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Dasha Analysis

By Kshitij Sharma, January 12, 2018

Dasha periods, where a planet operates and when the results come to fruition –

A planet is capable of giving results as per its functional or natural significations either in the mahadasha or antardasha. The functional significations are based on the lordship, placement, and yogas this planet would have in the horoscope. The natural signification is based on what they signify naturally such as Venus signify marriage and relationship, Jupiter signify progeny etc. All the yogas, raja yogas, arishtas, bhava results are obtained during the dasha periods of the planets involved. During the dasha of a planet, the native is endowed with the nature and complexion of the dasha lord. The fiery planets would give brilliance, the watery planet would make one emotional and compassionate, the earthy planets make one hard working and the air planet would make the person thoughtful and philosophical. Along with this, the native would partake the guna of the dasha lord. Thus during the Jupiter, Sun and Moon’s dasha, the native becomes sattvik, during the dasha of Venus and Mercury, the native becomes Rajasik and during the dasha of Mars and Saturn, the native becomes tamasik. More effect of the guna of planets on the native can be learned from BPHS and Saravali.

The following are the types and levels of dashas within which planets give the results

  1. Mahadasha (महादशा)
  2. Within which antardashas (अंतरदशा) operate
  3. Within which pratyantar dashas (प्रत्यंतरदशा) operate
  4. Within which sookshma dashas (सूक्ष्मदशा) operate
  5. Within which praan dashas (प्राणदशा) operate

During its operating dasha, a planet is referred to as dash ruler (दशेश)

The following are the ground rules of predictions with dashas. The results given by the planet must be looked as per:

  1. The planet’s natural significations (नैसर्गिक कारकत्व)
  2. The bhavas owned by the planet (भावस्वामित्व)
  3. The house the planet is placed in
  4. The house or house lord aspected by the planet
  5. The planet it is conjunct or forms a yoga with
  6. Malefics give the results of their placement in a rashi during the first third part, the results of their placement in a bhava in the middle third and the results of their aspect in the last third of the dasha.
  7. Similarly, benefic planets give their results of their bhava in the beginning third, the result of their placement in rashi in the middle third and the result of their aspects in the last third of the dasha.

The results are modified by:

  1. Yoga causing planets
  2. Planets aspecting the dasha lord
  3. For the dasha lord, we also need to look at the planets located in the sign owned by the planet. The strength, weakness and natural significations of these planets modify the results of the dasha lord. Except for Sun and Moon, all other planets own two signs each. We have to consider both the signs in this case.
  4. The nakshatra and rashi the planets are placed in: The qualities of the nakshatra lord and rashi lord are absorbed by the dasha ruler and overall results are modified.

During the dasha of a planet, the natural significance (naisargika karakatva) gains or suffer based on whether the placement of the planet is auspicious or inauspicious. The strength of the planets involved in a yoga/combination is indicative of the strength of the combination. The yogakaraka planets provide the results of the yoga during their dasha periods.

The results given by a planet are auspicious (शुभ फल) if:

  1. The planet is located in own house (स्वक्षेत्री), own navamsha (स्वनवांशगत), friendly house (मित्रक्षेत्री), friendly navamsha (मित्रनवांशगत)
  2. The planet is placed in Exaltation (उच्चगत), Mulatrikona (मूलत्रिकोणगत)
  3. In kendra (केन्द्रगत) or in a trine (त्रिकोणगत)
  4. Kalbali (कालबलि)
  5. Vargottama (वर्गोत्तम)
  6. aspected by benefics
  7. hemmed between benefics (शुभकर्तरियोग)

The results will be inauspicious (अशुभ फल) if:

  1. The planet is located in enemy house (शत्रुक्षेत्री), enemy navamsha (शत्रुनवांशगत)
  2. The planet is placed in debilitation (नीचगत);
  3. In bad houses (6th, 8th, 12th)
  4. Combust (अस्तंगत)
  5. conjunct or aspected by malefics
  6. hemmed between malefics (पापकर्तरियोग)
  7. Transition points between rashis (राशिसंधि) & bhavas (भावसंधि ).
  8. Out of many sandhi points, location in Gandanta sandhi (गण्डान्त संधि) is most inauspicious.
  9. Dasha periods of sixth, eighth or twelfth lords give obstacles as per the significations of the house. The negative results are more of the lord is further badly place, in debilitation sign or is placed in enemy sign. The negative results are less the lord is well placed in exaltation, mulatrikona, own sign or friend’s sign or in a good position in navamsha chart.

