In this section, you can read articles explaining the positive and negative effects of Retrograde planets in various houses of horoscope.
In this section, you can read articles explaining the positive and negative effects of Retrograde planets in various houses of horoscope.
Graha Maitri is a koot or aspect which carries 5 points or Gunas according to the system of Gun Milan which is used by many astrologers practicing in Vedic astrology for the purpose of match making between two individuals. Graha Maitri lies at 5th position from the bottom and accordingly it carries 5 Gunas or points. Different number of Gunas or points are assigned for Graha Maitri match; based on how the lords of the Moon signs of boy and girl match with each other, according to the rules of Gun Milan.
First of all, let’s try and understand as to what this Graha Maitri is according to Vedic astrology and what the role of Graha Maitri is in the process of match making according to the system of Gun Milan. We know that all nine planets called navagraha in Vedic astrology are always on their journey from one sign to the other and from one nakshatra to the other. Accordingly, Moon also travels from Ashwini nakshatra to Revati nakshatra and from Aries to Pisces in a cyclic movement and at any given point of time and place; Moon is present in a particular nakshatra and in a particular sign. For example, let’s assume that Moon is present in Pushya nakshatra and Cancer sign at this time and place. Accordingly, all the people born during this time and place will have Moon placed in Pushya nakshatra and in Cancer sign in their birth horoscopes. Hence the birth nakshatra of these natives is Pushya and birth sign or Rashi of these natives is Cancer.
Moving ahead, there are 12 zodiac signs which are considered important according to Vedic astrology for making calculations from horoscopes and for making calculations like match making. Each one of these 12 signs is owned by a planet among navagraha, which is called the ruling planet of that sign or the lord of that sign. For the convenience of readers, following is the planetary lordship of signs according to Vedic astrology:
Aries is ruled by Mars according to Vedic astrology.
Taurus is ruled by Venus according to Vedic astrology.
Gemini is ruled by Mercury according to Vedic astrology.
Cancer is ruled by Moon according to Vedic astrology.
Leo is ruled by Sun according to Vedic astrology.
Virgo is ruled by Mercury according to Vedic astrology.
Libra is ruled by Venus according to Vedic astrology.
Scorpio is ruled by Mars according to Vedic astrology.
Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter according to Vedic astrology.
Capricorn is ruled by Saturn according to Vedic astrology.
Aquarius is ruled by Saturn according to Vedic astrology.
Pisces is ruled by Jupiter according to Vedic astrology.
Moving on, Vedic astrology also assigns a relation between all the planets among navagraha which tells us which Graha is friendly towards which Graha, neutral towards which Graha and enemy towards which Graha. The points or Gunas for Graha Maitri are assigned according to this relation between the lords of Rashis or Moon signs, as calculated from the horoscopes of boy and girl under consideration for match making. Depending on the relation between Moon sign lords of boy and girl under consideration for match making, the system of Gun Milan assigns following points or Gunas for Graha Maitri Match:
If the planetary lord of Moon sign or Rashi of the boy is same as the planetary lord of Moon sign or Rashi of the girl under consideration for match making, the system of Gun Milan assigns 5 out of 5 points for such case of Graha Maitri match. For example, if the planetary lord of Moon signs or Rashis of both boy and girl is Mars, Graha Maitri is given 5 out of 5 points or Gunas.
If the planetary lord of Moon sign or Rashi of the boy and the planetary lord of Moon sign or Rashi of the girl under consideration for match making are friendly with each other, the system of Gun Milan assigns 5 out of 5 points for such case of Graha Maitri match.
If the planetary lord of Moon sign or Rashi of the boy and the planetary lord of Moon sign or Rashi of the girl under consideration for match making are friendly-neutral with each other, the system of Gun Milan assigns 4 out of 5 points for such case of Graha Maitri match. This classification of Graha Maitri means that one planetary lord is friendly towards the second whereas the second planetary lord is neutral towards the first one.
If the planetary lord of Moon sign or Rashi of the boy and the planetary lord of Moon sign or Rashi of the girl under consideration for match making are neutral-neutral with each other, the system of Gun Milan assigns 3 out of 5 points for such case of Graha Maitri match. This classification of Graha Maitri means that one planetary lord is neutral towards the second and the second planetary lord is neutral towards the first one.
If the planetary lord of Moon sign or Rashi of the boy and the planetary lord of Moon sign or Rashi of the girl under consideration for match making are friend-enemy with each other, the system of Gun Milan assigns 1 out of 5 points for Graha Maitri for such case of Graha Maitri match. This classification of Graha Maitri means that one planetary lord is friendly towards the second and the second planetary lord is enemy towards the first one.
If the planetary lord of Moon sign or Rashi of the boy and the planetary lord of Moon sign or Rashi of the girl under consideration for match making are neutral-enemy with each other, the system of Gun Milan assigns 0.5 out of 5 points for such case of Graha Maitri match. This classification of Graha Maitri means that one planetary lord is neutral towards the second and the second planetary lord is enemy towards the first one.
If the planetary lord of Moon sign or Rashi of the boy and the planetary lord of Moon sign or Rashi of the girl under consideration for match making are enemy towards each other, the system of Gun Milan assigns 0 out of 5 points for Graha Maitri for such case of Graha Maitri match.
