Please note we have retired from political astrology. These old articles published in popular astrology magazines; their accuracy speaks for themselves. Narayana Dasa has been my strongest tool for timing events over the years – nothing can match the power of Narayana in showing the truth.

The Vajpayee Government was sworn in on Thursday March 19, 1998 at 9:32’: 33’’ AM IST at New Delhi . The Muhurat for the swearing in seems to have been chosen very well, as it is a quadrant from both the Lagna and Dasamsa Lagna. In fact, it is the same sign as occupied by the seventh lord Venus in the Dasamsa Chart and the Pratyantar dasa of Sri Vajpayee was that of Venus at that time.

The ascendant lord in the ninth house shows that the Government will be establishing Dharma (ethical methods of working). Let us examine the longevity of the Chart as per canons on this subject – Method of Three Pairs.

  1. Lagna Lord + 8th Lord = Venus (Movable) + Mercury (Dual) = Short life
  2. Lagna + Hora Lagna = Taurus (Fixed) + Gemini (Dual) = Long life
  3. Moon + Saturn = Scorpio (Fixed) + Pisces (Dual) = Long life

Thus, the two sutras indicating long life shall dominate. Further, if the Moon is in the first or the seventh house, the longevity shall be determined by the Moon & Saturn pair to show long life. The Atmakaraka is Saturn and it is not placed in the 1st, 3rd, 7th or 9th house and Vipareeta Ayur yoga is not applicable to the chart. The Maximum longevity of the Lok Sabha is 5 years and each Shoola Dasa shall be for a period of 5 months. The Shoola dasa will begin from Scorpio in the seventh house, as it is stronger than the ascendant. The Purna Ayur Khand is from the ninth Shoola dasa of Cancer to the twelfth Shoola Dasa of Libra (i.e. 40 months to 60 Months longevity). Based on the above, we may predict the following: –

  1. The longevity of the present government is between 40 months to 60 months from the date of swearing in.
  2. The first Shoola dasa of Scorpio between 19 March 1998 to 19 August 1998 has Rudra Yoga due to the presence of the Moon and the aspect of Venus. Thus Apamrityu bhaya (fear of premature end of the Government) shall be caused by the Moon (the Moon in debility indicates a powerful Lady – Smt Jayalalitha!). However, the Government shall survive for the period indicated by the Ayur yoga. The Moon also indicates natural disasters in the northwestern direction (From Ujjain) ruled by it. The storm in Gujarat is also an astrological pointer.
  3. The third Shoola dasa of Capricorn between 19 January 1999 to 19 June 1999 shall again cause Apamrityu Bhaya (fear of premature end of Government) due to the presence of Venus in Capricorn and the aspect of the Moon on it. Since Venus is in Capricorn, it shows a very bold and upright lady who always champions the cause of the poor. Since Rahu also aspects the Shoola dasa sign, the fear will be much more than the preceding period and there shall be allegations of a breach of trust or some other such calamity. However, as indicated by the Ayur yoga, by the blessings of Sri Sankara, the Vrishabha Lagna will continue to survive. Maha Rudrabhishek is advised before the commencement of this period. Venus indicates troubles in the southeastern direction and such parts of India.
  4. In the Ayur Khand (Cancer to Libra), Cancer and Libra are aspected by Jupiter and are unlikely to cause the end. Virgo is aspected by the Atmakaraka and is also unlikely to cause death. Leo with Rahu in it is the most likely sign and the longevity of the Government is expected till the tenth Shoola dasa (45 to 50 months or 19 December 2001 to 19 May 2002).
  5. The Mrityupada (Arudha Pada of the 8th house) is in Aquarius and the solar ingress in Aquarius between 14 February 2002 to 15 March 2002 is likely to be evil for the swearing –in chart. There are no planets in the fifth house, and its lord is conjoined a host of planets including the Atmakaraka Saturn. Thus the tithi is likely to be Saptami or Purnima and the likely Ascendant could be an earthy sign or Pisces.


