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Fate and Fortune:

An Astrological Analysis of Lottery, Gambling and Sweepstakes Wealth

Part One By Juliana Swanson, Hawaii.

[This article was originally published in CVA Journal, Spring/Summer 2009 edition, and is republished here with permission.] Innumerable indications for affluence (dhana) are found in both classic and modern Jyotish literature, from the Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra (BPHS) to all the illustrious expositions that have followed Sage Parashara's well-known treatise. Astrology further identifies specific sources of financial wealth, whether inherited, earned by any means, or granted through an extraordinary chance windfall. Among windfalls, those received through lotteries, gambling and sweepstakes are of special interest to predictive astrology, simply because they seem to occur under unforeseen and rather arbitrary circumstances. However, Vedic astrology decrees that nothing is random, as karmas are revealed in the natal and progressed horoscope. Thus, finding and timing an astrological predisposition for windfall wealth should be easy enough, right? My curiosity led me to explore the most common astrological ingredients for dhana among a group of lottery, gambling and sweepstakes winners. My objectives were fairly straightforward--to sift through the myriad wealth combinations enumerated in astrological literature and

Juliana Swanson is a long-time student

and practitioner of astrology, yoga and the healing arts. She is an ACVA Level II certified Vedic astrologer as well as a Registered Nurse (RN), Polarity Therapist (RPP) and Rebirthing Facilitator. Juliana lives with her family on Hawaii's Big Island, where she has a holistic therapy practice and works as an astrological consultant, researcher and tutor. Juliana is also an instructor for the American College of Vedic Astrology Online Program and for the International Academy of Astrology. She holds memberships in the Council of Vedic Astrology (CVA), the British Association of Vedic Astrology (BAVA), American Federation of Astrologers (AFA) and the American Polarity Therapy Association. You may reach her via her Web site at www.AstralHarmony.com or email at [email protected]

find those most compelling; and, to pinpoint innate factors and triggers for financial gain. As a neophyte in the field of professional astrological research, I certainly would not presume to conduct a serious statistical study. Still, according to Mark McDonough, founder and former president of Lois Rodden's AstroDatabank, One need not be a statistics maven to make a significant contribution to the advancement of astrology. After seeking some valuable advice and direction from Terri McCartney, former Research Coordinator for AstroDatabank, I was ready to begin! I based my study on a dual approach using both qualitative and quantitative analysis. Most of astrological research involves qualitative analysis, a methodology that consists of studying charts and looking for patterns and symbolic correspondences. Qualitative analysis is chiefly delineative and exegetic in nature, and includes systematic observation, case study analysis and standard literature review. When we examine a group of horoscopes sharing a similar trait such as windfall profits to determine common astrological themes, we are in effect doing qualitative research. The most extensive segment of my qualitative case study research will be presented in a subsequent article titled Fate and Fortune: An Astrological Analysis of Lottery, Gambling and Sweepstakes Wealth, Part Two. Much of the qualitative research had already been laid out for me in the various compendia of wealth combinations, which I sought to validate through further qualitative as well as quantitative research. The latter refers to a system of gathering measurable information. Statistics, graphs and tables are often used to support the results of quantitative research. Qualitative and quantitative techniques need not preclude each other and can be successfully combined in astrological research. By attributing mathematical value to qualitative data, the quantitative approach can be used to validate certain conclusions formed through the qualitative analysis. Alternatively, qualitative research assigns meaning to quantitative data. In quantitative research, one first must acquire a test group of subjects with a sample size large enough to be considered representative of the overall population under investigation. A general rule is that the number of participants in the test group should be 5 times greater than the number of factors being considered. Because there are 12 rashis (constellations) and 12 bhavas (astrological houses), a minimum astrological test group of 60 (5 X 12) meets this requirement. I acquired 70 valid test subjects from both AstroDatabank's and my own personal data files, all with Rodden ratings of AA, A, and B. The test group

McDonough, Mark. "Every Astrologer a Researcher," April 21, 2000: http://www.astrodatabank.com/ASEveryAstrologerAResearcher.htm (accessed July 5, 2007).