For the convenience of the readers, here is the points table for Graha Maitri Match.
|Moon Sign Lord of Boy|
For example, if the Moon sign of the boy is Leo and the Moon sign of the girl is Cancer; 5 out of 5 points are assigned for such Graha Maitri Match, as Sun and Moon are friendly towards each other. Similarly, if the Moon sign of the boy is Leo and the Moon sign of the girl is Gemini; 4 out of 5 points are assigned for such Graha Maitri Match, as Sun is neutral towards Mercury and Mercury is friendly towards Sun. However, if the Moon sign of the boy is Leo and the Moon sign of the girl is Aquarius; 0 out of 5 points is assigned for such Graha Maitri Match, as Sun is enemy towards Saturn and Saturn is enemy towards Sun.
In cases of match making where Graha Maitri match gives a score of 0, 0.5 or 1 according to Gun Milan, Graha Maitri Dosh is said to be formed in the horoscope which is associated with very bad results like mental incompatibility between husband and wife, which can lead to serious arguments and divorces in some cases. It can be seen from the above mentioned data that there are only 49 combinations for Graha Maitri match based on the birth Rashi of boy and girl; and 18 out of these 49 combinations form Graha Maitri Dosh in match making according to Gun Milan system.
Hence it can be said that about 35% cases of match making are having Graha Maitri Dosh on average according to Gun Milan. Therefore, 35% of the marriages should be suffering from the problems associated with Graha Maitri Dosh, which means that every third girl on average is prohibited for a boy and every third boy is prohibited for a girl merely on the basis of Graha Maitri Dosh.
It should be noted that Graha Maitri Dosh is only one of the defects formed during match making and there are many other defects like Manglik Dosh, Kaal Sarp Dosh, Pitra Dosh, Nadi Dosh, Bhakut Dosh, Gan Dosh, Yoni Dosh and other defects, each of which is capable of causing serious problems in 40 to 50% of the marriages; according to the prevalent definitions of these defects. Taking everything into consideration, it can be easily said that almost all the marriages in the world should end up in divorces or other serious problems. This is not what we see in reality and hence the formation of Graha Maitri Dosh in match making alone can’t cause serious problems in the marriages of the couples having this Dosh.
In my experience of horoscope matching which now goes over thousands of cases of match making, I have witnessed hundreds of successful marriages despite the presence of Graha Maitri Dosh in match making. This happened due to fact that the overall horoscopes of these couples were giving very good indications about the marriages of these couples as the positive factors present in these horoscopes reduced the malefic effects of Graha Maitri Dosh to great extent. Hence Graha Maitri Dosh could not cause any significant damage in these marriages.
Hence it should be kept in mind that the formation of Graha Maitri Dosh during horoscope matching can cause significant problems in the marriage of a couple under consideration, only if such Graha Maitri Dosh is supported by some other malefic defects present in one or both the horoscopes. Graha Maitri Dosh is not capable of causing serious damages in the marriage of a couple on its own, in most cases. It should also be noted that the presence of good yogas in one or both the horoscopes can reduce the bad effects of Graha Maitri Dosh to great extents and accordingly, this defect may not cause any significant damage in such a marriage.
Therefore the couples having Graha Maitri Dosh during match making should not lose heart and they should get their horoscopes matched properly in order to know whether such Graha Maitri Dosh is capable of causing any damage or not. It should also be noted that the malefic effects of Graha Maitri Dosh can be rectified with astrological remedies like Poojas, Yantras and donations in most cases, which gives us one more reason for not being afraid of Graha Maitri Dosh.
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In this section of the website, you can find articles explaining the concept of Combust planets, the benefic as well as the malefic effects of combust planets when placed in different houses and in different signs. :
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Combustion of a planet among navagraha is a phenomenon which is said to be caused when such planet comes within certain degrees of closeness to Sun. When it happens, the planet which has come closer to Sun more than a safer distance to be maintained, it may lose its shine and luster, which in astrological terms means that it may become comparatively weaker due to being too close to Sun, as the Sun may burn some of its strength out. This planet which loses some of its strength by virtue of being too close to Sun is called a combust planet and while depicting this planet in a horoscope, the alphabet ‘c’ is written along with it, which is an indication for the person who studies such horoscope, that this planet was combust at the time of birth of the native who possesses such horoscope.
For example, Mercury gets combust when it enters a distance which is 14 degrees or less from Sun. It means that if Mercury is placed in the sign of Leo along with Sun where Mercury has traveled 10 degrees in the sign of Leo and Sun has traveled 20 degrees in the sign of Leo, the net distance between Mercury and Sun is 10 degrees which is less than the safe distance of 14 degrees in case of Mercury and hence it becomes combust. The natives who are born during this phase of time will have combust Mercury in their horoscopes, which may be depicted by adding ‘c’ with Mercury. Similarly, other planets among navagraha also become combust when they enter a certain minimum distance from Sun. Among all nine planets considered in Vedic astrology, Sun is one of them and among the remaining eight, 6 planets except Rahu and Ketu, namely Moon, Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Mercury and Saturn become combust when they enter a certain distance from Sun.
