All about First House Part – 2

The strength of lagna and lagna lord in various divisional charts is essential. It is only if they gain strength in the relevant varga that they will be able to give results that are apparent in the natal chart. Lagna or lagna lord going into the Kendra/ trikona in a varga indicates excellent results; and going into 11th bhava indicates longevity for the native and of the characteristics for that Varga.

Sometimes the dasa system is drawn from the lagna itself. In fact some astrologers believe that in order to draw the correct Vimsottari dasa, one should first evaluate the strength of lagna, the Moon & the Sun and determine which of the three is the strongest; then proceed as follows:

(i)                  If lagna is the strongest, the dasa be calculated taking the longitude of the Moon.

(ii)                If the Moon is strongest, the dasa pattern is calculated from the longitude of the lagna.

(iii)               If the Sun is strongest, the dasa is calculated from the longitude of the Jupiter.

Pope John Paul II

In this chart, apparently lagna is strong aspected by its lord Venus (in own Nakshatra) and by yoga karaka Saturn from 11th house. This had given the native a long life of 75 years and good name & fame. But now see the other aspect. The native was born on a new Moon day with lagna in Rahu-Ketu axis. Lagna lord Venus was in very close conjunction with Ketu and aspected by its bitter enemy Mars from the 12th house. The Moon, Venus and the nodes are in close conjunction (within a degree). Both the Sun and Moon are in 8th house. If we see from the Moon or the Sun lagna, Venus was again the lagna lord but posited in the 12th house in close Rahu-Ketu axis, aspected by 7-12th lord Mars. Hence the native died on 2nd April 2005 during Venus – Venus – Venus dasa after suffering long terminal illness of approx 5 years during Ketu dasa. On the fatal day also, Venus was with Rahu, Sun & Mercury in 6th house.


The Sun is the general karaka for the first house. It basically represents soul, self, health, vigor, longevity, name and fame. However in addition the Moon is karaka of the body and the Mars of skull and nature.

Effects of Various Signs in Lagna:

Aries: One has dry & lean body, powerful limbs, middle stature, and triangular face, long neck, round eyes, blushy eyebrows, well set teeth, and mark/scar on head / temple with ruddy complexion. The natives are dynamic, impulsive, creative, ambitious and independent with scientific thoughts. They are stubborn, dislike being guided by others; are intense when interested and vehement when excited. They are quick & hot tempered outspoken, resent imposition, are liable to go extremes and may pick up a quarrel easily. They have originality in everything, planning capabilities, strong will power, self-confidant and lover of art, elegance & beauty. If lagna is afflicted, one may suffer from ailments of head or heart and are prone to accidents & errors due to impulse & tendency to dominate.

Taurus: One has short & square built with tendency to corpulence having full lustrous face, small eyes and thick short neck. One has large shoulders, thick lips, short, broad & thick hands with mark on back/ sides. Females are beautiful and attractive. Such natives are practical, reliable, patient, persistent, proud, ambitious, easily accessible to adultation but affectionate and loving but sometimes unreasonable, prejudiced, obstinate & stubborn. They have their own principles and ways with a piercing intellect. They have a great deal of endurance, latent power & energy. If they aren’t listened to properly, they act like passionate bull. They are fond of pleasure, love, beauty & music and essentially a materialistic. They are cautious, careful, prudent and liberal with forgiving disposition.

Gemini: One has tall & straight stature, well developed face, a bit snubbed nose, depression near chin, dark hair, hazel and bright eyes with sanguine complexion. One has slender hands but active in motion. Such natives are intellectuals, planners, charming, sensual, logical, youthful, kind, humane, artistic, imaginative, very comprehensive and adaptable to all pursuits, fond of reading, writing with linguistic and scientific skills. However they are changeable, irresolute, restless, nervous, lacking continuity, will power & self-confidence and are liable to fraud, trickery & deception.

Cancer: One has moderate stature, long face, small/flat nose, small eyes, white complexion, wide chest, broad waist, long arms and frail constitution. Such natives are domestic, sensitive, emotional, novel, affectionate, industrious, intelligent, honest, hospitable, very frugal, easily influenced, talkative, attached to family but unhappy domestic life. They are prudent with fantastic & active imagination, good anticipation, good forethought and caution. They love justice, fair play, music and art. A good sense of value, economy, public relation and practical mind add to the natural ability for trade, business and politics.

Leo: One has fully developed body, average height, oval face, broad shoulders, large chin, thoughtful countenance, dignified and royal bearing. Such natives are magnanimous, generous, lion hearted, dignified, confident, dynamic, active, creative, ambitious, faithful, warm, born leaders, very cheerful and sociable. They can adapt themselves to any condition in life and love music, literature and possess philosophical knowledge. They are egoistic, proud, snobbish, stubborn, bullying, intolerant, angry at trifles, arrogant and can’t be dictated. If afflicted their liking for display/ ostentation could reach ridiculous proportions.

Virgo: One has handsome, attractive, fair complexion, moderate stature, drooping shoulders & arms, broad face & chest, straight pointed nose, massive cheeks and youthful appearance. Such natives are intelligent, analytical, meticulous, precise, ingenious, quick witted, impulsive, modest, emotional and good authors/ scholars. They are fond of sex, females, music, fine arts and learning. They are speculative by nature and acquire much power & influence over others. They are cautious & selfish regarding their own interests, prudent, economical, diplomatic and shrewd. If afflicted, they are liable to suffer from nervous breakdown or paralysis.

Libra: One has tall, lean but well proportioned body with long & slender limbs, prominent nose, large eyes, broad face & chest and handsome & youthful appearance. Such natives are charming, idealistic, romantic, sensual, socially active, beauty conscious, artistic, humane, far sighted, quick witted, intelligent, intuitive and adaptable. They love justice, truth, honesty, peace & order and acts impartially as arbitrator. As political/ religious leaders, they exert tremendous influence over the masses and force their views on others. If afflicted, they are highly susceptible to flattery, resentful, vindictive and not amenable to reasoning, over indulge in sex, more idealistic than realistic/ practical and build castles in air.

Scorpio: One has tall, strong & robust body, handsome appearance, forceful personality, shrewd look, broad forehead & chest, round belly, short, thick hair and well developed bones. Such natives are generous, materialistic, emotional, committed, imaginative, good conversationalist, loyal but fickle minded and love much excitement. They are industrious, possess enterprise, appreciate luxury but are frugal. They are brave, forceful, strong willed with extreme likes & dislikes and possess endurance, dignity & persistence. They are mystical & secretive and will do well in secret, research & under-cover works and occult sciences. If afflicted, they are smuggler, drug-addict, jealous, cruel, resentful, unforgiving, obstinate, fickle minded, over-critical and sarcastic.

Sagittarius: One has tall stature, well formed body inclined towards corpulence, fair complexion, high forehead, oval face, prominent eyes & ears, almond eyes, fat belly & thigh, big lower teeth & lip and good bearing. Such natives are humane, dynamic, jovial, sincere, honest, versatile, energetic, frank, impulsive and enterprising, open minded, visionary, sympathetic, religious, sacrificing nature, god fearing, philosophical and learned. They are prompt, conventional and uphold conservative/ orthodox views. They cannot be brought round by force but can be prevailed upon by persuasion. They hate hypocrisy and all external show. If afflicted, one becomes over-anxious, restless, indecisive, callous, apt to exaggerate, in habit of sermonizing on morals and susceptible to lungs/ abdominal ailments & rheumatic pains.

Capricorn: One has medium/ tall stature, stiff all over body, big head & neck, bent shoulders, large teeth & lower lip, dark coarse hair, thick & long hands & legs but weak knees. Such natives are most practical, stoical to miseries of life, strong willed, ambitious, determined, careful, prudent, persevering, hard working, and far sighted, good stamina, chatter box, cautious, generous and have a knack of adjusting to circumstances. They are perfectionist and often do not get on well with spouse & family members. They are allergic to cold, vindictive, cunning, and rigid, over-conventionalist, lazy nature, pessimist and non-believers requiring scientific proof for everything.

Aquarius: One has a tall, lean, stout & robust with handsome, countenance, attractive appearance, elegant disposition, fleshy lips, broad cheeks, prominent temples & buttocks, large body like a pitcher and hazel eyes. Such natives are humane, independent, friendly, original, inventive, idealist, generous, fortune waxes & wanes, sensual and prone to be misunderstood. They are reserved and are peevish when provoked, rise like a bulldog but their anger is easily subdued. They are timid & funky and feel shy to exhibit their talents before new audiences. At times they are unpredictable, eccentric, tactless, struggle within limited means.

Pisces: One is fair, stout and middle-sized, with lustrous face, fine body, large head, full & plump figure, round shoulders and broad belly. Such natives are sympathetic, benevolent, generous, emotional, sociable & imaginative, reserved, intuitive, learned and lover of art, writing & occult sciences. They are dignified, god fearing, well behaved, good-natured and blessed to do good for humanity. Fortunes smile on them only in old age. At times, they are stubborn, rather timid, orthodox, superstitious, easily led astray, indecisive, lacking self confidence, nervous, confused, frugal and ambitious to exercise control over others.


