horoscope.

Life-transitions and Vedic astrology:

Since life-transitions, and all significant changes, are essentially dynamic concepts, the foremost tool with which to study these is also the dynamic facet of the various and numerous Dasha (periodicity) systems in Vedic Astrology. Since they capture these momentous changes, Dashas do so by changing themselves, and thus the frequent refrain ‘my Dasha has changed’. ‘Dasha’, the word means ‘state of being’ and it is self-evident that changes in the state of our being, and that of matters around us in our lives, are well reflected in the changing Dashas.

But this is not to say that these momentous changes are captured by the changing Dashas only; to be sure, there are numerous other factors in classical Jyotisha which are to be used to understand the unraveling of the Karmic fabric during this life. One such is the age of maturity of the Grahas (planets) and the Bhavas (houses). Others such as that age of maturity of planets in conspicuous Yogas such as the Kala-Sarpa Yoga and the Kala-Amrita Yoga are highly pertinent and can override Dashas in some cases.

It is also to be remembered that there are scores of Dasha systems in Vedic astrology and often we are to use more than one system to gauge the precise nature and tenor of the changes that are to manifest in life. It is true that Vimshottari Dasha is universally applicable to all charts in the Kaliyuga but the other systems can be at least equally, if not more efficacious, given the specifics of a particular horoscope.

Consider for a moment, the deterministic Padakrama Dasha or the Narayana Dasha which is a Dasha of signs, rather than planets. It brings changes in the environment itself within which we live and function. If life-transition appears to be at hand, the change in environment and its duration can be a very significant tool with which to understand such changes. The various other Nakshatra Dashas taught by Parashara and the other classical writers are no less important; some of these apply only in certain specified set of planetary placements and other features in the horoscope. They are also to be used for specific purposes and can majorly aid the understanding of deep changes in life. 

What this means, exactly:

The foregoing discussion means that with the change in Dasha, the influence of a particular planet or sign changes. That of one planet or sign may cease and another may begin to operate. Technically, in the Dashas, they do cease and commence, but the word ‘may’ is used to account for the varying levels in the strength of the planet and of the signs. As far as the planets are concerned, this aspect is covered by the subject of Bala (strength) and is one of the most major parts of traditional Jyotisha. 

There are deep secrets here, which is why elaboration was omitted from the otherwise exhaustive depictions of all the things that go on to comprise the Advanced Detailed Chart Analysis ( The reason for giving technical details in this paper is to indicate all the things which form this very deep study of the horoscope. While the Detailed Chart Analysis itself is an exhaustive and advanced study of the charts in the horoscope, at the Advanced level, the understanding of life through a still far deeper investigation of the Karma, rises exponentially as a construct of the various colours of Karma. This is of great value for contemporary life owing to its complexity and thus when we use practically all the knowledge available in the works of Parashara to embark on this ambitious project, for it is nothing less, then we are truly one with the Karmic code of our present existence.  

Still, the main takeaway from this paper thus far, for the reader is that if the lord of the Dasha of a period which is to commence or has just commenced is strong then its impact will be felt in full and if this planet should be concerned with matters quite different from the lord of the preceding Dasha, then very significant changes in life will follow.    

Nakshatra Dashas are concerned with how the mind interprets the stimuli coming from the society but if these are conditional Nakshatra Dashas then life-transitions have to be viewed through the prism of specific things that these Dashas are concerned with.

Similarly, the more fated and deterministic environmental aspects of the change are to be seen from the Rashi Dashas. If the Dasha Rashi is ruled by a strong planet or houses a strong planet and Bhava from the Lagna, and is different in inclination from the preceding Dasha of another sign, then too the focus of life shall change in the way situations present themselves, and the context in which they do so.

Just as a particular way of being is attaining culmination, and another is set to commence, we are in a time, the quality of which is termed Dasha Chhidra. This is like a strainer through which the current quality is seeping out and the new one is coming in. It is curious to see the way in which it manifests in horoscope. It works like the flipping of an electric switch and the environment changes. It is a delicate time and is to be navigated with knowledge and awareness for it lays the groundwork for a possible more extensive homogenous period. 

Many of you have experienced the great efficacy and utility of the Tithi Pravesha Cakra Analysis, which is highly relevant tool to understand and work with landmark changes in life. Tithi is comprised of the Jala Tattwa, the element of flow governing, flux, social interaction, finances, well-being, relationships and such crucial factors. A competent way to understand the working of this device is that even Antaradashas are quite long and the entire duration is not composed of identical themes and events. A more accurate portrayal of what is likely to come to pass is derived through the annual horoscope, especially in view of its core areas of operation. 

As we start thinking at deeper levels, we will unravel a myriad factors,  which are pertinent in context of life transitions. The transits, especially of the major outer planets, Jupiter and Saturn, the Karmic Nodes, Rahu and Ketu and of dominant Dasha planets cannot be overlooked. At this website, there are numerous works detailing the vast impact of the Saturn transits and the Jupiter transits.

Then there is the question of considering the correct fulcrum or reference point amongst the Sun, Moon and the Lagna. There is a whole system of Jyotisha which emanates simply from the luminaries and if not expressly in every work written, then inwardly and for proper insight into major components of life, such as wealth, purpose of life, health, contributions to the world, innate traits to fulfill destiny, opportunities and so on and so forth. In fact, when we use Yogas in higher works, they become crucially relevant when reckoned from the luminaries as they are the royalty amongst the cabinet of the Grahas and generally tend to hold overarching  sway over matters. When we speak of significant or landmark changes in life, we cannot overlook this aspect.

