Chaitra Shukla 2001 Chart and the
Destiny of India, Pakistan and USA
Chaitra Shukla Pratipada chart, in contrast
to the beginning of the Christian New Year, has a Luni-Solar basis.
Needless to mention that it is the most popular and time-tested
method of mundane predictions for the forthcoming year. The year
begins at the first instance of the first tithi (Pratipada) of
the brighter half (Shukla paksha) falling in the Chaitra month
thereby becoming the basis for annual mundane predictions. In
fact the ruler of the day or Vaara when Pratipada is running at
sunrise is designated as the lord of the year. The strength and
disposition of this lord of the year indicates the nature of events
likely to occur during the year.
The horoscopic chart is specifically cast for each
country at its capital. While the rashi position of the planets
in the basic as well as the divisional charts remains the same
for all countries, the lagnas for each country would differ.
The Lord of the Year
In the annual chart erected at New Delhi for India,
the Pratipada commences after the time of sunrise on Sunday. The
Sun, the lord of the day, therefore, assumes the role of the lord
of the year. The position, strength and disposition of the Sun
in the chart encompasses the indications of the nature of events
likely to occur during the year.
As per the classic Brihat Samhita, the results indicated
when the Sun becomes the lord of year are: losses to crops, death
of cattle in large numbers, lesser rains, depleted rivers, disease
and epidemics, shortage of appropriate medicines and warmer winters.
The virtuous amongst the populace in general suffer torment while
the destructive forces gain ascendance. Rulers will march their
armies and attack other countries and destroy them.
These are general results and may not be taken literally.
However, in essence they would come about as applicable in the
present context. Notwithstanding the adverse indications, the
Sun is placed in the ascendant in the friendly sign of Jupiter.
Pisces being watery it would tend to dampen the fire of the Sun.
Chaitra Shukla Chart for India
For India, the chart is for 25th of March 2001,
06:50:58 hours IST, at New Delhi. The Ascendant is Pisces. This
is the third year running when the Dharma rashis have occupied
the lagna and the trines in the Chaitra Shukla chart for India.
That such a sequence has occurred is a clear pointer towards the
resurgence of religion, spirituality and belief in the Almighty
God. As we shall observe subsequently, the Rama Temple at Ayodhya
may well become a reality in course of time.
The Sun and the Moon having the fifth and sixth
lordship respectively are in friendly sign Pisces in the ascendant
along with an exalted and retrograde Venus. Third house Taurus
has the stalwart planets Saturn, having the eleventh and twelfth
lordship, and Jupiter, the lagna and tenth lord. Second and ninth
lord Mars is well placed in own sign Scorpio in the ninth house.
Fourth and seventh lord Mercury is in the twelfth house Aquarius.
Fourth house Gemini has Rahu and, therefore, Ketu is in the tenth
house Sagittarius. All the benefics are ill placed in the chart.
The First House
The fifth lord Moon and the sixth lord Sun along
with the third and eighth lord Venus in its sign of exaltation,
though retrograde, occupy the lagna. The lagna lord Jupiter is
located in the third house, an upachaya bhava, in a benefic sign
conjunct with Saturn and aspected by Mars.
In the navamsha chart the lagna lord of the rashi
chart Jupiter is in the fourth house in friendly sign and aspected
by the functionally malefic Sun, and also forming a Gaja-Kesari
yoga being aspected by Moon. At the same time Saturn is posited
in the lagna itself in own sign.
Close conjunction of the fifth and sixth lord in
the lagna under the influence of the third and eighth lord in
the rashi chart does not augur too well for the thought process
of the nation in general. The exchange between the lagna and the
third brings in an inherent weakness further compounding the situation.
In fact the combination in the lagna is indicative of lack of
sane thinking and erratic decisions leading to consequent tension
and mental anguish. The general health of the nation does appear
to be facing affliction due to the placement of the sixth and
eighth lord in the lagna.
