Origin of Nakshatra Lordships Shrouded:
We have gone through arguments both for and against the misconception of Nakshatra lordships. It is beyond doubt that the origin of Nakshatra lordships is from Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra. However here arise some basic questions. Parasara has described 42 types of Dasas in his work; further, more than 10 Dasas are Nakshatra-based. Some are Rasi-based and few are on another basis such as Yogini Dasa, Swara Dasa etc. Again if we check all the Nakshatra based Dasas we will find that Dasa lord for every Dasa is different. For instance, the lordship of Bharani Nakshatra in the Vimshottari Dasa system goes to Venus whereas in Ashtottari Dasa, it goes to Rahu and in some other Dasas, the lordship for Bharani Nakshatra is different.
Why is it there is no fixed ownership to the Nakshatra lords, unlike the Rasi lords which are universal. Take any Varga chart, whether Sayana- Nirayana, Indian or Western, the lordships are the same in all the systems. For instance, Mesha (Aries) Rasi is owned by Mars only. According to me, there is no fixed ownership of Nakshatras by planets. Had it been so, Parasara would have not changed the ownership for the different Dasa systems which itself signifies that Nakshatra lordship is not fixed. Further, there is no rationale for Nakshatra lordship as to why a particular planet is given lordship of a particular Nakshatra. If we ever try hard to find any logic behind lordships as per Vimshottari Dasa, then Ashtottari Dasa has different lordships and our efforts in finding logic would be in vain.
Nakshatra Lordship in Predictions:
If it is assumed that Nakshatras have no fixed lordships then how can it be used in prediction? The way it is used is not logical as for instance to say that in such and such case the 7th lord is placed in the Nakshatra of the 8th lord, hence the person suffers in married life and so on keeping in mind only lordships as in Vimshottari Dasa, but what is missed here is to consider the fact that there are a large number of astrologers who do not at all use Vimshottari Dasa in prediction but use Ashtottari-Dasa or Yogini Dasa or other Nakshatra-based Dasas in accordance with Brihat Parasara Hora. Why can’t they use Nakshatra lords as per the Dasa system they use? (There are many astrologers who do not use even the Dasa system at all to predict.)
Is it fair to use Nakshatra lords as per Vimshottari Dasa for prediction and Dasa lords as per Nakshatra of Ashtottari Dasa at the time of birth for Dasa calculation? Also, why cannot one consider the Nakshatra lord in the same way one considers Rasi lord of the house at Bhava-Madhya? Then one must also consider that the Ascendant lord at the time of the birth was one particular planet and the Ascendant-Nakshatra lord at the time of the birth was another planet and accordingly must judge the result! It is my humble observation that even Parasara has no-where claimed universal applicability of Vimshottari Dasa. On the contrary, the applicability of the Dasas is conditional. It is altogether a different story that events predicted in accordance with Vimshottari Dasa are more accurate; perhaps only because of this Parasara must have given elaborate details of the aforesaid Dasa.
Is Nakshatra Lordship Redundant?
One must first understand the origin of the lordships and in the same context, use lordships for prediction. While explaining Vimshottari Dasa (or other Dasas) Parasara has used Nakshatra lordships; no-where else does he refer to Nakshatra lords. One must understand that, as said above, the lordships come only in Vimshottari Dasa. One must use them only to predict the results Of the Dasa and in accordance with the Dasa system, one is using. If one is using Vimshottari Dasa one must use lordship as per Vimshottari and if one is using Ashottari Dasa, one must use lordships as per Ashtottari.
How can it be used? it is simple —if ever one has to use Nakshatra lordships, one must use it to understand the results of the Dasa lords only. For instance, if there is Libra Ascendant, then the 7th house is governed by the Aries sign. If in this case, the Sun is placed in the 7th house, then it may be broadly said that the chances of the native getting married are in the Dasa of Mars as the 7th lord or of the Sun as he is placed in 7th house or in the Dasa of the planets in the Nakshatra of the Sun or Mars due to placement and ownership of the 7th house respectively. This can only be the logical approach to use Nakshatra lordships as beyond Vimshottari Dasa (any Dasa), Nakshatra lordships have no relevance.