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3 McCartney, Terri, "Research Design: Part 1: Exploring Structure and Standards,"

http://www.astrodatabank.com/as/ResearchByDesign1.htm (accessed July 5, 2007). AstroDatabank's Rodden Rating: A system of coding birth data for accuracy based on the source of the data. A higher Rodden Rating, i.e. AA, A or B indicates a greater degree of confidence, while one should be skeptical of lower

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members were born throughout the world between the years 1879 and 1985, and reported lottery, gambling and sweepstake winnings from a few thousand to millions of dollars. I constructed charts in the Rashi chakra (Whole Sign) system with Lahiri Ayanamsha. Obviously, a larger data set will reveal more significant results. However, there is not always enough data available to extend one's research group. This is why it is important to use a control group at least ten times larger than the test group, because even when the test group is smaller, it is measured against a large enough control group to satisfy the necessary requirements for a significant finding. A broad guideline for determining a significant finding is that it should occur with at least 33% frequency and at least 1.5 times (50%) more often in the test group than the control group. However, even if the requirement for frequency is not met, for example, if only 5% of a test group and less than 1% of a control group has a certain factor that is being measured, this may also be considered an important finding because it represents a notable variation between the test and control groups. In AstroDatabank, I generated a non-random control group of 700 charts. I created an alternate test group of 70 long-term investors for which I examined certain specific factors. I analyzed data using AstroDatabank 4.0, Jigsaw v2, and Parashara's Light 7.0 software. Additionally, I manually counted certain factors that were not assessable with software programs. Some of the most unexpected outcomes of my research arose from the Factor Analysis Report (FAR) generated in AstroDatabank's research module. This feature compares over 300,000 independent factors and then reveals the number of times each factor is found in the test and control groups, after which the data can be sorted to show the factors of greatest variance between groups. The factors compared include planets, houses, house lords, dispositors and aspects. For this study, components exclusive to Western astrology, such as outer planets and asteroids, were not considered. More importantly, the FAR is not programmed to analyze factors specific to Vedic astrology such as special yogas, Arudha Lagna, Indu Lagna and Iyer Points of Prosperity. The FAR exposed certain placements and features that are not mentioned in classic Jyotish texts. For instance, one of the most commonly occurring FAR results that showed the greatest differential between test and control groups was the placement of the 12 th house ruler (lord) in a kendra. On surface, this is surprising, as Vedic astrology teaches that the 12th lord signifies expenses, losses and misery related to the house in which it is found. However,

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Rodden Rated data, such as C or DD. Data rated AA (from birth certificate or birth record) are the most accurate obtainable. Data rated A (from memory) are usually accurate; B data (from biographies) are similarly accurate because authors who give times are likely to have obtained the data from the subject, the subject's immediate family, or from a birth record.

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Personal conversations with Terri McCartney, former Research Director for AstroDatabank, May-July 2007

6 Ibid.

Uttara Kalamrita by Kalidasha states that the 12th house relates to relief from debts, a fitting scenario for the positive outcome of a financial windfall. Table 1 outlines the most significant FAR results showing those occurring with the most frequency and variation between groups. Several of these tabulations appeared concurrently in almost all cases studied in my qualitative research, reflecting the significance of confluent chart dynamics, as was also true with certain yogas. Table 1 AstroDatabank's Factor Analysis Report (FAR) 1 2 2a. 2b. 2c. 2d. 3. 4. 5. 6 7 8 9 Control Test Control Ruler of 12th house in a kendra Test Control Ruler of 12th in 1st Test Control Ruler of 12th in 7th Test Control Ruler of 12th in 4th Test Control Ruler of 12th in 10th Test Control Dispositor of Mars in a kendra Test th Ruler of the 9 house in an earth sign (Taurus, Virgo or Control Capricorn) Test Control Dispositor of Jupiter in artha house 2, 6 or 10 Test Most frequent aspect: Saturn's bi-directional sextile with Control any of the natural benefic planets and/or the Sun Test Control Dispositor of Rahu in earth (artha) house 2, 6 or 10 Test Control Upachaya lord in 10th house Test Control Kendra lord in 10th house Test Sun in earth (artha) house 2, 6 or 10 33% 53% 34% 53% 11% 16% 8% 13% 7% 13% 8% 11% 29% 44% 26% 40% 25% 39% 24% 39% 22% 34% 20% 34% 20% 34%