The position of the lagna lords of the Chaitra Shukla
chart, the navamsha and the Dashamsha being in exchange with an
Upachaya house/lagna itself in own sign in the respective charts
indicates that the nation will be preoccupied with furthering
its self interest and economic progress. We may even be entering
into enhanced trade relations with neighbouring countries, notwithstanding
the political rhetoric and hostile external environment. Let there
be no ambiguity about the fact that India is slowly but surely
stepping forward in the arduous journey towards economic freedom.
Though the need to perhaps insulate the economic policies from
the half-baked political ideologies is paramount, it may get somewhat
lost. The fact that the independence won in 1947 was merely political
has become obvious and that the goal of economic freedom is only
now being perceived and concep-tualised as being vital to nations
well being and future. However, we are not to lose sight of the
fact that the combination of planets in the lagna is not good
for the sanity of the nation and portends erratic decision making,
tension and mental anguish.
The Second House
The cabinet, prosperity, finances and, therefore,
the taxation of the nation are the domain of the second house.
The lord of the second house is posited in the ninth in its own
sign Scorpio, aspected by Saturn and Jupiter from the third house
sharing between them the lordship of the houses nine through twelve.
Mars forms a Dhana yoga with Saturn by virtue of the eleventh
lordship of Saturn. However, the twelfth lordship of Saturn brings
into picture the external touch to the combination as well as
the distinct possibility of the nation having to waste its scarce
financial resources on wasteful and non-productive ends though
as a result of compulsions forced upon the nation. Needless to
mention that financial resources remain scarce despite the apparently
healthy foreign exchange reserve position enjoyed by the nation
on account of external inflows. Mars being in the ninth house
may well add a touch of religious flavour to part of the money
flowing in. The raja-yoga being formed between Jupiter and Mars
enhances the significations of the second house too.
The Third House
Saturn and Jupiter occupy the third house. There
is an exchange between the lagna and the third. This exchange
in itself is not good and is indicative of an inherent weakness
in the psyche of the nation particularly in dealing with matters
relating to the neighbourhood. The third lord Venus, though exalted
in the lagna is retrograde and conjunct with the fifth lord Moon
and the sixth lord Sun. Third house receives the seventh aspect
of Mars. From the third house, Mars is the twelfth and the seventh
lord, while its occupants share between themselves the lordships
of houses eighth through eleventh.
The affliction of the third house and its lord suggests
extreme caution in dealing with the neighbours, particularly Pakistan,
whose track record leaves little doubt of its intentions vis-a-vis
Kashmir. Notice the positioning of retrograde third lord in exaltation
in lagna, representing the north direction of India. Yet again
it remains a moot query whether it will be possible to avoid heightened
tension and hostility transforming itself into an armed conflict,
even when exercising utmost restraint. The government will do
well to keep itself from getting drawn into a sticky situation
if possible. The transport sector continues to be on the watch
list. Serious accidents in rail, road and air are possible involving
a large loss of life. Disruption in the communication field may
occur, although the country will continue to progress in this
area. This field will witness technical progress with accruing
benefits flowing through to the populace as well as respectable
inflow of funds.
The Fourth House
Rahu occupies the fourth house and is receiving
the eighth aspect of Mars. The fourth lord Mercury is in friendly
sign Aquarius in the twelfth house aspected by Mars and Saturn.
The opposition parties will remain in disarray and the parliament
may continue to witness tumultuous scenes. Possibly the travails
of the hapless people and the nation through the political shenanigans
is to continue some more. The territorial integrity of the nation
continues to remain under threat with the worsening of the situation
being a possibility. The presence of Saturn in the third house
and the state of third lord Venus as discussed above do not add
any measure of reassurance and confidence with regard to the relations
with our neighbours. The state of the fourth lord and the aspects
it receives do not add any comfort whatsoever.
In the navamsha the fourth lord is placed in the
second with the sixth lord Mercury. The country may continue to
face calamities and disasters, both natural and man-made. Crops
are likely to be damaged. Vehicular mishaps and accidents may
increase. Customer will continue to receive ever widening choice
of vehicles to choose from and the best of technology at prices
that satisfy the value for money criterion too. However, the much
desired feeling of domestic harmony may prove elusive, notwithstanding
the improvement in the living standards. In fact the internal
situation may be prone to strife related to the Rama Temple controversy.
