The detailed version of this article is featured in the book ‘Kaal Sarp Yog (Revised Edition)’.
Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog
If in a horoscope, Rahu is placed in the twelfth house, Ketu is placed in the sixth house and all other planets are placed within the axis of Rahu and Ketu, Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog is formed in that horoscope. To simplify, if all other planets are placed from house number six to twelve or from house number twelve to six in such horoscope, Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog is formed in the horoscope. In some cases; when any one among Moon, Sun, Venus or Mercury is placed outside Rahu-Ketu axis; Kaal Sarp Yog may still form in the horoscope.
Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog may trouble the native with problems related to disputes, disagreements, court cases, finances, debts, enemies, diseases, profession, marriage, spiritual growth, black magic, delays, losses, unfortunate events, addictions, vices and a number of other problems.
Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog may create problems related to profession. Hence natives under its influence may go through many types of troubles related to their professions. Some of these natives may get low-paying jobs due to which they may not even be able to make their ends meet. Some other natives may keep losing their jobs; every now and then. Such natives may change their jobs once every two or three years. At times, they may quit their jobs because of bad atmosphere at their workplaces or due to other problems which may trouble them. At other times, their services may be terminated by their employers.
Some natives having Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog may face financial losses through profession; especially through businesses. They may suffer losses through delays, complaints, litigations, compensations, refunds, unfortunate incidents and failures of their businesses. Some of these natives may face financial debts which they may find difficult to pay whereas some others may go bankrupt.
Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog can make the natives suffer through various types of addictions and vices. Hence natives under its influence are prone to develop addictions. Drug addiction is a common outcome in many such cases. These natives may use various types of drugs and harmful substances which may cause damage to health, reputation and money among other things. In an extreme case when this defect is strong and supported by other malefic planets; the native may die young because of drug overdose or because of serious health issues created by prolonged use of harmful drugs.
This defect can also render tendencies to engage in various types of gambling practices. Hence some of these natives may develop taste for casinos, betting, stock markets and/or other such practices. Such natives may rarely win through gambling practices and they may almost always lose; unless their overall horoscopes correct this factor.
This defect can create criminal tendencies. Hence some natives under its influence may become professional criminals and they may engage in various types of crimes. Though drug-trafficking may be commonly chosen by these natives; they may be open to engage in each and every type of crime. These natives may not be afraid of getting caught and they may not bother much if they serve prison sentences. Hence they may serve prison sentences many times in their lives but they may still not quit the world of crime. In an extreme case when this defect is strong and supported by other malefic planets; the native may spend more than 20 or 30 years of his life in prison.
Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog may create problems related to marriage. Hence some natives suffering from it may witness delay in marriage whereas majority of them may face problems after marriage. When strong in a horoscope, this defect on its own can break two or three marriages of a native. The most common causes may be drug addictions, engagement in crimes, extramarital affairs, lack of commitment and gambling practices.
Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog can affect the financial wellbeing of natives under its influence. Some of these natives may lack money as they may not earn much; some others may lack it as they may spend a lot; and some others may keep losing it through various types of addictions, vices and diseases. These natives may often avail financial loans and they may not be able to pay back in time or pay back at all; in many cases. In an extreme case when this defect is strong and supported by other malefic planets; the native may spend his entire life in poverty. Such native may remain under financial debts throughout his life.
Once the formation of Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog is confirmed in a horoscope, the next factor to check is the strength of this defect. The strength of Kaal Sarp Yog is calculated through the placements of Rahu and Ketu in various signs, nakshatras and navamshas; as well as through the influences of other benefic and malefic planets on Rahu and Ketu. The overall theme of horoscope and running times (Mahadashas) also affect the strength of Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog.
Let’s start with signs. Suppose malefic Rahu in the twelfth house in Gemini and malefic Ketu in the sixth house in Sagittarius form Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog in a horoscope. Rahu is strong in Gemini and Ketu is strong in Sagittarius. Hence such Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog may be strong in some cases and it may be very strong in some cases; depending on placements of Rahu and Ketu in various nakshatras and navamshas within their respective signs.
Such Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog may trouble the native with various types of addictions and vices. Hence the native may consume alcohol, he may smoke and/or he may use various types of harmful drugs on regular basis. These practices may cause various types of health issues along with creating problems related to loss of money and reputation. In an extreme case when such Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog is supported by other malefic planets; the native may die young due to drug overdose or due to serious health issues caused by prolonged use of harmful substances. Apart from health issues caused by harmful substances; the native may also suffer from other health issues, some of which may be fatal; depending on his overall horoscope.
