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Written Mar 31, 2002

(continued from the article Serena Williams's Deceptive Mars

It is from the Jaimini angle that the chart of Serena Williams most interests me.

Using the 7 karaka scheme advocated by Shri K.N. Rao, her chart gives:

AK Moon
Amk Jupiter
BK Venus
MK Mars
PK Saturn
GK Sun
DK Mercury

Shri Rao also advocates an approach of seeing simple Jaimini raja yogas through combinations (conjunction or sign-aspect) between:

AK-Amk-PK-DK-5th lord from lagna. Any combination of these 5 give a raja yoga.

In the chart of Serena Williamns, her AmK Jupiter and PK Saturn combine in Virgo to give a raja yoga.

Serena Williams Birth Data

Serena Williams Vedic Astrology horoscope
Serena Williams's Natal Chart

As the Sun is the 5th lord of her chart, its combination with the AmK and the PK amount to two more raja yogas, giving three in all for her planets in Virgo. Keep this in mind when we look at timing. Also, her AK Moon and DK Mercury are in mutual (sign) aspect, giving another raja yoga.

In her navamsha, these reduce to one, a mutual aspect between her AK Moon and PK Saturn...or two...if you count the mutual aspect between AmK Jupiter and the exalted 5th lord D-9, Mars.

Serena Williams Navamsha Chart
Serena Williams's Navamsha Chart

At age 12 she entered her Cancer period (according to the way Shri Rao calculates this sign dasha). It is an 11 year period running from Sept. 1993 to Sept. 2004. All her great success has come in this period.

For those unfamiliar with a Jaimini style analysis of sign dasha, the trick is to use the dasha (or antardasha ) sign as a lagna, and see the planetary patterning from there, with particular reference to the disposition of the various special karakas based on degrees of planets (see above).

First of all, the dasha sign Cancer has the conjunction of Mars and Rahu, (with Mars exalted in the navamsha.) Using Cancer as a lagna, Mars becomes the 10th and 5th lords (yogakaraka planet) in the 1st house, magnified by Rahu.

Note that from Cancer, the 3rd house of sports (Virgo) becomes very accenuated, and contains the Jaimini raja yoga planets (Amk + PK + 5th lord).

Before we look at timing, keep in mind the principle that periods containing the AmK or from where the AmK falls in the 10th house...particularly if the AmK is configured in a Jaimini raja yoga....indicate rise in career. 

In Cancer-Sagittarius she became the first black woman to win the U.S. Open since 1958. See how from Saggitarius, Virgo becomes the 10th house, holding all the Jaimini raja yoga-giving planets inclduing the AmK.

This latest victory has come in Cancer-Virgo.

Though I am likely to start an arguement by pointing this out, I think it is important to understand that if you use the 8 karaka scheme that includes Rahu....then most of the planets shift their identity. Jupiter, instead of being the AmK, becomes the BK. Saturn, instead of being the PK becomes the GK.

The Jaimini raja yogas in Virgo completely fall apart...in which case, a career rise in Cancer-Saggitarius and Cancer-Virgo is not shown at all.

Also, if you calculate the sub-periods in Chara dasha in the direct order only....then this timing is changed.

Please understand that I am not criticizing those who use 8 karakas or calculate the sub-periods in Chara differently....I am only saying that it makes a huge difference.

I follow Shri Rao's methods because they have given me results - consistently. I am sure that those who use other methods can point to their results as well.

Two more points in closing.

Another controversy in Jaimini is whether the karakamsha lagna (position of the atmakaraka in the navamsha chart) is to be applied to the birth chart or the navamsha...or both.

The Moon in her chart is the planet with the highest degrees, hence becomes the atmakaraka, regardless of whether you use 7 or 8 karakas. It goes into Sagittarius in the navamsha.

One sutra of Jaimini's states that if Saturn is connected to the karakamsha lagna, then the person is very successful and distinguished in their line of endeavor. Some translate this sutra to mean this applies only when Saturn is in the karakamsha, while some translate it more liberally to mean also aspecting or falling in a kendra from the karakamsha lagna.

Apply her karakamsha lagna (Sagittarius) to the birth chart and the picture becomes very dramatic. There, Sagittarius receives the sign aspect of all the raja yoga forming planets in Virgo including Saturn....plus the 10th house from Sagittarius becomes extraordinarily strong from the standpoint of achievement and fame. This is a fitting picture of someone as successful in her field as Serena Williiams. Apply karakamsha in the navamsha only, and the picture is not near as dramatic, although Saturn again aspects and falls in a kendra from Sagittarius.

Coming back to the above mentioned sutra....if Saturn in the karakamsha gives great success....and if karakamsha lagna was to be applied only in the navamsha....it would lead to the logical absurdity that anyone with Saturn as the atmakaraka would be very successful.

An examination of many such horoscopes shows that this is just not true. This is the point Shri Rao makes in one of his books. But if you apply this principle to the birth chart instead, in my experience you will find it working.

I am of the opinion that if you just research charts, you will be guided to see how the interpretive principles given in the classics work, versus going on the basis of conflicting translations and commentaries. 

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