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Jupiter - Saturn Impact on Natural Disasters

Jupiter -Saturn Impact on Natural Disasters

Planetary Impact

Invoking the wisdom of the great sages Varahamihira and Parasara, DR. B. V. RAMAN drew attention to the fateful combination of the nultaneous transit of Krittika and Visakha respectively by Saturn and Jupiter during October and November 1970, which according to the sages forebode "terrible calamity for mankind" (THE ASTROLOGICAL MAGAZINE, January 1970). Such an eventuality envisaged nearly 2000 years in advance was remarkably fulfilled when a terrific cyclone struck the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent on November 13, 1970 wrecking havoc and leaving nearly half a million people dead, in what was one of the worst human disasters on record. Saturn in Aries ranged opposite Jupiter in Libra was greatly energized in alignment with the Full Moon releasing great devastating power. The sages thus provided the clue to the inherent potential of the superior planets Saturn and Jupiter as indicators of deadly calamities when in mutual opposition and conjunction position. We present below the incidence of some of the most catastrophic natural calamities that have struck in different parts of the world under the impact of the mighty planets Jupiter and Saturn coming together in conjunction or moving apart in opposition supporting the inference drawn by the sages.

Movable signs

Opposition across Aries -Libra

(i) With Jupiter in Aries disposed opposite Saturn during 2012, North America reeled under unusually high temperature leading to severe drought that affected 38 percent of US crops of corn and soyabean.

(ii) North Korea too was affected by the worst drought in a century in 2012 resulting in severe damage to livestock and agriculture.

(iii) Nigeria suffered from unprecedented floods resulting from heavy prolonged rains in 2012 submerging large areas.Nearly 1.3 million people were displaced with many casualities.

(iv) In December 2011 Typhoon Washi caused catastrophic damage and heavy casualties in Mindanao region of Philippines.

(v) The failure of the 1999 monsoon led to severe drought in 12 districts with Gujarat and Rajasthan the worst affected in 1999-2000 in India. Loss of crops and water scarcity caused great suffering.

(vi) A most devastating cyclone struck Bangladesh on November 13, 1970 causing heavy destruction and over 300,000 fatalities.

(vii) Peru was hit by a devastating earthquake on May 31, 1970 inflicting great destruction and leaving 66,794 people dead.

(viii) During the earlier round of Jupiter in Aries opposite Saturn severe windstorms in Europe caused tides in Netherlands and England on the night of January 31, 1953 resulting in the disastrous North Sea flood of 1953. The water level rode by 6.2 meters above sea level and caused extensive flooding and damage to the coastline. Thousands were evacuated and over 2000 people died.

(ix) During Saturn's transit in Aries opposite Jupiter in Libra in 1911, a great earthquake of 8.4 magnitude struck Kazakhstan on January 3, 1911 causing extensive ground movement and destruction with many fatalities.

(x) In 1911, China also suffered a great calamity with a major flood in the Yangtze River wrecking havoc and claiming nearly 100,000 lives.

(xi) There is also a record of devastating volcanic eruption in Japan in 1792 when the two superior planets were similarly disposed. The violent eruption caused avalanches and tsunami that killed 14,300 people in Kyushu Island.

(xii) Lack of rains resulted in severe famine in Deccan, Maratha, Gujarat and Marwar in 1792 inflicting heavy mortality.

Conjunction in Aries

(i) Severe drought in the US Midwest during 2000-2004 affected crops with extreme damage to environment, leaving dry forests and depleted river basins. North-east US was also affected by a severe drought in 1999.

(ii) During the transit of Saturn-Jupiter together in Aries in 1999-2000, Orissa was battered by a devastating supercyclone on October 29, 1999 wrecking havoc. Millions of people were affected by the cyclone and thousands killed. The disposition of the Nodes quadrangular to Saturn-Jupiter made the combination more potent.

(iii) Earlier Turkey was hit by a powerful earthquake on August 17, 1999 causing great destruction and loss of 17480 lives.

(iv) In December 1999, Venezuela suffered a great calamity from heavy mud slides and floods resulting in great destruction of property and death of nearly 20,000 people. The town of Los Corales was buried under 3 meters of mud and several towns disappeared.

(v) Mozambique was hit by catastrophic floods in Limpopo River caused by heavy rainfall for 5 weeks during February-March 2000 severely damaging crops and killing many people.

(vi) China was affected by a severe famine in 1941 during the earlier round of Jupiter-Saturn coming together in Aries. Nearly 3 million people perished in the calamity.

(vii) The Andaman Islands were struck by a major earthquake of magnitude 7.9 on December 31, 1881 generating a destructive tsunami under the impact of Jupiter-Saturn together in Aries.

(viii) Earlier, the Missouri River in spate from April 6-27 caused the Great Iowa Flood of 1881 flooding Iowa and inflicting heavy damage and loss.

(ix) A great calamity struck Barisal in erstwhile Bengal in May 1822 in the wake of Jupiter-Saturn coming together in Aries when the tidal waves produced by a severe storm caused great damage and loss of nearly 40,000 lives.

(x) Complete failure of potato crop led to acute food shortage and starvation deaths in the Ireland famine of 1821-1822.

Opposition across Cancer - Capricorn

(i) Bangladesh in Indian subcontinent suffered another deadly calamity in 1990 during the transit of Jupiter in Cancer opposite Saturn in Capricorn. A terrific cyclone devastated coastal Bangladesh on April 30, 1991 with nearly 250,000 fatalities.

(ii) Massive drought in Somalia from 1991 to 1994 combined with the war to cause severe famine in which nearly 30,000 people were starved to death.

