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BPHS Chapter 97:

"One who reads, or listens with attention and devotion to this most excellent Hora Shastra,that is Original Sanskrit Text Book of Astrology created by the ancient father of Astrology Sage Parashara becomes long-lived and is blessed with increase in his or her strength, wealth and good reputation."

Astrology

WHAT IS VEDIC ASTROLOGY?


Vedic Astrology is an ancient Indian science which explains planetary motions and positions with respect to time and their effect on humans and other entities on earth. Vedic astrology can be traced thousands of years back. Early Vedic astrology was only based on the movement of planets with respect to stars, but later on it started including zodiac signs as well. According to Vedic astrology there are 27 constellations made up of 12 zodiac signs, 9 planets and 12 houses with each house and planet representing some aspect of human life. Depending on when a person is born, the 12 signs are distributed among the 12 houses and 9 planets are placed in various houses. This visual representation of the snapshot of the signs and planets is called a horoscope chart. Vedic astrology is nothing but interpreting the meaning of these arrangements as it applies to humans and other entities.

TYPES OF VEDIC ASTROLOGY

Vedic astrology (Jyotisha) has three main branches:

·       

Siddhanta (Astronomy): Astronomy & its application to astrology

·         Samhita (Mundane astrology): Covers Mundane astrology, predicting important events related to countries such as war, earth quakes, political events, astro - meteorology, financial positions, electional astrology; house & construction related matters (Vaastu Shaastra), animals, portents & omens etc.

·         Hora (Predictive astrology):

This branch has the following different styles / sub branches:-

o    Jaatak Shaastra / Hora Shaastra (Natal Astrology / horoscopy): Prediction based on individual horoscope.

o    Muhurt or Muhurtha (Electional astrology): Selection of beneficial time to initiate an activity to get maximum fruition from the life activities.

o    Swar Shaastra (Phonetical astrology): Predictions based on name & sounds.

o    Prashna (Horary astrology): Predictions based on time when a question is asked by querent / querist.

o    Ankjyotisha / Kabala (Numerology): A branch of astrology based on numbers.

o    Nadi Astrology:

An ancient treatise having detailed predictions for individuals.

o    Tajik Shaastra / Varsha Phal (Annual Horoscope): Astrology based on annual solar returns.

o    Tajik Shaastra / Varsha Phal (Annual Horoscope): Astrology based on annual solar returns.

o    Jaimini Sutras: A non-conventional method of timing of events based on Famous Indian astrologer, Acharya Jaimini.

o    Nastjaatakam (Lost Horoscope):

Art of tracing / construction of lost horoscope.

o    Streejaatak (female astrology): A special branch of astrology dealing with female nativities.



DIFFERENCE BETWEEEN VEDIC AND WESTERN ASTROLOGY

The most easily referred to difference between the two lies in the method of measurement of the Zodiac. Vedic astrology uses primarily the sidereal zodiac (in which stars are considered to be the fixed background against which the motion of the planets is measured), whereas most Western astrology uses the tropical zodiac (the motion of the planets is measured against the position of the Sun on the Spring equinox). This difference becomes only noticeable over time, after the course of several centuries, as a result of the precession of the equinoxes. Synchronically, the two systems are identical, with just a shift of the origin of the ecliptic longitude by about 22 degrees or days, resulting on the placement of planets in the previous sign in Western charts about 80% of the time.

SCEINTIFIC BASIS OF VEDIC ASTROLOGY

Ancient Hindu literature is full of mythology related to zodiac signs, constellations (also known as Nakshatras) and planets, which explain a lot of astrological rules. However the popular opinion is that the mythology was just a method that our ancient seers used to explain some very complex physical laws, which were beyond the comprehension of common people. Unfortunately even today's modern science has not been able to fully understand those physical laws behind this ancient method although it's getting there very fast. Our current understanding of the science of astrology lies in statistics and probability. Statistics is the branch of mathematics, which can deal with correlation between two or more seemingly independent events without knowing the cause of that correlation. If in a chart of 1000 people have the same astrological chart then it can be seen that certain astrological rules hold true in 70%-80% of them. In statistical terms we may say that the occurrence of a specific event in one's life when certain planetary combination exists is "statistically significant". Let's say that you flip a coin 1000 times then the probability of "heads" is always near 50%. Now let's say that you observe the results of flipping a coin during the sun set and sun rise. If you find, after an year long test, that probability of "heads " coming up during sunrise is not actually 50%, as expected, but its 70%, then you can actually construct a rule that if you flip a coin during sun rise, the chances of you getting a "heads" will always be more. Vedic astrology can be explained in a similar way. Certain combinations in one's chart actually result in a prediction, which turns out to be correct in 70-80% of the charts having that combination. We may not explain it yet as to why it happens but the evidence is pretty strong that events can be predicted with very reasonable statistical significance.

