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Exaltation and debility of planets:
Exaltation and debilitation are special stations of planets and when we speak of the Nodes of the Moon, Rahu and Ketu, this attains even greater significance simply because the Nodes are unique among the planets by virtue of their significations which influence humanity to such a significant degree. 

An exalted planet is at the apogee of its prowess and a debilitated one is at its lowest ebb. An exalted planet is strong and as a rule of thumb, strength is to be preferred over weakness, with notable exceptions, including those based on the station of planets in given nativities. A debilitated planet is considered fallen and is a bad fish in the pond, capable of dirtying the entire thing. 

Rahu is exalted in the sign of Gemini, while Ketu is exalted in the sign of Sagittarius. Since the Nodes of the Moon are always retrograde, they shall transit to the preceding signs from their current stations, which are Cancer and Capricorn respectively. In this manner, we see that the Nodes are now going to be exalted in their respective exaltation signs on March 7, 2019, when the transit occurs. 

The Nodes:
While Rahu indicates the desires of the human being which leads to rebirth, Ketu indicates freedom from those desires. Rahu is Bhogakaraka while Ketu is Mokshakaraka. Since Ketu indicates freedom from desire and travelling towards emancipation, it does not have planetary aspect, because these aspects are indicative of desire. This is also shown by the fact that Ketu does not have a head. We desire what we see and we look at that which we desire; in the absence of a head, the question does not arise. 

Rahu has a head, but only a head and therefore Rahu has planetary aspect being replete with the quality of desire. 

The Nodes, for this reason, are (generally) always opposite to each other in charts in the Vedic horoscope. 

The Sign of Gemini:
The sign of Gemini is the 3rdHouse of the Kalapurusha and the natural expression of personality. It is also a part of the Kama Trikona or the trine relating to desires. Naturally, there is no surprise that Rahu is exalted here. The sign is ruled by Mercury who shall be retrograde at the time of the Nodal transit and therefore some Karmic events pertaining to desires, communications, and the expression of the self may come to pass simply for this reason. 

Ketu will be exalted in the sign of Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter and therefore esoteric and spiritual understanding and things like abstract mathematics will grow and prosper. 

Exchange between Jupiter and Ketu:
Since Ketu is the co-lord of the sign of Scorpio where Jupiter is currently transiting, an exchange occurs between Ketu and Jupiter. Through an agreement between these two planets, Ketu will finally act from its own sign Scorpio and Jupiter will act from its own sign Sagittarius. Very Karmic events can be expected to manifest in charts depending on the life areas ruled by Scorpio and Sagittarius respectively. This is specially true till Jupiter changes Rashi owing to its own transit on March 29, 2019 and moves to Sagittarius, joining Ketu in the process. If significant events are indicated relating to Scorpio and Sagittarius in the nativity, then these may happen now in a very destine sort of way. Therefore, due to this exchange of signs, the signs of Gemini, Scorpio and Sagittarius come into focus for people, depending on what these signs rule in the given charts. To miss the exchange would be to miss the effect of the transit entirely. 

Rahu and Ketu will not truly be opposed to each other during the transit and while the exchange operates. Ketu in Scorpio will elevate the occult and research. Deep delving into things will come to the fore. Ketu can either indicate decimation of material reality or its highest flights because Ketu can raise its flag in surprising ways if Scorpio should indicate material bounty in any horoscope. If Jupiter supports this in the natal Rashi chart, then it is quite likely to happen. 

On the other hand, if these two planets should indicate a spiritual event of transformation, then that is equally likely to happen because Jupiter in Sagittarius supports it, as does Ketu in the sign of Scorpio. 

Impact of Rahu-Ketu Transit:
For the reasons stated above, Rahu in Gemini will promote aspiration and hedonism. Owing to the wealth of information in the sign of Gemini, the transit shall be marked by intellectual curiosity and growth and flights of the mind in every way conceivable. 

This can be good in material and practical terms if Rahu is otherwise well-placed both in the nativity and in the transit when reckoned from the relevant reference points. This is a complicated calculation and ought to be carried out only in specific horoscopes without too much generalization. Still, generalize we must in this article for it is not possible to examine every or even any number of placements of the planet hypothetically. 

So we can say that if Rahu is in Upachaya Bhava in the natal horoscope/ and or during this transit then it can foster materially positive results in some way or the other though in some of these places it can also promote vices. Likewise, if Rahu is well-placed from the Arudha Lagna in the natal horoscope or during the transit then also it is quite likely to transpire, if not even more so, for the Arudhas and the Bhavas therefrom are to do with the manifestation of events. The same goes for Ketu. 

The more difficult aspects of Rahu’s placement, whether natally or in transit, are usually in the Kendra/ quadrant from the Udaya Lagna or its Trikona/ trines unless it forms Rajayoga. 

Even in the other personal places like the 12thHouse from the Lagna, Rahu in certain charts only, can give food for thought. One has observed, that in charts otherwise not susceptible or open to occurrences of a particular kind, these transits are not particularly adverse. But if adversity is indicated in the natal horoscope, and supported by the applicable Dashas, then this transit of Rahu should be watched. 

