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Dashas - A Primer - 3
|by Rohini Ranjan|
The call for help came at night quoted here unedited (the individual was distraught, so please pardon his typos!)
Now here is the chart:
The question was asked towards the end of December 2008, so the troubles had been occurring in the period of Jupiter-sun in vimshottari and continuing and perhaps worsening during Jupiter-moon vimshottari, and in Mars-jupiter in Ashtottari.
Planets in lajjita, kshudita, kshobhita and trashita create miseries and lead to disruption of the house they are in. Lajjita being the best of these four states will give something and will not be totally destructive. The house occupied by these planets is more affected than if the house lord is in one of the four states. For example the lord of 3rd house in kshobhita state in the 7th house will represent worse effects for the 7th house and not the 3rd.
9 levels of Awasthas (Deeptadi…): Represents the emotional state of spirit Deepta/Brilliant (exaltation), Swastha (own sign), Pramudita/Joyful (extreme friend’s sign), Shanta/Contented (friend’s sign), Deena/Deficient-Humble (neutral’s sign), Dukhita/Sad (enemy’s sign), Vikal/Anxious/Panicky (with a malefic planet), Khala/Malicious/Wicked (inauspicious sign – debilitation), Kopa/Infuriated (conjoined with sun). The effects of a planet are expressed fully in the first three states, medium in the next two and little or nothing in the remaining four.
12 levels of Awasthas (Shayanadi…): Represent the diurnal state of the planet as these represent the normal activities to some extent. The calculation etc are covered in texts such as Brihat Parashar Hora Shastra and can be consulted. The states are Shayana (Recumbent), Upaveshana (Sitting), Netrapani, Prakashana (Alert), Gamana (Leaving), Agamana (Arriving), sabhavastha (in society, at work), agama (Returning Home), Bhojana (Eating), Nrityalipsa (Entertainment), Kautuka (Pleased) and Nidra (Asleep). The next step involves the derivation of the sleeping and awakened states and are related to the degree of expression of a given planet. It must be noted that there are some variations of opinions regarding the calculations for this kind of awastha.
Easing into Awasthas: For beginners the simpler consideration of the 3, 5 and 9 awasthas during their examination of a horoscope will be an easy way to become familiar to these factors particularly when they are wondering about dasha effects and how those will be experienced by the nativity. For those who are more of a mathematical-scientific inclination, each of these three divisions can be given a weighting of 1/3rd weight each. While doing so one must not lose sight of the fact that this kind of quantitation is just for simplifying conclusions or bottom lines and are not absolute measures or quantities. It is more practical to think of these as tools or aids that help us determine if a planet will be helpful or derogatory, strong or weak, expressive or ineffective in a global assessment of the different awasthas. One must also remember that awasthas are but a consideration and are not a black and white factor or absolute.
Barack Obama was born in krishnapaksha and pretty close to sunset hence the chart would respond better to Ashtottari dasha. During the last few months of his campaign and election time, he was experiencing the combined period of mercury-jupiter and venus. Mercury is dreaming, old and deficient while jupiter is asleep, old and wicked. On the surface it would seem like the person was not slated for a win, if we only took the awasthas in consideration! However, note that the Deeptadi (9) awastha was based on the debilitation of jupiter and the inimical sign dispositor for mercury. This is where the 'human' wearing the thinking cap comes into play! Jupiter has cancellation of debility due to the presence of saturn (lord of makar) in kendra from Jupiter in own sign. Obviously Jupiter is not debilitated but much strengthened thus functionally faring a lot better than the Khala awastha assigned to it at first. An example of neecha-bhanga raj-yoga, one would say! Being the head of the State requires a lot of maturity and wisdom and thus the role is of an older and wiser individual which Obama has impressed people as being, despite his young age and youthful appearance. So the old age state of jupiter in baladi (5 levels) is appropriate. In the Jagratadi (3 levels) consideration too, Jupiter gains awastha strength due to the cancellation of debilitation. The state of sushupta (asleep) based on placement of jupiter in debility would be reversed due to cancellation. So, what appeared as a weak, ineffective period was indeed extremely strong!
While it is conceivable that there are effects that are beyond our control and are to be experienced, like it or not, there are also opportunities that give us back some control in this never-ending (it seems!) Ferris wheel of rebirths! The Hindu concept of Karma is actually pretty complex and rich in details, presented here briefly. Without knowing a bit about it, astrology becomes confusing and futile!
‘Karman ki Gat Nyaari Uudho’: The great mystic Meerabai in few words captured a world of experiential reality that baffles all of us! There is some diversity of opinions amongst astrologers regarding which planet indicates one’s karma. Those that follow Shri M.C. Jain’s karmic control theory side with lunar nodes, particularly rahu, others maintain that Saturn is the kingpin, and still others perhaps also rightly indicate that since a horoscope at birth is the product of karma that went before, all planets and houses perhaps have a say in karma. However, as described in my primers freely available on web, many years ago I had described using Dr. Deepak Chopra’s chart that the planet or house from which Saturn is placed in the 10th house holds an important key to deciphering a primary karmic lesson that needs to be addressed during this lifetime and in a sense holds the promise and potential that the maya represented by that house shall be addressed and the veil removed from one’s eyes. In that sense, Saturn has an important karmic indicator role to play. By extension, should such a planet from which Saturn is in the 10th were to be placed in the 4th navamsha from Saturn, it becomes especially significant. This is because the said planet will be approximately 90 degrees away from Saturn and in close orb-contact. However, this is a finer point and not absolutely essential for the effect to be seen or experienced. By extension, the dashas of Saturn and the planet etc that it is in 10th from or the planet that are in the stars of Saturn and this said planet would bring on this kind of a karmic experience!
