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Introduction to Dashas

Vedic Astrology has a most brilliant system of timing whenever the effects of each planet will be felt, the dashas. Dashas are planetary cycles, which follow in a very specific order, with a very specific time span.

There are various dasha systems, for instance, the Vimshottari dasha system is briefed further.

The complete dasha cycle is 120 years.After a 120 years, the cycle repeats itself. Out of the full cycle, each planet takes a number of years:

Sun 6 years
Moon 10 years
Mars 7 years
Rahu 18 years
Jupiter 16 years
Saturn 19 years
Mercury 17 years
Ketu 7 years
Venus 20 years

Everybody is somewhere in this 120 year cycle. The point where we enter this cycle at the beginning of our life, is determined by the degree of the Moon at the time of birth. From that point on, we traverse the cycle in the order shown in the table. As you can see, it takes years to finish one cycle.

The main periods just explained, are known as theMaha Dashasor main periods. The Maha Dashas themselves are subdivided in sub periods, calledAntar Dashas“. The sub periods follow the same order as the main periods, and divide up the time span of the particular main period, just like the main periods divide up a life time. The only difference is that a sub period is not 120 years it is compressed to be just the number of years of the particular main period it runs under.

There are many different dasha systems, categorized in 3 broad categories: Nakshatra based, rashi based, and those that are based on both. Some dashas are applicable to every chart, but some are only valid if some astrological condition is met.

The most popular dasha system in use today is the Vimshottari dasha system. This is a general purpose dasha system that can be applied on every chart. Parashara gives 20 more of such general purpose dashas:

Dasha system Type
Kala dasha Planetary
Chakra dasha Rashi
Kalachakra dasha Rashi/Planetary
Chara dasha Rashi
Sthira dasha Rashi
Yogardha dasha Rashi
Kendradi dasha Rashi
Karaka dasha Planetary
Mandooka dasha Mandooka
Shoola dasha Shoola
Trikona dasha Trikona
Drig dasha Driga
Lagna Rasi Dasa Rashi
Panchswara dasha Sounds
Yogini dasha Yoginis/Planetary
Pinda dasha Planetary
Amsha dasha Planetary
Nisarga Dasha Planetary
Sandhya Dasha Rashi
Pachaka Dasha Rashi


Meena Lagna (Pisces Ascendant)

Pisces Ascendants can be deeply “spiritual,” though their spirituality is usually very orthodox and they will feel uncomfortable stepping outside of the mainstream. Dependent on others and frequently lacking in confidence, they are mystical and often psychic by nature. Typically honest and fair-minded, they make up in gentleness and kindness what they lack in forcefulness or personal power.

The following table shows how the 12 Bhavas (houses) are aligned with 12 Rashis (signs) for Pisces.

House No. Sign Name Sign Properties Unique effect for Pisces Lagna
1. Pisces Jupiter, Dual, Water Pleasant and adaptive personality.
2. Aries Mars, Movable, Fire Active family life.
3. Taurus Venus, Fixed, Earth Explores with determination and patience.
4. Gemini Mercury, Dual, Air Playful at heart.
5. Cancer Moon, Movable, Water Intelligent in feelings and intuitive.
6. Leo Sun, Fixed, Fire Authorities may cause troubles.
7. Virgo Mercury, Dual, Earth Practical and detail-oriented partners.
8. Libra Venus, Movable, Air Marriage may bring major transformations.
9. Scorpio Mars, Fixed, Water Determined in spiritual or religious pursuits.
10. Sagittarius Jupiter, Dual, Fire Active and ambitious in the profession field.
11. Capricorn Saturn, Movable, Earth Practical, down-to-earth friends.
12. Aquarius Saturn, Fixed, Air Philosophical about after-death issues.

Kumbha Lagna (Aquarius Ascendant)

Aquarius Ascendants are Philosophers and idealists by nature, favored with great literary or communicative skill, Aquarians frequently make their mark on the world in terms of their ideas. As personalities they can be timid, peevish, and chronically unhappy due to Saturn’s overpowering influence on their lives. Their health may be delicate. At their best, they possess great humanitarian instincts.

The following table shows how the 12 Bhavas (houses) are aligned with 12 Rashis (signs) for Aquarius.

