Unlike traditional Parashari system, the reckoning in Jaimini system is sometimes in usual "zodiacal" order, while at some other times it is in "reversed" order. It is perhaps this characteristic nicety of the system - which makes some of the learners pretty nervous, or confused, or even afraid. But if a person is really endowed with an alert mind, sharp intelligence, retentive memory, and capacity to concentrate, then with some years' of profound studies and practical experience, he/ she can develop a fairly good insight, and look forward to becoming fully capable of handling the horoscopes quite easily. But it deserves mentioning here that one must not expect to master the subject in double-quick fashion and vini-vidi-vici style; if anybody tries to do so, then he/ she should rather remember the well-known and meaningful word - which Napoleon had struck out from his dictionary.
There are as many as 42 Dasha-systems in Jaimini Astrology. A good many of them are not only workable, but also can be confidently depended upon for arriving at the timings of all major and important events of life. These Dasha-systems are neither 'conditional' nor horoscope-specific - that is, these can be very easily and highly advantageously used for any horoscope with a great degree of confidence, and perfectly satisfying results could be obtained quite easily.
Excepting the Dashas of the "Karaka Dasha" class - wherein the Dashas are of Signs and Planets both, in most of the Jaimini Dasha-systems, the Dashas (and obviously the Bhuktis and the Antaras) are of Signs (and not of Planets) . These Dasha-systems basically differ from the more popularly used traditional Parashari* Dasha-systems (of course, except in case of K.C.D.* or Kala-Chakra Dasha) - as therein the Dashas are of Planets (and not of Signs).
[ *N.B. : Detailed information about Kala-Chakra Dasha have been provided under appropriate heading. ]
Jaimini Rashi-Dashas are not dependent on the Longitude of Moon :
Another important difference with the Parashari Dashas is that, in case of Jaimini Rashi-Dashas, the reckoning is not dependent on the Longitude of Moon, and there is no "Balance of Dasha at Birth". The reckoning is rather directly or indirectly dependent on the "Ascendant" instead . The durations of the Dashas are "fixed" in some cases (as in Sthira Dasha/ Brahma-Graha Dasha, Mandooka Dasha/ Trikuta Dasha), whereas somewhere else (as in Chara Dasha/ Trikona Dasha, Atma-Karaka Dasha/ Upa-Karaka Graha Dasha), the durations are "variable". But in both the cases of these two classes, the durations of the Dashas are always in terms of a certain number of *'full' years (*however, there is a single exception: in case of Yogardha Dasha, the duration may include 'half' year also).
The Duration of Dashas, Bhuktis & Antaras in Jaimini Rashi Dashas :
The durations of Jaimini Chara Dasha and Jaimini Trikona Dasha can range from 1 year (minimum) to 12 years (maximum); the durations of Jaimini Sthira Dasha and Jaimini Brahma Graha Dasha can range from 7 year (minimum) to 9 years (maximum); the durations of Jaimini Mandooka Dasha and Jaimini Trikuta Dasha also can range from 7 year (minimum) to 9 years (maximum); the durations of Jaimini Atma-Karaka Dasha and Jaimini Upa-Karaka Graha Dasha can range from 7 year (minimum) to 12 years (maximum).
For "Timing of Events" by using the Jaimini Rashi-Dashas, the very best of results can only be obtained when - regardless of the Dasha-duration - the Bhukti-durations are taken as to be of 1 year each . As such, when the Dasha-duration is of 12 years - which can happen in rare cases in some Jaimini Dashas like Chara Dasha, Trikona Dasha, etc; but it can never happen in case of Sthira Dasha, Brahma Graha Dasha, Mandooka Dasha, Trikuta Dasha, etc - all the signs will not have their Bhuktis in a particular Dasha. The numerical figure of Dasha-duration (in years) will indicate the number of Bhuktis.
The Antara-durations are always of 1 month each - in any Bhukti in any Dasha. As such, all the signs will surely have their Antaras in any Bhukti in any Jaimini Rashi-Dasha
The Sequence of Rashi-Bhuktis :
The sequence of Bhuktis in any Rashi-Dasha is found in the same manner. It always commences from the sign in which the lord of the Dasha-sign is placed ; then :
(i) If the lord of the Dasha-sign is situated in an "odd" sign, then the succession of Bhuktis are in "zodiacal" order - beginning from the commencing sign. But,
(ii) If the lord of the Dasha-sign is situated in an "even" sign, then the succession of Bhuktis are in "reversed" order - beginning from the commencing sign.
The Sequence of Rashi-Antaras :
The sequence of Antaras in any Rashi-Bhukti is also found in the same manner. It always commences from the sign in which the lord of the Bhukti-sign is placed ; then :
(i) If the lord of the Bhukti-sign is situated in an "odd" sign, then the succession of Antaras are in "zodiacal" order - beginning from the commencing sign. But,
(ii) If the lord of the Bhukti-sign is situated in an "even" sign, then the succession of Antaras are in "reversed" order - beginning from the commencing sign.
