Chaitra Shukla 1999 Chart and the
Destiny of India, Pakistan and the US
In contrast to the beginning of the English new
year, all the various eras in vogue in India have some astronomical
and astrological basis. They are often employed to make mundane
predictions. The most popular and time-tested method of mundane
predictions on a yearly basis uses the beginning of the Hindu
new year having a Luni-Solar basis. This year begins with the
Chaitra Shukla Pratipada which indicates the beginning of the
first tithi (Pratipada) of the brighter half (Shukla paksha),
falling in the month of Chaitra (coinciding with March-April).
The exact moment of the beginning of this year coincides with
the exact conjunction of the Sun and the Moon in the sign Meena
(Pisces) which marks the end of Amavasya and the beginning of
Pratipada. For the year 1999, the new year begins on Thursday,
March 18, 1999 at 0:17:55 hrs. IST (March 17, 1999 at 6:47:55
The Chaitra Shukla Chart
A horoscopic chart constructed for the moment that
the new year begins forms the basis for the annual mundane predictions.
For each country, the chart is erected for its capital. For different
countries, the lagnas would differ while the rashi position of
the planets will remain the same in the basic as well as the divisional
charts. The lord of the weekday when Pratipada tithi is running
at the time of sunrise at the place for which the chart is made,
becomes the lord of the year. In the annual chart for India, since
the Pratipada continues to run at the time of sunrise on Thursday,
Jupiter, the lord of the day becomes the lord of the year. The
strength and disposition of Jupiter the lord of the year
in the yearly chart indicates the nature of events likely
to occur during the year.
The Strengths and Weaknesses of the Chart
As per the classic Brihat Samhita, the results indicated
when Jupiter happens to be the lord of the year are : chanting
of sacred hymns; protection of the land by the ruler; abundance
of crops; elephants, horses and vehicles aplenty. Human beings
acquire virtue. Clouds produce rain, and the earth gets plenty
of water. There is general plenty and prosperity. In the annual
chart for India, with Vrishchika lagna, Jupiter acquires a position
of strength, being placed in its own sign in the fifth house.
It is associated with the ninth, tenth and eleventh lords forming
important benefic yogas including the highly auspicious Gaja-Kesari
yoga. At least some fulfillment of the results indicated by its
lordship of the year is promised.
We had hinted in our analysis of the Chaitra Shukla
chart for the last year that the time was ripe for India to emerge
as a major world power and that she would achieve a distinctive
position in the world affairs. This analysis was based on the
multiplanetary influences operating upon the eleventh house of
the chart. The same planetary disposition ensured India's financial
stability during the year, the deep fiscal crises affecting the
south-east asian economy notwithstanding. The present year too
shows a promise of financial stability for the country. A combination
of four planets constituting a powerful Dhana yoga in the fifth
house aspects the eleventh house of financial gains. This combination
is mercifully free from affliction by Mars and Saturn as was the
case last year. The value of the Indian rupee is likely to see
an upswing. The financial reserves are also likely to improve.
There is a conglomeration of planets in the fifth
and the sixth houses of the chart. Seven of the nine planets are
located in the darker half of the horoscope. Some of the positive
achievements of the government may not get adequate recognition.
Some weakness is apparent in the chart. All the
four kendras are vacant and the lagna lord is located in the adverse
twelfth house, in an inimical sign, aspected by a debilitated
malefic Saturn. Even in the Navamsha, the lagna lord Jupiter occupies
the twelfth house and the lagna receives the aspect of Saturn.
These factors appear to afflict the general health of the nation.
However, there is enough relief because of the strong trikonas
and the placement of malefics in the third and the sixth houses.
The lagna lord of the basic chart improves its position in the
navamsha by exchanging houses with Jupiter, the lagna lord of
the navamsha. The location of a debilitated planet in the sixth,
as well as the debilitation of the eighth lord, add strength to
The Second House
The second house of the chart concerns itself with
the wealth of the nation. The lord of the second house Jupiter
occupies its own sign Meena in the fifth house. In association
with Mercury, the eleventh lord, it forms a strong Dhana yoga
or combination for wealth. Its further association with the Moon
and the Sun, respectively the ninth and the tenth lords, enhances
its beneficence. The debilitation of Mercury is cancelled here.