(iii) Severe cyclone struck East Pakistan on May 9, 1961 causing much destruction and loss of over 11,000 lives.

(iv) Holodomor, Ukraine famine of 1932-1934 resulted from heavy crop failure and led to the death of about 5 million people during the disposition of Jupiter in Cancer opposite Saturn in Capricorn.

(v) The Great European Famine of 1315-1317 that took a toll of about 7.5 million lives was occasioned during the transit of Jupiter in Cancer opposite Saturn in Capricorn.

Conjunction in Capricorn

(i) Mt Pelee Volcano in Martinique exploded on May 8, 1902 and within minutes Saint-Pierre City was in shambles, burning to death all but two of its nearly 30,000 inhabitants under the impact of Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn. A day earlier Soufriere Volcano in St. Vincent had erupted with much devastation.

(ii) Large-scale drought in Australia in 1902 caused enormous loss of crops and livestock.

(iii) India suffered a deadly famine in 1344-1345 causing severe starvation and heavy fatality with Jupiter and Saturn conjoined in Capricorn.

(iv) Japan was rocked by six years of drought, famine and disease from 1226-1231 causing immense suffering and mortality under the influence of Jupiter and Saturn coming together in 1226.

Fixed Signs

Opposition across Taurus - Scorpio

(i) Severe flooding of the Red River in 1971 resulting from torrential rains overwhelming the dyke system around heavily populated delta area caused heavy destruction of the crops. Nearly 100,000 people perished in the disaster. Saturn in Taurus was ranged opposite Jupiter in Scorpio.

(ii) With Jupiter positioned in Taurus opposite Saturn in Scorpio Sicily became the victim of a devastating earthquake on January 11,1693. It generated a powerful tsunami leaving two-third of Catania in ruins and 60,000 inhabitants dead.

(iii) Chile bore the brunt of one of the strongest and most destructive earthquakes that struck on May 25, 1751. The great shock lasted about 6 minutes and produced powerful tsunami. The calamity struck under Jupiter's sojourn in Taurus opposite Saturn.

Opposition across Leo - Aquarius

(i) Texas suffered a most severe drought starting from 1950-51 with southwestern US and New Mexico also badly affected.

(ii) The Great Assam earthquake of August 15, 1950 came in the wake of Saturn transiting Leo opposite Jupiter in Aquarius. The 8.7    magnitude earthquake caused heavy destruction and loss of life.

(iii) Dry weather in 1890 and 1891 along Volga River extending up to Urals and Black Sea resulted in severe drought that led to catastrophic famine in which half a million people perished. Here also Saturn in Leo was disposed opposite Jupiter in Aquarius.

Conjunction across Taurus

(i) Worst in 100 years, Canada suffered the most extensive and costly drought in 2001-2002 badly affecting the Prairies with heavy loss of crops.

(ii) The Summer drought in 2001 affected much of Central America from Nicaragua to Guatemala causing heavy crop failure

(iii) The conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in Taurus unleashed a devastating earthquake in Bhuj on January 26, 2001 causing great destruction and over 10,000 fatalities.

(iv) Saturn and Jupiter were together in 1941 when a major disaster struck Peru. A huge glacier piece fell into the lake producing high waves that breached moraine walls and submerged Huarez City. The disaster caused heavy damage and nearly 5000 deaths.

Conjunction in Leo

(i) Jupiter-Saturn joined together in Leo during the massive crop failure in Ukraine leading to a severe famine in 1922-1923 in which nearly 5 million people perished.

(ii) California was subjected to severe drought from 1862-1865 wrecking havoc in most parts of the region under the impact of Jupiter- Saturn in Leo.

Common Signs

Opposition across Gemini - Sagittarius

(i) Under Jupiter's transit in Gemini opposite Saturn, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck the US on September 17, 1989 causing much destruction.

(ii) The US seismic disaster was followed by the deadly Rudbar earthquake hitting Iran on June 20, 1990 with devastating force causing great destruction and killing 40,000 inhabitants.

(iii) During the movement of Jupiter in Gemini opposite Saturn during 1930-1931, Napier in New Zealand was struck by a massive earthquake on February 2, 1931, the shock lasting 2.5 minutes and destroying most of the city with many fatalities.

(iv) Earlier Dominican Republic in the Caribbean was hit by one of the worst storms on September 1-5, 1930, largely destroying the capital city of Santo Domingo and killing nearly 8000 people.

(v) The progression of Jupiter in Gemini opposite Saturn during 1811-1812 led to a succession of great earthquakes in New Madrid. USA on December 16, January 23 and February 7,1811 destroying half the town of New Madrid. Venezuela also suffered great destruction by a deadly earthquake striking on March 21, 1812 and taking a toll of over 26,000 lives.

(vi) Massive famine in France during 1693-1694 left 1.3 million people dead under Jupiter's transit in Gemini opposite Saturn.

Opposition across Virgo - Pisces

(i) Japan suffered her worst calamity when the Mega earthquake of magnitude 9.0 struck off Pacific Coast on March 11, 2011 raising powerful tsunami waves that rose up to 6 meters and caused extensive devastation in Miyako. The nuclear plant suffered serious damage, causing radiation leakage and 15883 people lost their life. The disposition of the Nodes across Gemini-Sagittarius quadrangular to Saturn- Jupiter added to the fury of the calamity.

(ii) A stream of 336 terrible tornadoes swept across USA between April 25-28, 2011 causing widespread devastation and loss of 353 lives. Another set of violent tornadoes swept through Midwest US from May 21-26 wrecking heavy destruction and 175 fatalities.

(iii) Mt Merapi in Philippines erupted explosively on October 25-26,2010 causing great damage and loss of lives.