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Vargas



There are sixteen varga (meaning varga, 'part, division'), or divisional, charts used in Hindu astrology:

Varga
    

Divisor
    

Chart
    

Purpose

Rasi
    

1
    

D-1
    

Natal chart

Hora
    

2
    

D-2
    

Overall wealth

Drekkana
    

3
    

D-3
    

Siblings

Chaturtamsha
    

4
    

D-4
    

Properties

Trimshamsha
    

5
    

D-5
    

Morals, ethics, spiritual values

Saptamsha
    

7
    

D-7
    

Children

Navamsha
    

9
    

D-9
    

Spouse, Etc.

Dashamsha
    

10
    

D-10
    

Earning Career

Dwadashamsha
    

12
    

D-12
    

Parents, Grandparents

Shodhashamsha
    

16
    

D-16
    

Vehicles

Vimshamsha
    

20
    

D-20
    

Upasana-s, Sādhana-s

Chaturvimsha
    

24
    

D-24
    

Education (higher)

Saptavimshamsha
    

27
    

D-27
    

Vitality

Khavedamsha
    

40
    

D-40
    

Quality of life

Akshavedamsha
    

45
    

D-45
    

(From here on out,the birth time must be absolutely precise or the divisional chart is incorrect!!)

Shastiamsha
    

60
    

D-60
    

Used to differentiate between twins, etc., etc.

Chart styles

There are three chart styles used in

Jyotiṣha, which are depicted below:

 

North Indian
    

 

South Indian
    

 

Eastern Indian
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 Legend: Ra - Rahu, Sa - Saturn, Ve - Venus, Su -Sun, Ma - Mars, Me - Mercury, As - Lagna, Mo - Moon, Ke - Kethu, Ju - Jupiter.

Grahas – the planets


Graha ( ग्रह,  graha, 'seizing, laying hold of, holding'.

Nine grahas, or navagrahas, are used
 


   
   
   

   
   
   
   

Planets in maximum exaltation, mooltrikona (own sign), and debilitation, are

Graha
   

Exaltation
   

Mooltrikona
   

Debilitation
   

Sign Rulership

Sun
   

10° Aries
   

4°-20° Leo
   

10° Libra
   

Leo

Moon
   

3° Taurus
   

4°-20° Cancer
   

3° Scorpio
   

Cancer

Mars
   

28° Capricorn
   

0°-12° Aries
   

28° Cancer
   

Aries, Scorpio

Mercury
   

15° Virgo
   

16°-20° Virgo
   

15° Pisces
   

Gemini, Virgo

Jupiter
   

5° Cancer
   

0°-10° Sagittarius
   

5° Capricorn
   

Sagittarius, Pisces

Venus
   

27° Pisces
   

0°-15° Libra
   

27° Virgo
   

Taurus, Libra

Saturn
   

20° Libra
   

0°-20° Aquarius
   

20° Aries
   

Capricorn, Aquarius

Rahu
   

Taurus, Gemini
   

Virgo
   

Scorpio, Sagittarius
   

Aquarius (co-ruler)

Ketu
   

Scorpio, Sagittarius
   

Pisces
   

Taurus, Gemini
   

Scorpio (co-ruler)

The natural planetary relationships are:

Graha
   

Friends
   

Neutral
   

Enemies

Sun
   

Moon, Mars, Jupiter
   

Mercury
   

Venus, Saturn

Moon
   

Sun, Mercury
   

Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn
   

Mercury, Venus, Saturn

Mars
   

Sun, Moon, Jupiter
   

Venus,Saturn
   

Mercury

Mercury
   

Sun, Venus
   

Mars, Jupiter, Saturn
   

Moon

Jupiter
   

Sun, Moon, Mars
   

Saturn
   

Mercury, Venus

Venus
   

Mercury, Saturn
   

Mars, Jupiter
   

Sun, Moon

Saturn
   

Venus, Mercury
   

Jupiter
   

Sun, Moon, Mars

Rahu
   

Sun, Venus
   

Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn
   

Moon

Ketu
   

Mars
   

Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn
   

Sun

Rāśi – the zodiac signs

 The sidereal zodiac is an imaginary belt of 360 degrees (like the tropical zodiac), divided into 12 equal parts. Each twelfth part (of 30 degrees) is called a sign or rāśi (Sanskrit: rāśi, 'part'). Jyotiṣha and Western zodiacs differ in the method of measurement. While synchronically, the two systems are identical, Jyotiṣha uses primarily the sidereal zodiac (in which stars are considered to be the fixed background against which the motion of the planets is measured), whereas most Western astrology uses the tropical zodiac (the motion of the planets is measured against the position of the Sun on the Spring equinox). This difference becomes noticeable over time. After two millennia, as a result of the precession of the equinoxes, the origin of the ecliptic longitude has shifted by about 22 degrees. As a result the placement of planets in the Jyotiṣha system is consistent with the actual zodiac, while in western astrology the planets fall into the following sign, as compared to their placement in the sidereal zodiac, about two thirds of the time.


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 Number
   

Sanskrit
   

International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration
   

Sanskrit gloss
   

Western name
   

Greek
   

Gloss
   

Tattva (Element)
   

Quality
   

Ruling Planet

1
   

मेष
   

Meṣa
   

ram
   

Aries
   

Κριός
   

ram
   

Tejas (Fire)
   

Cara (Movable)
   

Mars

2
   

वृषभ
   

Vṛṣabha
   

bull
   

Taurus
   

Ταῦρος
   

bull
   

Prithivi (Earth)
   

Sthira (Fixed)
   

Venus

3
   

मिथुन
   

Mithuna
   

twins
   

Gemini
   

Δίδυμοι
   

twins
   

Vayu (Air)
   

Dvisvabhava (Dual)
   

Mercury

4
   

कर्कट
   

Karkaṭa
   

crab
   

Cancer
   

Καρκίνος
   

crab
   

Jala (Water)
   

Cara (Movable)
   

Moon

5
   

सिंह
   

Siṃha
   

lion
   

Leo
   

Λέων
   

lion
   

Tejas (Fire)
   

Sthira (Fixed)
   

Sun

6
   

कन्या
   

Kanyā
   

girl
   

Virgo
   

Παρθένος
   

virgin
   

Prithivi (Earth)
   

Dvisvabhava (Dual)
   

Mercury

7
   

तुला
   

Tulā
   

balance
   

Libra
   

Ζυγός
   

balance
   

Vayu (Air)
   

Cara (Movable)
   

Venus

8
   

वृश्चिक
   

Vṛścika
   

scorpion
   

Scorpio
   

Σκoρπιός
   

scorpion
   

Jala (Water)
   

Sthira (Fixed)
   

Mars

9
   

धनुष
   

Dhanus
   

bow
   

Sagittarius
   

Τοξότης
   

archer
   

Tejas (Fire)
   

Dvisvabhava (Dual)
   

Jupiter

10
   

मकर
   

Makara
   

sea-monster
   

Capricorn
   

Αἰγόκερως
   

goat-horned
   

Prithivi (Earth)
   

Cara (Movable)
   

Saturn

11
   

कुम्भ
   

Kumbha
   

pitcher
   

Aquarius
   

Ὑδροχόος
   

water-pourer
   

Vayu (Air)
   

Sthira (Fixed)
   

Saturn

12
   

मीन
   

Mīna
   

fish
   

Pisces
   

Ἰχθεῖς
   

fish
   

Jala (Water)
   

Dvisvabhava (Dual)
   

Jupiter

The zodiac signs in Hindu astrology correspond to parts of the body:

Sign
   

Part of Body

Meṣa (Aries)
   

head

Vṛṣabha (Taurus)
   

mouth

Mithuna (Gemini)
   

arms

Karka (Cancer)
   

two sides

Siṃha (Leo)
   

heart

Kanyā (Virgo)
   

digestive system

Tula (Libra)
   

umbilical area

Vṛścika (Scorpio)
   

generative organs

Dhanus (Sagittarius)
   

thighs

Makara (Capricorn)
   

knees

Kumbha (Aquarius)
   

Lower part of legs

Mīna (Pisces)
   

feet


Bhāvas – the houses

Bhāva (Sanskrit: bhāva, 'division'.) In Hindu astrology, the natal chart is the bhava chakra (Sanskrit: chakra, 'wheel'.) The bhava chakra is the complete 360° circle of life, divided into houses, and represents our way of enacting the influences in the wheel. Each house has associated karaka (Sanskrit: karaka, 'significator') planets that can alter the interpretation of a particular house.