This minimum distance is different for different planets and a couple of these planets have different degrees of safe distances from Sun before they get combust, depending on the fact whether they are in forward motion or in retrograde motion. For example, in forward motion, Mercury becomes combust when it enters a distance of 14 degrees from Sun whereas in retrograde motion, it becomes combust when it enters a distance of 12 degrees from Sun. Rahu and Ketu never become combust by virtue of their closeness to Sun as they are shadow planets and they don’t have physical attributes like combustion. Before moving on with this discussion, let’s take a look at the distance from Sun after which, each one of these six planets becomes combust.
Moon becomes combust when it comes within 12 degrees on either side of the Sun.
Mercury becomes combust when it comes within 14 degrees on either side of the Sun provided Mercury is in forward Motion. When Mercury is in retrograde motion, the degree of closeness for combustion of Mercury becomes 12 degrees.
Venus becomes combust when it comes within 10 degrees on either side of the Sun provided Venus is in forward motion. When Venus is in retrograde motion, the degree of closeness for combustion of Venus becomes 8 degrees.
Mars becomes combust when it comes within 17 degrees on either side of the Sun.
Jupiter becomes combust when it comes within 11 degrees on either side of the Sun.
Saturn becomes combust when it comes within 15 degrees on either side of the Sun.
Though there is no doubt that a planet which becomes combust may certainly lose some of its strength, how much strength it may lose is dependent on many factors in a horoscope, and it is not decided on the basis of combustion only. The first one among these factors is the distance that a combust planet has travelled closer to the Sun. The closer a planet gets to the Sun after entering a certain minimum distance, the more combust it gets. For example, if Sun is placed in the sign of Leo at 20 degrees and Mercury is placed in the same sign at 10 degrees, though Mercury is combust as it has entered the minimum required distance for its combustion to take place, it still may not lose much power as it is not very close to Sun. However if Sun is placed in the sign of Leo at 20 degrees and Mercury is placed in the same sign at 18 degrees, the combustion of Mercury will be much stronger than the first case, as it has come much closer to Sun, compared to the first case, as the distance between Sun and Mercury is 10 degrees in the first case and the distance between Sun and Mercury is 2 degrees in the second case.
Similarly, if Sun is placed in the sign of Leo at 20 degrees and Mercury is also placed in the sign of Leo at 20 degrees, the combustion of Mercury may become the strongest among all these cases as Mercury has got as close to Sun, as it can. Taking a look at the second factor, the sign of placement of a combust planet and Sun is a very important factor to be discussed, while discussing the intensity of combustion of a planet in a horoscope. For example, if a combination of Sun and Saturn is placed in the sign of Gemini and Saturn becomes combust by coming within 15 degrees of the Sun, it may be a regular type of combustion as both Sun and Saturn are comfortable, or so to say strong in the sign of Gemini. However, if the same combination of Sun and Saturn is placed in the sign of Aries and Saturn becomes combust, this combustion is likely to be much stronger than the one that happens in the sign of Gemini.
This is due to the fact that Sun gets exalted in the sign of Aries and hence it gains maximum strength in this sign, which means it has more power to burn any planet that comes closer to it. On the other hand, Saturn becomes debilitated in the sign of Aries, which means it is already weak and it may not be able to fight such combustion in a very good way and hence, more weakness may be rendered to Saturn in this case. However if the same combination of debilitated Sun and exalted Saturn is placed in the sign of Libra and Saturn becomes combust, the results may be altogether different. Sun is debilitated in the sign of Libra and hence it may not be able to burn out much strength of Saturn which on the other hand is very strong by virtue of being exalted in the sign of Libra and hence it is more capable of fighting such combustion, rendered to it by very weak Sun or so to say, debilitated Sun.
You see how the change in the sign of placement alone changes the intensity of combustion of a planet to a great extent, even though it may be distanced from Sun by the same number of degrees in different signs. Though there are no exact measures through which such things may be factored in, but for the sake of convenience of readers, let me give you an approximate idea. The intensity of combustion received by Saturn at 10 degrees from Sun in the sign of Aries may be much stronger than the intensity of combustion received by Saturn at 5 degrees from Sun in the sign of Libra. This is because, Sun doesn’t have much strength in the sign of Libra and hence it can’t burn Saturn very much. At the same time, Saturn is the strongest in Libra and hence it can fight the burning effect initiated by Sun in a much stronger way.
This situation is opposite in the sign of Aries where exalted Sun is the strongest and debilitated Saturn is the weakest. Therefore such exalted Sun may burn such debilitated Saturn more form a distance of 10 degrees in the sign of Aries, compared to the burning effect caused by debilitated Sun to exalted Saturn in the sign of Libra at a distance of 5 degrees. Hence the sign of placement of Sun as well as that of the planet to be burnt is an important factor and it should be considered properly before predicting the amount of weakness received by a particular planet by virtue of combustion.
And though it may not be possible to discuss all the other important factors involved in deciding the amount of weakness rendered to a planet due to combustion, let me still discuss one of the most important factors as well as the factor which is often ignored by many astrologers, while assessing the intensity of combustion of a planet in a horoscope. This factor deals with the working nature of Sun in a horoscope and it also deals with the working nature of the planet which becomes combust due to its closeness to Sun. If in a horoscope, Sun is working positively, it is likely to do far less damage to a planet in combination with it by means of combustion, than the damage done by such Sun when it is working negatively in a horoscope.