The antardasa of Rahu in the dasa of Jupiter in the natal chart of Sri Vajpayee is between 25 June 1998 to 18 November 2000. Rahu in the eighth house from the ascendant and the Atmakaraka are not a good placement as it generates a dustamarana yoga. Rahu is also in exaltation but is very well placed in trines to Jupiter in the fifth house in the Navamsa chart in its own sign. Secondly, this exalted Rahu is in the tenth house from the Arudha Lagna. This will indicate success in all works especially international affairs and will give pilgrimages, divine deeds etc. Rahu placed in the twelfth house in the Dasamsa shows secret enemies who will plot against him and also shows the Hon’ble PM as a God fearing and trusting soul. Thus, while difficulties are indicated, so is success indicated. The security of the PM should be strengthened and he should beware against the plotters. Regular recitation of the Maha Mrutyunjaya Japa is the best remedy.
In any case, the seeming differences between the readings of the Birth Chart and Swearing in chart are can be reconciled based on the teachings in Prasna Marga. ‘If the Prasna chart shows good results while the natal chart shows bad results, attribute the good results to the good karma of the individual in the present birth. Instead, if the Prasna chart shows bad results while the birth chart shows good results, attribute it to the bad karma of the individual in the present birth’. Without the backing of good karma, it is impossible for the individuals to initiate the important works in the Muhurat ordained by the astrologers. Even Sri Ram could not be crowned in the predetermined Muhurat as Bhagawan had taken the human form to wash the curse of Sri Narada. Thus, if in the present context, the Muhurat shows long life for the Government it can only be attributed to the good karma of Sri Vajpayeeji in the present birth.


Since the Purna Ayus of the Chart is for 5 years, the Narayana dasa period equivalent for each sign gained by a planet is 15 days instead of 1 year. Thus, the Narayana Dasa of the Swearing-in chart is as follows: –


Dasa Signs gained by lord Period in Days From To
Scorpio 4 (Mars 5-1) 60 = 2 months 19 Mar 1998 19 May 1998
Gemini 8 (Merc 10-1-1 Debility) 120 = 4 months 19 May 1998 19 Sept 1998
Capricorn 10 (Sat 11-1) 150 = 5 months 19 Sept 1998 19 Feb 1999
Leo 5 (Sun 6-1) 75 = 2 ½ months 19 Feb 1999 4 May 1999
Pisces 1 (Jup 2-1) 15 4 May 1999 19 May 1999
Libra 3 (Ven 4-1) 45 = 1 ½ months 19 May 1999 4 July 1999
Taurus 8 (Ven 9-1) 120 = 4 months 4 July 1999 4 Nov 1999
Sagittarius 2 (Jup 3-1) 30 = 1 month 4 Nov 1999 4 Dec 1999
Cancer 7 (Moon 9-1-1 Debility) 105 = 3 ½ month 4 Dec 1999 19 Mar 2000
Aquarius 11 (Sat 12-1) 165 = 5 ½ month 19 Mar 2000 4 Sept 2000
Virgo 5 (Merc 7-1-1 Debility) 75 = 2 ½ month 4 Sept 2000 19 Nov 2000
Aries 11 (Mars 12-1) 165 = 5 ½ month 19 Nov 2000 4 May 2001
Scorpio 8 (12-4 Second cycle) 120 = 4 months 4 May 2001 4 Sept 2001
Gemini 4 (12-8 second cycle) 60 = 2 months 4 Sept 2001 4 Nov 2001
Capricorn 2 (12-10 second cycle) 30 = 1 month 4 Nov 2001 4 Dec 2001
Leo 7 (12-5) 105 = 3 ½ month 4 Dec 2001 19 Mar 2002

The results of the Narayana Dasa are to be ordained in the same manner as done for other Rasi dasa. Some of the readings of the Narayana dasa (Table 1).