Functional Malefic or Benefic with respect to a Bhava

While the definition of malefic and benefic is mainly taken from the Lagna, they should also be seen from a bhava as well. Dasha of a planet that is benefic for a bhava will bring positivity to the significations of the bhava. The dasha of the 2nd and 7th lord from a bhava becomes the marakesh dasha for that bhava. If these planets are weak and afflicted then it would surely cause trouble to the significations of the bhava under consideration. During the dasha of the 6th, 8th and 12th lord from a bhava, the native suffers from the factors of bhava. The relations denoted by the concerned bhava suffers ill health if the bhava lord is not placed well – i.e., in debilitation sign, enemy house, etc. During dasha of yogakarka from a house, the factors of the house gain positivity.

Some of the important rules are:

  1. The dasha ruler’s association with or location in the sign of exalted planets brings positivity to dasha period results.
  2. The dasha ruler’s association with or location in the sign of debilitated planets brings extreme negativity to dasha period results.
  3. If a planet houses a debilitated planet in its sign, the other sign owned by this planet lord is also affected negatively.
  4. When a planet is mahadasha lord, it would not confer the result (either auspicious or inauspicious) in its own antardasha. They do so in the antardasha of the planet associated with it. This is important when there is a new mahadasha and the first dasha is of the planet itself.

Relationship of Dasha and antardasha lords (also applicable to dasha-ruler relationships at two consecutive levels)

Results are auspicious if:

  1. The two lords are friends
  2. The two lords are placed 5/9 or 4/10 from each other.
  3. The antardasha lord is well placed with respect to the Moon.

Results are inauspicious if:

  • If the two lords are placed are placed in the 6th/8th or 2nd/12th from each other, these shows enmity, physical troubles, troubles from unknown sources etc. Even if both dasha lords are auspicious in their own right, in case of the inauspicious relationship, the overall auspicious results are muted. It will more or less be negative dasha period.
  • If the lower level dasha lord is a friend to the upper level dasha lord or the Lagna lord, then the trouble would be lessened.
  • If the two dasha lords are inimical to each other, or if the lower level dasha lord is inimical to Lagna lord, then inauspicious results are magnified.

Dasha of Retrograde Planets

Retrograde planets (वक्री ग्रह) give good or bad results both depending on above rules. However, during their periods, a person loses inhibitions and can potentially move towards instability, vices, wrongdoing, and misconduct.

Dasha of Yogakaraka Planets

We always look for yoga-karaka planets for ascertaining the most potent results in a horoscope. These yogas are one or more of pancha-mahapurusha yogas, dhana yogas, raja yogas etc. The reader is advised to go through a great book ” Three hundred important combinations” by Prof. B.V. Raman and चुने हुए ज्योतिष योग by JN Bhasin.