I have always emphasized the great role of the Arudha Padas in nativities simply because the great Parashara has given so much time and space to this topic. How could it be otherwise, for we learn that these are but the precipitates of the metaphysics inherent in the various Bhavas or houses from the Lagna. That which is risen and manifest is what is considered by the world and since we are in the world, the Arudhas are or primary importance. Some crucial facets pertaining to the Arudhas have advisedly not been released in the public domain, including in the paper cited above, and are being given privately in consulting either exclusively on this aspect, or expressly including this aspect.

The finer details and specifics in distinct areas of life come only through an independent as well as correlated study of the divisional charts or the Vargas Chakras. By definition, landmark changes or life-transitions must occur in given area (s) of life and if that be so then these must be unraveled through the relevant divisions in the Vedic horoscope.

One could go on and on if it were not for the usual constraints of time and space, the continuum which prescribes and circumscribes.

In one horoscope, a long Dasha for example, came to an end and as it usually happens, in the Dasha Chhidra, a latent dissatisfaction peaked and led to decision-making which tied in perfectly with the onset of the new Dasha. Since the very variables and the substratum which would go on to define the new reality were changing in various ways, this was a difficult time. The new realities were ostensibly better than the old but then Saturn was transiting crucial references in the horoscope, including the Arudha Padas. So, this tied in with the essential vulnerability of initial change. What decided the course of events in the interim, were challenging Tithi Pravesha Cakra in succession over three years. While the change was challenging, Karma sometimes has reasons for a particular design over a specific time-period. If things happen slowly, and with challenges, but lead to good or better things than before, then it is often to further smelt base metal into a precious one, and to prepare the recipient with humility for the blessings that are to unfold, or are unfolding even simultaneously with the slow burn. It is in this manner that life inflections are properly examined.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Good Example of Neechabhanga or Cancellation of Debilitation

A Good Example of Neechabhanga or Cancellation of Debilitation

A  Study in Vedic Astrology Transits

Anurag Sharma

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With Mercury debilitated in transit currently in Pisces, it may have given cause for concern that rationality and the numerous skills, associated with the protean planet, would go askew. A debilitated planet or Neecha Graha is at its lowest ebb and as a rule of thumb, predisposed to furnishing challenging results. It is said to be a fish that dirties the pond.  
However, Mercury is not alone in Pisces but is joined Venus.  Venus is exalted in the sign Pisces and is predisposed to giving its best results since its highest aspirations find fulfillment in the sign of the sages. However, Venus too has a complexity which must be noted and that is its retrograde motion at the present time. Not only does the planet appear to be going backwards in time but is liable to precipitate events laced with the past or actually emanating from the past. Venus governs relationships of a particular sort and also everything that glitters in the created world. Furthermore, the lordships of Venus and house placement during transit, not just from the Ascendant but also the Arudha Lagna, would become germane in pronouncing the results of the phenomena.

Retrograde planets tend to act from the sign opposite to their station. Venus acts, therefore, from Virgo, its sign of debility. So, while it cancels the debilitation of the conjoined Mercury, its own results will be that of a debilitated planet.  Mercury will work excellently- reception of knowledge and wisdom, learning, expressing, executing skills, and such related matters will shine at their best. Venus, and matters of the romantic heart in general, must travel through a less than glittering pond.

To add to the melee, we find that Mercury is in exchange with a retrograde Jupiter. In effect, Mercury is acting from its sign is exaltation due to the exchange with the greatest benefic and is therefore giving excellent results, especially to those with a powerful Mercury in the nativity.

Jupiter, both due to the retrogression and the Parivartana Yoga with Mercury is acting from Pisces, its own sign and is therefore at the apex of benign grace. People of significant learning in all walks of life are the ones to approach during this transit arrangement.
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Monday, January 09, 2017

Saturn Transit in Sagittarius from January 26, 2017 in Vedic Astrology: Its Impact and Implications in the Context of Your Life

