The first thing to be considered after the birth of the child is the examination of his longevity. The other effects should be judged later. As per Phaldeepika which is a revered text on Vedic Astrology, there is difference of opinion about the actual time of birth of the child. The various views are given below.
i) The time of birth is that when the head (of the infant) emerges.
ii) The time of birth is that when the body of the infant emerges and touches the ground.
iii) The time of birth is that when the body of the infant is completed, separated from the mother’s womb.
a) In case of human beings, it is not possible to determine the longevity of a child within the first twelve years. Even is the nativity shows good longevity, the child meets his death owning to the sinful actions of the parents during this or previous births.
b) If the child dies within the first four years it will be due to the mother’s sins. Death taking place within four to eight years will be due to the sins of the father. If the death takes place between eight and the twelve years, it will be due to the native’s own sinful actions in the previous births.
c) The first eight years period of a man’s life is treated as Balarishta. That which afflicts him till twentieth year is called Yogarishta (evil produced by planetary dispositions). When the longevity extends to thirty-two it is called alpayus or short life. It is called Madhyamayus or middle age when the span of life extends to seventy years of age. It is Poornayus when the period of life extends to 100 years.
d) A hundred years is generally recognised as the span of life for human beings. The division of this period into three portions constitutes respectively the Alpayu, Madhyamayu and Poornaayu and this is recognised universally.
e) If the birth occurs in the evil yogas – Dinamrityu, Dinaroga or Vishaghatika, the child will die immediately after birth.
Notes – Described below are the Dinamrityu, Dinaroga and Vishagatika Yogas.
Dina mrityu: There is this yoga when the birth is during the day in the first quarter of Dhanishta and Hasta, in the second quarter of Uttarabhadra and Ashlesha, and the fourth quarter of Bharani and Moola. These yogas do not cause any evil effect if the birth is during the night.
Dinaroga: There is this yoga when the birth occurs during the day in the first quarter of Ashlesha and Uttarabhadra, in the second quarter of Bharani and Moola, in the third quarter of Uttaraphalguni and Shravan and in the fourth quarter of Swati and Mrigashira. These yogas will cause no evil effects if the birth occurs during the night.
Vishagatikala: Every Nakshatra has ghatikas or Vishagatika as under:
Aswin 50-54, Bharani 24-28, Krittika 30-34, Rohini 40-44, Mrigashira 14-18, Ardra 21-25, Punarvasu 30-34, Pushyami 20-24, Ashlesha 32-26, Makha 30-34, Poorvaphalguni 20-24, Uttaraphalguni 18-22, Hasta 21-25, Chittra 20-24, Swati 14-18, Visakha 14-18, Anuradha 10-14, Jyeshtha 14-18, Moola 56-60, Poorvashada 24-28, Uttarashada 20-24, Shravan 10-14, Dhanishta 10-14, Satabhisha 18-22, Poorvabhadra 16-20, Uttarabhadra 24-28 and Revati 30-34.
f) If the birth occurs in the first quarter of Pushyami, Poorvashada and Chittra, the father of the native dies. If it is in the second quarter, the mother dies. If it be in the second quarter, the mother dies. The child himself will die if the birth takes place in the third quarter. The maternal uncle will die if the birth be in the fourth quarter of these nakshatra.
If the ascendant is not connected with benefic planets and birth takes place in Moola or Ashlesha nakshatras the results will be as follows:
i) Moola first quarter or Ashlesha fourth quarter: Death of father
ii) Moola second quarter or Ashlesha third quarter: Death of mother
iii) Moola third quarter or Ashlesha second quarter: Extinction of the family
iv) Moola fourth quarter or Ashlesha first quarter: Wealthy and prosperous
g) If the birth takes place at the time of Sandhi (junction) of the signs and if the signs be not aspected by or associated with benefics the child born dies soon after birth.
If the birth occurs in Gandanta, death takes place either of the parents or the native himself. If, however, the native survives he becomes splendorous like a king. The sandhis between Pisces and Aries, Cancer and Leo and Scorpio and Sagittarius are called Gandanta). The person who is born in Sandhi associated with or aspected by malefics will not see Sunrise. The same result may be expected if the Moon at birth attains the fateful degree in any sign and is at the same time, posited in a Kendra or the eighth house.
h) If the degrees attained by the Moon is Aries and other signs be respectively 26, 12, 13, 25, 24, 11, 26, 14, 13, 25, 5 and 12, they indicate death.
i) The following are also respectively deemed as Mrityubhagas or fateful degrees of the Lagna in the several signs from Aries onwards 8, 9, 22, 22, 25, 14, 4, 23, 18, 20, 21 and 10.
j) The child born dies soon after birth in the following planetary dispositions: –
– If malefics be in Kendra or in the eighth house.
– If the ascendant and the eighth house are occupied by malefics.
– If the Moon and the Ascendant be hemmed in between malefics.