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7 Kalidasha, Uttara Kalamrita, Trans. V. Subrahmanya. Sastri, New Delhi: Ranjan, 2005, p.124.

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Ruler of 11th house in its natural ruling house (e.g., if 11th lord Control 15% is Mars, it occupies the 1 st or 8th house, which relate to the Test 29% natural signs of Aries and Scorpio) Control 20% Natural benefic in 10th house Test 31% Control 15% Jupiter in 2nd or 7th house Test 27%

The following represents an overview of my most significant findings from the quantitative research. I. The Grahas 1. My research showed that all of the grahas have the potential to influence wealth, and thus must be considered in any assessment of sudden prosperity. That said, Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Rahu definitely appeared as the most important naisargika dhana karakas (natural wealth significators) of lottery, gambling and sweepstakes wealth. 2. Vargottama, exaltation, retrograde or stationary placements of planets were not significant predictors, except in the case of stationary Jupiter in the birth horoscope, which was an important factor. 3. Individually or in combination, Venus and Mars in their own signs (swa-rashi) were important indicators. 4. In Shad Bala, an intricate scheme for determining planetary strength, any score above 100% is considered to have substantial strength in rupas. In the average total Shad Bala scores, the test group achieved at least 100% strength, whereas the control group was above 100% for all planets except Jupiter. Saturn's strength was the second strongest in the survey, followed by Mars, and then Venus. Nonetheless, the difference between the Shad Bala averages between the test and control groups was negligible. In addition, materialistic Rahu, which was of particular interest in my research because of the dramatic financial turnarounds reported by a good number of the winners surveyed, was not analyzed in this area because Shad Bala does not apply to the lunar nodes. See Table 2:

Table 2

Shad Bala

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Graha Su Mo Ma Me Test 103.10% 107.10% 131.40% 103.70% Control 104.50% 105.60% 126.60% 101.80%

Ju Ve 103.40% 118.30% 98.90% 119.90%

Sa 121.10% 122.80%

5. The Sun and Moon in Virgo; Jupiter in Cancer; Mars in Leo; Venus in Capricorn; and, Rahu in Aries were the strongest sign positions for the planets in the winners' charts. 6. The classics teach us that earth is the element most directly related to wealth, and this was born out in my research, as earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) were the most common placement for the dhana karakas and especially the 9th lord. 7. The cardinal quality of action and achievement was predominant (relative to planets in rashis). 8. The overall strength of the dispositors of Mars, Jupiter and Rahu were evaluated, and especially strong were the placements of Mars' dispositor in a kendra (1st, 4th, 7th and 10th) and Jupiter's dispositor in an artha house (2nd, 6th and 10th). II. The Rashis: 1. Libra, often thought of as the most fortunate constellation, was the most common Lagna for the winners, whereas Virgo was the most common Lagna for an alternate test group of 70 long-term investors. However, data on Lagnas may be skewed by the astronomical phenomena of Short and Long Ascension, and therefore might not be a reliable

predictor. The rashi placement of the Lagnesha (Lagna lord) may be a more trustworthy forecaster because it is not distorted by Short and Long Ascension. Interestingly, Libra was also the most common placement of Lagneshas in the test group. III. The Bhavas: 1. The most important bhavas to examine for wealth were the trikonas (1st, 5th and 9th); kendras (1st, 4th, 7th and 10th) and the 2nd, 8th and 11th houses. 2. Natural benefics most commonly occurred in the test group with notable variation in the 7th, 10th, 2nd and 11th houses, in order from greatest to least. See Table 3. Table 3