Planets in First House:

A planet rising in the Ascendant produces its own influence. The interpretations given below are for a planet posited in the first house only, unaspected. Placement of a planet with lagna lord gives almost identical results as it would have given when placed in lagna itself. If the planet is conjunct with or is aspected by any other planet, its effects are modified correspondingly. The sign of the ascendant also modifies the results. A planet may be in its sign of exaltation/ debilitation, in friendly/ inimical sign or may cause a special yoga e.g. Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus & Saturn if in its own sign or exaltation sign cause famous Pancha Mahapurusha Yoga. Presence of a trikona (5th or 9th) lord gives excellent benefic result. Certain planets get Digbala in Kendra like Mercury & Jupiter gets digbala in the first house. The planets posited close to the ascendant degree (within a Navamsa on either side) manifest their characteristics in a more pronounced way. The planets who will give results of the first house in their major or sub-periods are: (a) lord of the house, (b) planets posited in the house, (c) planets aspecting the house, (d) planets aspecting the lord of the house, (e) planets associated with the lord of the house and (f) the Karaka of the house. (These principles apply to other Kendra/ Houses also).


Sun: The Sun is powerful in signs 1, 4, 5 & 9. A strong Sun gives will, force, individuality, strong morals, good determination, righteous mind, ambition, lofty motives, impetus & natural qualities of leadership well supported by good health & vitality. Cheerfulness and an optimistic temperament ensure popularity. The personality especially the eyes of the native will be mesmerizing. One may like to spend money for good causes. Sun in fiery signs gives ambition & anger; in earthy signs gives pride and makes one head strong; in airy signs noble and given to learning; and in watery signs, fond of opposite sex.

Whenever Sun gets weak or afflicted, native’s general health suffers. If in sign 5, 9 or 11, Sun makes one restless, over-bearing, proud, self-centered and bald; more female children if in Pisces; heart disease if in Aquarius; if in Libra close to deep debilitation, poverty. Affliction by Saturn or Mars makes blood impure and cause low B.P. and Putra-dosha. Sun-Rahu combination gives hypertension & eye defects; Sun-Moon combination makes one fickle minded.

Swami Vivekananda

Native had Atmakaraka Vargottama Sun in own Nakshatra posited very close to Lagna. Strong 9th lord Sun made native virtuous, learned, charming, honored by public and restless by nature. Lagna lord Jupiter was in 11th house and was in lagna in Navamsa. It was in mutual aspect with strong Mars in both D-1 & D-9, which gave him very sound health. In Moon lagna, Lagnesh Mercury was in 5th house with 9th lord Venus; aspected by Ketu and 5th lord Saturn was with 11th lord Moon in lagna. This indicates Mantra-siddhi and Atmasakshatkar.

All about First House Part – 1

Nomenclature: The first house of the horsocope depends on the lagna, one is referring to. This house is also referred as lagna bhava, udayam, tanu, adya or janam bhava. Each of these names is appropriate according to their connotations. Lagna is drawn corresponding with the 1st breath taken by the child at the time of the birth, hence it is called lagna bhava. At the time of birth, a particular sign rises on the eastern horizon. Since Udayam means rising, this bhava is also known as Udayam Lagna. Tanu means body. The first house indicates basically physical attributes of the native; hence it is called Tanu bhava. Adya means beginning. As this house marks the beginning of life: hence it is called Adya Bhava. First house indicates the basic life, length of life and whatever one achieves in life; hence it is known as Janam Bhava.

Birth Time: The exact time to be considered as birth time of the child is shrouded in controversy. Many theories have been propounded and each is based on different phases that the child passes in order to start the life like the appearance of the head, the cutting of the umbilical chord or the first cry of the child. The vast majority of doctors & astrologers are of the opinion that the first cry should be considered as the actual time of birth: as it is the time when the child is on its own and shows first sign of life by grasping for breath and cries. This is the time one should take as time of birth of child.

The Ascendant: The entire life of a native is epitomized by the Ascendant. It is the solid, physical foundation/ pillar of the horoscope. It represents the earth, since it marks where the earth meets the heavens (stars & planets) on the eastern horizon. It is also the window through which all the other houses are seen. If the lagna & lagna lord are weak, then all the other houses are weakened regardless of the individual strength of each house. The reverse is the case if lagna and lagna lord are strong. Therefore it is imperative that the lagna & lagna lord should be strong & well placed to achieve anything tangible out of significance of any house. The Ascendant is the quickest changing indication in the chart that will significantly differentiate births given on the same day. It therefore, represents our self, personal identity and main character traits than any other planetary indication.

The Moon: The Moon is the physical guardian of the incarnating soul. It provides the necessary impetus and power to sustain different kinds of activities. If the possibilities for achievements on the basis of Ascendant are great, but the Moon offers no support, the achievements will either elude at the last minute or will be short-lived. Moreover the lunar influences are very powerful with regard to one’s astro-mental make-up and physical/ material conditions as well as the strength of one’s aura. The Moon is the channel through which the life essence pours into the native. Through it all the impulses, which activate a native, are energized. The Moon is the fastest moving planet as it changes sign approximately every two and a quarter day. It is called the Mana or mind and represents our thoughts, feelings and perceptions. The Moon represents our internal experiences of life and determines our state of happiness. Sage Parashar has said, “The learned in astrology should base effects on Moon also as are applicable to the Ascendant. The Moon is given a significant status equal to the ascendant for she rules one’s mind and the mind in turn functions as per one’s Karma. Sage Satyacharya declares that the 12 houses should be considered with reference to both Ascendant and the Moon lagna in interpretating their significance. He further says that one should study the horoscope from the ascendant or the Moon lagna whichever is stronger in their Shadbala (six fold) strength. Shri Mantreshwara in “Phaladeepika” says that all Yogas should be considered from Moon lagna as well. Chandresh (Moon lord) is the sign/ nakshatra lord based on the time of the birth. For those born from Sunrise to Sunset in bright half or from Sunset to Sunrise in dark half, sign lord is taken as Chandresh. Similarly for those Sunrise to Sunset in dark half or Sunset to Sunrise in bright half, Nakshatra lord should be taken as Chandresh. If Moon is in Cancer, then Nakshatra lord is taken as Chandresh.

The Sun: The Sun is the next fastest planetary indication and is never retrograde in motion. The Sun represents the spiritual pinnacle, the Atman, God, Spirit and our radiant eternal self. The Sun is the source of power, strength, vitality & knowledge and has an unifying role whereby all activities are centralized & directed towards the primary goal of life. It is the central generative impulse of cosmic manifestation. The Sun operates from the inner depths, illuminating the mind & soul, arousing spirituality and making the personality glow with radiance. It shows how we shine and express ourselves as individuals. It also represents our level of confidence and our ability to command authority. The Sun is the source of vital Pran energy. Sage Parashar and Varahmihir had also confirmed the use of Surya Lagna as alternate lagna of lesser importance.

female scholar

Lagna lord Mars is Digbali in 10th house (with Rahu) aspecting lagna. It indicates a very ambitious career focused lady. The Moon & the Sun are in 8th house in intellectual Gemini sign with 8th lord intellectual Mercury, making the native a scholar. If one intends to examine the nature of relationships, the native has, one should analyze 7th house/ lord and Venus. Venus as 7th lord is in 7th house (forming Malavya yoga) and aspects lagna. 2nd-5th lord Jupiter is natural & temporal benefic for this lagna, aspects this Venus. The native also has “Kedar Yoga”. This indicates that the native is a wealthy scholar, relationship oriented, sociable and fulfilling long term relationships in her life.

Now analyze with Gemini as lagna, where the Moon & the Sun both are located. Lagna lord Mercury is in lagna and aspects 7th house. This denotes a tendency for self-absorption, which can be a problem in relationships. 7th house is aspected by Rahu. 7th lord Jupiter is debilitated and retrograde in 8th house with 8th lord Saturn. Venus the planet of relationships is in 12th from Lagna.

With two opposing interpretations from alternate lagnas, what should be the correct answer? Both interpretations should be synthesized into one holistic perspective. This lady is very articulate, communicative, scholarly & friendly by nature and comfortable socially. However she prefers to spend time alone. She puts priority on her self and her career. Her relationships have been sporadic with periods of intimacy, as well as separation & isolation. She never had any long term relationship.


Significations of First House:

The first house reveals the true self of the native i.e. the inner self as well as the personality. The assessment of life in all its variety can be done effectively only on the basis of the total horoscope, but the first house reflects the entirety of a native’s life within a small compass. The first house represents the life-essence with which the soul begins its journey in a particular incarnation. The capabilities acquired by a native during its previous births are not lost; they become part of its general nature. For successful completion of one’s assigned tasks in any lifetime, a certain amount of total life-essence is made available to him for the specific birth. The house represents the quantum of energy apportioned to him, the environment and condition of his life, and the general direction that he shall have to pursue during the course of his life in order to complete his goal.

Physical Appearance: It includes the structures of the native, the bodily proportions, height, color and the complexion. The lagna, lagna lord, the planets placed in it, the Moon sign lord and Navamsha Lagna would all determine the physical attributes of the native. The sign of lagna, the Moon sign and the Navamsha Lagna sign have also a marked say in further delineating a native’s physique.

Mental Disposition: This and how one reacts to situations can be seen from the strength of lagna, its sign, the planets posited therein or aspecting it and especially from its relation to Moon. Mind denotes consciousness through volition and feelings situated in the brain. The first house is the seat of alert or conscious mind.

Life: The life of a native can be evaluated from the first house; whether it is going to be smooth or troubled one, sickly or healthy can be seen from this house. Sage Parashar says that, if lagna lord is well placed in Kendra/ Trikona, the native will enjoy good health.

