Making predictions in astrology is complex. Those astrologers who can rattle off successful predictions in the blink of an eye, are probably not focusing so much on astrological indications as they are using intuition and a great connection to their Ishta Devata and Lord Ganesha! Personally, it takes me many hours and sitting with a chart over multiple days before I am able to see the interchange of all the numerous patterns and possibilities. The following considerations are principles covered in detail in the Vimshottari Predictive Astrology Video Course and also from the chapter on dashas in The Art and Science of Vedic Astrology Volume I. The following thoughts and considerations can help you grasp the intricacies of successful Vedic Astrological prediction.
Initial Thoughts and Considerations
#1 – Knowledge of chart assessment is the first step in understanding Dashas. When a karma is indicated by a planetary position, when the dasha of that planet arrives, it will stimulate that karmic expression.
#2 – Knowledge of house meanings and karakas allows us to see what areas of life will become active during particular dashas. Karakas to know include indications of planets as natural significators, indications of planets owning a particular house, indications of planets as Jaimini significators, indications of planets owning houses from a significator (example: a planet owning the 3rd house from Mars for siblings, or a planet owning the 4th house from Mars for property).
#3 – The rashi chart gives us a glimpse into the general path a person will be on during each dasha. Each house and planet is related to a particular divisional chart. When a planet is activated by dasha, then the appropriate varga is assessed to see the rises and falls, the successes and failures of walking the path indicated by the rashi chart.
#4 – Knowledge of bhava cusps can show us the possible influences on other concrete areas of life, such as children (reading the chart from the 5th cusp), spouse (reading the chart from the 7th cusp), state of career (reading the chart from the 10th cusp), financial gains (reading the chart from the 11th cusp), younger siblings (reading the chart from the 3rd cusp), etc.
#5 – Transits give confluence to a dasha when they transit sensitive natal points that are related to the current dasha. Example, if Venus dasha is running and Venus rules the 7th and it is in the 9th, and we have a transiting Venus or Jupiter aspecting or conjunct the natal 9th house and Venus, this can show more potency for relationship or marriage or commitment developing.
#6 – Planetary sub periods will give general results based on placement of the sub period lord from the mahadasha lord and also the planetary friendships between the mahadasha and sub period lord.
#7 – The nature of the nakshatra ruling the mahadasha lord can give clues as to how the planetary indications will develop and grow. A dasha period of a planet in a supportive nakshatra from the janma nakshatra will prove favorable. A dasha period of a planet in an unfavorable nakshatra as counted from the the janma nakshatra may show stress or difficulty.
#8 – Dasha and sub periods only give results when multiple karmic indicators for the same situation are activated at one time. This is why our life does not change every time a sub period lord changes.
Introduction to Vimshottari Dasha Class Video
Analyze the Dasha results based upon the following:
Lordship: A dasha lord gives results according to houses over which it has lordship.
Position: A dasha lord will give results pertaining to the house in which it is placed.
Aspect and Conjunction: A dasha lord will give results modified by the nature of any planet that aspects or conjuncts it.
Dasha Results according to Planetary Strength
- If a planet is strong and well placed by sign it gives well-being and abundance in accordance with its nature.
- If a planet is weak (by house and sign) it contributes to poor health and lack of prosperity.
- If proceeding towards its point of debilitation (avarohi) its dasha inclines towards trouble and difficulty.
- If proceeding towards its point of exaltation (aarohi) its dasha inclines to be more auspicious.
- If a planet is well placed in the divisional charts (particularly the navamsha) its dasha proves even more beneficial.
Dasha Results According to Planetary Position
- Any planet placed in a kendra (1st, 4th, 7th or 10th ) or kona (5th or 9th ) will prove fruitful.
- Any planet occupying the 6th, 8th or 12th house will tend to be harmful or troublesome. The dasha of a lord of the 6th, 8th or 12th house becomes beneficial if it is associated with a kona lord.
- The dasha of a natural benefic will fail to give good results if it is in the 3rd, 6th or 11th house. However, the dasha of a natural malefic, if placed in these houses, will prove helpful in that it will not manifest malefic results.
- The most benefic dasha is that of the lord of (a) kendra in a kona or associated with a kona lord, or (b) a kona lord placed in a kendra or associated with a kendra lord.
- The dashas of planets (a) posited in the 2nd or 7th houses (maraca houses), (b) associated with 2nd or 7th lords, or (c) placed in the 8th house, can indicate health problems or, if occurring at an appropriate time, indicate death.