Such Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog may also create problems related to marriage of the native. The native may witness serious problems in his marriage due to addictions and vices that he may have, due to extramarital affair or affairs of the native, due to financial issues and/or due to his regular engagement in the company of sex workers.
Such defect may break one or two marriages of the native on its own; and native’s wife or wives may be the ones who may seek divorces. If such Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog is supported by other malefic planets; it may break three or more marriages of the native. Looking at another probability, the native may get divorced once and he may never get married again. Considering one more probability; the native may live in separation from his wife for more than 7 years or throughout his life; without divorce.
Such Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog may create problems related to profession. The native may suffer from financial losses, loss of reputation, job loss, being jobless for more than 6 months (many times in life); discontinuation of profession for many years, complaints, litigations, court cases, penalties and/or imprisonment; depending on his overall horoscope. In an extreme case when such Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog is supported by other malefic planets; the native may lose his profession between the age of 40 and 45 and he may never get a job again.
Moving on, let’s look at the influences of benefic and malefic planets as well as the impact of running times and the overall theme of horoscope on such Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog. Let’s take an example to understand this concept in a better manner.
Suppose malefic Rahu in the twelfth house in Gemini and malefic Ketu in the sixth house in Sagittarius form Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog in a horoscope. This is a special case and no benefic planet may be able to reduce the strength of this defect by virtue of conjunction with Rahu or Ketu; without causing problems. This is because the sixth and twelfth house feature hostile environment. Apart from that, Rahu is strong in Gemini and Ketu is strong in Sagittarius. Hence any planet placed in one of these houses along with malefic Rahu or Ketu may come under the combined attack of that house as well as Rahu or Ketu.
Hence different method is required to balance this defect. In this case, benefic planets should protect the spheres affected by such Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog. Taking an example, suppose benefic exalted Mars is placed in the seventh house of this horoscope in Capricorn. Suppose exalted Sun and Mercury are placed in the tenth house in Aries, Jupiter is placed in the eleventh house in Taurus, a combination of exalted Venus and Moon is placed in the ninth house in Pisces and Saturn is placed in the eighth house in Aquarius. Within the sign of Aries, suppose Sun is placed in Aries navamsha of Ashwini and Mercury is placed in Libra navamsha of Bharani. In this case, the overall horoscope may become strong and positive.
Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog may tend to create problems related to health, marriage, profession, finances and addictions among other things. Looking at health; Moon (lord of the first house) and the first house are strong. Sun and Mars represent immunity in general; and both of them are very strong. Hence the native may not witness many problems related to health. Looking at addictions; Sun, Mars and Saturn are strong; and Jupiter is doing well in the horoscope. Hence the native may not suffer losses through addictions through he may use alcohol on regular basis and he may also smoke. However, he may stay within the limits and the overall strong horoscope may protect him from serious health issues.
Looking at marriage; the seventh house is empowered by benefic exalted Mars; Venus is exalted as well as empowered by Moon. Jupiter is doing well and Saturn is strong though not well placed. As a result, the native may do well in the sphere of marriage also; though he may face some problems and such problems may increase in case the native is female.
Looking at profession; the tenth house as well as its lord is empowered. The lord of the third house (Mercury) is empowered by benefic exalted Sun. Since Mercury is placed more than 15 degrees away from Sun; it may not be weakened due to combustion. Jupiter is placed in the eleventh house and it is much more benefic than malefic. Venus being the lord of the eleventh house and Moon being the lord of the first house are both strong, well placed and empowered. Hence the native may not face problems related to profession. On the contrary; the sphere of profession may perform very well in this horoscope. The native may get blessed with a post of high authority in government as an officer or through politics; or he may earn millions/billions through business; depending on the finer factors and running times.
Looking at the running times; suppose within the sign of Pisces, Moon is placed in Sagittarius navamsha of Revati nakshatra. It means the native is born under Mercury Mahadasha; with about 15 years left. Mercury Mahadasha is followed by 7 year Ketu Mahadasha, 20 year Venus Mahadasha, 6 year Sun Mahadasha, 10 year Moon Mahadasha and 7 year Mars Mahadasha. These Mahadashas may rule the timelines from native’s time of birth till his age of 65 years. Mercury and Ketu Mahadasha may last till native’s age of 22 and he may not witness very good results during these Mahadashas; though he may do well due to overall strong horoscope.