Longevity: Since the moment of first cry is equated with the first breath and thereby with the ascendant, the longevity of the native directly corresponds with the strength of the Ascendant. The strength of the lagna, lagna lord and the benefic/ malefic influence on them determines the longevity of a native. If the life span of the native is short, then the achievements in life can not be much.

Diseases: The diseases, a person is likely to have and their cures, if any, can be seen from the first, sixth and eighth house.

Untoward incidents: Any untoward incident occuring in one’s life can be found out from the malefic influences on the lagna and lagna lord.

Body language and personality: How one carries oneself and one’s mannerisms, can be evaluated from this house. Benefic influences on lagna and lagna lord will impart grace to the personality.

Wealth: The propensity of a person to earn and enjoy depends on this house. It shows how much one is endowed physically to earn. This house being 12th from the 2nd house indicates the expenditure on oneself.

Gains of & Happiness from Co-borns: The first house is 11th from 3rd house (of co-borns), hence it shows materialistic gains of co-borns. It also shows whether one will derive any materialistic happiness from co-borns.

Mother’s profession & happiness from it: As lagna is 10th from 4th house (of mother), it reveals the professions of mother and the happiness one can derive out of it.

Capabilities and achievements: The first house represents the life-essence with which the soul begins its journey in a particular incarnation. The capabilities acquired by a native during its previous birth become part of his general nature. Hence one’s capabilities and achievements in life are revealed from this house.

Miscellaneous significations: In addition to above, as per Uttara Kalamrita, following can also be read from the first house:

i)                    Limbs and their size.

ii)                   Happiness/ Unhappiness

iii)                 Birth place/ childhood

iv)                 Knowledge/ wisdom

v)                  Honour, self-respect & strength

vi)                 Sleep/ dreams

vii)               Skin & Hair

viii)              Political life

ix)                 Peace & Diginity

x)                  Livelihood & ability to work

xi)                 Nature to insult & to avenge

xii)               Loss of decency

xiii)              Freedom from insult

xiv)             Nature to renounce

xv)               Gambling for others

xvi)             Stigma

xvii)            Endeavouring to preserve livestock

xviii)          Defamation from one’s own Kinsmen or persons of same caste.


Importance of Lagna & Lagna Lord

The lagna (ascendant), the Moon lagna, the Sun lagna, the Karakamsha lagna (sign where the planet with highest degree i.e. Atmakaraka, is placed in Navamsha) and the Paka Lagna (the house where lagna lord is placed) are the five most important lagnas in a horoscope. Whenever a house is being analyzed, one must see that the house or its lord should not fall in a Trika house from any of the above lagna. Otherwise the native will be adversely affected in varying forms.

i)                    If it is from the Ascendant, the native loses the Poorva Janam support.

ii)                   If it is from the Moon, one loses the will power.

iii)                 If it is from the Sun, one doesn’t get the results commensurate with the efforts put in.

iv)                 If it is from the Atmakaraka, then one’s fighting spirit diminishes.

v)                  If it is from Paka Lagna, one has the janamas dosh.

The role of lagna lord can’t be undermined. It is like an engine of train of one’s destiny/ fortune. The more powerful the engine, smoother is the journey of one’s life. It is like the key to the native’s entire personality, personal nature and the amount of achievements one will get, from whatever is promised. As lagna lord is the lord of the entire horoscope, it is essential that the lagna lord is strong and well placed to give native what his horoscope promises.

To be continued in series of articles


Judgement of Results : Vimsottari Dasa Part – 4


1)      The houses on which the dasa planet has subha argala (beneficial intervention) by being in the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th or 11th from it, shall prosper. Papa Argala (malefic intervention) by the dasa planet being a natural malefic also results in beneficence to the bhava in the short, but is evil in the long run.

2)      If the Argala of the dasa planet is obstructed Virodh Argala, then during the antar dasa of such planets, the good result of the concerned house shall be obstructed or reversed.

Three parts of period

Every dasa or antardasa can be divided into 3 parts to judge the trend.

1)      Udaya (Rising): Planets in Sirsodaya (head rising) signs give results (good or bad) at the beginning (first 1/3 portion) of their dasa/ antar.  Planets in pristodaya signs (back rising) give results at the end (last 1/3 portion) of their period and planets in ubhyodaya (both rising only Pisces) give results in the middle (middle 1/3rd portion) of their periods. Some astrologers opine that the planets in ubhyodaya rasi give results throughout the period (JP 18-26)

2)      For malefic planets the results of its exaltation or such strength in divisions is felt in the first three sub periods i.e. about 1/3rd the period of dasa/ antardasa. The results of its house placement and ownership are felt in the next three sub periods i.e. the middle 1/3rd part of the dasa/ antardasa. The results of its aspects as well as aspect, on it will be felt in the concluding 1/3rd portion or last three sub periods.

3)      For benefic planets, the result of its ownership and house placement are felt in the first three sub-periods (i.e. first 1/3rd part of the period); its exaltation and strength show their results in the middle part (i.e. next 1/3rd part) whereas the aspects on it as well as its aspect bear fruit in the last (i.e. concluding 1/3rd part) of the dasa.

Sandhi (Junction)

1)      Planets in bhava sandhi (junction of houses) are incapable of influencing the houses they are placed in. Planets in Rasi Sandhi (junction of signs) suffer annihilation especially when the ruling elements of the adjoining signs are inimical (e.g. Fire and water).

Rasi Sandhi Example

Chart 10 D-1

Chart 10 D-9

In the above chart, the Moon is in Gandanta i.e. it is in the last Navamsa of Scorpio (a sign in which is the junction between a water and fire sign). Placement in Gandanta caused a serious accident in childhood, but he survived due to exalted Venus in Lagna. A closer look reveals that the Moon is in the last degree of Scorpio i.e. it is placed in Rasi Sandhi or the junction of Scorpio and Sagittarius. Such an ill placement in Rasi Sandhi destroys the house lorded by the planet in Rasi Sandhi. Moon is the fifth lord and rules progeny. The native has been having lots of problems with love affairs as these either do not mature into marriage or, when one such affair did mature into a marriage, the desire of a child resulted in differences that are causing separation between the couple.

2)      Planets in bhava sandhi (junction of houses) cause disease and sorrow while those in Rasi Sandhi (junction of signs) can cause death. Rasi Sandhi between fire and water signs is called Gandanta.


Yoga means union and umpteen Yoga’s are listed in the classical literature on Jyotish. Instead of repeating them here, we shall discuss how to use them for predictions.

1)      Yogas (good or bad) shall be felt at all times if their karaka are strong (or weak) else, these shall fructify for short periods during the dasa of the yoga causing planets. This knowledge is vital in timing the fructification of the Yoga and other events.

2)      Pancha Mahapurush Yoga caused by the placement of either of five planets (Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus or Saturn) in exaltation or own sign in a kendra from Lagna indicates the birth of a great personality and promises fame, power and good fortune due to a predominance of the tattwa (indicated by the yoga causing planet). However if the Sun is weak, the yoga can never materialize and even if it materializes, it cannot be sustained if the Moon is weak. In such a case, the effects of the yoga are not felt for long durations and only during the dasa (periods) of the planet causing the Mahapurush yoga, some fame, rise etc. will be seen. Thus in every yoga, it is important to identify the planets causing it and sustaining it.

3)      Kartari yoga, if caused by natural benefics (called subha-kartari) placed in the 2nd & 12th from any planet indicate destruction of enemies during the dasa of the planet. In the case of papa-kartari yoga (malefics instead of benefic planets in 2nd & 12th houses from any planet), the planet suffering from such blemish indicates trouble from enemies. Final results should be declared only after an examination of strength of Lagna Lord. Note that the Karaka for Paka Lagna is Jupiter.

4)      If a planet associates with an inimical planet, then battles occur and enmity increases during its dasa. Graha Yuddha (planetary war) results in defeat or victory depending on whether the planet concerned is defeated or victorious as per longitude in the sign i.e. a planet with a higher longitude in victorious even if debilitated Rajayoga.

5)      Royal favor (appointments, power etc) is obtained during the period of Jupiter or the 5th lord. Planets associating with them or having unobstructed beneficial Argala or associated with the Ghatika Lagna give power and authority.

6)      Dhanyoga Great wealth/ sustenance power; Moon is the Karaka for sustenance (whereas Jupiter only indicates accumulated funds which is one aspect of it). Thus, during the favorable Moon dasa or the lord of 2nd house Dhanyoga results. Planets associated with the Moon, Argala on the moon or associated with the Hora lagna give wealth and Dhanyoga.

7)      In a similar manner, the 9th house and Sun/ Jupiter are examined for Dharma, religious austerities etc. (Sun) or for Guru higher learning (Jupiter). The tenth house and its four karakas (Sun, Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury) are examined for profession, meritorious rites, Yagya, pilgrimages etc.


The following are classified as dispositors

(i)                  Lord of the sign occupied by a planet is called Pakesha.

(ii)                Lord of the Navamsa occupied by a planet called Amsesha.

(iii)               Lord of the sign occupied by the Pakesha

(iv)              Lord of the Navamsa occupied by the Lord ascertained at (iii)

(v)                Lord of the Nakshatra occupied by a planet (as per Vimsottari scheme) called Jeeva.

1)      During the periods of such dispositors placed in strength in Kendra the houses owned by the planet prosper and gain prominence.

2)      If they dispositors are ill placed in depression or inimical signs they cause a fall or destruction of the houses owned by the planet. If the dispositors are in dusthana, they cause destruction and trouble due to enemies (6th house), own flaws/ disease (8th house), past debts (12th house) or evil (badhaka sign).

