You have acquired the knowledge of stars and their placement in the zodiac. Prior to that, you have learnt about characteristics of planets , signs, how to make lagna, planetary positions,houses, division of houses and predictive principles .
Wherever Moon is located in a person’s birth chart, that sign is known as the Janma Rasi of that person. For example, if you have your Moon in Taurus (Vrishabha) , your Janma Rasi is Vrishabha.
In what ever star Moon is located in a person’s birth chart, that star is known as the birth star or Janma Nakshatra of that person. For example, Moon in your chart is located in Pushyami star , your birth star is Pushyami.
How to locate and find out the janma nakshatra in a chart?
You have to first find out where the Moon is located. For example Moon is located in Cancer ( Karkataka / Kataka), Cancer is your Janma Rasi. Next, you have to find out the degrees in which Moon is located. For example, Moon is located in 8 degrees in Cancer. That means Moon has completed his travel up to 8 degrees in that sign.
In the last lesson, you have seen that in the sign Cancer, Punarvasu 4th part extends up to 3 degrees 20 minutes. That means Moon has traveled some more distance after crossing the 4th part of Punarvasu in Cancer. You have to find out that.
Total journey completed in Cancer: 8 degrees. In that, Punarvasu 4th part is 3 degrees 20 minutes. From thereon, Pushyami star starts. Remove Punarvasu 4th part from total journey of Moon´.
4 40 :
——— : (borrow 1 degree or 60 minutes from 8. Remove 20 from 60 and you will get 40 minutes. In degrees, you will have only 7 degrees and remove 3 from it and you will get 4 degrees.
Moon has therefore traveled 4 degrees 40 minutes in Cancer after finishing the journey through the fourth part of Punarvasu. Punarvasu is followed by the star of Pushyami. This means that Moon has traveled 4 degrees 40 minutes in the star Pushyami. Now you can understand that the birth star is Pushyami. Now you have to find out the Pada or quarter of the birth star.
You know already that each pada / quarter is 3 degree 20 minutes. Pushyami first quarter extends up to 3 degrees 20minutes and second quarter extends from there on to 6 degrees 40 minutes. But Moon is located at 4 degrees 40 minutes in Pushyami. This comes under second quarter and you have to say Moon is located in second quarter. This way you should find out the birth Star and its Pada.
Planets and periods
You have already learnt about the stars and their lords. Now, you must know the period system and how periods are worked out.
There are some Dasa systems in our astrology to find out the periods and predict things during various periods. Some of them are known as Vimshottari , Ashtottari , Kalachakra and so on.
Of all the period / Dasa systems, only Vimshottari is popular in Vedic astrology and the others are not talked of much practically speaking. You would therefore be learning the Vimshottari system.
This is the most widely used Dasa system by all Vedic astrologers world over. In this system, different planets have the following periods.
Sun : 6 years
Moon : 10 years
Mars : 7 years
Rahu : 18 years
Jupiter : 16 years
Saturn : 19 years
Mercury : 17 years
Ketu : 7 years
Venus : 20 years
This is the order of periods for every body. It means that if a person is born in Mercury period, after completion of Mercury, it will be followed by Ketu and that will be followed by Venus and Sun and so on.
If you add all these periods, it would total to 120 years. In the good olden days, average life of human beings used to run up to 120 years and this is contributed by each and every planet.
In every period and for all planets, you will have main (Maha Dasa) , sub ( Antara Dasa) and sub-sub ( Pratya Antar Dasa) periods. You will also have Sthoola and Sushma periods also but they are not of much importance.
For predictions, you have to find out the main, sub and sub-sub periods during a particular time. This system, part of the Vedic astrology, is an amazing system and works excellently.
Please note that each Maha Dasa ( Main period) is divided into different Antar Dasas and each Antar Dasa ( sub period ) is again divided into different Pratya Antar Dasas ( sub-sub periods). You should also note that each main period starts with its sub period and each sub period starts with its sub-sub period.
You can see these periods starting from page number 116 in the Lahari Ephemeris. So, kindly open this book and go to page 116. You would see first Sun and it shows 6 years. This is total period of Sun. These 6 years have been divided into several sub periods of Sun. You can see that in the main period of Sun, Sun sub period is showing 3 months and 18 days, Moon sub period showing 6 months 0 days, Mars sub period showing 4 months 6 days, Rahu sub periods showing 10 months 24 days, Jupiter sub periods showing 9 months 18 days, Saturn sub period showing 11 months 12 days, Mercury sub periods showing 10 months 6 days, Ketu sub period showing 4 months 6 days and Venus sub period showing 12 months 0 days. If you add all these periods, it would total to 72 months (6 years). This means that all the planets are sharing the main period of sun in shape of sub periods.
Now, you know that in the main period of Sun, sun sub period is showing 3 months 18 days. Again, this sub period is divided into sub – sub periods. These periods also start with Sun again. These sub-sub periods run into hours also.
You can see that the sun sub-sub period in the sub period of sun in the main period of Sun runs for 0 months 5 days and 10 hours, followed by Moon with 0 months 9 days and 0 hours again followed by 0 months 6 days and 7 hours of Mars and so on. Like this you have to understand for all the planets.
How to find out the period?
This we would do from Moon’s position. In the above example, Moon is found at 4 degrees 40 minutes or 280 minutes ( 4 x 60 + 40 =280) in the Pushyami star. That means that Moon has completed that much journey in that star. In the last lesson, you have learnt that lord of Pushyami is Sani ( Saturn). This means that this person is born in the Main period of Saturn.
But main period of Saturn is 19 years (19 X12 = 228 months). By the time this person was born, certain part of Saturn main period must have been over for this person. We have to find out how much is over and how much is balance.
Each star is 13 degrees 20 minutes or 800 minutes (13x 60=20 =800). In this case, the star is Pushyami and its lord is Saturn. Saturn’s period is 19 years or 228 months. This means that 800 minutes = 228 months. Moon’s journey is over for 280 minutes in that star. 280 minutes = how much?
800 minutes = 228 months
280 minutes = how much?
280 x 228
————- = 79.8
This means that out of 228 months of Saturn’s main period, 79.8 months are over by the time of the birth. It also means that the person has to complete still 148.2 months ( 228 – 79.8 = 148. 2 months) of the Saturn period. This period is equal to 148 months 6 days .( If you multiply .2 with 3 , you will get the number of days.). Again you can say it is 12 years 4 months 6 days.
Suppose, this person is born on April 1, 2000. You add this balance of Saturn period and you will get the date on which this person completes the Saturn period.
01- 04- 2000
06- 04- 0012
07 – 08 – 2012 :
——————– :This is the date on which the person completes the Saturn period to be followed by the main period of Mercury.
Note : Calculation of sub and sub-sub periods , you will learn in the next lesson. Actually, I thought of avoiding these small calculations but you have not informed whether or not you have installed the software I have sent you. That is why I am teaching you this calculation. But this is a small calculation and you don’t have to worry. This will be over with the next lesson.
In fact, there is a short cut method also for these calculations in the ephemeris book. But I am teaching you this as I wanted you to be thorough in these small calculations.