(iv) Powerful earthquake on September 3, 2010 caused widespread devastation in Christchurch, New Zealand.

(v) Pakistan suffered her worst floods in July- August 2010 with vast areas inundated causing devastation and loss of hundreds of lives.

(vi) Devastating floods hit Central Europe from May 20 to June 10, 2010 with Poland the worst affected.

(vii) The Great Tokachi-Oki earthquake of magnitude 8.3 hit Japan on March 4, 1952 producing tsunami and causing heavy damage and casualties under Jupiter in Pisces opposite Saturn.

(viii) Earlier, the Great Flood of Kansas in 1951 was the most devastating for the Kansas City, inundating the district with 4.5 to 9 meters of water.

(ix) During Jupiter's stay in Virgo opposite Saturn in Pisces in 1732 Japan went through widespread famine resulting from the devastation to the crops by locusts. The calamity affected nearly 1.6 million people leaving 17,000 dead.

Conjunction in Virgo

(i) Jupiter-Saturn joining in Virgo led to a devastating tropical storm striking China on August 2-3, 1928 and causing great damage and death of over 50,000 inhabitants.

(ii) The Great California Flood of January 9-12, 1862 resulting from continuous rainfall caused great calamity with the entire Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys getting inundated over 400-480 km in the wake of Jupiter joining Saturn in Virgo.

Conjunction in Sagittarius

(i) Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Sagittarius led to the Great Chilean Earthquake of May 22, 1960, possibly the largest earthquake in recorded history reaching the magnitude of 9.5. It caused landslides and tsunami waves 25 meter high wrecking destruction and leaving over 6000 dead.

(ii) In the deadliest earthquake to strike Morocco on February 29, 1960 Agadir was almost destroyed and nearly 15,000 people perished.

(iii) A long period of dry weather culminated in large scale drought in Australia in 1902 causing enormous loss of livestock and crops to inflict great suffering to the people. Both the superior planets were together in Sagittarius.

(iv) The Great Calabria Earthquake in Italy struck on February 5, 1783 with devastation, generating 20-ft tsunami waves and leaving 35000 dead in the wake of Jupiter joining Saturn in Sagittarius.

(v) With the passage of Jupiter-Saturn together in Sagittarius in 1782 South India including the Mysore Kingdom and Madras territory weathered the catastrophic famine which claimed millions of lives.

Conjunction in Pisces

(i) The conjunction of Jupiter-Saturn in Pisces resulted in a famine in Ireland during 1821-1822 following complete failure of potato crops and leading to starvation deaths.


(i) It is observed that the mutable signs are the most vulnerable to major catastrophes under stimulation of the superior planets Jupiter and Saturn followed by their disposition in common signs and the immutable signs appear to be the least vulnerable.

(ii) The movable sign Aries appears to be the most vulnerable for Saturn-Jupiter to be in conjunction or in opposition.

(iii) The movable sign Cancer, the fixed signs Scorpio and Aquarius and the common sign Gemini are least affected by the joint impact of Jupiter-Saturn in affecting major calamities.

Courtesy: Modern Astrology (S. K. Kapoor)


Interpreting Bhinnashtakavarga

Interpreting Bhinnashtakavarga

Special Significance
The Bhinnashtakavarga provides certain keys for judging the worth or utility of some signs containing 0 or 8 bindus and also for evaluating the potency of transits through them. Zero or nil bindus sign means a sign without any benefic place (point or bindu). In the Bhinnashtakavarga of any planet, if any sign is without a bindu, it has some special significance. A sign may contain from 0 to 8 bindus.

In the Bhinnashtakavarga of Mercury (54 bindus Jupiter (56 bindus) and Venus (52 bindus), one can find a sign having 5 bindus, but to have a sign without any bindu or 0 bindus is rare. On the contrary, 8 bindus in any sign in Bhinnashtakavargas of Mars and Saturn is a rarity, while 0 bindu sign is found very often in them.

Transit of Zero Bindu Signs
When each of the seven planets beginning with the Sun to Saturn transits through a sign in their respective Bhinnashtalcanargas having 0 bindus, the results are as follows:
(i) Sun - Death or its equivalent troubles.
(ii) Moon - Sorrow anxiety, unexpected death
(iii) Mars -  Stomach-ache, fainting, eye disease, death.
(iv) Mercury - Loss of everything (through enemies and intrigue) and consequent death.
(v) Jupiter - Loss of wealth or relations or children, becoming dull.
(vi) Venus - All kinds of calamities and
(vii) Saturn - Loss of everything, probability of death.
Death would be a certainty if on a day, the sum of the bindus associated with the seven planets in the signs transited by them (in their respective Bhinnashtakavargas) be very little.

Chart 1: Male : Born December 31, 1915 at 19h 44m.(IST) at 23N@,72E30, with a balance 10years 6 months 3 days of Rahu dasa at birth.
Chart 1
Each planet from the Sun to Venus (six planets) gives a bindu to the sign occupied by himself. The result is that each of them can be associated with a minimum 1 bindu and a maximum of 8 bindus. Saturn does not contribute a bindu to the sign occupied by himself; as such Saturn can be associated with minimum 0 bindus and with maximum 7 bindus only and never, 8.

Zero Bindu Signs

This subject has been treated in two different ways:
1)    0 bindu sign having a planet (out of the remaining six planets) in the Bhinnashtakavarga of a planet;
2)    0 bindu sign not having a planet in it.