Prelude to Saturn (Shani) Transit in Vedic (sidereal) Sagittarius (Dhanusha):
The Saturn (Shani) transit in Sagittarius (Dhanusha) begins on January 26, 2017 in the evening (IST). This is a significant event like no other because Shani (Saturn) is the great malefic and human being born to address Karma which was hitherto not forgiven, leading to the present birth, must adhere to the principal planet indicating that Karma.
In other words, for you, it is of utmost importance to see where the malefic aspect of the Karma resides during any given transit, to better determine and presence, and of course the absence of suffering.
This transit has to be judged primarily from the Lagna, or the Udaya Lagna, or the rising sign (Ascendant) at the time of birth. But the judgment of the transit from the Arudha Lagna (all external realities in life) and the Moon (emotional and societal realities) is no less significant. If you are aware of these reference points in your own Vedic horoscope, then that is just as well.
Saturn Transit From Scorpio to Sagittarius:
Saturn has been transiting in Scorpio, which is an inimical sign for it, being ruled by its enemy Mars. In Scorpio, Saturn has been very afflicted, forced to reside in a territory governed by its arch-enemy. In fact it is Mars which debilitates Saturn in its other sign Aries. Saturn in its weakness while controlling the quantum of suffering has also been giving poor results pertaining to its own signs Capricorn and Aquarius. Work and profession, finances and gains and other areas ruled specifically for individual horoscopes may thus have not been giving the results they otherwise might have been expected to.
But Saturn in Sagittarius is a very different story altogether. It is Saturn who debilitates the lord of Sagittarius, Jupiter, in its own sign Capricorn, and in Sagittarius, Saturn works in the informed environs of Jupiter.
Saturn is not known for intellectual work and for the high flight of the mind. It is known for plodding, labour-intensive work. Sagittarius is the high-water mark of the metaphysical mind. It is associated with religion and the essence of the law. It is associated with formal learning at the higher levels.
There, then, appears to be a fundamental mismatch again, in the energies of Sagittarius and Saturn. There are differences though: Saturn and Jupiter are not inimical as are Saturn and Mars, and further, Saturn has a higher aspect to it, which is that he is Shasta, or the knower of the Shastra. If the higher aspect of Saturn were to be invoked, then its transit in Sagittarius promises to be a much better time than it was during its stay in Scorpio. In fact, Parashara himself is closely associated with Saturn.
Still, unless one is capable of, and able to transcend, Saturn is ignorance and defeat while Sagittarius is operational or functional knowledge, and optimism. The paradox is clear. The lower or base functions of Saturn, namely sloth, disinterest and refusal to accede to belief, might interfere with the glowing willingness of Sagittarius. The active impulse always comes from the planet while the sign furnishes the field of play.

Planetary Aspects of Saturn in Sagittarius to Other Signs:
The full aspects of Saturn are being considered here as the partial aspects are too advanced considering the scope of this paper. Partial aspects, while crucial, are used in the Advanced Detailed Chart Analysis.
While the impact of Saturn on the sign Sagittarius will be major owing to the transit of the great malefic in it, the aspects of Saturn are renowned for their potential to cause suffering and other problems.
The Aspect of Transit Saturn to Aquarius:
 While Saturn is the owner of Kumbha Rashi or Aquarius, these things matter little to Saturn and he is quite egalitarian when it comes to infusing pain, suffering, loss, defeat and other such delectable high-water marks of life.
Aquarius gets hit dominantly with mental turmoil and since all pain and happiness are felt in the mind, this is a time when some major Karma could fructify, and which is directly associated with the sign Aquarius in the horoscope. There is a problem with Aquarius in that it is ruled by Rahu as well and in the negative, the matters connected with this Rashi can be replete with suffering and problems. It is also the natural Badhaka sign in the zodiac and unforeseen obstacles can crop up due to this.
We must be clear that the sign Aquarius exists in the zodiac and therefore governs life portfolios in any given horoscope. Hence, it is not just people with Aquarius Lagna or Rashi or those who may have the Arudha Lagna in the sign, who are going to face this challenge, but everyone, to the extent Aquarius influences the horoscope.
In the positive Aquarius has the maximum potential for growth and hedonism. It can make one cross the boundaries which shackle life, both in the literal and the figurative sense. With the acute focus of the mind coming to Aquarius, people could see very path-breaking events also manifesting in the realm of Aquarius, especially if they are able to do what Saturn asks- focus, and work very hard mentally on the matters that are shown by Aquarius in the chart.
When the transit starts, Venus is practically at the end of Aquarius in its 30th degree, and is joined Ketu. The aspect of Saturn in such a scenario can render marital and relationship issues very difficult for a few days till Venus moves to Pisces and attains exaltation; especially after traversing one degree of longitude of arc, this vulnerability pertaining to Venus will abate. Those who are suddenly filled with thoughts in the nature of ‘Of what use are the pleasures of this world’ should wait for a few days and the feeling is likely to pass.
The Aspect of Transit Saturn to Gemini:
Saturn indicates dirt and pollution of all sorts coming through from Karma, and is charged with the responsibility of delivering these in a somewhat communist mindset: from each according to his ability, to each according to his need. Gemini is easily dirtied and Saturn will aspect this sign with its full 7th House aspect. When dirt emanates from the glance of an old man, it makes him a dirty old man, with a variety of implications. Those with Gemini occupying a sensitive house from the Lagna, especially in this respect, need to be mindful of this. Gemini is the 3rd House of the natural zodiac and is vulnerable to the occasional less-than-desirable influence in this direction. Since it is ruled by Mercury, and since these matters are sometimes prefaced, and sometimes aided and abetted by communications, the latter need to be carefully scrutinised prior to dispatch. Not only this, the overall quality, intent and purport of the communications are also to be carefully monitored. A lot depends on the matters governed by the sign Gemini in any given horoscope.  
The Aspect of Transit Saturn to Virgo:
Virgo, the other, more pragmatic and functional sign of Mercury also receives the special and full 10th House aspect of Saturn from Sagittarius.
Virgo has Jupiter transiting in the sign and while the aspect of Saturn is to Jupiter, owing to the Parivartana Yoga of Jupiter with Mercury, the latter being in Sagittarius, the aspect of Saturn actually goes to Mercury.
Mercury is exalted in Virgo and all Mercurial activity is flourishing due to the exchange of signs between Jupiter and Mercury. It is the ingress of Saturn into the sign Sagittarius which alters matters and the 10th House aspect of Saturn comes to Mercury. In the positive, instead of meandering through the course due to exaltation, the brilliance of Mercury becomes disciplined and focussed due to the stern gaze of the malefic Saturn. In actual fact, the blessings of Mercury will be diverted to serious work and the output of professionals may increase even though they may feel oppressed and constricted with the pressures of work.
In the negative, Saturn is the worst planet when Virgo becomes the point of reference because Virgo has its focus on purity while Saturn has its focus on dirt and pollution. The contradiction is more severe and telling than is the case with the other sign of Mercury. Another points comes through from the higher terrains of Vedic Astrology which is that when Jupiter and Saturn conjoin, and they must be taken to do so owing to the exchange of signs between Jupiter and Mercury, then in case of fights and adversity, it is a conflict which subsists right to the finish line and both parties stand to suffer equally great damage. This is all the more so because Sagittarius is a sign of war and situations of conflict will find escalation here. Therefore people with this sign activated or prominent in the horoscope would do well to exercise prudence especially till the exchange between Jupiter and Mercury ends.
Transit Chart for Saturn in Sagittarius:  
The Vedic astrology chart for the entry of Saturn in the sign Sagittarius on January 26, 2017 is given below:

Impact of the Saturn Transit on Various Lagna (Ascendants) and Other Reference Points in the Vedic Horoscope:
Saturn is a slow-moving planet and is actually called Manda (slow) for this reason. Its influence is slow and lasting and further, infuses slowness into the lives of people in different ways due to its influence.
Lagna: A Fundamental Reference for Judging the Saturn Transit
It is from the Lagna that the transits of the planets have the greatest significance. When it comes to Saturn, it is of course renowned for the Sade-Sati or the 7 ½ years’ transit on and around the natal Moon, but even so, it is the Lagna which furnishes the most important reference since if natal Karma itself is going to be triggered by the transit then it is best reckoned from the Ascendant. It is not to say that the judgment of the transit from the Arudha Lagna is any less important. Not in the least. It is just that the different reference points show different results and realities obtaining in the life of the person owing to the transit of Saturn and its related aspects.   
In other words, transits such as those of Saturn have to be judged from several reference points and they elucidate distinct areas of life from various perspectives.
Impact of the Saturn Transit on Aries Lagna:
For Aries Lagna, Saturn has been transiting the 8th House in Scorpio which forms Kantaka Shani and the period has not been good for the natives of this Lagna. Now, Saturn is moving to the 9th House from the Lagna which ends the 2 ½ years’ long transit of Saturn in the 8th House. For natives having Aries as the rising sign, or the Vedic Moon in the sign Aries, things do not improve significantly. Some areas show relief, such as debts and chronic illnesses, but Saturn in the 9th House will be adverse if the 9th House in the natal horoscope happens to be afflicted.
The 9th House relates to the father and the element of luck in life. Saturn can stress these areas during the transit if the Sun, and the relevant houses from the Sun, and the lord of the 9th House are afflicted in the natal horoscope. The transit can dent the optimism inherent in the natives of this sign.
Work projects begun during this transit may be adverse if matters relating to the profession and work are afflicted in the horoscope. Otherwise this area of life pertaining to beginning of new work assignments may not register too many changes for the worse. There will be a lot of cause for mental stress related to friends and/ or gains since Saturn aspects the 11th House from the Lagna. The 11th House can also indicate a person who is Priya or close to the heart of the native and the aspect of Saturn to this house can therefore bring emotional stress pertaining to a specific person in life.
The general results ascribed to the sojourn of the planet Saturn in the beginning of this paper apply with specific force to the natives of Aries Lagna since it is the natural Lagna of the Kalapurusha.
For this reason, Gemini being the natural 3rd House, as well as the 3rd House from Aries, suffers impurity of thought and intimate action owing to the pollution-inspiring aspect of Saturn to the sign and to the 3rd House. Communications can also suffer depending on the state of Mercury in the horoscope. Siblings can also register some of these adverse effects as they are also related to the 3rd House. Saturn, aspecting Virgo in the 6th House will be very severe on the enemies and people inimical to the native might end up being depressed during this transit of Saturn.
It will at the same time though keep the native embroiled in nuisance which is how the native comes to be concerned about the state of the enemy or one who is ill-disposed. Niggling health issues rather than chronic ones will also assail the native as Saturn is the significator for these and is aspecting the 6th House from which they emanate.
Things are very different though for the Aries Arudha Lagna. The reason is that Saturn is transiting the 9th House from the Arudha Lagna and unlike the 9th House from the Lagna, this is a Tamas Bhava, where a Tamas Graha like Shani does exceedingly well. In all areas of life the competitive spirit works to defeat the peers and to elevate the image, composed largely of manifest socio-economic realities. In sum, we can say that for the Aries Moon sign or Rashi, the intense mental and social problems encountered while Saturn was in Scorpio are now a thing of the past. Despite some tests and trials for Aries Lagna, it is Aries Arudha Lagna which truly benefits from this transit.
Impact of the Saturn Transit on Taurus Lagna:
For Taurus Lagna, Shani moves to the 8th House, and on January 26, 2017 it joins a Marana Karaka Moon as well. The movement of Saturn in the 8th House creates problems with application of the self in the realm of work as Saturn aspects the 10th House from the Ascendant with its 3rd House aspect. It is also the 10th Lord who has gone to the 8th House. The transit of Saturn in the 8th House forms Kantaka or Ashtama Shani. Progress for persons of this Lagna during this transit will be slow and ponderous much like the gait of Shani.
Chronic health issues will crop up and will require elaborate attention. Old debts and investments which were not prudently made might come back to cause distress and may strain the liquidity available to the person owing to the 7th House aspect of the malefic on the 2nd House from the Lagna. Saturn works from a position of lack and wanting, and its aspect on the 2nd House could also make the native invest in activities which might not be good at least during the currency of the transit.
The aspect to the 2nd House from the Lagna or the Dhana Bhava might infuse the Taurus person with the feeling that the savings are not what they ought to be. This gives rise to that undesirable feeling of dissatisfaction with what one has. Also, the 10th House aspect of Saturn in transit goes to the 5th House of children and future planning, both areas now requiring great physical exertion and work. Matters of the heart are best kept in spic and span condition because Saturn will try and bring melancholy through less than appropriate conduct in this direction.
For people with Taurus Rashi or the Vedic Moon in Taurus this is Ashtam Shani proper, and opportunities in work shall be forthcoming only with great difficulty. The 8th House from the Moon is its Marana Karaka Sthana and with the planet of depression transiting this place, the despondency and depression ought to be taken care of and treated if required. At the very least, these should not be brushed under the carpet and some sort of release should be attempted in an informed manner. It depends a lot on whether the Moon in Taurus is conjoined planets, and suppose, Saturn is conjoined in the natal chart, then any planet here in the 8th from the Moon, has already been burnt to a crisp or in its Dasha, the person has seen some sort of excursion to a ghastly, ghostly place. The transit of Saturn here in such a scenario will not do anything because the purpose of Saturn has already been fulfilled. He is an old, austere man in the positive and if spiritual truth has been encountered and adhered to in some measure of strength then Saturn will not inflict needless suffering. Anyhow, these are again matters belonging to the somewhat higher flights of astrological dicta and teachings.
