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OF LIGHT : VEDIC ASTROLOGY
Vedic astrology employs a special system of planetary periods. In
these each planet rules a period of time in life from six to twenty years.
The main cycle used (Vimshottari Dasha), one hundred and twenty years, is as follows:
The Sun: six years The Moon: ten years Mars: seven years Rahu: eighteen years Jupiter: sixteen years Saturn: nineteen years Mercury: seventeen years Venus: twenty years Ketu: seven years
Each of these major periods (Dashas) is divided into minor
periods (Bhuktis) based upon the same proportions per planet. Where the cycle begins depends
upon the location of the Moon at birth.
The planetary periods are very important for determining the courses of events in life. All of us
would benefit from knowing their periods. If this is all we take from
Vedic astrology it is well worth it. It should be noted that transits are
also considered but relative to these more general periods.