Judgement of Results : Vimsottari Dasa Part – 3

Marana karaka

The specific most malefic positions of planets capable of causing death like suffering are as follows:- Sun in 12th house, Moon in 8th house, Mars in 7th house, Mercury in 7th house, Jupiter in 3rd house, Venus in 6th house, Saturn in 1st house and Rahu in 9th house from the Lagna (or dasa rasi). Such positions of the planets are called Marana Sthana (death inflicting) and the planets become Marana Karaka (death inflictors). When such a death inflictor is in conjunction with or aspected by malefics or in inimical or depression signs, great grief is sure to come.

Sun causes fire hazards; Moon indicates danger from water; Mars causes accident and danger from weapons; Mercury indicates trouble due to flatulence; stomach problems are indicated by Jupiter; Accident, trouble from opposite sex are caused by Venus and venomous bites by Rahu. Similarly, the planet becoming Marana Karaka will not do well for its Karakatwa (Signification) and will surely tend to destroy the houses it owns.

Case Study: Erstwhile USSR

Chart 9 Vimsottari Dasa D-1

Chart 9 Vimsottari Dasa D-9

The chart of the erstwhile USSR has the 10th lord Sun placed in the 12th house in Marana Karaka Sthana. Such a debilitated and ill placed Sun indicates the destruction of its sign Leo which is also the tenth house in the chart. In any mundane chart the tenth house indicates the rulers or leaders and its lord in Marana Karaka Sthana, in debility and conjoined the malefic 8th and 11th lord Mercury indicates the death of leaders and consequential destruction of the Union.

Vimsottari Dasa (started from Moon): Maha Dasa


Merc:  1903-06-20 – 1920-06-19

Ket:  1920-06-19 – 1927-06-20

Ven:  1927-06-20 – 1947-06-20

Sun:  1947-06-20 – 1953-06-20

Moon:  1953-06-20 – 1963-06-20

Mars:  1963-06-20 – 1970-06-20

Rah:  1970-06-20 – 1988-06-20

Jup:  1988-06-20 – 2004-06-20

Sat:  2004-06-20 – 2023-06-21


Rah Maha Dasa:  Antardasa in this MD:

Rah:  1970-06-20 – 1973-03-01

Jup:  1973-03-01 – 1975-07-28

Sat:  1975-07-28 – 1978-06-01

Merc:  1978-06-01 – 1980-12-20

Ket:  1980-12-20 – 1982-01-07

Ven:  1982-01-07 – 1985-01-07

Sun:  1985-01-07 – 1985-12-03

Moon:  1985-12-03 – 1987-06-01

Mars:  1987-06-01 – 1988-06-20

The planets aspecting or stationed in the Marana Karaka’s sign (Leo) are Mars & Rahu. Whereas Mars, being the lord of the sign of exaltation of the Sun and placed in a kendra to Lagna causes the neechabhanga (cancellation of debility) of the Sun and hence, during its dasa, the Marana Karaka results will not manifest. However, during the dasa of Rahu, placed in debility in Sagittarius and aspecting Leo, the Marana Karaka results are sure to occur. Reckoned from the Sun (10th lord for leaders), the Argala (intervention) of Mars in the 11th house is fully removed by Rahu and Venus in the 3rd house. Such a obstruction to Argala will occur during the conjoined period of Rahu & Venus. Thus, with the advent of Venus antardasa in Rahu dasa, the table was set for the functioning of the Marana Karaka yoga for the leaders.

Reckoned from Venus, Moon & Saturn are in the eighth house as well as in the eighth house whereas this Sani-Chandra yoga is in the Badhak house from Lagna. From Leo, the 12th house is Cancer with the Saturn – Moon conjunction. Saturn is the evil maraka (killer) for Leo.

On November 10, 1982, in Rahu dasa – Venus antardasa – Moon Pratyantara, Leonid Brezhnev the head of state, died. He was succeeded Andropov who was helpless in the face of the fifth consecutive year of bad harvest in 1983. Thereafter on 9th February 1984 in Rahu dasa – Venus antardasa – Saturn Pratyantara, Andropov died. He was succeeded by Chernenko on 13th February 1984. Subsequently, after a year Chernenko also died on 10th March 1985.

Normally when such terrible Marana Karaka Yoga functions, the native himself dies or there are three deaths around him before the evil period ends. The successor Gorbachev made history by undoing the USSR and creating Russia. Thus, the USSR itself was dissolved after this terrible Marana Karaka Yoga.

Judgement of Results : Vimsottari Dasa Part – 2



1)      The good or evil experienced by any person is in accordance with the dasa prevailing at any point of time. The fructification of yoga (good or bad) and extent of such fruits are dependent on the strength of the planets. Hence, wise astrologers should in the first place ascertain the strength of the planets. The sources of strength shall indicate the directions from where the good results will come whereas the sources which are weak shall indicate areas of suffering. This should be intelligently applied to Vimsopaka strength as well. The results, good or bad, shall also depend on the vocation (career etc) and ayana (goals). Uchcha bala, especially when the planet is moving towards its exaltation gives status. In this manner the other sources should be examined qualitatively and quantitatively.

2)      Thus, even if the planet is placed in a Kendra, if it is weak it shall bring disease/ decay to the houses it owns, especially during the periods of such malefics/ planets that are the cause of its weakness.

3)      Any house prospers if its quadrants or trines are well conjoined and aspected. The reverse is the case due to malefic conjunctions/ aspects. In such cases the Lord of the Bhava cannot be considered evil. For example, Saturn is placed in the 2nd house, during its dasa the quadrant houses 2, 5, 8 and 11 shall suffer and dwindle unless these houses are owned by Saturn (relationships also count). Similarly, trines to the 2nd house (6th and 10th) also suffer annihilation. Saturn would have a full aspect on the 4th and 11th houses (being the 3rd/10th from the 2nd house) causing these to suffer.

4)      The period of the badhakesh or of a planet associated with it brings disease and sorrow (Agantuka adritsa). If the planets are benefic then the evil is easily pacified but if malefic and associated with fixed signs/ navamsa it is difficult to overcome.

5)      Planets placed in Badhak sign bring sorrow and suffering due to Agantuka (external) adrista (unknown causes) roga (suffering & disease as manifesting from karma). Planets in Kendra to Badhak sign give sorrow or foreign travel.

Case Study: Debilitated Moon

Chart 8 Vimsottari Dasa

Chart 8 Vimsottari Dasa D-9

In the chart, Moon is the 12th lord and is debilitated in the fourth house. Cancellation of debility occurs due to the placement of Venus in strength in its own sign (Malavya Mahapurusha Yoga) in a Kendra from Lagna and the Moon as well. The debility of the 12th lord indicates the destruction of the significations of the 12th house during its period. The Upapada (Arudha Pada of the 12th house indicating the fortunes of marriage & spouse) is in Pisces and its lord Jupiter is also debilitated. Cancellation of debility of Jupiter is brought about by the placement of Saturn, its dispositor in a Kendra from Lagna and the Moon. Thus, prima facie, there is considerable trouble in the 12th house and bed pleasures and conjugal bliss will be lacking. The family of the spouse would be very ordinary or poor at the time of birth and would have risen gradually (Jupiter in Pisces Navamsa in the seventh house from Lagnamsa conjoined an exalted Venus). With the advent of Moon dasa, the native’s marital life became unbearable and his spouse tormented him. The seventh lord Saturn placed in Lagna indicates a dominating spouse and the nature of Saturn would indicate considerable coldness. Their marriage was in doldrums and the native considered divorce during Moon dasa Ketu antardasa. Fasting on the days of the lord of the Upapada (Thursdays) and other remedial measures helped to tide over the crisis. Ketu in 12th from Moon and Arudha Lagna gave sudden losses and expenses. Everything went awry and out of control. Ketu is in Kendra to Badhak sign as well as Badhak lord Mars. However, with the advent of Venus antardasa, the neechabhanga (cancellation of debility) promised, occurred and the native re-established himself both in business and home.

Vimsottari Dasa (started from Moon): Maha Dasa:

Merc:  1939-11-11 – 1956-11-10

Ket:  1956-11-10 – 1963-11-11

Ven:  1963-11-11 – 1983-11-11

Sun:  1983-11-11 – 1989-11-11

Moon:  1989-11-11 – 1999-11-11

Mars:  1999-11-11 – 2006-11-11

Rah:  2006-11-11 – 2024-11-11

Jup:  2024-11-11 – 2040-11-11

Sat:  2040-11-11 – 2059-11-12


 Moon MD: Antardasa in this MD:

Moon:  1989-11-11 – 1990-09-11

Mars:  1990-09-11 – 1991-04-09

Rah:  1991-04-09 – 1992-10-11

Jup:  1992-10-11 – 1994-02-07

Sat:  1994-02-07 – 1995-09-12

Merc:  1995-09-12 – 1997-02-07

Ket:  1997-02-07 – 1997-09-11

Ven:  1997-09-11 – 1999-05-09

Sun:  1999-05-09 – 1999-11-11



Judgement of Results : Vimsottari Dasa Part – 1


The single most important planet in any horoscope in the lord of Lagna as it represents the person himself. The sign occupied by the Lagna lord is called Paka Lagna. Similarly examine other houses.

1)      If the Lord is exalted the house owned by it shall flourish, if the Lord is debilitated the houses owned by it shall be destroyed.

