Reference point – Some modern minded astrologers think that either sages were not much intelligent or was ignorant of the fact that there is something called Lagna hence they have advised transit’s from Moon, or it can be that they don’t know what is lagna. Whatever they may think sages are very clear on the see Transit’s from moon only. Other lagnas can be included which will be exposed in another section. However in starting one must keep it in mind that primarily transits have to be seen from Moon. See Phaladeepika [Most extensive work on Transits]
सर्वेषु लग्नेष्वपि सत्सु चन्द्रलग्नं प्रधानं खलु गोचरेषु!
तस्मात्तदृक्षादपि वर्तमानग्रहेन्द्रचारैः कथयेतत्फलानि!! 26.1
The Shloka means “Altough lagna is being used everywhere but here [In analysing effects of transit] Moon sign is to be used mainly. Good as well as Bad transits as to be judged from this place and then effects needs to be foretold”.
Here one can see that sage is not ignorant of the ascendant but is advising us to judge transits from moon. Hence, one must not be confused in this respect and must judge transits from Moon primarily for them being good or bad. However for timing events other ascendant or ascendant’s can be used safely.
Ashtakvarga – It is an extensive method. It is used mainly for judging strength of Bhava [House] Graha [Planet] and Dasha effects along with Transit results.
Here I will give two notes – Used by Me. Use Seven Ashtakvarga instead of Eight as Ashtakvarga name is given due to eight placed from planets and not eight contributing factors – Dr. B.V.Raman writes this in his “A catechism of astrology”
Use Ashtakvarga Calculations gives by Mihira – As Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra is a much adulterated text as compared to Brihat Jataka. – These two advises are for beginners those who feel themselves mature enough in astrology can experiment at their own and can reach at a conclusion. I will write another article on Ashtakvarga where it will be dealt separately in detail.
Thumb Rule of Ashtakvarga – Any house can have maximum of 8 points in Bhinna Ashtakvarga [Made for different planets and Lagna] hence 4 is half of the total. houses with less than 4 points proves bad, with 4 points mixed and more than 4 points strong. In Sarva Ashtakvarga [Made for whole chart – Combining all different Bhinna Ashtakvarga] 28 points are middle. Less than 28 gives bad results more than 28 gives good result. more the better less the worst.
Judging Ashtakvraga for Transits – Note the Rashi of planet in transit. See the same Rashi in planets Bhinna Ashtakvarga of the same planet in Birth chart. It will decide transit being good or bad. Same can be done using Sarvashtakvarga for whole chart to know how this transit will affect Dasha, prevalent at the time.
Kakshya [Division in Ashtakvarga] – There are 8 contributing factors in Ashtakvarga. A Rashi is of 30 degrees. Hence when 30 is divided by 8 it gives 3.75 this is one kakshya which is ruled by planets [according to their speed] Hence, In any sign 0 to 3.45 degree is ruled by Saturn, 3.45-7.30 Jupiter, 7.30-11.15 Mars, 11.15-15.00 Sun, 15.00-18.45 Venus, 18.45-22.30 Mercury, 22.30-16.15 Moon, 26.25-30.00 Ascendant. In a planets Bhinna Ashtakvarga some planets contribute points to make it reach a point scale between 0 to 8. A planet in his Gochara in a particular house will give effect only when he is under Kakshya of a planet contributing points in his Natal Bhinna Ashtakvarga. This can also be used to see nature of events for example Suppose Aquarius is lagna and Saturn is transiting 10th house, where points are given by Mars-Mercury-Venus and Jupiter. Former three of them are in 12th house whereas latter is in 11th house. Hence when Saturn will pass through Jupiterian Kakshya he will give money, In Venusian kakashya Raajyoga and bed pleasures, In Martian Kakshya advancement in Job and travels, In Mercurian kaksya advancement in studies along with some losses in the same and effects of Vipareet Raaj Yoga.
Some Basics of Transits – Natural benefic planets cause good events whereas natural malefic causes bad events generally which must be modified with their house lordship based on native’s birth chart.
