Dasas and Antar Dasas – Results in Maha Dasa of Mercury
By A.S.Fernando

Mercury is the planet that represents education and the knowledge of sciences and mathematics.
Astrologers for the purpose of making predictions based the influence of Mercury have compared him to an intelligent and loquacious child. A child’s qualities and its general behaviour are shaped by the persons with whom it associates with. Similarly, Mercury’s qualities too change according to the planet or planets he is associated with. Therefore, astrologers describe Mercury as a planet with dual characteristics.
Mercury’s Dasa period is generally considered favourable. If he is weakly posited in the natal chart, the results in his Dasa would not be favourable. But he would not cause serious harm to the native.

Results in Mercury’s Antar Dasa in his own Maha Dasa – 2 years, 4 months, 27 days
This is a favourable period for studies. Career success, acquisition of a comfortable house, benefits for brothers and sisters and maternal uncles, big profits from business ventures, and gains from efforts requiring academic or scientific skills are among the results.

Results in the Antar Dasa of Ketu - 11 months, 27 days
Illness, events that cause grief, loss of property, misfortune to close relatives, confinement to a solitary life and business failures are among the unfavourable results. However, this period is ideal for engaging in studies and religious activity.
Results in the Antar Dasa of Venus in the Maha Dasa of Mercury- 2 years, 10 months
This is generally a favourable period. The results are: happy family life, the young and unmarried marrying or entering a period of love and romance, big profits from business, promotion to a higher position, gains from females and goodwill of relatives. Marriage taking place during this period would be a success.

Results in Antar Dasa of the Sun – 10 months 6 days
If the natal Sun is strong, fame, reputation, and favours from rulers are possibilities. If the Sun is afflicted, pains in the head and the stomach, troubles from superiors, and sickness in the family are indicated.

Results in the Antar Dasa of the Moon – 1 year, 5 months
If both Moon and Mercury are posited in strong positions in the natal chart, and if Moon is in a trine from Mercury, favourable results like profits from business ventures and gains from academic efforts are predicted. If it is a combination of the full Moon and strong Mercury in the natal chart, wealth and high position are to be anticipated. If both planets are weak, sickness, loss of wealth and disputes with women are the results.

Results in Antar Dasa of Mars - 10 months, 27 days
If both natal Mercury and Mars are weak, sickness, injuries, troubles from neighbours, bilious fever, jaundice, addiction to drugs and alcohol and loss of property and wealth are the possible results. If both planets are strong in the natal chart, success in efforts requiring a sharp intellect and being dynamic and energetic in all efforts is the result.

Results in the Antar Dasa of Rahu in the Maha Dasa of Mercury - 2 years, 6 months, 18 days
The change of employment, or the workplace, danger from foreign sources, sexual relations with servants and prostitutes, and failure in litigation are among the results. However, if Rahu and Mercury are strong in the natal chart, fame, foreign travel, and sudden wealth can be predicted.

Results in Antar Dasa of Jupiter - 2 years, 2 months, 6 days
This is generally a favourable period. Good reputation, high recognition and honours, rise in the career, and increase in income are among the results. If the native is unmarried, he would embark on matrimony. The other results include moving into a new residence or a renovated one and the birth of a fortunate child, possibly a boy.

Results in the Antar Dasa of Saturn - 2 years, 8 months, 9 days
Loss of employment at least for a brief period, uncles turning enemies, loss of memory, mental unrest and rheumatic pains are among the results. However, if Saturn is strongly posited in the natal chart, acts of charity, acquisition of wealth and material comforts are to be expected.