This is a very general statement and advises us to look at the status of the lord of a house. Jaimini has explained that the planets in debility or exaltation, if associated with the house of income give tremendous gains. This, prima facie seems to be contradictory. Whether a planet is going to give wealth and gains or not is seen from the 11th house from Lagna & Arudha Lagna. If such a planet is exalted then it shall not only give tremendous gains, but the houses owned by it shall also flourish. If such a planet is debilitated then it gives a lot of income, but will destroy the houses it owns.

A planet in debility can ruin all others conjunct with it even if they are exalted. If it is conjunct Rahu, then great evil is predicted during its dasa/antar. However if it attains neechabhanga (cancellation of debility), then it shall give Rajayoga during its period and all planets conjoined shall work in harmony with it. Neechabhanga occurs due to the placement of either of the following in Kendra (Quadrants only) to Lagna/Moon.

  • Lord of the Sign of debility
  • Lord of the signs opposite the sign of debility i.e. the lord of the sign of exaltation
  • Planet that is exalted in the sign of debility of another
  • The debilitated planet is placed in Navamsa which is that of its sign of exaltation
  • If neechabhanga is absent, some good results can be expected if the debilitated planet is in the navamsa of a sign owned by it.
  • If none of these happen, then the period of the debilitated planet as well as that of dispositor shall spell ruin and destruction.


2)      A planet placed in its Moolatrikona (office) or own sign (home) shall prove to be very auspicious in successfully promoting the matters signified by the houses it owns. In a friendly sign it shall be supportive but in an inimical or unfriendly sign, the affairs indicated by the houses owned by it shall be annihilated or diminish respectively.

3)      If the Lord of a house is placed in the 6th, 8th, 12th or obstruction (Badhak) sign, then the house suffers due to enemies (agantuka-drista), own Karma (nija-roga), past debt (rina) or evil forces (agantuka-adrista) respectively. Similarly the lords of these houses placed in any bhava shall damage it due to such sources of evil.

4)      If the Lord of any house is placed in kendra (quadrant) in strength and is well aspected, the house owned shall flourish during its period due to the native’s karma. If in such a case, the placement is in the trikonas (5th & 9th) the houses flourish due to good fortune and blessings.

5)      If the Lord of any house is placed in the 8th from it, it suffers complete destruction even if the said lord is exalted. This destruction is sure to come if the lord is a natural benefic like Jupiter or Moon. Beneficial aspects shall somehow try to protect such a house. It may be noted that the planets aspecting or occupying it cannot make it prosper or become beneficial if its lord is ill placed (i.e. in 6th, 8th or 12th from it), in an inimical house, is in dur-avastha (bad state), eclipsed or impotent due to defeat in planetary war.

6)      Even if the above is true i.e. the planet is ill placed, in a bad state, eclipsed or in an inimical or sign of depression, if it is in its exaltation, own or friendly navamsa it manages to salvage the damage and recover after an initial setback. Such a navamsa/ sign placement causing cancellation of weakness or debility is nothing less than the nectar that flows from the glance of the Guru.

7)      Planets and houses aspected or conjoined by Jupiter, Mercury and its Lord shall prove auspicious during their periods. Some add Venus to this list and others add the Moon as well. Houses aspected or conjoined by Saturn, Mars and Rahu shall suffer evil during their periods. Good or bad would depend on the nature of the houses and their relationship with Lagna Lord.

Malefics afflicting 5th house

SR Rasi SR Saptamsa


In the Rasi chart, the fifth house from Lagna and karaka (Jupiter) is Cancer. The malefic lords of the eighth house (Venus: Nija-roga) and sixth house (Sun: Agantuka drishti – Roga) are placed in the fifth house thereby afflicting it. The lord of the fifth house (Moon) is ill placed in the 12th house in dagdha (combust) tithi. The lord of the 12th house (both Saturn & Rahu as the lords of Aquarius) aspect and afflict the fifth house. Thus, the fifth house is considerably damaged by all these evil lords of the dusthana and its lord is also ill placed indicating danger to children. The saving grace is the aspect of Jupiter. Further, Venus shall not be bad for daughters, but shall be evil for sons.

In the Saptamsa (D-7), the fifth lord Mars is well placed in a kendra with the Moon and Ketu indicating that the first child will be a daughter. The daughter was born in Saturn dasa – Mars antardasa – Venus pratyantar (Vimsottari : Moon start) or more precisely, Venus – Venus – Jupiter (Vimsottari : Lagna start). The seventh lord is ill placed in the 12th house in an insect sign Scorpio and has an exchange (Parivartana yoga) with its dispositor Mars which is placed in Gemini. Parivartana means change or opposite to indications. Thus, although Mercury in Scorpio indicates a daughter, the opposite (i.e. a son) shall be born as the second child. All is not well when there is such an exchange involving bitter enemies Mars & Mercury. The child was born in Saturn dasa – Rahu antardasa – Venus pratyantar (Vimsottari : Moon start) [or more precisely, Venus dasa Sun antardasa in Vimsottari : Lagna start] and has very low IQ  besides having an inability to speak (Mercury ruling speech is afflicted by Mars due to the exchange and is weak in the 12th house).

In this chart, considering the Rasi (D-1) chakra alone and standard method of determining progeny, we will find that Venus and Sun in the fifth house from Lagna/ Jupiter shall indicate two children – one daughter (Venus) and the other a son (Sun).



Event                                                                                                                 Vimsottari Dasa
Date Description Moon start Lagna start Remarks
15 July 1991 Government Service Saturn dasa – Moon antar Venus dasa – Venus antar Venus is the lord of the 3rd house placed in the fifth house  indicating Government service. It is also conjoined the Sun in the fifth house of authority indicating government service.
29 August 1991 Love Marriage Saturn – Moon Venus – Venus Both periods indicate marriage but Venus as the seventh lord of navamsa is a better indicator. In addition, it is also the lord of Upapada and placed in the fifth house indicating the love marriage.
21 Dec 1992 Birth of daughter Saturn – Mars Venus – Venus Venus is placed in the fifth house to clearly indicate the birth of daughter in its antardasa
1 June 1995 Birth of son Saturn – Rahu Venus – Sun Sun is placed in the fifth house to clearly indicate the birth of the son. Rahu is the dispositor of the fifth lord Moon and also indicates, but the Sun is a better indicator.


Applicability of Vimsottari Dasa

Dasa applicability


Maharshi Parasara has given invaluable advice regarding the criteria for choosing the appropriate Udu dasa. This has been substantiated in works like Dasadhyayi and Jataka Parijaata. However one shall stick to the authority of Parasara.

The Best Dasa

Vimsottari dasa is like the icing over the cake of Vedic Astrology. It is the single greatest gift of the Maharishi’s for the welfare of people in Dark Age of Kali especially since the maximum longevity of man during this Dark Age is 120 years (Vimsottari means 120 which is the maximum period of the Vimsottari Dasa scheme). Parasara opines that this is the best of the Nakshatra dasa (and perhaps the best for all purposes). Thus, our first natural choice is Vimsottari Dasa unless other special conditions of at birth prevail.

Conditions for Ashtottari Dasa

Criteria – 1

Lagnesat kendrakonasthe rahau lagnam vina sthite

Ashtottari dasa vipra vijneya raudrabhaditah BPHS 48.17

Translation: O! Brahmin, Rudra teaches that “if Rahu is placed in a quadrant or trine from the sign occupied by the Lord of the Lagna, Ashtottari Dasa shall apply”.

Parasara has given a very specific rule (Criteria – 1) for the use of Ashtottari Dasa (108 years) by stating that Rahu in a quadrant or trine from the Lord of the Lagna determines the applicability of Ashtottari Dasa, subsequently he gives another advice (Criteria – 2) for determining the applicability of Ashtottari Dasa.

Criteria – 2

Krsnapakse diva janma suklapakse tatha nisi

Tada hyastottari cintya phalarthanca visesatah BPHS 48.23

Translation: If the birth is at day in Krsna Paksha or at night in Sukla Paksha, the use of Ashtottari Dasa is advised for determination of all results.

If these advice are to be taken at face value, then by implication the Vimsottari Dasa would apply only if birth is at night in Krsna Paksha or at day in Sukla Paksha. Considering Criteria – 1 and 2 together, Ashtottari dasa will be applicable in 25% charts. Thus, Vimsottari dasa is applicable in about 75% birth charts. Summing up, check the following:-

1)      Whether the Rahu is placed in a Kendra or Trikona from Paka Lagna (i.e. the sign occupied by the lord of the Lagna).

2)      Whether birth at day time is in Krsna Paksha, OR whether birth at night time is in Sukla Paksha.

3)      If both of (1) or (2) above are applicable, then use Ashtottari Dasa.

Condition for Shodasottari Dasa

Criteria 3

Candrahoragate krsne suryahoragate sitee

Lagne nrnam phalajnaptyai vicintya sodasottari BPHS 48.24

Translation: If birth is in Krsna Paksha and Lagna is in Moon Hora or if the birth is in Sukla Paksha and Lagna is in Sun Hora, then Shodasottari dasa (116 years) shall apply.

Condition for Dwadasottari dasa

Criteria 4:

Sukramsake prajatasya vicintya dvadasottari BPHS 48.27

Translation: If the Lagna is in Sukramsa then Dwadasottari Dasa (112 years) shall apply.

Sukramsa has been vaguely translated by G C Sharma as “the Navamsa of Venus”. Sumeet Chugh at least has been clear in his thinking and has specifically translated this to imply the “navamsa ascendant is Taurus or Libra”. Let us examine the various possibilities:-

1)      Sukramsa can mean “Navamsa of Taurus or Libra”. However, consider the case of a male born on 12th November 1934, 6:19 pm, Cuttack, India”.