In Transit influence flows in trines [Sign’s of same Tattwa] Hence one need to see Five-Fold relationship between planets in Transit. 1- Exchange of signs, 2- Conjunction of planets, 3- Mutual aspect between planets, 4- Planet aspected by it’s dispositor will make connection with dispositor, 5- Planet in mutual trines. Check these in both birth chart [Which creates events] as well as transit chart [which creates mood/approach for a time being]
This is evident from this fact that all classics only introduces first four kind of relationship between planets whereas Phaladeepika introduces fifth relationship between planets [Being in same trine] It have it’s usage in Transits and some divisional charts.
If one want to study Gochara Phala “Phaladeepika” is the main work one must resort to. Hence here some transit secrets are being decoded using Phaladeepika. Recommended edition is one published by “Motilal Banarasidaas” and Translated by “Shri Gopesh Kumar Ojha” available in both Hindi and English.
Mathematical Points being activated by Transits – Phaldeepika 13.18 suggests us that “add longitudes of Sun-Moon-Jupiter and Saturn and when Saturn this point for first time people with Short life will die, In Second transit people with middle life will die, In third transit people with long life will die”. Shri Solai Kannan in an article named “Some Tested Method of Predication” writes – “The most dependable method in this direction is to add the planetary longitude of Planetary Significator and Bhava significator of an event under consideration and deduct the longitude of the ascendant. The resultant sign star and it’s lord along with Navansha lord becomes sensitive. Sometimes their trines are also sensitive. In the same manner dedication of Moon’s longitude instead of lagna can be used” Here benefic planetary transit give rise to benefic effects whereas malefic transit’s give rise to malefic effects.
I am also of the opinion that only longitude of house lord and significator can be added to arrive at a degree which will be sensitive.
Native was married on 11th March 2011.
Venus [Karaka of Marriage] – 7 Degree cancer. Saturn [Lord of 7th house] 4 Degree Virgo. Degrees need to be calculated from 0 degree of Aries which means Venus is at 30 degree of Aries + 30 Degree of Taurus + 30 Degree of Gemini + 4 Degree of Cancer = 97 Degree, Do the same for Saturn. 97+154 = 251 [If the addition exceeds 360 then deduct 360 from resultant this is because zodiac is only of 360 degrees] Here it is below 360 degree hence the same is being used. Now – 251/30 = 8 Means till Scorpio completed, 30×8=240 degrees covered. Now 251-240 = 11 Means resultant is 11 Degree of Sagittarius. 11 Degree converted to Navansha. One Navansha is of 3.20 Hence 11/3.20 = 3.4375 which means in 4th Navansha as 3 Navansa are completed. In Sagittarius Navansha starts from 5th house Aries hence 4th Navansha will be Cancer.
Now one can notice Sagittarius was having Rahu [Gives effect of Venus being with Venus in birth chart – He becomes benefic] also he aspects 7th house hence able to give marriage in transit. Lord of Sagittarius in Birth time was in Leo which is aspected by Sun and Mars [Mars also aspects 7th house in D1 again qualifies as marriage givers] Sun gives power to anything, this will explored in our article on progressions. Navansha was cancer which is aspected by Jupiter and Venus [Venus aspects 7th house in Natal chart hence qualifies as marriage giver] Thus one can see when all these points (Mathematical point, It’s lord’s Rashi, Navansha of Mathematical point and It’s lord’s Rashi) is influenced by planet’s indicating marriage in transit event took place. Only Jupiter aspects indicating at good event and not Saturn which can sometimes deny good events – Unless we accept marriage as curse on human beings.
Effects always to be decided from Birth Chart – Phaladeepika 13.19 “When lord of ascendant is with any maleifc planet or be in debilitation or enemy house and is also combust then when he comes in bad houses in transit or comes to lagna or makes a connection to lagna [Comes to 7th house or 5-9 houses] then native dies. Same can be seen from Lord of Navansha Lagna and Drekkana Lagna”
Here one can notice that effect of planet to be given in transit is decided by his natal conditions. [Which was indicated in previous example where I have said because he aspects 7th house in natal chart he can promise marriage in transit chart] Also one need to see all concerned divisional charts. Like for example a planet well placed in Lagna and Hora but badly placed in Dasamsa will indicate that his transit will give good effects of Health and Money but bad effects of Profession.
