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Gochara: Transits to Natal Moon

Gochara is a Sanskrit word that means ‘movement of globes’. Go = Globe or Ball and Chara = movement. Gochara is simply transits of the planets from the Moon’s natal position. Gochara is the most commonly used transit technique in India. Family Astrologers use this technique all the time. They will ask only for your Moon sign and since they will have the current position of the planets memorized, they will then give you a reading based solely on the Moon’s position.

The transiting planet is affected by its position from the Moon. Its general indications and the things ruled by its lordship of houses, are favorably or unfavorably affected by the planet’s position from the Moon. The house the planet occupies from the Moon is not affected. The Moon represents growth and one’s mind. If the planet is favorably affected by its position from the Moon, then it can grow its significations. If the planet is in an unfavorable position, then the opposite is true.

It must be mentioned here that Gochara should be used in conjunction with Ashtakavarga. Ashtakavarga takes into consideration the strength of the planet in question by its position from all of the planets and the Ascendant, not just from the Moon alone. Thus, a planet that is weak because of its transit position from the Moon, may be transiting a house that has high Ashtakavarga points and be able to produce quite significant results.

Saturn’s transit from the Moon is the most important because Saturn is the one planet that gives long term effects and puts into motion those events of life that will have the strongest karmic effects. Saturn is Time and long term, life changing karma. Sade Sati is a much feared time in a person’s life. This is when Saturn transits the 12th, 1st, and 2nd from the Moon. During this time, Saturn cannot create long term effects. Saturn creates life changing, long term effects like marriage or major career changes when transiting beneficial houses from the natal Moon. When transiting unfavorable houses from the Moon, Saturn cannot give strong, long term implications. If the Ashtakavarga points for a certain house are high, however, Saturn’s transit to a house with high Ashtakavarga points will contradict this. According to Parasara and in the vein of common sense, Ashtakavarga trumps Gochara because it is a lot more specific to the individual and Ashtakavarga measures a planet’s transit from every other planet, not just the Moon. However, Gochara is an excellent tool for predicting simple things and the ebb and flow of everyday life.

It is best to focus on Gochara with the current running dasa. Look for the dasa lord and its transit from the Moon. If the dasa lord is in an unfavorable position from the Moon, this is when the planet will cause problems in the person’s life if problems are indicated by the dasa lord. If the dasa is promising great effects, then the planet will give its best effects when it is transiting a beneficial house from the Moon. An average dasa has a combination of things to give. In good houses from the Moon, the dasa lord will give good effects, in bad houses from Moon, then undesirable effects.

The transiting Moon in houses from the natal Moon will show the attitude a person has on any given day. It is ideal to have the Moon in a good position from the natal Moon for daily events to run smoothly. In regards to particular areas of life, like relationships, career, wealth and so on, assess if the lord of the house and karaka of the thing in question are in a good house from the Moon. For example, if you are buying a new car, it is ideal to have Venus and the 4th lord in a beneficial house from the natal Moon.

Sun transiting unfavorable houses from Moon will harm the person’s ability to achieve status. Mars transiting unfavorable houses from Moon will give frustrating experiences from opponents and fighting battles. Saturn will make achieving destiny difficult. Jupiter is another important planet of destiny and long term goals, second only to Saturn. When Jupiter transits a favorable house from the Moon, the things that you believe you should become are the things fate dictates that you become. As a karaka, it rules our dharma and how easily that dharma unfolds. Jupiter shows how readily we will find answers to life’s questions. Jupiter is the higher knowledge we use to navigate our life towards where we want it to go. Mercury shows how well we play the game, relations with our friends and our business prospects.

Vedha means an obstruction. Planets can be obstructed by other planets while transiting houses from the Moon. A table at the end of this article will show when Vedha applies. An important point to remember with Vedha is that planets that have familial relationships, in other words, if they are parent and child, they will never obstruct each other. For example, Saturn is the son of the Sun, so Saturn and the Sun will never obstruct each other. Mercury is the son of the Moon, so the Moon and Mercury will never obstruct each other. Vipareet vedha means if a planet is in a house where it gives bad effects, then another planet obstructing it will nullify its bad effects.

For example, you want to know about your wealth. Jupiter is the karaka of wealth and the 2nd lord is the rules the house of wealth. When both of these planets are in good houses from the Moon, then money comes more easily and readily. It is even better if the transiting Moon is also in a favorable house from the natal Moon.

Assess the karaka, house lord and Moon. When they are all in good positions from the natal Moon, then you can predict that those things pertaining to their specific meanings will run smoothly. If they are all in unfavorable positions, then there will be more stress and problems with that area of life.

Gochara is not the complete picture. It only shows the energy that a planet has to grow its significations. It may not give you energy to make good decisions, or overcome problems, or be able to learn from experiences.