House
    

Name
    

Karakas
    

Meanings

1
    

Lagna
    

Sun
    

outer personality, physique, health/well-being, hair, appearance

2
    

Dhana
    

Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Moon
    

wealth, family relationships, eating habits, speech, eyesight, death

3
    

Sahaja
    

Mars
    

natural state, innate temperament, courage, valor, virility, younger siblings

4
    

Sukha
    

Moon
    

inner life, emotions, home, property, education, mother

5
    

Putra
    

Jupiter
    

creativity, children, spiritual practices, punya

6
    

Ari
    

Mars, Saturn
    

acute illness, injury, openly known enemies, litigation, daily work, foreigners, service

7
    

Yuvati
    

Venus, Jupiter
    

business and personal relationships, marriage, spouse, war, fighting

8
    

Randhara
    

Saturn
    

length of life, physical death, mokṣa, chronic illness, deep and ancient traditions

9
    

Dharma
    

Jupiter, Sun
    

luck, fortune, spirituality, dharma, guru, father

10
    

Karma
    

Mercury, Jupiter, Sun, Saturn
    

dream fulfillment, knees and spine, current karmas, career, sky themes (being 12am/mid heavens

11
    

Labha
    

Jupiter
    

gains, profits from work, ability to earn money, social contexts and organizations

12
    

Vyaya
    

Saturn
    

loss, intuition, imprisonment, foreign travel, moksha

Nakshatras



 One of the 27 divisions of the sky, identified by the prominent star(s) in them, used in Hindu astrology.

Historical (medieval) Hindu astrology had various systems of enumerating either 27 or 28 nakshatras. Today, popular usage favours a rigid system of 27 nakshatras covering 13°20’ of the ecliptic each. Each nakshatra is divided into quarters or padas of 3°20’:

#
    

Name
    

Location
    

Ruler
    

Pada 1
    

Pada 2
    

Pada 3
    

Pada 4

1
    

Ashvinī (अश्विनी)
    

0 – 13°20' Aries
    

Ketu
    

चु Chu
    

चे Che
    

चो Cho
    

ला La

2
    

Bharanī (भरणी)
    

13°20' – 26°40' Aries
    

Venus
    

ली Li
    

लू Lu
    

ले Le
    

पो Lo

3
    

Krittikā (कृत्तिका)
    

26°40' Aries – 10°00' Taurus
    

Sun
    

अ A
    

ई I
    

उ U
    

ए E

4
    

Rohini (रोहिणी)
    

10°00' – 23°20' Taurus
    

Moon
    

ओ O
    

वा Va/Ba
    

वी Vi/Bi
    

वु Vu/Bu

5
    

Mrigashīrsha (म्रृगशीर्षा)
    

23°20' Taurus – 6°40' Gemini
    

Mars
    

वे Ve/Be
    

वो Vo/Bo
    

का Ka
    

की Ke

6
    

Ārdrā (आर्द्रा)
    

6°40' – 20°00' Gemini
    

Rahu
    

कु Ku
    

घ Gha
    

ङ Ng/Na
    

छ Chha

7
    

Punarvasu (पुनर्वसु)
    

20°00' Gemini – 3°20' Cancer
    

Jupiter
    

के Ke
    

को Ko
    

हा Ha
    

ही Hi

8
    

Pushya (पुष्य)
    

3°20' – 16°40' Cancer
    

Saturn
    

हु Hu
    

हे He
    

हो Ho
    

ड Da

9
    

Āshleshā (आश्लेषा)
    

16°40' Cancer – 0°00' Leo
    

Mercury
    

डी Di
    

डू Du
    

डे De
    

डो Do

10
    

Maghā (मघा)
    