The prices of land and property, also a domain of this house,
may not witness an upward swing this year too.
The Fifth House
The fifth house has no occupant. The fifth lord
Moon is well-placed in the lagna in friendly sign Pisces. It is
conjunct with the sixth lord Sun and the third and eighth lord
Venus. This conjunction is definite cause for concern. The health
of the younger generation, particularly children and infants is
affected. There is a possibility of epidemics leading to shortage
of effective medicines. Also likely is the onset of diseases that
may not have a definite cure within the realm of medical science
as on date.
The Saptamsha, is the relevant divisional chart
for children. In the Saptamsha chart, the fifth house has the
sixth lord Mercury posited therein. The Saptamsha lagna has debilitated
Jupiter and is aspected by Saturn and Mars. Jupiter by virtue
of its position enjoys neecha-bhanga yoga. The younger generation
will, therefore, continue to excel in intellectual fields and
related sports pursuits. The tradition established by Vishwanathan
Anand in the arena of chess may well be carried forward. The government
will face pressures from its allies. BJP, the dominant party in
the NDA, will tend to harden its stance and may compromise less
than what it has already done, possibly as a result of the worsening
state of affairs in the Congress party. The allies will be at
a relative disadvantage vis-a-vis the previous year. Although
unhappy they may be compelled on account of there being no other
alternative. The situation does not speak well of the achievements
of the government. The decisions of the government are likely
to leave much to be desired and may not muster all round support.
A number of these decisions of the government, apart from even
those perceived to be apparently unpopular, may tend to border
on the irrational. The stock exchange will be very volatile giving
plenty of trading opportunities to the speculators. Let it be
understood that the market high of BSE Sensex 6150 established
in the year 2000 is not likely to be crossed. In fact the market
will be hard pressed to even reach anywhere near it. The education
system and content will continue to await much-needed overhaul.
The steps initiated in this direction are unlikely to meet with
The Sixth House
No planet occupies the sixth house. Mercury is aspecting
the sixth house. Sun the sixth lord is well placed in the lagna
conjunct with the fifth lord Moon and the third and eighth lord
Venus. The countrys finances are likely to be increasingly
dependent on borrowed funds. Uncontrolled profligacy of a bloated
government used to doling out populist schemes and living well
beyond its means compounded by unforeseen situations thrust upon
the nation and easy availability of borrowed money may result
in the future generation having to pay for the forefathers splurging.
We have no right to mortgage the destiny of the coming generations.
There is serious need to rein in the runaway expenditure and inculcate
serious financial discipline. This can be best accomplished by
beginning to live within our means. Then and only then can we
hope to get the situation under control and initiate rectification
of the past blunders. That we are having to suffer on account
of irresponsible behaviour on the part of the earlier governments
should be a glaring lesson. Faced with compelling circumstances
the government is likely to initiate steps towards downsizing
and disinvestment. To what extent progress is made is a matter
of debate. Crime is likely to be unabated with violence content
moving up substantially, although it is unlikely to be any worse
The Seventh House
The seventh house is unoccupied and is aspected
by the fifth lord Moon, the sixth lord Sun and the third and eighth
lord Venus from the lagna. The seventh lord Mercury is in the
twelfth house aspected by Mars and Saturn. In the navamsha chart
Saturn is posited in the lagna, the seventh house is unoccupied
and the seventh lord Moon is in the tenth house Libra conjunct
with debilitated Sun. Venus in the navamsha chart is in the adverse
twelfth house. The situation in the natal chart about the seventh
house affairs does not improve in the navamsha chart. The condition
of women in general will not improve and will be well short of
the expectations. In fact the womens issues of yesteryears
will take a back seat in the face of new controversies. Overall
marital disharmony will be on the increase accompanied with an
equivalent enhancement in the divorce rate. The crime against
women will also show an upward trend. Not too happy a state of
affairs for the fair sex! The projects involving foreign collaborations
are likely to have a smoother sailing possibly on account of compulsions.