The following is a list of favorable and unfavorable houses of planets’ transits to the natal Moon. Vedha is also included.

The Sun:

The Sun conveys status, authority and power to the person. It will also give vitality and robust health. When the Sun transits favorably from the natal Moon, expect these things to grow. In unfavorable positions, expect the opposite.

The Sun is favorable if transiting the 3rd, 6th, 10th and 11th from natal Moon.

The Sun is unfavorable when transiting the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th,9th and 12th house from natal Moon.

Vedha of Sun:

There will be obstruction of the Sun’s good effects in the 3rd house from the Moon if there is a planet other than Saturn transiting the 9th house from the natal Moon.

Obstruction to transiting Sun’s good effects in the 6th house from the Moon if there is a planet other than Saturn transiting the 12th house from the Moon.

Obstruction to transiting Sun’s good effects in 10th house from the Moon if there is a planet other than Saturn transiting the 4th house from natal Moon.

Obstruction to transiting Sun’s good effects in 11th house from the Moon if there is a planet other than Saturn transiting the 5th house from natal Moon.

Vipareet Vedha of Sun:

Transiting Sun’s bad effects in the 4tht house from the natal Moon will be neutralized if there is a planet other than Saturn transiting the 10th house from natal Moon.

Transiting Sun’s bad effects in the 5th house from the Moon will be neutralized if there is a planet other than Saturn transiting the 11th house from natal Moon

Transiting Sun’s bad effects in the 9th house from the Moon will be neutralized if there is a planet other than Saturn transiting the 3rd house from natal Moon.

Transiting Sun’s bad effects in the 12th house from the Moon are neutralized if there is a planet other than Saturn transiting the 6th house from natal Moon.

The Moon:

The Moon represents growth, comfort and our attitude. When the Moon transits favorable positions from its natal placement, then everything in general runs more smoothly and there is a sense of comfort and happiness. Also, the Moon helps grow whatever other transits are indicated and that do not have Vedha. When the Moon transits bad placements from its natal position, then there is more stress and a less than ideal attitude.

The transiting Moon is favorable when it is transiting the 1st, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 10th and 11th from the natal Moon.

The transiting Moon is unfavorable when it is transiting the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th and 12th from the natal Moon.

Vedha of the Moon:

There will be obstruction of the transiting Moon’s good effects in the 1st house of the natal Moon if there is a planet other than Mercury in the 5th house from the natal Moon.

Obstruction of the transiting Moon’s good effects in the 3rd house from the natal Moon if there is a planet other than Mercury in the 9th house from the natal Moon.

Obstruction of the transiting Moon’s good effects in the 6th house from the natal Moon if there is a planet other than Mercury in the 12th house from the natal Moon.

Obstruction of the transiting Moon’s good effects in the 7th house from the natal Moon if there is a planet other than Mercury in the 2nd house from the natal Moon.

Obstruction of the transiting Moon’s good effects in the 10th house from the natal Moon if there is a planet other than Mercury in the 4th house from the natal Moon.

Obstruction of the transiting Moon’s good effects in the 11th house from the natal Moon if there is a planet other than Mercury in the 8th house from the natal Moon.

Vipareet Vedha of the Moon:

Transiting Moon’s bad effects in the 2nd house from the natal Moon will be neutralized by a planet other than Mercury transiting the 7th house from the natal Moon.

Transiting Moon’s bad effects in the 4th house from the natal Moon will be neutralized by a planet other than Mercury transiting the 10th house from the natal Moon.

Transiting Moon’s bad effects in the 5th house from the natal Moon will be neutralized by a planet other than Mercury transiting the 1st house from the natal Moon.

Transiting Moon’s bad effects in the 8th house from the natal Moon will be neutralized by a planet other than Mercury transiting the 11th house from the natal Moon.

Transiting Moon’s bad effects in the 9th house from the natal Moon will be neutralized by a planet other than Mercury transiting the 3rd house from the natal Moon.

Transiting Moon’s bad effects in the 12th house from the natal Moon will be neutralized by a planet other than Mercury transiting the 6th house from the natal Moon.

Mars

Mars represents will power and the ability to implement it, the ability to fight and win battles, the energy to take care of problems and overcome obstacles, our ability to use logic, our siblings, and our experiences with our house and any real estate or land we may own. When Mars is transiting unfavorable houses from the Moon, then we will have much more stress revolving around these things. When Mars is transiting favorable houses, we will be able to utilize the energy of Mars constructively and to have beneficial experiences with those things represented by Mars.

Mars is favorable when it transits the 3rd, 6th and 11th house from the natal Moon

Mars is unfavorable when it transits the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 12th house from natal Moon.

