Solar New Year
14 April 2018 – 13 April 2019
By Dr E S Neelakantan
In the Solar New Year ‘Vilambi’, Real-estate transactions, which have remained subdued in the post-demonetisation period, will stage a recovery. The Bhoomi Karaka Mars, which remains in its exaltation house Capricorn from 02 May 2018 to 05 Nov. 2018 in the course of its extended stay will further aid the beleaguered sector, which is looking for succour. In the Solar New Year chart, the lord of 2 in 11, in conjunction with the 3rd lord Moon is a good portent. The 2nd house aspected by the 11th lord Jupiter is indicative of a robust growth in GDP.
Mundane Astrology has always held the fascination of both astrologers and laymen. The Individual’s destiny is determined by the Natal chart, whereas the collective destiny of Nations is determined by the rules pertaining to mundane astrology. It is customary to look at the Nava-nayakas or the “Nine Lords” in the Almanac, to understand which planet is supposed to govern which sphere of activity and then come to certain broad conclusions. In the Table below, you can see who these Nine Lords are and how their portfolios are ascertained.
||Date of Solar Ingress
||Solar Ingress Into
||18 March 2018
||14 April 2018
(Lord of rainfall)
||15 June 2018
|Meghadhipathi (Lord of clouds)
||22 June 2018
|Sasyadhipathi (Lord of Summer crops)
||17 July 2018
|Senadhipathi (Commander of the army)
||17 Aug. 2018
|Rasadhipathi (Lord of Juicy Products)
||18 Oct. 2018
|Dhanyadhipathi (Lord of winter crops)
||16 Dec. 2018
|Neerasadhipathi (LORD OF METALS)
||14 Jan. 2019
The Weekday on which Ugadi falls becomes the King and this year it falls on 18 March 2018 on Sunday and
its daylord Sun is anointed the King. Vishu, the day of Solar Ingress into Aries falls on Saturday and therefore
Saturn is deemed to be the Minister. On 22nd June 2018, Friday, Sun enters the constellation Arudra in Gemini
and its daylord Venus becomes the Meghadhipathi or the Lord of Clouds. How the remaining six planets
is evident from Table 1, being the Planetary daylords on the first day of the Solar
month for Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius and Capricorn respectively. Having understood this concept,
we will now unravel the implications of the Nine lords theory.
Sun, as the King of the year, bestows prosperity and happiness, thanks to the aspect of Jupiter on the Sun in
the Vilambi Solar Year chart. Real-estate transactions, which have remained subdued in the postdemonetisation
period, will stage a recovery. The Bhoomi Karaka Mars, which remains in its exaltation house
Capricorn from 02 May 2018 to 05 Nov. 2018 in the course of its extended stay will further aid the beleaguered sector, which is looking for succour. Financial
Liquidity, which has been the bane of real-estate
sector since November 2016 will improve, thereby
aiding those, who earn their livelihood through trading
activities. The Central government will resort to a
major re-think on the GST Act leading to a spate of
exemptions, relaxation of deadlines, penal and interest
provisions and ease in compliance of GST rules, which
will further aid the business sector in general and the
real-estate sector in particular.
In the Vilambi Solar New Year chart, the Bhoomi
Karaka Mars is in conjunction with the Yogakaraka
Saturn, which reinforces the view that this year could
prove to be Bullish for the real-estate sector. In
Mumbai, a few high value transactions would happen
in the period from May to July 2018, coinciding with
Mars’ entry into Capricorn, which could hit the
When Sun becomes the lord of a year, the indications
are that the rulers would have a peaceful time and
the government would do well.
Saturn as the
Minister is a positive augury for the
economically and socially backward classes. The
Government will come up with programmes and
schemes to support the downtrodden. As Lord
of Clouds, Venus points to a year of copious
Fruit-yielding trees would give record yield,
while milk production would reach great heights. One
can look forward to a year of bounty, in terms of
Fruits and Flowers.
