# How To Determine Planetary Periods

We must determine the major period (Maha Dasha) in which the planet is in and then the minor period (Bhukti Dasha) within it. The minor period we can divide into smaller increments if we wish.

First, find the Lunar constellation, Nakshatra (see table), in which the Moon is located at birth. For example, if it is 12 26 Virgo, then its lunar constellation will be "Hasta". Look to the table and see what planet rules it. This is the Moon. Hence the major planetary period at birth would be that of the Moon.

Then determine how many more degrees and minutes it has to travel to complete the course of this constellation. Each constellation is 13 20' or 800 minutes in length. In this case, Hasta begins at 10 00' Virgo. Therefore, it has already travelled through 2 26' of it and 10 54' remain in the constellation (654 minutes). Divide this remainder by 800 and this will show you what percentage of the period remains to be traversed (in this case .8175).

Next look to the table and see how long the period of the ruling planet lasts. In our example, Hasta is ruled by the Moon, whose period is 10 years. Multiply the duration of the planetary period by the percentage of the constellation yet to be travelled (here 10 years by .8175 or 8.175 years).

Multiply the remainder minus the years times twelve to get the months (.175 x 12 or 2.1 months). Finally, multiply the month remainder by 30 for the days (.1 x 30 or 3 days). This gives the total yet to be transpired in the planetary period from the moment of birth (here 8 years, 2 months, 3 days). If the date of birth is Oct. 10, 1952, for example, we add the remainder of 8 years 2 months and 3 days to it. The Moon's period would begin at birth and end on Dec. 13, 1960.

All the other planetary periods will begin on the month and day that the first planetary period ends. In our case, the period of Mars of seven years would begin 12/13/1960. It would be followed by Rahu on 12/13/1967 and so on through out the cycle of planetary periods. Hence the day our first planetary period ends is an important date in the year for us, as it marks the time when all our other major planetary periods will start in different years. (It should be noted that this method of calculation is approximate. A computer version with detailed year to month and month to day conversion tables will give a figure which may vary a few days and will be more accurate, but the periods are not that rigidly divided from each other and so this difference is seldom significant.)

TABLE OF PLANETARY PERIODS

MAJOR AND MINOR (DASHAS AND BHUKTIS)

Minor periods (Bhuktis) listed as years, months and days.

1. Sun Major Period (Maha Dasha)/ 6 years Sun 0 3 18

Moon 0 6 0 Mars 0 4 6 Rahu 0 10 2 4 Jupiter 0 9 18 Saturn 0 11 12 Mercury 0 10 6 Ketu 0 4 6 Venus 1 0 0

2. Moon Major Period/ 10 years Moon 0 10 0

Mars 0 7 0 Rahu 1 6 0 Jupiter 1 4 0 Saturn 1 7 0 Mercury 1 5 0 Ketu 0 7 0 Venus 1 8 0 Sun 0 6 0

3. Mars Major Period/ 7 years Mars 0 4 27

Rahu 1 0 18 Jupiter 0 11 6 Saturn 1 1 9 Mercury 0 11 27 Ketu 0 4 27 Venus 1 2 0 Sun 0 4 6 Moon 0 7 0

4. Rahu Major Period/ 18 years Rahu 2 8 12

Jupiter 2 4 24 Saturn 2 10 6 Mercury 2 6 18 Ketu 1 0 18 Venus 3 0 0 Sun 0 10 24 Moon 1 6 0 Mars 1 0 18

5. Jupiter Major Period/ 16 years Jupiter 2 1 18

Saturn 2 6 12 Mercury 2 3 6 Ketu 0 11 6 Venus 2 8 0 Sun 0 9 18 Moon 1 4 0 Mars 0 11 6 Rahu 2 4 24

6. Saturn Major Period/ 19 years Saturn 3 0 3

Mercury 2 8 9 Ketu 1 9 9 Venus 3 2 0 Sun 0 11 12 Moon 1 7 0 Mars 1 1 9 Rahu 2 10 6 Jupiter 2 6 12

7. Mercury Major Period/ 17 years Mercury 2 4 27

Ketu 0 11 27 Venus 2 10 0 Sun 0 10 6 Moon 1 5 0 Mars 0 11 27 Rahu 2 6 18 Jupiter 2 3 6 Saturn 2 8 9

8. Ketu Major Period/ 7 years Ketu 0 4 27

Venus 1 2 0 Sun 0 4 6 Mars 0 4 27 Rahu 1 0 18 Jupiter 0 11 6 Saturn 1 1 9 Mercury 0 11 27

9. Venus Major Period/ 20 years Venus 3 4 0

Sun 1 0 0 Moon 1 8 0 Mars 1 2 0 Rahu 3 0 0 Jupiter 2 8 0 Saturn 3 2 0 Mercury 2 10 0 Ketu 1 2 0