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House 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Test 31% 40% 34% 36% 30% 30% 43% 29% 24% 39% 36% 29% Control 35% 35% 37% 36% 34% 31% 31% 31% 32% 30% 34% 33%

Due to the Earth's tilt, there is not an equal distribution of Ascendants at all latitudes. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Signs of Long Ascension, which take longer to rise and are thus more common, are Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius; Signs of Short Ascension are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Virgo and Libra are the longest to rise, and Pisces and Aries the shortest. All of this is reversed in the Southern Hemisphere. Though test and control groups contain birth data from both hemispheres, 97% of the charts are set in the Northern Hemisphere.

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3. In general, a highly significant factor of strength and emphasis was found in the placement of naisargika dhana karakas in the kendras of the natal chart. In addition, the natal Moon in the 3rd house and natal Rahu in the 6th house were important considerations. 4. The Sun's occupation of an earth (artha) house was a very strong factor, especially its placement in the 10th house, where it receives directional strength (dik bala), which occurred 15.7% of the time in the test group, and only 5.8% in the control group. Though not showing particularly high rate of frequency, this factor reflected a considerable variation between groups, which may suggest significance. IV. Bhava Lords and Yogas: 1. As stated in Uttara Kalamrita and other classical as well as modern texts, Dhana Yogas (wealth combinations) are formed by a combination of two or more of the lords of houses 2 (wealth); 5 (gains through speculation and Poorvapunya); 9 (luck and unexpected windfalls); and, 11 (income), if these lords are strong. Further, when the rulers of houses 6, 8, or 12 are involved in the above combinations, the entire wealth may be lost during the major periods of the lords of the dhana houses. The main dhana karyeshas (lords of the wealth bhavas) are those that rule the 2 nd, 5th, 9th and 11th houses. My research found that additional dhana karakas are the lords of the 1st, 4th, 8th and 10th houses. Various arrangements of Dhana Yogas combining two or more of these strong dhana lords--by conjunction, graha drishti, or mutual exchange--occurred in 90% of the test group charts, a phenomenal occurrence. When these dhana combinations occurred in kendras and/or influenced the 1st house, they were most powerful. My quantitative research did not take into account the above ruinous combinations involving dusthana lords (Arishta Yogas). However, in case study analysis, Aristha Yogas were frequently noted among the winners who experienced the most dramatic reversals of fortune. Further qualitative research revealed that these wealth combinations were not uncommon by themselves, and did not seem to be measurably significant when they occurred singularly. However, as the number of wealth combinations increased in any given chart, the potential and certainty for sudden prosperity expanded exponentially. Most importantly, Dhana Yogas were activated in the dashas of the involved planets. I assessed 23 classical wealth combinations presented in Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra; Brighu Sutram; Hora Sara; Brihat Jataka; and, Madhya Parashari, of which the following appeared most significant:

9 Kalidasha, p. 98. 10 Conjunction, aspect or mutual exchange. 11

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Lakshmi Yoga occurred frequently enough to seem important, though this combination was not assessed in a control group to determine notable variation. The placement of the Arudha Lagna in a trikona or kendra was important when receiving the graha drishti of a natural or temporal benefic. As above, this factor was not assessed in a control group. Thus, I am not able to say whether or not this occurred with notable variation, though it did occur with notable frequency (67% of the time). Dhana planets occurred most often in the 1st, 4th and 10th kendras. A well-fortified 2nd lord in the 5th house was also one of the most highly significant wealth combinations, based on a notable variation between test and control groups. The 9th lord in the 2nd house was almost as significant. The occupation of upachaya lords (particularly the 3rd lord) in the 10th house occurred with significant frequency as well as notable variation between test and control groups. Dharma-Karma Adhipati Yoga; Gajakesari Yoga; and Chaya Graha Raja Yoga occurred with notable frequency, though I was not able to test these combinations against a control group to determine the presence of significant variation. Yogakarakas and trinal lords most frequently occupied the 2 nd house and/or 10th house. V. Hora Chart: 1. According to Sage Parashara, wealth can be analyzed from the Hora or Second Divisional (varga) chart. It is commonly understood that the Hora chart alone is not to be employed to determine sudden wealth potential. However, it can be used to verify and support the potential seen in the Rashi chart. 2. According to Parashara, Jupiter, the Sun, and Mars give pronounced effects in the hora of the Sun; the Moon, Venus, and Saturn do so when in the Moon's hora; Mercury is effective in both horas. Traditionally, when most planets are in the Sun's hora (Leo), it is said that one will have to work harder to attain material wealth. If more planets are in the Moon's hora (Cancer), wealth will come to the native more effortlessly. This was not confirmed in my analysis of 70 winners' charts, for which 54% of planets were found in the Sun's hora, and only 46% were in the Moon's (Cancer). Several other factors tested did not lend any important conclusions. 3. Even so, two noteworthy findings did arise from this segment of my research. First, the 2nd lord (of the Rashi chart) was found in its appropriate hora 61% of the time. Second, the mahadasha lord occupied its appropriate hora 65% of the time. These appear to have been significant findings, though they were not tested against the control group to establish notable variation. VI. Navamsha Chart

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13 Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, Vedic Astrology Bookshelf, GeoVision Software, 7:1-16.

Parashara specifies that the Navamsha or D-9 (Divisional) chart is nearly as important as the Rashi chart. Though the navamsha is often described as the most essential of all the amshas (vargas), many controversies exist regarding how it should be employed. For example, the D-9 is regularly used as an alternate chart to the Rashi, and many Vedic astrologers use it as a separate chart to scrutinize all matters. The navamsha traditionally represents the key to the strength of a planet or its innate abilities, and is used specifically to detect the strength or weakness of a particular planet in the Rashi chart, especially the dasha lord and dhana planets. Because it is a harmonic of the 9th house of bhagya (good fortune), the Navamsha chart is important for an assessment of overall wealth potential. My most remarkable findings relating to the Navamsha chart were: 1. Dhana lords of the Rashi chart most commonly occupied the 2nd house of the Navamsha chart. 2. The most frequent house placement of a dasha lord in the Navamsha chart was in a kendra. This follows a recurring theme of my research, that dhana planets occupying kendras have a strong influence on wealth. 3. The most frequently occurring factor was the placement of a dasha lord in an enemy sign in the D-9 chart. This completely perplexing outcome does not fit the typical model of a planet's gaining strength in its navamsha, and in fact, this is quite contrary to what is traditionally known. VII. Graha Drishti (Planetary Aspects) AstroDatabank's Factor Analysis Report revealed that the most commonly occurring aspect among the winners' charts was Saturn sextile any of the natural benefics and/or the Sun. This occurred with some notable variation and frequency--39% of the time in the test group as opposed to 24% of the time in the control group. Please note that this sextile aspect does not only refer to Parashara's special 3rd aspect for Saturn. Rather, it refers to the 60degree bi-directional aspect used in Tajika and Western astrology. These results would indicate that Saturn has an important influence on the achievement of wealth. A large number of additional aspects tested did not lend any important conclusions. For instance, Jupiter in a trine from another benefic occurred only 29% of the time in the test group, and appeared more commonly in the control group (33% of the time). VIII. Indu Lagna The Indu Lagna, as revealed in Uttara Kalamrita, is used to assess financial prosperity: If there is a benefic [in the Indu Lagna] without a malefic, the native becomes a multimillionaire. If there is a malefic, his wealth is in thousands only. If the malefic is exalted, he will be a multi-millionaire. The Indu Lagna is derived from a mathematical formula linking