Let me explain the difference between Summer crops
and Winter crops, before I venture to give my
forecasts. The Kharif Crop (or summer crop) is sown
at the beginning of July coinciding with the advent of
Southwest monsoon. The major Kharif Crops are
Paddy, Millets, Cotton, Soyabean, Sugarcane,
Turmeric, Groundnut and Red Chillies.The Rabi Crop
(or Winter crop) is sown in October and harvested in
March. The Rabi Crops in India include Wheat,
Barley, Mustard, Sesame and Peas.
The Lord of Summer Crops (or Sasyadhipathi) is Mars. The Summer Temperature will be quite high.
Most parts of North India will reel under a heat
wave, thereby putting people to much hardship.
In order to avoid casualties, it is essential that
Government take some precautionary steps to save
human lives. Further it is necessary to enforce traffic
discipline, as Mars can trigger road accidents, being
the planet denoting haste and impulse. Due to the
"Lord of Grains" (Dhanyadhipathi) portfolio being
handled by Sun, there will be a deflationary trend in
the prices of Rabi Crops.
Venus, as Commander of the Planetary Army, in
conjunction with an exalted Sun augurs well for the
security of the Country’s borders. Certain preemptive
strikes will be resorted to by the India
Army to thwart plans of terrorist attacks.
Government will acquire sophisticated weapons,
aircraft and submarines either by importing them or
get it manufactured locally under the "Make in India"
scheme. Ageing fighter craft will get replaced by
sophisticated ones, which are on par with the rest of
the world. Since Lord of Juices (Rasadhipathi)
happens to be Jupiter, there will be a abundance of
products such as Ghee, Honey and Juices. Overall,
health of people will be good. Abundance of rainfall
is indicated. Prohibition will be introduced in many
States, as a matter of Government policy owing
to the aspect of Jupiter on Venus in the Solar
New Year Chart. Neerasadhipathi (Lord of
Minerals and Metals) being Moon, traders in Pearls,
Sandal, Camphor, Saffron and Textiles will make
According to Varahamihira, price of Gold is based
on the position of planets with references to two signs
which rule over Gold viz Aries and Capricorn (Brihat
Samhita, Chapter 41, Translated by N.C.Iyer).
There are two important rules which have a bearing
on Gold Prices.
1) Transit of Malefics over Upachaya rasis from Aries
and Capricorn will produce a Bullish trend.
2) Jupiter in a Trikona, Kendra, 2, 11 from Aries or
Capricorn will produce a Bearish trend.
Similarly, Mercury in 2,5,8,10,11 and Venus in 6 or 7
will produce a Bearish trend. For most part of 2018,
Jupiter is in Libra and throughout 2018 Saturn is in
Sagittarius. This will trigger a deflationary trend
in Gold Prices,till Jupiter moves to Scorpio.
The 5th house, in general, rules over Stock markets.
The presence of the 5th lord in 11, in conjunction with
the 3rd lord Moon is indicative of a fundamentally
Bullish trend in the market.
However, the fact that
Mercury is debilitated and is also aspected by
the 12th lord Mars placed in the 8th, shows that
investors need to exercise caution and
vigilance, as there could be a sharp correction
in the markets, which could take the unwary
investor on a bumpy ride. Certainly, this is not
a year for trading in futures or options and this
year's Stock market is not meant for the fainthearted.
The general conditions prevailing in the country as
also the ruler’s chair as well as the confidence of the
masses in their ruler is denoted by the First House.
Here, the lord of the Ascendant, Venus is relegated
to the 12th, in conjunction with the 4th lord Sun, which
is exalted in Aries. The Central Government will take
a balanced, conservative and defensive approach
towards decision-making. In most matters, status
quo will prevail and Law will be allowed to take its
In the Solar New Year chart The lord of 2 in 11, in
conjunction with the 3rd lord Moon is a good portent.