0°00' – 13°20' Leo
    

Ketu
    

मा Ma
    

मी Mi
    

मू Mu
    

मे Me

11
    

Pūrva or Pūrva Phalgunī (पूर्व फाल्गुनी)
    

13°20' – 26°40' Leo
    

Venus
    

नो Mo
    

टा Ta
    

टी Ti
    

टू Tu

12
    

Uttara or Uttara Phalgunī (उत्तर फाल्गुनी)
    

26°40' Leo – 10°00' Virgo
    

Sun
    

टे Te
    

टो To
    

पा Pa
    

पी Pi

13
    

Hasta (हस्त)
    

10°00' – 23°20' Virgo
    

Moon
    

पू Pu
    

ष Sha
    

ण Na
    

ठ Tha

14
    

Chitrā (चित्रा)
    

23°20' Virgo – 6°40' Libra
    

Mars
    

पे Pe
    

पो Po
    

रा Ra
    

री Ri

15
    

Svātī (स्वाती)
    

6°40' – 20°00 Libra
    

Rahu
    

रू Ru
    

रे Re
    

रो Ro
    

ता Ta

16
    

Vishākhā (विशाखा)
    

20°00' Libra – 3°20' Scorpio
    

Jupiter
    

ती Ti
    

तू Tu
    

ते Te
    

तो To

17
    

Anurādhā (अनुराधा)
    

3°20' – 16°40' Scorpio
    

Saturn
    

ना Na
    

नी Ni
    

नू Nu
    

ने Ne

18
    

Jyeshtha (ज्येष्ठा)
    

16°40' Scorpio – 0°00' Sagittarius
    

Mercury
    

नो No
    

या Ya
    

यी Yi
    

यू Yu

19
    

Mūla (मूल)
    

0°00' – 13°20' Sagittarius
    

Ketu
    

ये Ye
    

यो Yo
    

भा Bha
    

भी Bhi

20
    

Pūrva Ashādhā (पूर्वाषाढ़ा)
    

13°20' – 26°40' Sagittarius
    

Venus
    

भू Bhu
    

धा Dha
    

फा Bha/Pha
    

ढा Dha

21
    

Uttara Ashadha (उत्तराषाढ़ा)
    

26°40' Sagittarius – 10°00' Capricorn
    

Sun
    

भे Bhe
    

भो Bho
    

जा Ja
    

जी Ji

22
    

Shravana (श्रवण)
    

10°00' – 23°20' Capricorn
    

Moon
    

खी Ju/Khi
    

खू Je/Khu
    

खे Jo/Khe
    

खो Gha/Kho

23
    

Shravishthā (धनिष्ठा) or Dhanistā
    

23°20' Capricorn – 6°40' Aquarius
    

Mars
    

गा Ga
    

गी Gi
    

गु Gu
    

गे Ge

24
    

Shatabhishā (शतभिषा)or Shatataraka
    

6°40' – 20°00' Aquarius
    

Rahu
    

गो Go
    

सा Sa
    

सी Si
    

सू Su

25
    

Pūrva Bhādrapadā (पूर्वभाद्रपदा)
    

20°00' Aquarius – 3°20' Pisces
    

Jupiter
    

से Se
    

सो So
    

दा Da
    

दी Di

26
    

Uttara Bhādrapadā (उत्तरभाद्रपदा)
    

3°20' – 16°40' Pisces
    

Saturn
    

दू Du
    

थ Tha
    

झ Jha
    

ञ Da/Tra

27
    

Revatī (रेवती)
    

16°40' – 30°00' Pisces
    

Mercury
    

दे De
    

दो Do
    

च Cha
    

ची Chi

 Daśhā-s – the planetary periods



Dasha (Devanagari: दशा, Sanskrit,daśā, 'planetary period'.) The dasha system shows which planets will be ruling at particular times in Hindu astrology. There are several dasha systems; however, the primary system used by astrologers is the Vimshottari dasha system. The first maha dasha is determined by the position of the natal Moon. Each maha dasha is divided into subperiods called bhuktis. Vimshottari dasha lengths are

Maha Dasha
    

Length
    

Bhuktis

Ketu
    

7 Years
    

Ketu, Venus, Sun, Moon, Mars, Rahu, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury

Venus
    

20 Years
    

Venus, Sun, Moon, Mars, Rahu, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury, Ketu

Sun
    

6 Years
    

Sun, Moon, Mars, Rahu, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury, Ketu, Venus

Moon
    

10 Years
    

Moon, Mars, Rahu, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury, Ketu, Venus, Sun

Mars
    

7 Years
    

Mars, Rahu, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury, Ketu, Venus, Sun, Moon

Rahu
    

18 Years
    

Rahu, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury, Ketu, Venus, Sun, Moon, Mars

Jupiter
    

16 Years
    

Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury, Ketu, Venus, Sun, Moon, Mars, Rahu

Saturn
    

19 Years
    

Saturn, Mercury, Ketu, Venus, Sun, Moon, Mars, Rahu, Jupiter

Mercury
    

17 Years
    

Mercury, Ketu, Venus, Sun, Moon, Mars, Rahu, Jupiter, Saturn

Drishtis – the planetary aspects



Drishti (Sanskrit: drishti, 'sight'.) In Hindu astrology, the aspect is to an entire sign, and grahas only cast forward aspects:

 

Graha
    

Houses

Sun
    

7th

Moon
    

7th

Mercury
    

7th

Venus
    

7th

Mars
    

4th, 7th, 8th

Jupiter
    

5th, 7th, 9th

Saturn
    

3rd, 7th, 10th

Rahu
    

5th, 7th, 9th

Ketu
    

No planetary aspect

Gocharas – the transits

Gochara (Sanskrit: gochara, 'transit'.) In Hindu astrology, a natal chart shows the actual positions of the grahas at the moment of birth. Since that moment, the grahas have continued to move around the zodiac, interacting with the natal chart grahas. This period of interaction is called gochara.

Yogas – the planetary combinations



Yoga (Sanskrit: yoga, 'union'.) In Hindu astrology, yogas are planetary combinations placed in specific relationships to each other

"There are many yogas in Hindu system, but predominantly in today's age the positive and negative yogas have to be seen in different context as far as situations are concerned. Some yogas like Kaal Sarp are referred to as bad, but there are many famous people and billionaires with Kaal Sarp yoga."

Dig bala – the directional strength

Dig bala (Sanskrit: dig bala, 'directional strength'.) Graha-s gain strength when they are placed in specific cardinal houses

House
    

Grahas
    

Direction

1st
    

Jupiter, Mercury
    

East

4th
    

Venus, Moon
    

North

7th
    

Saturn
    

West

10th
    

Sun, Mars
    

South

 Lagna – the ascendant



Lagna (Sanskrit: lagna, 'ascendant'.) Lagna is the first moment of contact between the soul and its new life on earth in Hindu astrology

Atmakaraka – the soul significator



Atmakaraka (Sanskrit: atmakaraka, from atma, 'soul', and karaka, 'significator' .) Atmakaraka is the significator of the soul's desire in Hindu astrology

Gandanta – the karmic knot


Gandanta (Sanskrit: gandanta, from gand, 'knot', and anta, 'end'.) Gandanta is a spiritual or karmic knot in Hindu astrology. Gandanta describes the junction points in the natal chart where the solar and lunar zodiacs meet, and are directly associated with times of soul growth.

Ayanamsa – the zodiac conversion



Ayanamsa (Sanskrit: ayanāṃsa, from ayana, 'movement', and aṃsa, 'component') is the longitudinal difference between the Tropical (Sayana) and Sidereal (Nirayana) zodiacs

Moudhya – the combustion

Moudhya (Sanskrit: moudhya, 'combustion') is a planet that is in conjunction with the Sun. The degrees the planets are considered combust are

Graha
    

Degree

Moon
    

12

Mercury
    

13

Venus
    

9

Mars
    

17

Jupiter
    

11

Saturn
    

15

Sade sati – the critical transit


Sade sati, the transit of Saturn over the natal Moon (Saturn return), is the most important transit in a birth chart and takes approximately 7.5 years to complete. The transit begins when Saturn enters the house before the Moon, and ends when Saturn departs the house after the Moon. The most intense phase is when Saturn is 2–3° on either side of the Moon. The beginning of the transit will give an indication of the issues to be addressed. Sade sati results in a complete transformation, usually with a change in career or life direction