It is important to understand that when a benefic planet becomes combust by benefic Sun in a horoscope, there are two processes going on at the same time. The first process is the process of combustion and the second process if the process through which two benefic planets interact with each other in the same house as well as in the same sign. Hence they provide strength to each other and they also complement each other in many other ways. Therefore, the combustion of this planet is not as damaging in this case as it may be in some other cases, as this planet is also receiving positive energy from Sun along with going through the process of combustion.
However if a benefic planet becomes combust by malefic Sun in a horoscope, the damage may increase as in this case also, two processes are in effect at the same time. The first process is the process of combustion and the second process is the one through which malefic Sun afflicts the positive planet involved in this combination and it sends negative energy to such planet through the process of affliction, apart from burning out some of its strength through the process of combustion. The benefic planet at the receiving end will need to lose a part of its positive energy in order to counteract such negative energy sent by Sun and in the process; this benefic planet may lose more strength in the form of positive energy. Hence malefic Sun can burn a benefic planet and it can also afflict it due to its malefic nature, which results in much more weakness due to combustion as well as due to affliction.
Similarly there are many other factors which play important role in the process of combustion, like the case when the combust planet is negative and the Sun is positive or the case when both the combust planet and the Sun are negative. Similarly, the placement of Sun and combust planet in particular nakshatras among the same signs may change these results and the placement of other planets in the house of combination of Sun and combust planet as well as in some other important houses of a horoscope can also affect the process of combustion in a positive or in a negative way.
Hence all these important factors should be duly studied when assessing the amount of damage done to a planet by virtue of combustion as these results may look the same in different horoscopes, but they may be entirely different. For example, a combination of Sun and Mercury in the sign of Gemini in one horoscope may result in combustion of Mercury, and Budhaditya Yoga may be formed at the same time due to Sun and Mercury both being positive in the horoscope. However in a different horoscope, the same combination of Sun and Mercury may results in the formation of Pitra Dosh, as malefic Mercury may afflict the Sun in this case. In yet another possible combination of Sun and Mercury placed in the sign of Gemini, malefic Sun may cause serious damages to Mercury by virtue of combustion as well as by virtue of affliction caused by it to Mercury.
Following articles are available in this section which deals with important facts related to Debilitated Planets, the placement of debilitated planets in twelve houses of a horoscope as well as the common misconceptions regarding such placement of these planets and the actual results of these placements in a horoscope :
Related Articles: Important Yogas in Vedic Astrology
Hamsa Yoga is formed by Jupiter in a horoscope and it is considered as one of the five most auspicious Yogas in Vedic astrology which are known as Panch MahaPurusha Yogas where the other four Yogas are called Malavya Yoga, Ruchaka Yoga, Bhadra Yoga and Shasha Yoga.
According to the prevalent definition of Hamsa Yoga in Vedic astrology, when Jupiter is present in Kendra from Ascendant which means that when Jupiter is present in 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th house from Ascendant in any of the signs namely Cancer, Sagittarius or Pisces, Hamsa Yoga is formed in the horoscope which can bless the native with great prosperity, luck, great progress in the fields of spiritualism and religion, wealth and many other things. Hamsa Yoga can also bless the native with some divine or supernatural powers or with such an inspiration.
The natives under the strong influence of Hamsa Yoga may become very famous in the fields of religion or spiritualism and some of these natives may achieve posts of great status and honor in some spiritual or religious organizations and they are also likely to be followed by a large number of devotees, depending on the overall tone of their horoscopes. On the other hand, strong Hamsa Yoga in a horoscope can also bless the native with very good materialistic progress and some natives under the strong influence of Hamsa Yoga can make great fortunes and wealth through businesses, through creative practices, through fields like spiritualism or astrology and many other fields falling under the domain of Jupiter.
Such natives are likely to lead a life full of luxuries and comforts and these natives are also likely to be very much inclined towards religious, spiritual and charitable deeds. These natives generally believe in doing something constructive for the people around them, for the weaker sections of the society as well as for the society and humanity on the whole. In general, the natives under the strong influence of Hamsa Yoga may not only achieve great materialistic or spiritual results, they may also prove very good for the society and humanity.
Due to the above mentioned qualities possessed by them, the natives under the strong influence of Hamsa Yoga are always respected, loved and followed by people around them as well as by many members of society. We know that all these qualities and achievements are found rarely and they are not found in a great number of human beings. Therefore the formation of Hamsa Yoga in a horoscope should also be a rare phenomenon and it should not be something that may repeat in a number of horoscopes. This is because horoscopes only reflect our personalities and our destinies based on those personalities. Hence if a person is very good, that goodness is shown in his horoscope also. It means that if the number of very good people like the ones mentioned in this example is not much, there should not be many horoscopes featuring strong Hamsa Yoga.
Analyzing the definition of Hamsa Yoga, we can find out that according to its prevalent definition, this Yoga is present in every 12th horoscope on average as there are only 12 houses and 12 signs in a horoscope. Accordingly, the probability of Jupiter being placed in any particular house in different signs makes 12 placements of Jupiter in every house. Since Jupiter can be present in 12 different signs in each house, so the total number of combinations for all 12 houses will be 144.
