An Introduction to the Yogini Dasha
- Part I
A Fascinating Dasha of Parashara
Once upon a time, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
were strolling in the forests of the Himalayas. Puzzled by the
applicability of various dashas in astrology, Goddess Parvati
asked Lord Shiva, There are innumerable dasha systems in
astrology, but in the Kaliyuga, which dasha would tell us in a
flash the results of a persons Karma?
Lord Shiva said, It is the Yogini dasha.
And thus Lord Shiva revealed this dasha to Goddess Parvati. In
the Kaliyuga, after careful examination of this dasha on a chart,
the results do not go wrong. By knowing the mere name of the Yogini
operating for a person, the things happening in the life of that
person during the period of Yogini can be known.
According the Rudrayamal, the Yogini dasha gives excellent results
in Kaliyuga :
The dashas propounded by various ancient masters
were excellent for the three yugas Satyayuga, Tretayuga
and Dwaparayuga but for Kaliyuga, dasha calculatation
based on Yogini dasha is great for giving all types of results.
In view of the above statement, it is surprising
why this dasha is not more universally employed.
The conditions of applicability of three dashas
Vimshottari, Ashtottari and Yogini are given thus
Out of the three dashas applicable at the time
of birth, Vimshottari dasha should be applied for the births
at night during Shukla Paksha and Ashtottari dasha for births
during day in Krishna Paksha. In all other cases Yogini dasha
It is generally observed that Yogini dasha, like
Vimshottari dasha, gives results even if applied unconditionally.
There are eight types of Yoginis: Mangala, Pingala,
Dhanya, Bhramari, Bhadrika, Ulka, Siddha and Sankata. It is believed
that the planets Moon, Sun, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn, Venus
and Rahu have evolved respectively from the Yoginis Mangala, Pingala,
etc. The sequence of these Yoginis, their lords and operative
periods are given in Table 1.
Order of Yoginis, their lords and dasha periods
||Total Period :
Please observe that the sequence of Yoginis is alternatively
benefic and malefic and their periods are progressively increasing
by one year.
Calculation of Yogini Dasha
Yogini dasha is a nakshatrika dasha based on the
nakshatra of the Moon at the time of birth. Note down the nakshatra
number of the Moon, taking Ashwini as nakshatra number 1. Add
3 to it. Divide by 8. The remainder represents the Yogini dasha
operative at the time of birth. It should be restricted to whole
numbers and remainder be noted down.
Dasha at Birth = (Moons nakshatra + 3) / 8
If the remainer is 1 the dasha operative at the
time of birth is Mangala, if 2, Pingla, and so on.
8 or 0
Dasha operating at the time of birth
Suppose a person is born when the Moon was at 7s10°0'
(Scorpio 10 degrees). To calculate Yogini dasha operative at the
time of birth, note down the nakshatra of the Moon which is Anuradha,
nakshatra number 17. To this figure add 3. The result is 20. Now
divide by 8. The quotient is 2 and the remainder is 4.
Dasha at Birth = (Nak # of Moon + 3) / 8 = (17+3)/8
Quotient = 2, Remainer = 4
Remainer 4 indicates that Bhramari dasha was running at the time
Calculation of Balance of dasha
To calculate the balance of dasha
1. The balance of dasha is dependent on the
degrees remaining to be traversed by the Moon in its nakshatra.
Note down the extent of Moon's nakshatra. In the above case the
nakshatra is Anuradha which spans the arc 7s3°20' to 7s16°40'.
2. Subtract the longitude of the Moon from
the nakshatra ending degree.
End of Anuradha nak. = 7s16°40'
Longitude of the Moon () = 7s10°00'
Difference (say A) = 7s16°40'
3. Convert the difference A into
minutes by multiplying its degrees with 60 and adding the remaining
minutes. The result is 400'.
4. Multiply the full period of Yogini operating
at the time of birth with difference A and divide
by the full extent of nakshatra 13°20' (or 800').
Dasha balance = (Period of Yogini x difference A)
The Yogini operating at the time of birth was Bhramari
whose full extent is 4 years or 48 months.