The 2nd house aspected by the 11th lord Jupiter is
indicative of a robust growth in GDP. Prosperity in
any chart is assured, if there is a nexus between
houses 2 and 11. Here the lord of 2nd in 11 and
lord of 11 aspecting the 2nd house augurs well
for the growth of Indian economy.
The mood of the Nation as also the sentiment and
attitude of the masses could be felt through the 3rd
house. Skirmishes on the border could occur due to
the aspect of Mars on the 3rd. Overall, the mood will
be one of optimism and India's Foreign policy will
have, as its main agenda, peaceful coexistence with
its neighbours. Relationship between India and
Bangladesh will be good and treaties for economic
cooperation will get signed. The People's
movement in Balochistan will view favourably
India's designs of establishing peace and
cooperation in the sub-continent.
Railways will begin to move people faster on same
track infrastructure by using better Time-tables,
coaches, signalling and engines. This will create
demand from public for faster trains across the
country, including more Bullet train corridors.
Medium and Small size cities will not only get
connected on the air route, but also be facilitated by
the operation of sophisticated aircraft.
Low cost airlines from abroad will start operating from
India, which will boost tourism within and
outside the country.
All shrines in India will attract
record crowds on festive occasions, thanks to the
buoyancy of Indian economy and happy living
The Union Budget for the current year will be a liberal
one focussing on relaxing of penalties and levies,
liberalising the formalities for setting up and running
of businesses and will, in big way, favour industries,
which are into exports. A Scheme for providing stable
financial support to senior citizens will be announced.
Senior Citizens will benefit from budget proposals.
In this year's Union Budget, there will be specific
schemes for providing Health Care and Medical
Support to the masses. Floriculture will receive a fillip
through government initiatives.
The 3rd lord Moon in the eleventh shows heavy
investment in telecom, roads, railways and
airports. Sophisticated mobile phones matching
International Standards will be manufactured in India
under the "Make in India" Scheme. Passengeraircraft
till now are manufactured only in countries
like US, UK, France, Brazil and China. This year
promises that India will make giant strides in Aviation
Technology. Sophisticated planes will be
manufactured and assembled in India, making aviation
technology an indigenous one. Organisations like
ISRO will bring name and fame to the country
through successful launching and manoeuvring
of rockets and satellites.
Mood of pro-incumbency will prevail in the
country, excepting in Chattisgarh and
Karnataka. Methods such as IVF, IVI and advanced
methods of reproductive treatment systems become
possible in the country, leading to lots of childless
couples begetting progeny. Indian infertility specialists
would get recognition at the global level.
Indian Cricket would scale dizzy heights under Virat
Kohli’s leadership. However, in a few closely
contested matches, India will flatter to deceive,
much to the disappointment of the cricket crazy
connoisseurs of the India subcontinent.
Crude oil is denoted by the Zodiacal sign Pisces.
From Moon in the New Year chart, presence of
Saturn in Sagittarius in the 10th, an Upachaya
sign and Jupiter in the 8th will trigger a Bullish run in Petroleum prices, throughout 2018, until
Jupiter moves over to Scorpio in October.
Government of India will take a series of measures
to reduce petrol consumption and to increase
production of solar energy to ensure that the import
bill of the nation gets reduced.
On the Medical front, there will be both good news
and bad news. During the torrid Summer of 2018,
there will be outbreak of the following diseases: -
Encephalitis, Measles, Chicken Pox and Bacterial
Conjunctivitis. Further, Diabetes will start affecting
Indians on a large scale, as if it were an epidemic.
This is the bad news. The good news is that advances
in diagnostics and treatment will circumvent most of
the complications, these diseases would lead to.
Consequently, the average mortality rate will go down
and the life expectancy rate will go up in 2018. In the
Union Budget, the government will come out with
some kind of a social security scheme, to ensure
adequate medical insurance cover for the Middleclass
The 7th lord Mars in conjunction with Yogakaraka
Saturn in the 8th offers mixed results. This can
indicate the discovery of oil reserves, which will
greatly help India reduce its oil imports. On the
flip side, there will be a threat of escalation of war,
with immediate neighbours. The Social harmony of
the country is jeopardised by the conjunction of two
first-rate malefics – Mars and Saturn in the eighth.