Looking at the formation of Hamsa Yoga, Jupiter can form Hamsa Yoga when present in 1st house in one of the three signs namely Cancer, Sagittarius and Pisces, and hence the number of occurrences is 3. The same number of occurrences will be found in case of placements of Jupiter in 4th, 7th and 10th houses which makes a total of 12 occurrences of Hamsa Yoga out of the total 144 placements of Jupiter in 12 different houses and in 12 different signs.
Hence this Yoga should be present in every 12th horoscope on average and accordingly every 12th person should be blessed with the great qualities and luck rendered by this Yoga. This is obviously not the case in actual practice as such great qualities and achievements are found rarely. It means that there are more conditions for the formation of Hamsa Yoga in a horoscope and this Yoga can’t be confirmed merely on the basis of presence of Jupiter in some particular houses and some particular signs in a horoscope.
The most important factor for the formation of Hamsa Yoga in a horoscope is that Jupiter should be working as a benefic planet in the horoscope, apart from being placed in any one of the already mentioned houses in any one of the already mentioned signs. On the other hand, malefic Jupiter placed in any of the above mentioned 4 houses in any of the signs namely Cancer, Sagittarius and Pisces may not form Hamsa Yoga and it may form a defect in the horoscope which may trouble the native with many kinds of problems. This is because a positive yoga is a good thing and good things can only be rendered by benefic planets. Malefic planets can’t bless a person with results like respect, fame and spiritual growth in the long run, though they may sometimes give some temporary gains to some natives, if their overall horoscopes are supportive for such gains.
For example, malefic Jupiter placed in 10th house of a horoscope in Cancer, Sagittarius or Pisces can make the native a con man who believes in deceiving and tricking other people in the name of religion, spiritualism and humanity. Though this native may witness short term gains by fooling people, if his overall horoscope is supportive for such gains; he may face bad name and many other problems in the long run. Similarly, malefic Jupiter present in any of the other three central houses of a horoscope can also cause problems for the native in one sphere of life or the other. Hence, the need for Jupiter to be benefic is a must meet condition for the formation of Hamsa Yoga in a horoscope.
Moving on to the third condition, Jupiter should have a fairly good level of activity in order for it to form Hamsa Yoga of very good strength. It should be noted that the strength of any good or bad Yog depends on the strength and level of activity of the planet or planets forming such Yog in a horoscope. For example, if benefic Jupiter placed in the first house of a horoscope in the sign of Pisces has its level of activity as 40%, Hamsa Yoga of average strength may be formed in the horoscope. Similarly, such Jupiter may form Hamsa Yoga with strength ranging from 0 to 100%, depending on the level of activity of Jupiter in different horoscopes.
For the purpose of practical results associated with Hamsa Yoga, strength below 20% is ignored as any type of Yog less than 20% strength is not capable of producing significant results. On the other hand, any type of good or bad Yog with strength more than 80% can give extreme types of results related with such Yog, whether such results are positive or negative. Hence the level of activity of a planet is a very important consideration while deciding the formation and results of any Yog in a horoscope as it can significantly affect the net results.
Combining all these results, we get the refined definition of Hamsa Yoga and this is what this definition says. If Jupiter is benefic in a horoscope, it is active and it is placed in the any one of the Kendra houses in any one of the signs namely Cancer, Sagittarius and Pisces, Hamsa Yoga is formed, which may bless the native with name, fame, spiritual growth, divine knowledge, humanitarian interests and other good results, depending on the overall tone of the horoscope.
Now that, we have established the necessary conditions for the formation of Hamsa Yoga in a horoscope, let’s move further and see how this Yog can produce different results in different horoscopes, depending on many variables. It should be noted that even if present in a horoscope, any good or bad Yog may not be activated from the time of birth of the native and this activation may vary from person to person. It means that Hamsa Yoga present in different horoscopes may have different times of activation and accordingly, different natives may start benefitting from it during different ages. This is why you see some people witnessing such benefits at early age, some during middle age and some of them during their age above 50.
I know the introduction of more and more variables is making things complicated. However, the same variables are introducing the possibility of a great number of combinations in case of people benefitting from Hamsa Yoga; and the same holds for other Yogas also. As we rarely see two people doing or achieving the exact same things even when they have the same benefic Yoga in their horoscopes, these variables are completely practical. It means that these variables make one native different from the other, filling the nature with great amount of versatility.
Once the formation and activation of Hamsa Yoga is confirmed in a horoscope, the next thing to check is its strength. The strength of this Yoga is checked through the placement of Jupiter in different houses, different signs and different nakshatras, as well as through the influence of other positive or negative planets on Jupiter in a horoscope. For example, Hamsa Yoga formed due to the presence of exalted Jupiter in the first house of a horoscope in the sign of Cancer along with benefic Moon in the same house can bless the native with a post of high authority in government through politics, if the overall horoscope is supportive.
On the other hand, Hamsa Yoga formed due to the presence of exalted Jupiter in the first house of a horoscope in the sign of Cancer along with malefic Rahu or malefic Ketu may not produce any significant good results. It should be noted that if such malefic Rahu or Ketu is very strong in such horoscope, the native may even become a criminal and he may earn bad name instead of good name. This is because the presence of highly negative Rahu or Ketu may add corruption to this Yog and hence the native may use the abilities given by Jupiter for selfish motives. It should be noted that Rahu and Ketu have just been used for reference and the same results may be witnessed due to the presence of other strong and malefic planets with Jupiter, in the same case.