Dasha balance = (48 months x 400') / 800' = 24 months (2 years).
Calculation Sub periods of Yogini Dasha
In the major period of each Yogini, sub-periods
of all Yoginis operate according to
the propotional periods in the natural order starting from its
own sub period. For
example in the major period of Dhanya, sub-periods of all Yoginis
will operate starting from Dhanya. The sub periods of all Yoginis
operating under their major periods are given in Table 2.
Table 2 : Yogini Dasha Major and Sub
The Benefic-Malefic Rulership
The eight Yoginis Mangala, Pingala, Dhanya, Bhramari,
Bhadrika, Ulka, Siddha and Sankata are governed respectively by
the Moon, the Sun, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn, Venus and Rahu.
Some have the opinion that the first half of Sankata is ruled
by Rahu while the second half is ruled by Ketu.
We see an imbalance of benefic and malefic periods
operating through Yogini dasha in the life of an individual. The
rulership of these Yoginis is alternatively benefic and malefic.
Out of a total period of 36 years of Yogini dasha, 16 years are
ruled by benefic planets Mangala (Moon 1 year), Dhanya
(Jupiter 3 years), Bhadrika (Mercury 5 years) and Siddha (Venus
7 years). The remaining 20 years are ruled by malefic planets
Pingala (2 years), Bhramari (Mars 4 years), Ulka (Saturn 6 years)
and Sankata (Rahu 8 years).
The Naamakshara is the first letter of the alphabet
in an individuals name. It is a common practice in India
to name a new born child according to the Naamakshara indicated
by the pada of the nakshatra of birth of the child. The nakshatra
of birth is that nakshatra in which the natal Moon is located.
Each nakshatra has four padas or quarters, and each pada indicates
certain letters of the alphabet. All these alphabets are unique.
At the time of birth, the placement of Moon in a particular nakshatra
pada decides the first alphabet of the name of the child. If this
system is followed, as has been the practice in India, by merely
knowing the name of a person, we can know the nakshatra of his
There are many advantages of this system. For all
the dashas based on the nakshatra of the Moon, the dasha operating
at the time of birth and its approximate balance can be calculated.
By adding various periods of dashas, the present operative dasha
of a person can be found out. Since the operative Yogini dasha
reveals a lot about the likely things happening in the life of
a person, even in the absence of a proper horoscope, we can know
a lot about the person. The marital compatibility of two persons
is also based on the Moon's nakshatra. The operative period of
sadhe-saati can be known since it is based on the placement of
Moon in a sign and the transit of Saturn in or around that sign.
The table on the facing page reveals the meanings of Yoginis and
the results of Yogini dasha major periods as given in the classics.
It is generally observed that irrespective of the disbursement
of planets in the horoscope of individuals, Yogini dasha periods
do give results according to thier meanings as explained in the
Analysis of Individual Houses
The key to interpretation of a horoscopic chart
lies in the assessment of the strength and weakness of different
houses of a horoscope. The twelve houses of a horoscope encompass
all the areas in the life of an individual. The strength or weakness
of a house will influence the results attributed to that particular
house. The quality, quantity and nature of results of individual
houses are dependent upon the combined indications of the disposition
of the three factors, namely: the house, the house lord, and the
karaka or significator.
House: The house is influenced either
by placement or by aspect of planets. Influence by the lords of
malefic houses or by natural malefics will adversely influence
the results ascribed to that house. Similarly placement or aspect
of benefics or lords of benefic houses enhances the results of
the house concerned. Placement of the house lord in its own house
protects the house and it will always improve the results of the
House Lord: Disposition of the house
lord in one of the trines or kendras gives positive results while
placement in Trika (6th, 8th or 12th) houses is a negative factor
for the house.
Significator: Ill disposed, weak or
afflicted significator gives trouble in respect of the areas indicated
A deep analysis of these three factors the
house, the house lord and the significator will indicate
whether the results attributed to the house will be negative or
positive and also the extent to which they will be adverse or
favourable. Relevant divisional charts play a pivotal role in
the final outcome of the results.
