Recently I’ve been doing a bit of reading about Vedic astrology, a subject at which I am an absolute beginner. I came across an interesting book by V.P. Goel about progressing the Moon’s birth Nakshatra as part of predicting with Yogini Dasas, a type of time-lord system similar to the zodiacal releasing of Vettius Valens.
According to wikipedia, a yogini is a female master practicioner of yoga, and the term can also refer to “the sacred feminine force made incarnate, as an aspect of Parvati,” which is revered in yogini temples of India as the Eight Matrikas (a group of eight mother goddessess) or the Sixty-four Yoginis. The word “matrika” means “divine mother” and it would seem that in Yogini dasas each divine mother is paired with one of the planets and is assigned a certain number of years ranging from 1 to 8.
This is an excerpt from a blog by V.P. Goel in which he explains his reasoning:
“Basically, what you have to know is that each Yogini dasha is traditionally linked to a nakshatra. If you start from the Moon’s birth nakshatra (janma nakshatra) then you can proceed one nakshatra forward with each change in the Yogini mahadasha lords. For instance, if your Moon is in Rohini nakshatra at birth then your first Yogini dasha will be Siddha (Venus), because Rohini is associated with Siddha (Venus). After Siddha (Venus) dasha comes Sankata (Rahu) dasha which is linked to Mrigashira which is the next nakshatra. So the nakshatra linked with the Yogini dasha becomes the progressed lagna. This lagna can be used to interpret the effects of the Yogini dasha, in addition to the normal interpretation of the dasha from the ascendant, like with Vimshottari dasha.”
If I understand Goel correctly, he pairs the Moon’s birth Nakshatra (lunar mansion) with the first Yogini period, the next Nakshatra in numerical order (starting with Aswini as #1) with the second Yogini period and so on around the wheel. Whenever he gets to the 27th Nakshatra (Revati – paired with Saturn), he moves on to Nakshatra #4 (Rohini – paired with Venus), skipping three Nakshatras (#1,#2,#3) to keep the sequence of Yohinis in the proper order, as can be seen in the list below.
To see how this works in practice, let’s consider the birth chart of actor River Phoenix (born 23 Aug 1970) who died of a drug overdose at age 23 on 31 October 1993. Here is his chart in the sidereal zodiac with Lahiri ayanamsa.
At birth his Moon lies in the 8th Whole Sign house in the Nakshatra of Krittika, which in the Yogini system is paired with Saturn and has a duration of 6 years. The Moon is roughly 2/3 of the way through Krittika and will leave that Nakshatra by this progression in June of 1972 (about 22 months after his birth) to enter the following Nakshatra (Rohini), which is paired with Venus and has a duration of 7 years. The sequence goes as follows:
- Krittika – Saturn – about 22 months enters Rohini
- Rohini – Venus – 7 years -> age 8 yrs 12 mo enters Mrigasira
- Mrigasira – Rahu – 8 years -> age 16 yrs 12 mo enters Ardra
- Ardra – Moon – 1 year -> age 17 yrs 12 mo enters Punarvasu
- Punarvasu – Sun – 2 years -> age 19 yrs 12 mo enters Pushyami
- Pushyami – Jupiter – 3 years -> age 22 yrs 12 months enters Ashlesha
- DEATH <-> age 23 yrs 2 months during an Ashlesha – Mars period
- Ashlesha – Mars – 4 years -> age 26 yrs 12 months when it progresses into Magha – Mercury (5 years).
It is notable that the actor’s death occured when the Moon’s birth Nakshatra progressed into Ashlesha, thus activating natal Mars, by the Yogini method described by Goel. The symbol of Ashlesha is a coiled serpent and it is symbolically linked to venom, poisons and drugs.
Natal Mars and the natal MC both lie in Ashlesha in Cancer, ruled by the Moon. Natal Mars rules both the 2nd and the 7th houses, making it a “maraka” planet capable of indicating death or serious illness.
The astrological aspects in this chart, both Vedic and Western, are also quite revealing.
Here are the Yogini dasas at the time of his demise (31 Oct 1993):