Mostly couples will fail to address their differences
in private and will go to Family Courts to settle their
There will be eruption of Financial Scams,
thanks to the two-planet malefic conjunction in
the 8thaspecting the 2nd. Presence of Mars in the
8th, leading to its conjunction with Saturn, which in
turn aspects the 10th is a warning to the powers that
be to have utmost security for the officials in power.
There is a crying need to have top level security on a
24 X 7 basis. Not only is utmost vigilance required on
part of the security forces guarding the persons in
power, but also a need for the latter to go strictly by
VIP protocol and to ensure that security regulations
are followed in letter and spirit. Casualties through
accidents, earthquakes, cyclones and terrorist attacks
would assume gargantuan proportions.
The lord of 9 in 8 in conjunction with Mars
indicates frustration among the masses due to
unemployment, retrenchment policies, job-cuts, termination of labour forces due to cost-cutting and
layoffs due to shifting of business houses to overseas
locations. This is a challenging year for HR
professionals and consultants, as public ire over staff
policies would reach alarming proportions. Public sector
undertakings would face the heat on amount of labour
unrest. Hartals, Lockouts, Strikes and Protests would
become the order of the day. To overcome these, a
labour-friendly policy needs to be put in place. Foreign
aid and Foreign grants became scarce. Due to
tightening of norms, many NGO's and Charitable
institutions get debarred from eligibility, to receive
foreign donations. Scandals and Malpractices would
affect institutions of higher learning. Government would
come under criticism for hasty implementation of
reforms. Due to public ire and non-receptive mood,
most reforms would get postponed or delayed.
Currency notes, which had become scarce due
to demonetisation, would stage a comeback in the
form of Notes having new denomination. The
dream of a cashless economy or the birth of a
digital economy era will not materialise in the
Presence of an exalted Sun in conjunction with a
benefic Venus (as lagna lord) is a happy augury for
the significations of twelfth house. Due to banking
reforms and consolidations, the overall health of public
sector banks will go up. The Bank Nifty will indicate a
Bullish trend. The NPA levels in key banks will show
a declining trend.
In the Independence Chart of India, the Dasa now
running is that of the moon with the subperiod of Jupiter
operating from 03 August 2017 till 26 Nov. 2018. The
Bhukti of Yogakaraka Saturn will operate from 26 Nov.
2018 till 18 June 2020 (it regards to the exact dates I
have taken the 360-day Year theory of Parasara,
instead of the 365.25 day Year theory of
Copernicus; so some charts could be showing the
dates differently). The Moon as the lord of 3 in the
3rd is placed in an excellent house in conjunction with the Yogakaraka Saturn and the trinal lord Mercury.
So, India’s fortunes will continue to wax, at least till
the onset of Mars Dasa in July 2024. In general, Moon
dasa favours Tourism, Hospitality Industry, Media,
Telecommunication, Space research and Information
Technology. All these sectors will do well.
The status of women in India will show a favourable
trend with concepts such as empowerment and
women’s reservation being viewed by the
government and the public in a favourable way.
Women will hold several key positions both in the
private sector as well as public sector. Indian women
will win several awards and accolades in beauty
contests, films and in sports like wrestling, badminton,
cricket, tennis and hockey. Women’s cricket will
become immensely popular in India. On the flip
side,this is not a year wholly favourable for
women.There will be several incidents where women
are the victims.Protecting the rights of Women and
ensuring their security becomes an item of topmost
priority in our country in the Vilambi year.