Significator Planets for the Twelve Houses
||Jupiter for wealth, Mercury for
||Mars for co-borns and valour, Saturn
for servants and subordinates.
||Moon for mother, Venus for conveyances,
Mars for lands and properties.
||Jupiter for children, Mercury for
||Mars for accidents, Saturn for
sickness, Mercury for maternal relations.
||Venus for spouse.
||Saturn for longevity.
||Sun for father, Jupiter for guru,
teacher or religion.
||Sun for profession.
||Jupiter for elder brothers-sisters,
||Saturn for separation or renunciation,
Venus for bed pleasures, Ketu for emancipation.
Houses to be considered for different significations
||The Sun and the ninth house from
||The Moon and the fourth house from
|Younger brothers and sisters
||Mars and the third house from Mars.
|Elder brothers and sisters
||Jupiter and the eleventh house
||Venus and the seventh house from
Venus. Some are of the opinion that for female horoscopes,
Jupiter should be considered for spouse.
|| Jupiter and the fifth house from
||Mercury and the sixth house from
|Lands and properties
||Mars and the fourth house from
|Luxuries and conveyances
||Venus and the fourth house from
||Mercury and the fifth house from
||Saturn and the eighth house from
Maraka Houses and Planets
The eighth house from the lagna is the house of
longevity. The eighth from the eighth house is the third house,
an alternative house of longevity. Twelfth from any house causes
loss to that house. In this case twelfth from third and eighth
houses are second and seventh houses respectively, which cause
loss of longevity and as such are called death inflicting houses
or maraka houses. The seventh and the second lords also become
the killer or maraka planets. The planets posited in the maraka
houses, with the killer planets, and the planets aspected by the
killer planets also gain death inflicting powers and become maraka
or killer planets. The lord of the twelfth house is also considered
a maraka. Saturn is the unconditional maraka for any lagna. Rahu,
if placed in sixth, eighth or twelfth house also becomes maraka.
Application of Yogini Dasha on Horoscopic Charts
Before applying dasha system to a horoscope in order
to time events, a general assessment of the horoscope is essential.
Each house needs to be examined from the lagna, as well as its
Karaka. In addition, while examining a particular house, that
house needs to be treated as lagna and all other houses considered
in relation to that house. For example, in matters of progeny,
one needs to consider the fifth house from the lagna, the fifth
house from the Karaka Jupiter and also the fifth house from the
fifth (i.e., the ninth house from the lagna). In addition, the
appropriate divisional chart should also be considered. While
considering the appropriate divisional chart, however, it needs
to be remembered that the lagna of the divisional chart is additionally
significant in respect of the appropriate aspect of life signified
by that chart.
In case of the Yogini Dasha, the lords of the different
Yoginis are to be considered as the operative dasha lords. To
apply Yogini dasha on the horoscope of an individual, first of
all take note of the Yogini dasha-antara (major and sub-periods)
operating for the period under consideration. Next, find the lords
of the relevant Yoginis (major and sub-periods). These dasha lords
need to be assessed from the following points:
1. Rashi chart :
(a) from the house under consideration; and
(b) from the significator.
2. Divisional chart :
(a) from the lagna;
(b) from the house under consideration; and
(c) from the significator.
An attempt will be made here to explain the method
of application of Yogini dasha through some example horoscopes
related to varying areas of life of different natives. For constraints
of space only the birth charts and the dwadshamsha charts are
being given in the present article; the navamsha charts are not
being included in this discussion.
SUN THE SIGNIFICATOR FOR
The Sun is considered the significator for the father
of a native. If the Sun and the ninth lord are weak or placed
in malefic houses, along with affliction of the ninth house, the
ninth lord or the Sun by the Trika lords (6th, 8th or 12th lords),
it could be a combination for ill-health or even fatality to the
father of the native. In order to judge the events pertaining
to ones father, the following factors need to be considered:
(a) Rashi chart: the Sun, the ninth from the lagna
and ninth from the Sun
(b) Dwadashamsha chart: the lagna, the Sun, the
ninth from the lagna and the ninth from the Sun.