House No. Sign Name Sign Properties Unique effect for Aquarius Lagna
1. Aquarius Saturn, Fixed, Air Philosophical and profound by nature.
2. Pisces Jupiter, Dual, Water Giving disposition towards family and close ones.
3. Aries Mars, Movable, Fire Full of initiative and drive for exploration.
4. Taurus Venus, Fixed, Earth Emotionally steady.
5. Gemini Mercury, Dual, Air Intellectually sharp thinker.
6. Cancer Moon, Movable, Water Mental approach to obstacles.
7. Leo Sun, Fixed, Fire Dominant partners.
8. Virgo Mercury, Dual, Earth Difficulties in the realm of practical issues that require attention to detail.
9. Libra Venus, Movable, Air Loves to exchange ideas and beliefs.
10. Scorpio Mars, Fixed, Water Work habits are fixed and defensive.
11. Sagittarius Jupiter, Dual, Fire Aspirations are grand and idealistic.
12. Capricorn Saturn, Movable, Earth Less practical in physical realm.


Dhanu Lagna (Sagittarius Ascendant)

The typical Sagittarius rising Ascendant personality loves religion and philosophy, but may be overly conservative in these matters. Active, enthusiastic, and enterprising, these individuals may also be somewhat nervous. They are extremely honest and even humble by nature, despising hypocrisy and superficiality. They often have good control over their emotions and sensual desires.

The following table shows how the 12 Bhavas (houses) are aligned with 12 Rashis (signs) for Sagittarius.

House No. Sign Name Sign Properties Unique effect for Sagittarius Lagna
1. Sagittarius Jupiter, Dual, Fire Religious and philosophical by nature.
2. Capricorn Saturn, Movable, Earth Practical and conservative in money matters.
3. Aquarius Saturn, Fixed, Air Slow, but innovative in taking new directions.
4. Pisces Jupiter, Dual, Water Tender feelings for home and family.
5. Aries Mars, Movable, Fire Sharp and lively intellect.
6. Taurus Venus, Fixed, Earth Will respond mildly when provoked.
7. Gemini Mercury, Dual, Air Attracts partners who are more playful and carefree.
8. Cancer Moon, Movable, Water Emotionally sensitive.
9. Leo Sun, Fixed, Fire Proud in maintaining proper dharma.
10. Virgo Mercury, Dual, Earth Detail-oriented work that involves service.
11. Libra Venus, Movable, Air Gains through trade. Care free friends.
12. Scorpio Mars, Fixed, Water May lose on account of being overly protective or too suspicious.

Tula Lagna (Libra Ascendant)

The Libra Ascendants have a reputation of being too submerged in sensuality, but they are also quick-witted, forceful, and skilled at observing human nature with clarity. They are idealistic rather than practical, and the power of their ideals may wield a great, perhaps even hypnotic, influence over others. In such cases, it is difficult to reason with them. Due to the influence of Venus, they appreciate beauty and love music and arts.

The following table shows how the 12 Bhavas (houses) are aligned with 12 Rashis (signs) for Libra.

House No. Sign Name Sign Properties Unique effect for Libra Lagna
1. Libra Venus, Movable, Air Interested in relationships, psychology, and pleasure.
2. Scorpio Mars, Fixed, Water Tends to accumulate fixed assets such as real estate.
3. Sagittarius Jupiter, Dual, Fire Good entrepreneurial skills.
4. Capricorn Saturn, Movable, Earth Not very attached to home and relatives.
5. Aquarius Saturn, Fixed, Air Philosophical inclinations.
6. Pisces Jupiter, Dual, Water Problems related to having children. Good at resolving disputes.
7. Aries Mars, Movable, Fire Attracts active and energetic partners.
8. Taurus Venus, Fixed, Earth Has a hard time being settled for too long.
9. Gemini Mercury, Dual, Air Can be superficial about religious or spiritual values.
10. Cancer Moon, Movable, Water Prefers to work in gentle and emotionally comfortable settings.
11. Leo Sun, Fixed, Fire Strong and willful friends.
12. Virgo Mercury, Dual, Earth Pays too little attention to detail.

Kanya Lagna (Virgo Ascendant)

Though Virgo Ascendants are highly skilled and extremely clever, they may lack self-confidence. Despite their clear discrimination, they may occasionally get carried away by their emotions. Mercury’s influence can make them ingenious, diplomatic, and shrewd, and enable them to rise high in life. However, they are extremely sensitive and may suffer from too much nervous stress. At times they get overwhelmed with anxiety over details and fail to see the big picture of an issue

The following table shows how the 12 Bhavas (houses) are aligned with 12 Rashis (signs) for Virgo.