  • The dasha of the yogakaraka shall have following results in different sub-dashas. The mahadasha of a yogakaraka is important because it gives sustained, long-term results. In case of antardasha and pratyantar dashas, yogakaraka also gives some results, but they may be feeble if they are not related to or are not placed well in relation to the mahadasha lord. Based on this logic, the following should be read accordingly for a dasha and sub-dasha. If a mahadasha does not allow for results of a yogakaraka, the sub-dasha period will not show full results. These results will be time-bound and feeble.
  • For consistent gains, combination (योग) of planets is very important. For example, 2nd lord in 11th is dhana yoga and 11th lord in 2nd is dhana yoga too. However, dhana yoga results will be feeble compared to when both these planets conjoin in a kendra/trikona/2nd/11th houses and when the dasha periods operate. Hence, in the sub-dasha of a related auspicious planet (yogakaraka or lord of trines), the results experienced will be full and auspicious.
  • In the sub-dasha of an unrelated auspicious planet, the results would be moderately auspicious.
  • In the sub-dasha of a malefic planet in the chart (it also includes functional malefics – 3/6/8/12th lords), the effect of the yogakaraka would not be felt.
  • If a mahadasha of yogakaraka planet is going on, such sub-periods of malefic planets act as a speed breaker on otherwise smooth road.

Dasha of Trine/Trikona lords

  1. Dasha periods of ascendant lord (लग्नेश) and rashi lord (राशीश) are more or less positive. Notable differences are in case of Mars and Venus, whose rashi signs are 6/8 from each other. See my notes on Venus being 8th lord.
  2. Dasha periods of trikon lords are positive, especially when the moolatrikona sign falls in these houses. Notable difference is Saturn, where it can be lord of trikona as well as a difficult house simultaneously)
  3. When malefics become lords of trikona, the results are less auspicious.
  4. When benefics become lords of trines, the results are extremely auspicious.
  5. If Kendra and Trikona lord become associated with each other, then it becomes a raja-yoga and results in related dasha/sub-dasha periods is auspicious.

Malefic Dasha

Dasha and sub-dasha periods of malefics and functional malefics are inauspicious. They act as obstacles either through opposition and competition, legal issues, accidents and health problems, loss of money, loss of peace of mind, etc. The dasha and antardasa periods of 6th, 8th and 12th lord always cause trouble. A malefic gives better, i.e., less inauspicious results, if placement is positive. Results are very negative if the placement is negative, e.g., being debilitated, in enemy sign, etc. Similar to yogakaraka results, the mahadasha and antardasha results are modified by relative placements of planets.

  1. In the main period of a malefic, the dasha of any planet will be further inauspicious if the relative placement is 2/12, 6/8 etc.
  2. If the inner dasha planet is benefic, the the inauspicious results are reduced (but not entirely eliminated).
  3. Inner dasha of another malefic or a neutral planet is always inauspicious.
  4. Dasha of markesh can cause death.

Mahadasha and sub-periods of nodes (Rahu and Ketu):

Both Rahu and Ketu are to be treated as malefics. Their placements, strength, debilitation/exaltation needs to be considered as malefics. They will do well when placed in friendly nakshatras, houses and will do miserably when placed in debilitation, in 6/8 relationships, or associated with malefic lords. Both are capable of giving good results, but with negative connotations. Vice, wrongdoing, and misconduct are shown. These are some of the additional important considerations for mahadasha and antardashas related to nodes:

  1. If the nodes are placed in trines, then both the mahadasha periods as well as sub-periods become important. The mahadasha period of a kendra lord with antardasha period of nodes as well as sub periods of kendra lords within mahadasha of nodes confer raja yoga.
  2. Similarly if the nodes are placed in Kendra, then mahadasha/antardasha combinations with trine lords gives result of a raja-yoga.
  3. For both such placements, associated periods for a yogakaraka is also auspicious.
  4. If the nodes are associated with the 6th, 8th, 12th lords, then their dasa/antardasa both would be inauspicious. Rahu/Ketu would behave like rank malefics in this case.
  5. Location of nodes in 6th house, or 8th house needs to be carefully studied.

Friction Within Family Members

By Kshitij Sharma, April 23, 2016

Astrology provides a good way to find out potential and possibility of friction within a family. With the houses in a horoscope signifying a relation, effects on the house can speak volumes about the quality of relationship that can be maintained. To judge the relationship, as always, we need to start with the house, lord of the house and karaka of the relationship, and understand the various aspects on the house. The aspects by the separative planets and by the lord of dusthanas gives us the type of results.

