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This is the horoscope of a serving Major, now Colonel, of India Army. He had come to me sometime in August last year (2005), totally frustrated as despite possessing excellent credentials, he was being denied promotion to the rank of Colonel for a long time.

As is the system in Indian Army, Selection Boards are constituted and the Board goes through the confidential records of eligible candidates and then gives its recommendation for Promoting them or otherwise.

This Major,according to his brother who is my colleague, always had an outstanding record in his career and this denial of promotion was resulting in despair bordering on almost looking for a job elsewhere.

When he came to me, he was serving an organisation on deputation and this posting was considered to be a prize posting in the army circles. Despite possessing experience in battle-field and winning medals, the next
promotion still eluded him.

Have a lookat the horoscope. Pisces lagna withMars in the second house. Tenth lord in the tenth house along with eleventh and twelfth lord and both planets are retrograde. Sixth lord’s placement in the fourth house and placement of third and eighth lord in the fifth house. Fifth house has retrograde Mercury.

Three planets in the horoscope are retrograde. Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury. He came to me along with his younger brother. His younger brother had taken a prediction from me and the prediction was fulfilled. Perhaps this could be the reason for him to have desperately tried seeking time and pressured me into accommodating him.

He has two daughters. One was born on 9-7-90 and other was born on 6-1-1993. Dasha running at the time of birth of the first daughter was Jupiter/Saturn/Jupiter.

A look at the birth chart would suggest that Jupiter and Saturn both don’t connect directly with the fifth and the ninth house. Jupiter is lagna lord. But a look at Saptamsha would tell you that Jupiter is aspecting fifth house and Saturn is lagna lord. Saturn (R) was transitting in Sagittarius and Jupiter in transit was in Gemini. Mars was in Aries and Moon was in Capricorn.

This horoscope has tenth lord placed in the tenth house. As such the conditional dasha of Parashara which needs to be applied here is Chatursheeti Sama dasha on which my colleague, Shri Naval Singh has produced an excellent book.

Tenth lord is placed in the tenth house. Dasha running at the time of birth of first daughter is Mercury/Venus (in which conceivement took place) and Mercury/Saturn when the baby was born.

The second daughter was born on 6-1-1993. Dasha running at that time was Jupiter/Ketu/Venus. In Chatursheeti Sama dasha it was the dasha of Mecury/Sun. Both these events were being explained conveniently by the horoscope and the dasha sequence satisfying the astrologer in me that the chart on which we were working was a correct one.

He came to me when Saturn/Mercury/Venus was running. Retrograde eleventh and twelfth lord’s dasha was running. This planet is placed in the tenth house along with tenth lord. Tenth lord is also retrograde.

Antardasha running was of fourth and seventh lord Mercury, again retrograde, but in the fifth house with Venus, third and eighth lord whose pratyantar was running.

Has he come to me seeking an answer to some abnormal delay in his professional pursuit or promotion? Is there someone working against his interest in the corridors of power that matter? Is he thinking of changing his job now?

If these questions cross my mind then can I be faulted. He narrated the sequence of events and asked me the question, will I be able to stay in job?.

On inquiry, he revealed that thrice when the number of vacancies were good, still his name could not be cleared by the Board. He naturally thought that some superior of his had given him a bad ACR resulting in his detention in the same post. He approached his seniors but in vain.

Now another board was constituted and his name was there in the panel of candidates to be considered for promotion but there was only one vacancy this time. Now after having been rejected by the Board when there were good number of vacancies, he was naturally apprehensive of his promotion as now there was only one vacancy.

When he came to me he was on deputation. Deputation in government circles mean that the person is working at a place which is not his parent office. Confirming the dasha results of twelfth lord Saturn again.

Now the big question? Will he or will he not?

Saturn/Mercury/Sun will start in December and run upto January, 2006 when the dasha will change to Saturn/Mercury/Moon. Saturn in the tenth house, Mercury in the fifth house (seventh lord), and Sun aspecting tenth house and being aspected by tenth lord. Moon, fifth lord in the eleventh house of recognition and aspecting fifth house. Board was to sit sometime in January, 2006. Both Sun and Moon were promising.

Chatursheeti Sama dasha was also considered. Jupiter/Mars. Jupiter, tenth lord and Mars, ninth lord in the second house. Wonderful. Things were looking good now.

A look at dashmansha revealed that Jupiter is the seventh lord of navamsha placed in the seventh house and Mars is sixth and eleventh lord of dashmansha, placed in the sixth house of fight.

Saturn in Cancer and Jupiter in Libra in transit were influencing the ninth lord and the second house of Major. Till how long will retrograde planets in the tenth house keep troubling him? How many times will he have to undergo the same cycle of rejection and dejection?

No. I thought now the time has come when Jupiter and Mars will have to fulfill their roles of tenth and ninth lord and grant him luck when I knew that by saying so I would be giving out a prediction which is against all odds. Remember there was only one vacancy this time.

Still I gave my opinion as, 'the time is good and it is favourable for you this time'.

Sometime in March, 2006 on reaching home one evening after classes at Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, I received a telephone call from my friend whose brother’s chart was this. He said, 'Manoj, thanks. Brother got promoted to the rank of Colonel this February and he had called me up to convey his thanks to you. But on that day when he had come to you for consulting his chart and after your reading, he did not look or sound very convincing as he had virutally lost all hopes of promotion and more so because the competiton this time around was the toughest'.

Jokingly, I remarked, 'tough only get going when the going is tough'.

But inwardly, I was relieved. Look at retrograde tenth lord, eleventh lord, seventh lord and you will start understanding the frustrations, delays and repeated denials in professional advancements though the candidate in question was always handpicked for special assignments in his professional career.

This is how the planets reveal the joy and sorrows, pains and gains but deliver what is promised by the prarabdh at the right time in your life.

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