While readings from the natal Moon depict emotional and social realities, those from the Arudha Lagna will show financial and all other manifest events transpiring in life. Sometimes it is not incorrect to say that the Arudha Lagna and the houses reckoned therefrom are the only proper places from where experience and life on the planet can be properly judged. On that token, the transit of Saturn in the 8th House for the Taurus Arudha Lagna is not at all good. A natural malefic transiting the 8th from the AL will precipitate matters which are owed to others and the AL (you) cannot proceed further unless these are resolved. So the understanding should be, if you have the AL in Taurus that you are to let people have what is due them from you, and in the long run this will be very helpful to you quite apart from the fact that lawful dues are to be discharged in any case.
Impact of the Saturn Transit on Gemini Lagna:
The placement of Mercury in the sign (ignoring the exchange for the moment) tells us that if this is the case in the nativity then Sagittarius would be the Paka Lagna or the sign of the placement of the Lagnesha. Now, not only is this the 7th House from the Lagna, but a place where the intelligence is consciously being applied. Such a person is either always interested in creating enterprise or relationships or both. The problem is that Budha is in Marana Karaka Sthana in the 7th House and the transit of Saturn over the Lagnesha in the 7th House might lead to some very ordinary decision-making. Some other developments pertaining to business or marriage, or matters in that direction might lead to some problems, whether Mercury is in the 7th in the given case, or not. Saturn transiting a quadrant from the Lagna will stress a major area of life. Kendra Bhavas show major areas of life and the malefic associating with these is not positive.
Dhanusha Rashi is also the Badhaka Sthana for the native of the Mithuna or the Gemini Lagna and the Badhaka effect could be triggered by the transit of Saturn through the Badhaka Sthana.
In the positive Saturn can make a person work hard with the scriptures and the religious texts when there is an aspect to the 9th House of Dharma but in the majority of the cases, especially owing to Mithuna Lagna rising, the aspect of Saturn to the house of religion, luck and higher learning will depress the indications and the native may become disenchanted with these matters. Similarly, if the natal parameters pertaining to the father were to be afflicted in the horoscope, then the aspect of Saturn to the 9th House could be injurious to, or to the relations with the father.
Whether Mercury is in the 7th House for any Mithuna Lagna chart or not, referring to the hypothesis above, the aspect of Saturn to the Lagna would ensure pressure coming to the intellect and to the life circumstance through some way or the other. There will be some greed for acquisition or aggrandizement of the self, and this may prove to be problematic later as the transit proceeds.
From the 7th House Kendra, Saturn also aspects the 4th House from the Lagna with its 10th House aspect and tries to take away the peace at home. There may be problems at home and even the more tolerable issues such as seepage, leakage and plumbing might require a lot of labour and expense to fix. If the heart has not been pure then Saturn will be quite testing in the 7th House. The hidden might be precipitated in the heart and if this is not correct or ethical then it will interfere with the Sukha or happiness in the heart and at home.
For the Gemini AL, Saturn will present a transient threshold which has to be crossed, and only then can the manifest image hope to find success during this transit. Generally a malefic in the 7th from the AL needs to be surmounted through the proper attitude before emergence can be expected.
Impact of the Saturn Transit on Cancer Lagna:
For Cancer Lagna, the transit of Saturn in the 6th House is good because Saturn is the Karaka for this Bhava and tends to fight enemies and opposition. It tends to protect the longevity as well due to the aspect on the 8th House. Saturn is said to have the Amrita Drishti from the 6th House.
While it is good for locking horns with that which assails, the 6th House also houses the Shadripus or the six internal enemies some of which, depending on configurations in the natal horoscope, shall rise and shall have to be contended with. The other aspect of Saturn from its station in the 6th House is to the 12th House from the Lagna. Some expenses and personal matters may be triggered with this transit aspect. Saturn fortifies the 3rd House from the Lagna with its 10th House aspect and the Cancer individual will have thoughts which will be focussed on benefit to the self.
Those with the AL in Cancer have quite a different story unfolding. Readers will appreciate the note about internal enemies, and here the 6th House from the AL shows the external enemies and direct opposition to the native. Some very challenging situations can arise for those with the AL in Cancer with Saturn transiting the 6th from the AL. Vices and erroneous lifestyle choices will not be the least of the worries as the 6th House is very adverse for the image. If people have planets here then persons indicated by those planets can act against the interests of the individual of the Cancer AL.
Impact of the Saturn Transit on Leo Lagna:
With Saturn in Scorpio, it had been transiting in the 4th House for Leo Lagna and creating despondency in the mind, and bringing about issues related to home, and property and space. The natives of Leo Lagna may have found themselves travelling through the terrain of life with a heavy heart as apart from its station in the 4th House, Saturn had been directly aspecting the 10th House, slowing down the work output and also bringing certain pressure and sluggishness on the working intellect due to the 10th House aspect on the Lagna itself.
Furthermore, the aspect to the 6th House would have brought about events approximating to the label of ‘general nuisance’ and life would have acted in opposition, or inimically for that reason from time to time. All this is set to change with Saturn moving to Sagittarius. While Saturn is still going to be in a trine from the Lagna, for both Leo Rashi and Leo Lagna natives, the semi-Kantaka Shani transit is over.