The results given for the planets and houses are often found to be very accurate. In Chart 1, in Saturn's Bhinnashtakavarga., there is no bindu in the 8th house from the Ascendant. The native remained hale and hearty throughout his long life of more than 80 years.
In Chart 2, in Jupiter's Bhinnashtakavarga, the 12th house from the Ascendant has no bindu. The native, though born in a middle class family, was well-to-do. In Chart 3, in Saturn's Bhinnashtakavarga the 7th house has no bindu.

Houses with Zero Bindus
The various houses (signs) in any Bhinnashtakavarga having 0 bindu give the following results:-
First House - one suffers from serious disease.
Second-Very poor.
Third - Weak-bodied not daring.
Fourth -Unhappy.
Fifth -  Evil-minded.
Sixth - Successful (victorious).
Seventh - Without marital happiness, loss of wife.
Eighth - Healthy, long-lived.
Ninth - Doing sinful deeds.
Tenth - Without honor, inactive.
Eleventh - A beggar, without income.
Twelfth - Wealthy.

The native's wife never enjoyed sound health and was always complaining of aches and pains. According to Phaladeepika (XV-12) 

खेटो  बिन्दुशून्यर्क्ष युक्त : |
    तत्तपाके मूर्तिभावादिकानां नाशं  व्रयादैवविप्रा श्नकाय ॥

The destruction of a Bhava from the Ascendant onward should be predicted by the astrologer to a querist, during the Dasa or Bhukti of a planet which occupies a house (sign) where there is no bindu. In Chart 1, in Saturn's Bhinnashtakavarga there is no bindu in Aquarius sign (the 8th house) which is occupied by Jupiter. So Jupiter Dasa (or Bhukti) should destroy the 8th house or be adverse to the native as far as health is concerned.

From the research point of view, the converse (opposite) can also be considered. For instance, there can be enhancement of a Bhava during the Dasa or Bhukti of a planet which occupies a house (sign) where there are 8 bindus in Bhinnashtakavarga of any planet. In Chart 1, in Venus Bhinnashtakavarga there are 8 bindus in Libra (the 4th house) which is occupied by the Moon. So the Moon Dasa or Bhukti should enhance the good results of the 4th house.

The unfavourable results pertaining to the 8th house during Jupiter Bhukti in various Dasa and favourable results pertaining to the 4th house during the Moon Bhuktis in various Dasas were more or less actually experienced by the native.

According to Chandrakala Nadi, Vol-II (Part I, V-439)

सूर्याष्टवर्गे नवमे बिन्दु शून्ये प्रजायते
पित्रुव्यद्वेषमूलेन स्वपित्र रिष्टमादिशेत

If there is 0 bindu in the 9th house (sign) from the Ascendant in the Sun's Bhinnashtakavarga., the native's father's ill-luck, misfortune, injury, loss or calamity is caused by the enmity of father's brethren. The Sun gives a bindu in the 9th place from him while the ascendant does not contribute a bindu in the 9th place; hence Navame is interpreted as the 9th from the Ascendant.

This principle can be applied to other Karakas also such as the Moon for mother and Venus for wife.
According to Chandrakala Nadi, Vol II(Part I, V-417)

भिन्नाष्टकवर्गे लग्नेशे फलहीनस्य राशिषु Iस्फुटयोगं गते जीवेत्वलपसौरव्य˙‖

When Jupitor transits a sign of the Ascendant, withouta bindu in the Bhinnashtakavarga, of the lord of the Ascendant, on the degree of the Ascendant (Sphutayogam) the native has very little happiness .

The lord of Ascendant can be any one of the seven planets. Jupiter's transit in the Bhinnashtakavarga of the Sun, in  a sign having 0 bindus and the transit of the Sun and Saturn concurrently taken into accout cause ill-health, severe sickness and perhaps death.

 Transits in Bhinnashtakavarga
 a) SUN - When the Sun transits a sign having 0 bindus in his Bhinnashtakavarga, the solar month represented by that sign every year is auspicious for marriage and other religious functions, quarrels and other miseries occur during that month.
 b) MOON - (i)When the Moon transits a sign void of a bindu in his bhinnashtakavarga, one should perform any auspicious work, because all functions undertaken will end in failure. (ii) Even contact or association with persons having their Moon in a sign containing 0 bindu(in the Moon's Bhinnashtakavarga.)The will result in great disaster.
(c) Mars - Vararuchi, Ch.IV, V.2l

  कुजाष्टकवर्गे...सोदरे बिंदुहीने च भ्रातृहीनों भवेत्र्र :

         (a) If the 3rd house from Mars in his Bhinnashtakavarga is without a bindu, the native has no brother (or sister), (b)When Mars in his  Bhinnashtakavarga transits through a sign without a bindu, the brother or sister of the native will suffer miseries, ill-health, injury etc.

(d)Mercury - If the 2nd house from Mercury in his Bhinnashtakavarga. contains not even  the one bindu, the person born will be dumb.
(e) Jupiter - Practically all standard texts on astrology refer to the 5th house from Jupiter to determine the number of children. But Balabhadra refers to the 9th house from Jupiter in the following verse :

Hora Ratnam, Part II (P. 354, Verse I)

गुरोरष्टकवर्गेषु संतानमपि कल्पयेत|गुरो ∶स्थितः शुभस्थाने विघते यवथा फलम ‖

Chart 2: Male: Born July 28, 1923 at 5h.48m. (lST) at 23N2, 72E39, with a balance 9 years 10 month,1 day of Moon Dasa at birth.
Chart 2

In support of this view, refer to Chart 2, There is no bindu in the 9th house from Jupiter in his Bhinnashtakavarga. The native had no children and died on June 2, 1990 (67th year) when Jupiter was transiting the 12th house (Gemini sign) without a bindu. No doubt, as
referred earlier, the native, having 0 bindu in the l2th house from the Ascendant, was wealthy.
Further research on this point is necessary.