Natal planets influenced by transiting planets – Phaladeepika 13.20 guides us “When Moon, Lord of Moon sign and Lord of ascendant are powerful in transit and is aspected by beneficial planets then that time is very favourable for native. Here one must also see that the Rashi occupied by Moon, Moon sign Lord and Lagna Lord must be benefically aspected by Transiting planets”.
Here Three rules are self explanatory: 1- When lord of a Bhava is strong in Transit he gives good result of the Bhava [Auspicious 7th lord in transit gives conjugal bliss]. 2- Mark the Rashi aspected by transiting planets. Planet’s in that Rashi where planet is transiting or aspecting will be influenced by the planets. 3- Yoga and Aspect of planets in transit must also be looked at very carefully. In above demonstration if 7th lord be with 6th lord or is aspected by 6th lord or Rashi of natal 7th lord is aspected by transiting 6th lord then above results of conjugal bliss may not come to be seen.
Destruction of a Bhava by Transiting Saturn – Phaladeepika 17.1 “To know when effects of a bhava will be destroyed see where lord of 6th and 8th house from the bhava is placed. When Saturn in transit comes to that Rashi or in their trines [5-9] then he destroys effects of the Bhava under consideration”.
Here three rules are told – 1- Saturn in transit shows bad effects whereas Jupiter shows good results. 2- One must remember it is not said when Saturn comes to the bhava it is said when Saturn transit’s the rashi occupied by lord of 6-12 from that Bhava which differentiates between Saturnine nature of ending longevity from destructive nature of malefics of destroying which were the case when Malefics transit the house they destroy Bhava phala of that house. Effects caused by Saturn here is due to his nature, whereas if the same be adverse in birth chart then his transit on the said bhava too will affect the bhava negatively. 3- He is not talking about Saturn in 6-12 Bhava but over their lords where he again differentiated that effects of planetary nature [significations] will be over other planets whereas over bhava effect of his temperament according to his chart placement will be seen working. One can notice how brilliant author “Mantreshwar” said three very important things in a same shloka in very small lines. Such is the seriousness and depth of classics. Only those who are afraid of hard work runs away from classics and fall prey to modern methods of prognostication.
Transit in Divisional charts– Phaladeepika 17.2 ” See Rashi and Navansha of 8th lord, Gulika, Saturn and lord of 8th house of D3. When Saturn in transit comes of these houses or their trines then one may die”
Here see once again he took two points [not houses] Gulika and lord of 22nd Drekkana and lord of 8th house and not 8th house itself. However this rule illustrates that Navansha can also be effectively used in Gochara however lordship have to remain same as Rashi [There is a broad logic behind this and all sages seem to be following this only. This will be revealed when we will deal with Divisional charts] See in Which Rashi or Navasha a planet is place. Planets transiting that sign will give events related to that house [The word transiting also includes aspects, transit and in trine to the sign] In above example chart at time of marriage Sun and Mars was in Aquarius and Ketu was in trine to Aquarius [Mars and Ketu are marriage significators as said earlier] Whereas Rashi occupied by 7th lord Saturn was transited by Saturn, Venus, Moon, Jupiter, Mercury.
The same method can be employed to see Drekkana. In the above example Saturn’s drekkana is Virgo [Same as his Rashi] One can find that sages have used D1 D3 D9 extensively for all events and have only referred to divisional charts occasionally. This also is of great significance which will be exposed in Divisional Chart’s article series.
Transit of Dasha lord – Phaladeepika 20.34 “See the planet whose Mahadasha is going is transiting which Bhava from Janma Lagna. Whichever houses Mahadasha lord transits in strength [Own Sign, Exaltation, Friendly Sign] He gives good effects related to that house”.
Phaladeepika 20.35 ” If a planet is ill placed in birth chart, In his dasha see if he is afflicted [Debilitated, Combust] in transit. If Yes! Then the houses he transits will produce bad results“.