The same principles are applicable to Ketu because Ketu materially is an even greater malefic than Rahu. Ketu denotes Shunyaand can reduce everything to zero, and to rubble. 

On the positive side, if Scorpio is materially beneficial in any horoscope, then Ketu can indicate either buying an apartment or improving one’s apartment especially of Scorpio influences the 4thHouse of home from the Lagna or the Arudha Lagna. In the Upachaya, Ketu will bring gains and competitiveness while decimating the enemy (like Rahu) in certain cases.

In the chart of Bhagwan Shri Rama, for instance, Rahu is in the 6thHouse from the Lagna. One should not fight with such a person even if ones thinks that one is Ravana because we all know what will happen. This is very pertinent from the Arudha Lagna and applies at least with equal force to the 3rdHouse from the Arudha. 

Impact of Jupiter-Ketu conjunction:
On March 29, Jupiter will move into its own sign Sagittarius and will join Ketu there. This is a very spiritual combination which makes it conducive to tap into the wisdom of esoteric traditions. Materially, though it can be testing because Guru is Dhanakaraka, the significator for wealth, and its conjunction with Ketu can stress the signification. Sagittarius is the 9thHouse of the natural zodiac and indicates religion and religious sentiment. These can occupy a position of prominence during the transit. Jupiter and Sagittarius also indicate intellectualism and specifically the law. Radical expressions of the law may also be more in evidence during the transit. 

We can never forget Saturn. We can never overlook Saturn, or the planet will remind us of its existence and placement. Saturn in a sign of Jupiter is not an adverse placement but when Jupiter conjoins two first-rate malefics in Dhanusha Rashi, Saturn and Ketu, the paradise of Jupiter is lost. It is the placement from the Arudha Lagna and/ or conjunction with specific Arudha Padas which will determine more precise results. 

The association of Saturn with Ketu is not considered auspicious and a battle of sorts is going on between the two. Likewise, the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn is sometimes very testing. The beneficence of Jupiter is taken by the malefic. It is for this reason that an un-conjoined Jupiter is preferred in any nativity. At times it can indicate a fight to the finish which does not have a victor and can lead to very dire consequences for both parties. So, all is not well in Sagittarius and since the Chandra Rashi is also going through the Sade-Sati of Saturn, caution and appropriate measures are strongly advised. 

It cannot also be forgotten, that while Ketu does not have planetary aspect, Rahu does and therefore aspects Sagittarius from Gemini. From its exaltation, Rahu aspects its sign of debility. Value systems and internal frameworks of morality and ethics can be severely stressed for people vulnerable to these in any way, in their own horoscopes. 

The air signs are strongly influenced by the nodal transit. Rahu is placed in Gemini and aspects Libra and Aquarius with planetary aspect. The aspect to Libra is the 9thHouse aspect from Gemini (in reverse) and imbues the sign of Libra with the peculiar intelligence of Rahu. For people with the sign Libra dominant in the horoscope, this is something to look out for. Notable exceptions can be people working on the world stage or with a global perspective, because Rahu is in its Marana Karaka station when reckoned from Libra. 

Aquarius truly comes into its own with the 5thHouse aspect of Rahu from Gemini (in reverse) and can people with the sign dominant start planning for the future in right earnest. Rahu in Gemini can show them the way forward, for better or for worse. As long as this planning is characterized by supreme intellect, it will tend to be positive at the mundane level for the natives of Aquarius Lagna. Some similar trends can come for Leo because Rahu is exalted in the 11thHouse of gains, friends and income. 

The so-called 2ndHouse aspect of Rahu is actually its 12thHouse aspect (in reverse). This aspect denotes secret enmity and viewed in regular direction is the Maraka (killer) aspect of Rahu. It is the hangman’s noose. This aspect falls on Cancer and people with this sign dominant should be careful of deceit and machinations during this transit especially if this is indicated in the natal charts. 

The nodal transit indicates the shifting of Karma and is therefore pertinent for that reason itself. 

Anurag Sharma 
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Jupiter has now moved into the Vedic sign of Scorpio on October 11, 2018. In order to understand this event, which is, and is going to undergo metamorphosis, with the efflux of time, into a process, we need to quickly revisit first, the basic essentials of both Jupiter and Scorpio. 

In Vedic astrology, Jupiter is the greatest benefic planet as far as the true good for mankind goes. It is therefore clear that goodness in life, in its myriad hues, must depend, at least in part, on the position of Jupiter in the natal horoscope, and in transit. It is one of those planets in Vedic astrology, whose transit movements are studied irrespective of whether it governs any conspicuous Dasha in the given nativity or not. Jupiter is the Deva Guru or the Preceptor of the Gods. His advice and influence, thus, often operate as a measure of protection in the form of blessings, which are themselves a function of cohesiveness and binding. Things bind and split based on the presence and absence of the blessings of Jupiter. 

