The New Year in Vedic Astrology Starts April 11,  2021

The Year of Plava starts on Sunday night.   In Sanskrit Plava could be translated as pelican or a bird or animal  that moves across the waters.  It also literally means drowning.    Shoba Mohan, a member of ACVA,  notes that,it means, “that which ferries us across… ‘  The Varaha Samhita says: this year will ferry the world across unbearable difficulties and reach us to a state of glory. Take us from darkness to light.”

Whereas Western culture delights in January New Year predictions, the Vedic New Year calendar is often run from the new Moon in the spring after the spring solstice for the capital city of a country. Because the rules for this chart and the New Moon happening on a Sunday,  the ruler of the New Year is assigned to be MOON this year. The chart is cast by the capital city of your country for the new moon and predictions for the New Year are made accordingly. So, the US new Moon is at 22:31 pm on April 11th,  

In this chart Ketu goes into the 1st house for Scorpio rising and the MOON  is weak at the end of the sign in the Gandanta at 28.16 in the 5th house.   In  London, the new moon is at 3:31 a.m. on Monday  so the ruler of the year is still the Moon and this chart is Capricorn Rising with Saturn and Pluto in the 1st and the Sun in the 4th with Venus.

In the Vedic calendar, there is a deity or God that governs each year and they rotate each year for 60 years which are connected to the Jupiter and Saturn returns. That suggests that just like last time when Jupiter was in Aquarius  and Saturn in Capricorn  in 1961-2 and 1901-2.  Still Jupiter did not go into Aquarius until Feb. 24, 1962 and not until Jan 19, 1903.  In 1902, Jupiter was solidly in Capricorn.

According to Neelam of Astrobytes:

“Samvatsara’ roughly means the period of one full year. The time in which the Planet Jupiter with his average speed crosses the journey of one sign is referred to as ‘Samvatsara’. There occur twelve (12) Samvatsaras when Jupiter completes one complete round of the Zodiac. While moving in the Zodiac, Jupiter happens to reach sometimes near the Earth and sometimes far away from it. Besides, it also comes in contact with auspicious or inauspicious rays during its journey.

It is because of this fact that the effects of every ‘Samvatsara’ become different. Sixty Samvatsaras repeat again and again in a cycle. At the beginning of creation Jupiter and Saturn were on the zero degree of Aries. The average daily motion of Saturn is two (2) Kalas (minutes). Therefore, it takes full thirty (30) years in revolving around the Zodiac. The average daily motion of Jupiter is five (5) Kalas, (minutes). Therefore, it takes full twelve (12) years in completing its journey in the twelve (12) signs of the Zodiac.

Hence, we are going to have influence like we had in 1961-2 and  1901-2.

Here is what the Vedic texts say if you were born this year, which last was seen between APRIL 1961-62 : ”

The native born in the ‘Samvatsara’ of PLAVA ie April 1961-April 1962The native who is born in the ‘Samvatsara’ of ‘Plava’ is extremely voluptuous (has excessive sexual desire), wealthy, gets respect due to his being serviceable, defeated by his wife, contented, keeps his thoughts secret, and is of restless nature.

It would seem that this year could bring up more tensions between the sexes and sexual escapism and retreating from the difficulties of life into sexual fantasy.

We can look back in time and see what past Plava years were like and what might again be the impact:


  • April 17
    The Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba begins; it fails by April 19.
  • April 20 – Fidel Castro announces that the Bay of Pigs Invasion has been defeated.
    April 22 – Algiers putsch: Four French generals who oppose de Gaulle’s policies in Algeria fail in a coup attempt.
  • May 4 – U.S. Freedom Riders begin interstate bus rides, to test the new U.S. Supreme Court integration decision.
    May 5 – Mercury program: Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space, aboard Mercury-Redstone 3.
    May 14 – Civil rights movement: A Freedom Riders bus is fire-bombed near Anniston, Alabama, and the civil rights protestors are beaten by an angry mob of Ku Klux Klan members.
  • May 16 – Park Chung-hee takes over in a military coup, in South Korea.May 21 – Civil rights movement: Alabama Governor John Patterson declares martial law in an attempt to restore order, after race riots break out.d
    June 4 – Vienna summit: John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev meet during two days in Vienna. They discuss nuclear tests, disarmament and Germany.
    July 25 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy gives a widely watched TV speech on the Berlin crisis, warning “we will not be driven out of Berlin.” Kennedy urges Americans to build fallout shelters, setting off a four-month debate on civil defense.
  • August 13 – Construction of the Berlin Wall begins, restricting movement between East Berlin and West Berlin, and forming a clear boundary between West Germany and East Germany, Western Europe and Eastern Europe. On August 22 Ida Siekmann jumps from a window in her tenement building trying to flee to the West, becoming the first of at least 138 people to die at the Wall.
  • The first meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement is held. The Soviet Union resumes nuclear testing, escalating fears over the ongoing Berlin crisis.
    September 28 – A military coup in Damascus, Syria effectively ends the United Arab Republic, the union between Egypt and Syria.
    December 2 – Cold War: In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro announces he is a Marxist–Leninist, and that Cuba will adopt socialism.
    December 11
    American involvement in the Vietnam War officially begins, as the first American helicopters arrive in Saigon, along with 400 U.S. personnel.
    January 3, 1962 – Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro for preaching communism.
    February 3, 1962 – The United States embargo against Cuba is announced.
    February 7, 1962
    The United States embargo against Cuba comes into effect, prohibiting all U.S.-related Cuban imports and exports.
    Luisenthal Mine Disaster: A coal mine explosion in Saarland, West Germany kills 299.
    .February 23, 1962: Friendship 7 inspected by President Kennedy and Astronaut John Glenn.
  • March 2, 1962
    A military coup in Burma brings General Ne Win to power.

From April 1901-April 1902:

  • September 6 – William McKinley assassination: American anarchist Leon Czolgosz shoots U.S. President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. McKinley dies 8 days later.
    September 7 – The Boxer Rebellion in China officially ends, with the signing of the Boxer Protocol.
    September 14 – Vice President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the 26th President of the United States, upon President William McKinley’s death. Roosevelt is sworn in that afternoon.
    September 28 – Philippine–American War: Balangiga massacre: Filipino guerrillas kill more than forty United States soldiers in a surprise attack, in the town of Balangiga in Samar.
  • October 16 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt invites African American leader Booker T. Washington to the White House. The American South reacts angrily to the visit, and racial violence increases in the region.
    October 23 – Yale University celebrates its bicentennial.
  • November 28 – The new Constitution of Alabama requires voters in the state to have passed literacy tests.
  • December 12 – Guglielmo Marconi receives the first trans-Atlantic radio signal, sent from Poldhu, England, to Newfoundland; it is the letter “S” in Morse code.[6]
    February 18, 1902 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt prosecutes the Northern Securities Company for violation of the Sherman Act.
    February 27,1902– Australian officers Breaker Morant and Peter Handcock are executed for the murder of Boer prisoners of war near Louis Trichardt.
  • March 10, 1902
    Clashes between police and Georgian workers led by Joseph Stalin leave 15 dead, 54 wounded, and 500 in prison.[1]
    A Circuit Court decision in the United States ends Thomas Edison’s monopoly on 35 mm movie film technology.[2]

Some of the themes of the two years that would apply to both years and to world affairs appear to be issues around civil rights, the rise of communist and socialist values, space exploration, change of government and fall of presidents, wars and shifts of power.  Maybe that is true every year but it seems that Plava has a bit more of it as in 1961-2 were were heavily involved in the Cold War and we have another one brewing with Russia as Biden and the US are supporting Ukraine to take back Crimea and are supplying arms.  Mars/Rahu in the 7th house of the New Year chart does suggest war and we will have run the compressed  dashas for 1 year to see when it manifests.  With the fall of McKinley in a Plava year we wonder if Biden will last this year particularly with Sun in a weak part of Pisces in the gandanta this year and 10th house lord Sun, 8 houses away and aspected by Saturn.


PART 2: In Part 2 we will look at the Annual Charts for Europe and the US


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