AstrologicalPrediction Techniques of Vedic Astrology, Part One

A few weeks ago, I got a phone call from a friend who is a longtime student of Vedic Astrology. He made an interesting observation which basically outlines the basic practical difference between Vedic and Western astrology. He said he’d been failing miserably during years of trying to predict events in his life, and guessed he was relying too much on the effects of transiting planets. He was right. Here’s my short lecture on the process of quick predicing with Vedic astrology, based on my understanding of the teachings of K.N. Rao.
We’ll do this in stages:
1. Varga aspects repeated in Dasa sequence (today’s lesson).
2. Simultaneous aspects of transiting Rahu and Saturn on the house or house-ruler of the subject in question.
3. Transits of benefics or malefics on the dasa and sub-dasa planets or on the house ruling the subject of the question.
Note that we aren’t even looking at transits in the way a western astrologer looks at transits.
Tip ONE. Examine the dasa and sub-dasa rulers.
First, depend on the dasa system. If you have an accurate birth time, the dasa system, which assigns each portion of your life to the guardianship of a particular planet in your chart, is the first place to go for long and short-term predictions. These time periods are based on the specific position of your moon at birth, and each planet governs a period of time ranging from six to twenty years. Each period is divided into subperiods, and each sub-period is divided into more subperiods.
The most straightforward way to start making a prediction is to look for planets that aspect each other, according to Parasara rules of aspects. At the most simple level, you can look for planets in the same house or the opposite house. Make note of what house those planets are in, and which houses they rule in the birth chart. That will give you some hint of the type of event that will take place. Then look in the lifetime dasa list and find periods that are ruled by the two planets. For example, if you have Mars and Jupiter in the same house, look for a Dasa period of Mars/Jupiter, or Jupiter/Mars. That’s when the event will take place.
Now, look in the Varga, or Divisional charts. If you want to find a change in marital status, look in the Navamsa, or marriage varga/chart. If you want a change in career status, look in the Dasamsa, or career varga/chart. Change in the status of children (or having children, look in the Saptamsa varga. If you have the planetary aspect repeated in the proper varga (divisional chart), that’s the subject area in which this event will take place in life. You can even start your predictive process without finding the aspect in the Rasi/birth chart. Finding the aspect between the Dasa period planets in a divisional chart is very significant.
More information about the nature of the event can be determined by looking at the planets involved, their house placement, their house rulership, any benefic or malefic aspects to those planets, and the nature of friendship/enemy between the planets. Also check the temporal benefic/malefic nature of those planets in the specific birth chart. This will help fine-tune the predition. I’ve conducted classes having students identify significant events in each others lives with this rule alone. Try it out for yourself!
In order to confirm the prediction and narrow down the timing, there are several other steps. Watch my blogs for details for further tips.

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