Oftentimes we see significant events associated with the very ingress of the planet into a sign, which is also the same as marking its exit from the preceding sign. To say this more clearly in the present context, the movement of Jupiter into Scorpio and out of Libra may have shown up dramatically in certain Vedic horoscopes. By definition, this can raise eyebrows for Jupiter is phlegmatic and his movements are not intended to precipitate drama. In actual fact also they do not; the dramatic events that sometimes show up are precipitated by natal Yogas which may or may not have anything to do with Jupiter. The transit brings these forth often as a result of a single factor, which has been referred to above- the introduction of, or the cessation of, the element of protection and cohesiveness which depends on the movement, and aspect of the great benefic. 

The presence and aspect of Jupiter, and by aspect we mean both Rashi Drishti, the sign aspect of the planet, and the Graha Drishti, the planetary aspect, in that order, decide binding and cohesion or their absence in given areas in life. Generally, for this reason, in traditional Jyotisha, it is thought beneficial if Jupiter is not associated with any planet in the natal Vedic horoscope, especially by conjunction. The conjoined planet takes on the auspiciousness of Jupiter but the auspiciousness of Jupiter is gone. We do not want the auspiciousness of Jupiter to go. 

To give a specific instance of the foregoing proposition, when we judge the auspiciousness of a certain time we look at the sign aspect of Jupiter in transit to the relevant area of the horoscope. If it is there, we can hope for this single factor to help us tide over any negatives, should they be there. Conversely, we would like to avoid such an aspect of a dire malefic. Whereas Jupiter binds and favours success, the malefic splits and disfavours success. The much-vaunted  aspect of the transit Jupiter to the 2ndHouse from the Upapada Lagna (UL) has its roots in this thinking. And conversely, with malefics. 

Scorpio, though a malefic sign, has much more to it. It is a Jala Rashi, a Water sign, in one of which, Cancer, Karkata, Jupiter is exalted. Jupiter is very good in the Jala Tattwa Rashi fostering correct emotion and social connection. Scorpio is also a Brahmin Rashi, and for that reason also, Jupiter the Karaka for knowledge feels happy here. If we see, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces form the Water trine and an examination of each sign in the context of the happiness of Jupiter will easily show that Jupiter is happy here. 

Jupiter has just left Libra. No matter how unhappy Jupiter was here, if there are troubling facets in natal Libra in any given horoscope, Jupiter was pouring Ganga Jal (non-polluted) over these troubles. Now, Jupiter has left, and so, the troubles in Libra no longer have the protection of Jupiter. It is for reasons such as these that sometimes we will have dramatic events unfold. Of course, the clock may have been ticking in several other ways, but transit is always a device to time that which was always meant to happen, like a postman delivering mail which had been marked to your address and put in the course of dispatch earlier, but has arrived only now, at this point in time. 

Yogas associated with the sign of Scorpio will tend to fructify with relative ease, and now that Jupiter is there, the transit will further aid matters. Scorpio, otherwise is a malefic sign and despite its Jala Tattwa has a lot of heat associated with it. In this sense, the transit of Jupiter in the sign of Scorpio is very good because it tempers the aggression there and gives it sage direction. Scorpio is also directly associated with sexuality, more so with matters which are not always in full view. 

Being the 8thHouse of the natural zodiac, Scorpio is prone to breaking marital alliances and bringing in discord in relationships. It is for this reason that even certain auspicious planets placed in this sign in the Navamsha always portend caution in the personal realm, for the Navamsha chart is the specific domain of the personal and the marital and Scorpio, and placement in Scorpio, is very sensitive here for the horoscope.  

Jupiter in the Lagna in the natal horoscope is considered to be a great blessing. One is advised to worship Shiva in such a case, and it is said that even one sincere bow before the trident holder is sufficient to cure the chart of a thousand evils. We can then readily surmise that the transit of Jupiter in the Lagna is equally beneficial since it directly impacts the life circumstances and the power of discrimination. The horoscope starts with the Lagna and when the Lagna is made auspicious owing to the transit of Jupiter, the beneficial aspects will percolate throughout the chart. The decision-making will be vastly improved because Jupiter always shows the correct direction. 

For those with Scorpio Lagna, therefore, this is a good time, and for those with this Lagna, for whom the Dashas indicate a positive time in life, the transit is apt for them to try and accomplish the best works. The Graha Drishti or the planetary aspect of Jupiter both to the 5thand the 9thHouses ensures that the future and the past are well-illuminated. What this means in actual practice is that the light shines in such a way that the events of the past are properly construed, and future steps are taken with appreciable insight. 

As one has mentioned before, the Gurus are not easy to understand and there can be cases where either one of Jupiter or Venus take on the mantle of the positive Guru for the nativity. It can be therefore, that for people with malefic combinations in the sign Scorpio, and for whom Jupiter is not playing a conventionally positive role, the transit precipitates the testing nature of the combinations in the sign. 

This kind of a situation can be understood only on specific personal study of the horoscope where the individual concerned is ready to receive the insights from this relatively rarefied realm. Otherwise of course, generally speaking, Jupiter can be understood to give His positive grace wherever He goes, for that is His nature. 