The Lagna is in Taurus 16 degree 32’ and is vargottama i.e. Navamsa lagna is also Taurus. Criteria 6 will apply indicating that Satabdika dasa will be applicable in the chart. However, if Sukramsa is interpreted as the ‘navamsa lagna in taurus or libra’ then criteria 4 will also apply. We are in a fix and it is unlikely that Parasara could have implied such a meaning for Sukramsa.

2)      Sukramsa in the context means, “Lagna is in the navamsa of the sign occupied by Venus in the Rasi chart”. For example, if Venus is in Libra in the Rasi chart, then navamsa lagna in Libra will satisfy the criteria 4. This can be the only satisfactory translation of the word ‘Sukramsa’ and is in the lines of such words used in the nadi and allied jyotish literature.

Condition for Panchottari Dasa

Criteria 5:

Arkamsa karkalagne pancottari mata BPHS 48.29

Translation: If the lagna is Cancer both in Rasi and dwadasamsa, Panchottari dasa (105 years) shall apply. Such a position is possible only when the Lagna is in the range of 0-2 degree 30’ in cancer.

Condition for Satabdika Dasa

Criteria 6:

Vargottamagate lagne dasa cintya satabdika BPHS 48.32

Translation: Should the ascendant be vargottama, Satabdika dasa (100 years) shall apply. Vargottama means occupying the same sign in rasi and navamsa charts. This is possible if the lagna is in the first navamsa (0-3 deg 20’) of movable signs, middle (fifth) navamsa (13 deg 20’ – 16 deg 40’) of fixed signs and last (ninth) navamsa of dual signs (26 deg 40’ – 30 deg)

The only possibility of a redundancy with criteria 4 can arise if Venus is in either Libra or Taurus and the Lagna is vargottama. In such a case, prefer criteria 4 to override criteria 6.

Condition for Chaturasitika dasa

Criteria 7:

Karmese karmage jneya caturasitika dasa BPHS 48.35

Translation: If the tenth lord is in the tenth house then Chaturasitika dasa (84 years) shall apply.

Condition for Dwisaptati Sama Dasa

Criteria 8:

Lagnese saptame yasya lagne va saptamadhipe

Cintaniya dasa tasya dvisaptatisamahavya BPHS 48.38-39

Translation: If the lagna lord is in the seventh house or seventh lord is in lagna, dvisaptati sama dasa (72 years) shall apply.

Condition for Shasti Sama dasa

Criteria 9:

Yadarko lagnarasisthascintya sastiamsa tada BPHS 48.40

Translation: Shastisama dasa (60 years) (also known as Shastihayani dasa) shall apply in those cases where the Sun is in Lagna.

Condition for Shattrima sama dasa

Condition 10:

Lagne dine’rkahorayam candrahoragate nisi BPHS 48.43

Translation: If birth is in day time and Lagna is in Sun Hora or if birth is in the night and Lagna is in Moon Hora, Shat trimsa sama dasa shall apply.


The Udu Dasa can be broadly grouted into two categories:

1)      Vimsottari dasa and its variations of Tara, Tribhagi and Moola dasa, and

2)      Special condition dasa including Ashtottari etc.

Vimsottari dasa & variations

Parasara’s teachings point to a process for selecting the dasa by an intelligent applicant of the criteria gives. Irrespective of special conditions, Vimsottari dasa (and its variations) will always apply in a horoscope.

There are five variations of Vimsottari dasa based on the nakshatra which initiates the dasa. Vimsottari dasa can be initiated from (a) the natal Moon Nakshatra (Janma Nakshatra) (b) Lagna Nakshatra (Lagna dasa or Tara dasa) (c) 5th nakshatra from natal Moon (Utpanna dasa), (d) 4th nakshatra from natal Moon (Kshema dasa), (e) 8th nakshatra from natal Moon (Adhana dasa). Generally, Janma & Lagna dasa are phalita dasa (fruits of life) whereas Utpanna, Kshema and Adhana dasa are used for longevity analysis (ayur dasa).

Moola dasa is applicable in all charts as it gives the results of the karma of past life which we have to suffer in the present incarnation. This dasa shall guve pronounced results in the charts of divine personalities and saints who have come to this planet for completing a final form of some curse or such terms of final punishment and redemption.

Special condition dasa’s

Special condition dasa’s have criteria that can overlap I.e. it is possible that the criteria of two or more dasa are present in a horoscope. In such a case, the order of precedence given by Parasara should be used to select the suitable dasa. The order of precedence is given below. In case of doubt, use the first source of strength for affirmation.


  1. i.                    Ashtottari dasa (including its variation of Tithi Ashtottari dasa)
  2. ii.                  Shodasottari dasa.
  3. iii.                Dwadasottari dasa.
  4. iv.                 Panchottari dasa.
  5. v.                   Satabdika dasa.
  6. vi.                 Chaturasiti sama dasa.
  7. vii.               Dwisaptati sama dasa.
  8. viii.             Shasti sama dasa
  9. ix.                 Shat trimsa sama dasa

A natural question is when Vimsottari dasa is universally applicable, what is the need for such special conditions dasa? Special condition dasa are used for special purposes as delineated under. The existence of special conditions applying in a chart points at the special purpose or condition of birth. Existence of yoga’s will indicate the existence of achievement of the purpose.

Ashtottari dasa – Ketu is the governor of the dasa and does to feature in the list of planets furnishing their dasa’s in the Ashtottari scheme. The effects of Ketu, the moksakaraka and Rudra graha are felt throughout the period. It is the base over which the results of other planets shall be felt like the surface of the ocean over which the dasa’s shall cause ripples and waves. The planet which is excluded in any scheme is invariably the governor of the special condition dasa.

Srila Prabhupada

Ashtottari dasa is applicable in the chart. Such a native’s great achievement will be in the export (Ketu) of indigenous knowledge or goods. The quality and nature of knowledge or goods depends on other combinations in the chart, Srila Prabhupada’s chart greatest achievement was the lucid translations of Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita which resulted in the establishment of ISKCON in a foreign land. Thus, the great achievement was brought out through the export of knowledge for which purpose he had to travel to the USA.

Shodasottari Dasa: Rahu is the governor and does not feature in the list of planets furnishing dasas. The effects of Rahu are predominant and felt throughout the life. The purpose or objectives are achieved through the import (Rahu) of goods and knowledge. It is important that one should not get biased against Rahu with Xenophobic attitudes and should declare good or bad on the basis of yogas and other combinations prevailing in the chart.

Take the case of the notorious criminal Dawood Ibrahim. His rise to power in the underworld was through smuggling of gold into India. This clandestine import (Rahu) resulted in his rise and the purpose is seen from prevailing yogas in his chart. Shodasottari dasa will show the periods when such activity of import will flourish or when it will end due to intelligent policies and reforms brought about by the Government of India after shedding its xenophobic attitude.

Dwadasottari Dasa: Venus is the governor of the dwadasottari dasa scheme and doesn’t feature in the list of the planets furnishing the dasas. The special condition is focused on ‘Sukramsa’ just as the special condition for its predecessors Ashtottari and Shodasottari dasas were focused on nodes. The base or ocean is the cultural field of arts, music, painting, movies etc. Thus dasa is specifically their periods of achievement. These are the people who will work on a Venusian base to achieve their life’s objectives. It is not necessary that all filmstars must have the special conditions for this dasa application.

Panchottari Dasa: The dwadasamsa is also called Suryamsa and shows the lineage, family etc. to which a person belongs. It connects the native to his birth circumstances of the various equations emerging for the creation of beings in various signs and dwadasamsa, the first dwadasamsa of cancer (0-20 degree 30’) is the area reflecting the creation of the universe, and is a sense the seat of Brahma, the creator. The life giving forces of creation are so powerful at this area of zodiac that the destroyers (Rahu Ketu) become defunct and have no role. Lagna is the governor, and the theme is the establishment of a lineage or to propagate the process of creation. Doctors and medicine men are but some examples that comes to the mind. But then this will only be the base and the objectives will vary depending on the chart.

Satabdika Dasa: Lagna is also the governor of Satabdika dasa just like the predecessor the Pancottari dasa and the special condition envisages a vargottama lagna. The theme changes from Brahmas perspective of creation to Visnu’s perspective of dharma. There can be a clash between Panchottari and Satabdika dasa when in any horoscope, the lagna is between 0-2 degree 30’ in cancer. Here the lagna is not only in cancer dwadasamsa satisfying the criteria for Panchottari dasa, but is also vargottama satisfying the criteria for Satabdika dasa. In such cases, the order of precedence given by Parasara is resorted to and Panchottari dasa is to be applicable instead of Satabdika dasa.

Chaturasiti Sama dasa: The tenth lord (Indra – the king of heaven symbolized by the 10th house) is the governor and the special condition relates to this house and lord. The presence of the special condition indicates that there is karma yoga and it is on this that the entire chart revolves. Position, honor and money become instruments for achievement of objectives.

Among the planets Jupiter represents India and the lordship of Jupiter in the chart will indicate the direction of the blessing or the people who will play a vital role in the achievement of Karma yoga. Jupiter indicates a teacher or guru.

Dwisaptati Sama Dasa: Hara (the form of Siva) is the governor and among planets the Moon is the representative. The special condition relates to the seventh house which is the seat of all desires indicating that the them is the fulfillment of desires. The lordship and placement of the Moon will indicate the people or objects that will lead to the fulfillment of objective/ desire. Motherly and elderly ladies are indicated by Moon.