Reckoning of Aspects as per Jaimini principles :
While finding "Timing of Events" by using any Jaimini Rashi Dasha, the "Aspects" are always of Signs (and not of Planets). As the "Aspects" as used in Jaimini Astrology are different from the "Aspects" as used in traditional Parashari Astrology , for avoiding possible confusion and maintaining distinction, I have coined the term "Jaspects" for denoting Jaimini Aspects. ... Jaimini Aspects are different from the Tajaka Aspects also (which is used in Varshaphala and also in Prashna); for the latter, owing to the very same reason, I have coined the term "Taspects".
The Jaimini Aspects are of two kinds : (i) Frontal, and (ii) Lateral. Although this does not always make much of difference during delineation of results, this is to be borne in mind that the "frontal" jaspects are relatively stronger in influence - in comparison to the 'lateral' ones.
Importance of the "Argalas" (if present) :
The "Argalas" (Mukhya, Gouna, and Vishesha) and 'Virodha-Argalas' are of special importance for delineation of results in Jaimini Astrology.
Importance of the "Karakas" :
The "Karakas" (in most cases, as per "Sapta-Karaka" system) are also considered important. The sign in which the Atma-Karaka is placed is considered to have gained some 'additional' strength for it. Among the other Karakas, the most important is "Amatya-Karaka" - which is considered for Profession (Service/ Business); 'Dara-Karaka' is considered for Marriage, and so on.
Importance of the "Padas" :
The "Padas" (or Arudhas) of Houses (which correspond to as many signs away from the Ascendant, as they are from the Ascendant) also of considerable influence in Jaimini Astrology. ... Incidentally, I wish to mention it here that the "Houses" in Jaimini Astrology corresponds the respective 'Signs' - beginning from the Ascendant-sign.
Noting the combined influence of Jupiter & Mercury (if there) :
If in a particular chart, any sign is found under the joint influence of Jupiter and Mercury - that is, both are conjoined in the sign, or one of them is situated in the sign - while the other jaspects it, or both of these two planets are jaspecting it, then also the strength of the sign becomes enhanced for providing favorable results in general. It will be more so if at least one of the planets become the lord of a concerned house, while the other planet becomes the particular "Karaka" (as per Sapta-Karaka) having the same/ similar indications.
Looking for the presence of Kartari Yogas (if any) :
For presence of Kartari Yoga, one or more planet/s should be situated in both the 2nd and the 12th - as reckoned from the sign. If one or more natural benefic planet/s is/ are situated in both the places as reckoned from the sign - while no natural malefic planet is situated in either of these two places, then the sign is under "Subha Kartari Yoga". It is indicative of favorable results and auspicious happenings - during the period of the sign, which is under such influence.
But if one or more natural malefic planet/s is/ are situated in both the places as reckoned from the sign - while no natural benefic planet is situated in either of these two places, then the sign is under "Papa Kartari Yoga". It is indicative of unfavorable results and inauspicious happenings - during the period of the sign, which is under such influence.
The 4th and the 8th positions from a sign are 'crucial' places :
The 4th and the 8th positions from a sign are crucial places, and if planets of 'similar' nature are situated in such places - as reckoned from the sign - exerts their characteristic influences on the sign, which manifests during the period of such sign. The influences are somewhat similar to the respective Kartari Yoga (as mentioned above).
Thus if one or more natural benefic planet/s are situated in both the places as reckoned from the sign - while no natural malefic planet is situated in either of these two places, then it is indicative of favorable results and auspicious happenings - during the period of the sign, which is under such influence.
But if one or more natural malefic planet/s are situated in both the places as reckoned from the sign - while no natural benefic planet is situated in either of these two places, then it is indicative of unfavorable results and inauspicious happenings - during the period of the sign, which is under such influence.
Looking for the presence of "Repeat Patterns" :
In any chart, the Ascendant-lord is situated in some sign - which corresponds to certain house as per the sign-count in usual "zodiacal" order. If from any sign (other than the Ascendant), the same combination is found, then the "pattern" of the horoscope may be considered to have been "repeated". During the period of the sign (Dasha/ Bhukti/ Antara), the significations of that particular house - as denoted by the sign-count - is likely to gain some prominence. An illustration would make the learner's comprehension clearer :
Suppose, the Ascendant is Leo, the Sun is in Taurus, Venus is in sign Cancer, Saturn is in sign Libra, etc. ... Now, up to this part of the chart is relevant for our discussion here. In this horoscope, we see that the Ascendant-lord (Sun) is situated in the 10th from it. As such, it may be said to be the "pattern" of this horoscope. ... We find that the same pattern is "repeated" in case of sign Libra (as the sign-lord Venus is situated in the 10th from it), and also in case of sign Capricorn (as the sign-lord Saturn is situated in the 10th from it). ... So, during the Dasha/ Bhukti/ Antara of signs Libra and/ or Capricorn, we should check for the presence of harmonious 'inter-relationship' among the 10th-lords (as reckoned from the relevant signs - DS, BS, AS, and the Ascendant). It should however be borne in mind that just by glancing at the "repeat pattern", the viewer must not jump up, and arrive at a premature conclusion that during the periods of such signs, some happening pertaining to the 10th house is sure to happen; actually, it may not happen at all in case if the essential requisite - the inter-relationship - is not found to be present.