From 22 to 65; the Mahadashas of Venus, Sun, Moon and Mars may run; and all these planets are benefic or highly benefic. Hence the native may witness very good results related to most spheres of his life during these Mahadashas.
Let’s change the entire equation and see what may happen when Rahu and Ketu are influenced by malefic planets. Suppose malefic Rahu in the twelfth house in Gemini and malefic Ketu in the sixth house in Sagittarius form Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog in a horoscope. Suppose Jupiter and Mercury are placed in the twelfth house in Gemini, retrograde Saturn is placed in the sixth house in Sagittarius, Sun is placed in the first house in Cancer along with retrograde Mars in Pushya, debilitated Venus is placed in the third house in Virgo and Moon is placed in the fourth house in Libra.
Mars is debilitated and Sun is not strong in Cancer. Though they are placed in a comfortable house, they don’t have much strength. When it comes to Mars, it may receive more weakness due to combustion; and being retrograde may add more vulnerability to it in this case. Venus is debilitated and hence it may not provide much support to the horoscope. Moon is benefic and it does well in Libra. However, it may not provide much relief in this case due to the overall weak and highly malefic horoscope.
Looking at the twelfth house; Mercury and Rahu are malefic and both of them are strong in Gemini. Jupiter in general is partly benefic and partly malefic for horoscopes with Cancer ascendant. However in this case; it may receive serious afflictions from Mercury and Rahu; and Jupiter is no match for them in the sign of Gemini. The twelfth house is a difficult house and the combination in the sixth house sends a lot of negative energy to Jupiter. As the combined result of all these factors, Jupiter may turn malefic and the combination in the twelfth house may turn highly malefic.
Looking at the sixth house; Ketu is highly malefic and Saturn is significantly malefic. Ketu is much stronger than Saturn in Sagittarius. Saturn receives negative energy from Ketu as well as from the malefic combination in the twelfth house. It is placed in a difficult house, the overall horoscope is weak and being retrograde may make it more sensitive to negative energy in this case. As the combined result of all these factors; Saturn may turn duly malefic and the combination in the sixth house may turn highly malefic. Hence Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog may gain much more strength and it may cause 2 to 4 times more damage.
Looking at the sphere of marriage; the native may not get married till the age of 40 years or he/she may not get married at all. Even if the native gets married, he/she may face a number of problems in marriage. Such marriage may be more like a compromise and less like a relationship formed on the basis of love, care, sharing and affection.
Looking at the sphere of profession, the native may engage in profession, late or very late; and he may not settle throughout his life. He may remain jobless for more than one year, many times in his life. The native may not earn much from profession and he may witness serious problems related to finances.
Looking the sphere of health; the native may face health problems, bad reputation and financial problems due to such addictions and vices. The native may die any time before the age of 45 due to drug overdose or serious health issues caused by drug abuse; depending on the finer factors and running times.
Suppose within the sign of Libra; Moon is placed in Scorpio navamsha of Chitra. It means the native is born under Mars Mahadasha, with about 1 year left. This Mahadasha is followed by 18 year Rahu Mahadasha, 16 year Jupiter Mahadasha, 19 year Saturn Mahadasha and then by 17 year Mercury Mahadasha. These planets may rule the timelines from native’s time of birth till his age of 71 years. Apart from Mars; all other planets are malefic or highly malefic. Hence the native may die before the end of Rahu Mahadasha. The native in this case may die because of drug overdose, in an accident or due to a fatal disease; depending on his overall horoscope. Looking at a variation; if Moon is placed in Aries navamsha of Vishakha; the native may live up to the age of 35; depending on the finer factors.
Malefic effects of Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog can be reduced with the help of remedies. The application of gemstones and Poojas in particular may prove useful in reducing the strength and/or malefic effects of Kaal Sarp Yog. Gemstones may be more useful in counteracting the malefic effects produced by Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Yog, and they may not be able to directly reduce the strength of this defect in many cases. Poojas may directly reduce the strength of this defect in most cases. As that happens; malefic effects produced by Kaal Sarp Yog may also reduce.