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Deciding on the Term of Longevity

The term of life can be 100 years or more than that. If we look into the various
dasa periods we find that there are 120 years, 108 years, 99 years etc ...We will
assume the average length of life as 100 years as this is the normal expected
age. This is only assumption. Of course many authors including Dr. B.V.Raman
has taken the expected term of life as 100 years.

Now these 100 years has to be further sub divided. How?

According to various texts it has a major sub division of three termed as

(i) Short Life


(ii) Middle life
(iii)Long life.

Now when we are going to distribute this 100 years, each term gets 33.33 years.
So Short life is up to say 33 years, Middle life is from 34 years to 66 years and
Long life is from 67 years to 100 years.

Almost all classics have a set of rules to decide on the term of longevity of an
individual. Most popular method amongst astrologers is the principles outlined in
Jaimini Sutras followed by rules given by Parasara. Simpler methods are also
available in Nadi literature.

Here I am going to examine one verse from Prasna Marga. Reference is from
Chapter IX, verse 60 and 61:

लगनजनमपयोः शतु िनजाषमपित यिद।


समौ वा यिद वा बनधू सवलपमधयिचरायुषः।60
चनदाशेशसय तढभूषा नवाशेशोऽथवा रवेः।
लगनेशो वािप यदेव ं सवलपमधयिचरायुषः।61
Prof. B.V.Raman translates this as –

According as lords of Lagna and the 8th there from and Lords of Chandra Lagna
and the 8th there from are mutually inimical, neutral or friendly, the length of life
would be Alpa (Short), Madhya (Medium) or Poorna (Full). -- 60

“If the Lord of Chandra Navamsa is inimical, neutral or friendly to the lord of the
64th Navamsa there from, the longevity of the person will be short, medium or
full. The Sun and lord of Lagna should be similarly reckoned.” -- 61

From the above we can classify the required combinations for Short, middle and
long life as below:

For Short Life:

1. Lord of Lagna and lord of 8th from Lagna should be inimical.

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2. Lord of Chandra Lagna and the 8th lord there from should be enemies.

3. Lord of Navamsa occupied by the Moon and the lord of 64 th Navamsa there
from should be enemies.

4. Lord of Navamsa occupied by Ascendant and the lord of 64 th Navamsa


there from should be enemies.

5. Lord of Navamsa occupied by the Sun and the lord of 64th Navamsa there
from should be enemies.

For Middle Life:

All the above 5 pairs of planets should be neutral.

For Long Life:

All the above pairs of planets should be friends.

So from the above it becomes clear that one must remember the naisargika
sambanda table of planets which is reproduced for the reference of beginners.

Planet Friend Neutral Enemy


Sun Moon, Mars, Jupiter Mercury Venus, Saturn
Moon Sun, Mercury Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn
Mars Sun, Moon, Jupiter Venus, Saturn Mercury
Mercury Sun, Venus Mars, Jupiter, Saturn Moon
Jupiter Sun, Moon, Mars Saturn Mercury, Venus
Venus Mercury, Saturn Mars, Jupiter Sun, Moon
Saturn Mercury, Venus Jupiter Sun, Moon, Mars

In the 5 pairs listed above the first two pairs are simple and will not require any
explanation and one can easily find out from the Rasi chart. But the last 3 pairs
require some explanation as it involves the 64th Navamsa from Moon, Sun or
ascendant.

Finding the 64th Navamsa:

The 64th Navamsa is nothing but the 210th degree i.e. the 8th house aspect. The
64th Navamsa from that occupied by a planet will be the same Navamsa in the 8 th
sign, in order of zodiacal sequence. From the longitude of a planet or the
longitude of Ascendant we can know the Navamsa number in that sign. The 64 th
Navamsa will be the same degreecal arc in the 8 th sign from it. An example will
make things clear.

Suppose a planet is in say 12° Cp 45’. Navamsa is a span of 3° 20’ and hence
this longitude will fall in the range of 10°.00’ to 13° 20’ which will be the 4th
Navamsa and the Navamsa sign would be Aries. So the 64th Navamsa will range
in Leo (8th from Capricorn) from 10°.00’ to 13° 20’ whose Navamsa would be
cancer which will be the 4th from the Navamsa of the planet in this case Aries. In

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simple terms find out the Navamsa in which a planet or Ascendant is placed and
take the 4th sign from it which will be the 64th Navamsa.

With these tools in hand let us apply the rules to some charts and verify the
results.

Chart 01:

Date of Death: 04-07-1902


Age at the time of death: 39 Years 6 months. Hence middle life.
As per our rule all the pairs of planets in the 5 points must be neutral.

