What is Gandanta?
Gandanta zone, the junction of ice and fire.
Gandanta is a Sanskrit term, can be divided into two words. Gand meaning “knot” and Anta meaning “end”, karmic knot at the end. Why the term “end” is given emphasis here? Because it's the end of a big karmic cycle. A knot is tied at the end of water signs and at the beginning of fire signs. This is happening due to a lot of energy transfer between these two signs at its meeting points. There are total of 3 water signs and 3 fire signs. The junction zones are between
Pisces and Aries
Cancer and Leo
Scorpio and Sagittarius
Why I said ice and fire, not only because I’m a fan of George R. R. Martin but there is an actual truth to it. At the end of water sign (the last nakshatra esp. the last pada) the water becomes extremely cold. Water signs are responsible for emotions, when emotions get cold you tend to make huge mistakes and create huge repercussions. But why it gets cold? At the end of water signs the emotions and attachments will be high due to two factors. A. Water signs are also emotional signs. B. Water signs are also natural moksha (let go) signs. You'll only get attached to something when you have to let go of it. For ex., if we wanna live a rich and comfortable life we have to work hard and let go of the laziness but that's when we'll sleep more. This kind of attachment creates strong bondage** resulting in extremely cold and rigid lifestyle like an ice. This is when fire is needed to release that stiffness and attachment. Fire signs are obviously hot (the first nakshatra, esp. first pada). When water and fire energies meet, it starts a giant whirlpool of energy* transformation resulting in a massive hurricane of karma.
Gandanta isn't always a bad one as many people have gone from rag to riches in a short term due to the activation of benefic planets and houses in the gandanta zone.
Why is it important?
Gandanta zone is a place of tying and untying of karmic knots. It's only you, who can untie the knot tied by you in the first place. It's a giant twister waiting on your path and you have to go through it to move forward in life. For ex. if you have planet in the Gandanta zone you'll have to finish the karma related to it first in order to move to the next level in life. It's usually a bunch of debt getting paid off at one go so that you will be free once its over.
The Gandanta zone starts at the last nakshatra of every water sign and ends at the first nakshatra of every fire sign. The nakshatras are
The intensity of this karmic hurricane differs from pada to pada. First pada of Revati, Ashlesha and Jyeshtha are less intense than the fourth pada, on the other hand the first pada of Ashwini, Magha and Moola are more intense than the fourth pada. Planets here show a variety of karmas. You can simply use the karakatwa (significations) of various planets, nakshatra padas, house significations to see the results. It'll show you the bondage, karmic pattern, rigidity etc. The intensity is nil at the exact mid-point i.e. 0° of fire sign where you’re at the eye of the hurricane. The best part here is you’ll become one with the hurricane (Gandanta), meaning you’ll become good at handling everything, you’ll no longer be bothered about it, rather you'll start controlling it (grows better with age).
People with planets in Gandanta zone usually feel strongly controlled by their destiny but they don’t realize that they are paying off bunch of karmic debts in an instance. This is especially true in the case of Scorpio (Jyestha), Sagittarius (Moola) where both are representing Tamas and Sattwa respectively. Tamas and Sattva are the two extremes (modes of existence) of life, one represents the highest of Tamas and other the highest of Sattva. Also Scorpio is a natural fixed sign hence the rigid mentality is higher than other two water signs. Natives may feel heaviness even when their dasha lord or Atmakarka is transitting through these Gandanta zones.
*One nakshatra can act like another. For ex. revati may act like ashwini and vice versa. Revati natives can be slow, dreamy and bit confused most of the time but suddenly they may act like ashwini to accomplish their goals likewise the always active ashwini can be dreamy, slow and confused at times. Compare other gandanta nakshatras also like this and you'll get the point. This is why gandanta zones are karmic, they can be completely opposite to what they represent at times.
**Bondage can be from this life or countless previous lives. Because the deeds you perform are stick to your soul as good and bad karmas and get released in bunch, once it matures.