Shasti hayani Dasa: The Sun is the governor and the special condition for dasa applicability also relates to the Sun The lordship of the Sun will indicate the “elder” (Sun indicates an elder or fatherly figure) who will be represented by the Sun and whose directions will be the major theme in the life of the person.

Shattrimsa Sama Dasa: Often mistaken by many astrologers as the Yogini dasa, this is a phalita dasa. Mercury is the governor and wealth is a focus as the special conditions relate to the hora. Sustenance would be more appropriate term to explain life’s theme.


Astrological Principles for Spirituality Part – 1

Hari-yoga, Hara-yoga, Brahma-yoga: Yogas relegated to Visnu, Siva and Brahma

Naturally, devotees of the three principle deities behind creation (Brahma), sustenance (Visnu) and destruction (Siva) are going to be found frequently in the charts of spiritual aspirants. These are defined as follows:

Hari-yoga: Benefics are in the 2nd and 12th, or in 8th from the lord of the 2nd. Since the 2nd house, like the 6th, is in a trinal location from the 10th, it is very closely linked to Laksmi-devi (Sri) in Jyotish. The 10th, although the seat of Indra or svarga-loka, is the most important house of Visnu, as it is through the 10th house that all of creation is maintained and protected. Later in this article, how the 6th house (seva) connects one to spiritual path is discussed as well. Anyway, Hari-yoga indicates the connection of Hari (another name for Visnu, which means “one who protects the devotee from all calamities”) to the 2nd house, which is ruled by Sri, the goddess of fortune.

Hara-yoga: Benefics are in the 4th, 8th or 9th from the lord of the 7th. Hara is another name for Lord Siva. The 7th house is the seat of Lord Siva, given that he presides over the functions of destruction or annihilation. Thus reinforcement of auspicious houses relative to the 7th lord brings the support and blessings of Lord Siva.

Brahma-yoga: There are two ways in which Brahma-yoga can be formed:

a)      Benefics are positioned in the 4th, 10th and 11th from the lord of the lagna; or

b)      Jupiter is in kendra from the 9th lord, Venus is in kendra from the 11th lord and Mercury is in kendra from the 1st or 10th lords.

Particularly, the first definition of the Brahma-yoga applies in this discussion, as Brahma, the demi-god in charge of creation, rules the lagna or the 1st house. By way of positioning benefics in the 4th, 10th and 11th houses, the lagna is reinforced and strengthened, thus bringing the blessings of Brahma in horoscopic symbolism.

Yogas involving Jupiter and Venus (sura and asura guru respectively)

These, in essence, are yogas for great learning:

Jupiter and Venus are respectively Brhaspati and Sukra among the planetary pantheon of demi-gods. They are thus the gurus of the suras (godly entities or demi-gods), as well as asuras (demonic entities) respectfully. Their functions are great perceptors or gurus, with respect to para and apara vidya. Yogas involving these two gurus are significant in the charts of spiritualists, and in fact are found in a variety of cases. The most important of such yogas involving Jupiter and Venus are as follows:

Sarasvati-yoga: Jupiter, Venus and Mercury are in kendras, as well as the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 9th or 11th houses. The result is that the native becomes a learned scholar in a variety of subjects and is recognized as such. This yoga is especially poignant when found in the Navamsa as well as Vimsamsa charts.

Bheri-yoga: Jupiter and Venus are in kendra from the lagna lord, while the 9th lord is strong. The result is a virtuous, religious and saintly individual who possess many auspicious qualities.

Amsavatara-yoga: Jupiter and Venus are in a kendra from Saturn, who is either a strong yogakaraka or is in exaltation. This gives great learning, renunciation and a spotless reputation. Note that this yoga forms verbatim in the Navamsa (D-9) chart of Srila Ramanujacarya.

Kalanidhi-yoga: Jupiter in the 2nd or 5th house conjoined or aspected by Venus and Mercury. This indicates exceptional character, learning, respect and a widespread reputation.

Bharati-yoga: This is an important yoga for spiritual learning and forms in two ways:

a)      The Navamsa dispositor of the 2nd lord joins (in the Rasi chart) the 9th lord; and

b)      The Navamsa dispositor of the 5th lord joins (in the Rasi chart) the 9th lord.

Again, in these instances, the 2nd and 5th lords and their connections to the 9th lord are important to note when evaluating the levels of spiritual knowledge which may be attained by the native. Bharati-yoga gives the native intelligence, learning, a spotless character and a far-reaching reputation.

Yogas involving Dusthanas: 6th, 8th and 12th houses

Although dusthanas are inauspicious materially speaking, they are important houses in consideration of specific spiritual inclinations in the charts of spiritualists. Natural or functional benefics in strength in these houses elevate the nature of the related areas of life for the spiritualists. Thus, some important yogas relegated to dusthanas are as following:

Harsha-yoga: The lord of the 6th house occupies the 6th itself. Briefly, the 6th house is the house of sad-ripus, and thus brings sufferings to the native if the 6th house or lord have multiple afflictions by malefics. If benefics occupy the 6th house in strength, however, if the 6th lord occupies the 6th and is aspected by natural and functional benefics, then the soul advancing on the spiritual path is interested in seva or service, and thus has little if any inclination to develop strategies by which he can achieve material success. This service either directly or indirectly promotes the cause of dharma. Note in this connection, that the 6th, like the 2nd, are the trinal houses from the 10th, and thus important within the context of dharma. Finally, Harsha-yoga is even more powerful if Sankha-yoga forms simultaneously.

Sarala-yoga: The 8th lord occupies the 8th house itself. The 8th is the house of asta-siddhis or the eight-fold mystic perfections that result from the practice of the yoga system of astanga-yoga. Perfections attained in this connection refers to extra-human powers, which, if used to exploit or abuse others, result in serious afflictions to the longevity, happiness and general well-being of the native in future lifetimes. Malefic aspects or associations to this house show that the native experiences sure and certain mental and physical afflictions throughout the course of lifetime.

If however, the lord of the 8th occupies the 8th, and especially if it is reinforced by the association or aspects of benefics, then the individual advances in consciousness through the exercise of various forms of sadhana conncted to the yoga system.

Vimala-yoga: If lord of the 12th occupies the 12th house. Naturally, interest in pursuit of moksa is encouraged and reinforced by this yoga, especially if it falls in the 12th from Lagnamsa or Karakamsa Lagna. For such to occur, the 12th lord is strengthened by way of conjunction-aspect-exchange with lords of trinal houses. If the 10th lord is involved, then the native promotes the cause of dharma through ashrams or monasteries and-or may live the life of an ascetic as well.

If, on the other hand, the 12th lord is afflicted by natural and functional malefics, then suffering due to sins acruing through prior lifetimes befalls the native. The interesting fact to note about the 12th house, however, is that whether it is afflicted or reinforced by benefics, the result is still the same: the native purges the results of prior inauspicious actions (vikarmas). In the former instance, it comes as a result of suffering, whereas in the latter instance, it occurs as a result of serving dharma. In the final analysis, however, the generation of auspicious karmas is the only way that the native can attain moksa, and not by simply suffering.

Birth chart analysis of Srila Prabhupada Part – 4

Pancangam and the Bhukta Tithi Rasi (Tithi based sign)


Further hints as to the significance of the Sun and Moon in Prabhupada’s chart (relegated to Sri Rama and Sri Krsna respectively), may be seen through the vara (weekday), tithi (lunar day), karana (half of tithi), yoga (Soli-lunar-yoga) and nakshatra (lunar constellation), as well as tithi-based sign at the time of birth. These constitute the five limbs of muhurta or Pancangam.


Tithi (jala-tattva)


Prabhupada was born on the Krsna Navami Tithi, or the 9th lunar day of the waning Moon, which is ruled by the Sun, according to the Kalachakra. Sun, as has been reiterated in this article many times, is the 9th lord in occupation of the 9th house with lagna lord Jupiter and Ketu, thus suggesting that Prabhupada’s guru was a direct representative of the Paramatma, the in-dwelling Supersoul. It also suggests that Prabhupada himself attained the highest level of realization, thus qualifying him to become a diksa-guru also. This is confirmed by way of BK Saturn’s aspect to the Sun and the 9th house. Tithi is relegated to jala-tattva, or the element of water, and thus has to do with that which sustains the native.


Yoga (Akasa-tattva)


The sum of the longitudes of the Sun and Moon fall in some nakshatra (one out of the 27), and for the purposes of the yoga thus obtained, various planetary rulers are assigned to each of the 27 nakshatras. Vajra-yoga was in place when Prabhupada was born, which is ruled by the Moon, who is very significant as the Ista-devata in his chart. Yoga, according to rules underlying the pancagam, is relegated to the akasa or element of ether, which joins or binds all things together. Thus, the force which brought Prabhupada to his guru as well as to the rest of the world is directly the Ista-devata Moon, who rules the Vajra-yoga.