(f) Venus - According to Prabudh Hora Navarna (1- 47)

अल्परेखान्विते शूक्रवर्गराशिगत शनौ Ι
नारीवियोगजं ढु :खं तदा वाधं सुरिभे :॥
Learned astrologers say that when Saturn transits a sign having very few bindus (nil or one) in Venus' Bhinnashtakavarga., a native suffers from the pangs of separation from his wife (absence of conjugal hoppiness, staying away from wife on account of some unavoidable circumstances).

 (g) Saturn :-(i) When Saturn transits a sign  without a bindu in the Bhinnashtakavarga of the Sun etc., he generally causes acute diseases, miseries, uneasiness, fear from enemies and afflictions to the father and other relations according to their Karakattwa.

Saturn is the Karaka for oneself, the Sun for the father, the Moon for the mother, Mars for the brothers, Mercury for relations and maternal
uncle or aunt, Jupiter for the children and Venus, for the wife.
(ii) According to Vararuchi, Chap IV(62-63)
दुष्टस्थानधिपाथे मन्द दुष्टस्यानांस्थातोपि वा ॥अत्प बुद्धि समायाते जातौ दैन्य मवन्पुयात् lरोगी भवति दुष्टात्मा विद्दभावे मरिष्यति ॥
If Saturn, occupying or owning the 6th, the 8th or the l2th house is associated with one bindu, the native suffers poverty. If such a Saturn is associated with 0 bindus (in the natal chart) the native is a wicked man or suffers from diseases or dies a premature death.
(iii) Narada says,
If Saturn is associated with 0 bindu MAY 2015 in his Bhinnashtakavarga of Saturn in any sign in the natal chart short life will result or the native will lose all his wealth.

Chart 3: Male: Born October 7, 1935, at 5h.10m at23N2, 72E39, with a balance of 9 years 6 days of Moon Dasa at birth.
Chart 3
In Chart 3, Satum, lord of the 6th house is in the 7th house. In the Bhinnashtakavarga of Saturn, the 7th house has no bindu. The native,though born in a rich family, passed through  dire circumstances. He lost the greater part of his paternal wealth in the mid-80's.

(iv) Find which house (sign) has the minimum number of bindus in the Bhinnashtakavarga., of Saturn. Some kind of trouble will be happening daily at the time when that sign rises in the East (i.e., when that sign becomes the Ascendant).
(v) Find, out the sign with 0 bindus in Bhinnashtakavarga. of Saturn. When Saturn transits that sign, no good results promised by that sign (house) will happen and the native will suffer physical ailments (or bodily sufferings) or incur loss of wealth. 
If the Sun and the Moon along with Saturn transit the said sign and if the Dasa or Bhukti of a Maraka planet is in progress, death may
take place.

Courtesy: Modern Astrology (C.S Patel)


Significance of Kal Sarp Dosh

Significance of Kal Sarp Dosh

When 7 planets, Sun, Moon ,Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn comes under or in the axis of Rahu and Ketu, then that situation is called Kal Sarp dosh. This is another scary dosh as told by various astrologers. Let see the possibilities of this dosh.

The main planets for locating this dosh are Rahu and Ketu. Rahu and Ketu are not planets, but they are shadowy planets. Actually, they are the cutting points of moon’s orbit. Moon represents the mind, emotions, peace and security in astrology. So, Rahu and Ketu are generally connected with thinking pattern of a human being. Rahu is aggression and Ketu is detachment. Both travel mostly in a retrograde mode, but only a few days they are direct. 

Rahu is known as the demon in ancient texts and Ketu indicates moksha. When other planets come on the left side or right side of these shadowy planets it says the mind is mostly affected. For that, you should know what these planets actually indicate.

Sun: self-esteem, ego, power, father, consciousness
Moon: Mind, mother, peace, security and emotions
Mercury: intellect, speech, logic
Venus: Love, money, luxury, comfort and luck
Mars: Aggression, vigor and valor
Saturn: obstacles, redundancy, disciple and blocks
Jupiter: wisdom, spirituality and philosophy.

Look at all these things. These are the vital elements which rule the happiness and peace of a human being. When these factors are sidelined by Rahu and Ketu, which are the 2 opposite forces then it creates an emotional imbalance. This imbalance depends on upon the degrees of the planets. 

You have to identify that, when you see all the 7 planets on the one side of these Rahu and Ketu, then only it shows a Kal Sarp Dosh.  Rahu and Ketu always travel in the opposite directions.

Mental imbalance doesn’t mean that one is going to be lunatic. Psychology says that in this world all are lunatic in different levels. When you see this planetary alignment in your chart , or some astrologer say that you have Kal Sarp dosh, please don’t get overwhelming.

Prepare a checklist on these factors.

Sun: self-esteem, ego, power, father, consciousness
Moon: Mind, mother, peace, security and emotions
Mercury: Intellect, speech, logic
Venus: Love, money, luxury, comfort, and luck
Mars: Aggression, vigor, and valor
Saturn: obstacles, redundancy, disciple, and blocks
Jupiter: wisdom, higher education, spirituality, and philosophy.
How much you struggle to feel contented in all these factors.

Suppose you are looking at the factors which are shown in the list of Jupiter.

Jupiter: Wisdom, higher education, spirituality, and philosophy. 

Think how much you have performed in your education sector. What prevented you in getting a higher education? What are your plans to overcome the weaknesses in your education sector? Do you have a master plan to overcome this? Think like this. Train your mind to think practically and optimistically.

