The Progressed Yogini Nakshatra


Recently astrologer Rok Koritnik published a fascinating post about a medical emergency involving his heart, entitled A Heart Gone Out of Whack, in which he analyzes the event from a classical Hellenistic point of view. Since I’ve been experimenting recently with Yogini dasas, I thought it would be interesting to look at the same event from this Jyotishi point of view. Rok kindly gave  permission to use his chart. Because the Yogini system belongs the the Jyotishi tradition, the following discussion will be with reference to the sidereal zodiac.

Yogini dasas is a system of eight time-lords based on progressions starting from the birth nakshatra of the Moon.  Here is Rok’s natal chart cast in Kala software with the Lahiri ayanamsa:

His Moon at birth lies in the Krittika nakshatra at 26 Aries 49′. In the Yogini system, Krittika is paired with the 6th dasa Ulka which lasts 6 years and activates the planet Saturn in his chart.

The cardiac incident occurred when Rok was 27.6 years old on 26 March 2007. Using the system developed by V.P. Goel to progress the birth nakshatra through the Yogini dasas, we get the following:

  • Birth – Ulka/Saturn/Krittika – 5.63 “Saturn” years (which is 6 years minus the 49′ his moon is already into Krittika).
  • Next: Siddha/Venus/Rohini – 7 “Venus” years until age 12.63 (5.63 + 7).
  • Next: Sankata/Rahu/Mrigashira – 8 “Rahu” years until age 20.63.
  • Next: Mangala/Moon/Ardra – 1 “Moon” year until age 21.63.
  • Next: Pingala/Sun/Punarvasu – 2 “Sun” years until age 23.63.
  • Next: Dhanya/Jupiter/Pushya – 3 “Jupiter” years until age 26.63.
  • Next: Bhramari/Mars/Ashlesha – 4 “Mars” years until age 30.63. The event took place at age 27.6, so he is one year (25%) into his 4-year Mars period, which would place his progressed Yogini Moon at about 20 Cancer (25% of a nakshatra is 3 deg 20 min, which is added to the start of the nakshatra at 16 Cancer 40). Natal Mars lies in the 6th of health issues and rules the 4th (chest and heart area) and 11th (ankles).

Thus, at age 27.6 when the cardiac event occurred, the birth nakshatra had “progressed” into Ashlesha where it activated the three natal planets in Ashlesha/Cancer: Venus, Jupiter and the Sun. Natally, the Sun rules the 8th house (health crises) and Jupiter rules the 12th (hospitalization). Jupiter also rules the 3rd, and Venus rules the 10th and 5th, so these areas of his life should also be busy during this period.

These three planets (Venus, Jupiter, Sun) will also be activated in his solar return for the year 2006-2007. The Sun is especially important for this event because it is a natural symbol of the heart. In addition, Ashlesha in sidereal Cancer (tropical Leo) will act as an alternate Ascendant/Lagna during this 4-year period of his life.

In the figure above we see that the Yogini dasas (based on the Lahiria ayanamsa) for 26 March 2007 were Mars/Mercury/Venus/Mars. Considered with respect to a Cancer/Ashlesha Ascendant, Mars occupies the 12th house and Mercury & Venus reside in the first house, placing an emphasis on the body and its illness. Most important is the fact that Mars occupies the 6th and Mercury rules the 6th at the time of his cardiac event (during a Mars/Mercury Yogini period).

If we consider the Solar Return in effect during this period (cast in Kala in the sidereal zodiac with the Lahiria ayanamsa), paying close attention to the three planets activated by the progressed nakshatra Ashlesha/progressed Yogini Ascendant Cancer, we see the following:

In the 2006-2007 Solar Return, there are four planets in Cancer (the progressed Yogini Ascendant) in the 8th house, which could symbolize a sudden health crisis. These four are Venus, Mercury, Saturn and the Sun. Note that the progressed Yogini Moon at 20 Cancer, as calculated in the Yogini-sequence table, is conjunct Saturn within 2 degrees in the Solar Return. Clearly, the progressed Yogini Ascendant in Ashlesha/sidereal Cancer is a significant indicator of the year’s events, especially with regard to its position in the 8th house of the Solar Return.

In addition, the “Muntha” (most prominent sign during this Solar Return year whose ruler is considered “lord of the year”) is Taurus, which rules the 6th of bodily ailments in the Solar Return chart. The Lord of the Year is therefore Venus, which occupies the Solar Return 8th house and could signify a health crisis.

Note also that in the tropical zodiac, the progressed Yogini Ascendant would fall in Leo, and in the tropical Solar Return (see Rok’s post) the emphasis would be on the 12th house of the return, which has to do with hospitalization.

About Anthony Louis

Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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