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the Moon (Indu, the prime force of mind), the Udaya Lagna, and the 9th Bhagyasthana (house of fortune). The Indu Lagna was calculated in 70 test charts using Jagannatha Hora 7.0 software. I was not able to analyze the Indu Lagna against the control group due to software limitations; therefore, I cannot say that the following factors occurred with any notable variation between test and control groups. Nonetheless, the Indu Lagna appeared to be a reliable predictor in the natal charts of the winners group, as follows: 1. Kendras from the Indu Lagna were well-fortified in 2/3 of the test group charts, and were well-fortified by planets in dignity half the time. 2. Placement of natural benefics or malefics 11th from the Indu Lagna occurred quite frequently, with malefics more so than benefics. 3. Rahu occupying a kendra from the Indu Lagna was common. 4. The Indu Lagna associated with a natural malefic appeared as a highly significant factor. 5. The Indu Lagna conjoined or aspecting a dasha lord at the time of winning occurred only 25% of the time, which may or may not indicate importance. IX. Iyer Points Of Prosperity The late Seshadri Iyer, renowned Indian Jyotishi, distilled from Nadi Jyotisha a complex system for determining wealth in the astrological chart. One portion of this system, as expounded by astrologers Robert Svoboda and Hart de Fouw, involves the interaction of four key points: 1. The Yogi Point is a prosperity factor derived by adding 93° 20' to the longitude of the Sun and Moon, all measured from 0° Aries. 2. The Yogi, or Yogi Planet, is the ruler of the nakshatra in which the Yogi Point is located. This is the planet that provides prosperity. 3. The Duplicate Yogi is the ruler of the constellation in which the Yogi Point is placed. This point is said to augment the prosperity promised by the Yogi. 4. The Avayogi Point, a point that presumably indicates impediments to wealth, is calculated by adding 6 rashis plus 6° 40' to the Yogi Point. The Avayogi is the ruler of the nakshatra in which the Avayogi Point is placed. Numerous methods exist for using these Iyer points to determine wealth or the obstruction of wealth. The Iyer prosperity factors were not counted in the larger control group, so I cannot say if these occurred with notable variation between groups. Nonetheless, I discovered that the most commonly occurring factors were:

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Ibid. Note the kalas attributed to each planet as follows: Sun-30; Mars-6; Jupiter-10; Saturn-1; Moon-16; Mercury-8; and Venus-12. Note the 9th bhava from the Lagna. Note the 9th bhava from the Moon. Add the kalas of the lords of these two. Expunge multiples of 12 and note the remainder. Count the remainder from the Moon, and the sign so obtained is the Indu Lagna.

16 17 Light on Relationships, Samuel Weiser, Inc., 2000, p.176-182.

1. The Yogi Planet's dispositor was strong and related to dhana houses 73% of the time. 2. The Yogi Planet was associated with natural and/or temporal benefics 64% of the time. 3. The Yogi Point was associated with relatively unafflicted dhana house lords 46% of the time. 4. The Yogi Point was associated with natural benefics 31% of the time. X. Dashas & Transits (Timing Is Everything) One of the most distinctive features of Jyotisha is the system of dashas (planetary periods), used to predict the maturation of particular karmas. Whereas there are dozens of dasha systems, the most widely used Vimshottari system was the only one employed in this work. Various combinations, such as Raja and Dhana Yogas, are dasha-dependent, meaning that their full promise will be activated in the dashas of their component planets, all other factors being equal. In addition, the dasha lord's natural and temporal benefic or malefic nature is awakened in its period. The house in which the dasha lord is placed, and the other planets with which it shares association and influence (including dispositors and house lords) will be activated, as well. There are many rules and subtleties to follow in the process of analyzing a dasha. Parashara devotes about 20 chapters to the subject and describes many dasha-dependent wealth combinations, such as, Luxuries, comforts, pleasures, dawn of fortune (bhagyodaya)...will be the auspicious effects if there are benefics in the 1st, the 9th, or a kendra from the lord of the dasha. To complicate matters, many of the commentators who followed Sage Parashara also mention other dasha-dependent wealth combinations. Moreover, there are several layers of sub-dashas to take into account in each case. My most important findings related to dashas were: 1. As a main karaka of lottery wealth, Rahu was the most common dasha lord, occurring 20% of the time, which is in accordance with the following dictum in Sarvartha Chintamani, In the sub- periods of benefic planets during the main period of such as Rahu, there is acquisition of ...wealth... An additional point of interest was that Rahu occurred most frequently in Taurus or Pisces. 2. Jupiter, the other chief wealth karaka, was in second place as dasha lord, occurring 18% of the time, and most frequently in its ucha rashi, Cancer. Table 5 Mahadasha Lords at Time of Winning