There are many astrologers who offers Pooja and remedies, but they rarely work. Basically, this dosh means your thought process is so far wrong and you have to correct it. Take it as a signal from the universe and get good vibes.

Significance and Effects of Kemdrum Dosha

Significance and Effects of Kemdrum Dosha

While talking about astrological doshas, Kemdrum dosha is widely discussed and feared as well. 

What is this Kemdrum dosha? Is that dosh makes a person worthless as most of the articles say? If it is a main dosha how can we manage that?

If you have to study dosha, then, at first you have to study the characteristics of the planets. What are the qualities these planets have and how to describe them in a psychological perspective?  Astrology is a high-end version of psychology. So an astrologer who wants to make a career in astrology should have some idea about psychology since he is dealing with the Psyche or mind of people. After so many years of learning astrology, any astrologer would agree that astrology guides to study of psychology.

If astrology is a high-end psychology, then which planet indicates mind in astrology? It is Moon, which is the primary indicator of mind. In Bhrigu Sootra, sage Bhrigu has given a detailed description about Moon. He says Moon is the indicator of emotions, mind or psyche.
When this Moon is alone in a chart, that becomes Kemdrum dosha. When you see a birth chart and Moon is alone, that is, there is no planet in the right and left side boxes to the moon, that chart is with Kemdrum dosha. Kemdrum dosha is formed if the second and twelfth house from the Moon is vacant.

Moon or mind needs support.  No one likes to be lonely. Humans are social beings. When a person has lonely moon or Kemdrum dosha, such mind doesn’t have good support and they thoughts may go haywire. Mostly in a destructive dimension. When it has planets in left and right house that means such a person has the capability to control his thoughts. This is a symbolic representation of person may spend his life in loneliness.

So far we have seen that negative impacts of this dosha have been promoted so far. This planetary avestha is the best placement for liberation though. When a person finds himself not to be fitting in the social norms, he will go directly to God for support. He will have more closeness towards the higher dimension than the lower bandwidth people. Ancient texts give a fearful description of this dosha. It even says that this is an indication for mental imbalance and poverty. They are not true in this present generation.

It is true that our mind needs support. It is also true that too much of advice can take away our concentration too. There are so many people who ruined their lives falling into the wrong groups. When you see Kemdrum dosha in your chart, you should understand that, this is a call from the universe to closer with your creator. With this combination, you may obviously find it difficulty in having same view as person with well supported moon, but you have the other benefits of understanding signals from the universe which the other person cannot understand.

The most practical remedy is to strengthen your Moon or mind is, not to burden your mind. Since Moon or mind is in delicate situation, you should think what can make your mind strong. Like body needs healthy food, mind should be also fed with good thoughts. You can engage in sports, or any entertainment activity which can help your mind happy. Taking up good hobbies, reading good literature, meditation, prayer and being with spiritual people are the best practical remedies for Kemdrum dosha. Good books are always good friends.

If anyone says Kemdrum dosha means complete destruction, then you can check the life of Jim Carry, Ghan Shyam Das Birla, Bal Thackarey, and Bill Gates. These are the people who have or had this dosh in their charts. Even Bill gates Moon is in an acute Kemdrum, that too in the 10th house of career. This house is a very very competitive house whose natural indicator is Saturn. That too aspected by Mars, Mercury and Rahu! 

The Beneficience of Mars

The Beneficience of Mars

Vedic Astrology is an event and trend analysis system. It provides the means for its practitioners to determine behavior over time. Vedic astrology is a prevention oriented method aimed at avoiding danger before it arises and taking proper action at favorable times. Some pertinent sayings related to Vedic astrology are, "the best  way  to get rid of a snake is when it is really small," and "set sail while the sailing  is good."

The interpretations given by Vedic astrology practitioners are derived from a systematic analysis of planets, fine-tuned over thousands of years of Rishi-inspired and Guru-guided practice. The characteristics of the planets are determined from the manner in which the planets are positioned and how they interact with each other. The analysis of planets also aims at determining their strong or weak and favorable or unfavorable nature. The ground rules of Vedic astrology state that certain planets are by nature strong or weak and favorable or unfavorable.

According to Phaladeepika, Adhyaya II, Sloka 27: 
"The waning Moon, the Sun, Mars, Rahu, Ketu and Saturn are known as malefic planets. Mercury too in conjunction with any of them is malignant. The rest of the planets are deemed favorable." 
From this statement we can see that Mars is qualified as a malefic planet.

Dual Nature of Planets
The system of Vedic astrology lists both favorable and unfavorable characteristics for each planet, even if the planet is by nature a predomintant malefic or benefic influencer There is a general rule in quantum physics stating the parts of a system change through their participation in a system. While a planet might be inherently unpleasant in its actions and effects, it might also be that these traits can be viewed along a spectrum of good and evil. The planet needs to be examined in terms of how it plays and displays itself in the highly variable constraints of a particular chart and life circumstance.

Characteristics of Mars
This paper will review one particular planet, Mars, who is intrinsically regarded as malefic or unfavorable in his bearing. Mars induces trepidation in many Vedic astrology practitioners and clients to the point that he is called Mangala, the auspicious one. He is given a sweet name in the hope of calming his natural fury. Practitioners are traditionally careful not to agitate Angaraka (Mars as the burning coal), in any way. According to Saravali, Mars is Kruradrik (boldly cruel), Bhumisuta (Earth son), Ara (speedy), Rakta (red, blood, impassioned) and Vakra (crooked).