Mercury also happens to be the lord of the eighth house and is
retrograde. There may be some unexpected obstruction to the inflow
of money. Certain secret financial deals are not ruled out. Incidently,
the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter are not extraordinarity strong in
Shadbala which takes away some of the strength of this otherwise
excellent Dhana yoga.
The Third House
The third house is occupied by Ketu. Its lord, Saturn,
is debilitated in the sixth hosue and is aspected by the sixth
lord Mars. The third house receives the combined aspects of Mars
as well as Saturn. The twelfth lord Venus associates with Saturn
in the sixth house. Attempts to allow back-door entry to foreign
media to operate in the country will raise hue and cry. More of
promiscuous material is likely to reach the Indian homes through
internet and other communication channels. The year is inconvenient
for the print media which may be involved in legal proceedings
particularly as a consequence of yellow journalism. Physical attacks
on the press personnel and journalists are not ruled
out. Serious accidents in land and air transport are strongly
indicated. Disruption of transport as well as communication will
occur. Postal services are likely to suffer. Sports activities
are likely to improve though some injuries to sportsmen are possible.
The third house also indicates neighbouring countries. With Ketu,
Saturn and Mars influencing this house, hostility with a neighbouring
country, often involving armed conflicts, is almost a certainty.
There will, however, be serious attempts by both India and Pakistan
to resolve their differences by mutual consultation.
The Fourth House
The fourth lord is debilitated in the sixth house,
associated with the twelfth lord, and aspected by the sixth lord
Mars from the twelfth house. In the navamsha, Mars and Rahu occupy
the fourth house aspected by Saturn, in addition to Mercury and
Jupiter. Crops are likely to be damaged by inclement weather while
landslides in hilly areas will disrupt life. Vehicular accidents
will be on the increase. Competition in auto industry will increase
and prices of cars will further come down. Domestic harmony in
general will suffer.
The Fifth House
The fifth house contains the three natural benefics,
the Moon, Mercury and Jupiter along with the Sun. The Sun-Moon
conjunction is the highly benefic combination of the ninth and
the tenth lords in the auspicious fifth house, in association
with the fifth lord Jupiter. This gives rise to a very powerful
Raja yoga in the fifth house. In addition, Mercury and Jupiter
here are also respectively the lords of the eleventh and the second
houses. Together, all these planets form powerful Dhana yogas.
This combination of Raja yogas and Dhana yogas aspects the eleventh
house indicating bright promise for economy.
The dominant influence of benefics on the fifth
house will certainly instill more sanity and responsible behaviour
in the ruling party and its constituents. The retrogression and
the eighth lordship of Mercury, however, is a partly disconcerting
factor. Attempts will be made to raise the standard of education
while excessive expenditure will be incurred to improve the education
at the primary level. Health of children in general will deteriorate.
Affliction to the lagna as well as to the fifth house and the
fifth lord of the Saptamsha, without enough relief from benefic
influence, indicates the outbreak of bacterial and viral illnesses
affecting children. There will be increased interest in the study
of classical subjects including religious scriptures, astrology
The Sixth House
Venus as well as the debilitated Saturn occupy the
sixth house. There is an exchange of the sixth lord Mars with
the twelfth lord Venus. This exchange is supposed to confer happiness,
health and fame in general. Being an exchange between Mars and
Venus, however, it can indicate a greater inclination towards
promiscuity. The sixth lord Mars is afflicted in the Navamsha
also where Venus again occupies the sixth house. Incidents of
sexually transmitted diseases particularly AIDS will go on increasing.
Kidney disease and tuberculosis are also likely to see an upward
trend. White collar crime will increase.