  • The dasa of Scorpio shall indicate evils and a lot of anxiety both as an evil sign and due to the simultaneous evil period of Rudra Yoga in the Scorpio Shoola dasa.
  • The next dasa of Gemini is very favorable and the Government will get a lot of attention in the USA (Gemini ascendant) and such nations. There will be some focus or rethinking in matters of finance as Gemini is the second house of wealth and its lord is debilitated. Jupiter in the ninth house will bring peace and stability and the Government will be able to steer clear of impossible odds. Rahu in the fourth gives Parakrama Bala and very constructive decisions will be taken about the armed forces. The host of planets in the tenth house promise excellent results in all spheres. Moon in the sixth house indicates that some colleagues/ partners will have ill health. Since Jupiter is aspecting the sign from the tenth house (leaders), the Cabinet will be expanded and some intellectuals and great leaders will find a place in it.
  • The next dasa of Capricorn is very fine in the first half, but the second half in early 1999 seems to be very evil. There will be some very threatening moves and destabilizing forces will come into being. Being led by the fair lady, they will cause considerable damage to the reputation and smooth functioning of the Center. Fortunately, Saturn is the Atmakaraka, their subordinates will ditch them in the last minute, and their alliances will fall. The Center will revive its strength gradually. Some senior politicians will lose face due to exposure.
  • The next dasa of Leo will see tremendous machinations and politics will take a strange color. As this is the eighth from the Paka Rasi, the health of Government will be damaged. Rahu in the dasa sign threatens losses and sudden shifts in shares etc. There is the danger of being cheated by a foreign nation. Jupiter in the seventh is the saving grace as the Moon in the fourth shows that the partners of the coalition will put up a very brave front. The danger of War or a similar incident in the North of India is not ruled out. (Proved True)
  • With the advent of Pisces dasa, peace sets in and there maybe some criticism of the financial decisions. A sudden change in the fortune of the Government and the tide is again in favour of the ruling coalition as more friends are made. Rahu in the sixth and the Moon in the ninth are good placements. Positive decisions are made for the development of Women in India and they will have a higher representation in parliament and other Government institutions.
  • The fresh thinking on the Constitution continues during the dasa of Libra. Jupiter in the fifth shows that the Law Ministry will be most active. Rahu in the eleventh and the host of planets in the sixth house are very favorable showing growth and prosperity. Justice is done in a number of cases and the faith of the people increases. This is the beginning of the new phase where socialism and religiosity are defined. Success in all activities and enemies become friends.
  • The next dasa of Taurus is a golden phase, as new initiatives will be taken in parliament. The Government has international reputation and the Nation is given a prime place in the United Nations and other international forum. Tremendous gains are indicated. The Ministry and other bodies dealing with land and housing are in a fix. Home affairs will need stricter vigil. Some decisions regarding the discontinuance of state governments come up for criticism that dies down gradually.
  • Serious financial problems crop up with the advent of Sagittarius dasa. Being the eighth house, debts increase and loans are taken. Food items maybe imported to meet the domestic demand. Being a short phase, the negative impact will be negligible. The next dasa of Cancer will be equally bad, but some improvement in the food and finance front is likely.
  • The next dasa of Aquarius will find the Jupiter bringing excellent reputation and the PM is congratulated by one and all for the excellent performance. Success in all activities. Excellent long term financial decisions. Home affairs are very good. The problem area is welfare. Liberalization of the economy is implemented in the right spirit.
  • The next dasa of Virgo sees the Government shying away from any battle and being in the defensive in many areas. Positive decisions about the insurance and trade are made, but they may have to be changed after further deliberations.
  • The dasa of Aries is evil throughout and the effects of Mars will be felt strongly. The Moon starts some strong moves that may compel the Center to take some quick decisions. Smt Jayalalitha may have some minor health problems, but she recovers quickly. The planetary positions are not good and many problems are indicated.
  • The problems of Aries dasa spill over into the next phase of Scorpio dasa and the temporary solution is found with the advent of Gemini dasa. However, the problems starting in the Capricorn dasa will ultimately result in fresh elections in the Leo dasa. These are the general readings of the Swearing in chart on the basis of Narayana dasa. Greater details can be had if the transits are also considered for the beginning of each dasa. The moot point is that some astrological press reports had given a very short lease of life to the Government. In fact one even went to the extent of declaring that the Government would last for about 2-3 months! It is evident from the above that the Government is likely to survive for about 4 years.