Looking at one more possibility, the presence of benefic Rahu or Ketu in the first house of a horoscope in the sign of Cancer along with Hamsa Yoga forming Jupiter can increase the quantum of good results achieved by this native and hence he may achieve good results of very high quantum. Similarly, the effect of other good or bad planets on Jupiter should also be checked before predicting the good or bad results indicated by Hamsa Yoga.
Above all, the overall theme of the horoscope having such Hamsa Yoga should be analyzed carefully as this is what matters the most. I have mentioned time and again that the overall theme of a horoscope is the most important aspect in it and it can change each and everything. For example, if Hamsa Yoga is formed due to the presence of exalted Jupiter in the first house of a horoscope in the sign of Cancer and the overall theme of the horoscope is indicating authority, this Yog may bless the native with a post of authority in the house of government.
Looking even deeper, if the education aspect is stronger in the horoscope and the diplomatic or adventure aspect is relatively weaker, the native may achieve such authority through government job, achieving success in competitive exams. On the other hand, if education aspect is not very strong and diplomatic, adventurous and public interaction aspects are very strong, the native may achieve a post of authority through politics. Similarly, if the spiritual aspect is very strong in this horoscope, the native may become a highly authoritative spiritual guru due to the blessings of Hamsa Yoga. Likewise, if the creative aspect is very high in the horoscope, the native may become a highly authoritative writer or actor and he may later be introduced to politics also.
Many other such combinations are also possible and that is why the overall theme of a horoscope is what matters the most. There are no doubts that if Hamsa Yoga of good strength forms in a horoscope, the native must benefit from it and he must achieve good results. However, the exact type of good results achieved by this native, the timing and the quantum of those good results is indicted by the overall tone of his horoscope.
Generally speaking, you can simply tell that something good is going to happen to the native having strong Hamsa Yoga in his horoscope. Specifically speaking, you can’t tell what type of good, how much good and when can such good happen to this native? Therefore, the overall tone of the horoscope becomes very important if you’re interested in the detailed applications of Hamsa Yoga or any other good or bad Yog present in a horoscope.
Let’s now consider a practical example and see what happens. The horoscope I’m going to describe is the horoscope of a high authority revenue officer in India and this native got selected in revenue services, directly through civil exams. This native’s horoscope features two out of five Panch Mahapurusha Yogas, where one of them is Hamsa Yoga and the other one is Malavya Yoga.
Benefic Jupiter is placed in the tenth house of this horoscope in the sign of Sagittarius, thereby forming Hamsa Yoga in the horoscope. Benefic exalted Venus is placed in the first house of this horoscope in the sign of Pisces, thereby forming Malavya Yoga. The presence of these two Yogas can bless this native with top class results through a government job, politics or even through the field of arts; as Malavya Yoga is formed in the first house. However, whether this native may go to an artistic field or to an authoritative field will be decided by the rest of the horoscope.
Benefic Mars is placed in the second house of this horoscope in the sign of Aries, Saturn is placed in the third house of this horoscope in the sign of Taurus, Ketu is placed in the fifth house of this horoscope in the sign of Cancer, Rahu is placed in the eleventh house of this horoscope in the sign of Capricorn and a combination of Sun, Moon and Mercury is placed in the twelfth house of this horoscope in the sign of Aquarius. Let’s try to find out the overall theme now and let’s see which field this native may choose to benefit from Hamsa Yoga as well as from Malavya Yoga.
Starting with Mars, it is placed in the second house and that too in the sign of Aries. Second house deals with money matters along with many other things, and the sign Aries gives a lot of courage and initiative when Mars is placed in it. The mixed working of Saturn makes is difficult to pursue a creative field and it supports sitting long hours in the office. The mixed working of Rahu and Ketu don’t support creative fields and they support some type of authority in the house of government. The placement of Rahu also indicates something to do with financial affairs, as eleventh house is related to financial matters.
The placement of a combination of Sun, Mercury and Moon supports the getting lost or finding the lost things aspect in this horoscope. It should be noted that twelfth house deals with things which may be hidden. Hence the influence of malefic planets in this horoscope may make a native get lost in confusions whereas the influence of benefic planets in this house may bless the native with the ability to solve confusions and investigations, hidden in the dark. Since the overall theme of this horoscope is strong due to the top placement of Jupiter, Venus and Mars; this native is likely to solve the mysteries instead of getting lost in them.
Hence the theme of this horoscope tells that the native should achieve authority, his field of job should be related to finance and it should have a lot to do with investigations also. Moving on, the placement of Jupiter, Mars and Saturn support the education also. Combining these results, we get an idea that the native may achieve a post of authority in a financial department of government through education, which means through competitive exams, if the last factor is supportive. This last factor is called the running time and it holds great value.
This native was under the effect of Jupiter’s period from the age of 19 to the age of 35. As Jupiter forms Hamsa Yoga in this horoscope and it is the lord of ascendant also; this main period of Jupiter may put Jupiter in charge for 16 years and hence the native may get selected for a post of high authority in revenue department. It should be noted that if the running period during this age of the native was ruled by Venus, the native may have achieved success in a creative field. However, such success may not have been high in quantum as the overall theme of the horoscope doesn’t support creativity as much, as much it supports authority in the house of government.