Phaladeepika 20.37 – “Planet whose Dasha is going on when transits his enemy sign or debilitation sign or be combust with Sun then he will produce bad results”.
Phaladeepika 20.59 – “When dasha lord comes in 1-3-6-10-11-7 from Lagna that time good effects of Dasha will be felt which will also be the case when friend of Dasha lord transit’s Lagna“. Phaladeepika 20.60 suggests us to see the same from Moon Sign too.
Moon as instigator of Dasha Phala – Phaladeepika 30.36 “When Moon transits exaltation sign of Dasha lord, Sign of his friends, or when he transits 3-5-6-7-9-10-11 from Dasha lord’s placement he produces good effects“. This method is extremely useful to know how will be today according to astrology.
Transit affecting Dasha – Phaladeepika 30.38 – “If a dasha is judged to give good results then good results will be seen when Sun or Jupiter or both transit exaltation sign of the Dasha or Antardasha lord”. Reverse will be true in case of those planets whose Dasha is found to give bad results which will be experienced when Sun and/or Jupiter experience debilitation sign or Dasha lord.
Ashtakvarga influencing Transits – Phaladeepika 23.10 – “Planets when they transit a sign with good number of points they bestow good results whereas there transit in a sign with bad/less points will prove bad. Along with this also keep in mind that when planet transit Upachaya houses [3-6-10-11] or their own house, exaltation or friendly sign they bestow good results whereas there transit in houses other than Upachaya or their enemy house, debilitation will produce bad effects.” Here one must keep in mind that when more than two factors meet of same nature results are high whereas two factors of converse nature will give birth to mixed results. For example transit in own sign where planet have 7 points will be extremely good whereas transit in debilitation sign with only 1 point will be baneful. Transit in own sign with 3 points will be mixed with both kind of results.
Here I want to emphasize that Ashtakavarga is very important in judging transits, don’t ignore it.
Most important advise with regard to Ashtakvarga – Phaladeepika 23.12 – “The Rashi a planet is placed in must be taken as Lagna for judging effects of transit in different houses using Ashtakvarga” Some people keep same lagna as birth lagna and then see transit’s here Mantreshwar clearly advises us not to follow this. He want to say Suppose Sun is in Libra and lagna is Cancer then for judging transits of Sun using Ashtakvarga [or simply to judge transit of Sun] make Libra as Janma Lagna. This looks simple but is of utmost importance. Suppose in one chart of Aquarius lagna Jupiter is in 11th house and in his Bhinna Ashtakvarga there are 7 points in Gemini. Now native will be married when Jupiter will come in Gemini which will happen in every 6th year hence native can be married in ages of 6-18-30-42nd year. What I did is we know Jupiter will take 6 years to come to 7th sign from his placement I took that and then kept adding 12 each time. Hence this makes a great difference in our usage of Ashtakvarga, However this comes with a handicap which is obvious as each and every chart won’t contain this much good points in 7th sign to Jupiter thus it can’t be used each and every time but in those charts where points are low it can be used beneficially to predict bad times relating to marriage matters. Here remember good points show blissful events whereas bad points shows baneful events. In the same chart 7th from Saturn is 1 point only hence this 2.5 year transit will bode evil to his marital life.
Here again let me underline a technique hidden between the lines for benefit of readers. Suppose a native approaches you with a question how will by my marital life. One can quickly see number of points in 7th from each planet in their respective Bhinna Ashtakvarga and predict safely. For example in the above chart [Cancer lagna] 7th from lagna is 3, Sun-2, Moon-5, Mars-3, Mercury -4, Jupiter-5, Venus -2, Saturn -2 points. Adding them up it becomes 26 points minimum was 28 hence even after his and his wife’s lagna being 6-8 to each other they share good compatibility, however marital bliss is also suffering at one point (-2 points) which won’t be discussed here for the sake of privacy. One can notice here how gems are hidden between lines and a student who is not cautious can miss it. Here one can have a question, What is the difference between numbers in 7th house in Sarva Ashtak Varga and this method, One must ponder over this as the question is not being answered here.