Since Cancer is the exaltation sign of the planet Jupiter, the aspect of Jupiter to this sign by its planetary aspect is excellent. Jupiter desires the results of its exaltation to come to the Rashi. So, the sign Cancer benefits in every nativity to the extent possible for that nativity. In the abstract, one can venture that home, education, heart and the feeling of positive competition, as that which used to exist in the Brahmins of yore, in the realm of knowledge of the scripture, will be positively impacted depending on a host of factors which will decide for each person whether the benefit is notable, and if so, to what extent. Cancer is one of the blessed signs, and so if a blessing exists in the sign in any chart, it will be fructified by the aspect of Guru. If instead a curse exists, then it may be mitigated or brought into clear focus with a view to resolution. It is in this manner that the grace of Jupiter is to be understood. 

Now, Pisces is the own sign of Jupiter and the aspect of transit Jupiter to this sign is also excellent, simply for that reason. Whatever Pisces should represent in any given Rashi Chakra, will stand to benefit subject to the contours of that particular horoscope. Pisces is considered to be the sign of the Rishis. The aspect of Jupiter to this sign brings forth the opportunity to tap into the eternal teachings of Hinduism, the Sanatana Dharma. Of course, Vedic Astrology never says that eternal teachings are appropriated by any one religion and so no matter to which faith one subscribes, spiritual bounty is all set to be received if one is interested and the Karma for that person points in that direction. Pisces can also indicate travel and expenses, and with the influence of transit Jupiter these can be positively influenced to indicate travel and expenses for higher and intellectual pursuits. Pisces can also bring in auspiciousness, happiness and goodness by triggering these in the chart in some way and so the more discerning among us can try and tap into these benefits if we can. 

For ARIES Ascendant (Lagna), this promises to be a very interesting time in the positive, and a somewhat testing time in the negative. With Jupiter, the greatest benefic transiting the malefic Scorpio, and that too in the 8thHouse from the Lagna, things can lead to great transformation through accessing matters which were hitherto hidden. This applies with special force to the occult and the esoteric, matters governed both by Jupiter and Scorpio in different ways. In the negative, however, the benefic Jupiter in the 8thHouse is not good. It is the 9thLord for the Lagna and in the 8thHouse, it dissipates the luck and fortune that it rules as the 9thLord. 

Things are very different for the Mesha Arudha Lagna (AL) and the transit of Jupiter in the 8thHouse from the AL indicates taking loans and repayment of debts. The 8thHouse and its role from the AL depends on some specific factors in the nativity when reckoned from the AL, which cannot be gone into here, and so we will leave it there. Suffice it to say, that in some cases the element of loans and debts will not play out during this transit, or at least for this reason, for the Mesha AL. 

For TAURUS Lagna, the transit of Jupiter is in the 7thHouse and is good in the sense that better sense will prevail in the marriage and in personal relationships. Unless, Guru is the Dasha lord for the Lagna in a major Dasha system, the transit will largely give positive results in marriage, partnerships and will also reflect well in the career and work. If it is the Dasha lord, there can be food for thought for Guru is the 8thLord of the Mangalya Bhava for this Lagna. Whatever it may be, marriage and personal relationships are brought into sharp relief during this transit of the planet. 

For the AL of this sign, the transit of Jupiter in the 7thHouse is excellent and may aid emergence into the world into their own right, and facilitate transactions of some importance with society at large. 

The movement of Jupiter to the Dusthana for GEMINI Lagna is stressful because the 6thHouse is very inimical to the Lagna and the presence of the great benefic in this Bhava from the Lagna indicates distancing from the attributes of Jupiter. Jupiter indicates benefic grace and this is getting lost and dissipated in the illness and adversity that comprises the 6thHouse. When the grace of God is not forthcoming to the Lagna, it can be said to be an ordinary time. For the people with the AL in Gemini, the situation is not better but decidedly worse. The AL shows what is actually coming to pass in life, and the various houses when reckoned from the AL show much the same thing. Wealth and auspiciousness can take a downswing for vulnerable horoscopes with Mithuna AL, either generally or at the present time, coinciding with this transit.   

I have written above about the positive impact of the transit for the Jala Rashi, of which CANCERis one. For this Lagna, the transit of Jupiter is in the 5thHouse of the future. Jupiter transit is very good in the trines from the Lagna because blessings are more readily forthcoming from the divine. Also, from this position, Jupiter aspects both the 9thHouse of Bhagya and the Lagna itself, infusing the self with optimism and correct thinking and triggering fated events. In a similar vein, Jupiter is even better in transit for the Cancer AL, because Jupiter in the 5thHouse from the AL will help sustain all positives associated with the Bhava. 

For the fiery LEOLagna, the transit of Jupiter is in the 4thHouse from the Ascendant. The 4thHouse is that of home and family, properties and academic attainments. All these matters stand to benefit greatly during this transit for the Leo Lagna. It also indicates a considerable change from the transit of Jupiter in Libra, where it was in the Marana Karaka Sthana (MKS) placement for the Lagna which is not good. Goodness would have appeared to die around Leo in the past and so merely cessation of such a scenario is a positive sign. Additionally we know that for the Kalapurusha, Cancer is the natural 4thHouse and Jupiter is exalted here. By necessary implication, the transit of Jupiter in the 4thHouse for Leo, in a friendly sign will prompt Jupiter to approximate to His exaltation when it comes to precipitating results. 