Although Mars is traditionally regarded as cruel and productive of evil actions, an examination of the literature will reveal that there are some positive and purposeful influences generated by Mars. We shall look at several classical texts to explore the positive nature of Mars. There is something good that lies beneath the characteristically unpleasant and inflammatory nature of Mars. Mars is Pitta Dosha or fiery and Rajo Guna or a spur to action. He is the commander-in-chief of the planetary cabinet. The characteristics of Mars can be seen along a continuum of positive to negative. In general an action generated by Mars can be unpleasant or malefic in its execution but potentially Subha or favorable in the outcome he generates.

Classical Works on Mars
Mars has both favorable and unfavorable qualities.

Brihat Jataka
Favorable • Destruction of enemies, gains from rulers, lands, brothers.
Unfavorable • He will have hatred among his children, wife, friends, brothers, learned men, and preceptors. He will suffer from thirst, bloody diseases, fever, bile, fractures. He will be fond of others' wives, sinful men and uncharitable deeds. He will be harsh, hot and evil-tempered.

Jataka Parijata
Favorable • Daring acts, strength, energy,prowess, mental dignity (loftiness of thought),commanding an army, exceedingly generous, youthful appearance.
Unfavorable • Cruelty, battle, odium, weapon, thieves, enemies, attachment to females not his own, uttering falsehood, sin, and wounds, wrathful.

Chamatkara Chintamani
Favorable • Energizer, courageous, heroic, powerful, strong, endurance, determination, independent, active, practical, organizer, self-confident, observant, friendly, affectionate, inventive, mechanical, generous, active, idealistic, independent, original, adventurous, dashing, ambitious, foresight, undeterred by obstacles, earnings, sharp, frank, gains through speculation, firm, love for new ideas, self-willed, noble offspring, results oriented, large hearted, great efforts, rational, witty, inventive, sportive, dexterity, precision, youthful, zestful, charming, attractive.
Unfavorable • Fiery, driven, destructive, barren, dry, sharp, combative, dictator, exacting, jealous, violent, wars, epidemics, debauched, ruthless, cruel, aggressive, rash, conceited, untruthful, unreliable, foolish, hasty, impulsive, combative, fear of fire, expenditures, over critical, unpopular, trouble through siblings, danger through fire and theft, gambler, too much speculation, overly enthusiastic, struggles, separates from friends, cross, hasty, obstinate, invites hostility, rivalry, opposition, inclined towards inferiors, reverses through business and love affairs, indifferent to others, sudden or violent accidents, unfriendly, unsociable, selfish, indifferent to others, multiple marriages, trouble through brothers, high hopes, strife with superiors, over-estimation, forceful speech, strife with superiors, frankness invites foes and causes separation, anxious, poisoning, careless speech and action, over excited, indifferent to consequences, untrustworthy, loss due to selfish nature, struggle and limited means, indiscreet, dishonest, deserted by own people, bad name, lustful, dependent, shriveled, strife, controversy, evil spirits, vicious, unhappy, cold to mother, undependable friend, short tempered, intolerant of partner, trouble from the king, enemies, thieves, quarrels with brothers, sons, foes, and friends, fear from evil spirits, gandharvas, and frightful demons and diseases.

Favorable • He has a strong body. He is as bright, as burning fire. He is more intelligent and is courageous. He is an  accomplished speaker. he is adventurous.
Unfavorable• He is not steady in disposition. He causes injury. He is wrathful and is skillful in hurting. Mars rules destruction , swooning, and thieves.

Satya Jataka 
Favorable•  Mars is extremely generous.
Unfavorable • By nature Mars is very cruel. He is fickle-minded and ferocious. He is rash in his actions.

Favorable Outcome
To this point we have examined the traits of Mars as documented by at least five highly authoritative classical works. Out of the body of Vedic literature on Mars, we can see certain favorable and unfavorable key themes emerging. It is the intention of this article to offer a exposure to some of the more favorable aspects or balanced qualities of Mars, to counteract the trend of viewing Mars in predominantly negative or malefic terms.

If we were to take some of these unfavorable themes of Mars we could see that they are positioned along a spectrum of behavior. Some of the behaviors of Mars are even negative or unpleasant in their delivery but can actually be favorable in the outcomes they produce as shown in Table I.

Table I: Qualities of Mars

Problematic Mars
Balanced Mars
Capable of commanding an army
Over-active, on fire
Vain, self-centered
Acts with dignity and pride
Over confident
Prowess; innate aptitudes
Over estimation
Self confident
Indifferent and neglectful
Self directed, gets the job done
Insensitive to others
Generous to those needing rescue
Inspire to serve and protect
Loses composure under stress
Effectively manages several things at once
Not tolerant of chaos
Thrives in restoring law and order
Want things done their way too much
Decisive; survivor
Not open to suggestions
Self assures
Overly demanding
Inspires the best from others
Emphasis on individuals over the team
Works as a pioneer and trail blazer
Too blunt
Able to take a tough stand when needed
Over bearing
Can assign work with demanding deadlines
Poor people skills
Good technology skills
Relies too much on action instead of planning
Advances with a minimum of resources; agile
Expects thing to be happen too quickly
Acts quickly, in a timely maner
Reacts effectively to obstructions and delay
Sets critical priorities quickly
Takes unreasonable risks
Open to exploring and experimentation
Too focused on self empowerment
Accepts responsibility
Frankness makes others uncomfortable
Speaks the truth in a straightforward manner
Willing to engage in new approaches
Bores easily
Enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks
Untiring. Relentless in pursuit of ideals
Abandons others
S=Self sufficient, frontier person
Makes other feel devalued or inept
Finds own way, own pace , own concepts
Sarcastics humor
Uses humor to lighten up a problem
Lacks a long term vision
Adaptable; deals with the here and now
Determined to find a solution

We can also look at some of the effective qualities of Mars from a modern day perspective. In October, 2014, Peter Economy, a writer for Inc. Magazine, listed the "Ten Habits of Highly Successful Leaders." Mr. Economy stated that " truly outstanding leaders cause their passions and enthusiasm to set a charge into then- organizations." Successful executives need to harness the positive energy of Mars, the chief executive planet. One can see the favorable characteristics of Mars displayed in the following ten habits (Table II). Some of these habits also warn us of the negative aspects of Mars that still need to be watched so that the executive can function effectively over time.