India is particularly prone to earthquakes this year,
as the lord of 4 (denoting Bhoomi or Land) is relegated
to the 12th with the Vilambi year chart adversely
affected by the Bhoomi Karaka Mars in 8, afflicted
by Saturn. The Government has to take necessary
evaluation measures based on studies relating to
earthquake vulnerability. The Regions adjoining
Pakistan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and the Northeast
would become vulnerable to earthquakes, especially
in the period starting from April 2018.
Transit of Saturn in Moola & P.Shada
According to Varahamihira, "When Saturn passes
through the constellation Moola, people of
Varanasi, Kosala and Panchala will suffer; there
will be dearth of fruits and medicinal plants.
Soldiers will suffer" (vide Brihat Samhita, Chapter
10, verse 13, Translated by N.C.Iyer) The
nomenclature used here corresponds to an earlier era
and I will clarify a couple of points here. Kosala is
same as Ayodhya. During the reign of Lava and Kusa
(Sons of Lord Rama), Kosala was divided into two: -
Uttar Kosala and Dakshina Kosala. The Region
covering Himalayas to Vindhyas is turned as Panchala.
For a variety of reasons due to calamities, both natural
and man-made, North India will undergo suffering;
Varanasi and Ayodhya in particular will be at the
receiving end of Saturn’s transit through Moola Star.
Transit of Saturn over Poorvashada will affect
the following regions, in particulars.
||Regions near the Ganga - Brahmaputra Delta
||Districts of Patna and Gaya in Bihar
||Eastern parts of India
The Total Lunar Eclipse which occurs on the night
of the Full Moon on 27 July 2018 will be visible in
Western Africa, Central Asia, South America, Eastern
Africa and Europe. This could trigger natural and
man-made calamities in USA, Canada, Belgium,
Italy and England. The Cities affected would be
London, Melbourne, Versailles and San
The Partial Solar Eclipse of July 13, 2018 could be
visible in Antartica, Australia and New Zealand. This
Eclipse would impact both Australia and New
Zealand in an adverse way. The affected cities
would be Toronto, Nottingham (UK) and
For the purpose of mundane astrology, the Birth /
Formation of United Kingdom is taken as 15:28
hours on 7th December 1922 at Westminster, with
Taurus as the rising sign. This will be a challenging
year for the United Kingdom and its Prime Minister
Theresa May. Owing to the presence of the ominous
Mars – Saturn conjunction in the 8th, the country would
become susceptible to natural calamities, terrorist
attacks and man-made disasters.
With reference to the USA Independence chart
(4 July 1776, 17:53 hrs, Philadelphia, USA) the
ongoing dasa is of Rahu in conjunction with the 7th
and 10th lord Mercury, afflicted in the 8th. Rahu is a
planet denoting upheavals, violence, wrong
discussions, hasty and impulsive responses and
belligerence. This will force the USA to be in a mood of belligerence with reference to affairs in
the Middle East, leading to friction between
the USA and the Arab world.
The US will sweep all the Nobel prizes with
transit Mars as the natal lord of 5, strongly
placed in the natal ascendant, transit Jupiter
aspects the natal 5th house and transit Sun is
exalted in the 5th. A host of inventions will
come about revolutionising travel, medicine,
energy generation, enabling us to understand
the workings of the universe. Abstract
sciences such as Quantum Physics woul
make giant strides. There will be a huge
outlay on infrastructure projects. The Trump
administration will be high on performance
and less on rhetoric. The Stock market in USA
will see a Bullish run, with stocks touching
record high. The ongoing ties between North
Korea and USA will deteriorate, leading to a
war-like situation. The immigration policy of
the Trump administration will lead to a sharp
conflict between the locals and the immigrants. From 26 Oct. 2017 onwards, USA is in Rahu
Dasa, Saturn bhukti, which could create some kind of
unrest in the country. Moon in the natal chart of USA is in
Aquarius, with Rahu in 6, Saturn in 11 and Jupiter in 9—
the transits can’t be better; overall, this will bestow
opulence, success and fortune in abundance to the USA.
All in all, this is an excellent year for the USA and its
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