In the event of virtual absence of the most vital requisite - the harmonious 'inter-relationship' among the lords of the signification house (as reckoned from DS, BS, AS, and Ascendant) - although the indications can not be construed as to be 'confirmatory', still the presence of the "repeat pattern" may be considered to be an useful 'pointer' , which attracts the attention of the viewer in a particular direction - that can be obtained from the horoscope simply at a glance.
Importance of some Divisional charts & different methods of reckoning for 'female' natives :
The combinations of "Yogas" (or planetary combinations) are considerably different in Jaimini Astrology. For delineation of results, only the Yogas as per Jaimini principles are utilized. (The learners should not over-enthusiastically try in vain to mix up the commonly found and easily remembered Parashari Yogas like Budhaditya, Gaja-Keshari, Pancha Maha-Purusha, etc with Jaimini system). ... Some divisional charts are used in Jaimini Astrology for this purpose. Of them, the most important are : (i) Drekkana chart, and (ii) Navamsha chart. It should be noted that the method of reckoning of these divisional charts vary depending on the 'gender' of the native; the methods of reckoning may remain the same for 'male' persons; but these surely become different for "female" persons :
If the native is "female", then :
(i) Somanath's method is to be followed for reckoning of 'Drekkana' . (Whereas, for 'male' people, the traditional method itself is used).
(ii) Krishna Mishra's method is to be followed for reckoning of 'Navamsha' . (Whereas, for 'male' people, the traditional method itself is used).
Some additional divisional charts also find useful utilization in Jaimini Astrology - which are normally not used in traditional Parashari Shodash Varga System (Consisting of the main Lagna-Kundali and 15 different divisional charts). These are Ekadashamsha or Rudramsha (D-11), Panchamsha (D-5), Shashtamsha (D-6), Ashtamamsha (D-8), etc.
Certain Rashi-Dashas are applicable only to certain Divisional Charts :
It is of interest to note that certain Jaimini Rashi-Dasha Systems are applicable to certain Divisional Charts. Thus, Mandooka Dasha is applicable to Ekadashamsha or Rudramsha (D-11) charts; for maintaining distinction, it is referred to as Rudra-Mandooka Dasha . In this Dasha, a planet gains specialty by virtue of becoming the 'Hara' - which has usefulness for delineation of results in Mandooka Dasha (which is preferred for female persons) and also in Trikuta Dasha (which is preferred for male persons).
Jaimini Chara Dasha - as per the method of Raghava Bhatta & Nrisimha Suri - is applicable to Navamsha charts - which is drawn as per Krishna Mishra's method in case of 'female' natives (and in traditional ways for male natives). This new form of Dasha is termed as PadaNathAmsha Dasha , with the only difference that the durations are taken in terms of 'Nakshatra' years @ 324 days/ year).
Approximately, at the periods around which one PNA Rashi-Dasha ends and another one starts, some distinct change of influences are observed. The PNA Rashi-Dasha in Navamsha charts, and the Jaimini Chara Dasha (as per RB-NS method) in "Nadi-Amsha"* charts can be depended upon for finding some auspicious events like Foreign Journey/ Travel (among various other interesting events of life).
Jaimini Chara Dasha is perfectly applicable to "Nadi-Amsha"* charts also :
The Nadis are very minute divisions of signs; these are 150 in number, and are of unequal span . A typical chart termed as Nadi-Amsha chart can be formed by considering the constitutional nature of the signs (chara, sthira or ubhaya) and the corresponding Nadi-number for the respective positions of the planets (Sun to Ketu) and the Ascendant. In this chart, Rahu and Ketu will always remain in the same sign, and the disposition of this particular sign gains importance (of course, among various others) for delineation of results.
If the Time of Birth is known very correctly, and due checking is done for ascertaining whether very slight adjustment is needed for it's "rectification" or not, then these "Nadi-Amsha" charts (which have no resemblance to the Lagna-Kundali or any divisional chart) can be effectively used for delineation of the nature of results (and also for finding the "Timing of Events" with accuracy and precision). ... The "Antaras" of 1 month's duration (which can be quite easily found by following the same set of principles - as is normally followed in case of judging from Lagna-Kundali) will be the unit for timing of events; and the timings for a series of events can easily be found one after another with precision and accuracy.