Why Some People Think Astrology Does Not Work?

I live in a community were people are involved in Vedic knowledge and most of the community has had one more readings.  Many of these people have talked to have been jaded about their readings because they not been accurate or there was a cultural difference between the person giving the reading and the client.  (Lost in Translation)  It is possible to get very specific information out of a chart that is very precise.   I often tell people that true Vedic astrology is like reading strands of DNA if you go deeply enough with it and find Western psychology and Western astrological approaches very useful for helping people reveal their patterns. I use both.

My initial background in financial astrology and timing markets and mundane events has taught me a lot about timing people very specifically and how events manifest in ones life. Observing daily dashas for 25 years and transits has helped understand how karma manifest and some of the common mistakes that astrologers can make.  This article is more more for astrologers (many of whom will know some of these secrets) but if you are jaded that you have not gotten an accurate reading, some of the problems may be inherent and revealed in this article.

ALTERNATE UNIVERSES: Firstly, I do not think that everything in our life is written in stone and can be predicted with 100% accuracy.  I often think there are alternative universes available that our free will and intention can shift. Its a bit like that movie Sliding Doors with Gwynth Paltry.   She meets one boyfriend when she catches the train and meets someone else when the doors close and she misses the train. Other science fiction writers have played with this theme of multiple possibilities.  When we are aware of the problem and choose not to repeat the same mistake, we can create an alternative universe.   I often seen in charts that the dasha period will set up a school to bring up the issues but with meditation, service, awareness and poise, we can make new choices and create an alternative universe.

TRANSITS ARE ONLY 20% OF TIMING:   The Vedic mahadasha system and  dasha systems based on signs (Rashi Dashas)  give us a contextual rotation of periods in our life for things to manifest and transits trigger those events within the context.  Western astrologers not aware of the larger cyclical context. If you are running a very good Jupiter period and have a bad Saturn transit, it may be a minor bump in the road but it will not be devastating. If you are in a difficult Saturn period and have a difficult Saturn transit at the same time, it may throw you for a loop.   Dashas and larger periods are 80% of timing and you need an accurate birth-time rectified to the minute to get a good prediction. Every minute off may impact timing 3-4 days.   Some studies reconciling birth certificate times with actual births show that hospitals can be 30 minutes off.  Some countries like India and Germany of course are more accurate about getting the timing right.

Transits are key when a transit and dasha coincide. If you are running a Mars/Mercury period or a Mercury/Mars period and there is a Mars/Mercury planetary war, then there will be huge impact to your chart but in another period and if you are not ruled by Mars or Mercury it may not mean much.


Too many people get caught up in the main chart (Rashi chart) but it is important to look for a manifestation in the divisional charts.  If career is strong in the natal chart but is blocked in the D-10 or career chart, then it must may not happen.  Vice-versa.  A strong divisional chart will not yield results if the natal chart is blocked.  Some astrologers do not like to use divisional charts because of inaccurate birth times but there are simple techniques to rectify a chart quickly and be able to get the more microscopic information.  They are vital information for uncovering the layers of karma or strands of DNA that will manifest.

I recently wrote an article on how moving far away enough from where you are born can change your chart and create a new rising sign with some different problems.   Many astrologers fail to take this into account but we are not the same person when born in India and the living in the US.  We may have some of the same natal chart karmic patterns but material work manifestations may be very different.  I moved 1800 miles from my birth city of Chicago, IL to Sedona, AZ in 1997 and went from Scropio 7 degrees to Libra 20 degrees with an exalted Saturn at Libra 27.  My life changed dramatically and it was not just being in a new city it was the impact of being Libra vs. Scorpio.    See my article:



Most of us learned the king of the dashas, Vimshottari Dasha, but it is very complex to use for prediction and it affects the mind and the emotions most because it based on what lunar mansion or nakshatra where the moon was when we were born  and how our sequences unfold in the rest of our life. This dasha may reveal may real more of our subjective reality about how we feel about something, but the objective reality may be different.


While most of us only know about Vimshottari Dasha, there are 32 other Dashas and some of them are conditional many of them are better for predicting material and outward events that clients often ask about.   K N Rao expounded on Jaimni Chara Dashas and Narayana Dasha is very key for predicting outer events. There are also many conditional Rashi dashas that rotate by sign and give us a sign-related period for 1-12 years.   These are quite revealing as to predicting what will actually unfold materially in our life vs. how we may feel about it which is seen more from Vimshottari Dasha.   For example, I am Scorpio rising was married in my Moon/Saturn period and if you know Vimshottari Dasha, you would be hard pressed to predict it with Moon in Scorpio and Saturn in the 12th in Libra and in the D-9 chart, Moon is in the 6th in Aquarius and Saturn in the 10th in Gemini .  Yet my marriage happened during my Taurus/Cancer period in Jaimini Chara Dasha with Taurus owning my 7th house and the moon in the 7th for Taurus and connected to the sign of Cancer.   When I did get married, it came rather unexpectedly and I knew Vimshottari Dasha and did not see it coming.  The bottomline is that Rashi Dashas ruled by signs, are much better for predicting job advancement, marriage, health issues and many other things in comparison to Vimshottari Dasha.


Each life and its karma is perfect. A good astrologer has to look at a chart with the innocence of a child and without judgment. The biggest mistake so many astrologers make is looking at the birth chart from their own perspective and judging it through their own system of values and beliefs.  We also have to leave politics out readings and interpretations. 


Being humble is so important in astrology. I continue to be amazed at the depth of the ocean of astrology and that it will take many lifetimes to fathom.  I continue to study after 30 years.   The more I know, the more I do not know. I always have to remember to be honest and say, I do know the answer but that I will research for it.  The most important thing is to  be service and to remember that we are here to remove suffering and shine the light on the shadows.  

Jai Guru Dev!  Victory to the Big Mind and the Divine over ignorance.


So I have tried to address some of these problems in my classes.  My  Transit class is  available for purchase on my website: $125.00.  4 lessons.
My transit class:  https://www.appliedvedicastrology.com/products-2/timing-your-life/

My Dasha Class: $195.00. 7 lessons.


My upcoming class on Multiple Perspectives will address all of these problems and is a live webinar starting on July 16th for 8 Sundays.


Readings are always available the website.

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