Jyotir-linga and the Bhukta Tithi Rasi (tithi-based sign)


Jyotir-lings is the Sun sign of the chart, representing the point of conjunction of Siva (Sun) with his wife Parvati (Moon) for the purpose of birth of human beings. Briefly, this may be understood as the point where life force (Sun) joins the womb (Moon) of matter symbolically, and where the seat of the native’s incarnation and life purpose may be found in the astrological chart. So far as the tithi-based sign in Prabhupada’s chart is concerned, 60.11% of Navami tithi was remaining at birth, or in other words, 39.89% of the tithi had elapsed (100-60.11). This percentage, multiplied by twelve, equals the sign of the zodiac representing the Sun’s symbolic movement and yoga with the Moon. The tithi-based sign (Bhukta Tithi Rasi) arrived at, may therefore be found as follows:


  • 0.3989×12 = 4.79
  • 4.79 = 4 sign, 23.70 degree, or 23 degree 42’ of Leo


So, 23 degree 42’ Leo is a very significant sign of the zodiac for this chart, and its emphasis indicates the main purpose for incarnation of this individual. Leo – 9th house, as we have seen, is the sign-house position of the most signification raja-yoga in this chart for spirituality, and is directly the insignia of Lord Sri Ramacandra as well.


Navamsa of the Tithi-Based Sign


23 degree 42’ Leo falls in a Navamsa of Scorpio. Scorpio is the 12th house of the Rasi chart, while both of its lords, Ketu and Mars, join both of the Sun and Moon respectively in Prabhupada’s chart. Thus, the themes surrounding creation, sustenance of life and the specific avataras Ramacandra and Krsna, Who are everything in Prabhupada’s life, can be seen by the confluence of the above factors. Note also that the Sun, Moon and sign Scorpio , are all in kendras to the Atmakaraka, while the Sun, Moon, Mars and Ketu all form unobstructed argala to the Atmakaraka Rahu.


Thus where life force joins the womb of matter symbolically is where the seat of the native’s incarnation and life purpose may be found in the astrological chart.


Vara: the Weekday (Agni-tattva)


The day of week on which an auspicious event occurs, is every important in Muhurta Jyotish, as the Vara is representative of agni-tattva or the element of fire. Agni indicates physical strength, as well as the ambition and determination of the native to carry some goal into fruition. Prabhupada was born on Monday, which is ruled by the Moon (Sri Krsna by astrological correspondence), which again brings the energy to determination and life force directly to the Ista-devata, who is the Moon in this chart.


Nakshatra: Vayu Tattva


The nakshatra that the Moon may be placed in at birth, as well as its ruler according to Vimsottari dasa, in addition to its natural ruler, indicates vayu-tattva, the energy of air. Air indicates the way the mind works, and in which directions the mind may direct the native’s actions. Mrigasira is ruled by the deity Chandrama or the Moon, who is again the Ista-devata. The Vimsottari dasa ruler is Mars, who, as shown above, rules the 12th house and the Navamsa of the tithi-based sign. Significantly, Mars is also the Dharma-devata for this chart, which was mentioned above. Finally, the Moon and Mars form Vipareet raja-yoga, which gave Prabhupada intense determination and enthusiasm in the manner of serving his guru, and ultimately the Ista-devata as well. This passion may not be seen as material or personally ambitious, as the Mrigasira is a deva or godly star, which resonates with the material quality of sattva or goodness. Among the four orders of human evolution that it is ascribed to, i.e., dharma, artha, kama and moksa, Mrigasira is relegated to moksa. So, the mind is determined in his mission in an aggressive, yet pure and godly type of way, which ultimately aims at moksa, or the freedom from the repetitions of birth and death.


Karana: One Half of a Tithi


A karana is half of a tithi, in other works, the division of each of the thirty (30) tithis in one lunar month in half gives sixty (60) karanas. A karana is relegated to the prithvi-tattva or earth element, and shows factors which supports the life or mission of the native which endure over an extended period of time. The Taitula Karana in which Prabhupada was born is ruled by Mercury, who is exalted in the 10th house, as well as who is in the 6th from the arudha lagna. Thus, the one effort that he wished to endure over time, and which in fact formulates the basis of his legacy, were his books and translations of Vedic literature. The key to Mercury’s participation in the Sun-Moon themes in this chart is its position in the Hasta nakshatra, whose Vimsottari dasa ruler is the Ista-devata Moon. The natural ruler for Hasta is Suryadeva, the Sun, who again is the 9th lord and lord of the Jyotir-linga (tithi-based) sign.




Bringing all of this together, we see that the many important factors underlying this individual’s life focus around the Sun and Moon, both representative of the two main avataras of Visnu, Sri Ramacandra and Sri Krsna. Mars, as the Dharma-devata, and also as representative of Sri Nrsimhadeva (half-man, half-lion incarnation of Visnu), stimulates all the yogas in this chart as well. Given that these are in great strength in the Rasi chart, and given that they alone either occupy or aspect the 12th house from Karakamsa lagna, it is evident that Prabhupada attained moksa at the conclusion of this lifetime. Similarly, the 12th house from the Navamsa lagna (Lagnamsa) is aspected by Jupiter, Ketu, Mercury, as well as Bhartrikaraka Saturn. These are strong confirmations and evidence of the likelihood of his having attained a state of liberation following death. This was the fulfillment of the dream, in which the avatars of Visnu guaranteed that he would “cross the ocean” safely and fulfilly his mission in his lifetime. He undoubtedly was rapt in full consciousness of Krsna at the moment of his death, and left this world in Sri Vrindavana-dhama amidst the uproarious sankirtan of the Holy Names of Krsna. Moksa is guaranteed by leaving  the world in this way, a fact which Sri Krsna affirms in the Bhagavad-gita.


Indication of Moksa in the Rasi Chart


Although Maharsi Jaimini emphasizes the 12th from Karakamsa or Lagnamsa as indicative of moksa, we also get very clear indications of the same in Prabhupada’s Rasi chart. Moksa can be seen with respect to the Rasi lagna, in the following ways;


  1. Ketu rules the 12th house, as it is the stronger ruler of the sign of Scorpio.


  1. 12th Lord Ketu joins the lord of the ascendant in the 9th house, while the lord of the 9th (Sun) indicates that he left this world in a temple. Jupiter’s presence indicates that he was in the association of many disciples. Sun and Jupiter’s forming unobstructed argala to the exalted Moon indicates that the place was a temple of Sri Krsna.


  1. Finally, the stronger between the AL and the A7 can be judged in the matter of the circumstances of death. It was already mentioned that the 3rd or 8th from the AL can give indications of the circumstances, although Maharshi Jaimini advises that the 3rd and 8th from the A7 (Darapada), can be seen also, if the A7 is stronger than the AL.


  1. Given that the A7 (Virgo) is stronger than the AL (Aries, with  no planets in it) its vantage point may better indicate the circumstances of death. Ketu is the lord of Scorpio, which is in the 3rd from A7. Twelfth lord Ketu, in company with lagna lord Jupiter and the Sun in the 12th from A7, give strong and similar confirming indications of moksa after the completion of this lifetime.


  1. Finally, he left this world in the Vimsottari dasa of Ketu, and sub-period of Mercury, the lord of A7.



Drig Dasa and the Timing of Events


The events in the spiritual life of Srila Prabhupada are graphic examples of how the Drig dasa times spiritual occurrences very accurately. Among many, the following are studied from this point on:


Prabhupada’s Life-Events:


  1. March, 1922: Met his guru, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati


  1. August, 1925: First visit to Vrindavana, the home of Lord Krsna


  1. December 13, 1936: His guru enters samadhi and passes from the world


  1. October, 1944: Started his own magazine, Back to Godhead


  1. August, 1954: Left his wife after she traded his Srimad Bhagavatam for tea


  1. September, 1959: Received sannyasa initiation (formal renunciation) from Srila Kesava Maharaja


  1. September 18, 1965: Landed on American soil (Boston harbor), for the first his mission of spreading Krsna Consciousness in the west. Note that while on the voyage from India, he had two heart attacks.


  1. August, 1969: Held the first Rathyatra ceremony ever of Lord Jagannatha outside of India, in London, UK


  1. November 14, 1977: Passed from this world amid the chanting of the Holy Names of Krsna in Vrndavana, India, and attained moksa.



Srila Prabhupada Life Events and Drig Dasas



Events Dates Drig Dasas: MD/AD
  1. Met his diksa Guru
March, 1922 Capricorn/ Leo
  1. Vrndavana Dhama
August, 1925 Cancer/ Taurus
  1. Guru enters Samadhi
December 13, 1936 Scorpio/ Gemini
  1. Started new magazine
October, 1944 Gemini/ Gemini
  1. Left his wife
August, 1954 Virgo/ Pisces
  1. Sannyasa Initiation
September, 1959 Sagittarius/ Virgo
  1. Landed in USA
September 18, 1965 Sagittarius/ Sagittarius
  1. Rathyatra Ceremony
August, 1969 Pisces/ Gemini
  1. Passed from this world; Moksa
November 14, 1977 Aries/ Gemini


Drig Maha Dasas (Major Periods) for Srila Prabhupada


Only the mahadasa are given below:


Mahadasa Duration Mahadasa Duration
Leo 1896-09-01 – 1908-09-02 Scorpio 1934-09-03 – 1943-09-03
Aries 1908-09-02 – 1909-09-02 Gemini 1943-09-03 – 1947-09-03
Capricorn 1909-09-02 – 1913-09-02 Virgo 1947-09-03 – 1959-09-03
Libra 1913-09-02 – 1923-09-02 Sagittarius 1959-09-03 – 1967-09-03
Cancer 1923-09-03 – 1026-09-03 Pisces 1967-09-03 – 1974-09-03
Taurus 1926-09-03 – 1929-09-03 Leo 1974-09-03 – 1977-09-03
Aquarius 1929-09-03 – 1934-09-03 Aries 1977-09-03 – 1985-09-03