Kaal Sarp Dosh
If in a horoscope, all seven planets except Rahu and Ketu are placed between the axis of Rahu and Ketu; Kaal Sarp Yog is said to be formed in such horoscope. For example, if Rahu is placed in first house of a horoscope, Ketu is placed in seventh house of the same horoscope and the remaining seven planets are placed; either between house number one to seven; or between house number seven to one, Kaal Sarp Dosh is said to be formed in such horoscope. Rahu and Ketu always lie as well as move, exactly opposite to each other, which means they maintain a distance of 180 degrees. It means that in simple terms; if all seven planets except Rahu and Ketu in a horoscope are placed, only on one side of Rahu-Ketu axis, Kaal Sarp Yog is said to be formed in that horoscope. Once formed in a horoscope, this dosh can trouble the native with problems in almost any sphere of his life; depending on the type of this defect, which means depending on the house of placement of Rahu and Ketu in such horoscope. It is further added that even if Moon lies outside the axis of Rahu and Ketu while the other six planets are inside this axis; Kaal Sarp Yog of lesser quantum or so to say; partial Kaal Sarp Yog is formed in the horoscope. The planets placed in the house of placement of Rahu and Ketu are considered to be enclosed by them.
If this prevalent definition of Kaal Sarp Yog is to be believed, about 25% people or more across the globe are born with Kaal Sarp Dosh in their horoscopes. Looking at practical data, starting from 1 April 2019 and going till 17 July 2020, Kaal Sarp Yog is formed in the horoscopes of more than 80% people born during this time period; which extends to a length of more than 16 months. This doesn’t stop here and this arrangement keeps appearing every now and then for some months; as long as Saturn and Jupiter are separated from each other, by not more than seven signs. This is because, only four planets among Navagraha are slow moving and these are; Saturn which completes its transit through a zodiac sign in about 30 months, Jupiter which completes the same transit in about 12 months; and Rahu as well as Ketu which do the same job in about 18 months. As for the remaining planets; the average time period for their transit through one zodiac sign is 50 days or less; with Moon being the quickest as it leaves a sign in less than three days.
Starting from February 2016 and going till September 2023, which is a period of about seven and a half years, Saturn and Jupiter will maintain a distance of less than eight signs from each other. Based on this equation and making an approximation; about 50% of the people born during these seven and a half years will be affected by Kaal Sarp Yog; according to the prevalent definition. After this occurrence, Saturn and Jupiter will once again form this arrangement around December 2030, which is about 7 years from September 2023; and the same process of forming Kaal Sarp Yog in about 50% of the horoscopes will begin for about 7 years or so. Looking at this data, it can be concluded that Kaal Sarp Yog is found present in about 25% horoscopes around the globe.
This statement does not look very convincing since the good as well as bad yogas formed in the horoscopes are rare phenomena; which happen for some time and then disappear. Something like Kaal Sarp Yog which remains there for a continuous period of six months each year, over a period of about 7 years; then takes a break for 7 years and then again repeats the process; should be a norm and not a rare phenomenon. Looking at any period of six months when Kaal Sarp Yog is formed in the horoscopes of all the people born during this period; millions and millions of people are born during it. Some of them are baggers whereas some of them are billionaires, some of them suffer from various types of diseases whereas some of them are as healthy as it gets; and some of them are achievers in many spheres of their lives whereas some others are losers in most spheres of their lives.
If a bad yoga like Kaal Sarp Yog is formed in a horoscope and it actually does the kind of damage which is associated with it and which is true when it is actually formed in a horoscope; how can such yoga give us people living on the opposite extremes of most spheres of life; like mentioned earlier? It seems like a misconception and so it is; since it does not give consistent results and to be precise; it gives volatile results which keep defying one another. Since any defect when actually formed in a horoscope gives sustained results which may be bad or very bad but not good and bad; Kaal Sarp Dosh also has to give these sustained results in order to qualify for being a bad yoga. This means that something has been left out from the prevalent definition of Kaal Sarp Yog. We will now try to look into it and find a definition which actually holds good for practical purposes.
Actual Definition of Kaal Sarp Dosh
As mentioned earlier, for any defect like Kaal Sarp Yog to give malefic results or to be a defect to start with; the planet or planets involved in it should be negative. It means when Rahu and Ketu are malefic in a horoscope and the primary condition for the formation of this Dosh meets in a horoscope; Kaal Sarp Yog is formed in such horoscope. On the other hand, if Rahu and Ketu are both benefic or one of them is benefic in a horoscope; Kaal Sarp Dosh will not form in such horoscope. When it comes to real life, each and every planet keeps changing its benefic or malefic nature by percentage; with every passing minute or to be precise; with every passing second. As a result, an extremely benefic planet can turn into an average benefic planet within a matter of an hour; and it can turn into a malefic planet within a couple of hours though it can sometimes take more than that. Once a planet becomes malefic, the same process starts. It means such planet will reach its peak from being an average malefic to being extremely malefic, it will then decline in intensity and finally, it will start giving benefic results within the next two to six hours.
