Every one wishes to have a long life span. Even people in dire straits, given a chance, prefer to live longer. The average life expectancy across the globe and India has gone up manifolds in the last couple of decades. With ever increasing findings and treatment methods, more people gain a considerable life span.

Life span is characterised as very short, short and long. Longer life suggests that it is more than the average life expectancy. There are many types of life expectancies. A human being life span is considered to 120 years although very rarely people reach it.

Life span defined

In ancient classical text of Astrology, the life expectancy is divided into three parts as given below :

  1. Short life      0 to 36 years
  2. Middle life     36 to 72 tears
  3. Long life       72 to 108 years


There are innumerable combinations found in ancient text of Astrology.

For Short Life

  1. Moon in 8th, Mars in the 7th and Rahu in 9th can cause early death
  2. When malefic are in angle to the Moon
  3. The Moon is ascendant and malefic in 8th, 9th and 12th.
  4. Sun is ascendant with Saturn, Rahu, Mars in the 8th

The strong position of benefics can bring longer life expectancy.

Medium and Long life span combination

If the benefics and the Lord of ascendant are all posited in kendras, the life of the native may be long. If it is in panaparas or apoklimas, then it will be medium and short life.

Let us look at the friendship (or) otherwise of the following combinations

  1. Lord of the house occupied by Moon or Lagna Lord and the eighth from it
  2. Lord of the house  and the 8th from it

If these two pairs are friendly, the native will be long lived. If it is neutral or inimical, it will be medium and short lived respectively.

Saturn is the karaka for longevity. The 3rd and 8th houses are responsible for longevity. Conjunction of 8th Lord with Saturn will give long life. By an exception, if Saturn is posited in the 8th house also, the native will have long life.

Horary Astrology

If one goes by Vedic Astrology, resorting to Horary Astrology is ideal for estimating the length of life. Although it may not be sensible to a related query but in practice horary Astrology gives positive indicators.

Role of 2nd and 7th houses

Death will result by the positioning of 2nd and 7th house Lords in the following ways

  1. Planets occupying 2nd and 7th house
  2. Lord of 7th and 2nd house
  3. Dasa/Bhukthi of the Lords of the 2nd and 7th houses

But the Dasa of the 3rd and 8th Lord will be still more malefic.

Planets and inducement of death

  1. Rahu in 8th denotes danger of long suffering death
  2. Mars by haemorrhage and inflammatory diseases
  3. Rahu death by assassination
  4. Mars by accidents

When we predict, we have to take a balanced view of the (a) role of houses and (b) role of planets

How, where and when of death are a subject on its own. We would write about that later. Generally, aspect of a benefic or a friendly planet on the 8th house or Lord of the 8th house will give long life and the opposite if a malefic (or) inimical planet aspects. The calculation of longevity varies for movable signs, dual signs and fix signs.


Aum Tryambakam yajaamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam |
Urvaarukamiva bandhanaan-mrityormuksheeya maamritaat ||

The Meaning :
We worship the three-eyed One, who is fragrant and who nourishes all.
Like the fruit falls off from the bondage of the stem, may we be liberated from death, from mortality