The native belonging to Chart 1 (born April 24,
1985; 17:39 hrs IST; 28°N39', 77°E13') lost his father
at an early age. The ninth house is occu-pied by the eighth lord
Mars and aspected by a retrograde sixth lord Saturn from the third
house. The placement of an exalted eleventh lord Moon also in
the ninth house aspected by a debilitated Jupiter from the fifth
are relatively ineffective factors for mitigating the affliction
to the ninth house. The ninth lord in the seventh, though exalted,
is retrograde and associated with a debilitated Mercury.
The Sun, the significator for father, is placed
in the adverse eighth house associated with Rahu, without any
releiving factor. The ninth house from the Sun receives the aspect
of the eighth lord Mars while the ninth lord Jupiter is debilitated
and aspected by a retrograde Saturn.
In the dwadashamsha chart, the lagna is heavily
afflicted, being occupied by a debilitated Mars, the malignant
Ketu and a retrograde Venus. There is no benefic aspect on the
lagna or the lagna lord. The ninth lord Jupiter, which also happens
to be the sixth lord, is aspected by a retrograde eighth lord
Saturn from the sixth house. The ninth lord from the Sun is also
The native lost his father on October 1, 1989 when
he was running the Yogini dasha of Sankata-Siddha, equivalent
In the birth chart the major-period lord Rahu is
placed in the eighth house with the Sun, the significator for
father. Rahu represents Saturn, which occupies the eighth house
from the Sun and the seventh (a maraka house) from the ninth house.
By its placement in Mesha, it also represents Mars which occupies
the ninth house and owns eighth house from the Sun. Venus, the
sub-period lord is the owner of the ninth house from the lagna.
It is a maraka (lord of the second as well as the seventh) from
the Sun and occupies the twelfth from it.
In the dwadashamsha chart, Venus as well as the
Rahu-Ketu axis involve the lagna. From the Sun both of them fall
in the adverse six-twelve axis. From the ninth house, Venus happens
to be the retrograde lord of the eighth house associated with
Mars and Ketu.
Chart 2 (born September 1, 1989; 9:17 hrs IST; 28°N39',
77°E13') belongs to the younger brother of native of Chart
1. He was only a month old when he lost his father.
In the rashi chart the ninth lord is debilitated
in the lagna and aspected by a retrograde sixth lord Saturn. The
Sun is afflicted in the twelfth house by its association with
the eighth lord Mars and with Ketu. The ninth from the Sun is
owned by Mars which is afflicted by the Sun and Ketu. The Moon
joins this combination of Mars, Sun and Ketu in the twelfth house
without providing any relief; it is a weak Moon which is debilitated
in the Navamsha (Prepare the navamsha chart to see this!).
In the dwadashamsha the lagna is occupied by Ketu
and aspected by Mars. The Sun, the significator as well as the
lagna lord, occupies the adverse sixth house. The ninth house
from the lagna receives the aspect of the eighth lord Jupiter
and the ninth lord associates with a highly malefic retrograde
sixth lord Saturn.
The yogini dasha operating at the time of his fathers
death was Ulka-Bhadrika ruled respectively by Saturn and Mercury.
In the Birth Chart, the major-period lord Saturn
is the sixth lord aspecting the ninth lord Venus. Saturn also
happens to be a maraka, being the lord of the sixth and the seventh
houses, from the Sun. The sub-period lord Mercury is conjoined
with the ninth lord Venus and aspected by a retrograde sixth lord
Saturn. From the Sun, Mercury occupies the maraka second house.
In the dwadashamsha chart Saturn is a maraka being
the lord of the sixth and the seventh houses from the lagna. From
the ninth, it occupies the second house. Its association with
Mars, the ninth lord, further confirms the affliction to the father
during the dasha of Saturn. Mercury occupies the sixth house from
the lagna and owns the sixth as well as the ninth from the Sun.
To further elucidate the above mentioned principles,
two more charts of siblings are being given here.