Readers will see my optimism in the lines above and I had expected that the Vajpayee Government would cross the first two dangers and would stay till 2002. However, my optimism was proved incorrect and the Government fell in the most dangerous period (19 Jan 1999 to 19 June 1999). This dangerous period had been fore-warned and in spite of good advise, the ill fated event happened. The Narayana dasa are also indicated below and it happened in the Narayana Dasa of Rahu in Leo. Unfortunately, my warning went unheeded.
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Perhaps the first step in Vedic Astrology is to discard the idea that it is some kind of a superstition. Astrology is composed of two words “Astro” referring to the study of celestial bodies and phenomena and “Logos” meaning the logical application of this scientific study. Vedic refers to the period of the writing of the Vedas and the codification of the data from the Brighu’s (database created across India in the form of Brighu Samhita having records of various birth charts and their life events). Thus, Vedic Astrology refers to the method of Astrology as studied and practised in India since time immemorial. The principal exponent of this is Maharishi Parasara whose writings in the monumental classic Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra form the standard text for Jyotish (Vedic Astrology).

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The Sun Signs , the “Zodiac”

rashi tattvaDwadas Aditya1– The twelve Sun Signs: For one reason or the other, whether it be the conquest of the Normans or the birth of Christ, the starting date of the year has been varying as calendars come and go. In the scheme of Vedic astrology, the solar calendar consists of twelve houses of 30 degrees each covering the total span of 360 degrees. These are called the twelve Sun Signs (Dwadas Aditya). These signs are fixed (unlike that used in the western astrology) although the names and other significations, nature etc are similar to that used in Western astrology.

Table-1: The Characteristics of the Signs

Sign Triplicity Quadruplicity Sex Ruler
No Name Mobility Guna
1 Aries Fire Movable Rajas Male Mars
2 Taurus Earth Fixed Tamas Female Venus
3 Gemini Air Dual Satwa Male Mercury
4 Cancer Water Movable Rajas Female Moon
5 Leo Fire Fixed Tamas Male Sun
6 Virgo Earth Dual Satwa Female Mercury
7 Libra Air Movable Rajas Male Venus
8 Scorpio Water Fixed Tamas Female Mars & Ketu2
9 Sagittarius Fire Dual Satwa Male Jupiter
10 Capricorn Earth Movable Rajas Female Saturn
11 Aquarius Air Fixed Tamas Male Saturn & Rahu3
12 Pisces Water Dual Satwa Female Jupiter

Characteristics of the Signs: The signs of the zodiac are classified in various ways. The important ones are listed below:

Ayanamsa4: This difference is due to the fact that Vedic Astrology takes into account the astronomical fact of the precession of the solar system around another point called a “Nabhi” or Navel whereby the system precesses (like going back) at the rate of about 50.23 seconds per year (others take an average varying from 50″ to 54″ per year based on the time of 26,000 years or 24,000 years for the precession to complete one circle of 360 degrees). This precession results in a mathematical correction called Ayanamsa.

Sankranti: The dates assigned to the signs of the zodiac are based on the solar ingress (i.e. entry of the Sun) of the signs. Depending on the value of Ayanamsa used, this date can vary by a few days and different “astrologers” assign slightly different dates based on their belief on the date of conjunction of zero point of the precession and Aries (called beginning of Kali Yuga) and the rate of the precession. The Government set up a committee called the Calendar reforms committee to correct the anomaly between the beliefs of different Vedic calendars. The result was what is popularly called the Rashtriya Panchang (National Calendar) and the Lahiri Ayanamsa. The date at which the Sun enters a sign is called the Sankranti. Thus, we have 12 Sankranti’s based on the date of the Sun’s entry into each of the 12 signs from Aries to Pisces. Good Vedic Astrologers will date events from the days calculated from Sankranti and also the Tithi. The Vedic Sun signs have a profound influence on the desires of the soul, which is the real individual and if charts are matched on the basis of the Sun signs in addition to the Moon, then real compatibility can be ascertained. Thus, in a way, people having the same Sun signs as given below can be called “soul mates”.