Rule 1:
Lagna Lord Is Jupiter and 8th lord is Moon. Moon treats Jupiter as neutral whereas
Jupiter treats Moon as friend.

Rule 2:
Chandra Lagna Lord is Mercury and the 8th lord there from is Mars. Mercury
treats Mars as neutral and Mars treats Mercury as friend.
For these two rules the relationship must be neutral and not like the above one.
In such cases we will treat that the term of longevity is undecided.

Rule 3:
Lord of Navamsa occupied by Moon is Mercury. 64th Navamsa from Moon is also
Mercury. (Moon is in Gemini in Navamsa. 4th house lord from it will be the 64the
Navamsa lord). Both are same planets.
There is no mention in the classic if both are same planets. Hence we will
consider this rule also.

Rule 4:

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Lord of Navamsa occupied by Ascendant is Mars. 64th Navamsa lord from it is


lord of Aquarius which we will take it as Saturn. (We will not consider the co-lord
Ra as we have not defined the sambandha for the nodes). Mars and Saturn are
enemies.

Dr. B.V.Raman is of the view that instead of Ascendant we must consider the
Navamsa of the Ascendant Lord and compare it with the 64th Navamsa from it.
Here Ascendant Lord is Jupiter and Lord of Navamsa where Jupiter is placed is
Mars. Again the 64th Navamsa will fall in Aquarius whose lord would be Saturn
giving the same result as above.
Since the planets are inimical the term of life should be decided as Short life.

Rule 5:
Lord of Navamsa occupied Sun is Jupiter. Sun is in Sagittarius Navamsa. Hence
the 64th Navamsa from it will be the lord of 4th house from it which is Pisces and
its lord also Jupiter. Hence this rule also fails.
So all the 5 rules did not show the required result in this chart.

Chart 02

Date of death: 10-09-1971


Age at the time of death: 39 Years 3 months. Hence Middle life.

Rule 1: Lagna Lord is Mars and the 8 th lord from Lagna is Mercury. Mercury
treats Mars as neutral and for Mars Mercury is an enemy.

Rule 2: Chandra Lagna lord is Jupiter and the lord of 8 th house from is Moon. For
Jupiter Moon is a friend but for Moon Jupiter is neutral.

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Rule 3: Lord of Navamsa occupied by Moon is Venus. 64th Navamsa from Moon is
Saturn. Moon treats Saturn as neutral and Saturn treats Moon as enemy.

Rule 4: Lord of Navamsa occupied by ascendant is Mercury and the 64 th


Navamsa lord from is Jupiter. Jupiter treats Mercury as enemy while Mercury
treats Jupiter as Neutral.
If we consider the lord of Navamsa occupied by the Lagna lord of Rasi – Lagna
lord of rasi is Mars and is placed in Aquarius in Navamsa making Saturn as the
lord. 64th Navamsa from Mars is Venus. Saturn and Venus are friends and should
indicate long life.
Rule 5: Lord of Navamsa occupied by Sun is Mars and the 64th Navamsa from it
is Saturn and both are enemies and hence the term of life should be long.

So out of 5 parameters we get long life in two terms and hence this rule
has failed in this chart.

Now let us once again turn to the rules as the rule has failed in two cases. The
verse says it should be mutually friendly or neutral or enemy. So the pairs of
planets which fall under these categories are:

Mutually Friends: (Long life)

Sun-Moon; Sun-Mars; Sun-Jupiter; Mars-Jupiter; Mercury-Venus; Venus-


Saturn.

Mutually Neutral: (Middle life)

Venus-Mars; Saturn-Jupiter.

Mutually enemy: (Short life)

Sun-Venus; Sun-Saturn.

For mutually neutral and mutually enemy planets there are only 2 pairs as
compared to mutually friendly planets. So let us analyse the pairs of planets
indicating Middle and short life.

For the first rule Lagna Lord and 8th lord must fall among the pairs indicated
above. Venus and Mars cannot be Lagna Lord and 8 th lord at the same time.
Likewise Saturn and Jupiter cannot be at the same time Lagna lord and 8 th lord.
Likewise Sun and Venus also cannot be Lagna lord and 8th lord. For Capricorn
Lagna Saturn is the Lagna lord and Sun becomes the 8th lord. Hence out of 4
possible combinations only one combination holds good. Hence the first rule is
bound to produce no results except for Capricorn Lagna which will indicate Short
life. But we cannot conclude that all Capricorn Lagna natives will have short life
combination. Hence practically Rule 1 becomes inapplicable. Or is there
something hidden in the words of the Rishi – Learned readers can contribute if
they are aware of the same.

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For rule 2 again, Chandra Lagna lord and its 8th lord are to be considered. As
discussed above here also only for Capricorn Rasi (where Moon is placed) this
will become applicable and hence we have to discard this rule for the reasons
stated above.