Table II: Habits Mars can generate

Confident but not arrogant
A persuasive communicator
Sensitive and responsive to other
An optimist
Organized and together

Mars is the indicator for speed, execution, and fiery behavior. He gets things done for good or bad.
This article has examined how Mars is viewed as basically unfavorable by nature. However, it is also acceptable to view Mars as contributing to positive outcomes. Mars' portfolio of behaviors, while apparently unpleasant, is often beneficial in the end. Overall, we should not be afraid of Mars and actually learn to harness Mars' vigor for positive ends. Finally, a quote from Phaladeepika, can give us hope about how to work with Mars. "Planets are always good to those who are gentle and do not harm anybody, possess self-control, earn wealth through noble means and observe a religious discipline."

Courtesy: Modern Astrology (Dr. William R. Levacy)


Kuja Dosha is Not Damaging

Kuja Dosha is Not Damaging

The whole exercise in a series of editorials centered round proving Kuja Dosha as the most potent factor in causing damage to married life through separation, divorce or death.

According to Brihat Parasara Hora and Jataka Parijata, Kuja Dosha occurs when Mars is in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th or the 12th from the Ascendant, Moon or Venus.

Besides, Saturn in the Ascendant, 2nd, 7th 8th or the 12th can also adversely affect marital peace as also Rahu particularly when in the 2nd, 7th or 8th house. These factors also need to be taken into consideration.

The percentage of birth charts, under these conditions, statistically free from Kuja Dosha would be abysmally low. In other words, very few people would be fortunate to have a happy married life for more than two decades or so.

The October 2012 editorial raises the question whether the Ascendant lord can also to be considered a benefic, even if he be a natural malefic.

If the Ascendant lord, whether a benefic or a malefic (if not afflicted or ill-placed, particularly with respect to the 7th house) is not to be taken to as a benefic, then I think the entire astrological literature has to be re-written as several Yogas and Raja Yogas are based on the so called malefics as Ascendant lord. Even in the case of benefics, Venus as Ascendant lord will be the lord of the 6th or the 8th house as well. Jupiter and Mercury when Ascendant lord are lords of benefic houses, but these also have been acknowledged as turning functional malefics due to Kendradhipati Dosha particularly when placed in Kendras and are not given much weightage as lords of Trika houses. That may explain Kuja Dosha being effective despite Mars being aspected by a benefic in some charts.

Therefore, it is not rational to consider all such combinations rendered as ineffective in case the so called Kuja Dosha is present in a chart.

Chart 1: Born August 8, 1912 at 19h.43m. at 12N59,77E38.
Chart 2:Female: Born December 31,1969 at 20h.22m. at 29N56,77E12

With Venus and in the 4th house from the Moon generating Kuja Dosha from all the three centres which should have proved most damaging. There is no Kuja Dosha in the birth chart of his life partner Mrs. Rajeswari Raman to counteract it. What then made them live together honorably for more than 60 years and she ,who would have been the victim of Kuja Dosha in Dr.Raman's chart, outliving him for almost a decade ? Dr.Raman himself explains it when he says:

No Dosha,including Kuja Dosha, is exclusively evil. Under certain conditions Kuja Dosha could even be a blessing in disguise as it would ensure a long and happy married life and that was true in his case.

What are those conditions except those recognized as capable of canceling or neutralizing Kuja Dosha ? In this case, one would think it was due to the influence of Venus and Mercury.

This is not an isolated example and it is not uncommon to come across charts where despite Mars being in the Dosha state, the natives have enjoyed long married lives.

There seems hardly any justification in labeling Kuja Dosha as an infallible signal for explosion in the marital domain.

The native of Chart 2 married in September 1996 and divorced in January 2000. Cancer known for disturbing marital peace rises in the Ascendant with Mars in the 8th generating Kuja Dosha.
Besides the Kuja Dosha, there are several other factors indicating marital discord such as (i) Venus in the 6th house joined by Maraka Sun. Moreover Venus in Moola

Nakshatra is rendered worse by the aspect of Ketu. (ii) The Ascendant lord Moon being in 6-8 position from the 7th lord Saturn indicates discord between the couple. (iii) Mercury as 12th lord (known as separatist) in the 7th house, (iv) the 7th lord being aspected byKetu, a known separatist
(v) Venus, the Karaka of marriage joined by the Sun is undesirable (vi) 7th lord Saturn in inimical sign in the Nakshatra of Ketu aspected by Ketu. The 6th lord, a separatist Jupiter, in the 4th house of domestic peace made worse by the aspect of Saturn as well as by Rahu which is more than enough to cause damage on the domestic front. Even from Chandra Lagna, the 7th house is trapped between malefics. Thus discord was inevitable even if Kuja Dosha were not present.

In conclusion.
(i) Mere presence of Kuja Dosha does not necessarily mean marital discord by separation, divorce or death.
(ii) Besides Kuja Dosha there can be other factors capable of causing damage, many even more damaging than Kuja Dosha
(iii) Overemphasis on Kuja Dosha is, therefore, uncalled for.
What then the justification in putting the blame Mars alone ?