Krishnamurthy’s Theory: K.S. Krishnamurthy, from all accounts, was an uncannily accurate astrologer who developed an interesting system popularly known as Krishnamurthy Paddhati or K.P. as is popularly known. He primarily used it for horary or prashna Jyotish but the principles work in natal or phalit Jyotish as well. Very briefly: His system utilized the planets ruling the weekday, the asterism that the Moon is in at the time of asking of the question and the ascendant rising at that instant. The system was claimed as capable of providing highly accurate readings and Krishnamurthy acknowledged having received the 'method' in the form of a divine inspiration from his Ishta Devta Uchchista Ganapathy. He chose to use the western placidian house divisions with these sidereal charts, a major divergence from classical vedic astrology; moreover, he placed the rising degree at the beginning of a house and not in the middle as is practiced by other jyotishis. His 'system' also had another interesting feature. Since the zodiac can be divided into 249 divisions, each ruled by a sign-lord (one per 30 deg), star-lord (one per 13 deg 20 min) and a star-sub-lord (variable dimensions, 40 min to 2 deg 13 min 20 sec), he often asked clients to provide a number between 1 and 249 which he used to determine the ascendant in a chart drawn for the moment of the query (planetary longitudes were calculated for the actual current moment). A client providing a number that was outside this range was told that the venture would not be a success!
Subdivisions: The KP subdivisions are essentially a way of viewing the vimshottari bhukti or antardasha in terms of nakshatra longitudes. We all know for example, that, if moon is just entering krittika, at birth, the child will begin life with sun’s dasha. If the moon has just entered krittika the child will have sun dasa and sun bhukti at the beginning of life. If the birth moon is a bit more advanced, the child will begin life with sun dasa and moon bhukti and thus depending on how advanced the moon is at birth in krittika, the first bhukti could belong to mars, rahu, Jupiter, etc. Now view these segments of krittika as subdivisions, with the first segment ruled by sun (sun bhukti), next one ruled by moon, the third by mars and so on. The dimensions of the segments would be proportional to the proportion of the bhukti to that of the dasa (nakshatra). Looked another way, Venus dasa rules for 20 years whereas moon dasa rules for 10 years. Both moon and Venus nakshatra would have nine segments each ruled by the nine planets, however, each segment in Venus dasa would be twice as large as the segment ruled by the same planet in moon dasa. According to Krishnamurthy the nakshatra dispositor of the dasa lord defined the nature of the result whereas the dasa lord was treated as the source of the effect. The ‘sub’ then determined the positive or negative outcomes, gain or loss of the effect. So, for illustration let us say a person is undergoing the dasa of the lord of 10th house which is in the nakshatra of the lord of 11th. This would be interpreted as the source (tenth = workplace) giving the effect of 11th (raise or bonus) with the subdivision indicating a gain or a denial of a raise. The relationship between the dasa dispositor (effect) and the sub-lord would have a say in whether the effect will be positive or negative. So in our example if the sublord is placed in a trika sthan (6, 8 or 12) from lagna or from the dasa dispositor would indicate a loss but placement in 1, 5, 9 would indicate the individual getting a raise. In actual experience, the effect being defined by the dasa dispositor works out more reliably than the role of the sub-lord in birth charts. Some individual, on the other hand, have demonstrated very good results when using KP in a horary application, much better than in natal horoscopy, much in keeping with what Krishnamurthy originally proposed and utilized this very interesting technique.
Through this method, Krishnamurthy revived a very important fundamental concept on the Indian astrological scene, that of the role of asterisms in chart analysis and particularly by refining the use and improving the usefulness of the vimshottari dasha system of timing. He must be commended for that, even though his system remains a somewhat controversial approach for many main-stream jyotishis.
The system is essentially not very different from that used for delineating any other chart as per jyotish parlance. The chart is drawn by using either the numerical representative for the ascendant, or for the epoch of the query. The planets in both cases are calculated for the moment of making the query. A list of significant planets are drawn; the planet ruling over the weekday, the lords of the signs, stars and subs of the rising degree (ascendant) and the Moon. The ascendant is taken to represent the client while the seventh house represents the astrologer. When the astrologer also happens to be the querist (self-prashna), it is interesting that at times this is indicated in the chart itself in terms of 'connectivities' between the two representative houses. Next, the house/houses pertaining to the question are examined and these are checked to see if they agree with the significant planets. The success or failure of the undertaking then would be indicated by the mutual agreement or disagreement between the planets. Things such as friendship (or lack thereof) between the planets concerned, their association with each other by aspect, any beneficial combinations (yogas) between relevant planets and the strength of the planets are taken into account. An examination of the vimshottari dasha is then made and this is used, in addition to transits of the significant planets and stars for estimating the timing. Situations where the indicators are fewer and clear, the outcome can be expected to be better predictable. If too many conflicting influences exist, there is usually reason to believe that the issue is riddled with problems. In his writings, Krishnamurthy gave numerous examples of things such as long-distance phone calls that he tested his system on. This might amuse the modern reader who is used to dialing a number and expecting to get through right away. But in India of years ago, decades before direct dialing became available, one had to place a call by 'booking' it through an operator and then wait and wait and wait, often at the post-office because most people did not have personal phones. It was a big deal for most and Krishnamurthy used it to test his system. Perhaps we can emulate Krishnamurthy’s experiment with our postal-mail, these days!
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