You see, even after having an overall good horoscope, you have to have the support from the running time; as otherwise you won’t be able to achieve the best results indicted by Hamsa Yoga or any other good Yoga in your horoscope. It should be noted that this native may achieve this post of authority only during the running time of Jupiter or Mars; as these two planets are the leaders when it comes to become a revenue officer. Hence if none of these two planets were in effect during the relevant ages of this native, these results may not have been possible, despite everything being in order.
In such a case, the native may have got something else which may have been good though not equal to the best results indicated by Hamsa Yoga. We have already discussed the possibility of Venus period; Mercury’s main period during 20 to 30 may have taken this native abroad, Rahu’s main period during this age may have made this native engage in business and later in politics. Similarly, Saturn’s main period may have blessed the native with very good success through a chain of coaching centers which may have provided coaching for civil exams. All these results are possible, only if the other factors remain supportive.
You see, how many different possibilities are there, even with the same horoscope. Hence the overall theme of a horoscope should be checked carefully and only then the resultant should be decided. When actually formed and supported by the overall horoscope, strong Hamsa Yoga can bless the native with very good results related to many spheres of his life, depending on his overall horoscope.
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Exalted and debilitated planets have always remained a major point of discussion among many astrologers as well as among many readers interested in astrology. Many astrologers believe that if a planet is exalted in a horoscope, it will always give benefic results to the native, which means that an exalted planet is always a benefic planet in a horoscope. The same astrologers believe that if a planet is debilitated in a horoscope, it will always give bad results to the native, which means that a debilitated planet always behaves as a malefic planet in a horoscope. Over a period of many years, so many good things have been said about exalted planets and so many bad things have been said about debilitated planets, that a majority of people interested in astrology have fixed their opinions about these planets. These people consider an exalted planet as a blessing in a horoscope and they consider a debilitated planet a curse in a horoscope.
However, this is not true and the exaltation status as well as the debilitation status of a planet has nothing much to do with the working nature of such exalted or debilitated planet in a horoscope. Before continuing with this discussion, let’s first get to know the sign of exaltation as well as the sign of debilitation for each planet among navagraha.
Sun : Sun is exalted in the sign of Aries and Sun is debilitated in the sign of Libra.
Moon : Moon is exalted in the sign Taurus and Moon is debilitated in the sign Scorpio.
Jupiter : Jupiter is exalted in the sign of Cancer and Jupiter is debilitated in the sign of Capricorn.
Venus : Venus is exalted in the sign of Pisces and Venus is debilitated in the sign of Virgo.
Mars : Mars is exalted in the sign of Capricorn and Mars is Debilitated in the sign of Cancer.
Mercury : Mercury is exalted in the sign of Virgo and Mercury is debilitated in the sign of Pisces.
Saturn : Saturn is exalted in the sign of Libra and Saturn is debilitated in the sign of Aries.
Rahu : Rahu is exalted in the sign of Gemini and Rahu is debilitated in the sign of Sagittarius according to one belief of astrology. Rahu is exalted in the sign of Taurus and it is debilitated in the sign of Scorpio according to another belief of astrology.
Ketu : Ketu is exalted in the sign of Sagittarius and Ketu is debilitated in the sign of Gemini according to one belief of astrology. Ketu is exalted in the sign of Scorpio and it is debilitated in the sign of Taurus according to another belief of astrology.
Moving ahead, the placement of a planet in its sign of exaltation only indicates that the planet is very strong and the results produced by this planet are going to be significant ones. But those results may be significantly positive or significantly negative depending on the nature of such exalted planet in a horoscope. For example, exalted and positive Saturn is capable of producing strong positive results regarding the significances ruled by it, regarding the house it is placed in and regarding the planets and houses it aspects. On the other hand, there is almost no planet in a horoscope which may be as destructive as negative and exalted Saturn. Malefic Saturn placed in Libra can be destructive, very destructive or extremely destructive and it can completely destroy the significances of the houses and planets under the effect of its placement or aspects.
I have personally witnessed many cases where Saturn is exalted and negative in the horoscope and the natives are suffering from great pains and difficulties in different fields of their lives depending on the placement of such malefic exalted Saturn in their horoscopes, as well as depending on the overall tone of their horoscopes. The most surprising as well as the most upsetting thing is that most people suffering due to such negative exalted planets are finding the cause of their miseries and sufferings in some other planet. This is because these people believe that an exalted planet simply means a strongly positive planet and it is never supposed to cause any harm. Due to this misconception, they are not able to find the planet responsible for their sufferings till late in their lives, and sometimes throughout their lives. These people just keep guessing about which planet can be the cause of their sufferings and misfortunes.
In some cases, their misconception about an exalted planet in their horoscope is so strong that they are not willing to believe even an astrologer who tells them that an exalted planet in their horoscope is working negatively and it is the root cause of most of their problems. Such people refuse to believe this astrologer and they look for some other astrologer who can find the cause of their problems with some other planet which is not exalted. When it comes to find such planets, the easiest planets in a horoscope to blame for all the sufferings, misfortunes and problems are debilitated planets.