For the Leo AL also the results are positive as Jupiter expands learning and acquisition, if these should be promised in the nativity through Yogas in the horoscope. 

Even the greatest benefic in the zodiac can obstruct, and this is the case for VIRGOLagna. Guru is the Badhaka for the Lagna, but will only be adverse if the planet is poorly placed in the Rashi Chakra of the natal horoscope or otherwise devoid of strength. However, the Badhaka nature of the planet for the Lagna is not of prime concern for the Gochara; the main issue is that Guru is transiting the MKS position from the Lagna. It is in a friendly sign. The results will vary depending upon what Jupiter indicates in the natal horoscope. In some cases, the planet will deliver up whatever it has for the individual in question. In other cases, and by and large, Jupiter transit is not good for the Lagna and once again goodness and blessings may appear to be in short supply during the transit. 

As always though, we live in the manifest world, and no matter what is happening from the Lagna internally, it is the precipitate of the Karma which is amenable to the senses that decides the quality of time and experience. From the Virgo AL, Jupiter transit is highly adverse and a cautionary note needs to be struck here. At the first sign of major distress, the individuals of this AL are advised to seek help from appropriate quarters. The position of the benefic in the 3rdHouse from the AL cannot be taken lightly. The human factor in humanity is governed by Jupiter and when in the 3rdHouse from the AL, this runs the risk of being lost, nothing more need be said on the subject. 

Though Jupiter has now transited out of LIBRA Lagna, the planet was not very comfortable there and with the ingress into Scorpio, the influence has now come to the 2ndHouse from the Lagna. The 2ndHouse is the Dhana Bhava, the house of wealth and assets. Jupiter is the significator for wealth and finances and if the 2ndHouse is well-fortified then the transit of Jupiter will precipitate positive and auspicious events. If the 2ndHouse if afflicted, even in that situation Jupiter will try and pour water over troubled matters. In any event, more clarity is likely to ensure in matters related to the planets in the 2ndHouse and the significations of the 2ndHouse from the Lagna. The situation is vastly better for the Libra AL, where Jupiter is excellently placed in the 2ndBhava from the AL. This will be mostly focussed on wealth and finances and Jupiter may bring out many positives in this area of life during His transit in the sign. 

Jupiter is extremely positive for SCORPIO Lagna, being the 2ndand the 5thLord. Jupiter in the Lagna gives this Karmic Lagna to worship the trident holder and lighten the burden. Jupiter blesses the children and fosters luck and good fortune with His aspects to the 5thand the 9thHouses respectively. Jupiter in the AL for this sign is positive for overall existence and the image of the individual in society. 

This is the first Rashi which is undergoing the Sade-Sati transit of Saturn. People with the natal Moon in Scorpio will feel the relief brought by transit Jupiter. Otherwise the sign has been going through the wringer in personal life and relationships, matters of health and emotional well-being and currently, finances. The Moon is debilitated in this sign and so poor decisions of the past in any area will reveal themselves in their true colours. While the Moon in the natal horoscope will continue to be Nicha if it is, this is a chance for these individuals to take the sage advice of the Guru and mend their ways. If this is not done and the horoscope is vulnerable then Saturn can wreak havoc through Artha-related matters. Money, wealth, work, career and all these areas can be damaged by transit Saturn if the benefic grace of Jupiter is not accepted or availed of. 

Note- For all signs use the planetary aspects of Jupiter as described above in this paper to decipher the active influences on the other houses. For instance, for Taurus Lagna, Jupiter will aspect the Lagna with Graha Drishti and the 11thHouse of friends and gains and the fulfilment of hopes and desires. The planet will also aspect the 3rdHouse from the Lagna giving sage advice to the Dushchikya Bhava which usually brings competitiveness and Mars-influenced thoughts to the head. 

The best starts and expenses on auspicious and positive matters is the first result experienced by SAGITTARIUSLagna. Expenses may be notable but they will be on matters that are laudable and spiritually sanctioned. This can also be construed to mean that expenses oughtto be on good things because the worst thing one can do is to earn the wrath of the Guru. Some serious spiritual transformation and occult insights can be expected because Shani/ Saturn is transiting the Lagna. If the Moon is placed in this sign then the Sade-Sati transit of Saturn is in its peak period, being right on the head of the native. This is a good time to outgrow that which is no longer required in life. Jupiter will aid the transformation because of the aspect to the 8thHouse of secrets and transformation. The heart can undergo a change owing to the aspect to the 4thHouse from the Lagna. All these matters especially related to the expenses and conduct or the Gati (direction) of life will be clearly seen from the AL. 

For CAPRICORN Lagna, Jupiter being the Karaka for the 11thHouse is transiting the Bhava. Friends, gains and income will be positively influenced. So too the future prospects, children, marriage and the lesser thought processes that beset human beings in mundane matters. For the people with the AL in this sign, the tangible and manifest aspects of gains and income will be there for all to see.