This process keeps repeating itself in a cycle, for each and every planet and that is what makes so many different types of planetary arrangements possible in various horoscopes. In practical terms, the continuously changing nature and intensity of all planets among Navagraha is responsible for producing billions of different people in the world; by means of billions of different arrangements of planetary energies as well as other energies. When we go this way; even within a period of alternate seven years; Kaal Sarp Yog will not form in every horoscope, since the most important criterion for the formation of every bad yoga including Kaal Sarp Yog will keep changing with every passing minute and hour. It means that for all the people born on a particular day when all seven planets among Navagraha are enclosed between Rahu and Ketu; some of them will have Kaal Sarp Dosh whereas some others won’t have; depending on the benefic or malefic nature of Rahu and Ketu in their horoscopes. Now that we have reached this much clarity on this topic, let try to obtain a refined and proper definition for Kaal Sarp Yog.
If in a horoscope, all seven planets except Rahu and Ketu are placed between the axis of Rahu and Ketu; Kaal Sarp Dosh is formed in such horoscope; provided both Rahu as well as Ketu are functional malefic for that horoscope. It means that even if one of them is benefic for such horoscope, Kaal Sarp Yog will not form in such horoscope. Once we have established that Kaal Sarp Yog forms in a particular horoscope, our job is not finished, but it only starts from there since there are so many facts related to this defect; that we need to investigate now. When the formation of Kaal Sarp Yog in a horoscope is confirmed, the next thing to look for is the intensity of this defect in that horoscope. The intensity of a good or bad yoga is its ability or strength to produce good or bad results; which means the quantum of such yoga. Taking an example from real life; a single needle can give someone a mild injury, a single bullet can kill a person, a single bomb can kill many people and a single nuke can kill an entire city.
It means that though bad yogas like Kaal Sarp Yog work like weapons against you; not all of them are nukes and some of them may be more like bullets or needles, which don’t cause that much damage; compared to the damage done by a nuke or a bomb. This is where finding the intensity or strength of a good or bad yoga comes handy. For a bad yoga like Kaal Sarp Dosh, a strength of 25% or less means that this yoga is not capable of causing significant problems for the native; like a needle. When Kaal Sarp Yog achieves a strength of 40 to 50% in a horoscope, it can now cause significant but not serious problems in some spheres of your life; like a bullet. The same Kaal Sarp Yog reaches a strength of 70 to 75% in a horoscope; and it becomes serious like a bomb, which can cause so much damage in some spheres of your life. In rare cases; this Yog reaches a strength of more than 90% and that is when it becomes a nuke. It means Kaal Sarp Yog so potent can cause a complete denial or complete destruction in some spheres of your life; depending on its field of impact, which is the next factor that we are going to analyse. The explanation for various strengths of Kaal Sarp Dosh and their respective results holds good for all other good as well as bad Yogas formed in a horoscope.
After we have analysed the strength of this Yog in a horoscope; the next thing to look for is its field of impact, which means we need to find the spheres of your life where it can cause problems. For this purpose, the house of placement of Kaal Sarp Yog is the primary criterion and based on this criterion; twelve different types of Kaal Sarp Yogas exist. For example, if Kaal Sarp Yog is formed when Rahu is placed in first house of a horoscope and Ketu is placed in seventh house of this horoscope; it is called Anant Kaal Sarp Yog. This type of Kaal Sarp Yog will cause damage; primarily to the significances of the first house and seventh house; which are the houses of placement of Rahu and Ketu in this horoscope, respectively. It means the health, lifespan, overall wellbeing and marriage of this native will be the primary targets of this type of Yog. Based on the strength of Anant Kaal Sarp Yog, the quantum of damage can be assessed.
Anant Kaal Sarp Yog mentioned earlier may create problems related to health, lifespan and marriage of the native; where the quantum of these problems will vary, depending on the strength of this defect. However, this Kaal Sarp Yog will not directly affect the other spheres of this native’s life, represented by other houses of the horoscope. For instance, you can suffer from a strong Kaal Sarp Yog of the first type and you may still become a billionaire through profession, if the rest of your horoscope is supportive for that; since Anant Kaal Sarp Yog doesn’t primarily affect your profession.
Moving on, after we have confirmed the formation of Kaal Sarp Yog in a horoscope, assessed its strength, figured out the areas of life it is going to attack; the next thing to do is to check for other good or bad planetary placements or yogas, which may increase or decrease the damage indicated by Kaal Sarp Dosh in a horoscope. It means that even if Kaal Sarp Yog is formed in your horoscope and it indicates bad results related to some spheres of your life; not all of these spheres may face the exact same quantum of this defect since some spheres may be improved or further deteriorated by other good or bad planets or yogas. For example, if Anant Kaal Sarp Dosh of medium strength is formed in a horoscope with Rahu placed in first house in Aries and Ketu placed in seventh house in Libra; the primary targets of this yoga are health, lifespan and marriage. If in the same horoscope, Mars being the lord of ascendant as it rules Aries; is placed in tenth house in Capricorn which means Mars is exalted, the net results may change.