Quality of relationship between people can become bad due to various reasons. Some of them are:

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Venus as Eighth House Lord

By Kshitij Sharma, March 27, 2016

In Vedic Astrology, planets have their own natural significations, karkatva and natural dispositions. Thus, Sun will always denote the father, Moon the mother and so on. The planets also bring in the effect of the house they become lord of in the horoscope. The lord of 1st house will represent the physical body, health and mind. Similarly, lord of 2nd house will represent the affairs of 2nd house, i.e., early childhood, money saved etc.

The natural signification of planets is considered to be of more importance by some learned astrologers, rather than the house lordship. For any affair or activity in life, the planet owning the natural karkatva is the main leader, while the lord of the house representing the karkatva is the project manager.

The lords of the evil houses – 3rd, 6th, 8th and 12th are tainted by the malefic nature of the houses and their location in other houses and their association with other planets is considered inauspicious. They also nullify any raja-yogas that they may become part of in the horoscope.

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Houses of Profession, Courage, Enemies, Bhagya

By Kshitij Sharma, February 23, 2016

Tenth house in a Vedic Astrology horoscope is the karmasthana. All the world’s a stage and men and women play their part as defined by their 10th house. It is therefore a house of performance on the world stage and the respect and recognition that we gain here. These important factors of prestige, rank and dignity in society is judged from the tenth house.

Tenth house has a very interesting relationship with other houses in the horoscope, because of the placement of the houses with respect to its position. It has an auspicious relationship with 6th house of enemies in the horoscope, which is located at 5/9 axis from it. It has an inauspicious 6/8 relationship with 3rd house, which is the house of courage, valour and teamwork. It again as a tough 6/8 relationship with 5th house, which is the house of creativity, quick intelligence and purva punya. As 9th house is located 12th to 10th house, there is undoing of the significations of 10th house whenever a good period of 9th lord is going on.

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Guru Chandal Yoga

By Kshitij Sharma, November 14, 2015

From January 2016 onwards, both Jupiter and Rahu would share the sign of Leo. While Jupiter has been in Leo since mid of 2016, Rahu will transit into Leo towards end of January 2016. This combination will exist till mid-August. Also, since Jupiter will be transiting out of Leo in forward direction and Rahu will be crossing Leo in reverse direction, the difference in degrees between them will be very less.

This combination of Rahu (and Ketu) and Jupiter is called as Guru Chandal yoga (GCY). This is an interesting yoga because the Guru, who is divine wisdom in a planetary form, shares the space with the master of disguise and guile and the demon himself who made a fool out of devas and stole their nector. Many believe this combination to be extremely bad for Jupiter as Rahu could supposedly poison the good and beneficial nature of Jupiter. In this article, I will concentrate more on Rahu & Jupiter combination rather. I will deal with Ketu and Jupiter combination in another article.

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Chandra Mangal Yoga: Exchange Special Case

By Kshitij Sharma, October 1, 2015

Chandra-Mangala yoga, which is a yoga caused by combination of Moon and Mars, is a special yoga for financial prudence. The persons having mutual yoga between Mars and Moon, in exact opposition or close conjunction, are worldly wise as far as money is concerned. This is a euphemism for highly materialistic nature. Such persons can be manipulative if the chart has further malefic aspects. In this article, I am touching upon a special case of Chandra-Mangala yoga where Moon and Mars exchange houses.

Mars and Moon have a special relation in Vedic Astrology. They both get debilitated in each others rashi. Moon is debilitated in Scorpio (owned by Mars) at 3° and Mars is debilitated in Cancer (owned by Moon) at 28°. Both are watery signs and are located at trine (1-5-9) from each other. This makes the combination of both being debilitated in the horoscope very interesting. Continue reading


Beeja Sphuta, Kshetra Sphuta

By Kshitij Sharma, July 4, 2015

This article is related to progeny in Vedic Astrology. To understand the strength of the child bearing factors in both male and female horoscope, there is a method defined in Phaladeepika. It is a simple method and can be followed by anyone.