Chart 3 (born on August 5, 1981; 7:20 hrs IST; 28°N39',
77°E13') belongs to a female native who lost her father in
a road side accident at the tender age of seven. Mars, the lord
of the ninth from the lagna, occupies an inimical sign and is
aspected by the sixth lord Saturn. The Sun occupies the adverse
twelfth house and falls in the Rahu-Ketu axis. The ninth from
the Sun is aspected by the seventh and the eight lord Saturn.
Jupiter, the lord of the ninth from the Sun, is under a dual malefic
influence of Saturn and Mars.
In the dwadashamsha, the ninth lord occupies the
sixth house in association with Ketu and the twelfth lord Venus
and is aspected by the sixth lord Mars. The ninth house receives
the aspect of Mars and Saturn. From the Sun the ninth house is
occupied by Rahu, aspected by the sixth lord Moon and the twelfth
lord Saturn. Venus, the ninth lord from the Sun is associated
with Ketu and the sixth lord, the Moon and aspected by Mars. The
association of the fourth lord Saturn with the sixth lord Mars
in the third house, aspecting the ninth house, without any relief
from benefic association or aspect indicates a vehicular accident
to the father of the native.
The native lost her father in November 1988 when
she was running the Yogini dasha Dhanya-Ulka owned by Jupiter
and Saturn respectively.
Jupiter is the lord of the sixth as well as the
ninth from the Sun, is associated with the sixth and the seventh
lord Saturn and aspected by Mars. From the Sun, Saturn owns the
highly malefic seventh and eighth houses. Both Jupiter and Saturn
occupy the second house which falls in the sixth from the ninth.
In the dwadashamsha chart, Jupiter as the second
lord from the lagna as well as the Sun associates with the Sun
in the eighth from the ninth house. Saturn in association with
the sixth lord aspects the ninth from the third, the twelfth from
the Sun. Both Saturn and Jupiter aspect the ninth house from the
Chart 4 (born on December 26, 1985; 7:00 hrs IST;
28°N39', 77°E13') belongs the the younger brother of the
above native. The Sun, the Karaka for the father as well as the
ninth lord, occupies the lagna in association with the sixth lord.
The ninth house from the lagna as well as the Sun receives the
aspect of Saturn.
In the dwadashamsha, the lagna lord is associated
with the malefics Mars, Ketu and the sixth lord Moon. The ninth
lord from the lagna occupies the twelfth house, aspected by the
eighth lord Mercury. The ninth house receives the aspect of Mars.
From the Sun, the ninth lord Jupiter in the seventh is aspected
by the eighth lord Mars while the ninth house itself is aspected
by Saturn. Considering the ninth house of the dwadashamsha as
the lagna, a highly malefic combination consisting of Moon, Mars,
Saturn and Ketu forms in the sixth house. From the ninth house,
the fourth lord falls in the sixth house; from the Sun too, the
sixth lord falls in the fourth house; both these confirm the promise
of an accident in the dwadashamsha chart.
The Yogini dasha operating at the time of the adverse
event was Sankata-Bhadrika equivalent to Rahu-Mercury. Rahu represents
Saturn which latter falls in the twelfth from the lagna as well
as the Sun, the Karaka as well as the ninth lord. Rahu by its
position in Mesha also represents Mars which owns the twelfth
house from the lagna as well as the Sun and is joined by Ketu.
Mercury, in association with Saturn and under the aspect of the
eighth lord Moon, falls in the twelfth house from the lagna as
well as the Sun.
In the dwadashamsha, Rahu occupies the eighth from the lagna and
the sixth from the Sun. Mercury owns the eight house from the
lagna and the sixth house from the Sun. As the lord of the sixth
from the Sun, Mercury occupies the fourth house and is aspected
by the Maraka Venus.
The Yogini dasha should be applied not only from the
lagnas of the birth chart and the divisional chart but also from
the house under consideration and the significator for that
house. The position of the significator and the appropriate house
thus function as alternative lagnas. These principles will be further
elucidated by appropriate examples in subsequent articles.
© Rajeev Jhanji, Vedic Astrology