This is the third sign to be undergoing the Sade-Sati of Saturn. Saturn is testing people in their personal lives and marriages. This aspect is aided for people with the Dhanusha Lagna. If the Moon is in Lagna, marriage and problems in marital life heightened by Saturn can be helped by the aspect of Jupiter to the 7thHouse of marriage. 

Amala Yoga or spotless reputation in work comes to people with AQUARIUS Lagna with Jupiter in the 10thHouse from the Lagna especially if the 10thHouse is auspicious in the chart and unafflicted by malefics. The Artha Trikona of work and career is positively influenced because these houses are influenced by the transit Jupiter. Jupiter is just short of excellent for the people with the AL in this sign but the ultimate results will be good in the realm of work and career. 

For PISCES Lagna, Jupiter is in the 9thHouse of Bhagya, a house of which it is a significator. Foreign travel, higher education, father, luck and fortune and the blessings of the Guru can all come during this transit. The results are not as good for people with the AL in this sign because Jupiter is the only planet who struggles in this placement from the AL. People may feel disinterested with striving as a way of life with this transit of Jupiter. For the Meena Lagna though, the aspect to the Lagna and to the 5thHouse are auspicious. Self, decision-making and children are all areas that benefit during this transit. 

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We become aware on reflecting on matters that if the transit of one major planet can influence so many facets in life, then an elaborate study of the Vedic horoscope can truly enliven the understanding of life in all its myriad hues like nothing else can. Such is the power of the eternal wisdom of the ancient sages of the land. 

Anurag Sharma
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Adultery, decriminalised-
Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code has recently been struck down by the Supreme Court of India andthereby the offence of adultery has been removed from the statute book. This is now the law of the land in India. For this reason, there is nothing to be said further on the subject from that perspective. There is absolutely no doubt that on the touchstone of individual freedom and autonomy, the change in the law cannot be faulted. 

In Vedic Astrology-
In this paper, however, we are interested in the implications in Vedic astrology of the aforesaid position in law. In other words, if this is a fated occurrence as it must be, given the doctrine of Karma and determinism, then the planets/ Grahas in question, which pertain to the subject-matter ought to be scrutinized with a careful eye to see the aforesaid change through the prism of Vedic astrology. 

Significators for adultery-
The main planets associated with adultery are Mars (Mangala), directly, and Rahu, the North Node of the Moon, by necessary implication because Rahu rules cheating and deceit in general. 

Mars (Mangala)-
Mars is by very nature adulterous. This is a curious phenomenon because Mars is otherwise a soldier, or a uniformed person, and being on the side of the Devas, a great worshipper of God. Interestingly, he is also the significator of celibacy and bachelorhood. For such a planet, to indulge in adultery is surprising but not so surprising if we consider Mars deeply, including through his other name, Vakra, or the crooked one. Mars acts in crooked ways. Adultery is a manifestation of his crookedness. 

Something for Mars to note-
The fact that adultery was a criminal offence in India till recently would not have stopped Mars or people strongly influenced by Mars in matters of sexuality and relationships from being adulterous, but would have obviously rendered such conduct criminal if discovered and complained against. Now, Mars does not face the impediment of the prospect of prosecution and punishment. 

People Influenced by Mars, not Mars himself-
Since we are really not talking about Mars the planet in himself, but really about people influenced by Mars in the relevant areas of life, it would be prudent to assume that the threat and risk of criminal process would have either deterred such people, or would have coloured their conduct in some manner. Now, the Mars in the lives and conduct of such people is free to do as he pleases and the adulterous element in his portfolio is legitimized in criminal law. 

Malefics, and Consent & Connivance-
It is interesting to note that earlier if adultery occurred with the consent or the connivance of the husband then it was outside the purview of the mischief contemplated. The crookedness of Mars in a scenario of complicit intercourse was not crooked enough for punitive measures to follow it. This was also a lower denomination of Rahu for while there was intercourse outside the marriage, there was no cheating strictly speaking, owing to the consent or connivance of the husband. This was an exception to the criminality of adulterous conduct precipitated by Mars and/ or Rahu. 

Now, the scenario is whether the husband connives or consents or not, adulterous intercourse is no longer a criminal act. In other words, the adulterous nature of Mars is now socially accepted. Same goes for the deceit and cheating of Rahu. These are now brought into the mainstream as being more truly representative of current human existence as regards relations between men and women. 

Consequences of Adultery, as it stands-
There are consequences of adultery which still remain possibilities. It could be a ground to seek divorce and it could be considered as furthering or abetting suicide if the latter is precipitated owing to adulterous conduct. In other words, Mars and Rahu can still formally damage Venus. Informally, of course, it is not hard to imagine that being natural malefics, they will damage Venus. Venus is the significator of marriage. 

This should be read as follows. Though a couple knows that adultery is not an offence, it is by no means a desirable occurrence in a marriage. While there is no criminal consequence of adultery per se, if it should lead to a suicide or if adulterous intercourse amounts to rape, then criminal consequences can follow. Simply because there are no criminal consequences per se it does not mean that Venus goes away unscathed. The marriage and the wife will be damaged in case the husband is adulterous and the marriage will be damaged if the wife is adulterous. If the wife is adulterous, then the husband will also be damaged. 

