Mahadasha system is a great feature of Vedic astrology and this is a method to find the timing of events. This feature is only available with Vedic astrology. There are so many other dasha systems like Yogini, Nirayana Shola dasha and Jaimini Chara dasha, and Vimshottari dasha. Vimshottari dasha is the most popular among them.

According to Vedic astrology, the lifespan of a human being is fixed as 120 years. Not only in astrology, almost all religious texts have said that God fixed a human’s lifespan of 120 years. So, in astrology, 120 years will be under the rulership of different planets.

When we generally speak about Mahadasa we always count from Ketu. Why, because the 1st sign in astrology is Aries. The 1st Nakshathra in Aries is Ashwini and it is ruled by Ketu. So, naturally Vimshottari dasa starts from Ketu dasa.

Vimshottari dasa’s base is configured in the Nakshathra lord. Your Nakshthra lord will rule your 1st Vimshottari dasha. Suppose you are born in Purva Bhadra nakshatra and its ruler is Jupiter. So, you will be entering this world by the influence of Jupiter.

Now, you can see in almost all charts, there will be a usage called balance of dasa. What is this? Astrology relies a lot on past birth and reincarnation. According to astrology, life is a continuation and the soul moves from one birth to another and it takes different physical forms. You will die at one time and that time you will be under particular dasa. Then the soul will enter another body and then the rest of the dasa continues.

Vimshottari dasa has Mahadasa and Antardasa. During the beginning of any dasa, you will be under the Mahadasa and Antardasa of same planet, but at the time of your birth, your Antardasa planet will be mostly different. So, if you died under the dasa of Jupiter-Venus Mahadasa and left, next time when you are born, you will be starting Jupiter-Venus and rest of the days as Balance of dasa.

This is a simple concept to understand balance of dasa, but its calculation is complicated. The longest Mahadasa duration belongs to Venus and the shortest belongs to the Sun. After when you understand how this Mahadasa system works, it will be easy for you to understand yourself. It is actually very easy to keep a track of your life if you understand this system.

How weak Mercury affects people’s lives

Mercury is the fastest planet and a small planet too. This is the planet which goes into a maximum retrogression during a year. Mercury represents intellect, logical analysis, studies, friends, relatives, siblings, short trips, pet animals, speech, mathematics, salesmanship, brokerage, journalism, banking, skin, astrology and writers.

This planet is neither male nor female. It is known as a neutral planet. This planet is known as the son of Moon and Tara. He is the love child of Moon and the wife of Brihaspati, Tara. Maybe that illegitimate status makes him a neutral guy.

Mercury almost remains closer to the Sun, so it remains in a combust mode, more than any planets do. The chances of combustion are greater for Mercury than any other planets. The combustion and retrogression and its fast-moving nature always makes Mercury in a complex mode.

If we need to have a happy life, we should have a good intellect and capacity for logical analysis. When Mercury is weak, then it may bring a kind of unsure part regarding logical analysis. Despite the yugas, life was always a struggle even to the kings and queens. All the factors, which contribute to a good living, come from calculated moves, so Mercury is the planet which indicates your power to make those crucial moves in everyday life.

Combustion
According to ancient texts, Mercury will be in a combust mode within 10 degrees of the Sun. Mercury, when it is closer with Sun, there can be a confusion regarding decision making. Your intellect is actually getting heated and you may go clueless and that can lead you to a wrong decision.

Retrogression also is showing such confusion in decision making. Mercury is debilitated in Pisces. There are scientists with Mercury in a bad mode. Weak Mercury can bring the wrong kind of decisions and lack of understanding which can put life in a progressive way.

Mercury’s conjunction with any other planet should be analysed carefully. It is very hard to interpret the results of Mercury’s conjunction, retrogression and debilitation. Breaks in studies are also shown by weak mercury. Speech and hearing issues can be seen through Mercury’s wrong placement.

If you see Mercury in a compromising situation in your child’s chart, then you should not force the child to study. Instead be a friend to the child and try to understand his struggles. If you identify this at the earliest, then it will be easy for you to manage the life of the child.

Mercury indicates siblings and relatives, so please encourage the child to keep a healthy relationship with all. If the child is showing a sense of detachment, then don’t force the child to be with the people he doesn’t like. He may not be destined to be with a group of relatives. No one can keep a relation by forcefulness. Put the child into some counselling sessions to improve his wisdom and IQ.