Tithi: Tithi is the Vedic date of the Lunar calendar and is a measure of the distance between the Sun and the Moon starting from Pratipada when they conjoin at Poornima when they oppose at 180 degrees. There are 15 Tithi in the Sukla Paksha (Waxing Phase) and 15 Tithi in the waning phase (Krishna Paksha) (Refer Table-1). Each Tithi is an angle of 12 degrees. This angle is mathematically represented as:

Angle = Longitude of Moon – Longitude of the Sun
and, Tithi = Angle / 120

Table 2: Tithi or the Vedic date (All angles in degrees)

Paksha Tithi Angle Tithi Angle Tithi Angle
Sukla Paksha Pratipada-1 0 -12 Dwiteeya-2 12-24 Truteeya-3 24-36
Chaturhi-4 36-48 Panchami-5 48-60 Shasti-6 60-72
Saptami-7 72-84 Astami-8 84-96 Navami-9 96-108
(Waxing Phase)
Dasami-10 108-120 Ekadasi-11 120-132 Dwadasi-12 132-144
Trayodasi-13 144-156 Chaturdasi-14 156-168 Poornima-15 168-180
Krishna Paksha Pratipada-1 180-192 Dwiteeya-2 192-204 Truteeya-3 204-216
Chaturhi-4 216-228 Panchami-5 228-240 Shasti-6 240-252
Saptami-7 252-264 Astami-8 264-276 Navami-9 276-288
(Waning Phase)
Dasami-10 288-300 Ekadasi-11 300-312 Dwadasi-12 312-324
Trayodasi-13 324-336 Chaturdasi-14 336-348 Amavasya-0 348-360

Tattva: There are five principal elements or states of existence of all material bodies called TATWA. These are (1) the Solid state called PRITHVI or Earth, (2) the Liquid state called JALA or Water, the Gaseous state called VAYU, the Vacuum state called AKASH or the Energy state called AGNI. Each sign is assigned one of the four principle elements of Agni (loosely called Fire), Vayu (loosely called Air), Prithvi (loosely called Earth), and Jala (loosely called Water). However the fifth, Akash Tatwa (loosely called Sky) pervades all the signs and represents Vishnu Who pervades everything although not visible to mortal eyes.

Table 3: Sun Sign & Healing Gemstones

Name of Sign Vedic Name Dates of Sign Healing Color Healing Gemstone Hindi Name
Aries Mesha April 15 to May 14 Red Red Coral Moonga
Taurus Vrisab May 15 to Jun 14 White Diamond Heera
Gemini Mithun June 15 to July 14 Green Emerald Panna
Cancer Kark July 15 to Aug 14 Lt. Pink Pearl Moti
Leo Simha Aug 15 to Sept 14 Off. White Ruby Manik
Virgo Kanya Sept 15 to Oct 14 Gray Emerald Panna
Libra Tula Oct 15 to Nov 14 Black Diamond Heera
Scorpio Vrischik Nov 15 to Dec 14 Lt.Yellow Cats Eye Lahsanya
Sagittarius Dhanus Dec15 to Jan 15 Yellow Yellow sapphire Pokhraj
Capricorn Makar Jan 15 to Feb13 Blue Blue Sapphire Neelam
Aquarius Kumbh Feb14 to Mar 14 Varigated Hessionite Gomedh
Pisces Meena Mar 15 to April 14 Crystal white Yellow sapphire Pokhraj

1. Aditya is the name of the Sun God as born from Aditi [the mother of the Gods or Deva’s (Deva is derived from Diva, meaning the giver of light or enlightenment)]. There are 12 Aditya’s or Sun Gods for each of the 12 months of Solar transit through the 12 signs. To find your Sun God/Aditya, refer to Vedic Remedies in Astrology by Sanjay Rath.

2 Ketu, the descending node is the co-lord of Scorpio

3 Rahu, the ascending node is the co-lord of Aquarius

4 Ayanamsa: this is the precession of the solar system and is to be added or subtracted from the zero point of Aries in the western chart to arrive at the Vedic Horoscope. For example, the solar ingress into Aries resulting in the start of the Aries Month in western astrology is March 21. However, the Ayanamsa at present (2000 AD) is about 23 degrees and adding 23 days to March 21 we get April 14 as the date for Solar ingress into Aries in the Vedic Calendar.

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