[Western Sayana System]

Every human body is perishable. All of us should leave our bodies one day. Can Astrology predict our death day? Certainly 'Yes'. According to Western sayana tropical Astrology, the sensitive point 'hyleg' is very important in death prediction. We will analyze Dr Y S Raja Sekhara Reddy's horoscope as an example to understand how the planets and afflictions to hyleg cause violent death.

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"What for life?" -this question arises in the spiritually inclined persons. The answer from Sri Ekkirala Krishnamacharya (Master EK) is “Life is for living”. Then is it possible to live forever? No, every one who has taken birth should leave their physical body. We know Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohammed who descended from heavens had also left their mortal bodies. Very few people like Anjaneya, Parasu Ramudu, Markandeya, Aswadhama and Krupacharya who attained ‘chiranjeevatva’ (life forever) are continue to live for millions of years.

The physical body is composed of 5 elements called ‘panchabhootas’, namely fire, earth, air, water and sky. These 5 elements are dissolved at the time of death. The soul which lives in the body is then freed to move into higher planes. Sun, Moon and Ascendant are the 3 important factors to predict the death of a native in the Tropical (sayana) Astrology.

Sun represents the soul strength, heart and blood vessels, vital energy, head and eyes. Moon represents fluids of the body, stomach, glandular structures, soft tissues, growth potential, reproduction, cerebral-spinal system. Ascendant represents the physical body which is a cumulative effect of all the 12 houses in the horoscope.

Western / Tropical Sayana System

'Hyleg' is a sensitive point in a horoscope that may represent a planet or a certain degree which gives life to the native. The native’s longevity and nature of death can be calculated depending upon the good or bad aspects received by the hyleg.

According to Ptolemy, if Sun is present in 1st, 7th, 9th, 10th or 11th houses, then it will be the hyleg. If Moon is present in these places then it will become hyleg. If neither, then the cusp of the Ascendant will be the hyleg.

According to Bonatti, if Sun is present in 1st, 10th or 11th houses, then it becomes hyleg. Otherwise if Sun is in 7th, 8th or 9th houses and it is a masculine house, then it becomes hyleg. If Sun is not hyleg then think about Moon. If Moon is in 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th houses then it becomes hyleg. Otherwise if Moon is in 2nd, 5th, 8th or 11th house which is a feminine house then it becomes hyleg.

When Sun and Moon are not hyleg, then we should think about the Ascendant. If the birth has taken place during waxing Moon then the Ascendant will be the hyleg. If the birth has taken place during waning Moon then Fortuna should be taken as hyleg. Fortuna or Point of fortune is calculated from the formula: Ascendant+Moon – Sun.

When hyleg is slightly afflicted, it indicates ill health or injury. When it is strongly afflicted, it indicates death. However predicting life span is very difficult even for an experienced astrologer. The 4th house, 8th house and 12th house provide indications of death. 4th house represents circumstances at the end of life, 8th house represents death and 12th house represents sickness and self-undoing. The sign which is on the cusp of 8th house and the lord of 8th house will indicate the type of death. The native will die in connection to the afflictions to ‘hyleg’.

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Planets and cause of death

Death of Sri Y S Raja Sekhara Reddy, born 8th July 1949, at 19.56, at 78E24, 14N50

This is the horoscope of Sri Y S Raja Sekhara Reddy, ex Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh who died unexpectedly in the helicopter crash on 2nd September 2009. In this chart, hyleg is Moon according to Ptolemy and Ascendant according to Bonatti.

y s rajasedhar reddy horoscope Aspects to Sun, Moon and Ascendant in the natal chart:

Afflictions to hyleg:

In the chart of Y S Raja Sekhara Reddy, the hyleg Moon is afflicted by the following:
In this chart, the second hyleg is the Ascendant which is afflicted by the following:
Since Sun is also afflicted in the natal chart by Saturn, Neptune and Rahu, violent death can be predicted. Thus the planets involved in death are: Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Venus and Mercury. The houses involved in causing death are: 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 12th.


The progressed Moon is passing through natal 2nd house and progressed 12th house, forming the following aspects:


Thus the progressions and transits end the story on 2nd September 2009.

Author: Sri Ch SambasivaRao, M.Tech, M.A(Astrology).

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