The significator for the husband is Jupiter and while Mars can damage Jupiter with the Tamas, it is Rahu which causes the Guru-Chandala Yoga. In other words, a wife more influenced by Rahu in her adulterous relationship appears to be more of a threat to the well-being of the husband than Mars simply on first principle. It is made clear that this will depend on the configurations in the charts for a more elaborate understanding and whether the principle applies by way of a modification, significant or otherwise. 

The Nature & Agenda of Mars-
Mars revels in the crookedness that comprises adultery in part measure, crookedness being a deviation from the norm. The element of crookedness remains, to be sure, since the lack of criminal consequence will usually not propel adultery into full view. But the crookedness of Mars in this manifestation is diminished. However, the crookedness of Mars cannot diminish in absolute terms.

Mars will become more crooked to compensate. Mars does not hide. He will not become more covert. He rules violence and aggression. He likes to break things. More marriages will break. Mars rules the natural 8thHouse of the zodiac, which is Scorpio. It is in the nature of Mars to break marriage. His crookedness in adultery has been accepted in large measure and thereby mitigated. Mars will retaliate because he wants to be as crooked as he was earlier in this manifestation. He will add to his crookedness in this manifestation. He is likely to be more destructive of the marital bond and more violent where he manifests through domestic or other types of violence. 

The Nature & Agenda of Rahu-
Rahu on the other hand will devise ways to keep up his levels of deceit and shock which cannot be readily foreseen, for then they would be that much less deceitful and shocking. Adultery is by definition covert, and therefore still in the realm of Rahu. But Rahu is emboldened by the lack of criminal consequence when he is adulterous, either in a male or female nativity. The nastiest plans and machinations will be let loose by Rahu in appropriate cases to compensate for his pleasure which has been taken away to a degree by illuminating the shadows. While Mars is likely to be more openly adulterous, because he never cared for the continuance of marriage anyway, Rahu will be ready with a myriad explanations, apart from being ready with the sort of things that have been mentioned above. 

The Transit of Venus-
It is quite interesting to note that the change in the law has come when Venus is transiting the sign of Libra. This is the Moolatrikona Rashi of Venus. The decision has been said to be a departure from the Victorian mindset and in favour of the sexual autonomy of a human being. The reason is not far to seek. Venus is at work in the sign of Libra, which is the 7thHouse of the natural zodiac and relates to marriage and sexuality. Venus is very strong in Libra and being at work here largely represents working women. It is such a woman who participates in the marketplace of the world who has been at the forefront of the thinking on the subject. She is free to act on her own, and in the context of the actions of her husband as well. The change has come through the law because Jupiter, the significator of law, is joined Venus in Libra. Venus also exalts in the sign of Jupiter and there cannot be any doubt that the decision is truly founded on the premise that a woman is not the chattel of man, but instead of stopping at making the erstwhile provision gender-neutral, the provision has been struck down in its entirety. 

Men & Women of Signs and Planets-
What will happen to the Taurus woman who bears the brunt of adulterous conduct in some way or the other. Taurus is the other sign owned by Venus, but is vastly different from the sign of Libra. Ironically, the Taurus woman is the Victorian woman. 

What will happen to the Mars man, the man who is not criminal, or undesirable or crooked in any other way, apart from the sexual and the marital for the simple reason that Mars influences these aspects in the chart. What will happen to the Mars woman, one with independence of means, and one without. 

What will happen to the Rahu man and the Rahu woman. 

These questions are rhetorical. All discerning astrology readers will know the answers to these. The simplistic answer is furnished only for the Libra woman, for whom the bell has tolled. 

If people are free, the malefics working in freer people are themselves a trifle freer to act now, than they were earlier.

Obviously, what is of major importance is the way these planets will play out in various charts, which is to say, how they will react in individual lives and impact the institution of marriage. 

Real Vedic horoscopes and thus Real Lives-
Let us consider Mars as the planet bringing a serious relationship of a personal nature in a male nativity. Let us further restrict ourselves to the more physical dimensions of compatibility in this example. In a male nativity, Mars may bring relationships, in fact, he certainly will but it is always with an element of crookedness. He may be looking elsewhere, and now he may do more than simply look elsewhere, while bringing about a relationship or even marriage. The force of Mars gives energy to the relationship but as the breaker of marriages, now the situation is even more fraught with danger, because there is no fear of punishment. The only realistic and proximate consequence is that of the relationship or marriage breaking but that never deterred Mars in the first place. 

Therefore, Mars in very personal areas in the chart, such as the 7thHouse and the 12thHouse, needs to be watched carefully. This was always the situation, but is altered in the manner stated above. 

In the female nativity, Mars is exactly as Venus is in the male nativity. Mars directs the passions and the attractions. Not much changes here though since there was no culpability in law for female adultery in the first place. 