The purpose of the article is to explain the method in brief and then present some of the data that I have collected over a period of time in order to put the method to test. I am not providing the birth details due to privacy concerns and it is almost impossible for anyone to construct the date of birth, time of birth and place of birth data back from the calculations here. Hence the privacy of my clients is well preserved.

Some of the data is very very old, hence I am not sure of the current situation and if any of these clients indeed became parents through medical help or even adoption.

The edition of Phaladeepika that I have is a Hindi version edited/translated by Dr. Suresh Chandra Mishra and published by Ranjan Publications. There is a version available in English through Motilal Banarasidas too – https://books.google.co.in/books?id=bxGQS_pDgvUC. I have looked at both of them and at least for this chapter on Santaanbhaavaadhyaaya (संतानभावाध्यायः), the shlokas are the same. Hence, you can pick up any of the editions and will be looking at the same base material.

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Most Important Houses in a Horoscope

By Kshitij Sharma, June 13, 2015

In today’s world, a child is born into a rat race. Helicopter parents get to vicariously live their life one more time through their children. Since the very beginning, there is a huge sense of competition, starting from the weight and the height of the baby, to the amount of money charged by the nursing home. The more, the better. The parent himself may be the most average student in everything during his school days, but he wants his child to do well in every sphere. The parent won’t care if the child has an aptitude in a sphere, whether she is good in dance or drama, mathematics or sports, painting or language, as long as the child “tops” in everything. The area of liking does not matter, competition does. The same rat race continues through the life. When the child grows up, ambition, desire, wishes and earning money take over. Family, saving money for the future aren’t important, earning power is. Creativity and compassion take a back seat.

In Kaliyuga, the most important houses in a horoscope are the 11th, 3rd and 6th house. It roughly works out as this – do you have the necessary ambition (11th house), passion to convert the dream into reality (3rd house) and ability to get ahead of competition (6th house)? These three houses provide an answer to the most important question in the corporate life – do you have what it takes?

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Yogas in Horoscope Application

By Kshitij Sharma, March 6, 2015

Hello Readers,

The followings yogas are being coded in the astrology horoscope section. This is a list of 50 odd yogas that my application is currently capable of coding. This post is supposed to be a comprehensive list for all of you to refer to. This has now been added to the astrology application and the output can now be see in this page –> an example horoscope. You are more then welcome to critique and comment on the content, format and presentation.

Brihat Parashara Hora Shashtra is the first book where these yogas or “special combinations” are defined. Many of the yogas presented below (and other texts too) are copied from there. The other book any astrologer goes through for Yogas is the “Three Hundred Important Combinations” by Dr. B. V. Raman. This is a very old book, preface shows a date of 21st July 1947.  The three hundred yogas explained in the book not only form the basis of horoscope reading, but also help an astrologer learn how the chart is interpreted. It is therefore necessary that the astrologer go through the definition and results of the yogas. It is extremely important that the astrologer go through the remarks to learn the essence of the yoga. One more book that I have referred to is “Important Planetary Yogas”.

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Dual House Ownership in Horoscope

By Kshitij Sharma, December 3, 2014

Planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn own two signs each in Vedic Astrology where we do not take Uranus, Neptune and Pluto into account. Sun and Moon have ownership of just one sign each. This complicates matters for some new astrologers who aren’t able to judge the true nature of the planet and ascertain the effect of the planet in the chart as benefic or malefic. This article is an extension of the benefic/malefic planet article that I wrote way back in 2009 and should be read along with it. Please refer to the points on who the malefics and benefics are as I will not repeat it here. Based on the points, and the dual sign ownership, a planet can be lord of both a malefic as well as a benefic house in a horoscope. Let’s look at various ascendant signs and dual ownership and ascertain the functional nature of a planet in a given janma kundali.

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