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from the forward to Predicting Through Shodashottari Dasha
by V.P. Goel 

In the year 1984 I showed in some articles the use of different conditional dashas of Parashara, which are nakshatra dashas, and demonstrated their great significance and use. Maharishi Parashara has given some of them in his magnum opus, Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra. There are said to be as many as fifty four such dashas out of which only twelve are available to us. Out of these the primary, according to the importance given by Parashara are Vimshottari, Kala Chakra, Jaimini's Chara dasha and Shodashottari dasha. 

Used with Vimshottari dasha, which is a general dasha and Chara dasha, also a general dasha, a conditional dasha throws light into an area of a horoscope which an astrologer's attention may not be drawn easily. Let this be illustrated through a horoscope, which is that of Bill Clinton, the former president of the USA.

In the year 1998 when Clinton was a facing a crisis in his career with the Monica Lewinsky scandal threatening to ruin him totally, he was passing through the Vimshottari dasha of Jupiter-Venus which does explain this terrible event but still some clarity will be needed to pin point it. But in the Shodashottari dasha it was the mahadasha of Mars, the 8th lord of scandals, and the antardasha of the Moon in the 8th house of scandals. 

Bill Clinton's Vedic Horoscope
Bill Clinton's Natal Chart

I have written in a book of mine that once when an old astrologer had come, some of us had met with him to discuss astrology with him. He said that he had almost given up astrology and was devoting more time to his spiritual practices. We were discussing the horoscope of Raja Dinesh Singh to which Shodashottari dasha was applicable. 

Out of irritation, the classically trained astrologer asked us why we had not used Shodashottari dasha in this case. I put before him my calculated sheet showing how this dasha worked in this case. He was very happy that I had done that and used some strong words against some modern astrologers who neither knew astrology properly, nor knew the importance of the conditional dashas of Parashara. 

The Conditions Required for Shodashottari Dasha 
From the chapter titled, Application, in Predicting Through Shodashottari Dasha, by V.P. Goel

Shodashottari is a special udu dasha based on the Nakshatra occupied by the Moon at the time of birth. This dasha is only applicable to the horoscopes fulfilling certain conditions. The conditions are:

Odd Rising Sign (Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius):
1. The ascendant degrees are between 0 to 15 and the Moon is waxing (Shukla Paksha). 
2. The ascendant degrees are between 15 to 30 and the Moon is waning (Krishna Paksha).

Even Rising Sign (Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces): 
1. The ascendant degrees are between 0 to 15 and the Moon is waning (Krishna Paksha).
2. The ascendant degrees are between 15 to 30 and the Moon is waxing (Shukla Paksha).

reprinted with permission