– If the waning Moon be posited in sixth, eighth or twelfth house.
– If the waning Moon along with malefics occupies the first, fifth, seventh or the ninth house.
– If the malefics be posited in the seventh and the eighth houses.
If, however, there be aspect of benefics on the Lagna, the Moon or malefics or there be benefics in Kendra, the evil effects described above do not come to pass.
k) If the lord of the Ascendant or the lord of the sign occupied by the Moon being weak is placed in sixth, eighth or twelfth, the native survives for the number of the years as are indicated by the number of the sign (counted from Aries) in which the Lord of the Lagna or the lord of the Moon sign is posited.
If the lord of the lagna Drekkana or the lord of the Moon Drekkana being weak be placed in the sixth, eighth, or twelfth, the number of the sign in which such lord is posited will indicate the number of days of the survival of the child.
If the lord of the Lagna Navamsa or the lord of the Moon Navamsa being weak be placed in sixth, eighth or twelfth, the sign of the Lagna Navamsa or the Moon Navamsa will indicate the number of days of the survival of the native.
After carefully taking into account which of the planetary dispositions are more predominant and after considering the nature of the malefics occupying the fifth and the eighth house from the Lagna, a final decision should be taken about the longevity of the native.
l) If Lagna Drekkana and Moon Drekkana are both in moveable signs it means Poorna Ayu, when Lagna Drekkana is in fixed sign and Moon Drekkana is in fixed sign or vice-versa it represents Madhyam Ayu. If the Lagna Drekkana is Moveable and Moon Drekkana is Dual or vice-versa it represents Alpa Ayu.
m) If sign of Lagna Navamsa is fixed and sign of Moon’s Navamsa is Dual or vice-versa it means Poorna Ayu, if one is fixed and other is moveable it means Madhayam Ayu, when both are fixed it means Alpa Ayu.
n) If sign of Lagna Dwadasamsa is dual and Moon Dwadasamsa is fixed or vice-versa it means Poona Ayu, if both are dual it means Madhayam Ayu, if one is dual and other is moveable it means Alpa Ayu.
o) If the lord of the Lagna and all the benefics be in Kendra the native will have Poorna Ayu. If they are in Panphara house, the native will have Madhayam Ayu, if they are in Apoklima house the native will have Alpa Ayu.
p) If the lord of the eighth house and all malefics be posited in Kendra house the native will have Alpa Ayu. If they be posited in Panaphara house, the native will have Madhyam Ayu. If they are posited in the Apoklima house, the native will enjoy Poorna Ayu.
q) Find out if the following three pairs of planets are mutually friends, neutrals or enemies: –
– The lord of the sign in which Moon is posited and the lord of the eighth house from the Moon sign.
– The Lord of the Lagna and the Lord of the eighth house.
– The lord of the Lagna and the Sun.
The native will enjoy Deerghayu if they are mutually friends. He will have Madhyayu if they are mutually neutrals and will have Alpa Ayu if they are mutually enemies.
r) The native will be long lived (will enjoy Poorna Ayu) if:
– The lord of the Lagna be stronger than the lord of the eighth house.
– The lord of the rising Navamsa be stronger than the lord of the eighth from the Navamsa Lagna.
– If the lord of the sign occupied by the Moon be stronger than the lord of the eighth from the Moon.
– If the Lord of the Moon’s Navamsa be stronger than the lord of the eighth from it.
If otherwise, the result will get reversed.
s) If the lord of the eighth house endowed with greater strength than the lord of the lagna, be posited in Kendra and malefics occupy the eighth and the twelfth, the native will be short lived. Even if he gets medium life or full life his life will be full of misery and will remain unhappy.
t) If the Moon, the lord of the sign occupied by her and the lord of the lagna be all well placed by being associated with or aspected by benefics and passed many points of strength, the birth at that time should be treated very auspicious and will make the native happy in every way.
u) If the lord of the Lagna possesses great strength and be un-aspected by (or associated with) malefics and be aspected by (or associated with) benefics, occupies a Kendra house, the death is warded off and the native secures a long life with good qualities, wealth and an illustrious or powerful sovereignty.
v) If Jupiter, the Minister of Gods, possessed of great strength and with brilliant rays be posited in Lagna, he can singly ward off many of the evils which otherwise would be difficult to overcome, just as a humble salutation placed with all sincerity before lord Vishnu demolishes all evils.
w) If the birth be in bright half of the lunar month (Shukla Paksha) and the Moon be posited in 1st, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th or 11th in Cancer, Leo, Sagittarius or Pisces Navamsa, many evils endangering life of the native are demolished and the birth becomes very auspicious.
x) If in any nativity, there be no malefics in Kendra, Trikona and the eighth house and the lord of the Lagna and Jupiter is posited in Kendra, the native performs virtuous actions, enjoys all kinds of happiness and remains in good health with a life span of 100 years.