House No. Sign Name Sign Properties Unique effect for Virgo Lagna
1. Virgo Mercury, Dual, Earth Detailed, skilled, and practical nature.
2. Libra Venus, Movable, Air Talent for selling and trading.
3. Scorpio Mars, Fixed, Water Courageous when least challenged.
4. Sagittarius Jupiter, Dual, Fire Has personal integrity.
5. Capricorn Saturn, Movable, Earth Industrious learner.
6. Aquarius Saturn, Fixed, Air Tends to worry about problems.
7. Pisces Jupiter, Dual, Water Attracts idealistic partners.
8. Aries Mars, Movable, Fire Overly cautious in taking initiative.
9. Taurus Venus, Fixed, Earth Steadfast and devoted in belief system.
10. Gemini Mercury, Dual, Air Good at work related to communication and diplomacy.
11. Cancer Moon, Movable, Water Associates with gentle and sensitive people.
12. Leo Sun, Fixed, Fire Shy of being at the center of attention.

Karka Lagna (Cancer Ascendant)

Cancer Ascendants are very sensitive and intelligent, but they may sometimes be nervous or easily stressed. Highly emotional and often psychic, they love pleasure and tend to acquire possessions. At their worst, they can be somewhat stingy; at best, they can be kind, supportive, and honest friends. In spite of their gentle and emphatic nature, they are capable of thinking and acting with vigor. Though Cancer natives are often unlucky in marriage, they are attached and devoted to their children and family. They typically marry a partner who surpasses them in age or overall maturity.

The following table shows how the 12 Bhavas (houses) are aligned with 12 Rashis (signs) for Cancer.

House No. Sign Name Sign Properties Unique effect for Cancer Lagna
1. Cancer Moon, Movable, Water Sensitive, nurturing, and mindful.
2. Leo Sun, Fixed, Fire Attracts a dignified social environment.
3. Virgo Mercury, Dual, Earth Precise and organized in taking initiative.
4. Libra Venus, Movable, Air Soft feelings, loves comfortable environment.
5. Scorpio Mars, Fixed, Water Sharp intelligence, active learner.
6. Sagittarius Jupiter, Dual, Fire Tendency to gain weight.
7. Capricorn Saturn, Movable, Earth Attracts serious and efficient partners.
8. Aquarius Saturn, Fixed, Air Problems in life tend to be chronic.
9. Pisces Jupiter, Dual, Water Tendency for spirituality and higher education.
10. Aries Mars, Movable, Fire A good ability to act and take initiative.
11. Taurus Venus, Fixed, Earth Desirous of material gains and comforts.
12. Gemini Mercury, Dual, Air Spends on communication and social life.


Mithuna Lagna (Gemini Ascendant)

Mercury gives these natives a gift for speaking, as well as an interest in the arts and a predilection for learning. Gemini people are lively, intelligent, imaginative, and thirsty for intellectual stimulation.

Gemini Ascendant may excel in areas of literature, music, dance, or film, and will typically be very outgoing. Their great sense of humor makes them a welcome presence at social events. Their speech can be quite emotional, and their expressive face tends to give away how they feel. In spite of their apparent soft side, they can show a remarkable courage and enterprising spirit. Their career is likely to be in the realm of education or some branch of holistic knowledge. Initiating new projects is easy for Gemini natives, but taking work to the end and meeting the deadlines can be difficult. They can get bored fast and lose their interest in subjects that fail to challenge or amuse their bright intellect.

Their greatest challenge lies in their attraction to eroticism, gaming, or other sensual pastimes, as the interest in such matters may well reach the status of a “fatal attraction.” When treated unfairly or challenged, Gemini will fight back without mercy.

The following table shows how the 12 Bhavas (houses) are aligned with 12 Rashis (signs) for Gemini.

House No. Sign Name Sign Properties Unique effect for Gemini Lagna
1. Gemini Mercury, Dual, Air Intellectual, clever, and communicative.
2. Cancer Moon, Movable, Water Fluctuating finances, emotional speech.
3. Leo Sun, Fixed, Fire Courageous and enterprising.
4. Virgo Mercury, Dual, Earth Intelligent friends, and lively emotions.
5. Libra Venus, Movable, Air Poetic or artistic skills, and love for learning.
6. Scorpio Mars, Fixed, Water Undiagnosed disease related to water, fierce defense mechanisms.
7. Sagittarius Jupiter, Dual, Fire Mature and wise partner, fortunate marriage.
8. Capricorn Saturn, Movable, Earth Problems involve meeting deadlines and finishing boring jobs.
9. Aquarius Saturn, Fixed, Air Philosophically inclined, no community religion
10. Pisces Jupiter, Dual, Water Profession in the area of education or holistic knowledge.
11. Aries Mars, Movable, Fire Ambitious about reaching goals and achievements.
12. Taurus Venus, Fixed, Earth Sensual and spends on comforts or luxury.