The moot point arising here being whether the composition and
contours of the government remain as they are or are subjected
to change in the face of changing times. Possibility of some of
the existing constituent of the ruling NDA parting ways and others
from outside joining in exists. The conjunction of Jupiter with
Saturn and aspected by Mars should be kept in mind. Jupiter is
linked to BJP, the principal party in NDA, due to its alleged
religious overtones and pretensions of being the guardians of
the majority community interests. The seventh house having mixed
influences will give India success and failure in the diplomatic
arena. However, the pressure to compromise on the controversial
and discriminatory nuclear treaties that have hitherto proven
to be sticky issues will wane and may no longer continue to be
the cornerstone of foreign relations. Despite this the undertone
of foreign relations will continue to be tense.
The Eighth House
The eighth house is also unoccupied and is free
from any aspect. The eighth lord Venus is exalted in the lagna
conjunct with the fifth lord Moon and the sixth lord Sun. The
year continues to promise political entertainment in the shape
of intrigues, intra-party and inter-party disputes amongst both
the governing alliance and the opposition groups. The eighth lord
of the navamsha chart, the Sun, is posited in the tenth. Although
debilitated it enjoys neecha-bhanga yoga. The disease and death
rate will be high with respiratory disorders showing a marked
rise. The overall health situation in the country will worsen.
However, the possibility of discovering hidden underground mineral
and oil reserves may provide a silver lining to an otherwise bleak
The Ninth House
Like the previous year, this time too the Dharma
signs Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces occupy the Dharma
trikonas. Though this time around Mars, the ninth lord, is posited
in the ninth house itself. It is aspected by Saturn and Jupiter.
This indicates the continuing tendency of the nation will be inclined
towards the path of God/pursuit of religion, the means and manifestation
of the same may not be as peaceful. The relative positioning of
the three superior planets indicate that the construction of Lord
Rama Temple at Ayodhya will get underway during the year. The
pursuit will have covert and overt help from the government to
the extent possible. Some latent external assistance in this direction
is also likely. Judicial activism is to continue and possibly
increase. The Judiciary may be taking some radical steps and pass
controversial judgements possibly raising hue and cry and fanning
the communal sentiments. The discussion of the Ayodhya temple
construction will occupy the centrestage of public attention,
and may well commence and proceed, notwithstanding any adverse
observation/judgement from the courts.
The Tenth House
The importance of the tenth house in the Chaitra
Shukla chart cannot be overstated as it represents the government
of the nation. The tenth house has the Sagittarius sign with Ketu
posited therein not receiving any aspect. Ketu will behave as
its dispositor Jupiter, while its intrinsic nature resembles that
of Mars. The lord of the tenth house Jupiter is posited in the
third house Taurus, conjunct with the eleventh and twelfth lord
Saturn and aspected by the second and ninth lord Mars. The focus
and attention of the government is to remain centered around the
neighbouring countries, the Ayodhya temple issue and communication
matters/controversies. Considerable amount of money will be involved
in all these. The element of foreign influence and fund inflows
will play a role too. Government will have to make extensive efforts
to withstand the foreign pressure in order to prevent them from
influencing the policy formation of the nation. In the navamsha
the tenth lord Venus is posited in the adverse twelfth house not
receiving any aspects. The Eighth lord Sun is placed in the tenth
house in its sign of debilitation conjunct with the seventh lord
Moon and aspected by Jupiter and Saturn. The government, despite
its apparent strength on account of opposition disunity, will
continue to face pricks from its alliance partners.
In the Dashamsha chart the tenth lord Saturn is
well placed in the tenth house itself in Aquarius conjunct with
the Sun and the Moon. The tenth lord Jupiter of the Chaitra Shukla
chart is in Aries sign in the fourth house of the navamsha while
in the Dashamsha it is in the lagna in Taurus sign along with
Venus in RKA. Whatever are the circumstances confronting the government
the priority of the nations relations with its neighbours
and the Rama Janmabhoomi issue continue to dominate the scenario.