In the 5th House Saturn is not overly conspicuous and it will depend as to the Rashi and AL for a Leo Lagna native, to determine how this new transit shapes up. Children and future planning will definitely pressure the mind for the Leo Lagna natives. A matter of the heart in a personal relationship could require focus and attention. This is especially so since Saturn will aspect the 7th House from its location in the 5th House from the Lagna. There may be a clear link between the object of affection and the prospect of marriage. From the 5th House, Saturn aspects the 11th House and while there may be a desire for that special person or Priya it will also mean heightened expectations from friends in general.
The trigger to making merry (yes, making merry) comes from the 5th House aspect of Rahu from the Lagna to the transit Saturn for natives of Leo and in some cases even the wine of Varuni is not enough to quench their thirst. In other words there will be a thirst for enjoyment through the senses till this aspect persists in transit. There is a much-needed situational awareness though due to the Rashi Drishti or the sign aspect between Jupiter and Saturn which fosters perspective and brings the requisite awareness required to navigate through the aforesaid impulses.
Fundamentally, the Leo natives by and large might feel relief simply due to the absence of Saturn from a Kendra Bhava from the Lagna from where it was adversely impacting as many as three quadrants and thus tainting the life experience in general with melancholy, lack of speed and any element of frolic whatsoever.
For the native of the Leo AL, again, the transit is not good in itself and will need to be good from the Lagna and/or the Moon sign so as to deliver reasonable results. In the trine from the AL, Saturn is likely to precipitate issues in accordance with its core significations.
Impact of the Saturn Transit on Virgo Lagna:
Saturn in Sagittarius will do for Virgo Lagna, what it had been doing for Leo Lagna in Scorpio. It will transit through the 4th House of emotions and the heart, home and mother, and peace and happiness and is likely to depress these significations. This applies equally to those with the natal Moon in Virgo. Needless to say, where the Lagna and the Rashi are the same, that is, the Moon is placed in the Udaya Lagna, these effects are more pronounced since they are replicated from two crucial reference points. The 7th House aspect to the 10th House forms Ardha-Kantaka, not supposed to be as dire as other transits of Saturn but it will still need to be dealt with and shall cause discomfiture.
Application (Lagna reference) and opportunity (Moon reference) in work (aspect to the 10th House) will activate the lesser emotions in the 4th House and will thus impact the 4-10 axis in this manner.
In our deeper work with individual charts in Vedic astrology, we frequently express the fact that Saturn is the worst planet for Virgo Lagna due to the purity-impurity paradox. With the special aspect going to the 6th House, and especially when the transit is commencing with Venus and Ketu in the 6th House with Venus quite vulnerable, Virgo would do well to not yield to some of the options that present themselves at the commencement of this Saturn transit.
Saturn does aspect the Lagna as well but Guru is placed in the Lagna with 100% Digbala ensuring that decision-making will be astute especially if Shiva worship is being done. As a corollary, Shiva worship may be required in order for decisions to be proper.
As for Virgo AL, it needs to be emphasised that Bhavas from the AL are quite visible and when Saturn transits the 4th House from the AL, the happenings at home will, for instance, will be well known to those in the social circle and this must be taken into account.
The conjunction of transit Mercury with Saturn once again reminds us that if the Lagnesh Mercury for Virgo Lagna were to be in the nativity, this would be a far more profound transit. For one, the great malefic would certainly be transiting over the Paka Lagna or the Lagnesh and therefore doubly impacting the circumstances of life, and the intelligence to boot. Such natives would do well to appreciate these facts during the coming transit because it appears to be a time of notable pressure. Adversity is going to be a recurring theme when we speak of Saturn, and to shy away from it would only be to our own detriment.
Impact of the Saturn Transit on Libra Lagna:
Firstly, let us speak of the Libra Moon because as Saturn exits Scorpio, the 7 ½ years’ long torment of the Sade-Sati would have come to an end whereby the mind was pressured as regards intimacy, health and finances respectively.
With Saturn moving to Sagittarius, the long 7 ½ years’ impact of Saturn on the society of the native comes to an end and it moves to the 3rd House which being an Upacaya is better suited to house the malefic.
Likewise, Libra Lagna also enjoys the transit of Saturn in the 3rd House provided there are not many planets there to offset the benefits and also provided that it is not the AL or another conspicuous Bhava from the AL such as the 6th therefrom. Even otherwise, the 3rd from the Lagna is not immune to the effects of Saturn because this house can bring evil thoughts to the mind, pertaining to personal matters and even to siblings. In a similar vein, the impact from the other references should be construed by the discerning readers.
Saturn will aspect the 5th House from the Lagna, and like it does for Leo, can either bring issues pertaining to personal relationships, or to children or future planning. The aspect to the 9th House is not appreciated especially if the natal 9th House is afflicted. In either event, it will cause some sort of an Ashubha (inauspicious Yoga) as it aspects the house of luck and fortune with the 7th House aspect. The desires of Saturn should not associate with the 9th House which they are, during this transit. Like they do for Cancer, these desires associate with the 12th House and if the 12th House were to be afflicted then personal life can bear the brunt to a degree.   
If there is Rajayoga for the Libra AL promised in the horoscope then the transit of Saturn in the 3rd from the AL can trigger it or aid the manifestation if the time is otherwise ripe. Ethically, or from the viewpoint of the sage, this is not desirable, but in the Kaliyuga, in the realm of attainment, this transit can give tremendous drive for accomplishment.
Impact of the Saturn Transit on Scorpio Lagna:
Before we speak of the Scorpio Lagna, we must speak of the Scorpio Rashi or of natives who have the natal Moon in Scorpio. The reason is quite simple. This is the first Rashi in chronological order which is subject to the Sade-Sati of Saturn. With the great malefic transiting to Sagittarius, the Sade-Sati enters its last phase of nearly 2 ½ years. During its transit in Scorpio, the natives of this Moon sign experienced a host of health issues because the Moon is a strong indicator of the physiology of the human being. Some had to be operated on and things of that nature also because Moon is debilitated in the sign Scorpio in any case and with Saturn transiting over a natal debilitated Moon, matters were made much worse.