The Seventh House
There are some similarities in the Rashi chart and
the Navamsha. The seventh lord of the year chart, Venus, is placed
in the adverse sixth house in both the charts. In the Rashi chart
as well as in the Navamsha, both the seventh house and the seventh
lord are aspected by Mars. In the Rashi chart Saturn is associated
with the seventh lord while in the Navamsha, it is placed in the
seventh house. Compared to the Rashi chart, the seventh lord of
the Navamsha improves its position due to exaltation and placement
in the favourable tenth house. The condition of women in general
will not show much improvement. Cases of violence, rape and atrocities
against women will take an alarming proportion. Some foreign collaborations,
specially involving telecommunications, will land up in courts
due to various disputes. Multinational companies marketing sophisticated
electronic gadgets will have to face tough competition in the
Indian market. More women will take up resposible positions in
The Eighth House
Aspect of Saturn on the eighth house and the association
of the eighth lord with both the luminaries, the Sun and the Moon
in the fifth house, will give a period of discomfort to the present
government. Intrigues and intra-party disputes will surface very
often and will catch the attention of the media. Some of the decisions
taken by the government will have to be reconsidered.
The Ninth House
The Dharma trikonas (first, fifth and ninth houses)
are occupied by the Dharma signs Scorpio, Pisces and Cancer
respectively. The lord of the ninth house, the Moon is placed
in another Dharma trikona, the fifth house in association with
the Dharma guru, Jupiter. All these favourable combinations are
indicating that more and more educated people with scientific
temperament will take on the path of the God and put their
belief in Him. Association of the eighth lord with the ninth lord,
and the placement of Rahu in the ninth house, tend to indicate
an inclination towards more deviant attitude in matters of religion.
The influence of Jupiter both on the ninth lord as well as the
ninth house, however, keeps the matters under reasonable control.
Scattered cases of forced conversions cannot be ruled out. Some
judgments of the courts will
have far reaching effects. Judiciery will make a concerted effort
in improving the standard
of living conditions by passing regulations regarding the functioning
of various civic bodies of the government.
The Tenth House
Tenth house in the Chaitra Shukla Pratipada chart
is the most important house since it denotes the government in
power. The lord of the tenth house, the Sun, is favourably disposed
in the fifth house associated with the lords of the benefic houses
Jupiter, the fifth lord; Moon, the ninth lord and Mercury,
the eleventh lord. Close association of the Sun with a retrograde
debilitated Mercury, which is also the lord of the eighth house
is an unfavourable combination. This could be an indication towards
a need for concern about the physical well being of the individual(s)
at the helm of affairs.
In the Navamsha chart, the exalted tenth lord,
Mercury, is aspected by the fifth lord Mars while in the Dashamsha
chart, the tenth lord Venus is placed in the fifth house. The
seventh lord of the dashamsha is debilitated and associated with
the eighth lord, though under the influence of two benefics Jupiter
and Venus, besides a malefic Mars. The ruling government will
act more responsibly and assertively. Smaller constituent parties
of the coalition government
will keep a pressure on the government to make their reasonable
and unreasonable demands fulfilled. These, otherwise negligible,
parties may bring the ruling party on the brink of loosing the
majority in the parliament. The favourable disposition of the
tenth lord with such a strong conglomeration of benefic planets
will tide away the waves rising against the government.
The ascendant in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, remains Vrishchika
(at 11°15'44"). The economy of Pakistan will receive
a much needed respite as a result of easing of economic sanctions.
Last year had been extremely crucial as far as its finances is
concerned, sometimes raising doubts about its survival. The USA
cannot afford to allow Pakistan to face disaster, and has to create
circumstances to help it out. The navamsha lagna is Tula. The
navamsha lagnas for India and Pakistan are mutually at 3/11 positions;
some easing here of mutual hostility is indicated even as several
outstanding differences persist. The tenth house of the navamsha
lagna attains strength with the location there of the Sun and
the Moon (the eleventh and the tenth lords) aspected by Jupiter
from the second house. However, the tenth lord of the Dashamsha
chart is debilitated and under predominantly malefic influence
(of the Sun, Mars, the sixth lord Jupiter and the eighth lord
Venus). Instability of the government in power will persist.
The United States of America
In Washington DC (USA), the lagna is Karka (at 9°:5':31").
There will be a definite trend
toward improvement of relations between the USA on the one hand
and India and Pakistan on the other. The planetary position for
USA, however, indicates greater uncertainty for the US government
than was apparent last year during the Monica Lewinsky episode.
The tenth houses in the annual chart and the navamsha chart, and
the lagna of the dashamsha chart, are all under the influence
of the eighth lords of these charts.
Written in December 1998
© Rajeev Jhanji, Vedic Astrology