Vrishabha Lagna (Taurus Ascendant)

Taurus Ascendants are often very fortunate and prosperous because of their basic tendency to stay in one place, stay focussed on their goals, and accumulate assets. They relate well to practical, down-to-earth matters, and have an excellent intellect and ability to express themselves. They have a prominent tendency to be somewhat conservative and stubborn, and do not welcome any type of changes.
Patient and hard working, they are willing to sacrifice for the sake of the future. Their work may involve some long-term process with an idealistic flavor, where an idea is the key to success.
They may encounter obstacles in the realm of parenthood. They may experience problems or delays in getting children, or deal with challenges raising them. Under the influence of their ruling planet Venus, they may be very fond of beauty, comforts, and harmony, as well as the opposite sex. But their marriage partner is likely to be a bit sharp and intense. There maybe a tendency of having disagreements with the partner or the partner may somehow be the cause of some problems in their life

The following table shows how the 12 Bhavas (houses) are aligned with 12 Rashis (signs) for Taurus.

House No. Sign Name Sign Properties Unique effect for Taurus Lagna
1. Taurus Venus, Fixed, Earth Practical, stubborn, and fond of comforts.
2. Gemini Mercury, Dual, Air Talkative, lively in expression, and money-minded.
3. Cancer Moon, Movable, Water Not very courageous or competitive.
4. Leo Sun, Fixed, Fire Favors having a permanent place of residence.
5. Virgo Mercury, Dual, Earth Intelligent and practical.
6. Libra Venus, Movable, Air Spouse may be a cause of problems.
7. Scorpio Mars, Fixed, Water Temperamental partners.
8. Sagittarius Jupiter, Dual, Fire Some problem involving (getting) children.
9. Capricorn Saturn, Movable, Earth Steadfast, but practical in religious beliefs.
10. Aquarius Saturn, Fixed, Air Hard working and involved in organizational or mental work.
11. Aries Jupiter, Dual, Water Easy gains, comfortable income.
12. Pisces Mars, Movable, Fire Impulsive expenditures on unworthy causes, accidents.

Mesha Lagna (Aries Ascendant)

People with Aries rising are always restless and constantly on the
move. Because their ruling planet is Mars, they have a great deal of energy and zeal which
makes them courageous, independent, and motivated at their best, but angry and hot-tempered
at their worst. They have a sharp intellect, but tend to be fixed in their knowledge and
understanding patterns. These people love taking initiative and prefer to lead than to follow.
They can become great leaders, if they manage to control their volatile tempers. Their ideas and
moods can change easily, and they are unlikely to stick to one project for too long. They are
quite materialistic and tend to accumulate wealth. However, since Saturn rules the 11th House,
it usually takes them a lot of hard work and commitment before the fruits of their labor become
significant. They enjoy communication and tend to get involved in many partnerships and/or
relationships. Aries natives are likely to have a pleasant marriage with a beautiful, refined, and
mild-tempered partner. In spite of their independent nature, they have a religious side and often
display interest in some occult kind of knowledge. They tend to spend on good causes (like
charities, etc.) as long as it does not pose a threat to their ambition of becoming wealthy.

The following table shows how the 12 Bhavas (houses) are aligned with 12 Rashis (signs) for Aries.

House No. Sign Name Sign Properties Unique effect for Aries Lagna
1. Aries Mars, Movable, Fire Energetic, changeable personality.
2. Taurus Venus, Fixed, Earth Enjoys beautiful and refined possessions.
3. Gemini Mercury, Dual, Air Good at communicating.
4. Cancer Moon, Movable, Water Easily changes his mind and moods.
5. Leo Sun, Fixed, Fire Strong, fixed opinions and ideologies.
6. Virgo Mercury, Dual, Earth Obstacles tend to be about “working out the details”.
7. Libra Venus, Movable, Air Sensuous nature; enjoys getting involved in partnerships.
8. Scorpio Mars, Fixed, Water Interest in occult-oriented spiritual matters.
9. Sagittarius Jupiter, Dual, Fire Religious by nature.
10. Capricorn Saturn, Movable, Earth Ambitious and practical, handles multiple jobs.