This is now over the focus will now come to the finance for Scorpio Rashi as well as Scorpio Lagna. The 2nd House relates to liquidity and money and Saturn might stress these during its transit here.
Saturn aspects the 4th House for the Scorpio Lagna and Rashi people and home and happiness will be adversely impacted due to the mental stress and anxiety that pervade during this transit. The 2-8 axis is also directly influenced and debts and bad investments could mark the transit. This is supported by the fact that the 11th House from the Lagna is also aspected by the 10th House planetary aspect of Saturn.
For the Scorpio Arudha as well, the transit cannot be said to be good because the available and visible support to the quality of life shall be quite evidently under stress from Saturn.  The 2nd Bhava from the AL does not really benefit from the presence of Saturn which attempts to infuse poverty and lack where there should be wealth and abundance. Lifestyle choices will also come in sharp focus and it should be carefully decided what is to be consumed and what not, else that too might be a subject of concern in the coming years during this transit.
Impact of the Saturn Transit on Sagittarius Lagna:
Once again it is the Sagittarius Rashi, or people with the Moon in Sagittarius in the natal horoscope, who must be our focus to begin with because this sign will face the white-hot core of the Saturn transit on and around the natal Moon. The natives of Sagittarius Rashi have been going through the Sade-Sati with Saturn transiting the 12th House from the natal Moon and asking uncomfortable questions about the personal relationships and marriage. If the questions have not been answered to the satisfaction of Saturn, then these aforementioned areas in life might develop fissures and cracks.
With the malefic now transiting the natal Moon itself, the natives of Sagittarius Moon sign will feel the dross the Karma burning which, conventionally, is not always an easy process, even though tremendously life-furthering in terms of personal growth. Shani has come to the head of such persons, bringing forth the dirt and pollution of Karma to bear on the person, his relationships, his social interaction and his very being itself. This is not an easy time, with a great pressure being exerted on the mind of the individual forcing him to outgrow that in the personality which is no longer required so as to traverse the remaining life journey with increased spirituality, or to dispense with that which is an impediment in the process of self-realisation.
If there are several planets in Sagittarius for the Dhanusha Rashi native, along with, of course, the Moon, then the significations of those planets must also be similarly cleansed and the less spiritual inclinations rubbished. In the alternative, it is easy to succumb to the pressure and let the base nature take over in which case Saturn will find fertile ground to which he shall take his unsuspecting victim.
People scoff at those who are seemingly lying around and sleeping away in such onerous phases in life, but this is far better than to succumb to the serious pressures of Shani and indulge in bad Karma instead. Inaction is better than poor action in many instances. Sloth and inactivity can be an indication of a relatively better Saturn in the nativity during such times.
Dhanusha Lagna also suffers from such a brain freeze, as it were, with Marana Karaka Saturn transiting the Lagna and self-expression, siblings, and desire for intimacy all become coloured with this transit. The direct aspect goes to the 7th House where the pollution of a less than normal mindset might vitiate the marriage or the attitude to intimacy.
The social opportunity in work (for Rashi) and the application in work (Lagna) suffer due to the kick of Saturn to the 10th House from the respective reference points.
The people with the Arudha Lagna in Sagittarius also feel the brunt of the transit because Saturn is fundamentally opposed to the precipitate and luminous nature of the Arudhas. Saturn is too deprived and shy to shine and therefore adversely impacts all Arudhas without exception. Unless other factors were to offset this, the transit of Saturn through the Arudha Lagna might be injurious for the image and reputation in the world. When we speak of the Arudha Lagna, we impliedly speak of all the Arudha Padas of all the houses from the Lagna, since the Arudha Lagna is but the Arudha Pada of the Udaya Lagna.
The point is that of Sagittarius houses another conspicuous Arudha Pada including or apart from the Arudha Lagna, then the Saturn transit through the sign might be legitimately expected to test the significations of the same.
Need we stress that this is a Kantaka Shani as well since it aspects the 10th House from the Arudha Lagna and therefore not just the image and social and financial personality, but the way his work is perceived by others also becomes a topic of discussion.
For such natives remedies become important and for those who are even otherwise running difficult times in the horoscope, serious attention to the horoscope by competent persons is both warranted and desirable.
Impact of the Saturn Transit on Capricorn Lagna:
Capricorn or Makara Rashi commences its Sade-Sati with the entry of Saturn in the sign Sagittarius and thereby begin their period of alienation, both physical and figurative. For the Makara Rashi it is the personal life which is most impacted and for the Lagna the effects seep into the financial worth. Inimical tendencies sprout in life due to the aspect to the 6th House and illness, financial stresses and adversaries abound during this transit. The 10th House aspect of Saturn goes to the Bhagya Sthana and is stressful for that reason.
Father, luck and fortune could all be areas under the gaze of Saturn in accordance with the principles stated in this paper above at the relevant places.
Capricorn Arudha, with Rajayoga in the nativity and approaching the time for its fructifications, could find this an ideal time to garner popular support and close functionaries who further the prospects with their tireless labour and exertions.
Impact of the Saturn Transit on Aquarius Lagna:
Though Aquarius (and Capricorn for that matter) are lorded by Saturn, fundamentally the working of Saturn is not altered by this fact. The 3rd House aspect of Saturn comes to this very Karmic sign and imbues the intelligence and the mind, and overall life circumstances as well, with tension and stress.
The 5th House of future planning, progeny and the Citta (consciousness) all seek transformation with the desires of Saturn causing a change in the scenario in all these realms.
The 10th House aspect of Saturn goes to the 8th House from the Lagna and again creates problems with health and unforeseen issues cropping up.
Matters are not dire for the Aquarius Arudha Lagna though with Saturn being in the 11th House therefrom and supporting the gains in structured, measures ways.