Houses being activated by more than one planet – In the previous point it is clear that as far as Ashtakvarga is concerned one needs to see planet’s transit for their own placement in natal chart. Phaladeepika 23.15 States “When more than one planet are in same houses from their placement with good points in Ashtakvarga then good results related to that house will come to be seen” Suppose Natal Saturn is in Leo and in Transit it is in Taurus, Natal Jupiter is in Capricorn and Transit Jupiter is in Libra Natal Mars is in Gemini and Transit Mars is in Pisces and they both in their Ashtakvarga gets more than 4 points in their transiting Bhava then one can safely except professional advancement in native’s life.
Kakshya and fine tuning of events – Phaladeepika 23.16-17-18-19 – We talked about Kakshya before now the same is being used. 30 degree when divided by 8 Gives result of 3.45 degrees. Hence when a rashi is divided into 8 equal parts first 0-3.45 is ruled by Saturn, 3.45-7.30 is ruled by Jupiter, 7.30-11.15 is ruled by Mars and so on, Last 26.16-30 Is ruled by Ascendant. Here one can see planets own Kakshya in an order based on their speed and distance from Sun, Here Earth is replaced by Sun [It is done in every astrological calculation] “Mantreshwar here emphasizes that when planet transits a Kakshya where he get points he will give effects of the transit. Let me explain it. Ashtakvarga is basically a point table separate for every planet where points are contributed by all planets [including the one whose Ashtakvarag is considered and Lagna – Hence 8] It have some secret usage [One can guess from here, That is not discussed here] Coming to the topic Suppose Saturn is transiting a sign take in continuation to previous example Saturn is transiting 10th house where points are given by Saturn himself and Jupiter and Mars and Lagna, Thus it means when Saturn will transit 0-11.15 He will give his effects [Of professional advancement as said earlier] and the same will happen when Saturn will transit between 26.15-30 In between these times [When he is not transiting the said degrees] Professional front will be normal with no prominent movements [This is one sided view Dasha Antardasha and many other factors will change the prediction]
Two Basic misconception about Ashtakvarga [Cleared] – Phaladeepika 23.20 it clearly states that “Take every planets Ashtakvarga and add the number of degrees given in every sign and add them up to make Sarva Ashtakvarga”. Here two things are very clear 1. Ashtakvarga is of Rashi and not Bhava – It is not said to add 8th point from Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter and so on to give points in 8th house from Lagna it is said to add Numbers given in sign Leo in each Bhinna Ashtakvarga. 2. In Calculating Sarva Ashtakvarga Lagna’s contribution is not included – clear from the mention of only 7 planets and points they give in several Rashi and no mention of Lagna’s Bhinna Ashtakvarga.
Here it is also said to synchronize between points in Planet’s Ashtakvarga and Compound Ashtakvarga before concluding transit results. 4 points in Planet’s Ashtakvarga but 25 in Compound Ashtakvarga gives mixed results.
Two new rules of Transit – Phaladeepika 23.23-24 – Even if malefic transit’s his own house he bestow good results, But if a planet in transit goes in debilitation or enemy’s sign then he will harm the house the sign is falling in. If any planet is lord of bad houses and is in good houses although being exalted he destroys the house, whereas benefic planets even in bad houses he tends to improve the house he is placed in“. 2nd part of the rule is applicable both in Transit and Natal Chart.
For example – 12th lord transiting 10th house will give bad results of 10th house if at same time 10th lord be powerful in strength it will result in change of job/transfer. If at that time 10th lord be weak then termination/suspension may occur. Also if 10th lord transits 8th house he will give good related to inheritance, diseases etc. One can note how in small and simple lines author have given gems.
In end – There are many more method to use Transits, which include Transit of Dasha lord, Vedha, Latta, Sarvato Bhadra Chakra, Genera favourable and unfavourable houses of transits, Transit in divisional charts and Techniques like when Saturn transit 8th from lord of 9th house from Sun some bad events with father can happen. Which is not being discussed here due to space limitation. However god willing we will take these techniques in subsequent articles on Gochara [Transit].