The Eleventh House
The eleventh house receives the aspects of the tenth
lord and the lagna lord Jupiter. The aspect augurs well for the
eleventh house and, therefore, the gains for the nation. The eleventh
lord Saturn is well placed in an Upachaya position in the third
house in Taurus, a friendly sign, conjunct with Jupiter and aspected
by Mars. These give rise to a series of Dhana yogas. Being in
a trine from the eleventh house, it is a favourable placement
for the affairs ruled by the house again boding well for the material
and financial situation.
The Twelfth House
The twelfth house is receiving the aspects of the
major planets Mars and Saturn. The fourth and the seventh lord
Mercury placed here tends to improve the affairs of the house.
The nation will continue to find itself drawn into awkward situations
as a result of secret plots and conspiracies hatched by misguided
neighbours. The aspect of Saturn on its own house should play
a protective role, possibly the restraining touch preventing the
situation from worsening any further. This year the prevailing
adverse situation within the country and its relations with the
neighbours may have a negative impact on its image overseas though
it may not have much impact on its relations with the significant
Conjunction of Heavyweights
The impact of the placement of the major planets
Saturn and Jupiter together in a sign just cannot be overstated.
This situation was also present in the previous Chaitra Shukla
chart. Jupiter representing principles of expansion, increase
and abundance and Saturn symbolizing contraction, decrease and
limitation come together every twenty years bringing about in
their wake unprecedented events. History is replete with ample
The aspect of the catalyst Mars along with the two
major planets will prove ominous. The period around conjunctions
and oppositions needs to be watched for significant developments.
With Saturn poised to enter Rohini nakshatra in May, Mars retrograding
to Jyeshta nakshatra attempting to reach Anuradha nakshatra and
Jupiter leaving Taurus for Gemini in June, the situation is fraught
with ominous signals of the events waiting to unfold promising
a rearrangement in the global order not necessarily through peaceful
means. The survival of the Indian government also comes under
threat and needs to be closely watched.
The ascendant in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan,
remains Pisces (at 15°17'02"). The situation continues
to remain fragile as earlier, only more so now. For readers who
may not be familiar, let me reiterate that Pakistan will continue
to play its game of brinkmanship with India while the economy
will remain close to collapsing. The criticality in the economy
will persist, though survival may only be possible by external
aid and clandestine funds from dubious sources for services not
worthy of mention. Till such time the USA realises that its erstwhile
prodigy has gone wayward and is beyond retrieval Pakistan will
continue to survive. In the alternative the probability for Pakistan
to face reality is highly unlikely. For reality involves giving
up the apparent misconception of parity/one up manship vis-a-vis
India. The navamsha lagna is Scorpio. As in the previous year
the navamsha lagnas of India and Pakistan are mutually at three-eleven
positions. Though this indicates some attempts at easing of hostility,
whether these meet with a fate any different from those in the
past remains a moot point. The sixth lord Mars and the eighth
lord Mercury being posited in the fourth house does not bode well.
Tenth lord Sun being debilitated in the twelfth house represents
latent weakness of the government in office. Altogether a not
too healthy position for the nation in general, indicating a persistent
instability. Let there be no ambiguity whatsoever, Pakistan is
facing adverse times and is slowly but surely creating a situation
where certain decimation will be the only outcome.
United States of America
In Washington DC (USA), the lagna is Libra (at 4°53'28").
The planetary position does not indicate a good year for USA.
The navamsha lagna for USA and India are mutually in three-eleven
position. Such a placement is indicative of normal relations as
existing with no further significant breakthrough between the
two democracies. The navamsha lagna of USA is Scorpio, which is
the same as that of Pakistan. Therefore, the navamsha chart becomes
identical to that of Pakistan as described above. So do the inherent
problems suitably modified to the circumstances as applicable
to USA! Possibly behind the scene sympathy/soft corner for Pakistan
may remain for some time. After all old habits tend to take a
while to whither away.
© Anshumalee Sood, Vedic