Talking of debilitated planets draws attention to one more misconception that prevails strongly among the people interested in astrology. It is generally believed by most people and many astrologers that a debilitated planet simply means a negative planet and it can only cause problems and sufferings to the native having such debilitated planet in his horoscope. This is again a misconception and a debilitated planet simply means that it lacks strength. Accordingly it may not be able to protect the significances ruled by it in a proper way and so the results produced by such debilitated planet may not be significant ones. But whether those results will be positive or negative has nothing to do with the placement of this planet in its sign of debilitation. The positive or negative results produced by a debilitated planet usually lack the strength which is needed to produce significant results and that is why it is called debilitated or weak. However, a debilitated planet can be malefic as well as benefic and it can even be the most benefic planet in a horoscope in spite of being in its sign of debilitation.
It is the time to know that just like us humans, planets also possess three essential qualities and to be precise, we copy these three essential qualities from these planets, since they influence us. The first one among these qualities is physical strength which means how strong or weak a planet may be when it comes to work and produce results in a horoscope whether such results are positive or negative. The placements of different planets in a various houses of a horoscope, in various signs, and in various nakshatras are some of the most effective ways of measuring the physical strength of these planets. Even among these common measures, the most effective way to measure the strength of a planet among navagraha is to check its placement in a particular sign among the twelve signs, from Aries to Pisces. Each planet among navagraha is the weakest when placed in one of these twelve signs, it lacks strength in some of these signs, it does well in some of these signs, it is strong in some of these signs and it is the strongest in one of these signs.
The sign in which a planet achieves maximum physical strength is called its sign of exaltation and the planet so placed in this sign is called an exalted planet. On the other hand, the sign in which a planet achieves maximum physical weakness is called its sign of debilitation and the planet so placed in this sign is called a debilitated planet. However the presence of different planets in different signs is a measure of their physical strength and such placements do not have much impact on their working nature, though they may certainly affect a part of their working nature in some cases.
The second essential quality possessed by the planets among navagraha is their working nature and the third quality possessed by them is their level of activity. The working nature of a planet is decided based on a complex set of calculations and it is undoubtedly the most complex as well as the most difficult job for an astrologer, when he analyzes a horoscope. The placement of a planet in any one of the twelve signs including its sign of exaltation and its sign of debilitation can have some weight in deciding the working nature of a planet, and nothing more than that. The third essential quality called the level of activity is the virtue which tells us how active or passive a planet may be in a horoscope. It should be noted that physical strength and level of activity are two different things and they should not be confused with each other.
For example, a physically well built person may be passive or lazy whereas as a physically average looking person may be quick and hardworking. Similarly, a physically strong or weak planet may be very active, active, less active or least active in a horoscope.
Hence the working of each planet in a horoscope is defined primarily after calculating these three aspects for such planets in a horoscope, though there are many other factors which may affect the working of a planet in a horoscope. Among these three essential qualities, the exaltation or debilitation status of a planet is just a measure of its physical strength and not much more than that. For example, debilitated Moon placed in the first house of a horoscope in the sign of Scorpio may be very weak by virtue of its debilitation, it may be benefic in that horoscope as decided through a set of calculations done to find out the working nature of a planet, and it may be very active in that horoscope as once again calculated through a set of calculations for the same purpose.
It means that such debilitated Moon will try to do good things for the native every now and then, but it may not be able to produce sufficient good results as it is weak. Hence the native may come across many good opportunities in many spheres of his life from time to time, but most of them may not materialize due to such weakness of benefic Moon. On the other hand, if the same debilitated Moon is placed in the first house of a horoscope, it is malefic and active; it may produce bad results from time to time, though they may also not be significant ones. Hence the native may have to face small issues and tensions from time to time, but they may get sorted in most such cases.
Similarly, exalted Moon placed in the first house of a horoscope in the sign of Taurus may be benefic and active. In this case, such benefic exalted Moon will try to benefit the native and such benefits may be actively felt by the native, many times in his life. This is because such benefic Moon is strong by virtue of its exaltation and hence it can initiate good things, as well as complete them. On the other hand, if exalted Moon is placed in the first house of a horoscope, it is malefic and active; it can trouble the native with intense types of problems which may be actively felt by the native from time to time. This is due to the reason that such malefic Moon is strong and hence it can initiate bad things and then complete them.
Hence the presence of a planet in its sign of exaltation or the presence of a planet in its sign of debilitation is only a measure of its physical strength or weakness and nothing more than that, to a great extent. Therefore a debilitated planet can also be a benefic or even the most benefic planet in a horoscope whereas an exalted planet can also be a malefic or even the most malefic planet in a horoscope. The placement of a planet in a particular sign is not a measure of its working nature and it is more a measure of its physical strength or its style of working in a horoscope. Vedic astrology lays many important guidelines for deciding the working nature of a planet in a horoscope and those guidelines should be used to decide the working nature of a planet in a horoscope. It should be understood that even a debilitated planet can form some of the best yogas in a horoscope if it is benefic in that horoscope. On the other hand, an exalted planet can cause some of the worst types of problems to the native under its impact, if it is working negatively in his horoscope.
In this section, you can read articles explaining the positive and negative effects of Exalted planets in various houses of horoscope.