Since Mars achieves maximum strength in Capricorn; the ascendant gains additional strength which means the native may not face serious problems related to health or lifespan. Likewise, if benefic Venus is placed in second house of this horoscope in Taurus, the problems related to marriage may also reduce since seventh house deals with marriage, Venus rules the sign Libra, it becomes the lord of seventh house and it is strong in Taurus; which is another sign ruled by it. If there are no other troublesome factors in the horoscope of this native; related to health and marriage; the native may not face serious problems in these fields, despite the presence of Anant Kaal Sarp Yog which may be around 50 to 60% in strength.
On the other hand, if Anant Kaal Sarp Yog of medium strength is formed in a horoscope with Aries ascendant, and debilitated Mars is placed in fourth house in Cancer; the native may face even more problems related to his health and lifespan; unless there are other factors compensating for these fields. This is because Mars is the weakest in the sign of Cancer and hence it becomes unable to protect its significances; one of which includes the first house and its significances. Since the first house is afflicted by Kaal Sarp Dosh and the lord of first house is very weak; the native may face serious problems related to his health; and he may not live as long as an average person does; unless there are some grace saving factors in his horoscope. Just to have an idea; the presence of exalted Mars in this horoscope having Anant Kaal Sarp Yog can reduce the strength of its impact on health and life of the native, by 20 to 30%, by giving strength to the first house, so that it may fight the affliction caused by Kaal Sarp Yog.
Moving on, just like the first house, the same may happen to the seventh house, in a negative manner. For instance, if Anant Kaal Sarp Yog of medium strength is formed in a horoscope with Aries ascendant, and debilitated Venus is placed in sixth house of this horoscope; the native may get married very late in his life or he may not get married throughout his life; unless there are some grace saving factors in his horoscope. Contrary to this; when Venus is placed in second house in Taurus; the native may get married at proper age or slightly later than that; despite the presence of Anant Kaal Sarp Yog of medium strength in his horoscope. You see, Kaal Sarp Yog with same strength is present in both the horoscopes; but the results are a lot different in both cases. It means that this step where we look for factors which may increase or decrease the damage done by this Dosh in a horoscope is a very important factor as it may change the results indicated by this defect to great extents.
Coming to the next factor; the overall theme of a horoscope should be checked in the next step; and this again is a very important factor. Though this factor can’t be contained in words or explanations like all other factors mentioned above; since it is so vast, ever changing and intuitive to judge; I’ll still give a glimpse of it. The overall theme of a horoscope includes the individual calculation as well as collective interaction of various planetary attributes in the same horoscope. These attributes include; the house of placement of each planet, the sign of placement of each planet, the nakshatra of placement of each planet, Navamsha and dashamsha placement of each planet; the study of conjunctions of some planets in the same house including the benefic or malefic nature of such planets, the house of placement, the sign of placement and nakshatras of placement of such planets. Moving on, the study of benefic or malefic aspects of planets on each other; including the same factors once again, as mentioned in case of conjunctions; should also be checked.
Going ahead, after you have gone through all these steps and you have reached a conclusion about what type of damage and how much damage can a particular type of Kaal Sarp Yog do in a horoscope; the last thing to do is to check the timing of impact of such Kaal Sarp Dosh. You should know that whether good or bad; each and every yoga in a horoscope comes with a timeline which activates it and before the arrival of that timeline; this yoga may not do much good or bad; even after being strong in a horoscope. Even after being activated; it may not keep hitting or blessing you with same strength throughout your life; and the quantum of results given by it may vary from time to time. This is what makes the study of astrology as well as yogas like Kaal Sarp Yog; more interesting as well as more challenging.
Formation and Functioning of Kaal Sarp Dosh
Let’s now summarise important facts about the formation as well as functioning of Kaal Sarp Yog in a horoscope. First of all, all planets should be contained by Rahu and Ketu where Moon can be treated as an exception in some cases. Secondly and most importantly; both Rahu and Ketu should be functionally malefic in the horoscope, for the formation of such Kaal Sarp Yog. After the confirmation for formation of this defect in a horoscope, the strength of this defect, the field of impact of this defect, the grace saving factors against this defect, the factors providing more strength to his defect, the overall theme of the horoscope, the timing of activation of this defect and finally; the timing of impact of Kaal Sarp Yog should be determined; in order to reach a proper conclusion about the overall impact of this defect in a horoscope.
After doing all this, the next step is to find astrological remedies which can reduce the quantum of this defect; so that the native may find some relief from the malefic effects of Kaal Sarp Dosh. Looking at such remedies; the malefic effects as well as strength of Kaal Sarp Yog can be reduced with the help of specific Poojas, Gemstones, Yantras and Donations, whichever of them are applicable in case of a native under consideration. When it comes to Poojas, they can be used to reduce the strength of any malefic yoga including Kaal Sarp Yog; as well as to increase the benefic effect of a good Yoga like Budh Aditya Yoga or Gaj Kesari Yoga. The most widely used Pooja to reduce the malefic effects of this Yog in a horoscope is Kaal Sarp Yog Nivaran Pooja.