Vedha of Mars:

There will be obstruction of transiting Mars’ good effects in the 3rd house of the natal Moon if there is a planet in the 12th from the natal Moon.

There will be obstruction of transiting Mars’ good effects in the 6th house of the natal Moon if there is a planet in the 9th from the natal Moon.

There will be obstruction of transiting Mars’ good effects in the 11th house of the natal Moon if there is a planet in the 5th from the natal Moon.

Vipareet Vedha of Mars:

Transiting Mars’ bad effects in the 5th house from the natal Moon will be neutralized by a planet in the 11th house from the natal Moon.

Transiting Mars’ bad effects in the 9th house from the natal Moon will be neutralized by a planet in the 6th house from the natal Moon.

Transiting Mars’ bad effects in the 12th house from the natal Moon will be neutralized by a planet in the 3rd house from the natal Moon.

Mercury:

Mercury represents communications like computer, email, mail, phones, texting, speaking etc. Mercury denotes one’s friends, business, skin, social contact and ability to manifest desires concretely. Mercury will make these things run smoothly when transiting good houses from the natal Moon and there will be problems with these things when Mercury transits bad houses from Natal Moon.

Mercury is favorable when it transits the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th and 11th house from the natal Moon.

Mercury is unfavorable when it transits the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 12th house from the natal Moon.

Vedha of Mercury:

Obstruction of transiting Mercury’s good effects in the 2nd house from the natal Moon if there is a planet other than the Moon in the 5th house from the natal Moon.

Obstruction of transiting Mercury’s good effects in the 4th house from the natal Moon if there is a planet other than the Moon in the 3rd house from the natal Moon.

Obstruction of transiting Mercury’s good effects in the 6th house from the natal Moon if there is a planet other than the Moon in the 9th house from the natal Moon.

Obstruction of transiting Mercury’s good effects in the 8th house from the natal Moon if there is a planet other than the Moon in the 1st house from the natal Moon.

Obstruction of transiting Mercury’s good effects in the 10th house from the natal Moon if there is a planet other than the Moon in the 8th house from the natal Moon.

Obstruction of transiting Mercury’s good effects in the 11th house from the natal Moon if there is a planet other than the Moon in the 12th house from the natal Moon.

Vipareet Vedha of Mercury:

Obstruction of transiting Mercury’s bad effects in the 1st house from the natal Moon if there is a planet other than the Moon in the 8th house from the natal Moon.

Obstruction of transiting Mercury’s bad effects in the 3rd house from the natal Moon if there is a planet other than the Moon in the 4th house from the natal Moon.

Obstruction of transiting Mercury’s bad effects in the 5th house from the natal Moon if there is a planet other than the Moon in the 2nd house from the natal Moon.

Obstruction of transiting Mercury’s bad effects in the 9th house from the natal Moon if there is a planet other than the Moon in the 6th house from the natal Moon.

Obstruction of transiting Mercury’s bad effects in the 12th house from the natal Moon if there is a planet other than the Moon in the 11th house from the natal Moon.

Jupiter:

Jupiter is a secondary planet of destiny. Jupiter represents one’s aspirations and the ability to live up to and manifest those aspirations. Jupiter will show whether someone follows their inspirational path and do what they are meant to do in life. This means they will derive wisdom and the answers to their most pressing existential questions. Jupiter represents the teachers and mentors in our life. When Jupiter transits favorable houses, we will have good experiences with our teachers and they will be able to guide us beneficially. When Jupiter transits unfavorable houses, our dharma and our life do not line up. There are obstacles and setbacks to achieving the destiny we imagine for ourselves. Jupiter is not able to grow that destiny.

Jupiter is favorable transiting the 2nd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th house from the natal Moon.

Jupiter is unfavorable transiting the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th house from the natal Moon.

Vedha of Jupiter:

There will be obstruction of transiting Jupiter’s good effects in the 2nd house of the natal Moon if there is a planet in the 12th from the natal Moon.

There will be obstruction of transiting Jupiter’s good effects in the 5th house of the natal Moon if there is a planet in the 4th from the natal Moon.

There will be obstruction of transiting Jupiter’s good effects in the 7th house of the natal Moon if there is a planet in the 3rd from the natal Moon.

There will be obstruction of transiting Jupiter’s good effects in the 9th house of the natal Moon if there is a planet in the 10th from the natal Moon.

There will be obstruction of transiting Jupiter’s good effects in the 11th house of the natal Moon if there is a planet in the 8th from the natal Moon.

Vipareet Vedha of Jupiter:

Transiting Jupiter’s bad effects in the 3rd house from the natal Moon will be neutralized by a planet in the 7th house from the natal Moon.