In places such as the Lagna, or the 4thHouse or the 8thHouse the dangers of Mars will reflect in tune with the other configurations in the Vedic horoscope. In the Lagna, it is the very nature of the person to imbibe some of the characteristics of the malefic planet. What those characteristics are, here and in any other situation in the Vedic charts, will depend on the overall nature of that chart, and of the horoscope on the whole. In the 4thHouse there are control issues in the matrimonial home. In fact, since even from the Lagna, owing to the 4thHouse aspect, these issues can arise. These are the real reasons for the placements to go by the name of Mangalika Dosha. In the 8thHouse of the horoscope, the longevity of the marriage and the spouse can be threatened by Mars. He wants to break and end something, and whatever the 8thHouse can offer, Mars will take it. 

Rahu is much worse in these places in many respects. A strong Mars is a straight forward fighter. There is no deceit in a strong Mars. He does not care for machinations. A weak Mars can resort to very bad things. Rahu by his very nature is devious. His pleasure is not in mere crookedness but in shocking departures from the norm. People influenced or ensnared by Rahu in delicate positions in the horoscope influencing personal life are more at risk because Rahu will more readily step into criminality, convinced that he will get away. 

The Navamsha chart is the specific area of the horoscope where the exact turn of events, intentions, actions, and results can be captured. It is this chart which rules relationships and marriage. The placement of these two malefics in this divisional chart are of the utmost importance. 

Of course, the discussion has the potential to be never-ending but this is an initial survey of the impact on planetary energies and how they are likely to play out in individual nativities vulnerable to the mischief under traverse.

Best wishes,
Anurag Sharma
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Dashas, generally:
Dashas in Vedic astrology are the harbingers of Karma. The natal Vedic horoscope remains the same from birth to death but it is the Dashas, along with other factors such as transits (Gochara) that fructify different parts of the Karma in the same natal horoscope, and thus change life.

Kinds of Dasha:
Just as there are many intricacies in the Vedic horoscope such as Arudha Padas which were not as well-known a few decades back as they are now, though they have always been pillars of Jyotisha, so too the presence of various kinds of Dashas in the classical literature. Not only are there a host of Dashas, there are numerous factors associated with Dashas which are otherwise not known, and which are to be used for effective analysis of the Karma and predictions emanating therefrom.

Higher works and distinct analysis:
Just as one has been travelling higher in terms of advancement of the works written for consulters over the years, as awareness of principles sets in, these intricacies of Dashas are now being used both in distinct papers as well as parts of these higher and advanced papers, as tools for interpretation.

Specific Dashas:
One has written earlier, and used profusely, some of these Dasha systems based on the configurations in individual horoscopes, and those that have received these works, shall readily recognize the fact. For instance, the Padakrama Dasha or the Narayana Dasha of Rashis has been extensively used where fate or determinism plays a significant role, signs indicating circumstance rather than desire.

Other Dashas such as the Dwisaptati Sama Dasha, Ashtottari Dasha, Dwadashottari Dasha, Chataruasheetika Dasha, Shashtihayani Dasha, and so on, have often been used in private papers as tools for investigation of the unfolding of Karma.

Circumstance and desire:
Desire then is left to the Grahas (planets) and the manifestation of this Karmic desire of the planets manifests through the Dashas of these planets in the various systems based on the Nakshatras occupied by these planets.

Vimshottari Dasha, the Chief:
Be that as it may, the classical literature is distinctly clear in that it is the Vimshottari Dasha, which is the chief among all the other Dashas. Thus, even though conditional Nakshatra Dashas may be applicable in a horoscope, in certain ways the Vimshottari Dasha is always applicable.

The term Dasha indicates and means a state of being. Thus, all Dashas aim to reflect the state of affairs in the horoscope under scrutiny owing to their own operation, and precipitation of the Karma in their realm of operation.

Types of Vimshottari Dasha:
The Dasha that is used most often, and rightly so, is a reflection of the social stimuli, public participation, emotions, and the overall flux of life that pertains to the existence of the native of the horoscope in question. However, advanced Jyotisha is quite clear that there are variants of the general Vimshottari which are to be used in cases where the conditions for their applicability are met.
These are: Utpanna Vimshottari, Kshema Vimshottari, Aadhana Vimshottari and Kevala Vimshottari. Especially for predictive purposes, it is important to use these variations so as to arrive at the correct manifestation of the Karma during the operation of the Mahadasha and Antardashas of the various planets. The conditions for the applicability of these variations are distinct and specific.

Judgment of Results of the Vimshottari Dasha:
Thus, when we consider the Vimshottari Dasha in all its classical splendour, we will discover as we proceed that the judgment of its results does not truly emanate from the popular premise which is commonly understood in the public domain.

Suffice it to say at this juncture that there are numerous considerations such as evaluating the lord of the Dasha in ways that are not popularly known, and then moving on to the lord of the sign which the lord of the Dasha occupies.

Separately, we also consider the various internal and external domains of the application of the Dasha, and then the extension of this principle to the mutual interplay of the Mahadasha and the Antardasha is undertaken applying the same device. All this is largely unknown in the realm of popular astrology, even in its more sincere domains.

In the result, it is clear that the meaningful journey in Vedic astrology involves traversing increasingly rarified though classically astute segments and principles of Vedic astrology, and equally, it is a very rewarding personal journey to try and adhere closely to the works and words of the Rishis.

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