How long shall I live? We never think about such a question when we are young, but as we cross 45 and we have responsibilities not only for our own self but for our children and family, such a question may come to our mind. As an astrologer, we are also asked this question sometimes by our clients. We usually avoid answering such a question, but in our life prediction report we do indicate the longevity of a person.
In astrology, we have different methods for calculating longevity for a person under normal circumstances. What it means is that longevity calculations made for normal circumstances will not apply for unnatural circumstances. Unnatural circumstances could mean a natural catastrophe like fire, flood, earthquake or war or in today’s world it could mean terrorist attack, plane crash or any accident etc, when many people die at the same time. Obviously in every body’s chart, the longevity calculations will not point that his/her life span has come to an end.
In Vedic astrology, it is clearly stated that no longevity calculation should be made for a chart unless the person has reached at least the age of 20. Before that there are methods to calculate whether there is yoga for infant or childhood or teenage mortality. Even if such a combination exists in a chart, one has to study very carefully whether there are combinations for cancellations of such Yoga in the chart or not. Today’s advancement in medical sciences and increase in average mortality of people in general, the calculation of such early age mortality has lost much of it’s relevance. Further because of increase in mortality factor of human race in general, we need to redefine the age limit for ‘Short”, “Medium” and “Long” longevity condition in the chart that can be computed from the chart. Further I must clarify that longevity calculation and when a person will die is a very complex calculation, and is almost impossible to arrive at the exact date or period for any astrologer.
As an astrologer we are at best equipped to give an approximate period, which is again subjected to all modern advancement in medical science of life support systems and organ transplants etc. Hence, the longevity indicated here should be indicative and not definitive. Further one has to calculate the Marak dasha (Fatal Period) in one’s chart to determine when a person will die. A man may encounter fatal periods in his/her dasha calculations but he may not necessarily die because he is yet to complete his longevity as ordained in his chart. Also vice versa, a person may cross his longevity level but because of absence of Marak combination in Dasha system he may actually live longer than the longevity specified in longevity calculation.
In this report of longevity calculation, we are basically checking 3 parameters in your chart.
In which sign types, your lord of ascendant and lord of 8th house are located.
What are the sign types of your Ascendant and Moon Sign.
What are the sign types in which Moon and Saturn are located in your chart.
Longevity calculation will indicate your longevity under 3 categories:
· Short (Alpaiyu); in today’s context it will mean up to 50 years of age. · Medium (Madhyamaiyu); in today’s context it will mean between 50 to 80 years. · Long (Deerghaiyu); in today’s context it will mean more than 80 years of age.