Transiting Jupiter’s bad effects in the 4th house from the natal Moon will be neutralized by a planet in the 5th house from the natal Moon.

Transiting Jupiter’s bad effects in the 8th house from the natal Moon will be neutralized by a planet in the 11th house from the natal Moon.

Transiting Jupiter’s bad effects in the 10th house from the natal Moon will be neutralized by a planet in the 9th house from the natal Moon.

Transiting Jupiter’s bad effects in the 12th house from the natal Moon will be neutralized by a planet in the 2nd house from the natal Moon.

Venus:

Venus represents diplomacy and being able to see the worth in things. It is recognizing the inherent value in everything that comes into our lives. Venus will show us the path of not paying too much for something of little value and the path to avoiding devaluing those things which are precious. The Moolatrikona sign of Venus is Libra, the Scales. The Scales will weigh what is more valuable and give the person the gumption to make the correct decision. Venus rules negotiation and sharing. When Venus transits bad houses from the Moon, our sense of value becomes slightly skewed and our ability to see the value of things diminishes. When transiting good houses from the natal Moon, Venus will show us the correct decision and the inherent value of our experiences.

Venus is favorable when transiting the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 11th, and 12th houses from the natal Moon.

Venus is unfavorable when transiting the 6th, 7th and 10th houses from the natal Moon.

Vedha of Venus:

There will be obstruction of transiting Venus’ good effects in the 1st house of the natal Moon if there is a planet in the 8th from the natal Moon.

There will be obstruction of transiting Venus’ good effects in the 2nd house of the natal Moon if there is a planet in the 7th from the natal Moon.

There will be obstruction of transiting Venus’ good effects in the 3rd house of the natal Moon if there is a planet in the 1st from the natal Moon.

There will be obstruction of transiting Venus’ good effects in the 4th house of the natal Moon if there is a planet in the 10th from the natal Moon.

There will be obstruction of transiting Venus’ good effects in the 5th house of the natal Moon if there is a planet in the 9th from the natal Moon.

There will be obstruction of transiting Venus’ good effects in the 8th house of the natal Moon if there is a planet in the 5th from the natal Moon.

There will be obstruction of transiting Venus’ good effects in the 9th house of the natal Moon if there is a planet in the 11th from the natal Moon.

There will be obstruction of transiting Venus’ good effects in the 11th house of the natal Moon if there is a planet in the 3rd from the natal Moon.

There will be obstruction of transiting Venus’ good effects in the 12th house of the natal Moon if there is a planet in the 6th from the natal Moon.

Vipareet Vedha of Venus:

Transiting Venus’ bad effects in the 6th house from the natal Moon will be neutralized by a planet in the 12th house from the natal Moon.

Transiting Venus’ bad effects in the 7th house from the natal Moon will be neutralized by a planet in the 2nd house from the natal Moon.

Transiting Venus’ bad effects in the 10th house from the natal Moon will be neutralized by a planet in the 4th house from the natal Moon.

Saturn:

Saturn is the number one planet of destiny. Saturn rules time and karma, thus it rules long term effects in a person’s life like major career events, marriage, childbirth, buying a new home, etc. When Saturn is transiting a good house from the Moon, it is able to grow long term effects that will be with the native a very long portion of their lives. When Saturn is transiting a bad house from the Moon, Saturn’s ability to grow these long term, life changing effects is diminished. This is why Sade Sati is so dreaded within the Vedic Astrological community. When Saturn transits the 12th, 1st, and 2nd houses from the Moon, it is unable to grow these long term significations. Of course, if the Ashtakavarga points for a house are 4 or above, then this will give Saturn some power to give good effects.

Transiting Saturn is favorable in the 3rd, 6th and 11th houses from the Moon.

Transiting Saturn is unfavorable in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th,9th,10th, and 12th houses from the Moon.

Vedha for Saturn:

Obstruction to transiting Saturn’s good effects in the 3rd house from the Moon if there is a planet other than the Sun transiting the 12th house from the Moon.

Obstruction to transiting Saturn’s good effects in the 6th house from the Moon if there is a planet other than the Sun transiting the 9th house from the Moon.

Obstruction to transiting Saturn’s good effects in the 11th house from the Moon if there is a planet other than the Sun transiting the 5th house from the Moon.

Vipareet Vedha for Saturn:

Transiting Saturn’s bad effects in the 5th house from the natal Moon will be neutralized if there is a planet other than the Sun transiting the 11th house from natal Moon.

Transiting Saturn’s bad effects in the 9th house from the natal Moon will be neutralized if there is a planet other than the Sun transiting the 6th house from natal Moon.

Transiting Saturn’s bad effects in the 12th house from the natal Moon will be neutralized if there is a planet other than the Sun transiting the 3rd house from natal Moon.

 

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