Impact of the Saturn Transit on Pisces Lagna:
Meena Rashi and Lagna suffer from Kantaka Shani as Saturn transits through the 10th House from the references and stresses the work situation: its availability and performance both.
Pisces is disturbed in personal life and at home as well. Home, properties and happiness, the matters signified by the 4th House will require attention depending on their lords and significators in the natal horoscope and the divisional charts.
Three quadrants are impacted by the transit of Saturn in Sagittarius for Pisces, and the 10th House kick of transit Saturn goes to the 7th House: marriage and partnerships in business bear the brunt of this and people of this sign would be well-advised to exercise caution in these areas of life assailed by Saturn.
Things are equally bad, if not worse, for the Pisces AL because these difficulties are not just at the subtle, metaphysical levels of the Bhavas from the Lagna, or the emotional boundaries of the Rashi, but are in the manifest domain, and in clear view. Accept the slowing down of matters in the professional or the business realm and try and find out through the adept whether these are transitory problems or whether there is something more to them at other levels of the charts as well.
Other Depths:
As one mentions every now and then, simply in the terrain of the signs and in the texture of the personalities of the Grahas great depths exist within the framework of the divine art of Vedic astrology, some of which are traversed in private consulting.

While there is no doubt that the transits of major planets like Saturn have a huge impact of the affairs of human beings, the art of Vedic astrology is far too intricate and complex to stop just here. As is well known, almost all major classical texts start with the humble prayer that the text in question may serve as a vehicle or boat with which to attempt to cross the vast ocean of Jyotisha. Actually, one lifetime is not enough and the Karma must come strongly from the previous lifetimes in order for one to truly dive for jewels in this magical, yet directly practical and pragmatic landscape.
Therefore, it is through the elaborate works composed for persons in diverse climates across the world, that the real consequences of the Karmic configurations in the horoscope, and their expression in life through propensities, possibilities, manifest events, persons and places, achievements and setbacks et al are studied individually. This is the domain of personal and confidential consulting undertaken at this resource by the author.
We do know that contemporary life is marked by great uniqueness in the lives of individuals and even body corporate spread across the world and this speciality of circumstance and realities existing in life are studied in each case in personal consulting. The adept keeper of the astrological wisdom and traditions is required then to act as a conductor, bridge or conduit between the eternal metaphysical captured in the dicta of the sages in the numerous classics in India, and the rich tapestry of the life topography of people so as to give direct rationale, solutions, and maps for future navigation, amongst other things, to the seeker.
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