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19 V. Sarma, Sarvatha Chintamani. Vedic Astrology Bookshelf, GeoVision Software, 33:13-14.

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3. The most frequent bhava placements of dasha lords in the Rashi chakra were the 4th and 9th houses, followed by the 1st, 2nd and 10th houses. 4. The relationships between dasha and bhukti lords were analyzed in the test group. The conjunction (1/1); sextile (3/11); and inconjunct (6/8) occurred most frequently, as seen in the following overall analysis: 1/1­29% 3/11­22% 6/8­18% 2/12­15% 1/7­7% 5/9­6% 4/10­3% Classic and modern authors have described a whole host of subtleties related to interpreting gochara (transits). Contemporary Vedic astrologer Bill Levacy succinctly sums up one important principle in Beneath a Vedic Sky: When a transiting planet forms a conjunction with a planet in the natal chart, life events as pledged in the birth chart are triggered­your number is called on the cosmic score card. There are a great variety of complex rules and systems for interpreting gochara. In my qualitative case study analysis, the utter elegance of astrological synthesis came alive as the transits were repeatedly observed to ignite the dasha sequence and other key points in the natal chart. In almost every

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20 Bill Levacy, Beneath a Vedic Sky, Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 1999, p.277.

case, the transits were reliable sparks that encapsulated and carried the important events to fruition. The following were my most significant quantitative findings relative to transits: 1. The transiting dasha lords influenced dhana houses and/or lords almost every time. Transits of the dasha and bhukti lords most frequently influenced houses 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, and 11. 2. Transiting Jupiter and Saturn were quite often found to be in their own or exalted signs. 3. In most cases, Jupiter and Saturn simultaneously influenced dhana houses and/or the natal or transiting positions of dasha and bhukti lords, confirming the so-called double-transit phenomenon of Saturn and Jupiter. This is an idea set forth by renowned Vedic astrologer K.N. Rao, which asserts that whenever anything noteworthy takes place, both Jupiter and Saturn, in transit, play a crucial role. Saturn, as the main significator of karma, creates the scene, while Jupiter, the main indicator of dharma, blesses is with gangajal (the grace of Mother Ganga). As certain particular yogas and dashas become active in their time, then, the double-transit phenomenon of Saturn and Jupiter comes into play and clinches the deal. XI. Conclusion My research represents an attempt to understand and describe astrological patterns as they pertain to a specific type of affluence. Much of the data supporting certain potential determinants of wealth is inconclusive, and my research corroborates only some of the standard astrological criteria for predicting dhana. Clearly, one cannot use statistics alone to explain all the factors at play in a natal or progressed horoscope. Even so, certain key impressions that I gathered were consistently applicable to my case study research of 70 winners' charts. In the analysis of ten of these charts to follow in Part Two, it became apparent that no single factor played a causative role, but that combinations of factors did.

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Ups and Downs in Career, S. Kumar and Associates, p.12.

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