Sun-Moon are friends. Sun and Moon can never become Lagna Lord and 8 th Lord
as also Chandra Lagna lord and its 8th.

Sun-Mars are friends. This is also not possible as for Leo Lagna the 8 th lord would
be Jupiter and for Aries Lagna 8th lord Mars itself and for Scorpio Lagna 8th lord is
Mercury. Same applies to Chandra Lagna lord and its 8th lord for this pair.

Sun-Jupiter. For Leo Lagna Jupiter becomes 8th lord. Does it mean that all Leo
Lagna natives will have long life?

For the other 3 pairs viz. Mars-Jupiter; Mercury-Venus; Venus-Saturn there is no


possibility of one becoming a lagna lord and the other becoming the 8th lord.

Hence we can conveniently omit the first rules as there must be something
beyond our thinking which the Rishi must be suggesting through these verses.

For the other three rules the focus is on Navamsa. The lord of Navamsa
occupied by Moon, Ascendant (Ascendant Lord), Sun is compared with the
respective 4th lord from them. Here we get some more possibilities.

So let us try to apply the 64th Navamsa technique to some more charts. Before
that let us make one more table tabulating the mutually friendly, neutral and
inimical planets.

Mutually Mutually
Mutually Friend
neutral enemy

Sun-Moon; Sun-Mars; Sun-Jupiter Venus-Mars; Sun-Venus;

Mars-Jupiter; Mercury-Venus; Saturn-


Sun-Saturn
Venus-Saturn Jupiter

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Chart 3

Date of death: 21-09-1998


Age at the time of death: 39 Years 3 months

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Moon – Sun


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Mars Sun and Mars are friends-
hence Long life.

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Asc. – Jupiter


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Mercury No mutual relationship

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Asc. Lord – Mars


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Saturn No mutual relationship
Lord of Navamsa occupied by Sun – Venus
Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Sun Mutual enemies – Hence
short life.

The native died in middle age. We get the result as Short life or Long life.

Chart 4
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Date of death: 16-07-1981


Age at the time of death: 39 Years 5 months

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Moon – Mars


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Saturn No mutual relationship

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Asc. – Mercury


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Jupiter No mutual relationship

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Asc. Lord – Venus


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Mercury both are mutual
friends- Long life

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Sun – Saturn


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Mars No mutual relationship

The native died in middle age whereas we get the result as Long life.

In Astrology one theory may hold good for about 500 charts but in the 501st chart
it may not hold good. Hence we cannot come to a conclusion about a theory
after verifying a few charts. So let us continue with some more charts.

Chart 5

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Date of death: 16-07-1999


Age at the time of death: 39 years 4 months

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Moon – Mars


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Saturn No mutual relationship

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Asc. – Mercury


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Jupiter No mutual relationship

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Asc. Lord – Mercury


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Jupiter No mutual relationship

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Sun – Mercury


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Jupiter No mutual relationship

The native died in Middle age for which no indications are found through the
rules.

Chart 6

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Date of Death: 16-07-1981


Age at the time of death: 39 Years

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Moon –Saturn


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Venus Mutual friend-Long life

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Asc. –Moon


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Venus No mutual relationship

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Asc. Lord –Jupiter


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Jupiter both planets are same

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Sun – Jupiter


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Jupiter both planets are same

The native died in Middle age for which no indications are found through the
rules.

Chart 7

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Date of death: 03-04-1968


Age at the time of death: 39 Years 3 months

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Moon –Mercury


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Mercury both planets are same

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Asc. – Venus


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Saturn Mutual friend –
Long life

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Asc. Lord – Mercury


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it Mercury both planets are same

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Sun – Saturn


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Mars No mutual relationship

The native died in Middle age for which no indications are found through the
rules.

Chart 8

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In the case of Jawaharlal Nehru too, there is a difference in birth time. Here, as I
said earlier, I have relied upon Astrodatabank data.

Date of Death: 27-05-1964


Age at the time of death: 74 Years 6 months

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Moon –Jupiter


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Jupiter both planets are same

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Asc. – Jupiter


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Mercury No mutual relationship

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Asc. Lord – Jupiter


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it - Jupiter both planets are same

Lord of Navamsa occupied by Sun – Moon


Lord of 64th Navamsa from it – Venus No mutual relationship

The native had long life for which no indications are found through the rules.

So far we have not been successful in establishing the rule. Probably because of
this rule has not been discussed by any of the astrologers. It is quite possible,
there might be some inner hidden meaning in the verses which I am not aware
of. Learned readers, if they can highlight the same to me, I shall be grateful to
them.

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